Neighborhood Hurrahs

Having just finished the July issue of D Magazine, 1 wanted to let you know how I thoroughly enjoyed “My Neighborhood’s Better Than Your Neighborhood” (Oak Lawn vs. Lakewood). However, there seems to have been an area of comparison omitted from the dialogue … it is obvious, by this article, that Oak Lawn is also the home of Dallas’ best debater, David Bauer. Nice work.

Keith Hickman


It was indeed a surprise to read the fine article, “My Neighborhood’s Better Than Your Neighborhood” (July).

Having lived in Dallas 18 years, and shamefully 12 of those in far North Dallas, I am now a staunch property owner in Oak Lawn.

Your superb article opened my eyes; I never realized there was a “Lakewood.” After reading of it, I advise everyone never to cross Central Expressway to the east. I was aware Central was dangerous, but now Lakewood rates far ahead of the new property taxes and the Dallas City Council.

Thank you for your warning concerning this dubious area of our otherwise fine city.

R.E. Jeff coat


Don’t Hold Your Breath

As the proud recipient of both your “Plain Talk Award” and “Most Effective Use of Small Print” categories in “The Classifieds Declassified” (July), I want to express my pleasure and acknowledge receipt of the magnificent 22-inch solid gold “Classy” statuettes.

However, missing were the two $50,000 checks that were to have been awarded each “Classy” winner. I know this was an oversight, so my postman has been notified to deliver any mail from you directly to my bank.

Marvin J. Wiss

Garland Bowling Center


A Chilling Subject

Elmer Ray Spurr’s excellent articles on wine are alone worth the price of a subscription. Mr. Spurr’s July bulletin (“Chablis or not Chablis”) outlined the basics of wine drinking with good sense. On behalf of red wine and red wine drinking, I must respond, however, to Mr. Spurr’s strongly worded idea that “Briefly chilling comatizes even the best red wine into insipidness. The one exception is a fresh, fruity wine like Beaujoiais.”

Certainly, the great reds of France, Italy, Spain, California, Portugal, and Australia are most easily and traditionally appreciated when served at room temperature. (This brings up the thorny subject of whose room and what temperature? Room temperature in the Médoc in February is nothing like room temperature in Dallas in July.)

However, “the one exception … like Beaujolais” is, in fact, a rather large category including most of the world’s simple red table wines. Among French reds, the wines of the Languedoc-Roussillon take rather well to a slight chill. These include Corbiéres, Cotes du Roussillon, etc. This is also the case with many reds from the Cotes du Rhone. The Loire Valley reds, Chinon and Bourgueil, also respond well to cool service. Among Italian wines, the reds of the Veneto, Bardolino, and Valpolicella taste fine when chilled slightly; so too, the Barbera and Dolcetto of the Piedmont, and much of the lighter Chianti and Sangiovese of Tuscany. Some Zinfandel, certainly that vinified as “nouveau” wine, also benefit from chilling. And almost all of the simple red wine consumed daily throughout the world can be chilled with no loss, and perhaps a net gain, in appeal.

In the end, it seems to me, so long as the wine is good and enjoyed by all, the question of whether to chill or not to chill can go happily unanswered.

Martin Sinhoff Dallas

Number Blunder

We appreciated the mention regarding Diamond Shamrock in your “1980 Business Review and Forecast” (June). However, the information which appeared contained some inaccuracies which we would like to correct.

The 100,000 square foot building being built for our Industrial Chemicals and Plastics Unit at Las Colinas is a headquarters facility for that unit and not, as stated, an operating facility.

Further, the Industrial Chemicals and Plastics Unit is not our largest operating unit in terms of revenues. Our Oil and Gas Unit, headquartered in Amarillo, is our largest generator of revenues – approximately $1,125 billion in 1979.

Our Industrial Chemicals and Plastics Unit had revenues in 1979 of $762 million, thus making it our second largest generator of revenues for the corporation.

Our move from Cleveland to Dallas will see approximately 250 employees working at the Diamond Shamrock building on North Harwood Street by this summer, and not 500 as stated in the article. And the Las Colinas unit headquarters will eventually have approximately 300 personnel, and not the 1000 the article listed.

In situations like this, it is understandable that figures can be speculated upon and thus become inflated.

Robert W. Finklea

Assistant Manager

Public Relations

Diamond Shamrock


The North Texas Commission regrets and apologizes for inaccuracies in the number of employees to be located at the two Diamond Shamrock locations that were printed in the June issue of D Magazine.

We provided Larry Grove with a statistical report, entitled “New Business Report,” which was printed in September 1979 by the North Texas Commission. The Diamond Shamrock employee count data in this report had been gathered by a speculative source last August, and we failed to inform Mr. Grove of the need to recheck for possible updating of these figures.

Worth M.Blake


North Texas Commission

Dallas/Fort Worth Airport


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