September 1979

Features

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Honey, You’re Still Driving Me Crazy

Aug 31, 1979 By Richard West

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.

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Easy Money

Aug 31, 1979 By Mike Hicks

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!

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The Promised Land

Aug 31, 1979 By John Davidson

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.

Feature
The Test Teachers Can’t Pass

Jan 20, 2013 By Gene Lyons

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.

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The Non-Conformist

Jan 20, 2013 By Victoria Loe

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

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Why Teachers Can’t Teach

Jan 20, 2013 By Gene Lyons

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.

Miscellany

State Secrets
State Secrets

Aug 31, 1979 By Paul Burka

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.

Columns

Church
Hearts and Minds

Aug 31, 1979 By William Martin

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.

Books
Mexican Mystery Tour

Aug 31, 1979 By Gregory Curtis

Charles Portis’ new novel belongs to the tradition of great frontier yarns, but this time the young man goes south.

Jazz
Requiem for a Heavyweight

Aug 31, 1979 By Doug Ramsey

Charles Mingus was a great jazz musician with a sharp mind, an impeccable sense of rhythm, and a mighty powerful fist.

Film
The Truth Hurts

Aug 31, 1979 By Gregory Curtis and George Morris

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.

Reporter

Reporter
Texas Monthly Reporter

Aug 31, 1979 By John Bloom

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.