News of the Night: October 9, 1999
Wednesday, September 27 [Statesman, middle of "A"
University of Texas professor Phil Harmonic was found dead in his apartment Wednesday, having apparently hanged himself three days before with a makeshift noose of men's silk ties. Police have not ruled out foul play, as this incident is disturbingly similar to the death of William Corinth earlier this summer.
Saturday, October 9:
City luminaries and Austin's biggest celebrities will be coming together to raise funds for the new annex of the Shriners' Children's Hospital. Austin's Mayor Ted Lundow and several members of Texas Senate are expected to attend this charitable dinner, as will several members of the city's legal and political leadership. "It's up to all of us to lend aid when we can, as much as we can," said City Councilperson Janet Gumbel. Media access will be restricted, but the Statesman's editor will be attending, and the city networks will be represented. Famous socialite Kateline Nedasdy and her husband, Exakiel, will be attending, says an anonymous source. Kurt Anderson, spokesperson for the Austin Interfaith Council, also will be attending.
The Shriners' Chidren's Hospital benefit dinner will begin at 7:00. Plates will cost $200. For more information, contact [hospital publicity contact information].
Saturday, October 9 [Statesman back page, Society section; a number of leaflets across campus] University of Texas professor Stephen Rosencruix will be offering a lecture 8:00 Saturday, entitled "Golden Legend, Stone Circle: The Gaelic Christ and the true meaning of the Prieure' de Sion." Invitation is open to the public, and Rosencruix will meet with attendants for coffee after the presentation.
In this week's issue of the Austin American Statesman there is a severe critque of the Tapesty-weaving display in the Hewlitt Mueseum of BCS in the statesman Life & Arts Section. To quote, "it's so 14th Century. Get over it. Not even worth beating the dust out of, let along walking on."
"Letters" column--following the second Austin Interfaith Council potluck supper in a month, an Austinite said the organization "Didn't accomplish much, but at least they ate well." This spawned a lettercolumn "flame war" from last Wednesday to present, touching on such diverse points as religion, community service and personal ancestry.
Jacob Williamson, with thanks to Sidney Barnes and Brian Ward