The single most important page of a magazine is its cover. It’s the one that editors and art directors spend the most time thinking about, arguing over, and tweaking right up until the last minute. At Texas Monthly all of our covers—dating back to February 1973—are displayed in the hallways of the Austin office, so every day we are proudly reminded of well-known images like Ann Richards on the motorcycle (July 1992) and Michael Irvin with a white-powder mustache (January 1997). But seeing cover subjects we haven’t heard from in a while always makes us wonder, “What ever happened to Bobby Morrow?” or “What became of the Deadly Doctor?” Here are a few sought-after answers.
Former astronaut Mary Cleave is a veteran of two space flights and orbited the earth 172 times. She lives in Houston and has been conducting global biosphere research for NASA since 1991.
In 1956 San Benito’s Bobby Morrow won three gold medals in track and field at the Olympic Games in Melbourne. Not one for the spotlight, he moved back to South Texas, where he took over his family’s farming operations. He is now retired and lives in Port Isabel.
Sheriff Jack McDaniel was so devoted to his job that he kept enforcing the law west of the Pecos even after he got a heart transplant, in 1995. He retired in 1996 and still lives in Alpine.
The elegant Anne H. Bass —in 1987 soon to be Sid’s ex—now calls Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue home. Texas’ loss has been New York’s gain, for the former grande dame of Fort Worth Ballet now chairs galas for New York City Ballet.
Though Deborah Spiva lost her medical license in December 1986 while she was being investigated for the deaths of several of her patients, it was restored four years later by a state judge who ruled that she had been denied due process. She died in Fredericksburg in 1995.
Edie Brickell, whose 1989 hit “What I Am” vaulted the shy singer from Oak Cliff to stardom, married Paul Simon in 1992 and lives on Long Island. Last year Brickell and her band, the New Bohemians, recorded a new album called The Live Montauk Sessions.
Brenda Aaronson is still a professional model. She lives with her husband, Jack Krenek (who was once a model), in La Jolla, California. Aaronson was recently featured in a TV and print campaign for Jergen’s.
In March 1992 Richard Lyon ’s request for a new trial was denied, and he was sent to prison in Huntsville to serve out his life sentence for poisoning his wife. His story was dramatized in the 1995 made-for-TV movie Death in Small Doses.
Charles Albright, who murdered three Dallas prostitutes in the early nineties and then cut out their eyes as souvenirs, is serving a life sentence in an Amarillo state prison. He has asked the Innocence Project, which is headed up by famed defense attorney Barry Scheck, to run DNA tests on the hairs found on the victims, which the police claim were his.
Texas Monthly ran this stock photo without knowing the identity of the model. A few weeks later, a man called and said, “That’s my mother.” Our cover girl turned out to be Molly Ardrey, who was in her twenties when this picture was taken. She went on to star in Annie Get Your Gun on Broadway, then later moved to Brackettville, where she died in 1999.
Gil and Amy Stoner have moved from the family’s ranch north of Uvalde to the ranch of land commissioner David Dewhurst between Fredericksburg and Kerrville, where Gil trains horses. Red died in 1998, and the Stoner Ranch is now overseen by his son Tom, who, like three generations before him, is battling extended drought.
Teenage lovers David Graham and Diane Zamora were both sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Adrianne Jones. Graham recently became the co-editor of the Texas prison newspaper, The Echo.