October 1999 Issue

On the Cover

Three Cheers for High School Football!

The greatest coach, the most-fearsome players, the top teams, games you shouldn’t miss, and more.



Over Time

Eleven years later, the Permian High School Panthers remember Friday Night Lights, the book that put them—and Odessa—on the map.


Hey, Dude

You might be bunking in a room that would give Martha Stewart seizures, but at these eleven guest ranches you can saddle up and get in touch with your inner buckaroo.

Paris, Texas

Madeline at Neiman Marcus, the Capitol, the Alamo: A classic children’s heroine comes to the Lone Star State—and a bookstore near you.

All Stars

OFFENSEQuarterback Blackie Sherrod sportswriter, Belton High School Tigers, class of 1937 Larry Gatlin singer, Odessa High School Bronchos, ’66Roy Spence advertising executive, Brownwood High School Lions, ’67 Rick Perry lieutenant governor, Paint Creek School Pirates, ’68 Richard Linklater filmmaker, Huntsville High School Hornets, 1976—1978 Tony Garza railroad commissioner, St.


Band Notes

They’ve Got It CoveredFive songs played by marching bands this year: • “1999” • “Livin’ La Vida Loca” • “Theme from Wild Wild West” • “American Woman” • “Jump Jive An’ Wail”He’s With the BandIn 24 years as the band director at 2A Canadian, Fred Pankratz has mounted halftime tributes


Hey, Coach

Coach CoutureCoaches still prefer shorts from time to time, but long pants are suddenly in fashion. The 10,600 coaches who attended this year’s coaching convention in Fort Worth were all dressed in polo shirts of varying hues, khaki, and loafers (tassels optional).What Every Coach Wants for ChristmasEnd-zone cameras and digital


High School Football Facts

See You in the Playoffs4A La Marque has made it to the state finals six straight years. 3A Sealy won four consecutive state titles between 1994 and 1997. Both teams have racked up more than a hundred victories in the nineties, as have 5A Austin Westlake, 5A Converse Judson, 4A



Let There Be Lite

Forgive state senators like David Sibley and Bill Ratliff their jockeying to succeed Lieutenant Governor Rick Perry. They want to be number two; they have to try harder.


Witch Hunt

The Wiccans of Fort Hood have conjured up their share of enemies, including a Republican congressman and a Baptist preacher. Are their claims of religious freedom appropriate, or are they off base?


Dead Beat

For an outing that’ll make you go stark graving mad, visit Texas’ peaceful old cemeteries—and experience the esprit de corpse.


You Gotta Belize

I was lured to Central America by the promise of “unspoiled adventure travel.” After sailing for a week in the Caribbean, I can report that I wasn’t disappointed.



Judy Walgren

Judy Walgren is outrageous, hilarious, and surprisingly laid-back, but when she starts talking about what she’s working on, there’s no questioning her seriousness. “The whole reason I went into photojournalism wasn’t so much because I love taking photos,” says the 36-year-old Dallasite. “It was a calling to go out and


Felonious Monk?

There’s something unorthodox—to say the least—about the Christ of the Hills Monastery in Blanco.



Roasted Pheasant

Roasted Pheasant1 pheasant, about 2 1/2 pounds (other fowl may be substituted) kosher salt to taste freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme 6 strips pancetta or other bacon 1/2 cup grape-seed or olive oilPreheat oven to 375 degrees. Season pheasant inside with salt and pepper


Swiss Chard With Pancetta

1/2 cup pancetta bacon cut into 1/2-inch strips 3 bunches Swiss chard, destemmed and torn into smallish piecesIn a large sauté pan cook bacon over medium-high heat until it becomes transparent and some of the fat has liquefied. Add Swiss chard and sauté until tender.To serve, arrange pheasant pieces, risotto,


Around the State

Around the State

Art works in two small museums in Port Arthur and Tyler. Plus: A new image projected in Fort Worth; a masterful exhibit mounted and timely music played in Houston; and an in-tents new circus in Austin.

The Inside Story

Camera! Lights! Action!

Robert Clark has a soft spot in his heart for Odessa, the town that gave him the most important exposure of his career. Back in 1988, Clark quit his job at the Philadelphia Inquirer and sojourned in the West Texas city so that he could shoot the football players at

Roar of the Crowd

Our Lady Bird

THE EXCERPT FROM JAN JARBOE Russell’s book on Lady Bird Johnson confirmed my belief that there has always been a Lone Star in that family and it is our state treasure, Lady Bird, not her famous husband [“Alone Together,” August 1999]. I, like most Texans I know, avoid talking

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