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  1. Recent stories about Muhammad Ali and his refusal to be drafted here in Houston back in '67 has me wondering where the Armed Forces Induction and Processing Center was. That old barn-like building where I was processed in 1961 was closed in 1966, but I remember it was on San Jacinto somewhere just south of downtown. Does anybody remember the address?
  2. 95.7 The Spot Lisping Announcer

    Lisping never held Barbara Walters back.
  3. Record shop on Belaire Blvd.

    Don Janicek's record shop.
  4. Motorcycle Dealers in the Houston Area

    I bought a Honda 350 street bike at Gulf Coast Honda in 1970, and rode it to and from work on the freeways and all over the place for several years. Great little bike with plenty of power to compete on the freeways. I laid it down on wet pavement one morning on the way to work and got up with a broken left wrist. The bike had a cracked handlebar grip and a busted headlight. Easy to repair, but I had to wear a cast on my wrist for a month. I think about that bike when the arthritis in my left wrist starts acting up.
  5. Voss Road Rapist

    The apparent fact that he's still locked up years beyond his original parole eligibility date tells me he probably hasn't been what we would call a "model prisoner". He was denied parole in May of last year because of the nature of the crimes he committed. Here's what the parole board wrote about him last year. "THE RECORD INDICATES THAT THE OFFENDER HAS REPEATEDLY COMMITTED CRIMINAL EPISODES THAT INDICATE A PREDISPOSITION TO COMMIT CRIMINAL ACTS UPON RELEASE. THE RECORD INDICATES THE INSTANT OFFENSE HAS ELEMENTS OF BRUTALITY, VIOLENCE, ASSAULTIVE BEHAVIOR, OR CONSCIOUS SELECTION OF VICTIM'S VULNERABILITY INDICATING A CONSCIOUS DISREGARD FOR THE LIVES, SAFETY, OR PROPERTY OF OTHERS, SUCH THAT THE OFFENDER POSES A CONTINUING THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY. " Wow. If he's that bad he needs to be put away for life, but he wont be. He'll get out some day, and I predict he will go back in for committing new crimes.
  6. Voss Road Rapist

    His name is Sandy Sanderson, and he was sentenced to 50 years in prison. That was decades ago, so he's probably out by now and I have no idea where he is, if he's still living. He's mentioned in the first paragraph of this Texas Monthly story from 1996. I'm not a Westchester Alum. I just Searched for Houston Voss Road rapist and found this article.
  7. Houston 1967 street view question

    I agree with Tumbleweed. I'm going out on a limb, but I'm sure this is the intersection of west bound Calhoun Street with Dowling or Chartres.
  8. Here's a link to the best history of Houston's freeway systems ever written, with hundreds of historic photos showing how it was created and developed into the nightmare it is today. In the chapters on the Loops, there's even an amazing photograph of the ammonia cloud enveloping the West Loop interchange on the SW Fwy on May 11, 1976. You can spend hours sifting through this incredible E-Book.
  9. Problems for Law Officers

    Some people with drones are causing problems for law officers. A week or two ago in Lufkin, a man coming down from a meth high started threatening his family and firing his gun out the window onto a golf course. When he barricaded himself in the house and threatened police responding to the shots, police closed off the area, and evacuated houses on both sides and even closed the golf course. Several police agencies responded to this with dozens of officers - Lufkin Police, Angelina County Sheriffs and the DPS. The standoff lasted several hours, but police really got concerned when they learned aerial video of the whole scene from a privately-owned drone was uploaded to the Lufkin Police Facebook page. The video revealed locations of the officers who were surrounding the house, and that really got them alarmed. They immediately deleted the video because if the man in the house had seen it he would have known exactly where to shoot. Fortunately, it ended peacefully when the man surrendered after several hours of negotiation and no one was hurt. The owner of the drone hasn't been identified or found, but police are still looking for him.
  10. HISD Building on Richmond

    Here's another.
  11. HISD Building on Richmond

    I Googled "HISD Taj Majal".
  12. Scene west, Three Fountains, Cummins Lane

    Reading postings like these make me deliriously grateful that I got all the craziness and "one night stands" out of my life before AIDS and smart phones. Would any of us dare to run around that way in today's world? Not me.
  13. Big Butt-Ugly Building at 1500 OST

    Yes it is in terrible condition. I can't imagine anybody buying it intending to use it. And it does appear that I just never really noticed this building until I drove past it last week for the first time in almost ten years. For some reason its ugliness just made it jump out at me. It sticks out like a giant scab. I worked in Houston till I retired and moved to east Texas in 2010. Thanks for the help guys.
  14. Big Butt-Ugly Building at 1500 OST

    This is the building I'm talking about, and it appears to be empty and for sale. I guess Shell's oil products aren't doing well. And thanks for your quick response. I'm driving there again tomorrow, but now I know what that monstrosity used to be.
  15. I went to Houston last week for the first time in a bunch of years, and driving down OST toward the Medical Center I drove past the ugliest building I've ever seen. It's huge and looks like two pyramids glued together. It looks for all the world like something out of Doctor Who - a space age military fortress. It's at 1500 OST, the corner of OST and North Stadium Drive. Does anybody know who built that monstrosity, and for what purpose?