Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on January 18, 1978 · Page 14
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16—Ukiah Daily Journal, Uklah, Calif. Wednesday, January 18, 1978 By Jack Anderson Replacing the Saturday AM carto WASHINGTON — Those who scale the heights of government often bring along burdensome baggage -^ides, cronies and hangers-on who load up on the largesse that their patrons are able to dispense. This is the story of a clique who climbed to the top of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and immediately began sharing the benefits with friends and relations. Government contracts and fees were parceled out to close associates. And husbands began overseeing contractors who employed their wives. It was all very cozy. ' NIDA's $260 million annual budget iSi$upposed to be spent to help the nation's drug addicts kick the habit. But generous iamounts have been a\yarded to contractors and Consultants who had close ties to agency officials. The success story of Lee Dogoloff, a stocky, self- confident official, is a case in point! F6r two years, he belonged to the tights little circle that ran NIDA.. During the same period, his wife, Mary Lou, made thousands of. dollars as a consoultant to companies with NipA contracts. . Dogoloff has > now gone on to greater glory. He has moved over to the White House where he advises President Carter on drug policy. While he was still at NIDA, Mary Lou Dogoloff was paid at least $7,500 by a New York firm called BRX to work on a NIDA contract. A BRX spokesman solemnly insisted that she was hired ^nder her maiden name. But other company officials told us they knew her only a^ Dogoldff's wife. Mary Lou has also collected at least $7,200 on antoher NIDA contract. This one was granted to a Maryland firm called Marco Systems.Inc. But Lee Dogbloff swore he had nothing to do with her hiring. "I cannot control what contractors may do," he told our reporters Valerie Strauss and Howie Kurtz. "My wife is a respected professional independently." In 1975, Dogoloff took his wife with him on an official trip t9 Thailand as a government-paid note taker. He paid his wife's plane ticket, but the taxpayers paid for everything else, including her salary. Recently, Mrs. Dogoloff was almost hired directly by NIDA as a $140-a-day consultant. Her proposed assignment was to rewrite a report she had previoiisly prepared for a contractor. "If the report was inadequate," grumbled one NIDA insider, "why should she be paijd by the taxpayers to woVk on it a year later?" The complaints prevailed, and the $140- a-day offer w&s withdrawn. The romance of Lee and Mary Lou Dogoloff, like their marriage, was rooted in their work. They met at a narcotics treatment center in Washington. The program was run by Robert DuPont, who is now the NEDA director. As he nioved up in the drug abuse world, the Dogoloff's ascended with him. The three of them were also close to Richard Katon, a nervous, chain-smoking medical doctor. They did not forget one another as their paths branched out. DuPont and Dogoloff moved over to NIDA where they, gained control of larger, budgets. Katon formed a consulting firm^ which wound up with several lucrative NIDA contracts. And Mary I^ou joined Katon as a high-paid consultant. Before the wedding bells tolled, Dogoloff supervised a Katon contract while his fiance was on Katon's payroll. Even after they were married, Dogoloff'cpnceded that he had signed a couple work orders for his wife. Both Dogoloff and Katon claimed that Mary Lou resigned from the consulting firm soon afterward to avoid cpnflicts. Dogoloff also contended that his wife's name has never been' used in competitive bidding at NIDA. But she helped write some NII>A contract proposals for Katon. In 1974, Katon lost a $1 • million contract when it came up for renewal. Dogoloff had been removed from the review committee because of complaints,that he might favor his friend Katon. This didn't stop Katon from complaining to Dogoloff over the lost contract, our sources say. The contract had been awarded, meanwhile, to a firm called RPC. Under the terms, RPC was supposed to administer 100 drug programs. But curiously, the agency didn't assign any acutal programs to RPC for several months. Dogoloff had already authorized Katon to go ahead with 13 drug programs. Both Dogoloff and Katon insisted these programs were not taken from the 100 that RPC was supposed to handle. Yet RPC ended up working on only 87 programs, precisely 13 short of the 100 the firm should have been given. A few months later, according to inside sources, an incensed Dogoloff . tried to cancel RPC's contract altogether. NIDA officials had to tell him this