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Wednesday, February 2, 1977



from a
cow’s ear

The production of handmade
leather goods requires pains-
taking effort. Wayne Sched-
ler. 31, is absorbed in painting
what is almost a finished
leather purse. Before this, the
material must be cut, cured.
embossed and hate a design
cut into it. After it is sewn to-
gether, the purse will be
added to the merchandise at
Together Leather, on South


—Junna Victim




an independent student newspaper

Survey finds students uncurious

Kernel Staff Writer

(This article is the last of a three-
part series on a survey of student
needs, satisfactions and
diss atisfactions. )

in a recent student survey con-
ducted by the Dean of Students, 80 to
90 per cent of the students contacted
were unconcerned about taking
independent studies or study outside
Kentucky and in foreign countries.

Those unexpressed needs often
reflect a lack of stimulation for
students, according to Dr. John
Stephenson, dean of undergraduate

“We should make students curious
of other countries and cultures and
seek experiences away from Ken-
tucky," he said.

Motivation might be achieved by
building and emphasizing the in-
ternational study program and
publicizing Experiential Education
credit available for off-campus
study, Stephenson said.

Unfortunately, most large
universities have the reputation of
being impersonal, Stephenson said,
so it wasn’t surprising to him that
the survey found concern in getting
to know instructors personally.

The need to apply classroom
learning in a practical situation is

difficult in some areas like studying
Shakespeare or mythology.
Stephenson said. ”Courses can be
interesting and useful but not
necessarily practical."

Desire long-term planning

Stephenson was glad to see the
needs of students for better
scheduling and career planning
expressed clearly. “We hope that
wisdom, grounded in long term
plans, will guide in selecting
courses, and choices won‘t be whims
of the moment."

Vocational interest and per-
sonality tests offered by the Coun-
seling and Testing Center are
available for those unsure about a
career or seeking professional
evaluation of aptitudes, abilities and

Extensive counseling at the center
includes participation in group
experience, exploring interests and
looking at characteristics of various
occupations to see what coincides,
said Louise Dutt. assistant director.

Many clients are upperclassmen
and graduate students, she said.
Some decide they aren’t content to
stick with one career or wanted a
change. Others are anxious to
charge because they are dissatisfied
with the job they originally chose,
Dutt said.

Drop-add can be cumbersome

Another area of concern is the
drop-add procedure, and many who
have been through it will readily

Dropadd handles a large volume
of schedule changes either because
of work cmflicts or substitutions
into later sections, said George
Dexter. associate registrar for

“We do our best in scheduling
during advance registration and try
to honor everyone‘s requests,"
Dexter said. Cases where facilities
are limited obviously cause
problems. although departments
make an effort to add classes as
needed. he said.

Centralized dropadd, the day
after late registration, is the easiest

time for schedule changes. After‘

that, there is more running around
involved, Dexter said.

No one waited more than 15
minutes to get into the Coliseum
during drop-add, Dexter said. Many
students agreed entrance was easy,
but griped about the long wait and
frustration involved in reaching the
department tables, especially large
ones like Arts and Sciences.

Financial worries are common

With rising costs of a college
education, finding enough money to

Senate walkout ends quorum
for pregnancy disability vote

Kernel Staff Writer

The Student Senate ended their
meeting abruptly last night without
completing business when some
members left to prevent the quorum
needed for voting.

Alex Christine, senator-atlarge,
left the meeting to stop a vote op-
posing General Electric‘s stand on
refusing to pay disability income to
employee for pregnancy.


Mideast tickets

available today

Four thousand tickets to the
NCAA Mideast Regional
Tournament, scheduled for
March 17 and 19 at Rupp Arena,
will go on sale to UK students
from 9 am. to 4 pm. today in
Memorial Coliseum.

Any part- or full-time student
with a validated iD may pur-
chase tickets for $14 a seat (one
seat both nights). No student
may purchase more than two
tickets. Sales are by cash only
out are final.




