The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia on February 4, 1979 · 184
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The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia · 184

Atlanta, Georgia
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Sunday, February 4, 1979
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WW Bra RR1 Continued from page 8 eiecguered Erirsf tlouel Fighting for Life WE WERE pleased to get some good news the other day. Gail Brewer-Giorgio, the 39-year-old Marietta housewife, mother of three and author, reports that the embattled fortunes of her first novel "Orion" a fictionalized oeuvre based on the life of rock music's rhinestone guru and king, Elvis Presley have taken a brighter turn. You may remember "Orion." This summer, amid much advance trumpeting from its PR people and publishers (an Atlanta outfit called Golden Eagle Publishing), 2,000 limited edition copies (at $12.95) of the book were scheduled to go on sale in the metro area. Things certainly seemed rosy for "Orion." Options and six-digit figures were floating about like seraphims. Paperback bids and offers of national promotion were bouncing around like celestial volleyballs. Even the lofty William Morris Agency expressed interest in the project Then, suddenly, the gears ground to a halt After a galaxy of delays, confused meetings and miscues, Rose Printing of Tallahassee, Fla., finally came up with the goods. Though a month late, "Orion" seemed poised to scale the bestseller list but whoa, what was this? Right there on the cover with Ms. Giorgio's name was the name of Golden Eagle's avian president Gene Arthur, listed as the book's co-author . . . egads! "I went screaming to my lawyer," Ms. Giorgio relates. "I just couldn't believe it' He actually put his name on it and to top it all off, he sold about 500 copies of the book and even autographed them!" Giorgio sought redress and got a restraining order from a Cobb County judge, who placed the book in trusteeship. Giorgio swiftly filed a $9 million suit against Golden Eagle and Rose Printing, alleging infringement of copyright According to Giorgio, Gene Arthur later admitted during a hearing that he had not even read the complete manuscript of "Orion." "We walked away with the whole pie," avers Giorgio, who is now optimistic that the case will shortly come to trial and will conclude in her favor. Meanwhile, Golden Eagle has disconnected its telephone. Arthur is unavailable for comment That's not to say "Orion" has gone totally in locus remotus. Recently Ms. Giorgio flew to Los Angeles for film rights discussions with David Dortman, formerly the producer of Bonanza. The publishing world's interest seems to be heating up again, too. Bantam Books is said to be first in line, offering a hefty contract for exclusive paperback rights. Giorgio herself, who has been digesting a lot of copyright law lately and polishing off a second novel, avows: "I'm being very careful now. I'm not signing anything this time around ... not even a personal check!" What's the new book about? "It's called The Lie," she coyly reveals. "It's about a little girl who tells a lie that changes the whole course of history. It would really make a great TV series." Alreays Young? Oho Elopes Hot MICKEY ROONEY, once his Andy Hardy character was established, found it impossible to get work for parts portraying anything but teenagers. He was typecast He couldn't break out of the role until he reached middle age. It was a frustrating, albeit lucrative, career. Local actress Deborah Bowman finds herself in a similar dilemma without the benefit of financial gratification. In the Forum Theater's production of "Winterset" the tiny 22-year-old was cast as a 15-year-old. More recently she played the lead in Habima's The Children's Hour." "Nothing new," Bowman says. In the past few years she has been seen as Abigail in "The Crucible," as a blind child in "The Miracle Worker" and as a 16-year-old pupil in Ionesco's "The Lesson." Petite and bobby-soxed. Bowman exudes pre-pubescent naivete, but is frequently cast as the "intrinsically evil child ... real brat" called for in such plays as "The Children's Hour." Is she worried that she may forever be cast as a bit player under 17? Yes,. ...:...( . ' t J, 1 . ;V i; ' ( !; ( k m V n' -1 -! r. . . . m . a n 0 Actress Deborah Bowman. but she understands why directors want to see her, rather than a real teen, in such parts. "Real children don't have the experience to withstand the abuse such a part would bring about from other performers," she says. "They have trouble memorizing lines for lead parts and lack the dedication and energy needed. Karen K Wantuck Giffy Dwellers Pool Do Help fhers Find the Soucif ry GETTING BACK to the land. It's a nice idea in these smog-filled times, resonant of all the impulses that led to the expansion of America. ("Gotta move," Dan'l Boone sniffs to his wife. "Neighbor just homesteaded the next ridge. Man needs elbow room.") In practice, though, it's not that easy. Born and bred in the city, most people aren't quite sure of the mechanics involved. How do you find the land' How do you clear it? What grows well, and where? What are those noises in the night? Country Bound tries to answer those questions. An organization which came together late last year, it sponsors monthly meetings and irregular seminars on knotty issues like care and maintenance of the chain saw, finding good country property, how to build a food dryer, and how to milk a goat "The thing that holds us together so far is the whole back-to-the-land movement Most of those who have joined live away from the city, or plan to move," Catherine Harkins says. "There are some who want to stay in the city and join, but they too want that different relationship to the land." Harkins runs Synergy, a company dedicated to "bringing people together creaUvely " Last January she and Marge Felder, head of Human Devel opment Associates, were discussing their mutual desire to escape from the urban atmosphere. Harkins and her husband had purchased land near Unicoi and planned to build there. She and Felder had been growing herbs. The concept of Country Bound sprang from the talk, was nurtured by an ad in "Mother Earth News" (the monthly Bible of back-to-the-land advocates), and blossomed at a December meeting held in Inman Park's Lullwater School At $15 oer uerson. $25 for fami lies. Countrv Bound has nut together a membership of close to 40. A Tuesday evening gathering is jammed, with people overflowing the Lullwater School's small librarv. They're young, 20s and 30s in the main, though a few gray heads appear. Scuffed jeans, wool stuns, and down vests preaommdw-The sneaker is Wilma Van Dusseldorp, a long time organic farmer from Alpharetta. The topic, is how to run a successful organic garden. The crowd is attentive. Notes are taken. "When I was looking for my land, I had to go through all sorts of problems," Harkins says. "Why can't somebody benefit from what I found out? There's no need for everybody to find all the answers. Country Bound can help by pooling efforts and sharing information. Reallv. it's a simple idea." 10

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