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JJorfttoest SOON D FAYTTTEVIUE, ARKANSAS, SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 1974 For A European Bargain Dial X' And Pray Former Resident Returns A little good taste, plus a modicum of style, would solve ·most of the problems ot mankind -- solve them, or at least make them more bearable... Style, unfortunately, is difficult to come by these days. TLic decline of style, in fact, strikes me as a bigger curse on today's society than Watergate. To my personal satisfaction, a gentleman with considerable taste and style has just moved back to Northwest Arkansas following distinguished careers in the military, journalism and education. He is Douglas C. Jones, a local fellow who started out life as a trombone player. Goodness knows what might have happened to Jones as a musician had not World War II come -along at about the time someone slammed a car door on the slide of his gold-plated 'bone. In any event Jones went to war, and worked his way up to assistant to the secretary of defense, in 27 years of duty. He retired in 1068 to become professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin, where he divided t i m e between research work on mass communications, t e a c h i n g a n d painting. Jones is an artist of striking technical ability (and taste), specializing i n P l a i n s Indians. He has had a number of one-man shows, and sells his work almost as soon as he finishes it. Which, I suppose, is one good reason why he has now retired to the Ozarks to paint and write. lie moved into town a few restless weeks ago, and is cloistered in his brother-in-law's pad on College Avenue, pondering construction of a permanent domicile somewhere in the vicinity of West Fork. AS A JOURNALISM student at - the University, Jones was well known for his funny pictures and his affinity for small combo jazz, lie still takes a turn at the piano, on occasion, having retained a nice sense ol the idiom, jazxwise; and his artistic ability, though without formal training, has matured from hobby to serious vocation. Besides painting and the piano, the journalist-artist has three novels in progress and a wealth of research material to organize and consolidate. At least some of the material, as I understand it, has to do with the curious collection of characters who has passed across the Fayetteville stage, going back to the tough days of mid-Depression. A packrat for colorful detail, Jones has filed away anecdotes on some of the community's most colorful and unforgettable figures, and these -- I can well imagine -- show up in the course of his fictional excursions, as well as in a honed for compendium of localized folklore. The intriguing aspect of all this, to me, is that Doug C. Jones is not only a unique Fayetteville character in his own right, but a gentleman who embraces the ingredients of style and his own way of doiifg things. If he writes books, they will be arresting ones, just as his paintings, when they are finished, are stunningly romantic and dramatic as well as technically facile. It is rjot only a gift -- it is a deliberate touch," I t h i n k ; a conscious self-discipline that involves a refinement of individuality rather than a f l a u n t i n g or m u f f l i n g of it. I WOULDN'T ha ve the foggiest notion w h a , specific contributions Mr. Jones may make to the area, other t h a n as a new and intriguing figure of the arts. In point of fact, however, he is a distinguished military historian; and expert on 19th century Indian affairs; a highly regarded expert on communications history and techniques, and a noted lecturer. How well this background will mix with the tranquility of Winn Creek valley and environs remains to he seen. He a d m i t s his bfggest problem may be adjusting to the slow pace of his newly adopted life-style. He'll be surprised, I imagine, ·t how teeming with challenge the tranquility of this area can be. There's no use getting him all steamed up about the new toll road through his farm, yet, but.... Freelance writer Alan Moskowitz of Los Angeles, a man wno gels around over the world despite his problems with telephones, has dedicated this account of his travel troubles to two Fayelteville residents, Tom and Lynn Horsky, "two of my dearest friends." By ALAN MOSKOWITZ The biggest bargain in Europe? You may well find it's dialing home! You can phone anywhere in America and Canada for three minutes from Europe for between $4 and $12. The price is the same to Los Angeles as to New York City, though L.A. is twice as far away! A call home can be a quick and inexpensive way for you to find out if the kids an OK. to satisfy yourself that the house is still standing, to tell your mother that you're eating enough or to be sure that your psychologist Etill has faith in you. For me it was a disaster. An expensive disaster. I phoned my parents f r o m Paris' central telephone office. Though we'd agreed I'd c a l l collect. I decided