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.


Showdown at Waggoner Ranch

It’s the nation’s biggest spread within the confines of a single fence—more than eight hundred square miles extending across six counties. So it’s fitting that the family feud over its future is big too. And mythic.

Saving Cupid

Every year, at least two hundred sea mammals get stranded on Texas beaches. This is the story of one of them, a 199-pound dolphin with a neurological disorder, a sardonic grin, and a willingness to swim with yours truly.

Holy Trinity

When I was growing up in Arlington, the upper Trinity River was a dirty joke—and it still is. But the lower Trinity? You’ve got to see it to believe it.

God Bless America's Team

Pray for Bill Parcells, whose job is to take the Dallas Cowboys back to the Super Bowl. Pray for an arm like Troy’s and legs like Emmitt’s. And if all else fails, pray for a miracle.

Holy Shiitakes!

And that’s not all. From wine to cheese, the plentiful offerings at Central Market make my mouth water—and my life so much better.


Blackie Sherrod probably hates the word “retired,” but that’s what he is now—and newspaper readers across Texas are the poorer for it.

Lines in the Sand

Is Austin artist Jack Jackson’s illustrated history of the Alamo too unconventional to be sold at the Alamo gift shop? Draw your own conclusions.

The Idealist

If you’re wondering why trial lawyers were once regarded as heroes rather than pariahs, let me tell you about my friend Warren Burnett, the late, great champion of little guys and lost causes.

Brothers in Lore

What ever happened to twin halfbacks Dickie Don and Rickie Ron Yewbet, the pride of the Corbett Comets? Forty years later, their story is still unbelievable.

You Only Live Twice

Where does an actress of a certain age restart her life (and jump-start her career) after years at Hollywood’s mercy? If you’re former Bond Girl Lois Chiles, the answer is obvious: back home in Texas.

Fantasy Island

When I went back to Galveston to inspect the renovation of the famed Balinese Room, I turned up a bit of my own history.

Talking to Killers

What’s the most unsettling thing about interviewing murderers? In many ways, they’re just like you and me.

Bill Broyles, as Ever, at War

Baytown wunderkind. Officer in Vietnam. Founding editor of this magazine. A-list screen writer. With a resume this stellar, you’d think he’d be satisfied. Not even close.

Durst Case Scenarios

Last September a human torso was found floating in Galveston Bay, —a gruesome discovery that opened a window into the bizarre life of the accused murderer, New York multimillionaire Robert Durst.

Angel in the Backfield

For running back Emmitt Smith, this season could be halo and farewell.