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From: Betty Jo Williams Posted: 8/12/2014 1:14:02 PM

I was a Human Resources Rep. in non exempt employment working for Sid Hilliard and Carole Schaull in the late 70's early 80's. I believe, at that time, it was Dee Mifflin who managed HR. Felix Romero and Rebecca Rowinsky Cramer were my co-workers. Thanks so much for all the memories posted here.

From: Smithc652 Smithc652 Posted: 7/26/2014 7:53:02 PM

This design is incredible! You obviously know how to keep a reader amused.

From: Martin Littlefield Posted: 7/14/2014 10:13:54 PM

Hello Ivan and all the Data Processing folks I worked with from 1984 - 1990. Just wanted to pass along some sad news. Josh Strasner passed away on July 8 after a long battle with cancer. He actually worked during the EDS years and was great guy and quite a character.

From: cynthia coffman kannenberg Posted: 6/20/2014 12:35:12 AM

Wow what a great site and lots of old names and memories...and me in the first picture at Taco Flats! I miss Texas, live is Seattle now and work in healthcare, managing a breast diagnostic center....

From: J McNabb Posted: 6/11/2014 11:33:24 PM

Does anybody have the name of the second annuity fc bought for employees when they terminated pension plan? The first company was prudential, but there was a second annuity about two years later. Thanks.

From: Sandy Hennig - Allen Posted: 1/31/2014 1:38:21 PM

Does anyone know what happened to Helen Janak?

From: Sandy Hennig - Allen Posted: 1/31/2014 1:20:21 PM

I haven't been on this site since it was in its beginning stages. How wonderful that it has gone this far in the past years. I am so excited! Thank you to everyone involved!

The reason I am here is that I have a question about my pension. I did not know I was eligible for a pension until last year, about three months before I turned 65. My question has to do with any disability clauses in the actual pension plan. I found some old papers on the plan that indicated that there were provisions for someone who became disabled and had to retire early. I have already called Prudential but I am not satisfied with what I was told and I would like additional information from someone who was with First City. Any suggestions as to who I could contact with would be greatly appreciated.

I was the last one from the First City Austin Investment Department and was carried over to work for Frost Bank when they took over Austin's First City Banks. After leaving First City/Frost Bank after several more years, I went to work for Bank of America here in downtown Austin in the Trust/Investment Department. I stayed on with them until I had to retire for health reasons in 2006, As to an update on my personal life, I still live in Austin, after 20 years of marriage I am single again, I am a grandmother of 6 and I am also now a great grandmother. I live a simple happy life at my home in the Lakeway area.

Anyone who would like to contact me or anyone having information on the pension plan, please email me at and/or call me 512-413-5809.

If there is ever a reunion of the Austin group I would be very interested in knowing about it.

From: Janet Waldeier Posted: 1/30/2014 3:13:04 PM

Hello everyone! I worked at First City from August of 1982 to July of 1992. Started in Marketing under Dave Carroll, then worked for Dick Zinser, then Jack Collins. For the past 21 years I have been the CFO of a private equity company here in Austin. Had dinner last night with Bobbie Collins, Sheila Slagel, and Dawn Liesmann, all First City names from the past! Bobbie said Martha Mann, Wanda Burnette, and Lutie Little Butler are all doing well. She also said Janet Stoeltje has Alzheimer's and is in an assisted living home. I talk with Shannon Boggus frequently; I'm sure many of you remember her. I understand Dick Zinser passed away a couple of years ago from cancer. Love the website!

From: Luis Guerra Posted: 1/8/2014 5:23:28 PM

Hey Trey (Wattinger) - is that you? Made a lot friend while working at the FCBank. Unfortunately, have lost touch with many. Still friends with Kathi Spidel. I'm still in Austin & semi-retired.

From: john wattinger Posted: 11/14/2013 3:41:24 PM

Wow, the old names....worked for Luis Guerra in the LC Dept. one summer of '80-82ish?? Then went on to work in Houston in '85 full time!!! Richard Moore got me the summer job in austin..... its been a long time!!!

From: Press Jones Posted: 11/13/2013 12:44:47 AM

Good to see some very familiar names - a blast from the past. I am still in banking but in Dallas now.

From: Ivan Shepperd Posted: 8/8/2013 8:55:49 PM

Hi Winifred,

I don't recall who FCNB Midland was purchased by. I suspect it was Texas Commerce (don't hold me to that) who was then acquired by Chase Bank. But by this point the bank would not likely still have it. They turn it over to the state. I'm sorry that I don't know what happens if, over time, no one claims the funds from the state. I would contact them and see if they can help.

From: Ivan Shepperd Posted: 8/8/2013 8:52:31 PM

Dan S. Thanks for the info on Lynn Cannon. Man, does that bring back some memories. I had so much respect for those guys and with all the issues we had with the computers, they were like fellow employees. He was one of good ones too.

From: WINIFRED ROBERTSON Posted: 8/5/2013 3:11:03 AM

After 31 very busy years with an international oilfield service company (and a resident of Midland,TX.), I have recently retired and discovered my CD and IRA along with FCNB of Midland have vanished! Does anyone know where my funds have gone? The State of TX is not holding them!

From: Dan Strey Posted: 7/23/2013 2:09:54 PM

Here's the information for Lynn:

Thursday July 25, 2013, 2:00 p.m. at Palm Valley Lutheran Church

2500 E. Palm Valley Blvd.,Round Rock,TX 78665,Round+Rock,TX

Donations in "lieu of flowers" to KAIROS Prison Ministry can be made by check made out to "KPMI-Hughes" with memo line "In Memory of Lyndal Cannon". The checks can be mailed to

KAIROS Hughes c/o Steve Ryder
2805 Robbs Run
Austin, TX 78703

Obituary is at

From: Dan Strey Posted: 7/22/2013 10:30:34 AM

Just wanted to let everyone know that Lynn Cannon passed away this weekend after a long bout with Cancer. Though not a First City employee, any one that worked in the IT department knew Lynn. He was the lead tech for Burroughs / Unisys and supported us for many years.

He worked at TMHP (Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership) at the end of his career working as the Tandem Guru. Lynn was a class act and someone I always looked up to with tremendous respect.

I think the services are on Thursday. As soon as I get more details, I'll post the information here should any one wish to attend.

Best regards,


From: Tim Bailey Posted: 7/2/2013 9:19:22 PM

I want to ask the same question that was asked in 2011:

"Anyone have info on what happened to the retirment/pension plan, or know if the class action suite was the end of the plan?"

I read in the notice from the law office handling the class action suite that the pension would not be affected.

Tim Bailey (

From: Luis Guerra Posted: 5/22/2013 3:38:05 PM

Very cool site, Ivan. Anybody heard from Cindy Coffman? I'm still in Austin. Semi-retired and loving it.

From: Julie McClung Neymeyer Posted: 4/17/2013 3:30:11 AM

What a great stroll down memory lane! Thanks for putting this site together. I saw some names & pictures I hadn't seen in years...Peggy Foreman, Michelle Seinera, Gwen Cline....

From: Wanda (Terrell) Rudzki Posted: 11/16/2012 6:59:05 AM

Wow! What a great idea this site was, and a great find for me. I often think about the days that I worked there and the people that I worked with in Item Processing. Annette Ruback and Norma Giles were wonderful to work for, and with. Annette, thank you!

From: Debbie Yahn Noack Posted: 11/8/2012 8:55:55 PM

I worked at city bank from December 1975 to November 1979. I loved every moment that I was there. I started as teller, then audit under Bill Waltrip then worked at San Jacinto drive thru as teller supervisor. My next door neighbor is Betty Roeglin, Harold's ex wife . If there is ever a reunion please contact me. Does anyone know where Linda Blackburn is.

From: paula coker Posted: 9/14/2012 2:04:46 PM

this site is fun. love the pictures!!
Hi Annette & Judi!

From: paula skerkowski coker Posted: 9/6/2012 4:32:24 PM

Hi Judi and Annette!!

From: Tom Yaeger Posted: 8/14/2012 2:21:24 PM

Great site... I worked for First City in Austin in the finance and accounting group left to go to Houston for the bank training program then moved to Dallas to work for First City Dallas..

From: Clifford Martinez Posted: 8/2/2012 5:05:02 PM


From: Linda Bundick Posted: 7/10/2012 6:31:35 AM

We lost Jo True this month and now today I opened the paper to find out that Eleanor Poole died on July 5th.

