The real Davy Crockett, hero of the Alamo, has been hard to define. Was he "half-horse-half-alligator" or an inarticulate representative of poor canebrake squatters who, like him, saw the Western horizon as a place of economic opportunity? Was he a self-promoting politician or a genuine democrat who fought for those citizens who lacked a voice in government? Perhaps Crockett was atypical- an uncommon man.
William R. Chemerka is the founder of the Alamo Society and edits its quarterly publication, The Alamo Journal. The Alamo enthusiast is the author of The Alamo Almanac and Book of Lists (Eakin Press) and has appeared as a historical commentator on the History Channel and the Arts and Entertainment Network. Chemerka has taught American History and Economics at Madison High School in Madison, New Jersey, for twenty-seven years. He is the recipient of the DAR's Outstanding Teacher of American History in the State of New Jersey Award, three Barrett-Caprio Teaching Awards, the Governor's Teaching Recognition Award, and has been recognized by "Who's Who Among American Teachers." Two Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge Grants have been bestowed upon the author, one for the study of New Jersey's role in the Texas Revolution. Chemerka is a member of the Texas State Historical Association, the Company of Military Historians, the Brigade of the American Revolution, the New Jersey Historical Society, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Actor's Equity Association.