September 1985 Issue

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Faces of the West

A collection of black and white portraits that capture the powerful effects of the West upon its people, with an introduction by Larry McMurtry.


Roaming the Range

Follow that ribbon of highway to discover the breathtaking River Road, a beer-drinking goat, fabulous fajitas, and the ghostly cavalry of Fort Davis—all in the vast vacation resource known as West Texas.

The Final Gun

In a small East Texas town a black principal and a white coach loved the same woman. First came the gossip. Next came the strange letters. And then there was a murder.



Swinging With Zoot

From the moment tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims sounded his first note to just before his death four decades later, he performed with irresistible spirit and intensity.


Restless Itch

Songwriter is like a great party; Kiss of the Spider Woman doesn’t connect; Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome runs out of gas; Key Exchange is too cute; Disney’s Black Cauldron isn’t for kids.



Geranium Cream

Recipe From Liberty Bar, San AntonioServe alone as a dessert with blackberry sauce, or with pancakes or French toast for brunch.3/4 lb butter 3 lbs cream cheese 1 cup sugar 2 cup whipping cream 2 oz rose geranium leavesSlice butter and cream cheese thin. Finely chop geranium leaves. Place all

On the Menu: Liberty Bar

SAN ANTONIO’S LIBERTY BAR is a landmark for many reasons: it has been in continuous operation since 1890 and the building has been owned by the same family for just as long. But also the Liberty Bar has a certain status as one of the world’s “leaning“ landmarks, perhaps eclipsed


Back Roads

Skinner Brown, a 63-year-old farmer and business man, was a pillar of his small-town society until he was busted for possessing $12 million worth of marijuana.



It doesn’t matter whether you’re a developer with a million-dollar idea or a homeowner with a yen to remodel. You can’t bend any rule at all without approval from the Board of Adjustment.

State Secrets

State Secrets

Looking for a place to go in Galveston; Coastal’s pension pipeline; John Hill for the defense; fallout from the East Texas congressional race.

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