A sad month for those of us that worked with these great ladies at First City.

Linda Bundick
Items Processing Jan 70-Oct 84

From: Joan Lusk Posted: 7/4/2012 12:56:24 PM

Wow what a site. I had forgotten until Mary Cerventes Rubarts reminded me. Still a Dallas/Mesquite girl and working at Citibank in all things Loan Operations. I'm sorry to hear about Candy. We got close while I was at the San Antonio Bank. And Mary told me about Booker. Now for some good news. Mary suggested I post this information about an annunity some may have forgotten. I always had the plan on my bucket list just couldn't remember where. Bill Waltrip saved me. The bank changed retirement plans and invested in an annunity for eligible employees. Call Prudential 1-800-621-1089. Group number GA-005858.

From: Ivan Shepperd Posted: 4/29/2012 8:18:17 PM

Hi Rick. First City Austin was acquired by Frost Bank in 1993. However, it is not likely that Frost has the account anymore. After five years of inactivity banks are required to turn over those deposits to the state which keeps the money in an unclaimed property fund. I would go to and do a search on your name to see if you can get the money back.

From: Rick Gamez Posted: 4/23/2012 10:14:28 AM

Hello everyone - have been jumping through hoops trying to locate someone that is familiar or had ties with First City Bank. I need to know if this bank still exists. My son attended Walnut Creek Elementary in Austin 1991 - 1992 time frame and had a First City Savings Account. We moved on and when we went back to look for our son's account First City had packed up and moved on as well. We have been trying looking for another bank that might have bought First City but with no luck. Does anyone have any knowledge of who I can contact to get info on my son's account so we can retrieve it?

From: jeanna perez ynigez Posted: 4/9/2012 10:05:25 PM

its good to know everyone is doing good I was with first city for nine years in Lockbox 1980-1989 best people I ever work with.

From: Janie Lara Posted: 2/27/2012 8:43:58 PM

Hello Ivan, I thought it was time to sign on again.... when can we expect another reunion? Since the last one I attended, I have moved to Columbus, GA; I have been unemployed for almost three years after I lost my job at Dell, Inc. Actually I work part-time, (p/t, p/t...about 10-12 hrs) at JCPenneys. Rudy does not retire from the police force until 2015 but I anticipate my move back to Texas w/in the year if not sooner. I would love to help with the reunion though I don't know how much I can do being out of state. Email me:

From: Stephen Gilbride Posted: 1/1/2012 10:55:23 AM

Awesome website Ivan! I just stumbled across it after all these years. Fond memories of my time at FCNB Austin.

From: Mike Jennings Posted: 8/20/2011 3:00:31 PM

Hi All
Worked at City Bank from 1972-1978 as an operator on the old Burroughs main frame. Retired from Perot Systems in 2010, my wife and I own rental property and a storage facility by Lake Texoma. Often think about the great times we all had.

From: Johnnie Howard Posted: 6/23/2011 11:52:44 AM

Hi all. I worked at Texas Bank in Dallas, (bought by First City in 1971), then on to First City Houston in 73. I left in 1984 to go to Wells Fargo in San Francisco. I was in the Trust Department.
I recently got a notice of retirement funds from Soc Security Admin, but have found only info on the class action suite which ended in 09. Anyone have info on what happened to the retirment plan, or know if the class action suite was the end of the plan?
Thanks to anyone with info...

From: Judi Hargrove Posted: 5/27/2011 9:05:05 PM

Would love to meet up with some of you wonderful folks.

worked there from
1977 to 1988

From: Ray Hernandez Posted: 4/26/2011 2:02:44 PM

Retired Valero Energy last Feburary 2010 after 21 years. Lost contact with you guys after my e-mail changed. Put me back on your list. Look forward to connecting with you all.


From: Judith garcia Posted: 2/23/2011 8:14:47 PM

when did ellie poole die

From: Suzanne Peschke Posted: 2/8/2011 9:39:36 PM

WOW what a great site. I started at First City in Collections under Tom Hrin and worked in the great circle with many wonderful people. Moved upstairs to bookeeping as Tom Hrin's secretary. Still see Tom and Booker Hicks in that little red car they car pooled in for years.

From: Karen (Hudson) Marshall Posted: 2/3/2011 2:18:54 PM

Great site to stumble upon while searching for Marilyn Leuty and Linda Blackburn - both of whom I worked for in 1982! I moved around working with John Pope in Security; Marilyn in New Accounts and Mike Majewski in Operations..short time at First City '82-'84 before moving to NBC Austin that is now Bank of America!

From: byron taylor Posted: 1/26/2011 12:30:37 PM

Hi all. I started working for First City in Houston for the 2nd time around in 1980 and continued through the transition to EDS in 1988 and the transition from EDS to HP in 2008, until being separated from HP in 2010. Hopefully everyone is well.

From: Ivan Shepperd Posted: 1/12/2011 9:44:13 PM

I'm sorry to hear that Candy Ham passed away. She and I became friends when her bank in San Antonio was acquired by First City Bancorp and became First City San Antonio, Southwest (bank #17 to those of us on the computer side). Prior to that their computer work was done by Frost with whom they were happy. So it was a little rocky at first when their bank was forced to use First City Austin as their new data processor. Candy could be a tough customer. Tough but fair and in the end we all ended up with a superior product and I became a much better programmer because of her.

From: Darron Adams Posted: 12/29/2010 7:44:02 PM

In loving memory of candy Ham in san antonio pased away last knight. I found her picture on your web Site.looking for

From: Ellie Martinez-Ortiz Posted: 11/15/2010 5:39:04 PM

Love the site. There are alot of names I recognize. I started at FirstCity in 1986 and worked in Funds Control (Wire Transfers) for Joan Lusk until 1993. Does anyone know whatever happend to Bea Good. A big hello to Molly Deleza, Joan Lusk, Melba Matthews, Janie Lara, Steve Scott....

From: Gary Moore Posted: 6/8/2010 4:54:09 AM

Wow. Can't believe I just stumbled on this site. I was at City Bank from 1973 to 1979. This was my first job out of college pushing the Master Card services for Harold Page. City Bank was the most fun bank in Texas. The 15th floor, free tickets to UT games, entertaining bank customers, surf and turf lunches on 2nd floor officer dining room. All I remember is all the UT jocks working in business development. I'm still in banking 37 years later at Chase in Dallas.

From: Ken Johnson Posted: 5/25/2010 10:29:42 AM

Ivan, I've visited this site several times but I don't think I've ever signed the guestbook. Great site, great memories! Thanks. I worked for City Bank/First City Bank/Bridge Bank from 1972 - 1993. Good times, great people! I didn't know about Mike Kunz. He was a great guy!

From: Mike O'Connell Posted: 5/25/2010 12:37:20 AM

August 1977 - January 1984 (Data Processing)

From: roy simone Posted: 4/15/2010 1:01:07 AM

Hey just spoke to Greg Appel after a very long time and he told me about this website--Wow a trip down memory lane.. I was in Austin from 1985 -1989 with Greg Kazak, Brian Turner, Mark Bain, Greg Appel, Clay Cary...etc..this is a great website.. So if any one out there remembers me drop me a line....Still in banking--After all these years...Roy Simone or as Brent Standefer use to call me "Sonny"...Hey who remembers .."it came to me under hurried pretense" on me if anyone remembers...

From: Steven (Chip) Coppedge Posted: 3/4/2010 3:22:23 PM

Thank you Ivan for this site, and thank you all for many bright memories. Man, was I confused back then, so confused i didn't know i was confused. By the way, i visited my brother in Florida (Destin, Ft. Walton Beach area) last summer and there is a banking chain there called .... First City! With a dolphin as a icon. Just FYI. Take care people. Later, Chip.

From: Judi Hargrove Posted: 2/28/2010 7:42:49 PM

I want to see how many folks I remember. I worked at City/FCB from 1977-1988.

From: Darrell Havel Posted: 2/25/2010 3:44:27 PM

Great site!

I was with City National from August 1973 to August 1974 working in the commercial vault. Attended UT.

Now live in San Antonio and am with the US Attorney's Office.

There are several familiar faces in the photos. Thanks.

(Many cloudy memories involving the Driskill Bar & Grill!)

From: Pam Moore Posted: 2/4/2010 8:45:19 PM

Hey Dwight!! I still remember the fun times we had in the vault, as well as the crazy happy hours and nights out in search of cheap drinks. Remember when we went to Hall's? OMG, how did we do stuff like that and come to work the next day? I guess that's what people do in their 20's.

Are you still in touch with Betty? If so please tell her I said hi and refer her to this site. I visited her in Tampa in 1990 but we fell out of touch a few years later.

It's great to hear from you.

From: Dwight Pack Posted: 1/8/2010 4:41:53 PM

WOW....wish I had found this site earlier. So many of the names bring back so many great memories. I worked at the bank from the mid 80's until 89 when I moved to California. I worked with Julia Hall and then Carol Johnson (McNary in teller and vault services. I have sinced moved from coast to coast and am now in Phoenix, AZ. working for Bank of America. Would love to hear from any of my old friends.

From: William Waltrip Posted: 1/3/2010 3:42:41 PM

What a great site. I sorry I did not discover it until now. I had the pleasure of working at City National Bank from June 1971 to January 1982 when I transferred to the First City Bancorporation. I started as an installment loan officer working for Paul Stewart and ended by career at First City as Auditor. I consider myself truly blessed to have worked with so many great people under the leadership of “Mr. Burns”.

From: Catherine Frasier Bell Posted: 10/2/2009 6:11:42 PM

This is so neat. Would love to hear from some people that I used to work with. My need to refresh my memory but I usually recognize people by their names.

From: Pam Denison Wilson Posted: 9/22/2009 11:54:04 AM

What wonderful memories!

From: Mark Kalish Posted: 9/5/2009 4:53:16 PM

For those that may not remember me - I worked in Special Assets with Tim Potts, Mike Falk and Elideth Walker and Greg Kazak. That I have been back in banking six years is a surprise, even for me. These days its not looking good for banks anywhere. I saw a posting from Tim Potts -what a surprise...he must contact me.

I am sorry to hear about Booker - what a great guy he was to work with - a fixture at First City.

From: merry wade Posted: 6/28/2009 9:50:26 PM

booker hicks passed away june 25, 2009. his obituary is in today's statesman (june 28, 2009).

From: Sam Kipple Posted: 6/18/2009 10:44:56 PM

Thanks Ivan for a stroll down memory lane! I enjoyed working for First City and teaching bank courses. After leaving First City, I got my degree from Texas State. My wife, Sandy, and I are retired and living the good life in Cedar Park.

From: Annette Ruback Posted: 2/9/2009 2:45:02 PM

I'm just sorry I didn't know about this web site years ago. Although I've been with Austin ISD since 1992, when the bank decided my services were no longer necessary, I still find myself starting a conversation with "When I was at the bank..." So many funny stories to tell. Since I doubt I made a lasting impression I'll remind you that I worked in Item Processing for Norma Giles(Poole)from August of 1976 until her retirement. Left the bank in February of 1992. Ivan, you've done such a great job with this. Thank you.

From: merry wade Posted: 2/8/2009 2:25:59 AM

my memory is getting worse, but if you remember me, I might remember you! Would love to hear from you. Merry.wade"AT"

From: Mary Rogers McDonnell Posted: 1/22/2009 9:12:02 PM

I worked for City National from 73-77. I started as a drive in teller and ended in Collections in the Main Lobby. What fond memories I have of working there. When I was in the drive in, I worked with Rusty Miller, and Carol Morgan...and Steve Ogle was going through management training, so he was a temporary supervisor out in the drive-in. When I moved into Collections, Tom Hrin was my supervisor, and I wil NEVER forget how we had to turn away Jimmy Buffet, when he tried to cash a check he had received from Armadillo World Headquarters .JIMMMY, I WAS SO SORRY I COULDN'T CASH IT.
Anyway, my husband (Henry) and I moved to Houston, and then to San Antonio, where we now have lived for about 25 years. I finished my degree in Accounting in Houston, and am a practicing CPA. Henry teaches at the University of the Incarnate Word. We have 2 children, Catherine (25) an elementary school teacher in Houston, and Helena (21) a student at Baylor. This is an awesome website, and I have really enjoyed reading all the blogs. Thanks so much

From: Lorraine Wright Posted: 12/28/2008 11:02:42 PM

What a fun website! We would love to hear from you. I finally ran away to southwest Florida with Roger, the love of my life.

Lorraine (Sengler) Wright

From: BILL C. GREEN Posted: 11/19/2008 6:39:41 PM


From: Pam Moore Posted: 9/30/2008 7:29:49 PM

Hey everybody, this is like a class reunion!! :-)

I worked in the vault from 1984-1987, then I spent a year in Collections, then I went to Trust where I got the boot in 1989. (not a good year to be a banker!!) Leaving First City was the best thing that ever happened to me, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. I went back to school to get a Finance Degree from UT, during which time I worked for NationsBank (now called Bank of America). After I graduated from UT I managed a small branch for NationsBank but I soon decided a career in banking isn't for me. I left the NationsBank and became an oil and gas accountant and that's what I'm still doing.

Carol, I'm so glad you have survived heart disease, I know how hard it is to deal with scary issues like that. I survived a brain tumor in 1995, but otherwise life has been good to me for the most part.

This brings back such fine memories. It's great to see you all again, even just in cyber-space. Hugs to all.

From: Rick Bowen Posted: 9/22/2008 3:55:51 PM

Well, my first comments wouldn't accept my email address, something about not being formatted properly -- so, our home email address is that Donna monitors frequently but since I hate being around computers once I get home that's the last thing I want to be around. Work email address is

From: Rick Bowen Posted: 9/22/2008 3:52:26 PM

Thanks David Irby and Merry Wade for forwarding the website and hats off to Ivan Sheppard for taking his time to put the website together. What a nice trip down memory lane. I worked in the Data Processing Dept from 76 to 88 and decided I would leave as I didn't care to have EDS determining my future, a sad day when I finally left. I had married Donna Solimine (at the time) from second shift in 80 and to this day we still put up with each other and live at Spicewood Beach on Lake Travis. If another reunion gets put together please let us know as I know we would both be very happy to get to see our past friends ! 8-)

From: Tim Potts Posted: 8/29/2007 10:16:07 PM

It has been a very long time since I have taked to any of you. For those of you who might remember me, I was at FCT - Austin during the "John Scurlock - Don Van Stone" era. Head of Special Assets during the "dark times".
I would like very much to hear from the "firemen".

From: Bruce Waggoner Posted: 8/12/2007 11:53:08 AM


Any word yet on another reunion? I didn't find this site until recently and would certainly like to be contacted about any functions that may be in the works... It is great to read about old employees and look at all the pictures... Take care everyone...


From: Kimberly and Richard Wilson Posted: 7/20/2007 3:36:46 PM


Richard Wilson and I worked a First City from 1984 to 1987. We met in item processing and married May of 85.
Richard is now a Lt in the Dallas Police Dept and I work at a local college. Many of the employees from item processing department came to our wedding. Richard had to quit First City or get fired, because they would not let him have time off for his honeymoon. I quit a year later, because they demoted me while I was on maternity leave. --- Times have changed -- thank goodness.

From: molly deleza Posted: 6/29/2007 10:27:14 AM

Hello Everyone, I have great memories working for First City, Texas-Austin. I worked from 1987-1992 I currently work for the State Comptroller's Office-Austin. Keep in touch.

From: Todd Robertson Posted: 6/7/2007 12:09:05 PM

I worked at First City in McAllen up till the changeover to Texas Commerce Bank in 1993. I worked with the Austin HR group during the Abboud years. I worked with Nyla Revell, Abby Daily and Kay Scott. Would enjoy hearing how they are doing. Now with a local valley bank which happens to have branches statewide including 4 in the Austin area (First National Bank).

Take care!

From: Bruce Waggoner Posted: 5/7/2007 12:25:40 PM

Hello everyone. I worked for the Downtown Austin bank from 1981 until I got layed from EDS in 1995. I worked on Dan Strey's third shift crew for 6 years before moving over to Telecommunications with Rick Velasquez and Jim Yzquierdo. That was right after EDS took over the IT department. I was the last one to turn out the lights on the 3rd floor in 1994. Then I was moved over to 7th and Brazos in the Omni Hotel building. I currently work in the IT department of a company named CarboMedics. Great company but it was purchased by a competitor and once again I am getting layed off after 11 years. I hope everyone is doing good. Ivan, the website is cool. I came across it by accident, but I am glad I found it.

