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Editorial-Opinion Page TJ!« Public Interest Is Tht First Concern Of This Newspaper 4 · WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 1974 'Keyhole Xops' Will Snoop At Anything SRide'm Cowboys, And A Happy 4th The Rodeo of the Ozarks -- parades, bronc busting', handsome cowboys, pretty cowgirls and all -- is being well attended as usual this week. From all reports, the Springdale affair continues to enhance its reputation as one of the top such events in the entire region, and all of Northwest Arkansas can take pride in the excellence of the venture. Tomorrow, the 4th of July, the Rodeo concludes its four-day run with a parade down Emma Avenue, and a climax performance at the arena. It's a high ol' time every performance at Parsons Stadium and we are sure the Thursday session will be no exception. We congratulate our neighbors to the ._ north on the success of their Rodeo festivi- - ties, and share with them the hope for good :·;'· times and prosperity. \ The Summer Blahs '·' Tha House of Representatives is due £ to take up its major campaign finance reform bill sometime this month, which is a V. momentous occasion. I- Unfortunately, the entire subject seems !* caught in the summer blahs, and lacking. £ public focus the temptation may be strong, !: indeed, for congressmen to react no more ;- righteously than is dictated by clear and i present pressures of their constituencies. :; That doesn't auger well for the legislation. '/ Maybe. ·';. Someone has to pay for political cam- '·'·i paigns. Most of us will agree on that. A 9. harder question is what controls will best C insure fair, moral, honest elections in the i future. There is little agreement on the lat;.:'ter puzzler, to date. Public financing has · a considerable following among reformers, ij 1 but significantly less among office holders »; who must form, adopt, and eventually live -.; with such legislation. Art Buckwald The best bet now appears to be a combination system of public, and private financing. This also seems to be the system favored by Gov. Dale Bumpers. We listen as hard as we can to what the governor says, but we must confess to periods when - we have trouble understanding exactly what it is that he is saying. In the present instance, we get the idea he favors public financing of presidential elections (he doesn't comment, though, on related problems of conventions and national primaries), and likes mostly private contributions for lesser offices. · He favors limits on the size of contributions, too, plus full disclosure; and just recently, he suggested v that perhaps a chal- ' longer should have a bigger share of available funds than an incumbent -- so as to even up the inherent advantages of incurh- .bency. . . We doubt that.Mr. Bumpers' idea of giving the opposition a bigger :gun -- and then helping hitn aim it -- will go over on Capitol Hill, but his ruminations on the topic do illustrate the meandering course that election-reform, is taking in the wake of those Watergate irregularities. One can be excused for wondering, in fact, i£ a. relevant, suitable bill will survive from Sen. Sam Erviri's committee, and what its fate'will be this session of Congress. Curiously, the middleground -- a fair matching system, whereby candidates raise a part of their campaign funds by small public subscription in order to qualify for public matching funds -- seems not to be catching on in terms of public interest. The looming danger, therefore, could well be~that without sufficient public pressure for genuine reform, Congress will "negotiate" something more complex, and even less efficient, than the system we have now. After all, the major weakness of existing election laws is that they have too few adherents and believers. All The World Loves A Lobber t By ART BUCHWALD · MONACO -- I was invited to " play in a pro-celebrity tennis · tournament in Monaco last ' week. It was one of the events ; scheduled to celebrate the 25th · 'anniversary of the reign t Prince Rainier. The reason I · was invited is that Prince Hain- · ier was trying to bring the lob ^ back to Monte Carlo. Since this · is a tennis stroke that I have ; become famous for, he insisted · I be part of the tournament. '. For those who do not play ;. tennis, the ]ob is one of the ·· most beautiful and difficult "i shots in tennis. The object is ' to hit .the ball gently in the ·air over the head of. the opponent and still keep it in the court. All the world loves a lobber, and wherever tennis is played he is the most talked- about person on the court. The lob shot was invented in 1893 by a Polish count named Leopold Lob. Leopold