Woodrow Wilson High School on March 23, 2022. Photo by Renee Umsted.

A wealthy Texas businessman with a high-end western wear store. A cowboy with a weakness for women who became the leader of a massive marijuana-smuggling operation. These characters and more are the subjects of a 1980 Texas Monthly story by Lawrence Wright.

The Woodrow Wilson alumnus titled the piece “Rex Cauble and the Cowboy Mafia.”

HBO got a hold of it and is making a series based on it. They’re calling it King Rex.

The show will tell the story of how millionaire Rex Cauble came to develop a close relationship with a horse trader named Charles “Muscles” Foster, and how it ruined Cauble, the founder of Cutter Bill Western World.

Henry Winkler will play Cauble, and his son, Max, will direct and executive produce the series. Max Winkler also directed and executive produced Cruel Summer, which featured a Preston Hollow home in one of the episodes.

Photo courtesy of Lawrence Wright via Facebook.

Wright, who graduated from Woodrow in 1965, is the author of several books including The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, which won the 2007 Pulitzer Price for General Nonfiction. He now writes for The New Yorker.

Recently, Wright was a guest on a podcast discussing “the perils of political and social polarization.”


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