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An American Family

Mar 1, 1980 By Richard West

Pedro Martínez, with only his Mexican heritage, a determination to work hard, and a desire for a better life, brought his family across the Rio Grande to fine a home in a new land.

Paradise Lost

Jul 31, 1979 By Richard West

The sand, the surf, the shorebirds, the dunes…everyone loves the beach at Port Aransas. We may just love it to death.

Only the Strong Survive

Feb 1, 1979 By Richard West

“There are two things to remember about the ghetto that is Houston’s Fifth Ward. One, evil usually triumphs over good. Two, in spite of that, most of its residents retain a goodness that proves indestructible.”

Happy Trails To You

May 31, 1978 By Richard West

Forget the San Jacinto Monument and the Alamo. Here are trails that will lead you to Lee Harvey Oswald’s can opener, tranquil country cemeteries, the world’s largest jackrabbit, peanut butter pie, and even more.

The Petrified Forest

Apr 1, 1978 By Richard West

Behind the pine curtain of deep East Texas is a world trapped in the past and hidden from the future: lush woods, poor whites, the descendants of slaves, and an aristocracy still breathing the rarefied air of the Old South.

Texas Monthly Reporter

Jul 31, 1976 By Richard West

PEOPLE The red-hot rumor, blazing from mouth to mouth in Dallas recently, had longtime radio programming genius Gordon McLendon raising $2 million for a group of Dallas investors to buy WRR-AM, the city-owned, all-news station that’s up for sale. Not so, says son Bart McLendon, manager of McLendonowned KNUZ-FM in…