OK, so these won't be life-changing, but here are some things you may not know about H-Town:
Yeah, we know how to roll.: File photo
- Houston is the egg roll capitol of the world. Last time someone added ‘em up, an estimated 240 million egg rolls were being produced here. Two of the biggest manufacturers are Chung’s in Houston and Minh Foods in Pasadena, but there are many other smaller companies in the biz as well.
- Howard Hughes is buried here. The aviator/industrialist/reclusive millionaire was born in Humble in 1905 and, after a life filled with celebrity, wealth and mental illness, he was buried in Glenwood Cemetery on Washington Avenue. Before you stop bar-hopping in the popular entertainment district, you can stop his grave. The grounds are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. most days. Also of note (to cinephiles) at Glenwood: Gene Tierney also is buried at Glenwood.
- Launched on May 25, 1953, KUHT-Channel 8 was the nation’s first public TV station, In its first months, it offered how-to programming, literary-, math- and music-focused showcases and a local news show. It’s broadcast hours: 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. In 1969, it became one of the founding stations of the Public Broadcast Service (PBS).
- From 1962-71, Houston’s Rice University owned Yankee Stadium. The iconic ballpark was a gift from Rice grad John William Cox. The city of New York eventually paid Rice $2.5 million to acquire the stadium.