I’ve got a “Winnie the Pooh” update and, frankly, if you want something to happen, write about it in The Tribune. It’ll happen.

I guarantee it because Winnie the Pooh finally made his annual Christmas appearance in our neighborhood.

I’m talking about the bigger-than-life, full-colored Winnie, a Mill’s Branch fixture for years and years and years. It wasn’t Christmas until Winnie the Pooh appeared. Our goal was to get Christmas decorations up before Winnie appeared.

Winnie never appeared last year. It wasn’t the same.

My last column lamented, “What happened to Winnie?”

Then it happened. After The Tribune hit the driveway. Winnie appeared. Yes, that cute little Winnie, glowing under his own spotlight, back where he belonged.

I will never, ever underestimate the “Power of the Press” – or at least the power of The Tribune.

Since I can’t be everywhere, I asked Ted Mandel, our Tom’s Tall Tales food critic, to report on the appearance of The Soup Nazi at Kingwood’s new big and beautiful H-E-B.

For anyone who isn’t a Seinfeld fan, The Soup Nazi is a character from the TV show who expects his customers to follow his demands – stand in line correctly, order correctly, pay correctly. You don’t follow his demands? “No soup for you,” the Soup Nazi yells. “Next!”

Larry Thomas is the actor who played The Soup Nazi and he’s had a whole second career traveling around the country performing his now infamous Seinfeld role and yelling, in character, “No soup for you.”

Who better to check out Thomas than Mandel, who takes his food so seriously that he’s created his own Facebook page, “Bring Krispy Kreme to Lake Houston.”

Ted takes his food so seriously that we left Kingwood two hours earlier than we needed to one Saturday morning just so that we could have fresh Krispy Kreme donuts just before we toured the new Houston Chronicle plant. I must admit, watching the dough travel down the conveyer belt on its way to becoming a Krispy Kreme was interesting for a non-foodie like me.

Ted was perfect for the job and, in his own words, here’s what he said about The Soup Nazi:

“There were never more than four to five people in line at H-E-B for the 15 minutes I observed, but it was a steady flow of people with the queue never empty. Larry Thomas was very accommodating and friendly. He would utter his signature line, “No soup for you!” to anyone who asked. He drank a lot of Diet Dr Pepper, unusual for a native New Yorker. Has a bigger celebrity made a public appearance in Kingwood?”

That’s a good point you raise, Ted. As terrific as we think we are here in the Liveable Forest, we don’t seem to see many Kardashian types. The last time I remember anybody famous was when “Tin Cup” was filmed in 1996 at the Clubs of Kingwood.

Several volunteers at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital were “extras” for the tournament scenes at the time and they have quite the number of stories to tell about Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson and Cheech Marin.

Come to think of it, none of those actors hold a candle to The Soup Nazi.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.