Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on December 24, 1977 · Page 1
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V I T / -*^ ^' • T T X I f -T-»»T--r> VYV .-.:'.. : i.>, I '. ,\ \ :.:\ \\\ '\il la> , Texas "525: 1 in U. S. broiler production, and Hempstead the No. 5 county. Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin By The Editor Alex. H. Washburn Hope Hemp* trad County Star VOL. 79—NO. 61 —8 Pages Member of the Associated Press Newspaper Enterprise Ass'n. Features ill. Tim < For fVrior/ 6 Mo,v..-lr. WlW/ 4,560 ft Most. ii. v/:io/ 4,502 HOPE. ARKANSAS SATURDAY. DKOKMBER 24. 197? Av. net paid circulation 8months ending Sept. 30.1D77—4560 As filed with Audtt Bureau of Clrcu|p«ons, subject to audit. With PRICK is Editors AN Filipinos are deciding Saturday whether or not to renew Ferdinand Marcos' mandate as prime minister— a referendum that a lot of Americans, for various reasons, will be watching closely. For one thing, the United States has long been involved in the Philippines— it was our first real Asian commitment— and Douglas MacArthur's "I shall return" still evokes memories of shared tribulations and triumphs in the Pacific war. A number of Barksdale personnel here have personal memoriof of and ties to the Philippines. Last October Mrs. Marcos, a very formidable lady indeed, visited Shreveport. If these are slender personal raid historical ties, not to be counted for much In this fast- moving world, then there are veiy real and present strategic and political reasons why Wasliington will be monitoring the returns from the Philippines tomorrow. American treaties involving military bases there, the status of the few remaining U.S. troops stationed there, and mutual defense plans are now under negotiation with the Philippines. It Marcos wins big, it could strengthen his hand in bargaining with the United States. Having removed or scattered the political opposition, Mr. Marcos is not expected to lose —although there is the example of Indira Gandhi before us. But Marcos is the better politician. Still, a small victory could weaken the prime minister and cast doubt on the American presence in the Philippines. That American "presence" was somewhat resented at the end of the U.S.'s long and losing venture in Vietnam, but since then the Philippines— or at least Mr. Marcos— seem to have realized that Washington provides a stabilizing influence in the whole regioa We are. more wanted now. Martial law Mr. Marcos himself has ruled through martial law since W2r-a situation he attributes to a "threat from lawless elements" he identifies as Marxists. The "lawless elements" are Muslim guerrillas, the proud and independent "Moros," who have long pushed for autonomy. But what the guerrillas want is no leas than control of the southern islands, which are rich in minerals, including oil. Marcos isn't yielding. Neither are the Moros. The result is a government military offensive, the aforementioned martial law, and what some observers insist is human rights violations on the part of the Marcos government. The Carter administration at first committed itself to supporting human rights, everywhere, but has since backed away from this position. Relations with Marcos have improved since then. It all gets very complicated, for the Philippines and for the United States, and the election could clarify matters— or only leave everything even more unresolved. Our feeling is that the United States, with its lower profile in Asia, needs the friendship and support of the Philippines— and vice versa. Our commitment there is one written in the blood of American and Filipino soldiers. The attachments have loosened somewhat as a younger generation has matured here and in the Philippines. But the involvement on both sides, personal, political and strategic, remains intact— an involvement that is sure to be affected, in one way or another, by tomorrow's vote.— Shreveport Times By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP Religion Writer NEW YORK (AP) - Complaints often are made that Christmss has become too materialistic. But that's basically what it's all about — the highest exaltation of matter, of human flesh. "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth," the Gospel of John says. It declares the world's greatest potentiality in bodily form, in the stuff of earth, in the common clay of organic elements, in breath and birth and the first cry of a new child. As the late theologian-United Church of Christ leader, the Rev. Dr. Truman Douglass, often stressed, "Christianity is the most materialistic of all religions." It is the only faith that asserts the incarnation — the manifestation of God's will and way for humanity in a human being, the man Jesus, in the blood and sinews that compose Christianity is the exaltation of human flesh all peoples. He was "made like his brethren in every respect," says Hebrews 2:17. While he also is regarded as possessed of the very heart and purposes of God, it is the plain physical nature of Jesus, partaking of the pains, sorrows, struggles and needs of our humankind, that give Christianity its special materialistic focus. Unlike Oriental faiths that abjure the flesh and physical existence as a corrupting prison and seek release