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  1. 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. 

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  2. 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.


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  3. 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. 

  4. 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.


  5. 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.

  6. 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. 


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  7. 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. 

  8. 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.

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  9. 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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  10. "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.

  11. 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. 

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