Jordan Mackay


Straight Shooter

Rashard Lewis may have left his Texas hometown for the NBA at a frighteningly young age, but he’s no Leon Smith.

The Running Men

What two college track coaches in Houston are teaching speedsters there—and everywhere—about going for Olympic gold.

A Murder on Campus

A fraternity, a bid-night party, a random act of violence, an unnatural end: the life and death of Southwest Texas State University junior Nick Armstrong.

Renaissance Man

Laugh not, wretch, at the man in the tights: Twenty-five years after George Coulam founded the Texas Renaissance Festival, it hath been a big success.

Face • Lauren Bush

This year’s model.


Baylor University gets sued by one of its own.

TV or Not TV?

He’s no Seinfeld. He’s not even Jeff Foxworthy. But Galveston native Bill Engvall is a successful stand-up comic, and one day, just maybe, he’ll get a sitcom of his own.


Hot hurdling in Giddings, super six-man football in Gordon: Ten towns that got game.

Sign of the Times

The New York Times takes on Texas—again.

Soda Flop?

Soft drinks in our public schools.

Whereabouts Known

Bruce McGill played D-Day, the biker with the handlebar mustache, in the classic comedy Animal House. Twenty years later, he’s still a character.