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  1. A little side note about Wolfe Nursery: It was founded and owned by Hugh Wolfe. Wolfe was a football and track star at Tarleton College (when it was a junior college) in 1933 and then the University of Texas 1934-37. He was the first Longhorn ever drafted by an NFL team (Pittsburgh Pirates). He also played for the New York Giants.
  2. Yeah, I think you're right about that, I think it was Charlie's. We used to go there before going to football games at Rice Stadium. Thanks for the correction. For some reason, the names of places I used to go to escape me.
  3. The house in the first photo you posted is my favorite, Amsterdam. I first saw it in a book about Houston (I think it was one of those Ray Miller books) and happened to pass by it one day while doubling back one afternoon.
  4. I started going to the Village in the 1970s when I could drive. I remember the Village Theater (though I never saw a movie there) and the crazy toy store that was next door. We used to eat hamburgers at Miller's Café, anyone remember that place? Loved to park on the roof. Did Miller's Café move to Clear Lake (Bay Area Blvd. and Space Center)? I remember the American Legion Post. Back in the 1980s there was a great dance club on Kirby just around the corner from the Half Price Books where my wife and I used to go. It had Go-Go dancers in cages (what was the name of that place?). For awhile there was a theater next door to the hobby shop where I saw a few plays. They had a good group of actors. The Village has really gone upscale since I used to knock around down there. I kinda miss the old place.
  5. Woah, I used to go to Record Rack all the time in the 1980s. I had no idea the place had been there since 1957. There was another great record shop on Westheimer across the street from the little Antiques Mall near Lanier Middle School. Does anyone remember what that place was called?
  6. Exactly right. I thought Baby Giants were convenience stores like U-Tote-M. We had a U-Tote-M in Baytown on Bayway Drive next to the Lakewood Pharmacy. The Baby Giant I remember was on Spencer Highway in Pasadena.
  7. I believe there is a scene in this movie where O'Neal meets with some guys down near the Port of Houston. In the background is the Sydney Sherman Bridge still under construction.
  8. We shopped at Oshman's in Pasadena which, I think, was near what is now Pasadena Town Square. I still have a University of Texas pennant I bought there (hanging out in the garage) and a SWC football book I bought there as well.
  9. I checked it out, Rooster, thanks. As I watched it the names of the families whose homes I recognized kept popping into my head. For those who want to take a look:
  10. Choosing what stories are covered and which are not can be a political decision as well. They can make the news by how big they make the headline.
  11. Found this photo of the Poe Elementary blast: Is this the playground next to the school?
  12. Love his Alexander tie and her opera gloves! Very American.
  13. I grew up in the Brownwood section of Baytown from 1964 - 78. About the section Tri-Cities Beach Rd east of Baytown, I cannot remember the name of it but it was a gated community that had a terrible problem with water and sewage lines and property owners there got into a fight with the city over providing services that killed the place. Near that area is the old Evergreen section of Baytown (named after Ashbel Smith Evergreen estate and located off Business Highway 146 just past the Goose Lake bridge) was a thriving place after the Pelly and Goose Creek oil fields boomed up. I have talked to people who lived out there in the 1920s and 1930s. When I was in high school in the 1970s there were still a few people in the area but not anymore: Also, portions of several neighborhoods in Baytown have been been bought up by Exxon to create a "safe zone" around their refinery. A section of Busch Terrace between North Airhart and highway 146 that I remember as an old but very busy neighborhood is gone: Also part of the Exxon buy-up is the eastern edge of the old Wooster Neighborhood (located near Brownwood): I went to elementary school in this area and had many friends here. It's really strange to see it dismantled:
  14. Ah, you're right, FilioScotia, I confused Notre Dame's 1913 trip to Texas with their 1915 trip. Back in those days the football field was divided into a grid because you had to be five yards behind the line of scrimmage to pass and you could not run or scramble to throw. That's where we get the term 'gridiron' from. On the subject, does anyone know when the first football game was played in Houston? More specifically, when was the first high school game played here? Football was introduced to Texas in Galveston, so there should have been some early teams here.
  15. FiloScotia is right. In a market like Houston being openly political is not good for ratings. There's only one anchor in town whose politics I can guess at, but it would only be a guess. The only guy whose politics I really knew was reporter Jack Cato -- a conservative. But i got that straight from him and not his reporting. But Houston has been the home of some guys who went on to become very well known for their politics, namely Cal Thomas and Dan Rather. You could throw Kay Bailey Hutchison and Dan Patrick in there as well.
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