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  1. I was browsing an east end newspaper dated January 1, 1970 and came across an article about skating centers. Did anyone ever go here? I'd love to see some pictures or here any memories about this place. I also noticed a lot of these skate centers are called "Ranch". Interesting! Maybe because the venue was big and shaped like a ranch stable? Looks like J. Norman Malone was the owner of both the Skate Ranch at 1107 East Broadway St. and the Skate Ranch at 10750 Almeda-Genoa Highway. The Skate Ranch, located at 1107 East Broadway in Pasadena, phone 473-0343, and the Almeda Skate Ranch, 10750 Almeda-Genoa Highway, phone 941-7000, are the placed to go when are you in need of good, clean healthful, recreation. They have afternoon and evening seasons.
  2. I'm teaching out at San Jacinto Community College right now, and there are a few big things rumbling. I figured it was close enough to Houston city limits and big enough a building to satisfy the tacit requirements for threads here. This is the building they're currently at work on.
  3. Just read an interesting story in the Chron today about Ronald Clark O'Bryan (link). I consider myself pretty well-schooled in Houston's macabre history and had not heard of him before. I thought Dean Corrl was Houston's only notorious "Candyman" killer in the 1970's, but I guess not. Anyway, I have been working on a map project of sorts for the last year, in which I've been pinpointing the precise locations of various historical events, offbeat attractions, and sites in Houston. I'm trying to find Clark's old address (the house where the poisoning presumably occurred) so I can include it on my map, but have been unsuccessful thus far. Does anyone remember where this happened? Even just a street name would help.
  4. https://www.costar.com/article/971837798/dallas-developer-wants-to-redevelop-60-acre-houston-area-mall-into-mixed-use-project https://www.russellglen.com/portfolio
  5. Does anyone remember the name of the old hospital that used to sit close to the corner of Red Bluff and Pasadena Blvd.? People in Pasadena used to refer to it as the "horse hospital." Also, a Dr. Burkhalter used to practice there.
  6. My apologies for posting on the same topic in two different forums, but I thought there might be people on this forum who, like me, missed the original discussion on this in the Real Estate forum. As others of you already know, GHPA added the West Mansion to their Endangered Buildings List. Links to articles and other background information have been posted here, on the other forum, but I'll include some links again here for those interested: 1/13/07 Chronicle article 10/25/06 Chronicle article 12/6/06 NYT article re Hakeem Olajuwon's real estate investments GHPA Endangered Buildings List Texas Historical Commission write-up
  7. 4-story mid-rise on Lovett’s website, exact location unknown. https://www.lovettcommercial.com/
  8. Our Pasadena Clinic is growing! With our new 17,000 square-foot expansion, the Pasadena Clinic will grow to over 50,000 square feet.⁠ https://www.instagram.com/kelseyseybold/?hl=en
  9. I remember going to the Parkview Twin Theatre on Spencer Hwy. (at Burke) in Pasadena as a kid. It was a "Dollar Movie" up until (at least) the late 1990's, and I always remember it being as such. It was kind of gross and dirty with mildly greasy floors. It's now a Hancock Fabric store. Sadly, they gutted the place out and leveled the floor; all remnants of it ever being a theatre are gone. I also remember an old bank being on the opposite corner, as well as an old Wyatt's Cafeteria. They were both torn down in the mid 90's to make way for a Walgreen's and Eckard's (now a PetCo). Anyways, does anyone ever remember going there? Did they ever show first run movies, or was it always a dollar movie theatre? Does anyone have any pictures of the theatre, Wyatt's, or the Bank?
  10. I drove by the El Capitan theater in Pasadena today. A few years ago it had been refurbished on the outside. Today the neon appears to have been taken down and the marquee dismantled. Does anyone have any info on this? Thanks.
  11. Does anyone know when construction of the section of Beltway 8 that runs between Red Bluff and 225, northbound, in Pasadena was started? I know that in 1966 or so, there was a road (travelling north) where the access road to the Beltway now sits. I was only a child then, so I didn't know the name of the road. I left Pasadena for a while, when I returned the Beltway was only partially completed. This was about 1975 - 76.
  12. 1001 East Southmore Avenue Pasadena, Texas This is Pasadena's only skyscraper and it may be in danger. It has a chainlink fence around it and looks empty. Does anyone know its status? According to Stephen Fox in the AIA Houston Architectural Guide, it was designed by MacKie & Kamrath with Lloyd Borget and Doughtie & Porterfield and built in 1962. It is described as a distinctive 12-story tower consisting of a glass-curtained shaft that appears to project forward from a brick-faced spine containing the stairs, elevators and toilets. It would be tragic for Pasadena to loose this landmark. It is the only positive image I have of Pasadena architecture.
