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By D Magazine |

Former Dallas Morning News reporter Earl Golz left town last April, but he didn’t go away mad. You might recall that the News fired Golz in connection with a 1982 story he wrote about a federal investigation into the affairs of Abilene National Bank (now MBank Abilene). Golz responded by filing a libel lawsuit against both the paper and the bank, which placed full-page ads in several newspapers declaring that the story was patently false.

Now word has come that both lawsuits have been dismissed because Golz and the bank have reached an out-of-court settlement. (The settlement comes on the heels of recent federal indictments of former bank president Don Earney and a few other former bank employees.) Since the agreement is sealed from the public, we can’t tell you how much money Golz was awarded in the settlement-that sum can only be revealed to his tax adviser and financial planner. We can tell you, however, that Golz was seen leaving Dallas in a new Oldsmobile for his new job at Star Magazine in Tarrytown, New York, with a smile on his face.

Last month, Ed Bass of Fort Worth’s Caravan of Dreams turned his talent and big Bass bucks toward anthropology. After hearing about animal behavior scientist Jane Goodall through a friend, Bass volunteered to host a $250-a-plate dinner and lecture to raise funds for Goodall’s 25-year study of chimpanzees in Tanzania. A total of $10,500 was collected during the gathering, which attracted about 50 anthropology buffs and other interested people. Bass, who returned from his ranch in Australia sporting a punk hairstyle, was also on hand for a second fund-raiser the following night, when about 100 people paid $30 each for dinner and a chance to view a film by Goodall. Of course, there’s a chance that Bass, whose involvement in a cult made headlines, was the real attraction for some guests.

A little more than five years ago, there weren’t but a handful of seniors golf tournaments for players 50 and older. But they have become so popular that there are nearly 30 this year. Dallas will host its own seniors tournament, the Senior Players Reunion Pro-Am, on June 13 at the Bent Tree Country Club. The tournament will feature more than 50 pros and amateurs teeing up for the challenge. And this year, women golfers are invited to join the tourney. Bob Clark, a tourney representative, says that Don January and Miller Barber are honorary cochairmen of the event.

They’ll be joined by senior professionals Arnold Palmer, Gene Littler, Bob Goalby, Peter Thomson, Billy Casper, Tommy Bolt, Doug Ford and Roberto Devicenzo, among others. The Senior Players tourney is open to spectators. Call 944-8067 for ticket package information.

Robert Kilcullen, a board member of the Dallas Chapter of the National Football League Alumni Association, has put together an 18-minute film aimed at kids of all ages who are learning to deal with peer pressure to abuse drugs and alcohol. Kilcullen, who played for the Chicago Bears for nine years, says he got the idea while attending an NFL convention in Reno and decided that a film would be the best way to reach kids in a classroom situation. He says that the film encourages group discussions, and a workbook is available to help answer questions. He says that students from Dallas’ Arts Magnet High School and Waxahachie High School, along with kids involved in CENIKOR, a Fort Worth drug abuse foundation, play student parts in the film. Kilcullen says that the Texas War on Drugs, CENIKOR and the NFL are endorsing the film and that the Dallas Vice Squad and the Richardson and Piano school districts expressed early interest in purchasing the $89.95 film. Proceeds from the film will pay for Kilcullen’s production costs. For information, call 239-7777.

Olympic gold medalist Steve Lundquist may no longer be representing the Loews Ana-tole’s Verandah Club. Spa management is cutting frills, and Lundquist, it seems, is a frill.