Archive for June 15th, 2018


I lost my Mom a year ago today.

Has it been that long?

It is kind of weird. When I am here at my place and I think about her, I think about the times she spent here at my office helping out after she retired and about our conversations on politics.  When I am in Baytown at my Dad’s, when I think about my Mom, I mostly think about the last year and a half of her life when she was suffering some. Oh, well.

Materialistically thinking, I miss her flour tortillas.   Nobody else’s tortillas compared to hers. Not even close. Nope!

Commentary was watching CNN last night and they were discussing separating families at the border and that blowhard Matt Schlapp said that President Reagan regretted signing the 1986 immigration bill that granted amnesty to around 3 million folks.   I wish someone would have told this fella that President Reagan didn’t feel that way.

Talk about forgotten. It was nice to see the Trib put out this piece today. It is kind of a historical reminder. Here is how the piece starts:

Early in her career, U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas kept correcting supporters who congratulated her on being the second Texas woman — after Barbara Jordan — to get elected to Congress.

But she wasn’t the second. And Barbara Jordan was not the first.

Another woman nearly lost to Texas history broke that glass ceiling in 1966.

The late U.S. Rep. Lera Millard Thomas can’t be found in the Texas State History Museum. She’s missing from most Texas history textbooks. And on the rare occasion she’s referenced in newspaper clippings and historical records, she’s referred to as “Mrs. Albert Thomas” — hardly the usual title afforded former members of Congress.

But for decades in Texas politics, Lera Thomas both witnessed and made history. She knew presidents and House speakers. She came under enemy fire while on a trip to Vietnam. And she sat next to President John F. Kennedy on his last night alive.

Lera Thomas succeeded her late husband, U.S. Rep. Albert Thomas of Houston, finishing his term after winning a special election after his death and serving in Congress for nine months.

Here is the entire Trib piece: https://www.texastribune.org/2018/06/15/texas-first-woman-elected-congress-1966-lera-millard-thomas/.

Commentary wrote about Cong. Albert Thomas five years ago and here is my take from back then: https://camposcommunications.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/the-jfk-week-day-3/.

For the most part, we have forgotten the contributions from Cong. Thomas. He was a key figure in bringing NASA to H-Town.   I think we might still have a post office named after him. We used to have a traffic circle in Baytown called the Albert Thomas Traffic Circle. Now it is just an intersection.

H-Town used to have a convention center named after Cong. Thomas, then we built the George R. Brown. The Albert Thomas Convention Center was converted to Bayou Place and then to whatever it is called these days. There is a tiny replica of the office and desk of Cong. Thomas right around the corner from the AMC theaters downtown. That’s it.

Kind of a shame. Forgotten.

We are 20 games above .500 and finally back in first place by a half game in the AL West. We have won 8 in a row including all 7 roadies as we play a weekend series in KC.

Have a nice and safe Father’s Day weekend.


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