Rock star Phil Collins became fascinated with the 1836 battle at The Alamo when he was five or six years old. Over the years, he’s collected Alamo artifacts including a fringed leather pouch used by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie’s legendary knife. Now the former Genesis man is giving it all back to Texas. He’s handing over his Alamo memorabilia — more than 200 items! worth $100 milion! — to a new museum to be built in San Antonio. The Texas legislature will name him an Honorary Texan.
Collins had been storing the historic artifacts in the basement of his home in Switzerland. The only person who isn’t happy about Collins’ generosity is his nine-year-old son who said, “I thought I was going to have it.” To that we imagine Collins sang, “That’s All.”
P.S. Phil Collins is also the author of the 2012 book The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector’s Journey.
Here’s a song for Phil by Lyle Lovett: