Willie’s done it seven times. So has George W. Bush. Ross Perot and Troy Aikman have each done it four times. Kinky Friedman has done it three times (twice dressed as a woman). Lance Armstrong, Ann Richards, Rick Perry, and Selena have also done it three times (and pssst: Selena will do it again in April). Farrah Fawcett, Lyle Lovett, Laura Bush, Tom DeLay, George Strait, Jerry Jones, Henry Cisneros, Dennis Quaid, Joel Osteen, and Kay Bailey Hutchison have all done it twice. A lot of people have done it once—Dan Rather, Beyoncé, Chuck Norris, Lena Guerrero, Stanley Marsh 3, Mack Brown, Nolan Ryan, Barbara Jordan, T. Boone Pickens, Herb Kelleher, Vince Young, Dick Cheney, Carolyn Farb, George Foreman, Pat Green, Billy Graham, Clinton Manges, Karl Rove, Ty Murray, Hallie Stillwell, Edie Brickell, Van Cliburn, Heloise, Sandra Bullock, the Stoner family, the pitmaster at Smitty’s Market, and, improbably, our own Paul Burka, holding aloft a steaming bowl of chili.
I’m speaking, of course, of being on the cover of texas monthly. All the people listed above, plus many more, have spent at least one of the past 446 months staring out from newsstands and up from coffee tables, some in poses more memorable than others. Who can forget Governor Richards straddling a Harley in July 1992 or Vice President Cheney brandishing a shotgun in January 2007? What about Kelleher wearing a skintight Disco Elvis getup in April 1989? Or a barefoot Cisneros in September 1987, reclining on a white bedspread in a white sweater with his infant son, John Paul Anthony? Our covers run the gamut from serious to seriously irreverent, but over the years this little 8.125-by-10.5-inch piece of real estate has become a fixture in the psychic landscape. Occupying it for thirty days is a thrill that most of us can only imagine.
This month we gathered together a bucket list of things that all Texans should do