Alex Apostolides

Alex Apostolides

Alex Apostolides was born on Nov. 29, 1923 at San Francisco, Calif and passed away September 27. 2005 at age 81. He married his wife, Patricia, on Jan. 1, 1986. He earned the MFA degree. You'll have to hang on to your Stetson to stay with Alex's exciting career. He states, "Freelance writer, narrator...when you wear several hats, it's very hard to give a chronological summary of employment. Writing, being a desert rat and explorer, carrying two Nikons, doing radio and video--none of it fits into any accepted pigeonhole. And that's just the way we like it."

From 1958 to 1969, Alex Apostolides was a field director for UCLA doing salvage excavations and archaeological surveys, mainly along the Pacific coast and in the Mojave desert. From 1963 to 1967 he was the Senior Museum Preparator in the Museum and Lab of Ethnic Arts and Technology at UCLA. From 1969 to 1974, he worked in Mexico as an archaeologist, photographer and feature writer. And from 1976 to 1979 he worked in El Paso and in Saudi Arabia as a narrator, writer and producer of video training films.

Since then, he has worked as a columnist for the El Paso Herald-Post, as the writer and producer of "The Edge of Texas," heard on KTEP radio, and as the Science Museum Curator for Wilderness Park Museum (2000 Transmountain Road, El Paso, TX 79924).

His articles have appeared in Westways, Arizona Highways, New Mexico Magazine, Adam, This Month, Early Man, Astounding/Analog, If/Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Galaxy, Heritage (Texas Historical Foundation), and Saturday Review of Literature. His short stories appear in nine of the "Best of the Year" anthologies of science fiction, dating from 1954 to 1956. He did the cover and text photos for The Treasure of the Superstition Mountains, by Gary Jennings (1973). And he has contributed material for Beginning of the Rockies: The Franklin Mountains (1988).

His memberships include Western Writers of America, Texas Historical Foundation, Texas Folklore Society, Institute of Texas Cultures, Texas Association of Museums, Arizona Archaeological & Historical Society, Arizona Historical Society, Museum Association of Arizona, Mountain-Plains Museum Association, South American Explorers Club, Archaeological Society of New Mexico, New Mexico Association of Museums, New Mexico Museum Foundation, El Paso Historical Society, Texas State Historical Association, Australian Rock Art Research Association, and the Westerners (he is an ex-sheriff of the El Paso Corral, 1986-87).

Alex Apostolides won two awards in 1986 for his radio program, "Edge of Texas", a weekly half-hour look at the history of the Southwest, originally started in 1984. The first came from the El Paso Historical Commission. The second, for excellence in the media, came from the El Paso Arts Alliance. He was a Winedale Fellow in 198l. Apostolides gives some 30 lectures a year on prehistoric rock art and archaeology, as well as on folk and treasure tales of Mexico and the Southwest.