From: John Miller Posted: 2/15/2007 11:20:31 PM

Here is some of the media produced after the first recap in 1988.

Goin' Back to Work

Going Back to Texas

Little Maria goes to college

American China Business, International

Texas Banking Sales Culture

From: Mark Kalish Posted: 1/26/2007 12:37:19 PM

While traveling to Lubbock the other day I ran into another First City veteran, Tonya Samuels. Just sent her the web site address so she could catch up with some of her old friends.

Any news on another reunion? I saw some old comments from Gloria Andrus about having seen me in a bar (surprised). She did and will again soon.

From: Ivan Shepperd Posted: 1/17/2007 7:11:24 PM

I wanted to pass along the news that Mike Kunz died on January 8, 2007 at the age of 57. Many of you may remember Mike as that gentle bear of a man who worked in data processing, first in computer operations and then as the CD and Savings programmer. I think he started at the bank in 1969 and continued to work there until the data processing division was shut down in 1992. I always admired his patience and learned a lot about the computer business from him. I don't think there was anyone who met Mike who didn't immediately like him. That's a nice legacy.

From: Ivan Shepperd Posted: 10/3/2006 8:07:15 PM

I've had a number of people ask about getting together for another First City Austin reunion. Last year's was a lot of fun and we definitely need to do it again. I sort of let time slip by and it's already been a year. Perhaps we can put something together for next spring. That get's us past UT football weekends and the holidays. Check back.

From: Cheryl Hunter West Posted: 10/2/2006 5:16:52 PM

Hi Ivan,

When is the next First City reunion? I am finally moving back to TX (to New Braunfels) and would love the chance to see everyone. Let me know.

From: Steve Thompson Posted: 4/29/2006 9:02:51 AM

Great website!! My mother (Betty Thompson)worked at First City Bank-Farmers Branch from it's inception until it's sale to Texas Commerce...then ultimately Chase. If there's any Farmers Branch alum who want to reconnect, I can certainly get a message to her. I know she enjoyed her time in Farmers Branch immensely. People I know whom I remember are Steve Jordan, Bess Gardner, Bob Boyd, Louise Bussey and others.

Good luck to all.

From: Tom Beaman Posted: 3/30/2006 4:57:00 PM

Great site, Ivan! Having spent 20 years with First City/First City Services in Houston, I had the pleasure of meeting and working with some of the folks at the Austin bank, the bank in Bryan and others. What a team we had...I truly believe there wasn't a better one then, and if we were all back on the same team there wouldn't be a better one now...though some of may move a bit slower nowadays:-)

I'm currently w/Amegy Bank until April 13th and will start with Woodforest Bank on April 17th and get to work again with some names you may recall; Robert Marling, John O'Donovan and Larry Petru.

From: Rhea Ruiz Posted: 2/16/2006 3:49:52 PM

I worked with Nora Garza and Company in the ATM/Commercial vault dept. I worked there from May 1991 -May 1995. Please add me to the list for the next reunion.

From: Ivan Shepperd Posted: 11/18/2005 7:22:12 PM

Former First City employee Danna Hope passed away unexpectedly on October 23, 2005 at the age of 47. Back in the mid 80's Danna worked first on the bank switchboard and then moved over to the Wire Transfer area. I last saw her at the First City reunion on October 8th. She was a dear friend of mine and I will miss her terribly.

From: Sharon Schwartz Posted: 11/14/2005 9:55:41 AM

For some reason I thought of Nyla Revell this morning and decided to get on the website and see if she was still around. Much to my surprise and delight, I linked up to the First City website! I worked at First City from 1978 to 1985 in the Personnel Department. I worked with Abbie Daly, Nyla Revell and Vickie Selby. My name at that time was Sharon Goodwin. Hey to all, I am loving looking at the website and I want an invitation to the next reunion!
My how we have all changed - for the better of course~

From: Roger Wright Posted: 10/20/2005 5:06:36 PM

Nice web sight Ivan.
I worked at First City Austin from 1981-1988. I now live in SW Florida. (Lorraine is here too!)

From: Charlie Grigas Posted: 10/13/2005 3:20:01 PM

Hi- I would like to thank all of the people involved in the planning of the First City Bank Reunion. It was fantastic to catch up with everyone again after so many years.
Hopefully, this will not be a one-time event, maybe we can do this again in a few years and spread the word to the rest of our former colleagues. Let me know if y'all need help planning the next one!

Charlie Grigas Ganski
(former Corporate Services-Cash Management )

From: Gloria Andrus Posted: 9/21/2005 2:47:39 PM

Calling all "Lavaca Street Bar Flies" (and you know who your are), has anyone heard from Greg Kazak, Zane Hudson, Marguerite Craig, or Kenda Sanders???

I know Mark K. is still in circulation (spotted him recently at another bar), but thought it might be fun to resurrect the old buzz!

From: Anonymous Anonymous Posted: 9/14/2005 11:11:52 AM

Does anyone know where Ronda Sharp is?????? She used to work in BankCard Services, I think. Last I heard she was in Irving, Texas, working at MCC. Also, has anyone heard from Tim Harvey? He work for Dell in AZ.

From: Mark Kalish Posted: 9/12/2005 8:40:42 PM

The reunion is a great idea and I plan to be there. Has anyone sent the invite to all the First City veterans running Frost Bank?

From: Teresa Oppermann Posted: 8/26/2005 12:02:53 PM

I worked in commercial and real estate lending from 1980 to 1992 as an executive assistant to Jack Conner, then Bill Mellon, David Bixby, Mike Falk and Lee Doughtie. The reunion is a great idea. I will spread the word and hopefully there will be a great turn out.

From: Jerry Gally Posted: 8/13/2005 12:33:32 PM

Amazing what one can find with Google these days!
Great site Ivan! I smiled non-stop for over half an hour browsing through your collection and strolling down memory lane. I started my 20+ year SW development career there between'80-'86. Those certainly were memorable times and memorable people! My best wishes to all of you!

From: John Miller Posted: 6/29/2005 5:52:11 PM

I worked at First City - Houston and First City, Texas corporate from 1988 til 1993 when it went over to TCB. I am happy to see you preserving the nostalgia but why not tell the story of how FCT was closed and the final resolution? This is a cautionary tale that might be well told. I also have a lot of photos and old videos from that era.

From: T S Posted: 4/21/2005 11:17:01 PM

Thank You for your advice. I figured I would give it a try. I think it is good of yall to keep the memories going with this website. I have been reading through a little. Again, Thank You.

From: Ivan Shepperd Posted: 4/18/2005 6:02:16 PM

Hi TS,

You are correct that First City Bank closed but the accounts were picked up by Frost Bank. The problem is that after an account is dormant for too long, the bank is required to close it and turn the money over to the state. You still may be able to get your money back, though. Call Frost Bank's customer service and see if they can help.

From: T. S. Posted: 4/17/2005 11:00:24 PM

hi, i was hoping that someone could help me. my AISD school opened a savings account for my class in 1990, and i never did anything with it. and i believe i read that the bank has been closed? NO! does anyone know how to claim my account or is it just gone.

From: Dana Roeglin-Allen Posted: 4/15/2005 4:29:29 PM

What a nice way to remember FCB and all the wonderful people that worked there. I enjoyed viewing all the old pictures, and even getting alittle laugh out of how everyone has changed over the years! It was heartfelt to view the photos of my dad, Harold Roeglin, and remembering the great times I had visiting him at City Bank...First City National Bank....and Frost. I even tagged along to Taco Flats a time or two. (If those walls could talk...maybe it's a good thing it was torn down.) Hope all is well with everyone..a special hello to David Barnett, Joan Lusk, and Vicki Selby.

From: David Roeglin Posted: 4/13/2005 4:43:09 PM


From: Ramona Michener (Morris) Posted: 1/11/2005 4:51:51 PM

Hi, I don't know if anyone remembers me, but I am Mona (Morris) from the Trust Department. Worked there from 1981 to 1986....moved back to California. I worked for Frank Mitchell and John Wolf, then went to the trust operations department and worked with Hugh Clarke and Liz George. I would like to hear from anyone who remembers me from back then. I live in Arkansas now with my husband, James Michener, all my children are grown and have their own children!!! Wow, how time flies. Thanks for the memories.

