September 1996


The Texas Twenty

Aug 31, 1996 By Texas Monthly

They worked hard, overcame obstacles, bucked conventional wisdom, and touched our lives. Meet the most impressive, intriguing, and influential Texans of 1996.


Mesilla Real Soon

Aug 31, 1996 By Anne Dingus

The time is ripe, and so are the chiles: This tiny, homey town in New Mexico is the ideal spot for a fall weekend getaway.

In God We Bust

Aug 31, 1996 By Carol Flake

Since the late eighties, dozens of big churches in Texas have put rapid growth ahead of financial health. Austin’s Great Hills Baptist is only the latest to pay the price.


Aug 31, 1996 By Spike Gillespie

In an era of AIDS and family values, who’s crazy enough to have a tattoo? Some twenty million Americans, including sports stars, Academy award winners, the CEO of Nike, a Republican Secretary of State—and me.


Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

Aug 31, 1996 By Texas Monthly

4 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary 13/4 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup warm milk 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, freshly grated (yields 1/2 cup) salt to taste freshly ground pepper to taste…

Honey Sesame Pork Tenderloin

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

1/2 cup soy sauce 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 to 11/2 pounds pork tenderloin 1/4 cup honey 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar, firmly packed 1/4 cup sesame seeds/p> Combine soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and…


The Music Man

Aug 31, 1996 By Anne Dingus

Most businesses in the West Texas town of Alpine cater to locals, but one attracts Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Junior Brown, and other musical greats. It’s the modest building where Michael Stevens, luthier to the stars, produces electric guitars—fewer than two dozen a year, at $2,700 to $10,000 plus. “We…

Ryan Shams

Aug 31, 1996 By Ellise Pierce

When he took up fencing as a seventh-grader at St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas to satisfy his physical education requirement, Ryan Shams informed his mother that he intended to master the sport—and he would not be foiled. At sixteen, after dueling for several hours a day at Dallas’…

Dig This

Aug 31, 1996 By Brad Tyer

An archeological dig in Matagorda Bay unearths a bureaucratic feud.

A Whitman Sampler

Aug 31, 1996 By Joe Holley

Thirty years later, the legacy of Charles Whitman’s shooting spree at the University of Texas still towers above us.


Roar of the Crowd
Take Cover

Aug 31, 1996 By Texas Monthly

Poisonous words for the girl who poisoned her daddy. Plus: Dredging up controversy over the Intracoastal Canal.

Around the State
Around the State

Aug 31, 1996 By Texas Monthly

East meets Southwest in an unprecedented festival of Japanese culture in Dallas. Plus: Texas rock and rollers shake their Hootie; Lubbock gets down for a four-day celebration of cowboys and cool tunes; the University of Texas Longhorns host the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame—and give one of their own the…

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Darrell Royal

Aug 31, 1996 By Anne Dingus

What is Darrell Royal’s code name, and what does his middle initial stand for?

The Inside Story
Gilt Trip

Aug 31, 1996 By Anne Dingus

Andrew Eccles has photographed plenty of 24-karat celebrities for Texas Monthly, but his session with Lou Diamond Phillips was a truly golden experience. “In an industry that’s marked by jaded people,” Eccles says, “Lou was a breath of fresh air. He’s down to earth, talkative, enthusiastic—an incredibly sweet guy.” In…

State Fare

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

There are two ways to use Stop and Smell the Rosemary: Recipes and Traditions to Remember, the spectacular new offering from the Junior League of Houston. First, you can use the cookbook part to prepare any of the five hundred excellent recipes. Second, you can concentrate on the menu and…