Born in Bastrop County, Texas, Richard Overton served in the Pacific Theater 1942-1945. His status as the third oldest living American WWII veteran has led to meetings with Governor Rick Perry and President Barack Obama. Because no one's Austin memories go back farther, Mr. Overton's recollections provide a unique contribution to Last of the Moonlight Towers.
On the strength of his book The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer, award-winning journalist and screenwriter Skip Hollandsworth is an expert on the Servant Girl murders discussed in Last of the Moonlight Towers. Follow the link for more information about the book.
Before climbing to the top of a moontower, the kids in Dazed and Confused enjoyed burgers and fries at Austin's iconic Top Notch Hamburgers. Co-owner Kelly Chappell proudly displays props from the film in the restaurant and, if he's so inclined, might just tell you about his own experience of climbing a tower.
Architect David Hoffman served as head of the design team tasked with restoring the moonlight towers in the 1990's. David's book Moonlight Becomes Her was a vital resource for Last of the Moonlight Towers and may well justify calling the author the world's foremost authority on the history of the towers.
Known as the "unofficial historian" of the University of Texas, Dr. Margaret Berry published four books about the school. She shared with us memories of the moonlight towers going back 80 years. Dr. Berry passed away at age 101 in 2017.
Twice named Austin's Best Architect by the Austin Chronicle, Emily Little assisted on the moonlight tower restoration efforts of the 1990's. A self-described "cultural anthropologist," she has many other Austin historic renovations to her credit.
Flight attendant by day, country singer by night, Robynn Shayne is rapidly becoming a major figure in the Austin music scene. We met Robynn at a performance at Moontower Saloon, named, of course, after the subject of our film. For more on Robynn follow the link.
Author Darlene Marwitz is a former historian for the Texas State Preservation Board. As passionate is she is about the moonlight towers, she is equally passionate about her favorite travel destination, Italy. Follow the link to read more about Darlene's "lavender market lifestyle."
Appearing in the film
Co-founded by Jeff Munoz (left), Frank Farkash (near right), and Greg Esparza (far right), Moontower Design Build is one of several Austin businesses named after the iconic 19th century structures serving as the subjects of our film. Why did they pick the name? The answer is in the film!
Artist Sarah Searight contributed stories, newpaper clippings, and photographs about her ancestor Bert Searight, the unfortunate lamp trimmer who fell to his death in 1895 from the tower at 9th and Guadalupe. Sarah specializes in beach themed paintings. For more about her and her art follow the link below.