From: Wayne Cook Posted: 1/11/2005 2:39:35 PM

I worked at FCB in Houston 1980/ mom worked there over 20 years...lost it all when FDIC shut it down 10 months before she retired...she still keeps in touch with old friends and co-workers that went to Texas Commerce/Chase. Some of those people just ready to retire found out late last year that there jobs were being out-sourced to Pakistan and India. THAT truly sux.

From: Darryl Cook Posted: 12/30/2004 10:42:12 AM

Ivan: Udaman...This site is SO cool. Thanks to the World-Wide-Wank and your outstanding effort, what a stroll down memory lane it is. I was hired the summer of '81 as a balance control clerk (Hi Sammy!) and transferred to Network Control where I stayed until EDS made their offer ('86). I was the other long-hair - besides Rick Bowen. Sure do miss the road trips around Texas and that Texaco card. Am looking forward to whatever reunion plans are in the making...Happy New Year 2005 y'all! Darryl

From: Dick Zinser Posted: 12/6/2004 5:30:12 PM

Great web site, and my time (1983-1990) had some of the most exciting banking opportunities I had ever experienced, as well as some of the toughest. Thanks, Ivan, for creating this collection! I'll be back to write more, but for the moment I remember well the mortgage banking action, creating the Private Banking Center, the Steak and Shrimp blowouts that Willard Houser orchestrated, the 15th floor in all its glory, Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson in the lobby with two Cowboy Cheerleaders (forget Jerry and Jimmy!), and much more. Greetings to all - Dick

From: LINDA RACHUI (RAHEE) Posted: 11/18/2004 4:40:02 PM

Hi, Gee! This is great! I started in Consumer Lending under Jim Greenwood in the lobby of City National in '80 and worked till '93. Remember the 4th of July picnics in the lobby? Who did put those chicken bones in Jim's desk drawer? No it was not I. How about the sewer back up in the lobby? Stinky!! Doug Danforth, remember the little man with the pipes taped to his legs? I have been with Texas DPS Credit Union for the past 7 years as a loan officer. I also travel all over the State to DPS offices selling our wares. Ed & I travel together and it is so much fund. We just celebrated our 43rd anniversy. We have 5 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren and more on the way. It has been GREAT reading about you. Do you remember the Oreo Twins in the lobby? Well, Of Course, none other than Monetta Griffin and Billie Griffin. Those were two neat ladies. It was nice to read about Ethel Banks. I remember Ann Alfaro, Charolott Thornton. She worked up to quitting time then went to the hospital, herself, and delivered a baby. I could go on and keep babbling, but enough is enough. Save some for later. Thanks ever so much for this site.

From: Gwendolyn Rabb Posted: 9/13/2004 12:48:50 AM

I was searching for old friends so I googled myself to see what would happen and I came upon the greatest site I could have ever seen. That's all for now - I still love you all. Gwen ps I live in Gatesville Tx # is 1-254-865-1475 you must talk to the machine or I will not answer-call me you know who you are-

From: Jeanne Rankin Posted: 8/25/2004 4:20:13 PM

Wow! Talk about a blast from the past. I was hired in 1989 as First City's very first female security guard. Talk about a novelty! I think more employees came into the lobby my first week just to see what a female guard looked like. I left security after two years and worked for Tad Curtis in the Operations department. After that I went to work for the state and then finished my degree. I now work for a non-profit and am going to get my teaching certificate. Thanks for the website!

From: Bryan McCammon Posted: 7/16/2004 12:15:13 PM

Wow.. I was very surprised to see that this website actually exists. Some of you might remember me from the EDS era of First City (I was there from 1990 to 1993). I started as Melissa Botting's assistant on account security, processing security requests and answering security questions. Later I became an SE on the Finance team. I left EDS in 1997 and contracted at Sprint for 3 years and then later became a lead programmer for a small software development firm. Currently I am living in North Little Rock, AR and have been taking some night classes at a community college to update my skills (COBOL jobs are not as abundant as they used to be). I certainly do miss the EDS/First City days.

From: Cheryl Hunter West Posted: 7/12/2004 6:14:51 PM

I had lunch with Marilyn Leuty today while here on vacation and she told me to be sure and check this site out. Thank you Ivan for putting this together! I have wonderful memories of my 10 years there and seeing all the faces today brought back even more. I currently live in Georgia. I will get back to this site when I get home and have more time. Please email me and let me know how you are doing and what you have been up to and I will do the same.

From: JACK CONNER Posted: 6/24/2004 2:06:32 PM

The web site is a great idea! I worked for City Nat'l/First City from 1980 to 1986 in the lending area on the second floor. Those WERE the good times working with Richard Moore,John Scurlock, John S., Brent Standefer,Mark Monroe & many others. I do miss the 15th Floor!!!! Has anyone seen Theresa Opperman lately?

From: Frank (Jim) Moon Posted: 5/11/2004 10:59:33 PM

I worked in Proof and transit from 1975 to 1981, for Lewis Gillett. Then I went to work at the bank for Burroughs, on the computer equipment at the site. In 1985 I went to work for Digital Equipment in Killeen. They were bought by Compaq then HP who I currently work for in Killeen. I married Carla Casteel, who also worked at the bank, we had 5 Daughters and a Son, the youngest is 14 the oldest is 24.

From: David Barnett Posted: 4/21/2004 3:48:51 PM

Great site, Ivan. I really enjoyed walking back through time and remembering some great years at the bank. Seemed like only yesterday --- until I looked at the pictures! It was a real privilege to have known and worked with such fine and talented people. You know, every time I drive up North Lamar and look over at what used to be the site of Taco Flats, I have these "flashbacks".

From: alice cuellar Posted: 4/19/2004 6:19:41 PM

What a great idea. I worked at First City from 1981 thru 1993 and had a wonderful experience working for Tom Hrin and then Marilyn Leuty. I am so glad for this web site as I can finally know what happened to everyone. I am currently working with the Washington Mutual folks and still loving the banking industry. My number is 512-292-6010 for any one that wants to call.

From: John Oliver Posted: 2/26/2004 10:14:19 AM

Great site

From: melba matthews Posted: 1/27/2004 11:54:09 AM

hello everybody i finally got the right connections and found out about this website. I hope everyone is still in good health. I worked in the proof department under Louis Gillett in 1975 and later worked for Joan Lusk in the reconcilement department until 1990 i had relocated to Bank one Indianapolis, Indiana for about 8yrs but have returned to Austin and seeking employment. I would appreciate any leads. I have already started to contact some of the old employees and hope to hear from you. I miss those good old days and I'm looking forward to the future and a new reunion. Thank you Ivan

From: tim jarvis Posted: 1/26/2004 11:57:04 AM

I have a wierd question. Did anyone out there by chance save a tri-fold Emergency Procedures brochure we created for the First City-Austin? It was a simple brochure that included important numbers etc. and was a tri-fold that you could keep in your desk top drawer for quick reference. I would pay money to get a copy of that!!!

thanks, btw: I said hello to everyone earlier with my messgae below. Hope all is well,


From: Ronnie Miertschin Posted: 12/23/2003 12:32:19 PM

Hey, I was hired on 10-5-1979. I believe it was a Friday night and working third shift, was my first experience with coffee!!! You know, 1:30am until you get the job done.. I believe I have some stuff never thrown away that I will search for. I will stay in touch. I met Sue Carmack dancing at Ropers on a Friday night and we both recognized each other. She sent me the link. Good job on the Web Site!!! For those of ya'll who remember, I was part of Dan Strey's third shift drinkin.., oops I mean working crew!! Of course he only hired the best bowlers around: Dennis Higginbotham, Bruce Waggoner etcetera... Anyone remember Mike's PUB? You know, he opened early for the FirstCity folks at 8am Saturday morning so that we could enjoy the burgers, a couple of schooners of beer and the college ball games!!!



From: John Beard Posted: 11/15/2003 7:54:26 PM

Congratulations, Ivan. You’ve done a great job! I ran into Tim Jarvis in Madisonville, and he told me the site was up.

For those of you who don’t remember me, my first association with City National Bank was as one of your Burroughs tech reps from 1968 till 1976, when Ed Piner talked me into coming to work for the bank. I was at First City for just over ten years in Data Processing.

In 1987, I went to work for Systematics at the Republic National Bank site in New York. I was there for two years, then transferred downtown to Manufacturers Hanover. From New York, I was transferred to Wilmington, Delaware. While in Wilmington, Systematics merged with Alltel. I enjoyed Wilmington for seven years, and planned on staying there forever, but the company had other ideas. In 1997, I was transferred to the Hamilton, Ohio site, just outside Cincinnati. It took me six months or so to warm to the Midwest, but I came to love the Cincinnati area. I was there for a little over five years. Since I was eligible for retirement when the Hamilton site closed at the end of July 2002, I retired to Clear Lake in the Houston area to be near my family.