had studied lo be a violinist, but when he bet his Stradivarius on black at the Monte Carlo casino one night and the ball dropped in the red slot of the roulette wheel, he had no choice but to give up music and become a tennis pro. He played tennis like he played the violin and pretty soon he was hitting What Others Say... ·TRUTH-IN-DINING' There is a movement afoot out in San Francisco proposing passage of a "truth-in-dining" ordinance that we think should be brought to the attention of the city governing bodies at Little Rock and North Little Rock. Not that we expect such decadent legislation would ever get to a first reading, mind you, but simply to point out that not everyone is willing these days to accept another man's standards of "civilization." The president of the California city's Board of Supervisors has drafted the measure, which would require restaurants to identify on the face of their menus those foods that are prepared off the premises and then frozen, as well as any fish, or dish containing fish, that has been frozen. The frozen food people are yelping about it, although one might think the industry would be proud enough of its products to want the world to know about them. There are others, however, who want to know if the meal they had been served had been in a frozen state beforehand, and in San Francisco lots of people still tike dining out. seriously. Consumer groups a id some restaurants are supporting the proposal; other fes- lauranls, aloni? wilh the frozen- food industry, are broiling mad over the whole thing . Two local restaurant critics, who can spot a frozen entree from- its texture and flavor, are pushing it, ona adding: "We simply feel that if someone is buying an airline meal, he ought to know it. and be charged accordingly. We don't see much defense in a restaurant's charging $1.95 for chicken Kiev they bought for 85 cents at a local food house." Indeed, if frozen is as good as frash, then why not herald the frozen facls so that the diner will know what he or she may be getting? Questions like that are important in places like San Francisco, where (he diner may still be able lo find a French fry that has not been frozen. From this vantage point, however, it all seems so unreal. liy JACK ANDEHSON W-A S-'H I N G T O N -- There seems to be no end to the dirty Uicks lhat the Nixon crowd played on their political foes. We keep uncovering new incidents lhat the various Watergate investigators have never divulged. In recent columns, we have described political smear attempts against a dozen unsus- peeling victims, ranging from the newsmen who exposed the My La slaughter to Sen. George McGovern's finance chairman Henry Kiinelman. When Sen. Ted Kennedy, D- Mass., visited Honolulu, for example, White House snoops tried in vain to catch him partying. When he Was photographed in Bome with a pretty girl, presidential aides planted the picture in a national scandal sheet. When AFL CIO bos.: George Meany went to the hospital with a chest hernia, a special investigator for the While House was assigned lo get the medical details. Now our investigation has - turned up evidence that presidential probers also inquired into the drinking habits of Speaker Carl Albeil and the late commentator Chet Hunlley, tried lo prove Sen. Hubert Humphrey, D-Minn., had signed a racial covenant, ran a -check on the financing of Senator McGovern's home and planted a "welfare spy" in the McGovern camp. We have also established lliat the While House snooped into - : a~ Southern Democratic Senator's alleged ownership of a segregated apartment complex. Because we . haven't positively pinned down Ihe Senator's identity; we will omit his name. The Washington Merry-Go-Round They'll Do It Every Time VfafeTHE PEUaTESSette BEST COSrOttER?~ THAT'S PRfJNEUA P1PP, WHO WROTE THE ·HAPPY KITCHEN COOKBOOK".' WHO 15 THAT? SH'S HREAU. THE TIME.' HO-O-o-o I WANT60ME P3WTO SAUAO ANPA POONO Of BALONEY" AMP TWO PfUL FUREMCe PEMft" AU«#7Aj SEOffOA, the ball high in the air -- . t h e first time anyone had-ever done it. In his honor, Prince Rainier's grandfather named . the shot "the lob" or "le lob" .as it is known in France. BY SHEER coincidence, my grandfather had taken four lessons from Leopold Lob while vacationing one summe r in Monaco and brought it back to his village in what was then the Austro Hungarian Empire. When my grandfather wasn't being beaten up by Hungarian Cossacks, he practiced the lob and taught it lo my father. My father brought it lo Ihe United States just before World War 1. After I was born he took me out to Coney Island every Sunday and made me practice it. (Since we were playing on the sandy beach it was