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.


Texas Twenty: Ron Kirk

The people’s mayor.

Santa Fête

When rich Texas hostesses want to put on the biggest charity bash of the summer, where do they go? New Mexico of course.

The King of Bankruptcy

In 1983 Houston natural gas mogeul Jack Stanley was more than $1 billion in debt. By 1994, he was $2 billion to the good. What factors contributed to the turn-around? A recent trial gave some clues.

The Beach Is Back…

… but can it last? That’s what Galveston officials are wondering as they put the finisheng touches on a nearly $6 million renourishment project—just in time for hurricane season.

Fear and Loading

At the state capitol, where talk of concealed weapons consumes us still, emotion is winning the day.

The Sins Of the Father

Is Charles Voyd Harrelson a natural-born killer? His move star son, Woody, isn’t sure—but I am.

Disarmed and Dangerous

With the end of the cold war, the Pantex nuclear facility is dismantling its bombs. Will nearby Amarillo’s environment and economy get blown to pieces?

Bo Pilgrim

Bo knows chicken.

Rip on a Tear

With his starring role on The Larry Sanders Show, Rip Torn is no longer Rip scorned.

Vain Glory

Jerry Jones may have the biggest ego in football, but don’t bet against him. Even without Jimmy Johnson, he still has the best team.

The Innocent and The Damned

The case against Fran’s Day Care in Austin raised the specter of Satanic conspiracy—just like hundreds of similar controversial child abuse cases across the country.

The Old Man And the Tee

How 89-year-old Harvey Penick turned life’s lessons into a best-selling book—and followed it up with another master stroke.

Gila Hell

For five days, an octogenarian Wildman led a group of us through the New Mexico wilderness. Somehow we survived.

Chasing the Red Eagle

At play in the fields of Mexico, onetime major leaguers find beisbol is an entirely different game.