The East Carolinian, June 12, 1980






�he iEaat Carolinian
Vol. 54 No
Thursday, June 12, 1980
dreentille, VC
Circulation 5,000
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Jury Clears
Local Lawman
By LARRY ZICHERMAN
will Mil News t.dilor
Former Greenville Police Sgt.
Douglas H. Ross was cleared Mon-
day of drug charges but was dismiss-
ed by the police department.
A Pitt County Superior Court
jury found Ross not guilty of
possession of marijuana and main-
taining and keeping a structure for
the storage of a controlled
substance. The jury deliberated one
hour and 20 minutes.
Ross' July 25, 1979 arrest came
�wo days after Greenville Police, the
State Bureau of Investigation, and
the federal Drug Enforcement
Agency raided a mobile home own-
ed by Ross located 100 feet behind
his residence. Officers found two
tons of marijuana, valued at $3.5
million and arrested six persons, in-
eluding Ross' sister-in-law, Louise
Whitehurst.
A statement released by Green-
ville Police Chief E.G. Cannon
Tuesday stated:
"Douglas H. Ross has been
Milton C. Williamson and Cherry
Stokes, Ross' attorneys, said they
were filing an appeal Wednesday
afternoon with the city manager.
"We are going through the nor-
mal channels of appeal, through the
city manager Stokes said.
This was the third trial in the case.
Two previous attempts ended in
mistrials. One was due to trial
delays because of heavy snowfalls in
March, and the second mistrial, in
April, came because testimony
about actions by Ross' wife during a
search of their home was considered
to violate prohibitions against a wife
testifying against her husband.
The case was prosecuted by Assis-
tant District Attorney Tom
Haigwood. In his closing arguments
to the jury, Haigwood questioned
whether anyone involved in a multi-
million dollar drug operation would
keep marijuana 100 feet from a
Fire Damages Store
Photo Dv CHAP GURLEY
policeman's home unless they knew Although the rear section of Apple Records atore was his entire stock two doors up Fifth Street
it was safe to do so.
Williamson's contention that the
state's evidence was "just not strong
a- - a cc � 1 sidic a cviucuic was jusi 1101 strong
dismissed effective retroactively to -��.1-k ����-���ui e a �
ik -� 10-70 tk� Hot- -r k enough to overcome the defendant s
July 25, 1979, the date of his
good character and his testimony
, r guuu Luctidcici anu 111s icsuiii
suspension, due to failure in the per- �nnrantu, . .u
, K r , . . . apparently won over the jury,
tormance of his duties. This action J J
was delaved until after disposition According to jury foreman Glenn
of the charges against him so that Gaylor, the verdict was due basical-
the proceedings would in no way be v t0 the lack of evidence,
prejudiced by the action Ross took the stand in his own
Cannon added that city policy defense Friday, claiming he had no
allows for the appeal of such a knowledge of any illegal activity in
dismissal within four days to the city the trailer. He said his sister-in-law
manager, who will make the final
decision on the matter. See POLICE, Page 3, Col. 5
School Of Business
Enrollment Over
School Of Education
. Most of the
the only area that suffered severe damage in a fire that records, tapes and cassettes were not visibK damaged b
broke out there June 4, smoke and water damage in the the fire, but Ferree has discounted even thine in a sale
rest of the store has forced owner Frank Ferree to move that will last through Saturday.
As November Draws Closer
Two Soviets
Plan Visit
On Monday
Two Russian educators will be
visiting ECL this Mondav as pan of
a tour of four North Carolina
universities.
Zoya Zarubina and Nicolai
Mostovets are one of several teams
of educators to visit the United
States as part of a joint Soviet-
American cultural exchange :
gram, according to Edith Webber of
the English department and
Greenville Peace Committee,
sponsor of the visit with the Campus
Ministerial Ass n.
Mme. Zarubina, a linguis
educator, is a representative of the
Soviet Women's Committee.
Mostovets is a senior research fellow
in U.S. history at the cadem)
Sciences in Moscow. He is a
representative of the Society tor
Friendship and Cultural Relations
with Peoples of Foreign I an.
The two will be visiting classes
during the day on Monday and will
participate in a communitv forum in
Mendenhall Student Center Mon-
day night at 8 p.m. The forum will
consist of a brief presentation
followed by a long question-and-
answer period. Ms. Webber -aid
East And Morgan Prepare
s,af'Repor,s According to press secretarv
Dr. John East, ECU political Mary Michaux, Dr. East has been
science professor and Republican traveling widely in North Carolina
candidate for the U.S. Senate seat speaking at GOP dinners, industrial
now held by Robert Morgan, recent- political committee meetings, press
ly began his campaign in earnest. conferences and similar events. East
East announced his candidacy on was in Greensboro Wednesday and
January 26 of this year, but could not be reached for comment,
Morgan is considered a conservative
Democrat.
academic duties here prevented ex-
tensive campaign activity until the
end of spring semester, when he
took a leave of absence from the
university.
but Ms. Michaux said he had been
"welcomed warmly" around the
state and that he felt "confident"
about the campaign so far.
said Morgan and his staff were tak-
ing East's challenge seriously.
Before his announcement i
Januarv. Dr. Lat said the "political
climate" for his candidacv looked
e n c o u r a a i n g. A conservative
haven t prepared anv responses vet. D��tKi;� cL , k� u v
�a ,� uL Kti i u. - :� Republican, East has based his cam-
paign on tapping, at the siate level.
Referring to East's charges,
Michael Mann, Morgan's campaign
director, said last week, "We
and to be truthful, I doubt we will.
Senator Morgan is going to run on
his record. We're not going to get
into the position of reacting to every
charge that Professor East might
make
For much of its history, East
Carolina University, originally East
Carolina Teachers' College, was
known as a training ground for
educators. But in the last several
years, the size of ECU's School of
Education has been slowly shrink-
ing, losing its No. 1 status to the
School of Business.
According to data compiled by
the ECU Office of Institutional
Research, more than one-fourth of
�n a i a l � , ittuiijt, which icu 10 me ae
all declared majors here are in the r�, j e u a �
c,�i f d a. �iT lc suspend further admittance
School of Business. At the begmn-
of last fall,
Academic Affairs recently suspend-
ed further admission to the business
programs due to the high number of
students.
Assistant Director of Admissions
Ron Brown said, "Based on
preregistration figures and the
number of applicants from new
freshmen and transfer students, we
determined what kind of enrollment
pressures the School of Business was
facing, which led to the decision to
��
ing of last fall, ol ECU's 8,750
declared majors, 2,240 were study-
ing economics, accounting or
business administration.
Education students were the se-
cond largest group, with 1,466 ma-
jors.
An important factor affecting
these overall figures is the way
education students are counted. Ac-
cording to Mrs. Ridenour of the
Registrar's Office, "The only
students who are considered educa-
tion majors are those in early
childhood or elementary educa-
tion Students who major in an
academic area and who also receive
teaching certificates are counted as
majors in their academic area, not
as education majors.
