AIDS Prompting Club Bath
Chain President to Diversify
Sept. 23,1983 / Montrose Voice 7
By S. Christopher Hagin
ATLANTA-Will Jack Campbell, president of the Club Bath Chain, and his
Atlanta partner, Ray Zeller, be allowed to
diversify and go into the legitimate health
spa business here? That question only the
Atlanta police, the License Review Board
and Mayor Andrew Young can answer.
The in-depth investigation has just begun.
"There's a definite need to diversify,"
said Campbell, who is financially connected to 43 gay bathhouses around the
nation. He and Zeller, who used to own two
baths, want to open the "most posh and
attractive" legitimate health club in the
city. They want both male and female
members using the club at the same time—
with separate bathing facilities.
"AIDS has caused a considerable dropoff in business (at the bathhouses)," says
Campbell. Due to the financial slump and
because of the trend for baths to come and
go from generation to generation, according to Zeller, is the reason the two well-
known bath operators are looking to the
health spa business.
Campbell says the business at his baths
in San Francisco and New York have
dropped tremendously, while clubs in
"Kansas City, Toledo and Chicago have
not been affected at all. Where AIDS is a
problem our business is dropping," Campbell asserts; however, he would not give
specific drop-off figures.
The reason for the local controversy is
because Campbell and Zeller are buyinr
out a facility which was going to be a gay
bathhouse but were denied a business
license for several reasons, including
organized crime connections and also and
partly due to Campbell's and Zeller's
involvement in gay bathhouse operations.
Zeller has tried to elevate neighborhood
and citywide fears that his proposed business will be a bathhouse. In the conflict
over the organized crime connected bath,
press attention centered on what Atlanta
City Council Member Mary Davis called
"sex stalls." Zeller invited Davis, a pro-
gay member of the council, and residents
of the area to tour the facility. Many of
their fears were quashed when they saw
the 46 dressing rooms had been removed.
Other residents, including Charles
Barden, an AIDS victim, still remain
unconvinced that Campbell and Zeller are
not going to operate a gay bath later out of
the same location. Barden, who lives next
door to the converted warehouse, lead the
successful fight against the proposed
bath. He believes he contracted the deadly
disease in a bathhouse in San Francisco.
Zeller has met all of the conditions that
the Virginia-Highlands neighborhood residents and Davis mentioned. He even
plans to enter into a contractual agreement with residents and the city stipulating concerns.
Campbell and Zeller plan to have facilities for bodybuilders, aerobics, karate,
fencing, indoor jogging, bodytech, nutrition planB, a health food store, a greenhouse swimming pool, exercise area and a
nursery for children. There will be a lot of
greenery inside, and it is to be beautifully
The neighborhood the spa is located in
is populated by a near majority of gays;
however, neither partner would say they
are aiming for a primarily gay clientele.
Lt. J.T. King of the police bureau's
licensing and permits division toured the
spa with Davis and said his office will
scrutinize Zeller's and Campbell's application for a business license because of the
A person in Young's office who did not
want to be identified said, "This health
club looks legit to me. It is nothing like the
earlier bath and Zeller's background. But,
I believe, this place will receive a license."
According to Campbell, the health club
will be named Club Body Centre. "Notice
the initials are CBC," said Campbell, who
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holders of the Club Bath Chain at the spa
on September 2. The CBC stockholders
conducted their annual meeting in
Atlanta that day.
Campbell and Zeller say they plan to
open spas in other cities, but have not yet
decided on any particular locations.
New AIDS Hotline
Internationa) Gay News Agency
A federal hotline, set up in July to provide
the public with information on AIDS, has
been answering 8,000 to 10,000 calls per
day—a heavy pace that can handle only
half the estimated demand.
"It's been incredible," said Shellie Len-
gel, who runs the U.S. Public Health Service operation. "It's evidence of the deep
concern that people have about the disease."
Lengel estimates that 90,000 calls during the last week of July did not get
About 30 people are now involved on a
rotating basis in fielding the calls, which
range from a diagnosed AIDS patient who
just wants to talk to someone, to a healthy
person who received a blood transfusion
five years ago and wants reassurance that
he is safe.
Usually six persons are on duty between
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available on a 24-hour seven-days-a-week
"We generally let our people stay on the
phone only three or four hours, because
they mostly can't handle more than that,"
Lengel said. "It's emotionally draining."
She added that about half the people
they talk to are members of the gay community.
Aside from gays and a small number of
drug abusers who call, "the others generally are people who are not at risk at all,"
Lengel said. "They are frightened about
the disease and have no reason to be
frightened." They are concerned about
meeting with homosexual friends, going
to public swimming pools and health
clubs. Lengel says much of the staffs
work is reassuring callers that they are
not in danger from AIDS without intimate
sexual contact or sharing of intravenous
Protecting privacy has been a major
concern. No names are required, no list is
The toll free number iB: 1-800-342-AIDS.
Pacific News Service
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Researcher Karen Bunch says the problem is most serious among 13-to-14-year-
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of calories. Bunch says that's hard to
believe when an estimated 20 to 30 percent
of the population is overweight.
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