WHAT A DIFFERENCE FOURTEEN YEARS MAKE

still be at large. I didn’t know what to do.
I considered bolting from the car, but I
had on high-heeled shoes. There were no
good options.
After the longest 45 minutes of my life,
headlights appeared. My date had returned,
and I, who had scarcely driven a car before
that evening, steered his grandmother’s
Buick out of the park as he pushed it with
his truck all the way to the Rose Oil service
station. Then he drove me home.
My parents, exhausted by my brother’s
high school escapades, tended toward benign neglect with me. They were asleep
when I returned and didn’t ask about my
missed curfew when they woke up the next
morning. And I certainly didn’t volunteer
any information.
Like Presley, I’ve waited until everyone is
dead to tell my story. In 1946 it might have
had a diferent ending. T
WHAT A DIFFERENCE FOURTEEN YEARS MAKE
By Jay Carr and Jeff Salamon
When Rick Perry steps down from ofce on January 20, he will
have not only served longer than any other governor in Texas history but also
presided over a profoundly transformative era, when the state’s population and
economy boomed and our demographics radically shifted. Here’s a snapshot look
at the Texas Rick Perry inherited—and the one he leaves behind.
Ethnic breakdown
Population, by county type
Suburban
17.1%
2000
“Big 6”
urban
counties
47.7%
Total
20.85
million
Other metro
18.7%
32.0%
38.4%
11.5%
12.4%
African American
Suburban
21.8%
Total
27.19
million
52.4%
44.0%
2000
2013
Hispanic
Small town
16.5%
2014
“Big 6”
urban
counties
46.4%
Non-Hispanic white
Asian or
Pacific Islander
Other metro
17.9%
Native American
Small town
13.8%
Number of Texans experiencing extreme
or exceptional drought during
the first week of August
2.8%
4.4%
0.6%
1.0%
Number of people living in Hays County
(home of San Marcos, the fastest-growing
city in the U.S.)
2000 0
2014 3,548,341
2013
176,026
2000
97,589
Amount of money spent per public school student
(in 2013 inflation-adjusted dollars)
2000–
2001
$11,154
2013–
2014
$9,372
Number of
producing
gas wells
Texas House of Representatives, by party afliation
OBITUARY
Democrat Republican
Democrat Republican
60,486
103,445
Faded Royalty
42
78
2000 72
55
2014 95
2000
Cumulative number of wind turbines installed
2000 116
10,035
2014
Number of hours the average
Houstonian spent in trafc delays annually
2000
2011
Research by Lauren Caruba,
Ingrid Vasquez, and Christian Wallace
2013
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Sources: United States Census, Texas Education Agency,
United States Drought Monitor, Texas Department of
State Health Services, Railroad Commission
of Texas, Electric Reliability Council of Texas,
Wayne Thorburn, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
H U N T: CO R B I S / DAV I D WO O
uring a lull in the conversation at the
Dallas Petroleum Club, my lunch
companion looked past me and nodded
toward the corner of the room. “That’s Bunker and Herbert Hunt over there,” he said.
“What sort of deals do you suppose they’re
working on?” It was the early nineties and
one of the first times I’d dined in the elite
lunchroom of Dallas’s oil-igarchy. Though
their fortunes had faded and they had retreated from the limelight, Nelson Bunker
Hunt and his brother Herbert remained the
local equivalent of royalty—deposed royalty,
perhaps, but royalty nonetheless. Few in the
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