April 1986


Eighteen Minutes

Apr 1, 1986 By Stephen Harrigan

Unlike the Alamo, which can seem as remote and mysterious as Stonehenge, the San Jacinto battlefield has few secrets. Its history lies close at hand.

Solace in the Desert

Apr 1, 1986 By Michael Ennis

With dogged independence, amazing endurance, and a rugged romantic vision, photographer Laura Gilpin helped create the way we see the West today.

Swamp Gas

Apr 1, 1986 By Gary Cartwright

When Jimmy Lee, an unrepentant troublemaker, felt he had taken one insult too many from the powerful Fredeman family, he called in the law. The results of that action have exposed decades of larceny and corruption in Port Arthur and threaten a Gulf Coast empire.

Taco Capital, U.S.A.

Apr 1, 1986 By Alison Cook

You want tacos with carnitas or cactus pads? Beef barbecue or bacon and eggs Come to San Antonio, where tacos aren’t just an afterthought on a Tex-Mex munue—they’re a way of life.


Web Exclusive
On the Menu: Rosario’s

Apr 1, 1986 By Helen Thompson

Rosario’s has always been a colorful spot to dine, and not just because the food is an energetic and enthusiastic version of authentic Mexican cuisine. This neighborhood bar on the edge of the historic King William district is bright with vivid shades of the rainbow—purple ceilings and purple ceiling…


Popular Music
Manchild in Musicland

Apr 1, 1986 By Texas Monthly

Charlie Sexton. Austin’s guitar-playing boy wonder, is now dream fodder for the masses; Eric Johnson is our latest contender for guitar hero.

Upper West Side Story

Apr 1, 1986 By James Wolcott

Hannah and Her Sisters is Woody gone schmaltzy; F/X is implausible but entertaining; 9 1/2 Weeks is an eternity; Power is oppressively didactic.



Apr 1, 1986 By Patricia Sharpe

On the road again—accoutrements for savvy traveling.

State Secrets
State Secrets

Apr 1, 1986 By Paul Burka

Southwest and Continental make war, knot Love; make way for natural gas on the commodities market; a taxing situation for Speaker Gib.


Apr 1, 1986 By Jim Atkinson

The DA in El Paso may do a lot of things, but there’s one thing he doesn’t do—plea-bargain.


Apr 1, 1986 By Mimi Swartz

A Houston boutique enjoys the high cost of growing up.

Post-Modern Times
Post-Modern Times

Apr 1, 1986 By Michael Ennis

Want to unload your business? With Stan Hazelwood, it’s not much harder than getting a date.


Texas Monthly Reporter

Apr 1, 1986 By Joseph Nocera

Will Shelby Coffey lead the Dallas Times-Herald to victory? Will Muse aficionados ever find happiness aloft again? Will Tommy Pierce keep real-estating and a-rocking?