Oral History of Shirley Bilanowski Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Shirley Bilanowski, a native Houstonian, recalls the many kinds of entertainment she enjoyed with family and friends at the Astrodome. She attended the first regular season baseball game at the Astrodome, as well as many other activities, such as motorcycle racing, demolition derby events, the Ringling Brothers Circus, and performances from Evel Knievel and Elvis Presley. 11/14/2015 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Castillo%2C+Caroline">Castillo, Caroline</a> The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project. AVI Oral history Oral History of Connie Laveaux Howard Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Connie Laveaux Howard was born in Many, Louisiana and moved to Houston in 1976. Howard was one of the original Houston Oiler cheerleaders when the program started in 1978. In this interview, Howard explains how she came to be a cheerleader. She drove a friend to the cheerleader tryouts on June 3, 1978 and was sitting in the bleachers watching when she was introduced to one of the judges. Howard decided to tryout and made the first cut and was selected to be an alternate. As rehearsals went on, the judges noted that some of the alternates were excellent dancers (including Howard), so the alternates were chosen to be cheerleaders, too. The Derrick Dolls - as the cheerleaders were known - pumped up the crowds at football games, made public appearances, acted as grand marshals in parades and took photographs with dignitaries. The Derrick Dolls were given just had one uniform and it had to last the entire season, Howard shares her favorite memory of the Astrodome: her first year was also Earl Campbell's first year, and she describes the powerful experience of the players and cheerleaders running out to the field at the beginning of a game. 11/14/2015 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Castillo%2C+Caroline">Castillo, Caroline</a> The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project. AVI Oral history Oral History of Gary Kilpatrick Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Native Houstonian Gary Kilpatrick shares his memories of the Astrodome. Kilpatrick had the opportunity to watch the construction of the Dome and later was hired to be a press box runner at the Astrodome during 1967 and 1968. Kilpatrick's job allowed him access to Astros games, Oiler games, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Kilpatrick reminisces about the games he and his press box friends would play with the bat boys. Kilpatrick shares one of his favorite memories: escorting a photographer to the top of the Astrodome. 11/14/2015 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Castillo%2C+Caroline">Castillo, Caroline</a> The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project. AVI Oral history <span>Oral History of Susie Morris</span> Morris, Susie--Interviews Morris, S. I. Hofheinz, Roy, 1912-1982 Architects--Texas--Houston Stadiums--Texas--Houston Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Seth Morris was one of the architects for the Astrodome at the firm of Wilson, Morris, Crain and Anderson. He was also the coordinator of the contractors, architects, engineers and county. In this interview his wife, Susie Morris, shares some of her memories of the Astrodome. Many people thought the Astrodome was going to fall down and ribbed Seth about it. The air conditioning system was never done on such a scale, and there were concerns that it wouldn't work. Susie thought that Judge Roy Hofheinz was instrumental in promoting the Astrodome. He had a place behind the scoreboard which included a putting green, shooting gallery, fish pond and huge bathtub. She mentions some of the problems which arose, such as the leaks, the grass, and the glare from the sunlight. 08/08/2015 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Moore%2C+Barry">Moore, Barry</a> <span>The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project.</span> AVi English Oral history Oral History of Mike Acosta Acosta, Mike--Interviews Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Stadiums--Texas--Houston--1960-1970 Architectural models Stadiums -- Models Stadiums -- Remodeling for other use 08/08/2015 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Plummer%2C+Danielle">Plummer, Danielle</a> <span>The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project.</span> AVI English Oral history Oral History of Ed Henderson Henderson, Ed--Interviews Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Stadiums--Texas--Houston--1960-1970 Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Ed Henderson is an animation artist and model maker who designed the animations used on the scoreboards in the Astrodome. Henderson describes the process of first designing the animations on film and the process of projecting the images onto photoelectric cells behind the light bulbs of the scoreboards. His designs included Chester Charge, the seventh inning stretch "Deep In the Heart of Texas" animation sequence, and many other cartoons. In this interview, Henderson discusses his career and his memories of events and people he met at the Astrodome over the years. 08/08/2015 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Acosta%2C+Mike">Acosta, Mike</a> <span>The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project.</span> AVI English Oral history Oral History of the Thompson Family Thompson, Susan--Interviews Thompson, Joseph--Interviews Thompson, Wilbur--Interviews Hansen, Joshua--Interviews Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Stadiums--Texas--Houston--1960-1970 Houston Astros (Baseball Team) This oral history recalls three generations of Astrodome memories. Wilbur Thompson worked as a parking cashier starting in the mid-1970's. He was at the Astrodome for Astros and Oilers games, as well as the Houston Rodeo and Livestock show, plus various concerts. His children would often come to the Dome when he was working. Joseph Thompson (Wilbur’s son) was a big Astros fan. He and his school friends would attend the games. He thought it was very cool to have a dad who worked for the Astros. Susan Thompson (Wilbur’s daughter) recalls fond memories of spending a day at Rodeo and then going to the concerts each weekend on a $5.00 ticket. The youngest Joshua Hansen (Wilbur’s grandnephew) recalls attending games as a family and being amazed at the size of the Dome. The family agrees that the Astrodome is an important part of their Houston heritage. 