Gary Cartwright

Gary Cartwright received his B.A. in journalism from Texas Christian University. He has had a distinguished career as a newspaper reporter and as a freelance writer, contributing stories to such national publications as Harper’s, Life, and Esquire. He was a senior editor at Texas Monthly for 25 years until his retirement in 2010 at age 76. Cartwright was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in 1986 in the category of reporting excellence. He has been the recipient of a Dobie-Paisano fellowship and has won the Texas Institute of Letters Stanley Walker Award for Journalism and the Carr P. Collins Award for nonfiction. He won the 1989 Press Club of Dallas Katie Award for Best Magazine News Story. He also won the 2005 Headliner Club of Austin award for best magazine story. Cartwright has written several books, including Blood Will Tell, Confessions of a Washed-up Sportswriter, Dirty Dealing, and Galveston: A History of the Island, published in 1991. He has co-written three movie scripts, J. W. Coop (Columbia, 1972); A Pair of Aces (CBS-TV, 1990), which he also co-produced; and Pancho, Billy and Esmerelda, which he co-produced for his own production company in 1994. In addition, he co-produced Another Pair of Aces for CBS. Blood Will Tell was filmed by CBS-TV as a four-hour miniseries in 1994. In 1998 his book, HeartWiseGuy, was published.


Behind the Lines

The dreamiest of the practical decisions.

I Was a Dude on Tumbling Mare Mountain

My pack trip in Mexico’s Sierra del Carmen wasn’t exactly the Gray Line Tour.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Can gas become oil? Can a Lubbock institution become an Austin one? Can preservation become exploitation? Can Houston become Austinized? Can Amarillo escape Pottergate?

The Last Roundup

“When the cowboys on the 06 ranch talked about losing a way of life, they often pointed to their neighbor, Clayton Williams, as an example of what they meant. He was a millionaire and an oilman, and he represented everything they hated.”

The Great Texas Alligator Hunt

Now that alligators aren’t endangered, they’re game. So are Texas hunters.

Texas Primer: The Marfa Lights

What is it that makes them dance across the desert night? A trick of physics—or something stranger?

Jambalaya, Crawfish Pie, File Gumbo

Son a gun, they’ve got great food on the bayou.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Coming to grips with Al Lipscomb, Dallas critic turned city councilman; remembering the clip joints along Fort Worth’s infamous outlaw alley; flipping for San Angelo, a honey of a West Texas town; taking a bizarre trip through Texas on Gary Hart’s press plane.

High Noon at the Circle C

Gary Bradley, a hot young land speculator inn Austin, was in the middle of a $50 million deal when he ran into an outraged environmental movement and a lobbyist with some powerful clients. The fight was on.

Bad News

Local TV news has as much to do with show biz as journalism. Unfortunately, most viewers take it seriously.

At the Scene

The best local news programs in Texas make big bucks for their stations, but so do the worst ones. Here’s how they stack up.

The Bad Brother

What happened to the old black power radicals in Dallas? Jail, hard times, middle age - and, for Matt Johnson, the losing end of a gun.

The Bad Brother

What happened to the old black power radicals in Dallas? Jail, hard times, middle age - and, for Matt Johnson, the losing end of a gun.

I Am the Greatest Cook in the World

And I’m telling you, if you can’t batter it, fry it, spike it with chiles, or bathe it in buttermilk, it’s not worth your time.

We Know You’re Interested Only In Quality Education

So read our guide to the 1982 UT football season, and you can skip the games.