would be illegal. Dogoloff told us he was merely trying to improve the firm's work. '.'I never sought to cancel or reverse RPC's contract," he said. "I simply wanted RPC to do a better job." As for Katon, the nervous doctor now has more than $1 million in NIUA contracts. Agency officials have sometimes seen him ' wandering around the contracts office where confidential information is closely guarded. One time, he was firmly asked to leave. But Katon declared: "I havenever gone to the contracts office to get advance information." Competent sources have told us that, in the past, Katon and Dogoloff have discussed the details of pending NIDA contracts on the phone. Both men have denied the charge. "Absolutely not," declared Dogoloff. Added Katon: "I have never discussed any NIDA contract with Lee Dogoloff, nor complained about losing any contract, nor been awarded any contract from his division." Footnote: Reporters Strauss and Kurtz have spent several months on the NIDA investigation. More of their findings will be published in a future column. ,LOS ANGELES (UPI) Many television station program directors' are switching to quality educational entertainment and dumping mindless cartoons arid other junk shows for the kiddies on Saturday mof'ning. • The shows are not interrupted by commercials, according to terms of the sale, and this is a plus for the listening audience. Many of them are done in a comedy vein. ,The cost is ridiculously low —$20 for a tape cassette—for shows offered by TVAC — "Television for All Children — a government subsidized agency formed to get them into commercial markets. Many of the shows are documentary types detailing in series the lives of blacks, American Indians, Latins and other cultural groups such as French-Americans. , Nate Long; a TV di|rector in Seattle for seven years and an actor in movies and TV shows, is TVAC's executive director. He reported that his small sales staff — three young iwdmen and a man — Has made since October 94 sales to TV stations among the top 60 in the nation on th'e industry's list of. "areas of dominating influence." "Sdme program directors are convinced to buy on the' basis of our brdchures, others And there is no violence of the kind that has come under need a little persuading," said criticism • from parental Long, "but all of them are groups and educators. looking for better children's SHQWS and we've got them. Right now we've got 325 preview tapes, samples, in the hands of TV stations and we expect a ,big response by February and March." The TVAC shows were produced under government grants totaling $37 million.and were aimed at the Public "Broadcasting stations with the primary purpose of aiding desegregation. "They have no message stated," said Long. "They are good family entertainment. At the time they were produced, no one was involved in how or by whom they were going to be used." Some far-seeing federal officials decided it would be a good idea to offer the shows to commercial stations and the government supplied $464,000 to start TVAC from "ground zero," said Long, a retired Air Force technical sergeant. . "We-took the tougl^est mar- ke.ts — 1 through 60 — and hit them first," said Long. "After March we'll tackle 61 through 100 and I hope we get 500 stations." Each series has a theme but there is no stated message. For example, "Que Pasa, U;S.A.?" — "What's Happening, America? " is about a bilingual Spanish family. The grandparents are' Cuban emigres and amusing conflicts arise when their grandchildren come home from school speaking English.. A show such as this one is for a general audience, not just children and Long said: "We waht the mothers and the fathers to sit down with the children so everybody learns." , , "Infinity Factory" gives the kids a chance to learn math and the metric system. "As We'See It" deals with problems facing children in schools where desegregaton has been ordered and examines the feelings and experiences of students. "We went to Pontiac, Mich., to start that one," said Long. "Vegetable Soup" is a mixture of music, animation, puppetry and live action on, the differences between races. It features Ricardo Montalban, Maria Tallchief,' folk singer Bill Withers, jockey Angel Cordero, singer Pat Suzuki, ,and Bette Midler as the voic'e of an animated spoon. Long became the he^d of TVAC through his association with Washington State University which won a government contract to market the shows. One of the first things done was to hire a public relations firm and ICPR, which has much experience in Hollywood, won this assignment in competition with other firms. Television in Review Aliens from space and monsters from Dallas You'll live longer if you have