July 1996


Bread Winners

Jun 30, 1996 By Patricia Sharpe

Upper-crust bakers in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin are turning out heavenly handmade loaves that make store-bought seem stale by comparison.

Eerie Canal

Jun 30, 1996 By Gary Cartwright

The Intracoastal Waterway is a marvel of engineering and a boon to industry. It’s also an ecological nightmare, which is why politicians, environmentalists, and business leaders are locked in a battle for the future of the Gulf Coast.

Poisoning Daddy

Jun 30, 1996 By Skip Hollandsworth

No one ever suspected a thing until she asked her best friend if she could keep a terrible secret: the bizarre story of teenager Marie Robards, the devoted daughter who murdered her father.

Bone Dry

Jun 30, 1996 By Elmer Kelton

From water rationing to stricken crops, the current drought may be as devastating as the one in the early fifties—the time it never rained.

Riders on the Storm

Jun 30, 1996 By Joe Nick Patoski

By the end of May, the weather in the Panhandle finally turned nasty, and two real-life tornado trackers cut to the chase.

Blown Away

Jun 30, 1996 By William Hauptman

Ninety-four years after the Goliad Tornado killed 114 people, why do we still ignore the warnings until it’s too late? A reflection on Texas’ worst twisters.

So You Wanna Be a Storm Chaser?

Jun 30, 1996 By Joe Nick Patoski

Take Marty Feely’s Whirlwind Tours from Amarillo (707 W. Timberdell Road, Norman, OK 73072). Or attend a Skywarn spotter training seminar (call your county emergency services office). On the Internet Check out the Storm Chasers page on the World Wide Web (http://taiga.geog.niu.edu/chaser/chaser.html), featuring essays by Alan Moller and…


Penne al Forno and Mixed Greens

Jun 30, 1996 By Texas Monthly

Pine Nut—Balsamic Vinaigrette 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts, crushed (or more, to taste) 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro 1 clove garlic, minced (or more, to taste) salt and pepper to taste Place all ingredients in a bowl…


Rock Star

Jun 30, 1996 By Jeannie Ralston

Bob Ragan’s nationally renowned, intricately detailed stone carvings have a distinctly European look. Is it any wonder he lives in a place called Florence?

The Poop on Drypers

Jun 30, 1996 By Alexandra Biesada

In less than a decade, the upstart Houston diapermaker has come a long way, baby. But taking on the big boys has hardly been child’s play.


State Fare

Jun 30, 1996 By Patricia Sharpe

Penne for your thoughts: You’ll never say basta to the pasta with vegetables and mixed greens at the Presidio in San Antonio.

Roar of the Crowd
Jailhouse Crock

Jun 30, 1996 By Texas Monthly

The Texas prison mess gets messier. Plus: Taking up arms in defense of the B-1 bomber.

The Inside Story
Skip, a Beat

Jun 30, 1996 By Evan Smith

JUST AS HE WAS FINISHING up “Poisoning Daddy”, his tale of a Fort Worth teenager who killed her father, senior editor Skip Hollandsworth set out to interview the sibling models featured on this month’s Face page. As it happened, one of the sisters, Wende Parks, had been the…

Around the State
Around the State

Jun 30, 1996 By Texas Monthly

THE MAIN EVENT Willie Power by Erin Gromen This July 4 in Luckenbach, you can get Kinky, start Waylon, and fall Asleep at Willie Nelson’s annual picnic—. When he first sang “Let’s go to Luckenbach, Texas, with Waylon and Willie and the boys” almost twenty years ago, Waylon Jennings…


Wende, Becky, and Kelly Parks

Jun 30, 1996 By Skip Hollandsworth

There haven’t been many successful sister acts in the world of modeling, but don’t tell that to the Parkses. Farm girls who grew up near Arlington in the tiny community of Webb, 20-year-old Wende, 22-year-old Becky, 23-year-old Kelly, and 26-year-old Kimberly piled into the front seat of a pickup truck…

The Ex Files
Stone Phillips

Jun 30, 1996 By Renee Boensch

MY EIGHT-YEAR-OLD SON is named after a town in Texas. His given name was Daniel Streeter Phillips. When he was born, my wife, Debra, and I broke out the map of Texas and our finger kind of stopped at Streeter. It was actually going to be his middle name, but…

No Contest

Jun 30, 1996 By Paul Burka

If Bill Clinton wants to get elected president, he’ll have to do it without Texas—just like in 1992.

Low Talk
Her Little Secret

Jun 30, 1996 By Evan Smith

Those whispers about Melissa Etheridge are true: She will play Port Arthur–born Janis Joplin in a forthcoming feature film. Director Mark Rocco (Murder in the First) has secured the rights to Myra Friedman’s 1973 Joplin bio, Buried Alive, and the rights to Joplin’s songs, and he’s talking to Etheridge’s label,…

In The Studio
Ball Player

Jun 30, 1996 By johannarosenbohm

AUSTINITE MARCIA BALL’s File Under Blues (Rounder), which she is co-producing with guitarist Derek O’Brien and saxophonist Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff, is in production at Austin’s Arlyn studios. The hardest-tinkling pianist in show business is recording songs like “The Right Tool for the Job” between her more than fifty touring dates…

Hot Box
CD and Book Reviews

Jun 30, 1996 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs Braver Newer World (Elektra) might well be the record that Jimmie Dale Gilmore has always wanted to make. A radical departure in both instrumentation (the sitar and fuzz guitars of the title track) and arrangements (the overhaul of Joe Ely’s “Because of the Wind”), it’s the closest the…

High Tex
Proving Their Medal

Jun 30, 1996 By Josh Daniel

IF MULTIMEDIA were a competitive sport, Archimedia Interactive would have a shot at the gold. The Dallas company recently released 1996 U.S. Olympic Team ($29.95), the official CD-ROM of the summer games, which can be purchased in stores or on the World Wide Web (www.olympiccdrom.com). The disc features extensive profiles…