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CHINESE HEART OF TEXAS author Mel Brown was born in San Antonio, Texas shortly after WW II. He is a fifth generation Texan who graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969. Mel married Lorraine Lee of Houston in 1974, then settled in Austin where they have raised a son and two daughters.



Mel is a professional fine artist specializing in Southwestern landscape and aviation subjects and is a member of the United States Air Force Art Program. As a part-time writer, CHINESE HEART of TEXAS is his third book dealing with San Antonio's rich and colorful history. "I'm a general history buff concentrating mainly on Texas, WW II and aviation subjects. My first book was SAN ANTONIO IN VINTAGE POSTCARDS while the second was WINGS OVER SAN ANTONIO, a photographic history of military aviation there. Each led to the other so that CHINESE HEART was in a natural progression but more providential in nature, thanks to Amy Elizabeth Nims as described in the book's Preface."

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Lorraine and Mel