April 1996


Wafer Madness

Apr 1, 1996 By Helen Thorpe

Inside a state-of-the-art semiconductor factory, a day’s work is never done, as technicians race to build smaller, faster, and more-powerful computer chips.

Interview With The Vamp

Apr 1, 1996 By Skip Hollandsworth

After twenty years as the reigning queen of the soaps, the essential truth about Morgan Fairchild remains: She’s not a bitch, but she plays one on TV.

Buckle Up

Apr 1, 1996 By Anne Dingus

The rodeo belt buckle is prized by cowboys and collectors alike. By the look of these handcrafted samples, it’s easy to see why.

Life After Oil

Jan 20, 2013 By Paul Burka

Midland’s energy companies are still laying people off a decade after the bottom of the bust. But—surprise—the city’s economy is booming again.


Going To Press
Wild About Harry

Apr 1, 1996 By Anne Dingus

Houston attorney-novelist Eric L. Harry flashed on the idea for his new technothriller while rafting on a river. In Society of the Mind (Harper Collins, $25), due out in June, a mad genius lures a young Harvard professor to his secret island compound to psychoanalyze an equally disturbed computer…New York…

Renée Zellweger

Apr 1, 1996 By Jason Cohen

Renée Zellweger’s acting résumé to date is a mixed bag of (mostly) generational posturing. The 26-year-old graduate of the University of Texas at Austin had a nonspeaking role in Dazed and Confused, then took on heftier parts in films like Love and a .45 and Empire Records. But Zellweger, who…

War, Inc.

Apr 1, 1996 By Robert Bryce

Brown and Root goes to Bosnia for the Pentagon—and cleans up.

Don Baylor

Apr 1, 1996 By glennotisbrown

Growing up in Austin in the fifties and sixties, I couldn’t play baseball in certain places. In Clarksville, a mostly black area where there were no paved streets, I could usually find a pickup game. In West Lynn, which was whiter, I kind of had to push myself into one.

The Far Right Stuff

Apr 1, 1996 By Helen Thorpe

Wyatt Roberts says he’s simply crusading against sin, but critics contend that the Christian activist is trying to usher in a new era in Texas: the anti-gay nineties.

Hot Box
CD and Book Reviews

Apr 1, 1996 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs Yes, it’s that Tiny Tim—albeit with a gruffer voice than you probably remember—singing with Denton polkaholics Brave Combo on Girl (Rounder). Together, the onetime tulip tiptoer and the 1995 Grammy nominees bip and bop through a set of standards (“Stardust”) and pop-rock faves (“Hey Jude”). The collaboration may…

Death and Texas

Apr 1, 1996 By Josh Daniel

Here’s a World Wide Web page to die for. The Texas State Cemetery in Austin goes online (www.cemetery.statetx.us) late this month, thanks to the General Services Commission. You can scan a list of the more than two thousand luminaries buried there, from father of Texas Stephen F. Austin…


Cool Hand Lukas

Apr 1, 1996 By Spike Gillespie

Austinite Lukas Haas is back on the big screen alongside Winona Ryder, Julia Roberts, and Jack Nicholson. For now, though, he isn’t letting Hollywood go to his head.

The Fourth Tramp

Apr 1, 1996 By Gregory Curtis

A new book about Lee Harvey Oswald reveals that conspiracy theorists are still straining to repackage old news into something new.

Not a Pretty Picture

Apr 1, 1996 By Geoffrey Leavenworth

Dallas and Houston have done it; Beaumont and Corpus Christi have too. So why hasn’t Austin built a respectable art museum? It comes down to three things: money, management, and mission.

The Cult of Keen

Jan 20, 2013 By Jan Reid

It took two decades of shows at honky-tonks filled with frat-boy fans and Aggie admirers, but singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen has his first major-label record deal.


Right On

Apr 1, 1996 By Paul Burka

Primary color: Dole on a roll, a report card for the Religious Right, and other fallout from Election Day.

Around the State
Around the State

Apr 1, 1996 By Texas Monthly

For Texas baseball fans, April is the cruelest month. Find out if the Rangers go down swinging this year—and if the Astros will be safe at home. Plus: Wildflower power (Austin), head-turning tribal masks (Houston), Russian ballerinas on their toes (El Paso), and the twentieth century by design (Dallas). Edited…

The Buckle Stops Here

Apr 1, 1996 By Anne Dingus

“I always liked Western buckles,” says Robert Brandes, “and then one day it dawned on me to ask, ‘Hey—who makes these things?’” The Austin collector-investor set out to learn more about the silversmiths and engravers who made their mark on cowboy adornment in the form of weighty, elaborately decorated rodeo-style…


Fresh Beet, Radicchio, and Goat Cheese Salad

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from chef-owner Lynette Hawkins Mandola, La Mora, Houston. Balsamic Vinaigrette 2 tablespoons pancetta (2 or 3 ounces), sliced 1/8-inch thick and then cut into 1/4-inch squares (you may substitute prosciutto) 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar 1/2 teaspoon…