Faded Royalty

During a lull in the conversation at the Dallas Petroleum Club, my lunch companion looked past me and nodded toward the corner of the room. “That’s Bunker and Herbert Hunt over there,” he said. “What sort of deals do you suppose they’re working on?” It was the early nineties and one of the first times I’d dined in the elite lunchroom of Dallas’s oil-igarchy.

Texarkana Murder Mystery

In 1946 four brutal crimes occurred in less than three months in Texarkana. Three were violent attacks on young people parked on lovers’ lanes on the Texas side of town; the fourth was the shooting of a middle-aged couple in their rural farmhouse on the Arkansas side. At the end of the spree, three people had been seriously wounded and five had been shot dead. The traumatized survivors gave the police little to go on. Fear paralyzed the town.

Meanwhile, in Texas . . .

  • Firefighters rescued a pet frog from a Westworth Village home that had caught fire.
  • A Texas computer repairman was detained by South Korean border guards for attempting to swim across a river to North Korea in order to meet Kim Jong Un.
  • A judge ruled in favor of the Petrolia Independent School District after it was sued by the parents of a student who had been suspended for refusing to shake the superintendent’s hand during an eighth-grade graduation ceremony.
  • A San Antonio man reportedly stabbed his room

Number Nine’s Revolution

In 1993 Michigan native Mike Modano was playing for the Minnesota North Stars when the team became the Dallas Stars. Six years later, Dallas got a Stanley Cup parade. Due in no small part to Modano’s efforts on and off the ice, the city had become—and remains—a hockey town. By the time he retired, in 2011, “Mo” owned the record for most career NHL points by an American.

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