July 1980 Issue

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The Best Strikes Back

Four years ago we brought you the Best of Texas. Now we do it again— only better.


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?


Classical Music

Magic Wands

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


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.

Great Outdoors

Falls Alarm

The Guadalupe River is beautiful, inviting, and treacherous.



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.


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.

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