Best wishes to all.

From: Cliff Martinez Posted: 11/13/2003 8:36:19 PM

WOW! where to start---hey Vicki, hey Darlene! thanks for thinking of me. it's been so long,where was I, in transit? all those ancient adding machines...driving up MOPAC at 5:00 pm to pick up another bank's work, MAYBE 6 or 7 cars on the road (now it's 600-700).sometimes darryl would come along.who was in my dept.? sheryl newman, maggie, frank moon, DIPO!!! Michael McDonald(now with APD)andre leblanc,...the break room,THE COWBOY(ralph something),working at night and trying to study.Let's party. you know where to find me.

From: Don Bartko Posted: 11/8/2003 6:52:48 AM

What an outstanding site. It was such a surprise to receive information as to the First City web site. It has opened the doors to many pleasant memories. My career with First City started as a part-time (which never really was) courier for the Data Processing Dept under Janice Ross. When an opening came up, I transfered to the ATM Services under Fred Nolan. Still moving ahead, I was appointed as the Purchasing Officer under Virginia Kuse and later Tom Hrin. Like many other, as the banking industry was being hit on, the Purchasing Department was disbanded and a layoff was in affect. Within a few weeks, I went to work for the Internal Revenue Service as a Tax Examiner and retired from there in 1998. I am now living in Bedford, TX, still root for the Pittsburgh Steelers and enjoy life with my wife and twin grandsons.
Is there possibly a First Ciry re-union in the future? Ivan, thanks for the memories.

From: Dan Strey Posted: 11/4/2003 2:28:16 PM

Big "I"!!! Great work!! Looks like this is a work in progress. Deffinately brings back some memories. Hope things are going well for you. See ya, Dan

From: Steve Ogle Posted: 10/30/2003 9:47:05 AM

Super site Ivan--always were cool--I started at City National in 1967 as a part time coin roller and worked there until 1986 for Harold Roeglin and David Barnett--Best years of my life and most fun-hope everyone is doing well

From: John S Burns, Jr. Posted: 10/29/2003 9:30:54 AM

What a great idea. I worked in the summer as a teller in the 9th steet drive-thru until I short-changed E.E. Stuessy, a Board member, who was headed to the coast on a fishing trip. He called the City National President at home that night to complain. I still remember that "dinner conversation". Next summer, I was moved to the Investment Departmet under "Captain Ron Schultz" for basic training with Richard Mack and Gary Pease. This site is really a great fun and brings back wonderful memories! John S Burns Jr..

From: Joan Lusk Posted: 10/27/2003 10:08:14 AM

Wow Ivan!!! great site, I don't remember half of this stuff. I now work in downtown Dallas and saw Ivan last year, of course at a Happy Hour, with Mary Hensley Rubarts and Terry Childers Brown and can honestly say Ivan is now a grown up looking ummm...25 or so not 16. I came to work for "City National" at the ripe old age of 21 in 1971 working for Norma Poole and Bob West, later Lewis Gillett. Moved on to the newly formed accounting department under Mike Hardy, later David Barnett. Ended my Austin career under Harold Roeglin and David Barnett, managing the Funds Management areas of wire transfer, etc. Some of you might better remember me as that part time bank employee and full time Austin Aqua Festival recruiter. Boy, we never realized at that time how good we had it. I ended my last 3 years with First City in San Antonio as the Central Park branch manager under J. W. Piper, when Frost took over. I have been in Dallas for 9 years now, working for that small financial institution, Bank of America, having moved over to the computer world as a testing coordinator supporting project and system teams for the products Account Reconcilation and Positve Pay. I don't think I have ever heard HAPPY HOUR or 15th Floor as buzz words around here, Diversity, yes. After moving 20 or more times over the last 30 years, I decided to be a grown up, get out of denial mode that I will not be moving back to Austin and start calling myself a Dallasite by buying a home in Mesquite. I do still have Austin posters in my cube. Austin is not as popular around here, but I think they are just jealous and sometimes I feel like I am in OU territory vs. UT. The funny story is that I attended a retirement party for Troy Philly, an old Austin employee of that big bank down the street Austin National Bank, when Don Sanders, another Austin boy referred to themselves as the Austin Renegrades. Loved it. Enough blabbing, fun to hear from all and espcially what my old staff is now doing and the "coffee club" group. Joan

From: Wayne Weirich Posted: 10/22/2003 2:40:51 PM

Hey Ivan, it is good to see you haven't lost your touch.
Great job on the site, I have enjoyed re-living the past.
I worked at City Nat'l/First City from 1977 to 1987. Started in IP working for Sammy Kipple, had all of that I could stand and went to work in data processing as a third shift check sorter operator, then on to microfiche operator, then computer operator , then lead computer operator. Dan Strey was the supervisor at the time. This is where I met and became friends with Ivan. Ivan moved to days as a programmer and once I got over the heart break of not seeing him on a regular basis, I moved to days and went to work for Rick Jackson and Donna Jones in the Customer Support area, that was about 1983. I became a programmer in 1986-87. In 1984 I got married to Allison and have 2 children, Heather (16 and a junior at Liberty Hill HS) and Will(12 and at Liberty Hill Intermediate School). We've been in Liberty Hill since 1993 and we love it. Still working in Austin at Abbott Laboratories, doing what else, working in IT. Thanks Jeff Brower for sending me this link, we were the best in the business, monkey business. Donna, I still think of those traveling days, often. I bet the same people are still working at the Johnson City Bank. Lot of hard work, but a lot of fun. Thanks again, Ivan.

From: Mary Rutherford Posted: 10/21/2003 6:25:28 AM

I was surprised when I actually started looking at who was working at Wells Fargo....we have four ex employees of First City...and I have sent them this website..

From: Mary Rutherford Posted: 10/20/2003 7:45:04 PM

Hi, it is amazing everyone that has signed on here...I remember most of the names....of course I'm better with faces...but I was in credit operations from 1980 and then sometime in there I think about 85 or so I moved to Commercial loans....and worked with Booker Hicks and Ethel....I now work at the Big "Wells Fargo" as a "Business Banking Assistant" to two loan officers....but there are two other people that work with me that are X-First City employees...and I will be sure to give them this website...I see Janie "Lara" all the time at church so that is how I found this site…

From: Dennie Jackson Posted: 10/17/2003 4:06:04 PM

Great site. I'll come back often to see your updates. By the way, I left EDS in 1999 and subsequently joined Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) which is based in Dallas. I'm the Client Exec for AIG/American General.

From: Tara Branham (Cyr) Posted: 10/7/2003 10:01:20 AM

Hi Everyone
I was so shocked to see how many folks had signed into the website. How exciting! Great job Ivan for bringing all of us together again.

I started at First City Austin in October of 1985 in bookkeeping. Moved over to Corporate Services where I worked with Ed Piner and Cindy Gatlin. Had the privilege of working on Insured Savings and FirstPay with John Oncken. Left FCTX in July 1992. Went to work at Liant Software for Donna Jones Cox (another First City employee).

I met some of my dearest friends at First City including my husband Randall. He worked for Fred Nollen in the ATM department. We are living in Las Vegas now and loving life. We have been married for 12 years and have 2 young daughters. Randall is a programmer for Cox Communications and I am a stay at home mom. Randall telecommutes for a division of Cox out of College Station Texas.

If any of you who remember us get out to Vegas, email us beforehand and we'll make arrangements to see you. We only live 10 minutes from the famous Las Vegas strip. Ivan visited us in August.

Until the next time...

From: Thomas Hrin Posted: 10/6/2003 5:03:38 PM

Ty for this sight do you have a list of all member or old employees.

From: Terri Harmon Posted: 10/5/2003 11:32:00 AM

Hello to all prior working group at First City. I started at First City Services in 1981 - 1989. Went through the hurricane Alicia during 1984 with the "Disaster Recovery Team"; Was quite an experience to remember after all of these years. First City was a great place to work and learn.. I still have alot of fond memories of so many that worked with me during this time. After First City, I went to work for Pennzoil Company through 1995; then moved back to my home area in the Southern Ohio hills. Changed professions (major change); and now work for U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (Property Manger). Such a difference in working with Computers (predictable) and now with assisting the Public....(unpredictable).....
Hope to hear from the staff in which I worked many hours (days and nights) with. Great to have a central website to keep in touch with.

