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Feb 1, 1985 By Peter Applebome

Beauteous burgers in Bells and Springlake; tough times in Tyler; ringside raving in Fort Worth; avid aspirations in Lubbock.

Between Two Worlds

Jan 1, 1985 By Peter Applebome

Jay Hamon spent much of his life caught between the Dallas society world of his parents and the world of the black woman with whom he fell in love. He dies without ever resolving his dilemma.

Little D

Jul 31, 1984 By Peter Applebome

No one will ever hold a political convention in Dallas, Scotland. And that’s only one of the things that make it great.

Just Friends

Apr 30, 1984 By Peter Applebome

The story of Lenell Geter’s release from prison is unfinished without the tale of the conservative engineers who stuck their necks out to help a friend in trouble.

Perfect Texas

Mar 1, 1984 By Peter Applebome

There’s no point in grousing about Texas’ minor shortcomings. Why not just roll up our sleeves and make it perfect once and for all?


Nov 1, 1983 By Peter Applebome

Texas: land of contrast. That’s why we have double-barreled businesses like a feedstore cum twirling school or a combo junkyard-wildlife preserve.

Catcher of the Awry

Aug 31, 1983 By Peter Applebome

Frederick Barthelme’s Moon Deluxe is a collection of cockeyed tales about stucco camels, supermarket sec and other modern curiosities. In Short Circuit Michael Mewshaw finds fault with the nasty world of professional tennis. The urban vignettes of Laura Furman’s Watch Time Fly range from skillful to so-so.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Jul 31, 1983 By Peter Applebome

A tale of tree cities in the Panhandle; upscale fitness at the new Dallas Y; a return to those thrilling days of yesteryear with Riders in the Sky; another new plan to unclog Houston’s arteries.

Texas Monthly Reporter

May 31, 1983 By Peter Applebome

Hard times in Port Arthur; the lost art of nasty correspondence lives on in Big Spring; the woes of Kathy Whitmire; the Newlywed Game comes to Midland; gloves off in the book business.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Apr 30, 1983 By Peter Applebome

Taking stock of the Dallas mayoral election; defrocking the Legislature’s worst bills; buying stocks in the Trans-Pecos; unlocking the mysteries of the Arklatex; rocking the boat in Odessa.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Apr 1, 1983 By Peter Applebome

Times are tough in Laredo; specialty advertisers are unveiled in Dallas; some very old bones stir things up in Leander; a wild turkey comes back to West Texas; newspapers go wild in San Antonio.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Mar 1, 1983 By Peter Applebome

Pecos bucks for the title of world’s oldest rodeo; medical students make us pay now so they can make us pay later; Ground Zero radiates good, atomic fun; Texas’ jails get slammed; Fort Worth’s namesake languishes among Yankees.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Jan 1, 1983 By Peter Applebome

Two newspapers in search of nothing in particular; a fish story with a happy ending; an eleven-letter word for “crossword puzzle whiz”; the cutting edge of Corpus Christi’s minority politics.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Dec 1, 1982 By Peter Applebome

Sundown’s up and Morton’s down: Dallas is Texas’ most mental city; the Spurs are Texas’ most schizophrenic team; the Aggies are ushering in brave new world; Fort Worth is fixing to challenge Detroit.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Jun 30, 1982 By Peter Applebome

A job crunch hits Odessa; an all-business mayor shakes up El Paso; the Rangers fold (again); a Houston homeowner wars with his neighborhood association; grads commemorate an all-black high school.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Apr 1, 1982 By Peter Applebome

The countdown begins in the Dallas newspaper fight; Victor Garza is going your way--if you’re going to Laredo; one of Houston’s legal monoliths cracks; Clements has a lukewarm record, but the Democratic challengers aren’t so hot, either.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Mar 1, 1982 By Peter Applebome

Private eyes are peeled for oil thieves; Lightnin’ Hopkin’s death left Houston singin’ the blues; Zenter’s steakhouses hoof it across Texas; folks are MADD as hell about DWI; Places Rated Almanac flunks the rating game.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Dec 1, 1981 By Peter Applebome

Robots take over Dallas; sports talk shows take Houston by storm; border bridges take forever to get built; John Tower takes the lead in the defense debate; a Corsicana bakery takes the fruitcake.