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D-Day was 73 years ago today. Honor and bravery!

Commentary always likes learning something new about H-Town. I did not know that the Houston Post had a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter. Did you? Thanks to the Chron’s Mike Snyder, now I know. Gene Goltz won it reporting on of all things corruption at the Pasadena City Hall. Here is how Mike Snyder’s column starts today:

In a long career as an itinerant newspaper reporter, Gene Goltz spent only about three years in Texas, covering southeastern suburbs for the Houston Post.

Yet the assignment clearly made an impression on him: Many years later, when he sat down to write a memoir, he titled it “The Pasadena Story.”

Goltz moved his family to Pasadena to begin his new job in the fall of 1962. In his book, he recalled his first sight of the place:

“Pasadena was a city of 70,000, a grubby, dismal, ugly place ringed with oil refineries and reeking of the sweet, rotten, heavy stink of oil. … The Goltzes drove up a dingy street filled with Chevies and Fords with their hoods up and grimy, greasy, bare-chested surly men with oil-greased hands tearing apart the engines, while young wives in sloppy slacks and blouses screamed at dirty little urchins running wild in the yards and streets.”

Things didn’t improve much for Goltz when he started asking about the use of $6 million in city bond funds. A whispered tip from a contractor, along with the city’s reluctance to cough up information, aroused the young reporter’s instincts.

His investigation would lead to the indictments of then-Mayor James L. Brammer, his wife and four other people on charges involving the theft of more than $100,000 – about $800,000 in today’s dollars – from the city treasury.

Goltz’s reporting drew praise from the grand jury, the Texas Legislature and the district attorney. It also won him journalism’s highest honor, the Pulitzer Prize, in 1965.

Until my colleague Lisa Falkenberg won the prize for commentary in 2015, Goltz had the distinction of being the only Houston journalist to have won a Pulitzer. He would share in a second Pulitzer Prize for his role in covering the Detroit riots of 1967 for the Detroit Free Press.

Here is all of Mike Snyder’s column: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/greater-houston/article/Half-century-after-scandal-toppled-Pasadena-11197708.php?cmpid=btfpm.

How about that. Thanks for the info, Mike!

Commentary is not going to say something dumb like “you’d think Pasadena would have learned their lesson.”

I hope the winner of the Pasadena mayoral runoff will do things a lot differently so they can get off of the front pages.

I wonder if a Pulitzer has ever been awarded to two different newspapers for reporting on corruption of the same city? Just saying.

From Politico:

George Conway, the husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway who was under consideration for multiple positions in President Donald Trump’s administration, mocked the president on Monday for targeting his own Justice Department.

A #ConwayTwitty so to speak.

Hee, hee, hee, hee, hee! Clowns galore!

Having the private sector handle the air traffic controllers doesn’t seem like a good idea to Commentary. If it is a Donald Trump initiative, you know it I a very, very bad idea. Bad.

Natalie Morales is 45 today! Happy Birthday, Natalie!

On the ‘Stros, check these tweets:

Jake Kaplan‏Verified account @jakemkaplan 10h10 hours ago

 

The Astros’ 14-game lead in the AL West is their largest divisional lead in club history.

And:

Jake Kaplan‏Verified account @jakemkaplan 10h10 hours ago

The Astros (42-16) are the first team with at least 42 wins in their first 58 games since the 2001 Mariners.

Chron.com has a story today on folks jumping on the ‘Stros bandwagon. Hop on!

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