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Southwest Conference: The Good, the Dirty, the Greed

The Southwest Conference: The Good, the Dirty, the Greed By Auston Fertak When people reminisce about college athletics, only a few select conferences cause them to think, “What a powerhouse!” The Southwest Conference (SWC) was one such conference. For much of its eighty-two year history, the SWC gloried in its distinction as the most tightly-knit […]

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Volume 10 Number 3 Patchwork of Our Past

A Patchwork of Our Past Vol. 10, No. 3 (Summer 2013) Download PDF        Letter from Editor Joe Pratt 2 Joseph Finger: The Man Behind Houston’s Iconic Architecture By Josh Levine 7 Houston: Craft Brew City By Anjelica Guevara 12 Bobbie Lee, Da Mayor of Fifth Ward: The Black Invisible Social Construct By Aaron […]

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Blue Bell: The Cream Rises to the Top

104 years, eight managers, and one family turned a down-home creamery in Brenham, Texas, into one of the most respected companies in the region and the country. The name Blue Bell has become synonymous with ice cream, and the little creamery in Brenham now sets the gold standard for ice cream production while retaining the […]

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Sonny Look: A Humble Showman

I will never forget the first time I saw Sonny Look. My family went to Look’s Sir-Loin House to celebrate a special occasion in 1960, a time before eating out was common or Houston had become a national restaurant capitol. Not long after the hostess seated us, a man approached our table, a larger-than-life kind […]

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William Holland: A Mighty Lion at Yates

In 1958, Jack Yates High School moved from its original location at 2610 Elgin Street in the Third Ward to its current location at 3703 Sampson, just a short distance away. It should have been an improvement—modern building, larger facility—but instead it marked a reversal from the school’s position as a central, guiding force for […]

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