October 1984


Feasting on the Oil Glut

Sep 30, 1984 By Harry Hurt III

So you think that OPEC controls the price oil and that the glut is hurting everybody in the oil business? Wrong. Traders on the international spot market are pulling the strings and getting rich in the process.

The Politics of Armageddon

Sep 30, 1984 By Dick Reavis

W.A. Criswell has spent forty years convincing his huge flock at Dallas’ First Baptist Church that the end of the world is near. He hopes you’ll believe it too.

Dust to Dust

Sep 30, 1984 By Suzanne Winckler

The cattle are dying, the grass is gone, the ranchers are selling their land. The center of Texas is in a drought that may be the worst in a hundred years.

Coppini the Great

Sep 30, 1984 By Stephen Harrigan

Pompeo Coppini’s heroic sculptures and European air were just what Texas’ fledgling gentry was hungry for in 1901. Since then his name has faded from memory, but his works endure.


Dead Oaks

Sep 30, 1984 By John Graves

Texas’ beloved live oaks are falling victim to a creeping fungus, and no one knows how to stop it.

Classical Music
Brahms the Bountiful

Sep 30, 1984 By W. L. Taitte

A flood of new Brahms recordings that honor the composer’s 150th birthday reveals an oeuvre of surprising richness.

Terminal Education

Sep 30, 1984 By Scott Lubeck

Most educational software relies on the same old rote drills and other negative techniques—only now kids get nuked for missing a math problem.

Half of Me

Sep 30, 1984 By James Wolcott

Steve Martin’s new comedy All of Me is half-baked; The Gods Must Be Crazy is an amiable tall tale with giraffes; Tanya Roberts is sexy-heroic as Sheena, queen of the pulp jungle drama; Last Night at the Alamo is a rowdy last stand.



Sep 30, 1984 By Patricia Sharpe

Hunting gear that even Natty Bumppo would approve of.

State Secrets
State Secrets

Sep 30, 1984 By Paul Burka

Bullock brings a touch of Las Vegas to Texas; two Texas congressmen covet the same plum; an oil company sends a signal to Wall Street; a court fight could cost UT and A&M $20 million; a big man belongs in Houston.


Texas Monthly Reporter

Sep 30, 1984 By Jim Atkinson

Winners and losers from the Republican convention; a crash course for butlers; biting the bullet in Orange County; the peculiar appeal of the Texas State Guard; a bookie tells his trade secrets.