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  1. I found some corporation records for Bobby McGee's Conglomeration of Houston, which I assume was a franchisee that operated all the restaurants in Houston. Their office was downtown at 811 Dallas. They were in operation from August 1973 to February 1994.
  2. Now that Landmark River Oaks is gone (and Landmark Greenway is long gone), and Sundance (which replaced the Angelika) is shuttered, are there any theaters around anymore that specialize in showing foreign films and independent/art films?
  3. Good for you, wilcal, I understand that scooters may have become a nuisance in Discovery Green, but blocking off access to a public park for people in wheelchairs is simply not an acceptable solution.
  4. This one was mid-late 80s, into the 90s, Babbage's computer software store. My younger brother and I frequented the one in Willowbrook Mall in the late 80s-early 90s. I remember wanting to get Leisure Suit Larry there, and my mom read the back of the box and said "uh, no, you're not buying this, not even with your own money." We bought some of the first LucasArts (back then LucasFilm) games there, including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Secret of Monkey Island. If you remember Babbage's and are asking yourself "I wonder what happened to them?" the answer is they merged with another software retailer you might remember, Software Etc., in 1994, and became Babbage's Etc,. then launched the GameStop brand in 1999, which took off, with all the Babbage's Etc. stores being rebranded as GameStop in the next few years after that. I'm sure everyone is familiar with GameStop, you probably have a recently shuttered one just down the street from you. This picture is not of the Willowbrook location, I just pulled it off the internet.
  5. I have to admit, as a kid I thought furniture stores where there were different "rooms" set up were fun places to explore with my brothers while my parents browsed. I remember the Fingers Greenspoint store in the early 80s, basically same mental picture as zaphod. I also remember the furniture and home furnishing sections on the second floor of Foley's in the mall across the street as well during that same time. Apart from the rooms set up in the Foley's furniture department, I remember in the home furnishings section a prominently displayed Mickey Mouse telephone. I thought it was so cool, and I remember being amazed by the concept that someone would go to a store and buy a telephone, because that was when most people still rented their phone as part of their monthly service. I remember going with my mom to the Southwestern Bell office (I think it was on Gears Rd?) and upgrading from a rotary phone to a push button phone for our kitchen phone. I think it was another year or so before my mom upgraded the master bedroom phone. They still have the master bedroom phone.
  6. Okay, by googling about a hospital for Southern Pacific employees in Houston, I found this, which indicates it was under construction in 1910: http://www.houstontimeportal.net/southern-pacific-hospital.html
  7. All I've found so far is that it was once a former hospital for Southern Pacific Railroad employees. PS: I tried editing my OP to add that info, but this forum is acting wonky in both Chrome and Edge. Initially when I wrote the OP, Chrome wouldn't let me do anything other than post a poll, and now it won't let me edit. It also initially gave me trouble replying to the thread.
  8. For reference, it is that large Italianate red-tile-roofed building that looks almost like it's on a hill, on your right as you're heading north on I-45 or west on I-10 coming from downtown. I've attached both a nice picture of the front of the building, and a picture of what the building looks like as seen from I-45. It is currently owed by Harris Health System, which says: Anyone know the full history of this building?
  9. Why is this now 4 year old outdated and irrelevant screed pinned to the tope of the page?
  10. What was SW's reason for leaving IAH in the first place? I remember going to SMU in the 90s, it was really handy having SW flying between IAH and LUV since my parents lived in the Champions area. It would have been hell to have to schlep out to DFW or HOU when I was just coming home for a weekend.
  11. Yea, its usually placed over a draining stone aggregate base with a French drain at the bottom
  12. My take is that removal of the Pierce Elevated would do far more good, by creating a more seamless transition between Midtown and Downtown, than a High Line-like conversion would. Granted, I was living in Midtown back in the very early 2000s, when the space under I-45 was still a homeless tent city, but even though I lived right at Bagby and Gray, and could (and did) walk into Downtown at times, the overpass created a very strong visual and psychological barrier between Midtown and Downtown. Even though the land underneath is now gated parking, I'd still feel spooky walking under the Pierce at night in anything more than a large group of people. Getting rid of the overpass would do a lot to make the Midtown/Downtown area more walkable.
