March 1987

Features

Feature
It’s a Dirty Job, But?

Mar 1, 1987 By Texas Monthly

Does the delivery business really deliver? Our author spends three grueling days watching rented videos and ordering pizzas to find out the truth.

Feature
The Inside Story

Mar 1, 1987 By Joe Nick Patoski

A new breed of home-delivery specialists will bring everything from dinner for eight to a masseur to a dog trainer to your door. Here are more than a hundred to try.

Feature
Top Gun

Mar 1, 1987 By William P. Barrett

Texas Air chief Frank Lorenzo took an airline with no profits and limited prospects and built it into the country’s largest. How? By betting like the sky’s the limit.

C. W. Post

Mar 1, 1987 By Jan Reid

At first he couldn’t stand the strain of trying to get rich. Then he couldn’t stand the strain of being rich.

Feature
A Human Focus

Mar 1, 1987 By Texas Monthly

Newly discovered photographs taken by Russell Lee bear compassionate witness to the lives of Spanish-speaking Texans in the forties.

Miscellany

State Secrets
State Secrets

Mar 1, 1987 By Patricia Hart

A busing controversy at the prison system; the high cost of free rent; the GOP goes to town; a well-known private eye loses his license; rotten eggs at Bentsen’s breakfasts.

The Quidnunc
The Quidnunc

Mar 1, 1987 By Mark Seal

Waiting for Perot; sizing up Texas’ legal egos; switching undies with Bobby and Laura Sakowitz.

Columns

Books
Slim Pickens

Mar 1, 1987 By Paul Burka

Boone, T. Boone Pickens’ autobiography, is most interesting when it names names and tells tales, but such moments surface only occasionally and sink quickly.

The Bullock Alumni

Mar 1, 1987 By Paul Burka

Caught between the budget crisis and the power of Bob Bullock, politicos are hiring the comptroller’s savvy ex-employees in self-defense.

Movies
Epic Embroidery

Mar 1, 1987 By James Wolcott

The action in Platoon is brilliantly sustained, but The Mission falls with a stately thud; The Bedroom Window aspires to be as spellbound as an Alfred Hitchcock, but The Defense of the Realm is the engrossing thriller.

Lifestyle
Home Ain’t Where My Heart Is

Mar 1, 1987 By Gary Cartwright

When I was growing up, Arlington didn’t have air conditioning or Six Flags. But it did have Albert’s Pool Hall and twenty-cent Jax beer, and that made all the difference.

Reporter

Reporter
Texas Monthly Reporter

Mar 1, 1987 By Alison Cook

Sneak a glance at our inaugural notebook to find out why Clements’ speech didn’t fly, which city had the most imperial ball, and who triumphed in the guv’s snub. Plus: Mad Maxian Car #3, space tombs in the sky, and ZZ Top’s song scuffle.