May 1998 Issue

Features

Feature

The Lone Starr State

Independent counsel Kenneth Starr was born in Vernon, and that’s just one of the many Texas connections at the heart of his investigation of Bill Clinton.

Feature

The Hero Had Two Faces

For fifteen years Galveston knew Tim Kingsbury as a civic leader and do-gooder. Then the wife—and life—he deserted back in Ohio caught up with him in Texas.

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Outtakes

AIR FORCE WON During the filming of Paramount Pictures’ I Wanted Wings (1941) at San Antonio’s Kelly Field, military aircraft soar overhead during a ground shot. The director angrily orders a general to “get those planes out of the air!”—and is promptly fired. HIGH JINKS Filmed in (and above) four

Feature

Unreality Bites

As ever, Texas looms large in the movies’ imagination—large and largely inaccurate.

Feature

Filminism

I thought it would be hard to make movies in this macho state, but we’ve come a long way, baby.

Feature

Glory Days

Texas high school football may be in decline, but filmmakers still want to play.

Reporter

Sour Grupos

The bigger you get, the more people complain about you. That’s the sad fact of life La Mafia is learning to accept. In February the Houston sextet won their second consecutive Grammy, for best Mexican American/tejano music performance, and they’ve just released La Mafia: Hits de Colección, Vol. 1 (Sony

Diana Fox and Josh Zuniga

While other high school students spend their afternoons running track or singing in the choir, Diana Fox and Josh Zuniga are perfecting their cha-cha and two-step. Actually, the Missouri City duo is doing those other things too, but much of their extracurricular time is spent defending their title as Teen

Jaclyn Smith

I’ve danced all my life, and I really thought that I would eventually open a ballet school. It’s a wonderful discipline and a wonderful release. I started dancing when I was three because I loved the pink tutu and the ballet shoes. I got myself involved—it wasn’t anything that my

Miscellany

Texas Primer

The Newton Boys

UNTIL A STAR-STUDDED FILM SHOT THEM BACK into the spotlight, the Newton Boys had faded from public memory. Famous during the twenties, the four brothers—Jess, Willis (below left), Doc, and Joe (right)—were part Western desperadoes, part newfangled gangsters. They pulled off dozens of bank and train robberies but, unlike more-notorious

The Inside Story

An Evan Smithee Production

The first film Texas Monthly deputy editor Evan Smith ever saw was A Boy Named Charlie Brown. That was in 1969, when he was only three. But Snoopy, Lucy, and the gang must have had a potent effect because film has been a steady and powerful presence in Smith’s life

City Limits

How serious is the fight by suburbs to limit the annexation power of cities? It’s become a matter of life and death. In Kingwood, which was recently swallowed by Houston, opponents of annexation are blaming several deaths in the area on slow response time by Houston ambulances. Annexation is also

Around the State

Around the State

The Bass Performance Hall is open for business, and the acoustical expectations are high (Fort Worth). Plus: Readers and writers celebrate literary Texas (Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and elsewhere); the nation’s top golfers get in the swing (Dallas and San Antonio); Texas Czechs bounce to the strains of primo

Roar of the Crowd

A Few Good Men

IT IS SO REFRESHING to know that lawmen who are hardworking and corruption-free still exist [“The Last Posse,” March 1998]. These men set an example in their profession. They seem so down to earth and determined. These men are truly role models.IRENE REYESSan Benito LOOKING AT THE COVER PHOTO,

Columns

Jazzed

Can yet another independent label survive in today’s rough- and-tumble music business? The young founders of Dallas’ Leaning House Records sure hope so.

Art

Metal of Honor

I wanted to see lightning strike the steel rods that artist Walter De Maria installed in a New Mexico field. I didn’t, but the trip was still illuminating.

Television

A Stand-up Guy

Plano’s Steve Harvey has been a successful comedian for years. Now he’s a sitcom star too.

Web

Recipe

Pineapple Pico

This is a sweet-hot variation on the classic pico de gallo of onion, tomato, cilantro, and serranos. 1/8 onion, diced 1 small tomato, seeded and diced 1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1/2 teaspoon minced habanero chile, or 1/2 tablespoon prepared habanero pepper sauce 1

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Goat Cheese Enfrijoladas Negras

If you thought you liked refried beans and cheddar, wait until you taste these tortillas stuffed with goat cheese and topped with black bean sauce. (Literally, “enfrijolada” means “beaned,” but “prepared with a bean sauce” gets the idea across better.) 12 ounces fresh goat cheese, at room temperature 1 tablespoon

Recipe

Black Bean Sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil 11/2 cups cooked black beans (add just enough cooking liquid to cover the beans) 1 serrano chile, stemmed and minced (remove seeds for a milder sauce) 1/2 cup dark beer salt to taste In a large skillet heat the oil over high heat. Add the beans,

Recipe

Boar Chop Stuffed With Spinach, Pine Nuts, and Mozzarella

Tomato and Roquefort Salad 1/4 cup red wine 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar 1/8 cup dry sherry 1 cup peanut oil 1/8 cup olive oil kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1 medium red onion, peeled and thinly sliced 1 pound Roquefort cheese, less if preferred, crumbled and chopped

Recipe

Crispy Pork, Guacamole, and Chile Pecan Tacos

Chopped pecans, toasted with a coating of ancho chile, impart a nutty accent to the already wonderful combination of pork and guacamole. This recipe is even better with “twice-cooked pork,” so remember it when you have leftover pork chops or roast. 1/4 cup olive oil 11/2 pounds boneless pork loin,

Recipe

Nuevo Guacamole

The nontraditional step of cooking the onion and chiles gives them a full, roasted flavor that goes beautifully with the mellow avocado. Just don’t stand too close to the pan while cooking the chiles, or the fumes will burn your nose. 2 teaspoons unsalted butter 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 3

Recipe

Mango-Key Lime Margaritas

This tropical margarita is much fruitier and easier to drink than a genuine Mexican margarita. If a frozen drink gives you a headache, omit the crushed ice and serve on the rocks. 1 shot (1 ounce) tequila 1 shot (1 ounce) Cointreau 1/4 fresh mango, peeled and chopped 1/2 cup

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Shrimp Cocktail Huatulco

This gorgeous seafood cocktail is named after Huatulco, the impossibly beautiful seaside resort in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. 16 large shrimp, peeled and deveined (leave tails on) salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 6 fresh tomatillos, husked and diced 1/4 onion, minced 1 ancho chile, stemmed, seeded,

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