  13. Bet you didn't know that a beauty from Pasadena was the first Texan to get into the pages of Playboy. Her name was Marian Stafford and she was Playboy's Miss March 1956. Her bio says she was born in Houston, but she grew up in Pasadena. She was born in 1931, graduated from Pasadena HS in 1949 and from the University of Houston in 1953. She was a real beauty in a wonderfully wholesome southern girl sort of way. There are some photos on the Playboy website, but don't worry. The photos are very innocent and Safe For Work. Even her centerfold - which is NOT included in this spread - showed only a little "skin." She never posed nude by the way. Just a lot of sexy partially clothed peek-a-boo poses with small glimpses of skin. It was such an innocent time. http://www.playboy.com/galleries/playmates-1956-3-marian-stafford-0/slide-1 Marian's centerfold was the first to consist of three foldout pages. In addition to posing for other men's magazines in the 50s, Stafford was a popular and very lovely presence during the so-called "Golden Age" of television. She was a regular co-hostess on game shows like Treasure Hunt and the $64 000 Question. She never had much of a TV career beyond that. Most of her TV experience was in TV commercials for various products. As for acting, she had a walk-on in a Kraft Theater production and small parts in two Robert Montgomery Presents shows. She passed away in 1984 at the age of 53. She's buried in Austin under a head stone that reads: "Marian S. Foshko". 1931-1984. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=31892608 Marian's husband was Robert Foshko, a well known 1950s and 60s TV producer and director who became an equally well known professor of screen writing at UT Austin. He died earlier this year at the age of 85. Check out his obituary. He had quite a life and career. Marian was a flop in TV but she married very well. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/statesman/obituary.aspx?pid=174826694 I have my own memories of Marian because her mother was my 7th grade math teacher at Jackson Junior High in Pasadena when that issue of Playboy came out. I will never forget how angry Mrs. Stafford got when she caught one of the guys in the class looking at it behind his notebook. She grabbed it away from him and left the classroom in tears. She came back about ten minutes later, saying only that "we will never do anything like this again." And we didn't.
  14. Anyone heard about the new "luxury" garden style apartments in Pasadena called Hawthorne at Crenshaw located at 4811 East Sam Houston Parkway South?
  15. Anyone know the name of the store that used to reside on Southmore and Strawberry? Across from fingers? My mom recalls working a lubys and going to buy peppers when the delivary was late. It later turned into a Wal-Greens Which i assumed moved from Pasadena Town Square. Walgreens moved down the street to Burke and southmore but the building is still there. Also anyone know what the deal is with the old foodlion on Strawberry and cherrybrook? Looks like Sellers Bros owns it.
  16. http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/pasadena/news/pasadena-eyeing-m-convention-center-development/article_c3022cc3-3607-5799-b408-766b541e09df.html The Pasadena Second Century Corporation (PSCC) board members recently met with developers to consider a proposed $225 million development to include a new hotel, restaurants, retail shops and an entertainment venue for the convention-center area. According to agenda documents, PSSC would provide $75.4 million toward the development to include $25 million to build a 135-room convention center hotel, $5.4 million to renovate the convention center, $9 million to add a new ballroom and $19 million for additional parking among other things. The proposal also includes $150 million in private funding to include $58.4 million for live music venues, five million to support retail development, $12.8 million for pre-opening staffing and marketing and $8.1 million for retail and restaurant operating inventories in addition to monies to cover the cost of design, engineering and development fees. Billy Bob Barnett and Restaurants Unlimited (Sun Capital Partners) are listed as the development operators according to presentation document. Barnett is best known for his country and western nightclub located in the Fort Worth Stockyards called Billy Bob's Texas or “The World's Largest Honky Tonk.” The lead developer on the project is listed as City Visions Partners and others to be determined according to the presentation documents. Estrada Hinojosa and Company Inc. and Boyar Miller are listed as the finance and legal team. Construction is scheduled to begin in January of 2017 once additional financing has been committed on both the public and private side.
  17. Does anyone know where I might find copies of The Pasadena Citizen from the 1960s-1980s? It does not appear the Houston Public Library has any microfilm holdings of the paper and I can't seem to locate any information online about who might have archived it.
  18. Anyone remember this mall?...from the late 60s to mid 70s.....
  19. I read this off Strategic Advisory Group. http://strategicadvisorygroup.net/mixed-use-development-pasadena-tx/
  20. Has anyone heard about the Fairway Center in Pasadena by Fidelis? https://www.frpltd.com/properties/fairway-center
  21. Not mall related, but here's the Strawberry Park pavilion - one of my new favorites! http://arch-ive.org/archive/strawberry-pavilion/
  22. Subjects Queen Park Shadow Meadows Lanes - Bowling Alley The Grocery Store By Queen Park The Burger King in the Queen Park and Shadow Meadow Lane Area I remember my grandfather (my mother's stepfather) taking me to Queen Park, the grocery by the Queen Park, Shadow Meadows Lanes, and the Burger King in the same area. I believe these were located in the Pearland or Pasadena Area. Does anyone remember these places?
  23. I remember my grandfather (my mother's stepfather) and I used to bowl at Shadow Meadow Lanes (it could have been another name) and playing video games. I miss those days!
  24. Once again, I remembered something else from over 40 years ago. This was I remember, in Pasadena, on State Highway 225 not far from Gulfgate Shopping Center/Mall. It was a car dealership called Boyd Mullen Chevrolet. I think that it was at the Shafer/Shaver Street exit. I don't think that it's there anymore. How far on or off base am I? Chet Cuccia
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