to completely surprise them and pay the operator myself. "Hello." "Alan! JACK, IT'S ALAN!" From. 5600 miles away, her maternal cry pierced my ears. "Alan, why didn't you call collect?" "Mom, I haven't got time to "We have a whole list of things to ask you...WHERE 1: THAT LIST, JACK? GET THE LIST." Seconds passed; they seemed like hours. "Here it is Number one: How are you?" -"I'm fine." "HE'S FINE!" "Number two: Where are you?" "In Paris." "HE'S IN PARIS!" On and on it went. My wealth slowly slipped away. It cost me $25! My expen-ive lesson, which alone is worth the price you paid for this paper: It is defi nitely cheaper to dial collecl than to pay yourself. Realizing I couldn't afford a repetition of the Paris call, I wrote my girl friend, Lisa, to (TTMESphoto ty Kay Gray) A SUMMER 'FISHIN EXPEDITION' ... Dr. Marvin Freeman (left), Harry Vandergritf and Washington School principal Mrs. Virginia Wilson discuss administrative appraisal Summer No Vacation For School Principals EDITOR'S NOTE: A' fayeEte- villc school principal answers some questions school officials got tired of hearing during the summer. Summer is a busy t i m e for administrators, a n d two-week vacations are standard. Hy W: IT. DUNCAN Principal Fayetteville High ScHuol "What'cha doing these days, having a good summer? "Must be nice to have the whole summer off!" "What on earth do you do? The kids arc homo and it seems like they have been here all summer already]" These questions are often pos- crt to the principals of Fayetteville schools. But that is not what happens! The things that go on behind the scenes during the summer are important, As for me, I go fishing, near- y all summer. Fishing you say! Fishing for what? Well it certainly is not for that big b a s s or crappie, although sometimes I wish it were. We fish for solutions lo problems, for a better way of doing w h a t we are already floing; for ways (o improve o«r educa- tional leadership, to develop a better master schedule, to examine trends in education and study philosophy and objectives to make sure they are current. Yes, the above is .just like fishing. Sometimes we catch a big one, .sometimes a little one, sometimes nothing. But we keep trying! There are routine matters that must be resolved. The old year doesn't Just close out nor does , the new school year just happen. Student grades must be recorded on permanent records. This alone takes two or three secretaries about three w e e k s to finish. Transcripts must be prepared early for the graduating seniors who plan to enter college for summer school. MANY CHORES Then there are building repairs, maintenance, and painting that must be done. Budgets must be set up and funds distributed. This is important to make the instructional program effective. The master schedule must be perfected, or made as nearly as possible perfect. This means 1,200 students must be scheduled by h a n d for the new school year. Additional help is broughl in, usually teachers, and t h e y are paid for assistance in scheduling. Scheduling wouldn't be so difficult if students and parents didn't change their minds after the initial requests have b e e n scheduled:. By the time 200 to 300 have a change of mind this causes some headaches. II also causes wasted effort and unbalanced classes about which both students and teachers will complain later. Thus summer, in addition to the routine duties, the entire administrative staff is engaged in an Administrative Staff Appraisal. This is being carried on in cooperation with Dr. Marvin Fairman of the University of Arkansas. Participating in this in-service program are the superintendent, a s s i s t a n t superintendents, principals and vice principals. The next step will be a needs survey in which facu 1 ty, stu dents and parents will he asked to help by giving us the advan lage of their thoughts. The preliminary steps are already planned and a queslion- aire is nearly ready for each group. The qnestionnire will be used to discover weaknesses and needs for each of the schools in the district. Thin staff appraisal, based on the system adopted hy the Board of Education, will continue through the 1074-75 school yea r. So. while rouline matters are being handled, the staff is also constantly fishing for ways lo mprove the instructional program. Fishing Is necessary "if [he educational leadership is lo remain worthwhile and continue ;o grow. AN OZARK NATIVE RETURNS ...Janes talks with photographer against backdrop 0} his latest painting Banks To Participate In Business Seminar Dr. Warren E. Banks, a member of [he faculty of the Finance Department in the University of Arkansas College of Business Administration, has been selected to participate in a seminar as a part of a ID-day conference on "Changing Business-Society Relationships" at the University of California at Los Angeles July 2 3 t h r o u g h Aug. 8. according to Dean John P. Owen, dean of the College. The conference will be attended by 40 people from the academic community and five businessmen. It is sponsored by I h e Graduate School of Management of UCLA under a Sift from the General Electric Foundation. ITs objecfivas include "exploration of the changes in redefining the business role in modern society, t h c ·najor issues involved and how sest the teaching profession can approach the business - society ationships and f u t u r e research icerled in this area," Dean 3wen said. tell her I would phone before school on her birthday. Her birthday morning was -·arly evening for me in Lund Sweden. The telephone offici was closed so I had to use a pay phone. For the minimum three minutes the charge was "5 crowns (S8.). The largos ingle deposit possible was 1 Town. I brought a plastic bag con taming 35 carefully counted-out crowns. I' surely looked like someone who'd just liberated The operation said she'd make the connection, then call me the contents of his piggy bank, back. A disheveled, elderly fellow itrdllcd by, curiously eyeing mj ending to search my pockets vhile really just trying to keep ithcrs from using the phone. He sat nearby (o watch the show. I ignored him. RRRKinggg At last! "Mr. Moskovitz, vi are reads'. Please put in 35 crowns." I pictured Lisa, sitting prettily by the phone, anxiously depositing the last morsels of her scrambled eggs into her lovely mouth while I anxiously deposited the first of my one crown coins into the mouth oi the telephone. The operator counted along: "...tolv (12)... tretton (13)..." It was getting lale Maybe TOO late. Lisa might not he able to wait. I began to panic! Grabbing fistfulls of coins. I frantically shoved them in. The bag tipped over; several coins dropped. No matter. I'd get tJiose last. The bag wns empty. It was down, grab a couple of coins up, insert, down, grab up insert... Finally the operator's count reached "trettiofy.ra (34).' Where was that last one? I combed the floor. Nothing !1 searched my.celf-only two 2 crown coins in my pockets. Too large. "Look, I gave you 34! I'll give you the last crown when I'm done... I've got two 2 crowr coins here. I'll get one chanaec into singles. I'll- I'll give you the crown...TWO CROWNS a kind of tip..PLEASE, LET Mb TALK TO LISA" "I cannot--" Just then the thought of it. The old man! He just might be able lo help! ' dashed over. In UCLA Swedish I spurted out, "I want to bu a crown and I'll pay you two crowns for it. C K ? " SUCCESS NEARS He sat there, then gave me. a tag. broad grin. After all he'd seen - and now this - he must have thought 1 was crazy Slowly he reached deep into his pocket, examined his money and made [he trade. I leaped back to the lele phone, thrust his coin i n t o the slot, grabbed the receiver. "Hello." It was Lisa's lillle sister, "Hello. Is Lisa there?" "Hi Alan ! Lisa said she'; RbAL sorry, but she HAD to run and catch her bus a minule ago. Would you like lo talk to me?" Last year, on my next trip to Europe, I decided (o give it one last try. I phoned from Inferlaken. n village in the heart of Switzerland. Switzer- l a n d is the onlv European country, save parls of West Germany, from which you can elial direct to the U.S. and Canada from public phones. Unlike Germany, there's no 3 m i n u t e m i n i m u m . The minimum is 3Vi seconds! When She money you've deposited r u n s out. you're disconnected. Now 3 l /2 seconds allows the receiver rio time for fineling or reciting lists. No tinu! for repeating every answer to a third parly. In fact, 314 seconds allows no time for any response! The 50 centimes (17 cents) it costs is so l i t t l e , it hardly matters at all if you even reach :he person you wanteel! I deposited 50 centimes, dialed my UCLA buddy Joe's number: 001 (America) - 213 (L.A. ;-.rca code) - 3X5-2335 (his number). W R O N G VOICE An u n f a m i l i a r female voice answered, I shouted, "Put Joe on!" Another 50 - same laeiy. Two 50's -- "Look, will you please put Joe on!" The extra 0 allows more time to observe -he civilities. I called agnm and found (he phone happened to be busy. After f i n d i n g it happened to be "msy for an hour, I decided she happened to have t a k e n tne }hone off the hook. Doubts arose. Did Joe's mim- per enel with 2335 - or was it 5332? Since from L.A. public mechanism allows you to d i a l direct Information anywhere in ;he U.S. anel Canaela without cost, why not from Switzerland 9 001 - 213 - 5S-H2I2 WMJM:/, '50 per cent chance of rain the moun--" Goofed again! I'd gotten 3',i seconds of the L.A. weather rcprtrU Dialing hcimt; may well be the liggest bargain you'll find in ·iurope. Since it was a disaster or me, I've hit on an altcrnaive: It's, known as the picture wstcard. It costs about a nuir- er to buy and send. The more I have to say. the smaller I vritc. Frien:Is are surprised lo jet them anel they l i k e to took at the pictures If a picture really is wortn thousanel words. 