October 1986


Beyond Halloween

Sep 30, 1986 By Geoff Winningham

On the Day of the Dead, Mexicans mock death with candy skulls and papier-mache coffins. But in the darkness of a graveside vigil, the mockery gives way to tears.

The Strange Case of Mark White

Sep 30, 1986 By Paul Burka

The governor has a good record, good ideas, and good intentions. So why is he in danger of losing his job to a man he already beat once?

After the Tears

Sep 30, 1986 By David Theis

Cambodian Lay Bun Sun escaped the terrors of the Khmer Rouge to film his dreams in Houston.

Where NASA Went Wrong

Sep 30, 1986 By Al Reinert

The seeds of the Challenger disaster were sowed long ago, in the space agency’s conflict between its ideals and its politics.

Going For Broke

Sep 30, 1986 By Peter Elkind

In boom times, John Connally and Ben Barnes used their political magic to build a sprawling real estate empire. Now they’re in a desperate struggle to keep themselves afloat.

The Eye of the Beholder

Sep 30, 1986 By Stephen Harrigan

A museum in Texas is the last place Jacques-Louis David would expect to find his late masterpiece, but we’re glad it’s here.


Web Exclusive
On the Menu – Cappyccino’s

Sep 30, 1986 By Helen Thompson

Cappyccino’s 10 Ideas To Improve Life Say please and thanks Avoid malls, discounters, and mass merchants Take Sundays off Plant seeds Enjoy sunrises and sunsets Make 100 year decisions Mass media only in moderation…


The Quidnunc
The Quidnunc

Sep 30, 1986 By Mark Seal

Governor White nods off; Watauga policeman on the wagon; debutante dos and don’ts.

State Secrets
State Secrets

Sep 30, 1986 By Paul Burka

A price for peace on the Guadalupe River; favorites and long shots in the Texas racetrack derby; a key decision for Lloyd Bentsen.


Classical Music
For the Love of Bach

Sep 30, 1986 By W. L. Taitte

The Dallas Bach Society combines crackerjack musicians, a well-trained choir, and top-ranked vocal soloists—the result is a baroque-music lover’s dream.

Partners in Crime

Sep 30, 1986 By Jan Reid

David Lindsey stalks Houston cops, through the violence the violence and around the blood, in search of another mystery novel.

Back Roads
Ballad of the Pine Springs Cafe

Sep 30, 1986 By jamieaitken

Over the years, this boot-scuffed cafe has been host to West Texas yarn spinners and front-porch gossips. Now the stories are told on borrowed time.

Popular Music
Country Music’s Hermit Saint

Sep 30, 1986 By Dick Reavis

Don Williams won’t do beer commercials, sign autographs, or sing in honk-tonks. If that means he isn’t a superstar, that’s fine with him.


Texas Monthly Reporter

Sep 30, 1986 By Joseph Nocera

The Harris Count Administration Building isn’t big enough for both Jon Lindsay and Mike Driscoll; Ray Perryman, a reporter’s best friend; a lucky accident brought Ethiopians—and Ethiopian restaurants—to Dallas.