from it into a spirit realm, Christianity regards the world, its material makeup and biological life, as basic components and a springboard to the perfecting of it and consummate fulfilling reality. But its germination is situated in the human grain, in the texture, processes and decisions of earthly existence, like a "seed" in the soil or "leaven" working in dough, Jesus put it. This is the materialistic bent that impels Christianity in its worldly works, in its far-flung operations for the poor and homeless, in its running of medical clinics and hospitals, in its maintenance of schools and universities, in its activist efforts for fuller justice, better ways, in its provision of shel- ter, food and clothing for those in need "As you have done it to one of the least of these, my brethren, ynn hnvo done it to nip," Jesus said. That materialistic quality in Christianity is expressed in (is central act of worship — the sharing of bread and wine. Those consecrated products of earth are considered a representation of Jesus himself, the "bread of life," occupying this domain, this tangible, corporeal frame, enlisting in its agonies and hopes, giving its harshest trials a new confidence and precedent of final triumph. All of those Christian constituents - the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus — arc scripturally woven In the fabric of matter, beginning in the concrete data of Christmas. While some deplore its hectic gift-buying nnd giving, this can reflect its original prime gift, packaged in ordinary substance. In Summit preparation Sadat meets with Council on strategy Former waitress becomes a star ARKADELPHIA - Mary Steenburger's story is the classic Hollywood Cinderella fable—the story everyone had heard but no one believes. A beautiful, talented Southern girl goes to the big city deter- .mined to make it big as an actress. While waiting for her break, she works as a waitress to support herself and pay her acting school tuition. A talent scout discovers her working with a troupe of aspiring young actors. An audition is arranged with one of this generation's most important movie personalities. Four months after Mary Steenburger is on location in Mexico, the female lead in a major movie. Jack Nicholson, the director and male star speaks of her as a "bona-fide genius." The former waitress at the "Golden Pan" Restaurant has her personal chauffeured car to take her to the set each morning. When. "Goin South" is released, her name and face will be recognized nationwide. Mary Steenburger is a movie star! When Mary was 19 she decided to leave her native Arkansas for New York to study at the prestitious Neighborhood Playhouse. After graduating in 1974, she and some other young actors formed an improvisational comedy group. A CBS talent scout saw the group perform and suggested Miss Steenburger to a freind who was producing the Nicholson movie. Although an established actress was expected to get such an important role, after a two-hour reading for Nicholson and a screen test, Miss Steenburger, who had never been on a movie sound stage before, found herself on the Paramount payroll, hired to play Julia Tate in a "western, comedy, romance" set in Mexico in the post-Civil War period. While attending Hendrix College, Miss Steenburger was a student of Kenneth Gilliam, a native of Hope, who now teaches at HSU. Gilliam encouraged her in the decision to travel to New York and join the Neighborhood Playhouse. Christmas prayers focus on Middle East NEW YORK (AP) — The prayers of Christmas centered on the region where the day had its origin — and on the efforts occurring there to bring peace. "Pray for peace in the Middle East at your Christmas services," urged the Rt. Rev. John M. Allin, presiding bishop, of the Episcopal Church, citing the talks on Christmas Day between leaders of Egypt and Israel. Numerous other church leaders called for supplications to God in that cause. In an appeal set for the start of a televised midnight Christmas Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Cardinal Terence Cooke, New York's Roman Catholic ar- chibhsop, asks Catholics across the nation to pray for success of the Middle East meeting. The particular devotions, seeking Divine Guidance for the talks of Israel Prime Minister Menahem Begin and Egypt's President Anwar Sa- dat, were described by the archdiocese as an "intervention reserved for special need." Bishop Allin expressed hope the prayers would continue through the months ahead during expected continued negotiations. Leaders of several Episcopal dioceses were making similar appeals. The United Presbyterian Church's Mission Council earlier sent cablegrams to the two Middle East leaders, pledging "our prayers that their joint efforts ... may show the way to lasting peace" in that area. The president of the Rabbinical Council of America, representing Orthodox rabbis, urged prayers in all sabbath services Saturday that the talks bring peace. However, Rabbi Walter S. Wurzburgersaid "we are deeply troubled that in advance of the forthcoming historic meeting" that "our government criticizes publicly Israeli proposals as not sufficiently forthcoming." By MARCUS ELIASON Associated Press Writer ISMAILIA. Egypt (AP) President Anwar Sadat