Inside—Part % of
"The Boy Who Picked the
an interview with author Charles
Inside—"Hot Wax" returns, with
The Newspaper of Montrose, Issue #48, Published Weekly
September 25, 1981
Montrose weather tonight: Fair
and mild with late night and early
morning fog and a low of 67°.
Saturday: Sunrise 7:12AM. Partly
cloudy and warm with a high of 91°.
Montrose Band impressive at the
By Stewart McCloud
Although the Montrose Symphonic Band is said to be $5000 in debt, you
wouldn't have known it by their performance Sept. 19 at the Tower Theater, 1201
The band was quite impressive in range of selections and in diversity of its
members. The group gave Montrose a superb performance.
The selections ranged from the classicals of Hayden of Strauss to Broadway
and cinema, including rousing renditions of music from Westwide Story and
Superman, the Movie.
But all was not completely serious, as the band displayed its light-hearted side
with "Grand Serenade for an Awful Lot of Woodwinds and Percussion."
That selection took the audience by surprise, as instruments were disassembled and reassembled with an incredible sound, that at first, you thought,
"Oh no, they're messing up."
After a few minutes though it became apparent (you had to be there, and you
should have been) that the joke was on the audience.
The Montrose Symphonic Band, under the direction of Andy Mills, is a tremendous achievement for our community. We should be proud.
And we should support them financially too, Mills points out, as they are
goodwill ambassadors for Montrose.
Whitmire scolded over endorsement
by gay group
Appearing before the Seventh Congressional District Conservative Caucus,
mayoral candidate Kathy Whitmire
encountered a hostile crowd Sept. 21 that
shouted questions about her Gay Political Caucus endorsement, reported Juan
Ram6n Palomo in the Houston Post.
Whitmire maintained she was glad to
havs the GPC endorsement, which
pleased few if any of 40 Conservative
Caucus members present, the newspaper
Whitmire, and candidates Louis
Macey and Al Green, and a representative for candidate Sheriff Jack Heard,
appeared before the group, with Whitmire getting the most static and Macey
getting the warmest welcome, it was
The Post said the first question was if
she had received the endorsement of the
GPC in response for her promise to
recruit homosexuals for the police
Whitmire answered, the newspaper
said, that no such promise was made.
This did not satisfy the audience, as
one man was said to have shouted "Yeah,
but you got the endorsement of those
Whitmire was said to have answered,
in a strong voice, "I am pleased to have
The Post's Palomo reported Whitmire
said that if the Texas sodomy statute
were changed, there would no longer be
any restrictions on hiring gay people as
Dallas activist Don F. Baker has filed a
suit questioning the constitutionality of
the Texas sodomy statute and a ruling is
Shiflett addresses City Council
over police practices
"The Houston Police Department carefully refrained from administering tests
to (Police officer Kevin) McCoy immediately after the incident to detect the
degree of drunkeness after he quickly
admitted to drinking on duty," gay activist Steve Shiflett charged Sept. 16
before Houston City Council.
Shiflett, head of Citizens for Human
Equality (CHE), asked City Council to
initiate a review ofthe policies governing
conduct of off-duty police officers working security jobs.
McCoy, 26, was found not guilty of negligent homicide Sept. 4 in state district
court in the death of gay activist Fred
Paez in 1980.
Shiflett told city council the killing was
McCoy admitted drinking on the off-
"It is my argument that no Houstonian
should have to fear a police officer for the
possibility of being drunk while on duty,"
McCoy denied being intoxicated the
night Paez was killed, after Paez was
said to have made sexual advances
toward McCoy and another policeman.
"We know that McCoy is homophobic—he beat up and broke a gay
man's arm in high school. Now, this has
occured with Fred (Paez). And as of late,
we all have learned tht he is back on the
streets with his gun," Shiflett said.
Mayor Jim McConn said Council
would consider Shiflett's request to
review policies for off-duty police officers.
Sodomy vote possible on floor of
-WASHINGTON-The Gay Rights
National Lobby says, because of efforts
by the Rev. Jerry Falwell, Congress may
be voting Tuesday, Sept. 29 on whether
"sodomy" should be a crime in the District of Columbia.
The D.C. city government had earlier
repealed an anti-sodomy statute.
Rep. Larry McDonald (D—Ga.) is said
to be ready to introduce on the House
floor a measure to repeal the law and an
unnamed senator was said to be ready to
introduce the same legislation in the
Steve Shiflett of Citizens for Human
Equality (CHE) in Houston said he had
been in telephone contact with GRNL,
and was trying to alert others ofthe late-
"I think we need to call (Montrose congressional representative) Mickey
Leland and (Texas senators) Lloyd Bent-
son and John Tower and let our feelings
be known on this," Shiflett said.
"It's too late for letters. This thing is
trying to sneak through. Phone calls to
Washington will help stop it from