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Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From Candy Montgomery and Allan Gore beginning their affair in Richardson to Robert Rauschenberg, Janis Joplin, and Jimmy Johnson graduating from high school in Port Arthur

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Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

From dinosaurs roaming the Paluxy in Glen Rose to Lance Armstrong joining his first cycling team in Richardson

The Great Terquasquicentennial Road Trip

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Some people call it a quartoseptcentennial, or a septaquintaquinquecentennial (seriously), but you’d better save your breath. You’ll need it on this wide-ranging 6,000-mile voyage commemorating Texas’s 175th birthday. It starts in Glen Rose, ends in Austin, and stops along the way at 175 places that tell the story of the state, from the grassy field in La Porte where independence was won to the parking garage in Dallas where the Super Bowl was dreamed up; from the Austin dorm room where Dell Inc. was born to the college hall in Houston where Barbara Jordan learned to debate; from the hotel in San Antonio where Lydia Mendoza recorded “Mal Hombre” to the—well, you get the idea. And you’d better get started. The road awaits . . .

Immigration—A Special Report

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Depending on who you are and how you feel about immigration and cultural change, the image on this page is either no big deal, mildly provocative, or highly controversial. The original painting on which it’s based, American Gothic, by Grant Wood, is one of the most famous in the world.

Everything We Could Tell You About . . . A Happy Marriage

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

NAMES: Melvin and Minnie Lou Scott | AGES: 101 and 100 | HOMETOWN: Frankston | QUALIFICATIONS: Married eighty years ago on November 11, 1927 / The first of five living generations (one son, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren) • We married at a traveling marvel show. It was…

The 2011 Bum Steer Awards

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

It was a year of appalling analogies, bare-naked Badu, collapsing Cowboys, dim-witted Daughters of the Republic of Texas, egregious Ethics Commission, felonious fishermen (not to mention frisky firefighters), G-rated (not) guards, hilarious headlines, imperial incumbents, jackass judges (as always!), klutzy kat rescuers, legendarily lame and losing Longhorns, mind-boggling menus, noncompliant Nugent, outré overtimers, pajama-clad politicians, queso quarrels, rude representatives, scuffling strippers, toilet paper–free Texas A&M, unacceptable uniformed urination, vent-escaping vipers, woefully wrongheaded wide receivers, X-asperated Xanax-heads, yuk-yuk yeggs, and zealous Z-cups.

Chamillionaire

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Two thousand five will always be remembered as the year that Texas hip-hop finally got its due. Sure, Houston’s Geto Boys were already considered rap legends, and Port Arthur’s UGK, through Jay-Z’s smash hit single “Big Pimpin’,” had already introduced the world to “them Texas boys comin’ down in candy…

Between the Lines

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Ah, redistricting—that partisan, vengeful, hazardous battle for domination the Legislature fights every decade. Here we go again.

Oatmeal Pudding

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups quick oats 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup brown sugar Bring 3 3/4 cups water and the salt to a boil. Stir in oats, vanilla, and brown sugar. Consistency should be rather thick. Spray 5 custard cups or decorative molds with nonstick spray.

Raspberry Pancakes

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from chef Kenneth Mills, Natura Cafe, Dallas. 1/2 cup nonfat yogurt 2/3 cup 2 percent milk, room temperature 2 tablespoons melted butter 2 egg whites 1/2 cup unbleached white flour 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 3 tablespoons raspberry…

Searching for Truth

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Pamela Colloff talks about reporting on an eighteen-year-old murder case and interviewing Anthony Graves, who was sent to death row for the crime.

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Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

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1999 Bum Steer Awards

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

A year of asking-for-it Aggies, badass broccoli, contraband coffee, Death Row decor, extrapolating elephants, faux feet, god-awful gimmickry, humongous heavyweights, incomparable ironers, judicial jimjams, kaput kowtowers, lame-brained liberals, moping millionaires, NASA ninnies, off-putting officials, prize-winning pignappers, quasi-comic quipsters, red-handed rapscallions, scarfable sod, theoretical thongs, ungodly ungulates, vomiting vegetation, wild-eyed window-breakers, xenophobic Xanthippes, Yankee yahoos, and zapped zealots.

