The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa on August 31, 1975 · Page 47
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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 47

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OPINION Diabolical American invention: It's called 'thin' PES MOINES SUNDAY REGISTER • AnfMt 31.1978 /2E "/If »»/f'j end" By ERMA BOMBECK This Is the most diet conscious country In the entire world and frankly, it's getting on I my nerves. I'm sick to death of pouring one calorie soft drinks over my ice cream, using imitation mayonnaise In my potato salad and ruining a perfectly good gravy sandwich by pour* Ing it between two slices of diet bread. You might as well know this column was triggered by a trip to the shopping center yesterday In search of End-of-the-Month bargains. You know what was left on the racks? Size 3s. You and I both know why size 3s do not move. There Is no •uch thing as a size 3. Think about it. Have you ever seen a size 3 over 8 years old? "Thin" is a manufactured product of the United States, which has made us the laughingstock of the entire world. You have to tour Europe and view firsthand the subjects of their priceless art treasures to realize this. On a recent tour, I stood for 21 days looking up at ceilings w ith nude women floating around and I didn't see a Weight Watcher in the entire bunch. I saw stomachs that looked like canopies, legs with muscles to support a dry dock, arms like the Village Smithy and lumpy little bodies that would stamp out one-siae-fits-all forever! V I figured out It would take 15 Audrey Hepburns, eight Jennifer O'Neills and five Angle Dickinsons to fill up a canvas that took Leonardo da Vinci only one model to fill. I also figured out that as models, Audrey, Jennifer and Angle would have starved to death ... rather finished starving to death during the Renaissance. No, I'm afraid "thin" Is a product of the New World which made Its appearance at the turn of the 17th century when artists figured a fat pilgrim did not show suffering. Our art has glorified the thin woman ever since. fake the Statue of Liberty, for Instance. She could eat a little, She's tall. She can handle it And the tableau depicting Pocahontas as a frail Indian girl is a shitm. I've eaten enough fried Indian bread to know what it can do to hips. I think it's time this country got back to pasta and the good life. An artist here could produce a smiling Mona Lisa .. all he needs Is a happy woman sucking on a 2,000-calorie candy bar while he's painting her. He telephones home each night Strictly for dads By CHARLIE SHEDD How I much can a I dad be gone from home and I still be a good dad? Straight from where it's happening the answer seems to depend entirely on the dad. In our "Neat Dad" contest, there is one kind of accolade which gets me. It's the word of praise for a father who is gone a lot from home. Yet his family thinks he's a super dad. This week our prize goes to Ohio to one neat dad who leaves home every Monday and doesn't get back till Friday. So how can he be a good dad on that kind of schedule? His wife says: "Pat has to go off early each week. But we all think he's one neat dad, because we know he really cares about us. Every night he calls home, and I don't mean Jor just a short hello. He talks to each of the children (three boys and three girls) when they have something to talk to him about. He asks questions, listens to complaints, hears what happened in the ball game. He's even been known to help with a tough math problem by long distance. He has a word of praise for a good grade and always encouragement for a tad j one. They discuss chores and special jobs he assigned them. Mostly he tells them he loves them. You might wonder how we can afford it. Well, we include it in our budget, because Pat says it could be the most important money we spend. We even think this might be one reason we aren't having the trouble some of our friends are having." Then to her entry she adds some thoughts from her older children. I have chosen one line from a junior high boy which seems to say it all: "Do you know what I think? I think that I get to talk with my dad a lot more than most of my friends. And their dads don't even travel." When I read that quote it came on like gangbusters inside me. The question isn't really "How much," or even "how" but "do I really care?" NEWS—TIE-DYED TOP SPECIAL SIZES 38-52 big news J for just Flattering blgtop looks great with denim. Shirred yoke, seam details, roll sleeves. Washable cotton in rust or navy. FAKE LEATHER SHIRTJAC SPECIAL SIZES 38-52 terrific value for 18.88 Lane Bryant gives you all the detail plus the look you'd find in real leather — for very little. Snap closings, front and back yokes, four pockets. Navy or tan polyvinyl chloride. JACQUARD PANTS ELASTIC WAISTS 32-46 a super value at 5.88 Interesting pattern, fin* tailoring and a perfect price. Machine-wash-and-dry polyester doubleknit with stitched front crease. New-season black, navy, brown or dark green. PLAID PANTSUIT SPECIAL SIZES 14*-24tt, 46-52 amazing at only You get everything — real fashion, value, special sizes — only at Lane Bryant. Classic shirtjacket and pull -on pants of wool/nylon/polyester woven plaid in burgundy or brown. AVAILABLE DOWNTOWN AND MERLE HAY MAIL • COME IN! PHONEI OR MAIL THIS HANDY ORDER COUPON TO LANE BRYANT 700WALNUT STREET — PHONE 283-0641 —DES MOINES, IOWA 50309 NAME ADDRESS, CITY STATE ZIP D Cborqt Account No. DDDDDDDDD Matter Chargo D Chick a lltm Silt Quantity lit Color 2nd Cola' Please odd 7x postage on 1 or 2 items, 90e on 3 or more, plus 3% sale* tax. wins in State Fair 4-H Dress Revue Cindy Egland, 17, of Nevada topped 