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  1. I found Sig Byrd's Houston on Amazon. But you may need a bank loan to get it. https://www.amazon.com/Sig-Byrds-Houston-Sigman-Byrd/dp/0670644366/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=sig+byrd's+houston&qid=1592966885&s=books&sr=1-1
  2. Actually, it was Chick Randall and his dog Storm. Randall was sales manager at several Ralph Williams Ford dealerships on the west coast. His commercials were copied by Cal Worthington, who did his commercials with his dog "Spot". However, Cal's "dog" was never a dog. In most cases, it was an exotic animal being led around on a leash, such as a tiger or elephant. Among the many creatures that played the role of "Spot" were a killer whale from Sea World, a lion, an elephant, a goose, a tiger, a bull, various snakes, a rhinoceros, a skunk, a bear, a roller-skating chimpanzee, a water buffalo and a hippopotamus. These commercials began as a parody of a long-running series of commercials produced by car salesman Chick Lambert, who worked for multiple Los Angeles-area Ford dealers over many years. These commercials invariably began with "I'm Chick Lambert, Sales Manager here at Ralph Williams Ford, and this is my dog Storm." Storm was a German Shepherd dog, and was usually lounging on the hood of the first car to be featured in the ad.
  3. The building under construction at 1801 Main was Houston Bank and Trust, built in 1957. It has had several names since then. I think it's Amegy Bank now. It built a new parking garage a few years ago, which generated a lot of talk and photos here on HAIF.
  4. It's forgotten now, but in 1963 Ford produced a very basic model sedan for the low-end market. The Ford 300 is an automobile which was built for the 1963 model year only. It was the base trim level of the full-size 1963 Ford line below the Galaxie, Galaxie 500 & Galaxie 500XL. It featured almost no chrome trim or luxury equipment and could be compared to the Chevrolet Biscayne in trim level. In the late 50s Ford also produced what it called the "Custom" model, which was basically a stripped down Fairlane. It was popular with families and police departments because they were a lot cheaper than Fairlanes and Galaxies.
  5. Looks like a 1964 Ford Fairlane to me.
  6. There were several Roy Rogers Roast Beef locations around Houston in the 70s. One was on the West Loop southbound Feeder just south of Westheimer. After RR went out of business, that location has had several incarnations over the years. For a time it was Arby's, but that went south. Today it is - or was - a porn store named the Zone d' Erotica. It folded a few years ago but the signage is still in place.
  7. Per Terrbo's original post: As a retired broadcast journalist who covered NASA projects Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, I don't believe very many astronauts, if any, ever found their way from the Space Center area to the Alabama Ice House. They were all too busy training for upcoming missions. It is remotely possible however, that one astronaut - Alan Shepard - MIGHT have stopped there for a brew or two because he lived in River Oaks, not very far from the Ice House. "Smilin' Al" was a famous party animal who never saw a good time he could resist, especially the feminine gender. (Source: The Right Stuff, by Tom Wolfe) Incidentally, Shepard was the inspiration for the retired astronaut character played by Jack Nicholson in Terms of Endearment.
  8. There's no way to edit or rephrase the question that will take away the foul odor of anti-semitism.
  9. My favorite "repurposed" store is the huge Spec's Liquor store in the building formerly occupied by Academy Sports and Outdoors. I stop there when I'm in that area because of the huge supply of everything "spiritual".
  10. The best thing I remember about Joske's was their One Day End of the Month Clearance Sales back in the 70s and 80s. You could find great stuff for ridiculously low prices. My favorite example was the very good looking dressy sport coat I bought for ten dollars. The original price was 75 dollars.
  11. "Actually the term for governor was a two year term, just like State representantives. The term was extended to four years in the late 1970's. I think Bill Clements was the first governor to serve a four year term under the new rule." Actually, it was in 1972 that Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment changing the Governor's term of office from 2 years to 4 years, BUT it didn't go into effect until 1975 when Dolph Briscoe became the first governor to serve a four year term. Bill Clements was elected in 1978, and he holds the distinction of being the first Republican governor since the Reconstruction Era.
  12. There is something in this that nobody has seen fit to mention. Everything we know about this area known as Mt. Houston says it was generally a sawmill town with a lumber company. Those of us old enough to remember sawmill towns also remember the gigantic mountains of sawdust waste alongside the mill. Every little town on the highways through east and southeast Texas had a mill and a sawdust mountain. Many were nearly a hundred feet high. This is just a guess, but I think over time the community around the one in northeast Harris County acquired the nickname Mt. Houston because it had a big sawdust mountain. The road leading to it was named Mt. Houston Road, which makes me think the community was named after the road. We don't see those giant mounds anymore because European timber mills came up with a productive and profitable use for the sawdust. They combined it with wood chips and using adhesive resins they created particle board. It didn't take long for American mills to catch on and start producing particle board. That's when the sawdust mountains disappeared.
  13. You're right. That old neigborhood bordered by Houston Ave., Washington Ave., Sawyer and Memorial has some very beautiful old homes. Take a drive through some time. Gentrification has been going on there for some time now.
  14. I live in the hope that Innes's toxic personality and reputation will catch up with him sooner than later, and that station owners will come to their senses and realize that he's more trouble than he's worth.
  15. Really! I honestly did not know that. Thanks for correcting me. Maybe the big worldwide Raffles didn't appreciate a locally owned restaurant using their name.
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