Tallahassee Democrat from Tallahassee, Florida on September 22, 1978 · 25
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LocalState Classified Ads Friday, September 22, 1978 Latest plot in book about Elvis is $9 million lawsuit From Democrat wirts MARIETTA, Ga. An Atlanta entrepreneur who wanted to prove Elvis Presley is alive and well and maybe make a few bucks in the process instead has wound up on the receiving end of a $9 million lawsuit along with the Tallahassee firm that printed the book. Gene Arthur, an Atlanta-based "motivational and promotional trainer," formed Golden Eagle Publishing Co., and commissioned a Marietta radio journalist, Gail Brewer-Giorgio, to write a thinly fictionalized version of Elvis' life. The resulting novel featured Arthur's theory that Elvis' death was faked to free the King of Rock from his prison of fame. On the eve of the first printing run of 2,000 copies of the book, Arthur instructed Tallahassee's Rose Printing Co. to alter the proofs of the book jacket to list him as co-author with Mrs. Brewer-Giorgio. Rose Printing also was named in the suit, filed by Mrs. Brewer-Giorgio in Marietta Superior Court. She said that when the first copies of the book arrived, she was startled to see that she had been reduced to co-author. The copyright of the novel, "Orion," lists her as the writer of the book, but the cover of the first specially printed edition gives her second billing after Arthur, a resident of suburban Powder Springs, Ga. The suit names Arthur, Golden Eagle Pub lishing Co., owned by Arthur, and Rose Printing Co. Inc. as defendants. Rose General Manager Jim Johnson said the firm does not believe it should be a party in the suit. "Our job was to produce the book as requested," he said Thursday. Rose, which has not been formally served notice of the suit, learned Wednesday that it was a co-defendant. According to the lawsuit, Mrs. Brewer-Giorgio and several other persons, including Arthur, entered into an agreement in the fall of 1977 whereby she would write a novel "with a main character whose life and career might in some respects resemble those of (Elvis) Presley." Shortly after the novel was completed, those who signed the agreement incorporated as The EOS Group and secured a copyright for the novel, with Mrs. Brewer-Giorgio listed as the writer, according to documents filed with the suit. The lawsuit claims that while negotiations for various rights were under way, "an agreement was reached between EOS and Arthur for a limited publication of a special edition of the book." Upon receipt of the books, the suit contends, Mrs. Brewer-Giorgio and EOS learned that Arthur had listed himself as co-author, had made a number of textual changes, and had included a picture of himself with biographical data on the back cover. Arthur claims his status as co-author was justified on the grounds that he contributed the idea that the Elvis character would not die at the end of the book, and that he also put up the money to get the book printed. He said he had not told Mrs. Brewer-Giorgio of his intention to list himself as co-author. "I didn't see that it was necessary to inform her," he said. Arthur claimed that the first 2,000 copies of the book had been sold for $12.95 each to Elvis fan club members prior to publication Aug. 12, nearly a year after Elvis died. Arthur also said his company was negotiating with several major paperback houses for publication rights. - J -w;. 1 ""' -tr if ' . ' it xv v ' V " ' , V i,-v ... . 4)XH 'tut, f J 'Qv . v V " ? , -r A 1 k ''K ' . . mmn J1 Farmer loses again in bid to be counsel Drumming up spirit Joe Cecio shouts encouragement Thursday while playing the drums during band practice at Florida State University. Cecio and the rest of the Marching Chiefs are getting ready Goorat Kochanicc Jr. this week for a televised performance Saturday when FSU takes on the University of Miami in a regionally broadcast game. Democrat staff and wire report For the second time in different cases, Atlanta attorney Millard Farmer has been denied permission to represent Theodore Bundy in a murder trial. Circuit Judge Wallace Jopling ruled Thursday that Farmer could not defend Bundy in the Kimberly Diane Leach murder trial in November. Last month, Circuit Judge John Rudd of Tallahassee refused to permit Farmer to represent Bundy in his trial next month for the Jan. 15 murder of two Chi Omega sorority sisters at Florida State University. Bundy has been in Leon County Jail since mid-February. Jopling said his examination of 43 pages of excerpts from trial transcripts showed Farmer used "insults, disrespect and disruptive conduct in his cases in the past." A Georgia judge also has found Farmer in contempt. Farmer is appealing that ruling. "Can a lawyer be kept out of another state court for life because he's been held for contempt?" Farmer asked Thursday after hearing of Jo-pling's decision. "Can an accused be denied the counsel of his choice because the counsel of his choice has been held in contempt?" Because Farmer is not a member of the Florida Bar, he needs court permission to practice in Florida courts. Bundy, 31, is charged with abducting the 12-year-old Leach girl from the grounds of Lake City Junior High School Feb. 9 and then murdering her. Li SMS. Bundy Farmer After the ruling, Jopling permitted Bundy to address the court. "I will do my best not to be disrespectful at this time, although I find it hard to do," Bundy, who studied law for two years at the University of Utah, told Jopling. "I continue to want Mr. Farmer as my attorney. But I will proceed on my own at this time." Bundy asked for a transcript of the nine-hour hearing before Jopling last week and said he would submit his own appeal of the judge's ruling within 15 days to the Florida Supreme Court. In New Orleans Thursday, The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Florida attorney general to file by Thursday his written argument on whether Farmer should be allowed to represent Bundy in the Chi Omega trial. "It's a positive thing that the 5th Circuit has recognized the importance of this issue," Farmer said. "Until now we've seen some people strong enough not to join the lynch mob but nobody strong enough to stand in front and stop it. Maybe the (Please see FARMER, page 2C) rH Short takes Charges filed in crash Police charged Paul Fishburn of Wacissa Thursday with driving while intoxicated and manslaughter in connection with a weekend accident in which two Tallahassee men were killed. According to police, Fishburn's 1968 Pontiac struck a compact car Saturday night at West Tennessee Street and Ocala Road. Fishburn's car went through a red light, police spokesman Carl Swanson said. Killed in the accident were John C. Borden, 35, 313 N. Westwood Drive, and John D. Loeb, 28, of 1814 Apkamire Drive. They were in the compact car. According to Swanson, here is what police believe happened: Borc'en, driving the compact car, was heading north on Ocala and was trying to make a left turn onto Tennessee Street when his 1975 MG was struck by Fishburn's westbound Pontiac. TCC offers air course Basic Ground School for Private Pilots, a course for aviation rookies and persons who need to review flight fundamentals, will be offered by Tallahassee Community College Monday through Nov. 9. The course will meet Monday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 10 in Room 145 of the Fine Arts Building. The fee for the course will be $50 per person, not including textbook and materials. Reservations may be made by calling 576-5181 by 5 p.m. today. The class is limited to 20 persons. Coloneyfirm re-organizes To better define its dual operations, Wayne H. Coloney Company Inc. became two organizations Thursday. Wayne Coloney, chairman and chief executive officer, said the manufacturing company would be known as Wayne H. Coloney Company Inc., Machine System Design and Fabrication. Consulting engineering service will continue to be provided through the Coloney Company Consulting Engineers Inc. The management structure will be the same for both companies, with Coloney continuing to serve as chairman and chief executive officer. Setting it straight A story in The Democrat's "College Survival Kit" section Thursday contained an error about Clearview Cable TV's rates for service. The Democrat incorrectly reported that Clear-view subscribers whose cable was buried paid $9.36 a month for service instead of the regular rate of $8.32 but received additional cable outlets free of charge. Clearview manager Bill Touchton said Thursday that subscribers who paid the higher rate received the first additional outlet free, but that each outlet after that cost an extra $1.04 a month. Grand jury returns shooting indictment By MIKE McQUEEN Democrat staff writer A Leon County grand jury Thursday indicted a man allegedly involved in a fatal shooting outside a Tallahassee grocery store last week. Willie Johnson, 38, of Chattahoochee, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder, armed robbery and burglary. Tallahassee police arrested Johnson last week in connection with the death of John Oder of Tallahassee in the parking lot of Jones Food Store. Jurors were expected to have returned Farm families picked to go to fair this fall By JACK HARPER Democrat area editor Nine outstanding farm families