There are roughly 4,500 members of SPJST Lodge 88. But according to Brian Vanicek, president of the statewide group that oversees the 108-year-old fraternal organization in the Heights, nearly half of those members do not even have Houston addresses. If there ever was a time for a homecoming at 1435 Beall St., that time is 1 p.m. Sunday, when the lodge’s annual meeting will be held and members will vote to adopt or deny several new rules and regulations that were temporarily approved in June. Most of the changes relate to a swimming pool being built on the lodge’s spacious property, which we’ll dive into a little later. If you love the lodge – for its charitable contributions to the community, for its preservation of Czech heritage, for its dances, for its popular Thursday night … [Read more...] about Calling all lodge members: Should pool proposal sink or swim?
The games always got me going. Perhaps it was the crowds and the energy they produced or the big and bright places where they gathered. Maybe it was the awe-inspiring ability and competitiveness of the players on the field or court, who I admired from an early age and tried to emulate. Sports were my first love and what I wanted to do with my life. So when it became clear I did not possess the physical capability to play at a professional level, I pursued a career that would keep me just as close to the games I adored watching in the Astrodome, Summit or at home on the TV. Sportswriting seemed like the next-best thing, and it turned out I was better at observing, critiquing and capturing the spirit of the games than I was at playing them. I approached reporting and writing with … [Read more...] about Longtime sports scribe pumped to be editor