October 1992


What a Disc!

Sep 30, 1992 By Joe Nick Patoski

From Scott Joplin to ZZ Top, a comprehensive guide to the best Texas music on CD.

O Janis

Sep 30, 1992 By Robert Draper

Janis Joplin’s life was about music, rebellion, and excess—but she was influenced most by her tormented relationship with the people and spirit of Port Arthur.

Lyle’s Style

Sep 30, 1992 By Robert Draper

Nothing about Lyle Lovett suggests he’d ever make it big. That’s precisely why he did.

The Eternal Challenger

Sep 30, 1992 By Jan Jarboe Russell

Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez has spent most of his 76 years swinging wildly at political heavyweights. Now he’s finally landed a punch—on the president of the United States.

The Meanest Divorce

Sep 30, 1992 By Skip Hollandsworth

When Chuck Smith kidnapped his own small boys to keep them from his estranged wife, a simple divorce case turned into an international family feud.


Quesadillas and Hashbrowns

Sep 30, 1992 By Texas Monthly

Quesadillas 1 1/2–2 pounds chorizo 6 tablespoons chopped tomato 6 teaspoons chopped scallions 12 eggs (2 per person), beaten 6 8-inch flour tortillas 3 cups grated cheddar cheese 4 tablespoons olive oil Cook chorizo in skillet over medium heat. Drain fat, add tomato and…


Screen Gem

Sep 30, 1992 By William Helmer

Bigger than life, drive-in movies defined America’s giddy age of hula hoops, poodle skirts, and blue suede shoes.

Last Rights

Sep 30, 1992 By Texas Monthly

My son ended his life after three years of madness and unbearable depression. Who am I to say he did the wrong thing?

Behind the Lines
The Intimate GOP

Sep 30, 1992 By Gregory Curtis

IT WAS JUST TEN DAYS after the close of the Republican convention, and here I was at a much smaller gathering of Republicans at Fairview Farms in Plano, just north of Dallas. Proclaimed a “Boot Scootin’ Olde Tyme Political Hoe-Down,” this campaign kickoff was also, of course, a “family event”…

Take Two

Sep 30, 1992 By Louis Black

Made on a shoestring, Slacker was a hit. Now fans wonder if Hollywood money will change Rick Linklater’s style.


Roar of the Crowd
Life or Death?

Sep 30, 1992 By Texas Monthly

GARY CARTWRIGHT’S STORY, “Free To Kill” [TM, August 1992], regarding Kenneth Allen McDuff, shows that McDuff is indeed a monster. I am profoundly sickened by the circumstances of his hideous crimes and equally appalled by our Board of Pardons and Paroles for allowing him to be freed to…

State of the Art
David Lee Garza, Acordeonista

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

The moment that members of the tejano band David Lee Garza y Los Musicales saw a poster by San Antonian John Dyer, they knew they had found the photographer for their next album. “We wanted more than just a face on a cover,” says bassist Richard Garza, “and his poster…


Stagecoach Alpine

Sep 30, 1992 By Texas Monthly

ON A HILLTOP NEAR THE INTERSECTION of U.S. highways 67 and 90, just east of Alpine, a plywood stagecoach and four horses seem to be hightailing it into town. “A local artist-character built the stagecoach,” says Rick Sohl, who owns the hilltop. “He used it in parades but was looking…

House Arrest

Sep 30, 1992 By Chester Rosson

THE HOME OF SAM HOUSTON’S WIDOW, Margaret Lea Houston, and their eight children is for sale. A shrine of Texana, the 1830’s Greek Revival classic in the tiny hamlet of Independence comes complete with a Houston family heirloom piano that is said to render a ghostly “Come to the Bower,”…