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j|ortf)toe£t Editorial-Opinion Page Die Public Merest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper 4A · SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 1974 Rockefeller Probe Quickly Under Way Dr. Bishop Checks In Dr. Charles E. Bishop, new president of the University, said ALL the right things, we gather, during press conferences here and in Little Rock last week. The president's press day, by coincidence we suppose, coincided with that of the Razorback football team. (Prospects, we must report, are great in both camps.) Dr. Bishop, though barely settled in his new assignment, obviously has been, doing a lot of homework on the Arkansas situation. He not only knows about the Cooper affair, but is privy to Little Rock's ambitions for its campus and Fayetteville's distrust of ambitious central Arkansans. Right off the bat, Dr. Bishop assures Northwest Arkansas that the "mother campus" in Fayetteville will not be diminished, and that he plans to retain administrative headquarters here. Beyond that, however, he foresees great growth and unique contributions by the Little Rock campus; and promises to work toward development of the Pine Bluff institution. He wants Monticello appropriately to serve its section of the stale. He is in favor of keeping tuitions within reach of the rank and file resident, and he is a great exponent of quality and service in education. . Additionally, he" is opposed to a loyalty oath for teachers (re: the Grant Cooper case), and he recognizes that Arkansas salary schedules are painfully low, in comparison with national standards. One thing's for sure, Dr. Bishop can't be accused of being a non-politician. He says Art Buchwald so many right things he almost sounds like he's campaigning for the presidency, rather than newly appointed. Parochially speaking, we are delighted with Dr. Bishop's intentions to stick around, at least for a while, in the civilizing environment of Northwest Arkansas, He says no . chancellor (separate administrative officer for the Fayetteville campus) is contemplated at present. He also seems to imply that established programs on the "mother campus" will not be dismantled for shipment to central Arkansas, at any early date. We appreciate the new president's awareness of various political pressures · borne by the TJA system, and thank him for early, plain-spoken assurances. If isn't just a 'case of Northwest Arkansas trying to hold on to what it's got, or of getting a bigger piece of the cheese. ":.: ;We hope-the new president recognizes that this area; proud and jealous of its Fayetteville campus as it may seem to be, is also firmly and traditionally dedicated to the support of a strong statewide educational system. The fact that the state's land grant college is here in these Ozark hills testifies to this area's long-standing belief in the need for and advantages of education, and we firmly believe Dr. Bishop, as he gets better acquainted around the state, will find that he has more cooperative, unselfish support for quality education hereabouts than anywhere. (Also the most pleasant environ-. :..'.' merit.) .\ NFW-Rated (Not For Wives) (EDITOR'S NOTE -- In order to permit President Ford to have an orderly transition- of government, Art Buchwald has gone on vacation. He left behind some of his favorite columns.) By ART BUCHWALD Mr. Jack Valcnti of the Motion Picture Producers Assn. has done a fine job with his rating system of films. In order to protect children, his association now informs people through Ihe advertisements and outside the theater whether they are suitable for the whole family or just the adult part of it. The ratings start with G for the family, then go to M for mature audiences and finally to From Our Files; How Time Files] 10 YEARS AGO Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority announces plans to build a new three-story house at the corner of Leverett and Maple on the site of the present sorority building. Olhel Sharp won the City golf Tournament championship by so VEARS AGO Twenty-five canning factories in Fayetteville and Washington County are now in operation, according to reports. From eight-ten cars of 'grapes will be shipped from Fayetteville alone this season, it was announced by the Fayetteville Grape Growers Association today. The first car is now '(00 YEARS AGO The candidates, and those who contemplate becoming such, of our county, are a very pious set of