  13. In general I tend to agree, the only time I'm okay with artificial turf in a park is when it's in a small area that's going to get a lot of traffic that would wear down real grass and you'd end up with packed dirt (which becomes mud after rain). But even then it's iffy, depending on the context. An example I can think of that does kinda make sense is in City Centre, where they have a patch of artificial turf in the main plaza that fronts Town and Country Boulevard. The patch of green is a nice break from all the buildings and concrete, but real grass wouldn't have worked there, both because of the amount of foot traffic that patch would get, and because of all the buildings preventing it from getting enough direct sunlight. And am I misremembering, or doesn't Discovery Green have some artificial turf on one of the smaller lawns over next to the Grove? But yeah, in a neighborhood park like this, I'm not a fan of artificial turf.
  14. Marfa has become such a popular weekend/vacation home destination in the last several years, but it's such a long drive from Houston or Dallas, or even from San Antonio. Even flying into El Paso or Midland/Odessa, you've still got a three hour drive there. I'm surprised someone hasn't started a commuter service between Marfa and Houston or Dallas. buy a used efficient turboprop like a Beechcraft 1900, fly out of one of the close to town secondary airports, like Love Field in Dallas, or Hobby in Houston, land either at Marfa Municipal Airport or Alpine-Casparis Municipal Airport. During the week the plane could be used for business commuter flights between Houston and Dallas. For that matter, instead of Hobby, the plane could fly out of West Houston Airport, which would be convenient for all the people who live and work in the Energy Corridor who need to make frequent trips up to Dallas. I've read that back in the 80s there was a small commuter service with scheduled turboprop flights between West Houston and Love, Air West, I think was the name? Obviously now would not be the time to test this business model, but once things return to normal, and once we see how much business travel actually rebounds vs being permanently displaced by Zoom meetings, it would be an interesting venture, especially to see if the Marfa/Big Bend tourism market could support it, or even be boosted by it.
  15. Film production accounting can be somewhat byzantine. Tax credits like these can either be deducted from the intangible assets held in relation to the production costs, or they can be recognized as deferred income. With a small production like this where its costs are going to be lumped in with other film projects since its costs by itself don't meet a minimum threshold, I imagine they'd do the latter. If tax incentives are recognized as deferred income, they aren't going to show up on the cost side of the balance sheet, then all other things being equal between filming in Tybee and Galveston, there wouldn't be a difference in "net cost of filming" between the two.
  16. When I heard the board wasn't giving her the job, and was resuming its search for outside candidates, but that she was "welcome to apply for the position," I took that to mean her chances of getting the job were slim to none. Telling someone who has already done the job, so you know how they perform in it, that you are going to look for other candidates but they are "welcome to apply for the position" is kind of like your committed girlfriend telling you she wants to be able to see other people. It's not because she's pretty sure she wants to marry you, but wants to date a few other guys before she decides for sure that you're the one. And I think going outside the district is the right thing to do. HISD has some pretty long-standing cultural problems, and bringing in fresh blood is really the only way to change that culture.
  17. In the former Galvez GM's defense, this is houstonarchitecture.com, it is targeted to a pretty specific local audience, ie mostly Houston residents. Even transplants usually learn about the 80s oil crunch and its effects on the city from neighbors, friends, coworkers, etc. after having lived here a while. So it wasn't unreasonable of him to assume that visitors to this page would know what he was talking about.
  18. Probably not about Galveston being more costly to film in than Tybee, because I doubt it is. More likely it is either due to the production team preferring the aesthetic of Tybee for the look of the film they wanted, or it had to do with tax incentives. Georgia offers a 20% incentive on productions of $500,000 or more, plus an additional 10% if the film adds a peach logo to its credits. Texas is more like 5% between $100,00 and $1 million, 10% over $1 million. And in Georgia that $500,000 minimum doesn't have to be spent on one project, it can be aggregated across several projects by the same production company in a single tax year. If a production company already has several small budget productions taking place in Georgia, and none taking place in Texas, it certainly makes more sense to fold a movie like Galveston into its aggregated production spending in Georgia rather than just doing one movie in Texas.
