October 1992 Issue


O Janis

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.


The Meanest Divorce

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

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 scallions, and scramble in eggs. Place



Screen Gem

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

Last Rights

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

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

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?

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


David Lee Garza, Acordeonista

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

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

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,”

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