August 1985


Operator, Give Me Information

Jul 31, 1985 By Catherine Chadwick

It seems practically impossible to choose the best deal from the multitude of services offered by all the new long distance phone companies. But we’ve got their number.

An Aggie’s Revenge

Jul 31, 1985 By Gary Cartwright

Starting with his alma mater and using little more than charm, Robert Hicks conned the college fund-raising industry out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. His name is mud at A&M.

Isle Without End

Jul 31, 1985 By Stephen Harrigan

An early castaway described Padre Island as “a wretched, barren sandbank.” It’s better known today as the Gold Coast of Texas, but its identity is still rooted in wildness and age-old solitude.

The Wee World of Golf

Jul 31, 1985 By Joe Nick Patoski

Looking for a sport that offers plenty of cheap thrills and wacky challenges but requires no training, no equipment, and no big bucks? Try miniature golf.


Portobello Tricolor in Pesto Vinaigrette

Jul 31, 1985 By Texas Monthly

Recipe by Chef Victor Garcia, Cafe Highland Park, Dallas 1 large portobello mushroom 8oz spinach leaves 1 Roma tomato (1/4 inch slices) 2oz goat cheese Brush portobello mushroom with olive oil and sprinkle with 1 ounce chopped basil, salt, and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and…

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On the Menu: Cafe Highland Park

Jul 31, 1985 By Helen Thompson

ALL SO OLD-WORLD, the menu is a sort of compendium of the Mediterranean’s greatest hits. Even a standby like Shrimp Scampi, sauteed in a tangy garlic lemon butter sauce, comes off with flair. The delicate phyllo basket stuffed with steamed spinach, mushrooms, crab, and shrimp on a bed of tomato…



Jul 31, 1985 By Jim Atkinson

Houston police chief Lee Brown is doing things right; crime is down, public approval is up.

State Secrets
State Secrets

Jul 31, 1985 By Paul Burka

Every phone a pay phone; look out, Clinton Manges; the GOP donnybrook; party realignment in San Antonio.

Back Roads
Back Roads

Jul 31, 1985 By Texas Monthly

Through his small, simply produced literary magazine, poet David Yates made his mark—both in Texas and beyond. Peter Applebome


Classical Music
Short and Sweet

Jul 31, 1985 By W. L. Taitte

Sometimes the opera is over before the fat lady sings. Consider the successful debut of sixteen brief and eclectic works commissioned by the Texas Opera Theater.

The Pink People

Jul 31, 1985 By Mark Seal

A new recruit to the ranks of Mary Kay beauty consultants struggles valiantly to do his part in reaching the woman of the eighties and keeping the company in the pink.

A Concrete Romance

Jul 31, 1985 By Michael Ennis

One man’s whim-turned-obsession is changing Houston’s McKee Street Bridge and its faded environs into one of the few really original artistic images of the city.

All in the Family

Jul 31, 1985 By James Wolcott

Prizzi’s Honor is a macabre satire of the two-career marriage; Cocoon can’t burst free of its nice-guy limitations; Pale Rider recycles all the wrong western riffs; St. Elmo’s Fire should have been doused from the start.