friends BERKELEY, CaHf. (UPI) — You'll five longer and be healthier if you have good friends, family ties and belong to social and religious groups, a University of California study indicates. The findings, by Lisa' Berkman, a,disease specialist at the university's School of Public Health, are based' on a survey of 7,000 residents of Alameda County, where the campus is located. "I followed the mortality for nine years," said Ms. Berkman, 27, Her study shows that persons with a low level of social contacts faced two to four times the risk of dying than people with many attachments. , The university says the study "provides the first strong scientific evidence to link social and community ties , to mortality rates and perhaps to an overall resistance to disease." Ms. Berkman said her study stemmed from a survey of the 7,000 persons by the Human Population Laboratory of the, California Department of Public Health. Her research measured social ties by noting whether participants were married, had 'contacts with close friends and relatives, were church members or belonged to formal and informal groups. Each of these factors, the study found, was associated with increased niort^jty risk for every age group between 30 and 69, and for both men and women. "In each case, persons with strong social ties and relationships had lower mortality rates than those without such contacts," the university said. "The more intipiate ties of marriage and contact with friends and relatives proved stronger predictors than ties of church and group membership." Ms. Berkman, who is joining the state health department, said persons low on the social contact scale had a higher risk of dying not only from leading ailments, but also from acci-, dents and suicides. Socially isolated people tended to have the worst health habits, eating and drinking too much, smoking and avoiding exercise, she said. "It's a difficult situation (for isolated persons) to be By JOAN HANAUER . UPI Television Writer NEW YORK (UPI) - "Star Wars!' may turn into star bores as aliens from ,out€r space invade the inner sarlc- tum of the living room. Before "Star Wars" was the box office hit it was to become, Robert Wussler, then president of CBS Television Network, insisted some of his top executives watch the movie to see the wave of the future. Since then, and compounded by the success of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," science fiction and fantasy are turning up on the airwaves aS the networks try to hitch their schedules to a star. ' One alien invasion took in, ' said Ms. Berkman. "I place last Saturday on NBC guess my feeling is that people when the Bionic Woman was don't always do it by choice." trapped inside a buried pyramid in Southern California, where she ran into a sentinel waiting for the aliens who visited earth 5,000 years/ago to return. Where else but 'Southern California? The Bionic Woman will even have an alien beau, which means the show is going in for humanoid extraterrestials, because it is unlikely that an aniipated' vegetable or an intelligent insect would. find even Lindsay Wagner a tempting sex object. Lee Siegel, ' executive producer of the show, said, "By investigating this phenomenon of aliens visiting earth, we hope to suggest answers to problems that have plagued mankind for centuries." „ It should be easy' for television packagers" to weave aliens into almost any show. Archie Bunker's bigotry certainly would extend to non- people with green skin, particularly if they applied for welfare. . George Jefferson cquld practice reverse bias. On "Family," surely somebody could get illegitimately pregnant from outer space, while maybe, it was a godfather from outer space w|io killed Peter Campbell on "Soap." And an alien who was good at one-liners would bowl them over on Johnny Carson. audience (last year's Super Bowl was watched by 82 million fans). While CBS won handily in New York ahd Chicago with a 61 and 68 per cent share of the audience, it was in Loi^ Angeles that the network scored a real touchdown with a 76 share, NBC had a 4.0 share, and ABC's share was 6.0. i HARRIS PHARMACY . Monsters of a different kind dominated the ' airwaves Sunday when the incredible hulks of Dallas and Denver met in Super Bowl XII. CBS research estimhtes that 90 million people watched the big game, and if they are right it will be an all-time record 25% OFF JACKET JAMBOREE Dress warm and save big by choosing among Down Jackets, Corduroy, Nylon Ski, Snorkel Jackets and more. All with great winter features, Quantities and style selections limited, so shop nowj Sizes S M L XL SALE $15 $18 i SALE PRICES GOOD ONLY NOW THRU SUN. 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