Phil Collins: #1 Alamo fan

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by GARY COGILL

WFAA

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 2:46 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 11 at 4:50 PM

DALLAS — When you think of Phil Collins, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not the Alamo.

But the shrine of Texas independence was precisely why Collins was in Dallas Monday evening for a talk to the Dallas Historical Society.

The multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter just happens to own the world's largest collection of Alamo memorabilia. He became fascinated with the story watching Fess Parker's portrayal of Davy Crockett in the vintage TV series.

Collins owns hundreds of cannonballs, documents and Alamo artifacts on display at his home in Switzerland.

He is currently co-authoring a book on the Alamo and the Texas revolution.

E-mail gcogill@wfaa.com

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