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1997 Stories by Jim Simmon

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  • Stolid Citizen

    published December 4, 1997

    You could hear the organ swelling and the congregation clapping a block away from Salem Missionary Baptist Church, a small redoubt of piety in the... More >>

  • Undiscovered Country

    published October 23, 1997

    A few things we've learned as the November 4 election draws nigh, pertinent information that may be overlooked by the League of Women Voters: ... More >>

  • All Apologies

    published September 25, 1997

    Two years ago, this newspaper published an in-depth profile of Lloyd Kelley, who was running for city controller after one term on City Council.... More >>

  • The Outsider

    published September 25, 1997

    Weird Power Trip The world-class pyrotechnics have turned to ash, the world-class traffic jam has dispersed and the world-class mountain of... More >>

  • Show 'Em Your Money!

    published August 7, 1997

    There's a purported moment chronicled in the City Hall indictment that, when considered in a larger context, seems more pitiable than... More >>

  • Lee Brown's Crown Heights Problem

    published July 17, 1997

    On Monday, August 19, 1991, a car in a motorcade escorting the "grand rebbe" of the Lubavitcher Hasidic sect careened over a curb in the Crown... More >>

  • Dad, I Wrote Me a Book!

    published July 3, 1997

    Over the years, Bob Lanier has occasionally dismissed some criticism or other from George Greanias by noting that Greanias is a "playwright."... More >>

  • Great Brown Hope

    published June 26, 1997

    With her arms pinned to her sides, Gracie Saenz stood frozen on the elevated stage in front of City Hall, buffeted, literally, by a force that was... More >>

  • Dead on the Street

    published June 12, 1997

    Weirdly enough, Ronnie Tucker thought he was a judge. That, at least, was a delusion he voiced during a September 19, 1993 interview at... More >>

  • Big Story

    published June 5, 1997

    Uh oh. It's Channel 2 news. Time to shoo the kids out of the room. What'll it be tonight? "Gas: How to make it disappear quietly"? No, that... More >>

  • Rules of the Game

    published March 20, 1997

    Term limits is a bad idea. It was a bad idea in 1991, and it's still a bad idea in 1997. It's a really bad idea to limit elected officials to... More >>

  • Lunch with LLaughing BBoy

    published February 27, 1997

    The University of Houston's most notorious graduate student is waiting for me outside the grounds of Congregation Beth Israel. For a man who's... More >>

  • Sportin' Life

    published February 20, 1997

    It seems as if it were only a few months ago that Harris County voters were being sold this wonderful deal that would accommodate Drayton McLane... More >>

  • Downtown-on-the-Wold

    published February 6, 1997

    So a bunch of rich guys stand up and say, "We're bestowing this wonderful gift on the city of Houston," and you, the attentive and mildly engaged... More >>

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