June 1981 Issue

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The Year of the Flower

What’s behind this year’s rampant display of wild flowers? The birds and the bees, of course.




The Eve of Destruction

The millennium is nigh, according to some evangelists, and when Jesus returns, Texans will experience either rapture or hell and high water.

Classical Music

Mozart Is As Mozart Was

Conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are two centuries apart, but their ideas about music are exactly the same.


Lock ‘Em Up

Mandatory sentencing means every felon gets the same sentence for the same crime - and for the rest of us it means a lot of crimes that won’t happen.


Blood Buff

The Fan is the story of a man whose adoration for an actress turns to hate, and the movie turns your stomach. Alan Alda takes a studiously liberated look at divorce among old married couples in The Four Seasons. Take This Job and Shove It is another workingman’s-hero movie; so


Shades of Gray

Thomas Thompson won his Blood and Money libel suit, but the trial left one question unanswered: how much of his imagination is a nonfiction writer allowed to use?




Kirk Crocker’s radiation nightmare; Texas International tries to swallow Continental Air Lines - and chokes; Panhandle farmers confront the M-X missile folly; can Houston have its park and oil wells, too?


State Secrets

State Secrets

Farmers and oilmen fight over water; a Houston gold rush for TV licenses; houses multiply faster than people; security for brokers.

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