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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Tuesday, May 27, 1986
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TUESDAY, MAY 27, 1986 JJittsburg!) Post-Gazette 21 I - $ , r I "W r Et cetera Et tu, Brut Sylvester Stallone has joined the growing number of celebrities who lend their image to promote a product. Sly will be seen in ads for Brut, the men's cologne. Faberge Inc., the company that manufactures Brut, is one of the backers of Stallone's latest movie for Cannon Films, "Over the Top." Sly plays a truck driver who dreams of winning an arm-wrestling championship (sounds like "Rocky" from the waist up) in the film, which will have Brut logos prominently displayed during the finale. Scenes from the movie will also be used in television commercials for the cologne. Allderdice the best Taylor Allderdice High School in Squirrel Hill is cited as one of the best public schools in the country in the June issue of Town & Country magazine. The article surveys both suburban and city schools, and lists Allderdice among the eight in the latter category. Its plusses include "a notably active parents' organization that works hard to cope with the problems of urban education" and the school's policy of promoting integration by allowing blacks, but not whites from adjoining communities to attend. Only one other Pennsylvania school was listed in the article Lower Merion High in Ardmore, near Philadelphia. Other city schools cited were Walnut Hills in Cincinnati; Bronx High School of Science, the Bronx; Lowell High in San Francisco; Hunter College High School and Stuyvesant High in Manhattan; the Boston Latin School and the Classical High School of Providence, R.I. Personal sell What's the hottest trend on Madison Avenue when it comes to selling fashion clients? Selling the designer and not the clothes, according to Women's Wear Daily. Take the case of Donna Karan, who just received a cover story in The New York Times Magazine. Her videos feature a day in the life, with Karan rhapsodizing about her views on dressing. Her print ads use a photo montage with pictures of her family and friends. Now a book on Karan is coming out to be sold, yes, sold, to customers at stores where her collection is carried. The book will include her design sketches, snapshots from her "personal and professional environment," a text on her design philosophy and, bonus, photos from her ad campaign for fall! Skin savers Now that summer looks like it's here to stay, the Purpose Skin Advisory Board has some tips on how to protect the skin against the season. Wear a sun screen with a high protection factor. While gardening or hiking, wear long sleeves and pants if you think you may be allergic to plants, fertilizers or insect repellent. ' If exposed to something like poison ivy, wash skin and clothing immediately with soap and water. To remain comfortable in the heat, dress in layers of light-colored, non-synthetic clothing. Shower as soon as possible after strenuous activity to remove the bacteria that thrive on damp, warm skin. On the runway Dean Designers of Hair will have a benefit Trim-A-Thon on June 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the 5404 Centre Ave., Shadyside, salon. All cuts will be $10, and proceeds go to the Easter Seal Society. Call 621-7900 for an appointment. ... Gimbels will have informal modeling of its Expressions fashions on Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on the fourth floor, Downtown Kaufmann's presents the Ognibene Zendman collection today through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Vendome. Kaufmann's is also sponsoring an "All American Dad" contest from June 1 through 7. Entry blanks can be picked up in the children's department at all stores, and winning dads will receive Pirates tickets and dinner at the Allegheny Club. Compiled by Marylynn Uricchio 7 'V; f yi I , if I" -s V Best bet This one-of-a-kind flowered terry robe for a toddler, $20, can be found with handmade and handknit children's sweaters and blankets, aprons for adults, contemporary jewelry, books and accessories for men in the gift shop at Rodef Shalom Temple, corner of Fifth and Morewood Avenues, Oakland. Prices range from $5 to $50. Open Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays through June, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and by appointment. iair raisers Punks stick it out in a blow-dried world Mi; '''' - By Sally Kalson Post-Gazette Staff Writer It's not much of a challenge to be a punk among other punks at the Electric Banana on a Sunday night, where a two-tone mohawk standing straight out on the axis of an otherwise shaved head doesn't attract much attention. But outside the confines of this tiny subculture, basic punk appearance has a way of inspiring derision or fright. Hair that explodes out of the skull in jagged formation, black leather jackets studded with metal, angry-looking T-shirts, chains and spiked wristbands, heavy black military boots and thick, dark makeup . . . these accoutrements are hardly conducive to polite social discourse in the mainstream. Despite their palpable alienation from society, even punks and skinheads have to live in the outside world sometimes. And they do - they go to school, or work, or home to dinner with their families. They eat in restaurants and walk down city streets. How do they get along out there among the great washed and blow-dried? "Sometimes it's tough, but we do O.K.," said 21-year-old Bryn Zellers, whose bleached mohawk is about 6 inches high and brittle as Turkish taffy. He uses a third of a can of hairspray to hold it at attention. "People make stupid comments to us on the street all the time, but we just chalk it up to ignorance. Anyone who judges on appearance isn't worth worrying about anyway." On weekends, Zellers is the lead singer for the punk-rock band Circus of Death. But during the week, he is a part-time student at Youngstown State University and a full-time housepainter and paperhanger working for his father. Strangers let him into their homes, he said, without protest. Zellers wears his hair "up" about half the time. "I think it looks better that way." The other half of the time he wears it loose and hanging t it . I 1 1' I ' ' r "fill I I i :"t "tl (t W0 S3fj 'til 4 A . .