The number of business majors
promises to grow next fall if the
trend of the last several years con-
tinues. However, the Office of
"Our enrollment has been rising
since 1974, and we started curtailing
it in 1977 by increasing admission
requirements said Dr. Charles
Broome, associate dean of the
School of Business. "It is true that
all over the country more and more
students are opting to study
business Dr. Broome added that
most of the summer courses taught
in business had been filled this year.
According to the Admissions Of-
fice, the suspension will probably
remain in effect until spring, 1981.
While the School of Business
must now turn new students away,
the School of Education has been
experiencing a small but steady
decline in its enrollment Figures.
Since fall, 1976, enrollment has
dropped eight percent.
According to Furney James, who
See TRENDS, Page 3, Col. 3
Dr. East has the endorsement of
Sen. Jesse Helms, which means im-
portant financial support from
Helms' political organization. In his
1978 campaign, Helms raised $7
million, nearly 10 times as much as was not right.
Morgan raised in his 1974 election.
Mann said also that the Morgan
campaign is not yet in full gear
because there was no primary op-
position in the Democratic nomina-
tion and because they felt the time
the national shift to the right, on
presenting himself aN a conserval
alternative to Sen. Morgan and on
the backing of a renowned
paign organization.
John East
East, who was unopposed in the
Republican primary for the nomina-
tion, opened his candidacy by
charging that Morgan had
"contributed heavily" to a weak
American foreign policy and has
continued his criticism of Morgan
on issues such as the Panama Canal
vote, Congressional overspending
and the HEW anti-tobacco cam-
paign. East has attempted to iden-
tify Morgan with the Carter ad-
ministration and with liberal
elements of the Senate, although
According to Mann, the Morgan
camp has not yet organized a fund-
raising effort.
"We've had a small staff since
announcing for reelection, and hav-
ing no opposition in the primaries
made it hard to raise money. But
what we've done so far has been
very successful, and we expect it will
be easier to raise funds now that we
have competition Mann said.
Most observers agree that East
has an uphill fight in winning the
election next November, but Mann
Robert Morgan
Chromosome Damage Seems High Near
Love Canal, But Study Could Be Slanted
knight-Ridder Newspaper Reports
Aug
The general manager of East
Carolina's WZMB-FM radio station
said Tuesday that problems in get-
ting new and used equipment for the
station have been cleared up and
that students can expect to hear the
first WZMB broadcasts around the
first week of August.
General Manager John Jeter said
that the N.C. Awards Board had ac-
cepted a bid from a single elec-
tronics equipment supplier for the
entire list of hardware the station
needs to begin operation.
"I expected at first that they
would award the bids to different
companies, and that would have
made things complicated as far as
getting the equipment in soon
Jeter said. "The company that got
the bid has told us that they will
guarantee delivery within 45 days
Jeter estimated that it would take
a few days to set the station up and
See WZMB, Page 2, Col. 1
Chromosomes are found in living to increased cancer rates, fetal
cells. Because they contain the in- deaths and birth defects.
Preliminary tests of those who liv- formation necessary for reproduc- Earlier this year, in an attempt to
ed alongside Love Canal, the tion, chromosome damage strikes to document health effects from ex-
chemical dump in Niagara Falls, the core of a species' future, altering posure to chemicals buried at Love
N.Y have highlighted a frightening or breaking the complex chemical Canal, the government had
nJ:w. t?rm in tne lex�con of human codes arrayed along chromosomes. Bionetics Corp. of Houston analyze
afflictions: chromosome damage. Studies have linked such damage blood samples from 36 Love Canal
residents. That hurried study show-
ed 11 persons had chromosome
damage, far more than the one in
100 normally expected.
There are two general types of
chromosome damage. The first
punctures the complex chain of
genetically coded chemical se-
quences in chromosomes. The se-
cond fuses two separate chemical
steps on the chromosome spiral, in
effect changing the message a cell
WZMB
eluding those who wrote the studs.
warn it shouldn't be regarded as
conclusive proof of widespread
chromosome damage.
Scientists say the studv could be
misleading for at least two reasons:
�Those studied weren't compared
with a control group selected ran-
domly from the Niagara Falls area,
who couldn't have been exposed to
the chemicals. Scientists sav that
prevents knowing for sure if the
damage is linked to chemical ex-
posure.
�Community leaders who picked
test subjects sought out those who
had miscarriages or parents whose
children had birth defects. Any
communitv has people with such
Once a cell is altered, scientists
believe it may begin reproducing
rapidly for no apparent reason.
That is cancer.
If the genetic damage occurs in an
egg or sperm, a growing fetus's
damaged genetic information may
cause serious defects and perhaps
kill the fetus.
The Bionetics study, which led the
John Jeter sits at the audio control board of the old WZMB staffers are waiting for $25,0W TnVew stereo ing near the canal has touchedoffa
WECU-AM radio station. Since WZMB will be a stereo equipment to be delivered. Jeter said he expects tne controversy over how to interpret
FM station, tne old mono equipment cannot be used, delivery to be in about six weeks. the results. Most geneticists in
passes along to the next generation problems and many could show
TnJVr r�mu it ,u chromosome damage. Seeking them
Toxic chemicajs like those deliberately has the effect of stack-
dumped in Love Canal can cause jng the deck
both kinds of genetic damage.
On The Inside
Announcements2
Classifieds6
Editorial4
Handicapped2
Hoyt Axton5
Retired Grad2
Urban Cowboy5
Wastes4
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JUNE 12, 1980
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t will me ' � eqularly to swap in
,1 ,n on the best bargains m
to share ways of saving
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iOin Meetings will be held eve- y
Tuesday mght at 7 00 p m
For more information, call Ellen
, man a' 7S6 2553
The National Teacher Examma
tions will be offered at ECU on
Saturday, July IV Application
blanks are available at the ECU
Testing Center, 105 Speight
Registration deadline is June 25
Discount Day
Fridays are savings days at
Mendenhall Studeni Center
Prices are 'i OFF every Friday
from 1 p m until 4 p m for bowl
mg, billiards and table tennis
Make Friday your day to save and
have fun too with 'Discount Day"
at Mendenhall
GMAT
The Graduate Management Ad
mission Test will be offered at
ECU on Saturday, July 12 Ap
plication blanks are available at
the ECU Testing Center, 105
Speight Registration deadline is
June 25
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take a break from the heat and
test your space fighting ability
Mendenhali's summer hours are
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8 30 a m 5 00 p m . Tuesday
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By TERRY GRAY
For a person with
two functional leg
there doesn't seem to
be anything particular-
ly strange about the
location of C.C.
Rowe's office.
