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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 24

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NwlHwKl Arkomat TIMES, Sun.. Juiw 23, 1974 roTimvitu, ««»»»*» Strain Of Watergate Begins To Tell On The First Lady WASHINGTON (AP) -- I.alc ng and responsive hostess. nothing fo fear. I have a very vilh reporters, bhe has become Though she once traveled Julie says her mother is "a entertained more Americans at a publist niffht. when Pennsylvania "She coos merrily alone as if positive outlook." irritable with them. n/r n c. + [,,, ~~.. *,*.... ,,..,,«,,..:..,* _______ i..:,.~ ...~..i. ,...· ___ i _*. __ ___ :~i _____ ^ ___ i _____ ,.i,:~ cn **: i.ninu n WASHINGTON (AP) -- I.atc at night, when Pennsylvania Avenue is deserted. Pat Nixon sometimes leaves the While House to walk the quiet nearby strMls. Often she covers her blonde hair with a scarf so she won't be recognized, her daughter. Julie Nixon Eisenhower, reports. The Jale-nighl walks, two or three times a week, are something new. In a Watergate-troubled time, the strolls offer the First Lady privacy, rulnxalion, an escape from tho "hermttt- cally sealed-in" and constantly bustling White House, says, tho youngest Nixon daughter. Some evenings. Mrs. Nixon is Joined by Julie. Others, she walks alone, save for the ever- present Secret Service agents. Those close to the Lntiy see the signs of Watergate strain. She "feels very deeply about this," and sees in Watergate an attempt by some people lo get "her husband's last pound of flesh." says a very close friend, Mrs. Helene Drown, who h a s known Pat Nixon for 35 years. They were teachers together at Whitticr High School in California before the Nixons married. "But I don't think Watergate has affected her any more t h n r any crisis they've gone through in their lives." adds Mrs Drown. "Pat Nixon's motto has always been: It's better to laugh than to cry." The laughter, the good spirits are what the public usually see Hundreds of people who meel Mrs. Nixon in receiving l i n e s find her a warm, friendly, smi "She goes merrily along as if lothing was happening," says lur.-ilor Clement Conger, who vorks with Mrs. Nixon (o re- "urbish and replace White louse furnishings. "She tries to relieve the tension," daughter Julie adds. The First Lady's social secro- ,ary. Lucy Winchester, bears :hat out with a report about Mrs. N'ixon carrying off a poster showing a kitten clinging to ii curtain rod. It was captionecl, "Hani; in there, baby." Mrs s'ixon took it to display in the President's tcdroom. The Nixons observed their 'lth wedding anniversary l a s t Friday (June 21) and Mrs. N'ix- on expects to observe two more First I.ady, Mrs. Drown says. "She doesn't seem to think her term in tlie White House one.' will be terminated." Julie Reporters think Mrs. Nixon. i2, is showing signs of strain and her press secretary. Helen Smith, admits tluit "its a difficult time for her." In the few times sift has spoken out a f t e r being pressed by reporters, Mrs. Nixon has proclaimed "I'm full of faith positive outlook." \V h i I c criticism mounts against Nixon, almost nothing said against his wife and partner in 28 years of n a t i o n a l politics. Except for the fact that she was a wifely co-signer of the income tax returns on which Nixon was found to owe S476.000, Mrs. Nixon has not been Jinked personally to any of the President's Watergate-related problems. Mrs. N i x o n disclosed recently that she has read all of the p u b l i s h e d Watergate t r a n scripts. "It takes 9 to 12 hours," she said. Mrs. Drown says Mrs. Nixon felt tliat the Presidential tapes should have been considered "like personal, sensitive diaries . . , never to be released to any :he family spokesman lergatc, has described and confidence . . . I'll have faith u n t i l I'm proven wrong." When » reporter said. "This has been a hard year for you and you seem to he holding up marvelously . . . what is it thai sustains you?" Mrs. Nixon responded: "The t r u t h sustains me, he- cause I have great f a i t h in my husband. He's an honorable, dedicated person. And when you know the truth, you have Eisenhower, frequently