April 1983

Features

Feature
Hail to Thee, George E. Fischer

Apr 1, 1983 By Tom Walker

Most of the time you’re a nice, ordinary businessman. But for one brief, shining moment you were King Antonio, monarch of San Antonio’s Fiesta and semi-beloved ruler of the one Texas city that still loves a good king.

Feature
Tricks

Apr 1, 1983 By Susan Kennard

On the first say of April my true love gave to me...nineteen gifts that weren’t what they appeared to be.

Feature
The New Rustlers

Apr 1, 1983 By Dick Reavis

Today’s desperadoes are in the bays of the Texas coast, roping redfish and cursing the Parks and Wildlife Department.

Feature
Hell on Wheels

Apr 1, 1983 By Harry Hurt III

In which John Howard, our toughest athlete, goes after a world bicycle record and hopes America will care.

Columns

Classical Music
Curtains!

Apr 1, 1983 By W. L. Taitte

Once touted, now routed, San Antonio’s opera takes its last bow.

Books
Oil Rigged

Apr 1, 1983 By Joseph Nocera

The Great Energy Scam purports to uncover the collusion of the feds and the oil companies, but the real scandal is what the author overlooks. Yet another book on killer Ted Bundy sheds no light on his crimes. Roughneck is a rousing look at America’s most radical labor union.

Jazz
Down with Compromise

Apr 1, 1983 By Doug Ramsey

Freddie Hubbard’s attempts to play pop music have been disastrous. But when he tackles a pure mainstream sound, he shows what jazz trumpeting is all about.

Miscellany

State Secrets
State Secrets

Apr 1, 1983 By Paul Burka

Southwest Airlines’ California gamble pays off - and Texans do the paying: update from Gibgate; why Bellaire is not Park Place; a truly dumb idea from UT.

Reporter

Reporter
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.