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This was Mauldin’s original caption: “They’ve All Left, Dear. The Photographers, Lyndon Johnson .. . ‘I Here’s how the caption came out in The Beaumont Enterprise: “Relax, DearThey’re All Gone.” Chance Flubbed JAZZ BUFFS in Austin fiddled around and lost a weekly opportunity to hear a sax blown as fine as any heard live nowadays in Greenwich Village cellars. Owners of the Latin Quarter, a place near the UT cam-pus, recently discontinued the Sunday afternoon jam sessions held there a couple of months. Not enough people were showing up to pay the puny tab. “If we had been breaking even,” the management said, “we would have continued the sessions. But we were losing money.” Fred Smith, who teaches music to blind children as a “regular” profession, is the sax man we mention. The lost sessions revolved around Fred and his sax. Despite the varying quality of the sounds heard with him each week, it was quite obvious that Fred Smith is the kind of jazz musiciian you don’t run across in these parts very often. Austin boasts of its broad cultural base and cosmopolitan atmosphere, despite its location off the trodden path. And there are thousands of hard-core jazz fans on and off the campus. Too bad a few more didn’t care enough to sacrifice an afternoon movie or snoozeor get away from the record player to hear Fred Smith and keep his far-out horn available for just listening on a regular basis. J.M. On March 6 Bill Mauldin’s cartoon page of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Four days later, on March 10, The WE ARE SO chock full of information on recent activities of Hookworm Boobery it is difficult to know quite where to start. We will begin, however, in Amarillo. For almost a week, our good colleague H. M. Baggarlywho has just been deservedly praised in Harry Golden’s Carolina Israelitetells it. NBC television ran advanced promotion on a Chet Huntley report of the farm problem. On the appointed evening many people in the area switched their dials to Channel 4, the Amarillo Globe-News station. The station, KGNC-TV, suddenly announced that Huntley’s program had been cancelled. The substitute was a re-run of a Ronald Reagan film. Reagan is a peregrinating champion of the more revolutionary sects, those which prefer to dismantle the Department of Health-Education and Welfare, dispose of the income tax, and apply some fairly sweeping reforms to free elections. The film was made when Reagan made a speech in Amarillo recently. He was brought to town at the time by the revolutionists in the Chamber of Commerce. Baggarly points out that the television station has a monopoly on NBC programs in the whole area. No other station in town could have carried the Huntley program if it had wanted to. A number of citizens called in to protest the cancellation. They were told Huntley was written off because the program was “dishonest, biased, and one-sided.” They were also told it was boring. The Reagan film was “the handiest show they could find.” A Presbyterian minister named Leslie L. Ellison put his protest Beaumont Enterprise, a loyal Texas newspaper, ran the same cartoon. There was a slight difference. against the station in writing and sent a copy to the station director and to Huntley. This is what he said: “You stated that you were glad you could spare the citizens of Amarillo from having to watch such a boring program. Never in the past two or three years have I watched a news production of NBC television that was boring. You also stated that the productiOn was intellectually dishonest and biased. I assume that you consider Reagan’s remarks honest and unbiased. “It may be Mr. Watson, that you are merely a man caught in the middle of something you don’t like. I don’t know. I do not mean to be personally vindictive to you. However, I feel very strongly that this kind of last-minute censorship ought not to be done. We here on the Golden Spread get a very one-sided view of the news through our local newspapers and through our television stations. It is good for us to see and hear the other side as well as the one with which we are indoctrinated every day.” On the same broad front, California’s Atty. Gen. Stanley Mosk had one of his men taking notes at a recent LosAngeles rally addressed by a Minuteman. Said the Minuteman : “Our counter-intelligence units report large numbers of Chinese Communist troops in Baja California and on the Mexican mainland. There are several hundred thousand of these crack troops . . . “We are better equipped than the California National Guard. We have M 1-14’s. We’re getting you Mausers. We selected them because they’re the best weapohs.” The invaders probably wouldn’t get any farther than Long Beach, he predicted, “but the UN would declare an act of overt aggression and would come_ in and occupy us. They’d do away with our Constitution