June 1996

Features

Junior Achievement

May 31, 1996 By Joe Nick Patoski

Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker—and now Junior Brown? The former community college teacher is the latest outlaw to hijack Texas country music, and he may be the greatest.

Truckin’

May 31, 1996 By Mimi Swartz

On the road with Victor Morales, the schoolteacher turned U.S. Senate candidate who is out to prove he’s not running on empty.

The Last Refuge

May 31, 1996 By Robert Draper

For years the dusty outpost of Terlingua has been a magnet for renegades and loners looking for a haven from the modern world. No wonder the brother of the suspected Unabomber holed up there.

The Lawsuit from Hell

Jan 20, 2013 By Skip Hollandsworth

How an East Texas attorney spawned the most massive products-liability case ever— one that has cost millions of dollars and involved thousands of plaintiffs and might never end.

Reporter

He Takes the Cake

May 31, 1996 By Kate Murphy

Wally Mejía designed his first wedding cake for a friend in 1989. It was a five-tiered butter-pecan-creme-filled extravaganza adorned with intricate scrollwork that imitated the architectural treatments he’d admired in France the year before, when he took a pastrymaking course at the Cordon Bleu. “The guests surrounded it and took…

Cheril Santini

May 31, 1996 By Ellise Pierce

MAKING A SPLASH—so to speak—is what Cheril Santini does best. As a member of Southern Methodist University’s diving team in the early nineties, the Dallas native made All-American ten times, was a finalist for NCAA woman of the year, and was named one of the nation’s top ten college women…

Marcia Gay Harden

May 31, 1996 By Renee Boensch

I REMEMBER ONE SUMMER when there were snakes galore on Lake LBJ near Kingsland. We have five kids in our family, and we’d all go swimming in the lake, but when we’d see something in the water—and couldn’t tell if it was a turtle or a water moccasin—we’d jump out.

The Art World

May 31, 1996 By johannarosenbohm

LEAVING THE COUNTRY THIS SUMMER? You can still get your fill of Houston artists. Sculptor Joseph Havel will be taking his solo exhibition of shirts and shirt fragments to Kiev’s Soros Center for Contemporary Art, and possibly to the Herzliyya Museum of Art in Israel. This month Havel’s shirt fragments…

CD and Book Reviews

May 31, 1996 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs Grammy award aside, Flaco Jiménez’s last solo album was a big disappointment, for it showed how far Texas’ greatest accordionist had strayed. After all those studio sit-ins with the likes of the Rolling Stones and Dwight Yoakam and those trips around the globe as the ambassador of Tex-Mex,…

Miscellany

Beef Choice

May 31, 1996 By Paul Burka

PITY THE POOR COWMAN. all his life he has been told to raise bigger and better cattle. More meat on the hoof meant more dollars in his pocket—which is why Texas ranchers have turned away from smaller British breeds like Angus and Hereford in favor of heftier continental breeds like…

Grander Tour

May 31, 1996 By Texas Monthly

The Hill Country is in—but what’s in the Hill Country? Plus: Texas’ top drug lawyer in the court of public opinion.

Around the State

May 31, 1996 By Texas Monthly

THE MAIN EVENT Shtick Shift These days, stand-up stalwarts like Jerry Seinfeld and Ellen DeGeneres get rich off genial, self-deprecating, politically correct routines, but comedy has not always been so pretty. For half a century or so, in cheesy lounges and joke-filled rooms, Vegas and the Borscht Belt have buckled…

Swartz and All

May 31, 1996 By Evan Smith

We didn’t know it at the time, but there was something karmically appropriate about asking senior editor Mimi Swartz to write about riding around the state with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Victor Morales in his dented white pickup truck (see “Truckin’,”). At first, it seemed to make sense because…

State Fare

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

Underscoring the “comfort” in comfort food, the Roaring Fork in Dallas (14866 Montfort) has brought classic roasted chicken into the nineties with a dish that’s a breeze to fix and soul-satisfying to eat. Chef Lance Youngs generously bastes the fowl with a lemon-and-honey glaze brightened by thyme and chives. The…

Columns

The Rites of Swing

May 31, 1996 By Harry Hurt III

It doesn’t matter that his most famous pupil was shark- bitten at the Masters. Butch Harmon is still Texas’ hottest golf pro since Harvey Penick.

Up and Atom

May 31, 1996 By Carol Chapman

The death of the superconducting supercollider may have been traumatic, but at their core the people of Waxahachie haven’t changed.

The Tort Tax

May 31, 1996 By Paul Burka

No high diving boards at public pools. No cameras in operating rooms. All this and more, thanks to lawyers.

The Hole Story

May 31, 1996 By Jason Cohen

Austin’s Butthole Surfers have always been very strange. But these days, the strangest thing about them is their mainstream respectability.

Web

Roasted Spring Chicken With Garden Vegetables

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Recipe from Chef Lance Young, The Roaring Fork, Dallas. Spring Chicken 1/2 cup lemon juice 1/8 cup honey 2 tablespoons fresh thyme 2 tablespoons fresh chives 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon garlic, minced 1 teaspoon salt 11/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper…