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  1. I'm a retired Houston radio news reporter who has vivid memories of the Mass Murders committed by Dean Corll and two accomplices. I covered and reported that story every day from day one - the day Wayne Henley was arrested for killing Corll and revealing the most sickening story of depravity and cruelty I've ever encountered. My point: The coverage went on for several years, and not once in any of that coverage was Corll ever referred to as the "Candy Man". Yes he worked in his mother's candy business, and he was known for giving free candy to children, and the kids called him the Candy Man, but I don't remember anybody ever referring to him as Candy Man during the long investigation that followed his death. On the other hand, Ronald Clark O'Bryan - the guy who poisoned his children on Halloween in 1974 - WAS called the Candy Man for the rest of his sorry life till he was executed in 1984, proclaiming his innocence to the end. Dean Corll was killed more than a year earlier in August of 73, and the Mass Murder story played out well into 1974 and 1975 as police found bodies of Corll's victims all around the Houston area, on the Gulf Coast, and in east Texas. Trials of Corll's accomplices kept the story going for a long time. The Mass Murders were still front page news when RC O'Bryan poisoned his kids in August of 74, and somehow the two stories got conflated and Corll became the Candy Man in many people's minds, even though he never lured children to their deaths with candy. His victims were teenage hitch-hikers he and his helpers picked up on the freeways, many of whom were runaways.
  2. BigDenTx -- I remember that Pasadena Chuck Wagon too. Got burgers there many times, and I THINK they also sold some Tex-Mex because I also bought tacos there - unless my memory is playing its usual tricks on me. I went to Jackson too. A VERY long time ago. Eisenhower was President. When were you there?
  3. I've always thought it was an ego thing and - as we all know - doctors are famous for their world-class egos. John Hill married Connie because she was almost the exact opposite of his first wife, the hard-partying Society Beauty Queen of the Horsey Set Joan Robinson Hill. Joan was always the center of attention in the society pages, with John in the background. With the quiet and reserved Connie he could be the center of attention. It's also probable that Connie shared his love of great music. Just theories, but they're mine, and I'm sticking to them.
  4. px4man - You already know this, but other readers here may not. Cody Irby's father was Houston Police Officer James Irby, who was killed in the line of duty June 27, 1990. Cody was born 2 and a half months after his father was gunned down in cold blood by a guy who had been stopped for a traffic violation. The killer is still on death row.
  5. The name John N. Lomax explains everything. Say no more.
  6. **** a name and totem pole imagery that would be considered wildly offensive by today’s standards. **** Today's standards? Whose standards pray tell? The only people who would say such a thing are those who wake up every day in the fervent hope that someone will do or say something that offends them. I call those people POOPERS. "Perpetually Outraged and Offended Persons." I was never offended by the name "U-Tot-em". And I pay absolutely NO attention to people who say they are offended.
  7. Am I the only one here who remembers the Pizza Yoint on Spencer Hwy in South Houston? I think I remember I set a record for chugging a mug of beer one night in the sixties when i was a student at San Jac College just down the road.
  8. The average IQ of the Philadelphia radio community just went up 50 points. I have two questions. How is it possible that someone as toxic and obnoxious as Innes can find work in radio? and How is it possible that a radio station owner would be stupid enough to put someone like Innes on their air? Living proof: stupid starts at the top and works its way down.
  9. This is a complicated question, but the short answer is no. Shipley's Donuts is a franchise operator and is not connected in any way to the company that made Shipley Holsum Bread.
  10. Tiger Conway was an African-American professional wrestler from Louisiana, who moved to Houston and got into wrestling in the late 40s. And yes he did own and operate a fence company after he retired from wrestling. Here's a link to his short bio. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_Conway_Sr. You may also be interested to know the Conway Fence Company is still in business on a small scale, and someone named Plasee Conway is running it. For some reason it's listed as the Conway Tiger Fence Company. http://www.manta.com/c/mm2d0f5/conway-tiger-fence-co
  11. There's a new show on Animal Planet called "Lone Star Law". It's a reality show about Texas Game Wardens that shows them at work in various areas of the state. One of this week's cases showed one of the Game Wardens investigating an alligator attack on a swimmer near Baytown. The victim survived and was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where the Game Warden is shown interviewing the victim's family outside the hospital.
  12. You'll be interested to know the apartment complex is still there.
  13. How do y'all like the changes going on at KHOU-TV ? A.) Love it B.) Hate it C.) Too soon to tell None of the above. Couldn't care less because I never watch KHOU for the news.
  14. OK. I stand corrected on that. Other than that mistake, the rest of the story is true.
  15. Thanks for your story msneon. It's worth remembering that people sent to the P-Farm weren't violent criminals. They were there because they weren't able to pay fines for misdemeanors and some non-violent felonies.
  16. Hurricane Fence Company makes and sells all manner of residential and commercial fencing. Founders Raymond and Leon Schindler started the company when they invented the chain link fence in the 1930s. Their factory was on the old Katy Road for many years, but at some point in the 80s they sold that property and moved to Pasadena. The Schindler family sold HFC to Wesley Marsh in 2000. In 1970, Raymond Schindler got into the local TV business when he formed Crest Broadcasting and put KVRL TV Channel 26 on the air in August of 1971. Schindler was the majority stockholder with 43 percent. The call letters were changed early on to KDOG TV as a joke, but also because "dog" is broadcasting slang for a station that isn't making money. It never made money as KDOG, so Crest sold it to Metromedia TV in 1978. Metromedia changed the call letters to KRIV, and sold it to Rupert Murdoch and his Fox Broadcasting Company in 1986. Incidentally, Metromedia changed the call letters to KRIV in honor of then-Metromedia executive Albert Krivin. Fox Broadcasting has never seen fit to change them.
  17. The main entrance to the plant complex was on Silber, just north of I-10. The administrative office building was just inside the entrance.
  18. *** I haven't been able to confirm it, but a very credible source in the radio industry told me there is a warrant for his arrest.*** If that is true -- which I doubt -- nobody is making any effort to find him and arrest him. I've seen him living openly and publicly up here in east Texas where he has a lot of friends. He doesn't behave like someone with a warrant on his head. I won't say where this is though. You'll have to figure that out for yourself.
  19. I'm thinking of buying stock in stores that sell revolving doors to Houston TV stations.
  20. Since we're soaking ourselves in these old memories, let us not forget the fun many of us had at the Mason Park Gym on 75th street. They had sock-hops there practically every Saturday night in the late 50s and early 60s with DJs from KNUZ or KILT. And now that you mention it Michelle, I think the Mason Park Dances were sponsored by the Civitan Clubs. Not a hundred percent sure of that though.
  21. I remember KHOU managing to stay on the air even as Buffalo Bayou was flooding out of its banks and into the studios on Allen Parkway during Tropical Storm Allison. They just rolled up their pants and kept the news coming.
  22. Tomek's was on Old Galveston somewhere south of where 610 now sits. Tomek's Steak House was on the old La Porte Rd just outside the Pasadena city limits next door to the oil refinery. I went to Pasadena High School in the 50s with the owners' son Marcus Tomek.
  23. It's clearly an artist's rendering of what the Rice Endowment wanted, but I'm guessing that fell through when they learned how much it would cost. They had money for sure, but nowhere near that much money. Everything had to be scaled down to an affordable level. It still ended up looking pretty great. Rice has one of the more beautiful campuses in the country.
  24. ****Does anybody have the address of the original Pea Farm?**** The old P-Farm, short for Prison Farm - not Pea Farm - was on the property now occupied by the HPD Southeast Sub-Station and Municipal Court at 8300 Mykawa. The city held on to the land when it closed down the P-Farm, but found a use for it some time later when HPD started opening sub-stations around town.
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