Tom Horan is one of the last of the old-time PR guys in Houston — he made his bones hyping the faux-Vegas glitz of the old Shamrock Hotel.
For the past 15 years or so, he's had a tradition tied to St. Patrick's Day: A week or so before the big day, reporters all over the city receive a flask-sized bottle of Jameson, along with Horan's best wishes.
This year, for the first time ever, someone sent it back.
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"The staff at KHOU would like to thank you for your kind gift," a letter accompanying the bottles said. "Unfortunately, company policy prevents us from accepting alcoholic type gifts....Have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day."
As if you could, what with the foine gift of a wee bottle bein' refused.
"It's like the Grinch Who Stole St. Patrick's Day," Horan harrumphed.
Rest assured we here at the Press won't disrespect the Irish like that. -- Richard Connelly