have been named to represent their counties in agricultural events at the North Florida Fair. "The naming of the families is always the harbinger of fall and the fair, which is just around the corner," said Rich Oppel, executive editor of The Tallahassee Democrat, sponsor of the annual Outstanding Farm Family program. The fair runs from Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 in Tallahassee. The families will be taken on a special tour of the agricultural fair in the afternoon of Nov. 3 and be guests of honor at the banquet at 7 p.m. They will be housed in the Ramada Inn for the night. It will be the first visit to the state capital for some of them. Counties sending farm families to the fair this year are Calhoun, Dixie, Escambia, Gadsden, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Santa Rosa, Taylor, Wakulla, Lafayette and Okaloosa. The nine families already named by a committee of their neighbors are: The Phillip Hill family, Liberty County; D.W. McGowan family, Holmes County; Donny Blanton family, Taylor County; Lamar O'Farrell family, Escambia County; T. Butler Walker family, Jefferson County; Merlin Edwards family, Santa Rosa County; Arthur Aukema family, Jackson County; Ronald Butler family, Gadsden County; and the Harry Chaires family, Leon County- indictments Thursday morning. But the release of their findings was delayed when Assistant State Attorney Warren Goodwin subpoenaed The Revs. R.N. Gooden and C.K. Steele and a Democrat reporter. Gooden and Steele, leaders of the local Southern Christian Leadership Conference, .and other conference leaders have criticized the police investigation into the Sept. 11 shooting. They claim that the alleged role of a storeowner in the shooting has not been investigated fully. The storeowner is white, Johnson is black. During a meeting Wednesday night, conference leaders said they knew of witnesses whose accounts of the shooting differed from the police account. As a result of a newspaper article about the meeting, Gooden, Steele and the reporter were asked to give the grand jurors the names and addresses of any witnesses to the shooting. Gooden and Steele spoke before the jurors, who decided to pursue the investigation of the shooting when they convene Oct. 17. Goodwin rescinded the subpoena for the !m? . - fS- ' Webbed wonder Sitting patiently in the center of his intricate web, an eight-legged Tallahassee resident waits for dinner to arrive. Spiders and webs are a fascl- Ceorge Kochanlec Jr. nating sight, but don't roam around the Big Bend looking for the luminescent critter pictured here. Photographer Kochaniec created the eerie black-and-white contrast by using a special grade of paper to make this print. reporter after objections from a Democrat attorney. The jurors asked that any witnessess to the shooting notify either the State Attorney's office, the Tallahassee Police Department or the grand jury, in care of the Leon County Courthouse. Police reports stated that Oder, 49, of 1666 Pepper Drive, was shot to death with his own handgun in the store parking lot. According to witnesses, Johnson and Oder struggled for possession of a handgun that was lying on the seat of Oder's car. ( Please see JURY, page 2C) Lee hired as engineer in Gadsden By BROWNING BROOKS Democrat staff writer QUINCY - After 32 years of helping the state decide where to build roads, Bill Lee had a decision to make. "I had to decide whether to work a few more years and draw Social Security or go into business," he said. He decided, and the Gadsden County Commission decided. "I'm now in the county engineering business," he said Thursday, his first day on the job as the county's consulting engineer. The Florida Department of Transportation announced Thursday that Allen Potter, who served the last eight years as deputy district engineer in the 16-county area, would succeed Lee as Third District engineer Dec. 1. Lee retires officially Nov. 30. "We work in glass houses in the Department of Transportation," Lee reminisced. "Our work is right out there for all the people to see." But he said he would miss the department. "You'll find the most dedicated people in state government there," he said. "When you cover 56 cities and 12,228 square miles in the district, you have problems. But the people make it worthwhile." He said his biggest frustration during his years as a road engineer was the inability to give people the roads and facilities they needed. "Funds are so limited to build facilities like bicycle paths and intersection ramps," he said. "Often we just have to settle for roads." (Please see LEE, page 2C)

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