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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, February 22, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 19 Big switch from Olympic skating Janet stars in Ice Follies By LARRY ELDRIDGE Christian Science Monitor After living the life of a world-famous skating champion since childhood, Janet Lynn has a new role now as a star of the Ice Follies. Anyone making such a change would find a few adjustments necessary and the heroine of the 1972 Olympics is no exception. By and large, though, she finds her new role easier and more enjoyable than the old one. And unlike many athletes who retire from competition, she says she has no regrets. "I don't miss Miss Lynn admitted as the show opened its Feb. 12-24' Boston engagement. "I never really liked the idea of skating to beat somebody else anyway. I like to skate for the sport for the love of it." Janet says this is what she is doing now though of course the little matter of million comes in handy too. That's roughly the amount of her three-year contract, making her at age 20 the world's highest paid woman athlete. Many observers thought Miss Lynn would turn pro after the Olympics in Sapporo, where her breathtaking free- skating exhibition drew the biggest ovation of the Games even though she wound up with only the bronze medal. Janet thought so too at the time, but eventually changed her mind. "I prayed a lot while trying to make my she says. "Then I found that many of the doors which had appeared open were closed at the time I took that as a sign that I should skate another year in competition." So it wa's back to the gruelling seven-hours-a-day routine, all building up to one or two crucial four-minute performances in the entire Ann Landers Dear Ann: Either you are living in the dark ages or your own marriage is a Midwest version of the Doris Day. syndrome Where, oh where did you get the crazy idea that a married man's night out "with the boys" consists of a get-together to The whole point of a "night out" is just that, a chance to get out of the house. Women deserve the same nght. What makes you think the only respectable thing married women can do is visit in each other's homes? Just because they go to a bar doesn't mean they are looking to get picked up It so happens a group of us gals who work together enjoy movies, theater, dinner out and, yes, even bar-hopping. There are many things women can do of an evening that falls midway between cookware parties and hustling strange guys in bars So tell it like it is. Fort Wayae Dear F. W.: I'll repeat the advice. Verbatim. "When you say 'a night out' I assume you mean a hen-party, card- playing or a gathering at home for girl talk. If so, the answer is yes. If you mean bar-hopping or going to a cocktail lounge and dancing with guys, the answer is no." If this sounds like the Doris Day syndrome, so be it, but married women who leave their husbands home while they make the bars are looking for extra-marital kicks. And no matter how you slice the denial, baby, it's still baloney. Dear Ann Landers: Our family of four beautiful children is almost grown. I am 42 years old. Throughout my married life I have not used my fine china or lovely silver because I was afraid my children would break or bend it. Now that we have a new house I want to use my lovely things. My family thinks because they are so expensive (and irreplaceable) they should be saved. Not for them, you understand, they just think it would be awful if "something happened." I say, "So If I don't use my beautiful possessions now, I will simply hand them down to my children who will ALSO save them because their mother saved, and MY mother saved. Saved for WHOM? Saved for WHAT? I would long to have some dinners with candlelight and wine, even though my husband prefers pizza and beer. I would enjoy the gift of a pretty nightie (and he can well afford it) but he always buys me flannel gowns, reminiscent of the days when I had to get up at all hours in a cold house. (He's a Blast us, Ann. We need it. A. M. C. In Tupelo, Miss. Dear A. M. C.: Haul out the china and the silver. Have those dinners with candlelight and wine. If your husband prefers pizza, let him have it. Go out and buy a chiffon nightie, with maribou and lace, if you feel like it. I've yet to see a Brinks money wagon in a funeral procession. Nobody takes anything with them. Today was tomorrow yesterday. People who live for the future and deny themselves the joys of the present are as foolish as those who live in the past. Dear Ann Landers: I would like to say something to that man who had cards printed up with a long list of ailments. He handed thenrto people who asked, "How are I wonder if that fellow also has cards for people whose summer greeting is, "Hot enough for Or in the winter, "Cold enough for On rainy days, "It's nice weather for ducks, isn't Granted, those trite greetings are corny and unimaginative So what? This is the way plain, ordinary people reach out to make others feel they are worth talking to. When I say to a person, "How are I really do care how he is. If he wants to hold me up for ten minutes telling me about his gall bladder, I don't mind. Apparently he needs to tell somebody. I hope that man who had those cards printed didn't go to the expense of a large order. With his sourbalt attitude, he won't have too many people speaking to him to ask how he is, or anything else. Indiana Reader Dear Reader: You sound like a person who likes people, and I'll bet people like you. How sad for the sourballs who fence themselves in. They don't know what they're missing. Are your parents too strict? Hard to reach? Ann Landers' booklet, "Bvued By Parents? How to Get More could help yon bridge the generation gap. Send in coin with you- request and a IOBX, stamped, self-addressed envelope to Am Landers, P.O. Box 3346, ChicaKo, Illinois CWS4. MARRIAGE COURSE FOR: People planning to get married and married couples who wish to clarify their thinking about various aspects of marriage. TOPICS: Tfie evolving relationship. Budgeting and finances, housemaking. Sex and sexuality, communication, values. FORMAT: Talks by qualified speakers followed by small group discussion and playback of questions to the speaker. WHERE: EDUCATION CENTRE 534-ISKiSlraM Stan WHEN: Six successive Sunday evenings at p.m. beginning Sunday, Feb. 24th. year. Janet freely admits that by this time she was tired of the grind, but she stuck with it and won a fifth consecutive U.S. women's championship. With no Olympics in 1973, the principal international goal was the world championship, for which Janet was the favorite. Two falls during the competition in Czechoslovakia cost her the gold medal. She had to settle for