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  1. Interesting, particularly since he opted to stick with "Dave" on his personal website. He does mention on his bio page there that he originally became "Dave" at his first broadcasting job as a drive-time DJ, as the station manager thought "David" sounded too biblical.
  2. Apparently there's no one on Mealer's campaign staff who actually knows who Dave Ward is. That's about the only reason I can come up with for allowing an ad to go out identifying him as "David Ward".
  3. The South Main Drive-In opened June 7, 1940 and was Houston's first drive-in, according to Cinema Treasures. South Main Drive-In There's no listing for the Main Drive-In. However, the book "Cinema Houston" says the South Main Drive-In was originally called the Texas Drive-In, and the address given is 9900 South Main. Google Books link You can see ads showing the original Texas Drive-In name at the Cinema Treasures link, but they don't list an address, just general directions ("drive out South Main highway - near the underpass").
  4. Avenida de los Niños. I'm sure Rich Kinder wouldn't object too much to the hispanización of his Teutonic surname, especially when it's "for the children".
  5. I went in 1998, 1999, and 2000. Don't remember why I didn't go in 2001. At that time my office was within a few blocks of the course, and the last year I went I walked over on Friday afternoon of the race weekend to watch the practice/qualifying sessions.
  6. I continue to hold out hope for a "Kinder Kindergarten".
  7. I'm fairly certain that the 3512 Main location was open until the 1980s - I remember eating there several times when I was in college. The building had seen better days by then, and I seem to recall a Mexican restaurant briefly occupied it after Christie's vacated the premises. Can't seem to find any pictures of the 3512 Main location online, but here's a postcard of the 6703 S. Main location.
  8. This is a later location of the Caribana. It was originally located at 2413 Rice Blvd, and in addition to being the place to go for live reggae, it was well-known for its infamous 3-for-1 drink specials. It has been discussed here previously, and a forum search should turn up multiple mentions, probably in one of the Rice Village threads.
  9. They closed the City Centre location last year, and the Meadows Place and South Shepherd locations this year. There are still ten other locations in the Houston area, but the property for one of those locations (Northline) has been put up for sale.
  10. The article I linked to is not very well-written, and is somewhat confusing, but the key takeaway is that since companies are being graded according to ESG standards, they will need to demonstrate that their clients likewise meet the standards they are being graded on. Hence, the concept of an ESG score for individuals, which in the case of financial institutions is relevant to individuals to whom credit is extended. An individual's ESG score could affect whether or not that individual is extended credit, or the terms upon which credit is extended. The author(s) of the article claim that this is already in process at financial institutions, but it's hard to tell how much of what they describe is fevered speculation and how much is really happening (especially since their organization has a vested interest in promoting ESG-related investment products). But if you think this sounds a lot like China's Social Credit System, you're not alone.
  11. You would think that Adams' commentary on ESG is pretty tame compared to what most of the Chronicle readership (or at least the commentariat) would have to say about it, assuming they're even aware of it. I wonder if he's seen this, which is probably the most techno-dystopian thing I've run across in recent memory: How to Calculate Your Individual ESG Score
  12. Durant Motors isn't a name you hear very often today. William Durant was the co-founder of both General Motors and Chevrolet, and Durant Motors was started in 1921 after Durant was forced out of GM. The intent was to offer a line of cars similar to that offered by GM, but it was never as successful and ultimately fell prey to the economic woes of the 1930s that followed the 1929 stock market crash.
  13. That's how I read it as well. The lounge in question is most likely the student lounge that was in the basement of Fondren Library in the 1950s: https://scholarship.rice.edu/handle/1911/75259 Note the ashtrays on every table. Believe it or not, smoking was allowed in the library in certain areas until the late 1980s/early 1990s. In later years there was a smoking area on one of the upper floors, right off of the main staircase, where you would usually find smokers ensconced in overstuffed chairs perusing books from the stacks.
  14. At least some of these prices are higher than you'd pay today for the same items, if adjusted for inflation. I only checked a couple of them, but 35 cents for a dozen eggs is $4.36 in August 2022 dollars, and 79 cents for a pound of sirloin steak is $9.83.
  15. I've never run across any. I believe they have some old photos displayed at the current location, but I don't remember seeing any of the Montrose location there (the original location predated the one on Montrose, and for a while they actually had multiple locations in Houston).
  16. This was the former location of Nielsen's Delicatessen in the early 80s, before they relocated to the current location on Richmond. I don't recall if anything else occupied it after Nielsen's before Kam's opened.
  17. There have been some reasonable concerns raised about ShotSpotter, which have been covered in the Chronicle. Here's an archived article from January - there are probably more, but this is the first one I ran across: Critics say ShotSpotter gunfire alert data is inaccurate, but Houston is spending $3.5M to expand it
  18. They value-engineered the crystal chandelier and ice jets out of the South Beach-lite ballroom that everyone was hoping for.
  19. I don't recall this place, but it's interesting that they were the only store serving Frusen Gladje, a competitor to Haagen-Dazs that thrived in the 80s but subsequently disappeared after the brand was sold. It's pretty obscure now, but it was very popular and well-known then.
  20. I have a vague recollection of some businesses that rented space on the ground floor. I spent quite a bit of time at Hermann Professional Building in the late 1960s/early 1970s as I had severe allergies as a kid, and my ENT's practice was located there. IIRC there used to be a lunch counter/gift shop on the ground floor as well, similar to those that used to be common in a lot of drugstores (like the Mading/Dugan chain).
  21. "What Second Baptist Pastor Ed Young said in a sermon last weekend may not be true"
  22. New marketing campaign: "TXDOT: Workin' on mysteries without any clues".
  23. When I used to work downtown and the subject of where to go for lunch came up among coworkers, someone would occasionally suggest Fu Kim. As you might suspect, it was pronounced a little bit differently than if it had been uttered by a native speaker. Fu Kim, you are sorely missed. But at least Houston can rest easy knowing that there are plenty of other places that have taken up the mantle of Businesses with Unforgettable Names:
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