Movie about Houston from 1982 – 2012

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I went to Discovery Green Friday evening to check out Stephen Klineberg’s documentary – Interesting Times. I’d say there were approximately 200-300 people on the lawn enjoying the nice weather along with some live music and entertainment. After getting bitten 3 times by mosquitos, I was about to call it a night and leave, but finally they showed the movie.

Interesting Times takes a look at Houston’s economic and demographic development for the past 30 years.  For the past thirty years, Rice University Professor Stephen Klineberg has been surveying a random sample of people living in Harris County and asking identical questions:

  • How do you see the world?
  • What is happening in your life?
  • What is your job outlook?

For me this movie was an eye opener. Did you know that:

  • 75% of all those younger than the age of 30 are not Anglos
  • the future of Houston’s prosperity may depend on nano-technology
  • there is a plan to plant 1,000,000 trees in the city

It is a great short movie and special thanks to Klineberg for putting the results of his study on film. If you’d like to see the film, e-mail kinder@rice.edu or fill out a request form on the institute’s Web site at www.kinder.rice.edu.

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