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PAGE TWO New Observer Line-Up AS THE STAFF BOX indicates, we’ve had some shifting of bodies and titles here at the Observer. On the business side, Cliff Olofson is taking on primary responsibility for the long-range planning designed to place the Observer on secure financial ground. At the same time, he will continue to call on his considerable experience to oversee the day-to-day business operation of the Observer. He will be assisted in this by Alicia Daniel, who is now in charge of subscriptions, and continues as the Observer’s design and layout chief. Stefan Wanstrom, a welcome new addition as business assistant, succeeds Joe Espinosa, Jr. , whose dedication, energy, and skills benefited the Observer for many years. Joe has our thanks and best wishes as he reestablishes himself in Houston. We are lucky to have found Stefan to replace him. In addition, we are pleased to announce that Dana Loy has joined our staff as director of advertising and development. During the past year, Dana has appeared in the Observer as a contributing writer. We were delighted to learn that she also has keen business acumen and solid business experience. She is enthusiastically devoted to the promotion of the Observer and what it stands for and is a valuable addition to our staff. In the editorial department, Nina Butts’s tenure as a Carey McWilliams Fellow has ended. We are grateful to the Nation Institute for making possible Nina’s contributions to our pages during the last eight months. Her work on the role of military spending in Texas, which focused public attention on the extent to which the military economy is intermeshed with the state’s economy, is due special appreciation. As a part of our renewed program to enhance the Observer’s coverage and financial stability, we will be seeking similar grants for other investigative projects. We also want to take this opportunity to recognize Chula Sims for her volunteer editorial work with our Social Cause Calendar. She has single-handedly brought the progressive groups of Texas together on our pages while keeping an unfaltering watch for emerging organizations, edifying events, and meaningful political action to unite progressive Texans. Praise for her tireless and enthusiastic work has been unsung for too long; she now appears as our Social Cause Editor. Similarly unsung has been the herculean work performed by Bob Sinderman, Jr., and Susan Reid in putting together the Observer Index for 1971-1981. Because of their efforts, the Observer may have the most comprehensive and precise index of any progressive or Texas publication. Observer indices for 1954-1970 and 1971-1981 are now in libraries across the country, providing an invaluable research tool for anyone wanting to know the real Texas of the last 30 years. We owe Bob and Susan an enormous debt of gratitude. G. R. -_ – P “—-‘Af FO THE PEOPt 1, ,…?…. c “k $ t p 1111111 ,.-: ….. ,-….. _ .-.: a = in r ,114iii -;-…-_-: ……,:-. ..:: \\ . anno 74 1 i p ii fi .._..fsrf% ….- -i ti MI 000111 Inilicoil i. . 11 i il i .’ Ill I 1Hil F.’ I’ll 111 PIO i’l l 1141i l, t 11Nd i ‘fli / 7 “t -…..-. -2..—.”41* —-..:7 —i -. r –…._____ ………. .__-.-..-,. ——-…._…_…—:-.–..”7–…. –TEXAS sERvER . The Texas Observer Publishing Co., 1984 Ronnie Dugger, Publisher Vol. 76, No 15 7 ””ag August 3, 1984 Incorporating the State Observer and the East Texas Democrat, which in turn incorporated the Austin Forum-Advocate. EDITOR Geoffrey Rips ASSOCIATE EDITOR Dave Denison EDITOR AT LARGE Ronnie Dugger SOCIAL CAUSE EDITOR Chula Sims EDITORIAL INTERN: Teo Furtado WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT: Al Watkins LAYOUT AND DESIGN: Alicia Daniel . EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Frances Barton, Austin,; Elroy Bode ; Kerrville; Chandler Davidson, Houston; Bob Eckhardt, Washington, D.C.; Sissy Farenthold, Houston; Ruperto Garcia, Austin; John Kenneth Galbraith, Cambridge, Mass.; Lawrence Goodwyn, Durham, N.C.; George Hendrick, Urbana, Ill.; Molly Ivins, Dallas; Larry L. King, Washington, D.C.; Maury Maverick, Jr., San Antonio; Willie Morris -. Oxford, Miss.; Kaye Northcott, Austin; James Fred Schmidt, Tehachapi, Cal., Robert Sherrill, Tallahassee, Fla. CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Warren Burnett, Nina Butts, Jo Clifton, Craig Clifford, John Henry Faulk, Ed Garcia, Bill Helmer, Jack Hopper, Amy Johnson, Laurence Jolidon, Mary Lenz, Matt Lyon, Rick Piltz, Susan . Raleigh, Paul Sweeney, Michael Ventura, Lawrence Walsh. CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS: Alan Pogue, Russell Lee, Scott Van Osdol, Alicia Daniel. CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS: Jeff Danziger, Beth Epstein, Dan Hubig, Pat Johnson, Kevin Krcncck, Carlos Lowry, Joe McDermott, Ben Sargent, Gail Woods. A free journal of voices We will serve no group or party but will hew hard to the truth as we find it and the right as we see it. We are dedicated to the whole truth, to human values above all interests, to the rights of humankind as the foundation of democracy; we will take orders from none but our own conscience, and never will we overlook or misrepresent the truth to serve the interests of the powerfill or cater to the ignoble in the human spirit. Writers are responsible for their own work, but not for anything they have not themselves written, and in publishing them we do not necessarily imply that we agree with them because this is a journal of free voices. Managing Publisher Cliff Olofson Advertising & Development Director Dana Loy Subscription Manager Alicia Daniel Circulation Assistant Stefan Wanstrom Consultant Frances Barton Editorial and Business Office 600 West 7th Street, Austin, Texas 78701 The Texas Observer at Austin, Texas, years, $56. One year rate for full-time students. $13. Airmail, foreign, group, and bulk rates on request. Microfilm editions available from University Microfilms Intl,. 300 N. Zecb Road, Ann Arbor. Michigan 48106. Copyright 1984 by Texas Observer Publishing Company. All rights reserved, Material may not he reproduced without permission. POSTMASTER: Send form 3579 to: 600 West 7th Street, Austin, Texas 78701. 2 AUGUST 3, 1984