Oh What a Night

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Oh What a Night

The Four Seasons were talking about December 1963…However Walter P Moore and Houston Texas will be talking about March 2006 for years. It was the Diamond on the Diamond and the company celebrated its 75th anniversary on the floor of one of the stadiums it designed in this southern Texas city, Minute Maid Stadium.

Over 1000 people showed up in black tie to dance to live music, eat prime rib, drink from martini bars make out of ice, and rub shoulders with the movers and shakers in Houston Society.

Robyn and I spend quite a bit of time with Moore VP Jerry Marcus and parking legend Tommy Feagins. They were beaming, and with good reason. The company has come from a one man operation selling designs for foundations in Houston’s River Oaks for $10 a go, to one of the premier architectural and engineering firms in the country with such buildings as Minute Maid Park, the Astrodome, and so many structures in La’s Vegas that Jerry told me only that they currently had 29,000 parking spaces under construction in sin city.

I’ve been to parties in my time, but this one merits a gold star. The only let down was when Moore President Ray Messer noted that they would be unable to open the roof on the stadium due to the rain storms in the area. He didn’t want any unscheduled showers on this party.

Voice of the Astros, Milo Hamilton, was the MC and introduced a steady stream of local politicos who properly anointed the company with enough proclamations to paper an entire office.

The multi media history of the company wasn’t the usual boring fare, but used humor and good graphics to portray a growth from Walter P Moore’s beginning and his stutz Bearcat (which he sold to start the company) to its current operation with nine offices and 350 employees.

Oh What a night —

JVH

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