Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata
"...You may have heard that Kyle Henry, local big-shot filmmaker and editor, is in the middle of his next big production, a series of shorts examining the emotional components of sex that Western society considers transgressive. Called FOURPLAY the project has already been garnering some buzz from the likes of independent film blogs like IndieWire and from the Austin Chronicle (we've even sent staff members to extra for the project)..."
"...Transit advocate Lyndon Henry sent us this series of shots of Matthews Lane in South Austin, running parallel to William Cannon. There's only a sidewalk on the North side, but this is a busy road, with many pedestrians going to and from the #3 bus..."
"...I met Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez only once, for a brief moment in the summer of 1993..."
"...After apparently significant backstage pushback, the official panel suddenly included a wider range of viewpoints: rail opponents Jim Skaggs and Bill Oakey; Project Connect opponents Scott Morris (subbed Tuesday by Andrew Clements) and Lyndon Henry; and Project supporters Martha Smiley of the Chamber of Commerce, CM Bill Spelman, and Thomas Butler of the Downtown Austin Alliance and Let's Go Austin. The result was a lively discussion, and though it was hard to tell if any minds were changed, by the end it was least possible to imagine progress on Smiley's injunction: "Whether you vote it up or down, you will at least understand what you're voting on." Best and Worst..."
"...Not everyone agrees. Public transit advocates Scott Morris and Lyndon Henry, who strongly oppose this particular plan, issued a press release in late June denouncing how the LPA had been "hastily bundled with hundreds of millions of dollars of highway projects to increase support and private funding for the rail's planned political campaign." They said they "oppose combining an urban rail decision with unrelated highway infrastructure that would be otherwise unneeded with a good rail plan."..."
"...Lonny Stern of the Alliance for Public Transportation is supportive of a bridge over Lady Bird Lake, which he would prefer over a more expensive and less adaptable tunnel that was being considered; however, he considers the proposed Hancock tunnel a poor and too expensive choice. Longtime rail advocate Lyndon Henry, who has adamantly opposed the choice of the Highland corridor, recently told KUT, "That Project Connect project is incredibly gold-plated..."
"...Of late, opponents have accused the planning team of lying and unethical behavior, and of "promoting" the project instead of just describing it neutrally, and even of failing to repeat the opponents' arguments for them. This week, a couple of those opponents, Scott Morris and Lyndon Henry – representing yet more fleeting groupuscules – charged, in a lengthy press release, that Project Connect had surreptitiously and deceptively withdrawn from the Federal Transportation Administration process for environmental review, and the entire process will now be subject to a wasteful "Do Over."..."
"..."This is a really big deal," Capital Metro Chair Lee Walker noted, "because it's the first time our regional neighborhood has come together, on any issue" at the ballot box. "We should be proud to be part of this history-making effort." (Walker's Cap Metro board colleague, Council Member Daryl Slusher, gave more explicit props to Krusee, calling the rep "an honorable man" and dubbing the win "a true bipartisan effort." He also name-checked veteran rail advocates Lyndon Henry and Dave Dobbs, who've been fighting to bring transit to Austin for nearly all of the agency's 19-year history.)..."
"...What's the worst sidewalk in Austin? We're looking for the most dangerous, badly designed, poorly maintained, or just plain baffling walking routes in Austin, and we need your help (see last week's cover story, "Where the Sidewalks End"). For example, local transportation advocate Lyndon Henry sent this example of the situation on Matthews Lane, running between Manchaca and South First, just south of William Cannon..."
"...So, along with the transit triathletes who've been at this from Day One (people like Lyndon Henry and Dave Dobbs), I am now an increasingly dusty piece of the transportation furniture. And if light rail wins, I could remain planted in that place for 25 more years..."
"...Little Cap Met That Could Well, it ain't exactly the beginning. As former Cap Met board member Lyndon Henry reminded the crowd Monday night, he and others have been working on light-rail studies and plans for Austin since the early 1970s, well before the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CMTA) ran its first bus..."
"..."Well, I certainly hope so."May 7 It has been 108 years since O. Henry published "The Bexar Scrip 2692" -- not a one-off attempt at sci-fi, but a disturbing battle between good and evil nonetheless -- in his Austin newspaper The Rolling Stone..."
"...Dear Editor, With the publication of Roger Stone's book indicting Lyndon Johnson in the JFK assassination (The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ), I ask: When in polite society in Austin and Texas can we finally refer to Lyndon Johnson for what he was? A man whose corruption was of biblical proportions and a serial murderer who, in the words of Stone, "would order up a murder just as you or I would order a ham sandwich." Stone reveals that not only did Richard Nixon, Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., Barry Goldwater, and the KGB all conclude that LBJ did it, but also that Nixon immediately recognized the murderer of Lee Harvey Oswald – Jack Ruby – as a "Lyndon Johnson man" from the 1940s and a paid informant for the House Un-American Activities Committee. After 50 years, can we finally acknowledge the hellish depravity of LBJ?..."
"...With his books Anguished English, Bride of Anguished English, and Get Thee to a Punnery, grammar-monger Richard Lederer stops by BookPeople before becoming one of the judges for the 25th Annual O. Henry Pun-Off..."
"...It was built in 1895 on what was then rural farmland, a part of the 1835 Isaac Decker Land Grant. Lawyer Henry Faulk bought the house in 1916 for his five children and various relatives-in-residence; on the surrounding 23 acres, the family maintained a large vegetable garden, a cornfield, a dozen cows, pigs, and chickens...."
"...This marks the first time in several election cycles that we have not endorsed Dale Henry in a Democratic primary race for a seat on the Railroad Commission. (Despite its name, this is the agency that regulates the state's oil and gas industry.) As with other statewide offices, Democrats face long odds when running for a seat on the Railroad Commission, and Henry has lost each of his consecutive attempts..."
"...If you're of the opinion that Austin's liberal politics and laid-back alternative lifestyles began with the hippie musicians of the early Seventies or the slackers who came later, think again. The large, extended family of Henry and Martha Faulk, Mary's parents, contributed to Austin's liberal atmosphere as early as the Twenties and Thirties, helping to shape the city's highly valued quality of life...."
"...It's a perverse task, picking such a list, guaranteed to start arguments; our apologies to those short-listed folks -- from Frank McBee to Clifford Antone, Lloyd Doggett to Frank Erwin, Gonzalo Barrientos to Darrell Royal, Willie Kocurek to Sarah Weddington, not to mention those passed on, from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Madalyn Murray O'Hair to John Henry Faulk -- who, we decided, lurk further down in Austin's Hot 100 of the 1900s. The Top 10, we think, highlights people who are or were more than famous; they left lasting legacies to Austin itself, and their accomplishments (or sins) were not inevitable but genuine and unique..."
"...Hector, meanwhile, who inherited Democratic loyalty from his parents and still keeps a portrait of Texas Sen. Henry B..."