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04/16/2020
77 Films

Today - April 16, 2020 - is the 73rd anniversary of the worst man made disaster in US history.

We pause today to honor all of those who survived this disaster, and especially those who perished.

Please do watch the link and share it with your family and friends. That voice is my grandfather Jesse Thames - one of the many heroic survivors that did everything he could to save lives and the town he loved. #weareTEXASCITY

https://www.facebook.com/77Films/videos/1140214926047628/

On April 16th, 1947, an explosion --- considered an "industrial accident", destroyed Texas City.

Follow our journey to bring this story to the big screen.

#texascityfilm

Here is page 9 of the Disaster Report from the FPEB report of Texas published in 1949.The piers are still smoldering on ...
04/13/2020

Here is page 9 of the Disaster Report from the FPEB report of Texas published in 1949.

The piers are still smoldering on the destroyed launches. #weareTEXASCITY

Here is page 8 of the Disaster Report from the Fire Prevention and Engineering Bureau of Texas.Pay close attention to th...
03/30/2020

Here is page 8 of the Disaster Report from the Fire Prevention and Engineering Bureau of Texas.

Pay close attention to the caption - "picture taken several years ago looking west: shows general view of damaged area." #weareTEXASCITY

03/24/2020

Everyone please stay safe, stay indoors, and flatten the curve.

Disasters come in many forms - this one can be mitigated. #weareTEXASCITY

Here is page 7 of the Disaster Report from FPEB of Texas.  I am skipping pages 4-6 because it contains detailed descript...
03/03/2020

Here is page 7 of the Disaster Report from FPEB of Texas. I am skipping pages 4-6 because it contains detailed descriptions of ammonium nitrate which would probably get flagged. This is an expert analysis. #weareTEXASCITY

Happy New Year to all.  This is page 3 of the Disaster Report from the Fire Prevention and Engineering Bureau of Texas. ...
01/07/2020

Happy New Year to all.

This is page 3 of the Disaster Report from the Fire Prevention and Engineering Bureau of Texas.

Pay close attention to bottom of page where it says it will cost between 35-40m to repair the damage and it shouldn't take more than 2 years.

Is there anyone here who would agree with those assessments? If so, can you cite examples?

#weareTEXASCITY

11/23/2019

Query for this amazing community: what other digital forum could we use to continue to exchange information and stories about Texas City, and our film TEXAS CITY?

This is page 1 of the Disaster Report from the Fire Prevention and Engineering Bureau of Texas.  #weareTEXASCITY
11/12/2019

This is page 1 of the Disaster Report from the Fire Prevention and Engineering Bureau of Texas. #weareTEXASCITY

The inside cover of the Texas City Fire Prevention Bureau Disaster Report says it all.  #weareTEXASCITY
09/23/2019

The inside cover of the Texas City Fire Prevention Bureau Disaster Report says it all. #weareTEXASCITY

The cover of the Texas City Disaster Fire Prevention Bureau report is a dramatic overlook of what happens when catastrop...
09/12/2019

The cover of the Texas City Disaster Fire Prevention Bureau report is a dramatic overlook of what happens when catastrophe strikes.

The report is a lesson in the horrors of disaster. #weareTEXASCITY

We honor those that died on this day in 2001.  Their stories echo in history, and hearken back to the stories of those t...
09/11/2019

We honor those that died on this day in 2001. Their stories echo in history, and hearken back to the stories of those that lost their lives on April 16, 1947 in Texas City.

Below is the cover of the Texas City Disaster report by the fire prevention and engineering bureau of Texas. FASCINATING READ. The lead up to what happened on the incredible cover photo accurately opens a report of unmistakable drama.
#weareTEXASCITY

09/02/2019
77 Films

Happy Labor Day! If you're a long time follower of our feed or a new arrival - welcome to the family. #weareTEXASCITY

Please do share our sizzle (link below) to everyone in your feed and ask them to do the same. Thank you!

https://www.facebook.com/77Films/videos/1140214926047628/

On April 16th, 1947, an explosion --- considered an "industrial accident", destroyed Texas City.

