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St. Louis Post-Dispatch from St. Louis, Missouri · Page 23

St. Louis, Missouri
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Thursday, May 10, 1990
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6A ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH THURSDAY MAY 1019J0 -3 MAY ,101900 s PEOPLE Labels Comedians ROBIN WILLIAMS and WHOOPI GOLDBERG appeared before a Senate panel Wednesday to urge passage of a bill providing long-term help for homeless families. "It's a very sad state of affairs when we cannot take care of our own," Goldberg said. Both appeared before the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. They are working, with the Comic Relief group, which has raised money for the homeless. i jimmj. -jjm . -J -tr i f -I Reaction Here Mixed To Plan For Lyric Logo By Darrell McWhorter Of the Post-Dispatch Staff State Rep. Jean Dixon, R-Spring-field, who unsuccessfully sponsored a record labeling bill in the Missouri Legislature, said Wednesday that the record industry's voluntary labeling plan was "a joke." "Are they kidding? It stinks. This is a joke," Dixon said. But Dixon added that she would give the plan a chance to work. The record industry proposal drew praise from a record store executive and the head of the American Civil Liberties Union here. "I'm happy about it," said Randy Davis, vice president of Streetside Records. "Government censorship would have been a nightmare." Joyce Armstrong, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri, said the decision was a compromise between the demands of a group led by Tipper Gore and the recording industry. Gore is married to Sen. Albert Gore Jr., D-Tenn. "It would appear that they have both have acceded some," Armstrong said. "It would have been very difficult to enforce the kinds of legislation that they Gore's supporters had in mind." Dixon's proposal, which died in a House committee, would have included the words "Parental Warning" in bright yellow type on the jackets of records deemed offensive. Her proposal would have listed on the label the things that might be objectionable, including sex, violence and drug abuse. Her bill also included penalties for vendors who sold objectionable recordings to teen-agers. Armstrong said of the record industry's proposal: "This is a much better way to go. The government has no business involving itself in the issue of what we should listen to." From page one left up to the record companies and their individual artists, said Jay Berman, president of the Recording Industry Association of America. Members of the group produce more than 90 percent of the records sold in the United States. Berman said the warning labels would begin appearing in July on the outer packaging under the cellophane wrap of records, cassettes and compact discs reaching retail music stores. The label size will range from l'i inches by 1 inch for albums and CD long boxes to 1 inch by a half-inch for cassettes and CD cases. "We believe the uniform logo will enhance the existing voluntary system and better respond to the legitimate concerns of parents," Berman said at a news conference Wednesday. "Now that we have agreed on this new logo, it will be up to parents to use It as they see fit." Youngsters aged 10 through 19 accounted for nearly one-third of the $6.5 billion in total sales of recordings in 1988, according to industry figures. Under a 1985 agreement between the record industry and the Parents' Music Resource Center and the National PTA, which have led the fight against explicit lyrics, individual record companies were free to devise their own warning stickers or print lyrics on albums. But erratic compliance and the lack of a standard label led to parental complaints, and bills were introduced in several states to require warning labels on albums containing explicit lyrics. The complaints have generally been about rap music and heavy metal records. Berman's trade association is continuing to fight mandatory labeling proposals in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and Louisiana. The new labeling system was applauded by the Parents' Music Resource Center, headed by Tipper Gore, wife of Sen. Albert Gore Jr., D-Tenn. It was praised also by Ann Lynch, president of the National PTA. They urged an end to state efforts to require album labels. AP Entebbe Reunion Michal Varshavski (left) who was one of the hostages rescued by an Israeli commando team from the airport at Entebbe, Uganda, in 1976, talking with Yitzhak Rabin, at a reunion Tuesday in Tel Aviv, Israel, of hostages and their rescuers. Rabin was prime minister of Israel at the time. MARY MARTIN and CELESTE HOLM are among nearly two dozen stars who will join to observe the Shubert theater's 75th birthday Saturday in New Haven, Conn., by reprising or reminiscing about Broadway shows that "opened out of town" there. Martin is expected to sing Cole Porter's "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," from "Leave It To Me," which premiered at the Shubert in 1938. Her tryout for the show was her first time on a stage. Holm will sing "I'm Just a Girl Who Can't Say No," from "Oklahoma!" which opened in 1943. JOHN RAITT will sing "Bill's So liloquy from "Carousel, which opened there in 1945. Others stars expected are YVONNE DECARLO, ROBERT GOULET, CONNIE STEVENS, MAUREEN STAPLETON, VINCENT GARDENIA and the Rock-ettes. The 90-minute show is directed by JOE LAYTON, creative director of Radio City Music Hall. ON THIS DAY On May 10, 1869, a golden spike was driven at Promontory Point, Utah, marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States. Make Shopping More Convenient, Apply For Your Silo Credit Card Today! LADY BIRD JOHNSON sank the plans of the City Council of Austin, Texas, to rename Town Lake in her honor. Mayor LEE COOKE had proposed the idea during a 25th anniversary celebration of President Lyndon B. Johnson's inauguration, and a majority of the council agreed. Cooke said he hadn't expected Lady Bird's veto Tuesday. Mrs. Johnson, who helped develop and beautify the popular recreation spot 20 years ago, wrote the officials that Town Lake "will always be a special place for me, but I will feel very self-conscious if it is named for me." Architect MAYA YING LIN, who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington when she was a student at Yale University, has returned to her alma mater to mark the arrival of women undergraduates 20 years ago. Yale has commissioned Lin to design a sculpture to celebrate new generations of Yale women on campus. Gravel-voiced singer and actor TOM WAITS won a $2,475,000 judgment Tuesday against Frito-Lay Inc. and an advertising agen- ' televisions audio appliances ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH 900 N. 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