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Entry from June 21, 2008
Houston Chronic (Houston Chronicle nickname)

The Houston Chronicle was first printed in 1901 and is one of the top ten largest circulation newspapers in the United States.

The nickname Houston Chronic has been popular since at least 1997. The meaning of “chronic” can be varied. Dr. Dre produced an album titled The Chronic (1992), named after a slang term for premium grade cannabis. Houston rapper Devin the Dude (Devin Copeland) produced an album titled The Dude (1998), with a cover photo of the artist on the toilet reading a newspaper titled the Houston Chronic.

Variations of Houston Chronic include Houston Chronic-ill and Houston Chronic Illness.

Other nicknames of the Houston Chronicle include the Houston Comical (since at least 1990), the Houston Moronicle (since 2001), the Houston Barnacle/Barnicle (since 2002) and the Houston Crummyicle (since 2006).


Wikipedia: Houston Chronicle
The Houston Chronicle is the largest daily newspaper in Texas, USA. As of March 2007, it is the ninth largest newspaper in the United States. With the demise of its long-time rival the Houston Post, its nearest major competitors are located in Dallas-Fort Worth.

The Houston Chronicle is the largest daily paper owned and operated by the Hearst Corporation, a multinational corporate media conglomerate with $4 billion in revenues. The paper employs nearly 2,000 people, including approximately 300 journalists, editors, and photographers. The Chronicle has bureaus in Washington, D.C., Mexico, Colombia, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Beaumont and the Rio Grande Valley. Its web site averages 25 million hits per month.

1901: Marcellus E. Foster
The Houston Chronicle was founded in 1901 by a former reporter for the now-defunct Houston Post, Marcellus E. Foster. Foster, who had been covering the Spindletop oil boom for the Post, invested in Spindletop and took $30 of the return on that investment — at the time equivalent to a week’s wages — and used it to found the Chronicle.

The Chronicle’s first edition was published on October 14, 1901 and sold for two cents per copy, at a time when most papers sold for five cents each. At the end of its first month in operation, the Chronicle had a circulation of 4,378 — roughly one tenth of the population of Houston at the time. Within the first year of operation, the paper purchased and consolidated the Daily Herald.

Wikipedia: The Chronic
The Chronic is the debut album from American hip hop producer Dr. Dre, released in 1992 through his own label, Death Row Records. The album was named after a slang term for cannabis. The album cover is a homage to Zig-Zag rolling papers. The album was recorded by Dr. Dre after he left N.W.A over a financial dispute, and consequently featured subtle and direct insults at Ruthless Records and its owner, Dr. Dre’s former N.W.A. group mate, Eazy-E.

Dr. Dre’s production is noted for founding and popularizing the G-Funk sub-genre within gangsta rap. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and has sold over eight million copies, which led to him becoming one of the top ten best-selling American performing artists of 1993. It is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential albums of the 1990s and believed by some to be the best produced hip-hop album of all time.

Overview
Having split from N.W.A, Dr. Dre’s first solo album established him as one of the biggest hip hop stars of his era. The Chronic brought G-funk to the mainstream—a genre defined by slow bass beats and melodic synthesizers, topped by P-Funk samples, female vocals, and a laconic, laid-back lyrical delivery referred to as a “lazy drawl”. The album takes its name from a slang term for premium grade cannabis, Chronic. The album cover is a homage to Zig-Zag rolling papers.

Google Groups: houston.general
Newsgroups: houston.general
From: “Max L. Tindell”
Date: 1997/01/30
Subject: ATTN. ADELE

Your mission today, should you choose to accept it, is to critique the headline on the front page of the 2/30/97 Houston Chronic concerning the use of TAAS scores to evaluate teachers. 

Google Groups: tx.guns
Newsgroups: tx.guns
From: (John_Johnson)
Date: 1997/04/30
Subject: Re: Harris County CHL Licensee/Judge Shoots Robbery Suspect

I wonder if the Houston Chronic and/or the Austin Amerikan Socialist are going to print Editorials calling for the Judge’s prosecution and removal for issuing “Summary Justice?”

Google Groups: houston.general
Newsgroups: austin.general, houston.general
From: “Max L.Tindell”
Date: 1997/06/05
Subject: School Districts was:Re: Jesse Jackson

Wasn’t there something in the Houston Chronic recently about splitting up Houston ISD?

Poynter Online: Newspaper Nicknames
Houston / San Antonio
Posted by dwight silverman 10/28/2003 2:38:54 PM
Here in Houston, The Chronicle gets called the Comical and the Chronic. When it was around, the Houston Post was called the Useless Post.

Poynter Online: Newspaper Nicknames
More Texas nicknames
Posted by Jim Cullen 10/28/2003 5:38:28 PM
Austin American Real-Estatesman (American-Statesman)
Beaumont Emptyprize (Enterprise)
Fort Worth Startlegram (Star-Telegram)
Houston Chronic Illness (Chronicle)

Cotillion
Thursday, June 02, 2005
Houston Chronic(le) update

Don Surber
Jim Withem Says:
May 31st, 2007 at 4:59 pm
“When your stuck in Rome but you wanna go home, COCAINE!”
And for your reading pleasure, here are 2 headlines on the front page of the Houston Chronic-ill today (above the fold): EXXON ISN’T BUDGING ON EMISSIONS STANCE; and NASA chief doubts global warming is front-burner issue.

XLR8R
Devin the Dude: To Put it Bluntly
July 2 2007
(...)
Urged by Scarface to make a solo album, Devin completed The Dude in 1998. Excellent, though much overlooked, the album was probably best known at the time for its cover photo of Devin on the toilet, reading a newspaper called the Houston Chronic.

Houston Chronicle blogs - SportsJustice with Richard Justice
August 02, 2007
You’re no longer needed, Mike Lamb. Okay, just this once.
(...)
I also can’t stand Richard Justice. That’s why I spend so much time reading his blog and commenting on it instead of doing something productive or doing something that makes me happy. Then again, I’m a masochist and not very smart. Because of my lack of intelligence I also like to used tired cliches like “Lastros,” “Half-Astros,” “The Houston Comical,” “The Houston Chronic,” and “The Houston Barnacle” instead of actually coming up with something thoughtful.
Posted by: John M at August 3, 2007 07:59 AM

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