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Wilmington, Delaware
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Sunday, July 17, 1977
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Sunday Nwi Journol, Wilmington, Dal., July 17, 1977 News Delaware By Al Cartwright y rw -Ma'-' fv Bearded and unbearded Bob Bosworth All kinds of hairy stories are emerging from The Brandywin-ers' preparations to stage "Fiddler on the Roof" at Longwood Gardens the weekends of July 28, and Aug. 4. About 80 per cent of the men in the cast are growing beards. In this show, the good guys have the whiskers. There is Dave Munch. He just came off the Chapel Street Players "Two by Two." for which he grew this neat beard and he decided to keep it. But then he won the role of Fyedka, the Russian, and Fyedka is beardless. So, now, is Munch. The reverse happened to Mike Zalatoris. He was Tevye in Our Laay ot tatima's Fiddler last spring. He raised a beard, couldn't wait to get rid of it, and did. Now he's cast in the same role with The Brandywiners and, sighing, he stopped shaving. . Last year, Bob Bosworth was the butcher in The Three Little Bakers' version of Fiddler. For 20 performances,he attached a fake beard and then rubbed his face raw with alcohol to remove the glue. Never again, he swore. If he had to play another bearded part, he'd grow one. So along comes The Brandywiners' show and Bosworth, a member of the chorus, began sprouting his very first beard. It came out "silver" he refuses to call it white. Bosworth figured if he was going to have a beard, the audi ence should be able to notice it. He would have it dyed. Renee O'Leary, a fellow Brandywiner, agreed and drafted her beautician, Sherri Colborne. The color was to be ash brown. But apparently beards don't react to dye the same as hair. Bosworth suddenly bad a black beard, to go with his brown hair. Not only that, but the dye blackened his skin around the edges of the beard. The Bosworth Beard Committee decided to wash out the dye as it happened, at somebody's birthday party. They used shampoo and the original dye the old color-removes-color theory. It was slow going. There was a suggestion that cigarette ashes in the mixture would help. "There I was in the bathroom with four women," Bosworth said. "The beautician ' was scrubbing away. Two other women were smoking cigarettes like mad, making ashes. And the fourth one was in hysterics." It worked, sort of. The Du Pont Co. chemical engineer now has "silver" roots he intends to touch up for the show. Meantime, he has wearied of answering questions about his new appearance and hands people this printed message: "If you see me between now and Aug. 8, be assured that the abnormal growth below my ears which is for cultural endeavors as opposed to political will be removed as soon as possible after the Brandywiners' production of 'Fiddler on the Roof.' In carrying forward with the longstanding Du Pont tradition of community involvement, I have chosen to do this to myself. " Look at it this way, fellows. The Brandywiners could have elected to do "Oh Calcutta ! " .ft If -V!tI ' V Happy birthday this week: Today Johnny Mac Morgan 62, George Harrison 65, Manny Klein SO, Jim Latimore 38, MondayKarl Meyers 62, Ben Brown 28. Tuesday Henry Fol-som 64, Slip Gawarzewski 55, Wednesday Warren Lane 45, Dick Douglas 52. Irv Handy 39. Thursday Elbert Chance 51. Friday Sen. Bill Roth 56. Reeves Montague 39, George Mahoney 55. Saturday Chet Smith 56, William du Pont III 25. Three or four years ago, members of the Wilmington Board of Education had a problem. The appointments by the mayor and governor, for varied amounts of time, made it hard for the members to remember who was coming and going. So the law was changed. After 1975, all appointments would be for four years. Then, last week. Mayor McLaughlin reappointed Wendell Howell, the board president, for a three-year term. Three years? Well, that's what McLaughlin's office thought. A couple of News-Journal reporters checked the law and told City Hall about the mistake. McLaughlin is sending Howell a new appointment letter, and Howell will get four more long years on the board. Walter Kennedy, the commissioner who made the National Basketball Association major-league, dies in Stamford, Conn. where he once was mayor and Jack van Urk mourns the passing of another Skeeter. Van Urk, who leaves his horses in Unionville, Pa., every day to put on his publisher's hat in Greenville, is an original Skeeter. There aren't many left seven, to be exact out of 25. What's a Skeeter? "A club," van Urk said, "with absolutely no rules, no goals, no dues. We're mostly horse players. We permit about four tracks a year to entertain us, and we top off our schedule with a big dinner at the 2l Club in New York. Walter was our president. "I guess we do have a rule," van Urk laughed. "Nobody pays for anything. I guess the definition is that the Skeeters Club is a freeloader." The Skeeters were born early in the '40s. Gene Mori built this race track in Camden, N.J., and he asked his pal Ted Husing, the sportscaster, to bring down a railroad car-full of New York media guys and other alleged celebrities. Van Urk climbed Some years ago, through van Urk's help, the sports writers' association here landed Kennedy as its principal speaker for the annual banquet. He was excellent. The Skeeters now are looking forward to their annual invasion of Monmouth Park. The only serious moment of the afternoon will be the election of a new president and a toast to the departed one. The glasses, of course, will be filled by the race track. The Skeeters, and Walter Kennedy, would have it no other way. It's in the rules. on Cablevisfon!EE Rollins Cable vision j6'B370 Son told Joe to marry