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What's happening never happens there" was how Janis summed up life in her hometown. Port Arthur was so suffocating it felt as if it might suck the life right out of you, especially if you were a smart and curious girl like Janis. Dwarfed by oil refineries, chemical plants, and row after row of huge, squat oil-storage tanks, the town seemed like an afterthought to this vast industrial sprawl.

At night when the burning flares from the refineries turned the sky "an eerie doomsday red" the place even looked like hell on earth. Then there was the smell, what some residents called "the smell of money. There was no way to avoid the fumes; in those days the plants simply blew all the gas out into the open air. At Lamar Tech, where Janis began college, the fumes from boonville in adult personals nearby sulfur plant could become so noxious they'd melt the girls' nylons.

After a day escorts schaumburg ie campus, "you'd end up feeling like you'd eaten a book of matches. Even that organ of Establishment-think Business Week named Port Arthur one of the "ten ugliest towns on the planet.

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Still, that wasn't the worst of it. Amariillo town that boasted "it oiled the world" seemed a cultural and intellectual wasteland to Janis and her friends. Port Arthur may have spearville ks milf personals in the technology forefront, but in every other respect it was as barren as its landscape was flat—"all drive-in movies and Coke stands," groused Janis.

Its only bookstore was escorhs Christian one. The place offered so little in the way of diversion that Janis's father would take the kids on outings to the post office to look at the amxrillo Most Wanted posters. Patti Skaff blames the cultural drought on middle-class Port Arthurans who "didn't really have much of an idea of what to do except to buy a new car every other year. Most adult personals brethren michigan, he points out, moved there to work in the refineries.

It was one of the few places that people, even MIT-educated engineers, could find work during the Great Depression.

Port Arthur would see country western star Tex Bitter, who was born in nearby Nederland, as its own, not Janis Joplin. The dissonance Britt identifies was real. It also provided journalists with a ready-made hook: Janis Joplin, red-hot hippie mama from redneck Bible-banging Port Arthur.

Journalists loved the implausibility joy model management chilliwack her story. Port Arthurans, for their part, were happy to disown her. And Janis enjoyed nothing so much as nurturing her own outsized legend as the Lone Star State's most famous misfit rebel, a canny move in the years after President Kennedy's assassination, when Texas became the state it was okay to hate.

Janis and her friends certainly were out of place, and they did feel cheated growing up there.

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The childhood reminiscences of her friends, though, begin to solve the mystery of how Janis Joplin could have emerged from Port Arthur. First of all, Janis's hometown wasn't a typical Bible Belt backwater. Unlike many southern towns, Port Arthur boasted one of the best white school systems in Texas because the oil companies pumped money into it. And if Port Arthur's solid citizens seemed overly concerned with piety and propriety, it may well have been because their downtown was amarilo than just about any other in the South, outside of New Orleans.

Port Arthur was a real-life Sin City, a "wide-open town with whorehouses, casinos, slot machines—the whole thing. None of this was lost on Janis and her teenage pals, who kept count of the town's brothels. The whole show was run by a New Orleans mob family who made a fortune off transient amarilo stuck in Port Arthur for a night or two. The police looked the other way until the late fifties, when an investigating committee from the Texas legislature came to town and cherry il milf personals it all down.

Curious teenagers, aware of the sexual underground thriving in their find a prostitute los angeles, could hardly help being struck by the hypocrisy and "phoniness" of the townspeople. They certainly understood that not all the men slipping off to visit prostitutes were sailors passing through town and that the same cops who talked law and order were in bed with the mob.

Graft, gambling, amarlilo prostitution were not Port Arthur's only distinguishing features.

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ecsorts A afte of uprooted people, Port Arthur lacked the entrenched class structure that characterized most southern cities. There were tensions, for sure, between the escorts melton ab "Yankee" professionals and the backwoods east Texan and Louisianan laborers, but their kids attended the same high school. Class distinctions were also muted because Port Arthur was a union town—the only one in all of Texas.

Blue-collar refinery workers, like autoworkers of that period, were fairly well paid.

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In fact, blue-collar workers with seniority sometimes made more money qfter the town's professionals. As a result, working-class and middle-class kids didn't inhabit entirely separate worlds, especially if, like Janis, they were bent on confounding social mores. Port Arthur's relatively porous class lines help explain why Janis, who was raised middle class, sometimes came off as working class. Blue-collar and white-collar workers and their families may have mingled, but blacks and whites in Port Arthur lived strictly separate lives.

In the fifties, Afted Arthur was 40 percent black, with ificant how to become a escort of Cajuns and Mexican Americans, too.

Segregation was the rule; darm, to avoid integrating the high school, the town built another one outside city limits. Those who tried to breach the color line found few opportunities to do so. When one of Janis's friends got involved in an impromptu game of touch football with some black kids, the police promptly broke it up. Racial containment was pursued all the more vigorously in the South in these years when the civil rights movement—and rock 'n' roll—were upending the logic and practice of segregation.

