October 1983

Features

Football, Game of Life

Sep 30, 1983 By Geoff Winningham

When two high schools in Beaumont-one white, one black-were ordered to merge last fall, the outraged town watched as the drama of integration was played out on the football field.

Ninety Miles From Nowhere

Sep 30, 1983 By Dick Reavis

Presidio crouches on the border of Mexico and the extreme edge of life in America. There, Spanish is the language, hundred-degree heat is the norm, and the hoe is the crucial tool for scraping out life on the desert.

Columns

Wal-Marts Across Texas

Sep 30, 1983 By Rod Davis

An Arkansas chain has refused to discount small-town buying power. Now it’s ousting local mom-and-pop operations throughout Texas and even giving K Mart a run for its money.

Daniel’s Lot

Sep 30, 1983 By James Wolcott

In Daniel the hero has to bear the burn of his parents’ treason, while the audience must endure a lot of misery. The Moon in the Gutter is a film in search of eclipse. Education Rita is an enjoyable elective.

Medicine To Go

Sep 30, 1983 By Mimi Swartz

Minor emergency centers are fine for those who don’t need much more than a Band-Aid, a throat culture, or a summer-camp physical.

Miscellany

State Secrets

Sep 30, 1983 By Paul Burka

The National Weather Service blows Hurricane Alicia; how the storm will blow insurance rates; Texas congressmen vie for a plum committee seal; a suggestion for spending the spare $2 million.

Reporter

Texas Monthly Reporter

Sep 30, 1983 By Peter Elkind

Texas becomes a disaster zone; a magazine empire enters the twilight zone; the district attorney’s office in San Antonio is a war zone; problems crop up in the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport flight zone.