November 3 in San Antonio history…

1951
The Southwest Research Institute celebrates the fourth anniversary of the organization with festivities at the Essar Ranch.  One of the highlights, is George – a robotic device that plays tic-tac-toe.

1959
The San Antonio Light reports, “If you feel like splurging a little for a Christmas tree this year, there are artificial trees made of glittering stainless metal to be found at the Frost Bros. gift shop.  The fashion store’s Murray Berkowitz says:  ‘There are 200 detachable branches with 70,000 sparking needles on each tree.  You can store the trees and use them from year to year.’ He also notes that by using small colored spotlights, you can achieve some dazzling effects.”

1990
Former Spur Mike Dunleavy begins his head coaching career as he brings his Los Angeles Lakers to the Convention Center to play our Spurs.  The Spurs win, 110-99.

Posted on November 3, 2014, in Texana and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Is this the “Esser” Ranch in Boerne? “….1951
    The Southwest Research Institute celebrates the fourth anniversary of the organization with festivities at the Essar Ranch.”

    • The Essar Ranch was owned by Tom Slick, the founder of Southwest Research Institute. The Institute is located on the grounds of the former ranch.

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