But if that person
stops to add it up, he
discovers an apparent
irony about the place:
C.C. Rowe is ECU's
co-ordinator for han-
dicapped students. His
office is on the second
floor of the Whichard
Building, and
Whichard has no
elevator.
In other words, the
office of Handicapped
Student Services is not
accessible to wheelchair
students. If anyone
thinks this is a strange
oversight, Rowe
reminds them that his
work with handicapped
students takes place
within the university at
large, and not in his of-
fice.
"We are trying to
make our campus just
as physically accessible
to the handicapped as
we can said Rowe
last week. "In fact, we
have the leading pro-
gram for handicapped
students in the UNC
university system. Bui
the thing that people
usually don't unders-
tand is that our job
does not require mak-
ing every nook and
cranny on campus ac-
cessible to handicapped
students. Our job is to
make liCU's programs,
services and activities
accessible to them
Judging b y the
steadily increasing
number of handicap-
ped students that come
here to study, ECU has
been much concerned
with getting that job
done.
In the 1979-80 school
year, S3 handicapped
students attended
ECU, up from 16 in
1977. Of those 83, 24
were c o n f i ne d t o
wheelchairs or had dif-
ficult walking, 15 were
blind or sight-impaired,
24 were deal or
hearing-impaired and
20 had various other
handicaps, s u c h a s
chronic health pro-
blems and limited use
of arms or hands.
While ECU has spent
thousands ot dollars in
removing physical bar-
riers, the bulk ot its
handicapped student
program is in providing
special services, said
Rowe. For instance, the
university hires inter-
preters tor the deal and
re c e n 11 v bought a
$25,000 reading
machine tor the blind.
"We also have
volunteers who help
some of the handicap-
ped s ui d e ii i s
preregister, and special
program- in
therapeutic and adap-
tive recreation Rowe
said.
"It a wheelchair stu-
dent happens to get a
class on the second or
third floor of a building
without elevators, we
arrange to have the
class moved down to
the first floor he add-
ed.
Although federal law
requires all schools
receiving federal monev
to work toward making
then campuses accessi-
ble to everyone. ECU
has attracted more than
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Retiree Reaches Degree Goal
"1 promised mysell 1
would get a degree
s a v s Robert Lee
Iges. I hat promise
was made manv years
ago.
Now . H odges is
red from the U.S.
v- 1 orce after 31 years
and six months of ser-
. with the rank of
lieutenant colonel. And
he is within a few weeks
oi attaining that goal of
get: llege degree.
At age 19, the native
� Burbank, Calif was
youngesl commis-
sioned officer in his
squadron, and the idea
of getting a degree
began gnawing at him.
"It was about that
me in '53 and '54
thai it became re-
quired that officers
should be college
graduates he recalls.
"1 wasn't
"At age V, he
was the youngest
commissioned
officer in his
squadron, and
the idea of get-
ting a degree
began gnawing
at him
But then he began
going to night school
and attending classes
whenever he could
enroll in a course at
whatever air base he
was assigned. Upon his
retirement he had
amassed 96 semester
hours.
"1 could have gotten
a degree in business in
six months, I guess
he said.
Instead he enrolled
as a history major at
Sandhills Community
College near his chosen
retirement home at
Pinehurst.
But he also had some
50 hours in art courses
and an intense interest
in art, especially
ceramics. He decided to
change his major, and
an advisor suggest
ECU's School of Art.
He remembered
North Carolina fondly
from the time he was
assigned to gunnery
school at Pope AFB
and lived in Southern
Pines in 1953. Ideally,
his wife is from the
Pamlico River country
vshieh affords them ac-
cess to other hobbies
such as boating and
sailing.
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run the required FCC tests but that
August 1 was a "good educated
guess" for the first program.
WZMB will be on the air 24 hours
a Ja. broadcasting rock, jazz and
classical music and featuring other
special programming such as stu-
dent talk shows.
Jeter also said that the transmitter
that had been donated to WZMB by
Ro Park, the owner of WNCT-TV
in Greenville, would be delivered
a.ter about six weeks. WZMB had
originally planned to go on the air
before the new equipment arrived
by using the donated transmitter,
hut Jeter discovered last week that
WNCT-FM radio technicians had
removed a vital part of the transmit-
ter, called an 'exciter
According to Jeter, WNCT-FM
needed the exciter to replace one of
their that had been damaged.
"Apparently, Mr. Park did not
tell them that we were getting ready
to take the transmitter Jeter said.
"As soon as they get parts for their
old one, they will let us have the
transmitter
Since the new equipment is now
scheduled to arrive on time, the idea
of using the donated transmitter to
begin broadcasting has been
discarded, Jeter noted.
The student-operated station will
start broadcasting in full stereo, us-
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transmitters to reduce signal distor-
tion.
Although Jeter said several peo-
ple have suggested to him to wait
until the beginning of fall semester
to go on the air, he said he could use
the time in August to work out small
bugs before the full student body ar-
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THE EAST CAROLINIAN
JUNE 12, 1980
ECU Has Progressive Program
Continued from Page 2 �������� can do almost anyihirig For now, the Han-
its share of handicap- Thm attitudinal harrier that exist we can do' Thcy might dic6 Student Ser
ped students. Part of iM alllluainai Oamers inai exist to it in a different way, vices office has a list of
this has to do with the for handicapped students are more
geography an c imate mparm tnm fa physical bar-
Photo by CHAP GURLEY
Speed Limit Deemed Safe
of the area
"The winters here
are relatively mild, so
snow and freezing
temperatures are not as
much as a hindrance in
getting around. The
land is also flat.
There's no way a
school like Ap-
palachian State could
have wheelchair
students noted
Rowe.
But despite all the
special ramps, inter-
preters, machines and
services, the
or need some
assistance, but they can
do it.
riers
projects it would like to
see carried out. Among
these are proposed
In an attempt to
overcome preconceived fj1"
CC Rowe notions about the han
riers that exist for han- 'No, he can't do this
dicapped students are or'He can't do that
more impairing than but he was trying to tell
the physical barriers her 'Yes, mother, I
he said, noting that can Rowe said. "A
these barriers may even handicapped person
exist in the handicap-
dicapped, a Handicap-
ped Awareness Week
was held at ECU last
March. Rowe said
another such event was
being planned for next
year.
that would
make recreational ac-
tivities more accessible
to the handicapped.
"We're not perfect,
but if a student lets us
know what his needs
are, then we do
whatever we can
The speed limit on
East Tenth Street in
tront of campus is not
likely to change in the
near future, according
to C.W. Snell Jr
engineer for the divi-
sion of highways in the
N.C. Department of
Transportation.
A member of the
board of trustees asked
Dr. Elmer Meyer, vice
chancellor for student
life, to determine if the
speed limit there should
be lowered to help pre-
vent accidents. Meyer
in turn requested
Joseph H. Calder,
director of security, to
look into the matter.
