Specht, Joe W. 1945-

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Specht, Joe W. 1945-


Born February 8, 1945, in Marlin, TX; son of Floyd P., Jr. (a retail merchant) and Alyce (a homemaker) Specht; married Alice Wilson (a librarian), December 30, 1972; children: Mary Helen. Ethnicity: "White." Education: University of North Texas, B.A., 1968, M.L.S., 1972, M.A., 1973. Politics: "Yellow-dog Democrat."


Home—Abilene, TX. E-mail—[email protected].


University of North Texas, Denton, professional library assistant, 1972-73; Texas Tech University, Lubbock, social sciences reference librarian, 19737-5; McMurry University, Abilene, TX, library director, 1975-2007. Military service: U.S. Army, 1968-70.


Texas Library Association, Texas State Historical Association, West Texas Historical Association.


(Editor) The Roots of Texas Music, Texas A&M University Press (College Station, TX), 2003.

The Women There Don't Treat You Mean: Abilene in Song, State House Press (Abilene, TX), 2006.

Contributor to periodicals, including Journal of Texas Music History, Heritage Journal, West Texas Historical Association Yearbook, and Old Time Music.


Joe W. Specht told CA: "The Lone Star State and all things Texan continue to inspire and influence my writing."

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