Author

John Bloom

John Bloom is an investigative reporter, essayist, and actor who was born in Dallas; raised in Little Rock, Arkansas; and attended Vanderbilt University on a sportswriting scholarship. Bloom began his writing career in Texas, earning two National Magazine Award nominations for Texas Monthly. He was later fired from the Dallas Times-Herald for writing (as “Joe Bob Briggs”) a parody of the then-popular song, “We Are The World.” Joe Bob Briggs began his television career on the Movie Channel, hosting “Joe Bob’s Drive-In Theater” for nine years. During this time, it became TMC’s highest-rated show, earning two ACE award nominations. He hosted TNT’s “Monstervision” program and is currently at work on an autobiographical screenplay.

Feature |
February 1, 2006

Home Movies

From Red River to Rushmore, the 25 best Texas films on DVD.

Chainsaw |
November 1, 2004

They Came. They Sawed.

And they most definitely conquered. The inside story of how a ragtag bunch of hippies made the wildest Texas movie ever (and spilled no more fake blood than was absolutely necessary).

Books |
April 30, 1982

Gimmie Silver

Beyond Greed is the tale of the Hunts’ journey from silver spoon to silver lust. In Sing Me Back Home Merle Haggard takes a quick look at his life (too quick). Billy Clayton has Gavels, Grit & Glory--or so says his biographer.

Books |
March 1, 1982

The Writer Stumbles

Celebrity is Thomas Thompson’s flawed venture into fiction; The Last Texas Hero deserves a twenty-yard penalty; Peeper is to be read only to find out who the real Tom is.

Books |
September 30, 1981

Waste Makes Money

In With No Fear of Failure you’ll learn how you, too, can turn rags into riches. Daddy’s Girl knows Southern discomfort. Petroleum Politics and the Texas Railroad Commission is the history of our own little OPEC.

Feature |
May 31, 1981

And Jesus Said, “Mai Eeñeno”

From its headquarters in the wilds of Dallas to remote jungle outposts all over the world, Wycliffe Bible Translators is defying bitter opposition and dedicating itself to speeding up the Second Coming.

Reporter |
December 1, 1980

Texas Monthly Reporter

Cable TV has Dallas in its coils; acupuncture has its day in court; sex education has parents up in arms.

Feature |
August 31, 1980

The Italian connection

An informant offered to lead a journalist to Europe’s largest cache of stolen art. Soon they were trapped in a web of lies, suspicion, treachery, and impending death.

Feature |
June 30, 1980

Oil Slicks

A critic’s practiced eye scans the oil giants’ yearly self-portraits.

Feature |
June 30, 1980

Profits? What Profits?

Reading Big Oil’s annual reports for the truth about profits is a little like drilling for oil in the Baltimore Canyon: you know it’s there, but how deep will you have to go to find it?

Business |
March 1, 1980

Hustlers and Fortune Hunters Beware!

When the cable TV salesman comes calling, you should fully expect your city council to sell you down the river. Not that they mean to do it. It’s simply that history shows most city councils don’t know the first thing about cable. People who can barely figure out the briefs

Feature |
February 1, 1980

The Joy of Kissing

The art of romantic osculation barely survived the jaded seventies. Now it’s time to rediscover the private delights and civic benefits of real kissing.

Reporter |
December 1, 1979

Texas Monthly Reporter

Whose blonde, curly scalp are the farmers after how do the rich and powerful run? Why, pray tell, does Houston need parks?

Reporter |
September 30, 1979

Texas Monthly Reporter

South Padre defiled—and you were there; the joy of six hundred maniacal flute players; Dallas’ love-hate affair with Fair Park.

Reporter |
August 31, 1979

Texas Monthly Reporter

B-a-a-d government meddling irks Texas goat and sheep raisers; something’s rotten in Rotterdam, and it’s driving up oil prices; and the world’s best gymnasts are coming to Cowtown.

Religion |
July 31, 1979

Let My People Pray

Were the words of Russian exile Georgi Vins heard over the din of the Southern Baptist Convention?

Reporter |
June 30, 1979

Texas Monthly Reporter

Suffering the lines at the gas pump; gambling in the magazine business; a dragnet for the Southwest’s sneakiest thief; what’s Dallas’ secret?

Reporter |
April 30, 1979

Texas Monthly Reporter

Playing chicken on the Houston Ship Channel; jousting with 700-year-old knights; will John Hill run for governor again?

Reporter |
April 1, 1979

Texas Monthly Reporter

Striking the right chord with the Fort Worth Symphony and the wrong one with Mexico; grounding Wayland Baptist’s Flying Queens.

Feature |
March 1, 1979

Hey Kid, Shape Up

And Prairie View A&M will ship you out of the ghetto straight into the middle class.

Reporter |
January 1, 1979

Texas Monthly Reporter

Taking it off at the last of the real burlesque joints; holy war on Austin’s Baptists; why Texas’ election system is stuck in the Dark Ages.

Reporter |
December 1, 1978

Texas Monthly Reporter

The dark side of doing business in Saudi Arabia; an endangered mountain in El Paso; and big profits with small airplanes.

Reporter |
December 1, 1978

Texas Monthly Reporter

The dark side of doing business in Saudi Arabia; an endangered mountain in El Paso; and big profits with small airplanes.

Reporter |
November 1, 1978

Texas Monthly Reporter

Fighting the foolproof crime, playing games you can’t win, building an ice cream empire, and raising hell in Baylor.

Reporter |
September 30, 1978

Texas Monthly Reporter

Bucking the U.S. Air Force, breeding horses for royalty, and hightailing it out of town before the Corps of Engineers gets you.

Science |
August 31, 1978

Laser Days

Lasers have been heralded as the greatest discovery since the computer, but they may be hazardous to your health.

Reporter |
August 31, 1978

Texas Monthly Reporter

Welcoming danger with open arms, horse trading over tax relief, picking juries by their faces, and searching after the perfect twirl.

Reporter |
July 31, 1978

Texas Monthly Reporter

Plainview puts a lid on deviate sex; billions of animals sleep in a freezer; oil spills are coming and we're not ready.

Reporter |
June 30, 1978

Texas Monthly Reporter

Psychiatrists send men to death row; Texas’ loop coasters give up-side-down joyride; Diablos play baseball with Kleenex and kazoos.

Reporter |
May 31, 1978

Texas Monthly Reporter

Taking on the Shah of Iran in Beeville; trying to save an eaglet in Waco; juggling sex in Galveston; flipping the switch on nuclear power; and fighting panjic at monstrous DFW Airport.