MasterMind Awards

The Houston Press will once again recognize outstanding local artists.

For the second year in a row, the Houston Press is on the prowl for artists, innovators and entrepreneurs who are changing our creative and cultural landscape. And we need your help. If you know of one of these life-changing artistic types, please send in their names and something about them to us. If you want to nominate yourself, by all means do so.

From all the nominees, we'll honor three of these creative superstars on Saturday, January 30, 2010, at our Artopia Party at the Winter Street Studios when the Press once again presents its winners with MasterMind awards of $2,000 each.

Anyone can nominate a potential MasterMind. Our goal is to honor current, cutting-edge work being done right now, right here. This is not a lifetime achievement award, nor is it a popularity contest, and nominees need not submit proposals outlining how they'd use the money. Instead, a committee of Houston Press representatives will evaluate the potential honorees in each field, and then pick winners whose cultural and creative contributions are helping to redesign — and redefine — where we live.

Our first-ever awardees were:

• Patrick Medrano and Katy Anderson: a husband/wife team of visual artists who specialize in different mediums and combined their talents and work to transform an abandoned building into an East Texas art mecca.

• Hightower High School's Broadcast Academy: a group of nationally award-­winning high school broadcast students working under the direction of teacher Ted Irving.

• Nova Arts Project: a newer ­member of Houston's alternative theater scene carrying live performances.

Deadline for nominations: December 10, 2009. To nominate someone, e-mail, or print out a nomination form here and send it to MasterMinds Nominations, Houston Press, 1621 Milam, Houston, TX 77002.

After the Flood

Online readers respond to "Getting Off,"by Mike Giglio, November 5:

Question: How do any of these lawyers sleep at night?


Dumb: This is the dumbest thing I have ever read, and whoever published this article should be slapped. Try promoting not drinking and driving instead of drinking and driving and killing someone, then getting out of it with Tyler Flood. What a sad world. Mr. Flood, how would you feel if your family were the ones in the car that got plowed by a drunk driver? Would you defend them?


Know your rights: Don't be mad at Tyler Flood, people. Do you really think the people driving after a beer or two are the ones involved in fatal car wrecks? But those are the people often getting arrested, charged and convicted when they're represented by attorneys other than Tyler Flood. It could be you in jail for no reason. And as for the few cases when the driver was "drunk as a skunk," well, if there's no evidence that he was "drunk as a skunk," it's a criminal lawyer's job to argue just that — there's no evidence. That's what defending constitutional liberties and rights is all about. They're your rights too, you know. Respect yourself.


Repping himself: This guy is a shameless self-promoter. I know lawyers, some of them criminal lawyers, who take their jobs very seriously and help a lot of people in the process. This guy is more interested in representing himself.


Essential: Though Flood seems obnoxious and conceited throughout this article, he is most certainly an essential part of our legal system and probably not a bad representation of it overall. I have dealt with overzealous cops who wanted to arrest me for having one beer. I was lucky. I know many others who were not so. I am all for arresting drunk drivers, but I'm also glad there's people out there defending them.


Irresponsible: The article shouldn't have been headed "Getting Off" — it should have been called "Jerk Off." Releasing this ridiculous farce of propaganda is irresponsible journalism — and who the hell buys their hair products at CVS?

Sugar Land

Yowza! The article doesn't paint a very pretty picture of this guy, does it?


What a racket DWI is: I am tickled at how much Trichter emphasizes in his ads that he is looking for all the drivers who have been incorrectly arrested for DWI.

I am sure Flood has his share of clients that he hopes never occupy the same road as him. He'll have to live with the deaths of innocent drivers when one of his clients kills somebody.

That said, the roadside gymnastics are garbage. I couldn't do those sober due to a problem with my ankle. Don't blow!

Tim O'Connor

Not the first time: I hope, and I say it with all sincerity, that one of your loved ones is hit and maimed by one of your defendants. You are getting repeat offenders off on theatrical talent alone. And I wish the same on all of your fellow DWI lawyers. There is no such thing as a first-time DWI offender. Just a first-time DWI offender who gets caught.


Bad-mouthing lawyers: Officer Egdorf, admittedly biased when enforcing DWI laws, stated, "Defense attorneys lie. They lie their asses off. He's the only person in there that's not sworn to tell the truth."

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