This weekend Dallas Buyers Club will hit local theaters. The movie stars Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, a Dallas man who, after being diagnosed with AIDS in 1986, began running a smuggling ring to bring AIDS treatment medicines from Mexico into the United States. We’ll have a review of the film later in the week, but first, some background. The story the movie is based on was first told in a 1992 article written by Bill Minutaglio in the Dallas Morning News‘ Dallas Life Magazine. Bill Minutaglio, you may remember, is the journalist and University of Texas at Austin professor who just published Dallas 1963.
You can read Minutaglio’s original story here, where it has been scanned and placed online. Also, here’s the trailer of the film which is enjoying some early Oscar buzz.