Donald Willett is a Professor of History at Texas A&M University at Galveston. He received his PhD from Texas A&M University. He has published numerous books on Texas history including The Texas That Might Have Been: Sam Houston's Foes Write to Albert Sidney Johnston.
PATRICIA BELLIS BIXEL is currently an associate professor of history at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine. JIM CRUZ, a freelance professional photographer, was a member of theElissacrew for many years.
Chester Burns is the James Wade Rockwell Professor of Medical History at the Institute for the Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch. He received his PhD from Johns Hopkins and has written several books including Saving Lives: Training Caregivers, Making Discoveries: A Centennial History of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
Born and raised in Texas, Gary Cartwright graduated from Texas Christian University. In the ten years after graduation, Cartwright worked for five different newspapers. After successfully publishing his first book, a novel called The Hundred Yard War, Cartwright became a freelance writer. Named associate editor for Texas Monthly in 1982, where he now holds senior editor duties, Cartwright has written a handful of screenplays and just as many books. A life-altering heart attack, which required a quintuple bypass and a pacemaker, inspired Cartwright to write the book Heartwiseguy: How to Live the Good Life After a Heart Attack, a memoir that also gives practical advice and valuable tips.
Margaret Henson (Deceased) is a retired Professor of History at the University of Houston Clear Lake. She received her PhD from the University of Houston. She has published several books on early Texas history including Samuel May Williams: Early Texas Entrepreneur.