The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 3, 1971 · Page 17
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The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas · Page 17

Hutchinson, Kansas
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Sunday, October 3, 1971
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Finds Life in Commune More Like 1871 Than 1971 NEW YORK (AP) - "Communes are pointing the way to Bie kind of society we are going to be forced to adopt," declares Robert Houriet, who spent a jrear visiting 50 communal experiments over the country to learn why more and more Americans are choosing this life style. The former newsman began his 10,000-mile odyssey after leaving his newspaper job in protest. He supported the right of one of his reporters to wear long hair against the publisher's wishes. Going Back in Time Skeptical and synical at the start, Houriet found his own commitment to the movement "sort of snuck up" on him. The title of the book he has written about his experience, "Getting Back Together," refers to going back in time as well as getting back to the land, he explains. "Communes resemble 1871 more than 1971 and there is a lot to be said for the way MUSCLE MAN — Albert Beeckl, 28, a journalist from Barbadoes who was named 'Monsieur Universe 1971' in Paris last week, flexes his muscles for these two women and the photog- (Hutchinson News-UPI Telephoto) rapher. Beeckl is 5'7%" tall, weighs 209 lbs., biceps, 22". waist, 29Va", thigh 26%", calf, I8V2", and neck 17%". BRILLIANCE VALUE! DIAMONDS BY CARAT WEIGHT! people lived in 1871," says the 34-year-old author whose house in Vermont has no electricity. "We shouldn't forget all technology, but we should first go back and then go forward and take the right route this time. I have a feeling that civilization got off the major road and got on a detour that's going off a cliff." The lanky, bearded Houriet found the common denominator of all the places he visited was a belief that the land and nature was the basis for a good society—a conviction he shares. "When we destroy our natural environment we not only befoul our nest, but we also undermine certain psychological underpinnings of man," he says. "When we cover the natural environment with asphalt and plastic man grows neurotic and frustrated and starts to turn to other forms of sensory escape, such as drugs and alcohol, to compensate for what is missing in life." Houriet adds that the Stereotype of communarians as involved primarily with drugs and sex doesn't fit. "In the whole trip I saw no one shoot up heroin or use speed. But I did see ex-junkies and ex-speed freaks who had gone to the communes in search of some natural rehabilitation. As for sex, couples predominate and for the time they are together they are fairly monogamous. It's not as orgiastic as people think." At least 2,000 communal experiments are in operation in rural sections of the country and the number rapidly is expanding, Houriet reports. The trend of the movement is from communes to communities. "Communes, • which have no clearly defined purpose or Page 18 The Hutchinson New» Sunday, October 3,1971 structure, foster more intense interaction among people, since they usually live in the same house," he elaborates. "They attract younger people who are on the road, searching, restless, and there is a big turnover and surface instability." Communities, he notes, are more organized and traditional, made up of separate dwellings. Add to, or open, your account with $500 or more and get a... Hot'n Cold Double-Header Thermos Absolutely Free! This handsomely designed, super-insulated jug will come in handy many times ...and it could settle a family argument! If Dad wants coffee and the kids want lemonade, you can take both. You can be sure this original Thermos-brand jug will keep the coffee hot, the lemonade cold. The two half-gallon compartments are independently insulated. The durable molded case is rustproof and easy to clean, It's ideal for picnics, camping and fishing trips, boating or anywhere else you want to take along liquid refreshments. The best part is that the Thermos super-insulated double-header jug is absolutely free when you deposit $500 or more. A new federal regulation limits each account to one premium per year. Sorry, but the jug [cannot be mailed. Choose from four high-yielding savings plans... now all compounded continuously! \JMl federal zMJ Savings and Loan Association Main at Eleventh, Hutchinson, Kansas on two-year certifI- on one-yearcertifI-/on six-month eertl-ton $M$y-ln, cates of $10,000 or cates of $5,000 or '//cafes of $1,000or out passbook **v- wore. /more. more. IngaofinyvnounL

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