confers with his policy-making National Security Council today to map strategy on the eve of the Christmas summit with Israeli Mrne Minister Menahem Begin. Kgypt is expected to demand extensive Israeli withdrawal from war-won Arab lands in the summit, and Begin reportedly will bring important concessions. Top Jerusalem sources said one proposal is for a council of Israelis, Jordanians and local Palestinians to administer the occupied West Bank of the Jordan River and the Gaza Strip. The question of sovereignty over the region, captured in the 1967 war, would bo left open for five years, at which time it would be reviewed by the council and possibly put to a vote, they said. Begin outlined the plan Friday for members of his Likud bloc and the Democratic Move- ment for Change, his largest coalition partner, and received their endorsement, the sources said. The prime minister has said publicly he will propose self- rule - with a continued Israeli military presence — for the 1.1 million ^est Bank nnd Gaza Arabs now living under Israeli administration. The sources said the council would not be considered a sovereign government, but a kind of joint committee "to work out problems that arise In implementation of a peace agreement." Such a plan would appear to dovetail with Sadat's stated desire to see a West Bank-Gaze entity linked with Jordan. Sadat told reporters Friday he expects Israel to give up the occupied territory because "It is our land." Israeli withdrawals, he said, are "not a concession from the Israeli side at all." He chatted with reporters after prayers at a mosque in this Suez Canal city, 75 miles northeast of Cairo. Sadat admitted the summit could end In failure if neither side softened Its position. He Implied this was the make-or- breflk stage In the newly opened Egyptian-Israeli dialogue. "We shall be very candid, and we shall be putting everything on the table, at least from my side." he anld. Begin ~ the first Israeli prime minister ever to officially visit an Arab country — nr- rives In Egypt 36 days nfter Sadat's journey to Jerusalem. He Is scheduled to spend 6'-! hours on Egyptian soil. However, Radio Israel, quoting informed sources In Cnlro said Begin might extend his visit and remain In Isniailla overnight, Egypt's official Middle East News Agency also reported Begin wo»dd stay the night, but did not say whether the extension was for additional talks or for rest. Sadnt and Begin arc scheduled to hold a joint news conference Sunday afternoon. 9 Hogs to boycott? Mary Slecnburger LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) About nine other Arkansas players will not take part in the Orange Bowl game because Coach Lou Holtz decided to exclude three standouts, a lawyer for ^he three said Friday. Attorney John W. Walker of Little Rock said he had told Holtz that approximately 12 players, including the three Holtz has excluded from the game, would not play against Oklahoma in Miami Jan. 2. Walker would not name the players he said had decided not to play. The exclusion by Holtz applied to running backs Ben Cowins and Micheal Forrest and flanker Donny Bobo. Nor would Waker say whether court action may be developing. Detailed answers to these questions might be available later, Walker said in a brief interview In his office, but he promised nothing. Cowins, Forrest and Bobo were in his office, as were four others. Walker would not Identify them and the four would give their names. Walker's law partner, P.A. Hollingsworth of Little Rock, * „ Middle East Christmas festivities now und* said earlier Friday that IS to 20 players were disclssing whether to play In the game because the three were excluded from playing. The word that Walker-had said some players had decided not to play in the game because of the exclusion came to light first from Holtz, who issued a statement which said Walker had told him that 12 players had decided not to play. Walker said later he had told Holtz that the number was "approximately" 12. He said that included Cowins, Forrest and Bobo. "He (Walker) did not name them, but I have always respected the judgment of my players and will accept their decision," said the statement from Holtz. "Nevertheless, the Razorback football team will play an outstanding football game on Jan. 2," Holtz said. "If they do not wish to represent the University of Arkansas against Oklahoma, then it is in the best interest of all concerned that they remain at home." Hollingsworth had said that not playing in Miami waa one DAY TO CHRISTMAS CUV Sl'HSCKIBKKS: If you full iu rei-rite your Siar |>|»'«KC- phone 777-HH41 belween 6 und 6:30 p.m.. Sattir- duys bfivtfi-n :j : ;iO and 4 p.m.. und u carrier Mill deliver ymr paper. |'|CIIM> do mil call before (lie lime limed. Notice: No Star Monday The Hope Star will not be published Monday, Dec. 26 because of the Christmas holiday. The newspaper observes three holidays a year—July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. By MICHAEL PRECKER Associated Press Writer BETHLEHEM, Occupied West Bank (AP) — A colorful, tradition-filled procession from Jerusalem to Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity today Inaugurates a momentous Christmas weekend In the Middle East. While millions follow the sacred festivities here marking the birth of Jesus, Egyptian and Israeli leaders meet by the Suez Canal on Christmas talk- Ing about bringing peace to the troubled Holy Land "This Is a very historic time to be here," said Al Gitelman of Dallas as he toured the 800- year-old Church of the Nativity." We're all hoping for peace." Msgr. Glacomo Guiseppi Beltritti, the Roman Catholic patriarch of Jerusalem, leads the five-mile procession from Jerusalem to Bethlehem along an ancient route heavily guarded by Israeli troops. Manger Square has been transformed from its usual parking-lot status into* a bright- ly lit, festive plaza for the thousands expected to listen to carols from a dozen choirs. The choirs Include groups from South Africa, Belgium, West Germany, Scotland, England, Israel and Bethlehem Itself. The United States is represented by two Texas chorales, from Longview First Baptist Church and Baylor University. At midnight, Catholic mass will be celebrated before a few hundred visitors who obtained much-sought-after passes Into St. Catherine's Roman Catholic Church, which adjoins the Church of the Nativity. Thousands are expected to brave the December chill to watch the mass projected onto a huge screen hung in front of the police station in the square. The service will be beamed worldwide on television. When mass is over, Beltritti will place a wooden image of the baby Jesus on a satin pillow and carry It from St. Catherine's to the Grotto of the Nativity, a small cavern under the church where a silver star marks Jesus' the traditional birthplace. Israeli officials expect 15,000 visitors to jam this Arab town, almost half the 38,000 tourists now In the Holy Land "This is something we always wanted to do," said Vernon Fulbright, a police sergeant from Houston. "We wanted io come on Christmas and walk In the trail of Jesus and see where It all started." Fulbright, his wife and friends toured Bethlehem on a chilly, rainy Friday, but said they would return Christmas eve. Like millions before them, they bent down to enter the Church of the Nativity through a small opening. The main entrance was walled up centuries ago to keep out cavalry attackers. Obituaries ALVINSPOTAN8KI Aivin L. Spotanski, 65, died Thursday at his home, 1313 W. Avenue D, Hope. He was a member of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church, and a retired heavy equipment operator. Survivors are his wife, Mary Bis sell • Spotanski; one daughter, Mrs. Leona Masson of Santa Barbara, Calif.; two step-daughters, Mrs. Dan Bates of Nashville, Mrs. Jim Bates of Hope; his mother, Mrs. Mary Spotanski of Ixmp City, Nebr. three brothers. Arnold Spotanski of Loup City, Leonard Spotanski of Grand Island, Nebr.; Melvin Spotanski of Wichita, Kan.; two slaters, Mrs. Jessie Phillips of Iowa, Miss Irene Spotanski of Denver; 16 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services wUl at 2 P-m. Saturday In Herndon Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. George Joyce officiating. Burial will be in Westmoreland cemetery under Herndon Funeral Home. of the alternatives which hag come up In talks between other players and Cowins, Forrest and Bobo. The game matches sixth- rartked Arkansas, with a 10-1 record, and second-ranked Oklahoma, also 10-1. Cowins, Forrest and Bobo accounted for 21 of Arkansas' 43 touchdowns this season. Hollingsworth said Holtz had "completely dealt in bad faith" with the throe and that Holtz la either getting bad advice from someone "or he's a mad person who doesn't want hia decisions questioned." Holtz said in a two-sentence announcement earlier this week that the three would not play In the game. He said that to say anything further about the situation would not be fair to the players. The statement did not explain why the action was taken, nor whether the players were affected In any other way. Walker also refused to say what he knew about the reasons for the action. He said the matter involved other people's right to privacy. Walker said that If legal action were taken, it did not have to be done before Holtz and the Razorback team left for Miami. "We'll find enough recourse, If It is necessary, to find him, wherever he may be," Walker said. He said the three players had committed no crime, nor had they broken any team rule, but that Holtz had allowed people in the state to speculate about all kinds of possible reasons for the exclusion. Holtz apparently had a "Do Right" rule which, to practice, meant "whatever he wanted It to mean," Walker said. He said something of that sort was applied to Cowins, Forrest and Bobo In this case, but he would not elaborate. Walker said he Instructed the three not to say anything about the situation. He had explained earlier that "of they are reinstated, I don't want them to have any problems with any utterances they may have made." The three said nothing about their situation while the reporter was present. News accounts used the word "suspension" to describe the action Holtz had taken against the trio. Frank Broyles, the UA athletic director, said the term was not an accurate description. "They have not been removed from the team and they have not been taken off scholarship," Broyies said.

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