In a letter to Calder,
Snell said he did not
feel that it is necessary
to lower the speed limit
because "the average
running speed is
reduced when the
students are present
In addition, he said
the decision to allow
the 35 mph speed limit
to remain was based on
several considerations.
Tenth Street is a major
thoroughfare, carrying
approximately 15,000
vehicles per day, and
road conditions and
sight distance are ade-
quate for the speed
limit. Also, the majori-
ty of the time, from 5
p.m. to 7 a.m no
students are present,
and a speed limit below
35 mph would be too
restrictive for
motorists.
The division of
highways recently pro-
vided pedestrial warn-
ing signals around the
College Hill Drive in-
tersection, and they re-
quested the Greenville
Police Deaprtment to
help enforce the speed
limit.
ped person's family.
"A hearing-impaired
boy and his mother
were up here once, and
biggest I was explaining to her
problem still remains to the different programs
be tackled, said Rowe. and services we pro-
"The attitudinal bar- vide. She kept saying,
Police Fire Ross
In Aftermath
Of Drug Trial
Scholarships Benefit
From Student Store
Special Courses Taught
Children Focus Of Classes
K l Ni� Bureau
Responsible
Babysitting" and
"Once Upon a Time:
Creative Storytelling"
arc among the one-
session special courses
to be offered by ECU's
Division of Continuing
Education this sum-
mer.
The babysitting
course, set for Satur-
day, June 14, from 9
a.m. until noon, will
feature presentations
by child development
specialist Ebbie Hat-
ton, Hugh Benson
College Notes
From The National OrvCampus Report
from the Greenville
Police Department's
juvenile division and a
representative from the
Greenville Fire and
Rescue Department.
Designed for anyone
who wishes to be a
more competent
babysitter, the program
will emphasize the pro-
blems, fears and needs
of small children, while
providing instruction
on how to cope with
emergencies.
Each participant will
receive a checklist of
important and
necessary information
that should always be
furnished by parents
before each babysitting
assignment.
"Once Upon a Time:
Creative Storytelling"
(Monday, June 16,
1:30-4:30 p.m.) will
focus on basic aspects
of storytelling for
teachers or parents of
preschool children.
Continued from Page 1
had rented the trailer
from his wife, Marga.
Wednesday and
Thursday, law enforce-
ment officers testified
that the mobile home
had been under
surveillance for several
days before the raid
and that they had seen
a number of out-of-
state men walk past
Ross' home while going
to the trailer.
In his Firday
testimony, though,
Ross said, "1 did not
see anybody come driv-
ing up to my houseI
did not see anybody
leaving my house at no
time
Ms. Whitehurst has
pled guilty to charges
of conspiracy in the
case and will be
sentenced next week.
She testified that
neither Ross nor his
wife were aware of the
marijuana. She said
they were told the
trailer would be used to
store machinery.
Profits from ECU's Student Sup-
ply Store are used to provide funds
for university scholarships, accor-
ding to Joseph Clark, manager of
the store.
"One hundred percent of the
d:stributed profits go to scholar-
ships awarded by the faculty
scholarship committee Clark said.
Distributed profits are the money
left after all expenses and obliga-
tions are paid, he explained.
Last year, the store contributed
$45,000 to the scholarship fund,
Clark said.
The use of profits of the Study
Supply Store is set by the board of
trustees and state law, according to
Clark. Many people are unaware of
the use of the money.
Over the last few years, the store's
contribution to the scholarship fund
has remained fairly constant, Clark
noted, since the loans taken to ex-
pand and renovate the bookstore
and soda shop must be paid through
Student Supply Store funds.
"We are currently paying $65,000
a year, plus interest, on the notes
taken to pay for the renovation and
expansion of the store, in order to
better serve the growing student
population Clark said.
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WHO SHOULD LNITIATE DATES? Seventy
percent of Northwestern U. men questioned in a
recent survey said they'd be flattered to be asked
out by a woman, while only one respondent said
he would be offended. Women were more tradi-
tional: 45 percent said they'd ask a man out but
55 percent said they wouldn't.
HYPNOSIS helped a U. of California-Davis stu-
dent remember the section number of his lost
"Who" concert tickets. The student paid a local
hypnotist $35 to help recover the six tickets,
which cost $12.50 each. The student was under
hypnosis in two minutes and remembered the sec-
tion, row and seat numbers of the tickets. Only
the section numbers were right, but that was
enough to trace the seats and obtain new tickets.
A WRITE-In CANDIDATE for president of the
North Texas State U. student government cam-
paigned by purchasing votes with 5C checks. The
student received 24 votes in his joking effort to
i create "an NT political machine The election
director admitted the NTSU election code con-
tains no provisions against buying votes.
GAY STUDENTS are suing Georgetown U
alleging discrimination because officials won't
charter a gay student group as a student organiza-
tion. The students say the charter refusal violates
a Washington, D.C. statute prohibiting
discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
And in the North Orange County (Calif.) Com-
munity College System, trustees have threatened
to withdraw official recognition of all clubs
rather than grant a charter to the Gay and Les-
bian Student Union. The gays countered with a
$250,000 suit claiming they were held "up to
ridicule
ADOLESCENT GIRLS are more likely than
bovs to start smoking cigarettes because of peer
pressure, says a U. of Houston social
psychologist. Dr. Richard Evans, who received
federal funding to investigate why teenage girls
smoke, says girls are more socially sensitive and
aware than boys. All teens should be warned of
the immediate health effects of smoking, such as
an increased heartbeat, says Eans.
,��
Enrollment Trends
Favoring Business
if
Continued from Page 1
keeps the pulse of national job
trends in his work as ECU place-
ment director, there are several
reasons for the decline.
"First of all, there was a tremen-
dous shortage of teachers in the
1960s, and that attracted a lot of
students into education Furney
said. "But in the 1970s, we are see-
ing an oversupply in that area.
"Another reason is that since
ECU became a full university, we
have a greater variety of major of-
ferings that are drawing students
that might earlier have gone into
education
Mr. James also believes other fac-
tors are related to the smaller size of
the School of Education, including
the relatively low starting salaries of largest in the university, but the
career educators and the effects of department of English takes second
organizational changes in the place from the School of Education,
university that have placed former since all students must take English
education departments in other courses.
schools. For example, vocational
rehabilitation was once in the
School of Education, but is now in
the School of Allied Health.
On the other hand, James pointed
out that the corresponding growth
in business majors had much to do
with the acceptance of women into
those fields.
"Several years ago, it was hard to
find a woman in the School of
Business. Now, I'd guess 30 percent
of business majors are women
James said. The facts back up his
guess. Of the 2,240 business
students in 1979, over 700 were
women.
Another way of measuring the
size of ECU's various programs is
by the total number of student
credit hours taught. In those terms,
the School of Business is still the
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June 12, 1980
Opinion
Page 4
What Forum
Silence Equal To Contentment
Do you ever feel like getting up
on the soapbox? Have you ever had
a great idea or some hot informa-
tion that the rest of the campus
should know about? Do you ever
get mad as hell and can't take it
anymore?