fellows. We are told that they have heen very regular in their attendance at the camp-meetiitg in Clear Creek this week. We are afraid that even a good Methodist tow- lino w i l l not be sufficiently strong to pull some of them through. As will be seen f r o m a notice elsewhere, copied from the Sulphur Springs, Texas. Ga/ctle, our friend Morgan H. Looncy defeating Wilson Gabel in a sudden-death playoff. The Fayetleville Chamber of C o m m e r c e honored n e w teachers to the Fayetteville schools at a luncheon today at the Holiday Inn. being loaded and a' new 'car will be placed on the tracks Monday. Patent for a low air-pressure detector and signal in tires, has been granted to Leo F. Heerwagen of Heerwagen Brothers, this place, son of Mr. and Mrs. P.M. Heerwagen. has been and done and gone and got married. And /we have information that he has captured one of Texas' sweetest daughters. Well, Looney is a fellow deserving of just -such luck. It is what we call, "spreading it on thick" when physicians give prescriptions for a gallon of tangle-foot at a dose. A patient must be suffering when, gallon doses are required. Oh, Town Council! Oh, whisky ordinance! Oh, spizzerinkinm! What a huge joke thou art, surely, indeed. By JACK ANDERSON And LES WEHTTEN W A S H I N G T O N -- Even before President Ford revealed his choice of Nelson Rockefeller as Vice President, the House and Senate had put the constitutional machinery in motion for his confirmation. A half-hour before the dramatic oval office announcement, Sen. Howard Cannon, D-Nev., whose Senate Rules Commiteet skillfully handled Ford's own vice presidential hearings, was called by White House aide Tom Korciogos and (old Rockefeller was the one. Within minutes, Cannon's aides were drafting a letter to the Library of Congress r e q u e s t i n g information o n Rockefeller. The Rules chairman also began drawirrg up a list of how many General Accounting Office and Senate sleuths he would have to borrow for the investigation. Even with this help and m a's s i v.e,,, FBI, .assistance, Cannon expects it will still take weeks to look into Rockefeller's complicated financial interests in the United States and abroad. Ironically. Cannon had just wound up work on the imneeded procedures for an im-' peachment trial and now he must devote almost full time to the Rockefeller nomination. "It's going to be a lot more pleasant than a trial would , have been," Cannon's administrative assistant, Chet Spbsey, told us. "But it's.not going to be much less work." In the House, ' Judiciary The Washington Merry-Go-Round They'll Do It Every Time WOMPEI?: we RXMPITOII? SO.VES/ KNOW A 6IRI-WHO WORKS frlRSAC X wliere human beings under IB are not admitted. I am not criticizing Mr. va- lenli's ratings but actually trying to improve on them. I think he should add another category to warn, husbands what to expect. This rating on a film could be X-NFW -which would stand for "not for wives." I say this because I went to a film the other night with my ·-wife, only to discover when we got lo the theater that it had an X rating. "What does that mean?" she wnted to know. "It means that this picture is an adult film, and only those of us who are mature enough and grown up enough to understand the implications of what the producer and the writer and director are trying to say are permitted to see it." "You mean it's a dirty picture?' she said. "We must not use ' . t h e word 'dirty' in describing a film. It is an art picture, aimed at a specific audience who wants more 'out of life thn Doris Day and Rock Hudson." "Those billboards out front look pretty dirty lo me." "What's the matter? Haven't you ever seen a girl tied behind a bulldo/er before?" "Not while it's knocking down a building." "Well, billboards never really show what the movie is about. I'.'s just a way of getting you into the theater." "I'd rather see 'Oliver,' " she said. "Don't be square. If adults don't support :-rated films, who will?" Before she could change Iier mind, f bought (he tickets, and we went in. "The popcorn even looks dirty," my wife said. "Will you stop behaving like someone who ONLY attends movies for the entire family?" We sat down just behind six momhers of a motorcycle gang and next to an old man who was reading "Candy" while the lights were on. Finally, the movie started. It opened up with a woman being- whipped by I D members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. "Let's go," my wife said."WE CAN'T GO