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  1. It's one thing to keep up with and stay informed on political happenings in this country, state, county and city. Yes, that is being responsible. Having a "conniption fit" at the sound of someone's name is far from responsible. It's silly, at best. Actually, if that poster was being serious and not joking (and it's possible he was joking), it's something worse, but the mods did ask this be kept civil.
  2. Yes, that is correct. It was a whimsical and eclectic kind of place, hence the full name Bobby McGee's Conglomeration. And the waitstaff did dress up in costumes. I never ate at the place, but a friend of mine worked there and I did go in once or twice to wait for him when he needed a ride home from work. He would come out in his costume. IIRC it was kind of a 1920s kind of outfit, but after 34 years now, I stand to be corrected. Obviously, considering the costumes, singing and decor, a lot of the workers were current or former drama, band and choir students and my friend was in all three in high school, so he fit right in. As I never ate there, I don't know what kind of food they served. I'm guessing it was... wait for it... a conglomeration of many different things, trending towards Bennigan's/TGI Friday's fare. Maybe someone who actually ate at the place will someday fill us in.
  3. I've been to one in Corpus Christi several times over the years and for a while, my niece lived a block away from another in San Antonio. They're good, trust me. Not as good as a Nathan's, but then what is. I prefer Wienerschnitzel to James Coney Island (or whatever they call themselves now). That's not meant as a swipe to James Coney Island. Both are good. I just prefer Wienerschnitzel to James Coney Island. Like I prefer gold to silver. But if you gave me a truckload of silver, you wouldn't hear me complain one bit about not getting gold. You win either way. So whether you have a Wienerschnitzel dog or a James Coney Island one in front of you, you have a pleasant experience ahead. I'm headed down to Corpus this weekend. If I can, I'm going to stop at one. I'll be thinking of you when I chow down.
  4. Thought you wanted to know about the restaurants on Dyna in the 1980s? I offered to help earlier in the thread. There's never been an IHOP on Dyna. There's a Denny's down I-45 at Aldine-Bender.
  5. Thanks for the kind words. Yeah, one of my friends worked summers at the Bobby McGee's Conglomeration (the restaurant's complete name) and the Walgreens in the same Deauville Shopping Center. In each case, he worked very long and late hours. I believe one of the Aldine Roundup yearbooks had an ad for Bobby McGee's. I wonder if I can find it and post it here?
  6. Wow! Interesting stuff. I'm not so much into radio (the business side) as I am into popular culture history. I'm writing a history of the part of town I grew up in. Part of that history includes entertainment options, such as movie theaters, etc. So I do include a brief mention of some of the first radio stations in Houston, what they played and how they dramatically increased in number after WWII. One radio station - KLEE (now KILT) - built four transmission towers across the highway from what would be my high school. People were always asking me when they were erected. I was finally able to find out (1948) just the other day thanks to an obscure post in the Houston Radio History blog. This report might also fill in some pop culture gaps. Thanks!
  7. Wow... this was on May 15th, 1980, and the NBA Finals are in Game 6. We're more than TWO FULL WEEKS LATER NOW in the 2018 calendar and this year's NBA Finals have just started tonight.
  8. On May 15, 1980, I was more interested in graduating from 8th grade and getting ready for high school in the fall to be too concerned with boozers. Thank goodness that idiotic cross-district integration plan went nowhere. Considering the ethnic makeup of many of the surrounding districts now, it would have been a waste of time, money and students educations. Actually, forget the current ethnic makeup... even if things had stayed exactly the same demographically, it still would have been a waste.
  9. North Shepherd Golf Course

    Aw man, you beat me to it. LOL! I remember going by this course as a kid when we went shopping at the Sears on Shepherd and Crosstimbers. Been awhile since I've been that way, and with news of Sears again closing stores (West Oaks), does anyone know if that Garden Oaks Sears store is still open? According to the Sears website it is, but you never know about Sears. They may have laid all the web staff go.
  10. Wolfe Nursery

    OK, I've finally gotten Classmates.com to work. Grantham Texaco (9350 North Freeway) has its first ad in the Roundup yearbook in the 1969 edition (meaning it most certainly was open and operating in 1969, and very likely for at least some portion of 1968). Hidden Valley Texaco (no address given, but most likely 9155 North Freeway) has an ad in the 1966 Roundup. Its owner is listed as C.M. Futrell. BTW... Palms Nursery is listed in the 1970 edition, located at 8503 North Freeway. No ads for Wolfe, however.
  11. Wolfe Nursery

    JH Slaughter? Mrs. JH Slaughter was a fifth grade teacher at the Marrs School in the 1930s and the district's first choir director. Their son played football for Aldine in the late 1930s and early 1940s. I wonder if they lived there? I'm looking at a 1953 aerial photo of that spot and while I'm no CIA photo analyst and the pic is grainy, there does appear to be something there in that time period. But that spot is not in Aldine ISD. Never was. So I guess if they lived there, the son attended the Aldine schools because his mom was an employee. That happens even now. Where are you getting this information on properties? Is it something I can access?
  12. Wolfe Nursery

    I've never been able to find out when Grantham Texaco opened. However, I'd bet real money (and I'm not a betting man) it was between late 1966 and 1968. The reason is that station was of the "Matawan" design, which one document I found said first debuted in 1964. A 1964 and a 1966 aerial photo I've found don't show the station, although the 1966 pic shows the Kroger next door. I know for a fact that store opened in October 1966 as I've seen the newspaper ad for it. So my guess would be between late 1966 and 1968. Oddy enough, I am looking through the old Aldine High yearbooks now trying to figure out when girls were allowed on the tennis team. Grantham Texaco was a frequent yearbook advertiser because Tom Grantham, the owner, was an AISD board member during this time. Grantham Middle School is named for him. Unfortunately, Classmates.com is acting up and I'm having trouble accessing it. I'm pretty sure I've seen ads for Grantham Texaco in the 1970 and maybe the 1969 yearbooks. Maybe I'll try again later and if I find the ad, I'll either edit this post or make a new reply. As for Mr. Futrell, someone has brought his name up around here before. I'm assuming that was you? There was another Texaco station across the freeway at the corner of Hidden Valley and the feeder road. That was called, appropriately enough, Hidden Valley Texaco. I know I've seen ads for it in the yearbook and I'm almost certain Mr. Futrell's name is on it. That station opened, as far as I can tell, in 1964. There were, at one point, three gas stations on the west side feeder road between W. Mt. Houston and Gulf Bank - the Shell station, a Phillips 66 station and a Texaco. Here is a photo from a mid-60s AISD bond brochure that illustrates this. The photo looks north along the feeder road just to the south of the intersection with Hidden Valley Dr. You can clearly see the Texaco (and it was of a different design than Grantham), then the Phillips 66 then the Shell.
  13. Wolfe Nursery

    It was Wolfe. (See two posts above this one). Wow, 1978 to Avis? I had no idea it was a car place that long.