Wide open

There’s another brave new publication in town, called Austin Wide Open. It’s already been passed along, so the physical copy’s not here for reference. At first, I thought I remembered it to be called Austin Open Wide, but that’s too dental.

Anyhow, in the inaugural copy there’s a tribute to Paul Ray, along with some free publicity for the latest venture of Jeff Nightbyrd.

Though there’s a bit of back-story on Paul Ray, one of Austin’s great segue artists, there’s none on Nightbyrd, once editor of the fondly remembered Austin Sun, a predecessor of the Chron. For a while he lived in the Stacy Mansion south of the river, but whether that was before, during, or after his venture into selling dehydrated urine crystals to those needing to pass drug tests can’t be remembered. His “Conquering the Urine Test” remains widely cited.

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