March 1980


No More Mr. Nice Guy

Mar 1, 1980 By sarahwthomas

Straight out of the last century, fists swinging, cutting a swath through the lawless, comes Dick Cockrell.

Hustlers and Fortune Hunters Beware!

Mar 1, 1980 By John Bloom

When the cable TV salesman comes calling, you should fully expect your city council to sell you down the river. Not that they mean to do it. It’s simply that history shows most city councils don’t know the first thing about cable. People who can barely figure out the briefs…

The Law West of the Trinity

Mar 1, 1980 By Paul Burka

Justices of the peace, maligned since the days of Roy Bean, don’t operate like other judges. But if lawyers want to get ride of them, they can’t be all bad.

An American Family

Mar 1, 1980 By Richard West

Pedro Martínez, with only his Mexican heritage, a determination to work hard, and a desire for a better life, brought his family across the Rio Grande to fine a home in a new land.


State Secrets
State Secrets

Mar 1, 1980 By Paul Burka

Texas witches need regulation; the Killer Bees sting again; a cloud hangs over the Contemporary Arts Museum; the feds insist that minority rules.


Theater in a Suitcase

Mar 1, 1980 By W. L. Taitte and Alice Gordon

On its Houston stop, the Acting Company unpacked performances for Texas theaters to live up to. Austin’s Center Stage is in the know but lacks the how.

The Egg War

Mar 1, 1980 By Susan Duffy

Getting a memorial for Austin’s Viet Nam War dead began as a noble venture but ended in a trivial skirmish.

Amens and Imams

Mar 1, 1980 By William Martin

Pentecostal revivalists bask in the Spirit of the Holy Ghost; Muslims find solace in the will of Allah.

Russian Orthodox

Mar 1, 1980 By Michael Ennis

The USSR today wouldn’t tolerate the radical art that was nurtured during the Russian Revolution.

Brains, Beauty, and Braun

Mar 1, 1980 By George Morris

The Marriage of Maria Braun marks a second honeymoon for the New German Cinema; it’s hard to see your way through The Fog; this American Gigolo is overpriced and underwhelming.


Texas Monthly Reporter

Mar 1, 1980 By Gene Lyons

Del Monte gets steamed up over spinach; an entrepreneur’s scheme goes up in flames; Marlin takes the geothermal plunge; football is hot stuff in Mexico.