Pats and Pans
PAT the three women clerks who overpowered
three armed bank robbers at a savings bank in
Kazakhstan, Central Asia, and held them captive until police arrived, according to Pravda.
Caught them Red-handed.
Ken Callaway (Sunday Sportsman's Show, Ch.
11) was commiserating with his fellow killers
of wildlife. "How many of you have gone out
and hunted wild game and brought it home and
the little gal didn't know how to cook it properly?" To remedy this sad state of affairs, the
intrepid adversary of savage ducks and geese
and other feathered fiends is putting together a
game cookbook. A PANtry full of biVds to the
Credit a PAT to the Houston Area Feminist
Federal Credit Union, which reached the breakeven point after six months and expects to declare its first dividend this quarter.
PAN the sexist writing style of Zarko Franks,
former reigning city editor at the Chronicle,
for a report from the Democratic National
Convention on "The Carter People." In an interview with five males and one female on the
Carter staff, the only physical description given
to the males is that one is Black. Not so with
the female aide, "a Barnard graduate named
Isabel Hyde, 27, who works under a big sign
that says 'Issues.' Big eyes. Long legs. She
looks like little girls should when they grow up.
The sign says issues so we test her: How does
Carter stand on...." No wonder so few women
have been on the city desk side at the
PAN Mary Jane for a Schier waste of space.
The Post medical writer continues to be the
champion of the medical establishment. In reporting the "latest flap" among scientists who
disagree on the risks of breast x-rays to premenopausal women, Schier devotes an inordinate amount of space to the views (and qualifications) of three medical experts in Houston,
who say "no unnecessary risks," "extremely
safe" and "women shouldn't be alarmed."
Only one doctor with an opposing viewpoint
was quoted (no qualifications given). Women
need all the information they can get on both
sides of controversial health issues. Anyone for
investigative journalism from the Post? And
while we're at it, whatever happened to Brenda
Sign a PAT to New York Lt. Gov. Mary Ann
Krupsak, who brought along an interpreter to
translate her opening speech at the Democratic
Convention into sign language for the deaf.
Krupsak has long been interested in the problems of the deaf. "They can't participate in
this kind of a meeting without an interpreter,"
she said about the two million deaf people in
this country and the 15 million whose hearing
One of the reasons given why women athletes
do not earn as much as their male counterparts
is that "the women don't bring in the crowds,
the men do." Not so. During the Olympic
telecasts, ABC's ratings jumped several points
whenever the women gymnasts performed.
(In New York from 49 percent of the viewing
audience to 52.5 percent, in Chicago from 46
percent to 53.5 percent and in Los Angeles
from 57 percent to 63 percent.) PAT the women who performed so well, especially Romania's Nadia Comaneci, with seven perfect
scores and three gold medals.
It has been said that undergoing a vasectomy
makes a 'vas deferens' in a man's ability to have
children. Baylor College of Medicine researchers are looking for volunteers (healthy men between the ages of 20 and 40) to test a possible
male birth control method that would be safe,
effective and reversible. The program will involve weekly injections of testosterone to determine if the male hormone is acceptable, feasible
and low in toxicity as a male contraceptive.
The Baylor project will be conducted by Drs.
Glenn Cunningham and Peter Kohler. Testosterone has been recognized as a suppressor of
testicular function since the 1930's, but, said
Cunningham, "scientists didn't follow through
with those early leads as far as a male contraceptive." Maybe because most scientists are
male and don't run the risk of pregnancy? A
better-late-than-never PAT to the project.
Life magazine's Special Reports (which has no
major women editors) has devoted a whole
issue to women who have made a difference in
American life. Another case of 'lumping it.'
Would we ever see a national publication devote only one issue to the males who have made
a difference? Not in a LifesPAN.
We know we are strong, we are invincible, but
Forest Park Cemeteries seem to think we are
also immortal. They are running an ad in local
papers headed "Your Widow." They can help
with a plan to "make things a lot easier for
your wife." You should be aware that "your
death will be a very difficult experience for
everyone in your family. Particularly your
wife...she will have to make...decisions no wife
is ever quite prepared for." PAN Forest Park
for grave discrimination.
