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Title: Tapia
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Language: English
Publisher: Tapia House Pub. Co.
Place of Publication: Tunapuna
Creation Date: September 26, 1976
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Dates or Sequential Designation: no. 1- Sept. 28, 1969-
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Vol. 6 No. 39

.rs. Andrea Talbutt,
Research Institute for
, Study of Man,
162, East 78th Street,
New York, NY. 10021,
iPh. Lehifh 5 8448,

Sunday, September 26, 1976

..', ,,

of Representatives last
Sunday voted to set up a
committee to make a sta-
tistical analysis of the
election results, con-
stituency by constituency.
The three-man com-
mittee was instructed to
collect tally sheets from
all the Tapia polling agents
with a view to providing
for the Movement a precise
picture of what votes were
cast where.
This decision followed
a request made from the
floor for information on
the voting in the Tunapuna
it was pointed out
that earliest results of the
Tunapuna constituency had
given Lloyd Best 619 votes.
On the basis of that pre-
liminary result, it was re-
ported in the Express (and
even in TAPIA last week)
that the Tapia Secretary
had lost his deposit.

The fin resultsls pub-
lished on Friday last week
,'ave Best 3,123 votes,
which not only saved his
deposit but placed him
second to the winning PNM
Lloyd Best,-asked to
clarify the position, said
he was himself not too
clear about what had hap-
pened, nor could he get
the needed information
from the Elections aird
Boundaries Commission.
There remained in his
mind, therefore, a question
about how so -large a dis-
crepancy in the voting
results, leading to wrong
conclusions, had been put
about without being chal-
lenged by people who had
the facts. He also noted
that, from the final results
given last week, the poll
in Tunapuna had been
among the highest, well
over 60%.

He worked for it
. ...- -. "sp 41 .- e-

the 1976 road march, was
his theme song.
That is what he played
over his loudspeakers wjen
he could think of nothing
else to say. But at other
times he was the voluble
PNM campaigner who
patrolled the streets of
Tunapuna, often alone in
his car, to sing the praises
of the PNM.
Horace Gordon had
taken leave from his sport

reporter-sub editor job at
the Guardian to campaign
for the PNM, he said. In
the late half of the cam-
paign he was urging Tuna-
puna's electorate: "Don't
split the PNM vote".
The Guardian
announced his reward last
Thursday Senator
Marilyn Gordon was named
'Parliamentary Secretary for'
Sport in the Ministry of


WER,' A-S ,,'1

WHAT WENT wrong?
Secretary Lloyd Best gave
last Sunday's Council meet-
ing his own assessments of
internal weaknesses which
had led to the elections
The campaign lacked
a national thrust, said Best.
One reason for this derived
from what he called "the
crisis in the organisation"
in the months previous to
elections. _
As :1 result o1 this
crisis Ili-cr'I was a;n l.i)s ncic'
of central autilorilv in
'apia. So hal l (lie T'lapki
calmpiign con-.istd hirgcly
of a; nuniiler oi clonstiituen-
cy ;and i(1 'iolii:i c min )paigins
with less alleniion paid
to making ai co-ordiiialted
central tliruslt.

is given much is expected.
The eleven men who go
forward this weekend to
take responsibility for run-
ning this country another
five years, will take up
their jobs in what can be
called the best of times
and the worst of times.
Never before, it seems,
has a team of men had
more going for them. The
PNM Government, freshly
returned to office by what
is called a decisive majority,
now have in their hands
the instruments of state
over which their control
is unfettered as never be-
Delivered into the
hands of the Prime Minister
is all that he said he needed
to run the country better.
For years as he surveyed
the helpless collapse of his
-administration, he yearned
aloud for the chance to
bring finer talent into the
A Constitution of his
own design now allows
him to bring in the person-
nel he wants through the
Senate. Presumably, he has
done so.
By means of his con-
trol over the PNM he has
been able to exclude from
the Parliament those whom
he regarded as "millstones",
going further to exclude
from the Cabinet five Min-
isters of the last
There have been
shake-ups, and shake-offs.
The country is en-
titled to conclude that
what he is left with must
be "the best and the