08/08/2015 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Selley%2C+Mikaela">Selley, Mikaela</a> <span>The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project.</span> AVI English Oral History Oral History of Bob Watson Watson, Bob--Interviews Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Stadiums--Texas--Houston--1960-1970 Bob Watson made his Major League Baseball debut with the Houston Astros and played with the team from 1966 until 1979. Watson describes the experience of playing baseball inside the Astrodome and figuring out the best way to bat in the stadium. He also discusses some of his other teammates including Don Wilson and Larry Dierker and other career highlights. Watson went on to play for the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees, and the Atlanta Braves before retiring in 1984. He served as the General Manager for the Astros from 1993 to 1995. 08/08/2015 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Lucas%2C+Greg">Lucas, Greg</a> <span>The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project.</span> AVI English Oral history Oral History of Skip Nichols Nichols, Skip--Interviews Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Stadiums--Texas--Houston--1960-1970 "Skip" Nichols recalls the different games and events he attended at the Astrodome. 08/08/2015 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Cain%2C+Adrienne">Cain, Adrienne</a> <span>The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project.</span> AVI English Oral history Oral History of Emily Lee Hammond Hammond, Emily Lee--Interviews Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Stadiums--Texas--Houston--1960-1970 Ushers Emily Lee Hammond discusses her memories of working the Astro games and other special events at the Astrodome. <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=39&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Hammond%2C+Emily+Lee">Hammond, Emily Lee</a> 08/08/2015 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Cain%2C+Adrienne">Cain, Adrienne</a> Used by permission - no re-use. Contact the original copyright holder for permission to re-use this item. AVI English Oral history Oral History of Terry Ortiz Ortiz, Terry--Interviews Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Stadiums--Texas--Houston--1960-1970 Weddings Terry Ortiz recalls memories of getting married in the Astrodome before a game. 08/08/2015 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Cain%2C+Adrienne">Cain, Adrienne</a> <span>The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project.</span> AVI English Oral history Oral History of Mac Haik Haik, Mac--Interviews Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Stadiums--Texas--Houston--1960-1970 Houston Oilers (Football Team) Football players--1960-1970 Mac Haik--first round draft pick for the Houston Oilers in 1968--discusses playing football in the Astrodome. 08/08/2015 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Cain%2C+Adrienne">Cain, Adrienne</a> <span>The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project.</span> AVI English Oral history Oral History of Betty Laney Laney, Betty--Interviews Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Stadiums--Texas--Houston--1960-1970 Ushers Betty Laney talks about her memories as one of the original Spacettes and opening night of the Astrodome. 08/08/2015 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Cain%2C+Adrienne">Cain, Adrienne</a> <span>The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project.</span> AVI English Oral history Oral History of Donald Bond Bond, Donald--Interviews Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Stadiums--Texas--Houston--1960-1970 Houston Astros (Baseball Team) Bond, Walter (1937-1967) Donald Bond, son of Astros player Walter Bond, discusses his memories of the Astrodome and the different events he attended there. 08/08/2015 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Cain%2C+Adrienne">Cain, Adrienne</a> <span>The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project.</span> AVI English Oral history Oral History of David Long Long, David--Interviews Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Stadiums--Texas--Houston--1960-1970 David Long discusses his memories of opening night at the Astrodome along with seeing Mickey Mantle hit the first home run. 08/08/2015 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Cain%2C+Adrienne">Cain, Adrienne</a> <span>The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project.</span> AVI English Oral history Oral History of Diann Ruiz Ruiz, Diann--Interviews Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Stadiums--Texas--Houston--1960-1970 Ushers 08/08/2015 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Cain%2C+Adrienne">Cain, Adrienne</a> <span>The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project.</span> AVI English Oral history Oral History of John Monahan Monahan, John--Interviews Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Stadiums--Texas--Houston--1960-1970 John Monahan recalls his memories of the Astrodome where he worked and spent the majority of his teenage years. 08/08/2015 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Cain%2C+Adrienne">Cain, Adrienne</a> <span>The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project.</span> AVI English Oral history Oral History of John Buri Buri, John--Interviews Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Stadiums--Texas--Houston--1960-1970 John Buri recalls memories of his first time visiting the Astrodome and the numerous events he attended there after. 08/08/2015 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Cain%2C+Adrienne">Cain, Adrienne</a> <span>The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project.</span> <a href="http://digital.houstonlibrary.org/cdm/ref/collection/Interviews/id/467">Click here to watch the video on the Houston Public Library website</a> AVI English Oral history Oral History of Fred Buri Buri, Fred--Interviews Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Stadiums--Texas--Houston--1960-1970 University of Houston University of California Los Angeles 08/08/2015 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Cain%2C+Adrienne">Cain, Adrienne</a> <span>The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project.