The Michigan Daily-Thursday, December 8,1977-Page 5
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Whose woods these are
CAVENDISH, Vt. - Stopping by Sol-
zhenitsyn's fence on a snowy evening,
watching his woods fill up with snow,
brings further refrains from the poet
Robert Front, who also had a farm in
"Something there is that doesn't want
a wall, that wants it down," Frost
wrote, after walking the line at spring
mending time with his neighbor beyond
the hill to reset the stones knocked
down by hunters.
"Good fences make good neighbors,"
abstenton, to remove entirely from
school shelves the book Runaway
Diary, the story of a 16-year-old run-
* away girl.
About 50 parents had signed a petition
of complaint asking removal of the
Harper Lee's novel about seething
racial feelings in an Alabama town in
the 1930s, which won the Pulitzer in
1961, was found objectionable because
it includes phrases such as "damn,"
"God-damned whore," "nigger" and
A -motion by board member. Paul
The museum did not disclose the
price, but it was believed to be in seven
Funds for the painting came from a
bequest by the estate of Clarence
Brown, who was president of the Owens
Bottle Machine Co. and vice president
*of Libbey-Owens Sheet Glass Co. until
his death in 1918.
The portrait was placed on the Lon-
don market last June.
Painted in the late 1650s, when Rem-
brant was at the peak of his career, the
portrait is considered the crown jewel
After ABC cancelled the series the
National Geographic turned to public
television and station WQEE in Pitts-
burgh. Next, they went to the Gulf Oil
The Geographic's first special for
PBS, The Incredible Machine, on the
human body, broke all viewing records
for public television. In fact, all of its
shows last year finished in the top four
in the ratings for public television.
Kane estimates that on CBS and ABC
the specials drew an audience of 22
million to 23 million. On PBS, he
estimates it reaches 18 million to 20
million people over the course of two or
three airings within a week.
Kane said, "In the beginning in the
1960s we were very much into animals.
No one had done that before, but then
other producers began doing animal
shows. We're mainly into people stories
now. We will do animal stories, such as
the whales and the desert of Namib.
WASHINGTON - A new book pro-
pounds the theory that former CIA
agent E. Howard Hunt was "a sort of
packager and promoter of clandestine
operations" who maneuvered Richard
Nixon's administration into Watergate
and other illegal schemes.
In With Nixon, the former president's
chief speechwriter, Raymond Price,
says, "My own guess is that Hunt was
not put up to these operations by the
CIA ... More likely, if this theory is
correct, he was operating as an individ-
ual entrepreneur who knew his
Hunt was one of the seven men con-
victed of conspiracy, burglary and
wiretapping in the 1972 break-in of
Democratic Party offices in the
Watergate office building. He served 32
months in prison. He also was one of the
WHite House "plumbers" whose agents
burglarized the office of psychiatrist
Lewis Fielding looking for dirt on Pen-
tagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Blind jazz
musician Ramassan Roland Kirk, 41,
died Monday night in Bloomington
Hospital, just hours after his last con-
Partically paralyzed after a serious
stroke in 1975, Kirk had made a suc-
cessful comeback, giving numerous
concerts and recording new music. His
last album, Kirkatron, was released by
Warner Brothers earlier this year.
Kirk was famous for his ability to
play up to three wind instruments at the
same time. He played saxophone, clari-
net, trumpet, lyricon, flute, manzello,
Accidentally blinded when he was
two, Kirk began his musical career at-
tempting melodies on a garden hose. At
summer camp, he took up bugle, and
played trumpet for his high school
band. Later, he discovered clarinet and
Kirk's producer since 1967, Joel Dorn,
once called him a Surrealist and a
The Arts Arcade was compiled by
Wendy Goodman, Mike Taylor and
Tim Yagle from the wires of AP and'
Christmas lights in London
With only five weeks to go, Harrod's Department Store brightened up London's winter scene Thursday after Christmas
illuminations were turned on.
University of Michigan Gospel Choir
Now is the time to join
Thurs., Dec. 8, 1977-6:30-8:0 p.m.
