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July / August 2011 Sports / 12



The Star If you ain’t in it, you can’t win it.

Places / 10


People / 6

Sinatra Slept Here The Hotel Galvez celebrates 100 Years


An Exclusive Interview with

Dr. Robert Ivany

President of the University of St. Thomas in Houston

From Military Aide at the White House to President of the University of St. Thomas, Dr. Robert Ivany makes it his mission to give us something to rally around.

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CONTENTS People / 6





President of the University of St. Thomas in Houston



From Military Aide at the White House to President of the University of St. Thomas, Dr. Robert Ivany makes it his mission to give us something to rally around.




Houston Renovator:

Dr. Robert Ivany

Hotel Galvez Celebrates 100 Years


An Interview with Dr. Robert Ivany

Fishing The Star Places / 10

Cool Relief






Part One

Intown’s Timeless Collectibles

Financial Focus: Preparing for the Unexpected








Sinatra Slept Here

Hotel Galvez celebrates 100 Years on Galveston Island (1911-2011)

Life / 22


Pool Crashers What is the saying, if it floats or flies -- rent it? In this case crash it.

Pool Crashers

Part Two

Sports / 12


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Events The Last Page: Erik Worscheh 1922-2011

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In these tumultuous and budgetary crunch times we live in today there are plenty of issues to disagree on . The issues on abortion rights, free speech, invasion of privacy, troop surges or troop reductions, are the main ones to debate. But in the process one thing that should never change is our commitment to our educational system.That has made our country what it is today and what hopefully it will be tomorrow. We are still leaders in most of the advanced technological systems used today and we need to keep it that way. Educational funding should never be at the heart of any budgetary considerations. Getting an education should be sacred ground for all of us to be able to walk on.

Bring back the Cameras The recent decision last fall to vote out the red light cameras on a referendum that was invalid and should not even been on the ballot is wrong on so many levels. Who should be opposed to something that keeps us safe and brings in hoards of money in a difficult cash crunch time for the city. Shame on all you camera naysayers. How many lights have you run lately? Since the vote the city has continued to try and trim jobs to help offset the revenue from the cameras. According to the U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes the council “ignored some of its’ members and put the proposition to the voters improperly and the city cannot be forced to turn off the cameras.” Hallelujah. What are you waiting for MS. Parker? Don’t we need the money? People might actually think about running that red light and risk killing someone. There is plenty of blame to go around, but the 181,000 who voted to have the cameras removed don’t have to apologize we may have finally come to our senses on this.

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The Mission of a Lifetime


From Military Aide at the White House to President of the University of St. Thomas, Dr. Robert Ivany makes it his mission to give us something to rally around.

An Interview with Dr. Robert Ivany President of the University of St. Thomas in Houston Major Robert Ivany served as Military Aide to President Ronald Reagan

On July 1, 2004, Dr. Robert Ivany became the eighth president of the University of St. Thomas, a Catholic, Basilian university in the heart of Houston. Ivany came to the university after a 34year career in the United States Army. Prior to his retirement with the rank of Major General, he had presided over one of the nation’s most respected institutions for the education of strategic leaders: the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. There for three years, he instituted programs to develop the next generation of military and civilian leaders from the United States and 42 foreign countries to meet the challenges of a drastically altered national security environment. During his various commands as an armored cavalry officer, he led soldiers in the United States, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the Federal Republic of Germany and Vietnam where he was wounded in action and decorated for valor. When not assigned to troop units, he assisted several nations in the transformation of their armed forces. In 1990, Ivany was the first senior military officer invited to Hungary to contribute to the democratization of their defense establishment. He lived in Saudi Arabia


and Kuwait with his family, advising military and civilian leaders on the modernization of their military forces following Desert Storm. In Kuwait, he headed the American effort with a team of 45 advisors managing a $1.2 billion program to improve their education, training and logistics. Ivany also served in a number of unique positions including the Army Aide to the President of the United States and an assistant professor of history and football coach at the Military Academy at West Point. As the Commanding General of the Military District of Washington, he directed a diverse organization of 5,500 civilian and military employees based on seven installations in three states and the District of Columbia. After completing his Army service in October, 2003, he joined the faculty of the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University as an adjunct professor in Executive Education. He worked with senior executives in Great Britain, Canada, and the United States in leader development and strategic planning. Ivany has spoken on the topic of leadership to varied audiences such as the Cleveland City Club, the

