December 2002


The Secret History

Dec 1, 2002 By Don Graham

Did Richard King cheat his partner's heirs out of a chunk of the King Ranch nearly 120 years ago? He may have—and if the Texas Supreme Court permits Chapman v. King Ranch, Inc., to go to trial, the past could come back to haunt the state's most storied spread.


Dec 1, 2002 By William Martin

Three decades after his last megamission in Dallas, age and poor health haven't slowed Billy Graham down (well, not much). He's still the most powerful evangelist since Jesus, and there will never be another like him.

You Only Live Twice

Dec 1, 2002 By Gary Cartwright

Where does an actress of a certain age restart her life (and jump-start her career) after years at Hollywood's mercy? If you're former Bond Girl Lois Chiles, the answer is obvious: back home in Texas.

Death Isn’t Fair

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael Hall

Cops who threaten torture. Prosecutors who go too far. Defense lawyers who sleep on the job. And an appellate court that rubber-stamps it all. Let’s be tough on crime, but let’s also see that justice is done.

Make Way for Duck

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

Tired of talking turkey? ‘Tis the season to feast on a bird that’s all it’s quacked up to be—and other dishes created by five of the state’s hottest chefs.



Dec 1, 2002 By Patricia Sharpe

’S WONDERFUL, ‘S MARFALOUS Until this year, folks who found themselves in Marfa at mealtime had a choice of tacos or tacos (oh, wait—you could also get a burger). This summer, the options increased exponentially, which is to say that there is now a fine-dining option in this Big Bend-area…

A Q&A with Tony Joe White

Dec 1, 2002 By Eileen Schwartz

They may not be songs about Texas, but Tony Joe White wrote Rainy Night in Georgia and Polk Salad Annie while living in Corpus Christi. Currently on tour opening for Joe Cocker, the Louisiana native chats about old times, his new record label, and the Texas musician who first inspired him to play guitar.

Boy on the Bus

Dec 1, 2002 By Nora Varty

Executive editor S.C. Gwynne talks about life on the campaign trail with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Sanchez.

Salsify and Radishes Braised in White Wine

Dec 1, 2002 By Texas Monthly

1 1/2 pounds salsify, available at some Central Markets and H-E-B stores 1 bunch French Breakfast radishes or White Icicle radishes, available at Fiesta and Central Markets 6 or 7 tablespoons lemon juice (3 or 4 lemons) 2 tablespoons flour 2 medium cloves garlic 2…

Winter-Fruit Strudel

Dec 1, 2002 By Texas Monthly

4 sheets frozen filo 3/4 pound tart apples such as Granny Smith, Winesap, Jonathan, or Cortland 1/3 pound firm Bosc pears 1/2 cup dried figs 1/2 cup dried apricots 1/2 cup raisins 1 cup sweet white wine such as Riesling or Chenin Blanc, warmed…

Shipping News

Dec 1, 2002 By Patricia Sharpe

ELITE MEAT Texas caterer Tom Perini was thrilled enough when he was asked to throw a barbecue for Russian president Vladimir Putin in Crawford last year. He never dreamed that ten months later he would be touring Moscow and St. Petersburg, teaching Russian chefs how to cook beef. “For President…

Masa Tart Hors d’Oeuvres

Dec 1, 2002 By Texas Monthly

Masa Tart Shells 3/4 pound masa preparada (prepared masa, available at H-E-B and Fiesta markets) 1/3 cup (about 3 ounces) lard or Crisco, at room temperature 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon powdered guajillo or ancho chile (not chili powder) 1/4 cup good-quality chicken stock, such…


Dec 1, 2002 By Stacy Hollister

Garden of Eatin’ Dreamed of traveling the globe? Martha Rose Shulman has a deal for you. The former Texan will take you around the world in 288 pages, and you don’t even have to pack a bag. But you do have to pick up a copy of your tour guide’s…

Boston Lettuce with Grilled Bosc Pears

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from John Maxwell, The Mansion at Judges’ Hill, Austin Lemon-Cream Dressing 1 cup heavy cream 6 tablespoons crème fraîche or 3 tablespoons sour cream 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice zest of 1 lemon, minced 1/8 teaspoon salt In a large mixing bowl, stir heavy…


Grand Illusion

Dec 1, 2002 By S. C. Gwynne

Deep pockets and an uphill climb: S. C. Gwynne says the last days of Tony Sanchez's campaign for governor looked an awful lot like the first.


Wrongful Life?

Dec 1, 2002 By Jim Atkinson

A Houston couple says a hospital is responsible for their daughter's severe disabilities. Should Texas' highest court agree, the case will change health care as we know it.

Brothers in Lore

Dec 1, 2002 By Gary Cartwright

What ever happened to twin halfbacks Dickie Don and Rickie Ron Yewbet, the pride of the Corbett Comets? Forty years later, their story is still unbelievable.

Christmas Carole

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Hart

When it's time for her to give the gift of a revenue estimate, Comptroller Rylander could be naughty or nice. Either way, the Legislature better watch out.


Around the State


Dec 1, 2002 By Katy Vine

GIMME SHELTER This month, as various towns across the state stage Las Posadas processions, in which actors portraying Mary and Joseph reenact the biblical couple’s search for shelter, directors will be challenged with the question of casting. This year McAllen, which hosts the largest production in the state, marks its…

Straight Talk

Dec 1, 2002 By Katy Vine

TELL IT LIKE IT IS Aaron Neville will be the featured performer at the Mayor’s Official Houston Holiday Celebration in the Bayou City December 6. His newest record, Believe, will be released in January. What is the most dramatic change you have seen in music over the years?…

Tune In

Dec 1, 2002 By Texas Monthly

GOTTA SING! Every holiday season offers the chance for thousands of singers—and wannabes—to burst into song. As regular choristers dust off Handel’s Messiah for appreciative audiences—Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio all have excellent performances lined up—hosts of shower singers start looking for alternatives that bring…

Get Out

Dec 1, 2002 By Texas Monthly

POWER PLAY Hockey in Texas, eh? Even though the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars—who, need we remind you, drank from Lord Stanley’s Cup in 1999—have been shining in the Lone Star State for a decade now and minor league franchises have found more homes here than in any other state,…