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February 16th, 2009
Televisory: Ike's ire and Abe's body

 The fate of Abraham Lincoln’s body is a ghastly tale.

By HAP MANSFIELD
Scene Editor

When Hurricane Ike hit Galveston on Sept 13, 2008, the Steel Magnolias, that renowned group of fabulous women from 1st Baptist Church in San Marcos, rolled up their sleeves, drove down and pitched in immediately.

The city of San Marcos opened up the doors of the old Bowie Elementary School to house evacuees. We live in an era of speedy communication that can send help to distressed people in a heartbeat.

On September 7, 1900, Galveston was not so lucky. The Galveston hurricane of that year is the deadliest natural disaster to ever hit the United States, taking 8-12,000 lives with its 135 miles per hour winds and 15-foot storm surges. Many Texans have heard tales of this disaster from their grandparents or great-grandparents.

The Weather Channel is re-running its series, “When The Weather Changed History” at 8 p.m. All this week (Feb. 16-20), the episode focuses on the events of the Galveston hurricane in 1900. Meteorologists and historians narrate the tale with photos and vivid descriptions.

Tonight, in honor of President’s Day, the History Channel premiers “Stealing Lincoln’s Body” at 8 p.m., a disturbing documentary about the repeated exhumation of Lincoln’s corpse before it finally found rest in a steel-and-concrete-reinforced underground vault in Springfield, IL.

This chilling tale is one of counterfeiters, ransom and the newly formed Secret Service. It is most certainly a part of Lincolniana that has rarely been told. If you miss this riveting story tonight, it will be repeated on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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