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1999 Stories by Stuart Eskenazi

Archives: 1999 | 1998
  • Grandma goes electric

    published December 30, 1999

    Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander couldn't have picked a better time to slip out of town. Democrats in Austin who have loathed her... More >>

  • Vanity of the Bonfire

    published December 2, 1999

    A Texas A&M University student belts out commands like a Marine drill instructor. His crew of 10 college kids in storm-trooper helmets plays the... More >>

  • Dissed robes

    published November 18, 1999

    Richard A. Anderson makes part of his living arguing cases before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, a nine-member panel of elected judges that... More >>

  • Maverick rides again

    published September 30, 1999

    There he stands, in grainy, jerky images resembling an old home movie. Captured on rough film is George W. Bush in a line of Cub Scout troops,... More >>

  • Ross on the ropes

    published August 19, 1999

    Jack Gargan sought to raise a ruckus, if not spawn a revolution. The retired financial consultant from Florida started a campaign in 1990 against... More >>

  • Flunking Out

    published July 22, 1999

    No bell rang to mark the beginning of class. It was just one of many things missing from this high school. For two months, as winter segued... More >>

  • Nothing ventured

    published June 3, 1999

    Legislators had been in Austin barely long enough to break in their leather chairs when Comptroller Carole Rylander confirmed that the state was... More >>

  • Gold gamble

    published May 27, 1999

    If Houston or Dallas has vaulted ahead of six other U.S. cities bidding to host the 2012 Olympic Summer Games, it has the Texas Legislature to... More >>

  • Ring Ma Bell

    published May 20, 1999

    It started with a lady in the clouds issuing you a challenge in a 30-second TV commercial. "As you look at your next phone bill," she said... More >>

  • Bully Pulpit

    published April 29, 1999

    A commercial truck carrying bottled water rumbles up the rocky street, stopping in front of one of the 25 or so homes in a listless neighborhood... More >>

  • Ignorance is bliss

    published March 11, 1999

    In 1997, a trio of consumer groups with an agenda to embarrass legislators set out to prove what everyone around the Capitol had long suspected:... More >>

  • Texas Monthly's Midlife Crisis

    published February 4, 1999

    Passengers sit placidly at the gate, waiting to board a plane at Houston's Hobby Airport. Most of them are reading silently when a sudden gust... More >>

  • Perfect game

    published January 21, 1999

    Reid Ryan remembers bumming around the streets of San Francisco alone as a 12-year-old kid, carrying $20 that his dad slipped him before heading... More >>

  • Easy pickings

    published January 7, 1999

    Every other January, 181 state legislators, supposedly representative of Texas and supposedly armed with good intentions, come to Austin and... More >>

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