February 1987

Features

Madonna of the Maquiladora

Feb 1, 1987 By Mimi Swartz

While U.S. businessmen and Mexican bureaucrats see her as the answer to their economic prayers, factory worker Graciela Fernandez just tries to get by—on about 66 cents an hour.

The Empress of Fort Worth

Feb 1, 1987 By John Davidson

Anne Bass married one of the richest men in America. With his money and her ambition she became an important cultural force in Fort Worth and New York. Life was perfect. Then her husband left her.

The Prophets

Feb 1, 1987 By Tina Rosenberg

The border’s self-appointed problem solvers promise new industry, more jobs, and better schools. So why won’t anyone listen to them?

Miscellany

State Secrets

Feb 1, 1987 By Texas Monthly

A winning ticket for the lottery; the oil bust is a boon for parks; doom and gloom at the Legislature; an early test for Jim Wright.

Columns

The Apple Version

Feb 1, 1987 By Jan Reid

Walt Disney, Howard Johnson, and Margery Post Merriweather have one thing in common: they’re all trapped inside Max Apple’s new novel.

Reporter

Texas Monthly Reporter

Feb 1, 1987 By Alison Cook

The City That Works isn’t working like it used to. Plus Amazing Cars of Texas #2, revolutionary folk art, and Topic A—what everybody can’t stop talking about.