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  • Item Type: Oral History

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

"Skip" Nichols recalls the different games and events he attended at the Astrodome.


Emily Lee Hammond discusses her memories of working the Astro games and other special events at the Astrodome.


Terry Ortiz recalls memories of getting married in the Astrodome before a game.

Mac Haik--first round draft pick for the Houston Oilers in 1968--discusses playing football in the Astrodome.

Betty Laney talks about her memories as one of the original Spacettes and opening night of the Astrodome.

Donald Bond, son of Astros player Walter Bond, discusses his memories of the Astrodome and the different events he attended there.

David Long discusses his memories of opening night at the Astrodome along with seeing Mickey Mantle hit the first home run.

John Monahan recalls his memories of the Astrodome where he worked and spent the majority of his teenage years.

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John Buri recalls memories of his first time visiting the Astrodome and the numerous events he attended there after.

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…


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…
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