Hard Heads and Half Gales; Tales from Tarpon Texas, by the late Jim Wiggins, revisits Port Aransas between WWII and the early 70s. Life was pretty laid back in those days, when the streets were oyster shell and dogs ran free.
Hard Heads and Half Gales: Tales from Tarpon, Texas, made its public debut during the Port Aransas Preservation and Historical Association’s annual fundraising dinner and auction. A special leather bound edition, book #1, presented in a custom wooden box built out of wood from the Farley tarpon fishing boat Manny, raised $7500 for the Museum and Farley Boat Works during the live auction.
This is the second book published by PAPHA, the first being The Mercer Logs: Pioneer times on Mustang Island, Texas that was presented at last year’s event. Like the Mercer Logs, Hard Heads and Half Gales gives us a look at an earlier Port Aransas. With this book, however, many readers might find themselves reflecting on their own memories of life on this barrier island as they turn the pages.
In Hard Heads and Half Gales, Jim Wiggins presents a delightful look at the strong, self-reliant, and often eccentric folk who make up this small, island community in the years between WWII and the 1970s. In lovely vignettes, he reflects on how the forces of nature, from the amazing beauty and bounty of the surrounding bays and gulf to the powerful forces of wind and water, sculpted the landscape, the town, and the people who live there.
Mr. Wiggins commissioned Ivan McDougal to paint 10 beautiful watercolors to illustrate this fine collection of tales about his favorite place in the world to spend time with those he loved.
Read a review by Corpus Christi Outdoor Columnist David Sikes (PDF).
Printed in the U.S.A. $49.95