December 1980


I, Claus

Dec 1, 1980 By Lawrence Wright

Better not shout, cry, or pout, ‘cause we’re telling you why, after all these years, Santa Claus is still coming to town.

Out Of Control

Dec 1, 1980 By Victoria Loe

We’ve got inadequate airports, jam-packed airspace, and antiquated traffic control system, and inept federal overseers. Is air safety just pie in the sky?

No Man’s Land

Dec 1, 1980 By Richard West

Welcome to Highland Park, a small town right in the middle of Dallas where the living is easy and time stands still.


State Secrets
State Secrets

Dec 1, 1980 By Paul Burka

What’s in store for ‘88; riding Reagan’s coattails; welcome to the great El Paso gold rush; Yankee lawyers invade Dallas.


Dining Out
Cowboys and India

Dec 1, 1980 By W. L. Taitte

Beef is king at Cattlemen’s in Fort Worth; food fit for a rajah is yours at Houston’s Taj Mahal.

Home, Bittersweet Home

Dec 1, 1980 By W. L. Taitte

An Alley Theatre world premiere, To Grandmother’s House We Go was a play about family foibles that really hit home.

Medicine Men

Dec 1, 1980 By Michael Ennis

From pig pancreas pills to pyramid power ice trays, the cure-alls of these unorthodox healers are aimed at getting you back on the right wavelength.

Old, Rugged Churches

Dec 1, 1980 By William Martin

Century-old Antioch Baptist shouts its message over the sky-high rooftops of downtown Houston. St. Mary’s in Galveston is Texas’ only basilica.

High Gloss

Dec 1, 1980 By Stephen Harrigan

Laura Furman handles The Glass House with a little too much care; Elmer Kelton’s novels take you way out West; a new filed guide digs into Texas’ past; Hearts will win yours.

The Shadow Warrior

Dec 1, 1980 By George Morris

Sword-wielding samurai clash in Kagemusha, Akira Kurosawa’s rousing saga of clan wars in sixteenth-century Japan. The Stunt Man goes out on a limb—and falls off. It’s My Turn is a feminist film that’s funny.


Texas Monthly Reporter

Dec 1, 1980 By John Bloom

Cable TV has Dallas in its coils; acupuncture has its day in court; sex education has parents up in arms.