August 1998


Less Is Mauro

Jul 31, 1998 By Helen Thorpe

Barring a miracle, Garry Mauro will lose to George W. Bush in this November’s gubernatorial election. So why is he acting like a winner?

Shrinking Giant

Jul 31, 1998 By Kathryn Jones

Once more than a million acres, the Matador Ranch is today a fraction of that size. How it got from there to here is the story of Texas ranching.

The Biggest Ranches

Jul 31, 1998 By erindavies

No matter who’s in charge, the King Ranch still rules: It’s number one on our list of the state’s top twenty spreads.

When We Were Kings

Jul 31, 1998 By Skip Hollandsworth

For the first time in its history, the world-famous King Ranch is being run by someone other than a descendant of its founder. Can the mythic institution survive a changing of the guard?

Briscoe’s Bounty

Jan 20, 2013 By Kathryn Jones

Dolph Briscoe used to govern Texas. He still owns a bigger piece of it than any individual in the world.

Money in the Making

Jan 20, 2013 By Joe Nick Patoski

Houston’s new movers and shakers don’t hang with the Wyatts or Sakowitzes. They’re Eightball, Scarface, Lil’ Keke, and the other power players of the city’s rap music scene.


Hot Box
CD and Book Reviews

Jul 31, 1998 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs You could plunk Doug Sahm and Augie Meyers down on a stage anywhere in the world, with any sidemen, and they could deliver the irresistible dit-dit-dit they’ve plied for more than thirty years without missing a beat. On The Sir Douglas Quintet/Live Texas Tornado (Takoma), a reissue of…

Cecil Winzer, Eben Miller, Rex Staples, and Frank Livaudais

Jul 31, 1998 By Erin Gromen

The Austinites who founded the Collegestudent.Com Web site say the idea came to them as brilliant ones often do: over a beer. “We were griping about how hard it was to find housing, especially in the heat,” says Eben Miller, who at the time was a student at the University…

The Ex Files
Stephen Tobolowsky

Jul 31, 1998 By Brian D. Sweany

When I was a kid, I spent all of my days in the woods up by Cripple Creek. I formed the Dangerous Animals Club with a friend of mine named Billy Hart, and we made a list of all the nastiest things on the face of the earth: centipedes, scorpions,…

Day of the Ed

Jul 31, 1998 By Jordan Mackay

What kind of person would be best at figuring out how to spend $295,000? A poet, of course. That kind of money might be chump change to Charles Barkley, but to the prototypical starving artist, it’s a lot of stanzas. Or it will be for University of Houston English professor…


The Coach’s Son

Jul 31, 1998 By Michael Geffner

For years Houston native Chuck Knoblauch took his cues from his high school baseball coach, who also happened to be his father. Then Alzheimer’s disease changed their relationship forever.


Poll Taxed

Jul 31, 1998 By Paul Burka

The hottest topic in the crucial lieutenant governor’s race between Republican agriculture commissioner Rick Perry and Democratic state comptroller John Sharp is the reliability of the Scripps Howard–owned Texas Poll. When the March poll showed Sharp leading with 41 percent of surveyed voters to Perry’s 35 percent, R’s complained vigorously…

Around the State
Around the State

Jul 31, 1998 By Texas Monthly

MAIN EVENT A Little Night Music Every Texan knows that, in August, only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun. But as a cool wind picks up in the evening, who can resist joining friends around the gazebo or band shell for some free music alfresco?…

The Inside Story
Movers and Acres

Jul 31, 1998 By Jordan Mackay

A professional photographer since the early seventies, David Stoecklein has devoted the past fifteen years to lovingly recording archetypes of the American West—and although he lives in Idaho, he has spent much of that time shooting Texas for coffee-table books such as Don’t Fence Me In, Images of the Spirit…

State Fare

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

Salads, they do get weary, wearing that same shabby dressing. And when they get weary, Thai Spice says, try a little tenderloin.

Texas Primer
Mary Martin

Jan 20, 2013 By Anne Dingus

How many times did Mary Martin shampoo onstage while appearing in South Pacific?


Grilled Tenderloin Salad

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Thai Spice, Houston and Austin. Tenderloin Salad 1 1/4 to 2 pounds whole beef tenderloin (amount depends on whether using as an appetizer or entrée) 1 large cucumber, peeled and sliced 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick 1/2 medium red onion, peeled and sliced 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick…