August 1992


A System Gone Bad

Jul 31, 1992 By Gary Cartwright

Kenneth McDuff is just one among hundreds of violent criminals who never should have been paroled—but they were.

Elephant Walk

Jan 20, 2013 By Robert Draper

Jim Baker’s boyhood home, take in Robert Mosbacher’s old stomping grounds, and see the Houstonian suite where George Bush slept!

Masquerader of The Lost Ark

Jan 20, 2013 By Mark Seal

Who came first—Indiana Jones of Hollywood or Vendyl Jones of Arlington, the archaeologist who has spent years trying to dig up the fabled Ark of the Covenant?

Free to Kill

Jan 20, 2013 By Gary Cartwright

Once, the State of Texas was going to put Kenneth McDuff to death as payment for his crimes. Instead, it set him free to murder again.


State Secrets
Party Poopers

Jul 31, 1992 By Paul Burka

Republicans stew over Democrats at the GOP convention.

State of the Art
Rodeo Reliquary, 1991

Jul 31, 1992 By Texas Monthly

After a visit abroad in 1987, Sean Earley transformed his art. He returned steeped in Italy’s ubiquitous religious imagery, eager to paint the icons of his home state’s country and western myths (see “Earley Texas,” TM, December 1990). In this memorial scene, the Rodeo Queen presides over ascending contestants. Set…

Roar of the Crowd
People’s Choice?

Jul 31, 1992 By Texas Monthly

I WISH TO THANK PAUL BURKA for his enlightening article “Perot in ’92?” [TM, June 1992]. Mr. Perot may capture enough votes to throw a monkey wrench into the political machine, thereby requiring an overhaul in both parties, but I doubt that too many informed voters will take…

State Fare
State Fare

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

Treebeards does lunch. Not the hasty post-modern “Let’s do lunch” but the leisurely traditional “Will you join me for lunch?” Inside the flagship Market Square location (315 Travis) in Houston, ceiling fans waft a breeze across baskets of fresh produce while customers queue up to peruse the possibilities: shrimp étouffée,…


A Goode Idea

Jul 31, 1992 By Susan Chadwick

How the owner of Goode Company in Houston took the three basic Texas food groups—barbecue, Tex-Mex, and burgers—and built an empire.

Behind the Lines
Threat or Menace?

Jul 31, 1992 By Gregory Curtis

Ross Perot is a candidate for president because a lot of people want him to be. He has acted in a very clever, innovative way to arouse and build that support, but the support truly did arise and grow. That means that Perot’s campaign is a pure expression of democracy.

Sibling Revelry

Jul 31, 1992 By Louis Black

Austin film-maker Robert Rodriguez has joined the growing list of up-and-coming minority directors.


The Puffy Taco

Jul 31, 1992 By Texas Monthly

HIS HEAD IS A TOMATO CHUNK. HIS tortilla shell is surprisingly furry. His feet look like jalapeño peppers. And when kids tackle him during the sixth-inning footrace at the San Antonio Missions’ home games at V. J. Keefe Field, they sometimes send his shredded lettuce and grated cheese flying. What’s…


Cajun Gumbo

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo 2/3 cup vegetable oil 2/3 cup flour 2 cups each chopped white onion and bell pepper 1 1⁄2 cups chopped celery 1/2 teaspoon each salt, red pepper, black pepper, and garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon each filé powder, poultry seasoning, and beef base (or…

Jalapeño Cornbread

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup vegetable oil 5 cups grated cheddar cheese (about 1 pound) 5 cups yellow cornmeal 1 1/2 cups creamed corn 1/2 cup chopped white onion 1/3 cup sliced jalapeño peppers 6 tablespoons sugar…