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1999 Stories by Wendy Grossman

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  • Real Life

    published December 2, 1999

    Even though Lara Naaman is a 100 percent purebred Jew, she celebrates Christmas. Once, when she was younger, Lara lined up eight miniature... More >>

  • Vegas Dreams

    published November 25, 1999

    In her dream, Mary Iacono stands in front of a slot machine. She drops a silver dollar in, pulls the lever and the machine flashes WINNER. She... More >>

  • Rock Slide

    published November 25, 1999

    Somebody snitched. A reliable somebody. So an undercover officer of the Harris County Organized Crime Narcotics Task Force waited outside as the... More >>

  • Groping in the Dark

    published November 18, 1999

    Luis Mota was 15 years old when he first met Raul Caffesse, a friend of his parents'. He would become Mota's own companion and mentor in his rise... More >>

  • Strong Reservations

    published November 11, 1999

    Vacationing in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Kenyon Weaver was cold. He pulled out his school sweatshirt, but his mother wouldn't let him put it... More >>

  • Sex Toys and Videotape

    published November 4, 1999

    Judge James Anderson will be helping Santa this holiday season examining the contents of 70 boxes of toys. He'll be inspecting almost 2,200 cock... More >>

  • NOD So Naughty

    published October 28, 1999

    Legend has it that in 1972 Rice students at Wiess College emptied all their alcohol into a tub and stirred it with an oar. The resulting punch was... More >>

  • The Yenta

    published October 14, 1999

    Having her only daughter married to a nice Jewish boy (preferably a doctor) is very important to my mother. She gives my number to people she... More >>

  • Righteous Babe

    published October 14, 1999

    Ani DiFranco hates interviews. Instead of being fun and chatty like she is on stage, she sounds caged, caught and cornered. She'd rather reporters... More >>

  • Taken for a Ride?

    published October 7, 1999

    Married to a man with AIDS, Sally DeVito signed up for the 1997 AIDS bike ride from Boston to New York City. But as the date got closer, her... More >>

  • FAT! SO?

    published September 9, 1999

    Bikinis are what Cathy Woods and her mom argue over. Cathy, 35, likes wearing bikinis. Her mother, Ruby Lee Woods, would rather see her in a... More >>

  • The Outcasts

    published July 15, 1999

    Under normal circumstances, Lucas Gallagher doesn't attract a lot of attention. He's a quiet kid, a 16-year-old who walks with his head down and... More >>

  • Splendor in the Crass

    published July 1, 1999

    It all happens in a "pissant white-bread town" in Colorado. Just outside Denver is this strange place where people spot UFOs and the school nurse... More >>

  • The Millionaire and His Daughter

    published June 24, 1999

    Everybody in Wichita Falls knew Vincent Murphy and his daughter, Dottie. Vincent was a multimillionaire, an oil man and a cattle rancher -- some... More >>

  • Making a Point

    published June 3, 1999

    On January 22, 1996, Rodney Hulin was found hanging in his jail cell. The 17-year-old claimed he had been repeatedly raped in prison, and when... More >>

  • Exit Strategy

    published May 27, 1999

    Deena Counts Nichols turned the air down to 60 degrees, slipped into a floor-length black-and-white striped dress and went into the kitchen. She... More >>

  • No Pain, No Gain

    published April 29, 1999

    Choreographer Paul Taylor's not a happy man. His dances are filled with anger and sadness -- even his happiest, everything-is-beautiful ballet has... More >>

  • A Twin-Twin Situation

    published April 22, 1999

    Which one do you like? Craig Sanders asked his twin brother, Mark, on the plane home. They'd been to the Twin Days festival in Twinsburg, Ohio,... More >>

  • Matrix Off the MIA List

    published April 15, 1999

    The delivery guy thought something had fallen off the truck, but he kept driving through west Houston to the Tinseltown theater on Beltway 8. ... More >>

  • WorldFest: Wild, Mild and Wicked

    published April 8, 1999

    Get ready, film fans. The indie invasion of Houston is under way. The curtains go up Friday, April 9, on Three Seasons, but it will begin... More >>

  • Psychic Phenomena

    published April 1, 1999

    Bubba Henderson squints his eyes and shuts his mouth as he stares at a picture of two little girls he has never seen before. He takes a deep... More >>

  • Fire Alarm

    published March 18, 1999

    At work guys grabbed his butt, crotch and shoulders, says Chris Boone. Co-workers told him to drop to his knees and do what he does best. "Give me... More >>

  • Loving Lop Seeks Carrots and Commitment

    published March 18, 1999

    Easter's coming, Cadbury bunnies are clucking away on TV, and pet stores are full of cute, cuddly rabbits. Parents buy a bow-tied bunny for their... More >>

  • Kindred Spirits

    published March 4, 1999

    Driving down the road, Pete Haviland sees ghosts of dead dogs. Once he drove his car into a field, swerving to miss a brown chow that wasn't there... More >>

  • Eh Oh

    published February 18, 1999

    O PURPLE TELETUBBIES HERE!" read the marquee outside Joe's Crab Shack, a party-hearty restaurant on I-45 North. It was Thursday, February 11, the... More >>

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