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  1. I read that the casket they got for JFK costs $3950, quite a bit of money back in 1963 for a box to be buried in. I'm so glad that I've donated my body to science when I kick the bucket.
  2. Because of that, they were called "passion pits" back in the 1940s/1950s.
  3. I'll be 50 next year. Just like you, I have an appreciation of the past that I didn't have when I was younger. For example, the understanding the telephone was at one time fairly simple. When it would ring, you would simply answer it. There was no Caller ID. If you called someone and the line was busy, you simply had to hang up and call them back later. There was no Call Waiting. You dialedthe number you wanted to call. Now we push buttons, but we still call it dial. Yes, a long distance call cost a lot more back then. But you simply knew not to call a city that was long distance from where you live. Yes, I have a cell phone, but I hardly use it. Mostly for emergencies. It's prepaid. I don't have to open up and be shocked by a bill where my daughter sent 161 text messages (that happened to a former co-worker of mine). It doesn't rule and control my life the way I've seen it do many other people who talk while driving, in stores, etc. I bought a pre-paid long distance calling card to use on my home phone so that I won't have an unpleasant surprise whenever I open that bill. People could simplify their lives if they really wanted to. Go to bed earlier, so that you can get up earlier, so that you can leave earlier, so that you can drive slower and get to work on time (maybe even earlier). But who am I?
  4. Do you think that any amusement park will ever be built in Houston?
  5. I looked at the Hyatt Regency on Orbitz.com. Have you ever stayed there?
  6. Did KTRH ever play music? I've only known it as a talk radio station.
  7. It's a shame that these kind of places get demolished.
  8. Sometime it's a blessing in disguise.
  9. You're speaking in the past tense. So I'll assume that the Frito's sign and/or plant is no longer there.
  10. I didn't understand the article in today's Chronicle about the plans for the Astrodome.
  11. Yes, the Shamrock did look good. I guess places like the Four Season and Radisson took its place.
  12. It's amazing that you stumbled across this. You never know what anyone else may possess.
  13. I personally believe that hamburgers themselves are simply not as popular today as they were 40-50 years ago.
  14. But, to me personally, it's a shame that hospitals are distinguished between those that provide for people who have insurance and those that don't. I think that L.B.J. and Ben Taub should be commended. Everyone needs health care, no matter if they have money or not.
  15. Is this like one of those drive thru wedding places in Las Vegas, Nevada?
  16. What do you mean "don't tell him"? He can clearly see everything that you, I, and everyone else posts. The one that is now closed down and abondoned is located on IH-10 and FM 1136 just outside of Orange, not far from where I live. The building is still there. To the best of my knowledge, the one on IH-10 between Anahuac and Winnie is still open. But my belief is that its days are numbered. I think that Cracker Barrel and other roadside places will eventually take over. "Stuckeys.Com" says that there are only two Stuckey's on IH-10 in the entire state of Texas: the one between Anahuac and Winnie and one in El Paso.
  17. That sounds logical. That would be similar to IH-35W and IH-35E up in Dallas/Fort Worth. What is SSP?
  18. Yes, I never thought of that before! IH-35 connects San Antonio/Dallas/Fort Worth with the capital Austin. But, like you said, the largest city Houston doesn't connect with the capital. That doesn't quite add up.
  19. Saratoga was a little ways west of Beaumont, which is where I graduated from high school. In 1973 the state legislature lowered the drinking age to 18. That resulted in a flood of people going to Saratoga every Friday night with ice chests loaded with Schlitz to go and see the "light." I went there once back in 1977. But for some reason we didn't stay long enough to see it and we headed back early. I don't recall a racetrack.
  20. I read one time that before screens were made that big cities had "theatres" that were called "Nickelodeons" that had little machines that you would insert a coin into, look into a viewer, and watch a movie. Maybe Houston had one of those before the Orpheum. Or perhaps the Orpheum first had those machines and then a screen was later installed.
  21. Yes, my dad something similar, but not on as big of a scale that your sister did. When we lived in Houston, we went to the Santa Rosa Theatre. During the movie, my dad passed some silent intestinal gas. He said that he remembers hearing the teenagers coughing and shuffling their feet. Then last year FoxMulder took a photo of that closed-down theatre and e-mailed it to me. Later I e-mailed it to Subdude and he posted it under that topic. I printed that photo and showed it to my dad. He said that what he did was what caused the Santa Rosa to close down. As he pointed to the photo, he said: "See? A picture is worth a thousand words." Your sister had a bigger impact because the Sheraton-Lincoln Hotel was much larger than the Santa Rosa Theatre. But I don't know if the Santa Rosa's closing gave my dad a whole new life.
  22. Mr. Wyatt sounds like a "good ol' boy." I once worked for a private telecommunications company installing phone systems in businesses. When a business closed down and relocated, we just threw away the phone system and installed a new system in the company's new location. We were told that it would cost more to load up, transport, and re-install the old phone system than it would to simply re-install a new and updated system. I guess it was different back when you did it.
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