30 Things

The highs, the lows, the lists

30 Things

And so here we are, at last.

This issue marks our 30th anniversary (the actual date is Sept. 4 – no gifts, please). For the past year, our website has featured a page called "Year 30," which has been updated weekly with the following:

• Our Spot the Vintage Ad contest: the ads and the winners,

• PDFs of all the issues from our first year, and

• "30 Things": lists of 30 notable (or laughable or lamentable) takes on the Chronicle's coverage, culture, and commentary from the past three decades.

All that wraps up this week, and includes the one-two punch of "30 Alejandro Escovedo Hail Marys" – genuflections from acolyte and Music Editor Raoul Hernandez – and Film Editor Marjorie Baumgarten's hilarious and thorough curation "30 Favorite Movie Bombs," many of which turn out to be from the Friday the 13th franchise.

The full list of lists is printed below, and you'll find all of the above on our website: austinchronicle.com/year30.

Finally, we hope you'll join us in celebrating our year of monklike devotion to our lists, as well as the preceding 29 years of hedonism, with Master Pancake Theater, who will be mocking the John Travolta-Jamie Lee Curtis "journalism" movie Perfect (1985) in our honor on Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Paramount Theatre. Visit austinchronicle.com/perfect for more details and to RSVP for the event. It's free, just like us.

30 Things: The list of lists

1) 30 Things People Say When They Visit the 'Chronicle' Offices

2) 30 Terms From 'Chron'-Style Volleyball

3) 30 Clooneys

4) 30 Crazy Carole Moments

5) 30 Pages of Back Page Art

6) 30 Personals/Messages/Shots in the Dark

7) 30 Essential Environmental Stories

8) 30 Ideas, Institutions, Musical Genres, etc., the ‘Chronicle’ Has Declared Dead

9) 30 Angry Letters

10) 30 Sites Around Austin That Were Transformed Into Stages

11) 30 Band Names

12) 30 Oopses: Errors We Regret

13) 30 'Chronicle' Covers of Note

14) 30 Things We Thought Were Important at the Time

15) 30 ‘Chronicle’ Halloween Mask Covers

16) 30 Plays Born in Austin That the Rest of the Country Got To See

17) 30 South by Southwest Moments

18) 30 Overused and Abused Words

19) 30 Margaret Moser Covers

20) 30 Mr. Smarty Pants Factoids

21) 30 Austin Culinary Milestones

22) 30 Telephone Calls

23) 30 Best New Bands

24) 30 Cool/Funky/Necessary Arts Spaces That Went the Way of All Things

25) 30 Examples of Cutting-Edge Technology at 'Austin Chronicle' HQ

26) 30 Worst Offenders

27) 30 Favorite Movie Bombs

28) 30 Alejandro Escovedo Hail Marys

29) 30 Overheard Quips

30) 30 Things To Love About Working at 'The Austin Chronicle'

Plus! Bonus 60:

31) 30 BRNNR Doodles

32) 30 So Gay

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