OPENING NOTES

OPENING NOTES

A draft for Joe, Woody-Mia strife and blasting back at the cult in Waco

April 5 1993
OPENING NOTES

OPENING NOTES

A draft for Joe, Woody-Mia strife and blasting back at the cult in Waco

April 5 1993

OPENING NOTES

A draft for Joe, Woody-Mia strife and blasting back at the cult in Waco

AN EGGFUL OF SILLY

It is a product of war technology that conquered the world. Designed by General Electric Co. in the United States in 1943, it flunked its tests as a seal for air leaks in fighter planes—plastic and elastic, but no stick. Some GE executives, however, loved the stuff and made it a cocktail-party fad. One party goer, Peter Hodgson, an out-of-work Montreal advertising executive, grasped its wider potential, packaged it in a plastic egg and launched it on the novelty market in 1950—as Silly Putty.

The rest is history, and what its makers now hope will be an even brighter future. Binney & Smith, which also markets Crayola crayons, still sells the original pink product, but now it is also available in a rainbow of colors, including some that glow in the dark. Other points in Silly Putty’s addictive appeal:

• More than 200 million eggsful have been sold,

enough to girdle the Earth nearly three times.

• To alleviate boredom, the astronauts on the 1968 Apollo 8 mission each carried Silly Putty, specially packaged in sterling silver eggs. The Neiman-Marcus store in Dallas later cashed in with copies, at $75 apiece.

• American artist George Horner sculpts it into creations that sell for up to $2,000 each.

I • Following the lead of NFL Hall of Fame wide-receiver Raymond I Berry, many athletes use it to $ strengthen the grip; armchair z athletes use it for desk golf and x rim shots.

• It is plied to fight stress, and as “chewing gum for the hands” by smokers trying to quit.

• It is used to remove lint from clothing, ink from typewriters, wobbles from furniture legs.

• Most of all, it is stretched, squished and pulled apart, pounded, bounced and rolled together— just for fun.

SEE JOE RUN?

To many observers, Defence Minister Kim Campbell’s march to succeed Prime Minister Brian Mulroney as Conservative leader seems unstoppable. But in the Alberta riding of Yellowhead, some Tories are hoping that a local boy will enter the fray. Since mid-March, riding officials have fielded a barrage of calls to “Draft Joe”—Joe Clark, that is. The MP for Yellowhead said in February that he will not run in the next election, but that failed to satisfy some of his supporters. “We had many calls urging him to reconsider after the Prime Minister announced he was not staying,” said riding president Natalie Gibson. “And people from across the country have called his Ottawa office.” But press secretary Peter Cowan said that he was not aware that any movement to draft Clark had surfaced in Ottawa. “I know it is out there in Yellowhead,” Cowan said, “but we are not getting many calls here.”

WORD FOR WORD

The Woody Papers

Excerpts from testimony last week in the New York City court battle between Woody Allen and Mia Farrow over custody of their three children, Satchel, 5, Dylan, 7, and Moses, 15:

“I hit her on the side of the face and on her shoulders. She kicked me and I was crying. I’m not proud of it.”

—Farrow, describing her reaction when she found out about

Allen’s affair with her daughter Soon-Yi Farrow Previn, now 22

“I said, ‘Lay back and give me your most erotic poses. Let yourself go.’ ”

—Allen, describing how he took nude photos of Farrow Previn

“If she visited his apartment, they would end up playing in his bed— It would arouse her and she would grab at him.”

—Farrow, accusing Allen of inappropriate sexual behavior towards daughter Dylan

“I hope you get so humiliated that you commit suicide.”

SOUR NOTES

Having failed to dislodge cult leader David Koresh from his compound, FBI agents in Waco, Texas, last week mounted an around-the-clock sonic bombardment. At dawn each morning, they blasted a recording of reveille, the traditional military bugle call at sunrise, through a o sound sys| tem at top vol! ume. They fol lowed that with an eclectic mix of musi cal selections—ineluding Tibetan chants, albums by such middle-of-the-road artists as Andy Williams and Mitch Miller,

—letter to Allen purportedly written by Moses and read in court by Farrow’s lawyer Eleanor Alter

“I was stunned when I looked at it. I was terrified of it. I thought it was indicative of something.”

—Allen, describing his reaction when Farrow sent him a valentine card that had turkey skewers and a knife enclosed in it

Roll over, Helmuth

He is known around the world as a model of cultivation and refinement. But when what were supposed to be biographical notes on German conductor Helmuth Rilling arrived at the Toronto Symphony recently, the discography included such unlikely titles as Strap It On and Dope, Guns W F—ing in the Street. The symphony requested the information in order to publicize Rilling’s guest appearance with the orchestra, scheduled for early May. But his New York City agency, International Creative Management, apparently confused the conductor’s first name with the American

hard-rock band Helmet. Symphony publicist Luisa Trisi said that staff members have had many laughs over the dissonance between Rilling, director of the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart, and Helmet, whose vocalist, Page Hamilton, is quoted in the band’s biographical notes as saying, “Helmet has one common goal—not fighting over girls, drugs and alcohol.” The mix-up led symphony employees to dig up a photograph of Rilling. ‘The funny thing,” said Trisi, “is that he’s wearing a black leather jacket and looks kind of mod.” But does he know the tune to Strap It On?

and Nancy Sinatra’s 1966 hit song, These Boots Are Made for Walkin’. The tactic has worked before. In 1989, Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega surrendered to American troops who had cornered him in the Vatican Embassy in Panama City after they blasted the building for four days with recordings by AC/DC and other hardrock groups. Peter Di Vasto, an Albuquerque, N.M., psychologist and an expert in hostage negotiations, noted that Koresh; Sinatra: lethal annoying music “is

less lethal in the

short run than bullets.” But, he added, ‘We don’t know the long-run effects of Barry Manilow records.”