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.


The Lonely Blues of Duane Thomas

Why the best runner in pro football ran right out of the game.

The Death of the Marlboro Man

Old Glory is a long way from Madison Avenue, and Bigun Bradley probably knew it.

Cops as Junkies

Those who enforce our narcotics laws often use the stuff themselves.

Tom Landry: Melting the Plastic Man

Behind the mask is a man of God, a man devoted to the all-American goal of winning the all-American game as few have done before him.

Going Home to Arlington

How do you find a folksy town of 7500 people 20 years later in a sprawling city of 110,000?

Rodeo Madness

A rodeo is an anachronism, like javelin throwing: but its bumps, bruises, and brawls are real.

Warren Burnett for the Defense

He may have pleased the court, but what about himself?

Leroy’s Revenge

Ringside as two dogs—father and son—fight to the death.

Stop The Press!

Was the death of the Fort Worth Press murder or euthanasia?

Who Was Jack Ruby?

If you thought you knew, you were probably wrong.

Is Jay J. Armes For Real?

A real-life detective caper, complete with surprise ending.

The Ultimate Game

Not all the action was on the field at Super Bowl X.

Orange Peril

Don’t blame Darrell Royal for all those orange toilet seats.


The life and times of Candy Barr—the woman who made headlines by always being in the wrong place at the right time.

Rich Man, Dead Man

Profile of a society murder and the woman who lived to tell about it.