Pats and Pans
The Harris County Commissioners' Court
deserves our bedPAN-of-the-month award for
failing to appoint a nurse to the Harris County
Hospital District Board of Managers. Commissioner Tom Bass' nomination of Alison
Druck, nursing instructor, died for lack of a
second. (See story on page 1.)
PAT Sarah Caldwell, head of the Boston Symphony, who last month became the first woman
to conduct at the Metropolitan Opera House.
William Albright, Houston Post, was generally
positive about her conducting of "Traviata" but
should be PAN—fried for one asinine non-
sequitur. "Caldwell followed almost as much as
she led. I know she's a woman. But music is not
like a door, through which singers go second so
they can linger over favorite phrases. That just
made for sloppiness." Slop knows no gender, Mr.
PAT Betsy Wright, former aide to Sissy
Farenthold and now Executive Director of the
Women's Educational Foundation for organizing
the "Campaign Techniques Institute" in Phoenix
last January. Forty-eight women from Texas
(out of 100 participants) took part in the
workshop designed specifically for women interested in running for political office. Those
attending received a great deal of nuts and bolts
information on campaign fund raising and
organizing. Olga Soliz, Eileen Elfant and Helen
Hopkins, members of the Harris County
Women's Political caucus, were in attendance.
Texas workshop leaders were Jane Hickie and
Ann Richards, Austin; Irma Mireles, Pat
Robards, Louise Caddell and Rosie Castro, San
Antonio; and Alicia Chacon from El Paso. PAT
CBS —network for covering the conference. The
report highlighted Ann Richards of Austin,
Candidate for County Commissioner.
PAN The "Bring your love to Levit's" jewelers
billboard in full-view from your local freeway. At
70 mph, the model in the ad appears to be
completely topless. Doing the speedlimit she
appears to have an arm across her chest,
revealing her cleavage. Stopped (illegally) on
the freeway she's adorned only with a necklace,
bracelet, a watch and ring. LOVE IT OR LEVIT.
PAN The costume director on the Virginia Slims
Circuit tour. Would you believe black-sequined
tennis costumes and silver lame shirts?
(Everyone knows sequins are the embodiment of
feminity). Billie Jean - wherever you are —
come back, we've still got a long way to go.
Now that abortion — "a women's issue" — has
become a national election issue—much to the
surprise of candidates and media alike; now that
we have a so-called "pro-life" candidate for the
Presidency making good media use of running
on a single issue — abortion; and now that
Reagan and Wallace have taken strong anti-
abortion stands (while ignoring a Supreme Court
ruling on the subject), the male presidential
hopefuls are lining up with their platforms. As
expected, Jerry Ford came out against abortion
"unless there is danger to the life of mother or
fetus,"and for "the right of each state to decide
the issue." As expected, Betty Ford came out
strongly for the right of each individual woman
to make that choice. PAN "Jelly" Ford and PAT
Betty. As Flo Kennedy once said, "If men could
get pregnant abortion would be a sacrament."
PAT to Channel 13 for sending reporter Elma
Barrera and news photographer Phyllis Deter to
cover the earthquake disaster in Guatemala.
Traditionally, women have not been sent on
combat-hazardous assignments in this country
or outside. No other Houston women reporters
were sent by the other television stations.
300 Italian feminists invaded Milan Cathedral
recently to protest the Catholic Church's stand
on abortion and sex. They strugged with police
and pelted them with eggs as they tried to gain
entry to the Cathedral to protest the church's
"ecclesiastical authoritarianism and violence."
Pope Paul VI was not eggsactly pleased. He said
the demonstration showed the "incomprehension, difficulty and opposition" in the
modern world toward "true and complete values
of life." On another occasion the PANtiff said
that "woman's essential role is motherhood and
her prime importance is as caretaker of the
family." He appealed for "wisdom and realism"
in granting women positions of power and
assailed feminist movements that he said run the
risk of "virilizing" and "depersonalizing"
Praise and PAT anchors Elma Barrera, Jan
Carson, Diana Fallis, and Cindy Cochran who do
a daily news segment on Channel 13's Dialing for
Dollars, the only local program that incorporates sign-language for deaf viewers.
Link's Little Ones has been PANdemic on KEYH
Radio these past few months—four minutes, four
times a day, five days a week. Art Linkletter
uses his jaded old format of asking children their
opinions on matters including sex, dating,
marriage; all the topics that 5-year-olds are
experts on. For example: "Who works harder
in your house, Mommy or Daddy?" "Daddy, cos
Mommy just stays home and works when she
wants to." "Oh, aren't you lucky you're a girl!"
Double entendres abound, to the delight of the
audience and the bewilderment of the kids. PAN
Linkletter for exploiting their innocence and
honesty. PAN KEYH for a waste of air time.
