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Breakthrough, August 1976 - Page 9. August 1976. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. May 24, 2015. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/3208/show/3196.

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Title Breakthrough, August 1976
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date August 1976
Description Vol. 1 No. 7
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Transcript Meanwhile back in Houston, KTRK-TV news director Walt Hawver thought he did a good thing in commending his news staff in a memo for a one-hour "Eyewitness Texas" program which aired in June. He mentioned the three segments of the magazine show: one on beach erosion along the Gulf (by Jan Carson and Frank Ambrose); another on the Guatemalan earthquake tragedy (by Elma Barrera and Phyllis Deter) and another segment by Dave Glodt and Dana Millikin on the Texas longhorn trail ride. In the memo Hawver said, m(V«0QQfi "You could have hardly not noticed, but I will say it anyway. Seventy percent of this program was filmed and edited by our two intrepid women photographers, the other 70 percent was reported by our five women reporters. Frank and David were in the best company." Hawver got a memo back from Channel 13 news reporter Frank Agraz and someone posted a copy of it in the newsroom. Agraz pointed out that "it is a recognized fact of organizational politics that to improve product, management praises work of people who do praiseworthy effort" and added that "the Equal Employment Opportunity Act says there should be no discrimination between people of different colors, sex, ethnic background, etc." And, Agraz then asked his boss, "Will I have to undergo a sex change operation to get recognized in a memorandum that officially goes to Kenneth Johnson, General Manager, and to all employees of KTRK-TV? Since women are doing such a wonderful job, will the next step be to hire all women?" (Someone scribbled in on the memo "good idea.") Agraz felt Hawver violated "the spirit of the EEO Act" because "you single out one segment of your staff, to the exclusion of the rest." "Why should their femininity have anything to do with their output?" Agraz concluded. Well, this laid the ground for some long pent-up feelings from some of the women on the staff who replied to Agraz: "Heretofore, whenever any kind of praise was given, it was all directed toward men, because only men were hired. (And no man objected to that.) "Then women were discovered and we were told by members of the staff that we were hired because, and only because, we were women. (And no man objected to that insult.) "Now comes the time for praise. (And a man objects). "Yes, perhaps a sex change operation would be best...Then some of the men would know what it feels like." The KTRK women had the last word. It is memos like the one from Texas Monthly publisher Michael Levy to his staff and the one from KTRK-TV news reporter Frank Agraz to his boss that make you lament the passing of the Houston Journalism Review. They would have had a ball. In October 1973, in an HJR story on then nine-month-old Texas Monthly, publisher Levy was quoted as saying, "I'm out to make a buck and things look good." Well, today things don't look so rosy for Levy. He dashed off a memo to his editorial staff which got into the office of The Texas Observer. According to the Observer's account, the memo (dated May 24) singled out references to Neiman-Marcus in the June issue which Levy considered "gratuitous insults." One was in Harry Hurt's article on cockroaches in which he said, "All that remains is for Neiman-Marcus to recognize the potential market in cockroach chic." Hurt was not too far off if Houston viewers recall the five minutes of free panhandling Stanley Marcus did on pet rocks on KPRC's "Scene at 5" show around Christmastime. Another reference made light of a "headline-typo" competition saying "Neiman-Mara/p Investigated On Pricing Policy." Levy began by saying "I continue to be stunned at the lack of total regard and due respect on the part of the editorial staff to the real world environment this magazine must operate in. 'Take a look through the June issue. On pages 7, 32 and 53 you will see large ads from Neiman-Marcus. These ads are important to Texas Monthly not just because of the revenue they bring in. They are also critical to the advertising look... With Neiman's in the book, the s others (advertisers) have come in." Molly Ivins (former Observer editor now with the New York Times) must have enjoyed reading the next part. "If your principles cannot tolerate such a harsh reality, I suggest that you leave publishing in general and join a religious order or The Texas Observer." Monthly's editor William Broyles is reported to have answered Levy that the memo in its tone was "obscene," and to have "disappeared on a vacation of unspecified length." It is interesting that while Levy is sensitive to one big advertiser, he is insensitive to the Texas feminists, many of whom are privately boycotting the magazine because of the regular appearance of its sexist covers. In fact, it is Levy, say some of his staff and some ad people, privately, that likes the "tits and ass" look of so many of the Monthly covers. g^ Anyone for sending Levy a y memo? B.B.C.