As we approach BD's favorite Jewish holiday, let's take a moment to remember just how bad it was before the party was put in a cage and parking signs sprouted up like tall weeds on the Friday before the event.
Until a few years ago, Bill Dickerson lived on Euclid Street @ Sears Street, just a few blocks west of Greenville Avenue. The streets around his home were Ground Zero when the battles between residents and drunken bar patrons started back in 1998.
Do you even remember 1998?? Bill does - he was assaulted on his own doorstep by three drunks he caught pissing on the wall of his house. He spent three days in Baylor Hospital, and many neighbors who never met him previously rallied to his side, including BD. This blog started right after that, and it's been crazy ever since.
BD interviewed Dickerson to ask him what happened on March 11, 2000, when the party spun out of control and residents from McCommas Boulevard south to Ross Avenue found themselves held hostage by thousands of drunks whose cars (when they were not pulled over barfing on our lawns) were blocking our streets.
And he answers the most important question of the day - Did Philip Kingston really save Lower Greenville by bringing everyone together in a room and calmly negotiating a new way to issue a party special event permit??
Yeah, like that really happened.
Click here for the complete story, the one Kingston's wife, Melissa (an attorney at Friedman & Feiger) did not want BD to publish back when she sued him last September for allegedly stealing her domain name.
St. Patrick's Day 2000 from Avi Adelman on Vimeo.