Arizona Daily Star from Tucson, Arizona on October 26, 1972 · Page 29
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Arizona Daily Star from Tucson, Arizona · Page 29

Tucson, Arizona
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Thursday, October 26, 1972
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Women l-C THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1972 3 ! r Couples Chose To Maintain CMdjree Lifestyle By ANN HENCKEN NEW YORK (AP) - Midnight feedings, the patte! of little feet, scout meetings and orthodontist bills these joys of parenthood, Ken and Sandra Veit can do without. They prefer another life style: living in a $71,000 condominium apartment in Hartford, Conn.; dining out up to five times a week; long, leisurely hours of reading at night unbroken by children's squeals; exotic vacations such as alligator hunting on the Amazon River or camping in Iceland. Like an increasing number of couples across the country, the Veits are a "childfree" family, by choice. They plan to stay that way. They enjoy their life too much to change it despite pressures of community tradition, pointed questions from strangers or urgings from acquaintances. "After 10 years of marriage, people no longer assume we're waiting for the right moment," says small, blonde Sandra Veit, 29. "For a long time, I wouldn't admit I didn't want children. Now I let people know,", says Sandra, who works as a technical manager in a data processing division of an insurance company. "We don't dodge the issue anymore," says Ken. Sandra and Ken have streamlined their schedules to allow maximum time for their greatest pleasures: work,, reading, travel. "The best thing about not having children is the personal freedom. You can do anything you want anytime you want from being able to go out and get a hotdog, to making love," says Ken, age 34, a senior vice president of an insurance company. The number of couples choosing to remain childless is increasing. Of wives ages 18-24, the percentage of those with no children and desiring no children has almost tripled ' over the last five years from 1.3 of the group in 1967 to 3.6 per cent in 1972. Of wives ages 25-29, it has almost doubled from 2.2 to 4.0. . More groups are recognizing the childfree concept because they feel it is important in combatting the population explosion and in achieving individual fulfillment This year, for instance, Zero Population Growth, a group organized to try to stabilize the U.S. population, changed its official policy to include endorsement of the childfree and one-child families ideas as well as the previous "stop-at-. two" concept. Although the fertility rate for 1972 is estimated to have hit a new low 2.1 births per woman some population experts guess that the U.S. population will still be about 330 million by the year 2070, including growth through immigration. New groups are springing up to try to change social attitudes toward childfree families. One such is the Organisation for Non-Parents (NON) with headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., which was formed in January. It now has 800 members. "The point of the group is to remove whatever stigma may remain over the heads of ' people who decide not to be parents at all ... or who want to form their families through adoption or foster care," says Dr. E. James Lie- berman, Washington, D.C., " psychiatrist and NON board member. "This society needs to learn the word natalism as it has learned sexism and male chauvinism," says Ellen Peck, a childfree housewife and author of "The Baby Trap." "Natalism is an underlying societal attitude, that the duty, destiny and glory of every female lies in motherhood. It's reinforced everywhere from tax laws to the soap operas." The Veits could afford children. They spend about $25,080 a year, not counting what they save or invest. However, with no worries about children's education or medical expenses, they can splurge when they feel like it on paintings, $200 suits for Ken, good ballet tickets, lush carpeting in their new apart ment, or last years' raft trip down the Colorado River, dining out and a maid for cleaning. "Instead of going to Ocean City or Cape Cod for vacations, we can go anywhere in the world," says Sandra. "I've endured snide remarks that we're selfish," Sandra says. "That's assuming that there's some pool of unborn children dying to be born," says Ken. "That's preposterous. It's okay to be selfish as long as you're not hurting someone." "When a woman has become a mother as a result of propaganda, I guess she tries to keep these myths alive, the idea that motherhood can enhance what you are," says Sandra. "And a lot of people have admitted that if they had it to (Continued on Page 2C) r-Dorothy Gaines9 IN AND ftS, ABOUT nJ (. WSOfl J- A 11 ( 1 1 - y. I - v 1 " f i f 1-. fjj ' : CHRISTINA SWIFT serves free lemonade to Ted Reyes of Erichon Elementary School and Valerie McDonald of Marana Junior High School at yesterday's Food Fair. EEGEE'S Frozen Lemonade served lemonade to more than 800 school children attending a special demonstration at the fair. (Sheaffer photo by Harry Lewis) Second Food Fair Termed Success Attendance at the second Arizona Food Fair rocketed well over the anticipated 4,000 according to Sandal English, Arizona Daily Star Food Editor and fair chairman. Mrs. English said she, her committee chairman and all involved felt the fair was a tremendous success. Centered around the theme of choosing foods from the Basic Four Food Groups for better health, the fair featured displays of products, demonstrations, food samples, with lots of cookbooklets and leaflets available. There were several programs by a noted chef and others on nutrition, cooking with dairy foods, baking breads and a special program for school children by Mary Roberts, Los Angeles, consumer director for Western Growers Assn. June Gibbs, state nutritionist for the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Service, also