OPINION: Marshall Texas – THE MEMORIAL CITY HALL BUSINESS PLAN

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By Ron Munden — ron@easttexasexposed.com — August 22, 2018

Only in Marshall
Where else would a city government hire a consultant to write a business plan for a major facility and agree to pay the person $125/hour for their work without reviewing similar projects that the consultant completed in the past 5 years?

During a working meeting after the draft business plan was submitted to the city, the City Commissioners were surprised to hear that the city’s consultant had never developed a business plan before taking on this assignment.

You don’t always get what you pay for
When you pay $125/hour you should expect a professional high-quality product. Marshall did not get that, but you can’t expect someone to hit a home run on their first time at bat. You should expect City staff and the City Commissioners to be better guardians for the city’s money.

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The 1970s — California Nudes

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The 1970s — California Nudes

By Ron Munden

WARNING: This gallery contains photos of nude women. I don`t understand why but if you think you might be offend by these images please leave this page immediately.

Editor`s note:
Recently I was cleaning out my office and found these prints. I scanned them and decided to post them as part of my walk down memory lane.

These images were taken between 1972 and 1975. During that time, I sold photographs in parks, malls, and on street corners. For me the two best selling categories of photos were nature shots and female nudes. So, a couple of times each year I would hire a model or trade her for a portfolio. Fortunately in the Bay Area there were lots of people looking for a portfolio.

These are a few of the remaining photos from those shoots.

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Troubadour: Can’t say I remember needing the word before

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By Hudson Old — June 28, 2018

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Tuning in to Professor Steve Howell’s lyrical-musical lectures ever time I crank the pickup stereo’s expanded my brain. I’m prob’ly smarter than y’all now.

I’m smug knowing “When It’s Sleepy Time Down South” was once Louie Armstrong’s tribute to Dixieland Jazz pouring down the Mississippi into the port of New Orleans. Hearing Professor Howell and the Mighty Men turn its melody into a riverboat paddle wheeler on a moonlit night taking me where I’ve never been makes me a philosopher.

Is it wrong for a troubadour (sic – I looked it up) to love his guitar? A Texas board room oil baron, Professor Howell would as soon be playing a honky tonk. I know, I was there. As an emerging music critic, I drove 50 miles to Marshall where he was booked for a Wednesday-night show.

A classical guitarist, Dan Summer took the distance trophy for driving up from Louisiana to accompany Professor Howell at OS2. OS2 is either a place with linen table clothes attached to an old railroad town tavern, or a tavern attached to a restaurant with a selection of Vegan, Organic and Non-GMO entres on the menu alongside marinated crab claws and filet mignon.

Either way, carry your wallet.

I got there in time to see Professor Howell and wife Leigh picking up the check for Mr. Summer’s meal.

“I take good care of good musicians,” Mr. Howell said. Also, I checked the spelling on “troubadour” before I started tossing out French, probably a residual effect of going in a bar with no pool tables. A beatnik could play bongos in there.

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