BIO

William Groneman III

 

William (Bill) Groneman was born in New York and grew up in the New York City neighborhood of Howard Beach. He attended Our Lady of Grace Grammar School, Archbishop Molloy High School, and Manhattan College, where he received a BA in History in 1974. He achieved his goal of entering the New York City Fire Department in 1977, after working for three years as a Uniformed Court Officer in New York City Criminal Court. Bill served the FDNY and the City for the next twenty-five years in the ranks of Firefighter, Fire Marshal, Lieutenant, and Captain. He retired from the fire service in 2002 to continue his writing career.

VITAE
ARTICLES

“The Death of Davy Crockett,” The Defender [newsletter],

January 17 and February 2, 1976.

 

“Film,” Alamo II [newsletter], #8, January 1981, p 2.

 

“Things I’d Like to See,” Alamo II [newsletter], #10, March 1981.

 

“Alamomnipresence,” Alamo II [newsletter], #15, April 17, 1981.

 

“Son of Alamomnipresence,” Alamo II [newsletter], #21, February 1982, p 6.

 

“Crockett’s Last Stand,” Alamo Lore and Myth Organization Newsletter,

Vol. 4 #4, December 1982, pp 1-8.

 

“Alamomnipresence meets the Wolfman,” The Alamo News [newsletter],

 #26, December 1982, p 5.

 

“Alamomnipresidency,” The Alamo News [newsletter],

#28, February 1983, pp 6-8.

 

“The Duke Lives On – In Brooklyn?” The Alamo News [newsletter], #29, March 1983.

 

“Jim Bowie – A Popular Leader?” The Alamo News [newsletter],

#34, January 1984, pp 5-8.

 

“Why the Alamo,” The Alamo News [newsletter], #35, February 1984, pp 2-4.

 

“Travis and The Line,” The Alamo News [newsletter],

#37, March 6, 1984 pp 3-10.

 

“Lewis Dewall (Duel),” The Alamo News [newsletter], #40, May 1984, pp 5-10.

 

“Charles Zanco – Alamo Defender,” American Dane Magazine,

Vol. LXIX #8, August 1985, p 6.

 

“The Roll Call at the Alamo Story,” The Alamo Journal #57, September 1987.

“Results of Poll Concerning Crockett’s Death,” The Alamo Journal

#69, October 1989.

 

“Anthony Wolf: Tracing an Alamo Defender,” Journal of South Texas,

Vol. 3 #1, Spring 1990, pp 24-35.

 

“De La Peña and the Alamo Mystery Victim,” The Alamo Journal

#85, February 1993.

 

“Some Problems with the ‘Urriza’ Account,” The Alamo Journal #87, July 1993.

 

“A Witness to the Executions,” The Alamo Journal #89, October 1993.

 

“The Diary of José Enrique De La Peña,” Journal of South Texas, Vol. 7 #1, 1994, pp 28-51.

 

“Some Problems with the Almonte Account,” The Alamo Journal #90, February 1994.

 

“Some Comparisons to the De La Peña Diary,” The Alamo Journal #92, July 1994.

 

“The Controversial Alleged Account of José Enrique de la Peña,” Military History of the West, Vol. #2, Fall 1995, pp129-142.

 

“Publish Rather Than Perish – Regardless – Jim Crisp and the de la Peña “Diary,”

Military History of the West, Vol. 25 #2, Fall 1995, pp 157-165.

 

“Crossing the Border – Writing Western History as a Non-academic Historian,”

Roundup Magazine, Vol. III #2, December 1995, pp 14-15.

 

“We’re Back!” [editor’s message] WNYF [With New York’s Firefighters] Magazine, 1 of 1996, p 2.

 

“A Last Final Reply Or, How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love Jim Crisp,”

Military History of the West, Vol.26, #1, Spring 1996, pp 105-106.

 

“De La Peña – The Man and the Myth,” The Alamo Journal

#108, March 1998, pp 8-10.

 

“Reuben Marmaduke Potter’s Grave Found,” The Alamo Journal

#111, December 1998, p 7.

 

“Remembering the Alamo from Afar,” Roundup Magazine,

Vol. VI #2, December 1998, pp 8-10.

 

“Joe of the Alamo – The slave of the garrison’s commander fought and survived on March 6, 1836,” Wild West Magazine, Vol. 11 #5, February 1999, p 18.

“What’s West in the East,” Roundup Magazine,

Vol. VII #3, February 2000, pp 20-23.

 

“The Death of Jim Bowie,” www.readwest.com, March 2000.

 

“September 11, 2001,” Riding Line – Newsletter of the Texas State Historical Association, Winter 2001, pp 6-8.

 

“Building a Better FDNY – The Rudolph W. Giuliani Administration, January 1, 1993 – December 31, 2001, WNYF [With New York’s Firefighters] Magazine

4 of 2001, pp 8-26.

 

“Non-conventional Westerns,” Roundup Magazine,

Vol. XI #3, February 2002, pp 20-22.

 

“A Cloud of Witness in their own words,” True West Magazine,

Vol. 49 #2, February/March 2002, pp 32-33.

