February 1983

Features

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Other Main Streets

Feb 1, 1983 By Texas Monthly

They’re where you went to get your hair cut or to see a picture show or to watch the squirrels on the courthouse lawn.

Feature
Main Street

Feb 1, 1983 By Stephen Harrigan

It’s Houston’s driveway, a twenty-mile kaleidoscope of bankers, punkers, strippers, surgeons, students, grackles and cars.

Feature
The Year Everything Changed

Feb 1, 1983 By Paul Burka

If you think Texas is pretty much the same as it was ten years go, you’re wrong. Nineteen seventy-three remade the state overnight.

Feature
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.

Feature
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

Classical Music
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.

Business
The Cassandra of Crude

Feb 1, 1983 By Harry Hurt III

Dale Steffes can predict the future of the oil business. So why do the majors turn a deaf ear? Because, says Steffes, the news is all bad.

Books
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.

Popular Music
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.

Movies
Next to Godliness

Feb 1, 1983 By James Wolcott

Gandhi presents its title character as all but a god and India as all but a paradise. Starstruck is a lark; Sophie’s Choice is a letdown.

Miscellany

State Secrets
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

Reporter
Texas Monthly Reporter

Feb 1, 1983 By Peter Applebome

The unhealthy politics of emergency medicine; according an accordionist his due; sucking it up for Lite beer; the condo boom that went bust.