April 1980 Issue

Features

Feature

Little Boy Lost

Being autistic nearly ruined Michael Shipley’s life, but his parents sent him to a state mental hospital. Then Michael’s life was ruined for good.

Feature

The Tragedy of Bob Bullock

Bob Bullock, in his flamboyant style, built a powerful state agency. Then Bob Bullock, in his flamboyant style, was seduced by its power.

Feature

Painting the Towns

Burns roamed Texas doing odd jobs. One day he ambled into a museum carrying drawings he’s made along the way - and ended up a celebrity.

Miscellany

State Secrets

State Secrets

Nebraska scoundrels are absconding with West Texas water; adding grist to the Murdoch rumor mill; the old Dallas City Council was never like this.

Columns

Church

Cross Examinations

Adventurous Methodists try the case against the Church; pallid Seventh-day Adventists try the worshiper’s patience.

Film

Lode Star

Coal Miner’s Daughter hits true and false notes; Cruising goes sadly astray.

Reporter

Reporter

Texas Monthly Reporter

Rice University is up in arms; God is indicted for murder; Blackboard Jungle becomes a political thicket; the golden arm of Nolan Ryan.

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