August 1988 Issue

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Features

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Shades of Summer

Let there be light, but leave us in the dark. Long before Ozona knew about ozone, Texans were inventing scads of ways to hide from rays.

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The Big Squeezy

Get hip to zydeco, the born-on-bayou sound with the accordion accent. Ready for it red hot? Check out a Saturday-night church dance in Houston.

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The Inventive Mr. Chu

Heat + pressure + yttrium + a politically savvy University of Houston physicist = a formula to change the world.

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Wright and Wrong

The congressional investigation that is focusing on Speaker Jim Wright’s ethics is missing the real problem—his judgment.

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Full of Woe

You see them on TV, adorable youngsters asking to be adopted, But the dreadful odyssey of the Wednesday’s Child rarely has a made-for-television happy ending.

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The Ants From Hell

Fire ants are on the relentless march across Texas, maiming, devouring, and stinging the living daylights out of everything in their path. We’ve tried to stop them, and it has only made them stronger.

Columns

Long Live the Kink

Kinky Friedman dropped out for a while, but it sure beat dropping dead. Now the warped warbler is back with a play, a movie deal, and murder mystery number three.

Miscellany

State Secrets

State Secrets

Looking for gas in all the wrong places; a casualty report from the Texas drought; an early look at redistricting.

Roar of the Crowd

Roar of the Crowd

Lonesome Dove on film; Lance Lalor on tape, an optimist on Mexico; West Texas State alumni on mediocrity.

Reporter

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Texas Monthly Reporter

The case of the purloined painting; how to tell the Surf Club from the Yacht Club; cream of the ice-cream crop; people who live in pink houses.

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