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El Paso Beaumont Brownsville Corpus Dallas Port Arthur Harlingen Christi Fort Worth Orange San Benito 1977 SOURCE: University of Texas Bureau of Business Research *Excludes cost of land. 1971 Galveston Houston Texas City San Antonio Wichita Fags Midland Prepared for Texas Insurance Advisory Association by the Texas Insurance Information Center of the Insurance Information Institute. 1011 Congress / Salle 501, / Austin. Taxes 70701 Ned Fritz honored New York’s College of Environ mental Science and Forestry has honored a TexanEdward C. “Ned” Fritzfor his many contributions to the cause of environmental protection by naming him one of five national recipients of the 1978 Sol Feinstone Awards. Fritz, a Dallas attorney and chairman of the Texas Committee on Natural Resources, organized the first Texas chapter of the Audubon Society back in 1952, and he has been an indefatigable champion of the environment ever since. Combining a crusader’s spirit and a lawyer’s thoroughness, Fritz has been effective. Instrumental in the establishment of the Big Thicket National Preserve, he also led the effort to protect the Trinity River from channelization, helped bring about Texas strip mine control legislation, started up the drive to establish a $1.5 million Texas natural heritage program, and planned the legal strategy to protect the Four-Notch area of the Big Thicket from clear-cutting. 0 Turman joins Mattox Jimmy Turman, the Gober Dem ocrat who served as speaker of the Texas House in the early ’60s and narrowly lost a 1962 run-off against Preston Smith for the lieutenant governorship, has signed on as chief-ofstaff to U.S. Rep. Jim Mattox. Turman, an education specialist who has held several positions with the U.S. Office of Education, is known as an effective administrator, which is something Mattox is widely known to need. The Dallas populist, who has taken on more than most members of Congress, has never been one to delegate authority especially wellhence Turman, who will be in charge of the administration of both Mattox’s Washington and Dallas offices. So what? A recent item in The New Yorker magazine piqued our curiosity. It noted that the leading page heading in the Manhattan yellow pages was that of “automobile,” which lords over 42 pages. Being ordinary Texans, which is to say aggressively insecure, we checked out the Houston, Dallas and San Antonio classified directories to see how the home state listings stacked up to the Big Apple’s. For whatever it’s worth \(and we commanded 73 pages of space in San Antonio’s phone book, 85 in Dallas’, and 122 in Houston’s. Emboldened by this news, we went on to compare other categories and are pleased to pass along our findings, more raw data to fuel the witless Sun Belt/ Frost Belt promo battle waged by politicians in both ‘regions: Man Yellow Pages Category hatHouDal tan stun las S.A. Automobile 42 122 85 73 Locks/Locksmiths 20 18 8 6 Attorneys 18 24 18 6 Real Estate 17 40 29 20 Television 14 23 18 15 Limousines 10 2 3 1 Maids’ Service* 22 23 9 3 Art 7 4 4 3 Books 8 4 5 3 Churches 5 10 10 5 Insurance 11 35 28 17 Boats 4 15 7 5 Government 13 9 8 7 * By number of individual listings rather than number of pages. Buying a dream home? Dream on! A house of your owneven a ticky-tacky affair out in the suburbscomes dear today, and if costs continue to rise at the current rate, the single-family dwelling will soon be far beyond the reach of most Texans. Figures summarized in a report issued by the University of Texas Bureau of Business Research show that average construction costs for houses in 12 Lone Star cities in 1977 came to $35,396, or almost 100 percent more than the 12-city average of $18,076 in 1971. Costs today range from $22,430 in Wichita Falls to $46,190 in Midland, and these include only the construction billnot land purchase, the builder’s profit, or mortgage expenses \(interest and closing Photo by Keith Dannemiller 12 MAY 12, 1978