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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 119

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Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 5, 1976 G9 Mitchell in Janesville Genuine Southerner in the Nawth making scenes at grocery stores when clerks, who had ample supplies of such Scandinavian staples as lutefisk and kohlrabi, were unable to come up with a box of grits. When he was away from his typewriter, he seldom let himself be seen without a pool cue, a Lucky, a glass of bourbon, or a spinning rod in his hand. He railed at the bitter winters and searched desperately but in vain for a restaurant that knew how to put together decent barbecue. He professed nothing but disdain for Yankee culture. His favorite joke (at least his favorite clean one) concerned a schoolboy's introduction to abstract painting. "What's that?" the lad asked. "It's supposed to be a horse," his teacher replied, whereupon the boy demanded: "Then why ain't it?" But try as he might to cultivate his junkyard-dog image, Steve Mitchell has never quite succeeded in hiding from the world an intellectual streak that is about a yard wide. One of his darkest, best-kept secrets is that he went to college after a stretch in the Navy and majored in English. It was not unusual to see the (then) youthful North Carolinian pause in the middle of a snooker game in the backroom of some smoky rural Wisconsin tavern and rattle off an appropriate passage from Shakespeare. I recall a dispute that arose over a rented outboard motor on a private fishing lake, when Mitchell silenced the proprietor by exclaiming: "The devil damn thee black, thou milk-faced loon!" Mitchell refuses to be out-honkied. The last time he dropped in on us, earlier this fall, he was driving an outrageous used white Cadillac with power everything, Confederate flag on the front, and (probably) a pistol in the glove compartment. But this is the same Steve Mitchell, unless memory fails me, who once spent several afternoons driving around helping a black newcomer find a landlord who would rent to him in lily-white Janesville. He's an enigmatic guy, and I guess that's one of the reasons he has been in such high cotton since he went to West Palm Beach as an editorial writer and columnist five years ago. Maybe they can't figure him out down there either. At any rate, he seems to have become a folk hero. He even had a hot dog named after him. Our own Miss Eunice Ervin once said that being a southerner is "a precious bane." Steve Mitchell, who grew up as the son of a none-too-wealthy Cannon Mills loom fixer, would probably agree. His southern background is at once a burden and a prized heritage. Steve has always had intense love-hate feelings toward the South, which he has acted out with the ardor of a peach-orchard boar. As he mellows, he seems to be putting more stress on the love. Some day when he's famous (Bantam is already talking to him about a book of short stories), maybe the South will have occasion to return the favor. Steve Mitchell's book, 'How To Speak Southern,' with illustrations by SCRAWLS, has now been published by Bantom Books Inc. of New York. Stephen Bouser, associate editor of the Morgan-town (N.C.) Newt-Herald, reminisces about the days when he worked with Mitchell in Janesville, Wis. By STEPHEN BOUSER Special to Tht Post Steve Mitchell is riding the Jimmy Carter wave with a sense of timing that would put a surfing champion to shame. Mitchell, a Kannapolis, N.C. native who now writes a popular daily column for The Palm Beach Post, is the most colorful friend I've got. You've probably never heard of him, but you may in the months ahead. He is about to make the big time with a book called "How to Speak Southern." My wife and I first got to know Mitchell nine years ago in the snow-swept steppes of southern Wisconsin, where he was city editor and I was wire editor of the Janesville