</span> AVI English Oral history Oral History of Welcome Wilson Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Wilson, Welcome--Interviews 08/05/2015 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Vance%2C+Mike">Vance, Mike</a> The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project. AVI English Oral history Oral History of Drayton McLane McLane, Drayton--Interviews Houston Astros (Baseball team) Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Born in Cameron, Texas, Drayton McLane Jr., followed his father's footsteps in learning various aspects of the wholesale grocery business. Having an MBA in marketing, he moved into management and became the CEO and Chairman of the McLane Company in 1992. He served as President of the Texas Wholesale Grocers' Association, and was named Vice Chairman of Walmart Corporation. The highlight of his career was the purchase of the Astros team in 1993, and as CEO, saw its success in 2005 to advance to the World series. 2010-03-24 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Barlow%2C+Jim">Barlow, Jim</a> The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project. AVI English Oral history Oral History of W. A. Kirkland Kirkland, W. A.--Interviews Naval staff--World War I & II Bankers--Texas--Houston--Interviews Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Born in 1898 in Houston. After his early education in Houston, he entered Princeton University in 1915. During that time he enlisted in Naval reserve when World War I was delared in 1917. In 1918 he was on active duty at Nantucket. he returned to Princeton in 1919 when he became inactive from naval duty. From there he returned to Texas to be enrolled in Law School. In 1920, he entered the family banking business-the First National Bank.He wrote a book on the history and development of the Bank in 1974. During WWII, he was again commissioned to work at the 8th Naval District in New Orleans from 1942-44. In June 1945, he was made the Director of Welfare of the 8th Naval District. 08/22/1974 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Henson%2C+Margaret">Henson, Margaret</a> <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=McCullough%2C+Harold+M.">McCullough, Harold M.</a> The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project. Audio tape English Oral history OH093 Oral History of Quentin Mease Mease, Quentin, 1908-2009 Centenarians--Texas--Houston--Interviews Civil rights workers--Texas--Houston--Interviews Segregation--United States African Americans--Social conditions Houston (Tex.)--Race relations Oral histories Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) <a href="http://digital.houstonlibrary.net/oral-history/quentin-mease.php">http://digital.houstonlibrary.net/oral-history/quentin-mease.php</a> Houston Public Library 06/10/2008 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Goldstein%2C+David">Goldstein, David</a> The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project. AVI English Oral history Oral History of Judge Robert Eckels Eckels, Robert County judges --Texas --Harris County --Interviews Harris County (Tex.) --Politics and government Hurricane Katrina, 2005 Emergency management --Texas --Harris County Disaster relief --Gulf States Intergovernmental cooperation --Gulf States Oral histories Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Houston Public Library 7/28/08 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Pratt%2C+Joseph">Pratt, Joseph</a> The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project. AVI English Oral history Oral History of Larry Dierker Dierker, Larry, 1946- Baseball players--Texas--Houston--Interviews Baseball writers--Texas--Houston--Interviews Houston Astros (Baseball team) Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Oral histories Houston Public Library 7/14/08 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Goldstein%2C+David">Goldstein, David</a> The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project. AVI English Oral history Oral History of Mayor Fred Hofheinz Hofheinz, Fred, 1938- Hofheinz, Roy Mark, 1912- Mayors -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews Texas -- Houston -- Politics and government Oral histories Houston Public Library 2/11/08 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Goldstein%2C+David">Goldstein, David</a> The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project. AVI English Oral history Oral History of L.E. Chamberlain Chamberlain, L.E., (Lawrence Edward) Police --Texas --Houston --Interviews African American police --Texas --Houston Houston (Tex.) --Race relations Oral histories Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Houston Public Library 4/28/08 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Goldstein%2C+David">Goldstein, David</a> The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project. AVI English Oral history Oral History of Michael Moore Moore, Michael Hurricane Katrina, 2005 Disaster relief -- Gulf States Emergency management -- United States Emergency management -- Texas -- Houston Intergovernmental cooperation -- Gulf States Oral histories Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Houston Public Library 8/9/07 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Goldstein%2C+David">Goldstein, David</a> Please contact the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston, Texas. AVI English Oral history Oral History of Lauren Anderson Anderson, Lauren, 1965- Ballerinas -- Texas -- Houston African American dancers -- Texas -- Houston Houston Ballet Oral histories Astrodome (Houston, Tex.) Houston Public Library 10/31/07 <a href="/items/browse?advanced%5B0%5D%5Belement_id%5D=37&advanced%5B0%5D%5Btype%5D=is+exactly&advanced%5B0%5D%5Bterms%5D=Goldstein%2C+David">Goldstein, David</a> The Houston Public Library retains the literary and publishing rights of its oral histories. No part of the interviews or transcripts may be downloaded or published without the written permission of the Houston Oral History Project. AVI English Oral history