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  1. 4 minutes ago, Duquesne Frog said:


    I agree with all of this.   The flip side of this though was that the state legislature was always going to threaten to turn the screws on UT and A&M if they left on their own.  I just wonder if things would have turned out differently if the timing had been such that Houston didn't make it easy on them to make the "we took the 4 best teams" argument.  Even though being one of the 4 best teams really had almost nothing to do with it ...

    I see what you're saying, but I think Houston would have been easy to dismiss. SMU, TCU  or Rice might have been different, especially if Gib Lewis had still been speaker of the house and not in prison, but Houston had no history and very little love. I can't imagine that there have ever been that many UH grads in the legislature. Houston also never had many fans. If another of the privates had had a successful, well-attended program at the time to go along with Baylor, that would have been a different story. Especially Rice given the academic profile there. 

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  2. Great post!


    I don't think Houston would have stood a chance to get invited to the Big 12 back in the mid-'90s. The Big 12 might have taken the four best football schools from the SWC, but we all know they only wanted two. Baylor and Tech had political connections Houston didn't have, and UH always had the reputation of being an SWC outsider, anyway, having only joined in 1976. Houston's location and student body might have been a bit urban for the Big 12's taste the time, too. 

  3. I agree that this is a golden age of television, particularly for drama. There are even some superb sitcoms and sketch shows out there. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is one of the best sitcoms ever, and Louie, whichever category it fits into, is exceptional. I really like Silicon Valley, but I've only seen the first season. Same goes for Orange is the New Black. My problem isn't cord-cutting so much as it is kids. With Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, I can see just about everything eventually. What's hard is finding the time to watch, and binge watching is almost impossible right now. 


    HBO has already introduced a monthly standalone service, and I expect other content providers will do the same thing. That might force the cable and satellite companies to finally loosen up their ridiculous TV bundles. YouTube has trained us to consume bite-size video. I foresee the day when we'll be able to buy one channel at a time, much the way we already buy one show at a time on Amazon Prime. That's where HBO is right now. 


    As for sports, people used to live in fear of pay-per-view dominating TV sports, but the idea actually has some appeal to me now. Would I pay, say, $250 for a season of Bruins games (about the cost of NHL Center Ice, I think) and maybe $100 for a season of TCU games rather than paying the $100 a month it takes to get NESN, ESPN, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, etc.? I sure would. Better yet, I'd pay $2.50 per game or so (the cost of watching a single TV episode on Amazon Prime) to watch individual Bruins games live, given that with kids' bedtimes I get to watch very little live hockey during the season. I'd do the same for TCU games and West Ham soccer games. I don't want to pay for the fishing channel or the tennis network anymore in order to watch hockey and college football.  

  4. I was 6 in 1978 but I remember so many of these. Hardy Boys was my first crush. Remember watching Donnie and Marie while sitting under that giant hair dryer with curlers in my hair for church the next morning. We obviously watched a lot of ABC, but remember other shows from around that time we watched like Dukes of Hazard and Dallas.

    And I completely remember the "We' re the one" promo song. The minute they started singing that I remembered the words.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

    We're just about the same age. I was 4 in 1978, but I come from a TV-heavy family. The TV was always on. There were a lot of other shows I liked, mainly WRKP in Cincinnati and the Dukes. The video just happened to be from ABC. That era of TV was fantastic, though. 

  5. A lot of these shows are on MeTV. I prefer the older ones to those from the 70's. Donna Reed, Leave it to Beaver, My Three Sons... My Three Sons is my favorite. They're the only show I can think of that had white guys dating Asian girls in the 60's. Sometimes Robbie picks up his date and she's Chinese-American and there's not a word about it. Just a high school kid picking up his date.

    Interesting observation. I used to watch all of those shows in syndication in my childhood, too, but I never noticed the presence of Asian girls dating a white guy. I'd probably notice it now, but I didn't as a kid. There might have been something really revolutionary there that went mostly unnoticed. 

  6. Yeah, there were rebels in real '50s culture. They were kind of lame rebels by today's standards, like Marlon Brando in The Wild Ones (or whatever that movie was called), but they were still rebels. The Fonz was a total do-gooder and not rebellious at all. So, he dressed in leather and rode a motorcycle. Big freakin' deal. He was still lame. Potsie Webber probably got into more trouble than he did. Cool and rebellion have always kind of gone together, so I'm not sure where Fonz got the cool. He was kind of a wet blanket, a nerd in cool guy's clothing. Kind of a poseur, really. 


    And all those teenage girls he cavorted with. Did he have sex with them? Just make out? This was never clear to me. Did they not have fathers? Were they of age? The show was set in a time before the pill and legal abortion. Did he use the rhythm method? Did he explore, um, other avenues of gratification? How could he have been basically a paragon of Judeo-Christian virtues and still boned what appeared to be 16-year-olds on a regular basis? His sexual conquests had no consequences. I can't be the first person to notice this. 

  7. Yes, some of these shows ran well up into the '80s. Happy Days did, oddly enough. Laverne & Shirley and Taxi, too. I think The Love Boat ran until something like 1987. It went forever. I watched almost all of the '70s shows in syndication in the '80s and '90s. I'm sure I watched some when they first ran, but I would have been too young to remember them then. I had a TV in my bedroom from the time I was 5, but we never had cable when I was growing up. So, there were a lot of episodes of these TV shows that ran though my childhood on summer afternoons and after school, broadcast on channels 11, 21, 27, 33, 39, etc. In recent years, I've watched a bunch of them on MeTV and Antenna TV. I'm not so good with MTV references from the '80s, and there are some very famous '80s movies I've never actually seen, but I have a pretty solid memory of stuff that was on TV before cable became ubiquitous and talk shows polluted afternoon viewing. 


