Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 2, 1974 · Page 163
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 163

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 2, 1974
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peeping Up *° by Pamela Swift No Devil, She Most child actresses have one- frighteningjrnd sexually explicit picture careers in Hollywood films of last year, these days--largely because the. studios make so few films, and no longer place actors or actresses under contract. It's not like it was a few decades ago when Mickey Rooney, Shirley Temple, Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Cooper and other kids, signed to long- term contracts, were cast in five or six films per year. Now it's a picture-by-picture deal. If a child gets one film a year --thafs great, which is exactly what Linda Blair has managed to do. ' Linda is the 16-year-old who plays the tormented 12-year-old possessed by the devil in The Exorcist, one of the most violent, Linda, from Westport, Conn./ was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in that film, and on the basis of her nomination has how won another role. She will play one'of the passengers in Airport 1975, the story of a 747 jumbo jet, which is hit in flight by a smaller plane. Others in the film are Gloria Swanson, Joan Blondell, Nancy Olson, and'a group of Hollywood veterans. But Linda will surely hold her own against the competition. Although her acting experience is limited to a few TV commercials and The Exorcist, the girl has acting talent-even though at this age she says, "I would rather become a veterinarian or a jockey." LINDA BLAIR OF "THE EXORCIST' THE ARMY: AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Ar met Forces As the all-volunteer Army becomes more difficult to achieve in this country, the military is reviewing its policies toward women, especially since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that women in the service are entitled to receive the same benefits for their dependents as men. fames Schlesinger, the Secre- tary of Defense, insists that "it will certainly be my policy to eliminate all unnecessary distinction in regulations applying to servicewomen and to assure that women are accorded both equal opportunity and equal treatment in the military." The Armed Services would* like to have 93,500 women in uniform by fiscal 1975. ft now has 75,000. In order to meet its figure, the Pentagon has begun a psychologically oriented advertising program. For the women's libbers, there's a slogan which asks, "Who says men don't listen when a woman talks?" For those who are husband^ hunting or prefer travel, there* are slogans which offer "A new life and new world of travel," "Find yourself that special look," "You in Navy blue" and many others. In the past five years women enlistees in the Air Force have Increased 132 percent, young high school girls in the ROTO have increased almost 100 percent, and 5147 women this past year have signed up for college ROTC programs. According to one Army recruiter who understandably prefers to remain nameless, "I think with a little effort we could turn the U.S. Army into the first all-women army in our history." TkeYomtkMtrtet There are 41 million people in this country between 14 and 25 years of age, and they buy 80 percent of the recordings. So says George Mihaly, president of Gilbert Youth Research. At this year's convention of recording merchandisers held in Hollywood, Fia., Mihaly revealed that youth today spends an astounding total of $135 billion yearly. And quite naturally, every retailer wants a piece of it. Of the 41 million youths, about 16 million attend high schools, and another 9 million, colleges. Ninety percent read magazines, 84 percent watch TV, 85 percent read newspapers, and 93 percent listen to the radio. i According to Mihaly, most of them consider a record their first choice of purchase, and they are particularly shrewd buyers. They look for discounts, consider all list "prices suspect, and their musical tastes cover a broad spectrum from country to jazz, with a temporary accent on the nostalgic. Date Preferences What kind of guys do coeds prefer to date--the physically domineering or the gentle type? On the basis of an experiment with 40 male and 40 female undergraduates, Or. John Touhey of Flor^ Ida Atlantic University, writing in the British journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, concludes that physical domination by the male increases a girl's romantic interest in a man if he is thought to be successful, but decreases if he is regarded as a comparative failure. «- 19

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