Feb Monthly Lunch: Anne Keene @ Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen
Feb 1 @ 11:30 – 13:00


  • Advance purchase online: $30 ($25 for TxGC members)
  • Week-of-event & walk-ups*: $35 ($30 for TxGC members)
    • *if seats available
  • TxGC Member discount is provided by a discount code via member-only newsletter


  • Ice tea, water, soda, cash bar
  • Choice of Sicilian salad or Mama’s gumbo
  • Choice of entree
    • Chicken John Kim: grilled chicken topped in mushrooms, roasted peppers, white wine butter sauce
    • Penne Pasta with Meat Sauce: traditional penne pasta with Mama’s slow cooked meat sauce
    • Blacked Trout: filet topped with etoufee served with red-skinned mashed potatoes and vegetables
  • Choice of chocolate cake or cheesecake


Anne Keene is the author of The Cloudbusters.

75 years ago the New York Yankees won the 1943 World Series but they were beaten by a Navy “fighter pilot” team known as the Cloudbuster Nine with Red Sox legend Ted Williams. As a child, Anne Keene’s father, Jim Raugh, (a future minor-league Detroit Tigers player) suited up as the Navy team’s batboy. Seven decades later a trunk revealed the untold story of this team manned by greats from the Yankees, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Detroit Tigers and every other big-league team. Learn about “Greatest Generation” heroes in this narrative including: Babe Ruth, Presidents George H. W. Bush and Gerald “Jerry” Ford; astronauts John Glenn and Scott Carpenter; and Alabama’s Paul “Bear” Bryant.

Keene has written about THE CLOUDBUSTERS in the New York Times, and her book was listed among the top 20 selling summer sports books on Amazon.  Keene has spoken at the Texas Book Festival, and has been on tour in Boston, Dallas, North Carolina, and New York.  She’s also been a keynote speaker at the South Carolina- Palmetto Chapter of the USNAAA, and will be speaking at the Los Angeles and San Diego Chapters.

By way of background, Keene is the granddaughter of a USNA graduate, class of 1926, who is central to the book.  She served as Press Secretary to the late House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton in the 1990s and she also had the privilege of serving as an appointee of President George W. Bush in 2001-02 in agency communications/speechwriting.  She is a journalism graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Keene co-owns an independent, ten-year-old Austin-based public affairs/public relations firm. Cloudbuster is her first published book; another book on the Civil War resides with a New York agent.