January 1984 Issue

Features

Feature

Gambling on the Gamblers

Jerry Argovitz made himself unpopular with NFL management as an abrasive player's agent. Now that he owns Houston's new football team, he finds himself on the other side of the table—and the issues.

Feature

1984 Bum Steer Awards

Presenting Carolyn Farb, worthy to Dolph Briscoe, Farrah Fawcett, J. R. Ewing, Mike Martin, and Jackie Sherrill as Bum Steer of the Year—and 107 other fascinating foibles.

Columns

Theater

Caravan of Pipe Dreams

From the city that brought you the Stockyards and Billy Bob's Texas comes a bizarre nightclub run by the shock troops of the avant-garde.

Movies

The Godfather Goes Slumming

Al Pacino carries on the gangster tradition in Scarface; the mystery in Gorky Park is not whodunit but who'll survive the investigation; Tentl is a Barbra Streisand tour de force.

Jazz

Unabridged Webster

You may not have heard saxman Ben Webster when he was around, but his recordings with Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, and Gerry Mulligan are a treasure trove not to be missed.

Miscellany

Touts

Touts

Have these glamorous goblets come to the aid of your New Year's Eve Party.

State Secrets

State Secrets

Storm damage from Alicia may include the public's right to use the beach; Texas pecan growers go nuts over the feds; Mexico's ruling party turns up the heat on the opposition; why there may be an NCAA football play-off sooner than you think.

Reporter

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