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  1. My interest in Galveston Island and other beach resort areas is that of a tourist and amateur historian.
  2. This sounds like accrual accounting that does not recognize incoming payment from a buyer (in this case the tax incentive) as income until the goods or services are delivered to the buyer at some point in the future. As you stated, tax incentives affect income but not the the cost.
  3. My statement that there were no nationwide economic recessions during most of the 1980s (1982 to 1990) had the disclaimer "unless this was a local condition peculiar to the area". The 1980s recession affecting the greater Houston area is well documented online. In the mid-1980s, I was offered a transfer from the Jacksonville FL location to the Houston TX location of GE ICES (Instrumentation Communication Electronic Services) Calibration Lab. To the best of my recollection, nothing was said during the interview process about economic recession conditions or other problems with the Houston
  4. My prior use of the phrase "net cost of filming" implies that tax incentives are subtracted from costs. Tax incentives are assets that are applied to revenue, once the product is completed and delivered. Assuming the respective gross costs of filming in Galveston TX and Tybee Island GA are comparable, Georgia offers more generous film production tax incentives, including the ability to aggregate tax incentives on several smaller projects. In addition, Georgia law allows unused tax incentives to be sold to other Georgia taxpayers. A typical selling price would be 90 percent of face value l
  5. After watching the GALVESTON motion picture (2018) on Blu-Ray disc, then reading the GALVESTON novel (2010), it was interesting to watch the motion picture again. Nic Pizzolatto (credited as Jim Hammett) and Melanie Laurent (credited as director, not credited as screenwriter) were clearly up to the challenge of adapting and condensing a 250 page novel into a 94 minute motion picture screenplay. Overall the screenplay simplifies and clarifies events in the novel in a highly effective manner. Roy Cady (male lead character), is smart enough to anticipate and escape from the setup design
  6. As documented with text and photographs in earlier postings by various members, the interior and exterior of Galvez Mall (Galveston TX) was cosmetically renovated circa mid-1980s as part of a plan to convert it from a general purpose to a more upscale retail facility. Photographs (May 1976) show its exterior appearance at the approximate midpoint between its original opening (circa 1968) and its subsequent interior and exterior renovations. Photographs (July 1987) show its interior and exterior appearance after renovations. These renovations were (in my opinion) well executed, but ultimately i
  7. Having watched the GALVESTON motion picture (2018) on Blu-Ray, my next step was to read the novel (2010) it was based on. The GALVESTON novel has mostly good reviews from readers and literary critics. My hardcover with dust jacket copy in used/very good condition came from Thriftbooks, Dallas TX. The main characters in the novel (Roy Cady and Raquel Arceneaux) are complex and flawed, the "bad guys" they encounter are very bad. Most of the novel is set in 1988, told in first person by Roy Cady. Various flashbacks, also told in first person, provide background information on events in
  8. Most readers who visit this area of HAIF probably know that Pontchartrain Beach in New Orleans was a privately owned amusement park located on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain. The beach was artificially made by dumping sand along the shoreline adjacent to the park property. The hazards of water pollution, undertow, and submerged rocks (rip-rap) made the lake an unsafe area for swimming. The amusement park offset this by building two swimming pools adjacent to the shore. The the lake provided an ambience for swimmers from the safety of a controlled water environment. My 7th grade cla
  9. My listening to KILE Radio on the car radio during my 1976 visits to Galveston was noted in an earlier post referring to its signal coverage and programming format. I have a clear recollection of one particular song I heard on KILE one afternoon: GIMME DAT DING, performed by The Pipkins (1970). I have no idea why this particular song stands out so clearly in my memory of listening to KILE. As an aside, The Pipkins were a short-lived British novelty duo. GIMME DAT DING reached #9 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1970. The present callsign since 1991 is KHCB (Houston Christian Broadcast
  10. Due to the crowded conditions during peak tourist season, I would be reluctant to ride a bike on the sidewalk adjacent to the seawall. Subject to weather conditions, bike riding is safer during the off season months.
  11. The Blu-Ray disc of GALVESTON I own has audio tracks in English and French and is distributed by Mongrel Media, an independent Canadian film distributor. Melanie Laurent, a prominent actress and filmmaker in France, directed the film (with extensive rewrite authority). Although Ms. Laurent is credited as director, she is not credited for the screenplay.
  12. The GALVESTON movie was based on the 2010 novel GALVESTON by Nick Pizzolatto. The movie was directed by Melanie Laurent (who made revisions to the original script). This 2018 movie had only limited distribution in the United States. As far as I know, the 2010 novel is the second novel with this title. The first being the 1976 novel by Suzanne Morris. I remember seeing the Morris novel displayed for sale at the Galvez Mall (Galveston TX) location of B. Dalton bookstore. By coincidence, both were the first published novels by their respective authors (Morris and Pizzolatto).
  13. During my first vacation trip to Galveston (July 1975), I remember getting takeout food at Corrella's Corral (Tex-Mex) and Bill's Barbecue. Corrella's Corral was probably on or near Seawall Boulevard going southwest from Stewart Beach but my recollection is not clear. The same is probably true about my recollection of Bill's Barbecue being located on or near Broadway (Ave J). One evening during that trip, my girlfriend and I went to a table service restaurant she was familiar with from her previous trips to Galveston. As I remember it, my order of barbeque shrimp was excellent. The restau
  14. Addendum concerning 317B: Aside from its long term stability and reliability, the Continental 317B transmitter was very compact (by 1962 standards) for its 50 KW power output. Everything but the final amplifier blower was self contained inside a set of cabinets only 12 ft. wide x 6 ft. deep x 6.5 ft. high. Its two 6673 final amplifier tubes weighed 29 lbs, each. By comparison, the RCA 50KW transmitter (installed 1949) at nearby KWKH had a set of cabinets 36 ft. wide with an external concrete vault (for fire safety) containing the 3 plate supply transformers, plate supply filter choke, modulati
  15. Really enjoyed listening an online posting of the 6/22/1975 Jay West air check on KILT 610 AM. This is very close to the time my then girlfriend and I were on our week-long Galveston vacation. KILT was a constant companion while driving around in the car, in the motel room (when we weren't watching TV), and sometimes when at Stewart Beach or the motel swimming pool. Many small and medium market disk jockeys I knew would listen to big market top 40 stations (some would take notes while they were listening) to get ideas for improving their techniques and maybe getting a shot at their own big mar
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