Houston newsmakers -- 2004
The Chronicle has a list of local newsmakers that it has decided were the most entertaining of 2004, and while the article carries the byline of Alison Cook, it has a suspiciously MeMo-like feel to it. Hmmmm.
Cook works an occasional dig into the article, even at the expense of some Chronicle sacred cows. Especially noteworthy is the small jab Cook takes at Metro's light rail crash rate -- she says there were a "gazillion" of them -- and the several jabs thrown at Tilman Fertitta. Here's a couple of those:
PARKING HIS EGO WAS HARDER: When Clay Walker played the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Landry's tycoon Tilman Fertitta called ahead to ask where he could park his helicopter.
SOMEBODY'S GOTTA TAKE UP THE SIEGFRIED AND ROY SLACK: Tilman Fertitta moved heaven and city ordinances so he could install four rare white tigers in his downtown Aquarium complex, which he had certified as a zoo.
Some of it's funny, some of it's political, some of it's obscure, but mostly it's too long -- the list seems to go on forever. And that picture of Anna Nicole Smith -- on the front of the "star" section the picture is at least half a page tall. That's much more Anna Nicole Smith than many of us want to see. Why not run a giant picture of a white tiger instead?
UPDATE: Charles Kuffner notes that a correction is in order for one of the entries.