The Tapia ideology'
stressed local effort andl
self-determination. l Ince.
it was necessary for local
leaders to find themselves
and earn their spurs in
activities for which ihcy
had not thought tllh, hlad
much aptiludc.
On tIhe positive side,
lien, IBest said, Tapia mhd
been succcssl'l I
"localiscd'" in the couIC
ol tIhe cIm i'pai n. Noi\\
Ielle 'r possi ilii s c \ islcdl
'or biuildiinc' loll'-tei'rll ci.n
slilil'ncy org;liiis;llioin t .'onll -
prisiig tried ;ind l ic cl d
I li l apil SecreAi' l l
also hklaintl iincxpriencie.
It \\;is the fIir st l imk he
aidiiittecd. l hlt lie hi nisecll'
had bccin invoicd iin iln

in the party that he wanted
youth and women? The-
"electoral mood" demand-
ed it. The new Cabinet
contains no women; its
average age, 46 years.
The population is now
invited to look forward
to -a "public example in
productivity" from the
new team.
The honeymoon
period should start with
hope. We have had a cred-
ible election. Faith has
been restored in the sys-
tem. The regime has been
reprieved. So they say.
But that is what makes
it the worst of times. For
such fragile faith as this
government has been able
to engender could well be
headed for the rocks of
And in that case the
population, like the youth
and the women, will have
to go it all over, one more

election campaign.
If he were to contest
another, he would go about
it quite differently.
Taipia as a whole had
come to appreciate that
an electoral machinery is a
specific kind of instrument.
Lloyd lBe'l didl not,
however, regard the PNM's
posSCssioIn of such
inMchi.in'ry and its control
o1 ilic sltatlc as uliilbCatable
:lsse1ks i an 111 l'ctior;il itrulg-
,li'. A, \\ inniniig m m inllcnt.
le jr.,t'icl. \h tclher in the
\Ci .'rnnent or noItl. \Aould
liiw it,, supporters e\cry-
l\ ii'c, sucking its interests.
I li' SeC cl;t r also
ini l ioined iih' 'llortagec o'i
I'lrsoi n lMn .,, ,n1 k 1 l inhil,
Iron \\hihll tic caiin paign
slIT ri.i L

30 cents

brightest" as handpicked
by himself, a man blessed
with the opportunity to
grow older and wiser in
government, never having
had to pay for his mistakes
by falling from office.


"Trial and error" was
how the Prime Minister
described his method last
Monday night. The errors
he has always been able to
lay at the'door of some-
body else the incompe-
tent junior, the over-
reaching civil servant, the
inefficient administrator.
Or just the whole
-system. Or the unresponsive,
unappreciative population.
But always he has
been privileged to try again,
to start all over, with new
men, new ideas, or new
words for old ideas, or
borrowed ideas.
How long ago was it





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lifl I


The life


times that

lan knew

read the headline.
I read the brief re-
port that followed to
learn that "A Petit
Valley man who was
rushed to the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital
yesterday after he was
found frothing at his
home, died from poison-
The dead man was
identified as 27-year-old
Ian Mitchell. The story
ended with the words
"Foul play is not
The lan Mitchell I
knew was an earnest
and dedicated young
Apart from a three-
week stint in a market-
ing agency in May, he
had been unemployed
for the last two years.
Over the past six
months lan tramped the
streets in search of a
job, at least three days
a week.
The rest of the
time he plodded on for
a wider cause, as part
of the Tapia campaign
in the Diego Martin
West Constituency.
I would phone Ian
early in the morning.
Invariably he had one
of two answers: "Boy,
I have an interview this
morning," or "Where do

wo meet?"
Ian, like the rest
of us, could not have
been happy with the
outcome of the elec-
At the end of years
of frustration what he
had to look forward to
was another five years
in which young people
like himself would find
little chance of making
a fulfilling life in this
On behalf of the
Tapia Diego Martin
team, I express deepest
sympathy to the rela-
tives of lan Mitchell
and to all those in Petit
Valley and elsewhere
who had found inspira-
tion in the dedication
and zeal of a young
man who had lived,
worked and hoped for
a new and better order.

Winthrop Junior Wiltshire.
Winhrp unorWitsire


TAPIA'S failure to win a
seat in the elections had
left the movement dis-
appointed, but morale had
not suffered, said Secretary
Lloyd Best in his report
to last Sunday's Council
of Representatives meet-
ing at Tapia House.
Tapia had not failed,
he said. "Tapia had failed

to win a seat," he argued.
"But my heart is full to-
day," he said, noting the
attendance at the meeting
and the expressions of un-
diminished zeal for con-
tinuing the work.
"We have advanced
the campaign for a better
Trinidad and Tobago,"
Best declared.