From: janie lara Posted: 10/3/2003 6:22:09 AM

Hello Ivan Others...
What a fantastic, thoughtful, and heartwarming idea of Ivan. I came to First City in 1974, was hired as a proof operator. With the help of Lewis Gillett, I was transferred into the credit card dept and worked for a few years with Harold Page and then worked my way up to Bkkg. Worked with great and wonderful managers such as Linda Blackburn, Steve Ogle, Glen Thurman, Norma Counce, Nancy Rathmanner and finally Tom Hrin. I left First City for a very short time around 1988 and returned until my departure in 1992. I remember when I first was rehired, the FIRST week and Norma went out of her way to sweet talk Steve Ogle into letting me take off on a New Mexico trip with her, Ellie Poole and Linda Bundick.

I've often thought of all the wonderful folks that I worked with directly or indirectly in the bank and have certainly missed all. Many years have passed us, lots have changed among us; I've gotten married, others have gone before us but the fond memories will always remain and stay with us. I told Norma at one time 'my job at First City Bank was my first job in Austin in 1974 (Norma hired me right on the spot) and was certainly a wonderful true experience. AND the only former job that I have truly missed and will cherished the wonderful memories that I left behind. I look forward to meeting everyone again and let's really push for a reunion whether it be a formal for casual reunion!

From: Joe Williamson Posted: 10/3/2003 6:08:19 AM

The only thing I want to know - Did Wayne Hanes really design the City National Bank logo and lapel pin?

Looks great Ivan!

From: Gary Ward Posted: 10/2/2003 7:08:41 PM

Great idea! The old First City Bank of Austin was a great organization. A lot of very talented people in one place. Of course, that was true of First City Texas in general. Take care and best of luck to all of the old First City team!

Gary Ward.

From: Sylvan Rossi Posted: 10/2/2003 6:52:25 PM

Ivan, what a great idea! Even though I was with First City in Houston from '77 to the close, the Austin bank was always special. FCAIS was one of the most close-knit groups I've ever seen, and it's good to know where folks are now. I've done some contract work at Dell this year. May have to look up the few still in Austin. Best wishes...I'll check back!

From: Charles Phillips Posted: 10/2/2003 11:20:14 AM

I worked for First City Services (First City IT subsidiary) in Houston, but spent quite a bit of time working with folks at First City Austin.

I've been living in Princeton Junction NJ for the past 13 years and am still in the IT business working for eFunds Corp.

From: Laura Cobo Posted: 9/30/2003 2:08:33 PM

Hello. I used to work in Human Resources for First City and then Frost Bank after the acquisition. I transferred to Trust in 1998 and currently work as an account administrator for the Employee Benefits area.
I enjoyed working with the old gang at First City...

Take care!

From: Casey Sieverman Posted: 9/27/2003 8:53:39 PM

Hey! I'm, still alive! And many thanks to Ivan for his work on this wonderful reminder of our storied past!


From: bob rogala Posted: 9/26/2003 4:08:07 PM

Hi folks. I worked in Item Processing from November 1981 to June 1983. I hope some folks from that department as well as Data Entry and Data Processing (hi Merry, hi Jeff) show up here. And Programming (hi Vicky, hi Donna). All the best to everyone.

From: Tad Curtis Posted: 9/24/2003 10:12:09 AM

Wow! What a blast. It is great to read a few tidbits from the lives of those who shared the FirstCity expierence. I think I still have an official visor and possibly a well used golf towel but of far more importance I have the recollection of time well spent with some of the best folks you could ever hope to work with! Thanks for the web work Ivan.

From: tim jarvis Posted: 9/24/2003 7:06:14 AM

I agree with Bill McFarland, Ivan always was and is a very cool guy! And, after watching this web-site for a few weeks, I believe he has created a monster! It's growing faster than Dell stock did in the last boom!

To bring folks up-to-date on Tim Jarvis, I did lease & manage the old building from 1994 to 2002. Of note, unfortunately the 15th Floor Club was finally converted to office space. It still has a great view, but was built out for an engineering firm. I guess it was just a matter of time; a suite with a view like that couldn’t remain a club forever! But, we convinced the engineering firm to build a built-in receptionist desk and cover it in the black marble that was on the bar. So, that’s still nostalgic - you can still see some of the old water (likely scotch & water) marks on the marble. The vault is now Texas.Net's data center complete with retina scanner etc. Very James Bondish.

Let's see, after First City I stayed with Frost for 2 years until yet another move across the street to the old “First City Center”, which was renamed Frost Plaza. That was in 1994. I had been offered a position with Frost in San Antonio but didn’t want to leave Austin, but really enjoyed my experience with Frost – they’re good people.

I then joined T. Stacy & Associates who had purchased the old building - I just couldn't get away from that building and am convinced I am now in the deed for the property. From 1994 to 2002, T. Stacy also acquired & then sold Austin Centre (7th & Brazos where the Omni Hotel is), the Littlefield & the Scarbrough Building. Things dried up there in 2002 and my leasing partner and I started our own small (and let me underscore “small”) firm. We now lease and manage the Scarbrough & Littlefield Buildings for their new owners. And we do a little tenant representation too.

Let’s see, other news – I had a quadruple bypass in 2001! A few people knew I inherited a genetic condition from my Mom (thanks Mom) in which my body doesn’t get rid of cholesterol the way it’s supposed to (“hyperlipidemia”). So, despite my "relatively" healthy lifestyle, it caught up with me in the summer of 2001. But, all is well – no muscle damage at all, so I’m good as new except I have this very macho scar on my chest and a few on my legs where the replacement veins came from!

I'm really glad Ivan took the time to do this web-site. First City was a fun place to work while it lasted and we had an unusally close group I think. I have nothing but fond memories and appreciate Ivan reminding me of those good times.

From: Bill McFarland Posted: 9/23/2003 7:08:36 AM

This site is SO COOL! But then again, Ivan Shepperd was always very, very cool in all that he did. I see nothing has changed.

Yes, I have some stuff in my closet. Stand by....

From: Vickie Selby Posted: 9/22/2003 6:03:43 PM

Hello First City Gang. I have such wonderful memories of my "First City Days." I started at the bank in 1978 and worked part-time in Personnel. I moved to Operations/Property Management in August, 1983 and worked for Tim Jarvis. I left the bank in 1993 after we became Frost and my department was dissolved. I returned in 1995 to work with Laura Cobo in Human Resources. I then decided to leave in 2000 to focus on my family. I worked part-time for a law firm until just recently. I have now returned back to the bank (May, 2003), working for Jack Collins at the Westake Hill location. Thank you Ivan for putting together this wonderful walk down memory lane!!!!

From: Ethel Banks Posted: 9/22/2003 1:58:07 PM

Hey I remember almost everyone on the list, hope you all remember me. My best working years which added up to almost 20 were at City National Bank, City Bank, First City and even Frost in San Marcos when they brought it out again I went through Frost take over. Now I am at Texas State University-formerly SWT (what's with all the name changes in my life):) Anyway I'm all for a reunion Christmas would be wonderful. First let's get a happy hour together real soon Hey to both michelle's. I'm even a grandmother now. Would love to get together. Ethel

From: Lyn Ferguson Scott Posted: 9/22/2003 8:25:41 AM

Thanks Ivan for the walk down memory lane and thanks Julia for forwarding the info on to me. I worked for First City-Central in Arlington from 1982 - 1984, transferred to First City Austin and worked from 1984 - 1987. I couldn't stand being away from banking and returned in 1989. I was the Teller Services Officer when the FDIC took over and worked for Frost until 1994, when my family and I moved to Arlington, Texas. I have so many fond memories and look forward to a reunion.

From: Catherine (Frasier) Bell Posted: 9/22/2003 6:30:40 AM

I worked in the Word Processing Dept.from 1982 to 1991. I now work for the Texas Department of Insurance in the Legal Division. I now live in Bastrop. Still married to Rickey and have 2 granddaughters Kaitlyn is 4 and Ashlyn is 18 months. Our son John works for Austin Energy and our daughter Malesa works for CH Mortgage. Please e-mail me I would love to hear from anyone who worked at First City.

I do know Virginia Kuse passed away several years back her husband bowled with Rickey. So she and I were able to get reacquainted.