Then sit down with your favorite
typewriter or pen and put it on
paper. We'll be glad to print and
deliver it to 5,000 people once a
week (10,000, twice a week during
the regular school year).
If you are a student, a professor,
an administrator or anyone af-
filiated with ECU, you must have
something to say about campus,
state, national or international af-
fairs. You can't possibly agree with
everything we say. Everyone has an
opinion, and your opinions have a
much higher readership than ours.
Contained in a small box in every
issue of the paper is a little message
with a BIG meaning: "The East
Carolinian is the official newspaper
of East Carolina University, owned,
operated, and published for and by
the students of East Carolina
University
Just think about it � you too can
contribute to the newspaper without
having to work long, hard hours for
low, low pay. All you have to do is
write it down in your spare time, no
deadlines to worry about except
your own. Keep it around 300
words, don't libel anyone, make it
legible, and we'll take to the street
for you.
And not only to the street. Top
administrators, the ECU Board of
Trustees and powerful alumni read
The East Carolinian regularly. For
many of them, it's the only source
of student and faculty input. Don't
let them think everything is fine and
dandy if you think it isn't. Silence is
equal to contentment.
The East Carolinian is your
newspaper and a campus
newspaper, not the exclusive pro-
vince of a handful of journalism
students. After all, students pay
about seven cents for each issue.
Why not get your money's worth?
Children Barred From Bible
Columbus County, N.C waged
a war against books and won. No
one under the age of 18 can check
out an "adult" book from the rural
library. They were trying to keep
children from reading such
disgusting books as Wifey, but their
plan backfired.
Nobody realized that the Bible
was considered adult reading, and
now the well-meaning parents who
requested the ban are worried
because too many books are on the
list.
Reading is a fundamental right
that everyone should enjoy, but it
wouldn't be surprising if the citizens
of Columbus County formed a
committee toimake a special list that
included the Bible. We wonder if
books on other religions would be
permitted?
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Business, Government Plan Solar Energy
Preparing For Strikes In Space
By DAVID ARMSTRONG

Remember, a few years back, when
solar energy advocates claimed the only
reason solar power wasn't already here
was because the corporations didn't own
the sun? Well, forget it. Megacorpora-
tions are moving into solar power with
patents and prototypes to convert the
sun's rays to electricity. They've even
got designs for energy-producing space
colonies on the drawing boards. And if
the former earthlings who live in the
space colonies should get uppity well,
the government and the corporations
have plans for them, too.
That's the gist of a recent report by
the Rand Corporation, the famous
think-tank, entitled "The Economics of
Strikes and Revolts During Early Space
Colonization The 20-page study pro-
vides a fascinating glimpse of high-
powered plans for generating solar
energy with orbiting satellite power sta-
tions (SPS's) � and making sure the
carefully selected colonists that operate
the stations don't get out of line.
Contrary to the dreams of whole
earth, small-is-beautiful enthusiasts,
SPS's would be part of huge, orbiting
colonies, holding as many as 10,000
workers and their dependents, that
would beam the sun's rays to earth. A
program costing between $50 billion and
$200 billion would be required to put
them up there � money that would
come out of our tax dollars. Once the
SPS's were completed, they would be
sold to private corporations to operate
at a profit. No funky backyard solar col-
lectors, these. "The SPS-producing in-
dustry Rand writer Mark M. Hopkins
adknowledges, "is very capital-
intensive
Hopkins recommends that onlv
"pro-space idealists" be allowed to live
in the new artificial habitats on a long-
term basis, though he concedes that even
space enthusiasts may get restless. For
example, they may well develop dif-
ferent cultural values than the
"American Earthtolk" who run the
show from the ground. And, despite the
high wages paid to worker-colonists to
lure them on high, they might, in time,
come to see eajrihiy authorities ma ' 'space
imperialists" reaping the benefits of
their work while providing less than
heavenly returns. That could cause real
trouble.
Like strikes. What would earthling
managers do if the colonists seized the
means of producing electricity up
yonder and cut off the power? That's
where the Rand study really gets in-
teresting.
Unfortunately for the utilities, only
highly skilled workers could operate the
sophisticated equipment in SPS's. "This
provides insurance against attempts to
break the union by hiring non-union
workers during a prolonged strike
Hopkins allows.
Of course, the United States could
simply nuke the troublesome buggers.
That would end the strike, but it would
permanently cut off supplies of badly
needed solar power, too. Better to try
other means of persuasion, the Rand sa-
vant reasons, that would combine the
carrot and the stick.
First, and most prosaicly, strikers
could simply be fired. Presumably, there
wouldn't be any other kind of work on a
SPS, so the discharged workers would
literally have to come down to earth.
Then, too, the colonists could be re-
quired to pay rent on the habitat out of
their strike funds. Failing that, the
government could make things een
tougher.
For example, it could tax the air.
'The government couid decide to tax
such goods as air Hopkins sugge�
matter-of-factly. "This would have a
substantial negative effect on the
finances of the colonists No doubt.
And it might do more than that: It might
Met them fighting mad. I seem to
remember hearing that a revolution was
sparked 200 years ago by a tax on tea.
The Rand Corporation, it turns out.
has given this matter serious thought. If
tempers reach the boiling point.
Hopkins writes, "independence is the
most promising proposal Unlike King
George, Uncle Sam could set the co-
onies free � provided they waited until
additional, presumably unfree, colonies
could be put into orbit; provided they
sell us their energy at a price determined
and regulated by the U.S. government;
and provided the former colonies accept
U.S. military "protection which,
notes Hopkins, "would be easy to ar-
range
That would put an end to the labor
strife up there and short-circuit anv
potential OPEC of the sky. Everyone
would be happy: American Earthfolk.
with their ceasingly humming blow-
driers, and the new space-nations whirl-
ing merrily around the globe, free at
last. Everyone, that is, except whole-
earth visionaries, who thought that solar
power meant appropriate technology.
David Armstrong, author of
"American Journal, " is a columnist for
college newspapers.
Gov't Confronts Dangerous Waste Disposal
By PATRICK MINGES
Love Canal was only the tip of the
iceberg. We are only beginning to
discover the extent of damage done
to our planet since the industrial
revolution. There is yet a vast,
undetermined amount of chemical
and nuclear waste just below the
surface of our soil. It lies waiting for
exposure like a time bomb threaten-
ing our health and our future.
In North Carolina, companies
have callously deposited tons of in-
dustrial excrement, as brought so
deftly to our attention with the re-
cent PCB spill. That was only the
beginning. Gastonia, N.C was
listed recently on an ABC news
special as one of the ten worst
potential chemical disaster areas in
the nation. A landfill in New
Hanover County was permanently
closed last year when it was
discovered that the dump was
directly above an aquifer of the
area's water supply. The dump was
leaking chemicals such as the car-
cinogen polyvinyl chloride.
