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  1. The heavy cloth interiors were for insulation. For the same reason walls in medieval castles were covered with tapestries.
  2. Fred Olson and Randy Hames were not the original Hudson and Harrigan. KILT's original H&H of the 1960s and early 70s were Mac Hudson Roach and Paul Menard, the original Irv Harrigan. Menard was also Harrigan of the Charlie and Harrigan show at KLIF in Dallas. Roach and Menard dominated Houston radio from 1967 through 1972 when they moved to San Diego after owner Gordon McClendon sold KILT to a big broadcasting conglomerate. They finished their radio careers in San Diego. Sadly, both have passed on. Mac Hudson Roach died in 1997. Paul "Harrigan" Menard died in 2018. Speaking just for myself, they and the characters they created were just hysterical to listen to. "JimBob Jumpback" and "John Daniel Douglas Moynihan the Third But My Momma Calls Me Petey." IMHO, NONE of the H&H's who kept the act on life support in Houston over the years were half as funny and creative as the originals.
  3. I guess it was inevitable that a family named Hain would have a son they would name Samuel, or Sam. I'm betting they gave him that name as a joke. The name "Samhain" is very ancient name in Great Britain. It's pronounced “SOW-in” or “SAH-win”, and it was a pagan festival celebrated by the ancient Celts halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It began at dusk around October 31st and likely lasted three days. Samhain is considered by many to be the precursor to modern Halloween celebrations. Samhain is also the modern Irish word for the month of November.
  4. I think you're right. It makes more sense. The original site is now directly under the GRB. It's a shame that so many of those grand old 19th century mansions were demolished and plowed under to make room for "progress". But, that's what Houston is known for.
  5. That beautiful home at 1817 McKinney was on a site that's now occupied by Discovery Green about a hundred yards west of the GRB Convention Center.
  6. brucesw - The midtown theater was a block or so south of the Delman movie house in the mid to late sixties. I saw Brigadoon there and it was as good as any professional musical I've ever seen.
  7. For Brucesw - Marietta Marich's husband was Bob Marich, high up behind the cameras at KPRC TV for many years. Together, he and Marietta were very active in local non-professional theater for many years. They always had the best and most talented local actors and singers, which is why their shows were always worth seeing. Marietta was born in Dallas in 1930 and died in 2017, Here's what her obit said about her. Marietta Marich was a true Renaissance woman. In addition to the phenomenal acting, singing, and directing for which she is most well-known, she was an accomplished painter, playwright, songwriter, and set designer, being the only female student in her drafting class at SMU. Marietta’s professional career spanned over 60 years. Marietta and Bob met at KPRC TV (which they helped launch in 1950) and married in Houston. While Bob produced and directed at the station, Marietta sang and toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. After success in Los Angeles, the pair moved back to Houston, where they became theatre and television mainstays. Her KPRC TV show “Midnight with Marietta” featured Marietta singing with the incomparable talents of Paul Schmitt and his band. Marietta also interviewed a sophisticated array of guests each night. An avid reader, she could discuss almost any subject with intelligence and vivacious wit. Marietta created the legendary Houston Theatre Center on Main Street in midtown, and with husband Bob produced and performed in many of the productions. They also owned and operated several other live theatres, including a Dinner Theater at the Royal Coach Inn on the SW Fwy. Marietta constantly mentored young artists, giving many their first break. Some careers she helped launch are those of Tommy Tune, Dennis Quaid, JoBeth Williams, Patrick Swayze, Tracy Shayne, Robert Wuhl, K.T. Oslin, Gina Hecht, Cindy Pickett, Brett Cullen, and Sally Mayes. Marietta’s last stage performance was in early 2017, when she appeared with her daughter, Allison, in “Outside Mullingar” at the Queensbury Theatre. Film audiences know her work with Clint Eastwood, Steve Martin, Naomi Watts, Kevin Costner, Bill Murray, Mary Steenburgen, Josh Brolin, Jennifer Aniston, Sally Field, and many others. The entire Marich family are actors, a Houston Royal Family of the Theatre. Marietta was deeply beloved by her family, who admired her razor-sharp humor, keen intelligence, blunt honesty, strength, and tenacity. She often said, “Never show a fool your unfinished work,” and, “I may not always be right – but I’m never wrong!” Marietta was predeceased by her husband of almost 60 years, Bob, and son Michael. She is survived by daughter Allison, grandchildren Skyler and Spencer, and many relatives. She died in 2017. Husband Bob died in 2012.
