While vendors were setting up for the opening night of the State Fair, about 300 people took Gate 2 to park, mount golf carts and ride on over to the Hall of State for a very special evening. It was the sneak preview of “Remembering Tom Landry: The Personal Collection.”
It was only right that the exhibition was at Fair Park, since the first coach of the Dallas Cowboys played the first seasons there in the Cotton Bowl. Through his 29 years, he won two Super Bowls and coached such quarterbacks as Eddie Lebaron, Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, Craig Morton and Danny White among other greats.
Alicia Landry, Tom’s widow, worked with the Dallas Historical staffer Alan Olson (pictured right with, from the left Bill Lively and Margaret Keliher) to select what would go in the exhibition. Of course, a Super Bowl trophy was a major highlight, but who didn’t immediately spot the trademark fedora that was synonymous with Coach Landry.
“I am delighted to provide all of the items for this exhibition,” said Alicia. “Not only does it honor my husband in a wonderful way, it also gives people an opportunity to learn more about the man as well as the coach.”
In addition to the Landry treasures were family and friends who share their own personal stories about coach. Missing was Tom Landry Jr., who was home recovering from knee surgery. But he was well represented by his wife Gina. Also on hand were members of the Murchison family like Clint Jr., Burk, Robert and many more. Remember the late Clint Murchison was the one who hired Landry back in 1960.
Joining the families were former players of coach Landry including Pettis Norman, Leroy Jordan, John Fitzgerald and Tony Lescio, as well as his old associate Gil Brandt.
Sponsored by Oncor, this remarkable exhibition will be at the Hall of State until Friday, October 17.