• 06.04.13 4:30 p.m.
    Posted by Peter Radowick
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    There are few icons that evoke the nostalgia and romance of times gone by, the spirit of progress, and the wonderment of childlike imagination than the storied history of the steam engine.

    Once touted as the "City Where 17 Railroads Meet the Sea," Houston draws much of its heritage from the rail lines, which spurred the city’s growth and prosperity. A historic treasure and a symbol of that legacy is the Southern Pacific 982 steam engine, which will be on permanent display at Houston’s read more >

  • 09.28.12 3:00 p.m.
    Posted by Peter Radowick
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    As a witness to change since the George R. Brown Convention Center opened 25 years ago, Luther Villagomez is uniquely qualified to offer reflection on the passage of time.

    An event manager on September 26, 1987, when the GRB opened with a two-day civic celebration, Villagomez has risen to where he is now – general manager of the convention center and chief operating officer of Houston First Corporation, the entity that manages the GRB and other city-owned facilities.

    What's the biggest difference between the ...

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  • 09.26.12 4:00 p.m.
    Posted by Peter Radowick

    The George R. Brown Convention Center opened its doors 25 years ago today and these five employees – from left, Luther Villagomez, Anita Mendieta, Charmaine Pilgrim, Frank Randolph and Joey Granado – were all on the scene in 1987 making things run smoothly. Nothing has changed as they were all on the job Wednesday during a busy convention, only this time they took a few minutes to raise a glass to toast their longevity. Here’s to 25 more great years. (Photo by Peter Radowick)

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  • 09.06.12 12:30 p.m.
    Posted by Peter Radowick
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    In the early 1980s, oil was selling for about $33 a barrel, and most forecasts said it would reach $60. A few even predicted $100. The energy industry was booming, catapulting the economy of Houston to dizzying new levels of prosperity.

    It was in this climate that city leaders pushed forward with plans for a new $175 million convention center and ultimately chose a site on the eastern edge of the central business district.

     

    Even amid this booming period, ...

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