97 other Iowa entries to win first place in the recent Iowa State Fair 4»H Dress Revue. She combined patterns to come up with the winning outfit of midriff blouse, Jacket and pants. The floral print midriff blouse had a plunging; V neck and cap sleeves. The pants of woven texturized polyester, in a dusty rose color, were straight-legged with a front closure. Her jacket, in the same fabrric, was a softly sashed shirt type with front pockets, top stitching, cuffs and bound button holes. Total cost was 123.85. A' member of the Richland Royals 4-H Club, Cindy's 4-H projects have included home imrpovement, food and nutrition, swine, and horse as well as seven years of clothing. She has held local club offices, attended state 4-H Conference, the Washington, D.C. Citizenship shortcourse and participated in a fund drive for retarded children. She is a member of her county 4-H council. Cindy received a gift from Younkers, and the Iowa State Fair Board. She will attend the National 4-H Congress in Chicago, courtesy of Simplicity Pattern Co. This fall she will attend Des Moines Area Community College to major in fashion merchandising. She is the daughter, of Mr. and Mrs. Stan Egland. Runner-up was Jane Stem* merman, 16, of Cedar Falls, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Edward Stemmerman. Her three-piece outfit con* slsted of pants, jacket and skirt made from two com* bined patterns. The fitted unlined jacket featured notched collar, patch pockets, shoulder pads, edge-stitching, two- piece sleeves with vents and button trim. The knee length skirt, with a front buttoned closing, was topstitched with slanted pockets. The pants were straight-legged. Jane won the Iowa Junior Division in the "Make It With Wool" contest this year and placed in the national contest. She has had a clothing project for six years. Twenty-two other girls In the dress revue finals were: Rebfecca Olsen, Newell; Cheryl Stoppelmoor, Clarksville; Rita; Clocke, Rockwell City; LeAnn Friis, West Branch; Linda Deedrick, Cherokee; Renee Warren, Weldon; Susan McVicker, Hampton; Mary Arends, Ackley; Leslie Hartman, Williamsburg; Beverley Downey, Preston; Dorothy Fullenkamp, West Point; Debbie Smith, Wapello; Ann Clore, Lucas; Rosalie Bissen, Stacyville; First place winner in the 4-H Dress Revue at the Iowa State Fair was Cindy Egland, 17, of Nevada. Pants and jacket are dusty rose woven texturized polyester. Floral print midriff blouse has plunging V-neck, cap sleeves. Becky Williams, Red Oak: Lisa Johnson, Hospers; Cheryl Bogenrief, Sioux City; Maria Wilkins, Tingley; Kim Heston, Stockport; Ann Harklow, Cowrie; Beverly Morrison, Honey Creek, and Brenda Westby, Decorah. Have medical exam before wedding By ANN LANDERS 'DEAR ANN: Since I was a little girl, I planned on saving my virginity for marriage I and walking down the aisle in a white gown I and bridal veil. I'm sorry to tell you that it won't be possible now because last week my fiance and I went a little further than we meant to and I no longer am a virgin. The problem I am writing about is this: I < always heard and read about how wonderful sex was and I was looking forward to a thrilling experience. Instead, it was very uncomfortable, Jn fact, I had no pleasure whatsoever — just a lot of pain. I'm afraid to try it again and my fiance is ashamed of himself for hurting me. He doesn't know what to make of it. He is a very thoughtful and considerate person and feels worse about this than I do. Tone and texture in harmony for Fall from Cownies elegant collection A perfect twosome .. all wool skirt, topped with striped, zip backed fashion knit wool sweater in blending colors. Long sleeves with turn back cuffs. Slash pockets accent this dashing outfit. Crape. Size* 8 to 14. »80 8 U Walnut N*xt to Iowa Poww Moo.-Sat. 10to3s30 Peking or MTA r«imburMd 243-I2M Please tell me what to do. Harold has been with a couple of other girls before he met me and he says he never had any problems with them. I need your help, Ann. In fact, we both do. Thank you. - No White Gown or Veil For Me ANN SAYS: First, go ahead and wear the white gown and bridal veil, if only virgins wore t'he traditional garb, the bridal houses would be out of business. Second, make an appointment with a gynecologist for an examination. Perhaps you need a minor surgical adjustment. This is not uncommon. And please ask the doctor to suggest a lubricant to help alleviate the discomfort young brides sometimes experience. Good luck to you, dear, and happy orange blossoms. MYOB, Grandfather DEAR ANN: I'm a grandfather in my late 60s who needs some sensible advice. My son-in-law is about to divorce my daughter after 30 years of marriage. I must admit the fault lies with my daughter. She has a terrible temper, a quick tongue and can be very nasty. She has had fights with both sides of the family and alienated every neighbor she has ever lived next to. My son-in-law, on the other hand,, gets along with everyone. All the relatives are very fond of him. I feel I ought to tell my daughter that her husband Is about to walk out on her, but I don't know how to broach the subject. I'm afraid she'll tear me to pieces. An early reply can do a lot to save this marriage. -Dad ANN SAYS: Don't bet the rent. That marriage has probably been in trouble for a long time. Furthermore, it's between him and her. So MYOB, Daddy. fashion specialists in sizes 18 to 60 and 16V* to 32V, Catherine's Stout Shoppe featuring dresses, sportswear, coats and lingerie for women who wear sizes 18 to 60 and 16V2 to 32Va 902 W. Kimberly Read Davenport, Iowa 52S06 • (319) 391-1642 FREE BOOKLET Fa/I and Winter Name .State. ZIP STOUT SHOPPE

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