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R.U. Steinberg

Contributing Writer, Mr. Smarty Pants


R.U. Steinberg joined The Austin Chronicle as Listings Editor in 1982, a position he held for six years. In 1988, he came up with the idea for Mr. Smarty Pants Knows while working as a proofreader at the Texas Capitol and has been writing it weekly ever since (he also writes occasional feature stories). Despite his column's logo – drawn by an Austin artist friend who prefers to remain anonymous – he gave up smoking his pipe in 2010.

28 articles

Margaret Moser Tribute: Alice Berry

On the Texas Blondes: “We were just cute girls who liked cute bands”

Music Feature, Jun. 29, 2017

No Smoking, Austin: 10 Years Later

Chronicle revisits smoking ban at bars, music venues

News Daily, Sep. 4, 2015 10:25 AM

A Lost Silent Film Is Found

Daughter of the Dawn starred Quanah Parker's kids

Screens Daily, Jan. 23, 2015 3:19 PM

Zen and the Art of YouTube Domination

Videographer Duke O'Connor brings ambient sounds from Central Texas to the world

Screens Feature, Oct. 9, 2014

AISD Documentary Captures Spirit of Recent Initiative

SEL improves grades, reduces absenteeism, and more.

News Daily, Jun. 4, 2014 9:00 AM

Trivia Pursuit

Competing in Geek Bowl is no trivial matter

Screens Feature, Jan. 23, 2014

Local Author Tim O'Brien Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

'The Things They Carried' author on life, fiction, and truth

Books Daily, Nov. 14, 2013 9:30 AM

Put Down Roots

Austin woman among those to be featured on PBS' 'Genealogy Roadshow'

Screens Feature, Oct. 10, 2013

The Spirit – and Spirits – of '76

Mr. Smarty Pants knows America's alcohol history

Food Feature, Jul. 3, 2013

Stateside Serves 'Hey Bartender!' Straight Up

Documentary focuses on unsung heroes behind craft cocktail

Screens Daily, Jun. 20, 2013 2:15 PM

Of Barbecue and Vampires

An interview with Todd Lowe, True Blood's Terry Bellefleur

Screens Daily, Jun. 13, 2013 10:30 AM

Drink Local Beer, Support Local Youth

Hops and Grain, East Side Glass team up

Food Daily, Jun. 21, 2012 10:51 AM

Baseball Hero To Be Honored With Mural

The late Willie Wells to be immortalized by Tim Kerr

Chronolog Daily, Jan. 2, 2012 9:27 AM

Create a Holiday Memory, Learn Something New

East Side Glass Offers Christmas Ornament Classes

Chronolog Daily, Nov. 30, 2011 9:04 AM

It's a San Antonio Squeeze Box Invasion!

From Argentine tango to Zydeco, the accordion is versatile

Music Daily, Oct. 4, 2011 2:11 PM

sxsw: Japan night at Spider House

Bands from Land of the Rising Sun meet River City

Chronolog Daily, Mar. 18, 2011 3:20 PM

sxsw: Daily Texan Reunion

Another year older, another year wiser

SXSW Daily, Mar. 16, 2011 3:30 PM

sxsw: Schmoozing with Ed Ward, et al.

SXSW involves a lot of something called "schmoozing"

Chronolog Daily, Mar. 14, 2011 2:00 PM

2011: Bring It On

Celebrities dish up their New Year's resolutions

Chronolog Daily, Dec. 28, 2010 4:30 PM

You Want to Do What? Where?

Internal Pelvic Floor Therapy gives new meaning to inner journeys

Chronolog Daily, Nov. 18, 2010 3:40 PM

Cookin' Good for the Holidays With the Cola Sisters

The Colas on Christmas, cyanide, and serial killers

Food Feature, Dec. 12, 2008

Listening to the Bones

Bones tell a story at world's largest body farm

News Feature, Apr. 4, 2008

Blind Leading the Sighted

Yellow Cab of Austin has become an employment option for people who are visually impaired

News Feature, Jun. 9, 2006

Lone Star Literature: A Texas Anthology

Lone Star Literature: A Texas Anthology

Books Review, Feb. 24, 2006

The Night Attila Died: Solving the Murder of Attila the Hun

Here are the facts. We have a dead male, approximately 47 years of age, who once led a ruthless gang of killers.

Books Review, Aug. 26, 2005

Sticker Shock

New registration stickers cause more problems than they fix

News Feature, Aug. 19, 2005

Slide, Slide, Slippedy Slide

Replaying On Austin's Playscapes

News Feature, Jul. 26, 1996

Killer Green Information Environmental BBSs

BBS Basics

News Feature, Apr. 28, 1995

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