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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 20

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Towers Over Poseidon Hollywood Offers 'Disaster' Spectacular By BOB THOMAS LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The man who overturned an ocean liner--and Ihe film industry--is now going to set fire to the world's tallest building. Irwin Allen is the man with the match, and his studio-made disaster begins Wednesday with opening scenes of "The towering Inferno." A producer who is prone to hyperbole, he claims these records for the new film: Ihe most expensive cast of alt time, the costliesl sets in Hollywood history and Ihe first coprodiic- tion by two major studios. Allen is the man who produced "The Poseidon Adven- lure," which, he reports, has already pulled in $139 million at the world's box offices. Its success prompted film companies to search for olher pcople-in- disaster projects. That's how "The Towering Inferno" came about. Allen's home studio, 20th Century-Pox made a bid of $-350.000 for an unpublished novel, "The Tower," about a group of celebrities trapped in a burning skyscraper the night before its opening. Warner Bros, snatched it away with a $410,000 offer. "Then a miracle happened," Allen related. "Along came another book 'The Glass Inferno, 1 about the world's tallest building which catches fire during a celebration on the night before the opening. Different writers with different publishers working on different coasts had come up with the same plot. I gulped real hard and told the Fox executives: 'Buy it.' They shelled out $400.000." IMPRACTICAL T h e producer proposed, Let's do something very dramatic." His idea of a coproduc- tion was at first dismissed as impractical, but Fox chairman Dennis Stanfill and president Gordon Stulberg agreed to dis- Mansfield Says Trancsripts To Delay Final Conclusion cuss it with their Warner Bros, counterparts. AU mel in Allen's office, and Warners chairman Ted Ashley Tsked, "Why should we be part- lers?" Allen invited his visitors nto an adjoining office. On the walls were dramatic sketches d e p i c t i n g the skyscraper holocaust. Seven designers had worked for 10 days to complete '.hem. "Let's be partners," Ashley remarked. The two companies made a unique agreement. Both would share production costs, and 20th-Kox would release the film here, Warners abroad. Irwin Allen bears responsibility for making the film, but he admit- ed thai he consulls both managements on major decisions. Stirling Silliphant, who wrote "Poseidon," did the script for "The Towering Inferno," drawing characters and events from bolb books. The script has been refurbished from lime to lime lo fit Ihe dimensions of new cast members. The cast so f a r : Sieve McQueen, Paul Newman, Wil- iatn Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Aslaire, Jennifer Jones, Robert Wagner, Richard Chamberlain. 0. J. Simpson. LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The While House tapes are vital to reaching a settlement of the Watergate controversy, Sen. Mike Mansfield. D-Monl., Sen-' . ate Majority Leader, said here ; Tuesday. He said President Nixon's decision not to t u r n over anymore White House lapes means fnr- *er delay in attempts to get to me bottom of he eonroversy. However, he added that a conclusion will be reached "no matter ho\v lung it takes." Mansfield said he hoped the White House would comply with ; all requests made by the House Judicary Committee so that the matter can be settled' through he courts and through the con- ressional constitutional proc- SS. He said the White House ·ants a decision, wants the roceeding speeded up and ·ants the Judiciary Committee o gel down to bnsiniess. "We wish we could forget Womensports Ready To Go ' SAN MATED, Calif. (AP) -"No centerfolds, thank you," promises Rosalie Wright, editor - of an ambitious new magazine called WomenSports. The first issue of Ihe publication, parl of Billie Jean King's growing business empire, will he on newsstands this month. An all-female editorial staff is aiming its efforts mostly at : women who want lo read about women. "Someone sent me an arlicle -about mountain climbing, telling how it was a great way to meet guys. "1 senl it right back ' a n d told them to send it to 'Cosmopolitan.' it wasn't for . us," Mrs. Wright said. The magazine backed by Mrs. King--champion of women's rights as well as tennis--is sure to lake some swings at the sport world's male chauvinist pigs. But almost half Inc articles in the first issue are by males. A man will be Ihe author each month of a guest column called "In a Pig's