  8. Pissing people off is the only thing Innes is good at. Look in the dictionary for "self-absorbed obnoxious dick" and you'll see a photo of Josh Innes.
  9. I don't live in Houston anymore so I don't listen to KGOW, and I wouldn't even if I did live there. But, I confess to being surprised to learn that Innes - who went to work there in May - is still there six months later. Is it actually possible that Innes has found a way to stay employed? We can only hope.
  10. This plane has an illustrious history. Billed by Curtiss as the “Sub-Stratosphere Transport”, the airplane that became the C-46 military transport was actually intended to be a 36 passenger airliner with a pressurized cabin. It was an attempt to compete with that other famous airliner of the 1930’s - the Douglas DC-3. Called the “CW-20T” by Curtiss, the prototype first flew in March of 1940. The CW-20T had twin vertical stabilizers and was powered by two Wright R-2600 14 cylinder engines producing 1,600 horsepower each, and turned three blade Hamilton-Standard constant speed propellers. Initially, the C-46 was used to ferry cargo across the South Atlantic. It also saw some use as a glider tug in the European theatre. However, the C-46 became famous for its use in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater, flying supplies over Himalaya Mountains, otherwise known as “the Hump”. By March of 1942, the Japanese had control of nearly all of the supply routes through the area. Consequently, all of the supplies needed by Chiang Kai-Shek and Claire Chennault's American Volunteer Group - the famous Flying Tigers - had to be flown in to China. Some of the terrain in the area rises to over 14,000 feet. The C-46’s military career didn’t end with World War Two. The United States used the C-46 (along with some other World War Two types) to fly missions during the Korean War and the CIA used it during the Bay of Pigs invasion. Still, age and wear have taken their toll, and there are only around a dozen C-46 Commandos still flying today. Two of them are owned and flown by the Commemorative Air Force.
  11. You mention two of my all-time favorite eateries. I remember that BBQ place on Telephone near Hobby Airport, especially that incredible chopped beef stuffed into half an unsliced loaf of bread. That was a serious meal. Laz Cazuelas on Quitman was another favorite. My wife and I would drop in there for very late night beer and tacos. Most of its clientele were Hispanics, which is a sure sign that the food is gonna be good.
  12. Ask and ye shall receive: On July 2, 1962, Sam Walton opened the first Walmart Discount City store at 719 W. Walnut Street in Rogers. Arkansas. The building is now occupied by a hardware store and an antiques mall, while the company's "Store #1" has since expanded to a Supercenter several blocks west at 2110 W. Walnut Street. O Target beat Walton by two months in the race for discount store shopping. On May 1, 1962, the Dayton Company opened its first Target discount store located at 1515 West County Road B in the Saint Paul suburb of Roseville, Minnesota. Sadly, the first Target store is no longer with us. This SuperTarget in Roseville, Minnesota, sits on the site of the first Target store, which opened in 1962 and was torn down and replaced by this much larger store in 2005.
  13. Take your pic -- er -- pick. https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=tranquillity+park%2c+houston&form=HDRSC2&first=1&scenario=ImageBasicHover
  14. **** There was a steakhouse/bar-b-que place on Stella Link right before Bellaire Blvd **** You may be thinking of the Cellar Door.
  15. Not sure what you were searching for, but I found it by searching Houston International Raceway, and this is the first hit I got. http://houstonfreewaydragstrip.com/
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Looks like a 1964 Ford Fairlane to me.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. There's no way to edit or rephrase the question that will take away the foul odor of anti-semitism.
  24. 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".
  25. 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.
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