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Club Foot Poster

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I am a thrifter and collector of all things wonderful. I have discoverd a 1983 poster advertising an event a Club Foot. At the top of the poster it says "From Ohio, NECROS". "BIG BOYS back from all over" Artwork includes a creepy skull dude in rags and chains. Towards the bottom of the poster it says "The Offenders" At the bottom below some handcuffs, "NIGHTLIFE 4th and Brazos, Club Foot, veggie 83. The poster is in bad condition, but artwork is clear and all wording pretty clear. Just has some normal damage at the top. If you are interested, it is FREE. Contact me at burgeskaren@yahoo.com I just want it to have a home. I will mail it to you at no cost to you.

Downtown Steam Locomotive

Outdoors | Things

I was downtown today and, as sometimes happens to an Austin old-timer, I had a flash recollection of something long gone... the steam locomotive that sat on track in a park downtown. I couldn't remember where it was exactly but I did recall that it was maintained by the firemen from the nearby station. I also had some vague recollection that the O. Henry house was somewhere nearby. Right on both counts. The park is still there but the train is long gone. It's a good story though, engine 768 was refurbished and actually put back into service as a weekend tour train ride from Cedar Park to Burnet and back. I took that trip several times with my kids and remember the amazing power and noise that engine created.


On a happy related note, in doing the research to help my failing memory I found that Google has this delightful image of how the park is being used today. That simple image sums up a lot about the power of Austin.



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Texas Sun

People | Places | Things

Here's a treasure trove for all of you with fuzzy memories of Austin in the 70's. A full scan of the Texas Sun newspaper from 1977. I'm sure that there's more to be found but wow... check out those club listings!

Update: Here is an archive of years of the Sun

Famous Austin Cartoons!

Hipsters | Things

It dawned on me the other day that we have a deep vein of cultural and artistic contribution that has not yet been explored: the Austin Comics!

Gilbert Shelton

Remember Wonder Warthog? I do for some strange reason... probably from hanging around head shops! Anyway, I never really got into WWH but lot's of Texas hippies did.

Gilbert went on to channel the Austin Hippie culture into his next set of characters. The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. Now I did spend many an idle moment following the adventures of this stoned trio.

Gilbert spent time working at the Vulcan Gas Works and probably quite a bit of time with Jim Franklin and other poster artists.


Berke Breathed

Academia Waltz came relatively late in the groovy Austin scene but just as the city was changing with the Yuppie invasion, Berke was there to lampoon/harpoon with wit and style.

Breathed's work at UT got him national recognition and we went on to considerable success with a little thing he calls Bloom County. We cheered in Austin when he made national distribution.

Shannon Wheeler

Too Much Coffee Man took over during the wacky 80's and early 90's. Austin was changing into sort of emo, intellectual, grunge center and TMCM was right there.

What am I missing that you remember?

Things Invented or made famous by Austin

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This burg is responsible for many things known world-wide that actually got started here. Let's compile a list of the good, bad, and ugly... bragging is fine.


Tex-Mex food

  • Fajitas - "Sonny "Fajita King" Falcon claimed to have opened the first "fajita stand" in Kyle, Texas, and in 1978 a "Fajita King" stand in Austin...The popularity of the dish certainly grew after Ninfa Laurenza introduced it on her menu at Ninfa's Restaurant in Houson Texas, on July 13, 1973, but that was under the name "tacos al carbon," and increased still further as a "fajita" after the item was featured at the Austin Hyatt Regency Hotel, which by 1982 was selling thirteen thousand orders per month."
  • Breakfast tacos and Migas - Perhaps not invented here but inarguably made into the ever present breakfast treat by our local fry cooks

Mass Murder

  • Charles Whitman - he single handedly invented 20th century mass-murder. We now have EMS, SWAT teams, and copycats as a result

Psychedelic Rock

  • The 13h Floor Elevators - "The first use of the term "psychedelic rock" was on the 13th Floor Elevators' business card , designed by John Cleveland, and circulated in December 1965. The term was first used in print in the Austin Statesman in an article about the band titled "Unique Elevators shine with Psychedelic Rock" , dated 10th February 1966."

Corona

  • Gambrinus introduced Corona to the US via Austin. It was mainly associated with The Oasis back then

Wakeboarding

  • "Sometime way back around 1985 in Austin, Jimmy Redmon invented a “water ski board” that would eventually become what we know today as a wakeboard."

Shiner

Places | Things

Shiner Bock took off in the mid-70's in Austin and thanks to that we have the wonderful story and even better, the beer today. Prior to that, Shiner was the beer of choice for the country folks. As usual, the counter culture has a large part in this story. There were kegs of Shiner and the omnipresent white cups with the Shiner logo at every Cosmic Cowboy bar and event. Happy hour was a bit different back then... one dollar pitchers and two-for-one drinks meant that Shiner and Lone Star greased many an enjoyable conversation.