 

“Davy Crockett – Two Faced,” The Alamo Journal, #124, March 2002, p 18.

 

“History, Heroes and Hog Heaven,” Roundup Magazine,

Vol. X #1, October 2002, pp 23-24.

 

“Some Thoughts on an on-going Controversy,” The Alamo Journal,

#128, March 2003, pp 8-9.

 

“Commandment #11:  Thou Shalt not Schmooze the Facts!” The Crockett Chronicle,

#9, August 2005, pp 6-7.

 

“John Steinbeck – Writer,” Roundup Magazine, Vol. XIII #2, December 2005, pp 5-8.

 

“Steinbeck, Music, Memory, and Mistakes:  In Memory of John Ditsky,” Steinbeck Review and Steinbeck Studies, Vol. 3, No. 2, Fall 2006, pp 103-106.

 

“Fiddling with History – David Crockett and the ‘Devil’s Box,’” True West Magazine,

Vol. 54 #3, March 2007, pp 58-61.

 

Review of Journey to the Alamo, by Melodie A. Cuate, Roundup Magazine,

Vol. XIV #4, April 2007, p. 27.

 

“David Crockett – Western Writer,” Roundup Magazine, Vol. XIV #6, August 2007, pp 12-15.

 

“History, Heroes and Hog Heaven,” The Steinbeck Collectors Gazette: Volume II, Number 9, September 2007, reprinted from Roundup Magazine.

 

“Remembering Thomas Ricks Lindley,” The Alamo Journal, #146, September 2007,  p. 4.

 

“The Power of the Printed Word,” Roundup Magazine, Vol. XV #6, August 2008.

 

“Some Steinbeck Memories and a Rare Collectable,” The Steinbeck Collectors Gazette: Volume III, Number 8, August 2008, pp 33-34.

 

“Of Journals and Diaries,” The Laffite Society Chronicles, Volume XIV, Number 2, September 2008, pp 3-5.

 

“Defense and Offense:  The De La Peña Controversy Fifteen Years On,” The Alamo Journal, #151, December 2008, pp 5-7.

 

“Yes, Laflin Again!,” The Alamo Journal, #151, December 2008, pp 8-11.

 

“John Steinbeck Remembers the Alamo,” The Alamo Journal, #152, March 2009, pp 12-16.

 

“The Fast Draw,” Roundup Magazine, Vol. XVI #4, April 2009, pp 4-8.

 

“The Taking of the Alamo Flag,” The Alamo Journal, #154, September 2009, pp 3-9.

 

“Colonel Crockett’s Exploits and Adventures in Texas,” The Crockett Chronicle,

#26, November 2009, pp 3-6.

 

“The National Steinbeck Center,” Roundup Magazine, Vol. XVII #3, February 2010, p14.

 

“Davy Crockett -- Tennessean,” Roundup Magazine, Vol. XVII #4, April 2010, pp 11-14.

 

Review of Crockett in Congress:  The Rise and Fall of the Poor Man’s Friend, by Allen J. Weiner and James R. Boylston, Roundup Magazine,  Vol. XVII #4, April 2010, p 31.

 

“Things We Get Wrong about David Crockett,” True West Magazine,

Vol. 57 #5, May 2010, pp 50-51.

 

“William Barret Travis by Wiley Martin,” The Alamo Journal, #158, September 2010, pp 4-5.

 

“John Steinbeck Remembers the Alamo,” The Steinbeck Collectors Gazette: Volume VI, Number 1, January 2011, pp 16-22, reprinted from The Alamo Journal.

 

“Author William Groneman III’s Leading Reasons to Admire Alamo Defender Davy Crockett,” Wild West Magazine, Vol. 23, # 5, February 2011, p 8.

 

“Misremembering the Alamo – Ten things about the 1836 Texas battle every American knows – whether they happened or not,” Wild West Magazine, Vol. 23, # 5, February 2011, pp 36-43.

 

“Remembering Davy,” Go Ahead – Newsletter of the Direct Descendants and Kin of David Crockett, Vol. 28, Issue 3, February 2011, 2.

 

“Steinbeck Trilogies,” The Steinbeck Collectors Gazette: Volume VI, Number 4, May 2011, pp 12-17.

 

Review of David Crockett:  The Lion of the West, by Michael Wallis, Roundup Magazine, Vol. XVIII #5, June 2011, p 35.

 

“Response to Roger Borroel’s New Translation of the De La Peña Account,”

The Alamo Journal, #164, March 2012, pp 8-10.

 

“Non-John of the Alamo,” The Alamo Journal, #164, March 2012, pp 11-14.

 

“The Emotional Impact of 9/11 on the FDNY – A Personal View,”

Grieving Behind the Badge eNewsletter, March 2012.

 

“Travels Unraveled,” Steinbeck Review, Vol. 9 #2, Fall 2012.

 

"Davy Crockett – Gentleman from the Cane, Go Ahead", Vol. 30, February 2013.

 

“Travels with John – A novel approach to Steinbeck’s California,” Roundup Magazine, Vol. XXI, # 4, April 2014, pp 11-13.