Follow our journey to bring this story to the big screen.

#texascityfilm

Will the participants on this roster that were recorded for our "Survivor Story" series please reach out via direct mess...
08/20/2019

Will the participants on this roster that were recorded for our "Survivor Story" series please reach out via direct message? I have a question per the recordings.
THANK YOU ALL. #weareTEXASCITY
Here is the typed list:
Margaret Rodriguez
Mary Siniard
Richard Pearson (already spoke)
Sylvia Newsome
Marilyn Weisman
Evelyn Baldridge
Joe Dillon
Albert Churchill

This is fascinating.  It's the #Grandcamp Stowage Plan from April 16, 1947.  The ammonium nitrate was spread out, so the...
08/17/2019

This is fascinating. It's the #Grandcamp Stowage Plan from April 16, 1947. The ammonium nitrate was spread out, so the blast covered more ground. The combustible nature of tobacco and cotton didn't help. #weareTEXASCITY

Chemical or petroleum plants, like the Grandcamp and High Flyer, can be very dangerous if elements like fire, water are ...
08/01/2019
37 people injured from explosion at ExxonMobil plant in Baytown; shelter-in-place lifted

Chemical or petroleum plants, like the Grandcamp and High Flyer, can be very dangerous if elements like fire, water are introduced or a mishap occurs. This incident in Baytown is only 31 miles from Texas City. #weareTEXASCITY https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Black-smoke-seen-rising-from-Exxon-plant-in-14270030.php?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=socialflow

The ExxonMobil plant in Baytown was dealing with a fire Wednesday morning, the city of Baytown reported on Twitter Wednesday.

The Department of The Interior's report on the Texas City Disaster, published Feb/1948 is a tremendous read.  Has anyone...
07/19/2019

The Department of The Interior's report on the Texas City Disaster, published Feb/1948 is a tremendous read. Has anyone read this report? And if so... Thoughts?
#weareTEXASCITY
(Thanks to Renee Blake for the hard copy)

In yesterday's Vice News Tonight, they showcased the fields of France, unusable after WWII from all of the bombing.   Th...
06/29/2019

In yesterday's Vice News Tonight, they showcased the fields of France, unusable after WWII from all of the bombing. This is where the ammonium nitrate on the Grandcamp and the High Flyer was going, to re-fertilize those fields.

Aerial photo of the Monsanto Chemical Plant taken on April 17.  The back of the photo has also been scanned as the descr...
06/06/2019

Aerial photo of the Monsanto Chemical Plant taken on April 17.

The back of the photo has also been scanned as the description and reproduction insignia are legible.

Photo provided by Renee Blake (thanks again, Renee). #weareTEXASCITY

The congressional compensation of $17,000,000 last addressed in 1957 pales in comparison to the Monsanto settlement awar...
05/18/2019
Monsanto Was Ordered to Pay $2 Billion in a Cancer Lawsuit. There Are 13,000 More Plaintiffs.

The congressional compensation of $17,000,000 last addressed in 1957 pales in comparison to the Monsanto settlement awarded this week - even with adjusted figures. AND even though the Texas city Disaster was the impetus for the first ever (eventually overturned) class action lawsuit.

#weareTEXASCITY

https://psmag.com/news/monsanto-ordered-to-pay-2-billion-in-cancer-lawsuit-13000-more-plaintiffs

This is the third strike against the agribusiness giant, now owned by Bayer.

05/13/2019

Happy Mothers Day to all of the mothers out there that have been touched the the Texas City Disaster. You hold a special place in our hearts at 77 Films.

04/30/2019
77 Films

The April 16 anniversary of the largest & deadliest disaster in US history requires time & respect - but now we're back in go mode.

PLEASE LIKE AND SHARE this feed to your network. The link to share is below. Ask them to share. And so on and so on and so on. The more clicks the more powerful the journey.
https://www.facebook.com/77Films/videos/1140214926047628/
#weareTEXASCITY

On April 16th, 1947, an explosion --- considered an "industrial accident", destroyed Texas City.

