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.


State Secrets
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…

Texas Primer
Lee Trevino

Aug 31, 1998 By Anne Dingus

Which soft drink’s quart-size bottle did Lee trevino use as a golf club?

Around the State
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,…

The Inside Story
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…


Watch Out

Aug 31, 1998 By Gary Cartwright

Advice for the new coaches of the Dallas Cowboys and the UT Longhorns.

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…

Son Rises

Aug 31, 1998 By Carol Chapman

A Lake Jackson teacher goes to the head of New York publishing’s class.

The Ex Files
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…

Low Talk
War Is Hell

Aug 31, 1998 By Evan Smith

Why the Austin American-Stateman’s film critic is under seige.

Hot Box
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…

Going To Press
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…


Class Acts

Aug 31, 1998 By John Morthland

Long before they were chart-topping musicians, Erykah Badu and Roy Hargrove made the grade at an arts magnet school in Dallas.

Success by Design

Aug 31, 1998 By Patricia Sharpe

At Texas’ top industrial design firm, the old style-versus-substance debate is a nonstarter: Why choose when you can have both?

The Eyes Have It

Aug 31, 1998 By Jim Atkinson

An anxious, alcoholic, stressed, and depressed Dallasite. A suicidal San Antonian. For each, a seemingly visionary treatment.

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.


Pork Medallions With Tangy Balsamic-Molasses Reduction

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Pineapple 1 whole fresh ripe pineapple Prepare grill or broiler to medium heat. Trim off sharp points of leaves so a tuft remains. Grasp tuft and, using a large knife, cut off tough outer skin with wide downward strokes. Remove the remaining “eyes.” Cut pineapple into slices about 1/2- inch…