At the annual awards ceremonies last month,
one of the recipients of France's most
prestigious decoration, the Legion of Honor, was
Louise Weiss, feminist writer. Allons enfants de
This column erred in PANning the local TV
stations for non-coverage of the U.S.-China
Women's Volleyball match in Pasadena last
December. Channel 11 News was there. We
Redbook's Editor in chief Sey Chassler is trying
to persuade all the national women's magazines
to feature articles on the ERA in their July
issues, as part of a feminist push for ratification
- four more states to go! Publications already
lined-up for this PATriotic gesture include Cosmpolitan, Glamour, McCall's, Ms. and
A male chauvinist pig PAN to macho movie star
James Caan for his philosophy as expressed in a
recent Playboy interview. "I believe that the
husband should be the head of the household,
that he should be the boss .... if she's married, a
woman's place is in the home ..." We are taking
his comments to heart, and will remain in our
place whenever his movies hit town.
Daniel P. Moynihan, who has just resigned as the
American Ambassador to the UN, was interviewed recently on CBS by U.N.,
correspondent Richard C. Hottelet.
Questioned as to his successor at the U.N.
Moynihan replied that he felt the President
would appoint the man or woman best qualified.
"You said'or woman'. Is it going to be a
woman?" asked Hottelet. Moynihan: "It could
be one or the other." Hottelet: "Blonde or
brunette?" PAN Hottelet for his bald sexism.
PAN To all three networks for giving free
commercial time within their newscasts to
airing of the "pro-life" (sic) killing-the-fetus
commercial. In the first week of February it was
more widely aired than the replay of the Patty
Hearst bank robbery film clip.
PAN The January AP newsletter—in 8 pages of
copy and 10 prominent photos — no women. Do
no women work for AP wire service or do they do
nothing worth mentioning. How APpalling!
An all-around PAT to Marlene Sanders, who
narrated, wrote, produced and directed the
recent "ABC News' Closeup on Women's
Health: A Question of Survival." This program
focused on such issues as the unnecessary
performing of major surgery, the dispensing of
potentially dangerous drugs to pregnant women
and the use of oral contraceptives that may not
be as safe as women have been led to believe.
PAN Bank of the Southwest for buying full-page
ads in national weeklys, with headlines that
proclaim "making us your co-executor is
probably the best thing you've ever done for
her." It goes on: "the executor under a will
should be thoroughly familiar with a variety of
complicated administrative and investment
responsibilities. Our people have the time, experience and training to take care of these
Does your wife?" Apparently the thousands of
women who are skilled in financial matters are
all unmarried. PAN the piggy bank.
A HEWge PAN to the Department of Health,
Education and Welfare for saying it must "indefinitely postpone" the handling of civil rights
cases involving discrimination against women or
ethnic minorities in the Texas, Arkansas,
Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico area. A
federal court in Washington has ordered HEW to
concentrate its efforts on clearing up a backlog
of racial bias cases involving Blacks. HEW says
it lacks the personnel and money to do both. PAT
to Houston women Kay Whyburn and Cynthia
Braxton for participating in a suit brought in
federal court to force HEW to investigate sex-
Princess Anne is fourth in line for the British
throne. Under the ancient law of succession,
which favors the male line, she comes after her
old brother, Prince Charles, and her two younger
brothers, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
But Labor Member of Parliament Robert
Kilroy-Silk believes that Britain's new Sex
Discrimination Act should put her second in line.
(Apparently he disapproves of royal heir-
brushing). Give him a princessly PAT for
bucking 'em at the Palace.
A big bunch of PANanas to KRLY Radio, guilty
of rotten taste in plugging a banana-eating
contest "for girls only" at a local bar. The
leering announcer promised the "wildest,
kinkiest night" where the male audience would
judge not how many or how fast but how well the
bananas were eaten. "It's in the technique,
baby!" PAT the women who stayed away
making the contest a big flop.
A poison PAN letter to Lynn Ashby Houston Post
columnist for his perennial chauvinism. In his
Awards for '75: "it was the year of women's
rights, giving us Patty Hearst, Squeaky Fromme
and Sara Jane Moore." On his recent trip to
Australia: "If you have heard that Australian
women are amply endowed, ribcagewise, I have,
too .... the rumors are true. A girlwatcher from
Houston would go absolutely crackers down
More on Lynn Ashby. While in New Zealand on
that freebee flight with Pan Am he made the
comment, "New Zealand was the first country in
the world to allow women to vote. No place is
perfect.' Would he joke about Blacks getting the
right to vote? PAN'em.
The official program for the Virginia Slims
Circuit contains photographs and biographies of
all the players including their circuit records.
One page, (49), contains three curious lists
headed: "Left-handed Players," "Married
Players," and "Players with Children."
Knowing the Slims slogan we now wonder if the
word "baby" could possibly refer to the children
women tennis players take with them on tour. In
the meantime we give Slims a playPAN.