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  • Birthday 05/10/1941

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    Arlington, TX; Native of West University Place, Houston
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    Schools-West University Elementary, Pershing Jr. High, St. John's and Bellaire.<br />I loved growing up in "old" Houston, especially in the 1950's. Still interested in the same things: art, music, nature, animals, great books, excellent films.

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  1. Thank you for that very interesting inside glimpse of life surrounding the scene. I am sorry you misunderstood me concerning the post-mortem. I was speaking of Dr. Morse, the part time Pathologist at Sharpstown Hospital, who seems to have botched everything, under the supervision of Dr. Hill. Remember him? "Lost" the brain, brought what was left later to offical Harris County Autopsy in the trunk of his car, oops. When I worked for doctors in Spring Branch in the early 1960's, several years prior to the Hill events, this same man, Dr. Morse was the Pathologist working at Spring Branch Memorial Hospital on Long Point and part time at several other small hospitals, I believe Bellaire and Sam Houston. Through my personal witnessing and knowledge, he made some glaring and disasterous errors in his tissue evaluations, particularly involving pronouncements of malignant or benign. He was not well thought of by the doctors I knew. Thus when we heard in 1969 of his far less than professional procedures at Sharpstown Hospital when Joan Hill died, I was not surprised, but very angry to hear he was still employed in this capacity. I do not recall his first name at the moment, but I hope this information clears some things up for you.
  2. Actually, Ship Ahoy probably came first. My parents were divorced and that was my Daddy's favorite place to take me out to eat when he visited. This would have been in late 1940's through early 1950's. Wonderful place with the little balconies, ship deck railings, high ceilings and windows. Always felt special to me and the seafood was super as well.
  3. Thank you for the pictures! Where do you get these things? As my visits were in my pre-driving years, I don't know which location, but the Dining Room on your postcard is the one!
  4. Oh! Sue O, I attended Camp Tejas in about 1947 and somewhere here in a much earlier post I described exactly what you just did! We loved tramping over and peering into the depths of the mansion. I guess we were all enamored. Rowing on the lake, the separate wood cabins throughout the woods, making way through the "wilderness" to get to bathroom building in middle of night. I was only 6 at the time but loved it. Do you recall the pool decorations? Mosaic tile colors, perhaps of acquatic creatures? I cannot remember, just know it had some embellishment, not just plain vanilla. Anyway the interior of the house looked like the occupants just up and left without moving their things and never came back, which I now understand is what the widow did.
  5. Sev, I will take one of each and like, right now! Also downtown in this era was The Normandie, elegant, cool and dark with gorgeous food and the best Eclairs in the world, before or since.
  6. Okay, I have been around a long time. On our 9th grade, Sr. Skip Day from Pershing, in 1956, a group of us hung out at Howard Johnson's there on Bellaire. During that era they had an all you could eat seafood fry every Friday night, good stuff.
  7. Perhaps you are thinking of Mueller's Bakery in The Village? It was wonderful and only about a block south from Rice grocery store. Great to hear from a neighbor, I lived on University Blvd. in West University Place from 1941-1981, so I know it throughout at long history. Moved back in 1993, stayed til 1996 and my daughter still lives there. Any questions, will be glad to help. By the way, loved Timmy Chan's in Greenway, such elegant presentation of food. How about the tall, footed, pierced silver rice servers? Miss so many of the the great restaurants.
  8. Really good stuff! Right by Joske's. My young daughter and I haunted the place after our Galleria shopping.
  9. Yes, indeed! W. Howard Lee was married to Hedy Lamarr from 1953-1960. Shortly after their divorce, he married Gene Tierney in 1960. Guess he really liked the beautiful stars of the Big Screen.
  10. Actually that is what I meant to add. After reading of her sad mental history and of the electro-shock treatments, it is very possible to likely she was unable to remember the combination lock numbers, among so many things of that ilk we are tasked to carry around in our heads. I always liked her as an actress and her beauty was undeniable.
  11. I just noticed this thread, small antecdote to add. When she lived in River Oaks, married to Howard Lee, they rented a box for their mail at the Highland Village Post Office Station. My husband at the time was in charge of the Box Section. Gene could either never remember the combination or didn't bother to learn it, so it became a frequent occasion for her to knock on the door and have my husband retrieve and hand her the mail. I always thought it was just the pampered life of a Hollywood Star, used to folks doing everything for her.
  12. Marmer, thanks a bunch for saving and sharing your booklet. I would dearly love scans of menus for Hobbit Hole and Ouisie's as keepsakes and to share with my family. We were recently dining at the "new" Hobbit and I was trying to explain how different the menu was way back at the original place. We did Ouisie's not just for the food, but for the great name, "Ouisie's Table and Brown Bag Traveling Company." As for the cafeteria in question, Apollopride, I remember it spelled as Jetton's.
  13. Stop the presses, hold everything, we segued to Bryan/College Station here? We've been invaded by Aggies? Well, okay, but shame, shame, no one mentioned Rebel's? I mean, wow, I lived in a small rural area for a while and the nearest decent shopping was Bryan, so we'd always do the necessaries, then head for Rebel's for a grand steak dinner, even in middle of afternoon. Great stuff. Equal time now for Longhorns. In Austin, a place named "The Mars Bar", which was actually a restaurant in an old house a bit removed from campus. Really good food, again great steak and some divine garlic mashed potatoes.
  14. How cool, you are the first person I've "met" born in my hospital! I think it was falling out of favor or getting ready to close by the time I came along in May 1941. There was only one other baby born there when I was. I know this because my mother used to joke (?) that when she first saw me, she told the nurses there must have been a mix up with the babies. They told her impossible, the only other kid in the Nursery was an Hispanic boy. I too was an only child, but had cousins in Southside Place, just 5 blocks down the street. I was interested in the same sort of things you were, I alone in my family. So I went singularly to Museum of Fine Arts, downtown Library, old Music Hall for matinee shows, all that jazz. I even took a bus to the old Houston Auditorium with violin in hand for auditions with Houston Youth Symphony Orchestra, that place was spooky. It seems so strange now for a 10 or 11 year old to be traipsing around the big city all alone. My Step-Father worked for Missouri-Pacific and I had a free pass, so spent a lot of travel time in trains alone as well, visiting my Father's family in Dallas and one big trip to Louisville and back by myself. I guess it instilled self-reliance and maturity, but kind of lonely too. Don't you still love the old days at the Julia Ideson? Like stepping into a movie set with all the heavy wood trim and the little separate rooms. The big, glass box was impressive when it came along mainly for its incredible collections, could find most anything there. Got the best of both, my daughter was raised with the newer one.
  15. Oh, Alpha, thanks, no one believes me now, but not one girl ever saw me in my underwear, much less nude! We used the multiple, flouncy petticoat shield for changing into our gym suits as well. I attended Pershiing Jr. High from 1953-1956 and never took swimming. I do recall those girls who did swim were required to take nude communal showers and the rest of us twittered they must be lesbians to flaunt their nudity like that. But in the pool, they always wore bathing suits. There was a rumor that the boys swam nude and one day, a girl decided to check it out. She stealthily sidled up to the pool door only to find it locked tight, leaving our questions unanswered, but suspicions running higher. As for the controversy about silly modesty, that came into play, but seriously, most kids of that age simply were not that proud of their bodies and feared negative comparisons. I would think the guys would suffer from that especially, worried about size of equipment in front of the "big" boys.
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