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2002 Peter F. Drucker Conference for Nonprofit Management, the Union League of Philadelphia, the First Friday Club of Cleveland, the Atlanta Rotary, the Northeast Regional United Way Conference, Quanex Corporation, CenterPoint Energy, Walt Disney Resorts, Houston Junior Achievement and the Houston Partnership Board. He has been interested in the leadership challenges facing military and civilian leaders for several years. His article, “Soldiers and Legislators: A Common Mission” appeared in Parameters in 1990 and received the General Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence in Military Writing. In addition to earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, he received a PhD in History from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He is the past president of the Army Football Club, and a former Chairman of the Board of Mental Health America

of Greater Houston. Ivany has received the Ellis Island Medal of Freedom, the Humanitarian Medal from the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Association, the Americanism Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution, the George Washington Award for Distinguished Service from the Sons of the American Revolution, the Director’s Award from the United States Secret Service, the Admiral Thomas J. Hamilton Award for Leadership, and together with his spouse, the Aaron and Hur Award from the United States Army Chaplaincy. He was named a distinguished graduate of St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, Ohio, and has earned numerous military awards.

The Interview: How did you become involved in the educational field after 34 years in the Army? There are more similarities between a military career and an academic career than most people realize. In the Army, an officer is always teaching young men and women. Here at St. Thomas we are blessed with outstanding men and women who are eager to learn and to apply that learning in a holistic sense. As I was contemplating retirement, I realized I wanted to continue to be involved with young people and with teaching. After discernment and prayer, the good Lord led me to the University of St. Thomas. How does St. Thomas compare to other local universities such as Rice and the University of Houston? St.Thomas is a Catholic liberal arts university. while we offer many of the same courses as other universities, we have a holistic approach to education that is a based on the Catholic intellectual tradition and welcoming of responsible diverse world views. We believe that education is a dialogue between faith and reason and that impacts how we view education. What are your biggest challenges at St.Thomas? At St. Thomas, we are blessed with outstanding students, dedicated faculty and support of alumni. Our biggest challenge is to show how the university has not only made a significant impact on the community, but how it intends to make an even greater contribution to the welfare of the Houston community. With the proposed reopening of our School of Nursing , the successful implementation of our Masters of Education courses to 16 suburban locations, achieving the highest accreditation rating for our business school and acceptance into the Red River Conference Intercollegiate Sports Programs, we will make an even greater contribution to Houston than we have in the past. What is the make-up of your student population and what attracts students to your university? We have 3,520 students 1,627 undergraduates and 1,893 graduates. Students are attracted to UST for three reasons. First, we have a welcoming but challenging environment fostered by our founders, the Basilian Fathers. Secondly, as a Catholic institution with a strong moral foundation, we appeal to students from all walks of life who take their education seriously and realize that a higher education is more than just having the means to find employment. They realize everyone only has one opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree.

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Lastly, we offer a holistic education in which we inspire our students to lead their lives as leaders strengthened by a spiritual faith and strength of character. As a Major in the Army, you were positioned as the Army Aide to President Ronald Reagan. What are some of your fondest memories in that job? I coordinated military support to the White House, carried the presidential emergency briefcase, or “football” as it was commonly called and functioned as an aide de camp to the commander in chief. My fondest memories are of Ronald Reagan’s leadership ability, his respect for individuals of all positions and background. He treated the gardener in the Rose Garden with the same respect as he treated the Queen of England. The University of St. Thomas has recently been adding intercollegiate athletics. Why this change? Intercollegiate athletics can have a very positive impact on university students. I learned a lot on the practice field from teammates from all over the United States and from the joy of winning and the agony of losing. By introducing intercollegiate athletics to St. Thomas, we intend to put athletics into proper context contributing to a young person’s development. You have recently reintroduced your nursing program. Tell us about that and are there other new programs on the horizon.


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We are now awaiting accreditation for our nursing program from the Texas Board of Nursing. UST’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the reopening of the School of Nursing. Houston, Texas and our whole country need nurses who are well educated In a faith-based, liberal arts program. That is what St. Thomas will provide. We are very honored by the tremendous response we have received from the people of Houston which has allowed us to endow five chairs of nursing giving us the foundation to begin the program. Tell us why you joined the army and what is some advice for our young men entering the armed forces today? I found that young men and women join the military services for many different reasons. But they end up staying for the same reason. They have discovered a rewarding and challenging career in which they take great pride in serving their country and in forging lifelong personal friendships. Three of our four children are presently serving in the


The Ivany Family: Major Chris Ivany, Captain Brian Ivany, Fr. Mark Ivany and Dr. Bob Ivany, Julianne Ivany and Marianne Ivany. United States Army and I would encourage any young man or woman to join the Armed Forces today. What was the most challenging part of that position and were you there when President Reagan was shot? I was not there when he was shot. I was fortunate that this president had a special regard for the military and for those in uniform, so I enjoyed great cooperation from all elements and staff in the White House. Tell us about your favorite Army experience. I was fortunate to enjoy all of my Army experiences during my 34-year career. One of the most memorable was acting as the Army Military Aide to President Ronald Reagan from 1984 to 1986. I was privileged to see, at close hand, the dedication, hard work and integrity of a great man. It was a rare privilege that I will always cherish.

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What can you tell us about President Reagan that made him one of the most popular presidents? President Ronald Reagan was as sincere, gracious and respectful in private as he was in public. I believe the American people understood and valued who he was as an individual, not just as President and Commander in Chief. What advice do you have for this generation? I have been fortunate to speak at several high school graduations and I am always impressed by the quality, idealism and sincerity of young people. We have outstanding men and women entering universities throughout the United States. It is our responsibility to give them something to “rally around.” That is, we have the responsibility to provide them with a complete education so that they will value serving their country, their community and their families with faith and character. • Intown July-August 2011



The Hotel Galvez lobby harks back to a much simpler, yet grander time.

Sinatra Slept Here Hotel Galvez celebrates 100 Years on Galveston Island (1911-2011)

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Tired of all the modern city hotels and ready for some island time with Jimmy Buffet music and one of the oldest and grandest hotels anywhere. Hotel Glavez is less than a tank away and harks back to much simpler yet grander times. Hotel Glavez, named after an 18th century governor of the Louisiana Territory, Count Bernardo de Galvez, has recently gone through an 11 million dollar facelift restoring the hotel to its’ early 20th century splendor. The hotel features 231 rooms many with spectacular ocean views, a tropical veranda, marble bathrooms and a historical charm that may feel more like Cuba or Puerto Rico than Texas.


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Developed by St. Louis architectural firm Mauna and Russell and funded by local businessmen committed to repairing Galveston’s commerce after the United States worst natural disaster the Great Storm in 1900. In the 20s and 30s the hotel flourished and hosted presidents Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and of course Texan Lyndon Johnson. General Douglas MacArthur, Frank Sinatra, and Jimmy Stewart split the sheets at the Galvez. In 1995 preservationists George and Cynthia Mitchell turned this fair lady into one of the finest places you will visit. The millennium celebration awaits you.

Spectacular ocean views, a tropical veranda, marble bathrooms and a historical charm that may feel more like Cuba or Puerto Rico than Texas. “Hotel Galvez - Queen of the Gulf” by Gary Cartwright features current and historic photos of the hotel and the town of Galveston, as well as a variety of historic postcards. The new book includes a foreword by Peter H. Brink, former executive director of the Galveston Historical Foundation, and new color photography by nationally-known architectural photographer Carol Highsmith. The commemorative book includes numerous personal stories and photos from former guests and residents as well as the sought-after recipe for the hotel’s award-winning gumbo.

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Fishing The Star

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The Texas Coastal Conservation Association Star Fishing Tournament. Anyone can enter and everyone with a line in the water has a chance to win. If you thought this was an incredible Gulf Coast destination story you were half right. I am about to tell you about an incredible Gulf Coast event, the Texas Coastal Conservation Association Star Fishing Tournament all over the Texas Gulf Coast. Anyone can enter and those with a line in the water have a chance to win, but the biggest winners are all of us that enjoy and want to protect our Gulf Coast resources. Pictured top: Jarrett Gordon Left to right: Bubba DeCrosta, daughter Alex, and friend; author wading with a trout and a red.


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The State of Texas Anglers Rodeo (S.T.A.R) tournament is entering its’ 21st year and was set up as a recruiting device for CCA Texas. The tournament runs the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day. Long time tournament sponsors Mercury Marine, Ford, Academy and Tilson Homes are a testament to the success and popularity of the concept. The CCA, which began in the seventies as the Gulf Coast Conservation Association, has grown to national prominence and has been an important voice for the sport fishing industry throughout the years. The Texas CCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Texas’ marine resources. By fishing the Star tournament you are helping maintain our bays and estuaries for future generations. Prizes for the winners are given out in many categories, including a junior category; which includes the red fish division. The first 5-tagged red fish weighed in win a 2011 F-150”Texas Edition” connected to Haynie 23 Big Foot with a Mercury 150hp Optimax and Coastline Trailer. *(Ages 16 and under receive a scholarship with boat in lieu of truck). There are certain techniques to catching different fish. Redfish are bottom feeders but like any fish, can be caught any time and any place. They like to hang out in the grass along the shore; around structures like bulkheads, piers, and reefs. Fish these areas with live or dead shrimp with a split shot on the bottom; mud minnows and live mullet are also effective baits. You never know, you might pick up a trout, flounder or sheep head. My personal favorites are throwing top a water lure along the shoreline on an outgoing tide, and drifting a shallow flat and sight casting. Casting with a fly rod is a preference of many anglers, but takes a lot of practice to master.

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Speckled trout offer a different type of fishing. They are very aggressive feeders, and can be caught drifting deep reefs or grassy bays with soft plastics or live shrimp under a popping cork. Fishing under the lights at night with live bait produce many varieties of fish, but you probably won’t catch a tournament winner unless its’ tagged. Wade fishing is your best bet to catch that big sow trout. There are many different types of bait that are effective such as chunking a top water or Mirrolure in waist deep water can produce a lunker. Look for a color line or drop off to increase your odds. Throw a shrimp tail “plastic” up current and twitch it as it flows with the tide to emulate a shrimp, and hold on. So anglers keep chunking and winding!!! Don’t forget to sign up for the STAR TOURNAMENT cause if you ain’t in, you can’t win. GOOD LUCK! Bubba De Crosta

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Cool Relief from summer stress Let’s look at some of the best ways you can improve your home this summer to protect from unwanted heat gain and reduced energy consumption for years to come. Heat pounding in through your windows (radiant heat conducted through the glass) and hot air being sucked through the cracks and crevices of your house (Infiltration) puts an added load on your air conditioning system. By nature, heat travels to where there is less heat. Cold does not travel. Cold is simply the condition of a lower presence or absence of heat.

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Windows and Doors Energy efficiency, comfort and beauty are the top three reasons why homeowners replace their windows. Most investments never repay the initial capital outlay. Energy efficient windows not only give you one of the quickest returns on your investment, but keep paying dividends for years in added savings, comfort and beauty. With Houston’s climate, we need a window that addresses all of our climate issues with the highest performing materials.


Not all windows are equal when it comes to energy efficiency ratings. Most existing residential windows are single-pane, double-pane aluminum

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or wood windows. These types of windows have an approximate R-value of 1. The R-value is a measure of thermal resistance of the window to transmit heat into or out of your home. The bigger the number, the better the window will retard heat transmission into your home during the summer months. Replacing your windows with double-pane, Low E glass, vinyl or wood windows raises the overall R-value to as much as R-5 depending on the design characteristics of the window. The frame of the window will have a higher R-Value than the glass itself. When combined you have an ‘overall’ R-Value rating. Comparing this R-value (square inch to square inch) to that of your homes walls, the window is less than half the R-value of a standard 2x4 constructed, R-13 insulated exterior wall. So you can see why it is important to get the highest overall R-value rating possible when

replacing your windows. Windows account for approximately 30% of your air conditioning load. If your home has more than average number and size of windows, the heat gain can make up as much as 50% of your air conditioning load. With Houston’s climate, we need a window that addresses all of our climate issues with the highest performing materials. Vinyl windows seem to be the winner in Houston. Most of us can only afford to replace our windows once. So the advice here is to do your research before buying. Vinyl composition varies by manufacturer, so compare closely. Vinyl replacement windows are the most cost effective choice. However, 85% of the vinyl manufacturers produce a hollow vinyl frame product. These lower end products

The three biggest gotcha’s with vinyl windows: 1) Cracking 2) Warping 3) Discoloration

Beware of Lower Priced Windows Lower cost vinyl windows are not warranted against these three key performance issues. Most all manufacturers offer a “Limited Lifetime Transferable Warranty,”. These warranties state that “the vinyl extrusions will be free from manufacturing defects and are guaranteed not to “rot, bubble, blister, flake, or peel”; lulling many consumers into a false sense of quality. The truth is that vinyl when heated to as little as 120 degrees will become pliable, therefore, requiring the support of metal or fiberglass

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are mostly made of inferior vinyl, have lower argon fill-rates, greater leakage and little or no support where needed which causes sagging (warping) over time. They may have Low Emittance glass, but because the frame’s integrity is lower the overall R-Value is lower. • Intown July-August 2011


Proper insulation in the attic and around windows is critical to optimum performance.

in the meeting rail (the part where you typically lock your window). This produces the warping or sagging effect you see with vinyl windows that have not been reinforced in the meeting rail. Many manufacturers state that “this product contains 100% virgin vinyl” when it also contains recycled plastic (ground up milk jugs, soda bottles, and toys). This may sound great from an environmental view, but because the recycled material is not

the same as vinyl at the atomic level, it does not bond as tightly and smoothly as does purely virgin material. The result is a more porous product that will allow windblown dust and molds to discolor the vinyl. Discoloring occurs when the bonding agent used to allow dissimilar materials to bond, reacts with the sun just as a cheap plastic chair yellows when left outside. Finally, cracking often results from UV exposure in these

inferior products due to dissimilar materials used in the manufacturing process. Consumers find themselves in need of replacing their so called great vinyl windows 4-6 years later. By this time they have discovered that their warranty does not cover these key shortcomings of the product. Another common manufacturing flaw is the gutter system by which water enters into the frame of the window. These water displacement systems tend to become clogged with dust, pollen, bugs, and other debris. Integrity of installation is just as critical as the integrity of the window itself. When installed properly the infiltration around your window can

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virtually be stopped. Proper application of insulating materials around the window is critical to optimum performance. Ask about the installation procedure when evaluating a window company. Also be present when they are being installed to ensure the installer is performing the procedures represented at purchase. Once your trim boards are installed, it will cover up the area around the window unit. You will not know how good or how bad the installation was performed at that point. Infiltration around windows and doors can account for 10% to 20% of your air conditioning load. These factors can vary greatly with the age and integrity of your home’s construction. Replacing your patio doors or garden doors can easily be done at the same time as your window replacement project. The same install crew will install them all.

“Good” vinyl windows of the same size sell for between $400 and $500. These lower cost versions will not hold up in our harsh Houston heat conditions. Investing in high integrity windows that will endure the Houston climate will provide the long term results most homeowners expect. Strongly consider adding more attic insulation and apply a radiant barrier for even more energy savings and added comfort.

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Windows break down in to three basic quality categories. Good, Better and Best. The exclusive John Moore ThermaLock V and ThermoLock VII windows for example offer a ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ vinyl window. ThermaLock VII is the ‘Better’ version and ThermaLock V is the ‘Best’. These products are made of purely virgin vinyl. They are supported with aluminum or fiberglass in the meeting rails, contain injection mold foam in the frame, and are fitted with a U-shaped spacer with a double seal between the Low E glass. The support in the meeting rails prevent warping that often results due to the weight of the top sash’s glass unit. The injection mold foam raises the R-value of the frame to R-7.14 and also helps maintain its shape. The double seal and u-shaped spacer allow the seal to remain intact when the glass bows and flexes during extreme hot and cold weather. This keeps the argon gas where it belongs, between the glass. The manufacturers of these windows use the highest quality materials which warrant against cracking, warping and discoloration. A high integrity window such as this will require a larger investment on the front end. An average sized 3’ x 5’ white framed window with no grids (also called colonial lites) will require an average initial investment of $600 to $700 depending on choice of ThermaLock V or ThermaLock VII and the single-hung or double-hung option. The average • Intown July-August 2011



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1 SIGHTED: James Carville stopped into Morton’s by the Galleria to sit back, relax at the bar and enjoy dinner while he prepped for a speech he was giving the next day. Pictured from left to right: Jean Bundy with Morton’s, James Carville and Morton’s GM Brad Smith.

Rose Ribbon Foundation Dinner At Fleming’s Prime Steak & Wine Bar

2 Erica Rose, Beth Bryant, Ashley Fore 3 Cindi Rose, Sam Governale, Carolyn Farb 4 Shayna Melcher, Marc Melcher 5 Susan and Jimmy Olguin


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The New Summer Standard benefiting CancerForward at Ava on West Ave.

6 Co-Chairs of The New Summer Standard

benefiting CancerForward at Ava on West Ave. Pictured are: Phoebe Tudor, Betty Bentsen Newton and Cabrina Owsley. Photo by Herb Hochman



CanCare Luncheon at the Westin Galleria

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by Senior Vice President and CFO, Chuck Sledge, Jerrie and Donald Earthman, and Pat Hogan-Korge.

8 Mike Parker, brain cancer survivor, Ethan

Zohn, and Mike’s wife Michelle Parker. Mike and Michelle work together as CanCare volunteers to provide hope and support to others who are diagnosed with brain cancer.



9 Keynote speaker for the event was Ethan

Zohn, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor and winner of Survivor: Africa. Ethan is pictured center with:  Event co-chair, Leslie Coleman; CanCare President and 20-year cancer survivor, Nancy Tucker; Mistress of ceremonies, KPRC Anchor, Dominique Sachse; and event co-chair, Jennifer Cunningham of Whitney Bank.


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Door Coffee Table Eco-friendly! Door coffee table created from hundred year old wood, shutter cabinet made from vintage teak….Furniture for today reclaimed from yesterday! Cierrra Interiors 2418 W Alabama

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Medicine Drawer Imported by the Matthew Williams Collection at 42’ high in an old pharmacy style. Available at Instyle 5213 Kirby

Fan Chair Tom Dixon’s take on the classical Windsor chair. Comes with leather seat and available also in indigo. Available at Kuhl Linscomb 2424 Kirby

Imola Chair Light brown supple leather with a classic flair for comfort for home or office. Available at Bo Concept 4302 Westheimer • Intown July-August 2011



Plan for the Expected But

Prepare for the Unexpected To enjoy a comfortable retirement lifestyle, you’ll need to have adequate financial resources in place. And that means you must plan for the expected — but prepare for the unexpected. In planning for the “expected” aspects of your retirement, consider these factors:

• Your vision of your retirement lifestyle What do you want to do during your retirement years? Spend more time with your family? Volunteer? Open your own business? Your expectations of your retirement lifestyle will dictate, to a large extent, your savings and investment strategies.

• Your expenses Once you’ve established a vision for your retirement lifestyle, you can begin to estimate the expenses you expect to incur during your retirement years.

• Your income You can expect to receive income from a variety of sources: Social Security, pensions, part-time employment and investments, such as your IRA, 401(k) and any taxable investment accounts you may have. You’ll need to estimate about how much income all these sources could provide.

• Your withdrawal rate If your investments are going to provide a significant part of your retirement income, you need to carefully manage annual withdrawals from your portfolio. Your withdrawal rate is key in helping to ensure your portfolio provides for your needs as long as you need it.

• Your portfolio reliance rate Related to your portfolio withdrawal rate is your portfolio reliance rate — how much you rely on your portfolio to provide income. For instance, if you will


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By positioning your investment portfolio for both the expected and the unexpected, you can go a long way toward enjoying the retirement lifestyle you seek.

need $50,000 per year in retirement, and $30,000 will come from your portfolio, your reliance rate will be 60% ($30,000 divided by $50,000). Your reliance rate will help determine how sensitive your strategy might be to outside events, such as market fluctuations. While you need to be familiar with these expected elements of your retirement, you also must be prepared for the unexpected aspects, such as these:

• Living longer than you expect How long you can expect to live is somewhat of a mystery. If you were to live longer than you anticipate, would you be financially prepared? To help make sure your money lasts throughout your lifetime, you may need to consider investments that can provide you with a lifetime income stream. And your longevity will obviously also affect your annual portfolio withdrawal rate.

• Inflation At an average inflation rate of three percent, your cost of living will double in about 24 years. That’s why, even in retirement, you will need some growth-oriented investments, such as quality stocks to ensure you can maintain your desired retirement lifestyle. But if the unexpected happens, and inflation takes off at a much higher than average level, you may need to consider a greater amount of investments that offer the potential for rising income.

• Health care Even after you’re on Medicare, which won’t cover everything, you need to prepare for the unexpected, such as a lengthy illness or the need for some type of long-term care. You may also wish to “self-insure” to a certain extent by setting aside funds in a liquid, stable account. By positioning your investment portfolio for both the expected and the unexpected, you can go a long way toward enjoying the retirement lifestyle you seek. So plan ahead — and make the necessary adjustments as time goes by. Buddy Bailey - River Oaks This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. • Intown July-August 2011



Pool Crashers by William Hanover

What is the saying, if it floats or flies rent it? In this case, crash it. As with most Sundays my biggest decision is whether to record the golf telecast and run the risk of missing a playoff depriving me of the outcome or simply staying home and watching it live. That is until recently when my friend offered me an invitation to join him pool side to help celebrate his 40 something birthday at a local hotel near Greenway Plaza. He also was buying and mentioned something about his Marriott points were about to expire and that he would have a room which proved to be irrelevant.


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Now I was entering the hotel looking like a tourist on his first trip to Pensacola with suntan lotion a beach towel , hat, a beach bag with large - over sized flowered swim trunks and sunglasses in tow. I was certainly a little trepidacious and figured it would be a short time before I was asked to produce a room key and escorted from the premises by a security guard twice my size. If I could avoid jail time I would soon be relegated to the live golf telecast and forced to watch dozens of commercials trying to sell me equipment that would surely not improve my golf game. That feeling was short lived as the automatic doors swung open and I was greeted with open arms like a guest that had been staying there all week. As I made a beeline for the bar area as I had been instructed to do I spotted my friends waving me into the bar area where birthday boy was ordering a round of fun drinks for his other friends and new acquaintances who were not hotel guests but were acting like they owned the place. Despite the unusually high price my friend gladly slapped down a stack of twenties and motioned his guests and new friends to the unguarded door entering the palatial oasis of sparkling clear water. The atmosphere was quite festive and I soon discovered that despite some legitimate airline employees actually staying at the hotel most were doing the same thing as us. One girl in her twenties mentioned that she and her girlfriends had frequented this hotel for a couple of years and gave us a list of some of their other favorite watering holes around Houston. What a concept. No need to spend lavishly on that $50,000 pool only to spend most of your summer and life savings trying to get rid of that murky gray color in the water. What is the saying if it floats or flies rent it? In this case crash it. As I enjoyed my second frozen concoction and reapplied my second helping of sunscreen after having cannonballed the entire group while watering their reading material in the process I contemplated what other hotels or apartment complexes were nearby.

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Andrea White Book Signing

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10 Malinda Crain, Andrea White, Olivia Schirrmeister 11 Janet Gurwitch, Franci Crane, Alison Leland McKinney 12 Art Flecher, Susan Boss Always Hope! An Evening to Remember Justice For Children Gala

13 JFC founder Randy Burton thanks Rosemary Malone Houck in recognition of her late husband Harvey Houck, Jr.’s role in supporting Justice for Children for the past 24 years. 13


14 Gala attendees Jim Daniel, Ms. Margaret Alkek Williams, 15 (l to r) Emcee Frank Billingsly, KPRC Chief meteorologist; Harvey Houck Jr. Award recipient Carolyn Farb; JFC Media Award recipient Terri Langford, Houston Chronicle reporter; Gala Co-chairs, Lee and Laura Slataper

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Charles LeDray: workworkworkworkwork Reception and Dinner

16 Michael Zikha, Anne and T.O. Suman 17 Aliyya Stude, Nancy and Erick Littlejohn 18 Leslie Bucher, Sam Gorman, Fabene Welch,

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19 Jim Ewing, Kathy and Marty Goosan, Amy Purvis 16


Houston Symphony Maestro’s Wine Dinner A Symphony of Fine Wine and Cuisine



20 Hans Graf 21 Kirby McCool and Margaret Alkek Williams 22 Robert and Brittany Sakowitz

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Photo by Helmut Newton from White Women-Sleepless Nights-Big Nudes, Museum of Fine Arts July 3-September 25 Blaffer Museum of Fine Arts

Holocaust Museum

Museum of Fine Arts

6/3-11/27- At the Back of the North Wind An exhibition by Anton Ginsburg. The exhibit is curated by Mattthew J. W. Drutt and is a official participant of LA Biennale diVenezia’s Collateral program featuring a video, large scale sculptures, photography and paintings by the artist.

Ongoing - 6/24 Displaced Persons: Photographs by Clemons Kalischer Ongoing-8/7 Passage to a New Life Highlights from the Collections of Holocaust Museum Houston Ongoing-12/32- Celebrating 15 Years of History at Holocast Museum Houston 7/15-12/31 We Fought Too-Jewish Soldiers in Americas’s Wars” 7/15-12/31- Ours To Fight For: American an Jews in the Second World War 8/5-7/22/12- The Impact of Racist Ideologies: Jim Crow and the Nuremberg Laws

Ongoing-9/18- Simpson Kalisher: The Alienated Photographer Ongoing-7/17 Picturing the Senses in European Art. Ongoing-7/31-Circa 1900: Decorative Arts at the Turn of the Century Ongoing-8/14 Titan and the Golden Age of the Venetian Painting: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland Ongoing-8/21 Beuaty, Humor, and Social Justice: Gift from Joan Morgenstern Ongoing -9/11 Charles Ledray workwork workworkwork 7-3-9/25- Helmut Newton: White Women Sleepless Nights-Big Nudes Featuring the entire contents from Helmut Newton’s three groundbreaking books these prints are as large as 8 X 8 feet. Designer Karl Lagerfield and Vogue editor Anna Wintour contribute to the exhibition catalogue available at the exhibit. &/10-9/25- Second Nature- Contemporary Landscapes from the MFAH Collection 8/20- Spirit of Modernism: The John R. Exkel, Jr. Foundation Gift to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Children’s Museum

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Contemporary Arts Museum

7/1-10/9 Perspectives 175: Marc Swanson: The Second Story- Free Admission The artist’s newest sculpture exhibit inspired by a visit to Menil’s Cy Tombly Pavilion and the defunct Second Story gay bar in San Francisco

The Menil Collection

Ongoing-8/28 Ancestors of the Lake Sentani and Humboldt Bay, New Guinea Curator Virginia Lee Webb has produced a catalogue that will accompany the nearly fifty works from the 19th century Ongoing -7/17 Upside Down: Arctic Realities Ongoing -9/15 The Whole World was Watching: Civil Rights Era Photographs form Edmund Carpenter and Adelaide de Menil • Intown July-August 2011



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Theater Alley Theater Ongoing through 7/31 Agatha Christie’s “And Then and There” 8/12-13 Hype

Hobby Center

7/22-7/31 Thouroughly Modern Mille 8/28 Theater District Open House

Theater Under the Stars 7/14-19 Urban Cowboy

Concerts Reliant Park

7/6 Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers World Tour with Big Sean and Chevy woods 7/9 Intense Zollitif - Aslam and Sunidhi Chauhan 7/19 Kid Cudi The Cudi Life Tour with special guest 7/21 American Idol Live Season 10’s Top 11 finalists 8/13 Martin Lawrence with his Doin Time Comedy Tour

Houston Symphony 7/1 7/4 7/9 7/14 7/16 7/23

The Music of the Who A Star Spangled Salut Chronicle Dollar Concert Bugs Bunny at the symphony Distant Worl Final Fantasy The Lord of the Rings

George Brown Center

7/9-15 Synod 7/10-11 Bridal Extravaganza 7/24-25 High Caliber Gunand Knife Show 7/31-8/3 Houston Crusad for Christ 8/15 India Fest 8/17-19 WJTA/IMC Expo 8/28 Houston Wedding Showcase 8/28 Janmastami Celebration 8/28-29 Furniture Artist and Decor Show

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7/2 Motley Crue and Poison with Special guests the New York Dolls 7/7 Vans Wrapped Tour 7/17 Emotional Traffic Tour : Tim McGraw with Luke Bryan and the Band Perry 7/19 Styx and Yes 7/23 Rascal Flatss with Sara Exans, Justin Moore, and Eastin Corbia 8/3 Muse 8/6 Journey, Foreigner, and Night Ranger 8/12 Def leppard with Heart 8/14 Lil Wayne with Rich Ross, Keri Hilson, Far East Movement and Loyd

Toyota Center

7/2-3 Mana 7/9 Rihanna 7/13 Britney Spears 7/23 Sade 7/29 Katy Perry

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion

7/2 The Music of the Eagles 7/22 Def Leppard and Heart 7/30 Kings Of Leon 8/2 Kesha 8/5 Houston Ballet 8/12 Sublime with Rome 8/14 Goo Goo Dolls and Michelle Branch 8/27 Identity Tour

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House of Blues

7/6 Steve Earle 8/25 Ted Nugent

Arena Theater 7/8 7/15 7/17 7/22 8/6

Dwight Yoakum Olga Tanon Joe and Donell Jones Legacy Fighting Championship Englebert Humperdinck

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From his recently published book, “At Your Service - A Journey from Bohemia to Texas.” Worscheh writes of a privileged childhood where his parents owned a hotel in Jechnitz located nearly 70 kilometers from the Czech Republic capital Prague.

Erik J. Worscheh 1922-2011


The Art of

Erik J. Worscheh succumbed to what all human beings have in common if they eventually live long enough. His educational and fruitful life brought him to Houston in 1958 via Los Angeles, California where he had worked for the Beverly Hills Hilton. Erik Worscheh was asked to duplicate his Hilton Hotel success in their new shining star the Shamrock Hotel in downtown Houston. His over the top service and style soon made Hilton’s newest acquisition the popular and extravagant setting for many of Houston’s top social events. One of the services he introduced was inspired by the synchronized swimmers featured at the Olympic style pool whereby waiters would all in concert surround a table and serve the food simultaneously to each patron at the table. Worscheh was born on the 23rd day of December of the year 1922 in Wesenitz (Bohemia) Csecholocakia, to Alfred and Franziska Worscheh. From his


recently published book, “At Your Service - A Journey from Bohemia to Texas,” he writes of a privileged childhood where his parents owned a hotel in Jechnitz located nearly 70 kilometers from the Czech Republic capital Prague. Soon the onset of World War ll derailed his happy childhood and despite no ties to Germany he was drafted by their navy and required to operate a minesweeper in the frigid Baltic Sea. During the war the Communists took over his family’s The Hotel Worscheh and after the war lost track of his family. It was not until two years later in then free West Germany did his family re-unite and he earned his degree. As did many other German immigrants his family changed their name by dropping the second “c” from their name and off he went to America and Ellis Island. It was here where the Worscheh as it now was began his career at the famed Waldorf Astoria but from there soon headed West like many others in his field. From there he went

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from the historic Mission Inn in Riverside, California to eventually joining the Hilton Corporation where he ended up in Houston. After his stint with the Shamrock he worked with Judge Roy Hofheinz’s Astroworld hotels and later the became the General Manager at the venerable Petroleum Club in downtown Houston. It was here where he won awards from the Club Managers Association of America. He had hosted six presidents and many foreign dignitaries but enjoyed the pride in teaching the younger generation the crafty of hospitality. In 1969 he persuaded the Hilton Corporation to start the Conrad Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management - the first of its’ kind anywhere. Later he was humbled when his colleagues endowed a scholarship and lecture series in his honor at the College recognizing his dedication to teaching, hard work and the art of fine service.

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