In late 2017, after seeing so many pages full of constant bickering over politics, folks trying to sell this or that and unabashed self promotion, we decided it was time for a new type of Facebook page. No politics, no sales, no self promotion, no labels. Turns out that everybody got along just fine once the labels were dispensed with. Instead of talking about what separates us, we concentrate on what makes us the same.
Since the end of 2017, we are now well over 26,000 members and growing steadily.
Additionally we have created our own 501c3 Non Profit to help underwrite our interviews, events, volunteering and other projects. We are currently over 50 interviews with such folk as John Ford Coley, the runnerup for the Grammy in the 70s, Mike Nesmith from The Monkees, Thomas 'Hollywood' Henderson, the All Pro LB for the Dallas Cowboys and so much more.
We also throw in some history when it matches our goal of documenting the Social history of Dallas. The complete story of how Playboy came to Dallas, how it started on a bet between a couple of realtors and almost ended up across the street from the Cabell building downtown. The history of the first superclub, 'Louann's' as told by the folks that worked there, bands that played there, family members of the founders, Lou and Ann Bovis and Marty Martinkus. The name bands that played there from Lawrence Welk to Chuck Berry to Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart. The list is absolutely amazing.
Our Board of Directors is as diversified as are our members. Lenny Licht is the CEO of the largest apartment group in the metroplex and the creator and owner of the Playboy of Dallas, Tanya Stracener is a driving force in the hospice industry, Greg McCone was the fella that made The Starck Club work as the GM from Day One, Angus Wynne was the brains behind Showco with his partner Jack Calmes. Together they put on the greatest Festival Dallas has ever known, the 1969 Texas International Pop Festival. And our Executive Director is Paul Heckmann, part of the management of Playboy of Dallas, Papagayo, daVinci and The Gold Club. He was also Hotel Manager for Carnival and Admiral/RCCL Cruise Lines.
What makes us different from the various History guilds of Dallas?
We concentrate on the social aspects of greater Dallas history.
'In thier words' is our motto. Instead of us interpreting what some says, you hear their version. Word for work. These are the folks that made the history and/or their families and descendants. Video, audio, written - saving the social history of Dallas, interview by interview.
We specialize in areas such as nightclubs, bands, restaurants, fairs, parks and more.
Additionally, this group was founded by folks who worked in the nightclubs, bars, theaters and restaurants. Folks that brought huge concerts and big names to the DFW area.
Meet the Team
This is the best group of Administrators and Moderators that anyone can hope for. We are truly blessed. And we do like to have fun!
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Web and Facebook Administrator
Paul was born in Fort Worth and grew up in Waco. He attended McLennan Community College, Texas A&I and Baylor University before moving to Dallas in 1976.
His first job in Dallas was selling new Fords at Ken-Ray Ford on Forest at Marsh, but it wasnt long before he left to start work at the Playboy Club, running the front room. He left there to go to work for Duane Thompson at Papagayo, also spent some time at daVinci and others before leaving to work in the cruise industry on board ships as Purser/Chief Purser/Hotel Manager for Carnival and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
After returning to Dallas in the early 90s he briefly worked at The Gold Club before moving into Information Technology. He was an IT and Operations Manager for several companies in the Dallas area.
He was inducted into Texas A&I (now TAMUK)'s Javelina Hall of Fame in 2015 as a member of the 1974 and 75 National Champion football teams.
He created the Memories of Dallas Facebook page in December of 2017.
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Lenny has been working in multi-family properties’ in the Texas market for nearly four decades. He began his career with Henry S. Miller.
Lenny later formed Noel Management Company in the mid 1980’s that deals in multifamily homes. Since his early days at Miller and its inception, Noel and its affiliates have had a net profits close to $1 billion dollars in value.
Lenny has been a guest speaker with the Real Estate MBA Program at SMU and speaking engagements for the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas. Lenny is currently an active member of the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas, Texas Apartment Association, National Apartment Association and I.R.E.M.
In the mid-70s, Lenny purchased the Playboy franchise for Texas and built the Playboy of Dallas at 6116 N Central. He later sold them in order to concentrate on his real estate career.
Lenny has spent his free time as a former board member of TACA (Nonprofit for the performing arts), track and field coach for Texas Special Olympics, game fishing, spending time with his dog Chance and as a 2nd Degree Black Belt in the martial arts.
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Tanya was born in Oak Cliff at Methodist Dallas. She is a 5th generation Texan and a 2nd generation Dallasite.
She attended Texas Womens University obtaining a Bachelor of Science in psychology.
Dallas's diverse, rich history draws her to always wanting to know as much about what makes our wonderful city tick. Her particular interest and knowledge is the origins and development of the different areas/neighborhoods in Dallas and the history of the music and arts pioneers of the City.
Tanya was one of the first Moderators of Memories of Dallas
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Angus is a third generation Dallasite who attended Frybarger School and Armstrong Elementary before heading to St. Mark's for middle school and early HS before transferring to The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey where he graduated. He attended University of Texas before enlisting in the Texas Air National Guard in 1966 where he served until 1971.
He also started a new business in that same year, the booking agency/concert company SHOWCO Inc. with his business partner, Jack Calmes. In addition to SHOWCO, he was also partner in the legendary nightclub Soul City, owner/operator of premier concert showcase the Arcadia Theater and current agent.
He has also been involved in theater through his former stewardship of Stage #1 and the Undermain Theater, each recognized as among the city's finest professional theater groups. He was also involved in motion picture casting, commercials and fashion print through his companies Central Casting, the Tanya Blair Agency and Industry/Dallas. He has worked with every form of music and nightlife imaginable, spanning a 53-year career of providing the best entertainers to Dallas high society, corporate, charitable and arts groups.
Past and present clients include Neiman-Marcus, Exxon-Mobil, J.C. Penney, Pepsico, and many more. He has booked every type and style of popular music from symphony orchestras to James Brown, Tony Bennett, Jimi Hendrix, Michael McDonald, Etta James, Miles Davis, Willie Nelson and more.
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Events Committee Chairman
Greg McCone moved to Dallas in the seventh grade. He went to parochial school at St. Monica on Walnut Hill Lane, and then later attended Jesuit for High School. He then went to college at Texas Tech before deciding to move back to the Metroplex finishing up at North Texas.
After working in Sales at Sears, he decided to go a different direction and took a job at Steak and Ale which turned out to be the biggest decision of his life. On weekends he was bartending at Mariano's, along with his brother Tom. They were part of the original bartenders to use the Margarita machine that now resides in the Smithsonian Institute.
The Getty family opened up Don the Beachcomber and also Pepe Gonzalez, then a couple of Captain Cooks. Life got very busy for Greg including a huge lottery win when he married the love of his life Abby.
At this point, bartending was getting a little old and he made the fateful decision of going into management. Twice the hours for half the pay.
After working in various clubs around the state of Texas, he ran into Christina de Limur who was working on a new concept club with Blake Woodall of Vent-a-Hood fame and the world renowned architect Phillipe Starck. She asked Greg to come in and speak to Blake who needed a GM to run this rather massive club. Greg was hired about year and a half before the doors were open and stayed there until the day the doors were permanently shut. That of course, was The Starck Club.
Can I contribute?
Got a few bucks to help out? Every dollar contributed will be put to good use. Can you donate $5, $10, $20 or more a month? Every little bit helps. We are fully approved with the IRS so be sure to consult your CPA on deductions.