until we've found out what she's done. Perhaps that's the way people are punished in Canada." "Nelson Eddy never whipped Jeanetle MacDonakl." The scene shifted to a pair of lumberjacks walking through the forest with their arms around each other. They stopped in a clearing. "That docs it," my wife said. "I'm going." "But there's supposed to he n big scene between two girls from Toronto and three women from ?'rcnch Canada who want independence from the Commonwealth." She was on her way up the aisle, and 1 followed her. "I just want to ask you one question," she said as we were driving home. "What was the point of that Mounlie kissing his horse?" "Oh, come on. Haven't you ever seen a man kiss a horse before?" I said. "On the lips?" (C) 1S7'I, Los Angeles Times Chairman Peter Rodino, D-N.J., laid aside his own clean-up work on impeachment to set up a meeting last week between his s t , a f f and lop Library of Congress aides. With Iho selection still unknown, the two sides worked out a channel for gettirrg a steady flow of data on Rockefeller to the com- · mittee. Only 10 minutes after the announcement, the Library of Congress called Rodino's s t a f f to advise them the flow of Rockefeller data would begin that afternoon. It will come in on a daily basis until the investigation is complete. Rodino's men also met before the announcement with GAO officials lo arrange to borrow accountants. The GAO is an arm of Congress., while the FBI, which contacted more than 1,000 people on Ford and compiled, finished notes totalling 1,400 pages, works under the Executive, branch. O P T I O N A L SAFETY: A House-passed prohibition on the new seat belts that 'must be hitched before the car will start could cost 85,000 lives and 5.4 million injuries in the n e x t decade, according to a House Commerce staff memo. The ton, sponsored by Rep. Louis Wyman, R-N.H., was passed by a panicky House because of voter complaints about the "interlock" seat belts in all 1974 models. Wyman's legislation also would make air bags scheduled for 1977 models optional instead of mandatory. In bitter opposition lo the Wyman measures, the Jouse · Commerce staff memo predicts an average of 8,500 lives now being saved each year by the "interlocks" would be lost. . Wyman's air bag bill could kill 13,000 a year. The air bag measure would also knock out the proposed 30 per cent decrease in some insurance policies, according to the staff document, and it would drive up the cost of air bags for those who do choose Wyman measures, t h e House the safety device. I ndefending "interlocks, the staff report says "lap a n d shoulder belt usage has increas- · ed to 59 per cent in 1974 cars as a result of the new system, compared with "six per cent in 1973 models. The number of m o t o r i s t s . wearing no belts has decrea' from 7(1 M r cent in 1973 lo 11 p?t cent in 1974." ; The current auto sai'cU crisis, according to olner internal House memos, gcew o ' - of ft meeting rje.wcen Henry For 1 I I and former Prcs.fcn-. Ricliaid Nixon some f.nj- yirs as!o. U that tim?, Ford reportedly told Nixon of his vehement njii-o- sition to air bags. "Subsequently," says ·· one memo, "there was a meeting with White House 'super heavy weights' (including John Ehrlichman) to discuss the a i r bags with then Transportation Secretary John Volpe. campaign," the document goos and Zsa Zsa Gabor. As Volpe gloomily left lh» meelir/g, says the memo, h« turned to a key aide and re-, marked, "We are in trouble on;', the air bag." ·""'·. "This was just before the 1972-; campaign,' the document goes" on and the While House hoped ·; that Henry Ford "might play. a,role on behalf of Nixon's reelection." Sure enough, following life'.' Ehrlichman meeting, order's" were handed down by the White' House to institute the "inter-* lock," according to the memos/" Their aim:, to delay or kill the _ air bag concept just as Henry^Ford had proposed. Ford. as ? it turns out, contributed $49,7o6" to the Nixon campaign. · Now, unless Senate conferees balk at the House measure, both the "interlock" and the air ba'gs will be junked by the automakers, and the only restraint will be the old buzzless buckles of 1972. . "The trick is to get it down without crashing' A Potpourri Excerpts From The World Of Thought . .ALL-AMERICAN G A M E . Marcia Seligson, "Zen Tennis," New Times, Aug. 23, 1974, pp. 36-39. . . . "Tennis is a quintesse'nlially American sport, a metaphor, really, for our whole belief system. Starring that great