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Now Playing! Jane Fonda in 'The Revolutionary'

Scene 1, Take 1
IF IT HADN'T BEEN for a ticket mixup, I
wouldn't have even been on the same plane
with her. I wasn't sure it was her until the
ticket agent mentioned something about "Jane
Fonda's party."
She didn't look much like a "movie star." No
make-up. She wore jeans, green turtle-n e c k
sweater, navy coat. If you didn't recognize the
face, you'd probably think she was a good-look-
ing grad student coming back to Ann Arbor
from Thanksgiving at home, who just happened,
to have a film crew with her.
I finally approached her while we were wait-
ing for the baggage.
"Hi, did you ever get that mess cleared up
with the customs people?"
"It's not the customs people, it's the FBI."
"What was it you had with you?"
"Oh, it was personal prescriptions I got in
the states."
"I guess you're just on J. Edgar's shit list."
"The FBI admitted that I was."
"What are you doing in Detroit?"
"We're here because of the J o h n Sinclair
thing; to get publicity for the trial and make
ourselves generally obnoxious about it."
"Do you know Sinclair?"
"I've never met him. He's been in jail,"
(Start tight, then move out to a wide shot of
Jane in front of the prison wall.)
An Army officer came up to her and intro-
duced himself as Colonel something from a base
in Washington. He politely, almost meekly, told
her the Army was giving up over 800 acres of

land. She wanted to know if it was for the In-
dians. He s a i d it wasn't decided yet. Seattle
might use it for a park. She said that was nice
and thanked the Colonel.
The people from the White Panthers arrived
to take the entourage to Ann Arbor and I said
goodbye. I hadn't even mentioned her movies, at
least one of which I liked.
(Scene Two, Take 300)
About 300 people showed up to hear her rap
on Tuesday. I was still a little skeptical; she'd
said some awfully stupid things when she was on
Dick Cavett's show o v e r the summer and I
wasn't sure she was really together.
When she talked about the hassle she got in
in Cleveland, it sounded very real and very re-
pressive. (At least Hoover takes her seriously.)
She used all the right rhetoric in all the right
places, but overdramatized. As she spoke, her
film crew, with lights half-blinding the audi-
ence, recorded the events with zoom lens and
boom mike.
She blasted capitalism w i t h expected vigor
and called for the establishment of a socialist
state as visions of $400,000 per film danced in
my head.
"We must establish a new revolutionary life
style." The night before, she sat in First Class
with the free drinks. I had ginger-ale in coach.
She finished her speech with an emotional,
tightly worded harangue whose content escaped
me soon after I heard it. The camera caught the
crescendo of "Right Ons," panned the raised
fists and opened wide on the standing ovation.
Cut. Print it. Sell it.
Right On, Jane.



-Daily--Jim Wallace

-Daily-Jim Wallace

Letters to The Daily: Cheaper ways to die

To the Daily:
I APPRECIATED your article by
Jonathan Miller on the "D e a t h
Trade" (Daily, Nov. 24).
There is another side of Ann
Arbor culture that you should
also see. The Memorial Advisory
and Planning Service (MAPS) is
an organization trying to beat the
very things you describe. Through
planning and education most of
the members of MAPS are able to
conserve family resources and
make the memorial service more
meaningful than what might be
considered a conventional funeral.
Costs for disposal of the remains
of the body after death have been
anywhere from $0.00 (anatomical
donation) to approximately

$200.00 (cremation) or more for a
more conventional burial.
For those who would like to
pursue this topic, I would sug-
gest that you might contact one
of the following:
Dr. Erwin Gaede, Minister, First
Unitarian Church and m e m b e r,
Exec. Comm., MAPS.
Albert Logan, DDS, President
Mr. Anthony Wood, Ann Arbor
Coop. Credit Union and member,
Exec. Comm., MAPS.
-Ronald C. Bishop
Nov. 27
Union lettuce
To the Daily:
AT A MEETING of the Social

Work Student Union Assembly on
November 18, Arturo Rangel of
Trabajadores de la Raza, made the
following motion which passed un-
.. .that the Social Work Stu-
dent Union endorse the ef-
forts of the United Farm
Workers Organizing Committee
in its nationwide lettuce boy-
cott. That SWSU urge all stu-
dents to buy only that lettuce
which is stamped with the
UFWOC label. Students should
be informed that the T e a m-
sters Union is not a part of
the UFW's Union.
Rick Friedman made the following
.. . that we also let the Daily
and all Social Work students

