July 1985 Issue

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1985: The Ten Best and (Groan) the Ten Worst Legislators

We just rate them. You voted for them.


Music to My Ears

The small-town orchestra has it all: performers who love the music passionately, audiences who lend their wholehearted support, and even occasional moments when all the instruments are playing the right note.

Western Art

This story is from Texas Monthly’s archives. We have left the text as it was originally published to maintain a clear historical record. Read more here about our archive digitization project. From 1983 to 1986, Texas Monthly’s regular feature, “Western Art,” highlighted artists’ takes on the classic



No Babies Here

When the time comes for the last child in the family to relinquish her tattered baby blanket, she’s not the only one who’s a little shaky about it.


Boffo Brits

The Shooting Party hits the bull’s-eye; Rambo: First Blood Part II makes Viet Nam the Club Med of mass death; A View to a Kill should have considered suicide.



On the Menu: Kim Son

HANKERING FOR HONEY-ROASTED PIGEON? How about Vietnamese fajitas? With offerings ranging from the frighteningly authentic to the infinitely accessible, Kim Son has paced the Vietnamese food explosion in Houston. Owned and managed by war refugees Tri M. La and family, Kim Son has grown from a hole in a graffitied

Char-Grilled Honey-Braised Chicken

Recipe From Kim Son, Houston1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast 2 heaping tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder honey to taste 1 package rice vermicelli noodles garnish of mung bean sprouts, shredded green lettuce, chopped fresh mint, peeled and seeded, chopped cucumber 2 tablespoons chopped


State Secrets

State Secrets

Singing the blues at the Fort Worth Opera; reversing the Texas Supreme Court; computing the damage at TI; cooking with gas at FERC.

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