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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta -Wednesday, SopHmbor 13, 1972- THE UTHUKlUGE HtliAlD 47 New moods of youth reflected Underground new United States continue to By JUHATE KA7.ICKAS NEW YORK (AP) With less emphasis on bomb-mak- ing anci more on day-to-day community problems, under- ground newspapers continue to grow in numbers and influ- ence in the United States. There are at least 400 of these journals published weekly compared with about 200 a tow years ago. Under- ground editors say their total readership is about 20 million. At the same time that un- derground papers have folded in major cities like New York and San Francisco, they are taking root in such unlikely turf as Apopka, Fla.; Annis- ton, Ala.; and McConnelsburg, Pa. "There isn't a town with a population of more than Hi at doesn't have an under- ground says Max Schorr, founder and editor of I the Berkeley Barb. Since their major mush- rooming in the late '60's, the papers have to reflect the new moods ol the youth movement. Where once the pages promoted urban guer- rilla warfare, now they delve into local problems. "The underground press represented the vanguard the revolutionary says Tom Forcade, Washing- ton correspondent for the Un- derground Press Syndicate and self-styled authority on the underground scene. POT BIG NEWS "But what did all those kids living in hippie pads care about bombs? Now the papers are becoming much more rel- evant and realistic. They write about the alternative in- stitutions of tlie community like day-care centres, the food co-ops, the health clinics." The papers still speak to the generation that created the counter-culture. They are unti-estabUshment, endur'ngiy anti-war and anti-Nixon. Rev- olutionary rhetoric and scatal- ogical phrases spice the edi- torials. Marijuana smoke-ins make headlines. The ads sell sandals and water beds and incense. And the personals, unprintable anywhere else, advertise "Handsome male 30 seeks attr. sensuous woman." Many underground papers have begun aiming at a broader audience, adding bcok and movie reviews, ac- tivities, meetings and demon- strations that aren't covered as daily fare in traditional pa- pers. "The tourists buy our paper to find out what's really happening in says Art Kunkin of the Los Angeles Free Press. The Free Press is the oldest and largest of the under- ground papers, now eight years old with a circulation of Kunkin credits the pa- per's longevity to its flexibil- ity. "In Ihe beginning, we wera hohemian and cultural, but over the years our audience has changed and now we've become political. We try to be sensitive to the developing so- cial movements." Kunkin, 45, is appealing a conviction for publishing names and addresses of Cali- fornia's 80 undercover narcot- ics agents. GOT INVOLVED Boston After Dark began in 19GG to cover the arts and en- tertainment scene. "As we watched the changing atti- tudes in the country, we saw a responsibility to become more involved in socio-politi- cal anti-war me {e- rnent, segregation, consumer says Stephen Min- dich, the publisher. Mindich prefers that the paper, with a circulation of about since its merger with the Phoenix and now called the Boston Phoenix, not be categorized as vindcr- ground. "I tliink loo many of those papers have been irre- sponsibly anti-establishment. I'd rather this paper be called an alternative urban weekly." Atlanta's Great Speckled Bird has a 'circulation of more than and is one of the most popular weeklies, siraiglit or underground, in the south. Four years ago it was dis- paragingly denounced as "that hippie paper" by At- lanta citizens. But today it has considerable influence and features local community coverage along with its own brand of radical politics. A re- cent issue included articles on housing shortages for blacks and rale increases by the Georgia Power Co. Underground papers have not only popularized every- thing in the counter-culture- from drugs to dropping out, they have also aided the mo- mentum of causes like ecol- ogy, women's liberation and peace. Some underground editors claim that the traditional pa- pers have borrowed from the content and method of the un- derground press. Max Scherr of the Berkeley Barb says, "We're probably less, under- ground than before because the straight press has co- opted a lot of our NEWS SERVICES Serving the needs of the un- derground press are two news-gathering organizations, Liberation News Service and the Underground Press Syndi- cate. LNS sends out 10 to 18 sto- ries twice a week to about 500 newspapers and 300 other sub- scriljcrs who pay anywhere from to a year for the service. A recent packet hi eluded stories about Viet- nam veteran drug addiction, the Coca-Cola Corp., inter- views with the Paris peace delegation, and mule chauvin- ism in pay liberation. The Underground Press Syndicate, whose editorial collective Syjludes Jack-0 Lanlyrni; and Rasa Jlimpsa, ha-; bssn in operation since 1SGG. it has 450 subscribing papers, cf which 250 are syn- dicate members who have re- print rights of each other's copy. The sturdiest of the under- ground papers usually have a of two or three years. Some stop publi- cation for several months to pet some money together, like Space City! in Houston. Some take a summer vacation, like the New York Ace. PROTECTIVE TAIK A police officer stands guard os Democratic vice-presidenlial candidate Sargen! Shriver speaks at a rally on Ihe Missouri University campus at Columbia. Driver training plan paying off EDMONTON (CP) A new concept in driver training is paying off with more confidence for students and belter results when it comes time to take the driving test, says a spokesman for the Edmonton branch of the Alberta Motor Association. The branch has introduced a driving range where student drivers practice traffic manoeu- vres without an instructor in the cr.r. The only link between the driver and the instructor is a one-way radio under the dash- board through which ttie in- structor, standing in a tower overlooking the range, gives in- structions and advice. Bank Lalaiice of revenue increases TORONTO (CP) Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce reports balance of revenue foi the nine months to July 31 to- talled up 33 pei cent from daring thi same period a year earlier. Balance of revenue, consid ercd the best indicator of bank's profitability, is profit be- fore taxes and provisions fo lasses. Provisi -L losses o loans and assets are made an nually. Balance of revenue after pro vision for income taxe amounted !o for til nine -.nonlhs compared wit last year. Assets at July 31 totally S13.2 billion, up ?2.3 billio fi'om the previous year. Th bnrk raid the increase was