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aI take all my patients
home to die!'
by Doris Taylor
"Death as we understand it in scientific language does not really exist," Dr.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, the world's leading authority on death and dying, stated
recently before an audience at Hofheinz Pavilion. "Death is simply a shedding of the physical body, like a butterfly
coming out of a cocoon."
If anyone living today is in a position to know, it would be Dr. Kubler-
Ross. Death has been her almost-constant companion for many years, and
she has formed some remarkable views
on the subject. Since World War II,
she has delved into the subject of death,
searching out dying people, talking with
them, observing their reactions and
recording what she has learned.
"Dying patients are the best teachers,"
according to Dr. Kubler-Ross. "They go
through the denial and the anger, and the
'Why me?'. They question God and reject God. They bargain and they go
through terrible depressions."
The agony of death is familiar to
Dr. Kubler-Ross. However, she has
seen another side of dying; one that has
led her to believe that death is simply
a transition into a higher state of consciousness.
"I had a patient who had been in
intensive care 15 times. Each time she
was expected to die, and each time she
made a comeback. The woman knew
death was near, but she felt compelled
to 'make it through at least one more
time' for the sake of her youngest son.
Crisis again struck, and she found herself floating a few feet above her body.
As the medical team worked to revive
her, she tried to tell them, 'relax, take
it easy, it's okay.' That's when she
realized that they could not hear her."
Dr. Ross continued, "This woman was
declared dead, and an incredible Vh hours
later she made another comeback and
Media Matters continued
cancel his speech in Salt Lake City, or at
the minimum use the occasion to reaffirm
his support for ERA. Carter went, made
his speech, praised family life and did not
mention the ERA by name.
There is no chance that Carter did not
understand the implications of "family
life." It was clearly explained to him beforehand by his executive aide Sarah
Weddington and by the Mormons for
Esquire's latest issue has a sultry
cheesecake female on the cover, and
the legend "The Year of the Lusty
Woman-It's All Right to be a Sex Object
Again." The author of the cover story is
Judy Klemesrud, "an avowed feminist
and veteran New York Times reporter,"
according to "Backstage with Esquire."
Klemesrud maintains that "women are
clearly enjoying their new freedoms ....
not only in equality in the office and at
home but in equality of sexual agressive-
As Thomas Griffith of Time's "Newswatch" (December 18) points out, "How
wide the phenomenon of the lusty-again
woman is, and how detached an observer
of the trend Klemesrud is, gets called into
question, however, when 'Backstage with
Esquire' goes on to note: 'Klemesrud is
sending out Christmas cards this season
that bear a striking photograph of her lying face down on a fur rug, stark naked.' "
Tom Brokaw, wealthy host of NBC's
Today Show, has received a $345,000
federal loan guarantee to buy a
South Dakota radio station. Federal investigators said they found nothing wrong
with the Small Business Administration
guarantee, and pointed out that it would
be illegal to discriminate against a loan
applicant because of his/her economic resources. We always assumed that this particular SBA program was set up to help
minorities buy broadcast outlets. Presumably, we assumed wrong.
Washington Post reporter Tom Shales
has good news for all the 'elitist intellectual snobs who hardly ever watch
television'—a television show of their
"We Interrupt This Week" is a PBS
current-events quiz for celebrity players,
described by Shales as having "superficial
resemblances to the great American game
show, but in fact there are no prizes,
precious few rules and a capricious scoring system of points dispensed entirely at
Sherrin's whim. On a recent program, a
question was,'Who said, "The possibilities
of heterosexuality are soon exhausted?" '
After a puzzled pause, guest panelist Gore
Vidal ventured a meek, 'Did I?'
" 'That is not correct,' said Sherrin.
'But as you have probably said it every
week for the past 20 years, I will give you
two points.' "
The headline on a recent story (Post
Nov. 10) on a 10-cent pay phone at
the County Courthouse refers to the
telephone company as "Ma Bell. "
Funny. What with its good ol' boy
management and reputation for greed
superimposed on bumbling inefficiency,
I've always thought of it as "Pa Bell. "
More seriously, however, use of such
smart-alec personifications by news people is indirect editorializing-a shoddy
journalistic ploy. I doubt if The Houston
Post Company would appreciate being referred to as "Ma Hobby."
18507 Point Lookout Drive, Houston,
That headline use of the term "Ma
Bell" was not original It is an expression
widely used, and has appeared in Sound -
Off. No one at the Southwestern Bell
Telephone Company has written S-0 to
protest its use. -Editor.
This letter by Twiss Butler, a most astute critic of the media, raises an interesting point; one that is completely ignored by S-0 editor Bill Bedell.
HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH DECEMBER/JANUARY 1979