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TH8 HARTFORD COURANT S.iurd.y, 17, 1970 oung Rock Producer Comes of Age If 1 f. But he has never had too much trouble dealing with managers and promotion agents because of his age, Sandhaus said. "It just takes time working with managers and agents to tell when you have a good i deal and when you're getting taken," he said brushing his reddish-colored hair out of his face, Sandhaus became interested in producing shows when he was an officer of his high 4 school class in Westport. He was looking for a show to By JACKIE ROSS TNT Editor One of the biggest entertainment promoters In the Greater Hartford area is finally old enough to sign his own booking contracts. Dick Sandhaus, a 21-year-old Amherst College student, "has, brought many big name entertainers to the Bushnell Memorial, including the late Jimie Hendrix, Chicago, Vanilla Fudge and Joe Cocker.

Until his recent birthday his father had to sign all the necessary papers. ft A fit fcH Two UofH Musicians Tape College TV Series bring in for a class fund-raising project and found the work so interesting he wondered what it would be like to do it as a business. "My parents' have always let me do what pretty much I wanted to," he said. "They figured I would stay out of trouble with this." In his senior year in high school Sandhaus sent out hundreds of fliers advertising his Campus Entertainment Services. Because he dealt in large quantities of entertainment, schools could get an act cheaper by asking Sandhaus to take over for them.

He received hundreds of replies to his flyers. Too Big His business got too big for him during his freshman year at college, in spite of the help he got from a few friends. Now he has severely limited the number of shows he presents to give him time for study. However, he still produces two or three shows a year at the Bushnell Memorial. "The first Bushnell show I did was.

The Young Rascals the summer after I graduated from high school," he said. As with the otHer acts he had booked, he worked with New York talent agents and managers But this time there was a new problem the Bushnell. "The rental fee. for this hall is the highest in the world for this size hall," he said shaking his head. "The cost is very high and it is difficult to bring in big acts." But Sandhaus doesn't feel building a larger auditorium Is the answer to the Bushnell problem.

"The potential audiences for rock and roll shows just aren't that great," he said. "Building a bigger hall for rock and roll shows is not the answer to Hartford's problem." Because the cost of renting the Bushnell is so high and because the bigger names are getting more and more expensive to book, the price of concert ticket have gone up. Apology "I'd like to apologize to the public for the price of tickets," Sandhaus said. "I'd like to assure them I'm not raising the prices the talent is." The rock part of the entertainment industry is in serious trouble, according to Sandhaus. Instead of playing two or three shows to medium-sized audiences like the Bushnell, bigger names can play to twice that number at a larger hall; it is less work for them and pays more.

"This doesn't particularly hurt the big names, but it is hard on producers like me," Sandhaus said. Producing rock shows is a risky operation at best, said. Sandhaus. A producer never knows how an audience will react to the act he has booked. "You have to know what act to bring in at what time," he said.

That is a big part of 'a successful operation. "I made a mistake bringing Joe Cocker to Hartford in April. It was Two University of Hartford Finally Old Enough students will try to show televi I If 1 I il-' fi i v. 1 rrrX yf i'fr 15 But by avoiding mistakes like Joe Cocker he has been able to put himself through school. It isn't challenging enough, however, to make him consider a career in producing.

In' spite of his businesslike attitude, Sandhaus grinned and admitted he only booked talent he Vt-X 1 premature and we only sold half the house. If I brought him in now it would be a sell-out." But Sandhaus makes few mistakes like that. He said a producer's job is to find a good act at a reasonable price, rent the hall, print the tickets, advertise and make sure the performers get to the show on time. He's done it so often now it's almost boring. "Once you've done it a few times it's simple and routine," he said.

He estimates it takes $10,000 minimum to back a rock' show, pplus advertising. "It's inconceivable to have sion viewers how modern music affects the college generation. Will Ewing, 22, and Ted Mather, 20, are helping WTIC-TV put together one of the series of shows on colleges and the college students in the Greater Hartford area. The show featuring the two Manchester musicians is called "Contemporary Music: Its Influence on the Student As part of the half-hour show Ewing und Mather will present a concert Sunday at the UofH sought cafeteria at 8:30 p.m. Portions of the concert and audience reaction to it will be filmed for the January television series.

The composer-musicians -have been working together for six years, Mather said. The produc- this big a business with an act I don't think people: should pay money for," he said. only bring in an act I like." Future Sandhaus productions in Hartford may include his other favorites: Traffic, Mountain and Neil Courant Pholot by Miuric Murray. Bigger Hall Isn't The Answer 5 I Mentally Retarded Artist Opens Show at Columbia WILL EWING er of the College Campus series heard them and liked their ma terial, so the ypung men wera asked to be the featured performers for the January show. "We are trying to show through visual aides and explanations what we go through to write a song," said Mather.

