October 1999


Band Notes

Sep 30, 1999 By Texas Monthly

They’ve Got It Covered Five 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 Band In 24 years as the band director at…

Hey, Coach

Sep 30, 1999 By Texas Monthly

Coach Couture Coaches 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 Christmas End-zone…

Hey, Dude

Sep 30, 1999 By Suzy Banks

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.

High School Football Facts

Sep 30, 1999 By Texas Monthly

See You in the Playoffs 4A 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,…

Paris, Texas

Sep 30, 1999 By Jeannie Ralston

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

We Love the Westlake Chaps. No, Really.

Sep 30, 1999 By Michael Hall

Half the state hates them and secretly admires them. The other half admires them and secretly hates them. Such is the plight of the decade’s best high school football team.

All Stars

Sep 30, 1999 By Texas Monthly

OFFENSE Quarterback 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,…

Over Time

Jan 20, 2013 By Brian D. Sweany

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


Felonious Monk?

Sep 30, 1999 By Katy Vine

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

Judy Walgren

Sep 30, 1999 By Katy Vine

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…

Low Talk
In Vogue

Sep 30, 1999 By Evan Smith

The tycoon from Texas who’s very much in Vogue.

Texas Classics
Mr. Texas

Sep 30, 1999 By Don Graham

Don Graham doffs his hat to J. Frank Dobie.


Around the State
Around the State

Sep 30, 1999 By Texas Monthly

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.

Roar of the Crowd
Our Lady Bird

Sep 30, 1999 By Texas Monthly

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…

The Inside Story
Camera! Lights! Action!

Sep 30, 1999 By Eileen Schwartz

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…

State Fare
State Fare

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

Revenge of the bird: A pleasant pheasant from the Rough Creek Lodge near Glen Rose.


Swiss Chard With Pancetta

Sep 30, 1999 By Texas Monthly

1/2 cup pancetta bacon cut into 1/2-inch strips 3 bunches Swiss chard, destemmed and torn into smallish pieces In 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…

Roasted Pheasant

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Roasted Pheasant 1 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 oil Preheat oven to 375 degrees.


You Gotta Belize

Sep 30, 1999 By Keith Kachtick

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.

Dead Beat

Sep 30, 1999 By Anne Dingus

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

Witch Hunt

Sep 30, 1999 By John Ratliff

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?

Let There Be Lite

Sep 30, 1999 By Patricia Hart

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.

Runn Also Rises

Sep 30, 1999 By geoffrips

How an elementary school turned itself around: a South Texas success story.