The Supreme Court ruled in
ikcember last year that Gcnerai
Electric was not discriminating
against female cmployes by
refusing to pay them disability in-
come when they become pregnant.

A resolution sponsored by Jennifer
Tichenor. nursing senator. urged the
Senate to agree that GE's practices
were “sexually discrimatory
againa women." it also proposed
that SG urge UK administrators to
terminate any contracts they have
with GE and refrain from entering
into future business with them.

It also proposed that “SG as a
body write a letter to GE not en-
dorsing the policy." said Tichenor.
"i think the intent of the resolution is
good," said ('ary Blankenship.
graduate schoolsena tor. “But to ask
us tSGi to send a letter to GE and
tell them we are going to boycott
their products is too extreme."

He later proposed an amendment
that deleted that part of the
resolution. iiut before the senators
could vote on the resolution.
Christine left. Consequently there
were not enough members for a

Christine said he wanted to give it

to a committee to investigate. But
when it looked like it was going to
pass. he said, “i looked around and
there was hardly anyone left. So
rather than let it pass without my
looking into it. i broke the quorum.

No other Senate measures passed
during the rrieeting. Tire Senate
delayed a vote last night on whether
to sponsor life insurance for

Some senators objected to SG
supporting insurance companies. “I
don‘t see why SG should get involved
in this.“ said Michael iiarnrnons.
law senator. I

5G tabled the bill and will vote on
it during their next meeting.

In othc 1' action 5G voted to study a
bill supporting the efforts of the
Kentucky Council for the Abolition
of the Death Penalty. The
organization is planning to send a
member. Ed l’ortcr, to UK to
pl‘i'st'lli their side of the issue.

Senate spmsorship is not meant as
support for a stand against the death
penalty. according to Mark Stover,
M‘nililil‘n'li large and sponsor of the
bill. “But I think it is worth it to
spend $65.70 «the cost of advertising
in tthcr-nel) for this guy to come to
campus and talk."

stay in school was an important
concern. Meeting expenses through
financial aid is often necessary.

Financial Aid Director James
ingle said the student fills out a
simplified form to receive aid and
his need is computed according to
that information.

March is the early application
period for the fall term and
November for spring. Separate
forms are necessary for a Basic
Education Grant or federally in-
sured bank loans, lngie said.

“We try to meet the need that is
shown through a combination of gift
assistance, work-study and loans;
guarding against excessive amounts
in any of the areas," ingle said.

About 85 per cent of the students
are satisfied with the arrangements,
lngle said. “if a student‘s cir-
cumstances should change during
the year we review and adjust their
need statement."

Many students listed unem-
ployment as a major concern, and
complained of difficulties in finding
a temporary summer job.

Continued on back page


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FEB 21977

University of Kentucky


University of Kentucky
Lexington. Kentucky

Gives final address

Pettit stresses
merger success

Lexington Mayor H. Foster Pettit
stressed the importance of the
merged citycounty government and
the achievements of his six-year
administration in his annual state of
the government message yesterday.

Pettit, who will not run for re
election in the May primary, has
been the first and only mayor of the
urban county government.

The merger has created a
“p rogressive a nd eminently sensible
governnrent..the envy of political
leaders and public officials ever-
where,“ he said.

iiecause‘one administration now
controls government services, he
said, there has been a marked im-
provement in the delivery of those

in one example, Pettit said 1976
would prove to be the year when
firm planning was made for sanitary
sewers to be extended into outer
areas of the county. Without the
merger, he said, the local govern-
ment couldn‘t even consider ex-
tending sewers without annexation
to the city.

Many construction projects were
cited by Pettit as contributing to a
rapidly-changing Lexington. “i find
I must make a conscious effort to
recall our community of five years
ago," said Pettit.

The Lexington Civic Center, the
Bluegrass Field airport terminal,
the restored Opera House and a
population increase of 29,000 reflect
how much the city has changed in
those five years, he said.

i’cttit termed some incidents
disappointing in his speech. The
cutbadts at the Bluegrass Army
Depot, the delays of major road
projects isudr as the Newtown Pike
extension) and indecision over a
solid waste energy plant are areas
where more action is needed, he

One of the mayor‘s items of ac-
complishment was the subject of
some controversy during the Urban
County Council work session which

. . summarizes final term

followed his address. A proposed
citizen‘s task force for urban
planning, called the most significant
proposal made in his administration
by Pettit, drew fire from some
council members.

Councilman William Hoskins
questioned the necessity of hiring an
outside legal expert to assist the task
force, a major element of the
proposal. Vice-Mayor Scotty
ltaesler. co-sponsor of the proposal
with Pettit. downplayed the lawyer‘s
role, insisting that citizen input
would be the vital ingredient.-

l’ettit made a motion to substitute
the Metro Environmental Com-
mission tMcnimco) for The Ken-
tucky Organization (TKO) on the
task force. The council voted to
include both groups after 4th district
council member i’am Miller ob-
jected, saying the two groups have
different interests and concerns.

The council also added two seats
on the task force for citizens not
belonging to the groups that will be
included. Pettit said he will present
his suggestions for the 25-rncmber
task force next week.


m 611 ro

“We're not out of trouble yet, but i do feel
our customers are cooperating and i feel
we‘re getting good results," Donald Mac
Clellan, gas utilization manager for Columbia
Gas of Kentucky. said yesterday. “The
curtailment we requested last Friday to
Monday was to protect residential customers,
to keep the pressure in the lines from dropping
to a critical point," Mac Clellan said. But he
added. “Now we're asking for the same
curtailment because our supplier tells us gas
storage is depleted to a point where we
couldn‘t meet the residential needs if another
cold wave were to hit us."


State Transportation Secretary John Rob-
erts announced yesterday that US. 27-68
(Paris Pike) between Lexington and Paris
will be made into a four-lane highway and that
the work will be completed by 1981. Opponents
of the widening project have argued it would
ruin the scenic beauty of one of the most
typical of horse country roads in the states.
Proponents of the project countered by saying
residents of neighboring Bourbon County need
a better and safer road to reach Lexington and
the two interstate highways that merge just
north of the city.


Marin County, Cal. began a stringent
water rationing program yesterday. orderinB
the county‘s 180,000 residents to cut their

water consumption by more than half—to 46
gallons per person per day. Rationing by the
Marin Municipal Water District, aimed at
slowing the rapid drain on reservoirs that are
now only one-fourth full, will be voluntary for
two months. After that. water use will be
strictly monitored and the tap turned off on
chronic abusers.

U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young will
visit Tanzania, which is allowing Cuban
troops to rain black Rhodesian guerrillas.
US. intelligence sources say. The movement
of Cubans from Angola to Tanzania is a new
development. The sources say about 200 of the
Cubans are using Tanzania to train and equip
Rhodesian blacks to fight against the white
minority regime.


Viscount Etienne Davignon, the outgoing
president of the international Energy Agency.
said yesterday the world must use nuclear
power to meet its energy needs over the next
10 to 15 years. despite public concern about its


Aren‘t you glad you‘re not in Buffalo?
increasing cloudiness today with a high in the
mid 30‘s. There is a 60 per cent chance of snow
tonight with a low in the upper 20's. The snow
should change to rain tomorrow as tempera-
tures climb into the 40's.

Compiled from Associated Press
and National Weather Bureau dispatches









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Poll results indicate
need for changes

Recently more tltan 600 UK students had a
chance to vent their frustrations about life at UK
when they participated in a poll devised by a UK

Even though some of the results might be
questionable, the survey turned up what should
have been obvious to most UK administrators.
Even those results, however, may prompt no
treatment from the University.

Dr. Robert Zumwinkle, vice president for
student affairs, recently released the findings of
the poll to Kernel reporter Marie Mitchell.
Although much work remains to be done in in-
terpreting the data, there are some obvious
implications which can be drawn from it.

Two major questions on the survey dealt with
some of the concerns that students had harbored
last year and whether they feel the University is
doing anything about them.

The respondants indicated that they feel
dissatisfaction with transportation, parking, off-
campus housing availability, being informed
about campus activities and finding something
fun rand at the same time legal) to do on

It would seem that some of these problems
should ltave been obvious to University officials
without the aid of such a survey. Housing ltas

always rartked among the major gripes of off-
campus students.

And, a look at the number of parking tickets
distributed in the course of a day should give
anyone a clue about the parking situation on
campus. The survey, then, should serve to
reinforce the knowledge of these problems.

Zumwinkle himself ltas indicated that some of
these areas may rate “a long hard look” by the
University, even though the data must be
grouped and analyzed before any definite action
can be taken. But it appears that some ad-
ministration officials already have begun to
downplay the more obvious findings of the

The responses reporter Mitchell obtained from
those administrators told about the survey
consisted mainly of justification of the present
situations. Few indicated that they would con.
siderchanges as a result of what they might find
from the poll.

It must be stated at this point that the survey
was far from perfect. Only 1,088 students were
polled. and only 62.7 per cent of them responded,
a point which could lead some to a diminutive
view of the the results.

Many of those who replied were living on
campus because there was a problem getting the
questionnaire to offcampus students. This fact


-J¢IIIM Wehnes

may have led to a distortion of the facts reported
in the survey. especially in the area of student

And, in some instances it appeared that there
was an almost even split between the affirmative
answers and the negative ones.

Perhaps the most important aspect of the
survey. though, is that it represents a good start
in the efforts of some administration officials to
find out what is really bothering students. It not
only proposed specific questions, but it also had
an “openended” section in which students could
write their comments.

Zumwinkle has worked hard on the survey,
and he is trying to sort the information as
carefully as possible. He has even sent out copies


of the survey to other officials and held a
seminar on the initial implications of the poll.

From some of the responses to the poll,
however. it looks as though this report may be
destined to take the path to oblivion that such
reports usually take.

Instead of making excuses about student
dissatisfaction, the University should try to
recognize it, especially since some of the
problems should have been obvious for sonte
time now.

The next step after recognition of the problems
is action to correct them. Without that, the
survey will represent nothing more than a
gigantic waste of time for both its administrators
arid the students who. answered it.



We would like to correct some
inaccuracies in and omissions from
art article on the Jan. 28 Kernel.
"Dorm class offerirtgs mix educa-
tion and home comfort.”

The residential learning progrant
is cosponsored by the Office of the
Dean of Undergraduate Studies and
the Office of the Dean for Residence
llall Programming. Altltouglt
Undergraduate Studies coordinates
the program. each semester‘s plann-
ing is done by a number of persons
who have direct responsibility for
the success of the program.

Dean Rosemary Pond atttl her
staff. particularly David Sclrroatlcr
and Tom Sturgis. have worked with
the program front its inception. It
would ttot have happened witltottt
their initiative antl dctcrrnitration.

Mr. Robert Illakcman of Auxiliary
Services ltas provided much of the
“home comfort" by fttrmslting any
special cttttiprrtcnt that the meeting
rooms required.

Mr. George l)c.\tcr has worked



with us to insure that the special
registration procedures involved at e

Finally. Mr. David Aubrey is
working with us this year to provide
appropriate advising to students
during the Summer Advising (‘on-
ferencc. We regret that the article
(lid rtot recognize these persons for
their indispensable arttl dedicated
contribution to residential learning

'l‘he creditable and trttly remark-
able tcaturc of this effort to create a
"living-learning" atmosphere on
catripus is the tremendous spirit of
cooperation shown by the major
divisions of this university. It is truly
a joint project for the bcrtctit of
student learning.

.Ionel Sallee

.Iolttr R. Stephenson
tllficc of the ”can of
I'ntlcrgratlttatc Studies


Regarding lid llarrts's letter of
Jan. Ill. Mr. Harris may feel

qualified to speak for other veterans
on campus. but lic does not repre-
sent this veteran‘s convictions about
Don Pratt or resistance to official
violence arid atrocities.

It is my understanding that Don
Pratt could easily have obtained a
draft deferral for physical-medical
reasons. Instead he had the courage
to pttblicly resist the madness. at a
time when it was more dangerous to
take to the streets of Lexington in
pcacefttl demonstration than to
serve iii the military.

Mr. Harris is correct. though. that
dcsertcrs ought to be pardoned.
They. more than evadcrs. are likely
to be members of the undcrclass like
those poor. black. workingclass arid
uneducated infantrymcn who served
typically under the worst conditions
and who swelled the lists of the killed
in action. Will we remember them
by punishing their kind"

.lolttt Scahill
I'Itlucation (iradttatc student

Mexico is misunderstood

Robbie Henson's recent com-
mentary on Mexico concluded with
the implication that only in the US.
do we have a choice in where our
lives will lead. This commentary
unfortunately reflects what many
Americans have falsely lead
themselves to believe~that we are
superior in all facets of life.

Robbie Henson speaks of a Mexico
seen through car windows, a



superficial image at best. Having


. spent a good deal of time living in

Mexico. I feel qualified to answer.

The Mexicans mentioned are
trapped in the same way the
children of our ghettos are. They
escape in the same ways. Mexico is
the land of the mestizm—skin color
makes no difference. Education is
free, one can earn a PhD. and never
pay a dime in tuition.

The payscale is ntuch lower, but so
are the prices. Medicalcare is cheap

because Mexico. at one quarter of
our size. produces almost as many
doctors. The "little extras" given to
policemen are in the same class as
having a ticket “taken care of" here.

Incidently, I have never given a
cttstoms inspector any money, and l
got through quickly and efficiently
every time. It was also claimed that
the police pull cats over arbitrarily.
As Americans. we are unfamiliar
with many of the finer points of
Mexican traffic law and unwittingly
break-the rules.

Most of the Mexican population is
concentrated in the large cities. The
movement of people from the
countryside to the cities creates a
large cncentration of unskilled
labor. as we have experienced here.

A house-servant earns around 80-
120 dollars a month. This may not
seem likemuch untilyourealize that
free food, medical care and housing
are included. This job often goes to
begging. The reasons should be
familiar to as. social security pays

about the same. and you don‘t have
to work. .

The young children you saw at the
local PEMEX are just that, young
children picking up a little extra
money. It is the Mexican version of
the corner lemonade stand. When
they are a little older they will begin
selling flowers and “chicle.” The
same sight is seen in any large
American city.

Mexico is another world from our
own, living under the shadow of the
“Colossus of the North." We have
done more than our fair share of
meddling in Mexico‘s affairs. We
should not seek to condemn them
without a fair trial. our inate
prejudices preclude a just decision.

Despite massive land losses and
repeated Anteriean intervention
they have created a free, and more
importantly, independent country.


This comment was submitted by
Susan Dennen who is an A & S

A tax rebate by any other name has equal results


from Washington

I don't guarantee the details of this
scene but something very ruttclt like
it may happen a million times next
summer. Willie Brown. who lives in
a walk-up tenement with his wife
artd two children. will get a formal-
lookittg cellopltane~window letter
frotn the United States Treasury.
While the family watches fcarfttlly
Willy slits it open with trctnbling
hands and inside there is a govt-tn
tnertt check for $200.

What has Willy. a hardworking.
poorly paid toiler. just on the
poverty~linc. dorte to receive this‘.’
Why. he has managed to earn
income below the income tax level.
So he is included with the tax-payers
uttdcr the plan Nelson Rm'kcfcllcr
and Willy Brown a $.30 credit for
each of his family.