Follow our journey to bring this story to the big screen.

#texascityfilm

Our film - TEXAS CITY - exists because of the extraordinary heroism of every day citizens in 1947 that did everything th...
04/16/2019

Our film - TEXAS CITY - exists because of the extraordinary heroism of every day citizens in 1947 that did everything they could to save themselves, their families, and their city. On this the 72nd anniversary of the blast - now, more than ever - #weareTEXASCITY

Tomorrow is the 72nd anniversary of the Texas City disaster.  We honor all of those that survived, and especially those ...
04/16/2019

Tomorrow is the 72nd anniversary of the Texas City disaster. We honor all of those that survived, and especially those who perished in the deadliest man made disaster in US history. #weareTEXASCITY

Dangerous chemical events always bring to mind the TEXAS CITY disaster.  Especially when lives are lost.  Comparing size...
04/03/2019
'We heard and felt the explosion': Contract workers, neighbors describe the moment it exploded

Dangerous chemical events always bring to mind the TEXAS CITY disaster. Especially when lives are lost. Comparing size and scope does nothing to assuage the sadness of loss. #weareTEXASCITY

https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/lakehouston/article/KMCO-chemical-fire-contractors-inside-explosion-13735668.php?utm_campaign=chron_breakingnews_20190402&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

KMCO contractors Brian Balcerowicz and Cesar Mendoza were in the control room when the explosion happened. That meant they were just a couple of feet away from danger, the former observed.

There are intermittently terrible instances of the dangers of unstable chemicals.  In Southeast Texas, those instances a...
03/29/2019
Firefighters at Houston Chemical Disaster Scrambled for Foam

There are intermittently terrible instances of the dangers of unstable chemicals. In Southeast Texas, those instances are deadly.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-29/firefighters-at-houston-chemical-disaster-scrambled-to-find-foam

Firefighters confronted with the worst Gulf Coast industrial disaster in 14 years had to call on outside sources to augment their supply of the special foam required to extinguish chemical blazes.

Page 11 of TEXAS CITY project deck by #cainangelle. This is the final page which highlights pertinent links to the film....
03/22/2019

Page 11 of TEXAS CITY project deck by #cainangelle. This is the final page which highlights pertinent links to the film. Please do search them and visit them... I will also post in the coming days. Please click, share & ask your networks to do same. #weareTEXASCITY

Page 10 of TEXAS CITY project deck by #cainangelle. This is my statement as the grandson of survivor Jesse Thames, and t...
03/16/2019

Page 10 of TEXAS CITY project deck by #cainangelle. This is my statement as the grandson of survivor Jesse Thames, and the writer of the screenplay - TEXAS CITY. Please click, share & ask your networks to do same. #weareTEXASCITY

Page 9 of TEXAS CITY project deck by #cainangelle. The scope of the blast was unprecedented, and still is... The deck sh...
03/11/2019

Page 9 of TEXAS CITY project deck by #cainangelle. The scope of the blast was unprecedented, and still is... The deck showcases only some of the photos that shocked the world. Please click, share & ask your networks to do same. #weareTEXASCITY

Page 7 of TEXAS CITY project deck by #cainangelle. True heroism was exhibited by so many people on April 16, 1947.  The ...
03/03/2019

Page 7 of TEXAS CITY project deck by #cainangelle. True heroism was exhibited by so many people on April 16, 1947. The deck and the film will showcase what American (and Texan) heroism is all about. Please click, share & ask your networks to do same. #weareTEXASCITY

Page 6 of TEXAS CITY project deck by #cainangelle. The rescue efforts are shown here as the authentic photos start to de...
02/27/2019

Page 6 of TEXAS CITY project deck by #cainangelle. The rescue efforts are shown here as the authentic photos start to deliver a very real idea of what the movie is about. Please click, share & ask your networks to do same. #weareTEXASCITY

