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For older folks, the 50th anniversary of the moon landing brings back a lot of nostalgia for the good old days, but our collective memory is a little foggy. The moon landing was a rare unifying event in the midst of very troubled and turbulent times. 

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If you need a small wire clasp that can be opened and closed many times without breaking, try a safety pin. You know what it looks like but who invented it? Walter Hunt was tinkering with a piece of wire and invented one of the world’s greatest little gadgets. 

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Some years back I was sent to cover the funeral of a noted Houstonian.  As I entered the funeral home, there sat the one and only Liz Carpenter.  Mrs. Carpenter had served as press secretary to  Lyndon Johnson until he died, then she served as press secretary for Lady Bird Johnson. 

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Have you exercised your hippocampus and amygdala lately? I had a good session with mine recently at a Jeanne Robertson show. Laughter is linked to these parts of the brain, and she gave them a good workout. She is a comedienne who talks about the humor she finds all around her.

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The partial demolition and planned renovation of San Jacinto Mall presents an opportunity to strengthen both the economy and community bonds of the Baytown area.  

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Last month, grandson Scott and wife Michelle picked a pretty name for their baby girl -- “Jade” -- but took a little longer to decide on a middle name. I had a few suggestions but kept quiet. After all, it’s the parents’ business to choose their children’s names.

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San Francisco has its trolleys and Houston has its Metro light rail, but for 34 years, the Tri-Cities area had light rail too. It was the last new electric interurban completed in the United States and from 1927 to 1961, the Houston-North Shore rail line ran between Goose Creek and downtown …

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With the arrival of spring, can summer be far behind? Everyone is invited to take a seat sitting on the front porch if they can do without their phones. The conversations and activities that bubble up should convince architects and carpenters they should be embarrassed if they built a house …

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Via the column last weekend,  we went back to school with Jerry Langford when he was in the third grade. His school was in when was then the Cedar Bayou School District, separate from the Goose Creek school system. The two districts didn’t merge until 1954.

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My newest hero in life is a 96-year-old man who I bumped into while walking around Hermann Park. He was talking to a group of people about the importance of getting up on your feet. He said the longer we sit around, the quicker we head to heaven. 

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July 4, 1776 is our nation’s birthday, but it also marks an achievement that is unparalleled in history.  

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Clicking through old emails, I enjoyed revisiting Mary Jo Brawn Moore’s Roseland Park memories that she shared 15 years ago. With July the Fourth close at hand, I was in the mood for Roseland recollections. 

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In the quiet of the evening, when you’re almost asleep, you hear a “scritch, scratch” in the attic. You may have been invaded by a wild visitor. If you want a good night’s sleep, try this: earlier in the day, bait the HAV-A-HEART trap with strong smelling cheese. Then take the trap up to the…

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Being the honest yet strikingly handsome humanoid I am, I hereby confess that I had a major misspelled word in a recent column I did spotlighting, well, SPELLING. Only me.

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After all the intense heat, the steam bath outdoors, the heavy rains moved in for a few days to cool things down. I took advantage of the cool temps inside my house and chose to take a brief nap.  Just a little shut eye before dinner.  

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I am glad I was born in the USA.  Do you ever wonder what trick of fate it was that landed you here instead of India or China or any other country?  I see it as a gift from God, but often wonder how I deserved to be born in the greatest country in the world.

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Last week’s Juneteenth events got me thinking about the Civil War.  It still casts a shadow on our politics, and the legislature is no exception. 

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Former managing editor and fellow columnist Jim Finley, after reading my column about polio, shared his memories of that terrible time:

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The Brown Decision in 1954 to integrate the schools did not do much to level the playing field for African American people. A more helpful institution in the 60s was the Army. I heard this Army tale from a neighbor years later:

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It’s hard for the average mind – like your next-door-neighbor’s – to comprehend, but this month, which is somewhere around June, marks the 19th year of existence for the much-revered GOOTs organization.

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For Father’s Day, as a gift to my husband, I used Google Photos to create a concrete album of pictures I’d taken of just he and our daughter since she’d been born. There’s no fluff to this book, which I like. Just the photos to speak for themselves. 

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What does it mean when you say, “He had a good life?” You hear it said at funerals.  But what does that mean, really?  

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Not long ago, I pondered in this column about robotic cars and how that might add to the already rising anxiety among so many who are hesitant to even think about getting in a car with no driver. 

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The first ferry crossing over Goose Creek stream was on the Lynchburg to Goose Creek Road. This road was laid out sometime between 1840 and 1847 and roughly followed today’s Bayway Drive and Missouri Street. County roads usually followed existing private roads so a ferry at that location had…

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The late coach Jessie Leonette Addison, the former Baytown George Washington Carver High School girls basketball and track and field coach is scheduled to be inducted into the PVILCA Hall of Honor Saturday as a Prairie View Interscholastic League coach. 

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Alfonzo “Buddy” Neal, a former Baytown George Washington Carver High School baseball athlete, will be the second Carver athlete to be inducted into the PVILCA Hall of Fame as a baseball athlete on Saturday. 

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The Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association is scheduled to induct Leslie L. Jenkins Jr. into its prestigious PVILCA Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Marriott South Hotel in Houston. 

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Newcomers to Texas might think mosquitoes are our official state bird. Especially if they are from a typically dry western state that doesn’t have as much standing water and consequently fewer of the pesky little blood-sucking pests. Even surpassing white-tailed deer and feral hogs in number…

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Former Lady Eagle track athlete works to come back from a torn ACL

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Former track standout to head Sterling program

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CLEVELAND — Justin Verlander will start the All-Star Game for the American League for the second time, and Hyun-Jin Ryu will make his first start for the National League.

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The Pony BTBA All-Star team based out of Baytown clinched the South Zone Coast Region-Houston sectional tournament at Jenkins Park with a 4-1 win over Deer Park Sunday.

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In “Lonesome Dove”, retired Texas Ranger Captain Woodrow Call’s character, played by Tommie Lee Jones, said it best: “I hate rudeness in a man.” That was as he walked away from bashing an insolent guy over the head with what looked like a piece of rebar.

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Performance Course came to Barbers Hill High School three years ago upon the arrival of a new athletic director and head football coach, Tom Westerberg.

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Two teams – Barbers Hill and Robert E. Lee – set to play in the Lee College summer basketball tournament, did not start play this week, but they both had a good reason.

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The Baytown Little League’s Major team saw its dream of a possible trip to the sectional tournament end in the District 14 East Zone contest Wednesday night in Texas City.

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Baytown-based driver makes way onto NASCAR   truck series

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Connie Mack baseball wrapped up its summer schedule Wednesday and again offered a chance for local programs to give younger players more opportunities to work on their game.

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After a regular season that lasted almost two months, local adult softball league players finally get to start cracking on the games that matter most.

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Amateur boxing still is alive and well in Baytown.

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Jesse Banda didn’t want to stop playing soccer so he did what anyone like him would do: Found a place to play.

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The 94th Texas Women’s Amateur Champion, Annika Clark of Highlands, adds another TGA major championship victory to her golfing career resume. The 2019 Texas Christian University graduate won the Women’s Stroke Play Championship with confidence at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio. 

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