second place behind Karen Magnussen of Canada. But if this unhappy ending to an extra year of work bothered her, it dcr-n't show. "I didn't skate that extra year for a gold she says. "I skated to skate. I learned a lot in that year and I'm very glad I had it. But I'm also glad it's over." Miss Lynn, who was born Janet Lynn Nowicki, grew up in Rockford, 111. There was no figure skating tradition in her family, but one day when she was just 2Vz years old she got a chance to try the sport. She took to it immediately. "They took me along on a family outing so they wouldn't have to get a Janet recalls. "When they put me on skates and I fell down they thought I would cry, but I just kept getting up and saying 'me do.' Always years ahead of her rivals, Janet was skating against teen-agers before she even started school. By age 12 she was the national junior champion. At 13 she competed in the women's championship and finished fourth. At 14 she was ninth in both the Olympics and the world championship, then from 15 on she reigned as U.S. champion and kept moving up the international ladder. As most sports fans know, it was always the school figures the tedious, painstaking tracing of circles that did Janet in at the very top level. Invariably she would fall behind in this phase of the competition, then have to try to make up for the gap via her dazzling free-skating skill. Thus in Sappro she was so obviously the best skater that now, two years later, she is still something of a folk heroine in Japan, where she will make a tour this summer. Janet finally did win the international gold medal which always had eluded her as an amateur when she captured the world professional championship in Tokyo last December. Janet Lynn finds new role a little easier Life of Mother Goose reviewed by professor WEEKLY SPECIALS Prices effective til closing SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd We reserve the right to limit quantities SUPER PORK SALE PORK PICNICS 65< PORK CHOPS PORK BUTT ROAST 0 Young Alberta Pork Whole and Shank Half Fresh Rib or Tenderloin End Ib. STORKS, Conn. (AP) Mother Goose was a village busybody and a common- sense philosopher who lived in a religious age, says a university professor. Wilson Curren Snipes, writing in a children's literature journal published here, says that from a biological perspective, Mother Goose "knew many intimate details of the life of Non-sexist nursery rhymes a giant step for women s movement RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Sympathizers with the women's movement say a giant step will be taken when children's rhymes no longer present girls like frightened Miss Muffet, Lazy Mary and disorganized Bo-Peep. But the change toward nonsexist children's which girls think and act and boys care and proceeding by baby steps. "As a rule, books haven't changed very said Betty Swyers, children's literature instructor at Virginia (Commonwealth) University. "Where the change is seen is in books that are being written by women authors, who are writing about girls. It is going to take six months to a year at least before the public becomes aware that there are alternatives to the good old faithfuls, and parents can choose books in which girls are doing their thing." A survey by one of her classes showed that certain readers "are definitely sexist, where mothers stay at home and fathers go to work, and biographies and social studies books deal primarily with men." BOOKS SHOW TREND This trend carries over into the books chosen for home reading. "People are afraid, I Mrs. Swyers commented, "of the books that change the traditional roles. Our survey showed that if girls were called torn-boys, their mothers said; 'It's just a phase.' "But if boys were called sissies, the mothers became determined to teach them to be a man. They were very de- fensive about what they thought to be effeminate traits in boys." What the new "liberated" books deal with primarily are human feelings and situations, dealt with by both boys and girls, or genderless animals. "I don't believe anyone is deliberately setting out to change roles in Mrs. Swyers said. "But what is obvious to anyone who takes a good look at some of the children's books is (hat there are some real to men and women." SAME FOR BOTH Mrs. Swyers noted that in pre-school ages, cuddling and crying and exploration of the world is much the same for both boys and girls, and to impose sex roles at that age is false. Realism and fantasy are finding their way into the nonsexist children's literature. Examples of the new realism are books that show a variety of roles for parents, not just the traditional divisions of labor of the old Dick and Jane readers. Several deal with new jobs for mothers, in addition to the stay-at-home mommy. Mommies go to work, daddies help with the dishes; mommies build houses, daddies fix breakfast. Quite often the main characters in children's books are boys. Some mothers continue to read these books to their children, but explain that while the character is a boy, the book was also meant for girls. GIRLS CAN TOO "I tell my little girl that the author was thinking about a boy doing this, but girls can do this, said Michael Braun. a free-lance writer. It will take some time before parents and teachers are aware of the new alternatives developing in children's literature, Mrs Swyers observed. "Some very good books are coming out now that show boys and girls developing as persons not according to role sterotypes. "It is not necessary to have books for children thai snow these stereotypes. They aren't interested in that They are too concerned with growing op and learning about themselves and their world Sexism in children's books really isn't a part of what frowing op is all about." her community, based on Mrs. Goose's detailed knowledge of Jack Homer, Mrs. McShuttle, Doctor Foster, Jack and Mrs. Sprat, Old Mother Hubbard and Simple Simon." Snipes is head of the English department at Virginia Poly- technic Institute and State University. His article- is in the journal Children's Literature, The Great Excluded, published by the Children's Literature Association. Snipes says Mrs. Goose "liked children had a special interest in animals... and followed some questionable eating habits pease porridge nine days old." Viewing the authorities through the socio-cultural looking glass, Snipes says the characters of her age included bakers, joiners to make coffins, fishmongers, tailors, cobblers and a monarch, Old King Cole THE BETTER HALF "Mrs Goose lived in a religious age. Little Fred always said his prayers when he went to bed. In Matthew, Mark, Luke and John we hear Mrs. Goose saying 'Bless the bed that I lie on.' 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