September 1999


The Texas Twenty

Aug 31, 1999 By Texas Monthly

They worked hard, overcame obstacles, bucked conventional wisdom, and touched our lives. Meet the most impressive, intriguing, and influential Texans of 1999.


Shore Thing

Aug 31, 1999 By Paul Burka

Attorney General John Cornyn sure knows how to stir up controversy. He has attacked the fees of the outside lawyers hired by the state in its successful lawsuit against tobacco companies, impugned the integrity of his predecessor, Dan Morales, and now has created a huge exception to the state’s open…

CD and Book Reviews

Aug 31, 1999 By Texas Monthly

MUSIC RARE PEARL: The complete Joplin. Janis Joplin Box of Pearls: The Janis Joplin Collection Columbia/Legacy RARELY HAS A POP ARTIST’S legacy rested on such a small and erratic output. But it seems strangely appropriate to Janis Joplin, who practically disappeared from rock radio soon after her 1970 death…

Drew Brees

Aug 31, 1999 By Katy Vine

“Everything I do out in the yard—throwing the baseball with my brother or the football with my dad—always turns into an accuracy contest,” says Drew Brees. And practice, in the case of this twenty-year-old quarterback, has made near-perfect. As the starter at Austin’s Westlake High School during his junior and…


Exxon’s Generosity

Aug 31, 1999 By Ann Castle

• EXXON, IRVING, $4.45 MILLION More than $3.4 million in unrestricted gifts to 69 Texas colleges and universities, including Abilene Christian University, Rice University, in Houston, Trinity University, in San Antonio, and the University of Texas at Austin. The gifts were made under the Exxon Education Foundation’s matching gift…


Around the State

Aug 31, 1999 By Texas Monthly

Lubbock’s Music Crossroads of Texas guarantees that our memories of Buddy Holly will not fade away. Plus: A saintly exhibit in Abilene; the Dallas Theater Center turns forty with a season worth a standing ovation; Bedford sings the blues; and revolutionary art in Houston. THE MAIN EVENT Oh, Boy!…

The Spong Remains the Same

Aug 31, 1999 By Eileen Schwartz

Sure, Steve Austin boasts an imposing nickname: Stone Cold. But what the World Wrestling Federation superstar doesn’t know is that Texas Monthly assistant editor John Spong, who profiled him for this year’s Texas Twenty, has a pretty impressive appellation of his own. During his days at Austin’s Westlake High…


Mex Appeal

Aug 31, 1999 By Jeff Salamon

Ricky Martin? Jennifer Lopez? The real Spanish-language stars of the moment are the Monterrey punk, funk, jazz, and hip-hop duo Plastilina Mosh.

Edifice Complex

Aug 31, 1999 By Rebecca Cohen

Once upon a time, you went to a museum to see what was inside. Now you go to see the museum itself—and nowhere is this trend more in evidence than in Texas.

Schmooze Paper

Aug 31, 1999 By Andy Langer

What do gossipeuse Liz Smith, politico Paul Begala, and Hollywood hotshot Robert Rodriguez have in common? They all worked—and networked—at the hundred-year-old Daily Texan.


Jailhouse Chili

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

3 or 4 pounds beef (such as shank, round steak, flank steak, or lean chuck) 1 or 2 beers for marinade 1⁄4 cup canola or other vegetable oil 1 or 2 onions, finely chopped 5 garlic cloves, minced, or 1 tablespoon garlic powder 2 to…