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Houston Breakthrough, December 1980 - January 1981
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Houston Breakthrough, December 1980 - January 1981 - Page 18. December 1980 - January 1981. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 17, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/1226/show/1215.

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Title Houston Breakthrough, December 1980 - January 1981
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date December 1980 - January 1981
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Women
  • Texas
  • Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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  • Houston, Texas
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Transcript 1979 We came back in 1979 with renewed energy and a new look. Thanks largely to photographer David Crossley, we changed our cover format to full-page photo tabloids, a bit like Rolling Stone, and did some striking lay-outs inside — sometimes double truck photo spreads! Someone once reminded us that we were copyheavy and that "white space was not wasted space". We rediscovered that photographs were as important a communication tool as words. On the back page, we ran a new promotion campaign, "Yes, Houston, there is an alternative!" (photo 1) Yet, we struggled with the whole concept of being alternative. We simply wanted to be a good newspaper. Period. With Nikki Van Hightower out of city politics, we invited her to write a monthly column, "Commentaries," similar to editorials she was now writing daily for KTRH-Radio. They were strong, often controversial, always current. Having Nikki on the airwaves in drive-time seemed like sweet revenge after her years of harassment at City Hall and she eventually was given a two-hour talk show. If it seemed too good to be true, it was. With the same grace the city fathers and Mayor Jim McConn displayed, KTRH management fired her abruptly. So we went across Lovett Boulevard to the KPFT studios and they gave us a Friday evening to let Nikki and the public dialog about her experiences in station politics. That show, co-hosted by Nancy Lane Fleming, became the first Breakthrough on the Air show which still airs weekly on FM-90, Wednesdays at 6:30 with Fleming and Rita Saylors as hosts, (photo 2 shows author Marilyn French (I) with KPFT's Margie Glaser, Fleming and Saylors). On March 15, artist Judy Chicago's Dinner Party (photo 2 next page) opened ir. San Francisco to record crowds and it was Fleming who brought it to our attention. Her story on its artistic achievements was complimented by Diane Brown's account in the same issue of Breakthrough on the difficulties local patrons encountered trying to bring the show to Houston. Brown's article gave a frank look into the politics of the Houston art community and it caught the attention of a forward- thinking college dean, Calvin Cannon at the UH/CLC. The rest is history. Houston hosted the Dinner Party the next year and we felt proud to have played a part in bringing it here. Politics dominated our 1979 editions — the single member district controversy, the Silkwood-Kerr-McGee trial, Peggy Buckhorn's fight with the Texas utility companies (photo 3), all of the 1979 election races and Billie Carr was back (photo 6) rating the last session of the Texas legislature "a big, fat F." On the lighter side we continued to follow Nate Kern-Asker through his first year of life (photo 4) and we took great delight in reporting on the Houston Angels, the best women's basketball team in the country (photo 5). 18 HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH