Friday, April 15, 2005

Lynn Ashby, still pissed after 10 years


The Houston Post died 10 years ago on Monday. Lynn Ashby, its former editor, hasn't had a good night's sleep since then. Life is different now. He has to open his own mail. And if he wants anyone to think he still has a secretary, he has to disguise his voice falsetto-style. Lynn, now writing for Houston Community Newspapers, opines that Houston deserves to be a two-newspaper city, apparently not counting the newspapers for which he's still writing. But we catch his drift. Still fixated on The Alamo, the Battle of San Jacinto and Santy Anny, he manages to tie The Post's demise to ALL THREE!
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6 comments:

Bill said...

Thanks for the link. Many years ago, more than I like to think about, I was a freshman at The University of Texas ("The" is part of that title, too, and this was before the "at Austin" tag had been added). Lynn Ashby was then on the staff of the Texas Ranger humor magazine, along with Bill Helmer. This was around the time when Gilbert Shelton created Wonder Warthog, which I've always thought of as the first Underground Comic. But I digress. Ashby and the Rangeroos were my heroes, breaking all the rules in those Eisenhower years. I miss The Post, but I'm happy to see that Ashby hasn't mellowed a whole lot.

Banjo Jones said...

Ashby came and spoke to journalism students when I was at UT in the mid-70s. He was pretty entertaining. He mentioned his days at The Ranger during his talk.

Anonymous said...

I've always liked his stuff but you forgot his fixation with "Texian". I don't think any author has ever typed that word more that our estemeed Mr. Ashby.

Banjo Jones said...

You're right, anonymous. In fact, after I posted the Ashby piece, I remembered how he always used Texian, but didn't bother to change it.

Kimberly said...

I will miss two-newspaper coverage of Council and school district meetings more than I will miss Ashby. (Sorry.) I miss the days when you could always find out more by going out on your lawn and picking up both papers. I think the major dailies in this state phone it in, half the time.

Anonymous said...

I miss Lynn Ashby. Just now located him after all these years. When I was a student at UT - Austin, late 60's I could not start my day without the Houston Post. Every school day started with breakfast at the Commons over the Post with Ashby, Jack Gallagher in sports and of course Leon Hale. Those were truly the good ol days