Waller mother as "able to lake things with a grain of salt. She's very philosophical and I guess she finds she can hold up u n i i c r all this lccause she loves my [her and talieves in him." It was a year ago that Mrs. Nixon expressed her faith anti confidence in h e r husband on Watergate. When someone gave her a copy, of a weekly Penn sylvania -newspaper during 3 reception, she joked, "Well, ' don't see Watergate on (he front page. Something's wronk here." Since publication of the Iran scripts, Mrs. Nixon is less in clined to joke about Watergate. Once friendly and relaxed vilh reporters, she has become rrilablc with them. "I'll pray for the press," she lung over her shoulder in turning a s i d e questions on one iVhitc House occasion. Mrs. Nixon even has displayed what her press secrecy described as "a flash of niger" during a talk with reporters aboard her plane on the vay back from her six-day Lai- American goodwill visit last March. It came when she was a'-;ked about "the strain of the past year." "I really don't wish lo speak of it," Mrs. Nixon said, stand- ng up to cut off the interview 'It's just a personal thing and why bring that into the trip Mrs. Nixon reporlcdly is dis :resso:l at the news media's constant effort lo get Mr. Nixon to discuss Watergate at social events. F'OSITIVE FOCUS "She wants to focus on the positive." Mrs. Smith explains. Mrs. Drowns a d d s that Mrs. Nixon has complained lo her that reporters ignored events at the White House and she wishes they would give more recognition to volunteers and other groups she- entertains, Just as President Nixon has sought friendly audience for his public appearances lately, Mrs. Nixon also entertains apparently supportive groups. Sometimes as often as three afternoons a week, she will have two events on her calendar to greet such visitors as the Daughters of the American Revolution or wives of a doctors' group. Though she once traveled across the country promoting volunteer work, Mrs. Nixon now confines her efforts to meeting groups in the Washington area. Since the fall of 19Y1. her travels in the U.S. hove been limited solely to trips with the President. There seems to be general agreement that Mrs. Nixon upends an unusual amount of Ume on her mail, which is said (a average as much as 3,000 to ·3,000 letters a week. She works an estimated four or five hours a day at it. Julie says her mother is "a compulsive worker" and often spends four hours at night on her mail, staying up after an official dinner party. HARD WORKER Some associates think Mrs. Nixon works too hard, Bui Mrs. Drown explains "she 1 a perfectionist" and s h e "cares about people. 11 When she first came to the White House, Mrs. Nixon promised to open it to as many people as possible -- not just "big shots." And she has kept that promie. claiming to have entertained more Americans at social events and worship services than any other First Family. "Meeting people," is the thing Mrs. Nixon says she likes best about being First Lady. The First Lady sleeps only a few hours at night; is up and about at 7:30 a.m. Mrs. Drown explains t h a t from Pat's early years -- she was orphaned as a icen-ager -- "she had no time to lounge around." Reporters rarely hear of Mrs. Nixon seeing friends other t h a n Mrs. Drown, whose husband is a publisher's distributor, a n d Louise Thompson Johnson, another old friend from WhitUer: days, whose husband for year* was an oil company representative in Wahington. . But Julie says her mother has "a nice circle of fnends. I wish she'd see them more of- Julie describes her mother as an "outdoor girl, who grew up on a truck farm" and would like nothing better than to work in a garden. She settles now for potted plants at the White House. . It Lies In The Music The Wealth Of Stone County By FAUNE CONNER Someone once asked nationally famous singer, songwriter and folklorist Jimmy Driftwood, "What do people do in a pocket of poverty?" Referring, of course, to his nalive homeland. of S t o n e County. Driftwood replied about his hill country, "They sing and dance and play music and have one heck of a time." But. he was quick to add, "A definition of a 'pocket of poverty' all