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An Intverview with Elmer Kelton

The mood in the Boerne Public Library last summer was festive and the atmosphere electric, like that in a roomful…

Queen of Texas Cuisine

It took a determined Yankee to teach Texans that they could eat—and enjoy—something besides their beloved barbecue and chicken-fried steak.

"Big Sam" Harris

Untold numbers of skyscraping gents toured the country as “Texas Giants” (see Speaking of Texas, July 2000), but at least…

Rx for Living

Not too many people survive their own executions. During the Civil War, Eli S. Penwell, a long-suffering doctor from Bonham,…

The Goat Man of Big Sandy

A large tombstone—with a goat’s head carved to the right and a revolver to the left—marks the resting place of…

World's Greatest Weatherman

The old saying goes, If you don’t like the weather in Texas, wait five minutes. Lone Star weather might be…

Rest in Peace: Grave Sites of Famous Texans

  Someday, each of us will lay our worldly burden down. each of us, someday, will take that long last…

To Err is Human, to Correct, Divine

Born in San Antonio in 1924, Bette Clair McMurray dreamed of becoming an artist, but World War II changed her…

Governor Willie

Texas’ oil booms attracted remarkable characters, and every boom town had its own. In Kilgore (see story, page 12), the…

Famous Texans Reveal What They Love About Texas

Texas celebrities tell what they love most about their home state. Their choices reveal a lot about the ties that…

Speaking of Texas History

Popular as it is—and it has long been our readers’ favorite column—Speaking of Texas is a gate-crasher where this magazine’s…

Alfred Giles, Architect

Alfred Giles (1853-1920), a well-known Texas architect of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was commissioned in 1881 to…
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