American hero Winning and its hideous counterparts Losing, Competition, Ayrcssion, Goal Fixation and Alienation - - I inean can you think of a contest in which you are more deeply interlocked in struggle with your sole opponent yet physically further apart?" "Tennis is also about those precious ecstasy zaps that wo all live for--the perfect cross- court backhand shot, the service ace, the zinger piitaway. The peak moments, the' instant flood ot self-love to neutralize Ihc explosion of self-loathing." "We are a people who measure our human value by the temporal teaspoons of outward performance and validation from others. Tennis, thus, is the perfect American game .... I have always played tennis pretty much the way I play life. I work very had at it because it's extremely important to me, yet I only deeply enjoy it when I'm winning." Cj II A I, 1 T Y SKIN MAGS "More Is, After All, More," The Texas Observer, Aug. 9, 1974. p. 18. "For 15 years, there was only Playboy. Then Penthouse, with less quality and more skin, and photographs of women who dis- plnyerl morcwant, a more active interest. They didn't spend so much time listening to Bach. A stroke of genius or luck at least, this brilliant new view of women coincided with a similar one breaking sociohistori- cally during the same period, so that Penthouse was hugely successful." "There was also a big ad campaign, which helped. Most rncn responded happily to the concept of women with wants.... Ten similar magazines quickly threw themselves into lha struggle to make money out of t h e cultural breakthrough. Some did and some did not." "Seizing the principle Women Actively Interested, some \yo- men's quality skin magazine arrived, notably Playgirl, Viva and several which seem to have vanished....Now women can buy piclurcs in their drugstores just as men have heen able to, thus correcting a gross inequity and advancing civilization. Quantity does have a certain unassailable logic. More is more, after all." ..FILM FANS. Pauline Kael, "Onward and Upward with the Arts," The New Yorker, Aug. 5, 1974 pp. 43-59. "Sometime during the last year, a number of the most devoted moviegoers stopped going to the movies...The interest in pictures has left these people almost overnight; they turned off as suddenly a they'd turned on." "It was no accident that the Americans walked off with mostof the fop awards at Can- most of the top awards at Can- American movies--not the big hits but many of the movies that Hollywood considers failures--are probably the best in the world. No country rivals us in the diversity of skilled, talented filmmakers.but there are few lines for the sorts of films that young audiences were quering up for a couple of years ago. They talked fervently then about how they loved movies; now they feel there can't be anything good going on, even at the movies." "There is no way to estimate the full effect of Vietnam and Watergate on popular culture, but earlier films were predicated on an implied system of values which is gone now...Nobody understands what contemporary heroes or heroines should be, or how they should relate to each other, and it's safer not to risk the box-office embarrassment of seriousness." ' . .UNIVERSITY P R E S S E S , Geoffrey Hartman, "Outstanding Books from the University Presses," The American Scholar, summer 1974, pp. 517. "The list of 33G books shows the unexpected lieallb of scholarly publishing by the university presses in the midst of fiscal crisis. It would surely be d i f f i c u l t . t o amass as various and distinguished a list from Ihe equivalent number of commercial publishing houses. What we are seeing perhaps, through this focus on the university presses, is the advantage ot decentralization." "These presses do not operate out of a few major cities, and their staffs, as well as the boards of professors advising them, seem relatively free from the pressures of modishness...The survey also leads one to reflect that in the last ten years or so university press publishing has become, if anything, healthier, because of the somewhat less central place of the prestige university presses and the more creative pub^ lishing practices of the smaller or less noted publishing houses." "I can only hope that the many interesting books coming ·from these newly strengthened houses will be able lo receive proper attention from reviewers and the news media," Bible Verse "Not neglecting lo meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." Hebrews 