 

Review of Jack London: An American Life by Earle Labor, Roundup Magazine, Vol. XXI, #5, June 2014, p 36.

 

“Follow the Money,” The Alamo Journal, #172, August 2014, pp 3-9.

 

 "United States Presidents and the Alamo,” The Alamo Journal, #173, December 2014, pp 18-19.

 

“Davy’s Death at the Alamo Is Now a Case Closed – Or Not,” Wild West Magazine,  Vol. 27, #5, February 2015, pp 20-21.

 

"One Hundred Years Ago,” The Alamo Journal, #174, April 2015, pp 12-14.

 

Review of The City in Texas by David G. McComb, True West Magazine, Vol. 62, #8,  August 2015, pp 52-53.

"No Wounds in His Back," True West Magazine, Vol. 64, #3, March 2017, pp 30-33.

"Building Your Western Library with William Groneman III," True West Magazine, Vol. 64, #10, October 2017,

p 62.


"Cattle Call," True West Magazine, Vol. 65, #4, April 2018, pp 90-97.

"The Women of the Alamo," True West Magazine, Vol.66, #3, March 2019, 

pp 22-25.

"The Alamo's Mystery Family," The Alamo Dispatch, Issue #187, Summer 2019, pp 54-57.

CONTRIBUTIONS TO OTHER WORKS

Foreword to Thomas F. Feely, Jr. and Nancy Nagle, Crockett’s Last Stand – A Diorama.  Ridgefield Park, NJ: Historical Dioramas Inc., 1995.

 

[Numerous biographies of Alamo Defenders], in Ron Tyler, ed.  The New Handbook of Texas Vols. I –IV.  Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1996.

 

“Historical Narrative,” for the painting, You May Take Our Lives, but You Will Never Take Our Freedom, by Kirk Stirnweis.  Fort Leavenworth, KS:  American Historical Art, 1999.

 

“Texas – from the Outside,” in Mike Blakely and Mary Elizabeth Goldman, eds. Forever Texas.  New York: A Forge Book, 2000.

 

“The Alamo,” in James A. Crutchfield, ed. The Way West – True Stories of the American West.  New York:  A Forge Book, 2005.

 

“The Alamo, and “David Crockett,” in James A. Crutchfield, Candy Moulton, et al, eds. The Settlement of America:  The Encyclopedia of American Expansion  from Jamestown to the closing of the Frontier.  Armonk, NY:  M.E Sharpe, Inc, 2011.

DOCUMENTARIES
Appearance in

The De la Peña Diary; a memoir of an officer of Santa Anna including the death of Davy Crockett.  Brian Huberman, 2000.

 

Unsolved History – The Alamo. The Discovery Channel.  Greg Dehart, 2002.

 

Alligator-Horses (A story of 1830’s America including volunteer firefighters, blackface minstrels, Davy Crockett and the first tabloid murder of a New York prostitute). 

Brian Huberman.

 

Lost Heroes.  Cid Gallindo, In production.

 

El Alamo: Una Historia No Apta Para Hollywood.  Paco Ignacio Taibo II.

FICTION

“Meeting at Porton de Agua Creek,” Alamo Lore and Myth Organization Newsletter,

March 1981, pp 5-7.

 

Unpublished short Stories submitted to Twilight Zone Magazine and other Science Fiction/Horror genre publications:

 

“One Last Hour Home,” March 1981.

 

“A Tale of the Weird,” April 1981.

 

“S.S.S.,” May 1981.

 

“Warning, This House Protected,” May 1981.

 

“It’s Always Better the Second Time Around,” June 1981.

 

“N.Y.C.D.O.V.E.,” July 1981.

 

“By the Rising of the Moon,” August 1982.

INTERVIEWS

Alamo Defenders,

KMOL Television News 4, San Antonio, TX, 1990.

Defense of a Legend,

KTSA AM 550, San Antonio, TX, March 6, 1995,

Steve Sellers and Eliza Sunnyland.

 

De La Peña Controversy,

KENS Television News 5, San Antonio, TX, March, 1995, Rosenda Rios.

 

De La Peña Controversy,

KSAT Television News12, San Antonio, TX, March, 1995.

 

Eyewitness to the Alamo,

KTSA AM 550, San Antonio, TX, July 5, 1996.

 

How Did Davy Die?

BBC Radio 4, March 6, 1997.

 

“Did Davy Crockett Die Fighting, or was he captured and then executed at the Alamo?”

Interview by Candy Moulton, Wild West Magazine, Vol. XI #5, February 1999,

pp 62-64.

 

De la Peña Auction

CNN Television, November 19, 1999,

Greg LaMotte.

 

The Alamo

KSTP Radio, Minnesota, March 7, 2003

Jason Lewis.

 

My Interview with Bill Groneman

Alamo Sentry Web site, December 14, 2005

Wade Dillon.

 

David Crockett – Hero of the Common Man

KVHC- TV 10, Kerrville, TX, March 3, 2006.

