July 1980

Features

Feature
Oil Slicks

Jun 30, 1980 By John Bloom

A critic’s practiced eye scans the oil giants’ yearly self-portraits.

Feature
Profits? What Profits?

Jun 30, 1980 By John Bloom

Reading Big Oil’s annual reports for the truth about profits is a little like drilling for oil in the Baltimore Canyon: you know it’s there, but how deep will you have to go to find it?

Feature
Why I Turned In Lee Otis Johnson

Jun 30, 1980 By Dick Reavis

When black militant Lee Otis Johnson got out of prison his old friends welcomed him back with open arms. Later, some of them wished they hadn’t.

Feature
Oh, You Beautiful Mall

Jun 30, 1980 By Cyndy Severson

Where else but the Galleria can you find a lavender lace Western dress, a Persian turquoise necklace, and Texas’ most expensive potato chips?

Miscellany

Touts
Touts

Jun 30, 1980 By Patricia Sharpe

They’re delightful, they’re delovely, they’re delicious.

State Secrets
State Secrets

Jun 30, 1980 By Paul Burka

Houston could forfeit the world’s largest convention; Mutscher loses—again; real estate empires totter; the growing ambitions of Bob Bullock.

Roar of the Crowd
Roar of the Crowd

Jun 30, 1980 By Texas Monthly

Skyscrapers and front porches, sex on the border and at the table, animals assailed and saved.

Columns

Dining Out
Grape Days Coming

Jun 30, 1980 By W. L. Taitte

Move over, Jett Rink. The West Texas wildcatter may give way to a new breed: the West Texas vintner.

Classical Music
Magic Wands

Jun 30, 1980 By W. L. Taitte

Two guest conductors in Texas are wizards at their work; three Houston Grand Opera productions are enchanting.

Great Outdoors
Falls Alarm

Jun 30, 1980 By Jan Reid

The Guadalupe River is beautiful, inviting, and treacherous.

Film
City Kicker

Jun 30, 1980 By George Morris

Urban Cowboy falls off its horse; The Shining is Stanley Kubrick’s horror odyssey; The Empire Strikes Back, but it’s no coup; Alfred Hitchcock takes the fortieth step.

Reporter

Reporter
Texas Monthly Reporter

Jun 30, 1980 By Texas Monthly

Weathering a year-long drouth in South Texas; Harlingen’s cute little, uh, body builder; adversaries in the bilingual education battle don’t speak the same language; Bastards from Hell terrorize Houston.