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July 29, 1972 - Image 4

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Edited and managed by students at the
University of Michigan
Editorias printed in The Michigan Daily express the individual
opinions of the author. This must be noted in ail reprints.
SATURDAY, JULY 29, 1972 News Phone: 764 0552
Iilher's arro ance0
BOBBY FISHER is a punk. He demanded ice in his
water, and got it. He demanded more money, and
he got it. He demanded exclusive rights to his hotel
swimming pool and tennis courts (even when he wasn't
using them), and he got it.
He has complained about the chess table, the con-
trast of the squares, the lighting, his chair, the movie
cameras, the television cameras, the food in his hotel
and an endless list of other trivialities.
The beauty of this daily calamity is that everyone is
so horrified at the possibility of Fisher actually with-
drawing from the tournament that nobody dares to coun-
ter' him. Who would risk going down in history as the
person to break up "the chess tournament of the cen-
Fisher has obviously perceived this fear and is hav-
ing a high time making everyone bow down to his inces-
sant demands. As the boy prodigy of 13, he said "I like
to see 'em squirm."
So Fisher's arrogance goes unchallenged and un-
matched in its magnitude. Not surprisingly, most of-
ficials in Iceland are dazed by Fisher's endless lists of
But they know Fisher is playing a strong hand. He
demonstrated that when he forfeited the second.game to
dramatize his objection over movie cameras being used
to film the match. Fisher could neither see nor hear the
cameras, but he said he "knew they were out there."
MEANWHILE, poor Boris Spassky has a future that
looks dimmer each day. Spassky has assumed an
admirable role. An international grand master at 18, he
has used his position of fame to remain politically aloof.
He has refused to join the Communist Party-a daring
move for a public figure in the Soviet Union.
At 35, he is now witnessing his own downfall, how-
ever, and the pressure is being turned on in Moscow.
Izvestia, the Soviet government newspaper said "Mil-
lions of admirers of the world champion are hoping that

Nixons a bit nuts too!

DEMOCRATIC vice presidential
nominee Sen. Thomas Eagle-
ton's surprise announcement that
he had voluntarily committed
himself to a hospital for rest is a
severe blow to the chances of the
Democratic ticket in the Novem-
ber election against President Nix-
Yet the announcement cannot be
tsken in a vacuum. One in every
three Americans suffers from some
sort of mental disorder - but only
one in 10 are severely or func-
tionally incapacitated.
Mental illness takes many forms,
and the unfortunate fact is that
many people never realize that
they are mentally incapacitated
or unfit to carry on a normal
everyday existence.
Take for instance the President.
Meglgmania is a severe form of
mental illness. Before his election,
Mr. Nixon repeated again and
again that he wanted to be presi-
dent. He had few programs to of-
fer to the American people -
simply an overwhelming desire to
AND ONCE elected, we f i n d
another disorder. It appears that
the President likes to play with
bombs and fire - the psychitrists
call is pyromania.
Time and again, with his orders,
the President has destroyed and
burned private property - p r i-
marily in Southeast Asia. Most
notable has been the napalming
of suspected Communist outposts
in South Vietnam.
The current administration has
also shown a penchant for lying-
whether it is compulsive or not is
something that this laywoman will
leave for the psychiatrists to de-
The first instance of this type of
mental disorder manifested itself
when the Columbia Broadcasting

Compulsive liar?

Known pyromaniac?

system aired photographs of Amer-
ican ground troops in Laos and
Cambodia, while Secretary Rogers,
the administration spokesman de-
nied that they were there.
Another instance of this malady
is the current bombing of dikes
in North Vietnam where the ad-
ministration hasudenied that they
are doing any such hombing.
IT IS ALSO questionable as to
whether the administration is as
mature as our country's leaders
should be. Special advisor Henry
Kissinger likes to make secret mis-
sions all over the world, amazing

Unfit for office?
the country and giving rise to a
new national past time - Looking
for .Henry.
If it weren't such a matter of
national security, the games of the
administration might be funny. If
a lay person were to go out and
bomb people at random, the courts
might be lenient enough to let him
off for reasons of insanity. B u
this is not. a lay person - it is a
man who holds the reins of power.
Anita Crone was the arts
editor of The Daily last year.

The liberation' of Lois Lane

after two days, of rest
creative and sporting
Spassky, however
admirable accomplish
win the fabled m
regret that the outcc
mined more by a sides
Fischer, rather thant
One can only hop
Fischer can return to
his eccentricities and
Today's Staff...
News: Jim Kentch, Ca
Editorial Page: Alan LE
Photo technician: Gary

he will manage to re-establish his By DIANE LEVICK
strength." METROPOLIS
is remaining reasonably cool, an Faster than a speeding bullet,
.ment in his position. able to leap tall buildings in a
single bound, more powerful than
appears the arrogant Fisher will a locomotive. It's a bird it's a
atch, serious chess buffs can only iend LoisnsSuperman'sgirl
ome of the contest will be deter- Lois Lane, once the prim, pro-
how of psychological weapons from per newspaper reporter of Super-
true championship chess form, man comics, has turned quasi-
e that the match will end soon so feminist .But times really haven't
changed much.
his life of isolation, and cope with In the August issue of Lois
neuroses out of the public view. Lane, Ms Lane sports a longer,
sleeker hair-do than in older days
--RALPH VARTABEDIAN and wears revealing nightgowns
and mini-skirts. She. even lives
in a four-man-woops! four-wo-
man-apartment with one black
rlo Rapoport, Paul Travis roommate.
,enhof I Unfortunately, however, she and
Vinhanf her roommates have an obnox-
y V iIa n iious habit of calling each other
.- "honey" in a catty manner. And
one of the "girls," who doesn't
look a pound overweight, is diet-
ing to fulfill that all-important
male ideal of the "desirable wo-
Lois, the conscience of woman-
hood, warns her roommate Mar-
sha to snack on celery. "Oh nuts!
you're a MEANIE," coos Marsha.
In another right-on groovy, hip
feminist comment, Lois tells a
troubled roommate, "Kristin! We
women have to stick together . . .
if you've got trouble you'll feel
better sharing it with a friend!"
No longer is Lois a reporter for
the Daily Planet. She and mild-
mannered Clark Kent now work
for WGBS in Metropolis. But Lois
still believes in the age-old stereo-
Wr Styped strong man-hero myth.
"You're a weakling, Clark! No
smuscles! If you built up your
strength, you'd get some, cour-
age, Clark!" she tells Kent. Then
she proceeds to oggle over a giant
The Editorial Page of The
Michigan Daily is open to any-
one who wishes to submit
articles. Generally speaking, all
articles should be less than
, 1,000 words.

statue of Superman's bod.
Lois' feminism isn't even skin
deep. When a taxi driver fails to
tail the villain and says, "I'm
sorry, lady! I lost 'em!" Lois re-
plies indignantly, "Don't call me
'lady,' call me Ms.!"
And in the final scene, where
Lois is, of course, rescued by
Superman, the male chauvinist
leers, "Aha! You admit you need
my help?" as he holds her limp
body. "Only sometimes, darling,"
she purrs.
If the reader can't tell that
Lois is the world's most super-

ficial feminist from 'just reading
the comic, he or she should turn
the page to the Letters to the
One reader complains of Lois'
"inane cliches". The editor ans-
wers: "What's the matter, kid,
have you fallen for Lois or some-
thing? There is only one way to
do things, and that's the man's
way! Can you imagine women in
key roles of history?
"How can any girl in her right
mind refute what I've made plain?
Forget Women's Lib, if we gave
them the world, they'd ruin it!"

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