"There will be some in the audience to see how that music affects the college student." Ewing said hundreds of film footage had already been shot at the recording studio, whera the music is polished; at practice sessions, where the musie is at different settings in the area and in California, where the music is inspired. The students hope their part of the pnllfice. series will eiv artist may become known na tionally. That, of course, can be a prob lem. La Vertue is a sweet, mild -'J i I ft i vm4 4 I.

mannered, loveable student who enjoys his work, according to his teacher. He is quite a ham for visitors too, another teacher at the school added. But Newcombe wonders if success will spoil Andre La Vertue. Judging from the amount of attention he has received since he started selling some of his work, La Vertue will not change. He still enjoys working older people a better idea of what the young generation is all about.

TED MATHER On Wheels can his efforts to verbalize, but that does not prove his work has no meaning for Andre," said Newcombe. "I think his art is good for anybody to have done." In the time he has been working seriously with art, La Vertue has done paintings on velvet, wooden pins, white ties and even his teacher's white pants. He has sold six religious vestments for about $50 each and has been selling hand painted Christmas cards for several years. It was through these cards La Vertue's work came to the attention of Columbia University. At Christmas Newcombe sent La Vertue's cards to the Episcopal chaplain at Columbia who became very excited over the young artist's work.

"When he became excited I got excited," said Newcombe. "So we set a date for the one-man show right away." But La Vertue's mother was hesitatant about letting, her son's work go to Columbia. "She asked me if I wasn't pushing things a bit," Newcombe said. "I told her I didn't think I could push it far enough. There are lots of people who don't understand the mentally retarded or the trainable mentally retarded.

If we can have even one student like Andre outshine his peers it might give people some understanding of the mentally retarded." La Vertue's work and his trip to New York has become quite a morale building factor for his family. They now have an artist who earns money in their family instead of an only mentally retarded child. La Vertue has also caused a lot of excitement among the children at Temple, Newcombe said. "It certainly has generated a lot of electricity," grinned the young teacher. Newcombe is very proud of his student and has worked with him after classes, letting La Vertue evolve his art in his own way and in his own time.

He believes La Vertue is not only a talented regional artist, but may get excellent notices from as sophisticated an audience as New York. If the show gets good reviews the young Andre La Vertue hasn't had any conventional art training, but he uses bright colors and flowing forms to express the feelings he can not speak. The 16-year-old New Britain student has become so good at his art Columbia University has asked him to give a one-man show this week. La Vertue is a student at Temple School for the mentally retarded. His teacher there, Donald Newcombe, called La Vertue's work "incredibly good" and has been encouraging him to do more.

The red-haired, freckle faced student has been working with water colors, ink and is now experimenting with oil paints. La Vertue's talent first appeared three years ago, although he had been drawing and working with other mentally retarded students for seyen years. Since he can not" speak clearly he uses bright colors, flowing forms, textures and space arrangements in his art as his means of communication. "We may not understand his paintings any better than we Y- Xjfim. Accumulated Sludge Takes Up Oil Space iillill ZJ in the school.

The young artist has already had shows in the area and has been receiving news coverage for his school for several years. Newcombe has taught a two-hour seminar at the University of Hartford on Andre, the artist. La Vertue is a good example of the contribution each child can make to society, no matter what his handicap, said Newcombe. He considers La Vertue a rare talent in art, but typical of the things handicapped stu By MICHAEL LAMM DEAR MIKE: Mv 1963 CadiN lac has gone 67,000 easy miles. Artist and His Work Andre LaVertue, 16, holds an example of his art work, of which is now at most Columbia University where it will be on display later this month (Courant Photo by Robert B.

Ficks). mostly on short trips. The engine is supposed to take five quarts of oil with a filter change dents can do if they are encour or four quarts without it. Yet I aged, i put in four ana three auarts re spectively and the dipstick al Lindsay Party Change Wouldn 't Bother Students ways reads "lull." I've had the dealer check to see if the dipstick Is all right, and It Is. If I put in the recommended number of quarts, the engine throws oil out the filler tube.

