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1999 Stories by Randall Patterson

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  • The Santa Express

    published December 23, 1999

    Santa training this year was a Power Point presentation on maximizing your potential -- how to be the best Santa you can be. About 20... More >>

  • Larger Than Life

    published December 2, 1999

    Until about five years ago, there lived in this town at least one grasping old man with an enormous appetite for pretty young women. His name was... More >>

  • No More Miss Congeniality

    published October 7, 1999

    It was funny enough that Tashia was even here, a big, unrestrained, laughing woman like herself. As her boyfriend saw it, she was "real," and... More >>

  • Real Life

    published September 9, 1999

    After POLO Magazine lost its court battle with Polo Ralph Lauren last month, it seemed the rich would have to struggle on once more without... More >>

  • You Gotta Want It

    published August 5, 1999

    After the practices came the reward. The boys on the pitcher's mound clustered around the coach, who was digging into a box. In the box... More >>

  • Rebmaster

    published July 22, 1999

    The barbarians have breached the city walls. In the office, the blacks are coming after a man's job. In the schools, they're chasing his daughter.... More >>

  • The One and Only

    published June 10, 1999

    Saturday was a honky-tonk, Wednesday was another honky-tonk, and Friday was a real-estate convention. "Of all the shows I've ever done, this,"... More >>

  • Monkey Business

    published April 29, 1999

    The chart of the company's stock had always been a black line slithering along the ground like a snake. Almost no one noticed it, and those who... More >>

  • Love Thy Neighbor

    published March 25, 1999

    Wednesday, November 27, 1996, 4:50 p.m. -- still a beautiful day in the neighborhood. From a second-floor window in the home of Mr. Charles... More >>

  • Another Night, Another Song

    published February 18, 1999

    Sunday night is showtime in Pasadena, the evening when the big club Bayou City Nights opens its doors to the underage. Teenagers pour inside until... More >>

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