New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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orld mourns loss ofselling author James Michener
By JUAN B. ELIZONDO Jr. and publisher of the Random House Trade
Associated Press Writer_ Publishing Group. “He enlightened millions
of people around the globe with the fruits of AUSTIN — Literary and humanitarian his labor during his stunning 50-year writing
admirers are offering great praise for career. We will miss him.” - !
renowned author James A. Michener. Michener guided millions of readers from
The prolific writer and generous dooor to the South Pacific to the fringes of space in
the arts and education died Thursday at his more than 40 giant, best-selling novels. His
home of kidney failure. He was 90. death came less than a week after he ordered
“Jim Michener was America’s doctors to disconnect him from life-
storyteller,” said Harold Evans, president sustaining dialysis treatments.
Judge: Public access should be determined by rule
AUSTIN (AP) — Public access to court administrative records — including judges’ telephone calls — should be determined by the Texas Supreme Court with advice from a panel with a majority of judges, Chief Justice Thomas Phillips says.
“As you know, many believe drat the current debate over access to court operational records arose more from political than legal considerations,” Philips said in a letter to a state senator.
“Regardless of what prompted the issue, however, we recognize our obligation to develop legitimate processes to enhance open government,** Phillips, a Republican, wrote to Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio.
Phillips said he would ask the 22-member Texas Judicial Council to begin looking into the matter Oct.
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“His loss will be great not only to the literary scene but to the many colleges he has nurtured through the years and the many thousands of people who feel he is their friend,” said longtime friend and assistant John Kings.
Michener’s heralded writing career began in his mid-life, with “Tales of the South Pacific.’* The book, written during his tour of duty with the Navy in World War II, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1948 and was the basis
for “South Pacific,’’ a long-running Broadway musical and later a motion picture.
Michener then spent decades wandering the globe, from Japan and Korea to Hungary, Hawaii, Afghanistan, Spain, South Africa, Colorado, Israel, Chesapeake Bay, Poland, Texas, Alaska and the Caribbean.
He wrote historical-geographic blockbusters, living in and absorbing the culture of the places of which he wrote. His
books argued for universal ideals: religious and racial tolerance, hard work and self-reliance.
“I’m not a stylist,” Michener once said of his writing. “There are a whole lot of things I’m not good at. I’m not hard in dialogue; I don’t have that wonderful crispness. I don’t think I’m good at psychology. But what I can do is put a good narrative together and hold the reader’s interest.”
Texas’ suit against tobacco industry delayed again
From all angles
AUSTIN (AP) — The latest delay of Texas* $14 billion lawsuit against the tobacco industry won’t affect the state’s strategy, a spokesman for state Attorney General Dan Morales says.
Jury selection was scheduled for Oct. 27 in Texarkana in the lawsuit against eight tobacco companies and three trade groups to recover money the state says has been spent on Medicaid for treating tobacco-related illnesses.
But U.S. District Judge David Folsom of Texarkana ordered a postponement on Thursday because of “personal health reasons.”
He didn’t elaborate, but The Dallas Morning News reported today that
Folsom told attorneys he has prostate cancer and needs time to schedule treatments.
A call Thursday to Folsom’s court was not returned.
“As far as die merits of the case or anything else, it has no impact on our strategy,” said Ward Tisdale, a spokesman for die attorney general’s office.
“It has no impact on our strategy or anything else. We are ready to go,” Tisdale said.
The judge said he plans to remain in charge of the massive case and would continue to handle paperwork and issue pretrial rulings, according to lawyers on both sides.
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Shatpelaarad of retaliation charges
AUSTIN (AP) — A federal jury cleared Comptroller John Sharp and fbrmor Treasurer Martha Whitehead of allegations that they fired a state employee in retaliation for publicly criticizing them.
After four hours of deliberation, jurors in U.S. District Court dismissed the allegations.
Whitehead said the suit was filed to cast a shadow on her tenure as state treasurer and to embarrass Sharp, who is a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.
Graphic designer Stephen Bright, 39, claimed a letter he wrote to several Texas newspapers, cost him his job and that the firing violated his right to free speech.
Bright said he received a fair trial and was starting to believe, after hearing all the testimony, that state officials didn’t act maliciously.Stems & Stitches
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