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  1. Hi All! Thank you so much to everyone that took the time to comment on this thread for me! I wish I had known this time in my dad and mom's lives. We effectively lost my father when I was 13, so I never really got the chance as an adult to learn what it was like for them in the 60s and the Space Race. And I guess you just don't think about asking your other parent (mom) after so much time had passed. She passed in 2015, and only after have I gotten interested in reconstructing every detail I can about their lives during the space race. Thanks so much for unlocking what "the Towers" were (I am sure the poster that suggested the one on Holcomb was right!) and the mystery of what "Houston 1" was on my dad's NASA papers. I am sure the postal zone theory is right. I may even drop into Tel-Wink at some point. I have no evidence at all that dad, or mom and dad, ever ate there. But it would make sense at least my dad did once or twice. From April 1962 to around March 1964 he lived literally walking distance to it (1/4 of a mile) while he worked at the temporary NASA facilities (Houston Petroleum Center on 45 near Telephone) and the Rich Building (now Ambox) on Telephone Rd. In my research, I have stayed away from "conjecture", but it's seems to me a certainty he would have eaten there at least once! This site says it was relocated to its present location in 1962 (so, right around the time my dad moved there). http://telwink.com/
  2. Correct. When the Manned Spacecraft Center (now known as Johnson Space Center) first moved to Houston from Virginia, it was temporarily in buildings all over the area around Gulfgate Mall and Hobby Airport. This was from late 1961 to March 1964, when the MSC was finally built and opened on NASA Rd. 1. Flipbook on the temporary MSC - https://uhcl-ir.tdl.org/handle/10657.1/860
  3. Regarding the Postal Zones, many thanks all! But I'm still perplexed by my dad's use of "Houston 1". See the attached snips. One is from his NASA paper. He was working in the temporary Manned Spacecraft Center buildings on I-45 near Gulfgate Mall (specifically, the Houston Petroleum Center near I-45 and Telephone). That was 1963, so the "Postal Zone" theory may work. It's still weird he would have done that on NASA memos (e.g. I don't write zip codes on my work memos, but then people had just moved to Houston from Langley Field in Virginia, so maybe it made more sense for them). Then, there was a NASA news release mentioning him in 1967, and the NASA publicity office also used the "Houston 1" reference. I asked the NASA History Office, and they had no idea why it was used.
  4. Hey all - I have a follow up question. Perhaps you can FINALLY solve a puzzle that has been bugging me since it was presented. My father worked for NASA. Not a lot of people know that when the Manned Spacecraft Center first moved to Houston from Virginia, it was located in temporary buildings all around the Gulfgate Mall area for three years before the permanent site opened in Clear Lake. While my dad worked at the temporary site, he would address his memorandums as "Houston 1". People at NASA I have asked don't have a clue why. But I just noticed looking at the pictures for the Towers Motor Hotel that in the first picture near the address, it says "Houston 25, Texas". Was there some scheme back in the day to use this numbering for areas of town? I thought MAYBE it was simply the last two digits of a zip code, since the 77025 code is near West U. But the Towers would have been outside of that. Same for Gulgate Mall (77001 is just north of downtown, the temporary NASA locations would have been in 77087).
  5. Thanks you guys! My cousin had a complete guess (he wasnt sure, simply googled) that it was this: https://www.houstontowers.com/ It was built before 1965, but its a complete guess and my gut says it wasn't it. It looks like it was simply a house for a while, that someone redeveloped into a B&B. EspersonBuildings - I think your guess is the best I've heard so far! It makes a lot of sense! It would have been only a couple miles and a straight shot down the street from church (St Vincent de Paul) and their homes in West U, then only a couple miles to the movie up Sheppard. The only thing, of course, that gives me pause on it being the right guess is what I see in the pictures. Mom, Aunt Lilian and others she mentions going likely wouldn't have frequented a "motor hotel" to eat. Not saying they were "high class", but they were the types to don nice church clothes and go see a show like the Sound of Music, so guessing they would have done a true restaurant than what I am imagining by the latter pictures. But if you recall it being more like a nicer hotel in its "heyday", then I think you nailed it. And I did find this on it, makes me think that even though the name was "...motor hotel", it was a nice place to eat: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Houston-Texas-Towers-Motor-Hotel-Multiview-Vintage-Postcard-K40166-/142122913604 Twinsanity02 - Thanks so much. I wondered the same thing, whether it was the Shamrock. It was also close to where they lived and would go to the show. And mom and her mother were into ballroom dancing, and I recall them mentioning the Shamrock as a landmark. It opened before 1965, so it is a possibility. But in googling, I don't see any connection between the use of the term "the Towers" and the Shamrock, so I don't think it is it (unless someone else alive then can inform us otherwise).
  6. Hi All - I am documenting my mother and father's lives during the 1960s, specifically around the Space Race (as dad worked for NASA). Interestingly, I have some letters my Mom wrote in 1965. Both Mom and Dad have passed, so I cannot ask them. And I bounced this question off some cousins who may have known, to no avail. In the May 1965 letter, my mom makes a short reference to going to "the Towers" for breakfast (no other description). It makes me think "the Towers" was a hip place to get breakfast on a Sunday. They went after church in West University and before seeing the Sound of Music, which was playing in the Alabama Theater on West Alabama (Upper Kirby area). Does anyone of that generation recognize what "the Towers" may be in May 1965? It was well-known enough for my mom in a letter to her mom (who was in Europe at the time) to mention going to "the Towers".
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