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Daily Breakthrough 1977-11-19 - Page 2. November 19, 1977. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 24, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/6372/show/6337.

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Title Daily Breakthrough 1977-11-19
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Date November 19, 1977
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Transcript MARILYN. MOCK Visitors have reservations about Houston hotels By Carol Bartholdi Mary Spottswood Pou of Washington, D.C, arrived in Houston Thursday, with a confirmed reservation at the Sheraton Inn. She was unable to wrest even a broom closet from the hotel that night however, and was not the only person whose plans were upset. Thousands of women, and somewhat fewer men, descended on mid-town Houston on Thursday and Friday to attend the International Women's Conference. Approximately 1,500 members of the media were among those arriving. Despite rumors of impending confrontations between pro- ERA and anti-ERA groups, the biggest news has been the problem trying to procure a hotel room. People waited for six hours for a room at the Sheraton on Friday, and lines four persons wide looped around the lobby of the Hyatt Regency, blocking doors and fencing in mounds of luggage. Horror stories abounded. Six members of the District of Columbia delegation said they were denied rooms at the Sheraton-Houston Thursday night, despite the fact that they held confirmed reservations. According to the women, hotel officials informed them that members of the National Building Materials Association had extended their convention one more day and were still occupying the women's rooms. Sheraton officials sent the women to another hotel, the Mitchell Inn-ap- proximately 14 miles from downtown. According to the women, the hotel was "in terrible condition." The women drove around the city until early Friday morning, finally finding rooms at the Holiday Inn Downtown. A reporter from the New Women's Times of Rochester, N.Y., told Breakthrough that a woman from Minnesota had said her delegation arrived at the Hyatt Regency at 3 a.m. on Friday and waited until 8 a.m. to be given their rooms. While talking with employees of the hotel, they learned that a "Mr. Smith" had called the hotel last week and cancelled the reservations for the entire Minnesota delegation. Black activist Flo Kennedy had reserved a room at the Whitehall Hotel for Thursday night. She arrived at 4 a.m. and had to sleep on the floor of the lobby there. One of the worst stories concerned the New York delegation. The chairperson and vice-chairperson arrived on Tuesday in order to smooth out any problems for the 88 women scheduled to arrive on Thursday night. When the group did arrive at 12:40 a.m. on Friday, however, they were met at the airport by the two officers who told them they could not be housed in either the Sheraton or the Hyatt because a convention had stayed on an extra day. According to New York delegate Sally Martin Fisher, the women finally found rooms at the Astro Village hotel at 2 a.m. They had to pay for the rooms with their own money. They doubled up, sleeping three to a room. According to Fisher, they were told by managers of the hotel that the charge was $15 per person, which was referred to as the standard convention It was difficult to discern the real reasons for the confusion in housing. There were rumors that a right-wing group that opposed the convention had conspired to disrupt the conference by reserving rooms early in the week and then refusing to va cate them on Thursday. Others said that the hotels had overbooked, and others blamed it on poor management by the hotels or by the IWY housing organizers. The explanations offered by the management of the Sheraton and the Hyatt Regency differed. The Hyatt Regency blamed the congestion on "human error," saying they had accepted too many reservations on Thursday. They said that there were fewer than 100 rooms affected by this mistake. Jo Ann Crapito, manager of public relations for the Hyatt Regency, said the number of reservations had been miscalculated on Thursday. However, when two- and three- hour lines still were filling the lobby on Friday evening, no one was available to explain the problem. Crapito said that the hotel had tried to reach all persons at the airport whose reservations had been cancelled. She said the Hyatt "would always pay for another hotel" if they had to find one for someone. Don Gaffney, manager of the Sheraton, said that there were many persons who had not checked out of their rooms on Friday after 1 p.m., although he would not give a definite number. "There is no way I can evict them," he said. "We've tried to reach them and intimidate them. However, we have no legal right to make them leave their rooms." Both Gaffney and Crapito said this kind of confusion does happen between conventions sometimes. However, many delegates waiting in the lines disagreed. One woman said she has attended "at least a hundred" national conventions and had never run into such housing problems before. It is unfortunate for Houston that some people are blaming the problems on this city. Author Kate Millett, speaking at the ERA benefit, said that the housing situation was a disgrace and that if it were a men's convention, such chaos would not have been allowed to take place. New Yorkers seemed to be particularly angry. Sue Cohen, vice-chair of the New York delegation, said, "A lot of us are saying 'Why Houston?' and then saying 'It will never be Houston again.' It wouldn't happen anywhere else." And Sally Martin Fisher said "People complain about New York's lack of hospitality, but it's nothing compared to this. It's been a lot worse here so far." The anger of some of the New York delegation was due to the long wait that many of them had. At 9:30 a.m. on Friday, they signed in at the Hyatt Regency, and at 3 p.m. they returned to stand in line for a room number and a key. At 8 p.m., some of the New York delegates were still waiting. While some persons placed blame on the situation in Houston, others waiting in the Hyatt, blamed it on the hotel. Seventy-eight delegates, alternates and observers from Massachusetts had been waiting for five hours at press time, and were still sitting on the floor of the Hyatt lobby waiting for their rooms. They vented their frustration by singing "I'm tired and I want to go home." One of the Massachusetts delegates suggested they boycott the Hyatt Regencies throughout the nation. A New York delegate said she liked the idea and was going back to her caucus to suggest that they do the same. DAILY BREAKTHROUGH NOVEMBER 19,1977 PAGE 1