South Quad Afro Lounge
Detroit to Los Angeles Round Trip
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Urban and Regional Planning Program
The Honorable CadlLevin
* President of Detroit Common Council
* speaking on
AN URBAN VIEW OF
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Michigan League Library, 3rd floor a
4 p.m., Thursday, December 8 ®.
the farmer replied, quoting his father.
Like the typically laconic Vermonter,.
he refused to be drawn into the poet's
fretting over what they were "walling
in or walling out" or who might take of-
Local opinion in this snall southern
Vermont town, pop. 1,260' breaks down
pretty much that way over the six-foot
high steel (ence, with a television cam-
era, and floodlights at the main gate,
that exiled Russian writer Alexander
Solzhenitsyn had erected around his 51
acres along Tracer Brook.
"The hunters are pretty browned off,
and that fence doesn't set too well with
the cross-country skiers and the snow
scooter clubs," said town manager
Quentin Phelan, tilting back in his cap-
"But the majority don't pay it no
mind at all. ,People in Vermont are
famous for minding their own business
and they leave him pretty much alone.
We almost never see him; the inter-
preter comes down to get the mail."
Walking the line on a darkening
evening, with a stabbing wind blowing
snow flurries out of the north, one had
to agree with Phelan that the fence
"never could keep the KGB out ... it
couldn't even keep the hunters out." A
child could easily climb the mesh
strands, and near the corner of the
heavily wooded property, a fallen tree
lay across the fence, so that any
preying animal, biped or quadruped,
could scamper across.
Only the roof of the house could be
seen from the dirt road, through a
clump of birches just beyond a water-
fall that spilled into a pretty pond.
Censorship of a
EDEN VALLEY, Minn. - The Eden
Valley-Watkins school board has voted
to strike the Pulitzer Prize-winning
novel To Kill a Mockingbird from a high
school reading list on grounds that the
book contains offensive language.
The 4-2 vote Friday by the board in
this central Minnesota district came
against the advice of the superinten-
dent. The board also voted 3-2, with one
Kerznan to remove To Kill a Mock-
ingbird from the school altogether
failed for lack of a second.
In Runaway Diary, objections were
raised, to descriptions of sexual con-
duct. Kerznan maintained the book was
"no helpat all to get rid of all the
problems we have in school with all the
pregnant girls we have each year."
Board member Richard Stenger, who
opposed both motions, said, "If we take
either one of these books out of the
school, we'd have to think about getting
rid of the Bible and newspapers be-
cause we seef that profanity in the
papers every day."
Supt. Robert Block requested the
board to retain-the books, saying that
,banning the books would be "censor-
ship, and it isn't going to stop here.
TOLEDO, Ohio - A late Rembrandt
portrait, Man in a Fur-lined Coat, has
been purchased by the Toledo Museum
of Art for a price reportedly exceeding
The museum put the painting on dis-
play Friday, shortly after announcing
the purchase from the family founda-
tion of the late Alvan T. Fuller of
of the museum's collection of Dutch
paintings. It measures 48 by 34 inches
and shows an unidentified man, wear-
ing the exotic trappings that Rembran-
dt favored, emerging from shadow into
Toledo also owns Rembrandt's 1631
Young Man with a Plumed Hat, a be-
quest from Edward Drummond Libbey.
PARIS - Raggedy Ann,
Snoopy and other familiar in-
habitants of the American
playpen have found an un-
likely home in Paris' majestic
LOS ANGELES - After nine years
on commercial television, The National
Geographic Special has achieved a
freedom on public television it had
never enjoyed before.
"We had a very good relationship
with CBS," said Dennis Kane, the Geo-
graphic's executive producer for the
series. "However, as the case would be
with any outside packager you have a
bit of pressure. They make certain rec-
But the main problem when the show
was on CBS, and on ABC in its final
year on commercial television, was
"The networks renewed the specials
on a year-to-year basis, which gave us
only eight to nine months to plan and
film four specials a year," Kane said.
"That was not the best way to operate.
We didn't have enough time to develop
the special. You really need about two
years with a documentary."
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