He said he had
a letter from Archbishop
Anthony Pantin of Port-
of-Spain which expressed
appreciation for the work
Tapia had done and the
hope that our constructive
contribution to this
country would continue,
Continued on Page 4

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Sun. 3rd Oct

or Jack Alexis 62/54962/54701

8to3 Mon to Fri


Living '7 Ex po: t a i n



in time

Some of the contestants for the Living '77 Queen

APPEARING on stage
last week at the "Living
'77 Expo" at the Queen's
Park Savannah, calypsoni-
an Singing Francine
preceded one song with
some explanation of what
it was all about, adding:
"I always do this when
I'm singing for a foreign
The several hundred
people sitting on the
bleachers flaking the
Grand Stand were no
such thing, of course.
Trinidadians all. But
Francine could be for-
given the-inadvertent slip
of the tongue. After all,
the overall image of Expo
'77 is as foreign as Miami.
Or is Miami foreign?
Apparently not to Car-
nival bandleader Wayne
Berkeley and company
Who organised


"Expo '77" takes
the form of the average
business trade fair with
booths exhibiting a range
of company products and
services, an assortment of
games, liquor bars,,eating
shops and a nightly round
of stage entertainment -
including an excellent
performance by the Na-
tional Dance Company of
Spain last Monday night.
This Friday (Sept.
24) night the Trinidad
Theatre Workshop is also
expected to lift the
quality of performance
with a presentation of
the hit play, "The Joker
of Seville." -
Left to the *or-
ganisers' own resources,
the stage shows would
have been a colossal
bore if not a grotesque
expression of middle in-
come culture at its worst.
The running show

at the savannah on a
nightly basis has been
"Big Red Riding Hood"
with "Tiny" Edgehill as
the lead character,
pedalling a bicycle dwarf-:
ed by her size and her
encounter with two
"wolves" i.e. two
brothers on the block
(though the characters
chosen to play the role
clearly lost contact with
any kind* of street life
at least a decade ago).
The entire skit
makes use to sexual in-
.nuendo and double&
entendre to jerk laughs
out of the audience. A
bad calypso tent could
do better.
And there w a s
politics in it too. George
Weekes was mentioned,
as being a Red. So was
Denis Solomon, "who
'lose he deposit".
The jokes about
PNM Ministers came
across like the kind of
picong good friends give
one another. They might
be called oligarchy jokes.
Not so funny was
the element of rip-off
that ,ran through the
whole "Expo". Entrance
prices were fixed high
enough to keep out the
kind of people who might
react on the spot to bad
entertainment or to the
b 1 a t a n t dishonesty
evident at the various
games hoops just about
the same size as blocks
they are supposed to fit
over, tin cans that seem
glued to the platform
they are supposed to be
knocked off, even bean
bags with too few beans
to carry weight
All of them at 25
cents a shot and some
booths charged 50 cents
to start.
During one per-

formance of "Riding
Hood", a character on
stage made reference to
a letter in the Press that
suggested that "Expo
'77" was "for one class
of people." Laughed at,
of course, by the au-
But the problem
with this kind of "class"
resentment is thbt while
it is the easiest criterion
by which to judge ex-
pressions like Expo '77,
it is also the obvious basis
on which the whole thing
has been organised.
The company flags
bedecking the .poles at
the entrance to the trade
fair speak volumes about
who the organizers are,
where they are coming
from and what they in-
tend to get out of it.


