Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 21, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE U1HBRIDGE HERAID Saturday, Novombor 21, 1970 Margaret Luckhurst Miscellany in the pre-Christmas mail Santa Clans, norih pole, Irom your irciiid Joluiny In Lcthbrldgo Dere Santa my and my young bnilher would like for you to bring us a moon rockit set wich we saw on the toasiec treaty show on tv. it you dont have won left the man says they are at our freindly nayborhood store. Cor our baby sister who is just too and a pane wed like for you to bring her the mania doll wich is on the kiddy corner show on tv the won wich has the wig and Hashes she can take off becoz she likes to reck stuff. last year you brang her a pan- da and she ate of its pause. mummy says dont you kids dare ask for any stuff on tv becoz its all junk so dont tell her i asked, your freind, Johnny my best pal" says there isnt no santa claus he says its just our daddy and mummy wich buys our toys and pretenders to come down the chimmely but in case hes wrong i thot id better right you a letter anyway so as youd save us the rockit sets. U. of S. A. Alberta, Dear Grandma and Grarflpa: Well isn't it terrible how time goes by so quickly! I really did mean to write you in April and thank you for' the birthday present but here it is alniost Christmas and I'm just getting around to it now. Anyway, thanks for the cheque of ?20 or was it it was nice of you to be so generous and you may be sure I'd put it to good use. Third year is really great and Tm studying just like crazy but I sure love the debating society and the drama club; did Mum and Dad tell you I got to play Eoslind in As You Like K! It was a groovy way-out version (the director is really hip) and guess what my costume a genuine French imported bi- Mni! But I got to wear it just once, because the mean old board governors said they'd pull the plug on the whole pro- duction if the cast didn't cover up so I wore a lace topper for the renraining performa n c e s. I'm not too sure whether I shouldn't skip sociology and go into serious acting, what do you think? But if I did that I wouldn't get to see this marvel- lous prof, he's really dreamy, and I just adore him! I guess you'd kind of like to know what I'd like for Chrisrma huh? Well, it's not nice to hint, 1 suppose, but another teensy Hitle cheque bo the most welcome thing in the world as I've been a bit extravagant this year and I'm almost down to my last little dollar. If I had I could go skiing after Christmas with a bunch of kids who are plan- Ding B Banff trip. We're going to pool all our money and live together like one big happy family. Doesn't that sound like fun? Of course if you have a sweater or something for me that's fine I'll just stay home. Must dash now old dears, I want to try out for 0 Calcutta which we're going to put on in the spring love you both, Susie, xsxx Lakeiakc drive. Lethbridge, Dear Sis: I know it's still a month till Christmas but I thought we'd get our plans made early this year for e. change and avoid the last minute rush and confu- sion. It's your turn to have the family this year and unless I've imssed someone, I make the to- tal to be 23. If Jane brings her new baby that will be 26, but of course babies that size don't count. If Peter and Doris are still fighting they may decide to stay home which would suit roe fine I can tell you, because they are always expecting ev- eryone to choose up sides. Why they don't make up or split up I don't know; it would be much easier on the family if they did one thing or the other. I guess old Uncle Henry will have to come but he gets doddier every year and has a terrible time keeping us all straight. Last year he ashed me if Aunt Min- nie was driving in the cutter and I hated to have to tell him Aunt Minnie has been dead for thirty years and there's scarce- ly a cutter left in all of southern Alberta so 1 just changed the subject and he forgot all about it. With such a crowd you'll need my good dishes and some extra cutlery. As usual I'll bring the pudding and sauce, but some people will want mince tarts so why not ask Marj to bring them, her pastry is so flaky. For pity sake don't ask Linda to make anything, you know what a lousy ccok she is. Last year her shortcake was as tasteless as plaster so why not suggest she- bring the fruit cocktail canned nothing should go wrong with that. I wonder if we shouldn't go to- gether and buy something for Mother anil Dad this year? It would make it easier they are hard to buy for. I know Mother never wears that flan- nelette nightgown and felt slip- pera we gave her last year be- cause one morning when I dropped in she was running around in baby dolls and slings; and Dad came right out and saio no more books and shav- ing lotion for him, IK wants us to chip