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  1. What's ridiculous is that it didn't sell at $900K - the reserve was $1 million, and the owner declined to sell it when it didn't meet reserve. He should've taken the $900K and laughed all the way to the bank, as I seriously doubt he'll get anything close to that kind of offer again.

    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. Well, living as long as I have gives me an appreciation of the past that I didn't have when I was younger - a sense of history of these parts, especially since I'm a native Houstonian.

    A lot of stores had those wonderful candy counters. All the five and dime stores downtown had them. There was one at the Sears store on Main Street at least through the 1950's. When the downtown Foley's (now Macy's) opened in its present location, they had a candy counter selling quality chocolates by the piece (or by the box, packed to order).

    Animal crackers - yum! I still like 'em! They were a nickel a box when I was a kid and a fairly wholesome snack, compared to what kids eat today.

    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?

  3. I wish I remember the Shamrock Hotel. I have lived in Houston all my life (33 years) but I do not have any recollection of how big that place really was. I wonder what the floorpates were (SF of each floor). It looks like a thick building.

    I looked at the Hyatt Regency on Orbitz.com. Have you ever stayed there?

  4. I remember eating Pizza was at this restaurant. I was maybe 10 yrs old. I was staying at the Shamrock for a dance convention and specifically remember walking across the street to this restaurant (about 12 of us) to eat Pizza. Wow..what a memory trigger.

    It's a shame that these kind of places get demolished.

  5. Love the reply.

    I was a sub-sub contractor to an engineering firm as an IT guy and I was having running battles with MY boss, the contract's boss, and engineering's managers/customers whom were expecting outlandish demands.

    I told one manager "unless <company name> buys into Teleportation technology in the next few minutes, it ain't gonna happen."

    was probably within days of being fired, fortunately (or not), I was hurt on the job and was STILL fired, but got workman's comp and started my own business with it.

    Don't miss the corporate world at all, but I do miss the regular hours and benifits, though.

    Sometime it's a blessing in disguise.

  6. I grew up off of Griggs road right down the street from the Fritos plant. It was at Griggs and the Gulf Freeway on the east side of Griggs. I think the entrance was on Broad Street though. I don't think the freeway feeder went through back then. You could always smell those Fritos cooking when you drove past and yes there was a big animated sign with the Fritos logo spelled out using various colored small bulbs. Across the Griggs on the corner was Carr's Tastee Freeze. I enjoyed that smell of the Fritos cooking and also remember how wonderful the smell was driving past the Nabisco plant.

    You're speaking in the past tense. So I'll assume that the Frito's sign and/or plant is no longer there.

  7. If you actaully think Free parking will ever happen you have another thing coming. Parking is a huge source of revenue for Reliant Stadium. Giving away that will never happen.

    I didn't understand the article in today's Chronicle about the plans for the Astrodome.

  8. I wish I remember the Shamrock Hotel. I have lived in Houston all my life (33 years) but I do not have any recollection of how big that place really was. I wonder what the floorpates were (SF of each floor). It looks like a thick building.

    Yes, the Shamrock did look good. I guess places like the Four Season and Radisson took its place.

  9. There was also a Brittain's Broiler Burger across the street from Memorial City. They had a large, slow-moving, merry-go-round in the center. Children could sit and eat on horses with built-in trays. We used to go there in the late 60s and early 70s.

    I personally believe that hamburgers themselves are simply not as popular today as they were 40-50 years ago.

  10. No! When this place was open medicine had not progressed that far yet. Now they may have done some of that at the secnd Jeffdavis Hospital that use to be on Allen parkway.

    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.

  11. not too long ago, kipperman's pawn shop on bellfort was taken over by "Mr. Money" pawn shop. does anyone know about this change of hands or why it happened?

    had anyone ever been to kipperman's?

    it was quite a trip...

    Is this like one of those drive thru wedding places in Las Vegas, Nevada?

  12. Ash, I believe it to be one of Subdude's hobbies, he doesn't get out much you know. But don't tell him I told you that, ok. ;)

    What do you mean "don't tell him"? He can clearly see everything that you, I, and everyone else posts.

    Speaking of Stucky's, does anyone remember that now abandoned one on I-10 about half way to Louisiana? I don't know why they thought they could make money way out there in the middle of nowhere.

    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.

  13. I think it's pretty asinine that we don't have an interstate highway from the largest city in the state to its capitol. We don’t even have a non-stop state highway!

    Why doesn’t 290 go around Giddings?

    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.

  14. ooooooooohh.....did you ever see it???

    in high school, we used to go out there and look for it but we never did see it.

    tjones, ever hear of the light off gou hole road? out past the racetrack off 565?

    we used to go look for it too. no luck there either.

    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.

  15. I would say that a "moving picture show" qualifies as a movie, so, according to that book, the Orpheum would therefore be the first, opening in 1907.


    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.

  16. Yes. that is EXACTLY what happened. Once the news was out world-wide, the Sheraton people paniced thinking my sister's ex-husband beat her 2 years later because of their reception at the hotel. It was amazing that my sister had the power to shutter an entire Sheraton property but there you have it. It gave her a whole new life.

    Yes, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!!


    BTW, my sister will be appearing live in the RamaRoom all week...try the fried twinkies.

    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.

  17. The two Sakowitz children are alive and well. Robert Sakowitz and his sister, Lynn Wyatt, are both active in the social scene. Lynn is married to Oscar Wyatt who founded Coastal Corp. He has been charged with paying illegal kickbacks to Iraqi officials as part of a scheme to circumvent the United Nation's oil-for-food program in 2001.

    Mr. Wyatt sounds like a "good ol' boy."

    I remember when they closed their downtown store. I worked contract to help move the phone system from the downtown to the Galeria store. I had to crawl across through the ceiling of the Galeria store to punch holes and drop phone lines down to cashiers stations below. Man that was scary! The ceiling was made of stucco and only two feet high. There were fire water lines, AC vents, and VERY DARK. All the time knowing if I fell through it was 30 feet to the floor below.

    We still have a set of silver spoons and crystal glasses with "S" inscribed on them.

    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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