The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 19, 1986 · Page 7
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Local/Kansas 2 The Salina Journal Sunday, January 19,1986 Page 7 Musician puts 'Last Piece of Pride' on country charts By NANCY MALIR Staff Writer ; A Salina man has succeeded in ; doing what many attempt, but few 'accomplish — making it into the national Top 100 single record charts. Country western singer-songwriter R.J. McClintock, 2401 Simmons, is ranked number 93 this week on the Cashbox's Top 100 with his single "Last Piece of Pride," a song he wrote himself. "It still hasn't soaked in yet," McClintock said of his success, "It's something you worked so hard for — you just don't feel the impact of it." The 33-year-old McClintock began performing and writing country music 20 years ago when he was still a teenager living on the family farm 17 miles south of Beloit. "I started working professionally when I was 13. We played in night clubs all over north-central Kansas and in Nebraska," McClintock said. McClintock played guitar and sang in a group called The Western Echoes, and that's when he started writing music. Although McClintock has dreamed since childhood of being a country music star, it wasn't until two years ago that he began to focus on the recording business seriously. Giving up performing to concentrate on writing, McClintock went to Nashville for the first time in April 1984 to rub shoulders with people involved in the country music business. McClintock thought he would make a name for himself immediately. "One of the major publishers was interested in a particular song I wrote to use for another artist, but the deal fell through," he said, refusing to identify the publisher. McClintock was "very disappointed" when he learned of the publisher's decision, but two days later, what McClintock terms his "One of the things I'm really excited about is I'm going to show them I'm going to make it from Kansas." — R.J. McClintock "big break" came. Comstock Records, an independent record company based in Snawnee, called McClintock to say although they weren't'interested in the demonstration tape of the songs he had sent them, they were interested in his voice. McClintock and Comstock began working together, and have produced four records in the past 14 months in an attempt to build up a music following. "The odds against getting on the chart are astronomical," said Comstock's national publicist, Frank Fara. "Thousands of people are trying get records released, and the country music superstars control 75 positions on the Top 100, so this is quite an event. "It's like winning a lottery," Fara said. However, Fara said he wasn't surprised McClintock broke the charts with "Last Piece of Pride." "We had a lot of support on the last release ('Don't You Ever Call Me Darlin' Anymore'), but you never know the tuning of the business." McClintock, whose dream since childhood has been to sing at the Grand Ole Opry, is "very confident" that his country music career is off and running. "I have a lot more confidence now because I know I can do it, and I know I can do better the next time," McCUhtocksaid. "I haven't made it yet, but we've made a lot of progress. I believe it's just a matter of time until I can say 'This is what I do for a living. 1 " KINA music director Bill Ray agrees with McClintock's self- assessment. "The toughest part for any artist is to get national recognition. But if he keeps going the way he's been going, he'll do well," Ray said. McClintock is betting breaking onto the charts will open doors to bigger and better things. "It increases your chances tremendously when something like this happens," McClintock said. "Radio stations and others look at you more seriously." KINA has been playing "Last Piece of Pride" for the past week, and promoting the fact that McClintock is a Salina artist. "We always get a pretty favorable response from the local audience," Ray said of McClintock's recordings. A big disadvantage for McClintock's recording success has been his Kansas residency. Living in the Nashville area is a definite advantage as far as making country music connections go, McClintock said. But McClintock said he has no plans to relocate. "It is a disadvantage (living in Kansas), but it's a lot more satisfying when you're successful. One of the things I'm really excited about is I'm going to show them I'm going to make it from Kansas." Stein combines love of teaching and children Refugees to be topic of meeting By NANCY MALIR Staff Writer Although she no longer teaches languages in Salina schools, Valentine Stein has continued to combine her love of education and children by teaching Russian to youths in her home. Each week, two classes of four children each meet at Stein's home at 622 Ralph to study the Russian language and