July 1982


The Texas Edison

Jun 30, 1982 By T. R. Reid

A Dallas engineer you’ve probably never heard of has done more to change our daily lives than almost anyone else alive. How? He invented the silicon chip.


Jun 30, 1982 By Anna Goslicka

From all over the world, people are coming to Houston to find a better life. For a few of them—immigrants from Poland, Nigeria, and El Salvador—this is what it’s like.


Main Street Religion

Jun 30, 1982 By William Martin

The power and charm of the Reverend Charles Allen go beyond his own church, First United Methodist of Houston. Simple, standard churches like First Presbyterian in Brownsville are the solid rock of American religion.

A Generous Helping

Jun 30, 1982 By W. L. Taitte

Houston’s Stages theater gave new writers a push and established writers a pat when it put on a Texans-only playwrights’ festival.

Little Alien Lost

Jun 30, 1982 By James Wolcott

No one should pass up a close encounter with E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid doesn’t wear well. Conan the Barbarian is nothing but muscle: Annie is nothing but bustle.

The Kid Is Blowing Them Away

Jun 30, 1982 By Doug Ramsey

In the footsteps of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and other trumpet greats comes twenty-year-old Wynton Marsalis. Judging by their latest albums, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and fellow veterans are doing all right too.


State Secrets
State Secrets

Jun 30, 1982 By Paul Burka

Slums for sale, hardball at the Herald; bye-bye, Nueces Bay; hello, mudslinging.


Texas Monthly Reporter

Jun 30, 1982 By Peter Applebome

A job crunch hits Odessa; an all-business mayor shakes up El Paso; the Rangers fold (again); a Houston homeowner wars with his neighborhood association; grads commemorate an all-black high school.