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Announcing the Premiere Broadcast of the TV Documentary "Tom Lea’s El Paso"

October, 2014

KCOS, El Paso’s PBS Station, and Capstone Productions Inc. announce the broadcast premiere of "Tom Lea’s El Paso” at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 2, 2014 on El Paso’s PBS station on Channel 13 over-the-air and on cable.


The 57-minute documentary is a rare TV conversation with Tom Lea, internationally renowned artist and author, and native of El Paso. Tom Lea tells personal stories of growing up in El Paso during the turbulent years of the Mexican Revolution, when Tom Lea Sr. was mayor of El Paso and Pancho Villa threatened to kill the mayor and kidnap his sons. The conversation with Tom Lea was recorded in 2001, a year before he died. The documentary is illustrated with historic archive and family photos from the 1910s and 1920s.


The program is introduced by former First Lady Laura Bush, and is hosted by Adair Margo, Tom Lea’s long-time friend and representative. Tom Lea talks about Mount Franklin, horse and buggy rides in El Paso, riding the trolley all over town, memories of family friend Judge R.E. Thomason, and the El Paso smelter. Tom describes how Gen. John Pershing influenced him, Tom’s interest in the Old West, and his interest in Native Americans.

Major production funding support for this TV program was provided by the El Paso County Historical Commission. This program was also made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities, and by a generous donation from Maury and Jean Kemp.

“KCOS is pleased to work with El Paso’s filmmaker Jackson Polk of Capstone Productions,” said Emily Loya, KCOS Chief Marketing Officer. “Our audiences will see El Paso history up close through Jackson’s work.  We welcome programs about El Paso history.”

DVDs of the program "Tom Lea’s El Paso” will be available as thank you gifts for donors to the KCOS October 2nd pledge drive. For more information, visit and


KCOS, El Paso’s PBS station, provides inspiring, educational, and informative non-commercial programming to the El Paso region.  As a community owned and operated nonprofit organization it is funded and maintained by the generous support of its members, donors, corporate supporters, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For more information visit or call 915-590-1313 .

Capstone Productions Inc. is an El Paso-based broadcast production company that produces heritage TV and radio programs about the El Paso area. For details about the programs, visit      

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