Wednesday Morning Wisdom

March 6, 2009

The Waterloo Ice House on 38th street just west of Lamar in Austin has become home of a weekly Wednesday morning  roundtable of  several notable Austinites who have left their marks on Texas political history.

The breakfast clubbers  include former Governor John Connally staff members John Mobley and Terrell Blodgett, retired LBJ Library honcho Harry Middleton, former LBJ staffer Jim Wilson and long-ago Texas legislators Bill Abbington of Fort Worth and George Nokes of Waco, along with retired executive Frank Cahill. And I am their latest invited member.

Founded by the late Congressman Jake Pickle, the  weekly conflab is a refugee from the sadly assassinated Holiday House, victim of the  Wicked Witch of  Tarrytown Center. Blodgett recalls that “we interviewed for a new home all over West Austin and  The Waterloo Ice House was the only place that would take us.”   Small wonder: the most requested breakfast order is oatmeal.  Not surprisingly, the favorite  subject of conversation is politics, and there is no shortage of opinions.

–Julian Read