December 1985


Professor of Football

Dec 1, 1985 By Peter Elkind

Okay, now, listen up. This story is about Bill Yeoman, a really good football coach. Read it or run three laps after practice.

The Week of the Virgin

Dec 1, 1985 By Jan Jarboe Russell

A doll-like statue of sugar-cane fiber and clay came to San Antonio from a village in Mexico. Twenty-four hours a day, residents of the West Side visited Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos.

The Fraying Empire of Bobby Sakowitz

Dec 1, 1985 By Alison Cook

Robert Sakowitz set out to be a retail Renaissance man. Like his hero Leonardo da Vinci, he was going to do everything. And he did—including something he never imagined: fail.

Portraits in Power

Dec 1, 1985 By helmutnewton

Helmut Newton, world famous for his bizarre, sometimes shocking erotic photographs, turns his lens on another exotic subject—Texas tycoons.

Every Traveler’s Nightmare

Dec 1, 1985 By Patricia Sharpe

Ever worry that your trip overseas could turn into a disaster? We certainly didn’t—until a speeding bakery truck collided with our Italian vacation.


Spaghetti Rivaldo

Dec 1, 1985 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from La Griglia, Houston 4 oz. extra virgin Italian olive oil 3 large cloves garlic, minced 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped 4 Tbs. capers, rinsed 1/3 cup black pitted olives, rinsed 1/3 cup green pitted olives, rinsed 1 35 oz. can Vallone*…

Crab and Shrimp Cheesecake

Dec 1, 1985 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from La Griglia, Houston 1 stick butter, melted 1 stack pack saltine crackers (about 40) 16 ounces cream cheese, softened 2 17.5-ounce cartons mascarpone cheese (soft Italian double cream cheese—four 8 ounce cartons can be used) 6 eggs 2 Tbs. flour 4 Tbs.

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On the Menu: La Griglia

Dec 1, 1985 By Helen Thompson

EVEN IF LA GRIGLIA were completely empty—which is highly unlikely—the enormous bawdy murals, busy mosaics, and bustling wait staff would give the impression of great activity. This popular eatery, located in the River Oaks Shopping Center, is a place to see and be seen—inevitable, since the restaurant is one of…


State Secrets
State Secrets

Dec 1, 1985 By Paul Burka

Mexico’s bureaucracy thwarts Texas land heirs; a new poll has bad news for the guv; taxing times for the state budget; ending a boondoggle for colleges.

Post-Modern Times
Post-Modern Times

Dec 1, 1985 By Michael Ennis

Christian recording mogul Chris Christian knows what the Rock of Ages really means.

Back Roads
Back Roads

Dec 1, 1985 By Peter Applebome

Next time you want to go from Wichita Falls to Paris, take the Red River Bus Line.


I Want to Be Alone

Dec 1, 1985 By Lawrence Wright

When the wife goes back to work and the husband takes on chores and children, the real problem is not laundry or lunch boxes. It’s the battle between love and ambition.

Classical Music
Desire and Memory

Dec 1, 1985 By W. L. Taitte

The Ups and Downs of Theophilus Maitland had more ups than downs in Dallas, but Memorial Candles didn’t have much memorable melody.

Nights of Figs and Other Mysteries

Dec 1, 1985 By Peter Applebome

Charles Portis’ Masters of Atlantis is anything but believable and nothing if not enjoyable. A Small Town, Shelby Hearon’s ninth novel, is a hit-and-miss proposition.

Queen of the Rodeo

Dec 1, 1985 By James Wolcott

In Sweet Dreams, Jessica Lange is a dynamo of female gumption; Hail Mary makes the Immaculate Conception an inconsequential miracle; Joshua Then and Now is entertainingly busy and uncouth; Twice in a Lifetime is twice too often.


Texas Monthly Reporter

Dec 1, 1985 By Joe Nick Patoski

What evil lurks at the San Antonio Convention Center? How does a would-be Kenedy Ranch heir make a buck? Who helps keep the space shuttle aloft?