September 1980


The Longest Weekend

Aug 31, 1980 By meriemiller

It was the worst of times: the president was dead, the nation in shock, the government in limbo. But in those dark days Lyndon Johnson shone.

The Italian connection

Aug 31, 1980 By John Bloom

An informant offered to lead a journalist to Europe’s largest cache of stolen art. Soon they were trapped in a web of lies, suspicion, treachery, and impending death.


Dining Out
Fit To Be Thai’d

Aug 31, 1980 By Texas Monthly

Go east, young Westerners, for the oddest, spiciest food in Dallas; Houston’s Cho is chic, but its kitchen is all shook up.

Country Notes
The Heat Treatment

Aug 31, 1980 By John Graves

This one has been a humdinger, but every Texas summer is broiling hot—and that’s nothing to get all steamed up about.

Onward, Brother Roloff

Aug 31, 1980 By William Martin

The feisty pastor of the People’s Baptist Church keeps marching on to war with the State of Texas. Mexican American Pentecostals in the Valley ask Houston’s God’s help on a hot problem.

Shock Tactics

Aug 31, 1980 By W. L. Taitte

Houston’s Equinox Theatre has fine actors and directors, but its raunchy sex and violence can make you squirm. The nineteenth-century Granbury Opera House is a fetching setting for Texas Meg.

Capote Changes Coler

Aug 31, 1980 By Stephen Harrigan

In Music for Chameleons it’s hard to tell whether Truman Capote is telling the whole truth or nothing at all of the truth; Conspiracy ferrets out much of the truth about John F. Kennedy’s murder.

The Inheritance Factor

Aug 31, 1980 By Judy Benson

In Austin, experts in genetics are helping parents of children with birth defects come to terms with the most painful questions of their lives.

Lights, Camera—Willie!

Aug 31, 1980 By George Morris

Willie Nelson tries on a starring role and comes out smelling like a Honeysuckle Rose; in Willie an Phil Paul Mazursky pays homage to Truffaut, although he shortchanges himself.


State Secrets
State Secrets

Aug 31, 1980 By Paul Burka

Texas chic hits bottom; bak error pinches UT law school; carter alienates Texas again; a test for teachers.


Texas Monthly Reporter

Aug 31, 1980 By Gene Lyons

A black Houstonian revised the Horatio Alger legend; making a racket in Mason; UT astronomers yearn to conquer the universe; requiem for a reef.