Houston in December 1991: Bye-bye Goodyear and a salsa queen visits – Houston Chronicle

Local // Bayou City HistoryJ.R. Gonzales, 

Dec. 23, 2021Updated: Dec. 23, 2021 2:23 p.m.

Houston elected a new mayor, the McCrory’s chain closes three Houston stores and a salsa queen performs here in the wee hours of the morning. This was Houston at the end of 1991.

What else happened here? Well, a familiar sight in the skies over Houston would soon be going away.

Goodyear floats away

After 22 years here, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced the closure of its blimp base in Spring on Dec. 10.

The reason? It was a money-saving decision. The company said it was moving the airship America to company headquarters near Akron, Ohio.

Houston was considered a winter home for the airship for six months out of the year. The blimp spent the rest of the time traveling across the nation and Canada.

The decision to close the blimp base was also made easier when you consider the company had three blimps in its fleet but four bases.

“I hate to see them go. It’s a real attraction. People love driving by and seeing that blimp,” Toby Stark of the Greater Houston Partnership told the Chronicle in its Dec. 11 editions. (Count me in as one of those people.)

The blimp left Houston for good in early 1992. The hangar has since been demolished.

J.R. Gonzales, a native Houstonian, is a web producer for HoustonChronicle.com. Before that, he was a news copy editor. Since 2006, he has overseen the Bayou City History blog, which covers various aspects of Houston’s history.

Prior to joining the Houston Chronicle, Gonzales worked as a night cops reporter at The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., and later as a copy editor. He has also worked as a courthouse reporter for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Gonzales is a journalism graduate of the University of Houston.

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