Vandals entered the Destructo
Chemway Corporation (an ap-
propriate name), which incinerates
liquid wastes of Allied Chemical
and Proctor Chemical, and opened
the valves of six storage tanks. Thir-
ty thousand gallons of wastes flow-
ed into the Kernersville (N.C.)
Reservoir. It had to be abandoned,
and the area has had difficulty pro-
viding water since.
Yet the national problem is quan-
titatively more serious, threatening
the lives of current and future
generations with cancer, birth
defects, disease and death. Only
luck prevented disaster last April in
New Jersey when a dump containing
highly explosive wastes caught fire.
The winds of fortune blew the ex-
tremely toxic chemicals away from
populated areas such as
metropolitan New York. I wonder
how long we can be so lucky.
Others have not been so lucky:
�Perham, Minn. � Eight years ago,
50 pounds of arsenic was discovered
when 11 well diggers suffered from
arsenic poisoning.
�Neville Island, Pa. - Cyanide,
benzene and phenols were
discovered when city workers com-
plained of eye irritation and blood
' 'Only luck prevented disasterJast April in New Jersey
when a dump containing highly explosive wastes
caught fire. The winds of fortune blew the toxic
chemicals away from populated areas I wonder
how long we can be so lucky
in their urine. The former dumpsite
was donated to Allegheny County
for park development by the
Hillman Co.
fWoburn, Mass. � Chemical
wastes were suspected of con-
taminating air, soil .and ground-
water at an 800-acre site. The state
found a higher-than-normal death
rate and incidence of childhood
leukemia.
�Niagara Falls, N.Y. � Pesticides,
pollutants and possibly r nuclear
-roste antf discarded nerve gas were
discovered in an area of high rates
of genetic disorder, birth defects,
and disease. Hooker Chemical
claims it gave up all responsibility
when it sold the area to a school
board for one dollar.
It is ironic that companies once
thought simple, neglectful dumping
practices were cheaper when, in
fact, it costs more to clean up wastes
than it does to dispose of wastes
properly. It would have cost Hooker
Chemical a paltry $40 per ton to
properly dispose of its waste instead
of the proposed $1800 a ton it has
already paid for the clean up. Of
course, this doesn't count the
lawsuits against Hooker amounting
to nearly $600 million. But how can
we put a cost on human suffering?
As the result of increased public
awareness of chemical and nuclear
pollutants, the federal government
is beginning to impose increased
guidelines on the disposal of w�stc.
The administratiori, through the
EPA, is trying to establish a $1.6
billion "superfund provided
mainly by the chemical companies
for the correction of problems. The
fund will seek retribution from the
guilty parties later, if they can be
.found; however, this fund would
not cover nuclear waste.
The EPA already has established
a registration and reporting act that
will keep track of hazardous waste
and its handlers from origin to pro-
per disposal. The cost of these pro-
cedures will amount to only about .2
percent of these companies' total
sales and less than $2.50 per person
in the United States. (Why citizens
must foot part of the bill is unclear
but par for the cow.se.) This act, en-
titled the Resource Conservation
and Recovery Act, will at long last
attempt to control the disposal of
hazardous wastes in this country.
It's about time.
Patrick Minges is a columnist and
feature Writer for The East Caroli-
nian. He is a psychologyggjg
student and a te&ctm&t
Middle School, w
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THE EAST CAROLINIAN
Features
JUNE 12. 1980
Page 5
Axton Wows The Opry
Photo by CHAP GURLEY
Singing Cowboy Headlines At The Opry House
Hoyt Axton is a 'big' success in Greenville
By RICHARD GREEN
"Who?" I guess I just wasn't
talking to the right people.
That was the reaction every time
someone asked where I was going
Friday night, and I answered, "To
see Hoyt Axton at the Opry
House But when I got there the
place was packed.
Country music lovers know Hoyt
Axton and they know his music.
Even if you're not familiar with his
name, you've inevitably stomped
your foot or sung along with at least
a dozen of Hoyt's songs. "The
Pusher "Joy To The World
"Never Been To Spain and "The
No No Song" are just a few of more
than 500 songs to his credit.
While Plum Hollow was warming
up the crowd with their own blend
of electric bluegrass, I went out
back for my scheduled interview
with Hoyt.
He's a massive man � "I'm
down to 270 now he claims � and
his strong, deep voice and
bonecrushing handshake match his
stature. His love of people is just as
strong and deep, and before my
hand stopped throbbing I had
forgotten all about his reputation as
a "hell-raiser
"I'd like to wait and talk to you
after the show he said. "That way
you'll know what I'm all about So
we stood next to his rebuilt '55 tour
bus, "The Honeysuckle Rose and
"I've always loved musk: listening to it � mak-
ing it � live or recorded � in any language � at
almost any time of the day or night
sipped a bit of clear liquid from a
Mason jar. "I got the name 'Hoyt'
from an uncle of mine who used to
run moonshine in Oklahoma
Cars kept pouring into the park-
ing lot and a number of people came
up to introduce themselves and tell
Hoyt how much they enjoyed his
music. His down-home personality
put everyone at ease and dashed all
the super-star stereotypes one
associates with many of music's
greats.
Back inside the crowd was getting
anxious and when the band hit the
stage, everyone moved in for a bet-
ter view. A deafening applause
erupted as Hoyt stepped up to the
microphone and opened the show
with "Bony Fingers
His low, gutsy voice rang true to
every note, and his band was both
versatile and tight from rock to
country. Undoubtably, Hoyt is
among the finest singer-songwriters
around, and the crowd loved him.
He sang such favorites as "Delia
and the Dealer "Rusty Old
Halo and "Lion in the Winter
and the audience joined in the
chorus of "Will the Circle Be Un-
broken
About halfway through the show,
Hoyt took a break and his band did
three numbers, each sung by one of
three very talented female vocalists
in the group. As Hoyt was leaving
the stage, one of the girls said jok-
ingly, "You know the only reason
he gives us this spot in the show is
because he can't hold his gut in for
that long Everyone, including
Hoyt, roared with laughter.
Other songs that night included
"Maybelline" by Chuck Berry and
"Geronimo's Cadillac" by Hoyt's
good friend Michael Murphy.
The finale was a showy rendition
of "The No No Song It was great,
but after that tune, Hoyt said, "We
don't want to risk not getting an en-
core, so we started our encore three
songs ago. Goodnight He wasn't
kidding.
The audience obviously didn't
believe him, and they whooped and
hollered and stomped and carried
on for almost 30 minutes, despite
announcements from various band
members � "A helicopter just land-
ed right out back I heard that
one while sitting in the back room
with the band, who were catching
their breath and a few brewskies.
