OPENING NOTES

Schwarzkopf enters a new battle, a reporter keeps one secret in Ottawa, and Dartmouth gets a philosopher

June 10 1991

OPENING NOTES

Schwarzkopf enters a new battle, a reporter keeps one secret in Ottawa, and Dartmouth gets a philosopher

June 10 1991

OPENING NOTES

Schwarzkopf enters a new battle, a reporter keeps one secret in Ottawa, and Dartmouth gets a philosopher

THE AFRICAN CONNECTION

In the past year, CBC television's The Journal has enjoyed regular access to African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela. Thanks in part to the intercession of Journal producer Jane Lipman, whose mother, Beata, is a friend of the Mandelas', Barbara Frum was one of the first journalists to interview Mandela after his release from prison in February, 1990. And last June, during his Canadian visit, the CBC secured the only English-language TV interview while he was here. Then, last month, The Journal aired a 20-minute documentary about Mandela's controversial wife, Winnie. Its writer, produc-

er and narrator was Beata Lipman, who, according to Joan Fubbs, deputy chairman for the PWV region of the ANC'S Women's League in Johannesburg, is an active member of the ANC. Said Fubbs: "I have found her enthusiastic, conscientious and dedicated to the movement." But when Maclean's contacted Lipman last month, she denied that she was a member of the ANC. Mark Starowicz, The Journal's executive producer, also said that Lipman was not a member. Last week, however, Maclean's obtained a copy of a list of the league's pwv branch executive and Lipman's name appears on it as chairman. When Maclean's contacted her again last week, she declined to comment. But the next day, Fubbs said, Lipman resigned from her position. A spokesman for Starowicz said that the producer had nothing to add to his earlier statement.

The sweet, sweet taste of revenge

Newfoundland-born writer Richard Trask says that when he moved to Toronto in 1964, he immediately felt the sting of countless “Newfie jokes.” But now,

Trask is giving Torontonians a taste of their own medicine. His self-published book, entitled Trotina Roast I, makes what he refers to as “Tronnies” the butt of more than 500 jokes. Said Trask, who now lives in Port Sydney,

Ont.: “Tronnies have a snotty attitude. I’d like to educate them to laugh at themselves.” A sample joke from the 144-page book:

“What do the Toronto Maple Leafs and whales have in common?” Answer: “Both get confused when surrounded by ice.” According to Trask, Tronna Roast I has already sold 30,000 copies, mostly in the Atlantic provinces and especially in Newfoundland. Trask says that he is already working on a sequel, to be called

Loose Leaf Maple Laffs, which he plans to release this summer. Meanwhile, he has even come up with a “Tronnie doll”: a turkey with a big mouth. Said Trask: “There is a market for these products.” And an exceedingly lucrative market at that.

FEUDIN’ AND FIGHTIN’

As victims of gruesome murders in 1880, the five socalled Black Donnellys of Lucan, Ont, near London, are a Canadian legend. Now, William Ryder, a descendant of two of the six men accused but never convicted of killing the family, wants to set up a museum in the Donnellys’ honor. But some residents would prefer to forget the Irish family’s acrimonious history. Said Lucan Reeve Larry Hotson: “Feelings run pretty deep on it. It upsets people who had ancestors involved.” Countered Ryder: “It’s an incredible story. And it’s a Canadian story. ”

A TALE OF TWO CITIES

Despite lingering problems in the Middle East, the mood of national self-congratulation in the United States following the Gulf War is reaching a fever pitch. Both Washington and New York City are preparing to hold massive Desert Storm victory parades this month. And in keeping with the combative spirit that they plan to celebrate, organizers in each city claim theirs will be the superior celebration. Washington’s parade is set for June 8, two days before New York’s. Both share some key ingredients, including a $9-million budget, the appearance of Gen. Norman

Schwarzkopf and displays of the Patriot missile system. But that has not stopped the one-upmanship. Said Washington speech writer Landon Parvin: “We may lose more soldiers to muggers in New York than we did to the Iraqis.” Countered the acerbic New York Newsday columnist Jimmy Breslin about Washington: “The little town doesn’t have Broadway and ticker tape.” And New York Mayor David Dinkins got into the act as well, pledging that his city would host “the mother of all parades.”

More than a half-baked idea

A vending machine that dispenses french fries is the latest fast-food innovation to hit the Los Angeles area. The machine, which yields 33 fries for $1.15, is the brainchild of William Bartfield, an accountant from Palm Springs. But the appetites of even die-hard junk-food junkies may be dampened by the reality that the fries are made from pellets of pulverized potato, which expand on contact with water into a fryable potato dough that is then shaped into fries. Still, Bartfield hopes to produce 30,000 machines, each spewing out 100 servings a day. No small potatoes.

Counterattack

The usually secretive, California-based Church of Scientology launched a massive ad campaign to discredit Time last week after the newsmagazine published a stinging May 6 cover story, based on a seven-month investigation, calling

the church “the cult

of greed.” But ac-

cording to Scientology president Heber Jentzsch, the ads are just the beginning. The full-page ads, which have appeared daily in USA Today, question the integrity and accuracy of the magazine. They show pre-Second World War Ti me covers and accuse the magazine of sympathetic appraisals of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. The ads then ask: “What magazine gets it wrong in 1991?” But Jentzsch told Maclean’s that the ads are simply an opening salvo in a campaign that will include a special advertising supplement in the June 14 issue of USA Today that also will criticize Time. Jentzsch also said that the church may live up to its litigious reputation by launching a lawsuit against Time. Said Jentzsch: “Nothing has been ruled out. They have sent out their Scuds, we have our Patriot missiles.” For the moment, Time magazine appears to be unfazed by Scientology’s manoeuvres. Said Robert Pondiscio, Time’s news manager: “ Time stands by its article. We are content to have the public make up their own minds.”

AVERTING A DISASTER

Terrance Wills, Ottawa bureau chief for Southam lnc.'s Montreal Gazette, saved the day for Southam News and The Toronto Star last week. Wills and 14 other journalists gathered at a top-secret meeting in Ottawa to discuss the results of their $100,000 Angus Reid poll on national unity. As the group waited for a courier to deliver extra copies of the survey, Wills happened to wander into the next room where press releases are distributed. To his horror, an office clerk was about to distribute the confidential poll results to the entire press gallery. Said Wills, who promptly scooped up the extra reports and delivered them to his bosses: "A lot of people were wiping their brows after that one."

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Dartmouth, N.S., is taking a thoughtful approach to civic affairs. Last month, Mayor John Savage appointed Peter March, a professor at St. Mary’s University, as the city’s official philosopher laureate.

Savage offered March the honorary position—the first of its kind in Canada, the mayor said—after

hearing him debate civic issues thoughtful in this country.”

at several public forums earlier this year. Said Savage: “He is not content to sit in an ivory tower— he prefers to be among the people in the marketplace, the malls and the waterfront.” And March says that he is eager to take up his new post—even if it is unpaid. He plans to offer Dartmouth residents a “working person’s” perspective on economics, justice and politics. Said March, who will continue teaching: “There

seems to be a fear

among the public and politicians of being accused of being