    My dad loved Barney Miller, and my mom loved Welcome Back, Kotter, as well as Whats Happening!! and Carter Country. Everybody watched Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. And my dad really loved Archie Bunker, which we used to watch in reruns every night at 10:30 on channel 4 after the local news. My wife makes fun of me for having been such a TV junkie as a kid, and while I might have done better to read classic novels or find some productive activity to do, I at least formed a pretty solid understanding of modern American culture. Plus, a lot of this shit was funny as hell. I have no regrets ...


    Like you, though, I really grew up with '80s TV. The one thing we never watched was Murder, She Wrote. My mom liked it, but my dad and I didn't. Football and 60 minutes, though, yeah, always. And anything with Bob Newhart. My dad loved his sitcoms. 

  8. If you noted the Wynnewood signs, I lived a few blocks from there....and grew up at the Midway Theater, which has long been turned into an off-brand tabernacle or something. I don't think there are any Kiest Park shots on there. Spent a lot of time at Kiest Park back in the 50s.... Wynnewood shopping center was where my buddies and I put ``Wouldjatakes" on car windshields for one guy's car salesman dad....

    My parents both grew up not far from Kiest Park. My mom lived on Marvin Ave., not too far from the Jeff Davis Shopping Center. My dad lived on Catherine St., which I don't remember quite as well. Also, my great uncle was the Smith in Lamar and Smith funeral home, and his father opened Laurel Land. My mom's cousin still lives at the family house on Cedar Hill Ave., not far from Methodist Hospital, where I was born. My mom's father bought a plot of something like six graves at Laurel Land for $250 or so in 1937. There are one or two left...my dad is buried in one. Some of my relatives built the Houston St. Viaduct, and I'm somehow related to Jayne Mansfield. I have some roots in Oak Cliff.

  9. Boston, did you find the Oak Cliff site?

    os, I found this video. It's great. It brings back memories even for me. Polar Bear Ice Cream, Austin's Barbecue, Raven Pharmacy, Midway Auto Supply with the little car out front... My grandmother lived near the old Jeff Davis Center, where she'd take me toy shopping at ME Moses. We'd eat at J's Cafeteria, which had the worst food on earth. There was a good Chinese place called Peking Palace that burned down after we'd been there one night. She also used to buy records for me at Gibson's, but I don't really remember where that was. My grandad liked Soul Man's Barbecue. I think it was near Sunset. Might still be there. I don't know. Really fun looking at this video. Thanks for pointing me to it

  10. Duq, don't you think that one reason it was so "easy" to go undefeated in the MWC was because we were so far ahead of the rest of the conference for so long? I think we went undefeated in conference play four times in seven years. Add Utah's undefeated seasons in there, and it looks easy. While that might support the argument that the MWC was weak, I'd point out that TCU and Utah in their later years in the conference became powers at a national level (see four BCS bowls, three won over AQ competition, none lost vs. AQ competition; many wins over AQ teams and ranked teams). Point being, I guess, that we made the MWC look bad rather than the MWC making us look good. And surely 3-4 combined seasons for Utah and TCU in AQ conferences is hardly a representative sample of anything.

  11. That was the era where channel 5 had a bevy of strange guys doing sports....Bud Sherman in the 50s, my friend Pete Talmadge (ex boxer) in the 60s, Brinson in the 70s, etc. Speaking of old times in Dallas, my friend in Houston sends me stuff he finds that are compilations of memories of Oak Cliff back in the old days....pretty good for those of who were there.

    You mean like stuff on video? Is it on YouTube? I'd love to see some of that 

  12. Not really. The funniest thing was every time I called A&M to talk to Emory Bellard I got the distinct impression he was relieved that I was asking what I was asking instead of something else. I always wound up wondering what I ;should have been asking about....

    With the Aggies, we can only guess...probably pretty accurately 

  13. My gawd! Jim Brinson. He was about 5-5, which explained a lot. My favorite Brinson story: he was the guy at Cowboy camp mid=1970s who got a shot of Roger Staubach, arm back, throwing a pass.But Roger (who may secretly have had as low an opinion of Brinson as the rest of us) used his LEFT arm to hold the ball. Brinson thus had , and used, the only extant photo of Staubach throwing southpaw. Don't know if  he ever realized he had been had.

    I looked him up and noticed that he ended up (and might still be) in someplace like Iowa, so I guess his turn at a big market didn't go so well. Funny that the 5'5" guy is the one making the layup. Napoleon syndrome there? 

  14. Dudes are too fat now to go around shirtless. The 2000's will be known for fat shaven head guys. 


    I don't remember Jim Brinson. I used to see Bobbie Wygant at church all the time. 


    I used to watch the Channel 11 midday news. That's where they told me that HST and LBJ had died. There was a guy named Durwood Rowell who was on that program. I'd like to see some of that old footage. 


    My uncle has some pretty good stories about the Grand Prairie police putting down the UTA riot. 

    HST? UTA riot? Do tell...


    I remember watching the Channel 11 midday news as a young kid. Kind of a weak production as I remember. I think my mother liked it for some reason.


    UTA riot? 

  15. We used to sit down and watch Ask the Manager as a family. Oh, boy, Ask the Manager is on!


    He used to read letters from viewers and answer them. It was fun until we heard a question that sounded too familiar. My grandmother was starting to suffer from dementia. She liked her routine, which included watching her programs. Her programs were interrupted by the funeral of Hubert Humphrey.


    Anyway, Mike Shapiro started complaining about this letter he got from a viewer who was angry because they showed Humpty Dumpty's funeral instead of her soap opera. I guess at that point, she was still coherent enough to write and mail a letter. 

    Seriously, though, Hubert Humphrey? I think she had a point 

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