BILL BAKER -you have
to know him
In talking about people difficult
to reach or understand, one such
person i s the manager of the
Bayou Landing in Houston...Bill
Baker. Six ft. tall, with dark hair
and hairy face. Bill spends his
open-for-business time mainly
at the front desk in the entry way.
During that time. Bill pays
strict attention to I.D. cards, collecting money, etc.. and has little
rime for idle chatter.
But when he has a free moment
or two he wanders through the
place to use the bathroom, and
make sure things are running
smoothly in the main room, then
slips into the Tiki room for a
breather. That's the best time to
catch him off guard. When you
see him relaxed, you'll find him
witty, personable, and really a
charming person. An intelligent
manager. Bill has a first-rate
crew working under him. and
fiercely loyal to him and his employer. Dennis Sisk.
Bill projects with difficulty the
sophisticated humor to which Gays
in Houston are unacustomed: yet
so refreshing in Dallas circles.
He has made many friends since
he first came to Houston to take
over management of the BL. but
only after a period of time which
was covered by some hosility remaining as a hang-over from his
predeccessor. At first or second
encounter, his manner seems dry
and defensive. But that is in part
due to the hostility leftover from.
again, his predecessor...someone
very much disliked by HOL'TON
people. And his defensive posture
was una voidable..the abuse he
i first received when he wok over
' let him think Houston just didnjt^
;. like him. But Bill soon learned"'
to make his friends, and his little
circle has grown mightily since.
An excellent cook and avowed
gourmet. Bill loves to frequent
the many restaurants Houston is
noted for. and contrary to tales
about his greater love for Dallas,
being a former resident. Bill is
in love with Houston, and'if noth-
else. according to his friends, he
wouldn't leave here until all the
restaurants went out of business.
It takes a rather sophisticated
sense of humor to probe through
the outer core of this fellow, but
underneath the hard core lies a
sensitive person who loves being
with people, and providing for
them, an entertaining place to go.
He's outspoken at times, and if
that cost him a few friends, it also worked in his behalf; people
know Bill to be straightforward,
and doesn't couch words in riddles or subtleties. He is self-
assured, and, by the way, claims
to have at least four husbands....
he has a lot of love to spread:
He's DEATH on drugs and the
only pills he believes in taking
are vitamins, which he uses with
regularitv. He claims it's what
gives him his NATURAL HIGH.
Bill's attitude about what people
think of him is to the point: 'I
work because I need to make a
living like evrybody else. I work
for the Bayou Landing here because I believe it's the finest
club in the country, and I love
Houston. That's a pretty good
reason, don't you think?'
Bill Baker, believes in what
he's doing. The shows, the ideas
which motivate the crowds to this
popular place, speak well for him.
. ','. Mis attitude toward other bar
in Houston is one to be commended: help them all, and anytime I
can. I'll do what I can for them.'
Meet him. You'll find Bill an
interesting person to know.
Few will doubt that the Bayou in
Houston was something short of
an good place to go. until Dennis
Sisk brought him down to Houton
to manage it. Since his arrival,
the club has soared to popularity.
He was asked why he doesn't
smile much at people. "I FEEL
LIKE AN IDIOT SMILING AT
PEOPLE I DON'T KNOW was
the reply. But that's not really
true. Bill smiles at almost anyone that walks into the place. But
basically shy himself, he refrains
from overt attempts at friendship
feeling it to be false. If someone
has the courtesy to smile at him.
Bill is quick to smile back. But
he once was quoted as saying.,
"...they think I'm leering at them
when they wqlk in the door and I
take their money...' I guess my
smile doesn't come off the way
it should...anyway. I try my best
to make people welcome.
Mostly. Bill contends, he like
to be impersonal, because he
to be impersonal, because he
as do a great many others, feels
that people should not be 'noticed'
when they come and go...it makes
them think someone is keeping
tabs on them or something....
Sometimes. Bill explains, he
HAS to ignore people...even his
at the front door, just a minute of
conversation, can cause people to
stand and form a line, waiting to
get in the place; he tries later
in the evening to find the friends
inside and chit-chat with them.
'Sometimes. I guess I'm a little
curt with people, but I guess that
happens, when forty people are
.waiting to-:get. ki the 'clubhand-
someone runs up asking me to fix
the cigarette machine...or make
an announcement during the show
or pick the most inopportune time
to ask for help in matters any
waiter or bartender can help.
