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.


Free to Kill

Once, the State of Texas was going to put Kenneth McDuff to death as payment for his crimes. Instead, it set him free to murder again.

A System Gone Bad

Kenneth McDuff is just one among hundreds of violent criminals who never should have been paroled—but they were.

Mr. Right

Dallas professor Mel Bradford thinks that Abe Lincoln was a scoundrel and that equality is nonsense. I had to find out why.

Bear With Me

Black bears have returned to Big Bend National Park, and our author is determined to find one.

Sincerely, Clint

Oilman, sports-man, high liver, Clint Murchison also knew how to write a good letter.

Benny and The Boys

For sheer entertainment, gangland Chicago had little to beat the Dallas sport of watching Benny “the Cowboy” Binion and Herbert “the Cat” Noble trying to bump each other off.

Who Says One Man Can’t Change The World?

And now, speaking for the poor and downtrodden, Ernie Cortes.

The Real Deal vs. The Real Meal

Boxing caught its second wind when George Foreman went the distance with the champ, Evander Holyfield.

Willie, the Actor

Is being himself good enough?

The Old Soldier

In 1957 General Walker warned his troops of rampant communism and lost his job. Today the world has changed, but he hasn’t.

Scene of the Crime

It all looked so different 27 years ago.

I Was Mandarin...

Clues left behind by a former Dallas cop convinced his son that he killed President Kennedy—but that’s just the beginning of the mystery.

The Island In Winter

Discover the charms of Galveston off-season, when the only visitors are you, the gulls, and the ghosts.