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The Daily Tar HeelWednesday, December 7, 19885
A book for
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By MICHAEL JORDAN
Special to the DTH
ITe ks as if he should be a
J quiet man balding,
-li. XLglasses, only 5-foot-8 and
dressed in an unassuming brown
suit. But then you notice his mouth.
It twitches this way and that, per
forming its own aerobic exercises.
Pursing in contemplation, dimpling
with glee, hardening into a thin,
Always in motion, the mouth of
Charlie Delmar defines the man.
; Delmar has been a sales and edi
tprial representative for Wadsworth,
a college textbook publisher, for 20
"What I do literally is sit around
and shoot the breeze with college
teachers," Delmar says of his job.
He appears to be well Qualified
for his job. As many older Tar Heels
wuld say, his mouth can run a
country mile in a New York minute.
He doesn't really talk all that fast,
bpt he does talk constantly.
i Before he became a sales repre
sentative, Delmar worked as a radio
announcer. Before that, he was a
civics and American history teacher.
Before that, he was busy growing up
in Florida, where he received a psy
chology degree from Florida State
And now, the Chapel Hill resident
stays busy trying to sell his new
book, "The Essential Cook" a
book for inexperienced cooks.
"It's sort of a hand-to-mouth
learning, literally, in cooking," Del
mar says, his mouth convulsing with
: Fifteen years ago, when he was
35, Delmar realized he needed to
learn how to cook, so he went and
looked at cookbooks. But all they
gave him was recipes, and he wanted
to know why to add yeast, not when
to add yeast.
"The greatest economy comes
from just knowing what you're
doing," Delmar says. His book
explains how to cook, rather than
just when to add the next ingredient.
Delmar still considers himself a
teacher. As a sales rep, he says it is
his job to teach college teachers how
to teach. Now, as a writer, he says it
is his job to teach cooks how to
"Good teaching begins with good
organization," Delmar says. And he
organizes himself well.
' When he says something he really
likes, Delmar's mouth seems to
caress the words for as long as possi
ble before letting them escape. As
soon as the words are free, his
mouth breaks open into a self
satisfied grin almost a smirk.
Delmar likes to hear what his
mouth has to say, and it shows. And
why not? He is an entertaining
Delmar likes to start little stories
about himself, drawing on a healthy
resource of personal anecdotes. And
invariably, he will end with "but
that's another story."
When he fumbles for words, Del
mar looks as if he is about to lose
his balance. Arms gesticulate, wildly
trying to pull the reluctant words
from his mouth. And when they
come, the words fly in a straight line
- no high, pretentious language or
And that, perhaps, is the core of
the tale. Charlie Delmar is a normal,
unassuming man with the mouth of
a classic storyteller.
.But that's another story.
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sales by asking parents to give
students yearbooks for Christmas,
Dancy said. The staff has mailed
order forms to the parents of stu
dents, she said. Parents ordering a
yearbook will be sent a Christmas
card they can give to the student to
announce the gift.
The staff is targeting parents
because they will have a sense of how
important yearbooks can be, Dancy
I really feel that students who
don't buy a yearbook are missing
out," she said. "Twenty years from
now they will regret it."
.The yearbook costs $22 if it is
preordered in the fall, and $25 if it
is bought in the spring, Dancy said.
Despite the Yack's decreased fund
ing, the book's price has not increased
since last year, Dancy said. The staff
was reluctant to raise the yearbook's
pnce to make up for the lost funds
because it feared setting the precedent
of increasing the price any time the
congress cut its funding, Dancy said.
To make up the lost funds, the staff
has cut back in its office e.
pther than student funds, the
Yack's main source of finances is the
sate of yearbooks, Dancy said.
Another, lesser source of funding
is donations from patrons, Dancy
said. The staff is asking alumni and
Educational Foundation (Ram's
Club) members to donate, she said.
In order to make the yearbook
more appealing to the students, this
year's Yackety Yack will have more
artwork and features than past
volumes have had, Dancy said.
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