Page 5 of TEXAS CITY project deck by #cainangelle. The story deepens as the deck progresses (hopefully) pulling the view...
02/17/2019

Page 5 of TEXAS CITY project deck by #cainangelle. The story deepens as the deck progresses (hopefully) pulling the viewer in deeper as well. Please click, share & ask your networks to do same. #weareTEXASCITY

Page 4 of TEXAS CITY project deck by #cainangelle. This image speaks for itself.  Tragic and sad.  Please click, share &...
02/09/2019

Page 4 of TEXAS CITY project deck by #cainangelle. This image speaks for itself. Tragic and sad. Please click, share & ask your networks to do same. #weareTEXASCITY

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I received your email today regarding the Texas City film. I've sent two emails to you, but both emails bounced. I'll try a private message later.
A terrific company to work with! Professional, communicative and nice people!
So when are you looking to premier?
My mother, who was a Senior in Texas City's High school, was deeply affected by what happened that day. At that time her name was Harriet Stewart. The account she told me was basically this: Suddenly the windows blew in and injured quite a few. I think one was killed. Everyone left the school in a panic and then gathered in clumps around the teachers. Mom and Russ Vliet were in full Boy and Girl Scout uniform, and were mostly unhurt. A teacher concluded the school had blown up (like New London a few years earlier) and sent Mom and Russ to the local clinic to get the doctors to come to the school. She and Russ quickly ran to the clinic, but found that crossing the street to it was very hazardous because of people panicking behind the wheels of cars. When they crossed, the floor was red in the clinic and there was no chance of getting the doctors to leave. Because they were in uniform they were given bandages and other light first aid equipment and told to set up a table outside to keep light injuries from interfering with the more serious ones. By that time Mom had begun to grasp the full extent of the disaster. There were 17,000 in the city and about 600 died and 4000 were injured, mostly within seconds (some died days later when the High Flyer went). At the clinic the Texas City sanitation department sent a line of trucks. A sheet was put down, a typhus shot under the arm was given, the trucks were filled with injured, and raced off to Galveston and/or Houston. Other family arrived at the clinic, at the trucks, and it was there that the highly emotional, nightmarish part of the day was most imprinted on Mom's memory, although there was more grief from other events of the day. She was written about in a book, "They Were Prepared" recently.
As a 57 year old Houstonian, I have grown up hearing the stories, watching the films and honoring those that died that day. Imagine my shock, intrigue and overall interest, when I moved to Dallas and found out my new neighbor was a former resident of Texas City. He was home from school the day when the explosion occurred. His mom being an amateur photographer grabbed her movie camera and filmed the entire event from their back porch which looked across the refinery. My husband and I have seen the original film footage and currently own a copy of it. Our neighbor, who is 88 years young, remembers every detail from that tragic day, as if it was yesterday. Although the explosion was a terrible day, in the life of Texas City, it is so important to honor the thousands of people affected by the events and the courage of those who survived to rebuild their lives and rebuild Texas City. Thank you for this wonderful historical project.
Our next door neighbor’s mother stood on her back porch and filmed the entire explosion. Our neighbor is 88 years young and his account of that day’s activities are incredible. He has his mom’s original film and we have seen it several times. Being a 57 year old Houstonian, I have grown up hearing about this devastating day. To see actual/original film footage is unbelievable. Good Luck with your project and honoring those who died, lived through and rebuilt their community.
Thank you for writing on Medium. I would never have heard about this otherwise. I'm interested to learn more.
Good evening folks mmm blessd by my husband he brought me kinf size shrimp .n said let me see how you cook.. hahaha. Yea boy. Hush up fool..
Have you guys spoken to Frank Urbanic yet? He wrote the book We Were Prepared about the Girl Scout and Boy Scouts involvement after the explosion.
My brothers Abiel Garza, Ozzie Garza my mother Maria Colegio Garza and I are survivors or he 1947 Texas City explosion.
Good luck with your venture...I am from Texas City.... ..