and put in new laws, like their mental health laws.” A somewhat milder form of flan:ellation is exercised in the current number of South Texan, the journal of the South Texas Chamber of Commerce. To counteract “an extremist-left force in our government,” no less than “an extremist-right force” is needed, the South Texas Chamber says. As for Thomas Jefferson, he would draw “quick fire as a modern right-wing extremist” were he alive today . . . “Some are muzzled others are threatenedsome beratedothers intimidatedall are called ‘right-wing extremists’ because they, like Thomas Jefferson, believe in constitutional government, states’ rights, free enterprise, and freedom of the individual.” While in Houston this week, someone in an audience which came to hear Norman Thomas asked that ancient firebrand about the John Birch Society. “The John Birch Society,” he replied, “is at least semi-secret, so I don’t know what they’re doing. “I don’t think they do, either . . .” Questions LAST WEEK the Dallas Morning News ran its lively and provocative series condemning the University of The title of prize-witming Jimmy Banks’ s e r ie s was “University Daily Texan at the University of Texas ran a lead editorial castigating the Dallas paper on several counts. The headline on it.: “Dallas Morning Campaign List A CHOICE selection of 1961 Texas House members, on one of the most taut and well-defined sets of political issues in the state’s legislative history, were not found lacking last year in a curious kind of valor all their own. Many of them are now seeking re-election or campaigning for higher offices. Twenty-five members of that institutiona complete list would include 28, but the three others are out of politicsmade a reputation for themselves which should not be ignored in the heightening political season. Several of them, we might add, drew hearty accolades in Preston Weatherred’s biennial guide to the conservative valhalla. These are the representatives of the people who voted for the general retail sales tax in the special session. These are the representatives who, in the regular session, voted against the escheat bill before it was , watereddown in later sessions; against a state personal income tax ; against tabling a motion to postpone consideration of a corporate income tax ; for two motions to postpone the tax on dedicated reserves of natural gas; against a motion not to concur in the Senate amendments to HB 334, which was the sales tax, the increased tax on domestic gas producers, and the increased franchise tax weighed against domestic b4siness; and then, on the last night of the regular session, for the motion to concur in the Senate amendments to HB 334. In other words, they voted two times against a strong and undiluted escheat bill, once against a personal income tax, once against a corporate income tax, twice against a tax on the Eastern pipeline companies, twice for a tax increase on Texas gas producers, and for the sales tax everytime the opportunity presented itself : J. C. Adams of Lubbock, Mrs. Myra Banfield of Rosenberg, Ben Barnes of De Leon, R. A. Bartram of New Braunfels, John E. Blaine of El Paso, Jerry Butler of Kenedy, Jack Connell of Wichita Falls, George Cook of Odessa, Robert Fairchild of Center, Paul Floyd of Houston, Wayne Gibbens of Breckenridge, Bill Heatly of Paducah, Robert Hughes of Dallas, Tom James of Dallas. Ben Jarvis of Tyler, Robert Johnson of Dallas, Ben Lewis of Dallas, Frank McGregor of Waco, W. T. Oliver of POrt Neches, Joe Ratcliff of Dallas, David Read of Big Spring, Wesley Roberts of Lamesa, Roger Thurmond of Del Rio, Byron Tunnell of Tyler, Bill Walker of Cleveland. No Byline LYNDON JOHNSON’S office in Washington sent out an important release this week. We know he sent out a release because at least three Washington correspondents for Texas dailies in a two-day period skirted the issues it brought up in a most professional way, but the same statements and denials were implicit in all of them. One morning this week, however; the Austin American ran as a straight news story, on a straight news page, Washington dateline and all, an article pointing out that the vicepresident will not take sides in the Democratic governor’s race, that he will follow a practice he has adhered to for three decades of public service by not taking part in any primary in which he is not directly involved, that he has never in all his years of friendship for the late Speaker Rayburn or Cong. Homer Thornberry endorsed either of them, and that Will Wilson and John Connally, Marshall Formby and Price Daniel have all been friends and helpers of the vice-president in the past. Is it too much to ask our local daily to at least give it a try at re-writing next time, or, alternatively, reward Lyndon with a byline? THE TEXAS OBSERVER Page 5 March 30, 1962 REAGAN STEPS IN RECENT EVENTS SHIFTING CONTEXT