The San Francisco Examiner from San Francisco, California on May 4, 1986 · 21
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Sunday, May 4, 1986
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$an Jmtlm Examiner A section of the San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle Sunday, May 4, 1986 Ghoulish hunt to continue Hill search for bodies has turned up nothing By Katherine Seligman OF THE EXAMINER 6TAFF . WALNUT CREEK A search iui,i'iihi i..!.i'iij;iifyiniiJifiMpiiffi'i'n lTl'"lHW wpw.l'W'HfMI ''I imMSBmOWSWIlIM 'It often gets politely vicious. . .Perhaps "aggressive" is the word' I ,K' , f - v t i . ' i At r. 4 A A !vrv '.;u;f'.. k-;4 . -J DAVE DONDERO MAKES A SHOT AT STERN GROVE Getting ball through wickets and hitting stake scores points S.F. hosts a sport that's nasty but nice By Harry Jupiter OF THE EXAMINER STAFF Smacking big wooden balls around with a mallet looks harmless enough. But take the word of a veteran: Croquet can be downright nasty. "It often gets politely vicious," Maurice Marsac said yesterday. "Perhaps 'aggressive' is the word. You're trying to destroy your opponent while you keep a civil manner." Marsac was at Sigmund Stern Grove for the 1986 San Francisco Open, a tournament that has drawn 35 competitors representing croquet clubs in six states. Croquet is one of the oldest games in the world. It began in France at about the time Columbus was looking for a new route to the Indies. Kings and queens have enjoyed it. Harpo Marx was a whiz at it. President Rutherford B. Hayes was criticized because he "squandered $6 of taxpayers' money for a set of fancy croquet balls" for his games on the White House lawn. N But there were just a few people watching the competition at Stern Grove yesterday. "We would like to see more people playing this game," Marsac said. "It doesn't take a lot of money." Marsac, a 66-year-old Frenchman, is a character actor who has been in movies since 1944 and in television since the '50s. He lives in Beverly Hills, but is just as apt to be in Paris or Rome or Madrid. . "Wherever the work is," he said. For play, he loves croquet. Points are scored by hitting a ball along a course, through wickets and back again. Each player in a singles game uses two balls. A point is scored each time a ball passes through a wicket or hits the stake at the end of the course. Generally, 26 points wins the game, but in the tournament going on here, games are limited to 75 minutes and players can win with scores of less than 26. "There are two things I especially enjoy," Marsac said. "One, you play outside, in the fresh air, which is wonderful. The courts are beautiful. The surroundings are beautiful. "And two, it's a very challenging game. It requires a great deal of skill. There is strategy in the planning of the sequence of the shots. t ";Wi a VT 'ifc V , 'k t " if ; .. 0i J I i - 'I It y - I i L s) -' 'V. vv,,i. -j J . i'-. ' i sskM-r i t ( ir t ii' ' '" ( Examiner photos by Craig Lee Maurice Marsac, actor and ace croquet player, strikes a civilized pose at S.F. tournament Although Marsac is ranked Marsac was still alive. there were cocktails. No wonder among the top 25 players in the The event began Thursday W.C. Fields loved croquet. United States in the sport's infor- evening with a cocktail party. The tournament concludes to- mal rankings, he ran into a bit of Play began Friday at two loca- day at the 19th Avenue courts of difficulty yesterday, losing his tions in Stern Grove and another Stern Grove, first game. at Mdscone Park in the Marina The finals are scheduled for 2 Ike Hudson of the Georgia Cro District. Play was followed by a p m, followed by the presentation quet Club beat Marsac, 17-16. It's a cocktail party. of trophies. Cocktails? Need you double-elimination tournament. Last night, before dinner, ask? E3E3 Contentious field for GOP Senate nomination turns for home Bradley shifts campaign into different kind of gear Page B-5 By Carl Irving EXAMINER POLITICAL WRITER With only four weeks before the California primary, Rep. Ed Zschau of Los Altos has emerged from obscurity to lead the pack of candidates seeking the Republican nomination fo- the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Alan Cranston. But the candidates in the hotly contested battle are so tightly bunched that for the first time in recent history, as little as 20 percent of the vote could be enough to win the nomination. The latest poll on the June 3 primary race shows that Zschau leads by 3 percentage points. It is Starting tomorrow, The Examiner begins profiling the candidates seeking the Republican nomination to oppose Sen. Alan