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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Community. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 21, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24856.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Community. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24856

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Students of the University of Houston, Houstonian 1987 - The Community, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed September 21, 2014, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24856.

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Title Houstonian 1987
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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Title The Community
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • University of Houston
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Transcript Unlucky Day for the Shamrock The Shamrock Hotel was once a landmark. "Saturday Night at the Shamrock" was a famous radio broadcast until 1953. TV was becoming popular however, and the Shamrock was eventually sold to Conrad Hilton. Now the golden brick structure faces the wrecking ball. Photos by Mark Lacy. Photo below right by Michael Williams. In autumn of 1947, the actor Pat O'Brien and wildcat oilman Glenn McCarthy turned the first shovel of dirt and The Shamrock Hotel was born at the intersection of Main and Holcombe Boulevard. In late March 1949, perhaps the wildest party ever held in the Western Hemisphere celebrated the opening of "The Rock," then the showcase of cafe society and a luxury hotel unparalleled anywhere in the world for outrageous fun, topflight entertainment and the favorite boozery of stars and the new-rich. The Shamrock sported 28 shades of green in its mammoth lobby, called International Modern by friends (and gaudy by jealous critics). Frank Lloyd Wright, upon viewing the monolithic brick edifice, leaned on his cane and said, "Why?" Houston's big rich, hangers- on, whores and playboys said, "They the hell not?!" It was a glorious time, when The Cork Club served mixed drinks in a brown-bottle town, when The Emerald Room showcased Sinatra and Damone, Doris Day and Bob Hope, and a host of other stars while the well- heeled and the fortune-hunters drank French champagne out of cowboy boots and shot an occasional pistol bullet into tie chandeliered ceiling. McCarthy didn't enjoy swimming as much as showi ig others a good time, so the ho el pool was the largest outdoor pool in the world, with a IOmeter and 5-meter tower, tvo three-meter and two one-me er boards. Clown divers and Tie Corkettes, McCarthy's synchr >- nized swimming team, ent< r- tained the sun-seekers and tie few daring socialites wh( d been to the Riveria and cone back with the first bikinis seen on this Continent. The hotel, victim of the wrecker's ball this summer, cost $18 million, and McCarthy d ig it out of his back pocket. He wanted the best and the most entertainment, and he got it The Shamrock Hotel. It's gone now, but what a time it was. Those lucky enough to ic- member the parties mourn its disappearance, and those tx) young or new to Houston nay well wonder what all the fuss was about. As someone once said abc ut another rich man's house, it v as "what God would do if He r ad money." — Wayne Scott 230