JOANNE KING HERRING
Former honorary consul of Pakistan and Morocco, socialite, fashion plate, former TV personality and part of the 1979 Houston City Magazine article
"Houston is the city of snap, crackle and pop.
"Snap: Houston 2013 is a city of smart, practical innovative businesses with opportunities in every business sector, no Harvard degree required. Men of honor, honesty, faith and family like Jim Hackett and Larry Brookshire run our corporations. Good government, guarded expertly by Mayor Annise Parker, sustains this city with freedom from stultifying taxes and regulations and a lack of zoning.
"Crackle: In 2013, we have a sparkling restaurant scene. Some are so avant-garde they're beyond my culinary capability. Others challenge New York and whip the socks off Los Angeles. Houston has a wide spectrum of arts from our tunnel at the MFA and the Rothko Chapel, to wonderful offerings along the bayou, and the Houston Art Car Parade.
"We have superlative music like the Houston Grand Opera, TUTS and Houston Ballet all overseen by Franci Crane and a coterie of caring socialites. Every night there's a grand and glittering fundraiser for great causes, overseen by queen Margaret Alkek Williams.
"Houston is a fashion fantasia with Tootsies, Bulgari and others providing the flourishes that has catapulted our glamor queens like Susan Krohn to the pages of international magazines. We are a kaleidoscopic city providing all the color and sparkle of the Land of Oz.
"Pop: It all pops when we realize our young still dream of New York City and we're still not perceived as the cosmopolitan city that we are. By 2033, that will change. In the next 20 years, our good economics, if nothing else, will entice the weary world to dance over the rainbow to the pot of gold that is Houston. And where will I be in 2033? Up on my cloud with my harp."