Jill By AL CARTWRIGHT Joe Biden was shaving one morning last May when sons Beau, 8, and Hunt, 7, crashed the bathroom. They had a question for the young senator from Delaware. Beau took the floor. "When," he inquired, "are we going to get married? We've been dating for over two years. Are we getting married or aren't we?" That started a daily morning discussion that had become a ritual in the Biden household in the development of Montchan. There wasn't time for long talks when the senator returned from Washington each night. "When Beau popped the question, I decided it was time for me to do the same," said Biden. He was speaking of the question that made Jill Tracy Jacobs, 26, a University of Delaware alumnus from Willow Grove, Pa., his wife. Beau's "We" encompassed Jill and the whole family. Joe, 34, a widower, and Jill were married in a private ceremony in New York City a month ago today. She has been unavailable for interviews because, as Biden explained, "I don't want to get her into the political thing. Jill married me, my boys and the entire state of Delaware, you know. She's entitled to a little privacy." But the senator did agree to provide an inquiring reporter, the last of the nice guys, with a photograph and to answer questions about the new Mrs. Joseph Roderick Biden Jr. She made her Washington social debut, incidentally, just last Friday when Mrs. Casey Ribicoff, wife of the senator from Connecticut, introduced her to 14 other Senate wives at an informal luncheon. Frank Biden, his brother, was the unsuspecting Cupid in the romance. "It'll be three years come March," Biden said. "My two brothers and sister were sitting around the house with me, all of them waiting to go out on a triple date. I said I'd like to go, but 1 didn't know who to ask. Frank popped up that he knew this girl he had Negotiate not litigate new byword in tackling By WALLACE C. JUDD JR. In recent months, there's been a change in the way the state prosecutes alleged polluters. No longer are the state's lawyers and their counterparts who represent the smokestack industries routinely slugging it out in court. Most differences between the state and large companies are now being settled through negotia tions. Nowadays when the state finds itself in court, the defendant is more likely to be the little guy. Usually, he discharges considerably less pollution than the industrial giant. But his position is likely to have a more direct impact on a neighbor than the industry that spews tons of gunk into the air and water. For example, the state recently won a case against a man who falsified the results of soil tests necessary for a septic tank permit. The state is currently suing a developer in Dover who illegally connected several homes to a drinking water well. And the state is suing a developer in New Castle County for not properly installing septic tanks. "These days, the biggies tend to get settled before court," says June D. MacArtor, the deputy attorney general assigned to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. "The law cases we have seem to deal more with consumer protection. That is not our main area of responsibility, but that is what we are getting into." The state became aware of the water well and septic tank cases because neighbors complained. Several reasons for the fall-off in big court fights were cited by Mrs. MacArtor along with Thomas D. Whittington Jr., a former deputy attorney general assigned to the department, now in private practice representing many industrial clients on environmental cases, and F. Michael Parkowski, another former department attorney now in private practice. First, says Mrs. MacArtor, the pollution of the air and water is no longer in the emergency, crisis state that it was in the early 1970s. See and hear top National News team report night wrap-up. Why wait til 11? Get an extra hour's sleep! Channel 5 Washington met at the university, so why didn't I call her?" And Jill Tracy was amenable to a blind date, which was to consist of a snack and a movie in Chadds Ford and Concordville, Pa, respectively. "We really hit it off," Biden said. "From then on, neither of us went out with anybody else. I think we saw each other for the next 10 days running. It got to the point, a year ago, when it became obvious we would marry but we hadn't solidified anything. Should Jill teach another year? Should we get married during the presidential campaign confusion? Those were some of the things we had to decide. But when Beau wanted an answer a couple of months ago well I knew he had to have one. It was understood right along that we would be a family unit that Jill would be the mother of the boys." They set the date for mid-May, he said, "because I'd have my time available and Jill could spend a leisurely summer with Beau and Hunt." Meeting Jill Biden vicariously, you learn that she is the oldest of five daughters. The family includes twins. She was graduated from Delaware in 1974 with a degree in English, and she is going for her master's degree in reading at West Chester (Pa.) State, taking one course a semester. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. Jacobs he is president of a savings and loan association Jill attended Brandywine College for one semester before dropping out in favor of the university. She did substitute teaching for one year in the Wilmington schools system, at Burnett Middle School and Wilmington High School, and then taught English full-time for one year at St. Mark's High School. Jill is doing "part-time volunteer work" at the Child Abuse Center in Wilmington and one day a week goes downstate with Biden's mobile office. "I didn't even know she had joined my mobile group." Biden (""St. i !ia June D. MacArtor "By and large, the industries in the state have cleaned up or are working toward it," she said. For example, two recent citations against the Getty Refining & Marketing Co. involving its refinery at Delaware City came as a result of the state's annual inspection of Getty, not as the result of a specific enforcement program against the company. Parkowski says that for some companies and municipalities, the crisis is 'still there. But he concedes that many companies have made progress. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, environmental law now has a track record in the courts it did not have in the early 1970s. Companies and governments now have a good idea of what they can and cannot get away with in front of a judge. Parkowski says that, generally, laws protecting the environment have held up in court. "This makes negotiations a lot easier. Both sides negotiate from strength, and everybody can reach a settlement in good faith," says Mrs. MacArtor. "There's no industry left in Delaware which fights tooth and nail." This is important to the budget-minded state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control because negotiation is much cheaper than litigation. Thus, when the state was confronted with enforcement of a major national water pollution control deadline July 1, Austin P. Olney, acting secretary of natural resources and environmental control, and also a lawyer, could offer alleged offenders a chance to negotiate their way out of their problems. Another example of the new stance of enforcement is Delmarva Power & Light Co's recent case involving air quality standards before the statejs administrative Environmental 'Appeals Board. DP&L, after internal deliberations, chose not to pursue the section of ,m :i?jti . ' - -i-i f . iim ' ' J I I : n"f II .V t - V4 ; . M ; " ' , .,1 a - ", - 4 . , j ' ' ; " ' I I . . ' y v ' ' ' ' - , , , I Jill Biden said, "but I was delighted. I get some good feedback from her, and she is doing a lot of casework. So her hobbies are not just the piano and plants. Change that to 'learning the piano,' or else she'll think I'm building her up as a concert pianist. She fell in love with this baby grand we have, and is taking lessons." Thomas D. Whittington, Jr. the case it lost in court. "Some years ago, I think perhaps DP&L would have fought all the way in court," Mrs. MacArtor said. DP&L agrees. "We didn't have a direct interest (in the section of the case lost) and in the interest of preserving harmony, we chose not to pursue it," said E. D. Griffenberg Jr., attorney for DP&L. Another key reason for the de-emphasis on court contests is the experience being gained by the state's environmental enforcement staff, according to Whittington. Back in the crisis days when the public was demanding an immediate halt to pollution, lawyers were hampered because the technicians took water and air samples that would not consistently hold up in court. The scientists with little law orientation did not know how to build a legal chain of evidence. Administrators of scientific departments did not know how to hold a public hearing and build a public record which would hold up in court. Much of the early environmental debate, when the case history was not yet developed, was over procedure and not sooty smoke. The well-endowed legal staff of a major company could easily out-gun the struggling state, Whittington said. Procedures and routines are now set. "Wide-eyed enthusiasm for a cause has given way to professionalism," Whittington said. Another forestaller of lawsuits, according to Parkowski, is that the federal and state governments have adopted many of the same laws. "If you don't work with the state, a company knows it will have to deal with the federal government. Most companies feel the feds are big and impersonal compared to the local agency which knows .its specific problems. Biden said they have no "im mediate" plans to live anywhere but Montchan, where he "bought the original house two years ago "we have definitely ruled out the Washington scene, at least for the near future." So do 1 have the another I.ise Montv? makings of is state s pollution Jacob Kreshtool Companies shy away from confrontations with the federal government," Parkowski says. Another indicator is that Mrs MacArtor's priority list for her three-member department does not put a high emphasis on litigation. She says she is more concerned with being a better custodian of state lands, addressing the legal problems of water and land use she predicts will be the environmental controversies of the 1980s Streamlining the state's antipollution laws is another of her major concerns. Finally, Whittington says the state has had sort of a secret weapon to encourage companies to resolve pollution problems out of court. That weapon is Jacob Kreshtool, the outspoken lawyer who heads the Delaware Citizens for Clean Air. Kreshtool says he has been involved in 23 cases against polluters. Kreshtool also has a reputation for a persistent, grilling style of cross-examination. He contends the state hasn't been in court enough. Said Whittington, now a Kresh tool adversary : "Jake has done a great deal to clean up this state. The state doesn't exactly threaten you (a polluter) with Kreshtool, but sometimes the department lets it be known that Jake and his crowd will be out there yelling and screaming if progress is not made." Victim identified MOSCOW (AP) An American tourist who fell to his death from the 11th story of the Intourist Hotel Friday night was identified by the Botkin Hospital today as Martini Yates of New Mexico. Yates, about 25, fell through a glass window of the downtown! Moscow hotel at about 9 p.m. local; time. -

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