December 1983

Features

Feature
Cosmic Plowboy

Dec 1, 1983 By Peter Elkind

Agriculture commissioner Jim Hightower discovered that he could help the little guy by becoming one of the big boys.

The Texas Food Manifesto

Dec 1, 1983 By Alison Cook

Fie on the cilantro fad, greaseless barbecue, and indiscriminate mesquite-grilling. Let’s hear it for Frito pie, catfish plates, and other gems of Texas’ true cuisine

Feature
Grande Dame of the Gulf

Dec 1, 1983 By Paul Burka

She may be past her prime, but Galveston still clings to her aristocratic heritage and her precarious place on the sand.

Feature
Grande Dame of the Gulf

Jan 20, 2013 By Paul Burka

She may be past her prime, but Galveston still clings to her aristocratic heritage and her precarious place on the sand.

Miscellany

State Secrets
State Secrets

Dec 1, 1983 By Paul Burka

More trouble ahead for Jim Mattox; oil pipeline for sale—cheap; the EPA gets dumped over toxic dumping; raindrops on GTE’s head at Braniff Place.

Columns

Classical Music
The Courage of Their Compositions

Dec 1, 1983 By W. L. Taitte

These days the Houston Symphony Orchestra isn’t playing the same old thing. Conductor Sergiu Comissiona battles boredom by playing brand-new works and little-heard older ones.

Movies
Terminal Endearment

Dec 1, 1983 By James Wolcott

Terms of Endearment features a Houston setting but also drab cinematography and cramped direction. The sickening Star 80 goes too far; the impressionistic Rumble Fish reaches too high.

Jazz
The Proof Is in the Piano

Dec 1, 1983 By Doug Ramsey

Fabled Texas pianist Peck Kelley appears, at last, on a gold mine of an album. There’s lodes more with Red Garland, Pete Petersen, and other jazz whizzes.

Reporter

Reporter
Texas Monthly Reporter

Dec 1, 1983 By Dick Reavis

Masons in trouble; Wally in wonderland; vice in Amarillo; vitamins in Mount Pleasant; Czechs in print.