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Sunday, February 20, 1994
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O fP TM T Ideas or comments? Call Lifestyle Editor Kevin Isaacson (414)431-8216 1 i Sunday, February 20.. 1 994 Green Bay Press-Gazette On fashion &6 . . I Li i J Back to baby doll You used to be as young as you feel. Now you're as young as you dress. So if you want to be a beautiful baby this spring, the fashion world can help. 1 Top designers aren't kidding around with their suggestions of sweet, short, baby doll dresses. The naughty schoolgirl silhouette was last popular in the swinging '60s. The '90s Kindergarten Chic started as a funny anti-fashion trend a few years ago when Generation Xers wore infant pacifiers around their necks. Grunge singer Courtney Love (wife of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain) flounced onstage in empire-waist-ed frilly frocks. And top models such as Kate Moss and cele-brat packers like Sofia Coppola sported tiny T's and shrunken sweaters from Gap Kids. The Kiddie-Worn movement has gained ground only because designers have taken "inspiration" from what teens are wearing. But why is the fashion world going ga-ga for goo-goo gowns? As with any fashion trend, it's probably more than clothes. What we wear reflects our hopes, fears, dreams and desires. Social seers say the infantile clothing signals that the fear of contracting AIDS has revived the appeal of innocence. Others say women are tired of "having it all" and long to be "taken care of." "It's just the pendulum swinging again. It's a new look for the neophiles, who love the new," said Valerie Steele, fashion historian and professor at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. Gannett News Service Become a U.S. citizen: A free 12-week citizenship course will be offered from 7 to 9:40 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning this week at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Registration will be taken at the first class meeting. For more information, call instructor Bette McAnulty at 494-5732 or 1-800-422-NWTC, ext. 421. Stalf reports Talking about the King: Ann-Margret 30 years Mrs. Roger Smith apparently had a thing with Elvis Presley before their marriages. Ann-Margret, 53, was introduced to Presley on the set of Viva Las Vegas and more than the picture developed. They spoke of marriage, she says, but as a never-could-be thing, since Elvis had other commitments (a teen-age Priscil-la waiting in the wings). But they had good times. "We talked Ann-Margret forever about so many different things," she says. Not all was so quaint. Ann-Margret still can do a mean routine she and Elvis worked up for parties snaking across a floor on her stomach, growling the Jimmy Reed lyrics "You got me running . . .," and finishing with hip gyrations that raise dust motes in the carpet. Their relationship ended when Presley "went on with his life," fiVlP SAVR. v . I I -ilWIt v Readers' Corner That's Katelynn Gohr popping out of this Christmas package. She's the daughter of Steven and Sheila Gohr of So-bieski. Grandparents are Reuben and Miller Gohr, Oconto Falls; and Ron and Dee Anderson, Per-ham, Minn. Send photos to Readers' Corner, Press-Gazette, P.O. Box 19430, Green Bay, Wl 54307. K. LtH ... ,-. . . .'Ji i . . JtK ,r,nnMin nfjm i X - -M 1 ' Waiting for word: Christine Reinhard, Clintonville, keeps an oil lamp burning day and night near a photograph husband, Craig Williamson, as a sign of hope that they will be reunited. He was listed as missing Sept. 1 . A Clintonville woman remains hopeful her missing husband will return By Kendra Meinert Press Gazette CLINTONVILLE Christine Reinhard lives her life waiting for the phone call that will give her back her husband. On Aug. 28, Craig Williamson drove down the driveway of the couple's Waupaca County fish farm on his way to a business trip in Colorado. Reinhard waved good-bye. It was the last time she saw her husband. On the night of Aug. 30, Williamson called his wife from his room at the Super 8 Motel in Colorado Springs. He was on ,.. his way to return the rental car and asked that Reinhard give him a wake-up call at 5:30 the next morning so he could get an early start home in his "fish bus," an old school bus he used to haul equipment. It was the last time she heard her husband's voice. The five and a half months that have passed since that night have yielded few answers and so many questions. When the El Paso County Sheriffs Department checked Williamson's room Aug. 31, they found no signs of a struggle, a bed that had not been slept in and all of his belongings intact. Within 24 hours, two of his credit cards showed up on a bread shelf at an El Paso, Texas, grocery store near the Mexican border. By Sept. 1, Williamson, 49, with a muscular build, gray beard and blue eyes, was officially listed as a missing person. Two weeks later, authorities found his rental car in a residential neighborhood in Juarez, Mexico. That's where the trail of clues ends and the waiting and heartache begin for the wife Williamson has left behind. "It's real hard to get up in the morning. Every experience I've had since I was 6 years old and every spiritual thing I've learned I have called on to get myself through this," Reinhard said, wiping the tears that have become a part of her daily life since Williamson vanished. "It's just one of those things where one day my whole life turned around MD a, . 180-degree turn. I know some day the phone will ring and it will turn back." Authorities say they don't know what happened to Williamson but speculate he may be dead or deliberately in hiding. Reinhard refuses,to believe either theory. " "I know they're wrong. They have no evidence to prove Craig is dead. They have no evidence to prove Craig walked away voluntarily. Nothing. Since they have no evidence to support anything, those are like their default theories."QL will showcase products and services. Cost: ticket at Chamber of Commerce, business card or $3. V 7 J0mnjm mm (oJO Reinhard has her own theory. She believes Williamson was attacked on his way to return the rental car. His credit cards and the car were stolen, and he suffered a hit on the head that erased his memory. She's convinced he's alive but is confused about who and where he is. oping and hoping "I know Craig and I are going to be reunited. Sometimes it's real hard to stay focused on that and not get . bogged down in the chaos I find myself in. But I have a great deal of faith in God and a great deal of faith in Craig." Reinhard's stubborn hope burns as bright as the porch lights she keeps on 24 hours a day and the oil lamp that always stays lit on the dining room table. Next to the lamp is a picture of Williamson, along with his Christmas and birthday gifts, anniversary card and a heart-shaped box of Valentine's Day candy. "It's all waiting for him," she said. Reinhard wakes each morning wondering what will bring her to tears that day. A song on the radio, a commercial on TV or something in the kitchen cupboard. She has resorted to watching PBS and listening only to classical music. There are days when even Roseanne is too sentimental to watch, she said. "Monday nights are always bad, because that's the last time he spoke to me. And the end of each month just signals that another month has gone by." Mornings and evenings are toughest, so it's during each afternoon that Reinhard tries to do something that might bring Williamson back to her sending off posters, researching amnesia or praying. "I try not to be negative, because I don't have enough energy. It drains you. It's like giving your power away." Reinhard, who grew up in Howard and graduated from Bay Port High School, talks frequently on the phone to family and friends. "My family tries to be supportive, but no one can understand. It's so cpmprehen-sive. It touches every single aspect of my life," she said. "It's not a death. It's not . abandonment. It's not a divorce. My husband has been taken from me." i-. rl atch made in heaven Reinhard met Williamson . in 1990 in Port Townsend, a quaint artists community on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. She moved to Olympia in 1987 y" . . mm, Check it out Wisconsin Deer Classic: Today, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Brown County Arena. Show features four, live record-book deer and more than 100 exhibitors and speakers on hunting. Cost, $5 adults, $2.50 ages 6-12, free for those under 6. Business Expo '94: Tuesday, noon-8 p.m.; Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Brown County Expo Centre. Sponsored by the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, Press- , Gazette. WLUK-TV 11 and WIXX-FM. More than 200 exhibitors 'Pirates of Penzance': Monday, Feb. 28, Weidner Center, UWGB Performance by Gilbert & Sullivan Players, New York. Tickets, $30, $27, $19. Ticket office, 465-2217 or (800) 328-8587. Items are from Entertainment Extra. I' i 1 V- Mr-' I 1 -V 's 7 t Press-Gazette photo by to take a cartography job, and he had been living in the Pacific Northwest for 15 years. Reinhard, divorced for 14 years, always believed somebody like Williamson was waiting for her. She describes him fondly as "a man's man" someone who looks and acts like Ernest Hemingway but has all the sensitivity and gentleness of a '90s man as well. "I had looked for him for so long. I walked into his life and he walked into mine. When we found each other there was no doubt in either of our minds. We got married a month later," she said. "We both like garlic and anchovies. It was a marriage made in heaven." In 1991, the couple moved to a farm near Clintonville, where Reinhard could be back in her home state and Williamson could own the fish farm he had always wanted. They "put every penny" into transforming the old dairy farm into Three Corners Aquafarm, an operation that raised tilapia, a sweet tropical fish served at area restaurants and sold at supermarkets. Their business was just catching on when Williamson disappeared. The operation has since folded; the farm is for sale. Reinhard knows it won't be long before she loses the house they ve shared for three years. Press- f fringing a net If Williamson is suf- ferine from amnesia, Reinhard believes he probably doesn't know he has a wife or home in Wisconsin. She thinks he may have traveled to Washington, the state the San MS nt.i Diego native considers home. She shared that lead with authorities early in the investigation but said they continued to focus on the clues in Texas and Mexico. She also felt they put little stock in a Sept. 15 sighting of a man who looked like Williamson. Judy Inman, a retired nurse from Montana, said she saw a able to k t- , " ' th eye of 7 the aJTS? man tnat resemDiea ; i uposed it Williamson on a train headed agreed Proposed it for Denver via Portland. He Keinharo talked about fish, seemed assigned to confused and disoriented . cuss Glaiag and looked like he had been expected to wearing nis ciotnes ior a i 'u.,t , ,A . , long time, Inman told ; authorities. "There's iuat no svmbathv for my husband being a white, middle-aged t TV highlight 'What about Bob?' The movie airs at 8 p.m. on ABC (Channel 2, Green Bay). Bill Murray plays a neurotic who becomes too attached to his psychiatrist and drives him up the wall. Richard Dreyfuss plays the psychiatrist. Complete TV listings are in 'TV Week' Soap opera updates, movie reviews. Call 24 hours a day. 1-900-773-6000 Then dial 4 951 per minute. Touchtone callers only. It's just one of those things where one day my whole life s turned around a 180-degree turn ... It only: gets worse. It gets scarier. ;: . J-' if W John Roemer of her man. If I were missing it would have been totally different and they never would have treated Craig like they treated me." Frustrated by how authorities were handling the investigation, Reinhard set out for the Pacific Northwest herself. With a framed photograph of Williamson on the passenger's seat beside her, and Humphriecq and Bogart, the dogs that have become her closest companions, in the back seat, Reinhard spent Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's putting on more than 7,000 miles during her search in Oregon and Washington. She had no expectations of finding Williamson herself but wanted "to string a net" that might help catch him later. She handed posters to anyone who would take one, talked to local police departments, visited homeless shelters and granted television and newspaper interviews. She returned with $3,000 less than when she left and no answers. Please see MissingD-3 w, ".le best news nu . '."r with ,-.... ice episjt0ry Wl featuiw her s the ' um . --- nn ,.. "TJWainin th ' 8e receive """filer K...r ywra, J..- . " I l0QSt:n ek and iB 7f ''storv - ' Waghinrt rasWton a VtW to n, . X. u6rjwi s resp r u uSri "Pacers. Tf,.. ,curcers, whn to 's refiP7,Tn cat '"wiestor-: TwTf?1 since a diJd that nce th df tor she'U be cont 0Iy is f. Williamson to , two month p """hard Find out J who's planning to marry A J D-3 , t 1

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