June 1984


The Wild Side of Town

May 31, 1984 By Suzanne Winckler

You don’t have to go to the country or the zoo to see wild animals; there are lizards in downtown buildings, gators in the creeks, and deer in the parking lots.

Give Me a Job

May 31, 1984 By Tianguis Pérez

In my village in Oaxaca I had heard about those who made it big in El Norte, and I wanted to become one of them. But I didn’t know how hard life in Houston would be without papers, money, or a job.

Last Respects

May 31, 1984 By Anne Dingus

The death of Uncle Henry saddened my whole far-flung family, but the gathering at his funeral was an occasion for telling stories and recalling the joys of a small-town upbringing.

On the Links

May 31, 1984 By Texas Monthly

Golf, glorious golf. A hook here, a slice there. So what if you can’t break a hundred. A cartful of cool, casual summer clothes will keep you looking like a million.

The Man in the Black Hat

May 31, 1984 By Paul Burka

Clinton Manges built his empire on brushland and oil wells, political contributions and lawsuits. His influence extends to the state capitol and oil company boardrooms. To get where he is, he studied under three masters of South Texas.


J is for Jobs

May 31, 1984 By Mimi Swartz

Houston’s career-oriented magnet schools are putting too much emphasis on work and too little on education.

Move Over, Southfork

May 31, 1984 By Alison Cook

Up for sale in Dallas, the Shanbaum house boasts a whopping 28,000 square feet and what may be Texas’ most comprehensive collection of sixties and seventies kitsch—along with a $2.75 million price tag.

The Intellectuals’ Dear Abby

May 31, 1984 By Joe Holley

A new study of sociologist C. Wright Mills is adequate but uninspired; this year’s Texas Institute of Letters fiction prize has gone to a fine first novel.

Popular Music
Top O’ the Pops

May 31, 1984 By W. L. Taitte

The fare offered by the Houston Pops Orchestra may not be highbrow, but conductor Ned Battista thinks it’s American music at its best.


State Secrets
State Secrets

May 31, 1984 By Paul Burka

The leaning Tower of peace, aaagh—at last we learn what the “public” in Republican stands for; how do you spell relief? D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R; parks lose out yet again.

Roar of the Crowd
Roar of the Crowd

May 31, 1984 By Texas Monthly

Getting with the programs, getting to know the Yellow Rose, getting it right in Pharr.


Texas Monthly Reporter

May 31, 1984 By Gary Cartwright

Coming to grips with Al Lipscomb, Dallas critic turned city councilman; remembering the clip joints along Fort Worth’s infamous outlaw alley; flipping for San Angelo, a honey of a West Texas town; taking a bizarre trip through Texas on Gary Hart’s press plane.