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RIP, Steve Mostyn

A terrible tragedy. Steve Mostyn, a top Democratic donor and prominent Houston trial lawyer, has died. He was 46. According to a statement released by his wife, Amber, Mostyn died Wednesday after “a sudden onset and battle with a mental health issue.” She did not disclose the cause of death. “Steve was a beloved husband […]

RIP, Mark White

Former Texas Governor Mark White has passed away. Former Gov. Mark White, who championed education reforms while serving as Texas governor from 1983 to 1987, died Saturday in Houston. He was 77. Julian Read, a close friend of White who served as press secretary to Gov. John Connally during the 1960s a confidant to many […]

RIP, Manuel Rodriguez

Sad news. Every Tuesday at 8 a.m., Houston ISD Trustee Manuel “Manny” Rodriguez, Jr., would roll his maroon mobility scooter up to his favorite table at the Tel-Wink Restaurant & Grill in Southeast Houston. Rodriguez always left the seat across from him empty. Constituents and complete strangers knew those were his office hours — the […]

RIP, Constable Ruben Davis

Sad news from Fort Bend. At a time when the public and law enforcement officials contemplate how to best blend policing and community, Fort Bend County has lost a man many describe as a role model for the perfect mix of serving and protecting. Longtime Fort Bend County Precinct 2 Constable Ruben Davis died on […]

RIP, Carl Whitmarsh

This was certainly a shock. Carl Whitmarsh used to joke that when he died, there would be as many people ready to dance on his grave as to cry over his death. A towering figure in Harris County Democratic politics, Whitmarsh rarely held his punches against those he disagreed with, but was a loyal friend […]

RIP, Antonin Scalia

Wow. Associate Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead of apparent natural causes Saturday on a luxury resort in West Texas, federal officials said. Scalia, 79, was a guest at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, a resort in the Big Bend region south of Marfa. According to a report, Scalia arrived at the ranch on Friday and […]

RIP, El Franco Lee

The longest-serving and first African-American Harris County Commissioner passed away suddenly on Sunday. El Franco Lee, Harris County’s first African-American commissioner and a popular mainstay in the political community, died Sunday morning of a heart attack. He was 66. The Houston native served more than three decades as commissioner in Harris County’s Precinct 1, and […]

RIP, Joe Jamail

A legal legend. Legendary Texas lawyer Joe Jamail, known as the “King of Torts,” passed away today from complications from pneumonia. Texas Lawyer in 2014 asked Jamail whether he ever planned to retire. “You’ll read about it in the obituary,” Jamail replied. He tried a lawsuit this year shortly after he turned 90. “He was […]

Friday random ten: Gone too soon, part 5

Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four 1. Super Freak – Big Daddy (orig. Rick James, 1948-2004) 2. Just A Little Lovin’ – Dusty Springfield (1939-1999) 3. Suite of Old American Dances – Trinity University Wind Symphony (Dr. Eugene Carinci, 1952-2011) 4. Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell […]

Friday random ten: Gone too soon, part 4

May 31 is the anniversary of my grandfather’s death. Charles Kuffner, Sr (I’m Charles III) was only 55 when he died, three months after I was born, and next year is the 50th anniversary of his passing. My father wrote about it the other day on Facebook, and it got me to thinking about it, […]

RIP, Bob Lanier

Houston’s iconic Mayor of the 1990s has passed away. Bob Lanier, a 6-foot-4 cowboy boot-wearing, sports-crazy political sharpshooter who rose from modest beginnings in blue-collar Baytown to become one of Houston’s biggest developers and most influential mayors, died Saturday. He was 89. In January 1992, Lanier began a six-year tenure as mayor that, in its […]

RIP, Father TJ Martinez

Some sad local news. Father TJ Martinez seemed comfortable anywhere and with anyone. Raised in Brownsville and educated at some of America’s finest universities, he could charm princes of industry and encourage children born to paupers to study hard to make something of themselves and their community. To greet first lady Laura Bush, he donned […]

RIP, J. Kent Adams

J. Kent Adams, one of Harris County’s Justices of the Peace, passed away over the weekend. Judge J. Kent Adams, who presided over one of the Houston area’s busiest justice of the peace courts for 13 years, died Saturday morning at his home on Lake Livingston. He was 74 and had been ill with cancer, […]

RIP, Randy Ertman

If you’ve lived in Houston long enough, this story will bring back a flood of memories and emotions. Randy Ertman, a house painter who became a blunt-spoken, combative advocate for crime victims’ rights after his daughter and another teen were raped and murdered in a northwest Houston park, died Monday of lung cancer. In the […]

RIP, Bum Phillips

A sad day in Houston. Oail Andrew “Bum” Phillips Jr., who spent half his adult life as a football coach and every waking moment as the personification of all things Texan, died Friday at his ranch in Goliad. Phillips was three weeks past his 90th birthday and more than three decades removed from his heyday […]

More tributes for Mike Anderson

Here’s the full Chron story on the death of Harris County DA Mike Anderson. “We all have suffered a terrible loss today of a devoted public servant, husband and father,” first assistant Belinda Hill said in a statement from the office. “His sense of justice, his wisdom and support, his easy laugh, and, most of […]

RIP, Mike Anderson

Very sad. Harris County District Attorney Mike Anderson, who announced in May that he had cancer, died Friday, sources said. The Texas District & County Attorneys Association on Saturday posted the news on Twitter: “We have just learned that Harris Co DA Mike Anderson passed away. Our prayers are with his wife & kids & […]

