October 1985 Issue



The Dream Lives On

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

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

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


The Kathy Ratings

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.



Wilted Salad

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.

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…




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

State Secrets

State Secrets

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



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.



Texas Monthly Reporter

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

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


Waxy Buildup

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

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

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