As Chron’s managing editor, I firmly believe that every Houstonian — nay, every American — should read every single article we publish every day.
But it’s been a crazy year. I get it. It’s OK if you didn’t read these stories — which tell the tale of our quirky city via poignant personal essays, deep dives into Houston history, and profiles of inspiring Houstonians — when they were originally published.
You should definitely read them now, though.
Fans rush the Astrodome beer vendors during a 1974 “Foamer Night,” in which fans are treated to free beer if an Astros player bashes a home run when the foamer light is illuminated.
Did you know that once upon a time, the Astros were so bad and so desperate for fans that they offered free beer in the Astrodome on the unlikely occasion that a player hit a home run?
1. Claim Houston is the best city in Texas and defend it zealously.
Billy Smith II, Staff / Houston Chronicle
This should be required reading for every new Houstonian (Newstonian?). Except they’ll probably still be asked where they went to high school.
Larry Callies, owner of the Black Cowboy Museum in Rosenberg, Texas.
Black cowboys may be severely underrepresented in historical recounts, but the work of Larry Callies, the owner of the Black Cowboy Museum in Rosenberg, Texas, keeps the undeniable contributions of early African American cowboys alive.
Rothko Chapel’s interior and new skylight
“I glanced up, taking in the brush strokes and the subtle changes in the black paint across the canvases. I remembered again how long it had been since I had sat with others in a place like this.
“I stopped focusing on what I was supposed to feel and began focusing on just feeling in general. So much of the past few months had been spent with gritted teeth, muscling through another day, week, month despite everything happening. I was tired of buckling down. I wanted to feel something, even if it was for just 30 minutes before walking out and continuing on.
“And slowly, I felt some of my tension begin to unspool.”
Memo’s Record Shop has been a longstanding staple of the East End whose owner, Guillermo “Memo” Villarreal, is admired by many across the city for his knowledge and love of Latin music that he’s shared for over 50 years.
Courtesy: Guiillermo Memo Jr. Villarreal
Houston’s only record shop dedicated exclusively to Latin artists, Memo’s has stood the test of time since opening in 1968 along 75th street in the East End.
“Girlfriends,” UPN’s comedy about four single women has been called the Black “Sex and the City.”
Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Imag
“Moesha, The Game, Girlfriends and Sister, Sister are already available for streaming — and I’ve been enjoying them all since they were released. Still to come is Half and Half, One on One and The Parkers.
“These shows give the Black community, especially women, something to relate to in terms of friendships, dating, marriage, career and family. It’s not every day we see positive, witty shows that were made by and for us.”
Ettin Games, a tabletop and board game store off FM 1960 in Humble, is open for business and hosting D&D groups like Odium Propius for dungeon campaigns and other tabletop games despite an ongoing pandemic.
Even during a global pandemic, this Dungeons and Dragons group in Humble plays on.
Twenty-three-year-old Frandy Voltaire has longed dreamed of being a tattoo artist, and she recently opened a new shop in the Houston area.
ATL photographer BDot Wilkins
Tattoo artist Frandy Voltaire makes it her mission to help others hide the scars they inflicted during what was likely the toughest point in their life.
Dancers at UniverSoul Circus.
Marcy de Luna
Back on the road during the pandemic, the circus, part of an industry that thrives on spectacle and audience reaction, has had to make adjustments.
Galveston resident Joshua Ojeda collects retro drinking devices emblazoned with nostalgic images and steeped in colorful history.
What do Taco Bell, the Houston Rockets, Donald Trump and Shaquille O’Neal have in common? A plastic cup pointed Galveston resident Joshua Ojeda to the answer.
Ivy Walls is a 26-year-old farmer living in Sunnyside
Ivy Walls saw the “food swamp” in her neighborhood. So she quit her job and became a farmer to fight it.
Madeline Baggett stands next to her family’s Little Free Library in Oak Forest.
“During these challenging times, a Little Free Library can also stand as a beacon of hope in a community, signaling that we’re all in this together, even when we have to be apart.”
Isabel Longoria’s appointment as Harris County’s first elections administrator candidate is moot, according to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who said the county failed to create the office according state law.
Jill Karnicki, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer
Isabel Longoria is Harris County’s first elections administrator, and who you should thank for implementing 24-hour voting in Harris County for the 2020 presidential election.