eye." Edi tor Wright explained: "The column will be for humor--not sexist humor, just humor.' WomenSports' first issue stories include profiles of race car driver Glenna Sacks and the late Rleanora Sears, a Boston society woman best known for hor all-round athletic ability. There is also an article en- lillerl, "They Told You Yoi Couldn't Compete with Men anc You. Like a Fool, Believed Them." The article, by Dr. Jack H. Wilmore of the American Col "lege of S]MrLs Medicine, . claims: "Learning that she shouldn't be athletic is wha' makes the female inferior--not the other way around." What will be WomcnSnorls "party MncV" The magazine will tell women "they don't have to apologize to anyone if they enjoy sporls. II doesn't matter if you have bill ging calf muscles," the editor ·said. · Millie .lean and her husband Larry King, are co-publishers of WomenSports. which ha' been in Ihe making since las November. The monthly publi cation will start with a prcs · run of 325.000. Mrs. King is WomenSports first cover girl. "She didn't want lo be on the , cover, at first. But we wantet lo nse her, lo identify Ihi .magazine with her," explains Airs. Wright. irough to a logical and final onclusion, no matter how long takes." When a newsman asked if he relieved it would be fair to haraclerize the President's dc sion as an obstructioin of jus- ce in itself. Mansfield said he ·oulil not go that far "at this me." NOT HAPPY He said lhal he had been ma/ed at what he had read in le transcripts Nixon gave to le committee in response to n earlier request for tapes. ".I'm not happy about what ·ent on," Mansfield said "I'm 'illing to give the President or ic pipefitter or the plumber ic presumption of innocence ntil he's had his day in court nd all Ihe evidence is forth oming, which has nol been the asc up to this time, at which me a verdict \yill be ren ered." He said he didn't want to sa more because, as a Senate icmber, be might be callec pon to judge the President i lie House voles for impeach menl proceedings. Mansfield made the remark: t Little Rock while enroute t lot Springs to speak to a meet ':ig of bankers. Male Chauvinism Enters Rugby SYDNEY (AP) -- Male chau vinism has cost Lisa Bailey he place as the only girl on a jun ior rugby football team. The Newcastle Junior Bugbj League Association has banne her from playing on the sam team ai boys. It was a tearful dis appointment tor Lisa, who is yearf old. "Sh« went into a corner an had a little cry when she go the new»," "id Lisa's mother Mrs. Viviennt Bailey. "I w«s disappointed, too. Bu »he'« decided la have a gam of soco«r with her sister in thi .Charleatown girl team." . Red-baired, green-eyed Lis aeored 10 tries (touchdowns for her fid* last wason. .. The Mcretary of the Junio L e a g u e Association, Don Cross, said the associatio "didnt mind too much" littl -girls playing football with littl boys, but they had decided t impose n ban because 13-year eld firli wera appearing in nixed tcami. r atergate, lid. "It but we can't." he will be carried Company Withdraws Request Before PSC LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- The Quapaw Waler Co., of Cherokee Village has asked the stale Public Service Commission for permission lo withdraw its application for a rate adjustment The application was filed in October and a public hearing lad been scheduled for later 'his month. The firm told the PSC in October that it had completed installing meters as ordered by the agency and wanted lo shifl from a fial rate charge to a schedule. "We have elected not to pursue the matter at the present time,'' the company told the PSC If the rale adjustment had been approved, the connection fee would have risen from $50 to $150. Clicrokee Village is a retirement community. Will Do His Best NEW YORK (AP) -- If called on to replace Richard M. Nixon as the President, Vice President Gerald R. Ford says "I'll (to the best with the background I have and I have no apologies for it." "I think I've had a reasonable training ground and I have no fear," Ford told a dinner meeting of the Economic Cluli of New York. The club members rose from their seals and applauded Ford's statement. Wins Music Award Paul Duell, a junior at Fayetteville High School has received a music camp scholarship from the University of Arkansas and will study cello. Paul, son of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Duell. has performed with the Schola Cantorum and the Choralettes. He be president of Student Council next year and has been first chair cellist in the All State Orchestra for three consecutive years. Money Is Plentiful Faubus Tells Group NEWPORT, Ark. (AP) -Former Gov. Orval