The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, October 31, 1978, Image 5

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    Freedoms called fragile
Battalion Reporter
Looking much like a Southern politician with his Stetson hat, long-
ish gray hair and button-down collar, John Henry Faulk prepared to
talk in his slow Texas drawl to a class of students Monday.
But the comparison with a politician stopped at appearances. In his
speech he told of doing something a Southern politician would never
dream of — bucking the system.
Faulk, who now appears on the television show “Hee-Haw” telling
humorous, folksy stories, described his stand against blacklisting in
the 50s that cost him his career in journalism.
Faulk was fired from his job as a CBS network radio talk show host
in New York City after being accused of pro-Communist sympathies
by AWARE Inc., a blacklisting bulletin. He sued for libel and was
awarded $3.5 million in damages. Most of the money went for
lawyer’s fees and other expenses, he said.
But five years passed before the case came to court and during that
time Faulk could not find a job in journalism. Instead, he “home
steaded” with relatives in Austin.
Tracing back to that time, he blamed the effects of the post-World
War II nuclear and supersonic age on America for conditions that
allowed blacklisting activities.
Faulk said that after the war “we were pitched pell-mell and
willy-nilly into what we call the nuclear age.” The United States
emerged into a world where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans no longer
protected it from attack by other nations, he said.
“We could now be hit with war at our shores,” he said. “This had
an electrifying effect on America and lent itself to exploitation by
Men such as Richard Nixon ran for office claiming that their oppo
nents were “agents of Satan and the Soviet Union,” Faulk said. “And
it paid off so in political dirt that it became a national pastime for
politicians to exploit those fears.
“We entered a period of hysteria,” he said. “It was a period of
Self-appointed vigilantes “made it their business to check the pa
triotism of their neighbors and define how their neighbors must think
and act,” the Texan said.
Faulk defined a vigilante as “one who believes that the laws of the
land are not sufficient to protect the people.” He becomes the law
maker, judge, jury, prosecuting attorney and executioner of those
who violate his standards.
Faulk, who now lives in Madisonville, said AWARE was one such
vigilante group. AWARE published a list of names every two weeks
of people mainly in show business who had been involved in what it
termed subversive activities.
“And they made a great deal of money from this,” Faulk said. “Our
noble networks and our noble advertising agencies paid them to
check on the political purity of the performers who never even knew
they were being checked on.
"If you publicly criticized J. Edgar Hoover, if you publicly
criticized AWARE, you could end up on the blacklist,” the former
radio announcer said.
“Hundreds and hundreds of people in New York and in Hollywood
who were accused of no crime whatever, suspected of no crime what
ever, had their careers smashed.
“It had a terrifying effect,” he said.
Faulk and two of his colleagues decided to take a position against
the blacklisters. Two weeks later AWARE put a bulletin out on them
and CBS fired Faulk.
The journalist saw his dismissal as a "golden opportunity to haul
these birds by the heels to the courts.”
While waiting for his case to come up in court, Faulk re-examined
American principles and ideals.
“I read anew of the wisdom and vision of he men who set up the
society, knowing what they were and how flagrantly they were being
violated,” he said.
“It gave me an enormous sense of self-worth and enormous zest for
the battle,” he said.
The most gratifying thing about the whole ordeal, Faulk said, was
“Knowing that I stand just as tall as anyone in this land.”
Now you
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The following is the MSC Aggie Cinema film poll for the Spring Semester 1979. Please turn in the polls
at the Student Programs office (Rm. 216, MSC), or the Ballot Box in front of the Aggie Cinema display
case on the first floor of the MSC. Deadline is Sunday November 5, 6 p.m.
1. Please circle one:
a. Male b. Female
3. Please write your classification:
Please circle where you live:
a. On-Campus b. Off-Campus
a. Senior
b. Junior
c. Sophomore
d. Freshman
e. Faculty/Staff
f. Graduate Student
Have you ever attended an Aggie Cinema movie? YES NO
Would you be interested in attending a movie on Sunday evenings at 8:00 p.m.?
Circle 8 of the following International films that you would like to see.
1. Anne of 1000 Days
2. Macbeth
3. King Lear
4. The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob
5. Padre Padrone
6. Los Olvidados (The Young and The Damned)
7. All Screwed Up (Wertmuller)
8. Satyricon
9. Judgment at Nuremberg
10. La Strada
11. Small Change
12. Madame Rosa
13. The Bicycle thief
14. Cria
15. La Dolce Vita
Circle 15 of the following Classic films that you would like to see.
