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TEXAS WILD The Land, Plants, and Animals of the Lone Star State y Richard Phelan, photographs by Jim Bones Texas Wild, a book as beautiful and extraordinary as Texas itself, explores region by region the land, the plants and the animals of the Lone Star State. From mountain desert to swampy woodland, from rolling prairie to the semi-tropics, Phelan and Bones celebrate in words and pictures 2 .and of unique and dramatic diversity. Highlighting the geography and the natural history are fascinating tales from the state’s colorful past. “Intelligent, readable, informed, informative … covers a tremendous lot of material with a grasp that indicates solid knowledge and research … such an overall and unchauvinistic treatment of physical and natural Texas has long been needed.” John Graves “A splendid tour … this is excellent armchair travel.” Publishers Weekly 64 pages of full-color photographs, 100 drawings, 8 maps, 83/e” x 101/4″, oversize format. GARNER & SMITH BOOKSTORE 2116 Guadalupe Austin, Texas 78705 Please send of Texas Wild at $30.00 per cop remittance enclosed charge my account Nam,. Addre ,s City State Zip Please add appropriate salex tax & Mil postage per copy. the Lincoln Society of Houston has been organized, opening its arms to moderate-to-progressive Republicans. Bill Hubbard. an assistant vice president of Houston’s Bank of the Southwest and one of the society’s organizers, said the group has “a liberal’s sense of tolerance and generosity toward ‘the disadvantaged, a conservative’s respect for traditional values and skepticism about the extent of bureaucracy in government, and a radical’s determination to get to the roots of social problems.” The group is offering itself as an alternative to what Hubbard terms the “neanderthal politics” of party regulars in Harris County. Most of the members were involved in either Alan Steelman’s 1976 senatorial campaign or Gerald Ford’s election bid, and they consider themselves issue-oriented Republicans. \(Indeed, the group holds monthly “issue rallies,” where they have been discussing such matters as illegal aliens, the grand jury system, and voting patterns in the present is getting the word out to like-minded Republicans that they have a home. He feels the society can become a forum for progressive Republican ideas and eventually find itself in a position to give its members the confidence and backing to run for office. Meanwhile, the Lincoln Society is something of a closet group: several of its two dozen charter members are unwilling to let their names be associated with it publicly. And officially, the society is not going out of its way to celebrate its provisional status as a chapter of the national Ripon Society, a hotbed of liberal thought at the outer edge of the Republican Party. The very mention of “Ripon” makes regular Republicans shudder in disgust, explains Hubbard, so the Houston group decided it was the better part of valor to avoid the tag in its fledgling stage. Founders of the group, in addition to Hubbard, are Bob Sobel, a former Rockefeller Republican who was crushed in a race for Harris County Republican chairman, and Jim Beall, a Rice University senior and founder of Rice Republicans. Among the members willing to declare themselves are James C. Calloway, president of the Texas Civil Liberties Union, and Judy Horton, chairwoman of Texas Common Cause. How To Avoid Missing Your Observer Issues: When you move, it’s not always sufficient to give the post office your new address. Two things can happen to your Observer, both of them bad. Usually the post office destroys the issue and notifies us of your new address, for twenty-five cents. Or, slightly better, the issue is sent on to you, after a delay of several days, and arrives with “postage due.” To avoid missing or late issuesand to eliminate the unnecessary post office chargesplease send us a change of address card, too. \(It would help if you could include a mailing label from a recent issue, but that’s not And don’t worry about having to plan your life four or eight weeks in advance. We can change your address on our labels right up until the day before we print an issue and mail it … provided we hear from you. \(The post office doesn’t single out the Observer. All magazines and newspapers get the same treatment. So you ought to attend to all Thanks, THE TEXAS OBSERVER 600 W. 7th, Austin, Texas 78701 Austin, Corpus Christi, Victoria, Brownsville, Temple, McAllen, Port Aransas, Tucson This issue’s Political Intelligence was researched and written with the help of Debi Pomeroy, David Guarino, Debbie Wormser, Teresa Acosta, Steve Russell, Eric Hartman, John Gjedde and Tom Swinnea. Soon to open inCollege Station, San Antonio, Lake Tahoe