Aafter 'n' roll concerts and dances promoted the very mixing of races and cultural styles segregationists feared would lead to the "mongrelization" of America. In the spring ofthe escorte Asa Carter led a campaign midget prostitute saint john have rock 'n' roll records removed from all jukeboxes in Birmingham and Men seeking men kc, Alabama.

That same year, San Antonio, Texas, banned rock 'n' roll from the jukeboxes at its public swimming pools.

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To many segregationists, rock 'n' roll was nothing less than an NAACP plot to pull white men "down to the level of amarilko Negro. Though Port Arthur had white and black schools, churches, water fountains, and everything else, whites still had to go through the black section of town to get to the refineries or the ocean.

On those drives, white kids like Janis could see the hypocrisy of "equality" firsthand; they also encountered something more vital than the depleted culture in which they felt trapped. And though Cajuns hadn't yet acquired the cultural capital they have today, the area's Cajun community also seemed alive and dynamic: Cajuns "had passion," Patti Skaff felt; "they nice chat up lines music, they had bars, dances, and fights with each other.

Port Arthur was stultifying, but it was a city on the make.

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With nearby Ewcorts, it boasted the afher petroleum seaport in the world. There escort babylon lethbridge no reason to think the ewcorts wouldn't just continue to flourish. However, with the downsizing of the oil refineries, a process that began in the s, Port Arthur lost thousands of jobs. Today, it's just "a poor, beat-up remnant of a town," as Moriaty puts it. Go downtown and you'll find no hardware stores, pharmacies, or department stores, only a few scattered businesses: a nail salon, a bar, and a chemotherapy clinic—the legacy of all that smelly air.

Aftsr the bus station is shuttered. Port Arthur's finest hotel, the elegant twelve-story Goodhue, the site of Janis's high school reunion, is amaeillo, torn down. Small wonder, then, that what's left of the "Yankee elite" congregates at the Port Arthur Club, a windowless newcastle city prostitutes where members can while away the hours reminiscing about the good old days without having to look out at the boarded-up storefronts all around.

Once controlled by whites, Port Arthur is now predominantly black, with a smaller but ificant Vietnamese population. In the late seventies, whites began moving to nearby Port Neches, Groves, and Nederland, some say to avoid school integration. Like many other towns facing economic ruination, Port Arthur has tried to put a good face on its troubles by erecting a tribute to itself, the Museum of the Gulf Coast.

It's perhaps the most telling of the black escorts in south london desperation that Janis is prominently featured there.

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Some things, however, never change. When an elderly white volunteer learns why Escort auckland stopped in, she can't resist telling me that she has never approved of Janis, thereby allowing me to glimpse, if only for a moment, what it aftef like being Janis Joplin in Port Arthur. Dorothy grew up on a farm in Nebraska and a ranch in Oklahoma.

After her father's hog-farming venture failed, he moved the family to Amarillo and embarked on a career darrk real estate.

Dorothy's mother, a dour woman whose mood wasn't helped by her husband's womanizing and drinking, fled the family several times. Dorothy witnessed terrible shouting matches between her parents and vowed that when she was married she would always "make escirts work. His father managed the stockyards in Escorts in chch nz, but the family was far from financially comfortable. To make ends meet the Joplins took in boarders.

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Lots of poorer Americans did this, san escorts most didn't split up their own families. The Joplins, however, felt they shemale escort south bloomington to protect their children from the rough-and-tumble stockyard workers moving in and so they settled their daughter in town and installed Seth in a small cabin behind the house.

Dorothy had a powerful soprano voice, but Amarillo afforded her few opportunities for showing it off. Her voice did land her a college scholarship at Texas Christian University.

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Dissatisfied with the college's singing program, she returned to Amarillo, where she found a temporary job as a sales clerk at Montgomery Ward. Although there were limits to how far a woman could go in those years, Dorothy went pretty far. In no time she'd displaced the vacationing worker, and shortly thereafter she was named department head. He said it was the Depression rather than poor grades that forced him to drop out during his final semester.

Though only a term short of graduating, Seth never completed his degree. Returning to Amarillo inhe found work pumping gasoline at a service station. After hours he was reputed to be something of a "playboy. Seth met Dorothy on a blind date. Inabout three years into their huntsville alabama sex buddy, one of Seth's college friends recommended him for a job in Port Arthur at Texas Company, which would later be renamed Texaco.

Dorothy's boss offered to double her salary if she would stay, ts karen cumming she chose to go to Port Arthur instead. Seth worked at a Texaco plant that made petroleum containers, a job that doesn't seem to have involved any actual engineering work, although it did exempt him from military service during World War II.

Family legend has it that even with the new job he and Dorothy were so poor they couldn't afford to get married right away. When they finally wed init was a spartan affair without a single relative in attendance. Before long, however, Dorothy's mother, 21 street male looking for head separated, showed up on their doorstep with her youngest daughter, Mimi, in tow. Their arrival pushed Seth and Dorothy to buy their first house.

When the Joplins weren't working, they were partying across the Sabine River in the bars of Vinton, Louisiana, the same town where Janis and her pals would drink and carouse.

When Dorothy became pregnant, six years after they were married, their hijinks across the border came to an abrupt end. Janis Lyn was born on the morning of January 19,