March 1996


The Horse Killers

Mar 1, 1996 By Robert Draper

The shocking and sad story of the East Texas kids who beat a horse to death just for the thrill of it.

The Jones Gang

Mar 1, 1996 By Gary Cartwright

You know the real reason Texas Stadium has no roof? So Jerry Jones can get his head inside. (Or, how the Cowboys owner’s ego makes it hard to root for America’s Team.)

Where the Wild Things Are

Mar 1, 1996 By Anne Dingus

One of the country’s top photographers traveled around his home state to capture these stunning portraits of exotic animals on display.

Major Barbara

Mar 1, 1996 By Paul Burka

Barbara Jordan saw herself not as a black politician but as a politician who happened to be black—and that was one of the things that made her great.

Big Feud at Cadillac Ranch

Mar 1, 1996 By Skip Hollandsworth

Since the day Stanley Marsh 3 finally went too far and locked up George Whittenburg’s son in a chicken coop, all of Amarillo has been abuzz about the bizarre battle between these intractable foes.

Canon Fever

Jan 20, 2013 By Don Graham

Our selections for some of the best contemporary Texas books.

Pen Pals

Jan 20, 2013 By Don Graham

Dobie, Bedichek, and Webb were the leading Texas writers and intellectuals of their age. But as ribald raconteurs, they were ahead of their time.


Tough Nuts to Crack

Mar 1, 1996 By Joe Holley

Marketing the Texas pecan like the California raisin seems to make good business sense. So why do small Texas growers think it’s a shell game?

Behind the Lines

Mar 1, 1996 By Gregory Curtis

The conventional wisdom is that the independents are good and the national chains are evil—but don’t judge a bookstore by its cover.

Walser Across Texas

Mar 1, 1996 By John Morthland

Beloved by bubbas and the Butthole Surfers alike, 350-pound yodeler Don Walser is country’s current cross-generational king of cool.

The Mod Squad

Mar 1, 1996 By Michael Ennis

Long mocked for making unrecognizable pieces of junk, Texas Modernists strike back in a superb exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Pale by Comparison

Mar 1, 1996 By Jim Atkinson

“Michael Jackson’s disease” sounds like a punch line, but the pigment-robbing skin disorder is no joke. Just ask Dallas County commissioner John Wiley Price.


Current Affair

Mar 1, 1996 By Paul Burka

Why electricity is a supercharged political issue. Plus: Who cares about the Democrats running for U.S. Senate?

State Fare
State Fare

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

At Joey’s (4217 Oak Lawn) in Dallas, the concept of cheesecake has undergone a paradigm shift: Restaurateur Joey Vallone’s version is (1) not sweet and (2) not a dessert. To create this savory variation on a theme, chef Michael Wahl blends cream cheese with mascarpone, then folds in jumbo…


Colum McCann

Mar 1, 1996 By Anne Dingus

Some words are worth a thousand pictures; such is the case with the image-rich writing of Colum McCann, whose first novel, Songdogs (Metropolitan Books, $22.50), has won praise from both The New Yorker and the New York Times. A native of Ireland, the 31-year-old credits Texas with jump-starting his career.

Cyd Charisse

Mar 1, 1996 By nancyboensch

I had my first dancing lesson in Amarillo with Constance Ferguson. Constance had been out in California studying ballet with Theodore Kosloff, one of Pavlova’s partners, but she came back to Amarillo and wanted to open a dancing school. Up on the very top floor of a great old hotel…

Big Bend, R.I.P.?

Mar 1, 1996 By Joe Nick Patoski

Air pollution from Mexico has descended on Big Bend big time and while officials on both sides of the border dither, our last unspoiled frontier is slipping away.

In The Studio
Steady Shawn

Mar 1, 1996 By Josh Daniel

Austin singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin is at Cedar Creek studios this month completing a new album, to be released by Columbia Records as early as this summer. Some songs will be produced by John Leventhal, who did Colvin’s Steady On, and others by Malcolm Burn, who has worked with the Neville…

How To
Shoot a Basketball

Mar 1, 1996 By Evan Smith

With high school basketball playoffs just around the bend, our thoughts turned to the mechanics of the game—and so we called head boys coach Robert Hughes of Dunbar High School in Fort Worth, whose lifetime record of 1,082-192 makes him the fourth-winningest coach in the country. A two-time All-American at…


Shrimp, Lobster, and Crab Cheesecake

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Cheesecake 1/2 pound cooked Maine lobster 1/2 pound lump crabmeat 1/2 pound cooked jumbo shrimp 1 pound mascarpone cheese 2 pounds cream cheese 5 eggs 1 1/4 cups flour 1/2 bunch scallions, diced Kosher salt and white pepper to taste Preheat oven…