October 1985


The Dream Lives On

Sep 30, 1985 By Byron Harris

Four of the many small high-tech companies betting that they have the excitement, momentum, market, and business savvy to succeed where others have failed.

The Chips Are Down

Sep 30, 1985 By Peter Applebome

The real Texas technology picture is much more intricate than either the mad hype of two years ago or the dire headlines of today make it out to be.

Tower Play

Sep 30, 1985 By Steve Brady

Houston’s Transco Tower can’t hide from a camera bent on seeing it from every vantage point.

The Kathy Ratings

Sep 30, 1985 By Susan Chadwick

Kathy Whitmire’s substantial achievements as mayor of Houston are overshadowed by her bad public image and political ineptitude—not a good situation for a candidate seeking a third term.

The Louie File

Sep 30, 1985 By Mimi Swartz

Just how good were the good ol’ days, when Louie Welch was mayor of Houston?

Special Delivery

Sep 30, 1985 By Patricia Sharpe

Morsels by mail, potables by post—let Texas’ mail-order food companies set your holiday table.


Wilted Salad

Sep 30, 1985 By Texas Monthly

Recipe From Josephine Street Cafe This recipe makes a lot, so plan to use it when you have your next barbecue—and invite a crowd! 9 heads of iceberg lettuce 4 cups diced tomatoes 2 1/2 cups sliced olives (ok, go ahead and use the pimiento-stuffed olives) 1/2…

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On the Menu: Josephine St.

Sep 30, 1985 By Helen Thompson

JOSEPHINE STREET CAFE is a classic Texas roadhouse in an era where there are no more roads, just freeways. In fact, the freeway—Highway 281—roars over the patio, but that doesn’t seem to deter the loyal patrons of this popular neighborhood hangout. Nor did the recent collision of a truck with…



Sep 30, 1985 By Patricia Sharpe

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s—Halley’s Comet!

State Secrets
State Secrets

Sep 30, 1985 By Paul Burka

Rough sailing for the water plan; sore losers at MHMR; a free ride for Mattox; now a word on behalf of ambulance chasing.


Sep 30, 1985 By Jim Atkinson

The maddest crowd in town? The incensed citizens at the Dallas Auto Pound who have to shell out for the privilege of reclaiming their towed vehicles.

Post-Modern Times
Post-Modern Times

Sep 30, 1985 By Michael Ennis

Today’s with-it seniors are settling in American’s newest retirement boomtown—Kerrville.


Texas Monthly Reporter

Sep 30, 1985 By Dick Reavis

The villains behind the seat belt law; the shoeshine boys behind the border bird trade; the pastor behind Austin’s chicest church.


Classical Music
True to the Past

Sep 30, 1985 By W. L. Taitte

Forget all that debate about early instruments versus modern ones for eighteenth-century music.

Popular Music
Dancing in the Streets

Sep 30, 1985 By Jody Denberg

Tuff Enuff, the Fabulous Thunderbirds’ fifth and finest album, has a snap, crackle, and pop that could finally make the T-Birds explode.

Waxy Buildup

Sep 30, 1985 By James Wolcott

Plenty isn’t enough; Year of the Dragon is a yellow-devil hysteria; uncompromised casting makes Compromising Positions click; Volunteers imposes eighties cynicism on sixties idealism.

Beyond the Standard

Sep 30, 1985 By Doug Ramsey

Those who think there’s nothing new under the sun should check out the superior jazz improvisations on three recently released albums.