December 1999 Issue


The Best of the Texas Century—Culture

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.

Entrepreneur of the Century—Michael Dell

“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.”

Athlete of the Century—Carl Lewis

“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.”


First Person

Staying Alive

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


Eyes on the Prize

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


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.


Paradise Found

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



Maydelle Fason

“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

MUSICFEELING 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 Garland would find himself in the right



Gingerbread Christmas Trees

Fruit Compote1/2 cup sugar 1 cup red wine 2 cinnamon sticks 1 teaspoon orange zest 2 pints fresh or frozen berries of your choiceCombine sugar, wine, cinnamon, and orange zest, bring to a boil, and pour over berries. Refrigerate overnight.Royal Icing2 egg whites 1 pound (3 1/2 to 4 cups)


State Fare

State Fare

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

The Inside Story

Three’s Company

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

Around the State

Around the State

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;

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