Austin painter Julie Speed is the latest ascendant to the ranks of art royalty. Talk about a brush with greatness.
This much is plain: the Texas Panhandle is part of the High Plains. But what, exactly, is the Texas Panhandle? Folks have debated the issue for years. Historian Frederick Rathjen says the Panhandle is the state’s 26 northernmost counties. Others, such as author A. C. Greene, deem it rectangular,
What part did Shelley Duvall beat out Gilda Radner for?
No one captures the majesty and mystique of wide-open spaces like photographer Peter Brown.
Which Américo Paredes book was made into a movie starring Edward James Olmos?
Which American president was befriended by Quanah Parker?
A rough-neck novelist hits pay dirt.
How did Pecos Bill invent hot sauce?
La Grange’s Mr. Barbecue, the police chief of Athens: fifteen local characters with, er, character.
Call it A Simpler Plan: Austinite Jim Magnuson’s new novel is about the consequences of finding a lot of money—and it’s a good read.
How many years after his death did Scott Joplin win a Pulitzer prize?
A terrific and prolific photographer remembered.
Why was Mirabeau B. Lamar known as the Father of Texas Education?
An East Texas community’s simple charms, captured on film.
Essential reading on the Kennedy assassination.
Why did Sandra Day O’Connor once say, “I come to you tonight wearing my bra”?
In the Central Texas town of Seguin, Leon Kubala has been documenting life and death for more than fifty years, one picture at a time.
Which soft drink’s quart-size bottle did Lee trevino use as a golf club?
BASEBALL’S ROGERS HORNSBY was a success right off the bat. In 1916, at age twenty, he became the leading hitter for the St. Louis Cardinals. His 1924 batting average of .424 is still the best of the modern era (and his lifetime .358 is second only to Ty Cobb’s .367).
In the suddenly trendy world of World War II wannabes, these Texans are big guns.
UT’s writing program achieves Texas-size success.
Why was the former governor Pa Ferguson nicknamed Farmer Jim?
BILL WITTLIFF IS A RENAISSANCE hombre. An author, a publisher, a film producer, and an arts patron, the longtime Austinite is best known for his screenplays, including The Black Stallion, Raggedy Man, Legends of the Fall, and Lonesome Dove; his adaptation of the latter revived both the miniseries and the
Ten years after the filming of the miniseries Lonesome Dove, screenwriter Bill Wittliff shares his photographic memories of life on the set.
UNTIL A STAR-STUDDED FILM SHOT THEM BACK into the spotlight, the Newton Boys had faded from public memory. Famous during the twenties, the four brothers—Jess, Willis (below left), Doc, and Joe (right)—were part Western desperadoes, part newfangled gangsters. They pulled off dozens of bank and train robberies but, unlike more-notorious
All her life, Joan Crawford raised other people’s eyebrows as often as she reapplied her own. From the time she arrived in Hollywood, the temperamental Texan provoked hostility and gossip, and her wide-eyed flapper persona soon hardened into that of a sleek, steely sophisticate. But the arrogance accompanied a massive talent;
Texas Primer Who’s been on our cover the most times? Ross is boss.
Reshooting history in Garfield
Why was Howard Hughes’s plane nicknamed the Spruce Goose?
This time of year, Yule find him hanging around East Texas: On lawns and roofs, he’s a Claus célèbre.
A McKinney writer’s Brit lit.
How did Audie Murphy win the Congressional Medal of Honor?
As in Hanoi and Moscow, the circus in Mexico is no three-ring extravaganza. It’s one of the grittiest shows on earth.
Stanley Marsh 3’s mobile autos.
Which Tex sang “High Noon” and which was a member of the Manson family?
A history mystery involving ranching’s King family.
What respiratory ailment afflicted Jimmie Rodgers, prompting fans to shout “Spit ’er up and sing some more”?
Doing the write thing.
This month Eakin Press will publish The Alamo Almanac and Book of Lists. Among the interesting items compiled by author William R. Chemerka is one that has nothing to do with history—not really, anyway: It’s the Top Twenty Most Frequently Asked Questions at the Alamo.1. “Where’s the bathroom?”2. “Is this
Who was Jesse James—really? And where is he buried?
WEST OF THE PECOS THERE IS NO LAW; west of El Paso there is no God.” So went the saying in unsettled West Texas—until the day in 1882 when Roy Bean became a justice of the peace in dusty little Langtry, where the sign over the Jersey Lilly, his combination
Did a flying saucer really crash-land in a field outside Roswell fifty years ago this month? The truth is out there; find out for yourself.
A cryptic puzzle you’ll utter no cross words about.
In which Texas towns did Georgia O’Keeffe teach art, and for which photographer did she pose nude?
Which sports did Babe Didrikson dominate, and in what Hepburn-Tracy film did she appear?
Who gave Debbie Reynolds her name, and what did she have to learn to do before starring in Singin’ in the Rain?
Texas City lives on, fifty years after the infamous explosion.
What did Roy Orbison drink compulsively, and who called him the world’s greatest singer?
After fifty years of traveling the Southwest, ranch photographer Frank Reeves left behind a vast body of work and unforgettable portraits of the cowboy’s way of life.