praised the fair, saying, "This sort of thing is very effective in getting across to people the information on food and nutrition that they need to have." Bobby Fischer's M.D. Mother Hits Road For Sen. McGovern By JUDY KLEMESRUD t 1972 New York Times Newt Service NEW YORK One of the current celebrities on the stump for Sen. George McGovern is a blue-eyed woman with closely cropped hair named Dr. Regina Pus-tan, who is campaigning, she says, "as a woman, a doctor, and an American." ' She also happens to be Bobby Fischer's mother, but that's one thing she isn't very anxious to talk about "Bobby doesn't like publicity, especially from his mother," the 59-year-old pediatrics resident said about her son, the world chess champion. "I don't want to get him mad at me, and I don't want any complaints from him. I don't pretend to speak for Bobby and I don't play chess. I only speak for myself." . Dr. Pustan, a long-time pacifist, has spent the last 11 years in Europe, where she remained after participating in a San Francisco-to-Moscow Peace March in 1961. Shortly thereafter she married her second husband, Cyril Pustan, a college English teacher whom she met on the march. He is now in his early 40's, she said. "It was sort of like robbing the cradle," the personable, outgoing Dr. Pustan said in an interview the other day at the McGovern for President headquarters here. "But he made an offer I couldn't refuse." Dr. Pustan said she received her medical degree from Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, East Germany, in 1968. She has since been working on her residency in hospitals in Leeds and Derby, England. "I had just finished a six-month contract," she said, "when I saw pictures of police brutality at the Republican Convention in Miami and read about what Jane Fonda and Shirley MacLaine were doing on behalf of peace and Sen. McGovern. "I certainly didn't want to see another four years of Nixon," she added, "and I felt strongly that Vietnam is like a cancer ruining the whole fabric of American life. So instead of just talking about it, I decided to do something about it." " Although Dr. Pustan says she plays down the fact that she is Bobby Fischer's mother when she speaks at campaign rallies, many people still ask her about her famous son. "I say that Bobby is a person of principles, from the ground up," she said, "and that he always has been, and that whatever he believes in, he'll stand up for it until the world ends. The one thing he can't stand is people who say one thing and haven't the will to do anything about it. He calls them creeps." Dr. Pustan's voice has many of the same inflections as her son's. There is also a strong resemblance in the eyes and in the shape of their mouths. The similarity ends, however, when it comes to politics. Fischer has been quoted as saying he is a fan of President Nixon, for whom he has "a high and earnest regard." v What about the much-publicized split between mother and son? "That's personal, . and I don't want to talk about it," said Dr. Pustan, who was wearing a simple two-piece turquoise knit dress, sturdy brown oxfords, and no makeup. "There's nothing to it," cut in Mrs. Rose Keenan, of Long Beach, N.Y., who said she has (Continued on Page 2C) Arruza The Tucson Festival Society in its ten-day spring season pours out a cornucopia of events that focus on Tucson's multi-cultural heritage. The San Xavier Fiesta, Mexican Fiesta in the park, Children's Parade, Arts and Crafts Fair, Pioneer Jubilee and most other events are free; Festival picks up the bills with great assist from its members, from the Silver and Turquoise board of hostesses and lately from some corporations and the Arizona Commission on Arts and Humanities., Now Festival is planning a gala sangria-and-the-ater evening, a benefit premiere of the film "Arruza," Nov. 8 at Cine El Dorado. The sangria and Spanish style hors d'oeuvre come on at 7: 30 and the flick at 8:30; tickets are a modest $10. Bullring im-pressario Mike de la Fuente in whose ring Carlos Arruza fought many times plans to be here with a group from Nogales for the premiere; capes and other fight equipment from his collection and from that of bullfight critic Dick Frontain will decorate the lobby. Peggy Purcell is getting up a group of attractive hostesses for the evening, and some Festival aficionados who are already getting up theater parties are the Gordon Smiths, Duncan Taylors, Alan Hasses, Gilbert Ronstadts, Bob Fosters, Walter Graces and Edwin Fishers. Parker Perry, who saw the movie earlier at a private showing and says it's great, plans to see it again with Julie. Arruza was filmed by Bud Boetticher over a period of eight years and covers the time between his emergence from retirement when he began to fight as a rejoneador (from horseback) to his final triumph in 1966 in the then-new Mexico City bullring. He died a few weeks later in an automobile accident at the age of 46. The film is narrated by Anthony Quinn, and when it opened in New York in August the New York Times reported "... for the genuine complexities revealed in its spare and lovely style, it may be among the last great examples of classical filmmaking." In his 1967 book "Mexico's Border Bullrings," Dick Frontain says that the greatest corrida ever seen in Nogales took place Oct. 5, 1952, and that during it Arruza was superb in every respect. He adds that Carlos Aruzza made his public debut as a rejoneador in the same ring on Sept. 16, 1956. o Q "a q m . 5 (Q III . -jm&fc .11 matmmi . JtTut I t?l ' if v W , 6Cf If f '72, Jt : mm mm . Xow $19 1 1 I i TODAY THRU SAL ... at WHEELER'S! ana pi FLOOR SAMPLES LOWEST PRICES ANYWHERE! FOOD STORAGE A ldali COMMENT 31 RefrigwitorMjAJ The Amana Slor-Mor Convertible proves refrigerators can be extra convenient. Famous STOR-MOR doors give convenient storage. Save !w ... In All i Departments i DariaK Kwitzer FashiaaS Dawatem a, Ortaber Sale! . 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