4 MONTROSE VOICE / DECEMBER 30, 1986
ROBERT DAVIS, JR.
Robert Davis. Jr., 33. passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec 20. 1986. in Houston.
Robert was a student at Houston Community College, a member of MCCR. and a
very active member of the Astro Rainbow
Society of the Deaf
He is survived by his lover and companion
of four years. John Bush; parents Robert
and Jackie of Lexington. Ky.: sisters Judy
and Pam; and many close friends.
Funeral services were held Dec. 24 in Lexington, Ky A memorial service will be held
Sunday. Jan. 4, 1986. at MCCR. 1919
Decatur, at 4:30 p.m.
Robert is gone, but he will live on in our
hearts and memories. Donations may be
made to the AIDS Foundation in Robert's
Oh that Fun Guy in the Sky
The Innocent Bystander
By Arthur Hoppe
People magazine has come out with
"The 25 Most Intriguing People of'86."
They're a great bunch.
Among the intriguers this year are
Oliver North, Tom Cruise, Ivan Boesky,
Max Headroom. Pat Robertson, Chief
quiat and Howard the Duck- 4
along with a
number of intriguing people ^^ ^l_\m
I never heard \ "^P ■
Each ofthe 25 4*
was represented by a large
photo of him,
her or itself
singing, dancing, smiling, waving or
just looking grim. Daniel Ortega rated
two as befits the leader of a government
fighting for its life in an all-out civil
One is a double-truck shot of Nicaragua's president squatting in tall grass
while he holds an ominous AK-47 automatic rifle. He's wearing a New York
Mets rap and T-shirt. In the other, he's
out in the backyard pushing a wheelbarrow loaded with four of his eight laughing children as his smiling common-law
wife leans on his shoulder.
I think it's a crying shame that God
didn't make the cut.
The magazine's editors had dummied
in an intriguing piece on God. It featured a full-page pic of God touching
fingertips with Adam The caption read:
"Everybody's favorite guy hasn't lost
the old spark."
The copy was written by one of People's hottest writers. I was fortunate
enough to obtain a computer readout.
The text follows:
"Everybody wants to talk to him ...
Men want to be like him. and women
want to be near him .. . He's got box
office written all over him."That's what
celebrity circuit biggies are saying
It looks likethecreatorofthiswonder-
ful, wacky world we live in may be on
the verge of scaling new heights in his
long career. There's no question he's
been on a downer the last decade or so
(there are even reports he'd passed on),
and those around him were getting the
jitters. Rut now he's bark on top ofthe
charts, showing doubting Thomases
the staying power of a real trouper.
"I'm just glad to he alive," he says
with a warm grin.
Though he's won a zillion kudos for
his speedy and inspired creation ofthe
universe—"awesome," as one fan put
it—he remains modest about his
accomplishment. "Just lucky, I guess."
he tells friends, ducking bis head.
He gets his share ofthe pans, too. (The
recent escape of volcanic gas in Cameroon is a good example.) But he can take
it on the chin. He likes to show visitors
that plague on his wall that says. "You
can't learn without trying!"
Sometimes seen as remote and even
occasionally wrathful, those close to
him insist he's really "an average Joe"
who likes nothing better than tossing a
frishee for his Irish setter. Big Red.
"He's resolutely down home," one associate said. "Anyone can talk to him."
Though he never married, he's a
devoted father. The apple of his eye is
his only son, who rose from humble
beginnings (just like a Horatio Alger
hero, to become a founder of the well-
known Christian church. And it's no
accident that in his best selling "New
Testament" (the inspiration of a dozen
Hollywood epics), the proud dad hardly
mentions anyone else.
A hard worker (he's the only tree-
maker in tbe business!, he likes to play,
too. His main hobby is doing miracles.
to which he brings his own special
magic. And he loves to relax listening to
his musical group, the ever-popular
The only thing that now stands
between him and international celeb
rity status, experts say, is his well-
known reluctance to appear on T-shirts,
lunch boxes or talk shows or to make
those much-sought-after endorsements.
But if he can just get over his shyness,
they say. 19H7's going to he a banner
year for God.
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NEW YORK (UPI)—A judge ordered
the state Crime Victims Compensation
Board to continue paying three victims
of the "Dog Day Afternoon" bank
robbery money that was earned from
the hit film, it was disclosed Monday,
The board had argued it closed the
rase after five years, but state Supreme
Court Justice Elliott Wilk ruled "the 20-
year statute of limitations generally
applicable for the enforcement of money
judgements" should be in place.
Warner Bros, made a movie called
Dog Day Afternoon about Ihe 1972
Brooklyn bank robbery attempt by
John Wojtowicz and promisee! the thief
one percent of the net profit.
Under a 1977 law. convicts must (urn
over any profit from literary or artistic
depictions of their crime to the compensation board.
The boa I'd paid three victims
$35,612.60, but closed the account in
The victims were seeking an undisclosed amount of additional money
earned by the film in (he past three
Wojtowicz is in a federal prison until
Aug. 2:.. 1987—with a chance he may be
released in May 19K7 for "good time" —
on a parole violation thai occurred last
August, his parole officer. Patrick
In August, Wojtowicz visited a man
described by Walsh as Wojtowicz's
"husband" at an upstate prison. It was
ihe second parole violation since his
197H release on a 15-year prison term.
He rocketed to fame 11 years ago
when he tried to rob a hank so he could
fund a sex change operation for a male
He kepi hundreds of police and FBI
agents al bay for it hours while holding
bank employees hostage. His partner
was shot dead by the FBI and Wojtowicz was arrested as he was about to
board a plane for Algeria.
Al Pacino played (he lead role in the