January 1988


Break the Bank!

Jan 1, 1988 By Byron Harris

Don Dixon ran Vernon Savings the way Romans ran orgies, equating excess with success, until his empire collapsed.

The Sins of Walker Railey

Jan 1, 1988 By Lawrence Wright

He had a wife and a girlfriend. His ambition was unchecked. He tried to commit suicide. But when I came face to face with the minister of my boyhood church, the sin we talked about was murder.

1988 Bum Steer Awards

Jan 1, 1988 By Texas Monthly

A year of clumsy Clements, stupid stickups, ripped-off Rangers, cockeyed cops, agitated alligators, rotund cockroaches, jumpy judges, nitwit newsmen, addled Aggies, naughty newlyweds, randy retirees, and a pestered pontiff.


Sweet Fifteen

Jan 1, 1988 By Rolando Hinojosa Smith

More than an excuse for a good time, the Mexican quinceaera party is a fifteen-year-old girl’s rite of passage.

Popular Music
Chantilly Lace and A Jolly Face

Jan 1, 1988 By Jody Denberg

When Texas songwriter the Big Bopper died with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens in a 1959 plan crash, his hit “Chantilly Lace” became the end rather than the beginning of a national career.

Not What the Doctor Ordered

Jan 1, 1988 By Tom Curtis

When Houston’s Hermann Hospital sought a cure for its financial ills, it decided to perform major surgery on its agreement with the UT medical school next door.


State Secrets
State Secrets

Jan 1, 1988 By Texas Monthly

Does Texaco have a chance in the U.S. Supreme Court? Dukakis and Gore fight over Texas; a bad start for Kent Hance; the latest Disneyland-comes-to-Texas tale.

Roar of the Crowd
Roar of the Crowd

Jan 1, 1988 By Texas Monthly

Speaking up for unsung cowgirls; Greeks bearing gripes; Libertarians looking for a landslide.

The National Tour of Texas

Jan 1, 1988 By Dick Reavis

Out itinerant reporter visits with a Lubbock man determined to preserve the American Way of Life; the doughty clan that brought beer to Levelland; a windy lady fascinated with the weather and a rusticated professor gone to seed.


Texas Monthly Reporter

Jan 1, 1988 By Alison Cook

Down but not out in Bent Tree; dishes only the devil could love; hello, Wal-Mart; stupid napkin tricks; gossip boys and Gorilla girls.