Lyndon Johnson

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Ladybird Food Truck Not For The Birds

    Here's one more reason to visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, especially on Thursdays: Ladybird food truck. Officially open 6 p.m. to 8.p.m. (though they arrive earlier and will happily take orders), Ladybird fuels art enthusiasts, strolling couples, and passing motorists (those, that is, wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    Dan Patrick Isn't Alone; Here Are More Examples of Texas Political Mudslinging

    Political fights can get ugly, but the grappling over who will get the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor got particularly unsightly last Friday. Up until then, both the remaining candidates, State Sen. Dan Patrick and current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, had done their best to embarrass and ... More >>

  • News

    April 24, 2014

    Houston's Space Problem: Johnson Space Center Has Lost Its Identity and Purpose

    With a rudderless NASA in charge, JSC has been lost in the shuffle.

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2014

    LBJ People Want Historic Air Force One, and Ohio Says No

    Even in the historic popularity contest, LBJ can't seem to win. Lyndon B. Johnson and John F. Kennedy got to the White House on the same ticket, but the two weren't exactly best buddies. It was a marriage of convenience, because they needed each other to deliver their respective sections of the cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Has "Nut Country" (Dallas) Been Rehabilitated Since the JFK Assassination?

    "We're heading into nut country today," President John F. Kennedy said to Jackie on the morning of November 22, 1963 -- 50 years ago today. Nut country was Dallas, Texas. The city had gained a reputation as "nut country" because of incidents like: In the years and months before Kennedy was assassi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Five More Musical Texas Politicians

    In this week's Houston Press cover story, you can read about Kinky Friedman's completely serious campaign to become Texas' next Agriculture Commissioner in the November 2014, a position he hopes will allow him to be the state's leading advocate for marijuana legalization. This is not the first time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    The Magic Bullet: 50 Years Later, Why Do So Many People Believe in JFK Conspiracy Theories?

    Almost 50 years ago, as the media is constantly reminding us lately, JFK was assassinated. There is a veritable cottage industry of movies, books, TV shows and specials surrounding his assassination, never mind two government inquiries: the Warren Commission and the Select Committee (1978). Whether ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2013

    What Happened To JFK's Assassination Car?

    People are weird about historical stuff. The hat Lincoln wore the night he was shot at Ford's Theater is on display at the Smithsonian, while Jackie Kennedy's bloodstained raspberry suit is kept in the National Archives, as far from prying public eyes as a suit can get. Someone tried to auction off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Grace Kelly, Super Guppies & Men Who Shouldn't Wear Cowboy Hats: Great Old Photos Of NASA's 50 Years In Houston

    Arcadia Publishing is a company specializing in affordable picture-filled books on local history across the country. They've done books on such Houston institutions as the downtown Foley's, and now they've tackled the institution-alist Houston institution of all, NASA. See Also: - "Tatooine" Disco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Photo-Mashing Old & Modern Houston, Volume 6: Astrodome Edition

    For our sixth installment of vintage photos mashed with their present-day locations we entered the doomed Reliant Astrodome with photos from a 1968 Astrodome tour guide. It highlighted numerous events the dome accommodated for. It opened in 1965 as the Harris County Domed Stadium. From being the hom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Let's Get Ahead Of Ourselves: Romney Wins, Dies, And Paul Ryan Takes Over? Introducing Paul Ryan's America

    For a moment, let's talk fantasy. Let's say Mitt Romney somehow overcomes all of his apparent weakness -- Bain Capital rapaciousness, tax-record speculation, rich-guy aloofness -- and somehow ekes past President Obama in November in one of the narrowest victories in recent American politics. Democra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    6 Songs for LBJ Day... One's About His Dick

    Today is officially Lyndon Baines Johnson Day here in the state of Texas. The late 36th president's birthday was hallowed in his home state after he died in 1973 of a massive heart attack at the age of 64. He would have been 104 today. Johnson ascended to the presidency from the vice-presidency aft ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 12, 2012

    Flaming Young

    Ten food-related words you need to stop misspelling

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2012

    The Texas Chefs Hall of Fame: 1981 and Now

    Assistant music editor Craig Hlavaty recently purchased a 1981 edition of The Genuine Texas Handbook, a guide to all things Texan. It's an often-tongue-in-cheek look at the people, places, outfits, songs, foods and more that made someone Texan 31 years ago. Incidentally, the book and I are the same ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    10 Best Modern Political Speeches

    We'll be hearing a lot of great speeches this election season, but lets take a second to remember the true giants of political rhetoric. 10. Martin Luther King: I've Been to the Mountaintop King delivered this speech in Memphis, Tennessee the day before he was assassinated. After talking for a whi ... More >>

  • News

    June 7, 2012

    Crossing the Line: Welcome Back, Jim Crow

    New laws in dozens of states could take out Barack Obama this fall.

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    JFK At 95: What If He Lived?

    Had he not been felled by assassins bullets back in 1963, President John F. Kennedy would have turned 95 years old this week. That's if old age and some tragic and wacky Kennedy curse accident wouldn't have done him in first. Would he and Jackie have spent their entire lives together, or would the ... More >>

  • News

    May 10, 2012

    Friends Like These

    Woman sexes hospitalized pal's teen.

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    LBJ & the Houston Chronicle: Paper's Support Signed, Sealed & Delivered

    The latest volume of Robert Caro's epic Lyndon Johnson biography is out -- The Passage to Power covers 1958 through 1964 -- and Amazon has happily delivered our copy. A quick check of the index shows there's not much Houston-related content except for one episode describing how LBJ got the Houston ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    For President's Day: The Best Movie Portrayals of 15 Presidents

    Portraying presidents on screen is always tricky. Crass imitation makes the thing look like a comedy skit, but completely ignoring the mannerisms and voice that people know doesn't work either. There have been some laughingly inept acting jobs when it comes to the 44 people who have been the countr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Great News, Texas: Robert Caro's Newest LBJ Volume Comes Out In May

    A new perspective on this odd couple​It's been -- as always -- a long wait between volumes of Robert Caro's masterful, majestic and compulsively readable biography of Lyndon Johnson. News has finally come of the new volume, and even better news is that it won't be the last. The new book, Pass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Wine of the Week: A Rosé from the Texas Hill Country

    ​The more I read about Texas Hill Country winemaker and San Antonio endocrinologist Richard Becker, the more I am intrigued. Any doctor-cum-vintner who quotes readily from one of my favorite 20th-century American poets, Wallace Stevens, sounds like someone who puts more thought into the art an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    Texan Sails Across Atlantic to Mark a U.S. Government "Cover-Up" of the USS Liberty Incident (Update)

    Courtesy of Jean Garst(From L to R) Larry Toenjes, Sherry and Joe Wagner aboard their 39-foot sailboat.​Larry Toenjes was living a pretty nice life in Clear Lake Shores, Texas with his wife Jean Garst. Then, in April, the 74-year-old retiree decided that he would ditch his comfy existence to s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    KTRK Ad From 1971: Typewriters! Reel-to-Reel Tape! Bullfights! Who Wouldn't Tune In?

    This is an advertisement for Channel 13's Eyewitness News circa 1971, and it is magnificent. In our view, it represents a serious lack of judgment that news stations no longer use one-minute ads set to the Mission: Impossible theme, with constant cuts to the space-age state-of-the-art equipment tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    The Five Horniest Presidents America Has Produced

    Warren G. Harding, sex machine​The Reelz channel finished up its Kennedys mini-series last night, the production that was chased from the History Channel because JFK fans hollered about inaccuracies or too many dramatic liberties. The series itself seemed rather rote, although Greg Kinnear wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    President's Day List: Five Biographies You Need to Read

    Dutch received undeserved scorn​President's Day is a time to reflect on the people who've lived in the White House, and how best to learn more about them. Presidential biographies have always been a huge industry, with a staggering amount of trees felled for books both incredibly dense and an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Top 10 Musical U.S. Presidents

    "The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music." - Gerald Ford gwu.eduWhen else are we going to use this picture?​Today is President's Day, and if you'll think back to high-school U.S. History, you'll remember that potential Commande ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Cravings for Chili Rise as Temperatures Fall

    jamiepatra​Hallelujah! For the first time in nearly five months temperatures will not reach above 80 degrees, and lows tonight will be in the 50s. Overjoyed locals will inevitably seize the opportunity to debut their fall fashions, suffering in cable-knit sweaters, tights and wool scarves beca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    They Were Kinky Before Kinky Was Kinky: Musicians Who Have Held Public Office

    From Ted Nugent to Bruce Springsteen to those adorable Dixie Chicks, "Masters of War" to "George Bush doesn't care about black people," musicians have never been shy about voicing their political opinions. But when it comes to putting their money where their mouths are and filing the necessary pape ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Five Decisions That Took Less Time Than Bill White Figuring Out If He'll Run For Governor

    ​Bill White brought the Texas political world to a standstill yesterday when he convened a press conference to make the momentous announcement that....he was going to take some time to think about running for Governor instead of Senator.In a little over a week, he said, he'll make up his mind.Some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Montrose Is One Great Neighborhood, Experts Say, Despite The Things That Are Gone

    Photo by @Hella​The American Planning Association, an organization that no doubt takes planning very seriously, has named Montrose one of the ten "great neighborhoods" in America.Says the APA: One of Houston's original streetcar suburbs, Montrose has a sliver of everything. Eclectic and urbane, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    Cutout Bin: The Goldwaters' Liberal-Baiting Folk Songs

    The Goldwaters Sing Folk Songs to Bug the Liberals (1964, Greenleaf)​The 1964 presidential election was a pivotal point in our nation's history. After years of the liberal leadership and acronym names of JFK and LBJ, Republican Senator Barry Goldwater sought to take the country in a new direction ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    Jack Valenti, Gay Blade?

    Was the late Jack Valenti -- famous Houstonian, former Lyndon Johnson aide, former head of Hollywood's MPAA, namesake of the Valenti School of Communications at UH -- as gay as a Sondheim song?We don't care one way or the other, but it appears the FBI did.The Washington Post reports this morning tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Terrible News For Lovers Of Texas History, Or Just Biography In General

    Anyone who considers themselves a Texan -- one that likes to read, at any rate -- should be federally mandated to read the three volumes in which Robert Caro traces the life of Lyndon Johnson.The first book, Path to Power, is a fascinating primer on the Hill Country, on Sam Rayburn, on farm life in ... More >>

  • Film

    October 16, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 18, 2008

    Ike, You Are A Sadistic Bastard

    In Path to Power, the first volume of his epic Lyndon Johnson biography, Robert Caro has a terrific passage dealing with LBJ's tireless fight to bring electricity to the isolated Hill Country. Utility companies refused to string wire to far-away, low-income farms. Even when families physically move ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 28, 2008

    When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

    Spike Lee’s look at Hurricane Katrina might be his most important work yet

  • Music

    September 9, 2004

    Boogie for Bush!

    Dubya and Franz Ferdinand have made it okay for white guys to dance

  • Calendar

    March 11, 2004

    Hail to the Turd Blossom

    A SXSW film takes a look at Karl Rove, a.k.a. Bush's Brain

  • Film

    February 26, 2004

    Rationality Will Not Save Us

    In the latest documentary from Errol Morris, Robert McNamara considers the lessons of war

  • Film

    January 11, 2001

    Foregone Conclusion

    Even those who don't remember the Cuban missile crisis will know how it ends, long before Days does

  • Dining

    November 30, 2000

    Deep-Fried Greenhorn

    Only a dupe believes in such a thing as the "best chicken-fried steak in Texas"

  • Dining

    July 20, 2000

    Virtual 'Cue

    Lyndon's Pit Bar-B-Q serves an excellent approximation of the real thing

  • News

    December 30, 1999

    The Good, the Bad, the Imprisoned

    Houston's best politicos were not always the ones elected -- or the ones who stayed in office

  • News

    November 25, 1999

    Brave Talk, Bleak Prospects

    Outgunned county Dems feast before famine in 2000

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    April 30, 1998
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    October 16, 1997
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    March 20, 1997
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    June 27, 1996
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    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?

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