Category Archives: Old/New Austin

Put Muny on the List, Mr. Kelso!!

Whenever a group of my former Austin High School ’71 classmates congregate, invariably we find ourselves comparing the old Austin (good) to the new Austin (bad). I remember a conversation a while back when a group of us were sitting … Continue reading

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Turning into a Grumpy Old Woman?

In recent years, I have tried to resign myself to gathering wrinkles and accumulating creaks in the knees with a sense of humor, aspiring to be one of those gracefully aging ladies I so often read about in the obituaries.  … Continue reading

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Testaments to Invisible Lives

As the unremitting heat of this past summer is about to remit, I’m seeing more and more of Austin’s street people out and about.  During this endless and hellacious summer, I had noted their absence downtown and hoped that they … Continue reading

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Zelma for President!!!

The woman known as Bicycle Annie has found her way to my pages of Austin memories on several occasions.  During the 50s, 60s, and 70s, she was a frequent sight along the Drag (the part of Guadalupe on the western … Continue reading

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Too Many Choices for an Austin Gal

Younger readers will probably be horrified to learn that during my formative years in Austin, we had just one television station.   The sole source of television fare was provided by KTBC, which started broadcasting in 1952 and was owned by … Continue reading

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Counting the Ways I [heart] Austin

As much as I enjoy traveling to other cities and towns, Austin is the city of my heart.  So, on the occasion of this Valentine’s Day, allow me to wax poetic on the subject – at least for a paragraph … Continue reading

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Too Late for the “Austin Worth Keeping” Festival

Thanks to the H.E.B. grocery chain, the “Keep Austin Weird Fest” had its 8th annual go-round.  Viewing photos of people (I think) arrayed in various versions of weirdness, I began reflecting on Austin’s claim as a home of the weird. … Continue reading

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Bury My Heart in Austin

I have traveled far to visit historic sites recommended by one of the two Fs (Fodor’s or Frommer’s) or listed in 1,000 Places to See Before I Die, marveling at walls, both great (China) and imprisoning (Alcatraz), canals, towers, gardens, … Continue reading

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