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Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Music: Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview... By Enrique Lopetegui 8/28/2013
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Arts & Culture: In one of the final chapters of his book To Selena, With Love (out March 6), Selena's widower Chris Perez mentions that Abraham Quintanilla, his former father-in-law, once... By Enrique Lopetegui 3/7/2012
A Look Back at SA\'s Homebrew History

A Look Back at SA's Homebrew History

The Beer Issue: Homebrewing is a foundational American virtue. Not just Sam Adams smiling back from the bottle that bears his name—virtually all the... By Lance Higdon 10/15/2014

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Current 25: Fickle AT&T comes and goes


“It will be the most important economic development event in San Antonio history,” said County Judge Nelson Wolff. “We have never had a Fortune 500 company move its headquarters to San Antonio. We have only four Fortune 500 companies in the city.” And, Wolff told Dennis Nixon of the International Bank of Commerce, “You have got to make them an offer they can’t refuse.”

So, in September 1992, before 500 people gathered downtown, then-Mayor Nelson Wolff and Governor Ann Richards welcomed Southwestern Bell chief Ed Whitacre to San Antonio. Wolff recounts how Whitacre emphasized the role one major city investment played in his decision: “The Dome is a symbol that your city is willing to invest for the long term. I like a city that takes chances and invests in itself.”

Then, in June 2008, the much-enlarged AT&T announced it was leaving San Antonio for a new corporate headquarters in Dallas. Easy come, easy go. One Express-News story at the time said “it should be a wake-up call.” But it’s not clear that any of our leaders have indeed awakened. Lots of them still act like someone from out of town will bring us jobs and riches.

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