 

David Crockett – Hero of the Common Man

KRVL Radio, Kerrville, TX, March 6, 2006

Steve Alex and Harley Belew.

 

From 9.11 to the Alamo

True West Magazine, April 2006

Candy Moulton.

Retired NYC Firefighter:  “Good Riddance” to bin Laden

WOAI: San Antonio News, May 2, 2011

Lauren Lea.

 

Meet the Authors

The ReadWest Foundation, Waco, TX, June 11, 2011

Steve Law.

 

September 11:  A Memoir

WOAI: San Antonio News, September 9, 2011

Lauren Lea.

Too Good To Be True? Myths in American History

Back Story Podcast #0204, July 28, 2017

Nina Earnest.

LIBRARY DISPLAYS

Remembering the Alamo

Malverne Public Library

Malverne, NY, February – March 1991

 

Thirtieth Anniversary of Manned Space Flight

Malverne Public Library

Malverne, NY, May 1991

 

Remembering the Alamo

Henry Waldinger Memorial Library

Valley Stream, NY August 1991

 

Project Mercury

Henry Waldinger Memorial Library

Valley Stream, NY June 1992

 

John Steinbeck

Henry Waldinger Memorial Library

Valley Stream, NY November 1993

 

Breaking the Sound Barrier

Henry Waldinger Memorial Library

Valley Stream, NY October 1997

MUSIC

Original song – Western Writers of America, 2013.

PANELS

No Tweed Jackets Allowed – Writing Western History Outside of Academe

Western Writers of America Convention, El Paso, Texas, June 27, 1995.

 

Researching History on a Spur Strap

Western Writers of America Convention, Rapid City, South Dakota, June 29, 1999.

 

How the West was Spun, Unraveling the Myth from the Man

Western Writers of America Convention, Kerrville, Texas, June 14, 2000.

 

The Ultimate Alamo Panel

Texas Book Festival, Austin, Texas, November 12, 2000. (Televised)

 

The Crockett Symposium

Davy Crockett show and Exhibit

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin, Texas, March 2, 2002.

 

Remembering the Alamo -- Again

Texas Book Festival, Austin, Texas, November 17, 2002. (Televised)

 

Authors and their Books

Third Annual Courthouse Book Fair, Gonzales, Texas, December 7, 2002.

 

Davy Crockett

Western Writers of America Convention, Knoxville, Tennessee, June 25, 2010.

 

The Alamo and Davy Crockett

The Alamo Society Symposium, San Antonio, Texas, March 6, 2011

The 175th anniversary of the battle of the Alamo.

 

Remembering the Alamo
The Alamo Society Symposium, San Antonio, Texas, March 3, 2012.

 

Writing about the Alamo (Moderator)

Western Writers of America Convention, Lubbock, TX, June 27, 2015.

September 11 Panel,

Schreiner University, Kerrville, TX. September 11, 2018

PAPERS

The Controversial Account of José Enrique de la Peña

Texas State Historical Association Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, March 5, 1995.

 

John Steinbeck and the Alamo

John Steinbeck’s America – A Centennial Celebration,

Hofstra University, Uniondale, NY, March 2002.

SPEAKING APPEARANCES

The Alamo

Valley Stream Historical Society

Valley Stream, NY, November 20, 1991.

 

Fire Prevention

Maurice W. Downing School

Malverne, NY, Fire Preventions Week, October 2000.

 

Read children’s books on legendary Americans

Maurice W. Downing School

Malverne, NY, April 24, 2001.

 

Fire Prevention, Firefighting, 9/11

Warwick Middle School

Warwick, NY, February 19, 2002.

 

Life as a Journey

Maurice W. Downing School, Michael Hughes Rededication Ceremony

Malverne, NY, March 25, 2002.

 

Texas and New York City, 9/11

Former Texas Ranger Fund Raising Dinner, YO Resort Hotel

Kerrville, TX, August 17, 2002.

 

9/11, The Alamo

Nixon Historical Society,

Nixon, TX, September 16, 2002.

 

9/11

Marble Falls High School

Marble Falls, TX, October 3, 2002.

 

The Alamo, books by Bill Groneman

Backroads Books,

Bandera, TX, November 2002.

 

Fire Prevention, 9/11

Tom Daniel’s Elementary School,

Fifth Grade, Kerrville, TX, Fire Prevention Week, November 2002.

 

9/11

Tivy High School,

Kerrville, TX, December 12 & 13, 2002.

 

Alamo Couriers – The Forgotten Heroes

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Alamo Couriers Ceremony,

The Alamo, San Antonio, TX, February 22, 2003.

 

GTT – Gone to Texas

Alamo Society Symposium,

San Antonio, TX, March 1, 2003.

 

The Writing Life, Dos and Don’ts of Writing

Schreiner University Creative Writing Class,

Kerrville, TX, March 3, 2003.

 

New York City and Texas, Bill Groneman’s Books

Kerrville Genealogical Society,

Kerrville, TX, March 19, 2003.

 

Eyewitness History – Some Observations from Ground Zero

San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society,

San Antonio, TX, May 17, 2003.