With a little more
sensitivity to the realities
of income inequality and
the glaring need for
cultural exposure for the
society as a whole (and
not as a tiny section),
Berkeley and company
could have organised a
real fair throwing: it
open to the public ana
providing a genuine out-
let for all kinds of crea-
tive and leisure ex-
There is no doubt
about it that people, par-
ticularly the people of
Port-of-Spain, are starved
for entertainment, for
opportunities to go out
on a night on the town
and have a reasonably
good time at a reasonably
fair price.
"Expo '77" could
have provided that and
earned itself a popular
demand for annual repeat

Instead, the or-
ganisers lazily went for
the usual foreign model,
so lazy in fact that the
booths, which cost some
companies as much as
75,000 dollars, a r e
located in a sheltered area
that is horribly ventilated
so that visitors quickly
run through the main at-
traction of the fair to
escape drowning in sweat.
A single fan cools the
whole area.
What finally gives
away "Expo '77" is the
Beauty Queen Parade -
that whole idle phoniness
of young girls being
lacquered in makeup and

costume and trotted
across the stage for ap-
plause. For what? Hardly
for giving an example to
young women of the Re-
The Beauty Queen
number is too reminis-
cent of the-Jaycees Car-
nival Queens' of yester-
year, that so-called
beauty parade that was
brought to an end by
clamorous public dis-
It is probably no
accident that the name
chosen for the Expo '77
show was "Yesterday,
Once More". With a
vengeance. (R.A.P.)


The reader will find a number of chapters which aim to
introduce him to the basic principles of Indian, Arabic,
Oriental and African music both as subjects of great interest
in their right and as interesting comparative studies, helping
to illiminate his understanding of his own tradition. Then
the early centuries of that tradition itself are given extended
treatment. What the reader will not find here are learned
speculations on the nature of ancient Greek or Assyrian
music-as far as possible this history is concerned with 'ving


This book is packed with facts and figures about the
stars who become world-famous and the record which
sold a million (or more) copies. From Caruso to Bob
Dylan, Grosby to Presley, Paul Whiteman and his
Orchestra to Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones, Al
Jolson to the ,Beatles, Ella Fitzgerald to Barbra Streisand,
it sets out in Chronological order the story of every
best selling discs with biographies of the stars, the
group, details of the films and shows which achieved the
ultimate accolade.



TAP iA..Page~ 3,


From Page 2
despite the election dis-
On the question of
the racial factor in the
voting pattern, Best
affirmed that it was
necessary to see that voting
race was valid against the
background of what had
happened in the 1976
If Tapia people did
not see how voting race
was inevitable and valid,
then there was the danger
of accepting the Naipaullian
position that no change
was possible in this
Dealing with the rally-
ing call along "class" lines,
Best said that "as long as
you're talking class you're
bound to reinforce race"
for "talking class" only
redirected people to primal
loyalties, and in t h i s
country race was surely
one of them.
The Tapia Secretary
urged his hearers to see
that 'Tapia could not

expect that people would
vote for the Movement
simply because it was
-'There is no quid pro
quo in this respect," he
So the struggle had to
continue, and he was
heartened to see that there
was apparently widespread
recognition of this in Tapia.
Best recalled that
some years ago he had
advised that it was neces-
sary to tell recruits to
the movement that "we
might never win", and he
reaffirmed that that was
the only basis on which
people could make a true
commitment to change.
The Tapia Secretary
also referred to the fact
that so many people had
expressed surprise and dis-
appointment that Tapia
did not win a seat.
People are seeing "the
horror of what they have
done", he said, "and we
will reap the harvest of
that understanding if we
succeed in constructing

that bridge of fait
between the condition i
which people see then
selves and the vision of
new order of society."
There was lou
applause when the Tap
Secretary declared: "W
are the only political part
in Trinidad and Tobag
today. I am satisfied

What happened, and where do we go from here? The first part of last Sunday's Tapia Council of
Representatives meeting was taken up with hearing opinions of on this from the floor. Here a member
from Tobago gives his assessment of the campaign while the hat is being passed around for a collection

Editor Lennox Grant gave a report on the performance of the TAPIA newspaper avd the publishing a
printing operations during the election campaign. Grant also offered some ideas for new directions for
'the paper.



FIRST, they gave their
names, then they said from
what constituency they
came. Someone noted that
change. Before it used to
vaguer, but now, after the
election campaign, people
want to say clearly where
they are coming from.
For the hour or so
that the floor was "open"
people said what they felt,
one by one, catching the
eye of the Chairman, Denis
Solomon, for the chance
to do so.
The meeting was
bigger than the normal
Council which it had been
scheduled to be, but
smaller than the normal
General Assembly of Tapia
people which in spirit it
tended to be.
It was a unique
moment, Sunday, Septem-
ber 19, 1976, six days
after the General Elections.
The sounds of the
campaign still rang in
people's ears, even though
the microphones had'been
silent all week.


