August 1998 Issue

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When We Were Kings

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?


Money in the Making

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.

Shrinking Giant

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 Coach’s Son

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.


The Ex Files

Stephen Tobolowsky

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,

CD and Book Reviews

Hot CDsYou 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 a

Day of the Ed

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



Grilled Tenderloin Salad

Recipe from Thai Spice, Houston and Austin.Tenderloin Salad1 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 2 medium tomatoes, chopped


Texas Primer

Mary Martin

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

The Inside Story

Movers and Acres

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

Around the State

Around the State

MAIN EVENTA 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? Since

Poll Taxed

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

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