September 1979 Issue



Honey, You’re Still Driving Me Crazy

Wise up: that insipid supermarket sugar-water you’ve been putting on your toast isn’t honey. The real stuff—Texas honey—is as full-bodied and distinctive as the nectars that go into it.


Easy Money

Faster than a speeding Master Charge, funkier than a garage sale, able to leap bad credit ratings in a single bound. Look, up at the sign! It’s a bank! It’s a store! It’s Super Pawn!…


The Promised Land

Two wetbacks from Mexico inherit the legacy of all immigrants—grueling labor, low pay, and a bleak existence on the edge of the American dream.


The Test Teachers Can’t Pass

Last year half of Dallas’ new teachers failed a standard test on general knowledge that was a piece of cake compared to what we once expected teachers to know.


The Non-Conformist

Meet one very talented teacher, who, since he hadn’t ingested the required amount of educational gobbledygook, lost his job.


Why Teachers Can’t Teach

Our system of training teachers is a crime that robs taxpayers of millions of dollars, robs potential teachers of competence and self-respect, and robs our kids of a decent education.


State Secrets

State Secrets

Not-so-little leaguer finds fountain of youth; schools have to test and tell whether Johnny can’t read; Houston’s new shingle ordinance tries to lock the barn door.



Hearts and Minds

Welcome to Dallas’ first Baptist, the largest Baptist church in the world, with a pastor and a service to match; a more modest path to religious enlightenment leads you to Houston’s Emerson Unitarian.


The Truth Hurts

North Dallas Forty scores but misses the extra point, Dracula bites off more than it can chew, and Peppermint Soda recalls with accuracy the bittersweet days of adolescence.



Texas Monthly Reporter

B-a-a-d government meddling irks Texas goat and sheep raisers; something’s rotten in Rotterdam, and it’s driving up oil prices; and the world’s best gymnasts are coming to Cowtown.

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