March 1992 Issue



Alone With a Ghost

Carol Collins thought her ex-husband had been killed in Vietnam—until a mysterious photograph reopened old wounds and threw her life into turmoil.


Floating Crap Game

EVEN AS CHARGES FLY OVER the awarding of state lottery contracts, the next battle over gambling is taking shape for the 1993 legislative session. This time the issue will be casinos—on riverboats and on land. Lloyd Criss, a former legislator from La Marque, in Galveston County, who is now the…


Roadside Veterans

The grand scenery of the American Southwest draws hordes of tourists bent on capturing calendar-perfect panoramas on film. In “Revealing Territory: Photographs of the Southwest by Mark Klett,” an aptly titled show opening March 14, the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth presents quite different views, ones that the vista-hungry…

Roar of the Crowd

Bum Raps

THE 1992 BUM STEER AWARDS” [TM, January 1992] recognized the Texas Department of Agriculture for fining an aerial pesticide applicator $1,250 for mishandling a chemical. What the piece failed to note were the constraints that bind our enforcement proceedings. The TDA is bound, by legislative action and by…



Hazardous Duty

My father loved his job at a Gulf Coast oil refinery. In fact, he loved it to death.

Behind the Lines

The Jammin’ Judge

ERIC ANDELL, THE JUDGE OF A JUVENILE court in Houston, peered down from the bench at the small cluster of people before him. In the center stood a lean sixteen-year-old boy in blue jeans and a light-green jersey with a hood. He and a friend had stolen a car to…


Mr. Right

Dallas professor Mel Bradford thinks that Abe Lincoln was a scoundrel and that equality is nonsense. I had to find out why.


Battle Lines

The weird shape of a new Houston congressional district guarantees a power struggle between Hispanic and Anglo politicians.




Hiking in a country setting? Great, but not in my back yard, say rural citizens.



Roasted Red Snapper on Risotto

Sun-Dried-Tomato Pesto 1 1⁄4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (use the type sold in oil) 1⁄3 cup pine nuts 8 fresh basil leaves 1–2 anchovy filets (optional) 1 pinch cayenne pepper 3 large garlic cloves, peeled 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil Drain oil from tomatoes and…

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