Gregory Curtis

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Gregory Curtis was born in Corpus Christi and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. He received a BA in English from Rice University and a master’s in English from San Francisco State College. While in San Francisco, he ran a very small printing and publishing company. He became a staff writer for Texas Monthly in 1972, just as the magazine was launched, and was promoted to editor in 1981, a position he held until 2000. In addition to Texas Monthly, he has written for the New York Times, New York Times magazine, Rolling Stone, Fortune, and Time. Curtis is the author of The Cave Painters and Disarmed: The Story of Venus DeMilo. He lives in Austin and is an adequate equestrian and aspiring magician.

Articles by Gregory Curtis

Briar Patch

Jan 31, 1974 By Gregory Curtis and Wendy Meyer

WELL, I’LL BE A DIRTY BIRD The two Kids Kounty stores in Houston (think of the confusion had they been named Cids County) are the result of an original merchandising idea of the Lachman Rose Company. The stores are large windowless boxes each containing about 34,000 square feet of…

Briar Patch

Sep 30, 1973 By Gregory Curtis, Ron White and Martha Hume

MAYBE BABY ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO, DR. Joseph Goldzieher, a researcher at San Antonio’s Southwest Foundation for Research and Education, set out to determine if numerous side effects reported by women using oral contraceptives might be psychological in origin. He recruited 76 women to use as a control group, some…

Behind the Lines
Behind the Lines

Jul 31, 1973 By Gregory Curtis

MANY OF THE ARTICLES IN this issue are, in one way or another, about crime. It seems we have opened Pandora’s box. Returning from lunch one day we found that the offices next to ours had been burglarized. The next afternoon we got a call from Al Reinert, who has…

Briar Patch
Briar Patch

May 31, 1973 By Gregory Curtis, Wendy Meyer and Allan Turner

THE SIN OF AUSTIN IN AUSTIN RECENTLY, DURING A public hearing on skinnydipping in Lake Travis, local resident Louis Steinbach testified to attentive city councilmen: “God has the power to destroy this city for its sin…and officials had better realize it.” We do not want to appear soft on sin,…

Briar Patch

Apr 1, 1973 By Gregory Curtis and Jamie Frucht

IF FORTUNE MAKES STRANGE BEDFELLOWS, the fortunes of death make the strangest of all. In the state cemetery in Austin, J. Frank Dobie, Ma and Pa Ferguson, and Big Foot Wallace lie within a 30-yard radius of one another. Their graves are near the top of a small hill which…

Touts

Feb 1, 1973 By Gregory Curtis, Thorne Dreyer, Pat Reed and rosemarycatacolos

THE EARTH MOVED If an elderly gentleman approaches you in a bar and offers to bet the price of an evening’s drink that there is a connection between the surface temperature of Venus and Noah’s ark, you might be inclined to make the wager. But do not bet, my child,…

Loose Leaf

Feb 1, 1973 By Gregory Curtis

About the Author Debbie Deepsheet Takes a Dive, by Mary Margaret Wishey MISS WISHLEY LIVES IN NICE ‘n Rustic, Connecticut, with a pet ‘coon and her two nuns. She is presently at work on the third volume of the Debbie Deepsheet trilogy, titled Debbie Deepsheet, Astronaut. Miss Wishey hopes that…