July 1980 Issue



Oil Slicks

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


Profits? What Profits?

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?…


Oh, You Beautiful Mall

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


State Secrets

State Secrets

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


Dining Out

Grape Days Coming

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

Classical Music

Magic Wands

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

Great Outdoors

Falls Alarm

The Guadalupe River is beautiful, inviting, and treacherous.


City Kicker

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.



Texas Monthly Reporter

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.

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