The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 62, No. 20, Ed. 1, Friday, March 7, 1975 Page: 4 of 8
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THE OPTIMIST March 7 1975
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m.ijifh gummer "Showcase the annual musical-comedy show
held during the summer sessions is being discontinued for
economic reasons it was announced this week. The
Optimist regrets to see this. Summer Showcase brought a
sparkle to the campus during the summer months that will
be missed by both students and the Abilene community
Over the past three years of performances attendance
at Showcase has totaled over 40000 with over 1 1 000
attending last summer. This sizeable audience points to the
popularity of the production.
Although new summer entertainment has been
formulated the gap left by Showcase will remain. No form
of night-time entertainment of such high caliber has been
proposed. Summer session students who generally work
and take classes need some kind of low-cost light-hearted
amusement. . J ! "
More attention needs to be given to audience-centered
entertainment such as concerts and plays. Activities
currently proposed demand more active praticipation than
passive relaxation. Both kinds of activities arc needed.
Summer Showcase consisted mainly of people - the
coordinators crew performers and audience. It was the
people who made the show a success. The casts and
directors of past Showcases should be commended for
their high quality performances.
Summer Showcase served as a valuable tool for student
recruiting and community relations. The show served as a
pleasant introduction to life at ACC.
We recognize that financial loss must be considered
when planning a program of entertainment. However
Summer Showcase brought a special magic to the summer
that docs not exist during the long term. Wc hope the new
activities will be designed to continue in this tradition.
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By BRYAN BROWN
Thb week will go down in
Abilene history as the week a
good movie finally arrived. In
fact there may prove to be more
than one good movie in town.
But it may be just a vision
caused by wandering about in
the desert around the campus.
"The Odessa File" will' start
this week for sure after being
postponed from last week. "The
Strongest Man in the World" is
Disney's latest flick with Kurt
Russell and a most predictable
At the Majestic this week is
"Paperback Hero" n film about
an ice hockey player with
dillusions of grandeur. He is
forced painfully to recognize his
humanity at the end of the
picture. I'm not sure of it's
cinematic value. Reviews I have
read say that the film is terribly
awkward and embarrassing in
places where it tries to moralize.
Still it may be worthwhile to
see. The film stars Kelr DuUca
most famously from "2001"
and gorgeous Elizabeth Ashley.
The Movies this week brings
back two pretty funny pictures
"What's Up Doc" and "The
Groove Tube." Admission is still
only a buck.
There is a slight possibility
that 'Towering Inferno" will
haunt us for an additional week.
By ANDY WRIGHT
My last semester of college is
rapidly passing and like all
graduating seniors I am
experiencing my own personal
series of landmark "lastsi"
There was the hut registra-
tion the last basketball game
the last Sing Song. Some "lasts"
are causes for celebration like
the last meal in the "Bean."
Others will pass unnoticed like
the last library book or the last
Perhaps the most unidenti-
fiable of all the lasts will be the
most memorable in the future
the last good talk with a friend.
. Nevertheless within two
months the class of "75 will don
cap and gown and be trans-
formed from students into
Yes fellow seniors you and I
will at last have the monstrous
with which we have grappled for
so many semesters groveling at
our feet and begging for our
monetary tablescraps. So now
before the reins of power pass
into our hands I put to you the
question what sort of alumni
ought we to be?
Now wait a minute. Don't
tune me out just yet I'm not
moralizing nor am .1 doing a
commercial for the school. I
speak only in terms of point of
view. In just a little while the
ACC we attended will exist only
In the museum of memories.
There the scenes of our lives
here will stand in glass cases in
which a cast of marionettes will
play each little drama over and
over again upon request.
Of course there'll be a hall of
infamy but most of the scenes
whether momentous or trivial
will be pleasant memories from
which we can dcrivo quiet
pleasure In future days.
But please before the hall
which will be ACC to you
forever stops accepting new
exibits make sure that you have
a complete and properly labeled
collection. Make sure that you
post clearly by each entrance
that these were real people with
real Joys real problems living
Vrite careful captions explain-
ing that Sing Song was not just a
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good movie week in Abilene
If not "Young Frankenstein"
will enter at the Paramount. Last
Saturday night the Paramount
ran a preview of "Young Frank-
enstein" to an absolutely packed
audience. This flick has to be
one of the funniest ones I have
seen in quite a while at least
Gene Wilder stars as the
grandson of the famous Baron
von Frankenstein. A professor a't
a medical school he travels by
train from New York to Transyl-
vania to meet his destiny. Many
of the jokes are predictable but
they are all funny. "Young
Frankenstein" Is an affectionate
put-on of the old Boris Karloff
movie shot in black and white
with quite a few almost identical
sets. This is the film to see if
you see no other. Find out what
the Frankenstein monster has
that the rest of us dont hare.
If the "Towering Inferno" is
held over "Young Franken-
stein" wDl be switched to the
Westwood. However if not "The
Front Pago" will start at the
Westwood. This b the third film
version of the old Hecht-Mac-Arthur
play written in 1029.
The film stars Walter Matttuu
and Jack Lemmon and is direc-
ted by Billy Wilder. Wilder takes
tremendous liberties wRh the
pky adding saky dialogue and
even an extra scene.
Those who are familiar with
the play probably wont enjoy
this adaptation but those
unfamiliar with it will find it at
least amusing. It's not a real
good movie anyway you look at
it but it Is still worth seeing.
CINEMA I "The Odessa File"
PG. CINEMA II: "The Strongest
Man in the World" G. MAJES-
TIC: "Paperback Hero" R. THE
MOVIES: "What's Up Doc" G.
THB MOVIES II: "The Groove
Tube" R. PARAMOUNT:
"Young Frankenstein" PG.
WESTWOOD: "The Front
'Oh no - Ym about to become on ex'
nice show to make all the
parents and alumni happy that
Moody Coliseum had more
important functions than hous-
ing lectureship and that brightly
colored projects dont just
sprout from the ground on the
Thursday before Homecoming.
Remember that faculty mem-
bers did not work merely for the
love of the "H1U" or of John C
and that a quality education was
not to be had simply by walking
past the Omega Point seven
times a day.
Remember that everyone
dldnt go to church three times a
week we didnt get inspired
every day in chapel and many of
us struggled emotionally and
spiritually just to make It
through each day.
Most of all remember that
this was not just the place where
they handed out our diplomas
this was our home. And in ten
years or fifty this will still be
home to students. They will lovo
It in their own way and will try
to make it better however seems
right to them. They will defend
it against our intrusions no
matter how much older or wiser
or more wealthy we are because
it's their home.
Then when the news from
the "Hill" makes it sound like
"it's not the good old ACC I
went to" youll understand that
it could never be. Because that
ACC Is now closed to the public.
locked away In a few hundred
memories. It's an unchangeable
untoucliable and beautiful work
(Andy is a senior pre-med
major from Rustott La.)
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