in towards his new ski outfit. I sometimes think they are just a little too swingy for their age. Let me know if you need anything more, Love, Vera P.S. I forgot, Linda's Andy isn't coming. You'll be glad la hear lie's out on bail now after that last demonstration in front of city aall, but he won't go back to university although frankly I think he still has something to do with that dirty paper the students put out. As for Christmas he told his moth- er it's just another one of the establishment's designs to in- ject the proletariat with a false sense of security, whatever that means. So that makes it 25. V. Ye. Oldc Christmas Specially Shoppe SI. Nick, prop. Dear Mr, Nick: I would like to order a few things from your special Christ- mas catalogue offering low, low prices on every single item. I would like the lavishly trimmed Dior copy mini hostess gown enriched with multicolor beads, dike the one It a q it el Welch wore in Myra) on page 22, in color red, size 44; if you' are all out of that, my second choice is tlie trim (ilting catch- ing velvet pant suit with bust- flaUerfflg frilly blouse, on page 12, color purple, in extra-large site. I would like the easy care blonde wig on page 77, and if you are out of blonde, my sec- ond choice is the tantalizing, youthful auburn shade, with choir boy bangs. But please don't send me matronly grey, that I've got. Sincerely, Mrs. Hopeful The CMMren's AM Alta: Dear People: We are writing early to ask may we offer a lonely child our home and hospitality for Christ- mas? We are not young and our family is all gone now but we woidd sure like to have a boy or girl over the Christmas sea- son and it doesn't matter what age they are or how long they slay. We live on a farm so there is lots for a child to do; also we have skis and skates we'd be glad for them to use while visiting. I know you don't en- courage older people to invite children but we would have and a real Christmas tree and some little presents. In case a child should be lonely we wouldn't mind taking two for we have lots of room and they'd be company for each other. Please let us know soon so we can begin making plans. Sincerely, Mr. and Mrs. Kind- lieart. Tltc Little Card Shop, Cily, Dear sirs: Please cancel my order oE Christmas cards I sent you about a month ago; they were selected from the book "formal Christmas greetings" and were replicas of a gold bell with en- velopes lined in the gold paper. I have decided I'd rather send the money to East Pakistan where there is so much trou- ble. I expect you will be annoy- ed at this decision as I've or- dered from you for many years, bat I have to admit that many people on my card list couldn't care less if they heard from, me and I them, so it is sensible to take a practical outlook on my own situation. I'U send out a few cheap cards to dear friends, and will drop in and pick them out shortly. Sincerely Mrs. Sensible. The Happy Loan. City Bear Sirs: Well it's that time of year again and as usual I'll need a Wile extra to tide me over the jolly season. I thought Id make it this year but the wife goes crzay over the kids and spends money like it was water, pol- luted at that ha; ha. 18d have been okay if the old car hadn't required sown tires tills year but that's the way the old ball bounces. I guess a hundred will do. Sincerely, John Doe. P.S. This is the wifes' typewrit- er and it doesnSt work Very well. Dear Householder: The girts and boys of the For- ward Looking high school choir will be around to serenade you with earns the week preceding Christmas. We thought you would like to know that again this year, the choir will include several little modern carols of their own com- position such as "snowflakes falling on the sherherds heads" and "hark listen to the herald sing, man." You will, I am sure, appreciate the effort and the thought the young people have spent in attempting to achieve a relevancy and timeliness suit- able for the occasion. We would ask householders not interested in new art forms merely to turn their front lights out aad the choir will pass them by. This would be a happier alternative than resorting to violence as happened last year when sev- eral people dumped pails of wa- ter on the poor choir. We thank you for your co-oper- ation. Sincerely, the music staff. Outdoor cathedral Book Reviews Siberia: its rich, young, and fun! "Sihir: My discovery of Si- beria" by Farley Mowat (Mc- Clelland and Stewart, 305 pps., TVONE of Farley Mowafs books about the Canadian Arctic have drawn as much comment from Canadian crit- ics and reviewers, as this one about Siberia and the Kussian Arctic. Its impact is tremen- dous, if only because of its criticism, both implied and di- rect, of Canadian indifference to our own vast lands to the North. The book is based on two trips to Russia's