1 save 315 a card right there! THE FISHING WAS PREDICTABLY GOOD . on the backside of the dam at Devil's Den, where Lee Creek forms a deep pool CAMPSITES ARE SHADY AND COOL . . . a n d located in three separate areas of the 1,000 acre park Arkansans Rediscovering Devil's Den Park The high cost of vacalionin_ s keeping people closer to lome and many area residents are rediscovering -- or discovering -- Devil's Den State Park. "Arkansas residents h a v e packed up and gone to other states in the past but this year .hey are looking for vacation spots nearer home," said Robert. Clnlders, acting super- "ntcndent of the 5,000 acre park n the southern part of Wash- ngton County. Attendance at the park has Jotten off to a slow start but s picking up, Childers said. A ipringdalc w o m a n , enthusiastic over her visit to the park said, 'I didn't know [here was such a place so close. We are going o come hack often and tell all our friends about it." The p a r k , located in a valley ictwcen two mountain ranges, Grants For Insect Study Go To UA Knlomology research at t h e A r k a n s a s Agricultural Exper- ment Station covers all insect problems t h a t plague Arkansas gricullural producers. Four grants from private companies totaling $20.150 re- iect the interest of industry in iclping with this research in he University of Arkansas Div- sion of Agriculture, according o Dr. John W. White, vice president for agriculture. The A g r i c u l t u r a l Division of :iRA fieigy Corp. has given 12.500 and NOR-AM Agricul- trual Products. Inc. has provid- -d $6.250 to Dr. J. R. Phillips. *ntomologist, for insect re- earch. Weyerhaeuser Co. has iroviricd $1.000 to Dr. F l o y d Miner, entomologist and head of the UA Entomology Department, for forest insect control. \'OR-AM A g r i c u l t u r a l Products, nc.. has given J400 lo Dr. W. *",. Ycarian, entomologist, f o r - ontrol of cotton insects. i s reached over paved state highways f r o m either West Fork or Winslow. Camping sites and cottages are available. There are 17 air-conditioned, completely furnished cabins and 78 campsites. Fishing is walking distance f r o m a well-stocked lake created by a rock dam or from Lee's Creek which winds through the park. There is a swimming pool, a large dining room and a dance patio. The camping, picnic and trailer areas are open the year around. In addition there are n a t u r e trails, and an amphitheater where nature f i l m s and slide presentations arc shown each night at 3 o'clock. "There is always something new and the productions are well received," said Childers. An area has been designated ; a motorcyle a r e a , but otherwise cyclists are asked to use the main roads and obey speed limit=. Childers also said that only regulation type cycles with factory exhaust are permitted on the grounds. "We have no objection to motorcycles, but we do want to keep n o i s e pollution at a minimum." he explained. Childers has been at Devil's Den since last October and was named acting superintendent in place of Ray Stroud, w h o is presently on leave. In recent years the park's camping areas have been expanded and sharply upgraded, with such comforts as a coin- operated l a u n d r y , new bathhouses .with filed showers and a pavilion for group activities. The newest camping area, spread out around n sprawling figure 8 drive -- paved of course -- includes dump stations for self-contained' campers, bathhouses and electrical connections. Lee Creek r u n s along one edge of the c.arnn' site area and the swimming pool is w i t h i n easy walking distance. The park also has its own water system and a sewage treatment plant large enough'io serve a medium-sized town. In Training Steven R. Cupps. son of XI- Sgt. (Ret.) and Mrs. Robert C. Cupps of Springdale. is attending an Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps field training e n c a m p m e n t at Lackland AFB, Tex, He is a member of (he Air Force ROTC at the University of Arkansas. Musical Revue Sel For UA Theater "The nest of Broadway", n musical revue produced by the University of Arkansas Theater, the Slimmer Opera Workshop, and the Uarkcttes. will conclude the theater productions for f h i j slimmer. The revue will he presented two evenings. Friday find Saturday. July 5-6, at 8 p.m. in the University Theater under the direction of Dr. Preston Magruder. Prof. Kenneth L. Ballenger is musical director. L i g h t i n g is by Jeb Claybrook of Honolulu. Hawaii, and Jim Sutherland of Kayelteville Jonelle West is the choeograp- ler. Dr. Magruder said the fast-paced musical consists of 19 sketches and songs t h a t have been selected from the best songs and numbers in past Bradway reviews. "You'll enjoy an evening of the work of Pulitzer Prize winners Sheldon Marnick and Jerry Bock, wha nfcjo wrote 'Fiddler on the Roof-;" le said. Included in the revue is a bright number by Charles and Lee Adams of "Bye Bye Birdie" fame. Among the sketches is a wild comedv satire of A r t h u r Miller's "Death of a Salesman" and other comedy numbers.

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