A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 21, 2008
Houston Crummyicle (Houston Chronicle nickname)

The Houston Chronicle is a daily newspaper published in Houston, Texas. The Chronicle began in 1901 and now has the ninth largest newspaper circulation in the United States and the largest in Texas.

The derogatory nickname Houston Crummyicle (sometimes given as Crummycle) is cited in print from 2006 in the conservative blog Lone Star Times. The term is used by often by a commenter named Robert, implying frequently that the liberal slant of the Houston Chronicle makes it “crummy.”

The Houston Chronicle has also been nicknamed the Houston Comical (since at least 1990), the Houston Chronic (since 1997), the Houston Moronicle (since 2001) and the Houston Barnacle/Barnicle (since 2002).


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

Lone Star Times
Robert on July 25th, 2006 at 12:19 pm
Reply to No. 30. Nat Pierce,
In my book you don’t have to be Catholic to get bashed. I’m an equal opportunity basher, who prefers to bash liberal Democrats, but certain things requiring bashing (aka humor or as the “Crummyicle” refers to as editorializing) get my attention. I only wish to liven things up. If it is as the expense of the liberals than more power to me. If some people don’t see the humor in it then so be it. Remember, when I bashing the Democrats, it kind of offsets what the “Crummyicle” is doing. So for those who enjoy my “Top Ten” list, enjoy on and for those who don’t, sorry but you have to loosen up. There are more serious things in life!!!!

Lone Star Times
Robert on August 1st, 2006 at 3:36 pm
Willie, sometimes people write down or print something that others wish they had said or were thinking but just didn’t have the nerve to say or do. Considering what these two men were involved in and what they have done to their people, I don’t think this rises to the level of crass, offensive or even disappointing. It is an attention grabber or exploitative journalism. I consider my “Top Ten” list to be “editorial” captioning. I don’t think this is any worse than the Crummyicle’s editorial cartoons. I cannot do anything to these two men (although I wish I could) except exploit them thru humor. 

Lone Star Times
Robert on November 1st, 2006 at 11:03 am
What did you expect from the Crummyicle, anyway?? I was surprised the Kerry thing got press from the Crummyicle.

Lone Star Times
Robert on December 11th, 2006 at 1:02 pm
The Crummyicle has its agenda and they are not very discreet in their publications. At least we all know it and can deal with it. There are a lot of reasons their circulation is down. But solving them is not high on their agenda. So you are free to read it or not.

CRK on December 11th, 2006 at 1:22 pm
At this point, I doubt the Crummycle (I like that moniker) even has any clue as to what could be done to turn the tide on their declining subscription rate. My heart really bleeds for them too.

Lone Star Times
Robert Says:
February 27th, 2007 at 3:09 pm e
Reply to No. 13: Jon’s been on the radio for a long time. You can’t be a phony for that long without your true colors coming to the surface. He was very compassionate about his conservative beliefs without being overtly religious about it. That was one of the things I liked about him when I listened to him. You knew he made the Crummyicle mad by the way they covered his legal problems. I’ve heard of stories about what they do to people like him in prison, maybe his age (61) will play in his favor. Only Jon and his maker know why he turned out this way. Good luck, Jon, your going to need it.

Lone Star Times
Robert 1 on December 17th, 2007 at 1:02 pm
Thank you Crummyicle for trying to convict Joe Horn in the “court of public opinion”. Unfortunately for you the jury is stacked against you and “jury nullification” is a distinct possiblity. Oh, and so is subscription cancellations.

Lone Star Times
Robert 1 on March 12th, 2008 at 1:00 pm
The Crummyicle, in it’s infinite wisdom, must have got the “R” and “D” mixed up when reviewing the importance of these stories. Besides who cares, the Crummyicle has a monopoly on printed news here so the reader has no other choice.

Lone Star Times
Robert 1 on May 13th, 2008 at 3:24 pm
We all know the media tells you WHAT THEY want you to hear. They will SPIN IT the way that is favorable to what they want you to know. That’s why the internet, when used, can provide you all kinds of information from both sides. You have to find one you trust for their honesty and balance or you can chose one that GIVES YOU what you want to hear. There are a lot of people take what the Crummyicle prints as the gospel truth. You can provide them all kinds of information and sources of information but they will refuse to check it out for themselves, they prefer to believe the Crummyicle. You can’t do anything about it, you just have to hope they don’t vote.

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