Save for the long
table up front where sat
Lloyd Best, Ivan Laughlin,
Denis Solomon and Dennis
Pantin, the candidates were
not to be seen together.
it was now the turn of
the members to speak, and-
the setting could suggest
that they were passing
judgment on the perfor-
mance of their candidates.
That the membership had
nd the leadership on trial.
You could get the
feeling, too, that the

Hailing from Laventill
scarcity of resources o

failure to win a seat meant
that all the old criticisms
were right. Or that at least
they needed to be heard
So the mood was for
hearing everything. Let
it all be thrown into the
centre, to be looked at
Tapia must learn to
relate to people...this fatal
"bourgeois" stamp...the
packaging needed more at-
tention...Tapia undercsti-
mated the ULF...not
enough preparatory work
was done in the con-
And there was the
backlash, too, coming
from those who said the
lack of "resources" was
what caused most set-
backs...Tapia couid relate




this cadre argued that more weight had to be given to the
noney and people.

to people as well as any-
body else...if anybody was
"talking down" to the
people, it wasn't this


And there was
applause from all sides,
especially for the pledges
and calls to continue the
fight without stopping.
"My head is bloodied but
unbowed," intoned a Tapia
senior citizen to warm
More applause greeted
a proposal to put up fresh
posters outside the Parlia-
ment. Again for an early
meeting in Woodford
Square. Defiantly, many

wore the still crisply new
Tapia jerseys.
That week had seen
the climax of the election
disruptions of the Move-
ment's ongoing business.
The Tapia paper had come
out on time, but it was a
thin edition, consisting of
just four pages. But copies
of it were in great demand,
many buyers saying keep
the. change from the
dollar. In the course of
the following days, there
would be demand for a
And for Sunday's
meeting, no catering for
refreshment had been
done. The hat was passed,
and machinery went
swiftly into action to
prepare sandwiches for the
lunch break.

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OIBER 26, 1976-




The rise and

TED PEONG, Programme Director
of Republic Radio Station (RRS),
felt the only thing left to do was
walk out the twin glass doors, step
out on the balcony and throw
himself into the street below.
Peong saved himself, for the
moment, from committing suicide
by a curious mental device: the
horrible phone call of the last
five minutes unreeled in his mind
like a slow motion film.
Peong's eyes strayed to the
wall and focused on the clock. It
was 11.35 a.m. He buzzed his
secretary, Miss Mole, and told her:
"See if you can get two tickets for

"Miss Mole, who to date had
only been as far as far as Tobago, almost
swooned. "Should I get them for
the weekend flight?"
Peong snarled: "For today!
Fudd has struck again!"
He "didn't wait to hear the
tail end of her scream, slammed
down the receiver, dialed the nfews-
room. "News Editor", barked
Christian Harris.
"PD here" Peong said.
"The word today is Re-
member The Alamo", Harris said.
"To hell with that this morn-
ing" Peong said. "We really in
trouble this time."
Harris automatically knew it
was a major crisis. Peong wouldn't
dare infringe RRS Regulation 1


-F i action
(a), Section 5 (c) unless something
really bad was happening (the said
rule reads: "Since RRS phones
may be insecure, all communica-
tion among senior executive
managerial personnel must be
preceded by code words to be
chosen by the chairman of a
daily basis".)
"Oh God!" Harris said.
"What is it he do now?"
"Get your tail in here, fast!"
Peong said, dropped the phone
and picked up the outside line
which was ringing. Peong prayed
it was Miss Mole with the tickets.
It was a reporter from the
Peong, I hear a fantastic story..."
Peong screamed:' "No com-
Slam! went the phone.
Harris came through the door
with his personal effects (two
pencisl, a notebook and a month's
supply of the "Christian Science
Monitor") clutched in both hands.
"Is not as bad as that yet",
Peong said. Actually, it was worse
than that. He just hated to see
Harris anticipating anything. Peong
added: "Get that crap back where
it belongs!"



Harris said: "Father of Jesus,
save us!" and dashed back to the
newsroom. He was back as Peong
was taking another call.
Miss Mole was saying: "I
can't get a call out. Every line
is jammed. Everybody is calling
for you."
Peong snapped: "Tell them
to call Fudd. I'm taking no calls.
Keep trying on those tickets.
Better still, leave the office and
walk downtown and buy them.
Badam! went the phone.