  19. You obviously weren't living in Texas in the 80s. The recession the GM of Galvez was referring to was the oil bust of the mid-80s that really hit the Houston-area economy hard. Nobody who lived in Houston in the mid 80s, no matter how young, would forget what it was like. I was just a kid, but lost a lot of friends as their dads lost their jobs and had to move elsewhere for work. The price of oil bottomed out at $12.51/bbl in 1986. That, along with the savings and loan crisis of the mid-late 80s, which was worse in Texas than anywhere else. At least half of the failed S&Ls were based in Texas. Real estate prices plummeted. Our state fell into a deep recession. Downtown Houston was a ghost town at this time, office occupancy rates plummeted. We were just starting to come out of it around the time we hosted the economic summit in 1990. 1986 proved to be a watershed year for Houston, cleaving Old Houston from the Modern Houston we live in today. So many venerable old Houston institutions, especially those that catered to affluent oil-rich Texans, were casualties of the oil bust, that much of Houston’s unique culture and heritage died and was replaced by a more generic Large American City culture.
  20. According to the Klein Historical Society, the present-day boundaries of the district were set in 1928, which would include the panhandle. If that's correct, it definitely debunks the theory that it was gerrymandered for diversity tax dollars. https://www.kleinhistorical.org/kleinisd/ That means there must have been some other reason for the shape, maybe related to property ownership lines among the original families that owned property in the area or something like that? Pretty intriguing.
  21. Thanks for the suggestion of Holiday Hotel in Terlingua, I'll have to check that out. Yeah, I love Indian Lodge, rooms, common areas, and location just can't be beat. The Black Bear Restaurant, at least the last time I was there in 2016, was pretty awful though, worse even than Chisos Mountain Lodge's dining room. I posted a review about it, and ended up having a nice discussion with the management about it, so maybe it's improved since then: I thanked them for the response, said it sounded like they were on the right track to improving, and asked if they would ever serve liquor, or at least beer and wine. This is what they said: Though I have to admit, my wife and I defy that rule all the time. We go into the CCC lobby with wine and cheese and have ourselves a happy hour there every time we go. We try to be inconspicuous and drink the wine out of nondescript cups, but the cheese selection at Stone Village Market in town is too good not to enjoy with some wine, especially the Marfa Maid goat cheese.
  22. The Chisos Mountain Lodge is the only lodge in a national park in Texas (I know, I know, we only have two national parks to begin with), and I believe Big Bend National Park deserves better than what the concessionaire, Forever Resorts, is currently giving us. The Mission 66-era architecture will never be as beloved as the National Park Service Rustic architecture of places like the Ahwanhee in Yosemite or Old Faithful in Yellowstone, but its Mid-Century Modern charm could be played up with some moderate renovation and redecoration. Condition of the physical property and its furnishings aside, it just feels like Forever Resorts is trying to squeeze every dime out of every square inch by cutting cost, and quality along with it. Food in the dining room is terrible institutional Sysco frozen nursing home-quality pablum. There is really nowhere to get out of the heat or cold and relax in the lobby (though the terrace is nice when the temperature is mild) because they've crassly filled the lobby with racks of crappy merchandise. I think of Mather Lodge in Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas as the quality level Chisos Mountain Lodge could and should aspire to. The lodge is well-maintained, the new dining room has great ambiance in keeping with the feel of the original part of the lodge, and the food, while not aspiring to be anything fancy, is reliably well-done simple country style food for the most part. NPS needs to kick Forever Resorts out of there and find a concessionaire willing to invest in making the lodge better.
  23. I've always wanted to go there to eat (I think I did when I was a very small boy), and while the idea of staying at the hotel seems romantic, have you read some of the Tripadvisor reviews for the rooms there. I'm pretty good at taking bad reviews with a grain of salt, because some people just like to kvetch, but when a pattern and theme starts to emerge of rundown rooms with poor housekeeping, it starts to sound like a real roach motel.
  24. We had reservations to go this June, ended up being canceled. We've stayed at Indian Lodge three times now and love it, though the last time was 2016, so definitely overdue. The only complaint I have is the Black Bear Restaurant. Bad ambiance and appalling food. Same complaint I have about the dining room at the Chisos Mountain Lodge in Big Bend. I compare them to Mather Lodge in Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas, the dining room has great ambiance, and though they don't strive for haute cuisine, they do simple country cooking very well.
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