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  1. I'd expect the ghost of Bart Truxillo to rise from the grave and smite them most grievously.
  2. Never heard of regular showings at the North Oaks. Rocky Horror screenings took place at multiple theaters in Houston, most notably the Alabama until it closed in 1983, then some time later the River Oaks. There's a blog covering the history of Rocky Horror in Houston with a list of past casts/theaters, but the North Oaks is not mentioned. http://houstonrocky.blogspot.com/p/cast-histories.html
  3. I hadn't been born yet in the 1950s, so by the time I was in elementary school, the Bellamy salute was long gone. I can well imagine how it must've stood out to someone who'd never seen it done before. If it was still being practiced in Houston in 1950, it must have still been in evidence in other locales as well. I find that fascinating, as the conventional wisdom would have us believe that it was almost immediately retired upon act of Congress in 1942. Just goes to show that when it comes to history, there's no substitute for eyewitness testimony.
  4. You mean the Bellamy salute? That's very interesting, I thought it had been phased out in favor of hand-over-heart in the early 1940s. Didn't realize it had persisted into the 1950s.
  5. I was dismayed to find out that Huntsville's Cafe Texan, long a landmark of the downtown area, is no more after 83 years in business. Both the maternal and paternal sides of my family hail from deep East Texas, and I've eaten many meals at the Texan over the years on the way to visit relatives, attend weddings and funerals, and so on. Texas loses a landmark to COVID-19 The headline is somewhat misleading - although COVID was certainly a significant factor in its closure, it appears the owner either got some bad advice or didn't realize the code-related ramifications that would result from having the water turned off. Either way, it's disappointing that the city wasn't willing to compromise a bit more to avoid closure, considering the tremendous financial stress that the pandemic has already placed on businesses. Perhaps there's more to the story than what's been disclosed here.
  6. Those old General Cinema theaters were very nice. The Northline and Meyerland twins were built around the same time as the Gulfgate and all three shared the same design and similar fixtures. I'm biased toward the Northline twin as it was the site of my very first moviegoing experience when I was 3 or 4 years old, and I saw a lot of movies there in the ensuing years until its eventual closure.
  7. Or they changed the address at some point as a result of new construction. HCAD says the building was constructed in 1968. Checking the 1980 map of the Village that I posted here previously, it shows Tio Pepe restaurant at that location, but I don't know how long it occupied the building prior to 1980. So the sign you have doesn't state the name of the restaurant, just the address?
  8. It was a couple of different sports bars in the 1980s - Dan & Nick's Sportsmarket, then Dolph's. Can't remember what occupied it between Dolph's and BW3.
  9. Clearly, the Velvet Taco architects are displaying their sensitivity to history by preserving those columns as an ironic, postmodern nod to the building's origin as a Roy Rogers restaurant.
  10. Yeah, I think that is the path that has been taken by many owners of older Alfas and Fiats. There used to be a reasonably active local Alfa club that was very helpful when it came to DIYers seeking advice and expertise - not sure if they're still around as it's been quite a few years since I last checked. GTV6s are fantastic driver's cars when they're well-sorted and working properly. They used to be known as "the poor man's Ferrari", but what was often left unsaid was that ownership of one was not infrequently a proximate cause of becoming a poor man.
  11. As the former owner of a GTV6, it immediately caught my attention as well. I spotted a Milano driving around not too long ago, for the first time in years. You'd have to be committed to the marque to own one now - I'm not even sure there are any local go-to guys for service on older Alfas left.
  12. I've always been intrigued by that building and was likewise surprised to discover there was a pool on the roof. I've often thought it would be a cool place to live, except for the fact that given the building's proximity to the bayou and where its parking area is, it would get old losing your car(s) during the increasingly frequent flooding events that have afflicted the area over the past 20 years.
  13. I use ABC13's site, but when it comes to a tropical storm or hurricane (or, really, any significant weather event), my first stop is always Space City Weather. Unlike the local TV stations, they aren't beholden to ratings and the need to sell ads. Space City Weather
  14. Delivery people are notorious for parking and blocking lanes on streets where there aren't any bike lanes. I'm not at all surprised that they also do it in bike lanes.
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