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WoI. XCI, No.93
Copyright 1981, The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Sunday, January 18, 1981
You don't need a
pusher for these
By HOWARD WITT
and ELAINE RIDEOUT
Mini-whites. Pink footballs. DEX Blacks.
All illegal-sounding pills. All designed to
give you a special kick.
And all, apparently, comprised mostly of
BUT YOU wouldn't know it from looking at
the advertisement hawking these and two
dozen other mysterious stimulants. The ad,
placed by the Akers Pharmaceutical Corp. of,
Jewistown, Pa. in this weekend's issues of the
Daily, reads to some area pharmacists like a
0catalog of illegal drugs available on the
"This would be misleading to anyone who
has dealt with drugs on the street before,"
Ralph Liang, a pharmacist at Richardson's
Pharmacy, said yesterday. "DEX is the
street name for dexedrine-also known as
speed. Pink Football sounds like a street
name. Maybe it's supposed to be something.
like a goofball-a combination of things put
together in a capsule."
But, according to a co-owner of Akers
Pharmaceutical, the ad is not at all
misleading. "The ad can't be misread-not
ad, hawkseaffeine pills
the way we're advertising," said Mike
Picketts, a partner of the drug firm. "If
someone calls here and is mislead (by the
ad), we straighten them out in a hurry. These
are not amphetamines-we get it cleared up
right over the phone."
THE PILLS AND capsules, according to the
company, contain varying amounts of caf-
feine as their principal ingredients. And, sin-
ce advertised prices range from $8 to $18 per
1,000, it is likely that caffeine is about the only
stimulant they could contain.
"These prices would be totally ridiculous
(if the pills were amphetamines). You
couldn't get 1,000 of anything on the street for
that price," Liang said.
But, the pharmacist emphasized, the ad-
vertisement is nevertheless misleading. "It
should say somewhere on the ad, 'Caffeine
only,' "Liang said.
ACCORDING TO Picketts, the ad was in-
tended to specify that the stimulants are
legal, non-prescription drugs. "The word
'stimulant' implies over the counter," he
said. "If it were a prescription pill, it would be
called something else."
If you call Akers Pharmaceutical (also
known as AKS)-Picketts said students had
been calling all day yesterday-and ask about
the ad for drugs, a desk clerk will quickly
correct you. "We don't refer to them as
drugs," he said. "These are not prescription
drugs-they are totally legal."
The clerk, who refused to identify himself,
explained that "18-789 Blacks," for instance,
contain 100 mg. of caffeine and that "RJ8
Yellows" are "the strong ones, the big ones,"
with 250 mg. of caffeine.
BY COMPARISON, a cup of coffee or a No-
Doz tablet contains about 100 mg. of caffeine,
while a stronger Vivarin tablet (available
over the counter at local stores) contains
about 200 mg. of caffeine.
How are students supposed to know what
they are getting when they order "127 Green
& Clear" capsules or "Lg Blu/Blu Spec Egg"
"We only advertised the ones that we know
they"ll know," Picketts said. "We put it right
on (the package) what they are."
Picketts acknowledged, however, that the
student market is new to him and that the
Daily is among the first college newspapers in
which he has advertised.
MOST OF THE people who call AKS have
some idea of what they are ordering, accor-
ding to the clerk. "Truck drivers know what
they are," he said.
Truck drivers relaxing at the I-94 Wolverine
Truck Plaza in Dexter, who expressed
familiarity with the lingo used in the ad, said
the variety of stimulants listed in the AKS ad-
vertisment are known as generally effective
One driver from North Carolina said that
See YOU, Page 2,
THESE ARE A few of the illegal-sounding stimulants
appearing in an ad on Page 8 of today's Daily.
at Iran pact
By The Associated Press
U. S. officials went into a new round of talks at the
Algerian Foreign Ministry early today in a fresh ef-
fort to conclude negotiations to end the 14-month
hostage crisis by trading billions of dollars in frozen
Iranian assets for 52 American captives.
U.S. Embassy officials in the Algerian capital of
Algiers released no details of the talks between the
U.S. team led by Deputy U.S. Secretary of State
Warren Christopher and Algerian officials.
Defense Secretary Harold Brown says
release of the hostages "would not make
the United States and Iran instant bud-
dies," but would at least "open the door"
to improved relations. See story, Page 2.
A U.S. OFFICIAL said the group, which began
meeting at 12:45 a.m. local time, may be working
through the night.
Yesterday, the chief Iranian hostage negotiator'
Behzad Nabavi told the official news agency Pars
that two separate clarifications were requested
during the day "on the terms and conditions of this
transfer" of Iranian assets. The clarifications "would
be a great help" in solving the crisis, he said, adding
that Iran was "looking forward to an immediate
reply" from the Americans.
In Washington, the Carter administration, "in a
suspended state of waiting and hope," put a 30-
member team of medical and administrative of-
ficials on alert, hoping for a quick 'end to the crisis
that began when Iranian militants overran the U.S.
Embassy in Tehran on Nov. 4, 1979.
EARLIER, NABAVI had told a Tehran news con-
ference that the United States was transferring only
some of the billions of dollars in assets frozen at the
outset of the hostage crisis.
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There was no immediate comment from American
negotiators in Algiers on the new Iranian request for
Pars quoted Nabavi as saying that "if the U.S.
government is really concerned about the freedom of
the hostages one could be optimistic about the even-
tual solution of the stalemate."
NABAVI WAS also quoted as saying that "upon the
request of the Iranian government an Algerian air-
craft was ready to take out the American hostages
upon concluding the final agreement with the U.S.
