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gThe Daily Tar HeelThursday, October 22, 1987
Randy Travis may be new sex symbol of country music
(Seeing country star Randy Travis,
from Marshville, at the North Caro
lina State Fair Tuesday night was an
People started waiting in line
before the fairgrounds even opened
to grab up the general admission seats
to the free concert in Dorton Arena.
vThe lines of people teenagers
to retirees wrapped around the
arena. People prayed out loud for a
seat, any seat. Finally, just before 6
p.m. the ushers opened the doors, and
immediately, hours of community
organization were shot to hell. People
jumped out of line and rushed to the
entrances. Grandmas pushed grand
mas. People got hurt. It was madness
that is usually associated with rock
In IS minutes, all the seats were
gone. Dingy Dorton Arena was filled
with 8,000 dedicated and pushy but
somewhat lucky Randy Travis fans.
A lot of the unfortunate ones that
did not make it inside the arena
crowded around the singer's bus
hoping to get a peek at the newest
living legend in country music. As
show time neared, a dozen state
troopers prepared to escort Travis to
the arena. The troopers formed a
wedge, and Travis followed them like
a fullback determined to reach
As Travis waited backstage to go
on," he warmly greeted the various
VI Ps that came up to him by smiling
and signing autographs and shaking
hands. Finally it was time for the
show. Travis took the stage.
It was just like Elvis.
For the next hour, photographic
flashes and feminine screams filled
the arena. Some displayed signs
saying "We love you Randy." Others
After years of depression, Nashville
finally has a male sex symbol. Guys
like Willie Nelson, Hank Jr., and
George Jones just don't cut it as studs.
But a cute young buck like Travis
can fill that voided role. Travis
packed 16 songs into his hour-long
set. No Place Like Home" took on
added significance, and the feminine
screams grew a little louder. Travis
also got a standing ovation when he
sang his current number one hit
"Forever and Ever Amen." Travis
closed the set with perhaps his two
most popular tunes "Diggin Up
Bones" and "On the Other Hand"
from his smash debut LP Storms of
After singing those two heartache
songs, Travis left the stage, greeted
a few more VI Ps and then got back
in his fullback position behind his
blockers, the state troopers. The
people lined up from the arena to the
bus squealed as Travis made the jaunt
back to his mobile home.
Travis isnt the reincarnation of
Elvis, but the two singers do have a
lot in common. It's not that Travis
has the same mannerisms of Elvis,
because he doesnt. Travis doesn't
swivel his hips or pass out sweat-filled
scarfs to his audiences. He just strums
his acoustic guitar and sings sad
country songs. However, Travis is
similar to Elvis in the responses he
receives from his audiences. Females
of all ages squeal uncontrollably.
The two are most similar in their
backgrounds. Like the King was in
his early days, Travis is a handsome
and well-mannered young man.
Travis is also from the South and
possesses a beautifully rich singing
voice, like Elvis.
Now whether Travis is getting this
Elvis-type response wherever he goes
or only when he plays before home
folks is unknown. One thing is for
sure though. Randy Travis is rapidly
moving closer to the day he will be
coronated as the new king of country
'Helms tries to Mock vote on nominee for amtoassidoir
From Associated Prtss reports
'Washington An acid
exchange occurred Wednesday in the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee
in which one senator told another,
"If you railroad me, Mr. Chairman,
youll regret it," and a third senator
said the panel was laying its internal
squabbles before the public.
At issue was an attempt by Sen.
Jesse Helms, R-N.C, to block action
cm an ambassadorial nomination that
had been pending almost all year.
' In the end, the committee voted
113 to send the nomination of
Foreign Service veteran Richard
Viets as ambassador to Portugal to
the Senate floor with a favorable
But it did so under circumstances
so complicated that Helms, who
walked out of the committee room
before the final vote, may be able to
challenge the validity of the action.
Helms had long objected to the
nomination of Viets, 56, who pre
viously served as U.S. ambassador to
Jordan and Tanzania.
His grounds include grievances
filed against Viets by three junior
diplomats and allegations that he may
not have paid state and district taxes
in certain U.S. jurisdictions in which
he may have had a legal residence.
Helms complained the State
Department is engaged in a "cover
up" because it has declined, on
privacy grounds, to give him access
to the Viets full personnel files.
"Mr. Viets is a totally unsatisfac
tory diplomat and the State Depart
ment is withholding information,"
Sen. Claiborne Pell, D-R.I., chair
man of the committee, said he is sure
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that the questions raised by commit
tee members have had a "beneficial
impact" on Viets and that in the
future he will be "much more sensitive
and careful in dealing with adminis
trative and personnel matters. "
Noting that the Portugal post had
been vacant for a year, Pell said
further delay "could have a negative
impact on our crucial political,
cultural and security interests in that
When Pell said that it was impor
tant to "get on with the nation's
business," Helms replied with a single
Under the rules, Senate committees
were required to end morning bus
iness meetings by 1 1 a.m. The clock
was running and senators accused
Helms of filibustering to prevent
action before that hour arrived.
Helms1 attempt to table the nom
ination was defeated 11-5, and he
launched into a speech.
Pell attempted to cut him off.
Helms insisted he had the floor and
could not be stopped.
"You cannot take the floor away
from me," Helms told Pell. "If you
railroad me, Mr. Chairman, youll
Pell held his ground.
"It's been more than a year; Mr.
Viets deserves a Vote," the chairman
"No, he doesnt," Helms replied.
Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., the
former committee chairman, attemp
ted to intervene.
"You're no longer the ranking
member," said Helms, who now holds
Lugar replied that he is still a
senator and a committee member and
has rights under the rules.
Helms pleaded for other senators
to leave the room with him, to deny
the panel the necessary quorum to
No one budged. But Sen. Frank
Murkowski, R-Alaska, asked for a
"To attempt tq do our internal
laundry in public is uncomfortable
and embarrassing," he said.
The time was 10:59 a.m., and Sen.
Brock Adams, D-Wash., moved that
the nomination be approved.
Pell ruled that the vote could
continue because it had begun before
the 1 1 a.m. deadline.
Helms walked4 out and the com
mittee, at 1 1:03 a.m., finished its vote.
Helms is expected to challenge the
panel's action on grounds that it was
completed after 11 a.m. and is
therefore technically void.
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Momix dance group
scheduled to open
performing arts series
By BETH RHEA
Momix, a dance company as
unusual as its name, will open the
Carolina Union Performing Arts
Series tonight in Memorial Hall. "'
According to founder Moses Pen
dleton, Momix was originally the
name of a brand of calf feed. Today
Momix is a company that combines
a host of artistic media to create its
own brand of entertainment.
The company's shows typically
involve dance, music, sets, props, art
and sculpture, Pendleton said.
Momix "extends the range of dance
and adds a new angle to it, ne saia.
"It's the musicalizatiori of the world
around you. It makes you feel the
dance of life."
Pendleton emphasized the role that
fancy and fantasy play in Momix's
work. "The Momix show has the
logic of a dream state," he said. He
said he hoped the show would
"inspire people to see new things."
The performers aim to involve the
audience in the show, Pendleton said.
"We want the audience to root for
us," he said. "We hope to capture the
audience's attention and imagination,
to share the pictures and sensations
with them. If it works, they'll help
us energize the show. If we can leave
the audience a little higher, they'll
elevate us, too."
Pendleton said Momix began as a
solo dance that he performed in the
1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid,
N.Y. Momix then became a duet
when Alison Chase joined him for a
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Mitch Levine the technical director.
The production crew is rounded out
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Momix will perform tonight at 8
p.m. in Memorial Hall. Call 962-1449
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