March 2002 Issue

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Big Bend 2002

Whether you want to hike it, raft it, drive it, or all of the above, here's everything you need to know to get the most out of a trip to Texas' greatest treasure.



Kid Gloves

Growing up in Wichita Falls, I was a skinny kid with buckteeth and a girl's name, so I got into my share of fights. To improve my odd's of winning-and turn my anger and fear into bravery and skill-I learned to box.

Around the State


Special Occasion

TEXAS, OUR TEXAS On March 2, 1836, as Mexican president Santa Anna and his army prepared for their final assault on the Alamo, 59 Texian and Tejano representatives at Washington-on-the-Brazos boldly signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. Amateur historians can experience those epic events this year on March 2 and


Get Out

JUST DO IT It’s springtime. Quit neglecting your New Year’s resolutions and get up off the couch. If it has been a while since you’ve gone out for a run (or taken the stairs), the following events should be a source of motivation to get your blood pumping, whether you


Straight Talk

HAIL TO THE DORF! If you thought your only hope of seeing the comedy duo of Tim Conway and Harvey Korman was by watching reruns of The Carol Burnett Show, you’re in for a treat. You can catch the veteran comedians live on tour this month in San Antonio and


Fine Art

ABSTRACT IMPRESSIONS Some theatergoers, when ruminating on the plays of director Robert Wilson, sigh deeply, rub their eyes, and murmur comments like, “So the giant fish was really a time machine?” The Waco native’s work—such as the twelve-hour Life and Times of Joseph Stalin—usually elicits a strong reaction, and for


The Franchise

Is the Dallas Mavericks' Mark Cuban a pushy billionaire with a lust for publicity, or is he an energetic owner who has saved the team? Do we have to choose?

Grand Old Flags

A groundbreaking exhibit and an accompanying book make this a banner year to stand up and salute the history of Texas's flags.


If you're looking for endless stretches of pristine coastline, more birds than you can count, and the state's largest concentration of alligators, then Port Arthur is your gateway to an unexpected adventure.


When Matt Clark succumbed to cancer in 1998, the young writer left behind an inventive unpublished novel called Hook Man Speaks. Then his friends stepped in-and brought the book back from the dead.



Pat's Pick


WELL SEASONED Maybe it’s just me, but when I hear that a restaurant has spent $3 million on a face lift, I immediately whip out my magnifying glass. At Quattro, in Houston’s Four Seasons Hotel, the makeover and the menu can withstand the scrutiny. Not to be catty, but as

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Sam the Man

Author James L. Haley talks about his quest to find out what made Sam Houston tick as a human being.

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Survival Guide

Everything you need to know about getting around in Big Bend, from where to stay inside the park to where to get diesel fuel.


Baked Red Snapper

Baked Red Snapper With Niçoise Nage and Tapenade Accompanied With Broiled TomatoesSnapper4 red snapper fillets (6 to 7 ounces) 3 ounces extra-virgin olive oil freshly ground pepper kosher salt fines herbs 12 tomato halves (see recipe) 6 ounces tapenade (see recipe) 2 tablespoons chiffonnade of basil 2 ounces basil infused

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Breaking Away

For a refreshing spring break, say good-bye to beach-party madness and spend some time with nature.


Stanley Marcus Timeline

April 20, 1905—Stanley Marcus is born in Dallas. He is the oldest of four boys. 1907—Neiman Marcus is founded in Dallas by his father, Herbert Marcus, Sr., his aunt, Carrie Marcus Neiman, and his uncle Al Neiman. 1926—He graduates from the Harvard Business School. He begins working at Neiman Marcus

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Flag Days

In his book Texas Flags, Robert Maberry, Jr., proves that history and flags go hand in hand.

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Pride and Prejudice

Dina Temple-Raston talks about her book on racism and her experience in the small Texas town of Jasper.

Happy Trails

Happy Trails

In Cowtown you can expect to find more than cowboys. In fact, Fort Worth has some of the best museums in the state.

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On The Road

NO FEAR OF FRYING In Texas, fried chicken and chicken-fried steak rule. That’s not to say that Texans don’t appreciate grilled seafood or al dente pasta. But you just can’t beat a juicy-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside piece of chicken. At Babe’s Chicken Dinner House in the North Texas town of Roanoke, diners

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Primary Flavors

IRISH AYES When it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Texas, most people don’t go much further than drinking way too much green beer or listening to some Celtic music. But there’s another way to get in touch with your inner leprechaun: Eat some Blarney cheese. No kidding. Blarney


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