Jessica Simpson

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

TEXAS MONTHLY ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS/ Basic Overview Of Bum Steers NAME: Jessica Simpson Level 1 Reality Comprehension DIRECTIONS. Read the story. Then read each question and fill in the circle for the answer you choose. DITSY DOLLY Once upon a time there was…

Chicken and Dumblings

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Cafe 290, Hwy 290 East, Manor. Chicken Stock 1 gallon of water 2 whole chickens 1 1/2 cubes of chicken bouillon 1/2 bunch of chopped celery 1/4 pound of butter Start with a gallon of water in a large pot. Place two whole chickens…

Man of Letters

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Forty years after the publication of John Graves's Goodbye to a River, a keepsake volume of correspondence—between the author and J. Frank Dobie, among others— chronicles its journey from an idea for a magazine article to an instant literary classic.

If you’ve never read or seen Lonesome Dove . . .

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

The opening scenes of Lonesome Dove take place at the Hat Creek Cattle Company, a small ranch in Lonesome Dove, Texas, just north of the Rio Grande. Hat Creek is operated by two old Texas Rangers, the taciturn Woodrow Call and the talkative Augustus “Gus” McCrae. Among their hands are…

Curtis “Trey” Roark, Bingo Caller

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Roark, who grew up in Houston, has been calling games at the Bingo Barn in Bryan for two years. He will graduate in December from Texas A&M University with a degree in political science. I was a college sophomore looking for a summer job when I read in the student…

The 2007 Bum Steer Awards

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

It was a year of aggrieved actors, banned boobs, Cuban commodes, DeLay denial, errant Elmo, frisky floaters, grouchy governors, hung hoopsters, immigration insensitivity, job-seeking judges, klobbered Karl, Longhorn lushes, miffed musicians, nude no-no’s, ousted Osteens, peeved passers, quarreling queens, riled Rangers, subpar sheriffs, tiny “terrorists,” unseemly URLs, vice presidential violence, wiseacre W., x-asperated x-wives, youthful yakkers, and zoo zeal.

David Lee Garza, Acordeonista

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

The moment that members of the tejano band David Lee Garza y Los Musicales saw a poster by San Antonian John Dyer, they knew they had found the photographer for their next album. “We wanted more than just a face on a cover,” says bassist Richard Garza, “and his poster…

The Best of the Texas Century—Culture

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Anne Dingus on Lonesome Dove, Chester Rosson on Scott Joplin, Michael Hall on Buddy Holly, Don Graham on Giant, John Morthland on Ornette Coleman, Eileen Schwartz on Greater Tuna, Jennifer Olsen on Conan the Barbarian, and Michael Ennis on the painter of the century.

Great Escapes: Lodging

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Austin Street Retreat, 408 W. Austin Street (one block north of Main), Fredericksburg (830-997-5612, fax 830-997-8282; www.fbglodging.com). Double occupancy $125 (breakfast not included). No telephones in some rooms; no televisions; hot tubs with handheld showers only. Children allowed in Maria’s only. No smoking indoors, no pets. AE, DS,…

Great Escapes: Points of Interest

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Alamo Village, 7 miles north of Brackettville on FM 674 (830-563-2580; www.alamovillage.com) Alibates National Monument, 419 E. Broadway, Fritch (806-857-3151; www.nps.gov/alfl) Alley Oop Fantasyland Park, 1000 Parkside (on the west side of town), Iraan Barnard’s Mill Art Museum, 307 SW Barnard Street, Glen Rose (254-897-7494) Big…

Orange-Glazed Muffins

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Muffins 4 eggs 11/2 cups sugar 1/2 cup olive oil zest of 3 oranges 11/2 cups sour cream 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 pound cake flour (about 37/8 cups unsifted cake flour; you may substitute…

Gourmet Breakfast

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Orange-Glazed Muffin With a hint or two, you might guess that these decadent orange muffins are made with sour cream. But would you ever imagine that the secret ingredient is olive oil? The flavor doesn’t intrude, it just adds a subtle richness. Recipe from Cipollina, Austin. Smoked-Salmon Omelet with…