January 1989 Issue




Look out, Waxahachie! Here come the Protonettes, the Big Bang Motel, and the Phil Gramm Institute.


Smile, Houston

Three photographers of international reputation reveal their own new yet unfamiliar first impressions of Houston.

1989 Bum Steer Awards!

A year of avaricious Arabs, belligerent bovines, convincing Connallys, dubious degrees, elusive Elvises, furious firefighters, George's goofs, hassled Hunts. Ingenious inmates, jilted judges, knotorious Kneppers, loose locomotives, migrant moose, normative nerds, overcautious orchestras, preposterous pythons, qualmish queens, rampant roaches, Sue Ellen's swimsuits, targeted transvestites, upset umps, vetoed Virgins, wanton Willies,



Onward Through the Fog

The plane was heading to Houston at dawn. Surely the pilot was kidding when he said we would be landing in Nashville.

Making Waves

It’s cold and rainy; your stress level has reached an all-time high; your roof has sprung a leak. But you don’t have to sit still for this. Escape to the Bay Islands of Honduras.

Playing It Safe

Take two Aspern: one a world premiere by the Dallas Opera, the other the Henry James novella on which the opera is based. Which is better for you?


State Secrets

State Secrets

UT football on the Longhorns of a dilemma; who’s supreme at the Supreme Court; a taxing idea in Washington.



Big Man, Small Town

An East Texas librarian learns the perils of shushing the wrong guy; Houston and Dallas put on the ritz for couture; and Citizen Butt picks the Texas Supreme Court.

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