June 1998


Diamond In The Rough

May 31, 1998 By Michael Geffner

To say he’s the strong, silent type is something of an understatement. Unlike most baseball stars, Texas Ranger Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez is all action and no talk—and that makes him one of the game’s real gems.

Dove Shoot

May 31, 1998 By Anne Dingus

Ten years after the filming of the miniseries Lonesome Dove, screenwriter Bill Wittliff shares his photographic memories of life on the set.

The Wild Coast

May 31, 1998 By Joe Nick Patoski

The birds of High Island. The wilderness of Matagorda Island. The untamed beach of Boca Chica. These and other hidden treasures await you-if you know where to look.

Honor Thy Father

Jan 20, 2013 By Skip Hollandsworth

In suburban Fort Worth the frail psyche of a football prodigy collided with the crazed ambition of his dad, who himself had been a high school football star way back when. The consequences were deadly.

State of the Heart

Jan 20, 2013 By Jim Atkinson

Bypass surgery with almost no pain, and you get to go home three days later? Don’t have a coronary: It’s happening right now, in Texas.


Going To Press
Bass, Master

May 31, 1998 By Jordan Mackay

The first commandment of fiction writing is: Show, don’t tell. Rick Bass knows it well, though he still struggled through many drafts before finishing his first novel, Where the Sea Used to Be (Houghton Mifflin, $25), which will be published this month. “Paint the images and trust the readers to…


May 31, 1998 By Jordan Mackay

Things get woolly for the state’s mohair producers.

Kerry Wood

May 31, 1998 By Erin Gromen

Can a wunderkind pitcher—the youngest player in the majors this season—lead long-suffering Chicago Cubs fans to the World Series? Maybe, but if 21-year-old Kerry Wood is flattered by the hope, he’s weary of the hype. “I wasn’t expecting to be moved up so quickly,” says the Irving native, who was…

Write On!

May 31, 1998 By Anne Dingus

UT’s writing program achieves Texas-size success.

The Ex Files
James Lee Burke

May 31, 1998 By Brian D. Sweany

I THINK I GOT interested in writing when I was in the fifth grade. I started writing short stories, and I remember wanting to get them published in the Saturday Evening Post. In high school I wrote a lot of poetry, but I wasn’t a good student; I think I…

Rx for Scandal

May 31, 1998 By Janet Heimlich

The poor quality of health care in the state’s penal system is enough to make you sick. Plus: Inside Tex Moncrief’s IRS mess; a River Oaks bookie is tried for murder; UT’s writing program achieves Texas-size success; and things get woolly for thestate’s mohair producers.


Family Values

May 31, 1998 By Paul Burka

AS IF TEXAS Democrats didn’t have enough trouble, the state party is losing one chairman (incumbent Bill White) and not getting another (uncandidate Cecile Richards, daughter of Ann) because both wanted to spend more time with their families. White, who describes himself as “not all that partisan—I prefer to find…

Roar of the Crowd
Our Willie

May 31, 1998 By Texas Monthly

Singing Willie Nelson's praises; neddling a former drug user.

Around the State
Around the State

May 31, 1998 By Texas Monthly

What a hall! The Houston Museum of Natural Science’s new wing has a mask of a pre-Inca lord, a re-creation of a Mayan temple, and more. Plus: An international opera star takes the stage in Fort Worth; boxer Oscar De La Hoya goes round and round in El Paso; the…

The Inside Story
Witt and Wisdom

May 31, 1998 By Anne Dingus

BILL WITTLIFF IS A RENAISSANCE hombre. An author, a publisher, a film producer, and an arts patron, the longtime Austinite is best known for his screenplays, including The Black Stallion, Raggedy Man, Legends of the Fall, and Lonesome Dove; his adaptation of the latter revived both the miniseries and the…

State Fare
State Fare

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

The lavender-dusted quail at Laurels in Dallas deserves, er, laurels.


Best Feet Forward

May 31, 1998 By davidcook

When Austinite Paul Carrozza says he doesn’t like a running shoe, the shoe companies listen- and so do hordes of running enthusiasts in Texas and around the country, who know him to be the sport’s newest guru.

Plane Spoken

May 31, 1998 By Ted Oehmke

The man who runs Continental Airlines is a rough-and-tumble Navy ex who talks more like a maintenance man than a corporate chief-but Gordon Bethune knows what he’s doing, and he gets results.

Bond Plays On

May 31, 1998 By Jordan Mackay

SUNBURNED AND HUNGRY after a day of tubing down the Guadalupe, you head back to Austin for dinner at one of your favorite Tex-Mex restaurants—a garish, festive joint called Chuy’s. You are seated and slurping on a margarita when you spot a striking man in a nearby booth. A little…

Horse Sense

Jan 20, 2013 By Carol Chapman

Redford, shmedford: If you think the aging Hollywood hunk is anything like the prototypical horse whisperer, you haven’t met Del Rio native Ernesto Rojas Serna.


Lavender-Dusted Quail Salad

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Salad 1 bunch each fresh basil and watercress, stems trimmed (approximately 2 cups total) 1 tablespoon olive oil juice of 1/2 lemon 1 1/2 cups mixed arugula and baby spinach 2 tablespoons O brand olive oil, plus some for drizzling (this lemon-infused olive oil is…