10:25 The church with all of it's flaws is still the instrument of faith that God has chosen to get His word out to the ends of the earth. Attend worship services with your family and pray one for another. God will surely bless you for it, PLUTOCRATIC PARKS: Tha trinkets tourists buy iii National Parks financed a Washington party complete with. strolling violinists and ,600 guests, including Lady Bird 'Johnson, Sen] Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., nil 'Zsa Zsa Gabor. Decorative shrubbery was brought from a National Parka greenhouse and the guests dined in steamship be^f and steelhead salmon. The spring extravaganza took six weeks of planning and $'9.000 This- i? lime and money that conservationists say the. National Parks Service should have spent on improving ' their service's 1 to vacationers. . --United Feature Syndicate New Cars: What Will They Cost? WASHINGTON (ERR) -- In the not' so distant past, tha question most often asked at the start .of a new automobile model year · was "What will they look like?" Then .along came Ralph Nader, and people began to ask "How safe will they be?" Today, as the 1975 model year approaches, the- foremost- question -is "How much will they cost?" The answer, of course, is "plenty." President Ford directed attention to the problem when be castigated General Motors for announcing a price increase of almost-10 per ceril on its 1D75.- models. The average new GM car will cost around $500 more, .than its 1974 counterpart. Fore) Motor Co. had-announced ear.-^ Iier that it plans to raise the prices of its 1975 cars by about $413. Chrysler has indicated that it will follow the other two ' comparable increases. Detroit's Big Three have raised the prices of 1974 cars several times this year. But with, still larger increases iti the off^, ing, the models now in dealer,,showrooms suddenly seem al-^ most like bargains. Anticipating" a buyer rush, the manufac- · turers arc planning relatively;,* strong final production of 197* t models. ..THE AUTOMOBILE industry" and its many adjuncts occupy iai a central position in the Ameri-^ can ecomomy. Thus, price in-; creases as hefty as those al-" ready announced are" add to tile nation's inflationary.' troubles. In rebuttal, the manu-" facturers argue that they, too, have been victimized by infja-'' tion. Moreover, federally rria'n^ dated auto safety devices anil* pollution control equipment- have added substantially lo pro-" duction costs. '·"'·.·? · It is entirely possible that many people who want and: need a new car will concludel that they cannot afford one. But" the manufacturer generally^ believe that most buyers are less concerned about the posted^ sticker price than about the siza of their monthly payments.,. Thus, the Ford Motor Credit. Co., (he financing, the No. 2 auto manufacturer;,; is now granting loans of 42- monlhs and longer to 14 per cent of its customers. A year ago, only one per cent of,'its loan were for more than tha standard 36 months. The financing subsidiaries of Chrsyelr and GM also are offering longer-term loans. ; · "There's nothing insidious: about this," insists Ford Motor.' Co. President Lee A. lacoeca.i "Remeber, it was just 19 ycar^. 'ago that we had a booming .in-, dustry caused by one thing--av change from 24-month loans nationally to 36." The 1955 model, pear long stood as the most successful in the industry's History. " '.! ..PUTTING ASIDE all specula;, lion on 1975 production and sales;', it is now clear that many p_f. the old rules for merchandising, automobiles no longer apply. Gone arc the drastic annual or. biennial styling changes, whi'cfV; critics charged were part of ^. strategy of "dynamic obsole-.'. scence." And while car buyers' aret still interested in such fea:,, lures as comfort and roominess, they now demand the utmos^ in fuel economy as well. ''/ j r _ There are indications, mqrii-,' over, that many motorists are. reassessing their views on cari ownership. According to the" Wall Street Journal, daily gasor,. line consumption In midsumr. mer, the peak driving season,.., "is holding dead level with thai;.., of last summer." But there aro a more motorists and more car.4 r on the road this summer tha'ri^ last, hence porcapjta gasoline" consumption has dropped. It is., unclear if this trend .will conli-V nue. If it does, it may mean".; many drivers have decided that, an automobile is now what it was originally--A luxury.

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