Just a side note here, not a political one, but a note:
is named for George Herbert Walker Bush (not the current president), the 41st President, who was a congressman from Houston, brought several programs to the city in the late 60s and early 70s, and still maintains his main home in Houston today. During his presidency he brought the G-7 summit and Republican Convention to Houston, and he and his wife sit on many boards in the city, including MD
Anderson Cancer center. Now granted he is still alive, but no longer in office. I do not know why it is hard to believe it would be named after him. Much Like Llyod Bentsen got his own Freeway in Houston (though no one uses that one much either) and Hobby got his own airport. The bigger surprise to me is Ted Stevens in Alaska, as he is still a sitting member of congress.
I don't know when the idea of naming things after those still alive came about, but we have Jimmy Carter subs, and Reagan Airports etc
I agree most locals still call it Intercontinental or just 'The Big Airport', then their is 'Hobby'.
-good luck on your trip BTW, I just spent a month in Vegas on Air Force biz, but had plenty of free time. Just don't drive in town. According to the Nevada HWY Patrol during our inbrief, at any given hour in Clark County 25-30% of the drivers are intoxicated.
Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Capt-AWACS, Sarcasm, just another service I offer