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Montrose Voice, No. 152, September 23, 1983 - File 008. 1983-09-23. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 22, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1601/show/1579.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 152, September 23, 1983
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date September 23, 1983
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript 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 decorated. 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 earlier controversy. 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 hosted- ft cocktail..recaption.ior. stock- , 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 Swamped 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 through. 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 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.(EST) Monday through Friday. A three-minute tape is available on a 24-hour seven-days-a-week basis. "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 needles. Protecting privacy has been a major concern. No names are required, no list is compiled. The toll free number iB: 1-800-342-AIDS. Home Cooking Best Pacific News Service If you want fancy food, go to a restaurant. If you want nutritious food, stay at home. A Cornell University study found people who dine out more than 30 percent of the time don't get as many vitaminB and minerals as those who eat at home. Researcher Karen Bunch says the problem is most serious among 13-to-14-year- olds, because they prefer fast-food restaurants where the meals are generally low in nutrition. For example, she says, if you eat a large burger, an order of fries and a soft drink, you're getting about 900 calories but only about 10 percent of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C and even less vitamin A. She suggests drinking juice or milk, and taking advantage of the salad bar. Bunch says the problem with most Americans is not underconsumption, but over-consumption, although most people won't admit it, She says the nearly 4000 people she interviewed for her study claimed they consumed only about 80 percent of the recommended daily allowance of calories. Bunch says that's hard to believe when an estimated 20 to 30 percent of the population is overweight. Coming to JL%Z Cj&UiXf>e "Vienna Deco" FIRST TIME IN HOUSTON!! GREAT NEW LOOK FROM AUSTRIA Le Garage—Over 2000 Items in Stock. Lowest Prices in USA on Old Furniture and Accents, Antiques, Reproductions and Gifts Open 7 Days Tues-Thurs 10-7 Fri & Sat 10-9 Sunday 12-9 (viewing) 5426 W. Bellfort (near Chimney Rock) 721-0000 Stanford Square TOWNHOMES The twenty-four townhomes at Stanford Square afford the convenience of a near town location coupled with the serenity of a carefully-planned, secure environment. 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