Thomas ‘Hollywood’ Henderson at CARY benefit, Fashionably Pink and Mark Goodman’s 1980s Austin

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Gary Cobb and Nadia Barrera-Ramirez at Council for At-Risk Youth benefit.
Gary Cobb and Nadia Barrera-Ramirez at Council for At-Risk Youth benefit.

Gary Cobb and Nadia Barrera-Ramirez at Council for At-Risk Youth benefit.

LAW: “I dug my future out of the ground of Austin, its playgrounds, its sandlots.” I’d always heard that Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson was an inspirational speaker. I didn’t know the half of it. Introduced by Travis County prosecutor Gary Cobb during a Council for At-Risk Youth benefit, I was reminded of his history: Native Austinite, football star, Super Bowl winner, onetime abuser of alcohol and drugs, then sober leader of efforts to keep people out of trouble on many fronts. (Also, two-time lottery winner!) When Henderson spoke, you understood the conflict in his life between being a “knucklehead” and being an eternal three-year-old who loved to learn. Luckily, the second persona won out in the end. He urged CARY to add two things to their crusade to keep young people out of trouble: Start that education earlier and include sobriety training when appropriate.

STYLE: Sometimes, tangentially allied forces come together for fun and a good cause. Such is the case with Fashionably Pink, the annual cocktail party and runway show at the W Austin Hotel. It combines the digital reporting efforts of Cheryl Bemis‘ Fashionably Austin and Michelle Patterson‘s nonprofit Stiletto Stampede‘s campaign to help Boob Camp, a post-surgery fitness program that’s part of the Seton Breast Care Center. Yes, you read right: Boob Camp. Nice to have a sense of humor about something so serious. The frisky runway show collected looks from 24 designers or boutiques. All used the color pink, not an easy hue to handle. I was particularly taken with the lightweight, wearable stylishness from Csilla Somogyi, whom I plan to follow more closely.

CITY: Photographer Mark Goodman freezes downtown Austin in the 1980s. From my story in the Statesman: “In 1982, almost an entire downtown block at Sixth Street and Congress Avenue was leveled to build One American Center, which became, in 1984, Austin’s tallest building. Still fairly new to town, photographer Mark Goodman was fascinated by the scene. “I was attracted to the light and the way it landed on the buildings and the cityscape,” says Goodman, who taught at the University of Texas for 33 years. “It was still open. Not skyscraper tunnels like New York or Dallas. There was a beautiful sense of photographic light and change, and it was interesting to look at.” Goodman, whose subjects have ranged from the youth of an Upstate New York village to the punk scene in Austin, became more invested in a sense of place at Sixth and Congress during the two years of construction. His interests expanded to include the rest of Austin’s original square-mile grid.” https://shar.es/1r7yB8


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