Month: January 2008

Heart’s Content : Ursula Pari

Years ago, if you’d told Ursula Pari about the job she has today, she’d have insisted that you must be thinking of someone else. As the 5 and 10 p.m. TV news anchor for KSAT, Pari is familiar to San Antonio viewers. Delivering the day’s top news stories, she’s articulate and confident, yet friendly and accessible. She’s impeccably suited, her brunette hair styled to perfection with a complexion that stays flawless, even under the hot studio lights. Nobody who knew Pari back in her hometown of Lafayette, La., would have pegged her for a job in television. Growing up,...

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Partners to Corporate Giants: Three wives of powerful movers and shakers tell how they supported their husbands

A leader in her own right She may be a friend of presidents and a big-league philanthropist, but Peggy Mays in person comes across as a down-to-earth, matter-of-fact kind of woman — a true Texas gal who loves the land and the outdoors. When we meet to talk about her life, one of the first things she does is show us picture albums from a recent safari in Africa. She and her husband, Lowry, the chairman of Clear Channel Communications, enjoy hunting, she explains, but this particular safari was special because three of their grandsons took the trip with...

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Just The Thing: Niche businesses deliver the unique

The heartbeat of ingenuity, creativity and entrepreneurship is beating strong in the Alamo City. In many cases, it is young women who are turning dreams into designs and passions into profits. If you’ve ever thought about taking that career leap of faith, read on and prepare to be inspired by these five women. CLAUDIA LOBÅO -Claudia Lobão Designs Born and raised in Brazil, Claudia Lobão identified her passion early. “I’ve always liked to make things,” she recalls. “I would find whatever I could around the house, like one of my mother’s curtains, and see what I could make with...

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Keeping Track of the Past: As city’s first archivist, Amanda DeFlorio

Once San Antonio’s founding nearly 400 years ago, the city has amassed a substantial physical record — artifacts and documents — without stopping in its eventful history to figure out what to do with all this stuff. Not long ago, for instance, a ceremonial sword turned up in an office in City Hall, the gift of some long-ago foreign dignitary, and something that can’t be filed, digitized, or — heaven forbid — tossed or sold. What to do? In the old days, the sword would have been squirreled away in some out-of-the-way place by a conscientious employee, perhaps to...

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Old House Shelters: New Love Couple find a Terrell Hills home connection

Walk down any residential street in San Antonio and chances are, one house will stand out. One house will hold your attention, pique your interest and create a desire to linger just a little longer, gazing at the structure. Linda Hummel-McAlpin and her husband, Chico, live in such a home in Terrell Hills. The two-story Georgian Colonial ensemble of white brick, shingle roof, black shutters and iron balcony above the red front door draws the eye and holds it. Built on the diagonal on a large triangular corner lot, it was at one time a San Antonio Symphony Showcase...

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