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know that the A&P is the only
food chain that does not carry
UFWOC lettuce. That we call
for a boycott of all A&P stores,
and of U of M food services
which serve lettuce. U of M
does not use UFWOC lettuce.
This motion was also passed
The following area stores carry
UFWOC lettuce (Chiquita a n d
Fresh-Pict) : Great Scott, K-Mart,
Wrigleys, and Farmer Jacks.
--Barry W. Baker
President, SWSU
Nov. 19
To the Daily:
PROPONENTS of t h e Super-
sonic Transport (SST) claim that
the airplane will be prohibited
from overland supersonic flight
because of the intense sonic boom
produced. This prohibitionw i 11
not be law, but merely a directive
of the Federal Aviation Adminis-
tration. It is becoming evident
that this policy will not be ad-
hered to and t h a t it is being
stated only to pacifytopposition
to the project.
During a recent t a 1 k at the
University of Michigan, Mr. Ber-
nard Vierling, Deputy Director for
SST Development in the U.S. De-
partment of Transportation, gave
an example to illustrate the use-
fulness of the SST. He said that
his secretary, who frequently must
attend meetings on the West
Coast, could fly from Washington,
attend the meeting, and return in
one day.
Such a schedule would be im-
possible in an airplane banned
from overland supersonic flight.
It seems that those who are de-
veloping the SST have it in their
minds that, the airplane will fly
over land. The resulting degrad-
ation of populated and wild lands
alike would be borne by all Amer-
icans, who would suffer for the
comfort of the few wealthy enough
to afford supersonic travel.
Under any rational priority sys-
tem the SST is a needless luxury.
Objectively, it is an environmen-
tal disaster of yet undetermined
magnitude. The Senate, in its
forthcoming vote, would do well
to reject appropriations for this
senseless project.
-Richard L. T. Wolfson
School of Natural
Nov. 29
To the Daily:
WE FIND ourselves in agree-
ment with those who protested
those ads recently appearing in
the Daily. However, we do so for
very different reasons. Sexism is
a pseudo issue. Much as we hate

to do so, we must lay the blame
on the mothers of these girls, per-
haps influenced by the notorious
communist, Dr. Spock. They did
not teach their daughters how
to be women, so they tried to be
men. We objected to these ads as
being obscene, immoral, and ap-
pealing to our prurient interests
with no redeeming social value. It
was morality which lifted our An-
glo-Saxon ancestors from savag-
ery and it was our Puritan moral-
ity which made us the greatest na-
tion on earth.
"Blue" material of this sort is
fine for the privacy of masculine
dens; but it should not be printed
in public newspapers where it may
be seen by youngsters and mem-
bers of what we hope is still the
"fair sex".
-John Gettel '71
David Strecker Grad.
Don Healy '72
John Cochrane '71
Harry Chen '73
David Rowley '71
To the Daily:
YOUR REPORTER is in error.
Councilman Stevenson (R-Fourth
Ward) and I have expressed en-
tirely different views on most is-
sues beforenthe Council, including
ticketing of students and children
who parked their bicycles on
South University A v e. I asked
that the law not be enforced un-
til adequate parking facilities for
bicycles became available. I ve-
hemently protested the confisca-
tion of ticketed bicycles, w h e n
cars hung with Guy C. Larcom's
money-making paper are never
confiscated. Unjust enforcement
of unjust laws can o n 1 y breed
contempt for the laws.
-Nicholas D. Kazarinoff
Councilman (D-Third Ward)
Nov. 25
Civil defense
To the Daily:
I WANT to take this oppor-
tunity to express my deepest ap-
preciation for your article on Ann
Arbor Civil Defense (Daily, Nov.
The article expressed the ma-
jor problem that confronts this
office, and was very well done. As
a result my office has received
numerous telephone calls from
persons interested in helping the
I wash to pay particular thanks
to Jonathan Miller and Alan Len-
hoff for their interest and assist-
-S/Sgt. Richard G. Hill
Director of Civil Defense
City of Ann Arbor
Nov. 30




"Any chance of moving the election up a year?"
Trying the wrong men?


Text of Garris' announcement

(Editor's note: The following is a state-
ment released yesterday by Jack Garris, an-
nouncing his candidacy for the Republican
nomination for Mayor of Ann Arbor.)
* * *
ination of the events that have taken place
in Ann Arbor over the past two years, I feel it is
my duty to undertake a more active role in the
decisions and administration of city govern-,
With that thought paramount in mind as to
what I can do towards the betterment of our,
city, I wish to announce that I am a candidate
for the office of Mayor for the City of Ann Arbor
for the Republican party.
Whereas in the past the citizens of Ann Arbor
had made great and constant progress in race
and human relations, recent city administrative
practices have destroyed such progress and set us
back immeasurably.'
TODAY IN THE City of Ann Arbor:
Municipal, spending has sky-rocketed without,
corresponding need or results.
Unnecessary bigoted commissions have b e e n
established which have created more problems
than solutions.
Scattered low-cost housing has spread a blight
in all neighborhoods, destroying long and hard-
earned residential harmony and values.
The private investor has been driven' from
our city because of the unreasonable, archaic and
unrealistic governmental practices.
Our businessmen are being 'threatened with
robbery, arson, intimidation and extortion.
Our homes are no longer our castles, immune
from burglary and vandalism.
Our streets and parks are no longer safe, beau-
tiful or available for use by our citizens.
Our persons and families are no longer safe
from fear, violence and attack.
Religion and its institutions are no longer im-
mune from a.ttack disruntinn n detrctinn-

