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'Texas Monthly's' Riveting Oral History '96 Minutes'

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Watch for '96 Minutes' to snag a National Magazine Award nomination next year.
Watch for '96 Minutes' to snag a National Magazine Award nomination next year.

Texas Monthly has always been one of the small handful of great American magazines -- and its August cover story is just more proof that this glossy continues to be at the top of its game. Titled "96 Minutes," this riveting 10,000-word oral history begins: "On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the University of Texas Tower and started firing." It was the nation's first single-incident mass murder, and to mark its 40th anniversary, TexMo Senior Editor Pamela Colloff lets more than three dozen witnesses to, participants in and observers of the tragedy speak, in their own words, with a chilling and often deeply moving directness. Watch for "96 Minutes" to snag a National Magazine Award nomination next year.

The piece would normally be accessible on the web only to Texas Monthly subscribers, but at my request the magazine has supplied a special URL so "Media Guy" readers can access the full story online free. Go to texasmonthly.com/csc/6393feature.php or tinyurl.com/lezj5
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