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With George Segal, Elliot Gould In 'California Split' Northwest Arkanso* TIMES, Sunday, Sept. 8, 1974 r»YITT*ViUL», AHK*M»*» . 11A Amarillo Slim Makes Film Debut As Card Play ing-Gambler By ESCAR THOMPSON crty. no unemployment, no GATLINBURG, :Tenn. (AP)slums and virtually no crime, -- Imagine a town with no jxv- That's Gatlinburg -- gateway I, Tern.: A Town With No Slums, Virtually No Crime By WAKA TSUNODA NEW YOEK (AP) rillo Slim, who says Ama- he has Slim believes that poker, a ;ame born in America, is get"acted all my life but not in front of the camera," has finally -corrected the oversight and made his^ilm debut. The well-known professional gambler who has won the World Series of poker twice makes a brief appearance as himself in "California Split,' a film about compulsive gamblers starring George Segal and Elliott Gould. · " Iwas hired'as a technical advisor, they told me, but when I got up there (a location site in Reno, Nev.), all of a sudden they wanted me ,to play cards. That's how it came 'bout." drawled Texan Thomas Austin Preston Jr., who is known as "Amarillo Slim" because of his home town and his 6-foot-4. 171- pound built. His father formerly lived in Fayetteville. Did his acting experience at the poker table come in handy in film acting? "Yeah," he nodded in his manner.. "I was relaxed. Unconcerned. I didn't give a damn about those cameras. I did what I've been dqing all my life." Slim added, however, he has no.desire to go into the movies, and-"sure hope .to keep playin' poker for the rest of my lite." "California Split" is being promoted as a film that glamorizes gambling. Does he recommend gambling as every- one's pastime? "No!" The cornflower blue eyes in the long, narrow face opened wide. "I'm not for legalized gambling even. I feel it would cause too much of a hardship on people x who cannoi afford it. If people can afforc it, it suits me. I enjoy scratching them up a bit. But suppose a guy who works all week tor a salary stops in for a drink on the way home, and loses two or three hundred dollars on slot machines. Now if it pertains to him and him only, it tickles me to death. But when he gets home, if he's got a wife anc some little kids, and the wife's not gonna get a n e w Easter dress, that doen't suit me." :ing popular as a spectator sp ' ot.r sport. "Poker as a spectator sport would' be very, very dull. And yet, now that poker has ad- ranced to a new game called 'Hold 'em,' all of a sudden it's entertaining. Because of these open cards the game calls for ^ou can relate to it even though you are not in it. You can guess whci's bluffing and who's on to something." ."Hold em" is a variation of seven-card stud in whicih each player is dealt two cards face down. Five cards are then dealt face up in the center of the table as a community pile. The winner · must make the best high had he can out of his two hole cards and three from the community pile. It is the game the world's top players play at the Work Series, an annual tournamen that started informally among them and became a public event In 1969. Slim won it in 1968 and 197Z. "It's the most/popular high stakes poker game. If any card player ever plays 'Hold 'em for three days he'll forget al other forms of poker," he said. Slim, 45. has been a profes sional gambler all his lite. "1 like competitiveness," he said "That's a tonic in my life. For get the money. That's just thi means of keeping score." His gambling is not limited ti poker. In 1972, he successful!' bet $30,000 that he could run the rapids of Idaho's trea cherous Salmon River. "Tha was the only time I ever riskec my life on a wager," he said. Slim says he has lost som gambles hat the balance shee Is "far, far in excess on m j side." Its tangible, evidence . his ranch home in Amarillo Tex.,' where he keeps mor than 2,000 h e a d of cattle, 2 pairs of custom-made boots. 3 custom-tailored Western suits and a wife and three kids. The key to his success: " 'don't want to sound as if I wcr braggin 1 , hut Id' say it was thi keen mind and sharp wit." Live It Up By H. D. MCCARTY Chaplain of the Razor-backs The word Faith Is not a believe He is there, they're no simple word. Witness the confusion, the poor definitions, and the inability of thousands to get hold of it. The greatest insight T have ever gained on this powerful little word is that Faith is a combination of .three things. A belief with the head, a trust with the heart, and an act of the will. The Greek word for Faith is a verb which includes all three ideas. For example, let's take the commitment made ' a t the marriage ceremony. A · man might believe in his heaoMhat the woman he is marrying is beautiful. He might also trust in his heart that the emotion he feels for her is real. .But unless there Is an act of the will in committing himself to her at that moment and for years to come his belief and trust really mean very little. A WOMAN would be foolish indeed if she would accept the proposal of a man who said he'believed in her and had a heart affection, for her, but he would rather live with her fit- · teen or twenty years before he married her. She has "nothing to gain by this and everything to lose. A man w h o bejieves and trusts always commits or else there is something wrong with his belief and his trust. Many people today "believe" in God with their heads. They Stale Commission In Trouble Without Increase LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- Joe D. Scott, chairman of the state Game and Fish Commission told a news conference here Friday that the commission could be $5.5 million In the hole by 1980 if hunting and fishing license fees