The North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 66, No. 120, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 11, 1983 Page: 2 of 4
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Don’t read this column if you dislike read-
ing a bunch of lies.
They can be referred to as fibs, fables,
tall tales, fabrications, inventions, false-
hoods, untruths, and stories, but they all
have the same intentions—to stretch the truth
as far necessary in the art of persuasion.
Within this context are some of every-
body’s favorite lies. The joy of hearing peo-
ple deliver them helps keep me functioning
on a day-in, day-out basis.
Most people who enjoy humor have heard
about the list of the world’s biggest lies.
Along with the downright derogatory ones,
there are the lies that pertain to just about
Like just about anything in our environ-
ment, lies can be assigned to specific cat-
egories. They are a big part of a business
atmosphere, the sports atomosphere, the so-
cial atmosphere, the college atmosphere,
the atmosphere that envelops the “growing
up” stages of life and many other every-
day areas with which people associate
Where money is involved, the typical
"The check is in the mail” lie is heard
most often. As hard-core Bible thumpers
would like people to believe that clapping
in church does not stir the dead, so the
money senders would like people to think
that the post office is holding the check.
Particularly interesting are the tales that
football coaches like to tell. “We’ve got a
lot of respect for the other team” is one
that I've heard a lot in the past two years.
Opposing coaches always seemed to say
this before their teams played NT.
Horse manure was what they were full
of because they knew that NT football teams
were struggling to win a mere two games
in each of the past two seasons. There’s a
possibility this year’s NT team will appear
a bit different in the eyes of opposing
coaches, so I'm sure the opposition has bot-
tled in its wine cellars some feimented false-
If it weren't for the social atmosphere, I
don’t know how lies would make it. Males
in pursuit of females are the best examples
in this category.
“Let’s have lunch sometime,” “I’ll call
you,” “I’ll respect you in the morning”
and “I love you” are among the many fab-
rications facing females in social life.
It seems like the women of this world
complain about hearing these lies time af-
ter time. Oh, those poor gals.
I’ll bet a few females have been offered
to dine with suave males at that beautiful
French restaurant on Bonnie Brae between
Oak and Hickory. The individual can serve
himself/herself to delightful quiche and ex-
quisite cuisine. Now don’t be fooled by
that Deli Quick sign and the pumps out
front for the purpose of serving one’s self
to extra unleaded gasoline.
What would ever happen if women ac-
tually fell for those god-awful stories?
And what about the men who hear the
classical “I have to go to the restroom,”
"Excuse me, I have something in my con-
tact lens,” “I have a headache,” “Here
comes my boyfriend," or “It’s that time of
the month,” stories. Just white lies, I
I would like to hear some of the things
professional solicitors experience every day.
“I gave at the office” has to be the most
preferred answer. I've heard a few face-to-
face meetings end with "Nobody’s home.”
Some college professors are good at
delivering falsehoods. "I’ll have the tests
back to you by Monday,” said one of my
teachers to the class. This typical middle-
of-the-week lie has been heard by many
college students across the country.
“We are having a little quiz next week"
was one of the good lies told to a friend.
The “little quiz" entailed only 60 little
Then the student is faced by people who
wish to know when the graduation date w ill
be. I’ve been confronted with this question
and have found that vague answers are suf-
ficient for me.
“Oh, either next May or next August—
maybe this December," I say. That gives
me a lot of time and space to stretch the
MISS liberty takes a vacation
Murphy's Law, newspapers don't mix
I “loved to write.”
The glamour of being a famous wri-
ter—novelist extraordinaire—was just too
much for me, and I signed up for the be-
ginning high school journalism course.
After a week of learning all about Pulitzer
and Hearst, I thought about majoring in
physical education. Journalism was supposed
to be fun. So. why wasn't I having any?
Where was all the excitement? The city edi-
tor in the beer commercial makes it all look
so easy when he starts “turning it loose”
as he heads for the nearest bar.
I gave away the ending in a movie review—
one of the most popular movies of the
time—but my classmates were more under-
standing than I thought. They only men-
tioned about 10 times the fact that I'd ruined
it for them.
ONCE I learned all about the inverted
pyramid, I was assigned my beat—Navy
Junior ROTC. 1 was furious, of course.
“I'll show them!” 1 said to myself and
the ROTC got the best coverage that se-
mester it had had in years. Of course the
fact that our ROTC outfit was the best in
the city helped a great deal.
My efforts that semester paid off as I
became a staff reporter the following se-
mester. I thought 1 would get lynched when
I never made that mistake again, but I
made others Some serious, some not so
serious, but, nevertheless, mistakes.
For one thing. I didn't know Murphy's
Law also applied to newspapers.
room, he would call. When I tried to call
him back, his secretary informed me that
he’d left town for (wo days.
If I made sure the numerical figures in a
story were correct, a zero would undoubt-
edly be added or dropped somewhere along
the way (whichever would be most obvious)
I apologize, Mr. Fred Pole, for calling
you vice president for academic affairs (he's
vice president for administrative affairs),
and Dr. Robert T-O-U-L-O-U-S-E, (the real
vice president for academic affairs), for mis-
spelling your name I bet you wouldn't
believe I was once Spelling Bee champion
of my junior high school.
I do know the difference between dusk and
dawn and I know that “occasion" has
IF I WAITED in the office all day for
one of the university vice presidents to re-
turn my call and decided I could take two
minutes to run down the hull to the bath-
BUT, I’VE had my share of style, spell
ing and editing errors.
I’m taking a break before I get out in
the “real world." Writing and editing are
I'll miss the feeling of accomplishment
after laying-out a really nice-looking page
or the excitement of getting a "hot" story
and "scooping” the Denton Record-
But, I won't miss being put on hold; being
left hanging when the person at the other
end of the line decides to end the conver-
sation; waiting for a university vice presi
dent to get out of the meeting he's been in
all afternoon; or listening patiently—
sometimes not so patiently—while someone
tells me all there is to know about under-
water basket weaving.
I've learned a great deal about the uni-
versity and about people.
I've had some excellent teachers and some
not so excellent. I never thought I'd be medi-
tating m an education class, but then again
I hate classes where the teacher lectures
(and lectures, and lectures . . .) and the
students take notes. Thanks. Dr. Hardy,
you’ve made me realize that I really do
want to teach someday.
Now, it's time to work on my grade point
average. It's suffered quite a bit in the past
lour semesters and after all. I did come to
NT to get a degree.
The North Texas Daily
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Arts & Entertainment
Larry McMurtry to speak
NT hosts film conference
Filmmakers from all parts of the na-
tion are lecturing and showing their works
at NT this week as part of the 37th
annual conference of the University Film
and Video Association.
Larry McMurtry, author and NT alum-
nus, will give a seminar about adapting
novels for motion pictures at 2:30 p.m.
today in the Forum, Speech Building 265.
At 4 p.m. in the Forum, “The Last Pic-
ture Show,” a motion picture from
McMurtry's novel of the same title, will
“The Last Picture Show” was released
as a movie in 1971 starring Cloris
Leachman, Ben Johnson, Jeff Bridges and
Ellen Burstyn. It received eight Academy
Award nominations, including best pic-
McMurtry’s first novel, “Horseman
Pass By,” was published in 1961 and
was released as the film “Hud” in 1963.
“Hud” starred Paul Newman and Patricia
Neal and was directed by Martin Ritt.
Ritt will be at the conference 9 p.m.
Friday for the premiere screening of his
new film “Cross Creek,” which he di-
rected with Robert Radnitz.
Tuesday afternoon, experimental film-
maker Ed Emshwiller, hosted a forum
concerned with the transitions in exper-
imental films. “In the early days I used
engravings and paintings,” he said. How-
ever, now he uses computers to create
many of his films.
"Experimental films have been going
through a transition period,” Emshwiller
said. “What are the stimuli that artists
are responding to today? I’ve become
more involved with computers.”
Many people think that computers are
only tools for high technology, he said.
“But that doesn't mean they’re not tools
He showed several of his films with
which he used computers to create. He
spent eight months working on one short
film at a facility in New York with a $3
million computer. “It was the longest
eight months I ever spent on only three
minutes,” he said.
Warren Bass, experimental filmmaker
and faculty member of Temple Univer-
sity, said films are a reflection of their
Bass said a filmmaker cannot withdraw
or separate himself from his film. "Even
n your withdrawal, you make a statement
Stan VanDerBeek, producer of “Movie
Drome” and faculty member of the Uni-
versity of Maryland, also spoke at the
forum. He said computers are important
in the future of experimental film. “But
it gives me some comfort to know that
the eye still operates more than a mil-
lion times faster than the present com-
puter technology,” he said
In the 1960s, VanDerBeek said exper-
imental filmmakers lived clustered to-
gether in New York City sharing one an-
other's equipment "Now we're in aca-
demia trying to teach the experimental
impulse, and how do you do that? We’re
only on the tip of understanding visual
VanDerBeek showed part of a film that
he created at Nassau. "It took me a year
and a half of paperwork and writing let-
ters back and forth just to use their facili-
ties for five evenings,” he said.
