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By Aimee Larrabee |

There’s one thing you can say about a Tom Stephenson establishment: Its walls are never boring. In his Greenville Avenue Country Club and in the now-defunct Lakewood Yacht Club, patrons could view hundreds of press photos that filled the walls from floor to ceiling. When the Yacht Club closed this summer, Stephen-son auctioned a number of his treasured photos to benefit the new Lakewood library. Now, he’s hauling out the auction block again.

This spring, the last 700 to 800 photos (the Yacht Club had 16,051) will be auctioned to benefit the Dallas 500 Inc. Stephenson says that the photos will be grouped in series and auctioned as packages, with a number of pictures in each category. One package that should bring in a hefty donation is the “Jackie O” series, which includes more than 60 photos of the former first lady. Others will be what Stephen-son calls “surprise packages,” with titles such as “Scenes from Dallas” and “Action Photography.”

Stephenson first began collecting the photographs when he was a reporter (he has worked for both local newspapers).

However, he has opted for a different wall motif for his latest club, the Lakewood Hunt and Polo Club. This time, he’s mounted trophy heads of deer, elk and other animals on the walls of the intimate bar.

The Dallas Times Herald has some very slick new television commercials these days -perhaps more slick than they appear. When the camera crews appeared in the Herald’s newsroom to begin filming the commercial series, the picture wasn’t pretty (enough). It seems that several of the reporters working at their desks didn’t look enough like reporters (that is, they were dressed too casually). The reporters were asked to vacate their desks temporarily so that some well-dressed employees from the advertising department could sit in and act as if they were reporters. Reportedly, the real rub came when each of the advertising employees was given a $50 check for appearing in the commercials. Obviously, the less well-dressed reporters felt that they could have used the extra funds more than the reporter ’models.”

Martin Coben, president of Security Couriers, is in a rather unusual predicament: His company is currently building a large employee health center, and he wants to donate use of the facility to needy organizations. Although the list of possible candidates seems endless, Coben hasn’t had many takers. His company has been soliciting the free service for weeks, but so far, it hasn’t found a lot of interested parties. Maybe times aren’t as bad as we thought.

Shannon Wynne’s new restaurant has now officially opened, but there weren’t any grand parties marking the occasion of the opening, no glitzy promotional gimmicks. Mexico is a no-frills Tex-Mex joint and is a stark, unusually quaint contrast to his other hi-tech establishments. It’s so stark, in fact, that the announcement of the opening came in the form of a 3-by-5 index card and looked more like an announcement of a PTA meeting than a NEEMO Corp. bar. One strange coincidence: The card states that the new restaurant is located in the building on Routh Street that was “formerly Pittman House and Suther-land’s Brasserie.” Oddly enough, Wynne “forgot” to mention the name of the establishment that most recently occupied those quarters: Uptown Dallas, a gay bar.