While we're on the subject, PAT the newly-
created HAMS. No, it's not a group of actors,
it's the Houston Area Memorial Society, a
"non-profit, non-sectarian society dedicated to
dignity and simplicity in funerals and memorial
services." For a modest membership fee, they
enable you to choose an economical funeral, if
you so desire, (or no funeral at all). They also
provide a Living Will form and give practical
information on making out a will.
Score a PAT to small bore gold medalist Lanny
Bassham who, after tying for the gold medal
with Margaret Murdock, was awarded the medal
for the most consecutive bullseyes. He first requested that two gold medals be awarded and
when that request was turned down, Bassham
insisted that Murdock stand on the first place
podium when the medals were awarded. Said
Bassham, "I wanted to show that I felt her performance had equaled mine...There was no way
she deserved to stand lower while the national
anthem was played."
PAN the Merchant Marine Academy for blanket
discrimination. A female cadet who was caught
in bed with her fiance was asked to resign. Her
fiance was allowed to graduate. PAT Maryland
Senator J. Glenn Beall (the cadet is one of his
constituents), whose demands for an explanation resulted in her reinstatement. Let's hear it
for uniform treatment of males and females in
The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development rates a PAT for its recently-completed
two-year study on "Women in the Mortgage
Market," which proves that lenders are discounting women's earning power and are guilty
of sex bias. The income growth and stability of
single women was on an even par with that of
the traditional male-headed, one-earner family;
the income growth patterns for women family
heads fell within eight or nine percent points of
their male counterparts.
Kathy Wilcox, volunteer firefighter in Friends-
wood, wrote a letter to the League City News
Citizen thanking local landowner and banker
Walter Hall "for his annual slap in the face to
the area women firefighters and ambulance
personnel..." Apparently Hall hosts a barbecue
every year for "our hardworking and deserving
volunteers"-the male ones, that is. "He has
made it quite clear to area fire chiefs...that female members cannot attend. Mind you, these
are not Ladies' Auxiliary or wives, but very active members of fire departments and ambulance crews." And guess who was operating all
the area fire stations and ambulances while Hall
was barbecuing for all the male volunteers?
Right. PAT Wilcox for volunteering her views
in public. Fire off a PAN to Hall.
PAT to the Chief. President Ford has ordered
a review of the entire U.S. Code to eliminate
unfair sex-based provisions. He promised to
put a top priority on the problem of the
"widening earnings gap between men and women." At a reception honoring the National
Commission on the Observation of International Women's Year, Ford said that laws discriminating against women "are all equally unjust,
all equally demeaning to Americans and all e-
qually inconsistent with the American philosophy of equality." He said he hopes to see the
Equal Rights Amendment become part of the
"Worth coming home to," proclaim the U.S.
Home billboards around town. The latest in
their series of attractive wives and children
welcoming home the breadwinner is a vaseline-
on-the-lens type picture of a young woman
with a baby in her arms. They would have us
believe that all breadwinners are male (with
extremely photogenic families). In fact, 43
percent of the work force are females, many
of whom are the family's sole support. It's
time for advertisers to join the real world-
the world of working women and child care
centers. PAN U.S. Home for being way off
Here's a King who's not getting the royal treatment, at least from the media. Mary King,
along with husband Peter Bourne, is one of
Jimmy Carter's key advisors. She steers Carter's health policy task force and directs the
Carter campaign's Committee of 51.3 Percent
(the percentage of women in the population-
at least); he is deputy campaign director.
When NBC interviewed the couple at the Democratic Convention, they were introduced as Dr.
Peter Bourne and his wife, Mary King.
Bourne's name flashed immediately on the
screen, while hers did not appear until almost
the end of the interview, although most of the
questions were addressed to her. In an article
put out by the New York News Service, again
we meet "Dr. Peter Bourne and his wife, Mary
King," in spite of the fact that her activities
rated six times the space of his. This kind of
discrimination should rate the media a