What will he do with it'.’ Spend it.
lle has bccrt assigned a modest role
in the war to stimulate the economy.
He is willing to do ltis share.

If you don't believe this little
drama watch the delibct ations of the
House Ways & Means (‘ommittetx
scheduled to meet this Wednesday
(Feb. 2) to consider President
Carter's fiscal stimulus package.
It‘s a contplicatcd affair. to last two
years and cost $30 billiotr with a lot of

tint- of thcrrt is a proposed oncshot
tax rebate item to cost maybe .7 to
$11 billion. Out of about 85 million
people who filed tax returns last
year some 10 million didn't include
mortcy itt their re‘plics because they
were below the tax level.

Willie Brown was ottc of them a
“nontavalilc” as the Treasury
qttaintly classiftcs him. Why should
he get money back frotn tltc Trea-
sury now if he never sent arty in‘.’ A
couple of reasons.

(‘oldbloodcdly. he will probably
spend his rebate faster than arty-
body else. And secondly. because a
lot of people. including the t‘artcr
admtnistration. feel that you tan'f
help the middlcclass without helping

It's the old compassion poking
itself itt again. The cost for including

the Willie Browns. the non~taxables.
is about $1.5 billion iii the overall
bill. it is estimated.

The idea seems to be sliding by
pretty tnuch unnoticed which. I
think. is a good thing. It is a lot less
radical than it looks. this business of
the Treasury of sending ottt income
tax checks to people who can‘t
afford to send them irt.

It has been kicking around for a
long time and in 1902 conservative
economist Milton Friedman formal-
ized it as a “negative income tax."
Why ttot use the mechanism by
which we now collect tax revenue
frottt people with ittcotttcs above
some minimum level to provide
financial assistance to people with
incomes below that level. he asked.

Friedman agrucd that this would
be better than establishing a huge
Welfare bureaucracy in which social
workers spent 90 per cent of their
titttc spying on recipients to see if
they met the means test. Friedman
was economic consultant to pres
idcntial candidate Ilarry Goldwater
itt not

Some 1.200 economists from 150
different institutions endorsed a

variant of the rtegativc income tax to
limit though they called it “ittccntivc
income supplement."

Instead carrtc the War on Poverty.
a humane bttt confused program
costing billions attntlally itt a series
of overlapping attd contradictory
plans that are probably the worst
legislative nightmare of modern
times. As Joseph A, I’cchman arid
Alice Rivlin said lit a paper itt I072.
“The present welfare system is
unworkable...this patchwork of pttb-
lic assistance programs is a fail-
ure." Matty agree,

Richard Nixon. prompted by Pat
Moynihan. briefly supported a Fam
ily Assistance Program which was.
irt effect. a negative income tax.
under a different ttarttc. directed to
families of the working poor who ltad

I don't know how far the ('artcr
scheme will go. Tax rebates are
supposed to be paid just this once.
Yet it will be odd if sontcbmly
doesn‘t note that in the course of
them the government is paying out
checks to poor people. without any
more test than normal income tax
procedure. and that thc saute pro

cedttrc might ltclp to simplify the
welfare mess to which Mr. (‘artcr is

pledged to tttrtt his attention later


In tltc meantime. if the scheme
goes throttgh. it will be amusing to
watch the faces of the Willy Rrown
family when the cltcck comes
throttgh. The littdgct Ilut'catt also
tells me that there are abottt l0
million people who don't show up on
tax lists. half of tlrcrrr supposed to be
over 03. (‘art they file income taxes

I keep thinking about the Inaug-
ttral and that happy stroll of
President Carter atttl his wife and
Amy dowtr Pennsylvania Avenue
after ltc got out of tire bullet-proof

It was fun seeing a procession a
mile long haltctl while Atuy tied hcr
shoe. What Mr. ('arter said will ht
soon forgotten bttt ttot what he did.
Why shouldn't otltcr presidents
mingle more with the people" I will
tell you wiry.

Itccausc. irt the words of the
Warren (‘ommission which investi
gated the murder of President
Kennedy: “()ne ottt of every five

presidents smcc 18633 has been

assassinated: there have been
attempts on President Ford. the
shooting of (Icorgc Wallace and the
deaths of Robert Kcnnedy and
Martin Luther King.

Easy access to firearms itt Amer-
ica deprives us of the happy mingl-
ing of presidents and pttbltc c\ccpt
at unacceptable l isk.

'l‘ht- Milton l‘Iiscnhowcr t'ommts
siort on (‘auscs and Prevention of
Violence said. “Present trends warn
of an escalating risk of assassi-
nation. rtot only for Presidents. but
for other office-holders at cvcry
level of government. as well as
leaders of civil rights groups and
political interest groups "

The (‘artcr Ittattgttral walk was
magnificent. It was also folly.


'l‘lllt lrotu Washington is a national
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’Roots’ a factional success

Kernel Staff Writer

It took Alex Haley, author
of “Boots,” 10 years and half
a million miles of travel to
trace his origins back to the
village of Juffure in the
Gambia, West Africa.

In doing so, Haley found
what many black Americans
have been looking for since
the first slaves were sold in
this country. He discovered
his roots.

“The thing other minorities
have going for them that
blacks don’t have, is a
history, strong family
structure and a sense of their
worth as a people,” Haley
said in an interview with the
Chicago Sun—Times. “To me,
this is one of the most
powerful things in the world.

“I’m hoping beyond
everything else, that ‘Roots’
will give my people a
heightened sense of identity;
for I realize, that if you tell
the story of any black person,

Haley himself charac-
terizes the book as “faction,”
meaning that only the
dialogue, thoughts and
emotions of his characters
were invented.

“Most dialogue and in-
cidents are of necessity, a
novelized amalgam of what I
know took place together with
what my research led me to
plausibly feel took place,"
Haley admitted in his book.

As the first black American
writer to trace his origins
back to their roots, Haley has
told the story of 25 million
bladr Americans in what
Newsweek called “an ex-
traordianry social

The novel “Roots" has sold
over one million hardback
copies and the paperback
edition rights, which Haley
sold for a pittance years ago,
are certain to number in the

ABC said it was the sixth
most-watched program ever


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Alex Haley, author of Roots, will be appearing at
Memorial Hall, March ] at8 pm. He will also be the
firstspeaker in a series of weekly half-hour lectures
on black heritage on radio WBKY. beginning this

The author of “The Autobiography of Malcolm
X," Haley taught himself to write while serving 23
years in the US. Coast Guard. He is currently
preparing a second book on his search for “Roots. “



you tell the story of us all.”

The Courier-Journal
reported that more than 75
million people watched the
first two-hour episode and
ratings for Part Two in-
dicated that “Roots“ was
beating its competition more
than two to one.

ABC‘s recent televised
series of Haley‘s book ran for
12 hours, during an eight-day
period from January 23-30.
Haley was a consultant in the

“Roots" is the two-century
drama of Haley's distant
ancestor Kunte Kinte and the
six generations who came
after him—slaves and
freedmen, farmers and
blacksmiths, lumber mill
workers and architects, and
finally, one author.

on TV. outdone only by “Gone
With the Wind“and the

Despite the six million
dollar production cost, ad-
vertisers were hesitant to
sponsor the eight-part series,
wondering if white audiences
would watch a story about the
fight of bladts for survival.

After the first-night
ratings, however, ABC
quickly sold~at 3100.000 a
minute—all commercial time

I)r.Steven Charming, a UK
professor of history, said the
TV series was generally
consistantwith Haley‘s novel.
“But the book is a more ac-
curate historical source,“
said (‘hanning who is
teaching a black history