R.I.P., Eleanor Tinsley

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Eleanor Tinsley, who served on the City Council for 16 years, has died.

She was big on two things -- getting Houston's billboards taken down, and trying to stop cigarette smoking anywhere and everywhere, it seemed.

The elegantly coiffed Tinsley -- she always looked like the Dallas-native Baylor alum she was -- is perhaps best known now as being the namesake of Eleanor Tinsley Park near downtown.

We seem to recall drunk smokers coming up with obscene lyrics to "Eleanor Rigby" at bars around town when Tinsley was pushing to ban cigs, but those lyrics have been lost to time.

Maybe someone should knock down a billboard in her honor today.

-- Richard Connelly

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