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FilioScotia last won the day on September 2 2012

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  1. I'm guessing that most, if not all, those who lived in that area south of Houston were farmers.
  2. Who cares? KPRC has been the SW Houston branch of the Greyhound Bus Station for years. Almost nobody ever stays there very long.
  3. Ask and ye shall receive. Stella, in Harris County was formerly an unincorporated community about 10 miles southwest of downtown Houston. It existed there from the late 1800s through the 1920s when it diisappeared from area maps. In the 1950s the area was annexed into the City of Houston. Over the years various railroad lines went through, crossed, and connected with the area. A railroad timetable from that era shows Stella was a stop with access to connecting trains. The identifier "Stella" is affixed to the signal bungalow next to the tracks along Holmes Road about 1/4 mile west of Kirby Drive. Present day Stella Link Road began as a rural road running parallel to the railroad that linked Bellaire to Stella. Today Stella Link Road is a busy street that still runs to the area formerly known as Stella. Now we know.
  4. That hospital had to be the former Red Bluff Hospital, which became infamous when one of the owner doctors hired a hit man to kill his partner Dr. Robert Pendleton.
  5. As a retired radio news broadcaster, I can testify to how hard it is for people in broadcasting to move into consulting or some-such. Consulting is contract work, which means you make money only when you have clients. Consulting income is sporadic. Full-time broadcasting, on the other hand, is salaried. Paychecks come around on a regular weekly or monthly schedule. I'm guessing Amanda wasn't making a good living in consulting, so she fled back to the security of broadcasting. That happens to a lot of people. It happened to me a few times. I learned I couldn't make a living doing anything but broadcasting. And I liked getting a regular paycheck.
  6. Don't forget Northwest Mall. It's a rotting derelict. Due to poor performance and high vacancy rates, Northwest Mall closed on March 31, 2017. The last remnant of the mall, Carolyn Thompson's Antique Center, which operated on the first floor of the original JC Penney's anchor, closed on December 31, 2021. The mall is now 100% vacated, abandoned, and awaiting demolition and redevelopment of the site.
  7. We sure talked this to death back in 2005. Did we ever come to an agreeable conclusion? My old memory ain't what it used to be.
  8. On present day Google Maps Houston satellite view, there's an undeveloped area on the east end with a long oval that looks suspiciously like it MIGHT have been a race track at one time. It's just west of the the East Loop 610 just north of Clinton Drive. Check it out and see what you think.
  9. You're right. I've been to the HMNS many times but somehow I never noticed this structure. [
  10. Very interesting. It appears the old South End Water Works were on the site now occupied by the Museum of Natural Science. I'm not very surprised because as we all know, Houston doesn't allow anything to get very old, which means almost everything that now exists in Houston is built over something that used to be there.
  11. The heavy cloth interiors were for insulation. For the same reason walls in medieval castles were covered with tapestries.
  12. Fred Olson and Randy Hames were not the original Hudson and Harrigan. KILT's original H&H of the 1960s and early 70s were Mac Hudson Roach and Paul Menard, the original Irv Harrigan. Menard was also Harrigan of the Charlie and Harrigan show at KLIF in Dallas. Roach and Menard dominated Houston radio from 1967 through 1972 when they moved to San Diego after owner Gordon McClendon sold KILT to a big broadcasting conglomerate. They finished their radio careers in San Diego. Sadly, both have passed on. Mac Hudson Roach died in 1997. Paul "Harrigan" Menard died in 2018. Speaking just for myself, they and the characters they created were just hysterical to listen to. "JimBob Jumpback" and "John Daniel Douglas Moynihan the Third But My Momma Calls Me Petey." IMHO, NONE of the H&H's who kept the act on life support in Houston over the years were half as funny and creative as the originals.
  13. I guess it was inevitable that a family named Hain would have a son they would name Samuel, or Sam. I'm betting they gave him that name as a joke. The name "Samhain" is very ancient name in Great Britain. It's pronounced “SOW-in” or “SAH-win”, and it was a pagan festival celebrated by the ancient Celts halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It began at dusk around October 31st and likely lasted three days. Samhain is considered by many to be the precursor to modern Halloween celebrations. Samhain is also the modern Irish word for the month of November.
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