Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 10, 1973 · Page 14
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jEtlOotesburg Register-Moil, Galesburg, HI. Tuesday, July 10, 1973 Watergate Scandal: Good for Denver Taverns By JACK OLSON JR. 6ENVER, Colo. - "Every country has the government it ^deserves," a French diplomat Oftce noted. Armed with this » disconcerting maxim, we ask- fed six bartenders here if they .thought the Watergate scandal •was a reasonable product of 'Eleventh in a Series % Bartenders maintain a seM- vigil at the pulse of the viiawSi, someone said. If Wa- "tergate was a predictable social Aberration, certainly they Ijwiuld have sensed it. And if they did, where does ;it leaVe us? What lies ahead? ; peepifening distrust of govern- •>rn&nt^ Of all our institutions? -vOr did the Wafcerbuggers inadvertently launch us into an "era.of revitalization? £ lUnfortunately this survey 1 jmight have been better spent "Von embalmers than bartend- '.ers. The only consensus: Wa\ itergate has been good for the i ftknior industry. EVEN HABITUAL light drinkers, it seems, caught up in the fascinating tales of Magruder, Liddy and others, are sticking around for three and four shots, the bartenders say. Not that discussing Watergate is painful. Rather it seems to be fun. The Senate Watergate hearing is provoking enough belly laughs (and during the gravest testimony) to make an entertainer envious. This is the mood, according to bartenders. As the British are rediscovering, everyone loves a scandal. Could Watergate be a balm we have yet to recognize? "That's conceivable," says Conrad McBride, a University of Colorado political science professor. "I wouM hope we recognize that we are culpable. With Watergate, we may turn a corner." "WE'VE BEEN suspicious of our institutions far too long," says Harold Mendelsohn, chairman of mass communication at the University Denver, Colo., (population 514,679) Is the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco and is situated one mile above sea level in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Founded in 1858, it is today one of the country's largest distribution centers and a major tourist area. Jack Olson Jr. is a reporter for the Denver Rocky Mountain News. of Denver. "Maybe this will change our attitude." Russell Shain, a University of Colorado journalism professor and public opinion expert, says he thinks Watergate has "unsettled" a segment of the electorate. Namely those who violated political allegiance last election to vote for Nixon. Unsettled people, he maintains, cause change'. Still wondering if American > society produced and deserved Watergate, we found some "unsettled" people of varied occupations. There was Glen Chambers, an elephant keeper at the Denver Zoo. "I'M MORE suspicious of government now," he says. "Parts of this have really disgusted me.! We'll have to bear down, and improve the situation." Ambulance dispatcher Linda Ray thinks the federal government "has made us out to be dummies, and we're not. Now we're proving it. People are getting tired of the government being so holy." Denver jailer Dusty Frank says: "We've lost the integrity we used to have. I'm sure this country has been hurt overseas. But we'll bounce back probably pretty quick." There wasn't a Watergate reveler among them. They spoke with forceful optimism and a sprinkling of humor. No malaise was apparent. "BABE," A DENVER go-go dancer ("That's my dancing name") was apologetic in answering our questions. "f know so little about Watergate," she said. "I work nights and sleep most of the day. But it's serious, isn't it? It may be good for us." She may have captured the mood of people here. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) Sears! 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