Emily Yoffe

Stories

Act II

After years of being alternately judged a great playwright and a great disappointment, Edward Albee has found his footing in Houston, where he teaches, socializes, and gets star treatment.

The Man Hollywood Trusts

From Top Gun to Batman, Austin’s Warren Skaaren writes the movies everyone wants to see.

How Not to Rob a Bank

Two nice guys with financial troubles thought they found the perfect solution to the bust. Well, it seemed like a good idea at that time.

The Bush League

In George Bush’s Cabinet, Texans are crawling out of the woodwork. Read about their pasts, their pets, their secret passions.

A Dirty, Rotten Mess

Every day each of us contributes five pounds to the growing mountain of garbage. Now the mountain looks like a volcano that’s threatening to erupt.

The Ants From Hell

Fire ants are on the relentless march across Texas, maiming, devouring, and stinging the living daylights out of everything in their path. We’ve tried to stop them, and it has only made them stronger.

Boone Pickens and the Roach Motel

The controversial home of an embattled college president is a symbol of a Panhandle brawl full of conspiracies.

The Double Life of Finis Crutchfield

The bishop denied until the end that he got AIDS from homosexual contact. But the furor that resulted from his death has opened the door on his life as a gay man.

The Best and the Worst Legislators

We just rate them. You voted for them.

The Deadly Doctor

As a medical student, Deborah Spiva was at the top of her class. As a researcher, she did experiments that came out perfectly. As a physician, she was known for treating patients with rare diseases. She was too good to be true.

Advice From the Experts

We gave a bunch of smart Texans $50,000. (Okay, we didn’t really, we just said we did.) The money comes with these strings attached: it has to be invested in Texas now, and the investments have to pay off by 1996.

Against the Grain

One school of though holds that when the economy is in a nosedive, that’s the time to go into business. At lease that’s what a farmer, an oilman, a developer, and a banker believe.

Famous Fixers

They have done it all: saved New York City and Massachusetts, written economic classics, created new companies, and turned old ones around. Now, at our request, they’re fixing Texas.

Making It In the Bust

At a time when Texas seems to have lost its gift for creating fortunes, there has emerged a group of entrepreneurs who are making money by catering to the needs of people who are going broke.

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