The report did not give the location of the Algerian
plane but said it would not be the same one that
brought six Algerian doctors Iran invited to Tehran
early yesterday to examine the hostages.
Pars said the checkups would prevent delays if the
hostages were freed but it was not known when the
doctors would see the hostages.
Observers in Algiers said there were indications
that the hostages might arrive there as early as
today. They cited preparations at the Algiers airport
and Sunday work orders for the Foreign Ministry
EARLIER YESTERDAY, Iranian Prime Minister
Mohammad Ali Rajai summoned government
leaders and the head of Iran's central bank, Ali Reza
Nobari, to study the latest U.S. plan, according to
sources contacted by The Associated Press by
telephone from Beirut.
Others at the meetings were not identified but the
presence of the banking official indicated the
discussion was on the complexities of exchange of
Iranian assets for American hostages.
President Carter was standing by at his mountain
retreat at Camp David, Md., perhaps to go to West
Germany to greet the hostages at a U.S. air base if
they are released.
Daily Photo by PAUL ENGSTROM
DRIBBLING UPCOURT during the first half of yesterday's Michigan-Iowa
basketball game is guard Johnny Johnson. The senior guard scored 12 points
for the fourth straight game, and Mike McGee had 26, but it wasn't nearly
enough as the visiting Hawkeyes posted a 73-58 victory. Michigan fell to 2-2 in
the Big Ten and 11-2 overall.
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... pounding out agreement
By SCOTT M. LEWIS
Over the past season and a half,
Michigan has won numerous
basketball games on hustle and in-
tensity. As head coach Bill Frieder
is wont to say, the Wolverines cannot
win in the Big Ten any other way.
But for the first twenty minutes of
yesterday's game against Iowa, the
drive and fierce determination
which characterize most Michigan
performances were conspicuously
absent. The Hawkeyes pounced on
the lackluster effort, running up a 20
point half-time lead, then staved off
a Wolverine comeback attempt to
hand Michigan a 73-58 defeat at
THE LOSS evens Michigan's con-
ference record at 2-2 and drops its
overall mark to 11-2. Iowa (3-1, 11-2),
retained a share of the Big Ten lead.
Frieder, the first-year coach who
had tasted little except success in his
team's first 12 games, was visibly
upset following the defeat. "If we
play like we did in the firstmhalf,
we're not going to win too many
See 1ST, Page 8
T (AP)-While the squeeze
put on the United Auto
inion in Washington to save
;orp., there were two impor-
t more arm-twisting of
rs was in the cards.
rtation Secretary Neil Gold-
nt the White House a report
o industry saying explicitly
r should agree to a wage
esigned to close the differen-
er Smith, new chairman of
orp., warned in a speech to
il Press Club in Washington
"must have greater under-
and cooperation from the
APPARENT reference to
million in savings by September 1982,
Chrysler, Smith said, "A union makes a when the current contract expires.
great mistake if it waits until a com- Corresponding cuts are, to bring in $161
pany is on the edge of bankruptcy million from non-UAW workers.
before agreeing to sit down with ABOUT 250 LOC'AL union officers are
management to discuss . . . saving the scheduled to vote tomorrow in Detroit
ship." on whether to recommend ratificatio
It was the first clear warning from by the members.
GM, which is about to report its first The Chrysler Loan Guarantee Board
annual loss since 1921, that it would should have given final approvalto $400
seek union concessions. Ford Motor Co. million in new loan guarantees for the
already has said that if Chrysler company Friday after confirming
received help, it also would seek UAW counterpart concessions from lenders
relief. that would wipe $1 billion in debt off the
Chrysler's 61,000 active and 47,000 balance sheet.
laid-off UAW members in the United But Treasury Secretary G. William
States and Canada are being asked to Miller. who chairs the board, put off
approve what amounts to a roughly 12 any decision until tomorrow because he
percent pay cut in March-their third was tied up with banking negotiations
concession in 16 months. The cut would aimed at freeing the US. hostages in
yield Chrysler an estimated $622 Iran.
Grin and bare it at MSU
O(UR FRIENDS in East Lansing apparently have culti-'
vated a sophisticated taste in fine art. The latest
exhibit in the Michigan State University Kresge Center was
a naked man playing an electric piano amid a pile of trash,
"This is living art," said Dave .Mikolas, the 19-year-old
musician. "Rarely are human art models painted with their
Until now, there has been little hope of success for
people who want their hair styled "just like the last time."
But technology has answered the prayers of the modern
Narcissus. Barry Leonard, owner of a Philadelphia salon,
has installed a tangle of electronic equipment, costing
about $15,000, to videotape haircuts. "The client might
come in and say, 'I want a haircut like the one you gave me
last summer.' Well, I have thousands of clients, and it's not
alwavs easv for me to remember exactly what tvoe of hair-
Love in black and white
Imagine spending your life in a cement container with
your only constant companion being smaller than the
length of your arm. Imagine passing the time by perfor-
ming for spectators all around this container. Imagine the
monotony of this existence suddenly interrupted by the ad-
dition of two others of your size and, to top it off, of the op-
posite sex. Imagine the excitement when Hyak the killer
whale, previously condemned to a lonely tank with only a
dolphin for companionship, was introduced to his new
Blonds do indeed have more fun if your idea of fun is ;I
Police concert. Some 1,300 fans of the new wave band all
went mellow yellow or something approaching it for a con-
cert Friday night. Blond hair, or at least a blond wig, was a
requirement for admission to the show at the Variety Arts"
Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The concert was being
filmed for an eventual theatrical by the British group -
whose three members are all platinum blonds. Those who
did not pass muster with the door attendant snapped up