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Books|
August 31, 1980

Capote Changes Coler

In Music for Chameleons it’s hard to tell whether Truman Capote is telling the whole truth or nothing at all of the truth; Conspiracy ferrets out much of the truth about John F. Kennedy’s murder.

Travel & Outdoors|
July 31, 1980

The Conqueror Worm

All the beautiful kickers gathered in Houston for the premiere of Urban Cowboy. It began at a shopping center and ended in a honk-tonk, and John Travolta had to say he liked it.

State Secrets|
July 31, 1980

State Secrets

Summer in the city; publisher’s power play; biting the handout that feeds you; will Oscar Wyatt abandon America?

Reporter|
July 31, 1980

Texas Monthly Reporter

Yankee lawyers kick up dust in the Panhandle; maniacal marathon man runs for his life; the redfish that got away; are Dallas’s tax ills contagious?

Film|
July 31, 1980

The War-horse

The Big Red One is Sam fuller’s war baby; roadie never gets out of its rut; The Tin Drum misses a few beats.

Dining Out|
July 31, 1980

Lasagne and Old Lace

Try pasta and veal at Sergio’s in Dallas—that’s Italian! For an outstanding Sunday brunch, put your stock in Austin’s Green Pastures.

Classical Music|
July 31, 1980

Bring Home the Bach

Mozart and Beethoven made an appearance, but Johann Sebastian was the guest of honor at Victoria’s annual Bach Festival.

Church|
July 31, 1980

God With the Wends

Texas’ rural Wends take time from chores to attend St. Paul’s Lutheran in Serbin; vacationers on Padre Island take time from play to attend an open-air mass at St. Andrew’s by the Sea.

Energy|
July 1, 1980

Profits? What Profits?

Reading Big Oil’s annual reports for the truth about profits is a little like drilling for oil in the Baltimore Canyon: you know it’s there, but how deep will you have to go to find it?

Touts|
June 30, 1980

Touts

They’re delightful, they’re delovely, they’re delicious.

State Secrets|
June 30, 1980

State Secrets

Houston could forfeit the world’s largest convention; Mutscher loses—again; real estate empires totter; the growing ambitions of Bob Bullock.

Roar of the Crowd|
June 30, 1980

Roar of the Crowd

Skyscrapers and front porches, sex on the border and at the table, animals assailed and saved.

Reporter|
June 30, 1980

Texas Monthly Reporter

Weathering a year-long drouth in South Texas; Harlingen’s cute little, uh, body builder; adversaries in the bilingual education battle don’t speak the same language; Bastards from Hell terrorize Houston.

Great Outdoors|
June 30, 1980

Falls Alarm

The Guadalupe River is beautiful, inviting, and treacherous.

Film|
June 30, 1980

City Kicker

Urban Cowboy falls off its horse; The Shining is Stanley Kubrick’s horror odyssey; The Empire Strikes Back, but it’s no coup; Alfred Hitchcock takes the fortieth step.

Dining Out|
June 30, 1980

Grape Days Coming

Move over, Jett Rink. The West Texas wildcatter may give way to a new breed: the West Texas vintner.

Classical Music|
June 30, 1980

Magic Wands

Two guest conductors in Texas are wizards at their work; three Houston Grand Opera productions are enchanting.

Theater|
May 31, 1980

Once More With Fonda

When NBC televised The Oldest Living Graduate, it broadcast the flaws of live TV drama. Theatre Three’s Second Stage Festival deserved a larger viewing audience.

State Secrets|
May 31, 1980

State Secrets

A controversial nuclear plant moves to Texas; Clements costs us $11 million; making census out of Houston; the Senate moves toward the center.

Roar of the Crowd|
May 31, 1980

Roar of the Crowd

Light at the end of the tunnel, frost on the top of the mountain, brass knucks in the lunchbox.

Reporter|
May 31, 1980

Texas Monthly Reporter

Exploding the myth of the long-haul trucker; half a million Texas students get snookered; beating the IRS - maybe; praise the Lord and pass the ballot.

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