August 1980


How to Become a Billionaire

Jul 31, 1980 By Harry Hurt III

H. L. Hunt not only left his sons with a few hundred million dollars each to carry them through life but he also taught them the Five Commandments that had made him rich.

Ring of Truth

Jul 31, 1980 By Giles Tippette

Two brave bulls stood between Paco Olivera and the prize he had worked for all his life.


Jul 31, 1980 By Paul Burka

What you don’t know about your fire department could burn you up.


State Secrets
State Secrets

Jul 31, 1980 By Paul Burka

Summer in the city; publisher’s power play; biting the handout that feeds you; will Oscar Wyatt abandon America?


Dining Out
Lasagne and Old Lace

Jul 31, 1980 By W. L. Taitte

Try pasta and veal at Sergio’s in Dallas—that’s Italian! For an outstanding Sunday brunch, put your stock in Austin’s Green Pastures.

The Conqueror Worm

Jul 31, 1980 By Michael Ennis

All the beautiful kickers gathered in Houston for the premiere of Urban Cowboy. It began at a shopping center and ended in a honk-tonk, and John Travolta had to say he liked it.

Classical Music
Bring Home the Bach

Jul 31, 1980 By W. L. Taitte

Mozart and Beethoven made an appearance, but Johann Sebastian was the guest of honor at Victoria’s annual Bach Festival.

God With the Wends

Jul 31, 1980 By William Martin

Texas’ rural Wends take time from chores to attend St. Paul’s Lutheran in Serbin; vacationers on Padre Island take time from play to attend an open-air mass at St. Andrew’s by the Sea.

The Crime and the Pity

Jul 31, 1980 By Stephen Harrigan

Michael Mewshaw reopens the case of a boyhood friend who murdered his parents’ Rober Shattuck reexamines the story of the Wild Boy.

The War-horse

Jul 31, 1980 By George Morris

The Big Red One is Sam fuller’s war baby; roadie never gets out of its rut; The Tin Drum misses a few beats.


Texas Monthly Reporter

Jul 31, 1980 By Gene Lyons

Yankee lawyers kick up dust in the Panhandle; maniacal marathon man runs for his life; the redfish that got away; are Dallas’s tax ills contagious?