Oswald: The Actual Interrogation rejiggers history into a tight, taut drama.
In 1974, DTC premiered its best show ever. Why was it never seen again?
In my ten years of working in radio, I had many conversations with people who were unceremoniously let go. Formats flip, contracts aren't renewed, or a big company gobbles up a small company and puts the long-timers out to pasture. Not really any different from layoffs in most fields, but in radio, ... More >>
A Friend of Unfair Park wondered Saturday afternoon: Is the "unknown teen" named Robert Patterson heard singing "Tell Me How" and "Dear Debbie" on this purchased-this-morning Future Records single none other than the Bobby Patterson? Why, yes, yes it is; just listen to that voice. Said Bobby when ... More >>
What you see above is the ad for the Texas Theatre that appeared in the newspaper on November 22, 1963. But for some, that photo taken of the marquee on that day is burned on the brain; no need to consult the listings to know War is Hell and Cry of Battle were playing when police arrested Lee Har ... More >>
Lucille Mathews at Lakewood LandingThey just don't make them, or at least not many of them, like Lucille Mathews. Legend in Dallas, she started working at the Lakewood Landing in 1959, shortly after leaving Jack Ruby's Carousel Club, and tended bar there for over 30 years. In a profile that ran i ... More >>
Via The Sounds of HistoryHad dinner at the folks' house last night, after which the boy and I went digging through a stack of old Dallas Newses and Times Heralds my dad keeps stashed in a closet, almost completely forgotten. They were my grandfather's and date back to November 22, 1963, and fast- ... More >>
Jack Floyd (I don't really know Jacquielynn personally, but I'm told that's what cool people call her) has a good column today behind The Dallas Morning News pay well today about making downtown Dallas fun. I know. I know. Right off the top it sounds like a dreadfully dreary topic, sort of l ... More >>
A witness to the Kennedy assassination shows Mark Lane where he was on November 22, 1963.While looking for something unrelated this morning, I came across quite the cinematic find just posted to the Internet Archive: a full-length copy of Oscar-nominated director Emile de Antonio's 1966 film Rush ... More >>
Dallas' thriving craft cocktail scene will soon have a downtown outpost, courtesy of local celebrity barkeeps Michael Martensen and Eddie "Lucky" Campbell. The pair has begun renovations on the Main Street space previously occupied by Dr. Bell's BBQ in the 1400 block of Main Street. While the cockt ... More >>
Today's eye-opener is more abstract than a short doc about Willis Winters. Instead, it's a virtual sculpture by noted neon-sign collector, Dan Holzschuh, who counts among his collection's pieces remnants from the old Prince of Hamburgers, the Circle Inn, the Gemini Drive-In and even Jack Ruby's Caro ... More >>
Folks, do you ever have the urge to read other people's minds? To find out what is going down in someone's head like the major motion picture What Women Want? Well, one pop star, Jason Derülo, saves us the trouble and lays his thoughts out in a song. Like most of our thoughts before they reach our ... More >>
Among the myriad reasons I like posting vintage photos of bygone Dallas: You never know who'll show up in the comments to provide details previously thought lost to history. So, great thanks to Jerome Weeks and Bud Kennedy; courtesy their comments here, I've learned a great deal about Dallas's ho ... More >>
University of North Texas Libraries/Dallas Municipal ArchivesIf you ever wondered what it looked like during a night in Jack Ruby's Carousel Club, wonder no longer.Dallas's official John F. Kennedy Collection has always been on the city's Web site -- a little hidden on the City Secretary's Offic ... More >>
So, let's say Jack Ruby's hat doesn't do it for you. Fine. In that case, Heritage Auction Galleries has another option for your noggin: one of Tom Landry's old fedoras, this one circa 1980-something. Heritage's Noah Fleisher sends word that the trademark hat'll be amongst a handful of Dallas Cowb ... More >>
Heritage Auction Gallery had hoped to keep The Hat under its hat a little while longer -- the press release was going out tomorrow, matter of fact. But word got out (someone espied the item already posted on the auction house's Web site), which is why Heritage's Noah Fleisher is out spreading the ... More >>
Pandora Japanese Cuisine is minimal, and that's the least we can say
Forty years later, "local yokels" take pride in covering tragedy
Oswald, from shot to grave
Plus: Oh, My Aikman Balls
Josh Alan Band (Black Cracker Music)
Leavin' on a jet plane; Crummy teachers; Learning experience
The don of Dallas criminal lawyers, Charles Tessmer reshaped justice through decades of hard-fought cases and hard drink
Make nice; Hacked off; Party hardly
Thirty-five years ago, Jesse Curry was Dallas' respected, popular police chief. Then Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, and Curry became just one more victim of the Kennedy assassination.
Republican Bill Hill is running against Democrat Rick Reed for district attorney. Don't think you have a choice.
August 6 - 12, 1998
Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX
In the 1950s and '60s, Tony Zoppi wrote about -- and rode with -- the stars