Pats and Pans
PAT Edith Beychok, chair of Houston WEAL's
task force on Criminal Justice, for presenting
the task force's request concerning vocational
education for women inmates. Appearing
before the Harris County Commissioner's
Court, Beychok requested that the same vocational training offered to male inmates be
offered to female inmates and that proportionately equal space be provided for women at
the Rehab Center and other such facilities.
We advocate a PAN to Mayor Fred Hofheinz
for the timing of his announcement of the
appointment of Nikki Van Hightower as
Women's Advocate, a post that had been vacant for seven months. He read a one-page
statement on her appointment and then proceeded to the major business at hand -- a four-
page release on the city's lawsuit concerning
the drilling for oil in Memorial Park. PAN-
left to all the local TV stations for their low-
grade treatment of the appointment. They
seem to have it drilled into them that in Texas
an oil rig makes a slicker story than a Hightower.
A big p ig PAN to the Houston Livestock Show
Board of Directors. At their recent election
meeting 153 names -- all male -- were submitted
as potential board members. The nominating
committee selected 11. Carrie Tatum rose to
nominate Hazel Herrin, a long-time and well
respected Fat Stock Show worker. "It's time
to have a lady on the Board," explained Tatum.
At this, chair Dick Freeman explained that such
a move would prolong the proceedings to the
point of delaying the cocktail hour(!). (Groans
and boos from the audience.) Herrin then
stood up to announce that she didn't want to
cause trouble and didn't want to delay the
cocktail party. Freeman: "If Mrs. (sic) Tatum
will withdraw the nomination we'll drop the
whole thing. I hope you don't take it personally - we'll consider it next year." Brand the
hides of Dick Freeman and all the Live Stock
who agreed with him. Are they afraid they'll
lose their 'rocky mountain oysters'?
A PAT to the French government for promoting Dr. Valerie Andre, a Colonel in the French
Air Force, to the rank of General. . . .Le jour
de gloire est arrive! Andre becomes the first
woman general in the history of the French
Two weeks ago, reporters on NBC's 'Meet the
Press' interviewed five prominent Blacks: U. S.
Representative Barbara Jordan; the Rev. Jesse
Jackson of PUSH; Vernon Jordan, executive
director of the National Urban League; A. J.
Cooper, Mayor of Pritchard, Alabama; and
Mervyn Dymally, Lt. Governor of California.
It is absurd to think that these distinguished
individuals were not interviewed on five separate occasions -- the 'quint'-essence of tokenism (reminiscent of Time's 12 Women of the
Year equal One Man of the Year). The following week, the sole guest to 'Meet the Press'
was convicted felon, John Ehrlichman. PAN
A PAT on the pate to Priests for Equality,
(PFE), an organization of Roman Catholic
clergy "committed to equality for women and
men in civil society and in the Catholic
Church." PFE now has over 1,000 members,
hopes for "1,500 members by Christmas,
including 20 bishops and 100 priests from
PANtalets to the Lady Madonna Maternity
Boutique ad, "We Make Pregnant Pretty."
Hadn't thought of it as ugly! Inconceivable.
Irma Cuellar, a physical education teacher and
volleyball coach at Jackson Junior High School,
scores a PAT for filing a sex discrimination
charge against HISD with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Cuellar wants
female coaches to net as much as male coaches
who do extra work for athletic programs in
junior high schools.
Singer Eric Clapton apparently mistakenly
claimed creation of "Give Me Strength",
a song which was actually written in 1940 by
Louise King, so she claims. Clapton was quoted
in Rolling Stone as saying, "I probably did cop
it." Tin-PAN-Alley hustler?
PAN "The Fine Print", (a column of legal
advice in The Forward Times) for assuming in
an article headlined "Loss of Family Head Can
Bring Trying Times" that heads of families are
automatically male. All advice is directed to
"the widow", in spite of the fact that approximately 60% of Black heads of households are
A PAT to Gary Hill of the Chronicle
for being on the right track where girls in high
school sports are concerned. In a positive article (May 12), Hill points out that the trepidation previously felt regarding Title IX has
melted away. "Darrell Royal last June forecast
the death of college football. Some parents got
the jitters that equality would put their girls in
the locker room with boys. It hasn't. Everybody's relaxing. Girls' coaches are seeing resentment of boys and male coaches disappear,
booster clubs are discovering there's twice as
much to cheer about and the past is dead for
a new generation of girl athletes."