What gives? CONCERNFn ioitj 1 DEAR CONCERNED: Could be too hard. I haven't seen that particular swap done, but I'm pit I Yf be accumulated sludge in the bottom of the oil pan. If so, it's taking up the space that that extra quart ought to get. Next time you change oil, try spooning out a sample of shifW pretty sure the Mustang spindles will fit between your Com et's ball joints. Use the Mustang through the drain hole.

steering arm (you might have to bend it) and brake hoses. Remember, too, that you'll have to DEAR MIKE: I have a 1983 Comet, which I'd like to rnnvprf to disc brakes up front. I've lo go to 5-lug Mustang wheels up front, which means you proba If 1 bly ought to do the same in the cated discs, from a 1966 Mustang. Will these fit, and how much of a chore would the swan rear. to be the likely 1972 Presidential candidate for the Democratic Party?" (Answers in per cent) RESULTS All students Muskie 43 (unaided) Kennedy 41 Humphrey 6 Others or Don't know 10 But, when students were given a list of potential candidates which included Mayor Lindsay, the results were as follows: (Answers in per cent).

be? (You can write to Mike Lamm BINDERS DEAR BINDERS: Shouldn't at Room 601, 50 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10020.) NOW! AT HIGHWAY SURPLUS vote in the 1972 Presidential Election. In a close election, their vote might be crucial. Moreover, as a political force they exert an influence on a national level far greater than their numbers, and can, as 1968 revealed, push candidates into overnight prominence. If Mayor Lindsay decides to overcome the popular conception of the New York Wayority as a political graveyard, he will find on the nation's campus, the College Poll shows, a possible source of support.

But, the Poll also reveals that students will require a strong commitment to the race from Mayor Lindsay himself, a commitment not yet evidenced despite the Mayor's obvious interest in favorable campus exposure over the last few years. The College Poll, conducted by the Greenwich Research Center, is the continuing study of the student attitudes toward political, social and economics of the day. Started in 1958, it polls students through personal interviews on over 100 campuses, using professionally de-si gned scientific samples and reduces all findings to data processed reports. (Copyright 1970 Greenwich Research Center, Time and Life Building, New York City. All rights reserved.

Reproduction in whole or in part prohibited without the consent of copyright holder.) NEW YORK If New York Mayor John Lindsay decides to make a run for the Presidential nomination in 1972 on the Democratic Party ticket, he will not lose any of his appeal among the college generation according to the College Poll. Long a campus favorite, and a Vietnam "dove," Mayor Lindsay has -been "number two" Republican with, college students in all College Poll studies since 19G8. But, a new nationwide survey Indicates that the mayor has an "independent" political Image vwhich would enable 4iim to become the third choice of students as a Democrat, the exact same position held by Senator McCarthy in the 1908 primary campaign. With Senator Edward Kenne- dy a self-proclaimed doubtful starter in 1972, and Senator Eugene McCarthy out of the scene, the College Poll conducted a study of students on over 100 campuses to ascertain possible 1972 hopefuls with "political charisma" who might stir student activism, which, in 19C8, pushed Senator McCarthy into a New Hampshire primary victory. The College Poll survey shows that Mayor John Lindsay has, at least the latent potential of such student support.

The re- suits give a campus profile of the New York Mayor as follows: Students were asked first: "Regardless of his past voting or party record, what do you yourself consider Mayor John Lindsay's political party affiliate to be?" (Answers in per cent). RESULTS AH Students Republican 23 Democrat 21 Independent 38 Undecided or Don't know 18 Students further designate Linday as a "Liberal or middle of the road'" rather than a "Conservative." As such, he would be more closely Identified with the Democratic than the Republican Party, making a switch of Party label not inconsistent intellectually in student eyes. "Which political philosophy best describes Mayor John Lindsay, in your own view?" (Answers in per cent). RESULTS All Students Liberal 48 Conservative 17 Middle of the Road 35 On the other hand, Mayor Lindsay does not yet have a broad campus image as an active potential Presidential candidate. Students do not yet consider him "running for office." Students were first asked this question on an "unaided basis," I.e.

no names were suggested leaving it to the student to supply the names of candidates. "Who do you consider today JIL Muskie 33 Kennedy 20 Lindsay 18 Humphrey 12 McCarthy 5 Others or Don't know 12 JrL' Ai am 7: PEA COATS 1 I JOHN LINDSAY show that college students are generally more, concerned with the man than the party. Party loyalty is not a strong political tenant of this college generation. Over half of the nations students label themselves "independents." In the recent New York election, Mayor Lindsay lost the Republican nomination, to win as an Independent with his own party, aiough he polled only 42 per cent of the vote. Interest in student attitudes toward candidates acknowledges that the 7,200,000 current college students will, regardless of the outcome of 18-year-old vote legislation, be eligible to rip BELL BOTTOM A DUNGAREES RIB SHIRTS "Others" included: Sargent Shriver, Stuart Symington, Arthur Goldberg, Mayor Daley, Senator Mansfield, Senator Harris, Senator McGovern, Rep.

Ot-tinger, President Johnson. On the question of whether switching to the Democratic Party would impair Mayor Lindsay's chances, students answered as follows (Answers in per cent). not effect -his chances 63 2. Would effect his chances 23 3. Not sure or no "pinion 14 Previous College Poll studies 0PEMnr9PU.

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