OPENING NOTES

Doug Small looks foward to glasnost, Donald Getty fights back, and Anatoliy Dobrynin revives some Cold War memories

November 13 1989

OPENING NOTES

Doug Small looks foward to glasnost, Donald Getty fights back, and Anatoliy Dobrynin revives some Cold War memories

November 13 1989

OPENING NOTES

Doug Small looks foward to glasnost, Donald Getty fights back, and Anatoliy Dobrynin revives some Cold War memories

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When President Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski invited Solidarity trade union leader Tadeusz Mazowiecki to become Poland's prime minister last August, the general openly acknowledged that he had lost the confidence of his countrymen. Indeed, since that time, the dour Jaruzelski appears to have been attempting to soften his image, both at home and abroad, as an austere and humorless individual. Partly to that end, Jaruzelski recently granted an extensive interview to France's Le Figaro magazine, in which he portrayed himself as a caring individual and a dedicated family man. Le Figaro's November cover features a photograph of Jaruzelski warmly embracing his only daughter, Monika, who appears in a loose-fitting sweater with her hair tied in a severe bun. But Monika clearly felt that Le Figaro's article did not do justice to her image. As a result, the auburnhaired 26-year-old hired a friend, Krzystof Kaczorowski, to take photographs of her—wearing outfits that included a see-through blouse, and posing on a bearskin rug—for a revealing layout in this month's edition of another French

magazine, Paris Match. Commented one Jaruzelski aide, who requested anonymity: "Monika is a very silly girl. You can't behave like that when your father is the president." Clearly, a distaste for solidarity still runs in the Jaruzelski family.

Return fire from the premier

Donald Getty acknowledges that taking criticism is part of political life. Still, the Alberta premier says that Calgary Herald business columnist Horst Heise defamed him when he wrote an Oct. 5 column on provincial policies concerning ethane—a natural gas byproduct used in the petrochemical industry. As a result,

Getty is now suing Heise, the Calgary Herald, and Southam Inc.— the newspaper chain that owns the Herald—for $1.5 million plus legal costs. In a statement of claim that his lawyers filed in the Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton, Getty alleges that the entire column damaged his credit, character and reputation as a citizen, as premier and as a member of the legislature. As well, the premier argues in that claim that “the column is a vicious act of calumny.” The Herald replied on Oct. 25 with an apology and retraction of its state-

ments about Getty’s motivation and integrity. And newspaper officials said privately last week that they are unlikely to file a statement of defence with the court. Instead, they add, they would prefer to reach a settlement with Getty. Commentary can be costly.

WEIGHED AND FOUND WANTING

A current print ad for Weight Watchers International, Inc. shows a svelte woman posed next to a 100-lb. sack of potatoes—to illustrate the weight that she has lost. But the potato sack is emblazoned with the initials P.E.I.—and angry Prince Edward Island farmers say that the ad implies that their famed potatoes cause obesity. In Toronto, a Weight Watchers spokesman said that organization officials have been surprised by that reaction. Added the spokesman: “It was not our intention to denigrate Prince Edward Island or its potatoes. ”

AN APPOINTMENT WITH JUSTICE

He had been scheduled to cover this week's First Ministers’ conference in Ottawa. But Doug Small, Global TV’s Ottawa bureau chief, may have to forgo that assignment in order to fulfil a more pressing engagement in a local courtroom. There, the veteran journalist faces up to she months in prison and a possible fine of $2,000 if he is found guilty of possessing stolen property under $1,000—a charge that RCMP officers laid against him last May 29. One month

earlier, Small had obtained—and broadcast—the contents of a 24-page pamphlet outlining Finance Minister Michael Wilson’s budget, a leak that came one day before Wilson was to table the budget in Parliament. Despite that court case, Small said that he hoped to be back to work by Nov. 18—to cover Brian Mulroney’s six-day visit to the Soviet Union. Said Small: “I look forward to going to a country where glasnost is not just a hollow phrase.” Over to you, Prime Minister.

Ottawa keeps a secret

The Canadian Centre for Caricature opened with a splash in Ottawa last June 22. Indeed, as many as 300 visitors daily gazed upon displays from the centre’s collection of 20,000 political cartoons shortly after that gala opening.

Still, centre officials spent most of the current advertising budget to promote and host the inaugural, and attendance has dwindled since. Now, each weekday as few as 20 visitors view a collection of antique and modem newspaper and magazine cartoons. Treasury Board officials endowed Ottawa’s latest museum with a $1-million yearly budget, but there are few signs pointing the way to the centre, which is set well back from a street to the east of Parliament Hill in a redbrick building that was originally designed as a clothing store. Currently, the centre is staging an 82-picture exhibition entitled Whose Zoo?

Beastly Caricatures of Political Animals. But there is only a single security guard on duty to answer questions about drawings that include a depiction of former Quebec premier René Lévesque as a smoke-breathing dragon.

Said acting chief of art acquisition and research James Burant: “The centre has not had the impact it might have had.” Still, Burant said that the meagre attendance has taught them a lesson for next year: advertise the product.

Memories of a missile crisis

Former Soviet ambassador Anatoliy Dobrynin is preparing to return to Washington on Nov. 17—when he is set to become the first Soviet diplomat to receive Georgetown University’s prestige-laden award for distinction in the conduct of diplomacy. But that selection has sparked arguments on local cocktail circuits. The reason: it was Dobrynin who officially informed then-President John F. Kennedy that there were no Soviet missiles in Cuba in September, 1962— one month before the U.S. discovery of such launch sites almost precipitated a nuclear holocaust.

MONSTERS IN THE CLASSROOM

Impressions, a series of elementary-school texts published by Toronto-based Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Canada Ltd., has generated a heated controversy in the Los Angeles area, where the publisher's U.S. affiliate acts as the firm's distributor. There, school officials are reviewing future use of the books after several parents complained I that they contained morbid poems and references to witchcraft. ¡Ü Indeed, despite assurances from psychologist Irene Goldenberg that I such images do not harm normal children, board officials ordered a revised series—only to have a mix-up result in several schools' receiving texts that still contained the controversial material. Bureaucracy can sometimes be more scary than the bogeyman.

CAPTURING THE MOMENT

In his recent autobiography, More Than I Dreamed, tycoon Malcolm Forbes presents a stunning catalogue of his extensive collections—including a fleet of 55 motorcycles and the opera glasses of former U.S. president Abraham Lincoln. And late last month, the billionaire publisher of Forbes magazine announced that he has spent

$4,680 to add one more item to that list: the original drawing of an IIV2by 15-inch illustration from the November issue of New York City’s gossipy Spy magazine. Painted by Cincinnati artist Christopher Payne, the cartoon depicts Forbes urig nating behind a bush = at Bohemian Grove, I an exclusive male re3 treat in northern g California. Forbes’s I personal archivist, 5 Tammy Rodgers, told Maclean’s that Forbes plans to add the picture to his collection of vintage U.S. cartoons. Some moments are personal watersheds.