I was very disappointed to see your recent criticism of KERA-TV (“Ever Avant-Garde: Channel 13 Hops on Disco Bandwagon,” Inside Dallas, February). As you know (or apparently not), public television makes every effort to offer something for everyone in the community. This includes not only those of us who appreciate the arts, drama, and documentaries, but those patrons of the Greenville Avenue clubs and discos.
Considering the wonderful programs we simply would not have available to us if it weren’t for KERA, and the relatively small population from which to draw support, I think your criticism was extraordinarily petty. A little support would be a much nicer reflection on your magazine. KERA might say of D Magazine, “It’s not the New Yorker, but it’s all we’ve got.”
As an employee and supporter of KERA, I was disappointed in your “Thumbs Down” attack on Channel 13’s programming of “Dancing Disco.” I, too, dislike disco and consequently, the program. But I also realize that Channel 13 programs for all kinds of people with all kinds of taste – even disco lovers.
The point is, it seems unjust to reprimand Channel 13 for doing what the commercial stations don’t: trying to make television that pleases the few along with the many. And if you turn on your set during the wee hours of Sunday morning, you’ll find that Channel 13 doesn’t sign-off on Saturdays, but broadcasts all night long.
KERA Production Crew
Just Keep Moving
On Thursday evening, December 27, 1979, my husband, my two-year-old son, and I drove through Highland Park to look at Christmas light displays. While stopped on busy Armstrong Parkway in a proper parking place, we were approached by two Highland Park policemen (one from a back-up unit) who courteously but firmly demanded identification, explaining to us that there had been burglaries in the area. We were obviously suspicious characters since we were driving our orange 1973 VW campmobile and my husband, a typical engineer, had foolishly worn tennis shoes and casual slacks for our outing. Since I am a lawyer, I was dressed conservatively in a dress and trenchcoat.
Because other non-Highland Park residents may decide next year to drive through that village to view the lights, I would like to outline for them the correct procedures to follow: 1) Borrow or rent a Cadillac or Mercedes and avoid vans and pick-ups at all costs. 2) Dress properly – three-piece suits for men, evening wear for women. 3) Never slow down or stop. Good luck.
Maridel Fresh water
Best and Worst
It so happens that I really enjoy marrow on toast and I am dismayed by its being labeled the worst appetizer to be found in Dallas.
There is one consolation: If God had meant for your reporter to use his brain, he wouldn’t have put bone around it …
Henricus J. Vandeveerdonk
The Parthian Shot
I was profoundly absorbed and intrigued by Dick Hitt’s “City Lights” column in your February issue, with his in-depth study of the Oklahoma and Texas plans for death by injection. I am struck by the elaborateness of the procedures involved in ridding our society of its unwanteds. There is one point (excuse the pun!) which has titillated my curiosity to an almost unbearable degree. We were not told whether the State, in its inordinate paternalism towards the about-to-depart has seen fit to make the ultimate protection. Is the skin of the prisoner thoroughly cleansed and sterilized prior to injection to avoid infection?
Jane L. Miller