Primal Screen

Dec 31, 1969 By Jake Silverstein

Here is a partial list of the nice people Skip Hollandsworth has written about since he joined the magazine as a staff writer in 1989: Charles Albright, a serial killer in Dallas who removed his victims’ eyes; Marie Robards, a Fort Worth teenager who killed her father by…

Best of Austin: Nightlife

Dec 31, 1969 By John Spong and Michael Hall

Who says it ain’t the good life? These sixteen clubs, lounges, and dives (including one Hole in the Wall) are the reason Austin is called the Live Music Capital of the World.

Flea Market Master Class

Dec 31, 1969 By Pableaux Johnson

Springtime in Texas. The bluebonnets blanket the Hill Country, the Panhandle starts its active growing season, and the sun-baked Valley hunkers down for a long, hot summer. It’s a perfect time for rebirth, renewal, and maybe, just maybe, cleaning out that damn garage once and for all. The annual…

Super Cooper

Dec 31, 1969 By michaelvinson

• A pair of national titles in college. • An Olympic gold medal. • Nine scoring titles. • A professional world championship. • League Most Valuable Player. <!– –> And there’s another title the 5’10” Comet guard holds that none of the NBA stars…

Chutin’ The Bull

Dec 31, 1969 By Jen Scoville

“I knew that in order to do this movie right I was going to have to ride a bull myself,” recounts Jeff Fraley, who along with partner Harry Lynch constitutes the two-man team of Trinity Films, an alliance that even in its infancy has proven a passion for seeking out…

Ghost City, Texas

Dec 31, 1969 By Jen Scoville

The cries of Ana Salazar Esparza rang through the stone walls. She had survived the attack, but her husband Jose Gregorio was killed while manning a cannon lose to where his wife was hidden. Ana watched as her dear young soldier suffered a mortal blow to the side by a…

Final Fourfather

Dec 31, 1969 By michaelvinson

Many coaches compile successful won-loss records, some win championships, and, after years and years of hard work, a select few are elected to the Hall of Fame. And once in a generation a coach comes along that changes the way the game is played forever. Don Haskins has done…

Dealey Plaza Revisited

Dec 31, 1969 By Helen Thompson

Although the assassination of President John F. Kennedy occurred 33 years ago, the controversy over the events surrounding the assassination has never died down. On this anniversary we visited the crucial sites connected with the assassination, from Lee Harvey Oswald’s boarding house on West Beckley to the site of…

Route 66

Dec 31, 1969 By Dan Winters

Grain elevators, road coffee, the “town” of Amarillo—and a cowboy named Bronc.

Norah Jones

Dec 31, 1969 By Jeff McCord

The Grapevine-raised singer was 
a star from the word go; her 2002 debut album of jazz-pop balladry, Come 
Away With Me, sold in excess of 20 million copies. Yet rather than spend the rest of her career repeating the formula, Jones has grown into a curious musical adventurer.

Read Me. Texas Index

Dec 31, 1969 By Anne Dingus

If you’ve ever wondered about Texans’ penchant for big hair, waving to strangers, shirts with snaps instead of buttons, and belt buckles with our names engraved on the back, consult Read Me. Texas, a primer that will get you through Texas 101 easy as falling off a log. From Fritos…

Genial Jefferson

Dec 31, 1969 By Virginia Wood

The antique dining room table was set with silver, crystal, and the innkeeper’s best presidential Lenox. Candles flickered as we sipped coffee. This was breakfast Jefferson-style, in the perfectly restored Governor’s House Bed & Breakfast. “A friend will be joining us,” innkeeper Llawanda Golden had informed me when I…

Big Bend National Park

Dec 31, 1969 By Joe Nick Patoski

No wilderness experience in Texas is quite like Big Bend National Park, more than 800,000 acres of mountains, desert, and river so stark and dreamy that it’s difficult to distinguish where reality ends and apparition begins. Jagged peaks sheltering pine forests more typical of New Mexico or Colorado, canyons that…

Dramatic Comeback

Dec 31, 1969 By Virginia Wood

Though parts of Texas were still considered the wild frontier in the early days of this century, city fathers made sure every town of any size offered some sort of cultural diversion for families of hard working farmers, ranchers and oil-field workers. When movies swept the country as the…

Missions Accomplished

Dec 31, 1969 By janjarboe

When visitors come to San Antonio to see the Alamo, the most common reaction is surprise. “It looks so small!” the tourists say. The reason, of course, is that San Antonio has grown up around the Alamo. City streets and an abandoned post office encroach on the ancient mission’s…

Reel Time: The Texas Documentary

Dec 31, 1969 By Jen Scoville

People are interesting (sometimes heroic) and government is bad (sometimes evil). As sweeping a generalization as that may be, it is precisely the kind of Big Truth that is at home in Texas, and valid—if you are to believe the picture of our state that emerges from this hodgepodge…

Tall Tales, Short Fiction

Dec 31, 1969 By Jen Scoville

LET’S FACE IT, despite a long literary history—one as rich and as varied as that of New York or even Paris—Texas isn’t bookish. How can it be, when its storytellers began as rough-riding myth-makers, outlaws and freedom fighters, cowboys and cattlemen whose larger than life escapades didn’t warrant putting…

(Un) Fair Weather Friends

Dec 31, 1969 By Meredith Phillips

As a native of a tiny northeastern state with low self-esteemand a small, dense, and collectively grumpy population, I fell pretty hard for Texas and its contrasting qualities the first time we met. It took very little effort to transplant myself to a happy life in Austin, and in…

Texana Ranger

Dec 31, 1969 By Jesse Sublett

Digging Texas Outlaws Wild West outlaws died young and left good looking corpses, but is that any reason to keep digging them up? It’s a craze in the name of “historical” curiosity that has seen the supposedly-final resting places of guys like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Jesse James,…

Flipped Out

Dec 31, 1969 By Meredith Phillips

On Halloween morning at Barton Springs Pool in Austin, Ben Lecomte could have passed for an extraterrestrial manatee, or maybe even a mermaid convalescing with a respirator. But he wasn’t costumed in observance of the holiday. He breathes through the neon green tube and wears a single enormous fin…