April 1992

Features

The Killer Next Door

Apr 1, 1992 By Gayle Golden

For six years, my landlord and his wife were the perfect neighbors. Then he was accused of murdering her—and suddenly I didn’t know what to believe.

Columns

Testing Delusions

Apr 1, 1992 By Gregory Curtis

This year is the twenty-sixth anniversary of the hardest test I ever took. Then, about to graduate from college with an English degree, I had been in school for so long and had liked it so much that I had no particular yearning to go out into the world. Perhaps…

Having a Cow

Apr 1, 1992 By Elmer Kelton

Beyond Beef blames cattle for the decline of civilization—not to mention famine, pestilence, destruction, and death.

Radio Central

Apr 1, 1992 By Dick Hitt

Part history, part gossip, part stream of consciousness, Mattie Dellinger’s talk show speaks to the heart of Center, Texas.

Miscellany

Split Personalities

Apr 1, 1992 By Paul Burka

With the never-ending school finance crisis entering its umpteenth round, Governor Ann Richards and Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock appear to be on a collision course. Richards has decided that the educational problems of public schools should be considered along with their funding problems. Bullock has decided just the opposite. The…

The Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundup

Apr 1, 1992 By Texas Monthly

Photojournalist Jim Cammack was struck by an odd sight at Sweetwater’s annual spring rattlesnake roundup: a man with a tail. No, the man, a Jaycees volunteer, was not participating in a roundup-sanctioned snake-wrestling contest. He was demonstrating one technique for holding the powerful Western diamondback while milking its venom.

Corps Values

Apr 1, 1992 By Texas Monthly

As a female member of Texas A&M’s Parsons Mounted Cavalry (“one of the units most determined to remain all male”), I want to clear up some of the misconceptions in Mimi Swartz’s “Love and Hate at Texas A&M” [TM, February 1992]. I have been a Drill and Ceremony…

Reporter

Aquarena Mermaids

Apr 1, 1992 By Texas Monthly

Water acts may ebb and flow, but since 1950 the polyester-clad mermaids at San Marcos’ Aquarena Springs have barely had time to keep their heads above water. Their subaquatic dances are a tribute to the popularity of such swimming celebrities as Esther Williams and Johnny Weissmuller, a testament to…

Liquor Licker

Apr 1, 1992 By Texas Monthly

Larry Peterman is a revisionist where suckers are concerned. His new tequila lollipop con gusano (complete with the worm) is his take on making hard liquor palatable: “We tried using mescal,” he says, “but it tasted so bad—kind of like burned dirt with rubbing alcohol—that nobody would eat it.”…

Web

Chicken Tikka

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Chicken Tikka with Yellow Lentils and Crispy Pappadums Yellow Lentils 2 tablespoons each celery, onion, and bacon, finely chopped 1⁄2 ounce olive oil 5 cups (40 ounces) chicken stock 2 tablespoons curry powder 2 cups dried split yellow or pink lentils Kosher salt to taste…