TWT
This Week in Texas

1975
TWT History--per The Banner Project

Other Years:

1975  1976  1977  1978  1979  1980  1981  1982  1983  1984  1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
TWT Reborn: 2006  2007-8  2009  2010  2012-13

This section of this site will feature downloadable and searchable PDF files of TWT.
As
scanning several years of a publication is a huge project, additions will appear
as I have time. By the end of the first year, TWT had grown to around 24 pages.
Access to this publication is courtesy of Gulf Coast Archive & Museum and also the Jay Allen Collection.

TWT began April 5, 1975.

Volume 1-1
4/5/75, PDF

Volume 1-2
4/12/75, PDF

Volume 1-3
4/19/75 , PDF

Volume 1-4
4/26/75, PDF


Volume 1-5
5/3/75, PDF

Volume 1-6
5/10/75, PDF

Volume 1-7
5/17/75, PDF

Volume 1-8
5/24/75, PDF

Volume 1-9
5/31/75, PDF*


Volume 1-10
6/7/75, PDF*


Volume 1-11
6/14/75, PDF*


Volume 1-12
6/21/75, PDF


Volume 1-13
6/28/75, PDF*


Volume 1-14
7/5/75, PDF*

Volume 1-15
7/12/75, PDF


Volume 1-16
7/19/75, PDF


Volume 1-18
7/26/75, PDF


Volume 1-18
8/2/75, PDF


Volume 1-19
8/9/75, PDF

Volume 1-20
8/16/75, PDF

Volume 1-21
8/23/75, PDF


Volume 1-22
8/30/75, PDF


Volume 1-23
9/6/75, PDF

Volume 1-24
9/13/75, PDF

Volume 1-25
9/20/75, PDF

Volume 1-25
9/27/75, PDF

Volume 1-27
10/4/75, PDF

Volume 1-28
10/11/75, PDF


Volume 1-29
10/18/75, PDF


Volume 1-30
10/25/75, PDF

Volume 1-31
11/1/75, PDF

Volume 1-32
11/8/75, PDF


Volume 1-33
11/15/75, PDF

Volume 1-34
11/22/75, PDF

Volume 1-35
11/29/75, PDF


Volume 1-36
12/06/75, PDF

Volume 1-37
12/13/75, PDF

Volume 1-38
12/20/75, PDF

Volume 1-39
12/27/75, PDF

 

What did I scan?
General guidelines were everything in the early issues, but when they passed
100 pages the scope of the project needed some trimming. (It takes about 30
minutes to do just one). So, I left out many major bar ads that were used over
and over, reviews of mainstream films and books, horoscopes, and classified ads.
Also, increasingly by the mid-90s there were multiple full-page 900-number sex
ads, which were omitted.
Obituaries in a searchable database can be found at TexasObituaryProject.org

Why are some pages slightly crooked? Because the way TWT was bound
over the years often made it difficult to align properly on a flat-bed scanner.
This was especially true in 1983 when a book-style binding was adopted.

Scans marked with PDF* were from a hard-bound edition of TWT,
from GCAM, meaning that they could not be done on a flat-bed scanner
like the others. Instead a special tripod webcam was used, taking digital
snapshots. It was essentially impossible to make the scanning surface
flat, so some distortion may be present, along with some shadowing
on some pages....I did the best I could.


TWT began fairly anonymously, in the no names were given for who was behind it until July of 1976.
But, in those years it was not uncommon for people to be more closeted (to perhaps protect their day jobs...
I volunteered for a gay newspaper in Norfolk in 1979 where very few used their last names).
The first masthead gave only a box number, and by June 1976 a street address (2110 Lexinton, Houston).

  

There were no mastheads at all for July 3, 1976 and then the next week the new ownership was announced,
thanking founding editor Lyle Black. New owners were Jim Cagle and Jim Chappell. The next week a new masthead
appeared, and new address, 1110 Lovett, with the name Montrose Ventures Inc. For much more info on Cagle
and Chappell, see the article at the bottom of the page for 1976. Oddly, the change over was the first mention
of Lyle Black's name. (also see the bottom of the 1976 page)

 

In 1975 Jim Cagle and Jim Chappell, owners of Studz News, bought the fledgling publication "This Week in Texas."
That same year they met Chuck Patrick who began working for the magazine, doing about every job needed. Patrick
was named Publisher in 1978. For the first several years no traditional masthead (stating the names of the staff)
appeared, just the almost generic paragraph below.

It wasn't until the July 27, 1979 issue that a regular masthead was given, below, with staff names. Editor/Publisher was Chuck Patrick.
Also heavily involved was Patrick's partner, Jim Veteto. From 1976 on
TWT was led by two men, Chuck Patrick and Alan Gellman.
That's Patrick on the cover of the 9/20/75 issue. When Patrick became sick in late 1990 he sold the magazine to
Alan Gellman, who had already been working for the publication (along with Steve Miles, Gellman's partner).
Patrick died a year later, 11/10/91. Gellman was publisher until his death, 1/27/93.
Steve Miles survived until 11/13/14.

Chuck Patrick departed from TWT due to health reasons in December 1990, and died
the next November, with Alan Gellman taking the helm.

  

below, amusing story about Chuck Patrick

  

During 2000 Gellman did a series called That Week in Texas

TWT's initial run lasted until August 11, 2000.

But it was to be reborn, about three more times, until its final end in May of 2013.
I've pieced together these time frames for the four "generations."

TWT Generation One - March 1975 - August 11, 2000
Generation Two - June 23, 2006 to early 2008
Gen Three - March 13, 2009 to April 29, 2010
Gen Four - March 9, 2012 - May 24, 2013

Approximately 1513 issues.

More information can be found in those sections of this TWT library.

This Week in Texas bumper sticker, they were black on metallic silver, and you could win prizes if the TWT staff
spotted one on your car and then you saw the photo of it, and your license plate, in an issue of the magazine