April 1984


It’s a High-Tech Life

Apr 1, 1984 By davidkramer

While most people are using their computers to balance their checkbooks and play games, these three Texans are pushing their machines and programs to the limit.

Death of a Computer

Apr 1, 1984 By Joseph Nocera

Four critical mistakes forced Texas Instruments to pull the plug on the home computer that it had once expected would dominate the market.

Birth of a New Frontier

Apr 1, 1984 By Harry Hurt III

Hundreds of new computer companies have made Texas the likely successor to California’s Silicon Valley, and it all started with two firms in Dallas.

Hi-Yo, Silicon!

Apr 1, 1984 By Texas Monthly

Texas’ glory, till now based on oil, may be based on silicon in years to come. The following four articles examine high tech in the state and where it is headed.

The Hub Cafe

Apr 1, 1984 By William Helmer

It wasn’t the classiest place in Pharr to grow up, but it had tough truckers, sassy waitresses, and some of the best try cooks in the Valley.

The Ponytail

Apr 1, 1984 By David Seeley

Warm spring days call for giving in to new clothes and a neck-baring hairdo.


Winter’s Travail

Apr 1, 1984 By Barbara Rodriguez

When the Rio Grande Valley’s balmy breezes turned frigid last winter, its aloe vera fields and stately palms turned from lush green to pitiful brown.

Alley of Aspirations

Apr 1, 1984 By W. L. Taitte

Houston’s well-heeled Alley Theatre is trying to pass itself off as a national theater. Across town, the Chocolate Bayou is just trying to hang on.

Light in the Hills

Apr 1, 1984 By Michael Ennis

German landscape artist Hermann Lungkwitz saw romantic vistas in the Hill Country at a time when most Texans saw only hardscrabble farmland.

Bait and Switch

Apr 1, 1984 By James Wolcott

Against All Odds promises love, delivers yawns. Entre Nous repels rather than attracts. Footloose and Reckless aren’t. This is Spinal Tap is painless.


State Secrets
State Secrets

Apr 1, 1984 By Paul Burka

Gary Hart’s rise hurts two Texas politicos; at last, a solution to the South Texas Nuclear Project mess; the all-new Braniff turns out to be the same old Braniff; a delicate question about doctors.


Texas Monthly Reporter

Apr 1, 1984 By Joseph Nocera

A heated race for the Senate; a leisurely trip to Astrotown; a cool master of Dallas protocol; a steel-industry success story in Seguin.