Pats and Pans
Award a PAT to Mike Connors, who was on a
TV talk show recently to plug his latest
made-for-TV movie, "Revenge for a Rape."
He said that making the movie had raised his
consciousness tremendously about rape, in
that he had not realized the severity of its
effects both on the victim and on those around
her. He went on to do a little consciousness-
raising of his own, by pointing out that most
rapes are not even reported and that the victim
is usually treated as if guilty of a crime.
Jeff Millar, worthy recipient of a Dead PAN
this month, has another claim to notoriety. He
provides half the wit for the Chronicle's 'Tank
McNamara/ a jock-full-of-fun comic strip. His
co-author is Bill Hinds.
Does this have a familiar ring? "It's a shame
we have to exist . . .we are doing the work of
the big newspapers and television stations . . .
the major media carry no serious news about
us ..." No, it's not Breakthrough, it's a
newspaper put out by and for the elderly. PAT
the Elder, started by VISTA volunteer Greg
Huth in New Haven last year. Huth feels the
elderly are discriminated against by the
media. "There is no news about older persons
except 'cute stuff such as when somebody
turns 104 years-old in a nursing home,"
Consumer advocate Jack Woods strikes again
. . .and again in his new news role this fall as
the "Gulf Coast gadfly" on KLYX. In a recent
commentary on those "water boy" flood land
promoters whose schemes Woods calls "welfare for the wealthy," and "socialism for the
rich," he warned consumers in Fort Bend
county they were about to be hit by a blivet.
What is a blivet, you ask? "Why it's ten
pounds of manure in a five-pound bag." PAT
the timbre of Woods' reporting.
A joint PAT to the State Bar of Texas and the
Texas Department of Public Welfare, who are
sponsoring a series of thirteen one-day
seminars throughout the state on child abuse.
A record 34,834 child abuse cases were
reported in Texas last year and almost a third
of these were confirmed, a spokesperson said,
adding that only about one out of every 10
cases reaches the attention of authorities. The
Houston session will be held December 3. For
information, contact the State Bar of Texas
Gabrielle Cosgriff, Editor
"Newsmen were told . . ." Yes, folks, it's
Frank Agraz of Ch. 13 again. He still hasn't
learned that word 'reporter.' Our latest polls
indicate that he holds a commanding lead in
the Chauvinist Pig PAN race (media division).
Ring up a PAT to the Texas Civil Liberties
Union for a timely phone call to the Texas
Department of Public Safety. "TCLU was
contacted by a woman who had been denied
enrollment in the cadet training program by
her regional DPS office. The reasons for the
denial were patently specious. There was no
question that the woman was qualified. A
phone call to the DPS state offices in Austin,
suggesting that a sex discrimination suit would
be filed, resulted in the immediate admission
of the woman into the cadet training
program." (TCLU Action Report).
Mary Jane Schier, Post medical writer, did a
story "Woman gets vital nutrients from vest"
(Post Oct. 21), in which the subject asked to be
referred to in print by her first name. Mary
Jane wrote "The feminine liberation tendency
to refer to women by their last names only is
not for her." Prescribe a PAN for Mary Jane.
We know she's unfamiliar with the movement
but medical writers should get their terms
'Fritz' Mondale didn't exactly come off
smelling like a rose recently with his remarks
that Gen. George Brown, chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, was unfit to be a sewer
commissioner. Dean Hill, vice chair of the
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission,
wrote Mondale saying that she works hard
being a sewer commissioner, and that if her
department did not function competently "it
could cause a stinking backup." Mondale's
office replied that the senator holds the sewer
commissioners of this country in great regard.
PAT Hill for protesting the odious comparison.
A bipartisan PAN to both major presidential
candidates. In their third televised debate they
were asked if they would support any proposed
amendments to the constitution, such as
abortion, prayer in schools, gun control or a
balanced budget. Neither one of them saw fit
to mention the ERA as being an amendment
worthy of their consideration.
Texas Right to Life of Houston polled the
candidates on 1) Do you support a human life
amendment to the U.S. constitution which
protects life from conception to natural death?
and 2) Do you oppose the direct or indirect use
of local, state or federal tax funds to pay for
abortions or abortion facilities, personnel or
supplies? A PANful of local replies: Walter H.
Mengden, Jr.: "Keep up the pressure and you
shall prevail. You are doing God's work and
doing it well." Jack Ogg: "So far as I know, I
am in total agreement with your entire
program." Durward Johnson (write-in):
"These are moral questions, but so is death by
electrocution. It is time legislators thought
more about moral laws than laws of immorality. If elected, I will pledge myself to standards
of moral decency, and will get enacted a law to
fence all apartment swimming pools for the
safety of our children." J.L. Brisco: "Thank
you for the opportunity to express my sincere
support for your concern for life." Jim Clark:
"Yes, I agree because I am a Christian and
have a strong feeling for life . . I would have
to see how the amendment was written and
that it didn't condemn any of our women to
shame or to death."
Earl Butzout. A PAN is too inadequate for the
former Agriculture Secretary's obscenities
about Blacks, which caused him to resign, but
he gets one anyway as does President Ford for
not firing him immediately. The incident
occurred while Butz was en route to Mexico to
help dedicate a screw-worm eradication plant.
President Ford has had a full page ad running
in several newspapers, which shows a photo of
him immersed in thoughtful discussion with
several Black leaders. The caption reads "For
Black Americans, President Ford is quietly
getting the job done." Too quietly for some,
apparently, since he neglected to ask the other
people in the photo for permission to use it.
One of the participants, Vernon Jordan of the
National Urban League, protested the use of
the photo and said that he did not intend to
support Ford. PAN Ford for his quiet job.
The height of discrimination. "A Federal
court in Alabama has ruled that Alabama's
minimum height and weight requirements for
law enforcement officers illegally discriminate
against women, violating both Federal laws
against employment discrimination and the
equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. The decision could have far-reaching
implications for women who want careers in
law enforcement. Studies have shown that
97% of the nation's police departments have
minimum height and weight requirements,
with an average minimum of 5 feet, 8 inches."
tNpw York Times). PAT the court's ruling.
Carol Vance, Harris County District Attorney,
has distributed a publication to area businesses called 'Crime Prevention and the
Businessman,' featuring the new Texas Penal
Code statutes concerning business crimes. His
forward is addressed to "the Businessmen of
Harris County.' PAN Vance's sexism. The
booklet was printed by the Responsive
Printing Company. We wish.
MARvin ZINDIer, Ch. 13 Eyewitness News
commentator deserves a PAT on the pate for
his recent story on two women who lost their
jobs at Liberty Mutual Insurance because they
were enrolled in law school (evenings). They
were told this was company policy. Zindler
reports they were excellent employees and had
just received promotions. Zindler was furious
and said that the policy was "crazy." Their
company would not comment on the charges
"in anticipation of legal action."
Rep. Mickey Leland, D-Houston, deserves a
PAT for pushing through a rider to the State
Board of Control's proposed budget to assure
minority enterprises an equal opportunity on
state business deals. Leland said the action
would help improve conditions in the minority
communities of Texas in that "we will now
begin to identify minority businesses which
can meet some of the needs of the state and we
can educate and encourage them to bid for