Another Austin tradition that seems to have fallen off was the pilgrimage to the Shiner brewery. It went something like this:

  1. Wait for a nice day in early summer
  2. Head down to Black's in Lockhart for a barbecue lunch
  3. Continue to Luling, stealing a watermelon from a field and eating it in the car along the way
  4. Blaze through Gonzales
  5. Arrive at Shiner and wonder how the brewery could be so small
  6. Take the 5-minute brewery tour
  7. Spend the next hour or two in the hospitality room
  8. For bonus points... you could swing by Staples on your way back for a quick dip in the falls

Yes, that is certainly the proper summer's day BBQ, Beer, and Swimming checklist.


The Pleasure Of One Year and Several 'Visits' Afterwards

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I happened upon Austin at the invite of my best friend in high school(Upstate NY early'70's)in Nov.1974. I was in college in Okla. and he at UT. Sooo I went and experienced Austin on substances no longer the quailtiy they were back then. Imagine walking into the 'Dillo 3 days before Thanksgiving seeing that mural of Freddy 'Strait From Heart' King & drinking my first Lonestar and ordering up a chalupa and a Chocalate chip cookie. On that one visit I knew I had to live here. I quit college moved to Austin became a partime Rest. Mgr and full time part-taker of everthing musically-epicurian-artisan Tejas Hill country had to offer.
So my question is, other than the places, people, and things mentioned here does anybody remember:
1.The original 'Hole-In-Wall' off 'The Drag'
2.Mother Earth (I saw Tommy Shannon play there I think with the 'Fools').
3.Mad-dog and Beans (right anround the corner from Inner-Sactum.)
4.Ice Scream You Scream or even 'Nothing Strikes Back' ice cream parlour (if you had a serious case of the munchies, nothing like black-lights/deadheads and a chocolate-banana malt with whipcream and a nilla wafer).
5.BalconesFault (if you remember the 'Savages' you can't forget the 'Fault')
6.Too Smooth, The Electromagnets, 40times it's Own Weight.
7.Antones, Soap Creek, Blue Parrot, The Filling Station, Bee Caves, Mt.Bonnell......'Hippie Hollow'.
8.W.N.'s annual 4th picnic.
10.Middle Earth
11.I'll need to be refreshed here, out by Lake Travis there used to be a co-op run eatery that served family style dinners great viddles!!!!
12.Shivas Headband (I heat they'll still going strong)Commander cody,Asleep at the Wheel.

The lottery to end all lotteries...

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In the late 1960s students had a deferment from being drafted and sent to Vietnam. But if you quit school or whatever, you were open to being called up...

That all changed on 1 December 1969, with the first of the lotteries that drew out the dates of the year - and the order that they were drawn was the order that you'd get called up, regardless... As a student, you could finish the current semester, or the end of the school year if you were a senior.

I wasn't included in the first draw - that covered guys born before 1951. My draw came up the next year...

With a group of others, I walked to some place on what was then 19th Street (now Martin Luther King), somewhere near the top of the hill that goes down toward Lamar Blvd, to read the results in the window of some sort of news place.

Me? I got a high number - but it was a sad day for many others with smaller numbers. I remember some guys on the South Mall with tee shirts with their numbers written/printed on them...

Sometimes it really was just the luck of the draw...

The Sign that 'Twerbled'...

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Somewhere up past 24th Street on the Drag as some sort of big roadside sign, on the west side of the road, and somehow I think there may have been a pizza place nearby? Anyway, this sign was held by a massive steel 'H' beam, big enough to back into and almost be completely hidden.

And someone, probably many of us, discovered what an amazing sound it made if you backed up into that way, then kicked backward with your heel! It must have been something to do with the height and size and harmonics or who knows what - but everyone agreed that the correct description of the sound it made was "twerbling"...

I'm sure it must have driven the local shops mad, with loud and rowdy groups of drugged out hippies, walking up to the sign at all hours of the day and night, kicking it and laughing...

Update! Zanthan was there...

Google Bucket

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If you get here through a search, then you remember something listed on this page. Do us a favor and log-in and record that Austin memory!

Treaty Oak - still there in spite of the attempted VooDoo killing
North vs. South Tug of war - The North won, I believe
The Buccaneer - a seedy bar in the south
The old dinner theaters - on the edge of town... speaking of that!
The Edge of Town - a night club in a converted dinner theater
Dessau Hall - country girl, I think you're pretty
Jalapeno Charlie's - in that strange building on S. Lamar
The Hanging Tree - more S. Lamar weirdness
The Chaparral Lounge - what's this "new Chaparral" bullshit?
The Split Rail - I remember this as a biker bar
Duke's Royal Coach Inn - punk club on Congress... Joe King's homeroom
Maggie Mae's - remember when it was so narrow and one of the pioneers of 6th street?
The Salt Lick - before it was famous. The best Friday lunch was to fill a cooler and head out Camp Ben McCulloch road for the afternoon.
Holiday House - wild animals and burgers!
2J's - good burgers, loyal following
The Draught House - the one before the Draught Horse!
Lone Star Beer sign - stood above the Drag for a generation
Dry Creek Cafe - still kicking and lot's of ink spilt already... add your special experience
Scarbrough building and store - Austin elegance
The Silver Dollar - WAY before Dallas, the night club
The Raw Deal - the original... east 6th back in the day
Update: nice photo show of the old RD
The Poodle Dog - still there I think, as is...
The Horseshoe Lounge - got kicked out of there once

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