Hoyt was cornered by people
seeking advice and autographs and
two girls who wanted kisses. Still
breathing heavily and his hair muss
ed and sweaty, he took time to
speak with each one.
Then a radio person swooped in
and stuck a microphone in Hoyt's
face and launched a barrage of
questions. Hoyt took it in stride, but
I was beginning to wonder if I
would get an interview at all.
He told some interesting stories
about his close friend Arlo Guthrie.
"Did you hear the one about Arlo
leaving his hat in a cat house we
went to one night? He made me g
back with him the next day and 1
had to go in and get it
One time Arlo's son wanted to go
ice skating on their pond but it wa
covered with snow. Arlo hopped on
his tractor, drove it onto the lake to
clear the snow, and the tractor
broke through the ice and settled on
the bottom in eight feet of water.
When asked if he had a particular
theme in mind when he wrote "Jo
to the World Hoyt said, "No, it'
just another song He explained
that he had the chorus in mind for a
few months, but the verses thai
Three Dog Night used were only
temporary lyrics thrown together
during the last 15 minutes of a
recording session.
When the radio person finalK
See HOYT Page 6, Col. 4
Surfers: Twentieth Century Aqua-Cowboys
By JON YUHAS
Anittaat Features Milor
While this past Monday's free flick, "Big Wednesday was not an im-
portant piece of cinema, it does offer a glimpse of a lifestyle that is at once
attractive and abhorrent. There are surfers here on campus (although not as
many in the summer as in the fall), and they are easy to pick out from the
crowd. It is not the dark tans or the bleached out hair or the well-developed
pectorals that marks them as a group apart. It is rather a childlike lack of
concern that characterizes their demeanor.
Surfers, like most athletes, are afflicted with a Peter Pan complex.
Athletics in general is a young man's endeavor, and that is exactly true of
surfing. There is no such thing as an old surfer. While some people surf at
the age of 40 and beyond, they are not surfers. In fact, there are a lot of
people who surf who are not surfers. One of the girls in "Big Wednesday"
makes the comment, "Back home being young was just something that you
did until you grew up. Here it's everything
It is true wherever surfers congregate. The young guys are the innovators.
They have the radical moves that can cause a veritable revolution in the sur-
fing world. "That is no country for Old Men said Yeats of Byzantium,
and the same holds true for the north shore of Oahu (the Mecca of surfing)
or any other place where the break is good and the sets come big and long.
Surfers are not dumb or shallow. A great number of them are well-read
and can talk of subjects totally unrelated to the waves or the shape of their
boards. But nothing elicits the same response as a discussion of the glass at
the point or a goofy-foot tubed in a left break. They can be artists, writers,
carpenters or garbagemen. It does not matter � because what they are is
surfers.
Although the activity is an ancient one, it was not until the early '60s that
surfing became so romanticized by the American public. The Beach Boys
are responsible to a great extent for bringing surfing to every American
shore from Hatteras to Malibu, from Galveston to Atka. Ever since, the
surfer has become a sort of cowboy, a symbol of independence and
righteousness to the ordinary folk that they refer to disdainfully as inlanders
or rednecks. The surfer rides the sea, for centuries a symbol of untamable
fury. The seeming ease with which a surfer conquers the raw force of ai
ocean wave makes him an object of awe and admiration.
Surfers seem to taunt the land-bound folk with their freedom. Their lives
are totally uncomplicated by the everyday worries that make an inlander so
uncomfortable. When the surf is good, everything is good. When the surf is
not good, simply pack up and move on to where it is good. Inlanders cannot
migrate so easily. They have mortgages and kids and a hundred things that
keep them tied to the land.
There has been an on-going war between the surfers and the prdinar
people of the .land foryears. Fishing pier owners, resort motel owners ana
beach developers have tried to legislate the surfers out of existence w&h
restrictions on where and how close to the piers they can surf and where
they can park. The surfers have come back every time. Like the last breed of
American hero, the cowboy, they have prospered in the face of adversity
They have managed to keep their lifestyle their own, while the rest of u-
have changed, grown up. In a society that places a premium on youth, the
See SURFERS Page 6, Col. 1
Film View
Urban Cowboy
'Fever' Rip-off
By STEVE BACHNER
Fealares Editor
One of the very good things about Paramount Pic-
tures' "Urban Cowboy" is once again the performance
of John Travolta in a working-class hero role not unlike
the one given him in "Saturday Night Fever Travolta
does another exceptionally convincing job, a seamless
blend of cockiness and vulnerability. What seems to be
shaping up, however, is a disappointing answer to the
big question posed after "Fever" was released. Was
Travolta really acting, or merely type-cast?
The producers of "Urban Cowboy hoping to cash
in on country music fever while keeping Travolta a hot
commodity, have given us a Saturday Night Cowboy.
About the only thing asked of the star that he couldn't
turn back the pages to "Fever" for a reference to is his
mastery of the now infamous mechanical bull.
The similarities between the two pictures are uncan-
ny. In "Fever a young New York street kid stuck in a
dead-end job in a paint store spends his nights in a
disco. In "Cowboy a kid from the Texas prairie coun-
try moves to Houston and gets a job working under a
hard hat at an oil refinery. He spends all his nights in the
fabled Gilley's, three-and-a-halt acres of wild honky-
tonk where on any given night about fifteen major
events can take place at once.
There's plenty of good C&W music from beginning to
end, and a fistfight breaks out every two minutes.
Travolta does plenty of mean dancing in this one too,
but what really gets him off is the mechanical bull. As in
"Fever young Texan Bud abandons his down-to-
earth girlfriend for the slick uptown chick � this time a
rich oilman's daughter who collects macho cowboys as a
hobby.
"Urban Cowboy" is a winning formula, tned and
true, served up in one of the neatest little promotional
packages of all time, and it will probably be another
winner itself. What we have in "Cowboy" is a case
study of studio hype, an example of Hollywood's ability
(I never questioned it) to peddle dead fish and call it
Nova Scotia salmon. Yet, even though one has to strain
for substance, "Cowboy" is a rousing good time.
Again, an entire film has been built around its star,
and Paramount has a great star to work with. As Bud,
Travolta is a flat-stomached, good-hearted, frustrated,
vain and clever cockerel. When he hits the mechanical
bull, after a full day of busting ass, he sheds his chains
See COWBOY Page 6, Col. 1
Urban Cowboy in Greenville
kickers move in on disco
Western Chic,
Cowboy Styles
Big In The City
N.Y. Times News Semce
HOUSTON � There was a time when Gator Conley
journeyed out of Texas and people would icily ogle his
Western clothes. "You'd think you had a wart on the
side of your head or something says Gator, the name
that is tooled into his leather belt and the only name
most folks know him by.
