Thomas Jefferson High School

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    October 28, 2013

    Michael Nesmith Talks Monkees, Music Videos and the Internet

    Recently in town performing with The Monkees, Michael Nesmith is much, much more than just the guitarist for a '60s pop band. Over his lengthy career, Nesmith has worked as a producer, novelist, and actor and is often cited as the person responsible for creating music video. Via email and in antici ... More >>

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    May 30, 2012

    Miles Hires Five to DISD Administrative Team

    A week after making one of his bigger hires in Teach for America's Charles Glover, incoming Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles continues to fill out his administrative team. Tuesday, the district announced that it has hired the first five of an eventual 20 executive direct ... More >>

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    May 21, 2012

    Why Does Dallas Keep Forgetting About its Cheese-Heroin Problem?

    On Friday, Dallas police reported that they were investigating the apparent overdose deaths of two students from Thomas Jefferson High School in March and April: 14-year-old Jaime Morales, who was found dead at his home in Northwest Dallas, and an unnamed 17-year-old, found dead in an apartment on F ... More >>

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    May 18, 2012

    Cheese Heroin Reappears at Thomas Jefferson

    "Cheese," the cheap-as-hell mixture of cold medicine and black tar heroin, is again rearing its head at DISD's Thomas Jefferson High School. The school, which was known by students as the Cheesehead Factory, had reportedly done a pretty good job of ridding if from their hallways.Now, another student ... More >>

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    February 29, 2012

    Mike Nesmith's Farewell to Davy Jones

    ​By now you're no doubt well aware that Monkees lead singer Davy Jones died today at the age of 66 following a heart attack. His bandmates have each posted their goodbyes: Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith, the Monkee with deep Dallas roots.The Thomas Jefferson High School graduate didn't ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    LGBT Leaders Ask Council to Help Mayor Rawlings Sign That Same-Sex Marriage Pledge

    Daniel Cates​The leadership of the Thomas Jefferson High School student council (sniff), guests of Ann Margolin at this morning's meeting of the Dallas City Council, got quite the treat this morning: a parade of public speakers once again thoughtfully, kindly but also forcefully berating Mayor Mik ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    Hey, Hey, It's Mike Nesmith's T.J. Yearbook (And a Concert in London, Recorded in '75)

    From Mike Nesmith's T.J. Document in 1961​While we wait for some return calls, and a council meeting, allow me to direct your attention to these two separate but quite related items. First off: A Friend of Unfair Park -- and long-ago Thomas Jefferson High School classmate -- points out that someon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Knock, Knock. Who's There? Vanilla Ice, Back Home to Give One Couple's Room a Makeover.

    Robbie Van Winkle prepares to ambush a Northwest Dallas couple who entered a DIY Network extreme room makeover contest.​The email said to meet at the Walnut Hill Recreation Center, corner of Midway and Walnut Hill, at 12:15 sharp. "Look for the Rolls-Royce." (A borrowed 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Dr ... More >>

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    April 25, 2011

    Ron Corning Will Save WFAA's Morning Show?

    ​A few weeks ago, Ed Bark noted that WFAA-Channel 8 was moving Chris Flanagan, co-host of its morning-news show Daybreak, to Good Morning Texas, whatever that is. His replacement: Ron Corning, who's leaving Kabletown's Long Island affiliate to pair up with Cynthia Izaguirre, the sixth-most famous ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Watch: Beware The Wrath of Meat Loaf...

    Meat Loaf!​We already knew that he could barely fit his dick in his pants, but on last night's episode of Celebrity Apprentice, Dallas' Own Meat Loaf -- born Marvin Lee Aday and educated at Thomas Jefferson High School and North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) -- showed ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Give Mike Rawlings's Education Plan a Grade

    Mike Rawlings's campaignRawlings, bracketed by his son and mother at North Dallas High School yesterday​Forthcoming are Jim's thoughts on the mayoral candidates' forum held last night at Thomas Jefferson High School, which looks like it needs every cent of the $8-mil renovation that's just commenc ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    And Why Do You Want to Be Dallas Mayor?

