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  1. You have all filled this old Houstonian's heart with joy. And yes, the next time I come, I will visit the old terminal. It's roof was caving in last time I was in it. Also, given my current job, I may be able to help find some exhibits for the museum. I will get to work on that. Does anyone know who the contact is at the museum?

    Also, it crossed my mind, what with the film business picking up in Houston (or so I hear up in this cold, hard city), methinks that terminal would make a perfect spot for a period airport location.

    Thanks to you both for giving me this information. So a building can be saved in Houston! That alone is enough for celebration.

    Best wishes,

    T.E. Bell

    Just email or call the museum. They have volunteers there every day they are open. You can also sign up to be a member. They are always looking for exhibit "stuff". I'm just as happy as you are they are preserving this landmark.

  2. Let not your heart be troubled.................as the post shows above, the old terminal is alive and kicking. My kids and I go there at least 4-5 times a year. The displays are limited in number at this time (but they have a lot of new stuff coming), but chock full of memories. On our most recent visit, they were getting the middle part or "main lobby" in shape. I have had the privelege of going up into the old control tower. The place is filled with nostalgia. I'm quite sure that your next visit to Houston will have a visit to the old terminal on the schedule. It is worth a lot more than the $2 admission (should be more IMO).

  3. My dome memories.............

    The orange light above the clocks. If it was on and an Astro hit a home run, it was free beer time for a period of time. It happened a couple of times I was at a game with my Dad. I remember the stampede to the concession stand, and my Dad leaving me in a trail of dust while I sat in my seat. That promotion didn't last long.

    Demolition Derby - Joey Chitwood, Evel Knievel

    MotoCross Races

    Rolling Stones




    The yellow section cheap seats - most of the time

    The outfield cheap seats ($1)

    The blue section - once back in '97

    The suites - a few times

    Astro Buddy games

    Dome Dogs

    Dome Foam

    Astronaut guys raking the dirt between innings

    Seeing Buff Stadium when it was still there

    Many others.......................

  4. I spent a lot of time there as a kid. It was quite a hike from our house in East End to get there, or at least it seemed so back then, but it was a pleasant drive. We would go up Telephone Road to 518 and cut over from there. Once you got past Hobby it was all very rural. I think the official name for the place was SERA which, I think stood for Shell Employees Recreation Area, but we called it Shellwood too. The employee picnics were always catered by Lennox Bar-b-que (yum). I learned to swim in that pool. We would fish in that lake, but never caught anything but small perch. I was really more fascinated by the creek or bayou which had lots of turtles, snakes and alligator gars in it.

    I swam in the pool every time we went there. My burr haircut always attracted the horseflies right to my head. My Dad and Uncle and I would go fishing there as well. I Never caught anything, but it was fun. I always had a great time at the picnics. We lived in Gulf Meadows (Telehone & Fuqua) so we were a little closer, but it still seemed like a long way.

  5. Does anybody (besides me) have any recollection of Shellwood? It was on the corner of 518 and 528 in Friendswood, and was bascially a park for Shell employees. They always had their company picnics there. It was very wooded and had a pool, tennis and basketball courts, picnic tables, etc.... I always knew where it was, but my Mom's friend told me there was a subdivision where it once was (I never knew that it was bounded by 528). The "lake" is still there, and is located right off of the creek (Clear Creek perhaps?). I was wondering if anybody could share some memories of it.

  6. I saw a bunch of concerts there. ZZ Top, Frampton (got mugged afterwards), Aerosmith, Journey, Judas Priest, and many others. Most memorable was AC/DC (part of a three band lineup with BTO and Foghat if I recall), where Angus Young got on Bon Scott's shoulders during an extended guitar solo. Bon walked off stage and onto the floor. He then came up one of the aisles and proceeded to walk through the perimeter halls, while Angus shook his head back and forth, playing his guitar. I also remember going to the circus there as well. I also saw Toto in the Music Hall and when we got tickets, we just went when the concert was announced and got front row seats......only time that ever happened!

  7. Dutch Kettle, anyone? :)

    I'll bite on this one. I had a Houston Post paper route back in '74-'75. My next door neighbor (the Mom) was a manager at the Dutch Kettle on Gulf Freeway (near Howard/Bellfort). My friend (the son) would help me do my route and afterwards we wnet over to DK and his mom would treat us to breakfast. My "usual" was a pecan waffle with blueberries..........mmmmmmmmmmm!!! Later on, I worked the graveyard shift on weekends at the DK on 59 (near Chimney Rosk/Gulfton). I bussed tables, and got my first glimpse of things yet to come............getting something to eat after clubbing. There were some characters to say the least, and years later, I became one of them!

  8. Do you have contract info on who to see for a VIP tour?

    I'd love to see the old tower and go up to the terrace. Oh, and what did the VIP tour cost?

    The day I went there was one guy at the desk where you walk in and one guy outside doing some work on the plane nose cut that is in the parking lot.

