Dave Ward

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Texans-Vikings: 4 Winners, 4 Losers (From What I Saw, Ahem, Channel 13)

    When you're the preseason television flagship for an NFL team, you'd better be on your game because you only get four opportunities to make it count. And let's face it, these aren't your normal broadcasting opportunities. Most fans are watching preseason games just to see how some of the obscure r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2013

    Blast from the Past: Marvin Zindler's Rat & Roach Report

    In my personal opinion, the weekly Health Department Roundups that our own Blake Whitaker writes up are the funniest posts that Eating...Our Words run all week. But even the esteemed Mr. Whitaker has nothing on the original Health Department Hound: Marvin Zindler. In the video above, sent to me by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Friday the 13th: 13 Ways to Say "Eff You" to The Phobia

    It's Friday the 13th. What's good about it: There's not another Friday the 13th movie coming out. What's bad: Awful things may happen to you, according to tradition, lore and urban legend. If you're scared of today (and no, we're not going to attempt to look knowledgeable by cutting-and-pasting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Comment of the Day: The Joke That Had to Be Made

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    Channel 39's Anchor Wants You To Watch Her (Doing The News, Possibly)

    ​For a couple of weeks now, commuters on the Loop near Meyerland have been seeing a billboard featuring a lovely looking black woman leaning seductively into the camera, a come-hither look on her face, with the caption "Watch me at 9." Her autographed first name just increases the intimate intensi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    Added Art Car Parade Bonus (Of A Sort): Dave Ward's Socks

    If you're going to Saturday's Art Car Parade, here's one tricked-out vehicle you'll probably see: an assisted living center bus festooned with over 2,000 socks.Titled "Sock it to Me," the entry is the work of some dedicated seniors from the Hampton at Tanglewood center, including a 103-year-old sock ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    Who Would You Rather?

    So the other night my dear friend Tamarie and I spent too long on the phone engaged in a game called Who Would You Rather? You know, that classic girl game of who you would rather sleep with. The problem was that Tamarie was high on prescription cough syrup, and I'd had a couple of G&Ts, so the co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Once You've Worked With Marvin Zindler, A Career In Animation Makes Sense

    Okay, here's a picture of the Marc Adler, the creator of the new animated movie Delgo ...And here's a picture of Delgo. Is it just us or does anybody else see a resemblance? We'll get back to that. Adler stopped by the Houston Press offices and spoke with Hair Balls about his new baby, Delgo, an ani ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    The Secret Lives of the Hottest News Guys on Houston Television

    I am going to get totally sexist right about now and just talk about which male Houston news anchors and reporters are on my hot radar. Here's my take on the finest gentlemen of Bayou City's boob tube. Please be aware this is all completely's just what I imagine the secret lives of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    Local TV Anchors -- The Legends Are Disappearing

    The New York Times reports today that the veteran anchor, the mainstay glamor position in local TV news, may become a thing of the past.Falling ratings, slashed budgets and the obsession to woo young viewers all has management axing legends who have been around for years in their market.(The Times c ... More >>

  • News

    November 20, 2008
  • Blogs

    November 13, 2008

    Wikipedia's Secret Life Of Wayne Dolcefino

    By the looks of the little infobox on his Wikipedia page, it appears that somehow, some way, Wayne Dolcefino has antagonized somebody. The Channel 13 investigative reporter’s occupation is listed as “gossip columnist / local punchline,” his religious beliefs are listed as “Satanic orthodox, ... More >>

  • News

    November 24, 2005

    Turkeys of the Year

    Just stuff 'em

  • News

    September 15, 2005
  • Resolutions

    January 20, 2005

    Houston Resolutions

    Ten ways to make our town a better place

  • News

    May 15, 2003

    Profiles in Boredom

    A bright idea, dimly executed, at the local daily

  • News

    December 26, 2002

    Christmas Miracle

    A media benefit helps a charity that's been questioned

  • News

    February 7, 2002

    Rewriting History

    The Chron pities the fools who bought Enron's hype

  • News

    December 28, 2000

    Year of Living Dangerously

    Sports palaces, city cell-phone shenanigans and subdivisions where Montrose once stood. Could any self-respecting survivalist leave the bunker behind?

  • News

    May 11, 2000
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    May 6, 1999

    La Dolce Vita

    I was young, espresso was exotic, and Dolce and Freddo was the only game in town

  • News

    April 30, 1998

    The Mean Spirit of Texas?

    Two veteran TV news reporters accuse Channel 11 of age discrimination

  • Culture

    May 15, 1997

    A Touch of the Familiar

    Chili Queen is warmly recognizable; Hamlet, unfortunately, is too

  • Calendar

    May 1, 1997
  • News

    December 26, 1996
  • News

    February 15, 1996
  • Film

    March 23, 1995
  • News

    December 29, 1994

    The Year of Living Anxiously

    Are We Having Fun Yet? Or is it just the jangly buzz of advanced urban stress syndrome?

  • News

    December 1, 1994


    A ragtag group of Houston filmmakers eye the future, and make a hit in Dallas

  • News

    September 8, 1994

    Changing Channels

    For decades, 13 ruled the Houston airwaves. Now 11 is coming on strong. Is KTRK's broadcast dynasty losing its hold?