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  1. i was also reading that he had a child with Loretta Young. that surprised me cause she had a very prim and proper image.

    A brief affair with Loretta Young produced a daughter, who was born in France. Loretta claimed she was adopted, and Gable never acknowledged that he was the father.

  2. There is more here than you asked for, but you might find it interesting since there are a lot of Houston connections in it...

    Alfred Thomas Lucas was a confidant of Jesse Jones and shared an apartment with him at the Rice Hotel. He was a prominent builder and owner of two brick companies in Houston. In 1905, he began building a huge house for his wife, Jenny Cheesman and their two children, but she died before they could move into the new home at Milam and Gray. In 1910, Lucas went into Lechenger's Jewelry Store at 425 Main, where he met a beautiful woman named Maria. After a brief courtship, Lucas and Maria, known all her life as Ria, were married in May of 1910. They moved into his new mansion and she proceeded to decorate it, with assistance from Stowers Furniture Store, in maroon and pink colors. They went on a belated honeymoon trip to Europe in September, 1910, and returned with one of Houston's first electric automobiles.

    Lucas and Ria had their first child, GeorgeAnna, in February, 1913. They had two more children before Lucas died in 1922. During the time that Ria was matron of the Lucas mansion at 2017 Milam and Gray, she and her children attended many shows at the Palace Theater, which was located on Texas Ave. where the Chronicle Building now stands.

    Ria later met and soon married Daniel Langham in 1924 and moved into his home located in the 3200 block of Del Monte in the early development of River Oaks. After an unsettled marriage, they divorced two years later. It was about this time that Clark Gable had come to Houston from New York with a touring theater company. He was still a relatively unknown actor and he took up temporary residence in an apartment behind what is now the Felix Mexican Restaurant on Grant and Westheimer. Ria had seen several performances of Gable at the Palace and was quite smitten by his good looks. Booth Franklin, Ria's brother, was an actor and acquaintance of Gable and introduced his sister, Ria Franklin Prentiss Lucas Langham, to him. Even though Ria was 17 years older, it was love at first sight for both her and Clark. They were married in 1930, just a few days after Gable's divorce from his first wife, Josephine Dillon, 14 years older than he, whom he had married in 1924. Clark and Ria moved to New York and, ultimately, to Los Angeles.

    In 1935, Ria's daughter, GeorgeAnna, announced her engagement to Dr. Thomas Burke, a Houston physician. This pleased Gable immensely, because he did not like the man she had been seeing in Los Angeles. GeorgeAnna wanted to be married in Houston, where she had grown up and had many friends as a result of her family living there for a number of years. The wedding took place in the 5300 block of Institute Lane in the Museum District at the home of Dr. Charles Green. In 1935, as today, Institute Lane was one block long, and the entire area was flooded with Gable fans eager to see the new "King of Hollywood", as well as Dr. Burke's bride and her equally beautiful mother, Ria Gable.

    After the wedding, Clark and Ria returned to Hollywood where he told Ria several years later that he could no longer live without the beautiful young actress, Carole Lombard, he had been seeing and asked Ria for a divorce. She agreed and their divorce was finalized in Las Vegas in 1939.

    GeorgeAnna Lucas, Gable, Maria Prentiss Lucas Langham Gable

    at the wedding of GeorgeAnna to Dr. Thomas Burke. Gable gave the bride away

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  3. On page A18 in today's Houston Chronicle there's an ad where Sakowitz Furs will store women's fur coats for the summer months in their "state of the art, humidity controlled, COLD storage vaults, out of harm's way." Are any of you going to take advantage of this service?

    northbeaumont,

    Just curious... Were you formerly Ashikaga?

  4. Waaay back.... in the late 40's, early 50's, I played at one near downtown, on Fannin, near a Prince's Drive-In that was close to Gray. I think there were two courses there. Another was on Almeda just across from the riding stables at Hermann Park. Still another on W. Alabama, a couple of blocks east of Shepherd, that was across the street from what is now referred to as the Alabama Ice House.

  5. Anyone list The Velvet Turtle?

    Everything was to die for from the gazpacho to the chocolate mousse. It was on the Southwest Freeway before you got to that hotel that I can't remember the name of and it had a swinging disco in the 70-80's. Big old English looking Place.

    The Royal Coach Inn?

  6. TJones, I remember you having a classic Olds Cutlass. Here's a 1967 Cutlass about to be auctioned off at Sterling McCall's Old Car Museum in Warrenton, just south of Brenham, on June 23. Take a look at some more of his cars that will be up for auction at this site. All you classic car lovers... If you haven't been out to McCall's museum, you better make the trip there before too many of his cars are gone. It's well worth the trip. He has one of the best collections I've seen. He also has a lot of old Houston pictures and memorabilia on display there.

  7. The snake is a Texas Rat Snake, one of the most beneficial animals in the State. I would never, ever kill a snake unless my life was in danger.

