I remember flying with my mom on a Braniff Airways Electra that stopped in Austin on the way from Dallas Love Field to San Antonio in 1968 to go to the Hemisfair. No jetways back then.
I also remember flying into Austin with some friends in 1980 when Mueller only had 7 gates and there were no carousels at the baggage claim.
I remember on January 16, 1990, an America West fligh was hijacked enroute to Las Vegas from Houston. The hijacker forced the pilot to land the aircraft in Austin so that it could be refueled and flown to Cuba. At the Austin airport, police overpowered the hijacker and placed him under arrest.
Link to court case
Speaking of Mueller, here's a great historical website
with photos from the 1960's and 1970's.
(Note: it's one of those websites that has an hourly bandwidth limit, so you may not be able to get in on the first try.)
I remember when I moved here in the summer of 1982, both sides of Loop 360 were finished, but you couldn't travel the entire length of it because they hadn't finished construction of the Loop 360 Bridge.
I remember when the State Capitol caught fire in 1983 and also when the original Goddess of Liberty was removed by helicopter in November 1986. A new statue, was placed on the dome the folowing June
How about the January 1985 Snows over South Central Texas
The first was on January 2, 1985 with over three inches in Austin. The second was January 11-13 when Austin got over 3 inches and San Antonio got a whopping 13.5 inches. I remember both of these because I was still a teller at the time.
The first one coincided with Lamar Savings' 25th anniversary. We had all sorts of celebrations and promotions going on at all the branches and bigwigs from the Dallas and Houston region had come to Austin for the festivities. I was the only teller at our branch who wasn't scheduled to work January 2, so I went out drinkin' on New Year's Day. After I got home it started snowing.
The next morning, I got a call from my boss (who I hated) begging me to come in because all the other tellers had called in saying they couldn't make it to work. I said no, hung up, and went back to bed.
I remember the January 11-13 storm because that started on a Friday and lasted through Sunday. Since it was the weekend, I didn't have to work.
Right after that storm, I transferred to the corporate offices downtown at 8th & Brazos in the Commodore One Building.
It was at the end of my second week downtown that we got this third storm. It started out as freezing rain about 2:00 that Friday afternoon and then quickly turned to snow.
Everyone had been expecting snow, but no one had planned on the freezing rain first. This made the roads really slick and people were having a heck of a time getting out of downtown. We begged our department head to let us leave early but she told us the only ones who could authorize that was Human Resources. And they'd already left! We ended up having to stay until 5:00.
West Sixth Street was a virtual parking lot. People would get stuck behind other cars and everyone's wheels were spinning. Drivers and pedestrians were pushing stuck vehicles in front of them trying to get the traffic moving because everyone just wanted to get home.
It took me two and a half hours just to get from 8th & Brazos to Enfield & Mopac. Once there, I drove around the barricades and got on Mopac and sailed the rest of the way home because there were no other cars on the freeway. (I was determined to get home by 8:00 p.m. so I could watch Dallas on CBS and I made it with 15 minutes to spare.)
On the 10:00 news that night whoever was mayor at the time was asking people to not call in reporting their loved ones missing. He assured folks that their loved ones were just stuck in traffic. It took some people five and six hours to get home.
By 10:30 p.m. the traffic back into downtown was all but gone, so a friend visiting from out of town and I went out drinking and as I remember it, the bars were quite crowded.
Of the three snowstorms we had in 1985, this is the one I remember most vividly. Yet when I go to this link
that lists all the major snowfalls in Austin, there's no record of any snow on February 1, 1985.
Does anyone else remember this third and final snowstorm in 1985, or did I just dream the whole thing?