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Editors’ note: As we approach our fiftieth anniversary, in February 2023, we will, every week, highlight an important story from our past and offer some perspective on it. William Martin was at his home near Rice University one day when Bill Broyles, a founding editor of Texas Monthly, came by. “He told me that he and Michael [Levy] were going to start a magazine about Texas. And I thought, ‘That’s precious,’ ” Martin said on the phone recently. “ ‘Could be a good magazine,’ but I didn’t know how long it would last.”At the time, Martin was a budding magazine writer and a professor at Rice, where he studied the sociology of religion. “I started preaching when I was fourteen,” he said, in fundamentalist churches in Devine, Texas. As he…
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