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Title The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 10, October 1973
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Date October 1973
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 28912012
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).; This newspaper issue has irregular page numbering.
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Title File 002
Transcript Tlie VOLUME 4 NO. 10 OCTOBER 1973 flJNTIUS ;OMMUNITY HOUSTON. TEXAS NUNTIUS ERRS ON HEALTH DEPT. REPORT - REPLY Mr. Phil Frank, Editor Nuntius 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 treated. 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. Sincerely, Robert A. MacLean,M.D. Chief Communicable Disease Division 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. Sincerely, Phil Frank, Editor Nuntius POET PASSES 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. Asst. D.A. in Dallas Speaks Out 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. Excerpts: 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 the state. 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. Dawn Winters. Mandy is from Missisippi, and * brought this act directly to town especially for the occasion. PERRYMAN TO ENTER SCENE 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. VIKKI KARR -Suicide attempt 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 this performer/impersonator/ courageous victim of society and even his own husband, is lying in bed on the "CRITICAL" list
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