    Sam MertenNo, you're not having a flashback: Ex-Mayor Tom spoke before his would-be replacements took their turns at Thomas Jefferson.​Who says the four Dallas mayoral candidates haven't distinguished themselves from one another? Last night at that forum at Thomas Jefferson High School, the first ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Edward Okpa Not Invited to Mayoral Forum at TJ, But Tom Leppert Nabs Speaking Role

    Photo by Patrick MichelsTom Leppert​[Update at 5:50 p.m.: We just heard from Kunkle, who says our item was the first he'd heard of Okpa's exclusion from the debate. Kunkle subsequently called Villalba, and while he stopped short of threatening to pull out of the forum, he strongly urged him to ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011

    Skipping Your Senior Year? Oh, So Now You Say Something, Linus Wright.

    ​A fellow Thomas Jefferson High School grad forwards along this brief interview KERA-FM's Bill Zeeble did with former Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Linus Wright, who's now one of Governor Rick Perry's appointees to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas's board of trustees. In ... More >>

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    August 9, 2010

    Meat Loaf Opens Up On His Latest Album: "I Can Barely Fit My Dick In My Pants"

    We admittedly let the April release of Meat Loaf's new album, Hang Cool Teddy Bear, come and go without much ado. But, considering the subject matter of "California Isn't Big Enough (Hey There Girl)," we really couldn't let the new album from Dallas native and Thomas Jefferson High School graduate M ... More >>

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    July 12, 2010

    It's Not Every Day Some Guy's Selling a '73 Indy 500 Pace Car Replica On My Drive to Work

    ​I spent way too much time this afternoon on this Web site devoted to the 1973 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car -- which, if you haven't figured it out by now, was a Cadillac Eldorado. But that's only because I spent way too much time inside a 1973 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car yesterday -- or, at the very l ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Six Flags Moving the Bossman to Dallas

    WFMU​Actually, if I'm not mistaken, Six Flags's corporate offices in the DFW are in Grand Prairie on Avenue J East. But today -- which marks the amusement park's return to the New York Stock Exchange following Chapter 11 reorganization -- Six Flags announced that Al Weber Jr., its president and i ... More >>

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    April 26, 2010

    The Great Floyd Dakil, Who Taught Dallas to "Dance, Franny, Dance," Has Died at 63

    The great Floyd Dakil, at far left, died over the weekend.​David Dennard just sent some devastating news: Floyd Dakil is dead. Circumstances remain a little murky, but his bandmates in both Floyd Dakil and the Pitmen and the Floyd Dakil Combo confirm that the man behind the quintessential Dallas r ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    Finally, Thomas Jefferson High's Mike Nesmith Makes It Into Texas Film Hall of Fame

    ​The Austin Film Society just sent word: After inducting the likes of Morgan Fairchild, Rushmore, the director of Twilight and most everyone else who's ever made a TV show or rented a movie in Texas, it's getting around to putting Mike Nesmith in the Texas Film Hall of Fame come March. Per the pre ... More >>

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    November 18, 2009

    Some Interesting Crime-Related News and Notes from Chief Kunkle and Ann Margolin

    Patrick MichelsSince all of my photos from last night turned out too dark to use, we'll recycle this one again. S'up, Sarah?​The chief and council member attended a little meet-and-greet in Northwest Dallas last night -- big turnout too, about 150 folks who didn't come for the way-too-early-for-th ... More >>

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    May 28, 2009

    And Now, For Some Good DISD News ...

