February 1982 Issue



The Book of the Century-And-A-Half

Governor Bill Clements lassoed James Michener to write a tome about Texas. It’s due out in a couple of years. But that’s too long to wait, so we decided to write a version of our own.



The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of

In Pennies From Heaven Steve Martin gets serious, which is too bad--until he jumps into his dazzling dance numbers, which are too good to be true. Four Friends is about pals, and it palls. In Sharky’s Machine Burt Reynolds tries to mix gore with mush. Rollover defaults.


The Lord Giveth And The Lord Giveth

Evangelist Kenneth Copeland has good news: the faithful don’t have to wait for heaven to reap their reward. An Eastern Orthodox congregation in Austin is strict about performance of the liturgy but lax about getting to the church on time.


Burnet’s Milestone

A winning design for the Burnet Civic Center shows why regionalist architecture is still going strong in rural Texas.



Texas Monthly Reporter

A lawyer takes aim at handgun makers; Texas journalism gets hugh on society; politicians see red over fire ants; Dallas tries to master its aversion to master plans.


State Secrets

State Secrets

Selling the streets of Laredo; the next big oil play; the bar breaks up over a Supreme Court race; it’s true what they say about office Christmas parties.

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