Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Today's TWR Post, Brought to You By...

The Old San Francisco Steakhouse, once with several locations in Texas, has been reduced to just one in San Antonio (the Old San Francisco) distributed a map of Houston in the 1980s. While you cannot get an ice cream sundae for free or visit the restaurant in Houston, you can view this map.

Sorry for the slight distortion.

Wow. You can see how the Galleria and Memorial City Mall have grown since their early 1980s incarnations (the Memorial City Mall anchors at this time were Sears, Montgomery Ward, Lord & Taylor, and Foley's) but sadly, both the MKT railroad (paralleling I-10) and the Old San Francisco Steakhouse are completely gone.

Nothing to see here, with the minor exception of Westwood Mall and Sharpstown Center. Westwood is now an office complex, and Sharpstown is in bad shape, with an upcoming remodel plan to make it Hispanic-oriented.

If you squint on Northwest Mall, you'll see the script "Foley's" written. A nice touch (by the way, the original map was a bit darker and higher-res than this scan, but not too much). Also note Hanna-Barbera Land and Greenspoint Mall.

Sadly, the 70s looking Holiday Inn is still there though sources indicate it recently traded hands to Crowne Plaza (another Holiday Inn brand). Astroworld is NOT there, sadly, not under ANY name.

Gussie who?

I've neither driven through Washburn Tunnel or visited Gulfgate Center. Well, I will never be able to do the latter.

The ""sunken subdivision" is just east of here.

A steakhouse with the 1800s equivalents of strippers? What were those "saloon women" called anyway?

Anyway, that was the Houston map that I've been wanting to scan since around October (literally). For more vintage Houston, check out the HAIF's "Historic Houston". While not the foremost place for Houston history, there are many vignettes and stories not found in other, likely more comprehensive websites. Or download Google Earth and drag the time slider back to 1978.

And oh, on This Is Why You're Fat they featured the McDonald's Holiday Pie (née the Custard Pie). I had it in 2002, but I don't think I can get it locally. :(

Deliciously unhealthy-looking, isn't it?

TOMORROW: We wrap up 2009 by comparing it to 2008, 2006, 2004, and 1999. Predictions, resolutions, fireworks, and lots of booze (kidding) will follow.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Late Xmas Gifts to you

On Christmas, you read about my list of gifts, but today is your turn. While you may have gotten gifts for Christmas (or Hanukah, Kwanzaa, or Generic Secular Holiday Gift Exchange Day) you didn't get a gift from your favorite blogs (I certainly didn't, maybe I just don't visit enough blogs), so I will give you one.

The first surprise is a disk image of a fairly rare CD-ROM...the MacAdvocate CD! You can read about this rare beast here. It has Apple commercials, wildly outdated information, and more. But now you can download it thanks to my Mac Garden alter-ego Temporary Joe (it was originally ps3d but I lost the password). Click here and follow the link for the mirror.

I had a second "gift" in mind, but I decided not to post it because I didn't scan it in time. It does have to do with Houston history, however.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

TIL: Not All Hope Is Lost?

In response to previous post:
Further poking around reveals a few artifacts: drivers and ancient OSs can be found here and some card manuals can be found here: Still, we don't know if the entire TIL has been recreated. Stay tuned.

And look: even this old tip faithfully recreated.

OK, so it wasn't nearly as bad as we thought. Still, it's very difficult to navigate through, plus Nintendo hasn't put up their games list like they were supposed to a few years ago. When did they pull that stunt? 2007? Nevermind, that's for another day.

Some of you may have worried about "removing things". I will just be going through the blog and archiving some terrible old posts. And my website is up but I can't connect to FTP. Grrr...AGAIN!