Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 11, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
Aari 11, 1170 TW UTWMOOI HBUUA Margaret Luckhunt. First You Don't Succeed" i- ATtto Far receatry, I partita- larly admired a complicated a the biotogjral leeacts category which the young sehol-. ar assured us had taken two years of trial and efiort to per- A contemporary ia tile media made the obwraboe that the young seem to have .the determination and stamina' to persist nt achieving their objec- tives. Upon reflection I lett this ta to be unjust, for I was re- Banded my friend DoUy, who at 45, persisted in pursuing a nofatiaB she'd .entertained an her life. It a came about lad sum- mer when, u we-.wfshed. up. ''after J'a community 'supper, Doty wistfully remarked that, she sore wished she could ride a bike, men she could join tha family an their evening bike rides.' This seemed to me to be a particularly modest, wish, so fitted with do-gooding spirit and carried away -with self-conG- oenee I volunteered to leach her to ride a hike. After aU, 1 figur- ed, H wasn't like trying to teach someone the nerve wracking luffrmnjfy of ear-driving and should be a relatively easy task. Next day, as soon as the kids were'oB to school, DoBy ap- peared at my back door, sup- porting a bike.-Right away 1 realized that I'd been a bit op- timistic over tte scheme, main- ly bean DoDy is close to 200 poaodE. ven- tured nothing gained, and know- ing how kneiy Dotty most'feel when afl her family took off and Wt her at I wasn't to he. cash, beaten. We decided on the back .lane as our drag -strip because it is paved and the traffic tght. I could lei immediately that DoDy just didn't have a clue. Although her weight was all in the right for keeping the bike on tin tioo so-that wbra Ae sBt ikrwib on the seat the front end of the bike went np into the air and the handle bars swung right round, I couldn't figure it out did fifae Dot hflyc any scon of balance at Carefufly I .'gave her some flow-motion demonstrations lean a little forward, pedal rap- hfijj'. don't _ watcfa the grnnd right in front of tbe bike, and ab on. I Died hokfing the back of ber seat whit she got balanc- ed, bot it ww Ike trying to sup. port a freight; car and we'd both eventually topple over. a mere, half hour of. trial and effort got discour- aged and was. ready to can it quits. I wouldn't let her. Come on now DoUy, I remmded her if 1 pried her.tense hands .off' the handle ban, you don't-want IB home afl summer while the family goes off on bike buna do you? Suae was out hanging her wayb and WBtcbing our non-pro- 1 greai.with a good deal of inter- est Give ber. a push until she (eta going, she hollered, wfaidi wasn't very, practical advice, Me, push Dotty? Eventually, with Rbod-neigoborliness, Suzie came to help. That was more ike it. Balanced between us ai, we ran along holding her up, DoDy at last got the feel of what (be abDnU be doing- We puffed back and forth along the length of the lane, but every time we go Dotty would wobble dangerously for another couple of yank, then keel over. At the end of-the first lesson we were an pooped and bruised, but de- termined to.unite together in i campaign to get DoUy Every morning tar a week we .three met in the back lane. Dotty ame.with her bike, Suzie brought a pot of coffee aod I the first-aid kit. By on time we had a group of hearty supporters banging over their cheering ns on our way. All but dour old Mr. Jack-, m, a retired 'army major who threatened to have, the law on oa IT we Wrfit anywhere near bii dahlia bed. His discouraging attitude provided Dolly with a mental hazard she certainly did not need. Every lime went by Jackson's she steered right towards the dahlias like i'fis- etaated moth towards a candle, NatonUtjr we'd have to aim her la the other direction .which meant she banged into Mr, Brown's garage. He .was a dear, amiable old soul who spent his time'tinkerkag around with oU Doth; however was getting there. We found it took less ef- fort to her Dp straight aad learned to co-ordinate her ateering so that when she'WM doirj that the didn't forget to pedal. Victor however, was not ours as yet. DoDy atitt couldn't ride akne as soon as we let no, M out a yea, head to- wjrds a bush or fence and crash ato H. She Wack and blue bat sa pounds Mgbter. Finally, the glorious day ar- rived when Dotty took off alone. Our usual anmence waj out to witch; Mr. Brown sprawled out aider an oU Packard, Mr. Jack- ion ftwrunf protectively over of encaurateneat as they WJikttl in rhtlr gnroeos. We got Dolly easily enough aad suddeatly away the went zippiBg rifht -down the laoe. At the other cad die turn- ed around, and after several falls, managed (et goag an oa her vn and back Ae came, anH xagKBC' ffObl OBB ait to the other. drew we watched in horror at DoUy, unable to curb her jus, headed stnigU for the dabbas. We atriekcd a waraiae, .Mr. Jackson yelled some naughty wards, but Dauy just coukta't belp Zoom, she plough- ed right through the. bed, lost control, wbipped across the lane' where Mr. Brown lay, thumped acrasa kni proac kgs and swept on garage where she ran headong iota a pile of gar- den chairs. Mr. Jackson of course was livid, Mr. Broun heroically apol- ogized for being in the way, housewivea cheered lustily, but UoUy, Ignoring us aB hopped back on the bike and u-hirled away, this lime out onto the froat street It took several evenings of lender care for Dolly, Suzie and me to get the dahaa bed back into shape: Mr. Brown, limp- ing slightly, generously present- ed DoUy vtilh a .fevery bell for her bike and congratuliled ber on her good sportsmanship. On ace evensngs after that, we al watched with a certain: amount of pride.as Dolly, ber hahupit and their children form- ed a tittle bike cavalcade and pedalled away together. Dolly positively glowed wUb achieve- ment. Which proves, I suspect, that determijiaoon and rfamina are not restricted to any age group. If the goal is truly mean- ingful and important, viH per- it can eventually be accomplished. Over The HUl by Elwood Ferguion Book Reviews The Evocative Power Of Words Tie At Tie Ham. a back ftfmt by Ralaer SchcMc Ma WORDS are, of course, fee medium' of the poet They are, r however, only roughly equivalent 'to the sounds "used by the musician. Theoretically, sounds can be infinitely varied throughout me total audible Uy oal range: Bat wards are a frustrating medium they are .what they, are and, even with the. three quarters of a mfl- Ika of them in the lan- guage, they, are not adequate to express oar infuiile nrunfm of feeling and experience. Our language, to retinto the oornr parison with is like the pamo, an- instrument limited to a finite number of notes and combinations of notes, 'despHe the relatively infinite potential- ity of music itself. Great poets, hie great com- posers of music for .me piano, 'always made the best of ah essentially medium. _____r___moves us and forces as to a recognition of the of his monomental vi- ity of. his. use of language.: However, even he, one sus- pects', always felt the nagging' frustration of attempting tu capture his vision in words. And no doubt Urns frustration has been a baric part of the poet's experience ever since poetry waa first recited, It is somewhat fashionable to- day to lament the inadequacy of an human constructs, includ- ing language. It is probably true that the human intellect is a dosed system and that any system devised by that intel- lect is at teast a> limited. It is also probably true, because he possesses stin other facul- ties, that man is capable of ex- periencing modes of awareness and euiouufi which can not be eipigjeJ by his language. They can, finally, only be sug- Rainer Schulte -despairs 'of expressing what he feels, what be has experienced. This, his .first book of poems, returns again- and again' to the inade- quacy of'the language to uy what be means: ..Where will I find the words For things when things Withered in words? ('Teach- and Tormented clouds play be- tween The green sounds of two words in and Words, cripples of (eetags In long bnrneU of fear Pressing perspiration On the patience'of stones. Here have the common neo-Romantic anguish of the .young poet Schulte uses the plight of the piano player as a metaphor [of his own predicament as' a poet; .hence, the title of his collec- tion. But despite his dissatis- faction with words, be never- Focus on the University By J. W. FISHBOUtNl Research Dollars IJOW much would you be willing to con- tribute to research into such esoteric sounding propositions as the' effects of dichlorodJpbenyltrichloraetbaBe photosyn- thesis by marine How much do you suppose our legislators, who know "all about the university and Ks vculd be likely to authorize for a research project like that? Not mudi, I suspect. No! many people would take the trouble to find out what the project is about, and as to me legisla- ture, it is easy to visualize any Dumber of heathen lumbering to their feet and demanding to know why "good taxpayers dollars should be spent on that aort of Junk." Well, as It bapnecs, it might Just be "thai sort of junk" that determines how long there win be hin-an _ or any other life on earth. And I say that, my friends in deadly