Cast Away

One could say curiosity got the best of Yuri Xavier. The Brazil native and recovering actor, who co-owns Ligne Group, a Houston-based firm specializing in high-end interior-design brand development, recently launched his podcast, Minded. “I wanted to talk to leaders, experts in their field, and thought, ‘Why not just call them up and ask if they would like to talk,’” he says, cheekily adding he’s “perfected the art of stalking.” His guests have included celeb stylist Jeanne Yang and Michael Papadeas, a global exec of the Frieze art fairs. In that spirit of curiosity, can you spot the fib about this up-and-coming media maven?

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1. As a teenager, Yuri was a soap opera star, having had a lead role in Chiquititas, what he calls “a Brazilian version of High School Musical.”

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Coming Home

He grew up here but Houstonians probably know Woodlands High grad Jacob Rascon, 31, best from Hurricane Harvey. Then based in New York, Rascon stood knee-deep in floodwaters covering the storm as a correspondent for NBC Nightly News. Weeks later, he joined KPRC as an anchor, making Houston his permanent home again, with his wife and four kids. In February, the Spanish-speaking triathlete will lead KPRC’s Olympic coverage from South Korea. Can you spot the fun fib about H-Town’s newest newsman?

Jhane Hoang

1. He’s a Mormon, and he graduated from Brigham Young University. “Their journalism program is one of the best in the country.”

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Hair to the Throne

Sorry James Harden, but you’ll never have the most famous beard in Houston. That honor belongs to the Santa Claus-like ginger waterfall on the chin of one Billy F. Gibbons, lead singer and guitarist of rock band ZZ Top. At 67, Gibbons is still a badass and, truth be told, he’ll probably die a badass … and a Houstonian.

Sorry James Harden, but you’ll never have the most famous beard in Houston. That honor belongs to the Santa Claus-like ginger waterfall on the chin of one Billy F. Gibbons, lead singer and guitarist of rock band ZZ Top. At 67, Gibbons is still a badass and, truth be told, he’ll probably die a badass … and a Houstonian. Born and bred here, he’s perhaps the city’s most recognizable and long-lasting international star. Gibbons and ZZ Top still tour, and don’t spend a ton of time at home, but they will be playing the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo on March 22. Before you go, we’ll share a little trivia about the man behind the beard and shades. Can you spot which two of these three anecdotes about Gibbons are true and which is a lie?

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