Cranston. The series begins with Rep. Ed Zschau of Los Altos. He will be followed this week by Los Angeles Supervisor Mike Antonovich, Los Angeles TV commentator Bruce Herschen-sohn, Rep. Bobbie Fiedler of North-ridge, and former Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver. The other candidates will be profiled next week. the first time the congressman from Silicon Valley has led the pack of 13 candidates. The survey, which indicates that five candidates have a good chance of winning the nomination, was conducted by Chuck Rund, national research director for President Reagan's 1984 campaign. Rund, based in San Francisco, conducted the poll as a test of the Senate contest's effect on his client, a Republican candidate running for another office. The pollster declined to name the candidate. The winner will face Cranston, the 71-year-old minority whip. He has been designated as a prime target for defeat by the national Republican organization. The race is important for Republicans because their control of the Senate is at stake this fall. Rund told The Examiner his poll showed Zschau with 13 percent, compared with 10 percent each for former Los Angeles TV commentator Bruce Herschensohn and Los Angeles Supervisor Mike Antonovich. Rep. Bobbi Fiedler of North-ridge had 8 percent, followed by state Sen. Ed Davis of Chats worth with 6 percent, Pepperdine University economist Arthur Laffer with 1 percent and Menlo Park Assemblyman Robert Naylor with less than 1 percent. The size of the sample, which was based on interviews with 400 registered Republican voters statewide from April 12-15, is subject to a plus or minus 5 percent margin of , error. Cranston faces several political team is to continue scouring me. ridge today where police believe murder suspect John Sapp buried a former girlfriend and a Concord man. A team of 10 people digging yesterday in the Lime Ridge Open Space above Boundary Oaks Golf Course turned up no sign of the bodies. In the cold drizzle and brisk wind, workers from Walnut Creek and Concord police departments, the state Department of Justice and Colusa County Sheriff's Department dug in an area where brush had been cleared earlier in the day. Police think Sapp killed Elizabeth Duarte of Richmond and John Abono of Concord somewhere on the heavily wooded ridge and buried them under 4 to 5 feet of sandy . soil. Police would not say how they believe Sapp killed the two, but said there are "indications" the victims died "very violently." Authorities say Sapp has admitted killing the two, as well as Robert Weber, who was found shot to death in August in Colusa County. Sapp has said he killed up to 20 people, according to officials. Police believe that the number is closer to seven, including Sapp's 67-year-old mother, who disappeared ui dune. Duarte vanished in 1981 at age 26, shortly after breaking off a brief relationship with Sapp. Abono disappeared in 1975 when he was 21. Police think he may have been killed in argument over drugs. Sapp allegedly made his admissions about the killings after he was arrested April 25 on a $50,000 warrant issued in Butte County for possession of firearms. Police found weapons in the house SapD had Please see SAPP, B6 A fun-filled nesia wun a Mission By Harry Jupiter OF THE EXAMINER STAFF unknowns in his primary contest. They are political scientist-teacher John Hancock Abbot of Santa Clara; communications technician Robert Banuelos of Laguna Hills; Charles Greene of Los Angeles; business consultant Brian Lantz of Livermore, a follower of Lyndon LaRouche; and Aristotle Scoledes. On the Republican side, financial support for last-minute TV ads is seen as a major factor, although some candidates with name recognition and little money, such as Davis, a former Los Angeles police chief, insist the press overrates the impact of ads. Although some campaign managers remained vague about their fund-raising results, Zschau seems Please see SENATE, B-5 Lively bands, enthusiastic dancers and optimistic politicians paraded through the Mission District yesterday, celebrating the 124th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo. The holiday celebrates Mexico's defeat of the French armies at the battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It is a festive occasion for Mexi cans and other Latin Americans who joined in the parade and the fun yesterday in the Mission District. It wasn't even necessary to be a Latino. One of the niftiest-stepping, fanciest-playing aggregations in the u hnlp nnradp wa 1hf s5n Franris. co Gay Freedom Day Marching Band and Twirling Corps. Sensational. The band and twirling corps was just