have been diluted by the city administration free-
ly extending the right to vote to those whose pre-
sence is temporary, allowing the transient to act
without conscience or responsibility.
Our Police and Fire Departments have been
demoralized and made less effective. Where sup-
port has been needed, the police have received
only criticism. In these times, the Police and Fire
Departments deserve our wholehearted support as
they represent the final barrier of our very sur-
The city administration should take leadership
in working with school authorities on mutual
problems such as taxation, transportation, human
relations, and crime, which it has not done in
the past.
AS MAYOR, I would ask our court system and
judges to work to help curb the commission of
crime by setting ball bonds and imposing sentenc-
ings commensurate with the nature of the crimes
so they will be a deterrent to $he commission
of further crime.
The city authorities should review minutely the
other departments of city government and, in
particular, the Human Rights Department, the
Housing Commission, the Model Cities Program,
and the Grievance Officer to determine their value
and whether they should be retained, modified or
I recognize the need for further revenues to
operate city government. Yet, I cannot in good
conscience ask the citizens of Ann Arbor to vote
for an income tax until and unless we bring real
tax relief to the property owner. We must give
a dollar's worth of services for every tax dollar
we assess against the property owner.
Arbor has been weakened, making it difficult,
uncomfortable and unsafe for law-abiding citi-
zens to live, work and play here.
On the other hand, our present city administra-
tinn had made Ann Arhnr a recnivunvirnnment

IT WAS PROBABLY inevitable that the trials
of men allegedly involved in the My Lai
massacre would be anticlimatic, often strange-
ly uninteresting. Some of the details unfolded
augment the macabre archives of inhumanity;
there can be a certain drama and expectancy
about the outcome.
But the proceedings are essentially remote
and peripheral to one who has no personal as-
sociation with the personnel. The sense grows
that the wrong men - and the wrong issues -
are being tried, and that nothing beyond the
fate of the accused will be resolved by the out-
In the aftermath of the My Lai revelation,
there were those who voiced complacency about
the decision to initiate prosecutions. Surely
this is what differentiated a civilized free na-
tion from the barbarians; no one has heard of
any such moves by the Communists to punish
those responsible for numberless atrocities by
their troops against defenseless Vietnamese.
All that is true but small cause for self-con-
gratulation. As Telford Taylor (author of "Nur-
emberg and Vietnam: An American Tragedy")
has pointed out: "The Army leadership can
hardly have been blind to the probable conse-
quences to civilians of a massive employment
of American troops in Vietnam . . . But so far
as is publicly known, the Army has undertak-
en no general investigation of t h e killings
themselves, to determine the level of respon-
sibility for the conditions that gave rise to Son
My or the many similar though smaller inci-
AS TAYLOR NOTES, there was every oppor-
tunity for Gen. Westmoreland and other com-
manders "to keep the course of the fighting
and its consequences under close and constant
observation." The rampages of individuals on
lower echelons now being revealed could hardly
have escaped notice; yet it was not until the
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ceptance in high places. The probability is that
the trial of Lt. Calley and presumably others
will be carried on within the narrow bound-
aries fixed. We will acquire additional testi-
mony supporting the proposition that war is
hell, and that the Vietnam war has had special
dimensions of savagery because of many spec-
ial circumstances - among them the hostility
of many Vietnamese (not all of them Com-
munists) to the presence of their self-pro-
claimed liberators.
It must be confessed there that I have no
large passion for an unending military inquest.
The real disaster of Vietnam - from which so
much of the ensuring horror stems - was the
continuing miscalculating misjudgment and
misinformation that led a succession of Amer-
ican Presidents to regard Vietnam as a front
line in the battle for freedom,
IF THERE WAS A single error that trans-
cends alf others, it was in the failure to recog-
nize long ago i that Ho Chi Minh was poten-
tially a Southeast Asian Tito who dreamed of
independence from both Peking and Moscow.
His regime was capable of ruthless oppression;
so was Tito's. But that he commanded wide
popular allegiance is also beyond dispute.
It must seem equally clear now that Vietnam
- North and South - would have suffered
far less human agony and devestation if we
had accepted an election that Ho Chi Minh
would have won and dealt with him as a pros-
pective Titoist. Instead we became captives of
a nightmare promoted by those who saw the
Communist world (even after the Sino-Soviet
split) as an indivisible monolith, Ho as Mao's
eternal man in Southeast Asia and Saigon as
the Prague of the 1960s.
It may be a diplomatic rather than a mili-
tary inquest that is most urgently needed -
not to crucify the men who erred but to liber-
ate ourselves from myths t h a t still endure.
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