Astros, Tilman and Mattress Mack — Shelby Hodge is Naming the Biggest Names of 2017 in Her New Year’s Poem: Annual Tradition Goes Houston StrongBY Shelby Hodge // 12.31.17
Rockets CEO Tad Bown and Tilman Fertitta on introduction day.
Jeff Bagwell was nervous about his Hall of Fame speech, but he came through. As usual.
Janet & Paul Hobby at The Menil Collection 30th annivesary gala.
Heidi & Marcus Smith
Bobby and Phoebe Tudor
Fady Armanious, Vivian Wise
Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve are in the center of everything for the Astros.
Mattress Mack stepped up for Houston during Hurricane Harvey — and he's always backed the Houston Astros. (Photo @MarkBermanFox26.)
Sarah Jawda, Saba Jawda
Leigh & Reggie Smith
T’was the night before New Year’s, And all through the city
The populace sang a hallelujah ditty.
Out with the old, and in with the new
2017, we’ve had enough of you!
But wait cried the Astros, whose star shines so bright,
We won the World Series on that grand LA night.
There’s one man we know who loved this past year
Our Jose Altuve had so much to cheer.
And now come the Rockets with promise of big wins,
Fertitta so happy his head nearly spins.
Alas, but the Texans have left us so low
It’s time at the top for someone to go.
Then there was Harvey, the storm was so bad
That across the area the scene was quite sad.
With Hurricane Harvey dumping oceans of rain
The flooding, the heartache wrought just too much pain.
Our hero Mattress Mack stepped up the plate
guaranteeing him entry into the holy gate.
But oh my dear friends, the show must go on
So we partied with Laurie and Tracy Krohn,
With Ceron, Megan Pastor and Katie Brass,
Randy Powers, John and Becca Cason Thrash.
We wined and dined throughout the old year
Kevin Black, Tony Bradfield and others so dear.
Diane and Michael Caplan, Austin Alvis and Holly,
Gordon Bethune, Jessica Rossman, they all are so jolly.
Michelle Watson, Mark Sullivan, Cal and Hannah McNair
Brian McCullough, Jeremy Garcia, how they party with flair.
Courtney and Bill Toomey, Lester and Sue Smith
Joanna and Brad Marks and Christina Stith,
Vivian Wise, Neal Hamil, and Fady Armanious,
Bill Baldwin, Pierce Bush and Rania Mankarious.
We surge toward the new year with high hopes galore
Marcus Smith and Heidi, Helene Zadok and Dror,
Terry Rambin, Bruno Brady, Tracy Dieterich and Valerie
Kristy and Chris Bradshaw all belong in our gallery.
Of all the fun friends we saw through the year,
The city of Houston holds you quite dear.
Bill Caudell, Reggie Smith and his stellar wife Leigh,
Jay Jones, Aaron Howes and his bride DeeDee.
And let us not forget the greatest of all
Jeff Bagwell, Hall of Famer in Major League Baseball.
Now leading the charge in 2018
Interesting folks will be making the scene.
Franci Neely, Phoebe Tudor and her husband Bobby,
Terri and John Havens, Janet and Paul Hobby.
Nellie Connally, John B. and Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl.
Courtney Tartt Elias and Chuck and Karen Stall.
The movers and shakers, they come and they go,
Next year we have eyes on Jim Hackett and Mo,
Katie Scott, Katherine Phelps, Cathy Cleary and Joe
Also the Jawdas, Charles Cohen and Clo.
Yes, the traffic is terrible, the city’s going high rise.
But have no worries as there is no demise.
With leadership wise and doing no wrong
We are poised to remain Houston strong.
Here’s wishing you all a happy New Year
With good health, good fortune and lots of good cheer.