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Montrose Voice, No. 334, March 20, 1987 - File 022. 1987-03-20. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 8, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/871/show/863.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 334, March 20, 1987
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date March 20, 1987
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 The 'Fawn Phenomenon/ an Unknown Becomes Famous By Jan Ziegler UPI Science Writer WASHINGTON (UPI)—It has become a familiar phenomenon—pretty but unknown female caught up in national scandal is noticed by national media, receives modeling, nude photo and movie solicitations. That's what happened to Fawn Hall, Lt. Col. Oliver North's personal secretary, as it did to a number of other women including Rita Jenrette, former wife of former Rep. John Jenrette of South Carolina, convicted in the Abs- cam scandal. A former model on the local scene described by her friends as a "straight arrow," Hall toiled in obscurity and now finds the same organizations that may have been uninterested in her services before willing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for the privilege of publishing or promoting pictures of her. Psychologists attuned to media trends find nothing surprising about it at all and point out several ingredients that lead to such instant celebrity. "First of all, beauty is an important factor," said Dr. Stuart Fischoff, a psychology professor at California State University at Los Angeles and a screen writer. "It determines whether you get convicted of crimes, whether you get sentenced. It sells papers." Research has also shown what may seem obvious: attractiveness attracts. For instance, one study showed attractive women in cars stopped because of flat tires on the West Side Highway in New York received many more offers of help than would a homely woman or one who otherwise does not fit the current Teenager Runs Up a $5,000 Phone Bill OAKLAND, Calif. (UPI)—A chef who took up two extra jobs to pay for more than $5,000 in telephone charges from calls to pornographic and other 976 service numbers by his "bored" teenage son was eventually let off the hook. Clester Jones, a chef for a San Jose airport restaurant, received bills totaling $5,313.44 that accrued from Dec. 5 to Dec. 24 when his son Kevin, 15, made hundreds of calls, some for up to 10 hours, to about 20 different pornographic and other service numbers with a 976 prefix. Although Pacific Bell has a policy not to charge families for first-time abuse of 976 services by an unsupervised minor, the company disconnected Clester Jones's phone and gave him three months to pay the bill. Jones took two part-time jobs, working 90 hours a week, to make the payments. When one of Jones's checks bounced, Pacific Bell cut off service to his sister, who had co-signed for his telephone. The family complained to the Public Utilities Commission and service was restored to his sister. The company, recognizing it had held Jones accountable against its own policy in this case, gave him an apology and cleared his account. "I'm very sorry to say this, but evidently this particular case fell through the cracks," Pacific Bell spokeswoman Lynn Jiminez said Tuesday, acknowledging the $5,313.44 mistake. Kevin Jones, who said he was unaware the calls carried fees of $2 each plus toll charges, explained why he placed the calls: "I was bored." definition of attractiveness, Fischoff said. Witness Rosemary Woods, mature and a bit stout, who melted into the background while everyone concentrated on the 23 minutes missing from Nixon's tapes. "It could play to men's fantasies about attractive women," Dr. David Sears of Los Angeles,head ofthe American Psychological Association's mass communications division, said of the Fawn Phenomenon. "There's a market for appealing to men's fantasies, just as there are markets for other things." Fischoff said men tend to be in posi tions of power and decision-making jobs, so women are more likely to be targets. If women were in power, he said, men could find themselves in Hall's position more often. But why is she suddenly so interesting to, say, the big modeling agencies. "Attractive women are a dime a dozen in the modeling field," Fischoff said. "If you're going to sell someone, you have to have a little sizzle with the steak." The Iran arms scandal, he said, "gives her a distinction she didn't have before." In addition, said Dr. Michael Broder, president of the American Psychologi- MARCH 20, 1987 / MONTROSE VOICE 21 cal Association's media psychology division, "the press loves people with some kind of double identity." Not just any identity, Sears said "It has to be big-league." "It would apply to athletes who are quite accomplished in some other area, a mixture ofthe physical skill with some other more intellectual skill. What's interesting about Bill Bradley (the Democratic senator from New Jersey) is that he was an accomplished basketball player and is also a politician." "If you're a steam fitter, am I interested." said Fischoff. "No." For Sears, who admits to being a bit of a cynic, it's all a matter of feeding the media's "voracious appetite." "It doesn't seem very complicated here. You have a big scandal and a good-looking woman. Put the two together and you've got a good story for a few days," he said. A Message from the Society of J.O.E. A PRIVATE ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIP INQUIRIES may be made Tuesday & Thursday 8-9pm. Friday & Saturday 11pm- 1:30am. Sunday 6-9pm. Memberships are limited to reasonably-attractive out-of-the-closet liberated adult gay men who are secure with their sexuality Yes, we discriminate—on the basis that you must be in reasonable condition for your body type and (even more important) that you possess a mental attitude that will contribute to the overall atmosphere at JOE J.O.E. meets at the COTTAGE PLAYHOUSE at 611 PACIFIC (Look for the Play Safe Flag).
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