    All you have to do is ask. You can only go if there is more than one person and of course if they are able to do so (i.e. they don't have to do museum stuff). All you have to do is sign a waiver. I would mention that you have heard you could do so. It also hleps if you go up there occasionally. You can also sign up to volunteer and then be assured going up there.

  9. What's cool as well, is that if there are enough staff on hand, you can get a "VIP" tour of the closed off parts. A couple of months ago, I was fortunate to go behind the glass and explore the unfinished areas, and got to go up in the old control tower. Talking about nostalgic! I imagined the controllers clearing Connies, DC-3's, Braniff BAC-111's and mant other types of aircraft to land. It was way too hot, so me and the guide were only up there for about 5 minutes. I highly recommend a visit. It's not always that you get to step back in time...........

  10. My Mom and I moved to Alief in 1976 and I lived there until about 1982 and then again in '88 through '93. I saw alot of the growth in my time there. I attended Hastings and graduated in 1979. There was pretty much nothing from Sharpstown to Alief. It was like driving in the country. There were also a lot of dirt/gravel roads heading out towards Highway 6. It was quite peaceful in the 70'/80's as compared to the early 90's when you heard periodic gunshots. My how times have changed! At the time we moved out there, Wilcrest was dirt/gravel from Harwin(Alief-Clodine) to Westheimer. Westheimer pretty much ended as a paved road just past Wilcrest. The schools (Hastings & Elsik) were pretty much tame and very, very white. We still had truant officers back then, not school/campus police. I worked at the Minimax both at the old location at Belle Park and Bellaire (don't know what it is now) and the new location at Bellaire and Dairy-Ashford (possibly a furniture store now). Those were some good memories............if anybody wants to know anymore and I can answer it, I'll be happy too!

  11. Just wanted to add my two cents in here:

    I took a tour of the 1940 terminal over at Hobby earlier this week. Pretty cool place, but it's a work in progress. I still recommend it.

    Anyway, the guy giving me a tour of the place made the first landing at IAH! Great guy with probably a million stories.

    That was A.J. High who worked for Trans Texas Airways/Texas International/Continental. I second the motion on the 1940 air terminal. It is truly a great place to take in an overload of nostalgia. I actually signed a waiver and went into the "off limits" areas with a volunteer. We ended up in the old tower.................if walls could talk!

  12. ..........Came in on a braniff 727......That was when all the braniff planes had the funky day glo colors.. I think ours was kind of a baby doo-doo green...............

    Man, you sure can crush a Braniff fan's groove!!!! Just kidding........they were actually "pastel" colors, with some being a "Panagra" variety, and are aptly referred to as Jellybeans. I used to love watching them land/takeoff at Hobby.

  13. ...........I dont recall much hoopla of his death in 1976...........

    I was 15 at the time, but I remember the news was tracking a lear jet with Howard Hughes on it. It was pretty low key from what I remember. The plane landed at Intercontinental and parked in a remote area, and according to a story I read had died enroute. After reporting his death, I don't recall there being any "Anna Nichol" coverage like there is today. My how things have changed.

  14. My wife remembers that place! She also misses Strawberry Patch, Old San Francisco Steak House, Circus (she thinks that's the name), some "treehouse" restaurant, and also eating at "Romano's" cafeteria, before it changed into Luby's. She's a native Houstonian and has lived in Houston all her life (44 years). Her brother took her to Farrell's in the Galleria for their birthday (she was born on his 10th birthday). And a Harlow's on Fondren; her boyfriend (when she was 18) took her there on Halloween night. One of the waiters was dressed as a giant roll of toilet paper...she thought that was hilarious.

    There also used to be a lot more Pizza Inn's and Pizza Huts. My wife used to work at a Taco Bueno and Danvers when she was a teenager. She also worked as a waitress at Champs (on Gessner at 59) for a whopping two weeks - LOL.

    There's also Sizzler and Bonanza that I remember. Man, way too many restaraunts have gone away.

    There is a Pizza Inn down in Dickinson (45 & 517).....it is so much better than Pizza Hut's thin cardbord-like pizza.

  15. On the Border... I'm pretty sure they're all gone now (please correct me if I'm wrong).

    There were two that I know of, and they had great red sauce, chips, and veggie fajitas.... and I'm not even vegetarian.

    They just opened one down in Pearland (288 & 518).........making a comeback perhaps?

  16. I mentioned this earlier in this thread, but there was a restaurant named Willie & Mike's Innovation on Westheimer. I believe it is close to where Texadelphia and Mama's are located. They had a costume/seating area theme, where the staff wore various costumes. I do remember there being waiters/waitresses dressed as cops and prisoners, etc..........Does anybody remember this place?

  17. Awesome thread. My grandparents lived in Oyster Creek, my dad & aunt went to Brazosport HS. I stayed many a time with them and have many fond memories. My granny would always take me to Antonelli's for a root beer float........YUMMY! I was down there a couple of times when something blew up at Dow (my grandfather's employer).......Thanks for this memory jogging thread!!

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