May 1986

Features

Feature
How Bad Were They?

Apr 30, 1986 By douglassstclairsmith

Larry Buchanan made movies that were so cheap, so incredibly flawed, and so dumb, they’re lovingly celebrated as the worst movies ever made. And he made them all in Dallas.

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Confessions of an Aging Pothead

Apr 30, 1986 By richardx

I smoked marijuana all day every day for several years. It took me almost a year to quit—and now I wonder if I’ll ever get straight.

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UT Versus A&M

Apr 30, 1986 By Peter Elkind

They’re the oldest foes and the biggest rivals. Now the contest has moved into the arena that really counts—the classroom.

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The Quest That Fizzled

Apr 30, 1986 By Peter Elkind

Everyone agreed it was time for greatness at UT. But after a nationwide search for a new president, the only man the regents could agree on was a campus insider who professed no great vision at all.

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Summer’s First Stand

Apr 30, 1986 By Susan Kennard

Yesterday those onions and carrots were in the ground. Today they’re on your table, thanks to Texas’ bountiful roadside fruit and vegetable stands.

Web

Miscellany

Touts
Touts

Apr 30, 1986 By Patricia Sharpe

Here are some pin pals you’ll want to get to know.

State Secrets
State Secrets

Apr 30, 1986 By Paul Burka

A boondoggle for coal means more trouble for natural gas; the Houston Chronicle doesn’t rate with HL&P; defense lawyers judge a judge.

Downtown
Downtown

Apr 30, 1986 By Jim Atkinson

The Dallas movie board is antiquated and eccentric, like a wacky uncle.

Post-Modern Times
Post-Modern Times

Apr 30, 1986 By Michael Ennis

At the Crescent’s opening, old, excessive Texas came face to face with new, designer Texas.

Reporter

Reporter
Texas Monthly Reporter

Apr 30, 1986 By Stephen Harrigan

Somervell County suffers an identity crisis; an Alamo freak takes twenty years to build a diorama; Merlin Tuttle is batty.

Columns

Books
Southern Discomfort

Apr 30, 1986 By Jan Reid

Bobby Jack Nelson—roughneck, cowhand, prospector, and Australian talk show host—is also a fine novelist; Larry L. King writes about writing.

Art
The Anxious Witness

Apr 30, 1986 By Michael Ennis

Photographer Robert Frank held up a mirror to America. Now Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts turns the mirror on him.

Movies
Pokey Romance

Apr 30, 1986 By James Wolcott

A Room With a View takes in edifying sights; Gung Ho settles for schmaltz; Just Between Friends makes glib chat.