PRESERVING THE DEER PARK PRAIRIE WITH SARDONIC TEEVEE POWER The mad dash to raise the $4 million to buy up 53 acres of the Deer Park Prairie and save it from development got an early $2 million boost from a minor Houston celebrity, long-time environmental activist Terry Hershey; now, with the landowner’s once-delayed deadline just a week away and $650,000 still needed, the Bayou Land Conservancy is appealing to an even higher power, reports Lisa Gray: “‘There is only one man who can save us now,’ proclaims the [conservancy’s] website . . . ‘Stephen Colbert!’ In hopes of winning a mention on ‘The Colbert Report’ and enjoying the resulting ‘Colbert bump’ in popularity, [the conservancy] urges prairie fans to rally the Comedy Central TV host to their cause.” [Houston Chronicle; previously on Swamplot] Image: Bayou Park Conservancy
ANDY FASTOW COMES HALFWAY HOME The Enron trial star rolled into town from Louisiana with an entourage yesterday to begin a 6-month stay in an unidentified Houston halfway house. The former CFO of Houston’s most famous company ever pled guilty to 2 charges of conspiracy for misleading investors about Enron’s pretty darn tricky financial situation; he began a 6-year sentence — marked down from 10 for some good testifyin’ — in 2006. Fastow is scheduled to be released on probation and go all the way home on December 17th. [Houston Chronicle]
From a story by Mauricio Guerrero in this week’s Village News:
The Bellaire home at 4616 Maple St. where Dennis and Randy Quaid grew up during the 1950s and 1960s will be torn down. The house was previously owned by Kathleen McQuill[an], who purchased the home in 1978 from the Quaids.
“I bought from Mrs. Quaid herself,” she said.
Nita Quaid was the realtor and owner of the house.
McQuillan lived in the house for three years, then let her mother-in-law, sister and various other friends rent and live in the former Quaid home. She said that after owning the house for the past 30 years, it was time to sell.
“It makes me sad, but progress is ongoing,” she said when she found out that the house would be torn down.
- Quaid Home Will Fall to Wrecker’s Ball [Village News]
Photo from Dennis Quaid’s Sophomore yearbook: Flickr user denquaidfan