Gazette. He was the first genuine southerner that a lot of the stolid Germans and Swedes of that city had ever seen close-up, and they viewed him with a certain apprehensive curiosity. Mitchell has made a career out of being a character, and I think he relished the role of village redneck in Janesville (which he pronounced "Janesv'U"). He liked to go around Happy Jamaican Mother With Children Try a Memorable Jamaican Jaunt THURSDAY AHD SUNDAY RESTAURANT & LOUNGE SUNDAY SPECIAL Ssr-3-Q BBS'S 7" SPECIAL COMBINATION BAR-B-Q PLATTER $39 (Res. $4.39) Spareribs, thicken, sliced btf (or pork), . ENTERTAINING NIGHTLY t. MR. PIANO t: BOD $95 PRIME RIB Includes; Soup Salad lar Potato, Rolls t lullit boats up the White River, lit by torches in trees, to a clearing. 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V U I Roan leg el $C80 I Spring lamb ............................... W I COMPLETE DINNERS Include soup, salad, entree, hot bread, ice I cream, coffee or lea. M MAJOR CRID1T CARDS HONORED ft IIOWLEY'S RESTAURANT 4700 SOUTH DIXIE WEST PALM BEACH Open Tues.-Sat. 4:30-9:00, Sun. 3:30-U::iO Serving Dinners From A 95, Includes: Salad Bar, coffee, dessert Phone 582-1307 Banquet Facilities By ARTHUR J. HEISER and CLARE HEISER Pott Trevel Writer OCHO RIOS - No time to travel? Try a big weekend. About an hour's flight from Miami will take you over the clear, turquoise Caribbean Sea and onto the tropical island of Jamaica. There is a low Friday-to-Mohday excursion fare and many' Janfaican resort hotels offer three-night specials, including transfers from airport, free tennis, sailing, glass-bottom boat rides and welcoming cocktails. Before takeoff on Air Jamaica's "Yellow Bird," calypso music sets the moodnd "Rare Tropical Birds" (the stewardesses) offered complimentary pink bamboozles of fruit punch laced with rum. Lunch was served promptly allowing time for that relaxed feeling of drifting through space before sight of the high green mountains which rise behind Montego Bay. v Arriving tourists danced through formalities to music of a live band, had a daiquiri on the way to baggage claim and soon disjfersed. We were a group of friends snaring a minibus to Tower Isle Hotel in Ocho Rios. The 67-mile-ride on a recently widened and repaved road led through pleasing scenery of Janaica's north shore. Cattle switched their tails in green pastures. Fish nets dry on almond trees or sea grapes along vivid green water. At lean-to stands, wooden statues resembled the vendors. Carved roostfrs with each feather distinct were replicas of poultry scratching in . dOor yards. Villages swarmed with shoppers in bright dress. ! Ocho Rios is growing as a tourist town" with several complexes of smarl resort shops and new hotels of top American chains. The traditional, family-owned Tower Isle Hojel, built 27 years ago on the best location, has maintained its gracious Jamaican atmosphere. Guests are greeted by owner-manager Ann Keighly, settled in rooms with large balconies overlook ing the ocean or distant hills and get acquainted on a romantic party terrace enhanced with palm trees and sweet music. ' Birds in crimson bougainvillea sounded morning call jn time for us to swim in the sea before breakfast. Tower Isle Hotel's beach is protected by its island landmark, a limestone cliff bearing a thatch of green, a palm and a tower with a single turret and flag. Lifeboats moored at rest stop intervals on the 1,000-foot distance from shore are an inducement to swim out. Jamaica is more than a Caribbean resort. It is an Anglo-African surprise. Touring Prospect Estate, the working plantation of Sir Harry Mitchell, was by tractor-powered open train. The ranger described banana, cane, allspice and copra production. Trees are labeled. Bitter damsel is grown for matchsticks and toothpicks. Near a feed lot where Jamaican red poll steers add 2 or 3 pounds daily 'for 175 days, a lad climbed a palm for green coconuts for sampling. Jamaicans