December 1986


Against the Grain

Dec 1, 1986 By Emily Yoffe

One school of though holds that when the economy is in a nosedive, that’s the time to go into business. At lease that’s what a farmer, an oilman, a developer, and a banker believe.

Advice From the Experts

Dec 1, 1986 By Emily Yoffe

We gave a bunch of smart Texans $50,000. (Okay, we didn’t really, we just said we did.) The money comes with these strings attached: it has to be invested in Texas now, and the investments have to pay off by 1996.

Touch Me, Feel Me, Heal Me!

Dec 1, 1986 By Gary Cartwright

I was curious when I found that three of my friends had delved into the mysteries of psychic surgery. After three “bloody operations” of my own, I knew what it was all about. About $30 a minute.

The Wright House

Dec 1, 1986 By Paul Burka

For the first time since Sam Rayburn’s day, the Speaker of the House will be a Texan. And if Jim Wright of Fort Worth is to be successful, he’ll have to remember what Rayburn taught him.

The Last Resort

Dec 1, 1986 By Tina Rosenberg

Texans are always looking for a new frontier, a place where business people can do business without worrying about a lot of bureaucrats. Want to make it in Texas today? Come to Belize.

Making It In the Bust

Dec 1, 1986 By Emily Yoffe

At a time when Texas seems to have lost its gift for creating fortunes, there has emerged a group of entrepreneurs who are making money by catering to the needs of people who are going broke.

Famous Fixers

Dec 1, 1986 By Emily Yoffe

They have done it all: saved New York City and Massachusetts, written economic classics, created new companies, and turned old ones around. Now, at our request, they’re fixing Texas.

Lessons From the Golden Apple

Dec 1, 1986 By marksinger

Empty business buildings…bankrupt developers…budget deficits. It’s Manhattan, 1975. Things sure have changed, and by learning from some Yankee real estate barons, maybe we can find a way out of our troubles.


Southern Biscuit Muffins

Dec 1, 1986 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Castle Hill Cafe, Austin 10 cups flour 1 cup sugar 6 tablespoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 pound margarine cubed 4 cups cold milk These are bite-size muffins; use a small-muffin pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl combine…

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On the Menu: Castle Hill Cafe

Dec 1, 1986 By Helen Thompson

ONE OF THE FEW COMPLAINTS we have ever heard about Castle Hill Cafe is that it is too loud—which is true. But the acoustics in this former grocery store built in 1896 are only partly at fault. Blame instead the multitude of loyal customers who flock to this low-key and…


The Quidnunc

Dec 1, 1986 By Mark Seal

Keeping up with the Perots; pomp-adoring Charlie Sexton; sewing up the ses-quilt-centennial.

State Secrets

Dec 1, 1986 By Paul Burka

How Sheik Yamani’s departure will affect the price of oil; what the new immigration law will do to Texas; analyzing the election returns.


Back Roads
No Dancin’ In Anson

Dec 1, 1986 By jamieaitken

It doesn’t matter whether you want to two-step or tango. In this church-run town, one commandment rules supreme: Thou Shalt Not Boogie.

Scratch Shot

Dec 1, 1986 By James Wolcott

The Color of Money veers off into technique; Police goes flaccid; Menage succumbs to mystification; Round Midnight reduces jazz to a dirge; Something Wild has a lurid kick.

Wide-open Blues

Dec 1, 1986 By Doug Ramsey

From James Clay to John Park, Texas tenor sax masters prove their mettle on new LPs.


Texas Monthly Reporter

Dec 1, 1986 By Dick Reavis

Screaming headlines and shameless photos make Laredo’s El Arma! the largest-selling Spanish weekly in the U.S.; Norbert Lyssy has mile to go before he sleeps (soundly); within our midst lies an alien and insurgent clan, the New England of Texas.