actually the only shot you could hit without the ball going dead.) Prince Rainier had - heard about my proficiency at the lob through Princess Grace, who still has relatives ^n Philadelphia. He explained when T arrived why he was trying to bring the lob back to Monte Carlo. For years Monaco had attracted the best-looking and richest lobbers in Europe. But in the '50s they started drifting away to other resorts such as St. Tropez, the Italian Riviera, the Costa Brava in Spain and Acapulco in Mexico. Lobbers, you must understand, are not only great tennis players but they are voracious gamblers as well as big spenders. One lobber will spend four * times as much on tennis balls in one day as a backhander will spend in a week. Lobbers also attract the most beautiful women. For some reason a woman just can't keep her hands off a man who hits a tennis ball up in the air. PRINCE RAINIER told me if he could bring back the lob to Monte Carlo, he was certain his principality would once again become the most important resort in the world. The day I accepted the invi- .(ation to play in his pro celebrity tournament, Prince Rainier built a new $10 million casino. He didn't waste his money. On the first morning of Ihe tournament I drew Gardnar Mulloy as my partner. As soon as I got on the court and started lo lob Dan Rowa nand Dennis Ralslon. Ihe word ewnt all the way down the, Riviera, "Lobbing has come back to Monte Carlo." By afternoon all Ihe roads leading to Monaco. were jammed with millionaire lennis players. Every yacht in the Mediterranean within 300 miles changed course and returned to the principality. Not since the early days of the century had Monaco seen anything like it. Although Mulloy and I were - eliminated on the first day, a grateful prince and princess presented me with the first issue of a new Monacan stamp. It was a two.franc airmail stamp'wilh a beautiful etching of Count Leopold Lob hilling his first lennis ball high, high in the air. (C) 1374, Los Angeles Times But Hiere is strong evidence lhat the White House conducted additional investigations of Sens. Vance Hartke, D-Ind., and Quentin Burdick, D-N.D. The White House lactic was to dig up dirt on these people and leak it to the press. A story was leaked, for example, on McGovern's real estate holdings. The White House also tried to verify Ihe false story, that Humphrey had signed a binding racial covenant on his home. The snoop-and-smear opera- · lions were handled mainly by White House aides Charles Colson, John Dean, Jack Caulfield and Lyn Nofziger, with H.R. Haldeman pulling the strings from above. Nofziger became so proficient that leaks became known around the White House as "Nofziger Jobs." While President Nixon himself never prescribed the tactics, he set the policy. He directed Haldeman in a series of memos and conversations to leak derogatory information against his adversaries and critics. There are strong indications that the White House Keyhole Kops. for example, snooped into an incident at Washington's Zebra Room involving Speaker Albert. He left the Zebra Room after a number of drinks, got into an auto accident and tried to hush policemen by saying lie had gotten them their pay raises, witnesses said. Haldeman .later reported to the President,. without going into detail, that there was derogatory information available on the Speaker. The- able Albert lias assured us lie no longer drinks.' . .. A similar undercover, investigation was conducted into Chcl Hunttey's sobriety after he made some sharply cn.fcal remarks about President Nixon. An official investigation report, 'now in our hands, alleges that Huntley had "privately stated he was drunk at the time. Nevertheless, the report goes on, the While House considered using the .Environmental Protection Agency to obstruct a Huntley development project. called "Big Sky" in Montana. During the 1972 campaign, Nofziger planted a spy m McGovern's California headquarters to search for a special form : that volunteers allegedly used to get welfare payments while they worked . f o r the Democratic presidential candidate For-two weeks, Nofziger s stealthy "Welfare, spy" rifled- desks, files, and'in-baskels lor- the mysterious forni which, it lurned'out, never existed. Nofziger also pressed for anti-trust action against the Los Angeles Times whose reporters had written critical stories about the President, The Jus- lice Department provided the While House (with helpful infor- ' mation but never : went ahead with the action. Nofziger also sought lax .information about the National Education ' Association. Documents- in , our possession show "First The Good News--" See The US. First (At Last) he planned to slip th'e Information to a friendly Congressman who would criticize the tax-exempt NEA for "political activities.'* But Nofziger ' w a s more , scrupulous, according to our documents,- than was Chuck · Colson. When Nofziger was publishing the GOP newsletter "Monday," Colson tried to leak stories to him. Nofziger confided he killed the Colson stories because they were "of 'a ques- lion a bin nature." On another occasion, Nofziger warned Haldeman that their colleague Colson Was going to ruin Haldehian. The Prussian- minded Haldeman, according t o ' the documents, shot back a · phrase that epitomizes Watergate: "But he gets the job done." WASHINGTON (ERR) -- In the mid-1960s, the Johnson administration launched a campaign to persuade Americans lo "See America First" instead of trekking to Europe and spending U.S. dollars there. Travelers responded to the government's appeal by booking a record number of transatlantic [lights. Who, they complained, wanted to plod around dull old America when, for a little more money, one could shop in Athens, stroll through the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, dine in Barcelona, museum-hop in Florence and sighlEce in London. For many Americans, these European cities now seem considerably less appealing than they did a decade ago. The reasons why Europe has lost some of its allure have less to do with reawakened interest in the United Slates than with the increasingly high cost of foreign travel. The 22-10-45 day, roundtrip excursion fare from' Washington lo London, the lowest rate available, is $445 during the summer months -- almost $100 higher than last year. In addition, the cost of food and lodging in Britain and Western E u r o p e h a s skyrocketed. Europe now-offers few bargains for price-conscious American shoppers. Thus, seeing America first now seems the sensible, thrifty t h i n g to do. And the nation's airlines hope lo make domestic . t r a v e l almost irresistible through a "buy now, fly latc. x " arrangement under which travelers can save up to 40 per cent of the cost of flying from coast to coast. TWA and Northwest Airlines call the plan Demand Scheduling. American adverliscs it as the Look-Ahead Plan, and United dubs it the Lay-Away Fare. TWA, which originated the idea, will operate its first Demand Scheduling flights on Monday/ July 8. To qualify tor the disco.tnt fare, a person must make reservations at least 90 days in advance, leave a $20 non-refundable deposit at that lime, and pay the rest of the fare at least 45 days before departure. The traveler specifies the date on which he wishes to fly and the airline designates the flight available on that day. Despite these requirements and despite the possible inconveniences they entail, all four airlines offering the plan report heavy booking for the mentis ahead. Los Angeles or Washington may lack the glamour of Paris or Rome, but a little advance planning makes t possible for a person to fly from one ol \hese American cities to the other tor only $115.64. The regular one-way fare is $177.61. July-Folk Festival Time S u m m e r t i m e i s rapidly becoming folk festival time in the United States. In July alone, the calendar of evenls celebrating various aspects or American culture includes the National Banjo Championships, the Tom Sawyer Fence Painting Contest, the St. Louis National Ragtime Festival, and th eCraftsmen's Fair of the Southern Highlands. But the most ambitious folklore exposition of til is the Smithsonian Institu'ion's annual Festival of American Folklife, which will he held Ihis. year from July 3-H on a large grassy area near Ihe Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Actually, the Smithsonian fcs- lival is more eclectic than \is name implies. The array m - exhibits includes many from- foreign lands. But the Smithsonian makes a point of building the festival around the folklife of one American slate and one or more designated foreign countries. This year's stale in the' spotlight is Mississippi, and the foreign countries are Greece and Scandinavia, W A S H I N G T O N WHIRL: Watergate convict Charles Colson lias been dropped from the impeachment witness list. Sources familiar with Colson's two days of secret testimony say he iiad no new information but merely offered his interpretations. The impeachment staff decided they didn't need Ihe benefit of a Colson sermon....Admiral Thomas Mborer, Ihe retiring Joint Chiefs chair- m a n , , is preparing to go out in style today (July 2). His retirement party will wind up, according to plans, with the overhead appearance of a dozen figh Ier-jets headed by a B-52 and the aerial acrobatics of. the Blue Angels. As part of '.he Mississippi section of the festival, a miniature cotton plantation has been established on a quarter-acre plot. Smithsonian officials are confident that the 4,000 plants will be in bloom by the lime the feslival starts. Visiors will be encouraged to pluck the bolls and put them through the ginning process. Those who venture into the festival area devoted to the electronic communicalions media will be able to crawl into a manhole and splice a mock underground telephone cable The Smithsonian's and olher folklife festivals generally draw large and enthusiastic crowds, and the reason is not hard to find. In an age of mass-produced, look-alike consumer goods and entertainment, the handmade object or . ethnic dance is. something to be treasured. And visitors to folklife festivals come to learn as well as to look and listen. Many later enroll is arts and crafts courses, hoping to keep alive the rcmnanls of America's folk heritage, The Grid Season Returns WASHINGTON (ERR) -- Ths ~ : World Foolhall League will kick -· off its inaugural season on July · 10. '-? PURISTS WERE incensed "" when National Football Leagua ;,. club owners approved a pack- ;-' age of nine major rules changes |. designed to enliven the offense. The owners were accused of "knuckling u n d e r lo competitive pressure from the Fledgling --~ World Football League and of '.'·' drastically altering the very 7- nature of Ihe game. :X. But many fans, probably a .-· majority, applauded the chan- - ges. In their view, NFL football had become dull and predictable, dominated by the defensive and kicking units. They -;,. pointed out that pro football ; owes its present popularity to a series of sweeping rules changes adopted four decades ago. In 1933 George Preston Marshall' of the Boston (how Washington) Redskins per- .. · suaded his fellow club owners .' to establish conference playoffs .-,_: for the league championship ·-.' and to allow quarterbacks to pass from anywhere behind the line of scrimmage. Some close observers of foot- '»· ball are nevertheless skeptical,;-'." of rules changes on a' large .. s c a l e . "In every sport, .professional - coaches devote a .:; lifetime of sweat and intelli- '- genco to learning the 'correct* -'?moves," Leonard Koppett wrote '·".' in The Sporling News. "When Z. to bunt was well established in ,-"-'. baseball tactics three-quarters ··;· of a century ago. "But football is different from : other sporls in this respect: Every play is 'rehearsed to a ·'· degree not possible in the '~« others. Therefore, the .proper- -~ tional effect of planning and -. analyzing and .studying- and making conscious (rather than reflexive) decisions is much greater in football than in basketball or hockey or soccer or baseball or lacrosse." BASKETBALL SEEMS vir- " tually - i m m u n e to damage stemming from rules changes. College basketball rules differ ; in several important respects from those in force at the professional level, and the international rules (used in Olympic competition) differ markedly -.. from both. Yet the basic purpose of the game -- to put the ball through the hoop remains the same wherever or however basketball is played. The game's essential simplicity may he its greatest strength; Sometimes rules changes are instituted to neutralize the prowess of an exceptionally proficient athlete. Columnist Jim Murray observed that "they widened the three-second lane to 16 feet lo put Wilt Chamberlain farther from the backet, they outlawed the spit- ball because of Burleigh Grimes and they made fighters go to neutral corners after knockdowns because of (Jack) Dempsey." None of these changes ·; affected the popularity of basketball, baseball or boxing one way or the olher. But Murray recoiled in mock horror after viewing a World Team Tenis match, wilh its simplified scoring system and vividly colored playing attire.. OF ALL THE professional sports, baseball is the most reluctant to linker with its rules. Thus, the American League created a minor sensation when it introduced its designalcd- lutter rule last season. The change has had no perceptible effect at the gate, however. A t t e n d a n c e a t American League .games is now r u n n i n g more than 200,000 paid admissions behind last year, and ·' nearly one million admissions behind total National League attendance. For Ihe moment, National Football League officials are mainly concerned about a player strike, World Foolball League competition, and unli- m i I e d television exposure. Rules changes? If they don't work out, Ihey can always be changed again. That's how the game --i any game -- is played,

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