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Texas Country Reporter puts aim on VC atlatl exhibit

By JR Ortega
Nov. 14, 2012 at 5:14 a.m.

Bob Phillips, Texas Country Reporter, speaks with LaRue Roth, Victoria Convention & Visitors Bureau manager at the Museum of Coastal Bend in Victoria. Phillips was at the museum to do a story on their spear throwing exhibit.

Victoria College's Museum of the Coastal Bend has gone country.

Bob Phillips, host of "Texas Country Reporter," made a stop Wednesday morning to showcase the atlatl throwing demonstrations the museum has been hosting.

An air date has not been set, but it should broadcast in February, said LaRue Roth, Victoria Convention and Visitors Bureau manager, who pitched the idea to the show.

"He loved it," said Roth, who had some one-on-one time with Phillips between his busy shoot. "The story is on the museum in general, but atlatl throwing is the focus of it. It's very interactive and experimental. It brings history alive."

An atlatl is an ancient weapon that preceded the bow and arrow.

This is not Phillips' first visit to Victoria. Rosebud Fountain and Grill and Fossati's Delicatessen have also been highlighted on the show, which airs at noon Sundays on KVCT 19 in Victoria.

"He's still passionate and curious about what he does and he's still discovering new things about Texas," Roth said of Phillips.

Also in on the interview was museum director Sue Prudhomme, who talked with Phillips on camera about atlatl throwing.

The sit-down interview with Phillips was exciting and new for Prudhomme, who gave all the props to Roth for booking the museum for the show.

"It was fun," Prudhomme said. "Bob Phillips is so personable and a very nice guy. Him being here is going to be a huge bonus for us."

Texas Highways travel magazine reporter Jennifer Babisak also stopped by later in the afternoon to highlight the demonstrations, Roth said. The article should run in April or May, she added.

"It all came together very quickly," Roth said. "It grabbed their imagination."



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