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Al Reinert

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Al Reinert was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He co-wrote the screenplays for the Ron Howard film Apollo 13 and Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, but is best known for directing and producing For All Mankind, an award-winning documentary about NASA’s Apollo program.

The Culture |
June 6, 2014

High-Heel Homicide

After Ana Trujillo was arrested in the bludgeoning death of her lover, she hired lawyer Jack Carroll to represent her in what became Houston’s splashiest trial of the spring. Did I mention that Carroll is my brother-in-law? And that the murder weapon was a cobalt-blue, five-and-a-half-inch stiletto?

Drugs |
July 15, 2013

The Best Little Checkpoint in Texas

A dramatic increase in border security over the past six years has made the Sierra Blanca inspection station one of the nation’s toughest. And I oughta know.

Science |
January 21, 2013

The Last Blast

Few things are as majestic as the launch of the space shuttle. But after nearly thirty years, NASA is sending up its final orbiters. Here's the view from up close.

Feature |
November 1, 1991

The Challengers

If anyone can keep Whitmire from being Houston’s mayor for life, it’s Sylvester Turner or Bob Lanier.

Feature |
February 1, 1990

Lost in Space

Locked away in NASA’s storage vaults was some of the most glorious footage ever filmed. I thought turning it into a movie would be a snap. Ten years later I’ve revised my opinion.

Music |
December 1, 1988

Sax to the Max

A Houston bellhop by day, tenor saxman Grady Gaines has come out of retirement to bring back the trademark sound of a great rock and roll band.

Feature |
November 1, 1988

This Water Is My Water

Cool, clear, and pure, it’s the bounty of the Edwards Aquifer, and if something isn’t done to limit pumping by Hill Country farmers and a thirsty San Antonio, it may also be dry.

Feature |
July 31, 1988

The Inventive Mr. Chu

Heat + pressure + yttrium + a politically savvy University of Houston physicist = a formula to change the world.

News & Politics |
June 30, 1979

Moon Struck

Ten years ago the Apollo astronauts, technicians and scientists all, landed on the Moon and touched what poets only dreamed. But that touch changed their lives.

Briar Patch |
December 1, 1973

Briar Patch

TEXAS ON THE POTOMAC THE TOSTADAS WERE (LET’S BE honest now) kind of stale, and the chile con queso was soggy, but, well what the hell, it sure was good to find some real Tex-Mex food. Purists could grumble if they wanted to and point out that the frijoles were

Briar Patch |
November 1, 1973

Briar Patch

RETURN OF THE OLD PUCKER THE ASTRODOME HAS REALLY OUTDONE itself. They had the help, though, of Hollywood press agentry and one of the bigger mouths in professional sports, so the Dome can’t take all the credit. Irregardless of culpability, it was an impressive show, that King-Riggs tennis match, and

Feature |
June 30, 1973

The Big Thicket Tangle

Take 3 million acres, add politicians, lumber companies and Time, Inc., and what have you got? A very small park, or no park at all.