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Pacific Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - August 6, 1967, Tokyo, JapanBy Jean Wilson when beatle John Mccartney was once asked what he called his Long hair he replied Arthur is also a Bright purple door on new York s Chic East Side and the blackness beyond punctured by glowing cigarettes and dancing pin lights from the ceiling. It is numb watchers hunched at Low stools a relentless assault of sound and frenzied bodies on a Patch of dance floor. It is in Short discotheque. Arthur is a rare place. Here secretaries and show girls in bizarre mini Kirts and their Bushy haired escorts in Vinyl suits and polka Dot shirts mingle with a conventionally dressed Jacqueline Kennedy and Mike Nichols or Lynda Bird Johnson and George Hamilton. It is one of the few spots where a girl can be complimented on her dancing without realizing How great the compliment is. I thought to myself if that girl Only knew that Federick Ashton is choreographer for the British Royal Ballet said Sybil Burton Christopher who reigns As Queen at Arthur. Her nightspot could be described As the personality cult of this Petite Platinum haired woman who made headlines when she lost Richard Burton to Elizabeth Taylor. We were All surprised to find ourselves in this business said Sybil in retrospect. It started As a joke you know. None of us had the slightest experience. Opening night was however by Sunset that night two years ago new York s newest discotheque was already bulging with so Many celebrities that Rock Hudson could not persuade the Headwater to let him in. At that time the so called experts had already begun to toll the death Knell for the Rock v disco business. Yet with the exception of a few bad weather nights the crowds have continued to turn up. Indeed plans Are now in the works to open More Arthurs wherever the Jet set May be Miami Aca Pulco Montreal even staid old Monaco. By we Sybil refers to the 73 celebrity stockholders friends such As Roddy Mcdowall Edward Villella Anthony Newley and Mike Nichols. In lamenting Over the Lack of a Swank and swinging watering Hole like London s and lib the group kidded each other about tossing a few thousand in the pot to Start one until the joking reached a put up or shut up stage. Suddenly these entertainment personalities had their own hangout a sort of Public private club. They came and so did the celebrity oilers. Since its opening Arthur has become less dependent on its famous name. Inverse snobbery is what Sybil says has happened to Arthur. The Reg ulars Are Young people who keep their Cool about the celebrities. They leave Arthur to the tourists on saturday nights but drop in for a Little while almost every night to dance and Exchange news with acquaintances. Neither seeing nor talking is easy in Arthur but disco dwellers seem to adjust to both obstacles. Jordan is the reason Arthur swings the Way it Doos Sybil says glowing Pride fully Over her new 24-year-old husband. She discovered him at the Peppermint lounge and brought him into Arthur. He is in charge of our though the a orientated still Call it noise sound is what gives a place individuality and continuity. Hiring name Rock bands is no longer important booking the right sound is. That has become Jordan s Job along with pursuing his acting career. Inadvertently when Sybil set an anything goes clothes policy at Arthur s inception she booked in effect a colourful continuing floor show performed by the paying guests. Dresses Are Barer than bathing suits and sometimes sheerer than shadows. What men Wear is equally As uninhibited. Success has its problems though. Tempers flare. A fight erupts. Chairs and bottles Fly. And Arthur gets headlines it does t want. But Sybil bristles at a suggestion that gangsters might be trying to muscle in. They would t dare. All together we Are an important and powerful group. We be got Good lawyers. If any gangsters came to us something would be when the super discotheque cheetah opened with Way out fanfare Sybil fretted. Her worries were needless. The crowds Are still outside her purple door queuing along the tree shaded Street. Associated press behind Arthur s role door above the floor show at Arthur is provided by the paying customers. They Are mostly socialites or secretaries in miniskirts or any costumes they choose. Below Sybil actor Richard Burton s former wife and Jordan Christopher who run Arthur Are seen on the dance floor. Pacific stars and stripes August 6,1967

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