northland, one in' 1966 and another in 1969, on both of which the author was accompanied by n i s wife Claire. (Incidentally, the title comes from a Russian word meaning Sleeping It is now no sleeping land. It's wide awake, bursting with vigor, loaded with riches, and popu- lated by vigorous enthusiastic young people. Mowat makes it plain that he made these trips because he was invited by a Soviet author, Yuri Rytheu, who had read his books about Canada's north. But he was not indebted to the Russians for his expenses. He paid his own and his wife's way, although presumably most of the gargantuan meals, the liberal supplies of vodka, champagne and brsntiy he en- countered in Siberian holels, on AeroOot planes, and even in the deerskin tents of Arctic nomads, was supplied by Ms enthusiastic hosts. And even if Mr. Mowat, an enthusiastic type himself, is sometimes a little carried away by his own excitement, lie lias a great deal In Icli. His account, explodes com- pletely the myth that Siberia is a dreary wasteland, inhabited only by political prisoners and native tribesmen. It is a vast land of large cities, modern in- dustries, universities, theatres, where exploration and develop- ment is going on at an astound- ing rate; a land where people have learned not only to live with the cold, but to use it for their own purposes. miraculous stuff! The enthusiastic Russian developers told Mr. Mowat that they had learned not to fight eternal frost, but lo use and so they have. Great power dams have been built with it, there is talk of boring gas pipe- lines in it, and there are roads where the surface is simply bulldozed during the summer; in the winter the permafrost turns the surface into a kind of smooth blacktop. In Yakutsk, Mowat toured the. Eternal Frost Institute, built thirty metres below the ground in the permafrost itself. There are fourteen major laboratories in this maze of frosty ice-cold tun- nels beneath the surface, "eight of these are directed by Siberian natives and three of these by Yakut women." The Director of the Institute, Pavel Melnikov, toltl Mowat in plain terms that he and his staff of 320 people, of whom 75 are scientists with high degrees, and 130 am engineers and technicians, lira building branches now all over the So- viet north. "We Ihink it extraordinarily stupid that you people and we should be duplicating the same v.ork, The problems are essen- tially the sama in your coun- try as in ours. The efforts you have put into solving those problems arc fractional com- pared with ours, 50 you would hardly be the losers in a reciprocal exchange of in- formation and a sharing or re- search work." He went on to say that Soviet scientists had issued invitations to come to Russia and share in the work, but there had been no mutual arrangement. Some Americans had come to an International Symposium and the Russians had understood that they would be invited on a return visit. But the invitation has yet to be issued. The potential of the Soviet northland is mind-boggling gold and diamonds in quantity, Books in brief "G c r o n i in o: His Own Slor.v" edited by S. M. Bar- rett and Fredrick W. Turner (DutlOJl, 190pp., 58.35, (lisfri- twtcd by Clarke, Irwin ami Company Ltd.) 'POUH years before his death in 1909, the once-feared Apache warrior Geronimo told his story, through an inter- preter, to S. M. Barrett at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. It is a story of hatred and violence provoked in large by the cruelty and treachery which Geronimo ex- periencc'd at the hands of Mexi- cans and Americans. To tho original footnotes of S. M. Bar- rett there arc added more re- cent notes by F. W. Turner. Mr. Turner has provided a long introduction indicting Ameri- can Indian policy. to say nothing of reindeer meat in staggering amounts. Oil and gas fields, mineral deposits- it's like frigid, glittering El Dorado. And this country is a country of young enthusiasts. It is not simply for rugged pi- oneers. The comforts of mod- em apartment buildings, con- crete ones too, built on top of the permafrost, the cultural advantages of ballet theatres, of literary organizations, of fine orchestras, of state sub- sidized thriving theatres, mod- era schools and universities, are all part of the warp and wcof of Siberian life today. Tlie native people, far from being deprived of education and oth- er advantages, are integrated with the "white" Russians who live there on terms of mutual friendship and total integra- tion. It's an eye-opener, and even if it loses nothing in the tell- ing, and maybe because it does, every Canadian should read it. The criticism, not all of it warranted, of our own at- titude toward the rich frozen lands to the north of Canada, should arouse .many of us to further interest, lo greater ef- fort to know, to develop