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Houston Breakthrough, November 1979 - Page 7. November 1979. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 26, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/1660/show/1635.

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Transcript MediaMatters by gabrielle cosgriff Enough-too much-has already been written on the visit of Pope John Paul II. The media, for the most part, wallowed in it, abandoning objectivity and paying scant attention to the pope's neo-neanderthal pronouncements on women, sex and homosexuals. (For reactions from local Catholic feminists, see story, p. 20) The only other media event to approach it, at least locally, was the I-found-a-comb-he-used, I-rooted-in-his- garbage garbage surrounding John Travolta and the filming of Urban Cowboy. Just think what would have happened if the pope had come to Houston. Imagine His Holiness at Gilley's—riding the papal bull. (I shared this fantasy of the ultimate media hype with David Cross- ley, who immediately dubbed it The Urban Cow-Pope. Wish I'd thought of that.) Alan Brien described the pope's stopover in Ireland in Punch, the British humour magazine. ". . . for many Irish people" said Brien, "the pope's visit is the most transcendental happening of the Christian era, comparable only to a stopover by Jesus himself." Brien found it odd, among a rich haul of oddities, that Aer Lingus, the Irish airline, had restricted the crew of His Holiness' plane to practicing Catholics only. "No one knows (the pope's) views on the decision," said Brien, "but it is hardly likely to persuade Northern extremists that they should not dish out jobs to their fellow citizens on the basis of religious allegiance. "Personally," he continued, "I harbour an uneasy prejudice that good Catholics may make bad pilots. With an agnostic or an atheist at the controls, I can at least be sure that he shares with me the conviction that the end is the end, and after a fatal crash there is nothing beyond. "Who knows that for a dedicated, pious flyer up front, there may not be an unconscious thought flitting about that if he has to go, he couldn't arrive at St. Peter's gate with a better tour guide than Pope John Paul, St. Peter's successor." Another religious observation came from Martin Sheen, star of Apocalypse Now, who was interviewed recently in Rolling Stone. Sheen grew up in a staunch Catholic atmosphere—in fact, he took his name from Archbishop J. Fulton Sheen. Speaking of his strong ties to Catholicism, tempered now by agnosticism, Sheen explained his religious convictions this way: "I no longer believe in the existence of God," he said, "but I still believe that Mary is his mother." One would have thought that the rnanagement of KTRH Radio had done their worst to Nikki Van Hightower when they fired her last spring. (See Breakthrough, April 1979.) Apparently not, judging from the latest turn of events. Van Hightower won first place in 1979 Women at Work Broadcast Awards of the National Commission on Working Women, for her commentaries on KTRH. Last August, the commission wrote Van Hightower at KTRH, informed her of the award and invited her to accept it at a National Press Club awards program. Station manager Hal Kemp wrote back saying someone from the station would be in Washington to collect the NOVEMBER 1979 award since Van Hightower had left the station. Kemp implied that they didn't know where to contact her. Van Hightower received news of her award from a woman at the commission, who became "suspicious" of Kemp's response and called around until she located Van Hightower. When Van Hightower called the station, news director Ben Baldwin assured her they had forwarded the information to her "weeks ago." Van Hightower then suggested that, since she intended to pick up her award in Washington, and since KTRH had promised to send someone up to collect it, KTRH should pay her way. Baldwin said he agreed and asked her to call back. Van Hightower called station manager Kemp "numerous times" in the next two weeks. (Baldwin was away from the station.) Kemp never came to the phone, nor did he return her calls. There's a certain poetic justice to the fact that Van Hightower received a national award for her KTRH commentaries. Kemp cancelled them with no explanation to Van Hightower. He later said that more advertising time was needed. Van Hightower felt it was because her commentaries were too controversial. (Her last one was particularly critical of the police chief and the mayor.) "It was a thrill for me to receive that award," said Van Hightower. "It was something outside of politics. It was a statement about a particular talent and I just loved it. Obviously," she continued "my time there brought credit to the station and I would have thought they could acknowledge that with dignity, even though they didn't want the commentaries to continue." Van Hightower was shocked, she said, "at the childishness and pettiness of people who hold responsible positions at KTRH." Congratulations to Van Hightower on a well-deserved honor. (Her commentaries in Breakthrough will resume next month.) Congratulations also to Betty Maldonado, of KUHT TV, whose Frida Kahlo, a short feature on the Mexican artist, won her an honorable mention in the awards. And a dishonorable mention to the small-minded management at KTRH. In our special election issue, two weeks ago, we reported that State Rep. Lance Lalor, running for a city council seat in predominantly white, middle-class District C, had angered some liberals and gays. He originally shied away from the Harris County Democrats endorsement and then accepted it. He placed conditions on his use of the Gay Political Caucus endorsement—he would only use it in Montrose. Lalor now has an updated campaign brochure. Gone is the quote from the liberal Texas Observer: "He can be counted upon to stand tall for the progressive cause." In its place is this quote from Texas Business Magazine: "Lalor is a man who works long hours developing well-thought-out positions. Not one to speak without knowing what he's talking about, Lalor outshines many of his more vocal comrades." Gone also is the domestic-looking photo of bachelor Lalor with a former aide and her baby-and two baby bottles. We try to keep tabs on the white knights as well as the blackguards. We support Eleanor Tinsley for City Council because she has a proven record of leadership and accomplishment for women. As President of the Texas Mother s Program and she Carol Grande Council of Child Welfare chaired the committee that Peggy Hall Boards, she secured passage established our Frances Hicks of legislation to fund foster Community College. Diane W. Kilpatrick care for neglected and Benegene Kring abused children not pre Melba Ann Barr Karen Loper viously covered by AFDC. Pat Brink Brenda Loudermilk As President of the Rema Lou Brown Polly Marsters Houston School Board, Valerie Burson Linda May she initiated project EVE to Twiss Butler Marge Miller provide non-stereotyped Pal Cearsv Rence Rabb vocational training for Jean Childers Frances Swartsfager women. She had tha Dean Barbara Cigainero Elayne Tatar of Women raised to the Martha N Coats Ella Tyler rank of Assistant principal Joyce Cragg Nikki Van Hightower equal in pay and status to Jacqueline Cronquist Alice ft Whatley their male counterparts. Betti Rose Driscoll Merylin Whited She was a strong supporter Judy Elders Evic Whitsett for the I ligh School for the Barbara Friedman Nancy Winslow Performing Arts, the Noung Beatrice Mladenka-Fowlcr Iris Zcismore ELEBMOE AT LARGE POSITION TWO Pol adv paid by Eleanor Tinsley Campaign Committee. Dick and Dianne Bynum, Craig Washinton. Treasurers SUPPORT ANGELS i. , i /. r i The Nation's Number 1 Women's Professional Basketball Team and Houston Breakthrough Texas' Number 1 Women's newspaper BUY *** ***-*• A season ticket, only $108 from Houston Breakthrough, P.O. Box 88072 Houston, Texas 77004 Only 8 tickets on hand. Choice seats! Season starts November 17. wtmtmN&mim