September 2004


Sarita’s Secret

Aug 31, 2004 By Gary Cartwright

Could Ray Fernandez, the grandson of a Mexican American maid, be the rightful heir to the vast Kenedy fortune, including the family's mythic South Texas ranch?

Reversal of Fortune

Aug 31, 2004 By Pamela Colloff

Eight years ago, 42 people in the West Texas town of Roby—7 percent of the population—pooled their money, bought lottery tickets, and won $46 million. And that's when their luck ran out.


Aug 31, 2004 By Skip Hollandsworth

The car crash that killed four teenage girls in Tatum last September is an East Texas version of a Greek tragedy, one that has forced the tiny town's residents to address some of life's most agonizing questions: When the worst things happen—when the most heartbreaking events come into your life to stay—whom do you blame? Whom should you blame?

“The Buzz About Marfa Is Just Crazy”

Aug 31, 2004 By Michael Hall

A century after the cowboys and ranchers moved in on the local Apaches, Comanches, and Tejanos, the West Texas town is adjusting to a new breed of excitable invaders: Hollywood fashion arbiters, New York art- world youngsters, Houston superlawyers, and the like. Cappuccino, anyone?

Rangerettes perform a hand routine
Alive and Kicking

Jan 20, 2013 By Katy Vine

Although some might consider the Kilgore Rangerettes an anachronism, every summer dozens of fresh-faced teens from around the state flock to East Texas to perfect a seemingly effortless hat-brim-touching high kick—and preserve one of the state's great traditions.


Books That Cook
Books That Cook

Aug 31, 2004 By Casey Wilson

Community and continuity are key ingredients in the success of the Amarillo Junior League Cookbook, so too are hard work and cultivation as symbolized by the asparagus on the cover (it takes several years until the plant is ready to harvest). The cookbook, which was published in the league’s fiftieth…

Chip, Chip, Hooray!

Aug 31, 2004 By Stacy Hollister

In 1943 Ignacio Anaya was working as the maître d’ at the Victory Club, in Piedras Negras—across the Rio Grande from Eagle Pass—when a gaggle of officers’ wives from nearby Fort Duncan strolled into the place. With no chef in sight, the 49-year-old Anaya dashed to the kitchen, ingeniously piling…

A Time to Remember

Aug 31, 2004 By Lauren Smith

W. Marvin Watson talks about LBJ's greatest achievement as a politician and writing his book, Chief of Staff: Lyndon Johnson and His Presidency.

Café 909

Aug 31, 2004 By Patricia Sharpe

I am ashamed to admit that I have sometimes been a little snarky about the quality of restaurants in small towns, but you won’t find me knocking ten-month-old Café 909, in Marble Falls. This Central Texas newcomer is a dandy. The eclectic artwork—such as a convocation of yellow-headed blackbirds—amuses…

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Small-Town Hospitality

Aug 31, 2004 By Lauren Smith

Contributing photographer Artie Limmer on taking pictures in Roby and the best thing about his job.

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Life Is Good

Aug 31, 2004 By Lauren Smith

For the Bethel Dozen, a group of friends who won the Texas Lotto, it doesn't get much better.

Texas History 101
Texas History 101

Aug 31, 2004 By Rebecca Markovits

On September 12, 1940, the Kilgore Rangerettes stepped out onto the football field for their first performance—and changed the future of halftime shows at football games across the state.

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Travelin’ Man

Aug 31, 2004 By Lauren Smith

In his new book Texas Road Trip, Bryan Woolley tells some great stories. Here he talks about working at the Dallas Morning News, driving around the state, and preserving a little bit of Texas.

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Country Boy

Aug 31, 2004 By Lauren Smith

Associate art director T. J. Tucker, who grew up on a ranch near Baird, in Callahan County, talks about hauling hay and hitting the back roads.

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Kenedy Mystique

Aug 31, 2004 By Lauren Smith

Senior editor Gary Cartwright on researching the Kenedy family, one of the state's ranching dynasties.

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All-American Girls

Aug 31, 2004 By Claire Canavan

Associate editor Katy Vine, who wrote this month's cover story, "Alive and Kicking," talks about getting inside Rangerette culture.

Summer Garden Slaw and Buttermilk Dressing

Aug 31, 2004 By Texas Monthly

From Chef Mark Schmidt, Café 909, Marble Falls Buttermilk Dressing 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon mayonnaise 1/4 cup buttermilk 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon roasted garlic purée 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon chopped mixed herbs (basil, parsley,…



Aug 31, 2004 By Michael Hardy

Look who’s coming to Texas. P.J. O’Rourke The political satirist will be speaking at the University of Texas at Austin on September 16. Do you consider yourself a conservative humorist or simply a humorist? I consider myself a humorist who happens to be a conservative. I think that things…


Aug 31, 2004 By Texas Monthly

Lubbock At the National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration September 9­12, some 25,000 people will converge in Lubbock to pay tribute to cowboy culture and Western history. Festivities include a horse parade, a Native American mini powwow, a chuck wagon cookoff, a nondenominational devotional service led by a cowboy minister, and…


Aug 31, 2004 By Texas Monthly

Hundreds of thousands of music worshipers who have made the pilgrimage to Zilker Park the past two years to see their idols perform at the Austin City Limits Music Festival will no doubt make the journey again this year. The lineup, which includes Cat Power, the Pixies, Ben Harper and…

Larry McMurtry

Aug 31, 2004 By Evan Smith

“I like to go out at night. I like to sit in a nice room and look at beautiful women. I don't want to just sit on my back porch drinking scotch, and there isn’t much more to do in Archer City.”


Jason Cohen
Yes in My Backyard

Aug 31, 2004 By Jason Cohen

To say that the private prison in Eden doesn't creep out the locals is an understatement. They're downright thankful for the place.

Kinky Friedman
Man About Town

Aug 31, 2004 By Kinky Friedman

Why do I live where I live? To get away from the Peruvian marching powder—and because my door was ajar.