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  1. That sounds right; Gene's Model Shop. My brother and I went there a lot, and it's one of the few places I can remember there. I used to get those plastic car kits to assemble and paint, and maybe train and slot car stuff.
  2. Yeah, it was at what is now 7801 Hillcroft, at the southeast corner of Hillcroft and Pine Street. The A-frame building faced Hillcroft, with the length of it paralleling (and just south of) Pine St. I remember going to it as Der Wienerschnitzel possibly as early as the late 60s, but definitely in the 70s. By the mid 80s it was Niner's Hamburgers (they still had hot dogs too). I actually worked there. The owners also had a Niner's location in Pasadena, possibly also a former Der Wienerschnitzel. According to their website, there are currently 45 Texas locations: htt
  3. That's not true. For one thing, you can't "burn" a huge brick building. Secondly, it was demolished. Here is a link to an article referencing Dec. 1995 with the first mention of the mansion's planned demolition, and available sale of all items in the house prior: https://www.chron.com/this-forgotten-day-in-houston/article/The-Seabrook-Murder-Mansion-6705906.php There are other articles in the Chronicle with news of the actual demolition starting, possibly in 1996. I used to have copies of them. I visited the site around 2005, and it was already set up a
  4. Although it's called "The Hobbit Cafe" currently, I want to say that at one time (late 70s / early 80s) it was called "The Hobbit Hole Cafe". Does anyone remember if that's true? I also wonder if the building looks different or has been remodeled since back then. Driving by there more recently, it seemed to have a different appearance from memory.
  5. I remember this restaurant, being close to my neighborhood, and went there a number of times. I remember the large round(?) windows and sign in front. It was near another food "landmark", fast-food chain Del Taco, a little farther east on S. Braeswood. It was apparently a restaurant chain (I always thought that was the case). I found this interesting link concerning a restaurant in Amarillo of likely the same group. Apparently some type of lawsuit. https://caselaw.findlaw.com/tx-court-of-appeals/1352879.html
  6. I didn't know that was at the library, so thanks for the note. I'm not sure if it was ever done, but someone really should have collected as many Astroworld items as possible, and opened a mini-museum. This model certainly would have made a worthy addition. I suppose it could still be done, if someone started the ball rolling. There are surely many items in various hands across the city, and could be rounded up if they were donated to such a worthy cause.
  7. I remember seeing the blimp occasionally overhead from SW Houston. It was often seen around sunset, and the illuminated display / billboard on both sides had messages, and I suppose, advertisements. I also remember driving by the hanger in Spring. Sometimes the blimp was parked outside next to it, or floating nearby. Great memories!
  8. "Houston - The Bayou City" by David McComb.
  9. Interesting. It'd be great to see a picture of the shopping area in its heydey. I only know it's 1997-2012 appearance. I didn't realize that there was ever a second floor. How was it like Westbury Square? I'm sure there were NASA connections too, with the space program going strong during the earlier years. I'm curious your bottom quote is from the Sweet song "Blockbuster". Perhaps not.
  10. It's hard sifting through all of the data here, but 18091 Upper Bay Road is in the city of Nassau Bay (not Seabrook, Houston, or anywhere else). According to Google, that address currently houses Viola & Agnes' Neo Soul Cafe. I used to live near there, and it is a fairly old strip center, basically across from Johnson Space Center. I'm guessing it was built in the 60s or 70s. I've been to the Arlan's Market at 4614 NASA Road 1 (currently NASA Parkway), at Kirby, which is in Taylor Lake Village, but has a Seabrook address (due to no post office in Taylor Lake Village).
  11. Great to see the video (good quality!) and read the posted memories. I think I went two times, probably 8 or 9 years old. I remember the Oriental-looking tower, the water ride, and seeing some animals. I also remember a strange smell coming from the brewery (sort of like burn spaghetti). I'm sure it was hard competing with Astroworld, which had so much more to offer. Due to the animals, there would have also been unique expenses and personnel along the lines of zoo upkeep and handling. The location was sort of strange too, in the midst of freeways and buildings. You never really co
  12. It's been a Foodarama for a long time (maybe even since the 80's). I occasionally took my grandmother there to get groceries. And before that, I went with family to that strip mall starting in the late 60's. I can't quite remember what was there before Foodarama though. It couldn't have been a Randall's though (as mentioned above). They came to town way after that. The Maplewood Mall apparently opened in 1965, according to the link below. I guess the "indoor" aspect is gone? I remember much of the mall being inclosed, allowing people to shop between stores while staying out of the
  13. There was a large upscale restaurant and facility, maybe in the Memorial area, that my family occasionally went to in the 70s and 80s. I want to say it was called Valdo's or something. It was a big place, with lots of landscaping, and water near it - a pond or lake - with maybe swans. It was always the fanciest place we ever went to, for special occasions. It was definitely more than just a restaurant. It was a place for weddings, etc. Wait a second.... I think it was Vargo's. That sounds right...
  14. Ha ha! I remember Texas Tumbleweed on Fondren at S. Braeswood because I worked there. In fact, it was my first job. I helped it get prepped to open, then stayed another month or two. That must have been about Summer 1979. The restaurant wasn't quite at the southern end though. I was fairly centered in the middle of the side facing Fondren.
  15. This is very interesting, because - like technoevil - I also lived for awhile in Denton (3 1/2 years for me), and also never noticed those streets. I even lived in apartments at one point off of Teasley Lane, not far from that area (maybe less than a 1/2 mile away). The naming of those streets must have been tied to someone from Houston. There's just too much of a coincidence with the similarity of names in SW Houston.
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