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DRIVE-IN
Continued from Page 5
hospitality stems from Wayne man-
ager Dick Hallman, who has worked
at the drive-in for over 25 years.
"(Viewers) call out to me, 'Mr.
Hallman, Mr. Hallman.' It's some
old employees and some customers,
they come in here for years and
years... Heh. There's one customer
over here, I don't know his name,
but he's here at least four nights a
week."
The Wayne, which has a 2,000 car

capacity and averages between 500-
1,000 cars a night during its eight
month season, depends on its rbgu-
lars to keep it afloat. Like other
outdoor theaters, the Wayne is feel-
ing the threat of cable and VCR
viewing, and the demand for its land
by its neighbors, a junkyard and a
Ford plant. The pressures have
caused many other local drive-ins to
fall. Hallman sadly points out, "The
Willow is closed. Triar's closed.
East Side is closed. West Side is
closed. Michigan is closed... West
Road is closed. Probably this will be
the last year for Dale Rodger, the

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Commerce."
Hallman has seen most all of the
changes in the drive-in experience.
He has suffered through the emer-
gence of television: "When your TV
started coming in... I mean
(attendance) was a little bit low, and
then the public got used to TVs and
going back to the theaters." He has
endured the pressure to show X-rated
films, though many surviving drive-
ins have had to depend on porn
shows to stay in business. He has
seen audiences shrink and rise, and
grow younger, younger, younger,
younger" every year. He has man-
aged to keep the Wayne going de-
spite the factors threatening its exis-
tence. He hopes the drive-ins will
survive these latest threats, and re-
gain their popularity. "(The drive-in
crowd) is coming back... we're
making out. In fact, we're doing
better than last year," he said.
Those who have taken in the clean
air, the starry nights, and the good
times the Wayne offers can only
hope that it does triumph because
there is no substitute for the drive-in
experience. Nowhere else can one
play frisbee, smoke, drink, smooch,
enjoy a fall evening, and watch
Kevin Dillon battling the Blob. If
you just can't stand another night of
Cinemax reruns or squeaking chairs,
load up the car, get some lawn
chairs, blankets, and beer, take
Michigan Avenue (off 1-94 east), and
look for the flashing lights of the
Wayne. Admission is four bucks for
the double bill of your choice. Con-
cessions are cheap. And the experi-
ence is waiting for you.

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Continued from Page 12S
To which I would say: Go soak
your head.y
Granted, on the totem pole of
worthy pursuits in life, sportsk
should and does earn its rightfulk
place on the bottom. But if politics
and world affairs painfully remind usi
of who we are, sports make us dreamk
of what we could be. Of comingg
through in the clutch, or at leastg
giving it the proverbial 110 percentc
and being able to say with pride, "I
gave it everything I had out therea
today." How many of us can say that
in our everyday lives?
Sports has a way of rejuvenating
us, and the feeling stays forever. Oh,
the passion and emotion of it all!
Touchdown bombs, last second field
goals, two outs and the bases loaded,
pennant flags dangling in the dis-
tance, the cool autumn air. Wonder-
ful dreams and fantasies.
Fantasies that carry us away.
NEW YORK: WIMPS! *&^$%$
DETROIT: Let's go.
The real value of Sports, however,
transcends the fantasy and touches us
deep in a part of our hearts seldom
touched. Pulling for the home team
has a way of bringing people to-
gether. Strangers watching a game in
an airport bar, who hours earlier
wouldn't have given each other the
time of day, can leave loving each
other - just because they loved the
same team and pulled for them to-
gether.
I've noticed the Hash Bash does
not do this.
Very few things we have in life
are certain. Or constant. Lov .rs can
leave, jobs can go, friends can be
absent, and family can be far away,
but sports is always there. Always.
BERKELEY
Continued from Page 14
and university president were forced to
resign and political tables went back
out on the sidewalks, but campus un-
rest at Berkeley continued to escalate
in the semesters that followed.
Ronald Reagan quickly capitalized
on the crisis for political gain. In his
bid for the governorship of California,
he promised to put an end to disrup-
tive campus radicalism. Once elected,
he polarized the situation further by
cutting university budget requests and
antagonizing the studentry with
statements such as, "Preservation of
free speech does not justify letting
beatniks and advocates of sexual or-
gies, drug use and filthy speech dis-
rupt the academic community."
And the rest, as we know, is his-
tory.
Sources: W.L O'Neill, Coming
Apart: An Informal History of Amer-
ica in the 1960s; M.V. Miller and S
Gilmore, Revolution at Berkeley: The
Crisis in American Education; Tom
Hayden, Reunion.

Every year there is a Su Bowl, an,
NCAA basketball tournament, the
World Series, the NBA finals, the
Stanley Cup, and on and on and on.
Sports will never leave you. When
you think things are really bad, and
you don't know how you can go on,
sports can help you through your
darkest hour. I have never heard of
kids who got off the streets by just
saying "No." But playing basketball
in the school yard can keep these
kids away from drugs, knifes, and"
guns, and if their hook shots-are just
good enough, they can earn a ticket
out.
For those who find themselves
alone and in despair, with nowhere

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to turn to, I knoWf few cures better
than embraci ')e television and
watching a tripie-header. Yes, it is
only a temporary cure, and yes, it is
an relatively empty one. But when
you've got nothing, sports isn't a
bad thing to have. It offers hope and
teaches perseverance and patience.
What courses at the University teach
that?
And tell me what can be more
inspirational than an athlete coming
back from a debilitating injury to
make a contribution, if not lead the
team to victory? You won't often
find similar real-life stories like this
in the papers, and if you do, you'll
find them buried on page 27B.

Sports lRes stories like this. Lives
on them.
No one really cares in the end that
the athletes are either spoiled rotten
or are making too much money. The
inherent beauty of Sport transcends
that. If it didn't, America would have
walked away from the stands and the
television sets a long time ago.
It has not.
And I don't think we should feel
sorry about it.
Don't look down on people who
take Sports as their bastion of pas-
sion, who are consumed by people
and places they've never met, and
take pride in outcomes they had no
hand in. People who love sports are

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