 

Team Work and Heroes on 9/11

Chester Nimitz Elementary School,

Kerrville, TX, September 11, 2003.

 

Eyewitness History – Some Observations from Ground Zero

Daughters of the American Revolution Meeting,

Pleasanton, TX, October 11, 2003.

 

Eyewitness History – Some Observations from Ground Zero

Ladies Book Club,

Kerrville, TX, October 15, 2003.

 

Heroes on 9/11 and Service to the Community

Kerr County 4H Club Junior Council

Kerrville, TX, November 4, 2003.

 

Heroes on 9/11 and Service to the Community

Kerr County 4H Club Senior Council

Kerrville, TX, November 5, 2003.

 

Eyewitness History – Some Observations from Ground Zero

Joshua D. Brown Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Meeting,

Kerrville, TX, November 24, 2003.

 

 Writing

Bandera Writers’ Forum,

Bandera, TX, January 7, 2004.

 

Bill Groneman’s Books, and the Alamo

Barnes & Noble Book Sellers,

Austin, TX, March 4, 2004.

 

David Crockett – Hero of the Common Man

Alamo Society Symposium,

San Antonio, TX, March 6, 2004.

 

Writing about Davy Crockett

Festival of the West

(with Paul A. Hutton),

Scottsdale, AZ, March 20, 2004.

 

Eyewitness History – Some Observations from Ground Zero

Copperas Cove Presbyterian Church,

Copperas Cove, TX, April 5, 2004.

 

Eyewitness History – Some Observations from Ground Zero

Kendall County Genealogical Society,

Boerne, TX, April 17, 2004.

 

Writing

Chester Nimitz Elementary School,

Kerrville, TX, May 18, 2004.

 

Eyewitness History – Some Observations from Ground Zero

Kerrville Rotary Club,

Kerrville, TX, April 27, 2005.

 

9/11

National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution,

Kerrville, TX, September 20, 2005.

 

9/11

Hal Peterson Middle School – four Team Leadership Classes,

Kerrville, TX, October 2005.

 

Children of the Alamo

Alamo Defenders Descendants Association Ceremony

The Alamo, San Antonio, TX, March 4, 2006.

  

David Crockett – Hero of the Common Man

Wolfmueller’s Book Store

Kerrville, TX, March 6, 2006.

 

David Crockett – Hero of the Common Man

Frontier Times Museum

Bandera, TX, March 30, 2006.

 

David Crockett – Hero of the Common Man

DRT Alamo Couriers Chapter

San Antonio, TX, July 1, 2006.

 

David Crockett

Direct Descendants of David Crockett Reunion

Granbury, TX, July 21, 2006.

 

September 11, 2001 from a Firefighter’s Perspective

New Braunfels Lions Club

New Braunfels, TX, October 4, 2006

 

David Crockett – Hero of the Common Man

Nixon Historical Society,

Nixon, TX, November 13, 2006.

 

David Crockett – Hero of the Common Man and Writing

ABC Book Club,

Kerrville, TX, March 13, 2007.

 

9/11

Kiwanis Club,

Kerrville, TX, September 20, 2007.

 

September 11, 2001 from a Firefighter’s Perspective

Presbyterian Men’s Club

Kerrville, TX, October 10, 2007.

 

David Crockett – Hero of the Common Man

Kerrville Genealogical Society

Kerrville, TX, March 19, 2008.

 

Alamo Defenders

Sons of the American Revolution

San Antonio, TX, March 26, 2008

9/11

National Museum of the Pacific War

Fredericksburg, TX, September 11, 2008.

 

Some things we still get wrong about the Alamo

Kerrville Sunrise Lions Club

Kerrville, TX, June 2, 2009

 

9/11 World Trade Center Photos

Der FotoKlub

Fredericksburg, TX, September 1, 2010

 

My Books

Kirby Pines Retirement Community

Memphis, TN, September 11, 2010

 

Life is Good

Keynote Speaker – Kirby Pines Retirement Community

Memphis, TN, September 11, 2010

 

De la Peña “Diary”

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Baron de Bastrop Chapter

Bastrop, TX, November 12, 2010

 

Davy Crockett

Joshua D. Brown Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Meeting,

Kerrville, TX, January 24, 2011.

 

September 11, 2001

Honor America Rally

Kerrville, TX, May 6 2011.

 

September 11: A Memoir

Wolfmueller’s Books

Kerrville, TX, September 15, 2011.

 

September 11: A Memoir

Sons of the American Revolution

Kerrville, TX, October 11, 2011.

 

September 11: A Memoir

Kerrville Rotary Club

Kerrville, TX, October 19, 2011.

September 11 Lessons learned

FBI National Alumni Association

Kerrville, TX, October 27, 2011.

 

Things we still get wrong about Davy Crockett and the Alamo

Kerrville Amvets Post 1000

Kerrville, TX, November 9, 2011.

 

September 11: A Memoir

Kerrville Kiwanis Club

Kerrville, TX, November 17, 2011.

 

September 11: A Memoir

Hondo Rotary Club

Hondo, TX, January 5, 2012.

 

Things we still get wrong about Davy Crockett and the Alamo

Kendall County Genealogical Society

Boerne, TX, March 17, 2012.

 

My Books

Alamo History Night

The Emily Morgan Hotel, San Antonio, TX, May 22, 2012.

 

Faith in Action at Ground Zero

Legatus meeting

Wilmington, DE, September 11, 2012.

 

Writing

Texas Word Wrangler Festival

Giddings High School, Giddings, TX, September 13, 2012.

 

Faith in Action at Ground Zero

First Methodists Men’s Rally

First Methodist Church, Kerrville, TX, October 9, 2012.

 

September 11, 2001, with reference to other historical events

Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Battle of Bexar luncheon

San Antonio Country Club, San Antonio, TX, December 8, 2012.

 

Creative Writing

Schreiner University Creative Writing Class,

Kerrville, TX, February 20, 2013.

 

Things we still get wrong about the Alamo

Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Baron de Bastrop Chapter

Bastrop, TX, March 8, 2013.

 

Writing September 11: A Memoir

Schreiner University’s Writers’ Workshop

Schreiner University, Kerrville, TX, April 3, 2013.

 

The Many Deaths of Davy Crockett

Daughters of the Republic of Texas, John Berry Chapter

Georgetown, TX, April 20, 2013.

 

Things we still get wrong about Davy Crockett

Bastrop County Historical Society

Bastrop, TX  April 25, 2013.

 

Davy Crockett – Hero of the Common Man

Society of Mayflower Descendants

San Antonio, TX  August 10, 2013.

 

Things we still get wrong about the Alamo

Sons of the Republic of Texas

Fredericksburg, TX  October 1, 2013.

 

September 11 with reference to other historical events

Daughters of the American Revolution, Atascosa County Chapter

Pleasanton, TX  November 5, 2013.

 

From the Siege of Bexar to the Alamo’s Artillerymen:  Captain Carey’s Invincibles

Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Alamo Couriers Chapter

Siege of Bexar Luncheon

San Antonio, TX  December 9, 2013.

 

September 11 with references to some other historical events

The Riverhill Women’s Association

Kerrville, TX  September 11, 2014.

 

My Books

Legatus Meeting

Lafayette, LA, September 24, 2014. 

Faith in Action at Ground Zero

Legatus Meeting

Lafayette, LA  September 24, 2014.

 

Things we still get wrong about the Alamo

Kerrville Genealogical Society

Kerrville, TX  October 15, 2014.

Things we still get wrong about the Alamo

MASB meeting

San Antonio, TX February 12, 2015.

Hondo Rotary Club

Hondo, TX, October 29, 2015.

 

Things we still get wrong about Davy Crockett

Sons of the American Revolution

Austin, TX  December 19, 2015.

September 11

Mayflower Descendants

San Antonio, TX, April 2, 2016.

 

Davy Crockett Hero of the Common Man

Sons of the Republic of Texas

New Braunfels, TX, April 16, 2016.

 

Some Memories of September 11 with references to other historical events

Brandywine Crucible Meeting / Cox Family Reunion

Lampassas, TX, June 4, 2016.

 

David Crockett – Hero of the Common Man

Sons of the American Revolution, Alexander Hamilton Chapter

Georgetown, TX, August 13, 2016.

Kerrville Genealogical Society

Kerrville, TX, September 21, 2016.

 

Faith in action at Ground Zero

Texas State Pioneers Meeting

Helotes, TX, September 25, 2016.

 

September 11 with references to other historical events

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Couriers Chapter Meeting

San Antonio, TX, September 28, 2016.

Researching and Writing

Kerrville Genealogical Society

Kerrville, TX, January 18, 2017.

 

Davy Crockett - Fact, Fiction and Folklore

Texas Folklore Society Meeting

Tyler, TX  April 22, 2017.

September 11 with reference to other historical events

Sons of the American Revolution, Alexander Hamilton Chapter

Georgetown, TX, June 10, 2017.

September 11, and  Honoring McCulloch County Fire Departments

Heart of Texas Historians and Storytellers

Brady, TX, September 10, 2017.

September 11 and other Historical Events

Daughters of the American Revolution, Hill Country Chapter
Johnson City, TX, January 13, 2018

Things I've learned about the Alamo

Daughters of the Republic of Texas,  John Berry Chapter

Georgetown, TX, February 17, 2018

9/11 Remembrance Program at D’Hanis High School, D'Hanis, TX. Featured as Distinguished Speaker.

D’Hanis High School, American Legion Posts 128 and 524 and Veterans of Foreign War Post 3891.  September 11, 2018

9/11 at Ground Zero - Watching the World Change: A Firefighter's Perspective

Instructor: William Groneman

The Dynamic Learning Institute, and the Dietert Center, Kerrville, TX, September 11, 2018

9/11 at Ground Zero - Watching the World Change: A Firefighter's Perspective

Huajilla Retired teachers (Medina County and surrounding area), Hondo, TX. September 24, 2018.

A new look at the Alamo Garrison

Daughters of the Republic of Texas

Judge Greenleaf Fisk Chapter

Liberty Hill, TX. October 13, 2018

Things We Get Wrong About Davy Crockett

Kerrville Rotary Club

Inn of the Hills

Kerrville, TX. January 30, 2019

The Real Davy Crockett

Dynamic Learning Institute

Dietert Center

Kerrville, TX. February 7, 2019

Eyewitness to the Alamo

Order of Granaderos y Damas de Galvez

San Antonio, TX. March 6, 2019

A New Look at the Alamo Garrison

Kerrville Historical Society

The Union Church

Kerrville, TX. March 18, 2019

Watching the World Change, September 11, 2001
Robert G. Livingston Chapter DAR
San Gabriel Presbyterian Church, Georgetown, TX. April 11, 2019

Watching the World Change,

September 11, 2001 

Order of Granaderos y Damas de Galvez

San Antonio, TX. September 4, 2019

9/11 Remembrance Program,

September 11, 2019

Hondo High School, Hondo, TX.

Featured as Distinguished Speaker.

Participating were: Hondo High School,

American Legion Posts 128 and 524

and Veterans of Foreign War Post 3891. 

September 11,

Septemer 11, 2019

Kerrville Rotary Club

Kroc Center, Kerrville, TX.

SUBJECT OF ARTICLES

“Malvernite Remembers the Alamo,” Elyse Trevers, The Malverne Community Times,

February 28, 1991, p2.

 

“Phew!  Davy Crockett survives another attack,” David Hinckley,

New York Daily News, March 12, 1991.

 

“Local Author Exhibits 20 Year Collection of Alamo Memorabilia,”

Malverne Community Times, April 22, 1991, p 3.

 

“Remembering the Alamo,” Panorama – Valley Stream [NY] Historical Society Newsletter, Vol. XIX #3, November/December 1991.

 

“The Eyes of N.Y. are upon y’all,” David Hinckley, New York Daily News,

March 3, 1992.

 

“Book’s author takes stand for one of Alamo’s defenders,” Lois Scott,

Victoria [Texas] Advocate, March 13, 1994.

 

“Davy Crockett’s death at the Alamo examined in new book,” L.A. Pescaia,

The West News, March 31, 1994, p 5.

 

“Malverne Author Remembers the Alamo,” Bob Petry, Lynbrook[NY] Herald,

March 31, 1994, p 4B.

 

“Dust Jackets,” Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. XCVII #4,

April 1994, PP 674-675.

 

“Firefighter Defends Davy,” David Hinckley, New York Daily News,

May 24, 1994, p 30.

“New Alamo battle was of the sexes?” Susan Yerkes,

San Antonio Express-News, February 5, 1995.

 

“The Death of Davy Crockett,” Dan Goddard, San Antonio Express-News,

section G, March 5, 1995.

 

“Davy Crock?” Jan Reid, Texas Monthly, May 1995, p 74.

 

“Deep in the Heart of Texas,” Susan Shapiro, Valley Stream [NY] Herald,

February 29, 1996, p15B.

 

“Crockett Buff in a Turnout Coat,” Mark Daly, The Chief-Leader, January 15, 1999.

 

“Crockett for President,” Editorial by Gregory Lalire, Wild West Magazine,

Vol. XI #5, February 1999, p 6.

 

“Elusive Truths,” Holly J. Morris, U.S. News & World Report,

Special Mysteries of History issue, July 24-31, 2000, p 30.

 

“WW Elections,” Bill Groneman, Roundup Magazine,

Vol. IX # 2, December 2001, pp 19-20.

 

“Celebrating the Birthday of John Steinbeck,” Barbara Delantiner,

The New York Times, Arts and Entertainment, March 17, 2002.

 

“Three ‘Star’ Salute,” Kerrville Mountain Sun, Vol. 122 #43,

August 21, 2002, p1 & 8A.

 

“Firefighter recalls chaos at Ground Zero a year after terrorist attack of

September 11th,” Irene Van Winkle, Kerrville Mountain Sun, September 11, 2002.

 

“Retired NYC fire captain recalls ‘American’s 21st Century Day of Infamy,’”

Rosa Lavender, Kerrville Daily Times, September 11, 2002, p 11 A.

 

“NYFD member to be speaker,” Cow Country Courier – serving Nixon, Smiley, Stockdale and Neighboring Communities [TX], Vol. 9 #37, September 12, 2002.

 

“Six authors slated to attend third annual Book Fair here,” Gonzales Inquirer,

November 26, 2002, p3.

 

“9/11 Hero Tells His Story,” Amanda Hill Tivy [High School] Tatler,

Vol. 76, #3, February 10, 2003, p1.

 

“Kerrville-based writer looks at the Alamo, Myths and Legends,”

Danni Previte, Kerrville Daily Times, Living 1C, March 1-2, 2003.

 

“On the scene,” San Antonio Express-News, March 13, 2003.

 

“Alamo historian to speak at Kerrville Genealogical Society meeting,”

Kerrville Daily Times, March 19, 2003.

 

“Heroes All,” Kerrville Mountain Sun, September 17, 2003, P 9A.

 

“Author, Alamo enthusiast to speak to Daughters of the Republic of Texas,”

Kerrville Daily Times, November 15-16, 2003, p 6A.

 

“DRT honors founder, welcomes speaker who was at Ground Zero,”

Kerrville Daily Times, November 15-16, 2003.

 

“Celebrated writer to address Jan.7 Writer’s Forum,” The Bandera [TX] Review,

December 31, 2003.

 

“Alamo author featured guest at Presbyterian Women luncheon,”

Paula Abernathy, Copperas Cove [Texas] Herald, April 15, 2004.

 

“Fighting myths – Crockett biography looks at the frontiersman as he lived, died,”

Book Review, Mary Margaret McAllen Amberson, San Antonio Express-News,

January 22, 2006.

 

“Local author examines American legend in ‘David Crockett’,” Stuart Cunyus, Hill Country Community Journal, March 1, 2006.

 

“Davy Crockett biographer to sign new book Monday,” Irene Van Winkle, West Kerr Current, March 2, 2006.

 

“Author:  David Crockett was no buffoon,” Carlina Villalpando, Kerrville Daily Times, March 4-5, 2006.

 

“Frontier museum hosts author,” Kerrville Daily Times, March 23, 2006.

 

“Museum to Host Alamo, Crockett Author,” Julie Whitmore, Bandera County Courier, March 23, 2006.

 

“Leading Texas Writers Signing books Saturday,” Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post, May 24, 2006.

 

“Texas authors to sign new books in F’burg,” Kerrville Daily Times, May 25, 2006.

 

“Best Texas authors to sign new books,” West Kerr Current, May 26, 2006.

“Author!  Author!,” Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post, May 31, 2006.

 

“Bill Groneman book signing,” El Tejano – Friends of Casa Navarro Newsletter, Vol. 1, issue 2, December 2006.

 

“Davy Crockett descendants, biographer meet,” Irene Van Winkle, West Kerr Current, March 27, 2008.

 

“Seven Years after 9/11,” Conor Harrison, Kerrville Daily Times, September 11, 2008, 1A.

 

“No going Back,” Zeke MacCormack, San Antonio Express-News, September 12, 2008, 12A.

 

“Memories vivid for one at 9/11 commemoration,” Irene Van Winkle, West Kerr Current, September 17, 2009, 1.

 

“William Groneman III,” Membership profile, Steinbeck Collectors Gazette, Vol. 5 #4, PP 6-7.

 

“Baron de Bastrop DRT chapter hears author William Groneman, Elgin [Texas] Courier, December 1, 2010.

 

“Tales of Davy Crockett,” The Bastrop [Texas] Advertiser, December 4, 2010, A6.

 

“DRT meeting to spotlight Crockett,” Kerrville Daily Times, January 21, 2011.

 

“September 11: A Memoir,” Candy Moulton, The Fence Post,

August 29, 2011

 

“Remember – Local man writes memoir of first-hand experience on fateful day,” Bonnie Arnold, Hill Country Community Journal, September 7, 2011, 1A.

 

“9/11, first-hand,” Irene Van Winkle, West Kerr Current, September 8, 2011, 1.

 

“September 11:  A Memoir,” Melissa Boughton, Kerrville Daily Times, September 15, 2011, 1C.

 

“Pearl Harbor Moments, then and now,” Joseph Benham, Kerrville Daily Times, October 19, 2011, 4A.

 

“Author of eyewitness book on 9/11 speaks to patriotic group,” Kerrville Daily Times, October 19, 2011, 7A.

 

“September 11: A Memoir,” Candy Moulton, Roundup Magazine, Vol. XIX #2, December 2011, p 24.

 

“Former FDNY captain relates 9/11 experience,” Diane Cosgrove, Hondo Anvil Herald, January 19, 2012.

 

“September 11:  A Memoir,” The Beeline – the online newsletter of the St. Ann’s & Molloy Alumni Community, February 3, 2012.

"Former FDNY firefighter recalls 9/11 devastation," Alexandria Randolph, Kerrville Daily Times, September 11, 2017.

"Learning first-hand from the experts and professionals - Mark 9/11 with NYFD [sic] captain, remember Iwo Jima and more,"  Jeff Anderson, Kerrville Daily Times, Weekend, September 1-2, 2018.

"Remembering 9/11- Not forgotten," Jenna Carpenter, Kerrville Daily Times, September 11, 2018.

"Memories of 9/11 recalled," Irene Van Winkle, West Kerr Current, September 27, 2018.

"Historian: Alamo fighters not exactly known," Irene Van Winkle, West Kerr Current, March 21, 2019.

TECHNICAL ADVISOR/
HISTORICAL CONSULTANT

Roll Call at the Alamo, a Lorimar Television film based on the book of the same name. 1985. Executive Producers Michael Uslan and Benjamin Melniker.

TELEVISION

Bill O’Reilly’s Legends and Lies:  Davy Crockett, Warm Springs Productions, aired May 3, 2015.

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