London Native + Former Genesis Frontman Phil Collins Named Honorary Texan
I still don’t know what Sussudio means, and Phil Collins still can’t dance; but over the past twenty years he has amassed what many consider the largest private collection of Texas and Alamo historical artifacts. And today he was made an Honorary Texan after he donated it all back to Texas.
“The donation of this phenomenal collection will greatly enhance the experience of visitors to the Alamo, providing them with a greater understanding and appreciation of the famous battle and its place in the arc of history,” the resolution reads. “Phil Collins has long been admired by innumerable fans across Texas for his musical accomplishments, and by sharing his love of our frontier heritage through this superlative gift, he has earned the lasting respect and gratitude of all residents of the Lone Star State.”
According to the Legislature’s resolution, Collins has assembled [a collection that contains] hundreds of documents, including a letter from Stephen F. Austin, an 1835 grant of land to Sam Houston, a rifle and leather pouch owned by David Crockett and a knife carried in battle by Jim Bowie.
If you ask me, that’s way better than eight Grammys or being knighted by the Queen of England (of which there is an online petition calling for Collins knighthood). Good on you Mr. Collins.