treat sore throats with a tea made from juice of a bryophyte and cathedral bells, (mother-of -millions). ' We saw the 18th-century Great House and Prospect Cadets Chapel, built with plantation stone and wood. '. Tourists can "meet the people" in Jamaica. (Apply to the Jamaica Tourist Board.) We were invited to lunch at the Stonas residence. It was a buffet for 75 tourist guests and Jamaican neighbors held in the acre-sized garden at the three-bedroom, three-bath home of this banker. The men were polished and prosperous, the wives charming hostesses, the food delicious island specialties. Jamaican coffee was served in English bone china. 'A Jamaican night js flower perfume, music of crickets and "whispering frogs." a moop-bathed palm grove and a ride in luttonwood log OPEN DAILY 7 am-10 pm Closed Sat. THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE CROSSWORD PUZZLE Dec. 5, 1976 Last Week's Solution, G7 Solution Next Sunday Cockney World ELAINE D. SCHORR Puzzles edited by Will Weng 60 Camptown doings 62 Tight spot 63 McKinley's mentor 64 Early comic-strip character 66 Flat plinth 67 favor 68 Cordial flavor 69 Piggy-bank contents in Cuba 70 Johnson's partner 71 Vinland name 73 Thickwits 75 Load toters 76 Holdups, etc. 78 Miss Miles 79 Horn muffler 80 Source of roe HI Monarchy elite 83 Mutt 86 "Once upon ACROSS I Hoi weens 7 Gremlins II Winter reversal 15 Set up a clamor 18 Printing blooper 20 Act to be read 21 First or going 22 Never, in Naumburg 23 Fail to get a look 26 Coal scuttles 27 French friend 28 Sing in a way 29 Cemetery sights 31 Prepare the salad 32 Make oneself heard 33 British composer and family 34 Hawaiian goose 35 Terminal listing: Abbr. 36 Banquet ritual 37 Man of the hour 38 Stair section 39 Performing bonuses 41 Daughter of Zeus 43 Egg-shaped 44 Catapult 45 Name for a dog 46 Leaped 49 Like some kindergarten art 52 Became the cause of 54 Blimp, for one 57 Sink-clogging items 58 "But(erfield8" author 88 So much, in music 89 Palmas SI Kind of black 92 Types of weaving 93 Herbaceous plants 94 Early Quaker 95 Sharks 97 Producer Alexander 98 Outer: Prefix 99 Brooks 100 Cost what it may 104 Sharpen a razor 105 Biblical town 106 Relinquish 107 Junkyard, e.g. 108 Russian unit: Abbr. 109 D.C. gumshoes 110 Algerian rulers 111 Violinist and family I 2" 4 S " 6 7 8 9 10 II 12 13 14 Tb To 1 19 I 2) T 22 2 J5 J0 -' J6 3 j7" - Jq" 41 U2 u "" :. 44 45 " 46 4 4ft 49 ISO 151 52 53 ' A 55 b6 ". 57 58 159 60 61 52 1- " b4 6j 06 - tmm q , j-m " 1 4 la 75 77" " 7a" 19 iL 80 81 82 " 83 84 185 I sT" aT" ' " aa a9 ao mm i- T - ' 99 100 101 102 103 - - Toe" Tw TTo TTi 87 Hawaii, once: Abbr. DOWN 13 At of a 64 Unusual: Prefix 65 Sardonic looks 66 Put up a squawk 68 Out of the way 70 Money spent 72 Charley horse, in Aries 74 Hangs suspended 75 Favorite hangouts 77 Big-time 79 Photography effect 80 Flower parts 82 Notched 83 Gras 42 Hollywood gossip queen 45 Castigated 47 S A. rodents 48 Trifle, in Toulon 49 Condition 50 Estate house 51 Huler henchman 53 Indian state 55 Actress Wendy 56 Laborers 58 Have an idea 59 Piano's precursor: Abbr. 61 Have at coin 14 Warp's partner 15 Uppity 16 Amplified 17 Antilles group 19 Arlen or Caine 24 Metal waste 25 Home for a hawk 30 Tearjerkers 32 "Beg your pardon" 33 Assign to 36 Sees the sights 38 Comes in like a lion 40 Green alga 41 Sacred: Prefix 1 Capitol unit 2 Do an adman's job 3 Skilled une 4 Warehouse contents 5 Hoi time in Pans 6 Bring to the bar 7 Lease one's services 8 City of N.D. 9 Wood for mastt 10 Vessel: Abbr. 11 Small villas 12 Solidify Keep Posted with our Hot Shots! See better Newt photos in The Pott. Coll Circulation 659-1450. Subscribe nowl 97 Swiss artist 101 Arithmetic abbr. 102 Columnist Gardner et al. 103 Back or blanket 90 Saws logs 92 Sierra 93 Allen 94 Kind of porridge 96 Fliers of N.A. 84 Ballot caster 85 Kind of slide 86 Poplars 87 In cahoots 88 Strait of ' Australia' S 1 4

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