March 2000 Issue



My Own Private Alamo

After 164 years, what more is there to say about (or see at) the old mission church in downtown San Antonio? That depends on how you look at it.


Land That I Love

City folks with money to burn are driving up the cost of living in the Davis Mountains and the state’s other pretty places. What’s a rancher to do?



At heart, Dewey Winburne was an educator, not an entrepreneur; he saw technology as a tool for doing good rather than doing well. Even so, he was able to survive in Austin’s heady new economy—until the pressure got to him.


Mission Collectible

Cuff links? A commemorative plate? For Alamo hobbyists like me, rule number one is, Never surrender or retreat from the chance to snag a few iconic tchotchkes.


Wayne’s World

A flood, a fire, a car accident, a murder, and of course, a restaging of the battle for Texas’ independence: scenes from the making of The Alamo.


How I Made It

When an entrepreneur approaches me to invest in a high-tech start-up, I ask lots of questions: What is the idea? What market is it aimed at? If I’m not interested, I say, “Thank you very much,” and think of other investors to send them to. If I’m interested, the

Room Service

Booking a hotel reservation online? Before you check in, check out what John Davis III has done to make it possible.

At Austin’s High-tech Happy Hour, the schmoozing and boozing is about finding your next job. And, maybe, landing a cute millionaire.



Saving Face

When a dog chewed off a toddler's nose, cheeks, and lips, the doctors at Dallas' Children's Medical Center sprang into action.


The Running Men

What two college track coaches in Houston are teaching speedsters there—and everywhere—about going for Olympic gold.


Spence for Hire

How is the president and co-founder of Austin ad agency GSD&M expanding his reach into the realm of entertainment? One account at a time.


Music Review

and all the colors . . .

Over the past decade, Ian Moore has done everything a young Austin guitarist is supposed to do: he apprenticed in Joe Ely’s band, jammed at Antone’s with Double Trouble, toured with ZZ Top, and closed sets by showboating all over Freddie King’s “Me And My Guitar.” Now, like Charlie Sexton

Music Review


Clever lads, these Austin boys called Dynamite Hack. On their debut CD, Superfast, they lift the street thugga lyrics from Eazy-E and Ice Cube’s “Boyz-N-The Hood,” rework them with breathy, sensitive vocals and folk-rock instrumentation, and wrap the whole thing up with a musical nod to the Beatles’ “Blackbird.” Voila!

Music Review

Robinson Ear’s Little Whirled of Sound

From the album title, one might assume this is the work of an eccentric yet likable wizard. That would be right. Part one-man band, part ringmaster commanding more than a dozen musicians, Halverson stirs up a concoction of blues, gospel, and psychedelia, all held together by his band, the Robinson

Music Review

Sweet Inspiration

There’s little about the Hollisters that’s truly original, but their smooth mix of classic country, rockabilly, southern rock, and a dash of folk-rock is indeed inspired. between Mike Barfield’s fluttering baritone vocals and Eric Danheim’s twanging, country-boogie guitar, the Houston quartet often sounds like a Johnny Cash tribute band, but

Book Review

Interstate Dreams

Austinite Neal Barrett, Jr., sat down to write a crime novel and mayhem broke out. Interstate Dreams (Mojo Press) — a rollicking caper with a metaphysical twang — could use a little more starch, but it compensates with ace storytelling and charmingly oddball characters. Take Dreamer, the war vet with

Book Review


A shallow grave on the outskirts of San Antonio yields the body of a fourteen-year-old girl — and Herbie, her beloved stuffed dog. What kind of killer buries his victim with her childhood play-pretty? Jay Brandon’s AfterImage stacks puzzle upon puzzle to build an expertly crafted thriller on the life



Tempura-Crisped Shrimp Salad

Oriental Dressing1/4 cup light vegetable oil 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlicMix ingredients together and set aside.Noodles8 ounces udon noodles or linguine 1 tablespoon light vegetable oilCook noodles according to the directions on the package and rinse with cold water.


State Fare

State Fare

Hungry for shrimp? Use your noodle—udon, preferably—and head for Citizen in Dallas.

The Inside Story

Toney Curtis

In the January/February issue of the Columbia Journalism Review, Texas Monthly‘s editor, Gregory Curtis, was selected as one of the ten best editors in the magazine business, placing him in the illustrious company of such industry standard-bearers as Jann Wenner (Rolling Stone) and Graydon Carter (Vanity Fair). Around these parts,

Around the State

Around the State

The Houston Ballet presents a world premiere that gives audiences the royal treatment. Plus: The life of tejano singer Selena takes center stage in San Antonio and Dallas; a music festival that's sure to give you the blues comes to Dallas; Austin plugs into the South by Southwest Interactive Festival;

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