"There are unique and wonderful tools
all around us. Some sort of course should
be offered to artists on how to find them.
It’s a race to see how to get them for
non-hard-edged, commercial purposes."
VanDerBeek said more research needed
to be done in the field of visual art. “We
need to find out where as a cultural force
we see ourselves going. Tools are the
key turning point in our transition.”
Photo by BOB WARD
Ed Emshwiller speaks at forum
dub meets behind camera
The conference is open to people who
are not a member of the association at a
fee of $20 per day. Friday is the con-
ference’s final day.
The Cable TV Production Club, at
Golden Triangle Communications, 205
Industrial, offers students hands-on expe-
rience working with television equipment,
said Bruce Clendcnin. producer of Chan-
“Due to public access rules, we have
a franchise with the city of Denton that
requires a TV studio to be available to
the community,” Clendcnin said. "The
formation of the cable club resulted from
a need for crew members to tape the var-
The club is open to anyone interested
in TV production, he said. "We often
have people come into our meetings just
to see what it is all about. ”
The group’s function is to operate the
equipment, but club members also have
the opportunity to work in front of the
camera, he said. “Acts range from talk
shows to jugglers. We allow a three hour
production time, but the actual show is
limited to 30 minutes.
“We air the show twice the week
after it is produced, and then on slow
weeks, we may pull a tape and show it
By ANN BROADWELL
The Bread and Circus Theater is a
group of Denton actors with the goal
of bringing a good time to everyone
by encouraging audience expression
and participation during plays, said
Melinda Hartung, theater member.
Hartung and several members of the
Denton Community Theater formed
the group in September of 1982. The
group performs light melodramas with
emphasis on ad-libbing and audience
reactions, she said. The crowd is told
to throw popcorn, clap and yell for
the hero and “boo” the villain.
“I wanted something that would be
fun for the public, fun for the actors
and a way for actors to get paid,”
she said. “This is not what one nor-
mally sees at the theater—this is fun
Hartung, who has a master’s degree
in drama from NT, pays the royalties
on scripts for the short melodramas.
By rewriting the script and improvis-
ing, the cast transforms a bad play
into a comedy, she said.
“We wanted to do something to
‘get down’ with the audience and let
everyone get their inhibitions out.”
Most of the plays are set in the
1920s. Two vaudeville-style plays,
“Egad, What a Cad” and "Curse
You, Jack Dalton,” have been per-
formed at several places in Denton,
such as Kerr Hall and the Rock Bot-
tom Lounge at NT and the Denton
Hartung said one of the group’s big-
gest problems is not having a perma-
nent place to perform. "Most of the
performances have been outdoors, but
this creates problems due to the unre-
liable weather. Costumes and sets must
be created on the spot, which is addi-
tional work." The cast docs its own
costuming, set designing and lighting.
Bill Blanke, cast member, said the
problem will be solved as the group
gets more billing and is able to set
aside money for sets and stages.
“Right now we’re satisfied with the
number of bookings we’ve gotten, es-
pecially since we’ve sold almost en-
tirely by word-of-mouth." he said.
The group would like to develop a
repetoire of skits to perform at a mo-
ment’s notice and get more bookings
at convention centers and nightclubs,
Blanke said. "All of us arc really big
ham bones and love the chance to get
on stage and indulge ourselves.”
Friends ol the NT Symphony Orches-
tra, which is being organized by Fred
Patterson, vice president of the Denton
Record-Chronicle Publishing Co., is a
group that will raise scholarship funds
for orchestra students.
Patterson said the group's main purpose
js to make people aware of the orchestra.
"The NT orchestra is outstanding, and
we're proud of n,” he said. "We want
to bring the community together and get
them more involved with the orchestra.”
The group begins its activities in the
outset ol the fall semester. Membership
tees are $ 15 per year. He said a lower
membership fee for students is being
"We’ve just started organizing the
group,” Patterson said "We’ve made a
mailing list ol those who might be in-
terested in it. We hope we can get more
than 100 people in the group."
Membership benefits will include re-
served seating and mailed tickets. Mem-
bers will receive program notes before
performances in order to have a better
knowledge of the symphony, he said.
The group will host receptions follow-
ing performances and dinners for mem-
bers prior to perfomances. At the dinners,
Geoffrey Simon, conductor of the NT
orchestra, will talk about the upcoming
symphony. "The more knowledgeable
people are about the symphony, the more
appreciative they are,” Patterson said.
Members might have feelings that
they participate in and support the NT
orchestra by knowing what’s going on
at NT through these activities.”
The group is good for the students by
not only raising scholarship funds, Pat-
terson said, but by giving orchestra mem-
bers the chance to perform for a mature
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