San Antonio Express Part 2

Roy Bragg: Good night! Some well-known S.A. symbols were left out of the book

“Goodnight San Antonio” is Drez’s second book. She co-authored “Goodnight Cowtown,” which highlights places in Fort Worth, with Robin Beal Bumstead. They got the idea while on a trip to New Orleans, where they found Cornell Landry’s book “Goodnight NOLA.” After they got Landry’s blessing to create a Fort Worth version, “Goodnight Cowtown” was published last year. “I spent a lot of time of my childhood (in San Antonio), so I decided it was the next place I needed to do,” Drez said.

Drez and Voight came to San Antonio and traveled all over the city, speaking with residents and taking photos. “We talked to a lot of people who were born and raised there to get a feel of what they thought was important,” Drez said. “That’s how we got Kiddie Park and Schilo’s.”

Drez also made sure to include a page dedicated to the military bases because her father did his residency at Brooke Army Medical Center (now the San Antonio Military Medical Center).

The women met with the San Antonio Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce to make sure they didn’t leave out something important, and they had to get permission from each institution before including it in the book. “We wanted to make something they could get excited about,” Drez said. “Some were a little more difficult because they’re such big companies, but everybody was very receptive.”

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