November 1988

Features

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Can You Take a Hint?

Nov 1, 1988 By Jan Jarboe Russell

Heloise, America’s best-known homemaker, has dirty little secret: she hates to clean house. If you hate it too, she’s convinced that you need her more than ever.

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How Houston Beat the Bust: Real Estate

Nov 1, 1988 By Tom Curtis

The resurrection of a former “see-through” office building. How a land developer diversified—into jaguars. And secrets of the “vultures” who buy up, fix up, and fill up troubled Houston apartments.

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This Water Is My Water

Nov 1, 1988 By Al Reinert

Cool, clear, and pure, it’s the bounty of the Edwards Aquifer, and if something isn’t done to limit pumping by Hill Country farmers and a thirsty San Antonio, it may also be dry.

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Compadres De La Revolucion

Nov 1, 1988 By Jan Reid

Though the leaders of Mexico’s revolution all lived short and violent lives, a handful of those who rode with them have survived to a ripe old age in Texas.

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How Houston Beat the Bust: Branching Out

Nov 1, 1988 By Tom Curtis

An entrepreneur captures customers in public rest rooms. A high-tech plant moves from oil to medicine. Space and biomedical manufacturing are finally off the drawing boards. And a former union boss becomes a bingo mogul.

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How Houston Beat the Bust: Energy

Nov 1, 1988 By Tom Curtis

Engineer Saba Haregot’s love affair with Houston (it’s not just all those job offers). How natural gas is helping to reinflate the economy. And a shuttered plant that tempers oil pipe opens up.

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How Houston Beat the Bust (Sort Of)

Nov 1, 1988 By Tom Curtis

Don’t break out the champagne yet. Sure, things are better, but there’s still a long way to go. And the main reason for the recovery is the market—Houston is a bargain.

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The War Zone

Nov 1, 1988 By Jim Atkinson

When crack comes to a neighborhood, it infiltrates, it corrupts, and it destroys—and there is nothing the cops can do about it.

Columns

Books
Hasty Copy

Nov 1, 1988 By Suzanne Winckler

Dan Jenkins’ latest takes a tough-cookie journalist out of a thirties movie and puts her into a chase through Depression-era Fort Worth; Sarah Glasscock populates her fictional Alpine with a cast of real characters.

Sports
Mojo Madness

Nov 1, 1988 By Joe Nick Patoski

The Permian Panthers provide the best entertainment between Dallas and El Paso, and nobody enjoys the show more than Jerry Swindall.

Power Play

Nov 1, 1988 By Patricia Hart

Houston Lighting and Power’s purchase of a Canadian cable TV company may come as a shock to HL&P ratepayers.

Miscellany

State Secrets
State Secrets

Nov 1, 1988 By Paul Burka

The worst school districts in Texas—and how they got that way; where have all the bankers gone?; why Dukakis fell beind in Texas.

Reporter

Reporter
Texas Monthly Reporter

Nov 1, 1988 By Alison Cook

Hieromania, the burning curiosity of glyphies; Post time in the race for Houston’s new gossip columnist; an unlikely car and an unlikelier trailer; the parking garage from hell.