Neil Frank

  • News

    August 29, 2013

    Do The Twist(er): Local Musician Chases Storms For Fun and Profit.

    Hank Schyma doesn't come off as insane... until you see his videos.

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Do The Twist(er): Local Musician Chases Storms For Fun and Profit

    Hank Schyma doesn't come off as insane. Not at first. He speaks clearly and eloquently about being a storm chaser, and as you're talking with him, it seems like a perfectly reasonable thing. Hank Schyma, front man for Houston band the Southern Backtones, has been chasing storms for more than a deca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Hank Schyma: Southern Backtones Singer Is Fearless Tornado Chaser

    If you saw the dramatic footage out of North Texas Tuesday, hopefully from the safety of your living room or gathered around a TV at work, you know that weather events like those tornadoes can make pretty compelling television. And someone has to head straight into those storms to film all that vide ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    Six Months Ago, Ike Officially Entered Bastard Status

    What were you doing at this time six months ago?One thing you probably weren't doing, if you lived in the Houston area, was checking blogs on the net.Today's the six-month anniversary of Hurricane Ike, the third-most destructive hurricane ever to make landfall in the US. Unfortunately, it made landf ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 23, 2008

    "Made From Ike"

    The Fresh Arts Coalition auctions off hurricane creations for relief efforts

  • News

    August 14, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 8, 2008

    Brett Favre vs. Neil Frank: Battle Of The Unwanted Comebacks

    This past week saw two unlikely – and in some corners, unwelcome – comebacks. Brett Favre forced his way back into the NFL, and Neil Frank forced his way back into the KHOU studios. Both are old, old guys who just can’t give up doing what they once did – In Favre’s case, throwing intercept ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2008

    Neil Frank & Gene Norman -- The Odd Couple

    For those not familiar with the term, "HouStoned Theatre" (memo to web guys: name update needed) is an occasional presentation by the blog, wherein we present imaginary, but probably not completely untruthful, conversations between prominent Houstonians. Today we take you to the newsroom of KHOU, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 4, 2008

    Movies For Your Hurricane Party Tonight

    Hola, Edouard. I hope you won't mind, but we Houstonians are still a little fatigued from taking 12 hours to drive from The Woodlands to Conroe during Hurricane Rita to get too worked up over the "threat" of a [*snicker*] Category 1 storm. And to cheer you up, we've compiled a list of the top five h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2008

    Hollywood Destroys Houston: The Top Five

    As far as cinematic catastrophes go, Houston gets off pretty light. Other metropolises have a certain quality that invites destruction -- New York is full of New Yorkers, for example, and Tokyo sits on an archipelago teeming with monsters -- but we in the Paved Swamp seem to escape such attention. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2008

    Say It Ain’t So, Dr. Frank

    When I first moved to Houston eight years ago, I found myself asking several questions: Is it legal to make freeways this wide? Is this furniture salesman for real and is he actually going to save me money? Oh my God, what the Hell is slime in the ice machine and why the Hell is that older man in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2007
  • Blogs

    August 13, 2007

    Miss Pop Rocks: Lucy Noland…meow

    Keeping viewers abreast... The other day I was slumped on the couch watching the tail end of Oprah claiming her truth or whatever the hell it is she does on that show, when during a commercial break, I almost fell off the couch. I reached for the phone to call my friend Tamarie. As if I was chan ... More >>

  • News

    March 15, 2007
  • Blogs

    February 2, 2007

    Up Close and Personal

    The horror! The Chron has a story today about the problems that arise for on-air personalities when broadcasting in high-definition television, a condition commonly known as Now People Are Going to Realize I'm Old. There's a choice quote in there from KHOU anchor-narcissist Greg Hurst: "I have jo ... More >>

  • News

    June 1, 2006

    Bungalow Power

    Is the Heights too wussy about saving itself?

  • Calendar

    May 25, 2006
  • News

    December 15, 2005
  • News

    November 24, 2005

    Turkeys of the Year

    Just stuff 'em

  • News

    October 14, 2004

    Inspect Yourself

    No one disagrees on the latest pro-development plan

  • News

    October 7, 2004

    Step Right On Up

    It's better to receive than to give

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Local TV News

    KHOU/Channel 11

  • News

    March 20, 2003

    Jailhouse Mock

    Pot calls kettle black! Tonight on KHOU!

  • News

    March 6, 2003
  • News

    January 9, 2003

    Man of the Year

    If Chronicle coverage is any indication, Texans owner Bob McNair is 2002's VIP

  • News

    October 31, 2002

    Electoral Gift

    A magazine provides a judicial campaign

  • News

    October 24, 2002

    On the Mark

    Plus: Equal Justice, Downtown SUV Alert, Needle Points

  • News

    October 10, 2002

    Bayou Dreams

    The Chronicle dares to dream -- again

  • News

    August 15, 2002

    Global Warming Is Good for You!

    Cheap heating bills! Great gardens! Thriving civilizations! In energy-crazed Houston, friends of greenhouse gases abound

  • Music

    June 13, 2002

    Troubled Orbit

    The Satellite's booster rockets kick in just in time

  • Dining

    April 5, 2001

    How Now Mad Cow?

    Europe has a problem with diseased cattle. Should Texans be wary?

  • Culture

    September 30, 1999

    Taken By Storm

    Author Erik Larson follows the hurricane that destroyed Galveston

  • Calendar

    February 22, 1996