John Davidson

Stories

The Man Who Crushed Texaco

Judges take his money. Juries buy his bull. And when clients like Pennzoil need a tiger in their tank, they hire Joe Jamail.

Every Good Boy Does Fine

In the late seventies, celebrated pianist Val Cliburn inexplicably disappeared from public life. No tortured artist in hiding, Cliburn is having the time of his life sitting around his Fort Worth mansion in his bathrobe.

The Empress of Fort Worth

Anne Bass married one of the richest men in America. With his money and her ambition she became an important cultural force in Fort Worth and New York. Life was perfect. Then her husband left her.

Leaving the Bottle Behind

Like any disease, alcoholism has specific symptoms. Like many religions, drying-out programs require abstinence, blind faith, and confession.

The Man Who Dreamed Up Luckenbach

Hondo Crouch went from being a champion athlete to being the sad clown of Texas’s fun-and-games capital.

Larger Than Life

Tom Lea, the grand old man of Texas painting, grew up among giants. No wonder he always used a big canvas.

Lyndon Johnson, Hairdresser, Prepares for Battle

The long afternoons of the best friend the rich women of Houston have ever had.

The Very Rich Life Of Enrico Di Portanova

Hugh Roy Cullen found the oil and made one of Houston’s great fortunes; now his grandson is spending his inheritance like there is no tomorrow, and suing for more.

The Very Rich Life Of Enrico Di Portanova

Hugh Roy Cullen found the oil and made one of Houston’s great fortunes; now his grandson is spending his inheritance like there is no tomorrow, and suing for more.

A Simple Man

Archbishop Patrick Flores acts like a country priest, but he has a tough job: he is the most powerful Catholic clergyman in Texas, and perhaps the most powerful Mexican American as well.

The Promised Land

Two wetbacks from Mexico inherit the legacy of all immigrants—grueling labor, low pay, and a bleak existence on the edge of the American dream.

The Chase

Four wetbacks are trying to get to San Antonio. The Border Patrol is trying to stop them.

The Chase

Four wetbacks are trying to get to San Antonio. The Border Patrol is trying to stop them.

The Long Road North

Across the river and into the brush; an eyewitness account of the journey of two wetbacks.

The Power

Burning a candle a day keeps the hexes away.

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