10 The Texas Observer HALF PRICE RECORDS AiikGAZINE AUSTIN: 1514 LAVACA. WACot 25 7114 COLUMBUS DALLAS: 4536 AcIONI/SYNx 1405 rLtei. 5219 W.LovtRI Big =Quo –PRIM. 205 S. ZANG the fact that Schwartz got the impeachment proceedings postponed. Any suggestion of a connection would be “absolutely absurd,” Mitchell said. Schwartz said he moved for postponement because he wanted to give Mitchell time to prepare motions for a new federal trial and begin work on appeal as well as give the State Judicial Qualifications Committee time to hold its Nov. 3 hearing on whether to remove Carrillo from the bench. The Texas Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund have filed federal suit to enjoin Secretary of State Mark White from implementing the new Texas Voter Registration Law. They want the bill, which requires re-registration of all Texas voters, to be given the once-over by federal authorities under the Voting Rights Act. Good-o conference Folks interested in changing local government should seriously consider attending the Southwest Conference on Alternative Local Public Policies in San Antonio Dec. 5-7. This is a regional followup on the gathering held this summer in Madison, Wisc., which coined the term “programmatic left” to describe the left’s commitment to working in local government. The SA meeting will be at St. Mary’s University. The tentative agenda includes an energy, land, and natural resources panel with Zavala County Judge Jose Angel Gutierrez and writer Jim Ridgeway, local tax and revenue alternatives with Houston Controller Leonel Castillo and Austin Mayor Jeff Friedman, plus democratic restructuring of local government, public development of cable television, job restructuring and social priorities, banks, growth control, and other panels. For more details, write Mary Sanger, Texas Papers, 3106 Hemphill Park, Austin, 78705. Dallas School Board member Robert Medrano was curiously silent when a federal appeals court called for a new Dallas desegregation plan including considerable busing. Medrano finally broke his silence in October during a speech to some Dallas businessmen. Turns out that young Medrano is among the small but growing number of minority leaders who oppose POP QUIZ You get only one try on this. If you don’t get it right the first time, you flunk. Question: Who is “a rare and wonderful Christian whose faith stands firmly upon personal experience”? Who “loves people, all people, and hymn-singing with good old-fashioned Christian fellowship as the peak of her pleasure”? Who “draws God’s love and man’s need together in a concert of harmony and achievement”? Who has a “propensity for creating blossoms in life’s desert”? Who “has made her home an oasis, her life a beacon, and her presence a sublime strength”? [Here comes the real tip-off.] Who is “today’s Esther, and Ruth, and Mary, and Martha, and Priscilla all embodied in one”? Answer: Janey Briscoe, of course. Quotes are from the program of a dinner honoring Ms. Briscoe, held Oct. 25th at the Shamrock-Hilton Hotel in Houston, sponsored by Mary HardinBaylor College. busing for integration purposes. In an interview with The Dallas Times Herald, Medrano opined that education rather than integration is the issue. He thinks that busing polarizes a community but he concedes that “it is bringing about national attention at all levels.” Medrano added, “There’s no question at all that it [busing] will continue to be used as a tool for desegregation. That’s one thing that the minorities have at their advantage, that they will continue to stress busing as a means of desegregating or as a means of obtaining a quality education. Busing is categorized as the ace in the hole. This is what we’re using now on the majority community,” he said. That new Dallas deseg order, origin ally scheduled to go into effect by the middle of the current school year, has now been postponed by U.S. Dist. Judge William Taylor until August of 1976. Comptroller Bob Bullock is adding yet another to his stable of employ ees who are former wives of state officials. This time it’s Martha Barnes Noble, ex-wife of former Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes. She joins Mary Jean White, ex-wife of Agriculture Commissioner John White, and Diane Daniel, ex-wife of former Speaker Price Daniel, Jr. Now if Bullock would just hire , his own ex-wife, he’d have a full house. Ringers are being called in from far and wide for the upcoming Nov. 23 football game between the comptroller’s office and the House of Representatives. Both Bob Bullock and Speaker Bill Clayton are frantically looking for any jock who can add or spell. Harry Ledbetter of the comptroller’s office, a former A&M gridder, is acting as player-coach for the comp’s team, while the House has already run through the available talent in the sergeant-at-arms office and is recruiting from the Board of Control. Rumor has it that any jock on academic probation from UT can find temporary employment \(until corps keeps offering to serve as referee, but has so far been rejected by both sides. Nadine Eckhardt, the formidable spouse of U.S. Rep. Bob Eckhardt, didn’t seem the least discombobulated when reporters informed her recently that Bo and Peep, the mysterious UFO recruiters, had once rented the Eckhardt’s Houston house. When she was told that the UFO couple were actually Herff Applewhite and Ronnie Lu Trusdale Nettles, La Eckhardt remembered that they rented the Bamwood home for about six months in 1974. “They were really sweet people, but their checks kept bouncing,” she told the Houston Chronicle. “They thought the house was haunted, but Bob told them it was just pecans falling on the roof.” After receiving a number of rubber checks from the couple, the Eckhardts finally asked them to move. The indomitable Billie Carr is still searching for some way past the stone wall presented to Texas liberals by the Bentsen presidential primary bill. Her first idea was to find some Texan willing to change his name to Hubert Horatio Humphrey and to get him on the ballot. Then she had a better idea. She is now combing Texas telephone directories for someone named Neither. She envisions the primary ballot reading: “Bentsen: Wallace: Neither” and is sure you can win a plurality with Neither. NO GOP, SHE Austin Councilwoman Betty Himmelblau tells the Observer we incorrectly identified her as a Republican in the Oct. 17 issue. “I’m not a Republican and have never considered myself one,” she said. “I’m a Democrat, although a fairly conservative one.” The Observer was confused by the fact that Himmelblau headed the local Nixon signed a newspaper ad endorsing Republican Sen. John Tower, who was being challenged by Democrat Barefoot Sanders. In 1973, when there was a special election to replace Austin State Sen. Charles Herring, Himmelblau was co-chairman of the Citizens for Angly Committee. Maurice Angly, a Republican, was defeated by Democrat Lloyd Doggett.