The following dishonorable discharge came
from the mouth of former chief of staff and
West Point superintendent General William
Westmoreland last week. He said it is "silly"
to permit women to enroll at West Point
Military Academy. They are "depriving young
men of the limited places. Maybe you could
find one woman in 10,000 who could lead in
combat, but she would be a freak and we're
not running the academy for freaks." He said
the decision to permit women at West Point
was an overreaction by Congress to the pressure
of feminist groups. "The pendulum has gone
too far," said Westmoreland, who admitted he
never would have made such a statement if he
were still on active duty. Speaking in general
terms, a PAN to Westmoreland.
V-e-r-y interesting! The way the print media
has chosen or not chosen to cover or uncover
what lies behind the nurse-doctor controversy.
(After all, health care is our nation's number
one problem. Right? Right.) Houston Post
medical writer, Mary Jane Shier, winner of so
many outstanding reporter awards from the
Texas Medical Association and the one who^
gave such fair coverage to the hospital district*
side of the JD nurses "sick out" two years ago,
told UT student nurses she could not cover
their first press conference because it was
"too controversial." The nurses reported this
to her city desk editor and Shier called the
nurses after the press conference, got details
and wrote the story that ended with a quote
from Dr. Charles Berry, saying, "This is much
ado about nothing." (She was the only reporter able to get Berry to call back.) Her
photo appears prominently in the centerfold
of the current issue of Interface, the UT Health
Science Center PR rag.
On the other hand, Bo Byers, Chief of the
Chronicle's Austin bureau in a front page
story (May 30) really got into the legal and
philosophical issues of the battle over the role
of nurses in hospitals. "At issue," he writes,
"is how much voice, if any, a nurse should have
in the kind of care given to patients." Ed
Miller of Dallas' Iconoclast, also delved into
the issue (May 24): "The Nurse Question:
Handmaidens of Physicians, or Independent
Health Practitioners?" We award this month's
bedPAN to Mary Jane Shier. PATs-off to Bo
Byers and Ed Miller.
PAT Cleveland Amory (Los Angeles Times)
for dimming the lights on two superstars.
"Robert Redford, on being asked why there
aren't better women's parts in movies: There
aren't a great many actresses around that
carry, that have the intelligence, the wit, the
style, the ability, to carry.' The men, we presume, being men, are legion. Charles Bronson,
on being criticized for making violent films:
'My own children see violent films and they're
not affected by it. They don't do anything
violent and they don't break any laws.' Maybe
they're too scared."
The Southwestern Art Review draws a PAT for
changing its name from The Southwestern
Craftsman. What's in a name? Plenty. It's more
art-iculate this way.
A PANg on noting the schedule for the June
B'Nai B'rith District 7 Convention. For women, it features a cooking school, an accessory
fashion show, a make-up clinic, a Transcedent-
al Meditation program and a shopping tour of
the Galleria. Meanwhile, back at the convention, males will be discussing high level
A panoply of PANnikins to the culture of
Vietnam, in which "women are considered
inferior to men," and to Dan Van De, interpreter for the Refugee Task Force in Dallas.
In an article on the ancient custom of bigamy
amongst the Vietnamese, De said that young
Vietnamese think bigamists are corrupt or
stupid -- "It's very difficult to have a good
family life with more than one wife because the
man has problems with them all the time."
PAT to Kathy Lewis for her recent "Let-them-
tell-it-like-it-is" article on the Lamar High
School Choralettes. PAN Director Lee Keding
for his off-key joke about his great-great-aunt
at the Boston Tea Party: "She was the last bag
they threw over." Reprise the PAN for Keding's
sour note insistence upon "elegance" even to
the point of always flying the Choralettes first
class -- $43,000, for a recent trip to Hawaii.
Dash off a PAN to the Office of Vital Statistics
of the Maine Dept. of Human Services, which
has denied a birth certificate to 10-month-old
Cricket Louise Sheppard-Sawyer because of her
hyphenated surname. State Registrar Edson
Labrack, co-defendant in the suit filed by
Cricket's parents, said: "The custom in the
United States is that the surname of the father
of a child born in wedlock will be entered as
the child's name on the birth certificate."
Life? Liberty? -The pursuit of 'manliness'!
PAT the ACLU for suing the Legal Enforcement Assistance Administration on behalf
of several plaintiffs, including Penelope Brace,
ten year veteran of the Philadelphia Police
Department, refused a promotion because, a
superior told her, "You are not a policeman."
The suit charges LEAA with awarding grants
to over 50 police departments that practice
race and sex discrimination. LEAA recently
started the process of cutting off funds to the
Phillie Police Department.