Monday, October 29, 2012

**Irons**

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.....some of the work of the late great Greg Irons....
.......... 1947 - 1984..R.I.P.. 
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..I have three blogs..
..the others are 
.. http://battlead.blogspot.com/ ..
..things I make..
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.. http://hannibalpianta.blogspot.com/ ..

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..this blog is moremud.blogspot.. 
..people places and things.. 


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Thursday, October 11, 2012

**money honey**

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.....a few sketches from the late great David Zieglar....
.........San Antonio Texas. 1945 - 2006.... 
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..I have three blogs..
..the others are 
.. http://battlead.blogspot.com/ ..
..things I make..
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.. http://hannibalpianta.blogspot.com/ ..

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..this blog is moremud.blogspot.. 
..people places and things.. 


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Thursday, October 4, 2012

**"Colored Balcony"**

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....a quote from sa56..........
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...."I remember the "Colored Balcony" at the Majestic. 
....I was a pretty innocent kid don't think I had a clue what it meant. 
....Looking back now I faintly recall this sad time in our lives..
....I've read of the back door entrance for the colored folk. 

....Sad!"........
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....sad but true. it is what it is. wasn't me.........
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....back door is still there on Convent St.........
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....the quote "coloreds" unquote did have an elevator.........
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....from what I understand, it was usually *Out of Order*.........
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....so, there were about 13 flights to climb........
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....it was *literally* breathtaking........
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....I know, I made the trip many times........
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....made the trip down once *literally* in a wheelbarrow.........
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....then over to The Nix with a police escort.........
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..(btw the Nix did not treat quote "coloreds" unquote until the late 60s)..
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....the seats up there were, in my opinion, some of the best in the house.........
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....here are a few pix snapped from the quote "colored" unquote balcony.........
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....when I got to the Majestic Venus was missing her right arm.........
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....it was gone. butt not forgotten.........
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....so I made a new one for her.........
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....she is perched 70 feet above the stage floor.........
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....these pix snapped from 100 feet away. in the *third* balcony.........
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....other repairs from a bosun's chair.........
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....this lady was *driving* my bosun's chair that day.........
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...."Thanks mud...more great photos. 
Man ..some of my fondest childhood memories were of the majestic
....Great movie, great atmosphere and Manhattan to eat afterwards. 
....Those were the days. The Texas and Aztec were really wondrous too..
....But, nothing compared to the grandeur of the Majestic. 

....Must be a great feeling to have helped restore her"........
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....yeah, grandeur..........
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....the Majestic is the epitome of baroque, way beyond the definition.........
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....the Texas is gone of course.........
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....in 89 my dad, RIP, and I spent a year restoring the embellishments in the MagicStick/Majestic.........
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....in about 97 I spent a year around the corner at the Impure/Empire.........
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....in about 001, another 2 years on a project for the magicstick again.........
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....and yessir it is satisfying to know that my handiwork
will be around way after I'm rotting in the ground
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....then in about 005 I spent a year at the Aztec.........
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...."Seems apropos that you went to the nix for your injuries
....Namesake of the nix did call the Majestic's penthouse home for a short time early on as i recall. 
....Hope you recovered completely from your accident..
....I'd hate to have fallen from the ceiling".
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....no, I did not fall from the sky. I have walked on top of it though.........
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....I slipped, up in the *third* balcony.........
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....then I was on my way head first for hell and maybe beyond.........
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....cept my foot found a small hole to hang up in.........
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....wrenched backwards and torn all ugly.........
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....someone said - "how we gonna get him outta here?.........
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...."put him in a wheelbarrow".........
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....so they did, and my *colored* assistant, Mr. Jones.........
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....wheeled me over to the 6th floor Majestic Bldg and then into the elevator.........
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....down to the Houston St level, outside.........
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....then over to and around the corner at Navarro toward the Nix.........
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....at the corner of College a cop directing traffic decided to escort.........
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....into the ER at the Nix.........
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....where he announced "I got one out here in a wheelbarrow".........
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....I could hear the doctors and nurses laughing.........
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....then Jones wheeled me in, and they all said "OH SHiT.........
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...."Nice shot next to the statue
....Looks like you had to scoot her over a bit to squeeze in there. Lol!".
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....Thank you sir. but no.........
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....if you do a perspective correction for the angle of the shot.........
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....she is standing *dead* in the center of the niche.........
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...."Last time i was in the majestic was to do some work
....A lady was sort of giving me a tour and we spoke of the spanish ( i think) ceiling tiles..
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...That was likely in the mid 80's it was closed for renovations then i think".
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....next time you get into the MagicStick, look for my Sweet Grapes Surround.........
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....two years. old photo. raw plaster in a sack. add water. magic.........
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....1st pic is in my studio.........
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....2nd is part of the installed work. primered.........
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....3rd pic is part of the installed work. decorated.........
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....and, the photo I worked from for the above Sweet Grapes Surround.........
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....(the Surround is 16 feet high by 10 feet wide)........
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....and, just for good measure.........
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....the late and great Charles Winans visiting my studio in 2002.........
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....with myself, and with the lovely Cindy.........
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..I have three blogs..
..the others are 
.. http://battlead.blogspot.com/ ..
..things I make..
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..and..
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.. http://hannibalpianta.blogspot.com/ ..

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..this blog is moremud.blogspot.. 
..people places and things.. 


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