From: Michelle Moheet Posted: 9/21/2003 6:15:51 PM

Hi everyone!! Anyone remember me? I worked in the Telecommunciatons area for Tim Jarvis Property Manager back in the early-mid 80s. WOW! seems like that's a long time ago. I continued working for the Telecom group with Frost Bank for awhile. I left Frost to help bring online what was going to be the "New" airport for Austin. I currently hold the position as the Information Systems Division Manager for the Austin Bergstrom International Airport and having a good time in Information Technology. I too have very fond memories of First City Austin and look forward to hearing from the old First City gang. Thanks Ivan for the work you have put into this site. Take care all. Michelle Moheet

From: Michelle Seinera Phung Posted: 9/19/2003 7:10:28 AM

Great to hear from folks. It's been a long time.......

From: Helen Mendoza Morales Posted: 9/18/2003 4:31:00 PM

My name is Helen Morales formerly Helen Mendoza and I worked at First City from 1982 until 1995? I can't even remember it's been such a long time. I worked in the Collections & Exchange Department which was located in the lobby behind the circle with the lobby tellers and after the FDIC took over and it become Frost Bank I was offered a position as a New Accounts Rep and transferred out to the Anderson Lane location. I am no longer in banking and am currently working at Dell Inc. I think this is a wonderful idea and I look forward to seeing old friends in the near future. I can be contacted at

From: Steve Scott Posted: 9/18/2003 11:49:50 AM

Hi, my name is Steve Scott and I worked for First City from 1986 to 1993. I started out as a teller in the east drive-thru. I later worked in Funds Control and ended my career as the School Savings manager. After I left First City (Frost), I became Assistant Vice-President for Texas Health Credit Union in Austin. I have been at the credit union ever since. My title is now Vice-President of Marketing and Operations.

I have many fond memories of my time at First City and of the wonderful people who worked there.

From: merry wade Posted: 9/17/2003 8:35:24 PM

vicki, a Christmas reunion sounds great!

From: Julia Hall Posted: 9/17/2003 12:52:52 PM

Ivan - Just received the message from Janie Lara Chavez, this is too cool, thanks for launching the website! This message is exactly what I needed after a stressful day in project management. I worked for First City Midland from 1981-1984, transferred to First City Austin in 1984 and left the bank in 1990. I was the manager for the Teller Department(lobby, motor bank & NW Hills, and foreign exchange tellers). I left the bank Oct. 1990, began working for Bank One in San Antonio managing the Vault Department where I remained for 3 years. The latter part of 1993 I began working in several Re-engineering projects in Dallas until 1995. In early 1995 I relocated to Dallas, TX. After several state conversions I left the bank in 2000. I realized that staying home did not agree with me and decided to try independent consulting. I worked in Boston,MA, Newark, NJ and Memphis, TN for a few months. In late 2001, Bank One offered me a job as Communications Project Manager and I have continued working with various commercial projects. Glad to read all the updates from you all. Hey, Carol McNary,you are still crazy as ever.

From: Cindy Gatlin Posted: 9/17/2003 11:46:15 AM

Hi, this is Cindy Gatlin...worked at First City in the Cash Management Dept in Austin till the FDIC dissolved it. I think this is a great idea as I have lost touch with alot of my friends from First City. I still cherish the fond memories of all the EDS crew and operations folks. After leaving First City, I did some contract work for Frost Bank until they offered me a job in San Antonio in a department similar to EDS at First City. Worked there and then became manager of the Cash Management Department (working closely with Ed Piner again). I commuted 200 miles a day for 3 months and finally made the big move to a little town south of SA. Worked for Frost about 5 years then made a career move to SBC Communications doing intranet development and absolutely loving it. I have gotten to see various folks here and there since First City and now with this website...look forward to hearing from many more. Thanks Ivan!

From: Lana Tangum Posted: 9/17/2003 6:57:12 AM

Ivan! What a great idea. A few of us Austin FCAIS'ers have been staying in touch over time and it's really good to know that there are more of us kooks still happy (mostly) about our sojourn at the bank. Good thing humans forget the pain, no? :) I started late '81 at the bank and left EDS at the end of '94 for a small software manufacturer, wherefrom I was laid off at the end of '95. Went to work for TDHealth early '96 and then left there for Tracor (now BAE SYSTEMS) in Spring of '98. Was laid off this past March, just shy of 5 years service. Hope everyone else is well and working if they want to be. Coincidentally, I've been doing some deep cleaning (for the first time in many years) and found some really great pictures of one our disaster recovery trips to Pennsylvania. Also, found the report from that trip. I wondered how to share with everyone. You've made that possible. THANKS for your good and caring work! By the way, I love ID badge picture and the memorabilia. You've pretty much covered the stuff I have laying around. How about the interest rate on that IRA CD? :)

Love to all, Lana

From: Carol "CJ' Johnson/McNary Posted: 9/16/2003 9:32:12 PM

well..well.well... what a wonderful site....Hey gang...I was Carol Johnson back then....I was Operations Officer/Retail Service Manager in the lobby...I was over the Commercial Vault/Mail Teller area also and at the bank from 1980-1992...I was the one whose name was on the front page of the newspaper when I commented about how the Dallas Cowboys fit into those tight pants and I was suppose to be at work instead of the camp and Mr. Jack Collins( bank president at the time) saw the article and brought it to my desk the next day....I was always doing something crazy and having fun all the time....the sexy, fine Diva in the lobby was of course ME!!!!!! I'm in San Antonio now finally out of banking after 23 yrs and enjoying my life after receiving a pacemaker/defribrillator and surviving heart disease...I would love a reunion, tell me what we need to do... I ran into Ione from First City here in San Antonio....this is great.... I'm still sexy and a definite a great idea me everybody.....SMOOTCHES AND HUGS.......

From: Marilyn Stark Posted: 9/16/2003 8:53:40 PM

Ivan, what a closet full of memories you have!
this is a very good idea, I am glad I got to see it and will pass on to co-workers still in touch. I don't think I kept anything but some fond memories. Those were actually some nice times.
Best Wishes, Marilyn

From: Vicki Houston Posted: 9/16/2003 5:59:19 PM

Ivan!!!! Great, fantastic, outstanding job on this site!!
Unfortuntely (or fortunately, in this case) I am one of those packrats with old newletters, and much more ...
Hi, fellow First City Bankers! I started working for the Data Processing department for 2 weeks (nites in Data Entry) over the Christmas holidays in 1974, while on break from my main job. In February of 1975 someone (Sandy Sultimeyer(?) and Ken Johnson) asked me to go full time. I did - and the rest is history (Data Entry Operator-'75, Data Entry Supervisor-'77, Computer Operator, Lead Computer Operator-'80, Programmer-'82 ). In '88, I too moved over to EDS with the rest of the DP folk who decided to stay and continued to support/migrate some of the applications. October 15, 1991 was my day to be downsized (didn't want to move to any other city at the time). Nov. 1991, I started working for the Texas Department of Health and I'm still here - almost 12 years later. I'd planned to retire from First City, but my retirement plans were altered (so just when I figured I'd work until I'm 65, which is still s-e-v-e-r-a-l years from now, they're gradually upping the retirement age! A girl just can't win). I need a better plan.

Is anyone interested in a semi-dressy Christmas (reunion) party??

From: merry wade Posted: 9/16/2003 4:44:33 PM

ivan! this is awesome. you're right, there's some names i haven't thought of in years and several i have often wondered about. i hope some of them chime in here. thanks for doing this. i have no idea where my pictures might be (packrats seldom label boxes-too organized), but i will look. i'm sure i've got some photgraphic evidence against some of y'all. i'll forward your email to as many as i can.

From: Jeff Brower Posted: 9/15/2003 9:59:02 AM

Great site, well done! Will snap a photo of a 206 diskpack and send it (and other) fun stuff your way.

From: Ivan Shepperd Posted: 9/11/2003 5:23:22 PM

Someone has to be first so I'll go for it. I started working for the Data Processing department in 1977, first in computer operations and later as the DDA and Account Analysis programmer. In 1988 I moved over to EDS and continued to work for the bank in Austin and then Houston until the holding company dissolved in 1993.

Currently I work for Fidelity Integrated Financial Solutions at their in Plano, TX office. Fidelity provides information technology services for banks, thrifts, and credit unions around the country.

I would enjoy hearing from you some time.