VOLUME 4 NO. 10
NUNTIUS ERRS ON HEALTH DEPT.
REPORT - REPLY
Mr. Phil Frank, Editor
4615 Mt. Vernon
Houston, Texas 77006
Dear Mr. Frank:
Syphilis and gonorrhea, the major
venereal diseases, have been
increasing again in the Houston
area this year. A substantial portion of this increase has been noted
among members of the gay community. The Health Department has
been concerned about this increase
and has been working with the gay
organizations to alert their members to the hazards of untreated
venereal diseases. During the past
few years we feel a mutual trust
has developed between the leaders
of the gay community and members of the venereal disease control
staff of the Health Department. Unfortunately, an article appeared in
the September issue of the Nuntius
which, if unanswered, can only
serve to destroy what has been
gained. The misinformation in this
article could not only discourage
members from seeking treatment
for V.D. quickly, but could also
prevent unsuspecting individuals
exposed to venereal disease from
being contacted, examined, and
I would like to point out that
none of the individuals named in
your article are Health Department employees. On further checking, the names given as police
detectives are not members of the
Houston police staff. At no time
was the Health Department contacted concerning the Dean Corll
murders by the Houston police.
Even if it were, the type if information mentioned in the article
would not have been provided.
In the future, you should investigate your sources of information more carefully. I only hope
that Nuntius will see fit to correct
its errors in your next edition.
Unfortunately, some harm has already taken place and cannot be undone.
Robert A. MacLean,M.D.
Dear Mr. MacLean,
The article in reference was sent
to the NUNTIUS from a here-to-
fore reliable source and therefore
reproduced without checking.
It is with regret that we at the
NUNTIUS, who are trying to inform the community as to happenings of importance, must sometime
rely on such informative sources.
After having received calls from
The Department of Public Health
and your letter find that the article
was unfounded in any manner.
Realizing the damage done we now
appeal to the Gay Community to
accept the above letter as fact and
hope that readers having seen the
article in the September Issue will
also see this.
Phil Frank, Editor
Gay World Mourns
Perhaps the world's most consistently interesting and gifted poet
of the mid-20th century is dead at
the age of 66. Wystan Hugh Auden
was born Feb. 21, 1907 at York,
England. He was a schoolmaster
before becoming a writer. In 1935
he married Erika Mann. Throughout the 30's he was deeply involved in social and political considerations , his central concern
always being man in society. For
him, and for those others who are
sometimes called ' 'the Auden
Group," T.S. Eliot's philosophical
attitudes were often unattractive.
LOOK STRANGER (1936) and
ANOTHER TIME (1940) are two
of his best works mirroring with
epigrammatic pungency the current social and psychological
unease. Of his three plays, THE
ASCENT OF F.6 (1936) written in
collaboration with Christopher Is-
herwood, is the only one worth
much attention. In 1937 he received
the king's medal for poetry: in
1947 he won a Pulitzer prize.
In early 1940 Auden made the
United States his home and sub
sequently became a U.S. Citizen.
His poem THE AGE OF ANXIETY
was written in 1947. It is from
this poem that our age is named.
In recent years, he divided his
time between the United States and
Austria, sharing his life with a long
time companion. He died of a heart
attack Sept. 29, 1973 in Vienna.
Although not a gay activist, he
declared in a LIFE MAGAZINE
article a few years ago that he was
gay and happy. The Gay World,
indeed the whole world, is the
less for his death.
in Dallas Speaks
In Dallas there is much that is
larger than life -- particularly
prison sentences. In April a jury
imposed 5.005 years on each of the
two convicted kidnappers ofSocia-
lite Amanda Mayhew Dealey. Of
course, defense attorneys pull out
every stop and follow every stereotype to get a sympathetic jury.
But one hint of how prosecutors
manage to select vengeance-minded jurors came out recently in the
liberal Texas Observer. It obtained a copy of a syllabus put
out by the Dallas County district
attorney's office. The chapter on
"Jury Selection in a Criminal
Case," written by Jon Sparling,
the assistant D.A. who got the first
1,000-year sentence in the city in
1970, contained some astonishingly
frank assessments of what a prosecutor should look for in a prospective juror.
ATTITUDES. You are not looking for a fair juror, but rather a
strong, biased and sometimes
hypocritical individual who believes that defendants are different
in kind, rather than degree. You
are not looking for any member
of a minority group--they almost
always empathize with the accused.
You are not looking for the freethinkers and flower children.
OBSERVATION. Look at the
panel out in the hall. You can often
spot the show-offs and the liberals
by how and to whom they are talking. You can tell almost as much
about a man by how he walks
as how he talks. Look fox physical
afflictions. These people usually
empathize with the accused.
WOMEN. I don't like women
jurors because I can't trust them.
They do, however, make the best
jurors in cases involving crimes
against children. It is possible that
their "Women's intuition" can help
you if you can't win your case
with the facts. Young women too
often sympathize with the defendant; old women wearing too much
makeup are usually unstable, and
therefore are bad state's jurors.
DRESS. In many counties, the
jury summons states that the appropriate dress is coat and tie.
One who does not wear a coat and
tie is often a nonconformist and
therefore a bad state's juror. Conservatively well-dressed people
are generally stable and good for
In Dallas, Gay citizens apparently have an option when invited to
serve on a jury. If one wishes
to serve, wear hair and dress
"establishment." If one wishes to
avoid jury duty, simply dress as
atraights "think" Gays dress.
Mancly Lane Performs
Recently performing at the
BAYOU LANDING OF HOUSTON,
was Mr. Mandy Lane and 'friend'.
An unusual act of comedy and
singing, this act was part of the
'FAREWELL' show given by Mr.
Mandy is from Missisippi, and *
brought this act directly to town
especially for the occasion.
It was announced in Dallas by
most reliable sources, that Frank
Perryman plans to reopen _a bar
over the site of the burned-out
Detour. He plans to name it the
ACT III (appropriate) and it will
be situated at 3115 Live Oak. It
is expected to open sometime before November 15th.
William Urt, better known to
the Gay Community in Houston
and perhaps the national scene
as VIKKI KARR, lies seriously
injured at Ben Taub Hospital in
Houston, the victim of a self-
inflicted gunshot wound.
Ben taub Hospital at 8:45 p.m.
on October 15th., confirmed that
courageous victim of society and
even his own husband, is lying
in bed on the "CRITICAL" list