Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 19, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
fttiMMky, Jirfr If, 1971 1W IITMMDOI MMA10 Watergate TV drama shames theatre By flhaoa Hett-on, Herald special commentator The elements of drama are really quite simple. They need not involve what is usually called action; they may consist almost entirely in subject and personality. Take, for example, a group of men who are being examined one by one about their part in a crime that has already been committed (that is, the so-called "action" is in the The drama may con- sist indeed it will consist entirely in the questions, the answers and the personalities of the questioners and the questioned. This is why courtroom scenes make great theatre and great movies. That is why Ferry Mason movies are so popular in spite of the fact that they are among the worst, the thinnest and the silliest court scenes in either theatre or movie history. That is why the Watergate hearings are the best drama available at this time. But I wonder why so little of the drama has been available to us by the CBC? Because they are American? When they stopped running the show at the beginning of the series and what other way is there to describe it? I phoned the CBC to find out why and the man I spoke to told me they had phone calls asking what the CBC thought they were doing, killing Cine- ma Six for "that g.d. Ameri- can crap." There are people who would rather eat burger than tenderloin, which makes nonsense of all this balderdash about equality, and people who prefer hamburger should get it; they should not be allowed to deny the gourmets of the human condi- tion their full ration of Water- gate tenderloin. 1JB fcr OTA, hc.< "And hero's my piece de resistance, a break Iroir the traditional bridal gown...." Here is a group of men, all lying. And, of course, all tell- ing something of the truth. ABU here, also, is another group of men who are not bound by rules of evidence, who can stretch their questions beyond a point -not permitted to be crossed in court. Both sides are confined to their seats so that none of the questioners can run about like village Clar- ence Darrows. I saw a village Clarence Darrow at it tbe other day, wandering about, study- ing his scraps of paper: "Come back to the said the gentleman presiding, spoil- ing the ploy. The Watergate senators have to sit tight. Their confinement takes nothing away from the drama. If anything it intensifies it. The drama is where it ought to be, in the questions, the answers and the personalities. The young who want to write should stay up and study the hearings, at the time of writ- ing once again being heard in little bits on the CBC late at night. Those who subscribe to the doctrine that discipline and form confinements ruin art, will see in these hearings why they are wrong. I saw the other day a piece of film about an art school somewhere in On- tario where adults do finger painting, spill paint and walk all over it, and when .they are through, they believe, and their teachers tell them, they have created something called a work of art. Somebody ought to tell the teachers and tbe stu- dents about Watergate. There was John Mitchell the other day, a former chief law officer of the great Republic, who declared he did not merely admit that he had preferred a Nixon victory to his oath of office and the up- holding of the law and tile con- stitution. He told a story that was so ridiculous it would have been impossible for a child to accept hX But be stuck to it through a grilling laid upon him by some very astute coun- try lawyers. I once met one of the men on the committee. He is former Governor Talmadge, a IJ.S. senator these 16 years. He is a man of strange accent, fierce passion at least in this situ- ation and very sharp mind and conscience. And slowly, as the question- ing began to break everything about John Mitchell but his control of himself and his pur- pose, tbe real Richard Nixon, president of the United States began to emerge. Tbe absent president was very much there in tbe hear- ings and even if Senator Ervin fails to get him to the witness table, it makes little dif- ference because all through the second day of the Mitchell questioning, Mr. Nixon was there. In the manipulating mind and the voice of John Mitchell. Mr. Nixon, it became evi- dent, cannot be allowed to ap- pear in person. There really is, in a sense, no Richard Nixon. He is a creation of John Mitchell and his friends. The United States has a puppet for a president. One American journalist said during the CBC discussion on segments of tbe Mitchell questionings, that he had always -noticed Mr. Nixon's lack of confidence and his greater assurance when Mr. Mitchell was with him and his dependence on the former at- torney general. That is what comes out of the incredible story Mr. Mitchell told at the hearings. Mr. Nixon will not appear because bis friends will not allow him to appear. What they have created a proxy president would fall apart under questioning. He would be revealed as a stow man. Worse, he would be revealed as the creation of Mr. Mitchell and his friends, a wooden crea- ture on strings, unable to speak for himself, defend him- self, explain himself. All this became evident during Mr. Mitchell's questioning, as clearly as if it had been played out against a back screen. If the real Richard Nixon bad been asked to stand up, order- ed to stand up with tbe full force of the law, he would have had to be carried into the Senate caucus room by who- ever the other people are who, .like Mr. Mitchell, contributed The Lcthbridge Herald think PART IV PICTURE QUIZ 5 POINTS He represented his nation at tbe European Securi- ty Conference In Helsinki. Who is he? HOW DO YOU RATE? 91 to 100 peMt TOP SCOTO to 90 poWtt M ronrn to 70 poMi FMr. YOUR NEWS QUIZ PARTI NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL Give yourself 10 points for each correct answer. 1 Canadian planes and crews are bringing food to the starvingmillions suffering from West Africa's worst drought in over 60 years. The afflicted area, stretches from the Atlantic- to Chad, Just sooth of the.. Desert b-Sahara c-Atacama I A search was begun for Ian Patten and Fletcher Thomson, two Canadian citizens reported miss- ing In. 7. a-Uganda b-Argentina c-South Viet Kara I The federal government temporarily export of oilseeds and their products, such as soybeans and soybean meal. (CHOOSE ONE: Britain, Japan) is our biggest customer of oil- seeds and their products. i ITT, an American-based corporation, has been in the news. What do the letters I-T-T stand for? 6 A horse named won this year's Queen's Plate Stakes. Chocolate Prevoyante PART II WORDS IN THE NEWS Take 4 points for each word that you can match with its correct meaning. l.....quaint 2.....quslify 4.....quiescent a-fonn of oysenteij b-kind of insect c-inactive, at rest d-pleasingiy old- fashioned e-modify or limit a statement's meaning PART III NAMES IN THE NEWS Take 5 points for names that you can correctly match with the clues. Amis 2.....C. 1L Drury 3.....Herb Gray i King FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTION What do you think of the suggestion that Canada's prisons tighten parole procedures? STUDENTS 6.....Tlm Foil 716-73 a-consumer affairs minister b-presldent, Uganda tennis champ d-president, Treasury Board e-sbortstop, Montreal Expos Inc. Examination! Valuable Reference Matertil for Exams. ANSWERS ON REVERSE PAGE part of themselves to the Illu- sion of a man. President Nixon will not ap- pear. He is not free to ap- pear. He has been ordered, counselled, advised, call it any- thing but it will mean directed, by the people of whom he is a puppet extension, to stay hi the White House and leave it to them. They surely 'prepared his incredible statements, ac- cording to their reading of the American middle-mind at any given moment in the unravel- ling of the mystery of Water- gate. Now they are cornered in the idiot box in full public view, and what Mr. Mitchell told the American people, through tbe bearings, is their story. Since the president will not be allowed to produce his papers and will not be allowed to submit to questioning, many men may talk but no man can prove what part Mr. Nixon played in the whole affair. That is another element hi the real drama. Without tbe evidence, the senators are try- ing to reveal the truth not through the documentation that conies from files but from faces, voices, personalities, stories, and the conviction they cany. Apart from any other (some would say deeper, some would say more political) importance the hearings may have, the importance of them as drama puts tbe theatre to shame. Books in brief "Where Do Babies Come by Margaret Shef- field (Clarke, Irwht and Com- pany, Limited, 34 pages, This is a small paper-backed book which grew out of a radio- vision program on the BBC in England, dealing with the con- ception, birth and growth of a human baby. Prepared for chil- dren from five to ten years, the text is simple and direct and is illustrated with colored paintings by artist Sheila Bew- tey. It is done in an interesting and factual way with accurate data and clear explanations but I'm not at all sure that chil- dren will react as positively to the illustrations as Jtbe author would hope. I have seen other books on the same subject which I think are better for small children man this one. ELSPETH WALKER "Of Mosquitoes, Moths, and Mice" by C. Brooke Worth (W. W. Norton, 258 pages, distributed by George J. McLeod What does a naturalist do when be retires? He continues to study nature. C. Brooke Worth bought land hi South Jersey and has had a grand time identifying mosquitoes, banding birds, hatching turtles, breeding pigeons, studying luna and polyphemus and trapping mice. From the rec- ords he kept he was able to write this book, packed with in- formation which is brightened by personal comments. The en- thusiasm for the study of na- ture is contagious; anyone won- dering how to fill the days of retirement could read this book with profit. ____ DOUG WALKER "The Great Canadian Comic Books" by Michael fflnh and Patrick Loubert, (Peter Mar- tin Associates, 264 pages, It might be news to some readers to learn that for a brief period in the 1940s there were some distinctive Canadian comics. When tbe Canadian government banned foreign comic books as a wartime eco- nomy measure the market was wide open for Caspian publish- ers to fill the void. Authors Hirsh and Loubert have given us an interesting and readable account of tbe ef- forts made by publishers to produce the all-Canadian comic (known as Canadian Color reproductions of the cov- ers of Wow, Triumph, Active, Dime and Commando comics are included in this book. The heroes of these comics. Johny Canuck, Dixon of tbe Mounties, The Penguin, Nelvana and other characters created by early artists compare weD with the products featured in mod- ern American comics. There was a freshness, originality and artistic skfll in many of the Canadian Whites that make it regrettable that when the war was over an ail Canadian en- terprise had to die and make way for the inevitable takeover by American industry. This volume will be of par- ticular interest to tbe specialist but the general public is likely to find it enjoyable reading. For some it will be a trip down memory lane; the price of tbe book, however, makes such a nostalgic journey very expen- sive. TERRY MORRIS Liberals on the move in NB? By E. George Mardon, U of L professor The recent Alberta by-election in Cal- gary Foothills has had editorial comment in the press. .This is not so of the by- election held the same week in New Bruns- wick which saw the Liberals take the Saint John Centre constituency from the gressive Conservatives. Liberal John Turnbull, a 37 year old lawyer, won the seat from the Tories by fewer than 50 There is speculation that there will be a recount. About voters used their fanchise only about 40 per cent of those eligible. The four- member constituency is also represented in the legislature by Liberal leader Robert Higgins and two Conservatives, Education Minister J. Lome McGuigan and Eric L. Teed. The vacancy was caused by the death last November of George E. Inerney, chairman of the New Brunswick electric commission and a member of the Conservative cabinet. Mclnerney was also the president of the provincial Progressive Conservative Association. The by-election brings the standing in the 58-seat legislature to Conservatives 32, Liberals 25, and one Independent Conserva- tive. The next provincial general election is expected to be called sometime next year. It was in October 1970 that the then 39- year-eld Carleton County lawyer, Richard Bennett Hatfield's Conservatives unexpect- edly defeated the Liberal government of Premier Louis Robichaud. The Tories se- cured electoral victory by taking a total of six seats from the Liberals who had gov- erned the province for 10 years. It was said the policies of the federal government of Prime Minister Trudeau were a factor in the provincial Liberal defeat. In last October's federal ejection there was no change in the numbers of Con- servatives and Liberals sent to Ottawa: each party retained five ridings. In no other Canadian province an the ethnic and geographic divisions between the two majoi political parties quite so explicit or so closely balanced as in New Brunswick One can draw an imaginary diagonal from Grand Falls in the northwest to Sackville in the southeast: north of-this line all districts are French or mixed, and all but three legislative seats are held by the Liberals. South of this diagonal tbe population is predominantly English and all but three of tbe members are Con- servatives. This phenomenon is not unlike that which has occurred in Manitoba and Alberta. The results of the June 28 Manitoba election shows the rural constituencies north and east of Winnipeg going strongly for Pre- mier Ed Schreyer's New Democratic Party while the whole of tbe southwest, with tbe exception of Brandon East, went Progressive Conservative. In the last Al- berta general election that saw Conserva- tive Peter Lougheed defeat tbe strongly entrenched Social Credit government of former Premier Harry Strom, the rural southern constituencies remained faithful to the economic ideas of the late Major Douglas. One can draw an imaginary line from Red Deer to Lloydminster; 18 of tin 20 non-Calgary constituencies are Social Credit. The two exceptions are Banff-Coch- rana and Three Pills- Tbe latter riding only went Conservative by eight votes in 1971. It remains to be seen whether the New Brunswick Liberals can hold on to their gains in the southern portion of the prov- ince. Liberal leader Higgins was delighted with Turnbufl'E victory, saying the vote has ended the "Liberal drought." If he is right, Higgins may well be the next pre- mier of New Brunswick after the nsxt pro- vincial election.' Safe to visit Montana From The Great Falls Tribune Word somehow got spread m Canada that there was danger of becoming "stranded" in Montana because of a short- age of gasoline for motorists. The Cana- dian Relations Committee of the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce under- took to counteract vthis canard. Motorists who have travelled from here to distant points around the state report they have not encountered any limitation on the amount of gasoline they: could buy. "Fill 'er up" stfll goes. Alberta newspapers and broadcasting stations have been informed there is no danger in coming to Montana, whether to visit one of the parks or to shop. If there were a squeeze, on gasoline sales hare, it is suggested. Alberta licence plates on the car would be almost positive assurance of being able to buy tbe gasoline needed to complete the trip. The welcome mat is still out in Montana, and there need be no fear of being unable to get home. ANDY RUSSELL Speaking of bears WATERTON LAKES PARK I met my friend, Bob Golati, in a somewhat unusual fashion back in 1962 when my sons and I were camped on tbe Toklat River in Mount McKinley Park in Alaska. One morning we were out hi our Land Rover slowly cruising along a narrow twisted gravel road that winds 90 miles through tbe park when we saw a van park- ed by the shoulder of the road with a lady sitting in it Thinking she might be having car trouble, I pulled in ahead of her and stopped. But before I could get out, one of the boys spotted a grizzly away up in a little spring-hole swale full of brilliant green grass and remarked that a man was rlimhing toward it. So I focused my binoc- ulars on the bear and her impending visitor through the open window to dis- cover the bear had two tiny cubs. The man was wearing a white shirt and was due to arrive over a rim about 20 yards in front of her nose. Now coming at a mother grizzly at that range isn't exactly prudent, and doing it while wearing a brilliant white shirt is compounding the folly, for there was no way she could miss seeing him even though grizzly bear eyes are not very sharp. Without taxing tbe glasses from my eyes I remarked to tbe world at large, "I won- der who that damn fool "He's my a lady's voice said at my elbow. I looked around in some astonishment and embarrassment to find an attractive young woman smiling a bit worriedly and then I apologized. But she shook her bead and opined that maybe I was right "He doesn't know much about working with these she confided. "We come from California and this is our first experience up bore. We are part-fane professional photograph- ers-' At this point her husband had reached the run directly m front of the grizzly, and when he bove into view she instantly spotted him and without preamble started direcUy toward him The man did not pause to consider photography, but just slung his beav-v tnpod and movie camera over his shoulder and took off straight down the steep mountain side like an an- telope. He went as though inspired and never missed a step for about half a mile. Meanwhile tbe grizzly stood watching bun go, but making no effort to follow and if grizzly bears can smite she must nave been grinning from ear to ear. When her recent visitor reached the top of a sheer eight foot bank by the river fiats, he never hesitated but just jumped off to land on the coarse gravel below. He should have broken a leg but missed a step. We could see htm hurrying toward as but then for a way bis route was hidden, so I moved on up the road to a better view- point, where we could see him and the bear. In due course he came directly op a dry wash to my car, and thus I met Bob Golati. During tbe weeks mat followed we met the Golatis often and came to like them both. They had been professional dancers, but had quit show business when they got married to go back to university and sub- sequently to teach school. Now they were on a sort of hoMay-photograpby trip gathering film for an ecological-environ- mental educational series of productions. Bob is a volatile enthusiast of Italian back- ground and Carol is a very calm person with a keen sense of humor. Of tbe two she is probably tbe most polished photog- rapher. Thev now twin children a girl and a boy-4hat they take on the various wilderness expeditions after film all over the continent When we first met them in Alaska, they might have been pretty green, bat now they are seasoned wilderness travellers and excellent crafts- men with their film productions. They stopped to see us tbe other day on their way to Churchill, Manitoba, to film polar bears. While here, they showed us some of their films One was of grizzlies, featuring the big annuals fishing salmon out of a wOd Alaska river and it is iike'y Ibe best of its kind ever produced. For me, it wat like getting back to the old grounds and meeting old friends. It not only reflected the endurance and determin- ation of tbe Golatis, but also a vast knowl- edge of tbe character of the big bears, for much of Ube footage had been taken at very short range. "Well, xdisi do you think of Bob asked when it was finished "I take back calling you a damn fed away back ra I grinned at hun "Yoa have come a long way. Good luck with tbe polar bears."