August 2004 Issue

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Wheels of Fortune

For automakers in the U.S. and overseas, Texas is the very best market for the pickup truck. And for Texans, the pickup truck is the very best vehicle—if only for what it says about who we are. Or who we'd like to be.


Bombshells Away

In this summer of D-day nostalgia, we pause to remember the unsung heroines of World War II: the pinup girls painted on the noses of B-24's and other planes for luck and inspiration. Some of the most colorful artwork is on permanent display in Midland. Permission to view it granted.

The Man With the Plan

You probably know that Tom DeLay spearheaded the massive—and massively controversial— congressional redistricting effort that tied Texas legislators in knots for one regular and three special sessions. What you probably don’t know is how he did it. Herein lies a tale.


Dad vs. the Dress Code

In 1971 I wore hip-huggers and other clothes appropriate to the times. This did not please the superintendent of the San Marcos public schools, and his displeasure did not please my father.


Anne Dingus

The Rat Unpacks

I've been collecting vintage Texana since I was ten years old, and believe me, I've got loads. But it's time to sell.

Don Graham

White Like Me

Growing up in segregated Collin County, I was oblivious to the impact of Jim Crow—until I read John Howard Griffin's American classic.


First in Flight

Brandon Hughey didn't ask to be a celebrity. All the San Angelo­born soldier wanted was to avoid fighting what he considered an unjust war. So he fled to Canada—and now the private's every move is public.


Hep Cat

Big lips, wiry whiskers, a questionable lifestyle: The catfish is like that distant uncle at your family reunion—peculiar-looking, a little shady, and uninspiring at mealtime. Relegated to the culinary backwaters as a bottom feeder, even deemed unkosher for its scaleless body, the fish with the Fu Manchu mustache was long

Fireside Pies

What, me praise a pizzeria? Two months ago I would have questioned my sanity. But that was before I discovered distinctly un-cheesy Dallas newcomer Fireside Pies. This place has the right stuff: crisp, hand-stretched crusts, classy toppings, substantial salads, and a list of wines that you actually want to


Musician Ian McLagan survived the British rock explosion of the sixties. Now he lives in Austin, a place he loves to call home.

Books That Cook

Books That Cook

In 1986 Damian Mandola and Johnny Carrabba noticed the lack of a casual-yet-great Italian restaurant in Houston, so the two opened Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Almost two decades later, the duo have more than one hundred eateries under the Carrabba’s name, a PBS series, and a partnership taking the brand to

Texas History 101

Texas History 101

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders have always strived to represent traditional small-town-pigskin values.

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Drawing the Lines

Writer-at-large Patricia Kilday Hart on redistricting and what this next election will tell us about Texans and party labels.

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Digging It

Contributing photographer Wyatt McSpadden, who took this month's cover image, discusses working with David Carr and helping create the Cadillac Ranch.

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Our Hero

My grandmother sat down to tell me a story she hadn't told in years. It turned out to be the greatest tale I've ever heard.


DMT’s Blackberry Vanilla Swirl Cheesecake

Recipe by Dawn Michelle Thomas, Fireside Pies, DallasCheesecake Base2 1/2 pounds cream cheese, soft 2 1/2 cups sugar 1 vanilla bean, split and seeded 7 eggs 1 cup sour creamIn a stand up mixer, whip cream cheese for 6 minutes on medium-high speed. Add sugar and mix for 2 minutes.



Nature Calls: Adventures in the great outdoors

Catching AirWhether you call it kiteboarding or kitesurfing, riding a surfboard while strapped to a kite is not for the timid. As Jeff Chilcoat, of Corpus Christi Kitesurfing, told us, “On a good day, my kite can pull a car.” We recommend proper instruction. AIR PADRE KITEBOARDING, South Padre Island;


Coming Attractions: The month in music

Down in The ValleyWhen the Queen of Latin Pop takes the Dodge Arena stage, in Hidalgo, on July 30, the small border town will have pulled off a musical coup. How often does a big-time performer like Gloria Estefan kick off a national tour in the Rio Grande Valley? Not



08.05.2004More times than not, Anne Frank is the singular face, doe-eyed and smiling, we use to represent the whole of the Holocaust tragedy, the one that stands in for more than 11 million faceless others. This month, however, with the opening of “ANNE FRANK: A PRIVATE PHOTO ALBUM” at the

David Carr

“We’re a real NFL football team, and we can go out and make plays. We have talent. We can beat teams. It’s not a fluke if we beat the Cowboys.”

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