seriousness. That almost iinpronouaceable word above describes what we commonly call DDT. I dont suppose I have to explain photosynthesis, but phytoplankalon means all those liny green plants that float around in the ocean, which just happen to be the primary SOUTHS respon- sible for almost all of me food value, in the .sea. If marine 'photosynthesis store, all sea life .does. IT h does, do we. And in a paper published in the journal "Science" a year or so Professor Charles F. Wurster, Jr., of the University of Nrw York, reported that DDT does reduce photosynthesis in phyto- plankalon. Mow, da you feel that it might be worth spending a few dollars on some- thing like that? The foregoing illustrates, about as weQ as any example I can think of at tba moment, why universities need money for research, and why they must have a fret bud la bow they Epend They have ta be the ones to decide what research It pursue, because often they are the only onea who understand it. Poll your tf yon like; and see .bow many of them understand the proposition set out hi UB first patagiavli ol toil article, or any notion of Hi iirplkatiooi. Try ft a tar legislators, too. I'll .wager most of tba people you ask will think It's some sort of a gag. And yet, to those who do noaer- ctand, the message b as dear as rla bnptt- eations are deadly. This is not-the only example of the human race playing potentially lethal games that it does not understand. I am sure mat those mm who now call themsdvea ecot ogista could list a score of other Innocent- appearing human activities that could amount to suicide by ignorance. When I say believe me I am giving us the benefit of a very real doubt. Perverse stupidity might better de- scribe the current financial strangulation of the unverszbes. The Voice Of One -By DR. FltAKK S. MOtLFT The Problems Of Pornography Scholarly But Far From Dry Dr. BmnOer'i Legacy: A Hbtarr ty Noel Perria (AtkeMn, tisbftaM by UtUe, Bmn aal sounds m moogti tt sfaould be a dry piece of scholastK research. Schulaili it is.but far from dry! There is so much deboous sarcasm that the book is a delight to read. Dr.Thomas Bowdkr B cred- ited in rastory with origjoatfaig the businesc of editing out of- fensive material from books, beginning with the works of Shakespeare. Piofaam Perrin thinks several members of the BowdJer family, were capable of the dubious honor of ling the practise of "castrat- ing" great books, The evidence he adduces, is all convincing, In the end he pkfe Thomas Bowdter's sister as the real cutpnt. If you should wonder why Harriet didn't lake credit tor her. cdwU ttie reasoua are not too difficult to (nd. There is the good 'reason that' wwnea were still-not fmanripaled in the earhr 19th century so that fe-, male authors generally em- ployed ptuedonyms. But Mr. Perrin assumes the real reason b that Harriet "wanted to avoid the odhm of admitting that she, an unmarried geoUe- womao of fifty, laiderstood Shakespeare's obscenity wen enough systematically to re- move it. were the rec- ognized recourse when stflcn wished to slay concealed." Since the Bowdlen fint cfemed up Shtkespeare hi aa edition suitable (or family read- ing my few people, have read the parrs they were origi- nally written.-Expurgated' edi- tions have followed one after, another right op antil a year' or two ago and the unexpur- gated. verswos have limited circulation even yet, Bowdterizers have generally been frustrated by the presence of nasty things in the Bible. A belief that the text'had been dtvinety given prevented the ejuausti from too-much tarn- pering. Yet there were pobpsbed in wbkn tircumlocu- tMos were- employed in traDB- lation and others ta wtich at- tempts made to arrange the text according to a system of grading. Mr. Perrin devotes Pen Pals The Pen Friend dub of Kis- arazu High School, 242 Josal Klaaraai, 'Ctaba 292, Japan, would nice to hear from young Canadians who are Interested a corresponding with senior tagh achooi shidenb ai Japan. Machlko Kuroda, 2534 3-. Chorae, Honmachi, 714 Kac- aoka- C5ty, Okajama ken, would like to hear from stu- deots interested in mountain climbing. Miss Kuroda ts 17 and tfals tending and sports aoopg her hobbies, Anesio Melaodre, Rua: Prof, Arthur Thire, 75-202, G. B, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, b a untvenity student aged 20 who ii anxious to Improve his knowl- edge of Canada by correspond- ing with university students in Uu country, a chapter to the squaming and provides descriptions of several of the most hrtoesting of the efforts of the expurgaton. The literary afeutning that lies'behind the writing of.this book is It involved the comparison of numerous editions of a number of books as well as the ferreting out of publishers records and tin nnrang uVny of peitfODai cor- respondeoce. It is astonishing to learn what has been iui4deiud of- fensive in the past..Sexual al- lusions were not the only ex- ceed portions. Running a dosa second were religious expres-. SKITH used in an unaccepUble way. Sometimes the squea- mishnesB of the deaners waa absurd with "blood" aril "belly" as well, as "barfard" being'considered bad to them. Hypocrisy is often a close compaiion to bowllerisin, Lim- ited editions of the untarapered text were priced higher and thus kept out of the bands of the corruptible lower classes! A popular subterfuge was to make offensive writings avail- able in the complete works of authors intended for scholars course. This history would disappoint a prurient reader. There are lots of illustration but they are generally of the jnooceut sort, They amuse rather than, abuse the reader. It would be .tempt- ing to give samples of Mr, Per- m's delightful humor but there Isn't space. .Reading the book in its entirety is the best way to become a believer that aa eruditn subject can he- dealt with in a sprilely fashion, DOUG WALKER theless attempts to use t h e i r evocative power, like the French symbolist poets of the last century, to suggest those realms of experience which, so to speak, "play between The green sounds of two words." And at times be'is. remarkably with many of his poems leaving the reader breathless from disturbing glimpses of Scbulte's "tormert- ed from a gripping sense ri his indescribable states of emotion. For exam- the longest poem (102 lines) in bis collection, "Shadon of concludes: The dead In the cemetery don't move: Tombstones protect, their nev- er endiog-present. I am curved by my memory Hanging over the abyss of the past, Indomitable chains of fafl- ores. Each day- I become bke The. statue In the park Wearing away by the weather. Perhaps the most complete- ly successful of these poems if his "Church in which the haunting power of Schulte'i suggestive manner is most ful- ly present." My .thoughts' swim to tha mind Like words bi the vault Of silent churches, wlieie the organ Inscribes macabre sounds the whiteness of pillars. Sunbeams float through the windows And surround me like prison bars. The odor of coffins mingles with The vast sound.of silence And the breast of the imag- pORNOGRAPHY comes from a Greek word for prostitute. Pornographic writing is writing by prostitutes. Prostitute "made to suggesting the exposure of a body of a slave for tare. Nothing- could better describe a type of art and of writing sweeping like a sever, acnea tha Western world. This prostitution has reach- ed a dreadful depth1 of pornography where, every kind of lewdnese 'is becoming law- ful. Anyone watching CBC :over -recent years E acutely aware of this permisstve- ness m language and posture. Nudity is not.tbe issue. No one suggests putting.pants.on.llichelangejo'i David or the. Renaissance nudes. Nor is the battle' against' pornography a matter of prudery." One recalls the ridiculous expurgations of Shakespeare by Dr. Thomas Bowdler and Noah Webster's valiant attempt! to clean up the Bible. The changes of language in defence of prudery are quite ridiculous. "belly-acne" (standard English until 1900) became Anthony TroUope's publisher of Barcbeshr Towen changed "fat stomach" to "deep chest as "stomach" became too rude, and, finally squeamish folk took to saying "tummy" or "little Mary." Legs became "breast" became 'or ta fowl "white and pants were "un- mentioodbles." When a woman In 1936 look off her clothes in SL Paul's Cathedral, not a single London paper referred to her but such was me Victorian prod- cry they used the word "unclothed." An this is not what protests! against pornography are warring against They are protesting against outright obscen- ity and indecency, against the steamy fog of vulgarity and vujeuiisui hi uauet backs, photographs, movies, plays, and_magazines, against the degradation of life -.and. loveli- ness. They are protesting against the kind of thing to which the New York Times de- voted a front page tola almost a fun page spread on'an inside page describing the "big of pornography, books about homosexuals, bi- sexuals, wife-swapping, group sex, descrip- tions of sex acts, and exploitation of broke aad hungry young girls for their purposes. They are protesting, against the advertis- ing ttggestmfc that nrombnnty aod inde- cency are normal and acceptable of living. They an protesting against the ten- dency in (he courts u> widen