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Blair Pittman
"If it Ain't the Truth, It Oughtta Be!"
Blair Pittman is an award winning photograher and writer whose works include The Natural World of the Texas Big Thicket, The Stories of  I. C. Eason, King of the Dog People, Tales From the Terlingua Porch, and Texas Caves. 

His photography has been published by Denton Record Chronicle,  Houston Chronicle, National Geographic, Forbes, Texas Monthly, Texas Parks & Wildlife, and Smithsonian magazines, among others.

Now, he enters the world of folklore, writing the stories of his beloved West Texas.  He's spent several decades telling and listening to tales on the Terlingua porch.  Tales From The Terlingua Porch (in it's fifth printing!) is a collection of some of those tales, exactly the way he heard them -- with a wink and a grin.

BBQ at the Villa De La Mina

Mine entrance at Villa De La Mina
Opera singer in the mine
Eagle Webula
Local Cosmic Connections
designed with Homestead
Song is "Terlingua Mi Amigo"
by Dr. Fun

Front Street Books
Jean Hardy-Pittman, Owner

Latest news from Blair and Jean

by Jon Blackmon on 01/27/12

Just want you and our friends in Terlingua and elsewhere to know we are doing fine. Today Blair is finishing up his sixth week of radiation and chemotherapy "lite" at the West Texas Cancer Center in Odessa. He has eight more zaps of radiant light to go; and one more chemo infusion, taking us through Feb. 7th, I believe. Absolutely no complications or serious problems to this point -- he's a bit tired and anemic, but these symptoms will clear up quickly after the treatments are over.


He's walking a little on his own -- kinda gimpily and cute, like Debbie Giffords (ha ha); but mostly uses a walker. The wheelchair is seldom used, unless it's a really long haul from one place to the other.


I'm holding up pretty well (a few more gray hairs). It's been hard, but my Blair is worth it!


Our big news is that we are buying a "new" home in Alpine and putting the Marathon house on the market. The future home is a true circa 1930 Santa-Fe style adobe with a small second story. It's on a beautiful lot just 5-6 blocks from Front Street Books in Alpine, but tucked away and quiet. It's in the style of the home we had planned to build in Terlingua, but a little bigger.


We are very excited about this--and it will be OUR home instead of MY home--and there's lots of room for Blair's photographs and collections of rugs and masks, etc. As well as our books and my things.


If you want to see a photo of it, I think it is still listed on line [pause]. Yep, it's at


(But ignore the listing price---we're not paying that for it.)


We do so miss being in Terlingua and seeing all of your dear friends, and hope to be able to visit often in the future.


Love to all,
Jean and Blair

Comments (2)

1. Ruth Jansyn said on 2/2/12 - 06:11AM
Wishing you happiness in your new home. It looks lovely. Miss you here, especially at the Word-Off
2. Frank Blakley said on 3/10/12 - 02:09PM
I live in Wimberley and have gotten to know Blair through a group of guys that attend the Chili cookoff every year, Pat McCombs and others. Tell Blair hi for me. We have all been thinking a lot about him the past couple of years. Haven't met you Jean but hope to sometime. Have been to your book store.

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Terry Anderson and "Big Hat" Dave welcome Blair to the Porch. 
Wonderful smiles.
Blair and Betty Moore at the Starlight Theatre, September 4, 2011
Ring Huggins brought Blair to the Porch Sept. 4, 2011
Blair and Laird at the Starlight Theatre, September 4, 2011
Blair Pittman, June 26, 2011.  Lookin' good!June 26, 2011Sept. 4, 2011Thanksgiving 2011 at the Starlight Theatre
Desert Mountains - Hidden Dreams
Blair Pittman Thanksgiving 2011 photo collage
by Terry Anderson
Adobe Reader (.pdf) format
Our home at 409 N. 6th Street, Alpine, TX 79830
"Uh Clem" listens to a story on the porch.
A Meeting of the Minds
Left to right, Ken Barnes, Founder/Curator of the Mosasaur Ranch Museum, Blair Pittman, Writer & Photographer & Jim Ezell, Official with the Chili Appreciation Society International
Tales from the Terlingua Porch
by Blair Pttman
The fifth printing of this perennial favorite is now available after an absence of almost a year.
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