Russian life. "I'm very much attached to these kids," Stein said of the eight children clustered in her living room. "They are very capable and mature, and grasp things very fast." A native Ukrainian, Stein speaks four languages: Russian, Ukrainian, German and English. She said she became interested in teaching when the first of her seven children were young, and she became concerned about their education. ; "I enjoy being a mother first, and then a teacher," she said. From 1966 to 1976, Stein—who as a former ballerina also teaches dance — taught both Russian and German at Salina South and Salina Central high schools. Because cuts were made in the language departments of the schools, she said, her contract was not renewed. At the request of local parents she began teaching Russian privately to the two groups. Her advanced group is made up of the four daughters of Bismarck and Bemadette D'Souza, 249 Seitz: Maria, 14, Carol, 13, Barbara, 12, and Erika.8. The girls began studying Russian in June because their mother believes studying languages is a broadening experience. "Russia is one of the superpowers and it's good to know how to speak other languages," Bemadette D'Souza said. Stein's other group of "intellectuals" — as she enthusiastically calls her students — are four youths who are traveling to the Soviet Union in August on a church- sponsored Peace Journey. Daniel Lewerenz, 12, Heather Lewerenz, 14, Bryan Klostermeyer Cultural differences of southeast Asian refugees is to be the subject of a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the Salina Central High School auditorium. Erica Hagen, San Clemente, Calif., an educational consultant and actress, willj lead the discuss-? ion. Her visit is I sponsored by the! Salina School Dis-l trict and the American GI Forum Indochinese Resettlement Center. Hagen After earning a degree in education from the University of Kansas, Hagen became an actress, appearing in television shows such as "Kojak," "Quincy" and "The RockfordFiles." She also appeared in the movies "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" and "The Last American Hero." Since completing administration of a program called Jobs for New Americans in Providence, R.I., Hagen has worked as a consultant on refugee issues. Besides the public meeting, Hagen will vist Salina area schools Monday through Wednesday for presentations. Bryan Klostermeyer, Daniel Lewerenz, Erich Starrett and Heather Lewerenz study Russian alphabet flashcards with teacher Valentine Stein. 13, and Erich Starrett, 14, are part of a church delegation from Kansas and Oklahoma planning to meet Soviet youth in Leningrad, Moscow, and Sochi. Their language instruction is just beginning. Stein held up flashcards of the Russian alphabet for the beginners as they named the letters. "There is no problem with their pronunciation at all," Stein said of her students. "They keep me on my toes because they learn so fast." She had her advanced students "show off" by reading Russian aloud. "Look at the intellectuals," she said several times during the lesson, showing an obvious liking for her pupils. The children's feelings toward Stein are mutual. "It's fun with Mrs. Stein. She likes to crack jokes," Maria said. Maria also prefers Stein's living room to a classroom. "It's neat studying in her home," she said. Heather gives credit to Stein for her desire to travel to the Soviet Union. "I knew Mrs. Stein and she was interesting," she said. Stein, a substitute teacher in the city's parochial school system, prefers teaching high school-age students because it's more of a challenge. "It's much easier to teach hi college than in high school. I wanted to teach in high schools because it's , challenging. In college you can kick them out if they don't do well," she said. "It's not boring to teach in high schools." Stein instructs her Russian students in more than just the language. She covers all aspects of Russian life — including ideology and the arts — "because you can't separate this from the language," she said. Stein told the students who will be traveling to Russia not to insult the Russian children's way of lif e. "Don't tell them your things are better than theirs. You wouldn't walk into someone's house here and say 'My couch is better than yours.' " "Be generous of yourself," she advised. Stein, whose motto is "only by education will you be free," said she looks forward to each of the meetings with her pupils because they create learning demands for her. "They stimulate me and I stimulate them and it always keeps me on my toes." What could say it better than a portrait from Bill & Carol Roenne Call about our Valentine's Day Specials 823-6077 MflRTin LUTHER KlflG, JR. January 15,1929-flpril 4,1968 A man of vision. A man of dreams. 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