and to protect our enormous heritage. It's an exciting, provocative book, written with verve by a man whose interests are in- tensely humnn, whose vigor and ebullience bounds from ev- ery page. And one of the great- est marvels of all is that he, a product of the comparatively soft life in civilized Canada withstood the rigors of Russian hospitality all that food, all that booze, every day and all day! JANE HUCKVALB Focus on the University By J. W. FISHBOURNi It's all relative (I guess) 0NI NE OF THESE DAYS I must weigh tho mass of paper that comes into my house every month. Quite apart from the unsolicited trash that infests every house- holder's mail slot, there are two daily newspapers, maybe it's three weekly magazines, and at least a dozen other magazines Uiat turn up some time during each month. As is tlie case with most compulsive magazine and newspaper buyers, I suspect, I rarely have time to do more than skim through this great welter of paper. Some pictures and a few head- lines do catch the eye, however. An arresting picture appeared recently on the front page of one of the newspapers to which I subscribe, one that enjoys fair- ly wide distribution throughout this prov- ince. It was a picture of a corpse, hanging by the neck from a limb of a tall tree. The caption indicated that the dead young man was a member of a motorcycle gang, and implied at least the suspicion of a gangster-type execution. The event took place in a remote eastern city. Another recent picture, which appeared on the front page of at least three news- papers that I happened to see, was a young lady, bending over to peer into the trunk of her automobile, with her skirt blown up to expose her buttocks, nicely clad in appropriate lingerie. Bi the same newspaper, a week or so later, (or earlier, it might have there was a picture of a gentleman in a Santa Claus suit, whose trousers had caught on some projection leaving a vehicle of some sort, thus exposing several inches of bare rump. Each of these three pictures appeared in what we term as our "family" newspapers, the daily papers that are delivered to al- most every doorstep. Each was produced by the Canadian Press photo service, and each was thought by a local editor, thou- sands of miles from the scenes depicted, to be fitting fare for the families served by his paper. .Presumably local editora know tlie taste of their readers. Yet another recent picture comes to mind. In a magazine that proudly boasU of its "100 per cent I no- ticed a picture of a young couple standing face (and etc.Mo-faee, in a pose that I believe might justifiably be described as intimate. 1 cannot say Ihat they were en- tirely nude; tlie picture was not full length, so it is just possible they may have been wearing shoes and stockings. The location of this picture would lead one to believe- that it had something to so with an article on the success of a Montreal filmmaker, though it carried no caption, and a quick glance through the article revealed no particular connection with the picture. It seemed to have been tossed in gratuitously by the editor or whoever it is that selects pictures for magazines, presumably some- one who would know what his readers want. Please note that these pictures are not from the so-called the lurid and often prurient junk that appears on the magazine racks for the titillation of those who like it and are willing to pay for it. Hather, they appeared in ordinary, every- day periodicals that find their way almost automatically into every home in the land. They are put there by responsible people, whose professional expertise must include sound judgement as to what their readers wish to see. It has been many years since anything pictorial has shocked me. While I might classify the picture of the hanged man as verging on the obscene, and the others as simply silly, none of them disturbed me in the least. The obviously general accep- tance of this sort of thing, however, makes me wonder at the extremely fine judgment exercised by those who scream with out- rage every lime a publication like a stu- dent newspaper publishes an off color word. The Voice Of One -By DR. FRANK S. MORLEY The restless church "nPHE Restless Church" was the title of a popular book and has been the theme of thousands of articles. But rest- lessness is not only the sense of awaken- ing; it is also a sickness and Dante made it one of the chief tortures in the agony of the damned. It is also the experience of birth when the baby emerges from its comfortable and sheltered protection of the womb into exposure to uncomfortable sen- sations, to cold and hunger, and the neces- sity of breathing and effort. Little wonder that it begins life with a cry! Continuing a discussion change, "birth" is a good word because the em- phasis today is on incarnation, "Heligion