    Thomas Jefferson High School, which, ahem, some of us have always recognized as one of DISD's finest learning establishmentsBased on preliminary calculations and TAKS results, a record number of Dallas Independent School District campuses are poised to be classified as "recognized" or "exemplary" b ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009

    This Weekend, Carroll Shelby Returns to Rev Up Woodrow Wilson's 80th Birthday

    More than a few Woodrow Wilson High School Wildcats have sent reminders in recent days that Saturday marks the landmark's 80th birthday: The day starts with a 10 a.m. parade from the Lakewood Shopping Plaza to the city-designated landmark and ends with a battle-of-the-bands shindig at Eddie Dean's. ... More >>

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    November 25, 2008

    That Bottle Rocket DVD's Everything We Could Have Hoped For

    View image Danny Fine, left, and Bob Musgrave in an outtake from Bottle Rocket Spent the better part of last night watching every single second and scrap on the Criterion Collection Wes Anderson-approved Bottle Rocket two-fer, available today (ya think?), and there are copious revelations containe ... More >>

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    October 15, 2008

    Bill Clinton Stops By Thomas Jefferson for Democratic Party Pep Rally

    Patrick Michels Bill warms up the crowd with a shout-out to Lupe Valdez A packed house last night at Thomas Jefferson High School, where Bill Clinton dropped in to rally the troops in support of U.S. Senatorial candidate Rick Noriega and, I think, Barack Obama, whose name he dropped only once. (OK, ... More >>

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    October 10, 2008

    Bill Clinton Will Be Visiting My Old High School, Thomas Jefferson, On Tuesday

    On Tuesday, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rick Noriega is scheduled to drop by Thomas Jefferson High School -- go, Patriots! -- with a Very Special Guest, former President Bill Clinton. Looks like Noriega's feeling pretty good about his chances against John Cornyn, who's starting to sweat a littl ... More >>

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    August 6, 2008

    On Sale, T.J. Tees for True Patriots

    On this slow news day, just a little Patriots-proud heads-up for, oh, I dunno, Meat Loaf, Olympic silver-medalist Michael Carter, former State District Judge Ron Chapman, Tupinamba main man Eddie Dominguez, former city manager Jan Hart-Black, Monkee Mike Nesmith, smoky-throated actress Brenda Vaccar ... More >>

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    July 5, 2008

    How We Spent the Fourth

    Merritt Martin Above, one of Merritt's photos from the Fair Park Fourth -- a review of which is available here, where, um, "Pdiddy" deems the event's debut a success but also "a mixed bag." Some of us opted for a less stressful in-and-out: the intersection of Mockingbird Lane and Preston Road, fro ... More >>

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    July 2, 2008

    Proud of My Fellow T.J. Patriots

    Thomas Urquidez and his wife, with some of the T.J. Patriots who've achieved Academic Success Sure, fine -- you can "T.J. Who?" me all you want. Won't make a difference. Not today, as Friend of Unfair Park and Dallas Independent School District yeasayer Louisa Meyer sends word that 21 kids from good ... More >>

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    June 2, 2008

    Great, Taylor Publishing. Like Students Need Help Teasing Classmates.

    Every time I drive by Taylor Publishing's corporate offices and printing facility on Mockingbird, I'm reminded of the countless trips I had to make there when I was editing the Thomas Jefferson High School yearbook, The Document, in the mid-1980s. Some kids at a Pennsylvania high school will never h ... More >>

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    April 1, 2008

    Back in the Day, He Was Da Nu Man

    Someone's actually selling this bit of Dallas music history here, as well as many other local rock-show handbills from the 1980s. In The Los Angeles Times today, there appears a brief paid obituary without any further explanation; all it says is the name of the deceased, William David Bindler, along ... More >>

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    November 30, 2007

    Dallas' Top-Ranked High Schools Not as High on U.S. News' New List

    Inside the hallways of the School for the Talented and Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, which is either the best or 14th-best high school in the nation, depending Thomas Jefferson High School's the highest-ranked high school in the land, says the issue of U.S News and World Report hitting ... More >>

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    November 23, 2007
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    November 2, 2007

    Meat Loaf, Well Done?

