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16 The Texas Observer Personal Service Quality Insurance ALICE ANDERSON AGENCY INSURANCE & REAL ESTATE 808A E. 46th, Austin, Texas 465-6577 advertising. No one is willing to estimate the total amount of money lost by the people who had already bought tickets, but preliminary reports had 9,000 tickets sold at the original 59.50 price, “something” more at the hiked $15 price. Neither is anyone eager to discuss what’s to be done about the ticket money. Benefit productions seem ludicrous at best, but plans have been announced for a motorcycle race/pop festival at the original Bastrop ’70 site on Labor Day weekend. Ostensibly profits from this event would go toward refunding advance ticket sales for the Bastrop bust. Bastrop Dist. Atty. Jim Kershaw, calling the proposed race/fest alternately “a public nuisance” and “a clear and present and immediate danger,” has come up with a temporary restraining order in district court to stop two Bastrop residents and a group of Austinites from holding the affair. This list of Austinites includes most of the people involved with 21st Century, Phase II. And the site for the race/fest is the original Bastrop ’70 site leased by 21st Century leased to and by themselves? Who knows? Maybe there’s life in the old festival yet; and the tickets are only $2 this time. Those who did put out their cash for Bastrop ’70 shouldn’t put out even more, though, in the way of hopes for getting it back. As for the Bastrop ’70 promoters, well, they must have lost something too. Only it’s doubtful anyone will ever know just what. They play the losing game much too well. Buy All Your Books From the Observer If you share the disappointment of many citizens who feel that their daily newspapers don’t always provide adequate in-depth coverage of events and issues that matter, you should consider joining the community of Observer readersnow 10,000 strong in its 16th year. “The Observer developed what almost might be called a school of freeswinging, sometimes superficial but always on the mark of reality, word-loving writing that . . . has spread across liberal journalism generally a new liveliness and honesty.” The South and The Nation by Pat Watters “Bright, militantly crusading.” The Progressive “A large portion of its readers are articulate, and are powers in their communities. The Observe1 represents a rare thing in Texas independent journalism.” The Independent “One of the best sources of state political news available.” Texas Young Republican newspaper “Reports regularly on political shenanigans which are seldom mentioned in the metropolitan press.” “An intelligent, old-fashioned, in-the-grain political journal.” Harper’s Magazine A journal of “considerable influence in Texas public life.” The New York Times “. . . with influence felt far beyond the state borders.” Time Id . . . that outpost of reason in the Southwest.” The New York Review of Books publication.” . . the state’s bell-wether liberal Austin American-Statesman “Perhaps the most articulate voice of Texas liberalism.” The Dallas Morning News “One of the best publications in the country remains The Texas Observer.” The New York Post “Voices dissent to almost every power bloc or politician of consequence in the state, from far left to far right. . . . Time and again . . . the Observer has cracked stories ignored by the state’s big dailies. . . .” Newsweek “No doubt the best political journal in the state.” The Reporter “It will not knuckle under or tone down its various stands for the sake of its advertising dollars.” The Alamo Messenger \(San The -Observer is “the conscience of the politica: community in Texas . ..” The New Republic “More potent than daily newspapers with 10 or 20 times its circulation.” Human Events I I I I I MEETINGS THE THURSDAY CLUB of Dallas meets each Downtown YMCA, 605 No. Ervay St., Dallas. Good discussion. You’re welcome. Informal, no dues. CENTRAL TEXAS ACLU luncheon meeting. Spanish Village. 2nd Friday every month. From noon. All welcome. ITEMS for this feature cost, for the first entry, 7c a word. and for each subsequent entry, 5c a word. We must receive them two weeks before the date of the issue in which they are to be published. MO MO IM MI MI 1.161111111 =MEM OM NM ON MIN MI I ‘ Enter street city state zip signed as follows: [ ] This is a gift subscription; send card from check enclosed I I bill me THE TEXAS OBSERVER 504 WEST 24 ST. AUSTIN, TEXAS 78705 UM OM MI MUM alI MM MN all MI =INN= NM MN OM MMINII MI MI MN I street I city state I I I zip [ 1 This is a gift subscription; send card signed as follows: from I I [ check enclosed [ ] bill me