Fifty Years of the Texas Observer

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  • Copyright: 2004-08-11
  • Publisher: Trinity University Press
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For the past five decades the Texas Observer has been an essential voice in Texas culture and politics, championing honest government, civil rights, labor, and the environment, while providing a platform for many of the state’s most passionate and progressive voices. Included are ninety-one selections from Roy Bedichek, Lou Dubose, Ronnie Dugger, Dagoberto Gilb, Jim Hightower, Molly Ivins, Larry McMurtry, Maury Maverick Jr., Willie Morris, Debbie Nathan, and others.
To mark the Observer’s fiftieth anniversary, Char Miller has selected a cross section of the best work to appear in its pages. Not only does the collection pay homage to an important alternative voice in Texas journalism, it also serves as a progressive chronicle of a half-century of life in the Lone Star State—a state that has spawned three presidents in the last forty years. If Texas is, as some say, a crucible for national politics, then Fifty Years of the Texas Observer can be read as a casebook for issues that concern citizens in all fifty states.

Molly Ivins's foreword gives historical background for the Observer and sets the stage for the book.

Author Biography

Char Miller is Professor of History at Trinity University. He is the author of Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism and the editor of several volumes, including An Atlas of U.S. and Canadian Environmental History, American Forests, and a compilation from the Colorado-based publication High Country News entitled Water in the West. Char Miller has been a frequent contributor to the Texas Observer. Molly Ivins is a former editor of and frequent contributor to the Texas Observer. Her books include Who Let the Dogs In: Incredible Political Animals I Have Known (forthcoming), Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America, and Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush (all coauthored with Lou Dubose), and Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?

Table of Contents

To enlighten and not to suppressp. 7
Keep facts straight, stand by convictionsp. 9
Controversy becomes "treason" when free discussion is impairedp. 12
The people's hero at the people's expensep. 19
"Hit 'em where they live"p. 21
"Name it!" says Diesp. 26
The segregation filibuster of 1957p. 30
A smart man won't get bloodyp. 36
Editorial : this man George Bushp. 39
Interview : a conversation with Miss Jordanp. 41
Governor Kennard has a dayp. 47
Editorial : this man Yarboroughp. 51
An interview with Maury Maverick Jr.p. 54
Texas needs Farentholdp. 62
George Christian : the lobby's Mr. Bigp. 64
The second best little whorehouse in Texasp. 69
Franklin Garcia : a union manp. 75
The Pols he boughtp. 79
Pushing back the loneliness about their fires at night ...p. 89
In a refreshing provincial wayp. 91
The hammon and the beansp. 94
Night train to Fort Worthp. 99
The itty-bitty bottle billp. 103
The third battle of the Alamop. 106
Ladies' daysp. 112
It's all over nowp. 117
Letter from the panhandlep. 123
Looking for my sisterp. 126
On this day in Texas historyp. 132
Le Ville des Vachep. 135
Inside the Alamop. 138
You can't go homeless againp. 141
The wounds of Waco: the disaster that keeps on killingp. 146
Sitting ducksp. 155
Maverick foresees a rosy-fingered dawnp. 157
Editorial : a vote for Towerp. 161
New shapes in Texas politicsp. 164
Los Cinco candidatosp. 168
The president is sworn inp. 177
Fools 12, folks 8p. 180
Humphrey must be defeated to save the Democratic partyp. 185
Last flight to Johnson Cityp. 192
Lloyd Bentsen's fortunep. 195
A way to go from herep. 199
Leave it to Dolphp. 202
The tumor in the Texas Democratic partyp. 207
A tale of two speakersp. 209
Farmworkers for Richardsp. 211
Bad bills roundup : the beat goes onp. 213
Chronicle of a death foretoldp. 217
Vote your hopesp. 222
Remember the Holiday Inn!p. 224
Stacked stacksp. 241
Thoughts on TV and things to comep. 243
My friend, Roy Bedichekp. 245
Freedom and "fatheads"p. 250
Free of both hate and fearp. 254
A letter from Texasp. 256
The best name I knowp. 262
Apocalypse now? : a sensitive sounding of today's new youthp. 265
Texas observedp. 270
Concrete theologyp. 275
Ever a bridegroom : reflections on the failure of Texas literaturep. 277
Marfa's lesser lightsp. 283
Jim Hightower : the media and the messagep. 287
Books suckp. 290
The fate of the Texas writerp. 292
Power spellingp. 299
Miller opposes union until retailers unitep. 307
A Negro boy murdered in East Texasp. 309
The shootingsp. 315
Unions and racep. 317
The bounty of naturep. 319
Shampoos and segregationp. 323
Blood-soaked textbooksp. 325
"Ghastly recompense" under the sunp. 331
Discourse by an otherp. 333
A march in El Pasop. 335
An ecological Armageddonp. 338
About that "lynching"p. 346
La Raza Unida - keeps on keeping onp. 349
A death in Dimmittp. 352
Bringing the future down to earthp. 356
The annual gun control editorialp. 361
Consider what (you) are doingp. 365
A class strugglep. 367
Who's poisoning Texas?p. 371
Killing Larry Robinsonp. 376
Color of justicep. 380
The view from outside : IBP workers protest wages, working conditions in Amarillop. 400
Journalism for justicep. 409
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