    Marvin Lee Aday, graduate of the great Thomas Jefferson High School, is calling it quits. So reports The Times of London today, anyway. Says the paper, on Wednesday night the man known as Meat Loaf was performing at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle upon Tyne when, just before launching into "Parad ... More >>

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    September 12, 2007

    Put On Yer Boots, People

    Get yer iPods ready, because I am using the presence of a rare Mike Nesmith recording to direct your attention to two other boots for which you will surely find a use. Just go here, where you will find, yes, a 1974 in-concert recording made in London featuring the Monkee from Dallas who's probably t ... More >>

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    July 25, 2007
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    June 6, 2007

    "Today" is the Greatest Day But Still One of the Most Overrated Songs Ever

    Ben Kweller is no Billy Corgan, thank God. Oh, how Ben Kweller tries valiantly to make something out that squishy Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream anthem "Today." God knows it's cuter than the original -- and more decipherable. And it's more than likely the best thing about the Pumpkins trib Spin's r ... More >>

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    April 12, 2007

    Yup. I Was a Cheerleader. Damned Proud of It. (Well...)

    For some reason, it looks like my head is four inches away from my neck. Must be the hair. Oh, sweet, sweet hair... Christ, at least they could have found a better picture. But, yup, I was indeed a cheerleader at Thomas Jefferson High School, only the photo that appears here isn't technically a chee ... More >>

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    March 8, 2007

    Look, It's The "Definitive 200" Albums of All Time. Sure, If You Don't Have Ears, Absolutely.

    Of all the locals and former locals on the list of the "Definitive 200" albums of all time, Norah Jones' debut ranks highest. That. Does. Not. Make. Sense. Well, here's something sure to generate comments -- I mean, it sure as hell oughta. And, blessedly, it's local-ish enough to merit mention here: ... More >>

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    February 21, 2007
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    January 23, 2007
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    July 6, 2006

    Or: I Clearly Went to the Ursuline Christmas Dance With the Wrong Girl

    I am gonna go out on a limb and say Melinda Gates is the only St. Monica and Ursuline grad ever to appear on the cover of Time with Bono. I might be wrong. In other Extremely Rich People With Dallas Connections Mentioned in The New York Times News, there's also a piece in the paper today about how M ... More >>

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    June 7, 2006

    Dissed by DISD: The Movie

    This morning, an e-mail landed in my inbox containing a link to a short film by local moviemaker Israel Luna. (Go to the site, click on the About Us section, then go to the Everything & Nothing Page link to see the movie.) Luna's a well-respected director—winner of awards at local fests, maker ... More >>

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    June 6, 2006

    Sliced Meat Loaf

    Yesterday, Unfair Park received a press release from the offices of legendary publicist Ken Sunshine bearing the, well, news that Meat Loaf has filed a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles. And what's bugging the former Marvin Aday, graduate of good ol' Thomas Jefferson High School? Seems his old pal and ... More >>

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    June 2, 2006

    From Funk to Punk, With a Side of Meat Loaf

    Something's fishy: The Nervebreakers made Rolling Stone after opening for the Sex Pistols at the Longhorn Ballroom in '78. So sorry, but it can't be helped; today's serving of homegrown hits and misses contains a side of Mama's favorite hamburger helper with plenty of extra cheese. But why deny the ... More >>

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    June 1, 2006

    Groovy, Far Out and Monkee Business

    Hey, hey, it's Mike Nesmith--the Thomas Jefferson High School alum who was more than a mere Monkee. What's that smell coming from today's offerings? Incense, most likely--something, anything, to mask the musk engulfing the late 1960s punk-pop-a-roll coming outta Big D waaaay back when. It's a crazy ... More >>

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    May 9, 2006

    Mazel Tov, Mr. Akinpelu

    The June issue of Ebony magazine contains a list of the top graduating African-American high-school seniors in the country. (The link has an incomplete list, but trust me.) "This year's top seniors are remarkable examples of the talent and intellect that today's Black youths possess," claim the edit ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 28, 2004

    Reefer Sadness

    Dazed and Confused has a flashback

  • News

    August 15, 2002

    Blue-Collar Nights

    To the sound of a Latin beat, the city's working stiffs escape the daily grind at Escapade, two of the biggest nightclubs you've never heard of -- not if English is your first language

  • Music

    January 20, 2000

    Please kill me

    A handy guide to the worst local records of the '90s

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    April 25, 1996
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