depends on whal you're measuring by. We Ihink we're the rich people." In a sense Driftwood was right. The people of rural Stone County may not have bustling cities with giant corporations and large factories, but they are rich -- rich in a living heritage of pure, authentic folk music. Stone County's s e a t . Mountain View, has been designated the Folk Capital of America because here music isn't just a hobby, it is an integral part of life and the comity's main attraction. During the past few years Stone County has produced over 200 recordings by people w h o still play and sing the old-time music of their parents and grandparents who learned the tunes from their forebears. This music has survived almost un changed since pioneer days because of the isolation of the rugged Ozark Mountain region -- an isolation that lasleri well into the 20lh century. The legendary music that sprang from weekly get - togc thers and front porch fiddling and strumming has nov\ become a big business in Stone County, particularly since lasl year when the $3.4 million Ozark Folk Center opened Mountain View to preserve tlic Ozark's rapidly vanishing folk culture. A look at a few of the people of Stone County who are pcrpe- ualing (he music of their ancestors reveals a variation from lorms of the recording indus- ry. Here there are no flashing. ull-time performers, but rather i lot of unpretentious ieople vhose realistic folk music often reflects their life style. Driftwood is by far the best ;nown Stone County musician, having risen lo stardom in the early ISCO's with his hit cnmpo- iitions. "The Battle of New Or- OUR TIMES (CONTDCtTED FROM PAGE 7B) observed Fred Russell of Nash ville to Tom Siler, of Knoxville "reminds me of the rule at a course over my \vay. The pro over there lets his members move the ball by hand in through, because he says. 'It cuts down on Ihe cheatin 1 ." The Daily Oklahoman's Volney Meece, another norvcyrrv petitor among the itik-stainpc participants, summed up Ihe spirit of the occasion responding to Russell's storv b adding, "I'll drink to THAT!" Gentry Man Wins Meritorious Award Air Force Major Marvin H. Ownbey, son of Mrs. Lida L. Ownbey, of Route 3, Gentry, has received the Meritorious Service Medal at Los Angeles Air Force Station. Calif. Major Ownbey was cited for his outstanding performance as a systems programming stafl officer Missive with the Space anri Systems Organization, the executive management agency for most Department of Defense space and missile programs. He graduated in 1953 from Gentry High School and received a Bachelor's degree in accounting in 195S from the University of Arkansas where he was commissioned .through the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps program. He also holds B.S. and M.S. dejeca Irom the Air Force Institute of Technology. Wright- Patterson AFB, Ohio, But not all of the musieians|ttie name the musicians chose jf Stone County are life-long residents there - for instance, ynn Young, the 29-year-old ad- i i i n i s t r a t o r o f Blanchard Iprings Caverns, who plays larp. Young came to ^fountain 'iew last year from Arlington, T i\. t when the cave opened and its right in with the locals who "from can to recently made ea ns M and "The Tennessee ituri," Born and raised at Pirnbo, he still lives there with us wife, Cloda, in a rock house hey built themselves -10 years igo. lie has been a major force organizing the county's music and, at G7, often travels across Ihe United States to sing and lecture on folklore while managing lo keep up the work n his big valley ranch and serve as a member of the Arkansas Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission. Drift wood's music, recorded on numerous albums, of- ien tells the stories of factual iilaces, and events and of the mountain people bo has known. His album "Down in the A r k a n contains 12 of his composi tinns on the state including songs about the Buffalo River .he White River Valley, characters like 0/ark Bill and Jim Berry and professions such as timbercutliiiR and horsetrading. He is equally good at writing songs based on fable such as Long Chain" and "Giant the Thunderhenrl" recorded on his album "The Best of Jimmj Driftwood." TALENTED FIDDLER Buddy Lancaster. 