Thursday, September 15, 2005

Six Flags Astroworld

Astroworld is closing. I can't believe it! I told my husband and he couldn't believe it either. We both have so many great memories of this place growing up. We had memories of season passes, concerts (the Outfield in the rain), dancing at Videocity, meeting boys and girls, and riding Grease Lightning over and over again when there was no one in line. I remembered going there for perfect attendance in 8th grade when HISD had that agreement with Astroworld. I grew up with Astroworld.

When I was 24 and I decided to leave the Chronicle my friend recruited me to work for Astroworld in the PR department. It was an interesing part-time gig. I answered the phone to listen to complaints from irrate guests, I translated the press releases to Spanish and sent them to the Spanish TV and radio stations and I learned how to pitch to the Spanish media. I called newspapers in Mexico City and Monterrey to invite them to the media launch of the Mayan Mindbender. I actually got reps from one newspaper from each paper to come. It was great experience! But of course they paid crap and I wanted to go into teaching. It was a great stopping place though. One of the most fun things I did was go into the park with my friend after work and we rode the Batman Returns, holding our skirts (because we were wearing work clothes) between our knees. How fun!

I started asking other people what memories they also had. They did have some. I'll write more about those later. I'm running out of time. I'm going to meet one of my best friends for dinner. We're celebrating 20 years since we met.



Ha ha! I remember Videocity well. I was there just about every day it was open from the time it opened in 1985 through the time it was called "Studio A" before it's time ended. I loved that place and have so many nice memories of friends and chicks I met there!
I had an Astroworld pass every year since 1983 - 2004. It was called a "Q Pass" back in 83 and you could pick one up at any Kroger, Fiesta or Sound Warehouse for $29.95 or win them from KKBQ's Q Zoo. Anyway, 2005 was the 1st year that I didn't get a pass and that's when Astroworld closed.
If you spent much time at Videocity you would remember me - not everyone liked me and most just laughed but I don't and didn't care - I just kinda stood out.


Unknown said...

Hey Metal Houston...I worked at KKBQ and did the TV show Videocity Live...Good times and great fun! Bob