1. Marx Brothers Festival
Animal Crackers
Duck Soup
2. Keystone Cops (Golden Age for)
3. East of Eden (’55) - James Dean
4. The Little Foxes (’41) - Bette Davis
5. Arsenic and Old Lace - Cary Grant
6. El Cid (’61) - Charlton Heston
7. Jane Eyre (’43) - Joan Fontaine, Orson Welles
8. The African Queen (’51) - Humphrey Bogart,
Katherine Hepburn
9. Joan of Arc (’48) - Ingrid Bergman
10. We’re No Angels (’42)
11. The Count of Monte Cristo (’34) - Robert Donat
12. Rebel Without A Cause (’55) - James Dean
13. Meet John Doe (’ ) - Gary Cooper
14. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (’39) - James Stewart
15. Gentleman's Agreement (’47) - Gregory Peck
16. The Best Years of Our Lives (’46) - Fredric March
Frank Capra Festival
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
Sergeant York (’41) - Gary Cooper
National Velvet (’45) - Elizabeth Taylor
20. An American in Paris (’51) - Gene Kelly
21. My Man Godfrey (’36) - William Powell, Carole Lombard
22. Clark Gable Festival
It Happened One Night (’34)
The Hucksters (’47)
Mutiny on the Bounty (’35)
Red Dust (’32)
23. Spencer Tracy Festival
Adam’s Rib
Boys Town
Captains Courageous
The Old Man and The Sea
24. Cary Grant Festival
The Talk of The Town (’42)
His Girl Friday (’40)
Holiday (’38)
Notorious (’46)
25. The Big Country (’58) • Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck
26. Duel hi the Sun (’46) - Jennifer O’Neil, Gregory Peck
27. Yankee Doodle Dandy (’42) - James Cagney
28. Going My Way (’44) • Bing Crosby
29. The Robe (’53) - Richard Burton
30. The Philadelphia Story (’ ) - James Stewart
Circle 15 of the following matinee films which you would attend:
1. Other Side of the Mountain (Part II)
Airport ’77
2. In Casey’s Shadow
Paper Moon
3. I Wanna Hold Your Hand
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
4. A Touch Of Class
Great Gatsby
5. Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang
The Dove
6. Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Where the Red Fern Grows
7. The King & I
The 3 Lives of Thomasina
8. Sugarland Express
You Light Up My Life
9. Murder on the Orient Express
10. The Lion in Winter
Lost Horizon (’73)
11. 1776
Ten Little Indians
12. A New Leaf
Brian’s Song
13. Love Story
Echoes of a Summer
14. Twelve Chairs (Mel Brooks)
Man of La Mancha (’72)
15. Crossed Swords
The Ten Commandments
Circle 15 of the following midnight films which you would attend:
1. The Boys in Company C
2. F.M.
3. Dog Day Afternoon
4. Shampoo
5. Freebie and the Bean
6. Return of the Dragon
7. Outlaw Josey Wales
8. Easy Rider
9. Last Picture Show
10. High Anxiety
11. Walking Tall
12. The Magic Christian
13. Three Musketeers
14. Four Musketeers
15. Start the Revolution Without Me
16. The Graduate
17. Rabbit Test
18. Bingo Long & The Travelling All-Stars
19. Last Remake of Beau Geste
20. Lenny
21. The Mechanic
22. The Front Page
23. Day of the Jackal
24. Grizzly
25. The Black Bird
26. Thank God it’s Friday
27. Which Way Is Up?
Circle 15 of the following Popular films that you would like to see.
1. Saturday Night Fever
2. Woody Allen Festival
Take the Money and Run
The Front
Everything You Always . . . About Sex!
Play It Again Sam
Love and Death
3. Heroes
4. House Calls
5. The Choir Boys
6. The Greek Tycoon
7. Grease
8. Gray Lady Down
9. F.M.
10. First Love
11. Staight Time
12. The Boys In Company C
13. In Casey’s Shadow
14. Foul Play
15. Mel Brooks Festival
Blazing Saddles
High Anxiety
Silent Movie
The Producers
16. Coma
17. The Cheap Detective
18. The Swarm
19. Silver Bears
20. The One and Only
21. American Hot Wax
22. Rocky
23. Semi-Tough (if released)
24. Clint Eastwood Festival
Dirty Harry
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Fistful of Dollars
Magnum Force
Paint Your Wagon (Matinee)
Robert Radford Festival
the Sting
Butch Casidy
Three Days of the Condor
The Way We Were
Waldo Pepper
The Paper Chase
What’s Up Doc