Peong said to Harris: "All
ah we gone this tinfe."
"Sweet Lord, have mercy,"
Harris said. He dropped to his
knees and started muttering in
"Don't start that stupidness
here!" Peong shouted. And then,
although he knew Harris was in-
capable of it, he added: "Get up
off your knees and stand up like
a man." Harris got up slowly, the
insult water off a duck's back.
"Oh God Ted! Doe keep meh
in suspense huh! What it is Fudd
do now?"


The slow motion film started
going in Peong's head again. His
eyes bulged, his tongue began to
began to swell inside his mouth.
He lifted a hand to his throat and
went: "Aaauugh!"
Harris was concerned: "Some-
thing stick in your throat?"
The sheer stupidity of the
questioip snapped Peong back to
reality. He said: "Fudd called a
while ago. He dictated the lead
story for your noon newscast."
Harris felt relief flood through
his body. Was that all? No large
thing. Deep down inside, Harris
felt Fudd was really a good journa-
list. For months, he had been
providing the newsroom with
stories for all 50 newscasts per
What surprised Harris was
that Fudd had called Peong to
give him a story. Fudd had been
slipping Harris the copy with the
caution: "Don't tell Peong. He
doesn't understand journalism like
you do."
Irritated by the smirk on
Harris's face, Peong said: "You
feel this is the usual story about
what a great statesman His
Excellency is? Catch yourself,
Harris. This is all ah we wuk going
up in smoke. Here."
He passed a sheet of paper
to Harris, who took it and without
reading it, stood up and said:
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"It's 14 minutes to 12. I'll have
just enough time to type this out
and get it to the announcer."
Peong said: "Read it!"
Harris began to read with a
smile playing at the corner of his
mouth. The smile vanished. He
dropped back into the chair and
went: "Aaauugh!"
Peong waited: Harris went
into- shock. Peong wasn't alarmed.
This was a common ailment at
RRS for two years now, ever since
Fudd had taken over as chairman.
Two years! Peong felt it was
more like two decades since Fudd
had called him to offer him the
PD work. He had accepted right
away, of course. That fat salary
.plus perks wasn't to be sneezed at
by -a man selling motorcar parts
for a living, He had jumped at the

The next time Peong had
heard from or seen Fudd was a
Saturday morning, three months
after he had taken up the new
job. In those. 90 days, Peong had
come to view Fudd as nothing less
than unbelievable. For in that
time, Fudd had not only fired the
former PD to give Pe'ong the work,
he had also axed 10 journalists
from the newsroom, two tele-
phone operators, a cleaner, the
coffee lady and, just for good
measure, three security guards.
Three months after that, it
so happened that RRS carried a
news story on a U.S. Senate sub-
committee investigation of bribery
in the Republic by the Ripoff
Corp of Dustbowl, Texas.
"I'll fire the bunch of com-
munist agitators who conspired
to broadcast the story!" Fudd had
screamed, tearing through Peong's
That evening Fudd had fired
five new reporters, two duty
operators, an engineer, the office
boy who carried the story to the
studio and the announcer. And
another security guard, just for
good measure.

To say that Peong was im-
pressed by Fudd was to say noth-
ing. Peong trembled over the
ground the man walked on. There
was that 'unforgettable Monday
morning that a Bob Marley tune
played on RRS had caught Fudd's
ear. Fudd had-thundered down
on the station again. That evening,
the toll was the duty operator
who spun the disc, the announcer,
the telephone operator, the coffee
lady and the security guard on
night duty. In fact, Fudd had fired
the whole security company and
hired another.
To his face, Peong called
Fudd Mr. Elmer. Six months atter
he had been on the job, he had
come across Fudd training his five
Dobermans in the Botanic Gardens
a Sunday afternoon.
"I didn't know you liked
flowers," Peong offered as light
"Hate them'" Fudd said.
"You're Ted Peong, right? Call
me 'by my first name, Elmer."
But nobody dared. Every-
body called him Mr. Elmer.
Privately, however, Peong called


