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  1. I remember their TV commercial jingle: "You can trust your car to the man who wears the star, the great big Texaco star."

    Now those lyrics would be deemed politically incorrect.

    I guess I'm kind of dense. Please explain.

  2. Speaking of X-rays... Does anyone remember the X-ray units in shoe stores? You could try on a new pair of shoes; stick your feet in a slot at the bottom; look into a viewer and see the outline of your feet inside the shoes. I remember those from when I was a kid in the early 40's. I wonder when they got rid of them? I guess somebody finally decided that too many X-rays were not healthy.

  3. Regarding Henke-Pilot/Kroger, this is what I can offer.

    I used to work for Kroger and one day, I went to the downtown library and dug through old newspapers to find out when Henke-Pilot became Kroger.

    In 1957, Kroger bought Henke-Pilot. By 1964, the stores were called "Henke's". The logo was a bordered oval that Kroger still uses. Later that year, the Kroger logo was added to the Henke's logo and from 1964 to 1971, the ads said "Henke's-Kroger". Kroger dropped the Henke's name in 1971.

    I would like to know what the store signs read. My presumption is that older stores said Henke's, while stores built during that time said Kroger. However, I was born in 1979 and my parents moved here in 1974. Anybody remember?

    From a Henke's ad in 1963...


  4. The topic is correct! I have been to quite a few places in this world, and the best ones I have seen have been from my backyard. See sample below that I took a couple of weeks ago on Feb 21. I have dozens of these. They are like snowflakes.... no two are alike. I have to disagree, though, that the better ones come with warmer weather. From what I've seen here for the past 28 years, the best ones are late Fall through early Spring. Is there a meteorologist on the forum that could explain why that might be?


  5. Another one... with some history.


    Sanguinet, Staats, Hedrick and Gottlieb, architects, designed the Medical Arts Building. Located at 1215 Walker, the sixteen-story building was completed in 1926. Featuring a Gothic style, it was topped with vertical piers. Of assistance to the medical profession besides office space, it housed the Houston Academy of Medicine Library previously located in several small reading rooms at different sites. In 1949, the library merged with the Baylor Medical College Library retaining its original name, the Houston Academy of Medicine Library. Now one of the finest medical libraries, it became housed in the medical center in 1954.

  6. I remember very well going to the opening. The Goodyear Blimp and the Navy's Blue Angels were there, in addition to some stunt-flying aircraft. It was hot as blazes that day, and we all came home with nice sunburns. I took several reels of Super8mm movies. I need to have them converted to DVD and then figure out how to make them into an internet compatible format.

  7. The 4 Bill Williams: S. Main @ Holcombe, OST @ MacGregor, just north of Richmond on 59, and .......?

    Actually, the S. Main Bill Williams was on the NE corner of S. Main and Dryden... just south of the University Blvd intersection with S. Main. Ernie Coker's Ye Olde College Inn was Bill Williams' neighbor on the north side of Bill's place. Bill also had a coffee shop downtown on Milam or Travis and several blocks south of Foley's.

  8. Back in the "good ol' days", when you went to Athens Bar and Grill, they would check you for weapons at the door. If they didn't find any, they issued you one!

    Nothing on that order when we went there in the time-frame I mentioned. It was pretty decent from what I saw... except, on occasion, when some of the sailors might have ingested a little too much adult beverage. However, they usually behaved themselves.

  9. Yeah! Way to go, Coog! When I was a kid, we got holidays on March 2 and April 21. I was looking at the Austin paper today, and they had a brief mention of Texas Independence Day in about a two inch column in Section B. Around May 5, Cinco de Mayo is all over the front page.

  10. I don't have a recommendation, but this topic caught my eye and brought back memories of a place that had good Greek food at the time and was a really fun place to be whenever there was a Greek ship in port. I'm referring to the Athens Bar and Grill that was out near the ship channel. We went there many times back in the 50's-60's. Is it still there? If so, what is the food like now? In addition to the Greek cuisine, there was always a good show that included belly dancers. The most fun was watching the Greek sailors getting the females in attendance to the dance floor to join them in Greek dances.

  11. It is 5735.. west of Landsdowne... (on the old east/west runway)

    I guess my long-term memory is not as good as I thought. Good luck with the house! If you would like, I can PM you the name of an old neighbor of mine just a couple of blocks from there, who can give you a lot of the history of the neighborhood. He moved there just before I did in 1961 and is still there. He is a retired plumber, so he might be able to offer you any advice you might want in that phase of your remodeling. I visited with him and his wife about a year ago and drove around the area. It sure looked like it was going downhill. Maybe you can give it a boost.

  12. I'm a new member to this forum but have been reading it for a couple years. I kept seeing this little house in on Fontenelle (in Westbury South) on HAR and on Houston Mod in the Robert Searcy listings.

    Fontenelle was right around the corner from where I lived in 1961-68. It was only a few blocks long and ran from Ashcroft to Atwell. I think I remember the houses on that street were only on the north side. I sure don't remember that one. Is it east or west of Landsdowne? Address?

    For Croberts... Your infatuation must have lived on Green Craig.

  13. 57Tbird,

    Was your Aunt, and relatives Greek ? Or Italian ?

    Just curious, your aunt looks a little Greek.

    My grandparents had english/scottish names and were from Tennessee, where my mother was born. My aunt was several years younger than my mother, so she may have been born after they moved to Houston. No Greek or Italian in the recent bloodline that I know of.

  14. You may be thinking of the Arabia Shrine Circus, which was held annually in the Coliseum for many years. My own kids grew up going to see it every year.

    It went way back... as I grew up going to it in the 40's. The highlights for me were the lion taming act with Clyde Beatty (sp?) and the man being shot out of the cannon as the finale. It was very hard for me to keep up with all the action going on in the three rings.

  15. I have now been through Andrew, Charley, a couple whose names I have forgotten, Wilma and Katrina (cat. 1 over florida). I still remember Carla as the most intense. We sat in the living room in Westbury, and watched Ronald Reagan in the Santa Fe trail after midnight. I was perhaps 6-8. We lost power for a few hours. We heard that tornadic winds took down powerpoles nearby, and found water mocassins in several backyards, from willow waterhole, we thought.

    I, too, lived in Westbury when Carla hit. We lost a few shingles, had a power outage, and had a flooded street just over the curb. The thing that really worried me was the fact that my wife was pregnant with our first child, and was due right about that time. I had heard stories of the low pressure from a hurricane causing early deliveries, so I was more worried about having to drive to the hospital through the storm than what was going to happen to my house. Fortunately, our son was not born until ten days later.

  16. My mom used to skate there back in the late '30s. One of her good friends there was Josephine Cottle. Mom dated her brother for a time.

    Josephine Cottle was a 1940 grad of San Jacinto High. Did your mom meet her brother through her friendship with Josephine or vice versa. Did her brother also go to San Jac? I used to tag along with my sisters, who went to San Jac, when they went to Polar Wave in the early 40's. Main thing I remember is that it was really cold in there. I think San Jac even had a hockey team that practiced and played there.

  17. During WWII, we had what were called "Black-Outs", that were scheduled about twice a year if I remember correctly. Sometime after darkness settled in, a siren would go off, and everyone was required to turn off their house lights, business lights, stop their cars and turn off its lights, etc. The black-out would last for about 30 minutes. There were what were called "Air-Raid Wardens" assigned to specific areas of town, who went around checking to see that the lights-out request was being followed. There were even attachments for car headlights that covered the top half that would allow you to drive your car during this black-out period. I think most people, knowing that the black-out was scheduled, just chose to stay home for that period. I never knew where the siren I heard was located, but it may have been on City Hall, since I didn't live that far from it. As a little kid, the black-outs were a real hoot for me and my friends... a spooky time for us with no lights on anywhere.

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