increasingly mo definition of material thai la not 06- Such pornography, of course, Is the con- sequence of a deep seated boredom m which people have lost bappiness'and peace, a kind 01 meMoichoiy-m wfaidi anow a necessity'to live man a Such boredom in the.bone is a "ifrinni unto which uses as an escape tha horrific, the, violent, drug addic- tions, or bombings. It is a descent into bell of which loneliness is the pervasive acteristic. Fnara Kafkm makes koehaaai the dominant theme of .bit fiction, This every social history has 'observed that the of a civilization la dent wilh ita vulgarization. Arnold Toynbea ia "A Study of History" (voL'S) 'noted that the Disintegration of BeOemr. civilization was concurrent with the vulgarization of Hellenic music, drama, and sculpture. Whe- ther ft be me locan, Roman, pn-ievolutionaiy French, no civilization baa survived vulgarization. Can Western errfl- txatioc then surviva the rfltteriima wUcn bai a stench inBurpessed by Roma to its decadence? The wages of sin are boredom and the boredom of oar tune leads to drugs, bestiality, and erotic art and Btenmn. In Ms "Lena of History" Votney main- tained that "the source of bis calamity 'resides m man huBsdf." Western man ia doing his beet to prove ttns f act. He laugai at the Puritans, but they left great heri- tage. The .Western: world has nothing great that did not come by way of the Pnrltana. Contemporary 'man wffl leave his posterty .poOoted air, poUuted water, and poOoled art, and literarore, Lmgh if yon like. Tacitus saM of Rome, "It laughs with (he death rattle a tti throat" Aa one Dotes the increase ID crime, mental disease, poOotion, and tha ka of sanctity of human life, laughter comes with difficulty.- Test Case In Offing? Frm Tae Iteglaa LtaaW-Pnt Is.an icy lomb. One cry grows like a rare flower Into the blue of the sky. Surely even Bandelalre would hive admired (be evocative power and self torment of this poem. Unfortunately, many of Sctmlte's 42 poems in this col- lection'fail to affect one as strongly as do these, and too many belabor with lamenta- tions tun inability to do justice to his "tormented clouds" with words, In his short poem "Daily Schulte complains that "At thirty, I am otd enough To open my own Pictures of past failures." There .are indeed failures here, but there are also remarkable enough successes in this first book of porms to move one'to attempt to distuade the suicide at the piano. WTU.TAM LATTA, Department of English University of A U.S. Court of Appeals has found a New Jersey glassware manufacturer guilty of discrimination against its female employ- ees. The company has been ordered to pay more than in back wages and to raise the hourly rate of 230 women worken by cents to bring them to the level paid to men performing the same work. The case is hailed as i landmark decision for women's job rights by .Robert D. Moran, the U.S. wage-hour administrator. "We are determined to reduce wage dis- crimination based on sex, and have placed a campaign todosoalthetopofour priority list for says the labor depart- ment official. He report! that, the government nas filed suits against 126 companies to date for alleged violations of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and has recovered more than. mil- lion In beck wages and has secured waga Increases for more than women em- ployed in a wide variety of indurtriei. However, there U a fly in the ointment has not yet been pvrn much attention. This Is the fact that equal righto implf equal responsibilities. Is a working wife, for Instance, really the equal of a man who, both In fact and in law, is the sole support o( a family? If she Is, and the U.S. wage law Implies, ibe Is, then a husband should be able to quh Hi job aad let nil wife assume legal obligatloi to lupport him and their children. One of these dayi somebody Is going to go to court with )uk ancb an argument and the Pandora's box of equal righti I the ton wiU be Hang wide open. Good Loser By Daag Walker f WAS ONCE a vohnteer helper at an 1 elementary achooi sports day. My aa- ajgnmeot waa to help run off me ftandof broad Jnmp event Each youngster was allowed three jumps, A ftrst grade daaa came along in tha course of the afternoon. Some of the par- tkipanU didn't hive much ot an Idea of now to take off from the (tarting board. But with a little instruction most of them succeeded b making creditable leapt. One tittle girl didn't do wefl at aD. atood at the board aad pumped her arm rigorously ret at the launching she moved, Each try pi Diluted the same noa- resuH. Smiling sweetly she remarked, "Oh well, you can't via tbem all."