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Susanne Theis, executive director of the Orange Show, is working on the problem.
"What we are trying to figure out is how much we need that comes from vintage cans so we can go to a beer company and see if they can make the cans," she says.
Modern aluminum beer cans hanging in the wind don't make the same noise as the sturdier old ones, she notes. And forget about making pull-tab curtains with the ultrasafe tabs they use nowadays.
Since the late Milkovisch went about his art rather haphazardly, there is some talk that he wouldn't care much how many changes are made. "There is a pretty lively debate that is not finished yet within our group," she says.
One thing is certain: Theis won't be short of volunteers if beer cans need to be emptied.
"I think in the spirit of John Milkovisch, I think that's why it's going to be fun to work with all the volunteer groups," she says. "You know, people really love the Beer Can House, and I think they will be really glad to help in some way."
Well, maybe not if you make a deal with Milwaukee's Best.
In Lieu of Flowers
Journalistic mailboxes around town have been filling with breathless advisories about the upcoming announcement of the "Top Twenty Buggiest Cities." The Farmer's Almanac and the American Biophysics Corporation (makers of the Mosquito Magnet!) are putting together the highly scientific survey.
"Houston is in the top 20 predicted to be the most buggy -- stay tuned to find out where your city ranks," one release said, apparently in a translation from Farsi.
Our hearts were beating fast for the April 7 announcement. Could we be in for yet another round of inane civic-pride breast-beating over some silly PR stunt?
Alas, it was not to be. A follow-up release came, perhaps one of the most trenchant in the long annals of PR campaigns.
"In deference to the Pope," it read, "we have rescheduled our announcement until Wednesday, April 13."
It's the little gestures that count, man.
Old and In The Way
The hardworking people at the Magnificat Houses can finally relax. Maybe.
Among the organization's many programs is a group of residential houses where the homeless, the mentally ill and ex-prisoners can live if they help keep up the place.
The homes have long been part of a respected program. Unfortunately, they've also long been in the way of expansion of the neighboring main campus of Houston Community College.
Flush with a $30 million bond vote, the college is looking to build. They asked Magnificat officials if they were willing to sell their property and were rebuffed.
Before long, rumors began circulating that the college was determined to condemn the buildings by use of eminent domain.
"The college wants to take these buildings and destroy this community," says Magnificat's Dale Johnson.
Not so fast, says HCC spokeswoman Rosie Barrera. "I just don't see the issue of eminent domain being raised," she says.
Not without adding that there's been no "public" discussion of it and that "no one can speak to the future, especially in a volatile real estate market."
Sounds like nothing to worry about, guys.