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Little Boy Lost

Jan 20, 2013 By Helen Thompson

From the moment he first held a guitar pick, Charlie Sexton was said to be on the road to stardom, but high praise and high cheekbones haven’t kept him from stumbling along the way.

Vietnamese Restaurants

Jan 20, 2013 By Helen Thompson

Austin Saigon Kitchen, 9200 N. Lamar, 512-837-9910. This modest-looking restaurant’s bracing hot-and-sour soup was filled with shrimp, pineapple, celery, tomato, okra, noodles, and anise. Vermicelli with rice-paper pancakes that were more like omelettes came with grilled pork, fish sauce, and a platter frilly lettuce, cilantro, cucumbers, and mint. Tender…

Vietnamese Grocery Stores

Jan 20, 2013 By Helen Thompson

Most of the specialty items needed to prepare Vietnamese recipes can be found at the following Asian and Vietnamese groceries. Austin Lien, Huong Oriental Market, 8610 N. Lamar, 512-835-9618. My Thanh Oriental Market, 7435 N. Lamar, 454-4804. Say Hi, 5249 Burnet Road, 453-1411. Dallas Asian Grocery, 9191 Forest…

Family Plot

Jun 30, 1995 By Helen Thompson

For Dallas writer Carlton Stowers, Sins of the Son is more than just another true crime story. The son is his own.

A Whole New Ball Game

Mar 1, 1994 By Helen Thompson

Once, the fight for funding and attention in college sports pitted women against men. Today, with women’s sports commanding greater respectability, it’s also women versus women, and the fight is uglier.

Cowboy Texas Randall

Nov 1, 1992 By Helen Thompson

Old-timers around Canon recall that in 1959, when Harry Wheeler erected the seven-ton concrete-and-stucco cowboy outside his trading post and curio shop, he had to bring in a truck and crane from a local drilling company to set the big galoot on his feet. Towering over U.S. 60, Tex Randall…

Java Jive

Nov 1, 1992 By Helen Thompson

“WE CATER TO REAL COFFEE drinkers,” says seventy-year old Joseph Fertitta, the president of Beaumont’s Texas Coffee Company and son of the founder. Texas’ only family-owned Coffee-manufacturing company has been perking along with its Seaport brand since 1921, competing in the national market by virtue of its product’s prodigious strength.

Johnny’s Round Top

Aug 31, 1992 By Helen Thompson

Johnny’s Round Top cafe had a colorful history that spanned more than fifty years before the restaurant went out of business in 1989. Built by a franchiser who was partial to rotating roofs that looked like circus tents, the Round Top in Big Spring was one of a modest chain…