are not raised. Scott said "1974 bills can't be paid on a 1965 income." The commission has proposed raising the cost of the licenses : from $3.60 to $7.50. Without the increase, Scot! said the commission might have to reduce personnel and projects. The state legislature would have to approve any increase in the fees, but twice since 196! ; lawmakers have rejected a $1 increase. Scott encouraged Arkansans to write to their reresentatives in the General Assembly and ask them to support the in crease. Otherwise, he said the , commission would revert to a caretaker status. gnostics or atheists. The relieve the world is held togi her pretty much by what h Hows and doesn't allow. Man oiks go on to have a "trust n their hearts for God. The aren't against Him. they ar or Him. In fact, they hop everything works out well to God. But these two things ar lot enough to have real Faith The kind of Faith than chanee a man. The kind of Faith tha irings excitement. The kind r aith that makes life an into* rating adventure.' No, thes hings only come when the thir aspect of Faith is realized an acted upon. There must be commitment of the will to wha ve ,say we believe and tru: r else there is no real Faitl iemember the words of Jesu .. "Happy is the man wh lears arid does what I say." FOR YEARS I Relieved th vater skiing would -really b un. I trusted that the skis an he water would hold me u but it wasn't until I committe myself to a ski, a lake, an an end of a rope tied to tl ;nd of a -motor boat that began to experience the thril and joys of water skiing. T h e great Presbyteria preacher, Louis Evans, tells a little boy who heard his dadc working in a dark cellar ;hcir northern- home. It w; Mich black but the boy cou lear his father moving aroun in the cellar. The father looke jp and could see the form lis son framed in the doorwa To have fun with the boy : said, "Jump son, Daddy w catch you." Now the little boy "believer is daddy was down the because he heard him movin around. He heard him spea and'"trusted" his daddy's im taticn that he would catch hi because his dadd" loved him However, the only way to pro' that he really. believed ai really trusted was to jump "to act"! THE REASON that chur life and Christianity is so sta to 'thousands of people w claim to be following Jes Christ is that they have nev really jumped. How about yoi Only when you "bet" your li on what you say you believe an trust does Faith really coir alive! That's w h y Jesus sa "Be it unto you, according your Faith." FajrtiteTilltDraf X.«M*S«ur* 442-7HI o the Great Smoky' Mouiitainssay the growth was natural as. more and more persons flocked atibnal Park. The Smoky is the nation's, ost popular park, attracting ght million visitors a year, dllinburg, on the park's north- n border, is overnight host to any of them. To accommodate this- huge 'lux of visitors, 170 motels d four hotels have been built cither side of the Little Pion River which cascades out the. Smokies through the wn. They can lake- care of -out 25,000 persons a night. Some say all this construction is spoiled the beauty of what ily 40 years ago was a sleepy tie mountain villa'ge. Others to sec the Smokies. As time passed, Gatlinburg outgrew its anility to dispose of the refuse and sewage produced by so many visitors. After, some raw sewage seeped into the Little Pigeon, tlie.Ten- nessee.. .Health Department stepped in last fall rind ordered the city to halt all new construction until it builds a new waste water treatment plant. "This moratorium on building is good for Gatlinburg," says City Manager Joe Ward Booth. "It will give us time to take a good look at ourselves and decide where we want to go." RULE WAIVED Before the moratorium was imposed, the city commission waived a long-standing rule that ho building higher than 60 feet could be erected. It gave Sheraton Corp. permission to build a high rise hold. Sheraton is erecting a 16-sto. ry, $5 j million hotel on a hill six blocks town's from main Parkway, street. Its the 315 rooms are scheduled to be available for the 1075 summer tourist season. Booth said he doesn't expect the city fathers ever to relax the 60-foot building limit again. "We want to keep Gatlinburg lookirfg as much as possible like it has for the past 25 years or so," the city manager said. "We.are a family resort and much of the tourism and convention business we attract is repeat business. We want to keep it that way." . ' v In all its history Gatlinburg, a town of 2,300 residents, has. recorded "only one rape case; two killings and two robberies. "Traffic and noise are two of our biggest problems," says Police Chief Willie B. Ogle. Ogle, who has headed the 15- man police force since 1952, unattended car thefts and a minor drug problem in the summer with some of the young people who work In restaurants and motels, but that's aboul all." Jack' Huff, operator of lha town's oldest hotel--- the famed Mountain View -- remembers when Gatlinburg was.-a mountain villa'ge of one store and about 15 houses and a log cab' in. , said crime as most towns know it is virtually nonexistent in Gatlinburg. "We have n few cases Huff's father, Andrew Jackson Huff, came here in the late 1890s and went into the sawmill and logging business. "He built a 10-room hotel In .1916 to cater to lumber men of and a few traveling salesmen," Huff recalled. ' Jack H u f f , 71, says at least one-third of the guests in his 117-room hotel are repeaters. Some guests, such as Dr. and Mrs. R.J. Harvey of Zionsville. Ind., and Mrs. Hope Thompson of Lexington, Ky., have made annual pilgrimages to the Mountain View every year for the past 30 years. . " . 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