is politics and polities is de- clared the poet Blake. Others declare that churches should be destroyed in order that the messengers of God might get out where the people who need religion are, in the factories, stores and shops, in trail- er-camps and cocktail lounges, in youth communes and where drug addicts resort. But in any case men should be less interested in ecclesiastical edifices than in sending members out to find the people whom God loves so that He sent His Son to redeem them, out to teach them to love God" so that they may love them- selves and one another. And John Bfibin- son of "Honest to God" fame is right in his declaration that, if we speak of God in a wordly fashion, there is tlie comple- mentary truth that we must speak of the world in godly fashion. Man's encounter with the divine does not take place only in church or even only in religious mo- ments, tat in the entire process of life, both personal and social. It is worth con- sidering that Jesus had little to say about religion, but much lo say about life. It is sot a case of God up there and man down here. Theology has to deal with human life and.its problems. Theology should not be a branch ol knowledge separated to itself. In the Bible divine revelation is always developed in dialogue with another branch of knowledge. Consequently the church must speak relevantly to the cultural re- volution, almost in despair between an- archy and technology, as all the existing institutions of our society the family, schools, churches, Ibe political order, and the financial and economic institutions are powerless to provide justice, purpose, and inspiration for meaningful living and sane society. How can the church accom- plish this mission? One sees a gigantic effort in the theology of Karl Banner or in Yves M.-J. Congar, especially the tetter's exposition of the position of the Virgin Mary. Or you find it in the heroic struggle of Malcolm Boyd who resigned as President of the Televi- sion Producers Association of Hollywood to become an Episcopalian priest and wrote the moving "Are You Running With Me, In his Mediations on the Cross, Boyd says, "The way of the cross seems to be, for every individual Christian, the reality which dictates his style of life, defines his mission, and brings Mm into communion with you." Another titanic ef-" fort is that of Harvey Cox in "The- Secu- lar City" where Cox sees the church u the people of God in a sharing community demonstrating the reality of the Kingdom of God by "making visible the city of man." And indeed the church must be far more profoundly a community than it has been in modern times, a community of symbols and language, of interpretation, of faith and life, of memory of the past and relevance to the present. How many churches do you know meeting that defini- tion? Yet where else do you find the true com- munity? No place else on earth is bodied forth the ideal community wherein the self finds freedom and comes to its full tare, living the life empowered by grace and expressed in love. Here too you find a circle of concern and compassion as wide as the world and as profound as all the concerns of men. Like Jesus, the Chris- tian id "the-man-for-other-men." This com- munity and its members, however, cannot be detached from the revolutionary changes necessary in this world if justice and freedom are to be achieved. Deep re- forms are necessary in agriculture and in- dustry, in land control and production, in urban property ownership, and in profit- eering and financial manipulations, if jus- tice and freedom are to be realistic goals in Lathi America, for example. The church cannot merely be an observer. hello there By Dong Walker I Bob Anderson reporls from Lagos, Nigeria that his research into giving greetings is progressing satisfactorily. He admits that he has not been able to find any Yoruba equivalent for 'you dirty as a form of warm and cordial greeting. What he has discovered makes me think I should go into some sort of training to receive the greeting that lies in store for me. "Tlie according to Bob, "arc a very punctilious people and attach great importance to the proper use of greeting formulas. Apart from enquiries after the health of various of lie family and references lo Ura time of day, their greetings always make some mention of the special circumstances in which the per- son addressed is found Greetings often go on for five minutes or more and are expected to be vigorous, enthusiastic and often quite noisy." Bob writes that is working hard to emulate this greeting technique. Two things seem clear: we will have to go to church considerably earlier on the Sunday after the Andersons arrive back in JLclhbridge and Jack Lmigford had bctler be prepared to rip into some boisterous mu- sic lo covor up the hubbub!