The rise

and fall

of Ted


"Mr. Elmer" The Madman.
Peong had finally decided on
that sobriquet after the Republic's
Independence Day celebrations
two months ago. As luck would
have it, RRS broke down, went
off the air, right smack in the
middle of His Excellency's address
to the nation.
"Communists!" Fudd had
screamed, bearing down on the
station in his own private heli-
copter. Peong had fried to explain
that the fault lay with the Re-
public Electricity Corporation
(REC) of Arid, Texas.
Fudd would have none of
that. "Watch yourself Peong,"
he'd thundered. "Don't go soft in
the head and start criticising the
people who butter your bread.
Communists, I tell you. Sabotage!
I'll find them. I'll ferret them
And with that, Fudd had
gone tearing through. the station.
That evening the score was all six
engineers, one announcer, one
duty operator, a record librarian,
the two-man staff at the trans-
mitter station out in the
Montserrat hills. And a security

The phone on his desk
snapped Peong out of his night-
mare reverie. It was Miss Dole.
"Mr. Elmer's helicopter just
landed on the rool!" she scream-
ed. Peong gagged. Hlarris was slow-
ly coming out of shock. Peong
leapt across his desk and jerked
Harris to his i'eet.
"Get moving, man! Fudd just
landed!" Harris bolted out the
door in a flash. Peong called Miss
"Any luck on the tickets?"
Miss Mole said: "They'll be
ready in an hour."
Peong said: "Too late."

Suicide was the only way out
now, Peong decided. He stepped
towards the glass doors. Fudd tore
through the other door.
"It's one minute to noon,
Peong! Is the newscast ready?"
Peong said weakly: "It's with
the news editor, Mr. Elmer."
Fudd headed out the door
and roared: "Harris!" By the time
he leaned back into the office,
Harris appeared at the door. In
spite of the disaster facing him,
it occurred to Peong that Harris
had just set a new speed record.


Harris was stammering:
"Th-the new-news in-in-inside
already, Mr. Elmer."
"Follow me!" Fudd barked.
They trooped behind him straight
into the "Live" studio where Zany
"Crazy" Eldock was reading the
intro to the news: "...yes sir, your
own tripsy Republic Radio Sta-
tion, spree-time coming up, oh
yeah, with a fast look at the jive
going on in the Big World, yeah!"

Fudd said: "Young man,
make sure and ready myr' fiews
item first."


Eldock was crazy for any-
body but Fudd. Straight into the
"Live" mike he screamed: "Oh
God Mr. Elmer! I have a wife and
three children! I ain' go chew gum
on the air again! Oh God...!"
Fudd spun to face Peong.
"Tell this idiot to get on with the
news reading!"

Peong looked at Eldock,
who was going into shock. Peong
leaned forward to switch off the
"live" mike and then decided
against it. Nothing really mattered
any more. He told Eldock: "Read
the news quick!"
Too late. Eldock was into.
full shock. Every nerve paralysed.
"Sabotage!" Fudd screamed.
Harris saw a remote chance
for survival: "Why don't you read
it yourself Mr. Elmer?"
Fudd dismissed Harris.
"You're fired!" he screamed at
Harris who started going down on
his knees to pray. Fudd pushed
him out the studio and whirled
on Peong: "How dare your news
editor suggest I infringe the RRS
principle that only announcers
may read on the air?" Peong
shrugged. "What's wrong with this
fool?" Fudd wanted to know
He meant Eldock who was
coming out of it slowly. Peong
said: "He's going to read in a
second. It's only four minutes
past noon." It occurred to Peong
he was talking simply to hear the
sound of his own voice to remind
himself this was really happening.

"Read!" Fudd shouted at'
Eldock, dropping a massive t a p
behind the announcer's neat Afro
head. Eldock went: "Aaauugh!"
Peong slipped out the studio,
heading for that ledge outside his
office overlooking the road.
Eldock read: "RRS is happy
to announce that in keeping with
its policy to safeguard citizens
form the dirty communist menace,
we will not be broadcasting pro-
ceedings of Parliament. You will
hear neither the Government nor
Opposition. The reason is, those
nasty communists we banned from
the air two years ago are now
in the House and the Senate. Add-
ed to this, the words 'capitalism'
and "slavery' will no longer be
broadcast on this station in any
As Eldock read on, Ted
Peong thought the street was
coming up at him very slowly.
Another one of those slow motion
pictures, he thought. A smasher,
this one!



