Oz 'n' Ends
By Randy Alfred
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: The New York
Times went to Daniel J. Boorstin, Librarian of Congress, for reaction to reports
that book sales and library use have
increased steadily in recent years, despite
competition from the electronic media.
"New technologies transform the use of
old ones," he commented. "They don't
Boorstin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, continued: "Reading is a lot like sex.
It is a private and often secret activity. It is
often undertaken in bed, and people are
not inclined to underestimate either the
extent or the effectiveness of their activity."
THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT: From the
daily schedule of the 130th California
State Fair, Saturday, August 27: "12:00-
8:00, FFA Demos/Junior Exhibits; 1:00,
FFA Beef Judging; 1:00, 3:45, 4:45, Sensory Evaluation."
THAT'S ART: The State of California commissions an official portrait of each governor upon his (no women yet) retirement.
Bachelor Governor (sounds like a sitcom,
eh?) Jerry Brown left office in January
after two four-year terms.
The unconventional Brown has chosen
an unconventional portraitist, Don
Bachardy, 49, whose work is often described as "somewhat abstract." Bachardy
lives in Santa Monica with his lover of 30
years, author Christopher Isherwood, 79.
THAT'S NOT SPORTING: In a key
sequence of the new flic Star Chamber,
Michael Douglas tries to engage Hal Hol-
brook in a sensitive conversation admidst
thousands of cheering baseball fans at
Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The stadium P.A. announces Dusty Baker and
Steve Sax as they come to the plate.
When I saw the film here in San Francisco, Giants fans in the theater booed the
THAT'S POLITICALLY CORRECT: At a
conference on lesbian and gay aging held
here this summer, Randy Stallings of the
Unitarian-Universalist Service Committee told a panel on spirituality and religion
of an 80-year-old black lesbian from a
mid western congregation.
Her "multiple layers of oppression"
made her a popular speaker at gatherings
of the liberal religion, Stallings explained.
She confided to him: "I'm terrified of going
blind. If I go blind, I'll have to speak to a
different Unitarian-Universalist group
A PARABLE: Imagine you were black and
lived in a small town in the southern United States in 1954. The town had two lakes
for swimming: a large, clear one with deep
spots for diving, sandy shaded shores, and
a picnic area for whites; and a small, shallow, muddy, mosquito-infested slough for
For years, you held marches, wrote letters and gathered signatures on petitions,
all without success, to desegregate the
desirable lake. Finally, you went to federal
court, and you won. This year, the lake is
open to all.
But this year, there is a polio epidemic in
the county. The lake looks clean but, in
Affairs of State
The U.S. Senate has added its voice to the
crucial public debate over the official U.S.
Olympic uniform. The senators had to
choose between three outfits designed by
Levi Strauss: the "Classic"—a red blazer
with white skirt or trousers; the
"Western"—denim jacket, jeans, cowboy
hat and boots; and the "Active"—a red,
white and blue warm-up suit.
The "Classic" was the big winner,
reports Forbes Magazine. About half the
Democrats favored it, as did two out of
Regional pride definitely had something to do with the vote. Senators Lexalt
of Nevada and Tower of Texas both voted
for the "Western" look.
Sept. 23, 1983 / MONTROSE VOICE 17
actuality, harbors the crippling poliomyelitis virus. You've fought for years for your
freedom, but would you go swimming now
or wait until the epidemic had passsed?
Imagine you were gay and lived in a
large urban center in the United States in
LONG CAMPAIGN: Bill Kraus, aide to
U.S. Representative Sala Burton and a
veteran of many political campaigns, had
his own insightful analogy when he
addressed a group of physicians at an
AIDS conference this summer. In political
campaigns, Kraus said, "You devise all
kinds of ways of getting information" out,
including TV ads, radio ads, billboards,
bus signs and special brochures targetted
at specific groups and neighborhoods.
"You barrage a person repeatedly with
messages in order to make an impact on
the decision that that person is going to
make," Kraus continued. It's "all part of a
carefully coordinated, well-thought-out
progressing program designed to influence what that person does with his or her
"Now if all that is necessary to try to
make some Democrats in San Francisco
decide which Democrat they're going to
vote for in a primary election, imagine
what is necessary to try to make the point
to people that they need to consider that
one of their most basic behaviors, around
which they have in many ways identified
themselves, and the fulfillment of which
has been to many of us a mark of our freedom as gay people, which we have fought
for all of our adult lives—imagine the difficulty of making the point to people that
certain types of sexual conduct might be
related to the transmission of this disease,
and that by changing or eliminating some
types of sexual conduct, re-emphasizing
others, that they will be safer.
"That is a very fundamental aspect of
human behavior and of one's self-concept,
and that would take a campaign which is
much more thought-out, much more significant, much longer-ranged, and much
more ongoing that the kind we do in a
"It's going to be a long time ... until we
have a cure for this disease. The way we
can save our people's Uvea in the meantime is to educate each other as to the best
ways to engage in sex positively and
safely during the 10 years or five years or
six months or however long it takes to end
Alfred's column originates at the "Sentinel," a San Francisco gay newspaper.
©1983 Randy Alfred, all rights reserved.