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Houston Breakthrough December-January 1981 - Page 4. December 1980 - January 1981. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 21, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/1226/show/1201.

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Title Houston Breakthrough December-January 1981
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date December 1980 - January 1981
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  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • periodicals
Language English
Physical Description 28 page periodical
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Original Item Location http://library.uh.edu/record=b2332724~S11
Digital Collection Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters
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Transcript ^"V HOUSTON f ft I December/January 1981 vol. 5, no. 10 ADVERTISING Virginia Rail CIRCULATION Janice Blue, Jon Chomitz Virginia Rail, Doug Swain COPY EDITOR Jan Harlan DESIGN Kathleen Packlick EDITORS Janice Blue, Gabrielle Cosgriff OFFICE Janice Blue, Virginia Rail PHOTOGRAPHERS Jon Chomitz, Nancy Dahlberg Gary Allison Morey PRODUCTION Janice Blue, Mark Langen Jon Chomitz, Nancy Dahlberg Lance Hewitt, Gary Allison Morey Kathleen Packlick, Virginia Rail PROOFREADERS Lance Hewitt, Virginia Rail Gabrielle Cosgriff TYPESETTER Lance Hewitt Controlled Circulation Postage Paid at Houston, TX. Houston Breakthrough is published monthly (except for the bimonthly issues of July/August and December /January) by the Breakthrough Publishing Company, 1708 Rosewood, Houston, TX 77004. Mailing address: P. 0. Box 88072, Houston, TX 77004. Tel. 713/526-6686. Subscriptions are $7 (one year), $13 (two years) and $18 (three years). Library and institutional rates are $15 (one year), $20 (two years) and $25 (three years). Newsstand and single copy rate is $1.00. This publication is on file at the International Women's History Archive in the Special Collections Library, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60201. POSTMASTER- Send form 3579 to Houston Breakthrough, P. 0. Box 88072, Houston, TX 77004. WU+UL.Hk We had a big pot of chicken soup on the stove as Ginny Rail, our Antioch intern, and photographer Jon Chomitz (photo 4) dressed a wall across the street with five years of Breakthrough covers for our contents page. The soup was as much a symbol as it was food for our fifth birthday — it had nourished us through the first few months of the paper. Back in 1976, with each wave of volunteer help, we'd add more vegetables and water to the pot. Breakthrough's roots went back to the media reform activities of its founders, Gabrielle Cosgriff and myself (photo 1). In the early 70s we coordinated our respective NOW chapters' Media Reform Task Force, whose purpose was to improve the image of women in the media. In 1974 (photo 2) I was the national NOW spokesperson at the National Association of Broadcaster's convention in Houston and during it led a demonstration for positive roles of women in the media. I called Gabrielle in December 1975 to ask if she would be interested in starting a paper. We were both tired of writing letters to the editor and complaining to news directors about either ignoring or stereotyping women. In less than a month, the first issue was off the press. Breakthrough was named in honor of the book La Brecha and its author and my friend, Mercedes Valdivieso Callahan (photo 5). Her work, published in Chile in 1961, pre-dated The Feminine Mystique and had the same impact on women in South America. Two weeks after our first issue, Breakthrough sponsored two public forums at the Rice Media Center on: "What Makes Women's News News?" and "Are Those Ads That Bad?" It was an excellent all-day dialoque between members of the media and the community (photo 7). Breakthrough has survived five years as a volunteer effort. Over 500 writers, photographers, artists, news carriers, and sales people (see back page) helped us bring a quality paper to Houston. Some made great sacrifices to help, almost everyone had another full-time job and helped us after work and on weekends. Yet, for most people there was usually some reward — a byline, a full-page photo of one's work, the freedom to be creative at the lay-out table. Not so for our typesetters. And to us, they will always remain the true heroes of the cause. For the past three years, Lynne Mutchler was our main typesetter and probably the best copy editor we ever had. Barbara Lejeune (photo 8) worked the first two years and even flew down from her home in Washington State to typeset each word of our three 32-page IWY issues. Virginia Meyers (photo 6) brought her two sons, Brook and Evan, and their sleeping bags (photo 10) and spent many all-nighters with us. Lance Hewitt, a recent Antioch graduate, pulled us through this issue by mastering the typesetter in one afternoon and almost never leaving the office for three days. Not to be overlooked in the commitment department were all the people who helped us both mail and deliver the paper to the newsstands (photo 3). For the past two years, Deborah Thornton, our circulation manager coordinated all the behind-the- scenes activity. For faithful readers of the Texas Observer, she was our Cliff Olofson. Deborah kept up our subscriber files and all those changes of addresses. If we look back at the five years, the most exciting and challenging task for us was our three daily issues during the IWY conference. I started on the project in mid-July and the final week in November almost 100 people came in to help our core staff (photo 9) produce and deliver over 30,000 copies daily. Our extented family enjoyed chicken soup and many home-cooked meals in the purple Breakthrough kitchen (photo 11: Marshall, husband of Victoria lightman, a Breakthrough editor, prepared huge feasts for us during the IWY production period). — Janice Blue HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH