Every Wednesday at Midnight,
KPFT-FM's own Marty Manning
presents THE HUMP, a show featuring topics of an unusual sexual
nature and is open to people who
feel that this label may represent
them. A few of the up-coming
featured topics, though specific
shows are not scheduled on any
particular Wednesdays, will be
dealing with transsexuals, trans-
vestites, programs about and with
the Cockettes, new techniques in
sexual surgery from all parts of
the globe, and go-go girls and
their experiences. Says Marty,
"I see this show as a possible
forum for information for gays
and other sexually misunderstood
people. I'm interested in response
from the listening audience and
would like to do interviews and
call-ins while the show is in progress." (224-4000).
THE HUMP is so called because
it comes on Wednesday at the middle of Marty's week. The name
dates back to his college days
when he went out Wednesdays at
noon to get drunk and pass the
hump of the week and it also
seemed like a good name for a
sexually oriented show ....
"I hope some day to see bumper
stickers that say Give Me The
Philadelphia -- Because of
strong adverse reaction, the cancellation has been announced of
the three remaining competitions
in the series of "Through the
Looking Glass" female-impersonation contests whose ultimate
winner would have received a sex-
change operation. The announcement was made by Henri David
Enterprises Lts., the contest's
A spokesman for Henri David
indicated that the comments in the
telephone calls and the letters ranged from accusations of "exploitation" to charges of "poortaste".
Denying these, the spokesman said
that the Philadelphia contest, as
with all others presented by "Mr.
David," as he bills himself, was
in good taste and "certainly didn't
offend anyone who attended."
"However,"he went on,"rather
than alienate the community at
large, we have decided to cancel
the present series/' The spokesman conceded that some of the
comments came from "the gay
community which surprises us."
Some of the callers identified
themselves as being with church
grops, and some said they were
doctors, the spokesman said.
The spokesman refusedto comment on what would be done with regard to the first three winners
who were selected from an entry
list of 20 in the Philadelphia competition.
While it was dismissed as a
"crank call," the spokesman admitted that there was a threat on
Henri David's life. "However, we
did not wish to risk subjecting
either the contestants or "Mr.
David" to any abuse--verbal or
physical," the spokesman said.
"Since 'Mr. David' has never
had any reaction such as this before," the spokesman added, "it
must be assumed that the objections were based on the sex-change
operation as a 'prize'." The
spokesman conceded that this was
a factor in the refusal of ads by
some of the media. "It would appear that future 'drag-queen' contests sponsored by 'Mr. David'
would be just as acceptable as
they have been in the past if the
prizes are less controversial,"
the spokesman added.
The other contests were to have
been held in New York City, Washington, D.C, and Atlanta, Ga.,
and it was admitted that protests
were made in those cities as well
as in Philadelphia.
"We hope that this matter is
now closed," he concluded.
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