November 21, 1963

60 years ago today, First Lady Jaqueline Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy visited H-Town.  They dropped by a LULAC event at the Rice Hotel then they went to a dinner at the Sam Houston Coliseum honoring Cong. Albert Thomas. My Dad was at the dinner.


Texas State University in San Marcos will host a presidential debate in 2024. The only other time Texas has hosted a debate was in 1976 when the Vice-Presidential Debate was held at the Alley Theater here in H-Town.


This is from the Chron:

Former Mayor Annise Parker endorsed state Sen. John Whitmire for mayor on Monday, as Whitmire looks to build on a first-place finish in the general election to win a December runoff.

Parker did not publicly endorse anyone in the first round, but she said she voted for bond investor Gilbert Garcia, who finished with 7.2% of the vote. Garcia served as Parker’s finance chair during her mayoral runs and was then appointed Metro chairman when she was elected. With Garcia out of contention, and the mayor’s race headed to a runoff between Whitmire and U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Parker has thrown her support behind the longtime state lawmaker. 

“John Whitmire has the experience and knowledge to succeed as Mayor of Houston,” Parker said in a statement provided by the campaign. “He understands that our city’s budget is structurally unbalanced and he isn’t afraid to make tough choices — funding only what we can afford, with a priority put on public safety, infrastructure and basic city services. I endorse John Whitmire for Mayor of Houston.”



Commentary forgot to mention something I learned at the LULAC breakfast this past Saturday. City Council At-Large Position 3 candidate Twila Carter said she went to Burnet Elementary School in Second Ward when she was a kid.


The featured photo is from a story this morning that ran on Channel 2 news about calorie counting on Thanksgiving Day. I get that they have to do this story as part of their public service commitment, but nobody I know will pay attention to the number of calories in the grub they scarf down in a couple of days.


My green bin day is this Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.  There is no pickup that day. I will have to wait until Thursday, December 7 for my green bin to be emptied according to the Solid Waste Department website. My black bin day is also this Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. There is also no pickup that day. It will be picked up on Friday. I hope the next administration will fix this.  


By the numbers, folks.

Mail ballots for the City of H-Town runoffs are being mailed today.

Early voting in person starts in 6 days.

Election Day is in 18 days.

The new administration takes office at H-Town City Hall in 40 days.

Thanksgiving Day is the day after tomorrow.

Christmas Day is 5 weeks from yesterday.

New Year’s Eve is in 39 days.

Super Tuesday is in 105 days.

In 128 days, we host the Yankees at The Yard for Opening Day.

Got it?

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