April 1985


Ambient Color

Apr 1, 1985 By robertawiddicombe

As these photographs show, in Mexico the strange is commonplace, and the commonplace, strange.


Apr 1, 1985 By Dick Reavis

He left his parents’ house in search of a world where things were black and white, where there were heroes and villains. What he found in the slums of Port Arthur was a world that would tolerate people like him—and take advantage of them.

The Best of Texas

Apr 1, 1985 By Peter Applebome

We’ve gone from one end of the state to the other to bring you the best-ever list of Texas Bests.

Going Back For Seconds

Apr 1, 1985 By Alison Cook

Can there be too much of a good thing? Five of Texas’ favorite restaurants have duplicated themselves in other cities, and now they’re finding out.


State Secrets
State Secrets

Apr 1, 1985 By Paul Burka

If Lubbock gets a riverwalk, can a river be far behind?; previewing the mayors’ races; can Texas consultants make PAN dulce?; the Chronicle kills a story.


Farm and Ranch
Where’s the Lamb?

Apr 1, 1985 By Suzanne Winckler

After extensive taste tests, our reporter concludes that the best lamb is to be found in our own back yard.

Move Over, Nancy Drew

Apr 1, 1985 By Scott Lubeck

Now young, adventuresses can do more than just read about excitement. A new computer game for girls requires them to use their wits for survival.

Classical Music
Contemporary Classic

Apr 1, 1985 By W. L. Taitte

The octogenarian whom many believe to be the greatest living composer pays a long-awaited visit to Texas.

Birth of a Lobby

Apr 1, 1985 By John Schwartz

The computer industry in Texas has a new lobby organized by three lobbyists who were in the right place at the right time—and knew it.

Zombie Heaven

Apr 1, 1985 By James Wolcott

Into the Night leaves you in the dark; The Breakfast Club’s teenagers are out to lunch, Witness is a solemn eyeful.

Lingering Blues

Apr 1, 1985 By Doug Ramsey

John Hardee and Budd Johnson were two legendary Texas tenors who had their own ways of making peace with the rigors of the jazz life.


Texas Monthly Reporter

Apr 1, 1985 By Stephen Harrigan

The Max factor of Dallas; the tacos of Paris; the tales of Urrutia; the Hemingway of Texas; the good word from Houston; the mysteries of the Hueco Tanks.