The Rest of the Best: The 10 Most Recognizable People in Houston

Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the Unites States, and we can best prove that point by highlighting some of our more unmissable citizens. No matter where you are in Houston there are ten people that you're likely to run into and will instantly know who they are.

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10: Booker T: Houston has had its fair number of wrestling superstars over the years, but none as accessible and community-minded as Booker T. Huffman. The 6'3" former champion cuts an imposing figure both at his own Reality of Wrestling shows, on the various golf courses, or having a meal at Mambos, but is always willing to stop and have a chat with a fan.

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9. Brian Arthur: The owner of Super Happy Fun Land looks and acts exactly how you would think he does. Bearded, wild-eyed, but good-hearted, Brian Arthur rules an empire of the odd and strange from his venue on Polk, and sometimes serves as the sole sanctuary for the more esoteric bands and performance artists who want to visit Houston. If you meet him out and about and ask him what's up, be prepared for the answer because what's up is usually something weird and wonderful.

8. The Black Time Lord: A new addition to Houston's collection of personalities is a guy I'm calling the Black Time Lord because he resembles nothing so much as an African-American incarnation of Doctor Who. He's been sighted in Midtown and the Galleria. He is tall, middle-aged, slender, light-skinned, and his black hair is in small cornrows. The BTL tends towards sharp suits in blue or grey, complete with vest and fob watch, over black silk shirts with a knotted cravat. Accessories include a silver-headed cane (Which may or may not conceal a sonic screwdriver) and small sunglasses similar to the ones Gary Oldman wore as Dracula.

Over a dozen people have spotted him and reported it to me, and I have no idea who he is. Just that he's either a time traveler or just the coolest looking guy in the city.

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Dan Kramer
7. Annise Parker: Not only is she our mayor, but as one of the first openly gay mayors from a major city Parker is well-known visually to both residents and visitors. She's friendly, and she's got style to spare so you always know when you spot her on the move on the news. She's also one of the only people from Houston I can name that has been on The Colbert Report and managed to zing him back, which makes her cooler than any three other lesser people.

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Peter Beste
6. Willie D: There's a reason we gave the leader of the Geto Boys an advice column. It's because he's eloquent, famous, and everyone who knows anything about rap knows Willie D. He's not only one of our most treasured musical exports, he writes provocative political prose as well as solid tips for every day situations. Like Booker T, he's keen to help the youth of today aspire to greatness, and you can hear him speak all over the place.

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Notsuoh2
Notsuoh2

hey this is Merlyn. thanks to all those who think I am worthy of being on the recognizable list.any time anybody wants to get to know me just stop and talk to me.Anyone who once saw me at phoenix comics or the magick cauldron should know that I am not nor was I ever the owner of either establishment. I was employed by both long ago.strangers are just friends I haven't met yet.Much love and blessed be to all.

berencheats
berencheats

I only recognized 2. Gibbons and Carpet Muncher.

dustin.kalman
dustin.kalman

I can think of other "recognizable" Houstonians for this list but you don't see them out as often. Such as, Hakeem Olajuwon (who spends a lot of time out of the country) and Geto Boy Bushwick Bill. But what about George H.W. Bush or Bob Lanier? Both are very recognizable and seen at various sports and other events. 

Greg Barker
Greg Barker

I really don't have a problem with Joel Osteen. I get that a lot of people find the whole televangelist thing totally obnoxious but his message is basically one of positivity and love, I think.

MamaJuice
MamaJuice

I am dying to know what Juan Carlos is listening to.  I am thinking Miami Sound Machine must be on his playlist.  I can be having a bad day and he always lifts my spirits.  Way to go Juan Carlos!

jb713
jb713

Willie D isn't recognizable at all. How many people who live in Katy, Sugar Land, Kingwood/Woodlands, etc. recognize him or even know who the Geto Boys are? Quite a reach.

Greg Barker
Greg Barker

Far and away, the most reconizable Houstonian is definitely Joel Osteen.

g.zemanek.1
g.zemanek.1

Where is President Joseph Charles on this list? 

Currahees3506
Currahees3506

Trying hard for politically correct presentations...can I catch a break?  

Jessica Moreau
Jessica Moreau

Amanda, this is AWESOME!!! I can't wait to tell Jason!!!!

Catherine Segraves McCreight
Catherine Segraves McCreight

I only recognized Mayor Parker. Didn't know the ZZ Top guys was from Houston. Don't know him, but of course, I know the band. I've been here nearly 40 years and have never seen these people!

T.j. Dubz
T.j. Dubz

I suspect the people who are confused by this list don't spend much time in Montrose. Little Joe, Christian Hate, Merlyn and Juan Carlos are all people you can't avoid in Montrose (you can also spot Little Joe in Third Ward but I don't expect the people who don't get this list to hang out there). I was surprised neither Johnny Dang nor Mattress Mac made the list. I'm also surprised how few women are represented. Off the top of my head, Deborah Duncan and Dominque Sachse came to mind. p.s. I had no idea Booker T was from Houston.

Eric Clyburn
Eric Clyburn

Thats Booker T(Huffman)....my good friend and my trainer for WWE!!! hes come a long way!!!

T.j. Dubz
T.j. Dubz

You are the first person I've ever heard say anything even close to negative about him. It was my impression he was universally loved. I know he brightens my day anytime I spot him.

Jeremy Barcelo
Jeremy Barcelo

I've also heard he's running an underground cash-only fight tournament but I've heard from someone else that that was B.S.

Jeremy Barcelo
Jeremy Barcelo

I thought about that but I've seen him around more and more at the mma gyms and walking in and out of lawyers' offices lately

Kelly Bellemans Klaus
Kelly Bellemans Klaus

I would only recognize the Mayor or Billy Gibbons but I'd like to meet the Black Time Lord, lol.

Becci Himes
Becci Himes

I guess I'm a white person only, too. lol! Ms. Parker and Billy

Nino Batista
Nino Batista

haha I wouldn't have thought of Brian Arthur, but yeah I agree!

Krissy Guzman
Krissy Guzman

Merlyn and the roller skating guy are my favorite. Now because of this story they are even more awesome in my book!!

reedpappy
reedpappy

@dustin.kalman Someone walked up to me and asked, "Aren't you Ken Reed?"  First and only time that ever happened.  Turned out, he thought I was someone else.  Ah, the price of fame.

reedpappy
reedpappy

@Greg Barker You missed the third part.  Positivity, love, and send money.

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