September 1998


The Texas Twenty

Aug 31, 1998 By Texas Monthly

They worked hard, overcame obstacles, bucked conventional wisdom, and touched our lives. Meet the most impressive, intriguing, and influential Texans of 1998.


Ballpark Figures

Aug 31, 1998 By Paul Burka

Now that the Houston Astros have Randy Johnson, can they afford to sign him to a long-term contract? His first two starts in the Astrodome boosted attendance by 20,000 fans a night. At an average ticket price of $10, that means his economic impact was $200,000, plus an additional $30,000…

Around the State

Aug 31, 1998 By Texas Monthly

Around The State Star speakers hit the lecture circuit: Bill Moyers and George Will in Dallas, Bob Dole in San Antonio. Plus: birding in Rockport and Fulton; a world-class mezzo-soprano in Fort Worth; oil-patch art in Beaumont; and contemporary Mexican photography in Houston. Edited by Quita McMath, Erin Gromen,…

Little, Big Man

Aug 31, 1998 By Jordan Mackay

Any NBA forward will tell you that it’s hard to get good position on Dennis Rodman, so it’s no surprise to hear the same thing from photographer Blake Little, who shot this month’s cover. From the moment the Chicago Bulls star arrived at SmashBox Studios in Culver City, California, Little…

State Fare

Jan 20, 2013 By Patricia Sharpe

One brother greets, the other cooks. Between them, Peter and Patrick Tarantino have created one of Dallas’ artier dining venues. At Tarantino’s (3611 Parry), chef Pat presides over a menu that does not shrink from extremes. “I introduce deliberate contradictions into my food,” he proclaims, “but my goal is to…


Lori Heuring

Aug 31, 1998 By Erin Gromen

Lori Heuring has a very pragmatic view of the very unpredictable world of show business: It’s a target, and right now she is in one of the large outer circles. “The bigger the circle, the more room you have to move around,” she says. “That’s where I am now—acting and…

Elliott Smith

Aug 31, 1998 By Brian D. Sweany

I lived in a series of suburbs: DeSoto, Duncanville, Cedar Hill. My stepdad was into places with bigger and bigger yards, and we kept moving farther and farther away from people. I remember there were a lot of white folks and there wasn’t much money. I was kind of a…

CD and Book Reviews

Aug 31, 1998 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs I was already familiar with James Brown’s Say It Live and Loud (Polygram), which was recorded live at Memorial Auditorium in Dallas on August 26, 1968. I was there, a couple of rows back from the front, and hearing it all over again is one sweet pleasure: the…

Holding Court

Aug 31, 1998 By Jordan Mackay

He writes legal thrillers, he is a practicing lawyer, and he has been at it since 1990—one year longer than John Grisham. But even if San Antonio’s Jay Brandon hasn’t matched the success of the author of The Firm and The Pelican Brief, he logs remarkably good sales and keeps…


The Belle Curve

Jan 20, 2013 By Anne Dingus

Sexist, shmexist: For pure viewing enjoyment, my feminist friends and I know that nothing can match the Miss America Pageant.