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  1. Greenspoint Mall's owners need to get with a Hollywood movie studio to use the rotting corpse as a prop in an action movie a la the 1985 Chuck Norris flick Invasion USA. Have terrorists or aliens "attack" the mall and blow it to smithereens. Maybe include the Astrodome in the movie too and put two aging ladies out of their misery in a spectacular and profitable way.
  2. There are as many of these Images of America books as there are stars in the sky. They're not just limited to Texas. It's an awesome idea that gives amateurs a chance to get published in a way not possible before and a way for folks to learn local history, even in areas where nothing world changing happened. Writing was the easy part of this project. I had pretty much everything I needed 5 years ago thanks to all the tips I got on here and independent research. The toughest thing was the images. I did the text and my partner found the photos. He had already done an Images of America book on Humble so he had lots of connections at the Texas Room downtown. But even once he had the photos, then it was a question of whether they were of high enough resolution to be put into a book. A lot of otherwise good pics were left on the floor because while they looked good on a computer screen, they couldn't cut it when printed. They were either too dark or too grainy or not sharp enough. After all the postings and interactions I'm so happy now that the people who shared my journey of discovery can now enjoy the fruits of all that work. To all who have ordered, thanks for your support. I'd love to read your reactions once you've had the chance to go through it.
  3. The East Aldine Management District ordered $5,000 worth of books. I assume Amazon probably gives volume discounts, so that could mean between 200 and 250 copies. I suspect they're the ones who depleted Amazon's stock. As the author, I'm sure not complaining about that! I also went on an advertising blitz on Facebook. There are lots of Aldine related pages on Facebook. As mkultra states in another post, it is available from other retailers. I know Barnes and Noble has it. And, of course, the publisher itself (Arcadia) has it. I did see that used copy for sale. It was like that on the first day. Weird, huh? .! If you want one, I hope you're able to get it and I appreciate your interest.
  4. Hi all, Hope this isn't a violation of the rules. I used to post on here a lot about the history of Aldine. Thanks to all the knowledgeable posters on this board and some personal research, I was finally able to put together the history of the area. I partnered with a MacArthur graduate who found lots of great pictures and together we published a book about Aldine as part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing. The book was released yesterday (Jan. 16) and is now available for order. It's called Around Aldine and is available on Amazon (link in the title). I'm not posting this to make money, rather to let those who posted to and with me over the years who said "You ought to write a book" know that I did!
  5. Wow, I'd completely forgotten about that Don's Western Wear.
  6. Dueitt's (the proper spelling) was located at 8024 North Freeway, just north of Canino, so you were pretty much dead on. I once looked it up for someone on Facebook. About the only thing I could find was a help wanted ad for waitresses from Jan. 8, 1956. There's no earlier mention of it. During that search I went to Historic Aerials and it wasn't in the 1953 photo, so apparently it opened sometime between 1954 and January 1956. The last want ad they ran was on Jan. 22, 1974. I haven't been out that way since my mom died two years ago. But according to Google Street View somebody was building something fairly large on that site as of the photo, which was taken in February 2020. Anyone been by there recently?
  7. Weird how this board was a rocking place when I was doing research of the history of Aldine schools and the local area. Now that I've found pretty much everything this is to find and can answer questions definitively, the board has dried up.
  8. That's part of the reason why I figured the rumors were false.
  9. Not sure why I didn't respond to this thread back in 2008. Like cowboybud, I was at Aldine. I was senior and I figured this story was BS. But there was some hysteria going around. Supposedly the Smurfs were a gang from our rival, MacArthur. But then I spoke to a friend at Mac and he said everyone there though the Smurfs were a gang from Aldine, pretty much confirming it was just a wild rumor. But I did get a kick out of it and how lots of people were going nuts.
  10. Interesting post. I've stopped at the lodge for a drink when I was at Big Bend in October 2015, but that's not where we were staying. We were at the Holiday Hotel in Terlingua. Now that's a surprising place. Looks like crap from the outside and I wondered what I had gotten myself into. We got the Cinnabar Suite and wow, it was awesome. I highly recommend it, just don't judge it by the outside. I also highly recommend the Indian Lodge in Fort Davis for those going that way. They started renovating the place right after we left and I couldn't figure out why. It was awesome as it was. So if they made it better... I'll have to go back.
  11. According to an Oct. 8, 1968, ad in the Houston Chronicle, Hawaiian Village's address was 14538 Minetta, which is described as near South Main and Fondren. Google Maps shows the New Deliverance Church is shown at that location now.
  12. Does anyone remember an informal park/swimming hole along Spring Creek just east of 1-45? While not a county park, there were picnic tables and there was a rope swing you could swing out into the creek. Did anyone go there?
  13. I'd forgotten all about this. Thanks for sharing. I came across this a few years back when looking up examples of the old Texaco Matawan design.
  14. The copyright goes to the new company, so yes, they'd still be in effect. But it's not like this is for commercial purposes. Plus you'd think they'd be pleased someone was admiring the covers enough to share nearly 40 years later. Anyway, the chances of some stuffy SWB lawyer patrolling this site for copyright violations are about as infinitesimal as the Houston Texans reaching the Super Bowl under Bill O'Brien. Those covers were cool, weren't they?
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