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  1. Does anyone have any information or anecdotes about Houstonian William "Bill" Newkirk? He was the talent booker for the Tidelands Club in the 1960s. Newkirk was known and respected in national entertainment circles and was written up in Billboard several times during that era. He also was a Houston sportscaster and was the pressbox game announcer at Rice Stadium for Owl football games in the mid-60s. I believe he announced the first televised Houston baseball game (from Buff Stadium) in 1949. The Newkirks were family friends and I went to school with his son. I remember meeting Totie Fields at their house when she came to Houston to play the Tidelands. As best I as I can recall Newkirk divorced his wife (maiden name Elledge?) and moved to Los Angeles in the early 70s... Anyone familiar with him?
  2. Howard's Fun Shop

    Howard's was there well into the 70s.
  3. Storage Story

    I've heard that Corll also lived in a couple of apartment complexes on the west side — Yorktown apartments on Yorktown between San Felipe and Westheimer and Woodway Square apartments on Woodway near Voss. Can anyone verify this?
  4. I can recall going to see the Disney film "The Love Bug" at the Delman. It was a small neighborhood theatre. That was in the late 1960s. IHB2, I remember Cinema West being located at the corner of Yorktown and W. Alabama (just south of Westheimer) in the early and mid-70s. Was it located on Richmond at some point also. I was downtown at the Continental Club on new year's eve 2001 to see some live music and backstage they had the original marquee from Cinema West just lying around leaning against a wall! I have no idea why it was there but it was very cool to see. The theatre had a distinctive logo.
  5. I picked up an awesome black Liberty Hall t-shirt at the Texas Junk Company in the Fourth Ward a couple of weeks ago. They had a few left. I met the owner of the Junk Company named Robert and he used to run with the Liberty Hall crowd... worked there in fact. He told me a story of giving Ravi Shankar a ride from the airport to Liberty Hall as well as seeing the New York Dolls play there in '74. Does this guy ring a bell for anyone?
  6. Rock Concerts 60's 70's 80's

    Here's a good blog with some info on KFMK. http://theragblog.bl...s-houstons.html More here too: http://scarletdukes....hou_radio1.html The bumper sticker scan on that blog page isn't the one I remember though which had a psychedelic male face with the words KFMK Wow! or something like that.
  7. The Night Hawk

    Their "Steak n' Tater" TV dinner wasn't bad either.
  8. Howard Fun Shop Postcard

    The other downtown 'fun shop' I remember from the 70s was Archies. It was a newstand also. Is that the one you're thinking of Subdude?
  9. San Felipe and Briargrove area?

    Briargrove Elementary is very sought after and considered to be one of the area's top schools.
  10. Larry Kane Show Clip

    This is great devonhart thank you for posting the clip to YouTube. I used to watch Larry Kane all of the time when I was a kid. Later I got into Soul Train. Too bad most of the Larry Kane show programs were not archived at the time. As I recall in the late 60s and early 70s American Bandstand was not aired in Houston. Did that have something to do with Larry Kane? Was Kane's show on channel 13 (ABC)? I believe Bandstand was an ABC show. I would only get to see Bandstand when visiting Austin.
  11. 1973 Homemovie clips of Main St.

    It seems the Loews was showing grindhouse features by this time in it's history. "Disciples of Death" from Hong Kong and "A Man for Hanging".
  12. Retro TV Broadcast 70's

    On the day of the riot, 13 news broadcast at lunch that there was a riot at Lee. The newscast was noon October 10, 1974.
  13. A first for Houston

    I have to think that there were some x rated hardcore movie theaters downtown before Cinema West opened in the early 70s. From the book Cinema Houston: from Nickelodeon to Megaplex by David Welling and Jack Valenti (p. 246) several other theaters are mentioned during a 1970 vice raid. These would include: Cinema X, Zipper Lounge, Cinema Arts, Kitty Arts, Kazba Art Cinema, the Rex, and the Houston Mini-Art Theatre. Here's a story related to Cinema West. I was at the Continental Club downtown watching some bands for New Year's eve about ten years ago. Backstage leaning against the wall was an original outdoor Cinema West sign. I'll never forget their distinctive logo.
  14. KILT Radio July 9, 1966

    Alex Bennett: "The man you love to hate" Several mp3 audio file airchecks of Alex Bennett/James Bond at this site The Vasthead Houston Retro Radio. Many other KILT and Houston radio airchecks at that site also.
  15. Hathaway Street

    Great info thanks. Interesting the way they numbered the streets back then.