August 1986 Issue



Free Enterprise U.

Let’s hear it for Dallas’ Northwood Institute, where entrepreneurialism is second only to high society fundraising.

The Soul of a Huge Machine

TRAILER HITCH Another option that’s great for the ranch-style look, even if you don’t ever plan to haul anything. THE BACK DOOR The big debate: panel doors or a tailgate with a roll-down window? Panel doors are more functional (you don’t have to reach for groceries), but the…

Beating the Good Ol’ Boys

Sharon McCoy sells Suburbans. A lot of Suburbans. More Suburbans – and pickups and vans and Blazers – than anybody else. In 1984, working out of Lawrence, Marshall Chevrolet in Hempstead, she was number one in the country in truck sales. Six years before she became supreme in Suburbans, McCoy…


My Kind Of Car

TOM LOEFFLER Congressman, Hunt “It’s the next best thing to liberty. It’s got a hat rack, a CB, a Long-horn sticker—I love it!” ALBERT BUSTAMENTE Congressman, San Antonio “I park it in the Longworth garage next to Tommy Loeffler’s. People in Washington think it’s a creature from…



Texas, In Short

The characters in Prize Stories and South by Southwest often dwell on the past while living out their lives in an anxious present.


Dagwood As D.A.

Legal Eagles is guilty of being humdrum and hokey; Mona Lisa has some fine, gracing touches; Vagabond finds purity within the dirtiest packaging.


The Quidnunc

The Quidnunc

Desperately seeking the Cadillac Couch; reading Carolyn Farb’s mail; cowboy cologne strikes again.

State Secrets

State Secrets

A cap for San Antonio that wouldn’t look good on Henry Cisneros; long-term pessimism hits the oil market; Texas cities finagle their way around the tax reform.



Elliott’s is the Louvre of hardware stores—it’s got flyshooters, fan blades, and three aisles of screws. In other words, it’s heaven.

Post-Modern Times

Post-Modern Times

UT is testing this device that works like a BB gun, only it’s a little more powerful—it’ll be able to shatter a Soviet warhead speeding through space.


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