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SELWYN RYAN'S corn- home
ments in last Sunday's Ex.
press that President Clarke the 1
should appoint Lloyd Best
to the Senate so Trinidadi-
ans could "erase the shame
of having chosen Bertie
Fraser over one of the
country's foremost poli- ted
tical intellects" was des- promi
cribed Monday night last will b
as "the crowning disgrace that
of the Press" by Prime sough
Minister Dr. Eric Williams. from
Speaking at a victory the cc
meeting in the South Port-
of-Spain Constituency, said h
Williams said he antici- for s
pated that Fraser would ment
do in Tunapuna what Ulric
Lee had done in Port-of- -':
Spain North in 1956 -
unseat Albert Gomes.
"Tunapuna is PNM
and Tunapuna will stay
PNM, no matter what
motorcade they bring,"
Williams said in a half-
hour address in which he
also alluded to problems
within the ruling party.
"I know when to shut
my mouth," Williams said,
"and I also know when to
open it and I decide to not ru
open it tonight." He the p
referred to the "absolutely the p
incredible behaviour in manage
certain circles within the ment,
Party" but did not elabo- "nerv
rate further. prince

The Prime Minister
also pinpointed as immedi-
ate tasks of his Govern-
(1) A move to offer
the public shares in the
State-owned enterprises,
to be preceded by a series
of public talks on the or-
ganisation of the economy
and the citizen's role in
that economy;
(2) A new programme
of work by the Cabinet to
set a public example in
productivity ("I wonder,"
Williams remarked, "if I

to be
like t
ment 1
no s(
to go
He sla
old a
and br

who I


to have a motorcade
get that message
(3) Preparation of
977 Budget.


Williams also rei
earlier campail
ises that the Cal
be made smaller
more advice wi
t by the Cal
expertise availab
The Prime Min
he had been critic
aying some Go'

Selwyn Ryan

nning well, espec
public utilities wl
problem was onc
cement. The Gov
he said, was
ous" about
pals are going
ge the new sch
A new formula
found for prob]
these and for
table unemp
Villiams added:
socialist so I
ig to trot out. I
by trial and err
mmced into "infe
s" picking up
that were "30 y
nd picked up
brought here."
Williams also sai
"totally wrong"
nt as Senators pe
had been defeated
polls. This wa
ration of the ele
he said. PNM


not do it."
On Tobago voting
DAC, Williams said this
was part of a general
malaise, part of a Carib-
bean madness originating
in the "flotsam and jet-
sam" thrown into the
region by history. "If all
want to go, go", he said.
"I'm not going to send any
Coast Guard ships or army

11 be As far as he was con-
binet cerned, it was "a financial
le in matter" which could be
settled by agreement. "I
lister for one am not too
cised bothered about it. I will
vern- be particularly careful
were not to do anything to keep
Tobago in line by force.'
I am against and I am ad-
.,- vising the population
against it."


SWilliams also said he
was thinking that the Prime
Minister, who did not
represent a single but the
-- "national constituency,
should not be in the House.
He attributed the
ially PNM triumph at the polls
hre to the fact that "our Party
e of- discipline held."
vern- His address was
also sprinkled with comments
how on the Press which he
to accused of incompetence
ools and "deliberate malice"
and on the Government-
had owned Trinidad. and To-
lems bago. Television, he said:
the "Oh God, when I look
Ploy- at that TV sometimes, I
think we have made some
'I'm mistakes, but you mean
have somebody go hold that
have against me? I never see
or." anything so bad."
rior Former Port-of-Spain
for- Mayor Hamilton iHolder,
Cars who had worked as Wil-
now lialms' campaign manager
in the elections, introduced
id it the Prime Minister and told.
to PNM suppoirlers elections
oplc were not that far away
,d at because local Government
is a elections were due shortly.
ecto- Williams made no
'will comments on that.

The country can hardly wait for the new PNM
administration to sink its teeth into the myriad pro-
blems of maintenance produced by the rundown
state of the national equipment.
Now that the Prime Minister gets to work with
his newly assembled star-studded team with the
loud promise of "an example in productivity", some
some effective start can at last be effected on such
problems as highlighted by the TAPIA photographer
at the Caura Chest Hospital. Claiming that his pictures
speak for ttthemselves, the photographer reports the
quip of one Hospital employee: "While dey trying to
cure the sick on one side, dey. trying to spread dis-
ease on the other."