November 1997


The Bookmaker’s Wife

Nov 1, 1997 By Skip Hollandsworth

She had a secret life, and so did her husband. For a while they seemed to have a pleasant existence in the affluent Houston neighborhood of River Oaks. But then she turned up dead.

El Circo

Nov 1, 1997 By Anne Dingus

As in Hanoi and Moscow, the circus in Mexico is no three-ring extravaganza. It’s one of the grittiest shows on earth.

Tiles and Tiles of Texas

Nov 1, 1997 By Patricia Sharpe

The ceramic designs created by these four Texas studios will look great in your kitchen or bathroom—and except for their shape, there’s nothing square about them.

The Revision Thing

Nov 1, 1997 By Paul Burka

The opening of the George Bush presidential library at Texas A&M is a good occasion to ask two questions on the mind of everyone but Bush himself: How good a president was he? And what sort of ex-president has he been?

Legends of the Fall

Jan 20, 2013 By Jan Reid

Texas football heroes Darrell Royal, Doak Walker, Sammy Baugh, and John David Crow are off the field, but they’re still having a ball.


Hot Box
CD and Book Reviews

Nov 1, 1997 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs The 33 selections on My Time: A Boz Scaggs Anthology (1969— 1997) (Columbia/Legacy) are as sleek and as shiny as a Highland Park Mercedes. Despite the ex-Dallasite’s irresistible sense of flow-as-melody, several tracks on the two-CD set are also vapid enough to reconfirm that all that glitters is…

Going To Press
Mary, Queen of Plots

Nov 1, 1997 By Jordan Mackay

For fans of Mary Willis Walker, May will be the merriest of months, for that’s when the Austinite’s fourth novel will hit stores. In All the Dead Lie Down (Doubleday, $22.95), her plucky protagonist, Lone Star Monthly reporter Molly Cates, springs into action to find her father’s killer and foil…

Topic A
Taking a Chance

Nov 1, 1997 By Paul Burka

The Texas Legislature may have killed the goose that laid the golden egg—and Governor George W. Bush’s goose could be cooked—if dire forecasts about state lottery revenue prove to be correct. To balance the state budget this past spring, lawmakers cut the winners’ share of lottery revenue from 55.5 percent…


Nov 1, 1997 By Jordan Mackay

A suburban mom’s patience is tested by drug testing.

Brute Causes

Nov 1, 1997 By Janet Heimlich

By now we know about Brazoria County— but is there violence in other Texas prisons and jails?

Low Talk

Nov 1, 1997 By Evan Smith

A Houston congresswoman’s space case.

Brandon DeLuca

Nov 1, 1997 By Erin Gromen

Calling Brandon DeLuca the Karate Kid would be inaccurate. Although he has won the North Texas Karate Association’s Grand Championship the past two years, and although he attended this summer’s Junior Olympic Games in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he earned medals in each of the twelve events he entered—including six…

The Ex Files
Patricia Richardson

Nov 1, 1997 By Brian D. Sweany

I thought that moving to Texas would be the worst thing that ever happened to me, but it saved my life. It happened during my junior year in high school, which was really traumatic. All my life I had never been at the same school for more than two years,…


Strong Signals

Nov 1, 1997 By Alexandra Biesada

With increasing frequency, radio stations in Texas are changing hands—and aggressive Texas entrepreneurs are finally making waves.

Grape and Pillage

Nov 1, 1997 By Kathryn Jones

By chain-sawing three acres of its research vineyard near Fort Stockton, the University of Texas System uncorked quite a controversy.

Horn Free

Nov 1, 1997 By John Morthland

After years in New York’s jazz trenches, trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe has come home to Smithville in search of the simple life.

Outlaw Blues

Nov 1, 1997 By Pamela Colloff

She subdues bail jumpers with a modem and her strong right arm: Meet Janis McCollom, one of Houston’s best bounty hunters.

“There Is No Law”

Jan 20, 2013 By Jesse Katz

Gangland-style executions are par for the course these days in Juárez, where drugs— and despair—flow freely.


The Inside Story
The Lens Justifies the Means

Nov 1, 1997 By Jordan Mackay

If you measure a photographer by the stature of his subjects, then Timothy Greenfield-Sanders is very big indeed. After all, he’s shot such luminaries as Jimmy Carter, Vaclav Havel, Hillary Clinton, and for this month’s issue of Texas Monthly, George and Barbara Bush (see “The Revision Thing”). And if…

State Fare
State Fare

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

Roasted poblanos, toasted pumpkin seeds, tomatillos: At Houston’s Taco Milagro, you’ll want to eat the whole enchilada.