February 1999


A Strike Against You

Feb 1, 1999 By Jim Atkinson

If your family has a history of cancer, are you doomed? Even though many of his relatives—including his famous father—succumbed to the disease, Mickey Mantle, Jr., didn’t think so. Then he got sick.

Thanks a Million ’98

Feb 1, 1999 By Ann Castle

Make that around $275 million. A roundup of last year’s top Texas philanthropists, from Tex and Buzz to Manny and Heavy Cat.

The Getaway

Feb 1, 1999 By Pamela Colloff

There’s something romantic about a jailbreak, even when the escapee is a cold-blooded killer on death row. That’s why our feelings about Martin Gurule were more than a little complicated.

Picture Perfect

Jan 20, 2013 By Don Graham

Why Peter Bogdanovich filmed in black and white, who discovered Cybill Shepherd, which onetime soap opera diva read for the role of Jacy, and other secrets of the making of The Last Picture Show .


Hot Box
CD and Book Reviews

Feb 1, 1999 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs Steve Earle Steve Earle’s The Mountain (E-Squared) is a set of bluegrass originals that joins the San Antonio-bred bad boy with pickin’-and-a-grinnin’ veterans the Del McCoury Band. Earle’s liner notes pay tribute to Bill Monroe and express the hope that at…

No New Tax Cuts

Feb 1, 1999 By Paul Burka

The first obstacle in George W. Bush’s drive for president is a Republican woman—not potential GOP rival Elizabeth Dole, but a member of his own Texas team, state comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander. Some Bush insiders were peeved aplenty when Rylander slashed $700 million from prevailing estimates of how much money…

Debbie Rice

Feb 1, 1999 By Katy Vine

Watch out, World Wrestling Federation. The famed Roller Derby is back, and Houston native Debbie Rice may prove to be its “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. The 31-year-old holds five national in-line skating records, and clocking in at 61 miles per hour, she’s the fastest downhill female speedskater in the world.

The Ex Files
The Ex Files

Feb 1, 1999 By Patricia McConnico

David Halberstam My father was stationed in El Paso at Biggs Field, which would later become a huge air base. You could see all these planes that were lined up, the bombers that were going to be used. I loved El Paso; it was so different from growing up in…

Shock Star

Feb 1, 1999 By Mike Shea

Fort Worth officers and teachers get to know Marilyn Manson.

Now Hear This
Music to Our Ears

Feb 1, 1999 By Eileen Schwartz

Texans (natives or onetime residents) have quite an impressive record when it comes to the Grammy awards. Most years we’ve practically dominated—big surprise—the country music category, but we chalked up our share of wins in other classes too. Here’s the score: • Total number of Grammys awarded to Texans from…


The Inside Story
Dandy, Don

Feb 1, 1999 By Eileen Schwartz

“When The Last Picture Show came out, everybody was talking about how bleak it all looked, but it just made me kind of homesick,” says Don Graham, who grew up in Collin County. It was 1971, and the then 31-year-old was living in Philadelphia and teaching a class on westerns…

Around the State
Around the State

Feb 1, 1999 By Texas Monthly

Take stock at four of the state’s best rodeos (El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio). Plus: Matisse and Picasso go brush to brush (Fort Worth); remembering the Alamo yet again (San Antonio); Luciano Pavarotti, small man on campus (Austin); and classical piano movers and shakers (Houston). THE MAIN EVENT…

Roar of the Crowd
All-American Troy

Feb 1, 1999 By Texas Monthly

All-American Troy THANK YOU, SKIP HOLLANDSWORTH, for showing who Troy Aikman really is: a fierce competitor, a team player, and most of all, a human being [“The Real Troy Aikman,” December 1998]. What he has done on and off the field has made him the best quarterback in the…

State Fare
State Fare

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

As Valentine’s Day desserts go, this one from Houston’s Houstonian Hotel takes the cake.

Texas Primer
Leon Jaworski

Jan 20, 2013 By Anne Dingus

At what age was Leon Jaworski the youngest lawyer in the history of Texas?


First Person
A Tribute to Me

Feb 1, 1999 By Kinky Friedman

Why did Willie, Lyle, and other big names pay homage to me by recording my songs? Because I asked them to. You got a problem with that?

Ebony and Ivy

Feb 1, 1999 By juliettefairley

How an African American from Houston’s Fifth Ward rose to become the president of a mostly white, exceedingly

The Capitol Gang

Feb 1, 1999 By Patricia Hart

The power brokers at this year’s legislative session aren’t elected officials. They’re lobbyists—and we know which ones have the most clout.

Child’s Play

Feb 1, 1999 By dawnmcmullan

The state’s reigning piano prodigy is a nine-year-old from Carrollton? No kidding.


Chocolate-Almond Sweetheart Cake

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from the Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, Houston. Pan Preparation 1 nine-inch heart-shaped cake pan parchment paper 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, softened 1 1/2 tablespoons high-quality cocoa powder Coat sides and bottom of pan with softened butter. Then place a parchment liner on bottom of pan…