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Only in Texas....
« on: Jul 30, 2007, 12:47:33 PM »
Call us crazy, but practically everybody in Houston is in mourning for a consumer advocate named Marvin Zindler, a genuinely-nice person and world-famous for the following:

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Though he was proudest of his work championing "the little guy" he was best known for stories he did a mere seven months after starting the job in 1973 that led to the closing of the state's best-known "bawdy house," as Zindler called it a notorious La Grange brothel known as the Chicken Ranch.

The reports not only won him national notoriety but also a public thrashing by Fayette County Sheriff T.J. Flournoy, a Chicken House partisan, who broke two of Zindler's ribs and snatched his toupee, reportedly waving it in the air as if it were a prized enemy scalp.

Texas author Larry L. King wrote an article about it for Playboy magazine in 1974, which was turned into a long-running Broadway musical four years later and became a kitschy 1982 movie starring Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise. In "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", DeLuise played a character based on Zindler, a vainglorious reporter who goes on a crusade to close the brothel.

The guy wore makeup all the time, had 18 plastic surgeries, over 300 hairpieces (most of them white), usually wore a white suit, and God help you if you did anyone wrong and he got wind of it, especially someone screwing over anyone poor or disabled.  He gave his last report from his hospital bed Saturday night, helping a guy get a social security card, and died Sunday.  Made over a million a year and lived in the same 1960's 4-bedroom house he & his wife raised their kids in.  Hollered so loud on his broadcasts that the sound engineers would turn down the volume when he did the Friday restaurant cleanliness review (fondly known as the Rat & Roach Report) right before he bellowed out "What did they have?  SLIIIIME IN THE ICE MACHINE!"

There are a couple of YouTubes with him - he has to be seen to be believed.  He's the reason I snort derisively when someone alludes to the likes of Dubya representing Texas.  RIP Marvin.  8)
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Re: Only in Texas....
« Reply #1 on: Jul 30, 2007, 02:42:32 PM »
Texas is a crazy place.

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Re: Only in Texas....
« Reply #2 on: Jul 30, 2007, 02:52:31 PM »
Ha ha, I was watching the rerun of the Family Guy Texas episode... you wanna know what's really crazy, the episode was about the family moving to Texas because everyone thought Stewie was possesed by Satan... well right after the episode they show this story on the local news.

Also, you know the world's going to hell when a 4chan meme gets on Family Guy.
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Re: Only in Texas....
« Reply #3 on: Jul 30, 2007, 02:52:59 PM »
Texas has a whore house in it!
God have mercy on our souls.


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Re: Only in Texas....
« Reply #4 on: Jul 31, 2007, 08:19:58 AM »
I'm using Marvin as my avatar today in memoriam. Wish I could have found a shot from him twirling a baton in drag for some charity event.  Anyone who has it going on enough in his 80's to throw a baton up, spin around and catch it behind his back deserves an avatar.
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Re: Only in Texas....
« Reply #5 on: Aug 01, 2007, 02:46:58 PM »
Yes but family guy says that everyone in Texas is backwards and evil. And TV is always right!!!!!111
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Re: Only in Texas....
« Reply #6 on: Aug 01, 2007, 03:07:54 PM »
Did they say that when King of the Hill was getting a lot of press?  :raiseeyebrow:
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Re: Only in Texas....
« Reply #7 on: Aug 01, 2007, 11:09:29 PM »
East Coasters think anyone west of the Mississippi is an unciviled brute. Unless they live in Cali that is.

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Re: Only in Texas....
« Reply #8 on: Aug 02, 2007, 02:13:34 AM »
Everytime I see the name "Marvin", I think of that damn baby from the comics.

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Re: Only in Texas....
« Reply #9 on: Aug 02, 2007, 08:47:37 AM »
 My eldest nephew wrote to Marvin when they had no health insurance and was featured on his evening news segment -  got a consultation with an ear specialist to see if enough could be done about his partial deafness to get into the Air Force.  My nephew said there was a picture in his office from the time he dressed as Wonder Woman and did a baton routine - I would have asked for an autographed copy. Thought about going to the funeral, but it was at my former employer's synagogue, and I sure didn't want to run into him.   :disgust:
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Re: Only in Texas....
« Reply #10 on: Aug 02, 2007, 04:04:55 PM »
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Re: Only in Texas....
« Reply #11 on: Aug 02, 2007, 04:22:34 PM »
At least Kentucky appears to lamest.

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Re: Only in Texas....
« Reply #12 on: Aug 02, 2007, 05:36:05 PM »
You still have to do the pledge of allegiance in TX? They stopped doing that here when I was like in the 4th grade, and we never pledged to the state, just the United States.

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Re: Only in Texas....
« Reply #13 on: Aug 02, 2007, 05:57:06 PM »
I remember doing the pledge all throughout grade school.  I hated doing it.  I should've sat down.  Fuck this one "neyshun undah gawd" business.

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Re: Only in Texas....
« Reply #14 on: Aug 03, 2007, 12:18:27 PM »
When the hell did this flag pledge business start? We did the national pledge every day until high school and sang "Texas, Our Texas" until 6th grade, I think.  Don't know what they think adding an arbitrary "under God" will do - I never paid any attention to the phrase during the pledge in school because I was always waiting to hear which boy behind me would change it to "underwear."   :D
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Re: Only in Texas....
« Reply #15 on: Aug 03, 2007, 08:21:53 PM »
"Undah Ware".  What I want to know is when does the nation get to be on top?