E. Fanbus said Tuesday that .an ample treasury and vigilant critics would make him an even more successful governor than he was during his first adminis- Iralion. Faubus. who is seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, made the remarks while campaigning here. Predictions now are that the stale will have another $135 million surplus in general revenues at the end of the current fiscal year, Faubus said. Wilh money .so plentiful, he said he could provide more services than before. He said he also would have to do a good job "because all my critics will be after mo from the first." Fanbus said David H. Pryor of Little Rock, who also is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, had received out- of-slate contributions when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 1972. Faubus said he didn't have any doubt that those who donated two years ago were doing so again, "so they won't lose their investment."' Speaking of highway needs, Faubus said he would promote the extension of Ihe present divided highway from Little Rock lo Searcy through Newport to Ihe Missouri state line. Gannett Papers Show Record Profits Again ROCHESTER. N.Y. (AP) -- annett Co. Inc., which owns 54 daily newspapers, is headed for its 13th straight year of record timings, stockholders were lold Tuesday. "While we don't make specific profit projections, we do not quarrel with those Wall Street analysts who predict that Gannett in 1974 will once again show net income gains in excess of 15 per cent," said Allen H. Neuharth, president and chief executive officer. He reminded stockholders the tirm's 1973 net income was up 24 per cent, income per share was up 23 per cent and dividends per share were up 24.5 per cent. First-quarter earnings for 1974 were 9 per cent ahead of the same period a year ago, he said, while second-quarter earnings were running "at a pace substantially ahead of that first quarter report." Chairman Paul Miller predicted a good year not only for Gannett but for U.S. newspapers generally. "Today," Miller said, "newspapers are stronger financially, more resourceful and more independent editorially, more effectively managed and among Iht leaders instead of the laggards in new technology." The 13 incumbent directors on the board were re-elected to one-year terms by the stockholders. Egg Poaching Tip When poaching an egg, a little lemon juice will keep the egg white compact and w i I " prevent spreading. Visits Duchess NEW YORK (AP) -- Princess Margaret of Great Britain visited briefly with the Duchess of Windsor at her suite in the Waldorf Towers. No reporters were allowed to witness the 15-minute meeting Tuesday between the princess and the duchess, widow of Mar garet's late uncle, the Duke of Windsor. The Duke, who was King Ed ..·ard VIII of England until his abdication in 1336, was sue ceeded on Ihe English throne by the princess' father. George Student Summer Jobs WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Nixon administration is making available $91.4 million to help communities arrange summer jobs for 700,000 economically disadvantaged youths. "We want to get this monej out to prime sponsors right away so they can set up job- for young people who'll soon be ready for work because of ear ly school closings," Secrelars of Labor Peter J. Brennan said Tuesday. The money is part of $30 million earmarked by the ad ministration for the job pro gram, designed to subsidize jobs for teen-agers over a nine week period this summer. Bank's n Arkansas ,,, you do not haveto v Member F.DJ.C. Northwest Arkamai TIMES, W*d. r May *, 1*74 League Of Women Voters Give Men Full Membership JOE FITZHUGH .. assistant U.S. Attorney Filzhugh Named To U.S. Post Joe Michael Fitzhugh, son of ilr. and Mrs. Vcrnon B. Filz- augh of Fayetteville. has been .amed assistant United Stales Attorney for the Wesern Dis- rict of Arkansas- Fitzhugh joins the staff of U.S. Attorney Robert E. Johnon at Fort Smith on May 13. He is a 1972 graduate of the University of Arkansas school f law. Since graduation he has leen a law clerk in the offices if U.S. District Judges Oren larris and J. Smith Henley. Jones Can't Leave CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -' British singer Tom Jones p as prevented from leaving Venezuela when he tried to ward a plane for the United "ilates. A local newsman, Manuel Halquiaga of the "El Univer- ;al, got a court order against lones for injuries allegedly in- licted by Jones' bodyguard. Olalquiaga said David Perry itruck him on the head last Vednesday. Perry reportedly eft Vcnzucla Ihe next day. Files For Divorce LAS VEGAS. Ncv. (AP) -Comedian Redd Foxx has Filed ;uit for divorce and obtained a court order demanding thai his vife return SI 10.000 he says she ook from their bank accounts. Foxx. costar of the television icries "Sanford and Son," cited ncompatibility in Ihe action iled in Clark Counly District Court on Monday. The corned' an. who also uses the name lohn Elroy Sanford, marrict ietty Jean Sanford in Las Vegas in 1956. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -The League of Women Voters, which previously had admitted men only as associate members, has decided to give them full voting membership. Hut it will retain the "Women" in its title. By a delegate vote of 934 lo 433, only 23 more lhan Ihe required two-thirds majority, the ICO.OOO-member league on Tuesday gave men full voting rights. "Most of us arc well accustomed to dealing with men in Ltie kitchen, on the dance floor, rtt the gasoline station and in lie bedroom," said Betsy Johnson of Worcester. Mass. "Bill low m a n y of us know how lo icrsuade men to our point of view on the political plane? Working with men inside the league will contribute to our political effectiveness." STAND AND CHEER When the vole was announced, most of the 1.400 delegates to its national convention slood and cheered. "I'm not certain men are ready for ttle league, but I feel the league is ready for men," said president Lucy W. Benson of Amherst, Mass. She had a membership check from the first man to become a voting member her husband. Bruce. The word "women" is now deleted from the bylaw which defines voting members as "those women at least 18 years of age who are enrolled in recognized local leagues." During the debate on the mo lion, some delegates voiced fears that men would monopolize the league and make it too political. T R A I N I N G GROUND "The league is a grcal Irain- ing ground for women," saic Diane Simpson of Winchester, Mass., "and tiial wouldn't be si: if it.were turned into just a citi zen interest and sludy group." The League's Male Suffrage Caucus handed out pamphlels saying: "The League of Women The TIMES Is On Top of The News Seven Days a Week Volers cannot continue to demand the passage of the Equal lights Amendment to the U.S Jonstitulinn and not give the 'Oie lo men." ' A proposal to admit men won majority of votes at the eague's 1972 national contention, but not the necessary wo-lhirds. Something 'Dandy' SACRAMENTO (AP) -- Nancy Reagan says she still doesn't think it would be "a dandy thing" for her husband, Ronald, to become president of the United Stales. But. Mrs. Hcagan also say; she w a n t s the Republican California governor to do whatever he wishes. In 101)8, Mrs. Heagan was asked if she wanted her hus band to be president. Her an swer: "1 dont Ihink any worn an would wanl the awesome tremendous responsibi litres the presidency for the man she loves. Orientation Set For VA Volunteers An orientation course for olunlccrs will be held at tha Veterans Administration Hospi- .al Thursday. All persons interested in jiving volunteer service to the lospital are invited to attend he course which begins at 6:45 i.m. and will conclude at 13 p.m. Young people, at least 15 vears of age, are particularly invited to participate during the summer months, according to Fred N. Hendricks, hospital director. Opportunities exist. Hendricks said, in many areas throughout .he hospital. Assignments may be made in library, patients" chopping and personal service, escort service, ward hostess, and in recreation, such as small games supervisor and radio disc jockey. Jobs using various office skills are also available. Vo'unteer work varies in the degree of patient contacts and volunteers are generally afforded ttieir choice of assignment. Both men and women volunteers are needed and Hendricks said m a n y retired persons and senior citizens are already giving volunteer time. Assignments usually consist of one or more days per week and hospital personnel train and supervise volunteers. Further information may b» obtained by calling George Ernst at 443-2301- 1,100 Pound Bomb BELFAST, northern Ireland (AP) -- Terrorists planted a record-sized 1,100-pound bomb 200 yards from City Hall today, destroyed one of Belfast's best known landmarks, and killed a Roman Catholic couple and wounded their daughter, authorities said. Security sources blamed th« Irish Republican Army for th« bomb, the destruction of Smithfiekl Market and the killings, which raised Northern Ireland's death toll to 1.010 in nearly five years of violence. WED., THURS., FRI., SAT. KM 78 BUCXWIUS 4-FULL-PLY POLYESTER CORD R«« I! 88878,13 88 FOUR-WHEEL BRAKE SPECIAL MMffpFRK'NO TRAOE-W MOUSED! 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