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20.1 Innovative Thinkers: Letter from the Editor

Debbie Z. Harwell, Editor Do you ever wonder when you see a new product, “Why didn’t I think of that?” (Sometimes followed by, “I’d be rich!”). A Google search for the question, “how do we get ideas?” returned 4.4 billion responses. (That’s billion with a “B”!). So, I did what most of us do and […]

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Dr. John Lienhard – An Engine of Our Ingenuity

By Cameron Thompson  Lienhard records an episode of the Engines of Our Ingenuity. He provides presenters a document with twenty practices for research, writing, and presentation on the radio, including word choice, speech habits, and staying within the three-minute time limit. Photo courtesy of the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering.  One cold October […]

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Arte Público Press

By Aileen Mendoza  Arte Público Press has become the largest publisher of U.S. Hispanic contemporary and recovered literature in the United States. All photo courtesy of Arte Público Press unless otherwise noted.  “As a child, Nicolás Kanellos couldn’t find books that accurately portrayed his Hispanic heritage. As an adult, he sought out and published the […]

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Nancy Sims and Katy Caldwell Talk on Political Junkies and Poodle Hair

By Max Ward  Katy Caldwell, left, and Nancy Sims, right, celebrate Nancy’s thirtieth birthday together in 1989. The pair met while working on a political campaign in 1984. All photos courtesy of Nancy Sims and Katy Caldwell unless otherwise noted.   Katy Caldwell and Nancy Sims both grew up in Houston in the 1960s. One was […]

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The Art Guys: Behind the Creators of The Statue of Four Lies

By Sydney Rose The Art Guys envisioned The Statue of Four Lies as an embodiment of themselves, their works, and the University of Houston. The duo spent over thirty years working together in Houston and exhibiting their work throughout Texas. Photo © Morris Malakoff, courtesy of Public Art UHS. A pair of bronze figures stand in […]

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University of Houston Integration Records: A Difficult Path to Desegregation

By Bethany Scott The Houstonian yearbook highlighted the need for financial aid as a major reason for the University’s bid to become a state school. Houstonian yearbook, 1961. Despite its current status as one of the country’s most diverse universities, the University of Houston, like numerous institutions of higher education, was founded in an era […]

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Charity Guild of Catholic Women: A Century of Caring

A Classic Story of Can-do Determination, Texas Grit, and Houston Generosity By Mary Frances Fabrizio The Charity Guild of Catholic Women members gather in front of Charity Guild Shop at 1203 Lovett Boulevard in 2022. All photos courtesy of the Charity Guild of Catholic Women unless otherwise noted. In the early 1920s, the economic engine […]

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Discovering Greens Bayou

By Teresa Tomkins-Walsh Greens Bayou watershed imposed on rendering of Harris County.  Photo courtesy of Bayou Preservation Association. Greens Bayou watershed is contained wholly within Harris County, in contrast to some regional watersheds that tap into adjoining counties. Comprising 212 square miles of drainage and including 308 miles of open streams, Greens Bayou watershed sprawls […]

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