Columnist pulled wool over my eyes

By Willis Webb


Most of us are enamored of “celebrity.” Even those of us in the hardened press corps find big names somewhat intriguing although, after a lengthy servitude, we tend to do so with a great many reservations. In the early years of my newspapering life, when I began my “orbit” of the Houston metropolitan area as an editor-publisher of small town newspapers near there. Of course, I managed to read “the metros” regularly, which I found helped me produce stories from big city events that held relevance for “the country papers.” As I mentioned last week, one of many that I followed regularly was Sigmund Byrd, who by this time had left the Houston Press and was penning a column for the Houston Chronicle. He covered some pretty rough and tumble segments of the Bayou City’s mushrooming growth era.
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