December 1999


Entrepreneur of the Century—Michael Dell

Dec 1, 1999 By Evan Smith

“Entrepreneurship is the art of the possible. Anyone with money and a good idea has what it takes to write his own ticket. The hitch, of course, is follow-through. You have to execute. You have to do it. And no one has done it as well as Michael Dell.”

The Best of the Texas Century—Sports

Dec 1, 1999 By Texas Monthly

Gary Cartwright on Sammy Baugh, Gregory Curtis on Jack Johnson, Jane Dure on Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Joe Nick Patoski on Sheryl Swoopes, and Jeff McCord on the pitcher of the century.

Athlete of the Century—Carl Lewis

Dec 1, 1999 By Skip Hollandsworth

“When it comes to individual athletic superiority, few people in the world can touch long, lean, impossibly fast Carl Lewis, who came to Texas in 1979, qualified for the Olympics in 1980, and dominated his sport—the world of sports, actually—for the next sixteen years.”

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Entertainer of the Century—Willie Nelson

Dec 1, 1999 By Joe Nick Patoski

“Willie Nelson doesn’t fit the stereotype of a 66-year-old veteran of a profession that eats its young. The goofy grin he flashes conveys the vibe that he really and truly likes what he’s doing. We like it too.”

The Best of the Texas Century—Culture

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Anne Dingus on Lonesome Dove, Chester Rosson on Scott Joplin, Michael Hall on Buddy Holly, Don Graham on Giant, John Morthland on Ornette Coleman, Eileen Schwartz on Greater Tuna, Jennifer Olsen on Conan the Barbarian, and Michael Ennis on the painter of the century.


Around the State
Around the State

Dec 1, 1999 By Texas Monthly

Cities across Texas drop the ball to celebrate the new millennium. Plus: The Grace Museum in Abilene puts on a star-studded exhibit; ZZ Top brings a XXX show to Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Lubbock, and Odessa; the San Angelo Civic Ballet jumps for joy over its Sugar Plum Fairy;…

The Inside Story
Three’s Company

Dec 1, 1999 By Eileen Schwartz

It must be a millennial thing. Three people grace the cover of this month’s end-of-the-century issue. One of those three, Willie Nelson, has previously been on the cover of Texas Monthly three times (August 1976, May 1991, and April 1998). Also, the cover was shot in three…

State Fare
State Fare

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

At Houston’s La Réserve, you can have yourself a merry little Christmas tree—for dessert.


Paradise Found

Dec 1, 1999 By Turk Pipkin

Three great hotels on the Pacific coast of Mexico where you can do just about anything or nothing at all.

Having a Ball

Dec 1, 1999 By Paul Burka

It’s no easy task to run the two-time champs of the Ro-Tex-Erie Fantasy Baseball League. But I’m managing.


Dec 1, 1999 By John Morthland

Move over, Anna Nicole Smith. Mexia’s biggest celebrity is Cindy Walker, who penned hits made famous by everyone from Eddy Arnold to Bob Wills.

Eyes on the Prize

Dec 1, 1999 By Jim Atkinson

The noble—and Nobel—efforts of a Houston pharmacology professor could someday help in the treatment of cancer.

Behind the Lines
Doomed Dome

Dec 1, 1999 By Gregory Curtis

’Dome, sweet ’Dome: Good-bye to the stadium of the century.

First Person
Staying Alive

Jan 20, 2013 By Jesse Sublett

For every one hundred people diagnosed with cancer of the tonsil, fewer than nine survive. I hope I’m one of them.


Maydelle Fason

Dec 1, 1999 By Katy Vine

“The first dance performances I saw were at the Armadillo World Headquarters, where nachos and beer were sold throughout the shows,” says 29-year-old Maydelle Fason. Who could guess that this experience would eventually inspire the former Austinite to pursue a career in cutting-edge dance? As a teenager, Fason received a…

Hot Box
CD and Book Reviews

Dec 1, 1999 By Texas Monthly

MUSIC FEELING REDTexas’ key master. Red GarlandGroovy It’s A Blue World (Original Jazz Classics) JAZZ IS CHARACTERIZED BY ITS HARD-LUCK CASES, but there are also those who got lucky. Wrapping up one of his first cross-country tours in post—World War II New York City, Red…


Gingerbread Christmas Trees

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Fruit Compote 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup red wine 2 cinnamon sticks 1 teaspoon orange zest 2 pints fresh or frozen berries of your choice Combine sugar, wine, cinnamon, and orange zest, bring to a boil, and pour over berries. Refrigerate overnight. Royal Icing 2 egg…