January 1980


Elegant Fossils

Jan 1, 1980 By Geoff Winningham

Once Texas was a land of fabulous, ornate county courthouses. It still is, but today they’re flamboyant relics in our streamlined urban landscapes.

The Baby Factory

Jan 1, 1980 By Stephen Harrigan

At Houston’s Jefferson Davis Hospital, the wonders of modern medicine collide with the raw realities of birth, poverty, neglect and hope.

Life Got You Down

Jan 1, 1980 By Nicholas Lemann

Don’t despair, learn to Think Positive! Success and happiness are only a seminar, a cassette library, and several hundred dollars away!


State Secrets
State Secrets

Jan 1, 1980 By Paul Burka

A helicopter plague descends on Dallas; is the Texas environmentalist an endangered species?; cattlemen won’t be cowed.


Terminal Case

Jan 1, 1980 By Tom Curtis

Galveston has withstood tidal waves, hurricanes, gamblers, and tourists. Can it survive a superport?

Life After SMU

Jan 1, 1980 By W. L. Taitte

When Stage #1 opened as a halfway house for theater graduates from SMU, the participants weren’t pitied but applauded.

Classical Music
The Trill of It All

Jan 1, 1980 By W. L. Taitte

Houston and Dallas opera companies could fudge on shoe sizes when it came to casting Cinderellas, but the voices had to fit just so.

Dr. Updike

Jan 1, 1980 By Stephen Harrigan

John Updike’s problems are our pleasures. Mean Scrooge McDuck returns in a nostalgic comic-book collection.

Love For Sale

Jan 1, 1980 By Doug Ramsey

The Midland Jazz Classic wasn’t cheap, but it was worth the price.

Catch a Riding Star

Jan 1, 1980 By George Morris

A boy and his horse reach great heights in The Black Stallion. The Rose, with Bette Midler, is no American beauty.


Texas Monthly Reporter

Jan 1, 1980 By Texas Monthly

George Bush wants to shake your hand; Rita Clements wants to paint your Governor’s Mansion; Dallas wants to bring you art, lots of art.