    I agree! Funny how looks can terrify people, and their first thought when seeing a snake is to kill it regardless of what type it is. Snakes are much more beneficial to the environment than a lot of the "cute" little, and big, critters that people adore.

    TJones mentioned women and snakes in a reply here. That brought back a recollection of my wife trying to help me get a water moccasin out of a neighbor's house years ago. TJ is right!

  8. I have a real bad deer problem where I live. To keep them out of my yard, I purchased a couple of these items called a Scarecrow. It's a motion-activated water sprinkler that scares away just about any varmint that might come around. I don't have any possums, so I can't vouch for its effectiveness with them, but it sure works to keep the deer away.

  9. i never thought about that but could see the resemblance. my first exposure to Julie London was the nurse mcCall character on Emergency. way after the fact i also realized that her husband on the show was jazz great bobby troup who wrote route 66, made famous by nat cole. _979525_london_300.jpg

    She was also married to Jack Webb of Dragnet fame.

  10. you might try the look of love. it is her at the piano led by a claus ogerman heavily stringed orchestra. June is good too. i think her rendition of Midnight Sun is probably the definitive version IMO.

    I almost thought I was listening to Julie London when I heard her Cry Me a River sample. Julie was another of my faves.

  11. i have to put diana krall ahead of him. PLUS she can play the piano too. interesting enough, she's married to elvis costello.

    I just listened to a few of her tunes on Amazon. Very good! Thanks! She reminds me of one of my favorites from the 50's... June Christy.

  12. I don't know about that. His long joke about the guy and his girl in the motorcycle wreck is still pretty funny.

    I should have been more specific and said that his Southern Black stereotypical humor would no longer be acceptable. I agree that most of his routines were very funny, otherwise I would not have purchased his albums.

  13. It was at about the same time that Atkins brought Dave Gardner to the Tidelands. Gardner had already done his first album -- Rejoice Dear Hearts -- in a Nashville nightclub, and it was a hit. For reasons I've never been able to fully ascertain, Atkins decided to record Gardner's followup albums, Kick Thy Own Self and It's Bigger Than the Both of Us at the Tidelands.

    Filio.. I've often wondered if anyone here but me knew of Brother Dave. I saw him at the Music Hall about 1960. He smoked continuously throughout his act. I guess that's what eventually killed him. He said, during one of his monologues, "I'd smoke chains, if I could light 'em". I still have the LP albums of his that you mention, plus Ain't That Weird. You're absolutely correct. His type of humor would never fly today.

  14. ...and that family members of the Sakowitz, Battlesteins and even the Weingarten family still have mansions in this area...

    The Weingarten's and Sakowitz's did live on S. MacGregor long ago. I doubt the families still own any property there now. The Battelstein's lived across the street from an old school friend of mine, in the 40's -50's, in a neighborhood just southwest of the Greenbriar and S. Main intersection.

  15. I used to go to that place as a kid in the late-40's. After a game of 25 cent miniature golf across the street, I would go over to the ice house and down a cold, 5 cent RC with a 5 cent bag of Tom's peanuts that I had just poured into it.

  16. Riverside is my home and no, it's not for sale. (Since I rent and don't own. :lol: )

    Seriously, I've been looking for that documentary but can't find it. Anybody on here know where I can score a copy?

    An old friend of mine loaned me a copy years ago, and I thought I had made another copy from it. I couldn't find it in my collection, so I contacted my original source, who was kind enough to send it back to me. It is almost 20 years old (1989). Since the tape is about 3 1/2 hours long, it was recorded in the EP mode. Surprisingly, it is in fairly decent, viewable condition.

    So... I have some questions for the legal and technical experts on the forum. Since it is copyrighted, can I make more copies from a copy that may have already violated the copyright? Obviously, they would not be up for sale. Since it is over 3 hours long, should it be split up into two DVD's, or can it be put on one DVD and still not lose much, if any, from the original VHS EP copy? Pardon my ignorance on this, but I do not have a recorder. A neighbor does, and after I get it transferred, I can make more copies on my PC. Lastly, would it be better to have it transferred professionally? However, if copyrighted, that might not be an option.

  17. I clearly recall (around 1974) The Exorcist played "Exclusively" at this theater for a very long time. Lines were around the block every time we passed which was rare but relatives would go out of thier way to show us the mob scene. The fact that they would only show at this place heightened the curiosity & mystique of the infamous film.

    I may have been in one of the "mob" scenes you saw. I distinctly remember standing in line around the shops on the west side of the theater and into the parking lot waiting to get in on a very cold winter night. It was in the 1974 time-frame you mention. It was quite shocking for its time, but very tame by today's standards.

  18. I also liked the early 1970s Texaco signs/logos. I have no idea why. Maybe because at that time we bought Texaco gas? As someone else was mentioning they had the Fire Chief and Sky Chief brands. I always thought being a Sky Chief would be cool.

    TexacoGasPumps.jpg

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