More Classic Numbers Art Because the Film Made Its Goal

New Year's Eve Public News ad, 1993
New Year's Eve Public News ad, 1993
Courtesy of Marcus Pontello/Houston Public Library

We would like to offer our deepest congratulations to the team behind Friday I'm In Love, the proposed documentary film about the beloved Montrose alterna-club Numbers and for the past few weeks the focus of an intense Kickstarter campaign. The last day would have been today, but thanks to an infusion of last-minute benevolence met and exceeded its $40,000 goal with a few days to spare. Yay!

"I feel great," director Marcus Pontello told us via email Wednesday. "I'm not sure it's hit me yet, but I think it will when I'm at Numbers Friday night."

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, a little more than $45,000 had been pledged to the project, but the cutoff isn't until 9 p.m. tonight. Thursday night, the Friday crew gathered at Grand Prize for what was originally planned as an 11th-hour fundraiser but became a victory celebration. While they're still sleeping off all the fun, we'd like to share some more art slated for the film that Pontello was kind enough to send over; these come from spending hours at the Houston Public Library poring through old issues of the late great Public News and This Week In Texas to find the Numbers ads. The pages were so delicate the library wouldn't allow him to copy them; he had to photograph them instead.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers in December 1984
Red Hot Chili Peppers in December 1984
Public News (T.Ventura)/Courtesy of Marcus Pontello/Houston Public Library
More Classic Numbers Art Because the Film Made Its Goal
Courtesy of Marcus Pontello/Houston Public Library
More Classic Numbers Art Because the Film Made Its Goal
Courtesy of Marcus Pontello/Houston Public Library
More Classic Numbers Art Because the Film Made Its Goal
Courtesy of Marcus Pontello/Houston Public Library

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First-year anniversary ad from This Week In Texas
First-year anniversary ad from This Week In Texas
Courtesy of Judy Reeves/Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of GLBT History/Marcus Pontello
Actual bathroom tiles in TWIT ad, 1983
Actual bathroom tiles in TWIT ad, 1983
Courtesy of Judy Reeves/Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of GLBT History/Marcus Pontello
This show happened during the rodeo, when Numbers was known as Babylon.
This show happened during the rodeo, when Numbers was known as Babylon.
Courtesy of Judy Reeves/Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of GLBT History/Marcus Pontello
Katrina & the Waves, 1985
Katrina & the Waves, 1985
Courtesy of Marcus Pontello/Houston Public Library

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Public News ad, date unknown
Public News ad, date unknown
Courtesy of Marcus Pontello/Houston Public Library
Public News ad, 1988
Public News ad, 1988
Courtesy of Marcus Pontello/Houston Public Library
Foo Fighters poster, 1995
Foo Fighters poster, 1995
Poster by Uncle Charlie/Courtesy of Marcus Pontello

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