August 1996



Jul 31, 1996 By Texas Monthly

Separating the hits from the pits on the World Wide Web: A guide to a hundred of our favorite Texas-related sites.

Perot and Con

Jul 31, 1996 By Paul Burka

From the war on drugs to education and his new Reform Party, Ross Perot has ideas about everything. Too bad they’re usually wrong.

The Sting

Jul 31, 1996 By Gary Cartwright

Operation Lightning Strike, the FBI’s bizarre NASA probe, accomplished many things—all of them negative. Plus, the bureau strikes (out) again in Houston.

Alright, Alright, Alright
His Time to Kill

Jul 31, 1996 By Jason Cohen

He shone in Lone Star; now he’s thrilling ’em in A Time to Kill. How talent and timing made native Texan Matthew McConaughey Hollywood’s hottest leading man.


Hot Box
CD and Book Reviews

Jul 31, 1996 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs The boys from Bedhead wipe the sleep from their eyes with Beheaded (Trance Syndicate), a volume of 1995 recordings that serves as the band’s second album. The brainy Dallas quintet’s three-guitar setup shimmers and creeps, foreshadowing the hypnotic bursts of woozy but assertive riffs and unassumingly catchy tunesmithing.

Going To Press
Nye Anxiety

Jul 31, 1996 By ethanthompson

San Antonio poet, essayist, and anthologist Naomi Shihab Nye is completing work on her first novel. The protagonist of Habibi (Simon and Schuster) is an Arab American teenage girl in present-day Jerusalem. The book is based, Nye says, on her own “travels and travails before coming to Texas” and explores…

Grady Spears

Jul 31, 1996 By Patricia Sharpe

“I feel like I’ve been put through a blender!” says Grady Spears, the executive chef and co-owner of Reata restaurant, whose maniacally successful second location opened in May atop Fort Worth’s Bank One Tower. “On Saturdays we’re serving nearly six hundred customers. It’s just nuts.” Spears may be grousing, but…

The Ex Files
Stephen Stills

Jul 31, 1996 By Renee Boensch

WHEN WE LIVED IN RIVER OAKS, three or four boys and I would go down to the creek when it was hot, when the dragonflies were louder than the wind and the air was so still that it felt like it weighed a ton—but you’re seven years old and you…


Jul 31, 1996 By Carol Flake

How Seagram uncorked a national controversy by airing TV ads in Corpus Christi.

How To
How to Ride a Wave

Jul 31, 1996 By ethanthompson

The surf in Texas may not be the biggest, but it was an early training ground for 43-year-old surfing legend Ken Bradshaw, who has spent his life riding waves as tall as buildings. Bradshaw, a native of Houston, first paddled out at age twelve on a family trip to Surfside,…


Spin Control

Jul 31, 1996 By Jim Atkinson

Vertigo isn’t just the stuff of Hitchcock thrillers—it’s a debilitating disease, as Dallas radio talk show host Kevin McCarthy found out the hard way.

A Good Bet

Jul 31, 1996 By Brad Tyer

There are no showgirls or musical revues, but the four casinos in and around Lake Charles, Louisiana, do a nice job approximating the Vegas experience. Deal yourself in.

Bad News, Baird’s

Jul 31, 1996 By Helen Thorpe

This spring, Texas’ leading white-bread maker was ordered to pay a fine of $10 million and settled a lawsuit for another $18 million. Why does the company have to cough up so much dough?

Behind the Lines
Shooting on the Border

Jul 31, 1996 By Gregory Curtis

THERE IS AN OBLIGATORY SCENE in every movie about the border between Texas and Mexico: A man draws a line in the dirt with his boot. The line means something different in each movie, and yet, there it is, a narrow little rut in the ground that the characters gesture…

Magic Johnson

Jul 31, 1996 By Jamie Fields

From the Paris Bastille to a duet with Pavarotti to a PBS documentary: Amarillo’s resident opera star, Mary Jane Johnson, has had a career full of high notes, and she has savored every one of them.


Red Bell Pepper Crostini

Jul 31, 1996 By Texas Monthly

olive oil for brushing on peppers 2 red bell peppers 1 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme 2 tablespoons pure olive oil salt and pepper to taste 8 slices French bread, 1/2 inch thick 1 clove garlic, peeled 6 sprigs fresh thyme Brush olive oil…

Grilled Marinated Shrimp

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

1/4 cup pure olive oil 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar juice of one lemon 8 strips lemon peel, about 11/2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard salt and pepper to taste 12 shrimp, 10…


Tom Foolery

Jul 31, 1996 By Paul Burka

THE LEGACY OF THE TUMULTUOUS Republican state convention in San Antonio is that the state GOP is headed for open warfare between its mainstream and ultraconservative factions. The defining incident of the convention was not the unsuccessful attempt by pro-life dissidents to prevent U.S. senator Kay Bailey Hutchison from becoming…

Roar of the Crowd
Crying Wolf

Jul 31, 1996 By Texas Monthly

Who hated our stories on why we hate lawyers? Lawyers, of course.

Around the State
Around the State

Jul 31, 1996 By Texas Monthly

At the twenty-fifth annual Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio, you can nibble on Lebanese kibbeh, sample Nigerian suya, gnaw on a Filipino inihaw—or stick to watermelon from Luling. Plus: A Fantastick show in Fort Worth from the boys of Tuna; powerful photos from Richard Avedon in Austin; a hellish…

The Inside Story
Seeing Stars

Jul 31, 1996 By Evan Smith

In the summer of 1992, when Jason Cohen was a relatively unknown journalist and Matthew McConaughey was an extremely unknown actor, the two met on the Austin set of Dazed and Confused. “He looked so weird,” recalls 28-year-old Cohen, who was writing about the movie for Details. “He had this…