Nowadays, when Gator ventures outside Texas he
runs into crowds of men decked out in Western garb
just like his, and he says, "People don't look at you like
a weirdo anymore
It's "Texas chic and it has been spreading around
the country from Manhattan to Beverly Hills. Thursday
night it came back to Houston, where it probably all
began, with the premiere of a new film called "Urban
Cowboy the latest in a bonanza of popular culture
productions that are cashing in on the trend.
At least a dozen major films made in Texas, most of
them also set in the state and some of them starring Tex-
ans, are scheduled to open or go into production in the
next six months. Texas themes, settings and stories are
beginning to pop up with increasing frequency on televi-
sion. The television series "Dallas" is only one example.
Country-and-western music is surging in popularity,
and such Texans as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings,
Larry Gatlin and Kenny Rogers are dominating that
genre.
The commercial film-making industry in Texas is
growing rapidly and is now rated the nation's third
largest, behind New York and California. An estimated
$58 million in film production money came into Texas
from out-of-state producers last year, and more than
$75 million is expected this year.
A technical infrastructure for large-scale film produc-
tion is now firmly in place in Texas, making it possible
for film makers from elsewhere to avoid the cost of br-
inging in their own crews. Unions are less powerful, and
producers can hire willing extras at less cost than in Los
Angeles, for example.
A special state film commission makes sure that film
makers know all this and helps ease their way in the
state once they deckle to come in. As a result, more and
more Texans like Gator are finding their way into show
business in one capacity or another.
"There's no question that it's a phenomenon that's
reached its time Sidney Pollack, the Hollywood pro-
See HOUSTON
4, Col. 4





THE EAST CAROLINIAN
JUNE 12, 1980
Hoyt Axton
Photo by CHAP GURLEY
Hoyt Plays His Heart Out
at the Opry House
Travolta Plays
Sensitive Working-
Class Hero
Continued From Page 5
and becomes a king. When the girls
rave about him, as they will con-
tinue to do from one Travolta film
to the next, we believe it
nonetheless. (The two principal
girls, one of whom. Debra Winger,
is a fascinating newcomer, are very
well cast.)
It is still left to be seen, however,
just how the former TV star will
deal with a good roe that is
somewhat removed from his
ultimate triumph in "Fever As
Tony Romero, Travolta was a
felicitous choice. He was exciting on
the dance floor, while not really a
dancer, and he had the Brooklyn ac-
cent down pat. In "Cowboy he
struggles with the Texas chatter.
The Brooklyn accent is not really
remarkable, considering he has
spent most of his 25 years in the
New York area.
What came as a real surprise,
after having suffered through
"Welcome Back Kotter was
Travolta's firm grasp on the
character of Tony. In one scene,
you might remember, Stephanie is
skeptical when Tony claims to be 20
years old, so he backtracks and ad-
mits, "Actually, I'm 19 at the mo-
ment Along with the nervous
grin, a flicker of apprehension can
be discerned in his eyes. He is ge-
nuinely acting the part from within,
instead of merely adopting the
superficial aspects of the role �
swagger, false bravado, street-wise
gestures � that any ham could pick
up. It will be a shame if Travolta
gets locked into playing a sensitive
working-class hero from now on.
He may already be locked into that
position.
Surfers' Breed
Continued From Page 5 from the plastic of of the perfect wave
surfer is perpetually te,ev,ision and advertis- Most of us would
young, a fact that we iPf . ,A rather. pursue
Not everyone should something a little more
be a surfer. 1 do not in- substantial,
tend that when I praise
find deplorable. Like
the Howard families in
HeinleirTs books,
surfers have been
persecuted for our own
failings.
The surfer gives the
lie to the great
American dream of two
cars in every garage and
a condo at the beach
and in the mountains.
They live a life apart
their lifestyle so much.
Just as not everyone
was meant to be a
cowboy, the pressures
to remain young and
the actual physical
Nevertheless,
somewhere in the many
beach communities of
America, there rides
the new American
cowboy. His horse is
made of fiberglass and
strain are probably too foam: but the spirit is
much for most of us to the same indomitable
make it. It takes a cer- one that characterized
tain attitude to spend those noble loners of
an entire life in pursuit the plains.
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left, Hoyt smiled and came over to
where I was sitting. I could tell he
was tired. He did a show on Thurs-
day night in Macon, Ga and he
was playing in Atlanta on Saturday
night.
I told Hoyt that I didn't want to
keep him any longer, but he in-
sisted. "You sat there very patient-
ly. You've got the time
Hoyt has said in the past that he
doesn't trust anybody in the music
industry, and 1 couldn't resist ask-
ing him if that "dishonesty"
delayed his emergence as Hoyt Ax-
ton the performer.
He leaned closer and grinned.
"You want to discuss that physical-
ly or metaphysically?" If he had any
hard feelings, he didn't let them
show. He said he's glad that it has
taken so long because what might
have been a short career was stretch-
ed into the long, enjoyable one it
has been.
He has released 14 albums on
almost as many labels, and now he
is recording on his own label,
"Jeremiah He said it doesn't
bother him that so many of his
songs have gained recognition
through other musicians; in fact, he
loves it. "Just so long as people hear
the songs
Hoyt hasn't been asked to write
songs for others to perform � they
just hear one, like it and ask him if
they can do it. He's only written on
commission three times, including
the soundtrack for Outlaw Blues.
He lived a fast life during the ear-
ly 60s � drove fast, drank wine, did
drugs, made love, broke guitars and
sang songs. 1 asked him if he va
anti-drug when he wrote "The
Pusher Man
"I was anti-drug the whole time 1
was doing drugs. Just like
everybody else I'm always fighting
with the devil. Sometimes he vins.
and sometimes I throw him out the
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Hendrix Theater. Admission for the film is by
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Was there ever a better movie title or one that
raised greater expectations? The expectations of
those who've read Stephen Vizinczey's bestselling
book of the same name will find all of the com-
pelling qualities intact in the filmization of the ef-
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Elegantly photographed by Miklos Lente, "In
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Andras Badja is pimping for the liberating
Americans. He has his sexual initiation at the
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clients.
They must do things younger in Hungary since
Andras is only 12, and the countess has effective-
ly ruined him for the next few vears. He finds no
solace in girls his own age. "Trying to make love
with someone who is as confused and unskilled as
you are he explains, "seems to me about as sen-
sible as learning to drive with a person who
doesn't know the first thing about cars either
Andras thereafter concentrates on older
women, emigrates to Canada after the 1956
Hungarian revolution and in the arms of a
middle-class Canadian housewife � ultimate
culture shock � discovers the end of his youth.
The film traces Andras development and
growth through each encounter, giving u a series
of sexual grapplings in which we see and hear a
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variety of convincing female orgasms (though
never a one � such is the curious convention of
the genre � from Andras).
Vizinczey's hero really cared for his women
and the movie delivers this feeling, so that all of
the copulations matter greatly. The film is helped
by the performance of Tom Berenger; the 27
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