September 26th, 2001
for all the kind words regarding the loss of our Mother Joy Mikeska.
I have received a lot of your e-mail regarding my lack
of recent news updates. I have to confess that my Mothers death has
left me a little lost and very sad. It has been very difficult to focus
not only my business, but my personal life as well. The many hundreds
of cards and flower memorials sent to us was overwhelming. I want to
thank all of my friends for the kind words of sympathy. Joy Mikeska
will remain in our hearts forever.
Just when our family was beginning to return to normal
after Moms death, September 11th, 2001 (9-11-2001) happened. Many of
you know of my 22 year history as a firefighter in Taylor. The last
5 years as the Assistant Chief. I still cannot comprehend the loss of
over 6000 people. More difficult, the loss of over 300 brother firefighters.
I pray for their families and I thank God for their dedicated service.
I think these pictures best describe how I feel and how my country feels.
pride and patriotism
A few days ago, I was asked by Les Bunte, the Assistant
Chief of the Austin Fire Department to help with a homecoming event
for the Texas Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team that had been
deployed to New York 10 days ago. This team is made up of Firefighters
and EMS Search and Rescue Specialists from all over the State of Texas.
Today, they returned home to Texas after performing a very difficult
job. I felt it was necessary to donate a "Texas Bar-B-Q Buffet"
for these brave men and women and their families. A very small token
of thanks for representing our great state in the New York rescue effort.
The 72 Task Force members and their 228 guests had a great time.
Austin Airport FireFighters Welcoming Home Texas Task Force 1
with a "water cannon" salute
These men and women were ready for some Mikeska Bar-B-Q!
Notice this team members Texas Task Force patch
State Senator Barrientos was present to welcome home our Texans
I was honored to know one of Task Force 1 members. This is Rod Dennison
a friend of mine for almost 23 years. Rod was one of my EMT- Paramedic
Instructors 23 years ago and we worked together as EMS Course Coordinators
and as EMT-Paramedic Examiners in the mid 1980's. Rod is one of the
most highly respected members of the Texas Department of Health EMS
L. "Tim" Mikeska Jr.
Diamond Inn Hamburger Count.......
Tuesday's Only Total....... 22,877
12-29-99..........Hoover Family, Rudy Sr's Prayer Garden,
1-15-2000........ Merle Haggard's Wedding
Archive Highlights: 2-14-2000........
A Mikeska Wedding, Sheriff Ed Richards, Crockett
High School Sports Banquet
Archive Highlights: 3-2-2000..........
Diamond Inn Hamburgers, More of Gerry's Wedding, BOSNIA yes or no?
Archive Highlights: 3-13-2000.......
Baylor University Award, Lent Specials, SnakeShow, Meggie's Scholastic
Award, Definition of "Bohemian"
3-25-2000....... Movie at the Mikeska
Home, My Children, Candy's Birthday, Military C-130 to California Catering,
Some of My Aunts.
Archive Highlights: 4-9-2000.......Serving
the Governor at the Capitol, Longhorn Band, Lt. Gov.Rick Perry and Timothy,
Astros at Enron Field, Nolan Ryan
Archive Highlights: 4-20-2000......History
of our Building, cooking a ton of beans, New Round Rock Express Stadium
"Dell Diamond", SP-500 Mobile Pit smoking our famous Pork Loin
Rudy's Grand Champion, Cooking Crawfish, Our Corporate Airplane, Picnic
Highlights: 5-15-2000..... My Grandfather
John Mikeska, Mom & Dad in the 1950's, My Dad and I in 1961, Skiing
Mikeska Cousins, Bosnia Update
Francisco, Taylor Publishing Party, Rudy's Glazed Brick Pit/Smoker.
Barbecue Book, Keith's New McDonalds Franchise, Tribute to Matt Maddox,
& Angie Mikeska's Wedding, Texas A&M University's Stiles Farm
Foundation Annual Bar-B-Q.
my personal thoughts and my first list of pictures
more pictures, our July 4th Bar-B-Q at Eagle Base Tuzla, Bosnia
more pictures, BIG Redfish
Kids:"Wanted Poster", Rudy III and Tim making "Mikeska
Brand" sausage, few more BOSNIA pictures
"Quiet Birdmen", Mikeska's 22nd Annual Taylor International
BBQ Cookoff Judges Party, Our meat selections,
High School's 1,400 guests at the Stadium,
Ribs Served Hot Off The Pit, Happy Birthday Mike Vanecek
National Guard Family Readiness Dinner, Soldiers Return From Bosnia, One
Last Picture From Bosnia
Rentals Catfish Buffet, Tim Mikeska....appointed to the Board of Health.
Mikeska's Featured in United Airlines
Hemispheres Magazine, Taylor High School "Ducks" Homecoming
Lunch, Zimmerhanzel-Altman Wedding
Coverage of the Zimmerhanzel Altman Wedding.
Network's Food Nations Program Announcement with Tim Mikeska, Texas Heritage
Coalition Event at the State Capitol, Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs
visits Rudy Mikeska's Bar-B-Q.
of the Filming of Food Network's FoodNations Program with Chef Bobby Flay
Reports of the Food Networks "FoodNations" Program, Las Vegas
Army National Guards Bosnia Homecoming Party, Tim with U.S. Senator Kay
and New Years Wishes, City of Taylor's Christmas Party,Williamson County
Judges Christmas Party
Networks FoodNations Program Air Date, Happy 16th Birthday Meggie Mikeska,
THS Sophomore Class Catfish Dinner Fundraiser, Vanecek Family's Superbowl
Networks 5th Replay of FoodNations Program and Show Schedule, Temple College
Mardi Gras Event Fundraiser, Smoked Pork Loin, Joy Mikeska's Shrimp Gumbo
Mikeska Awarded the "Texas Eagle Award" in ceremony at Houston's
Adams Mark Hotel, Small Business Bar-B-Q at the State Capitol
the Texas State Legislature, House Speaker Pete Laney, Del Webbs Sun City
Event, New Austin Convention Center "Topping Out" Party, Schwertner
Farms: "Quiet Birdmen"
the Governor of Texas, Hyde Park Baptist Church Quarries, Dell Computer
Event, TXDOT Fish Fry at Camp Mabry, Making Cherry Plum Jelly, Mikeska's
Picked as an Official Yahoo! Site.
Archive Highlights: 8-1-2001......Tribute
to Our Mother, Joy Aline Mikeska 2-19-1922 - 6-30-2001, Obituary and Eulogy
by Tim Mikeska
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