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Au revoir, Chf This one really hurts. Texas is losing Prof. Clifton McClesky to the University of Virginia, where he will become the director of the Institute of Government, a research organization for state and local governments. He will also continue teaching in the Political Science Dept. at U.Va. The offer was very good, but McClesky is a specialist in Texas government, probably knows more about it than anyone else in the state. He would have been a natural for the constitutional reform commission. So after he visited U.Va., he went back to UT and asked for a few things; a raise, a leave, support for a monograph series and some questions about his department. UT didn’t come through. McClesky hasn’t been too thrilled with the way things have been going at UT, anyway, so he took the Virginia job. Two different New York-based broadcasting corporations are buying the working assets of Carter Publications, Inc., of Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and WBAP AM-FM will be sold, for a total of $80 million, to Capital Cities Broadcasting Corp. Capital Cities is already owner of a Texas television station, KTRK-TV in Houston, as well as six other TV stations. It also controls the company which publishes Women’s Wear Daily. Capital Cities Chairman Thomas S. Murphy said he would have liked to purchase WBAP-TV as well, but Federal Communications Commission regulations prohibit such a dual purchase. So Carter Publications sold the station to LIN Broadcasting instead, for $35 million. “Can a well-connected Democrat who clambered aboard Richard Nixon’s reelection bandwagon thereby insure himself against the prospect of criminal prosecution?” asked Wall Street Journal reporter Jerry Landauer Dec. 11. Landauer doesn’t answer his question, but his inference is, “Well, probably.” The “well-connected Democrat” is none other than Jake Jacobsen, a former LBJ aide, a banking buddy of Frank Sharp and a sunshine recruit to the Democrats for Nixon. According to the Journal, the Justice Department, about a year ago, received a secret report from the Federal Home Loan Bank Board alleging at least five examples of “criminal conduct” by Jacobsen, Ray Cowan and others. Home Loan investigators believe the “conduct” resulted in as much as $5.5 million in savings-and-loan losses. \(On Oct. 22, 1971, the Observer pointed out that Jacobsen and Cowan were not among your more conservative money lenders. They gave Frank Sharp a $6.5 million mortgage on the Sharpstown Mall during a period when Sharp’s signature was worth about as much To date, the Justice Department has taken no action on the charges against Jacobsen_ Now in bankruptcy, Jacobsen is Feedlot in paradise John Connally is going into the cattle business in Jamaica. Along with Dallas real estate developer Pollard Simons and former Delaware Lieutenant Governor John Rollins, Connally plans to build a meat packing plant and feed lot operation. The Jamaican government will “participate in the venture with 11,000 acres of land,” according to a press release. The release also mentioned Connally’s just-built quarter-million dollar home near Montego Bay. Juan John Connally Some newspeople just take freebies while others brag about it. The Houston Chronicle’s food editor Ann Criswell took a freebie recently to France, no less, courtesy of the Champagne and Cognac Producers of France. The Champagne and Cognac Producers got a front-page spread with color photo on the cover of Criswell’s weekly “Chronicle Cookbook” section and, of course, lots of lushy prose about how nifty champagne and cognac are to drink and cook with. In her Jan. 11 article, Criswell named the other three writers who went on the tour \(one was identified as a new spirits Bill Kaduson of Ed Gottlieb and Associates in New York, which represents . . . the Producers.” Different strokes for different folks: Criswell’s Chronicle colleague Bo Byers, the Austin bureau chief, takes no freebies whatsoever, one of the few newspeople in the capitol to hold to that policy. A salute to Ed Harte, editor and publisher of the Corpus Christi Caller -Times, for taking on local governmental bodies for their abuse of the open-meetings law. Harte sent an open letter to the city councilmen, the county commissioners and the school board members concerning the unpleasant practice of those worthies of shutting the press and the public out of their meetings. Harte’s letter was both a tactful and an eloquent plea for freedom of information. For his pains, he was roundly insulted at the next meeting of the school board. One board member suggested that Harte was just trying to boost circulation open-meetings is such a sexy subject while another suggested that newspaperman Harte was jealous of the recent election of a local television executive to the state senate. Superintendent Dana Williams arranged for the board to hear a briefing on the law by the board’s attorney J. W. Gary. \(Williams piously pointed out that the briefing had been scheduled before Harte’s letter was Gary’s interpretation of the law is interesting. The law says closed meetings may be held to consider “the appointment, employment or dismissal of an employee.” According to Gary, this section justifies the board’s having held closed meetings to discuss and grant a raise to Williams because a raise is “an additional change in employment status.” Gary further took issue with everybody else’s understanding of the late Attorney General Crawford Martin’s last opinion that governmental bodies can hold closed meetings with their attorneys only when pending or contemplated litigation is involved. Gary said all the news stories about that decision were misleading because the opinion includes the words “or similar matters” February 2, 1973 13 blaming it all on his old partner Cowan. “I know it’s hard to believe,” he told the Journal, “but the only thing I’m guilty of is being a damn fool.”