December 1997


Lights! Camera! Auction!

Dec 1, 1997 By Suzy Banks

All over Texas, smart shoppers are bidding on everything from antiques to airplanes. Join them before the best buys are going, going, gone.

Searching for Santa

Dec 1, 1997 By Anne Dingus

This time of year, Yule find him hanging around East Texas: On lawns and roofs, he’s a Claus célèbre.

The War on Cedar

Dec 1, 1997 By Joe Nick Patoski

It’s unpalatable to cattle, an invader of grasslands, and a water hog. So why can’t I just get rid of it? Because it’s a vegetative Vietnam.

“I’ve Written Enough Fiction”

Dec 1, 1997 By Kathryn Jones

So says Larry McMurtry, Texas’ best—and best-known— novelist. But that doesn’t mean he’s giving up literature altogether; in fact, his days are quite booked.

Thanks a Million

Dec 1, 1997 By Ann Castle

From the Altshulers to the Zales, the state’s top philanthropists support a range of causes but have at least one thing in common: their selflessness.


Hot Box
CD and Book Reviews

Dec 1, 1997 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs Sure, you can waltz across Texas to the Cornell Hurd Band’s Texas Fruit Shack (Behemoth), but you can also shuffle, two-step, boogie, and maybe even jitterbug. Joined by guest stars like Johnny Bush, Austinite Hurd fronts a versatile group that puts an authoritative stamp on the full run…

T V Talk
Austin, Storied

Dec 1, 1997 By Jordan Mackay

Just as Austin is the Dallas of the nineties—a booming cultural icon bordering on cliché—Austin Stories may be the Dallas of the nineties. The MTV sitcom, which debuted this fall, is weekly television’s first credible portrayal of Texas and Texans since J.R. got shot. (Walker, Texas Ranger? Kung fu in…

Topic A
Brown in Front

Dec 1, 1997 By Paul Burka

Ten reasons why former police chief Lee Brown is well positioned to be elected Houston’s first black mayor on December 6: (1) He ran stronger than expected in the November 4 primary, with 42 percent to Rob Mosbacher’s 29 percent. Both were projected to poll in the 30’s. (2) The…

The Wrong Man

Dec 1, 1997 By Pamela Colloff

George W. Bush pardoned convicted rapist Kevin Byrd after DNA evidence proved he was the wrong man. How did he get sent to prison in the first place?

Ara Celi

Dec 1, 1997 By Erin Gromen

“When I was little,” Ara Celi says, “I used to watch TV and ask, ‘How do you get on there?’” At 19 the El Paso native set out for Hollywood to answer that question; once there, she quickly learned the three most important words in show business: audition, audition, audition.

The Ex Files
Tommy Tune

Dec 1, 1997 By Brian D. Sweany

Tommy Tune I started dancing when I was five, after [Houston dance teacher] Emmamae Horn visited my school and asked my parents if I could enroll in her dance class. It must have run in the family, though, because my parents were great dancers too. When I was about nine,…


High Tech
Crime Pays

Dec 1, 1997 By Carol Chapman

He hasn’t been able to find his father’s killer, but Austinite David Wheeler’s computer programs are catching lots of other crooks.

Never Say Die

Dec 1, 1997 By Pamela Colloff

Can Miller Quarles live forever? The 83-year-old Houstonian hopes so—and he’ll pay $100,000 to anyone who will help him.

His Perfect World

Dec 1, 1997 By Stephen Harrigan

Growing up in Longview and Texas City, John Lee Hancock dreamed of a life in the movies. Today, he’s one of L.A.’s hottest screenwriters.

Weekly, Strongly

Dec 1, 1997 By Joe Holley

Why are small-town Texas newspapers thriving? Because unlike big-city dailies, they know their readers, and they give them what they want.

Tortilla Flat

Dec 1, 1997 By Claire Poole

A year after she was forced to file for bankruptcy, Houston’s Ninfa Laurenzo is cooking up a way to save her popular restaurant chain.


The Inside Story
Her Home Page Is Her Castle

Dec 1, 1997 By Jordan Mackay

“I love lists,” says Ann Castle, who got into the listmaking business last year when the online magazine Slate asked her for a roundup of the nation’s biggest givers. “Because of the Slate list, lots of people have contacted me about doing this in their state,” she says, though she…

State Fare
State Fare

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

How did the chefs at Dallas’ French Room whip up such a delicious cake? Choc it up to creativity.


Hot Chocolate Cake

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Pistachio and Eggnog Milk Sauce 1/2 cup shelled pistachios 4 medium egg yolks 1/2 cup sugar (less if using eggnog, to taste) 1/2 quart whipping cream or eggnog 1 quart milk 1 vanilla bean, split Roast pistachios at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, chop, and…