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housing as a “cultural preference.” It is, says Abrams, “a characteristic of Hispanic communities, irrelevant to their social [and] economic conditions.” Abrams, formerly a Boston developer, said he received this information from the research office of HUD. In response to a question, Abrams said he did not think some Hispanics were living in crowded housing because of poverty. He said he was told “they don’t mind, and they prefer, some prefer, doubling up.” I/ For the showdown debate on the 1985 federal budget, Congressman Phil Gramm turned up to support the Republicans’ budget, which its sponsor said would reduce the deficit $205 billion over three years, compared to the Democrats’ proposed $182 billion, and would provide 24% of its reduction in domestic spending compared to the Democrats’ proposed 14 % and only 20% from defense cuts compared to the Democrats’ 27 %. “I support the [Republican] substitute,” Gramm said, For a childless bachelor, the late Herman Adams is survived by more scattered sons and daughters than anyone since the old woman who lived in the shoe. The difference between Herman, the master politician, teacher and humorist from Silsbee, and the baffled, over-fertile matron from the nursery rhyme is: Herman did know what to do with the University of Texas System, the legislature and his assorted “adopted” offspring. He worked tirelessly to better them all. In 1977 Herman resigned his seat in the Texas House of Representatives to become Vice-Chancellor in charge of governmental affairs at the University of Texas System. “He had a tough act to follow at the UT System,” Chancellor E. Don Walker said during the February 3 memorial service in the Bates Recital Hall on the University campus. “Frank Erwin had been representing UT in the legislature for as long as anyone could remember, and there was no bigger proponent of the University of Texas,” Walker continued. “But Herman Adams didn’t suffer by comparison. In fact, he was an ideal man to follow Frank Erwin. Frank had been a man who believed in “because it puts the bulk of the [cutting] emphasis where it belongs: domestic spending.” For the Democrats, Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York said the GOP plan “locks in and aggravates the unfairness that has been the hallmark of this President and his party for the last three years.” The GOP plan lost in the House, 311-107, with five Texans, Bill Archer, Steve Bartlett, Gramm, Tom Loeffler, and Bill Patman voting for it. Reps. Hance, Paul, and Abraham Kazen did not vote. 1/ Where are they now? Remember former state District Judge 0. P. Carrillo, who in the early 1970s fought the Parr family for control of Duval County? Carrillo is now working for the ultimate winner of the Duval power struggles Clinton Manges. Carrillo is a vice president with Manges’ United States Football League team, the San Antonio Gunslingers, providing a modernist ending to a South Texas epic. one-on-one relationships. Herman operated the same way. He knew the legislature as few people did. His reputation was his passport to every office in the Capitol.” Long before Herman won his political reputation in Austin and Washington, he was Silsbee’s favorite son. Herman loved Silsbee, his small hometown near Beaumont, as much as Silsbee loved Herman. “He was the ambassador from Silsbee,” his friend and former legislative colleague Tom Schieffer remarked at the memorial service, “a wondrous place for us non-East Texans where the people are named Roach and Foots, where the widow Mitchell and Papa Hopkins hold forth. Where sons and daughters are called Brother and Boy and Sue Baby, and where the gossip is about some no account from Caney Head. Herman loved to tell us about life in Silsbee because Herman loved life. Whether it was in Silsbee or Austin or Washington, whether it was the legislature, the Linoleum Club or the Governor’s Mansion, Herman enjoyed being there.” His house on Bridle Path in Austin was often more like a guest house or Information for Historians, Researchers, Nostalgia Buffs, & Observer Fans Bound Volumes: The 1983 bound issues of The Texas Observer are now ready. In maroon, washable binding, the price is $20. Also available at $20 each are volumes for the years 1963 through 1982. Cumulative Index: The clothbound cumulative edition of The Texas Observer Index covering the years 1954-1970 may be obtained for $20. The newly published 1971-1981 index Back Issues: Issues dated January 10, 1963, to the present are available at $1 each. Earlier issues are out of stock, but photocopies of articles from issues dated December 13, 1954 through December 27, 1962 will be provided at $1 per article. Microfilm: The complete backfile dividual years may be ordered separately. To order, or to obtain additional information regarding the 35mm microfilm editions, please write to Univ. Microfilms Intl., 300 N. Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106. to the Observer Business Office. Texas residents please add the 5% sales tax to your remittance. Materials will be sent postpaid. THE TEXAS OBSERVER 600 W. 7th ST. AUSTIN 78701 DIALOGUE Herman Adams Remembered THE TEXAS OBSERVER 13