January 1985


A Grand Canyon

Jan 1, 1985 By Jan Reid

In 1541 Coronado and his troops stumbled upon a huge canyon in the midst of grassy plains and gazed upon it with awe. Journeying down into Palo Duro Canyon on mules 443 years later, I began to understand why.

Between Two Worlds

Jan 1, 1985 By Peter Applebome

Jay Hamon spent much of his life caught between the Dallas society world of his parents and the world of the black woman with whom he fell in love. He dies without ever resolving his dilemma.

Towers of Power

Jan 1, 1985 By Harry Hurt III

So. Ralph Sampson listens to Grover Washington and Akeem Olajuwon craves Chinese food. Now you know.

1985 Bum Steer Awards

Jan 1, 1985 By Texas Monthly

A year of arousing art, bumbling bush, coerced canines, deranged Dallas, eureka! Eureste, freeway fantasy, groping Germans, hurtling helicopters, idiotic Irving, and jocose jelly beans.


State Secrets
State Secrets

Jan 1, 1985 By Paul Burka

To oilmen, intangible means untouchable; to UT, untouchable means Fred Akers; a legal courtship sinks; a billboard solution may float.


Texas Monthly Reporter

Jan 1, 1985 By Alison Cook

Law and order in Colorado City; winning and losing with the Dallas Diamonds; bargains and hassles on People Express; broiling and sweating in pursuit of mesquite chic.


Star Dreck

Jan 1, 1985 By James Wolcott

2010: a space travesty; Dune gets mired in pomp and slime; A Soldier’s Story is a murder mystery with soul; even Streep and De Niro can’t save Falling in Love; The Brother from Another Planet is woozily morose.

Mexico Refried

Jan 1, 1985 By Dick Reavis

A book on Mexico by New York Times correspondent Alan Riding is a little more than a rehash of recent history.

Strident Whimsy

Jan 1, 1985 By Lisa Germany

Arquitectonica is trying to sell Texans on gimmicky forms, bright colors, and high-tech materials in the name of avant-garde.