Al Reinert

Al Reinert is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He co-wrote the screenplays for the Ron Howard film Apollo 13 and Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, but is best known for directing and producing For All Mankind, an award-winning documentary about NASA’s Apollo program.


High-Heel Homicide

After Ana Trujillo was arrested in the bludgeoning death of her lover, she hired lawyer Jack Carroll to represent her in what became Houston’s splashiest trial of the spring. Did I mention that Carroll is my brother-in-law? And that the murder weapon was a cobalt-blue, five-and-a-half-inch stiletto?

The Best Little Checkpoint in Texas

A dramatic increase in border security over the past six years has made the Sierra Blanca inspection station one of the nation’s toughest. And I oughta know.

The Last Blast

Few things are as majestic as the launch of the space shuttle. But after nearly thirty years, NASA is sending up its final orbiters. Here’s the view from up close.

The Texas 100: Revenge of the Nerd

He made his first million before many kids finish college. Less than a decade later, Michael Dell continues to confound conventional wisdom.

The Challengers

If anyone can keep Whitmire from being Houston’s mayor for life, it’s Sylvester Turner or Bob Lanier.

Texas Movies: Tender Foote

Oscar-winning screenwriter Horton Foote continues to capture ordinary people coping with life’s difficulties.

A Fool for Mules

One man’s quest to clear the reputation of an animal maligned.

Lost in Space

Locked away in NASA’s storage vaults was some of the most glorious footage ever filmed. I thought turning it into a movie would be a snap. Ten years later I’ve revised my opinion.

Sax to the Max

A Houston bellhop by day, tenor saxman Grady Gaines has come out of retirement to bring back the trademark sound of a great rock and roll band.

This Water Is My Water

Cool, clear, and pure, it’s the bounty of the Edwards Aquifer, and if something isn’t done to limit pumping by Hill Country farmers and a thirsty San Antonio, it may also be dry.

The Inventive Mr. Chu

Heat + pressure + yttrium + a politically savvy University of Houston physicist = a formula to change the world.

Habits of the Heart

Time-honored Texas rituals by Paul Burka,

Where NASA Went Wrong

The seeds of the Challenger disaster were sowed long ago, in the space agency’s conflict between its ideals and its politics.

Tiptoeing On the Ocean of Storms

What astronaut Alan Bean saw on the moon changed his life. Now, with paint and canvas, he’s trying to let the rest of us see it too.