January 1987


1987 Bum Steer Awards

Jan 1, 1987 By Texas Monthly

A year of anguished Arabs, bigshot bankrupts, crazy cookbooks, despoiled dinosaurs, exhibitionist editors, foiled fugitives, greens-eating graduates, half-cocked hashish, in flagrante inmates, jolly jailers, kinky kilocycles, late lobsters, moistened mayors, and northbound Nicaraguans.

No Promises

Jan 1, 1987 By Mimi Swartz

For eight years, I had a love affair with Houston. When the good times ended, we drifted apart. But while it lasted, we had the time of our lives.

Total Hit

Jan 1, 1987 By Gary Cartwright

One morning last August, a San Antonio patrolman told his superior officer that his best friend was a killer cop. By that afternoon, the killer cop was dead, the patrolman was claiming self-defense, and a city infamous for strange killings was in the midst of one of the strangest of all.


State Secrets
State Secrets

Jan 1, 1987 By Patricia Hart

A gloomy prediction for Texas banks; the oil crisis becomes a steel crisis; how Lloyd Bentsen’s new chairmanship can help Texas.

The Quidnunc
The Quidnunc

Jan 1, 1987 By Mark Seal

Celebrating the Day of the Dead with David Byrne; digging for Texas dirt with snoop queen Kitty Kelley; playing nuclear war games in San Antonio.


Classical Music
Enter, With Trumpets

Jan 1, 1987 By W. L. Taitte

A series of world premieres commissioned by the Houston Symphony Orchestra has brought a dash of fanfare to Jones Hall.

Science Marches On

Jan 1, 1987 By Paul Andrew Hutton

UT historian William Goetzmann traces America’s belief in endless possibilities to the boundless curiosity of its earliest explorers.

Art of the People

Jan 1, 1987 By Michael Ennis

An innovative folk art exhibition at the San Antonio Museum of Art affirms the irrepressible spirit of the Mexican people.

The Three Sisters

Jan 1, 1987 By James Wolcott

Crimes of the Heart is a warm spill of sunshine, but Betty Blues is a mindless lump of misery and ¡Three Amigos! isn’t friendly at all.


Texas Monthly Reporter

Jan 1, 1987 By Peter Elkind

The citizens of Muleshoe lose their only hospital, thanks to a California chain; the citizens of Houston learn the value of caution, thanks to a local developer; the citizens of the world get a chance to improve their potency, thanks to the Aggies.