RIP, Jack Pardee

A sad day for Houston sports. Jack Pardee, a legend of Texas football from the six-man playing fields of Christoval to the barren wasteland of Junction to the Astrodome in Houston, has died of cancer, his family disclosed today. Pardee, 76, was diagnosed with terminal gall bladder cancer in November. “My dad was committed to […]

Friday random ten: Gone too soon #3

After a recent Coverville episode on Jimi Hendrix, who would have been 70 years old this year, I thought I’d take another trip down Gone Too Soon lane, in which I highlight musicians in my library who died at too young an age. My first two entries are here and here, which I suppose means […]

RIP, Marvin Miller

Marvin Miller, whom Red Barber said was “one of the two or three most important men in baseball history, along with Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson”, has died at the age of 95. It is impossible to overstate Miller’s impact on Major League Baseball. While some — including Hall of Fame voters — have long […]

RIP, Larry Hagman

Farewell, JR. J.R. Ewing was a business cheat, faithless husband and bottomless well of corruption. Yet with his sparkling grin, Larry Hagman masterfully created the charmingly loathsome oil baron — and coaxed forth a Texas-size gusher of ratings — on television’s long-running and hugely successful nighttime soap, “Dallas.” Although he first gained fame as nice […]

RIP, Sen. Mario Gallegos

Sad news. State Sen. Mario Gallegos, 62, a Democratic lawmaker whose 22-year career in the Texas Legislature was marked by courage, controversy and dogged commitment to issues of importance to the Hispanic community, died Tuesday afternoon at Methodist Hospital in Houston from complications of liver disease. Gallegos, the first Hispanic elected to the state Senate […]

Friday random ten: To the moon

In honor of Neil Armstrong, for whom Texas Liberal has a nice roundup of obituaries, here are ten songs about the moon: 1. Fly Me To The Moon – Trinity University Jazz Band 2. Yellow Moon – Neville Brothers 3. Blue Moon Revisited – Cowboy Junkies 4. How High The Moon – The Manhattan Transfer […]

Saturday video break: Mustang Sally

Song #54 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Mustang Sally”, originally by Mack Rice and covered by Wilson Pickett. Here’s the original: Yet another song I hadn’t realized was a cover and whose original was unknown to me. Unlike many of the others, this one isn’t bad. I grooved to it. Still, it’s […]

Friday random ten: Honky Tonk Angels and more

Country music pioneer and superstar Kitty Wells passed away this week. She was the first woman to break through as a solo performer in country music, and the first to have a hit song written from a distinctly female perspective. In doing so, she helped pave the way for future generations of female singers and […]

RIP, State Rep. Ken Legler

Very sad news. State Rep. Ken Legler, R-Pasadena, passed away Friday, according to the Texas House speaker’s office. He was 54. The cause of death is believed to be a heart attack, according to his office. Legler was first elected to represent part of Harris County in 2008. He announced in March that he wouldn’t […]

Friday random ten: The best little random ten list in Texas

A moment of silence, please, for Edna Milton Chadwell, the last madam of the Chicken Ranch brothel in La Grange, Texas, who passed away this week at the age of 84. In her memory, I bring you this list: 1. Best Damn Fool – Buddy Guy 2. Little Beggarman – Great Big Sea 3. The […]

Friday random ten: Gone too soon, again

I heard “Rehab” on the radio the other day, and it got me thinking once again about musicians who left this planet way too soon. 1. Back To Black – Amy Winehouse (1983-2011) 2. Statesboro Blues – The Allman Brothers (Duane Allman, 1946-1971) 3. Sloop John B – The Beach Boys (Dennis Wilson, 1944-1983) 4. […]

RIP, Dr. Eugene Carinci

Via my Trinity classmate Patrick Pringle, I just learned the sad news that Dr. Eugene Carinci, who was the band director at Trinity while we were there, has passed away. Dr. Carinci died at his home in Macon, Ga., on July 20. He was 59. An internationally known saxophone player, Dr. Carinci taught at Trinity […]

RIP, Bubba Smith

Football great and actor Bubba Smith has passed away. Bubba Smith, an outsize presence in the National Football League who went on to a prolific career in television and the movies, was found dead on Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 66. The cause was not yet known, a spokesman for the […]

RIP, Clarence Clemons

Clarence Clemons, the longtime saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, has passed away. Clemons had suffered a massive stroke on June 12th. While initial signs had been hopeful after his hospitalization and two subsequent brain surgeries, he reportedly took a turn for the worse later in the week. He was 69. Clemons – known […]

RIP, Bill Gallo

The great sports cartoonist Bill Gallo has passed away at the age of 88. Bill Gallo, treasured cartoonist and columnist for the New York Daily News, passed away Tuesday at the age of 88 due to complications from pneumonia. Gallo, a New York institution, worked for the newspaper for seven decades and was perhaps best […]

Bin Laden killed in Pakistan

About damn time. Osama Bin Laden is dead, U.S. government officials confirm to TPM. Bin Laden was the founder and leader of the Al Qaeda terrorist network that perpetrated the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. His death comes nearly 10 years after the terrorist attacks that made him the world’s most wanted fugitive, and eight […]

RIP, Joe Roach

Former Houston City Council member Joe Roach has passed away at the age of 49. A Clear Lake-area Republican, Roach — a one-time chief prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office — leaped onto the local political scene by defeating 30-year-incumbent City Councilman Frank Mancuso. Roach served on the council from 1994-2000, flirting with […]