"Developer" Still Shilling Ridiculous EarthQuest Park
We did a spit take Tuesday when we saw pretty new renderings for a long-dormant mega-amusement-park called EarthQuest prominently displayed in the Chron.
Yep, they're still at it.
We first wrote about the eco-friendly "ClusterQuest" in 2012, after two writers for a Montgomery County paper called The Tribune exposed the dubious background of former EarthQuest consultant Don Holbrook, as well as a questionable financial relationship between Holbrook and the head of an entity called the East Montgomery County Improvement District.
Holbrook responded by suing Tribune reporter and publisher Cynthia Calvert as well as The Houston Press, and approximately 18,000 other individuals and newspapers who Holbrook said were all engaged in a a complex nationwide conspiracy against him. Because that's just how important Holbrook is, apparently. (We may be slightly off on the number of defendants).
Holbrook ultimately dropped his suit against The Press and no longer appears to be involved with EarthQuest.
The new mouthpiece is Chris Brown, head of the Los Angeles-based Contour Entertainment, whose projects include a casino on Phnom Penh, a traveling Star Trek exhibit, and drawings for a Wild West-themed restaurant. (The restaurant's plans include an "immersive dining experience" where actors stage gunfights at dinner -- the awesome black-and-white rendering includes an actor dressed as a cowboy firing a gun two feet away from a little girl huddling next to her father).
Brown and Holbrook also pitched an Army tank-driving course -- featuring a separate area for a mortar firing range -- to boost tourism in the small town of Pahrump, outside Las Vegas.