Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on October 21, 1969 · Page 27
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 27

Greeley, Colorado
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Tuesday, October 21, 1969
Page 27
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There Are Few Negroes Behind The Scenes in Show Business By DAM KNAPP The Los Angeles Times HOLLYWOOD - Black performers, among them Sidnev Poilier, Bill Cosby, Sammy Dri- vis Jr. and Diahann Carroll have changed (he complexion of in recent years al of (he screen the same time, members minority groups make up lesr than 5 per cent of lulal em- ployes in the film industry. And the number of blacks who have broken into the creative and technical -segments of movie- making is even further out of line will] the mood of the times and the rale of progress called for by the Civil Rights Act. But what of the other segments of the entertainment industry? ' "The situation is not exclusive to the film industry," says Wendell Franklin; president of the Hollywood-Beverly Hills chap- ··ualified to work just about any iiow the network airs, he has ccn restricted almost exclu- ;ively to daytime quiz programs. Once, when he attempted to 'and an assignment on the Dean Mariin show, the series' outside producer turned him down. "He ;aid 1 didn't have enough experience," says Du Bois. "Can you .think of a bigger joke than hat? And to top it off, I had to help a guy who arrived only a couple of months before to get ready for the show." In another instance, Du Bois flew up to Oakland, where he was scheduled to work an AFL football game between the Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs. When he got there, the NBC sports program director doing Ihe telecast insisted on using a white summer replacement. "The kid admitted he didn't know anything about doing the mover in 'the fight to -place an equitable- number of minority group members on Hollywood payrolls. "Radio and TV employ far less blacks than the studios. , You can practically count the number of black TV craftsmen on -two pairs of hands." NBC, undoubtedly the ' most progressive TV operation 1 ' in town, boasts one black cameraman, Bill Du Bois. (CBS has the other black TV.cameraman in Los Angeles.) One hundred thirty-five people on its 1,200-raan L.A. payroll are members of minority .groups (11.25 per cent). But like the film- industry, NBC's technical and creative areas -- those directly connected with the actual production of shows -- still have a long way to go. NBC's network -and local operations employ only three black men permanently in such prestigious jobs: Du Bois, one film editor and one apprentice sound man. Two incidents involving Du Bois illustrate the point. Fully is one thing wrong recording industry," ter of the NAACP^and a prime g ame ,» says D U Bois. "But they ,,, ,,, ,,, r._i. , i-- ·__ ^ j ]jm OH anyway. After he'd screwed up a few times, they called me in to take his place." The recording industry seems to be no better, probably a bit worse. Capitol Records employs 600 people in its circular Vine St. offices "and studios. The official attitude of its parent 'company, Capitol Industries Inc., seems to be vintage 1969. "There with the Capitol Industries" President Stanley M. Gortikov told a National Assn. of Television and Radio Announcers convention recently. "It's too damned white. We whites are not all so special, nor do we have a monopoly on brains or know-how we white companies, must make available to the black man and woman more jobs, more opportunities, more income potential, more training, more management guidance, more encouragement, more dignity and an equitable piece of the action. ite House Sees Black Magic jn Senate Dem. Policy Panel By WALTER R. MEARS AP Political Writer i Democrat said decisions, WASHINGTON (AP) White House suspects the Senate Democratic Policy Committee of working legislative black magic to cast a spell on President Nixon's proposals to Congress-. This hint of witchcraft pro duced surprise and some amusement among the men who run the panel of Senate Democratic leaders. One committee it was nice'-'lp be noticed. Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield, the chairman, was not about to deny a bit of wizardry, so he supplied this description of. a, committee meeting: 'Zombie Act' "We put on our skull caps, our robes, turn the lights out and act like zombies." The argument over the pace of congressional action on Nixon's proposals vaulted into the occult at a White House briefing Oct. 10. Under the rules that briefing, on the hurryup message President Nixon sent to Capitol Hill, can be attributed only to White House sources, and cannot be quoted directly. Those rules remained in effect, but Senate Democrats identify the source as Bryce N. Harlow, Nixon's- assistant for Congressional affairs. At that briefing, the. Senate Democratic Policy Committee The was sa id to be functioning in a fashion more powerful than the House Rules Committee, which schedules legislation for action on the. floor of the House. According to the White House, when Mansfield calls leaders of the policy committee to his office near the Senate floor, closes and locks- the door and goes into black magic, the administration has no chance to influence the Novel Situation And this, it was said, puts Nixon in a leadership situation that has not been experienced by a new President since Zacha ry Taylor took office 120 years ago, facing an' opposition Congress. "I thought he knew me better than that," Mansfield said of Harlow. "The record speaks for itself. The policy committee wants to cooperate with the President." The committee has 13 members, chosen by Mansfield as majority leader, and ranging from northern liberals, like Sen. Philip A. Hart of Michigan, to the conservative Richard B. Russell of Georgia. Its majority stands with the more liberal rank of the Democratic party--but Mansfield said it has done nothing this year on which there was not unanimity. OFF on REGULAR MERCHANDISE · Blouses · Skirts · Suits · Sweaters · Jewelry · Shifts * Skimmers · Coat and Dress Ensembles SALE ITEMS NOT INCLUDED 914 Ninth Avenue "And how do we accomplish his nol-so-niystifying task?" Sortikov concluded. "We just itart doing it." Two of Capitol's 18 Holly- ivood-based record producers ire black. So is its rhythm and slues director. But only 48 of he 600 (8 per cent) working in Capitol's handsome, concrete- md-glass shaft are members of minority groups. Fifty of the 600 are directly connected with key creative and eclmical areas dealing with the actual production and recording 3f discs. Only two of these sig- lificant jobs are .held by mi- lority group members. "It should be pointed out," :aid- one Capitol official, "that $ year'ago, the. company had 10' black producers al all. Now t has three, two here and one n New -York: · And we're ac- ively · searching- -for qualified slack applicants all the time." While the. core of the problem ies within.- the entertainment ndustry, inadequate training of slacks, Orientals and Mexican- Americans ranks high among :ontributing factors. The difficulty of finding quali- ied minority group people may le exaggerated, as evidenced iy 'the fact that Gordon Parks MISTER BREGER" W. Pacific Duty Marine Hitches To Be Reduced , WASHINGTON (AP) - The tour in Vietnam and other western Tn/ilK*. «« r »* · . u y t l l c "JU'UiclVYtu Vi £D,iWU IV1U- ern-Pacific areas for Marines is rines from Vietnam, deacliva- bemg cut from 13 montlis to 12 " ' · - - months effective Nov. 1, the Pentagon said. Corps period of service for men Tues., Oct. 21, 1969 GREELEY TRIBUNE Page 27 i where their families are notnounced it was decided those permitted in line with policies of coming back could do ,so after the other services. Gen. Leonard F. Chapman Jr., the Marine commandant, said the cut was made possible by the withdrawal of 26,500 Ma- tlon of most of the 5th Marine Division and a .planned reduction in over-all Marine Corps The reduction of the lour to manpower this year of 20,300 one year brings the Marine Marines. When the first pulloul -of Ma- serving in places overseas rines from Vietnam was an-, 12 months instead of 13 and'it was indicated this would he general policy .later. Turtles LAKEWOOD, Colo...(AP) A. 1 . D. Jrwin, Lakewood salesman, says he has caught seven different'kinds 'of edible turtles in the South Platte River near Sterling, Colo. He enjoys turtle meat fried as well as in soup. "Hold it, Bradshaw--Congress has voted against funds for i t . . . " quickly found 12 capable blacks for his "Learning Three" crew. But this stumbling block Is anything but nonexistent. Enduring social and economic conditions, perpetuated by the intransigence of unions and the lethargy of major studios, recording companies and upper level communications management, have seen to. that. ,As Wendell Franklin is. the first to; admit, "Tnere has 'been rtiovemen't." But' it ;has .been overestimated in every quarter of the entertainment industry. What really has been accomplished is tantamount to a,fat, complacent gentleman lifting bis tail about two inches out of an overstuffed chair that's a long, long way from .standing 'tall.' ; MOONLIGHT SALE SPECIAL PURCHASE COATS $18 Mini Length, 8-16.- ' Assorted · SPORTSWEAR $2 --$6 Agllon, Reg. 1.99 PANTYHOSE 1.69 Sierra Brown, Tahiti New! One Size Fits-all PANTYHOSE 1.49 Cinnamon LINGERIE $2-$6 Limited Quantities '·' SHELLS SWEATERS 99c-S2 DRESSES Petltes, Jrs. Misses, Half Sizes __ Mode O'Day 820 8th St. ennetf* WAYS FIRST QUA I ITV 9 ALWAYS FIRST QUALITY , 824,8th Street OPEN WEDNESDAY NIGHT . 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. SPECIALBUY! 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