February 1983

Features

Charlie Brooks’ Last Words

Feb 1, 1983 By Dick Reavis

Charlie Brooks was the first man to die by lethal injection, but everyone wondered whether he or his partner was the real murderer. In his last days, Brooks answered that, and other questions.

Tea for Texas

Feb 1, 1983 By Alison Cook

Can Texans be won over to the antique tradition of tea and little sandwiches in the afternoon? Dallas’ and Houston’s new gilded hotels are counting on it.

Columns

Standing Room Opera

Feb 1, 1983 By W. L. Taitte

Texas opera lovers would have ended the season happily just having seen a lively Rosenkavalier, a magical Rheingold, and a fiery Wozzeck. But then the Houston Grand Opera’s Pagliacci came along and took their breath away.

As Good as Her Word

Feb 1, 1983 By Jan Reid

Texas women write about crop dusters and frozen custard and the Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport in the encouraging new anthology Her Work. Life Sentences, though, is a flimsy feminist exercise.

Thunder Claps

Feb 1, 1983 By Pepi Plowman

The Fabulous Thunderbirds storm away on a new album that shows why they’re Texas’ hardiest rhythm and blues band. Eight more releases capture everything from mandolin picking to Balinese monkey chants.

Miscellany

State Secrets

Feb 1, 1983 By Paul Burka

Treasure hunters want state booty; Republicans aren’t so hot about Phil Gramm; there’s hope for Texans with money in Mexico; Texas newspapers worry about USA Today.

Reporter