Tom Curtis

Articles by Tom Curtis

The Old Man and the Secret

Jan 20, 2013 By Tom Curtis

Thirty years ago, people couldnt believe it: The old man’s elixir boosted crops, ate up sewage, and made the desert bloom. Today half a dozen Texas companies claim the elixir does all that and a whole lot more.

Texas’ Nuclear Neighbor

May 31, 1989 By Tom Curtis

Triple threat: Scientists fret that an underground nuclear dump will pollute the Pecos; surveyors set off a storm over the center of Texas; cities sweat safety risks from stolen aluminum.

Blast from the Past

Apr 30, 1989 By Tom Curtis

Houston mayoral candidate Fred Hofheinz has an incumbent and a rumor to defeat; Phil DeVries has a singing caterpillar to find; Zavala County must make a private prison pay its way; and Lori Johns is out to prove she’s the best woman on the drag strip.

Red Sails in the Sunbelt

Apr 1, 1989 By Tom Curtis

Windsurfers add sparkle to Corpus Christi Bay; the Johnson family says a poignant farewell to one of its own; the golden arches attain alpine heights—but come crashing down in Houston.

State Secrets

Dec 1, 1988 By Paul Burka and Tom Curtis

The newest threat to Houston mayor Kathy Whitmire is an old face; an investigation of an acid leak turns sour; a Texas congressman may take over the banking committee.