-,5 !-.. .;:. - - . .- HP t . t! 1- 1 p Darrell SappPost-Gazette to one side, for two reasons: One, the stiffening agents of choice hairspray, soap, Knox Gelatin, egg whites, Elmer's Glue tend to cause hair breakage and fall-out; and two, as any woman who has slept on a headful of curlers can surmise, hair thus stiffened gets in the way of a good night's sleep. When he's working with his mohawk down, Zellers covers his head with a bandanna to keep his face clear. It's strictly functional, he said, and not an attempt to soften his appearance. No punk worthy of the name would seek respite from a hostile world by fitting in, even for a day. "Being a punk is a constant, conscious effort," he said. "On sight, people hate us. They look at us as sub-human." But contrary to popular opinion, he said, most punks are not, well, punks. "TV depicts us as drug abusers, vandals and criminals. But most of us are nothing like that. It's just because we look different, and no one understands us." Including parents, some of whom have thrown their punk offspring out of the house. Zellers considers this a regrettable over-reaction, because "kids are bound to go bad on the streets." (Continued on Page 22) Punks at school: Daphne Roberts and Tony Angelo, above, study at Hillman Library. Punks at work: Skinhead Alan Peters, left, at his desk at the Army Corps of Engineers and Jeff Lamm, top, checks stock at Eide's record store. 'Triumph' no victory for a frustrated insider By Joseph Plummer Associate Editor, Post-Gazette Early in "The Triumph of Politics," a reader might be tempted to believe that the formative experience of David Stockman's political career was the rejection in 1976 of his bid, as a freshman congressman from Michigan, for a seat on the House Appropriations Committee. In recalling the veto by "the old bulls in the GOP hierarchy" of his first nascent effort to get a handle on federal spending, Stockman suggests that he "might have developed a more realistic attitude toward politics" had he gained entrance to the club. The inner circle of Congress' big spenders did not, however, have the foresight to co-opt him. Instead, after two unremarkable terms in the House, Stockman joined the Reagan administration as director of the Office of Management and Budget to become the decade's outstanding primal screamer at the federal deficit. The irony, of course, is that he often practiced his technique on the House Appropriations Committee. Now he's trying the technique in this book that chronicles his intellectual confrontation with federal spending that has no limits. Yet the result is not wholly satisfactory because, in this instance, the author is holding himself up for scrutiny. Yet, he never explains where he acquired his abundant store of anger at a fiscal condition that, in its time, has caused more than a few politicians to yawn. The interesting aspect of the public Books THE TRIUMPH OF POLITICS: Why the Reagan Revolution Failed, by David A. Stockman. Harper and Row. 422 pages. $21.95. Willi personality of David Stockman is not really the man's obviously intelligent comprehension of the big numbers that won't conform to principles of simple arithmetic. Even less, it is his tactical sense, frustrated at every turn by political operatives who proved much smoother than he. Rather, Stockman stood out as both a hector, verbally bullying bureaucracy, and a harridan, aiming shrul complaints at a fiscally dissolute Congress. . Political rejection at a formative stage, such as his early unsuccessful bid for a hand on the federal purse strings, might plausibly illuminate the roots of his political persona. But this is grasping at straws to fill the gaps of self-reflection in Stockman's mea culpa for failure to balance the budget. Instead of autobiographical eye-openers, the reader is initially offered an amplification of vaguely familiar stories from a political life that attracted little attention before Stockman offered his pinched chin and pressed lips to lead the - .(.'. Reagan attack on federal spending. He lived the all-American boyhood growing up on a Michigan tomato farm under the hand of a stern father. There he gained ambition. Then he rejected ingrained early conservatism after a few "peppery diatribes" from a Brooklyn-born professor at Michigan State; voila! Stockman was transformed to a long-haired, neo-Marxist. Then followed his retreat from utopian-ism after reading Reinhold Niebuhr, draft-dodging days at the Harvard Divinity School, the beginning there of a friendship with Daniel Patrick Moynihan, reading that helped him to recognize the failures of the New Deal, admiration for Walter Lippmann, a politically helpful seminar by David Broder, and before long a job on the staff of Illinois Rep. John Anderson. These twists and turns navigated, Stockman stepped into the real world of American politics. And in the text, this point is reached rapidly. Yet that is one of the defects of this book that has an unmistakable pretense of autobiography running through it. The author protests too much that he is the product of his reading. He would have us believe that his crusade for an honest accounting of the cost of American politics was deeply rooted in the force of enlightened intellectual progress. But the evidence for this is lacking; moreover, the claim only makes Stockman's perceptions of a nation that he hardly knew beyond southern Michigan, Cambridge, Mass., and Washington, D.C., (Continued on Page 22) 1

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