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July 1980

Features

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?

Miscellany

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.

Columns

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.

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

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.