38. Mountain View, is anothei (alenleri .county musician. Hi: specially is fiddling. His fatbe: taught him to play the mandolit as a boy and he later " j u s t picked up" fiddling, an art. is passing on to bis sons R a n d y . 13. and Tony. 12. Lan caster, a professional stone mason, recently cut bis firs album entitled "Precious Mem ories" and featuring many old time fiddle tunes like "Black M o u n t a i n Rag" and "Dig Swee Talers in. Sandy Land." A dcs cendant of early county settlers Lancaster's album cover is a picture of bis great-grandfa ther's log cabin, built in 1861 and still standing. The- Tommy Simmons famib of Mountain View is a gone example of one of the mam f a m i l i e s t h a t regularly play am sing together in the county Simmons, 45. is manager of the Ozark Folk Center and has been playing the guitar since he w a 12 years old. His wife. Jean 39. is skillful on both the auto- h a r p and the mystic mountain dulcimer. Their teenage daughters perform, too -- Pam the a u t o h a r p and dulcimer, and Rence d a n c i n g the clog doll, rhythm toy of Irish origin. The Simmons have traveled good deal promoting the Folk Center and have also found record two albums. "Wander the Rac- focuses beautiful old ballads and "Stone County Dulcimer" which illus- playing styles a n d tunings of playing sytles and tunings ol the dulcimer. Groups other than families often play together in Stone County such as the popular trio composed of brother Willie and Fate Morrison, both fiddle. _ and Selh Mize. guitarist. These farmers, ranging in age from 67 to 72, all grew up playing traditional m o u n t a i n music. ANCIENT BALLADS They are at their best sawing and strumming old English and Scottish ballads on their album "The Old Americans Dream ol Yesteryear." Mize. also handy with the fiddle, has made another album entitled "Old Time Fiddling. 1 )lay and an't." iis first album or autoharp folk music, "Little Pine Log Cabin." And even people who nre not ·esicicnls of Stone County 'ecord its music. Accomplished iddler Ramona Jones, wife of Grandpa Jones of Mee Haw "ame. frequently performs nL .lie Folk Center and included ini old Indian tune she learned from Driftwood on her album "Back Porch Fiddlin'." With the opening of (he Folk Center lust year. Stone County nusicians new have their own ·ecording facilities boused in Center's spacious audilor- .. Members of the Racken- sack Folklore Society who per- ing T h r o u g h kensack" whicii , , tunes and play-party songs. The- orm five nightly the Center, produced two collector's albums entitled "Tbe Racken- sack, Volume I and TI." Rac- tcrisack is an otd Indian word 'or the Arkansas River xl when they formed a weekly playing group in 1963. MANY FEATURED The two Rackensack albums feature over 60 of the county's musicians playing a variety ol British ballads, hymns, fiddle pla Rackensackcrs. who use amplified instruments. demonstrate the guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, autoharp, dulcimer, liarmonica, pickin' how, spoon? arif 1 tub ----- atl traditiontil folk instruments. An album. "Music of Ihe Ozarks," produced by tho National Geographic Society in 1973, also provides a good cross- section of the music of Stone County. The album includes interesting text by Driftwood and colorful pictures of the musicians who use no music bu play from their heads anc hearts. The Rackensack performers receive many requests for-their folk music and numerous albums Folk sell thcii through the Center and various concessions in the Arkansas parks system. They feel th appeal of their music can be compared to Lhu appeal o antiques w i t h one difference -the Clark's 33rd Annual JUNE SOFA SALE Our 6th Anniversary In Springdale To Show Our Appreciation To The People Of Northwest Arkansas Who Have Made These Past 6 Years Possible We Will Continue This Sale Through June 29th. ANY STANDARD SOFA, LOVE SEAT or HIDE-A-BED RE-UPHOLSTERED WITH ANY FABRICS IN STOCK PRINTS, SOLIDS, STRIPES AND PLAIDS $ 179 MATERIAL AND LABOR VELVETS $20.00 MORE QUALITY WORKMANSHIP IN OUR OWN SHOP! 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