This unusual person, spends almost fourteen hours each day at
his club, and few realize the number of hours that go into the management of a club this large, and
the details attended to before the
club opens for business each day.
Bill's feeling about the Bayou
Landing in Houston is obvious. He
feels it's a WINNER. 'People like
it and our crowd seems to be increasing all the time. And I just
try to give the kids what they want
or would like to have within reason. I'm not always right, but I
'This Halloween, I think I have
the right formula. Dennis (the
owner) and I have worked out a
contest that has MEANINGFUL
prizes, and we're making it possible for EVERYBODY to qualify and have a good chance at winning the contests. It's costing a
bunch of money. Maybe more than
some of the other places, but it's
just our way of saying THANK
YOU to the kids who've supported
us all year/since we've been here.
Bill admits to a few mistakes
during his tenure as manager at
this club; for instance, he is not
yet aware of the names or faces
of all the owners or managers
of other bars in the city, and the
usual courtesy he extends to such
people has not been offered to
some. 'But when I am introduced
or they are pointed out to me, I
try to let them all know they're
welcome here. '
GET IT TOGETHER'
The Club Houston Baths current
ly in the process of adding intj
its already plush surroundings
a new music room. Wwork is nov
in progress and completion if
expected within a week or two
Good acoustics, important to gooc
sound response will be enhance*
by carpeting which will cover tht
floor and run up the walls adding
a warm and cozy atmosphere t<
This go-getting club has also in
troduced free bar-b-que on Sun
days from 4 to 8 p.m. which is
held on the patio, and, judging bj
response, the idea's a good one.
The clientele obviously enjoy the
day there, for more and more
seem to be arriving, according
to the club's manager, Lynn. Anc
the steam room is back in FULL
SWING again....parts which needed replacingtook several days get
ing to Houston, but are finally
installed and ready for use,
Another innovation has just been
completed; cedar walls surround
ing the showers and whirlpool area
ing the showers and whirlpool
area and the results really made
a vast difference.
THE CLUB HOUSTON BATHS IS
having a 'SHIN DIG' ON HALL
OWEEN NIGHT; looks like that
may turn out to be great fun...
There will be an apple dunkin
contest....with a special feature
added to it a towel contest...
asking for the most unusual
decorative towel. You can bring
your idea with you and use the
club's towel, or even bring your
own towel. What a sight THAT
ought to be. To add spice to the
eve's event will be spiked apple
cider along with food.
THE MOST UNUSUAL EVENT OF
THE EVENING, WILL BE THE
SLAVE AUCTION! Be sure to ad
this spot to the list, this club is
going ALL OUT to honor this
most traditional night, Weds., at
8:00 p.m., October 31st.
As a footnote we should add that
you may be long overdue some
good excersising; that's the way
One of the leads in the 'PANT
OMANIACS' so long at the HiKamp
is now the new headliner at the
GLASS STEIN in Houston.
Edie has just stepped into the
new and lavishly show-equipped
GI ASS STEIN to excersise her
expertise at both performing and
running a show; Edie, the voluptuous, buxomy showman now heads
that cast which includes, among
others, (of equal talent) Stephanie and four other regulars.
A tribute to BOOTS who has
made the GLASS STEIN come a-
live again to the reverberations
of famous voices in pantomime,
is his good sense in employing
this fabulous performer, and has
already begun to see fruition of
his dream to have the best show
bar in town.
Edie, as a large person saddled
with much avoirdupois, has infinite grace and poise; she can
sweep into the room with the grace
of the ballet dancer, and not a
whisper of fotsteps can be heard
as she weaves between tables to
her lofty position on stagee. She
exudes personality the moment she
mounts her throne and shows con-
findence in all she does.
The rigid professionalism she
demands of herself, extends to
her cast who perform under her
rigid command. A no-nonsense
performer, Edie expects from her
cast, the very best they can offer and expects from them the
same showmanship and perfection she employs in her own routine.
Backstage, Edie's a ball of fire.
Rapping out orders and schedules,
pushes the show hard to stay on
time; setting up formats, and reviewing the numbers to be performed, Edie is truly the one
for the job.
To BOOTS we wish the best of
luck at the GLASS STEIN. But
with the performers he has been
able to recruit, little luck is involved. Talent will tell the story
very quickly for him.
The GLASS STEIN has already
begun the upward climb with the
largest attendance record in the
Westheimer district since under
Well liked, BOOTS , the lounge,
the show, what other ingredients
can one add to a formula for success?
It's got it!