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  1. Hi All,

    I am wondering if any of you are familiar with the "Black Hope Curse", named for the "Black Hope" cemetery....... strange "paranormal activity"---hauntings in the area homes built upon this cemetery

    The sub name is "Newport" which was/is an upscale neighborhood in the Crosby, Texas area ( NE side--around Lake Houston) there was an Unsolved Mystery done about the area, a book called the Black Curse----and a movie---loosely based on this case ( Patty Duke stared in the movie--something with "Hilltop Drive" in the title ( boy, am I getting old---must be having a "senior moment" here, LOL!!! :lol: )


  2. I saw the earlier thread on the Chuck Wagon restaurant, and that got me to wondering about the old Roy Rogers restaurants. Were there ever any in Houston? I swear that erotic clothing store at Westheimer at the Loop (the one that used to be a Luke's Hamburgers) was also once a Roy Rogers back in the early 1970s. I'm sure I went there as a kid. But I found a Roy Rogers restaurant nostalgia site, and they make no mention of there having been any Roy Rogers in Houston, let alone Texas, and where they say there were sites, they were located in states I've never been to.

    Anyone know?

    Yes, there was one in a strip shopping center immediately south of the old Northline Mall (R.I.P) on Crosstimbers between Fulton and the North Freeway. Building and sign still there, just not with the Roy Rogers name. It's been through a whole bunch of owners/names since.

  3. Dick Gottlieb was just as nice in person as he was on TV.

    You're right about Gottlieb being a nice guy. He was one of the best. He didn't just have a "broadcaster" voice. He WAS a broadcaster who started out on Houston radio back in the 40s. That incredible voice of his made him a natural for radio, and he had the personality and looks to get into TV when Ch 2 went on the air sometime around 1950.

    He did a gajillion commercials on KPRC TV and radio in the 50s and 60s, on-camera and voice-over, and hosted the March of Dimes Telethon for years. Remember the game show Darts For Dough? Gottlieb did that one too. "Do YOU want to play Darts for DOUGH???"

    Local ad agencies hired him to voice their spots, so he was HEARD on other radio and TV stations around town, but he wasn't SEEN on other TV stations. KPRC GM Jack Harris said no way would he let his number one personality's face be seen anywhere but on Ch 2. That problem went away when Gottlieb left KPRC in the sixties to open his own ad agency and get his clients' commercials, with himself as talent, on every outlet in town.

    That humonguous deep voice of his was one of the most familiar voices in town, and he was known as Dick "Thunder-Throat" in broadcasting circles. You had to hear it to believe it. Where I worked, we called him Dick Gottballs, off the air of course. He took it all in good humor and everybody enjoyed the joke.

    He was elected to city council and served well for a couple of terms, but things went downhill when he ran for mayor against Fred Hofheinz in 1973. He lost by a tiny margin and spent the next two years fighting the outcome and recount results in court. The 2000 Bush/Gore election battle was nothing compared to the Gottlieb/Hofheinz election fight. They were still fighting two years later when Gottlieb ran against Hofheinz again, and lost.

    Gottlieb went back to his ad agency, but he had lost a lot of his old good will because of his obstinate refusal to accept the election results gracefully. When he died though, all of Houston mourned.

    Any idea what happened to Mr. Gottlieb's contemporaries? Pat Brown also had a deep booming voice and I remember him announcing into the early 1980's on ch. 39. I remember Houston TV had a lot of "fixtures" for lack of a better term. Al Bell and Bob Smith over at 11, Chris Chandler over at 2 (I laughed when John Wayne slugged him in the movie "Hellfighters". What ever happened to them all?

  4. Your both correct. I was only about 5-6 years old so you can see why it's all so hazy except of course the being scared to death of the voice part.

    We used to lay on the floor watching with a bed sheet covering is so when something frightening appeared we would just pull it over for protection. As if a bedsheet would shield you from an outer-space alien with a ray gun!lol :D

    I cant wait to give my big bro an update of another Houston mystery solved! Grazie!

    By the way, were the KTRK studios always in the same spot or had it moved around over the years???


    I was never scared of the announcer's voice on "WEIRD". I used to laugh at it as a child. FYI: The voice belonged to the late Ted Bennett, who was Channel 13's weatherman/announcer (He did the announcing for "Dialing For Dollars") back in the early 60's.

  5. What does this mean when you're trying to post a picture on the board?

    Sorry, dynamic pages in the %7Boption%7D tags are not allowed

    I loaded a map on imagevenue then tried to download it here using the "Insert Image" button. I copied the url and when I hit "Add Reply" that's what I got.

    What in the world is a "dynamic page"???

    It will let me insert a link, but not an image:

    AISD Map

    It's a satellite image of the Aldine ISD. I photoshopped in the district boundaries and some other info.


    Red Line - Current Aldine ISD boundary

    Blue Line - Aldine High School area (the area covered in my history report)

    White Line - Aldine Township

    Green Line - Northline Terrace Subdivision (Sections 1-3)

    AISD High Schools Past and Present

    1 - Aldine High School (1956

  6. I know of two supermarkets. One on Airline @ Little York called Eagles. Across the street from it was a old gas station. The owner had a monkey inside of the gas station, I'm talking late 70's. Also there was a supermarket called Richy's on Aldine Westfield @ Hopper Road. Great memories there. The owner died in the early 1990's

    I live in close proximity to Richie's #3...it has been through two or three owners since the family who owned it (yes, they are still around...just not in the grocery business anymore). It is now a "Rancho something-or-another". At one time, there were three Richie's:

    #1 was on East Mt. Houston between 59 and Hirsch Road...it is still a grocery store.

    #2 was on Langly between Hirsch and 59 and in close proximity to the old Globe (now Sak and Save)- this building no longer exists.

    FYI from a northside boy.

  7. OK it seems like there was a Globe store on 59 North (maybe near Little York) that also had the name Jubilee City at one time. I remember going there with my grandparents.

    I think the building still stands.

    Yes, it is Sak and Save now and barely survived T.S. Allison.

    I don't remember it ever being called "Jubilee City" but it has been a flea market on at least two different occassions before becoming Sak and Save.

    Anyone remember "Shopper's Fair" on Crosstimbers and Shepard?

  8. Welcome to HAIF. I went ahead and set this up as a separate topic.

    I didn't know that Houston ever had a wax museum!

    I remember it was absolutely CREEPY! I remember figures of Clark Gable and Carol Lombadr standing next to a Dusenburg automobile as one of the features. The area was wide open space for the most part, but I remember the drive in theatre AND the KPRC station as I asked my mom if that was where Chris Chandler lived (A popular Houston TV personality of the time). I was about 4 or 5 at the time.

  9. sevfiv said:
    the post oak drive-in was at 2900 south post oak, which is right about where williams (transco) tower sits now. kprc was at 3014 south post oak (which would be behind the waterwall at hidalgo street).

    i have been trying to add pictures and now addresses to drive-ins.com if i have em :)

    I'm new to this forum and this is my first post and I am not quite sure if this goes here, but here goes:

    I remember the KPRC studio and the drive in along Post Oak and in 1967 or 68 when I was little, there was a wax museum directly across Post Oak from the drive-in. Does anyone remember the name and exact address of it? I'm curious because I work in the area and figure the museum was located where either Westlake Center or The Hampton is now. Can anyone point me in the right direction?


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