August 1997

Features

Turn Out the Lights

Jul 31, 1997 By Gary Cartwright

The Dallas Cowboys old-timers reunion is over, but for one evening it was possible to remember when pro football was fun, players were loyal, and even a sportswriter could fall in love with his team.

Folks

Jul 31, 1997 By Michael Ennis

The boom in “outsider” art that began in New York, Chicago, and Atlanta has finally come to Texas, driven by true visionaries whose images conjure worlds that may have never existed but are invariably inhabitedby penetrating psychological truths.

Soldiers of Misfortune

Jan 20, 2013 By Robert Draper

For as long as the U.S. military has patrolled the border in search of drug smugglers, there has been the possibility that an innocent civilian would be killed. The government insists the chance is worth taking. Tell that to the family of Ezequiel Hernandez, Jr.

Store Wars!

Jan 20, 2013 By Skip Hollandsworth

Two luxury retailers: Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. One desirable market: Houston. The fight for the hearts and credit cards of couture clotheshorses like Lynn Wyatt and Carolyn Farb officially begins next month, but already the fur is flying.

Miscellany

Ennis Racket

Jul 31, 1997 By Jordan Mackay

Over the past twenty years Texas Monthly contributing editor Michael Ennis has written about F-16 jet fighters, Houston topless clubs, and the Dallas Apparel Mart. But what he’s focused on mostly is art, as he does in this month’s story about “outsider” artists (see “Folks,”). “I wanted to approach…

Fond Farewell

Jul 31, 1997 By Texas Monthly

GARY CARTWRIGHT’S STORY COVERING the last months of the life of his son Mark [“Nothing to It,” June 1997] was extremely moving. Most impressive of all was the dignity with which he and his son approached the inevitable. The communication shared during this time was inherently more intimate, and this…

Judge Roy Bean

Jul 31, 1997 By Anne Dingus

WEST OF THE PECOS THERE IS NO LAW; west of El Paso there is no God.” So went the saying in unsettled West Texas—until the day in 1882 when Roy Bean became a justice of the peace in dusty little Langtry, where the sign over the Jersey Lilly, his combination…

Reporter

CD and Book Reviews

Jul 31, 1997 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs West Texas bluesman Long John Hunter plays even more guitar than usual on Swinging From the Rafters (Alligator), and that’s a lot of guitar. Hunter represents the party-down end of the blues spectrum; he’s gotta poke fun at himself even when he’s ostensibly down-and-out, as on “I’m Broke.”…

Alamo Tome

Jul 31, 1997 By Anne Dingus

This month Eakin Press will publish The Alamo Almanac and Book of Lists. Among the interesting items compiled by author William R. Chemerka is one that has nothing to do with history—not really, anyway: It’s the Top Twenty Most Frequently Asked Questions at the Alamo. 1. “Where’s the bathroom?” 2.

J. C. Herz

Jul 31, 1997 By Erin Gromen

Growing up in Houston, J. C. Herz spent much of her time defending the city from incoming ballistic missiles. She accomplished this while sitting in front of her family’s television and playing Missile Command—just one of the many video games lovingly described in her second book, Joystick Nation (Little, Brown;…

Terrence McNally

Jul 31, 1997 By Renee Boensch

One day when I was in the seventh grade at Christ the King School in Dallas, the Ursuline nun who taught our class dragged in a phonograph with 78 rpm records from the convent. She put on an album of Puccini love duets sung by Licia Albanese and James Milton.

Sea You Really Soon

Jul 31, 1997 By Jordan Mackay

Superchef Stephan Pyles, the culinary hand behind Dallas’ Star Canyon, is opening a new restaurant this fall: AquaKnox. The name refers to the street on which the restaurant is located, Knox, and the menu’s featured ingredient, which comes from the water. “It’s a fish restaurant,” he says simply. Pyles plans…

Columns

Food Fright

Jul 31, 1997 By Jim Atkinson

Eating a peanut shouldn’t be a particularly memorable experience, but for Dallasite Mona Cain and countless other allergic Americans, it’s a matter of life and death.

Heeeeeere’s Gary!

Jul 31, 1997 By Jamie Fields

After years of laboring in virtual anonymity as Mr. Amy Grant, Texan Gary Chapman has his own talk show on The Nashville Network and is known by a vastly more flattering moniker: the David Letterman of country.

Major Minor

Jul 31, 1997 By Michael Geffner

Jimmie Lee Solomon went from working a small Texas ranch to running big league baseball’s farm system. Now he may be up for one of the game’s top jobs.

Royal Blue

Jul 31, 1997 By John Morthland

For decades, Bobby Bland has personified the definitive post–T-Bone Walker Texas R&B style. Even at 67, no one can dethrone him.

Web

Catfish Tacos

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Chef George W. Brown, Jr., Seventeen Seventeen, Dallas. Roasted-Jalapeño Remoulade 1/2 shallot, peeled and finely chopped 1/2 cup mayonnaise 20 leaves cilantro, finely chopped 1 medium fresh jalapeño, roasted, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped 1 small red bell pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded, and finely…