behind two long low-rider cars a blue Continental and a white Thunderbird that drew oohs and ahhs from the thousands watching Flease see CINCO, B-7 The reign of terror: How U.S. is being held hostage at home f. HAME ON YOU, Whoopi Goldberg! And on . you, big, tough Sylvester Stallone. Thought we could expect more from you, Steven Spielberg. Likewise, Martin Scorsese. And the Starshio. And Lionel Richie. Hey, ABC's "Good Morning, America," we've got to wonder whether those letters stand for A Bunch of Cowards. You folks are on a no guts-no glory mission. These (un)worthies, among others, have recently canceled planned appearances in Europe to escape the ruthless slaughter of Americans now going on over there. Wait. You say there isn't any ruthless slaughter going on? Well, then, why are these people and millions of lesser-known Americans staying away from Europe this year? It's the "climate of fear," they say, the "threat of terrorism." Terrorism has already won the war if shadowy threats and climates can fear-freeze a nation of 240 million people. Reading the roster of celebrities who assume their famous pampered behinds are prime targets for terrorists in the absence of a single incident of anti-celebrity political terrorism I wondered w hat Bob Hope would think of this behavior. Hope has never let threats and climates stop him from traveling. Matter of fact, he never even let real Bill Handel v ,? K lil'JK.Vsl Jtilii. MUr jj V ss.V t wars, with shooting and everything, stop him. From World War II through Korea, Vietnam and the U.S. involvement in Beirut when he was 80 Hope has risked his life to show the world that Americans aren't afraid. He understands that celebrities owe more to their audiences than merely taking their money. (As does Leonard Bernstein, who this week said he "wouldn't dream" of canceling his travels.) I called Hope to find out what he thinks of younger colleagues who are making Khadafy's point belter than Khadafy ever could. "Bob never says anything n native about other entertainers," said Hope's spokesman Ken Kantor from Burbank, where Hope is taping an NBC special. "But his actions sneak for themselves. Everyone told him his safety couldn't be guaranteed in Lebanon, but he went anyway." Stallone's behavior is particularly ironic in light of the courageous characters he plays on the screen. The star cf the "Rocky" and "Rambo" epics will never become "another John Wayne." Everyone knows what a "John Wayne type" is. His image was seamlessly tough from movies to reality. What's a "Sylvester Stallone type," a brutal celluloid hero or a real-life wimp? Stallone's recent behavior recalls a story told about him when he paid an apartment-hunting visit to New York's enormous (and enormously ugly) new Metropolitan Tower when it was still under construction. Stallone was shaky all the way up In the outdoor elevator, but pulled himself together when he saw some construction men w ho were still working on the skyscraper. "Can't let 'em see Rocky is afraid of heights," Stallone told the real estate saleswoman. It's interesting that in acting tough with the world's bad guys. President Reagan invokes Stallone's heroic make-believe roles R.R.'s favorite is "the spirit of Rambo" rather than Sly's cautious real-life attitudes. The public must feel the same way. The same ordinary folk who are canceling their European travel plans gave Reagan's bombing of Libya a 70 percent approval rating. They must not believe the raids did much good, though, or they'd still be planning to travel. The bombing of Libya might have been temporarily satisfying in a bumper-sticker kind of way, but it's really another confused punch-to-our-own-mouth in the tradition of the Bay of Pigs, Vietnam and Reagan's current activities in Central America. Somehow, leaders from Kennedy to Reagan came giddily out of World War II confusing American power to destroy which we possess in superfluity with American pow er to persuade. We can simply obliterate nations that resist us, but the mere application of deadly force does nothing to channel people's will. Missing this point defeated the Kennedys in Cuba, frustrated Johnson and Nixon in Vietnam and threatens Reagan in Central America. Now our application of uncalibrated force to Libya has w reaked minor damage on that nation (much of it to innocent young people) while inflicting major damage on the American psyche. Now we wait, flinching, for the response. We've handed a free victory to the terrorists by scaring ourselves. In staying away from Europe this year, we Americans have taken ourselves hostage.

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