They Saved Texas's Land, Piece by Piece. He Saved Their Stories.
Fritz's grandson has collected a remarkable history in a few photographs, but his was a lengthy résumé and full life to which no short obituary can do justice. Hence, a link this morning, courtesy a tip from from the Austin American-Statesman, to David Todd's oral-history site, where the Austin-based Todd has interviewed some 200 conservationists (activists, politicians, even journalists) from across the great state. Fritz, of course, is among them -- more than once, in videos dating from 1997 and 2000. Indeed, as the Statesman noted, "Todd actually began the oral history project after Ned Fritz nearly died from a brain aneurysm in the mid-1990s." --Robert Wilonsky