Hank Rush is the President and CEO of The Star of Hope Mission an organization that has been helping homeless Houstonians for over 100 years. They’re gearing up for the holidays and we talk about how important that is but also how the need for diapers, for instance, doesn’t end with the holiday season. But while the need is year-round, the holiday season bring great opportunities for people to do great things like the Hard Rock Cafe’s tradition of closing the restaurant and serving Thanksgiving meals to some of our homeless neighbors who also get a free ride from Yellow Cabs, another Houston company that is giving back.
You too can help by going to their website: www.SOHmission.org
Genevieve Keeney is the president of The National Museum of Funeral History, another lesser known Houston gem. They’ve decked the museum out in Halloween decoration and will also be celebrating El Día de Muertos. And because Genevieve is also a veteran, the museum will be open for free to all veterans throughout the month of November. We discuss breaking glass ceilings as more and more women enter the profession (and are very good at it) and we learn where the terms “Dead Ringer,” "Saved by the bell" and “Graveyard Shift” come from.
Here is their website for all the info you need to visit the museum. www.nmfh.org
Keith Ostfeld aka Mr. O, the resident Mad Scientist at the Children’s Museum of Houston, returns to talk about how they transformed one of the best destinations for families into the Monster Museum of Houston. It’s the best place to celebrate Halloween with kids and you should all wear your costumes when you go. We talk about building great monsters and how it’s the same methodology they use to build great exhibits: with an eye to teaching through fun. And because Keith and I love a lot of the same things (space, computers, techy stuff), we go on a few entertaining tangents, including one to talk about the great new film Gravity.
For all the info you need to plan your trick or treating and monster bashing, go to the Children’s Museum of Houston’s excellent website: www.cmhouston.org
And don’t forget that no matter what time of the year it may be, every Thursday is Free Family Night from 5 - 8 p.m.