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Vol. C2, flo. 120
uccumbs to cancer
by United Press International
BIG SKY, Montana Chet Huntley
whose "Good night, David; Good night,
Chet" exchange with his colleague, David
Brinkley, became a trademark of the nightly
NBC television news for more than a decade,
died Wednesday. He was 62.
Huntley, -who-retired in 1970 at the
pinnacle of his career as one of the nation's
best-known television newsmen, died at his
home in Big Sky two months after
undergoing surgery for abdominal cancer.
Huntley and Brinkley, then a young NBC
Washington correspondent, formed what
became television's most famous co
anchorman news team in 1956. For 14 years
their familiar signoff was heard and seen by
more than 20 million viewers.
Huntley, a newspaper reporter before he
came a broadcast journalist, . worked for
CBS, ABC and NBC during a 31-year radio
and television career.
In 1970, at the age of 58, he-gave up his
$300,000-a-year job and returned to the
rugged mountains of his native Montana to
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The ' fourth annual North Carolina
Collegiate Jazz Festival will be held in the
Great Hall of the Carolina Union, Saturday,
March 23, and Sunday, March 24, from 1 to
On Saturday, combos from East Carolina
University, Pembroke Universtiy, N.C.
State University and UNC will perform.
by Gary Dorsey
They called him a great man, a champion of the black
The Black Student Movement held a memorial service
Wednesday afternoon for Dr. James H. Brewer, the black
UNC history professor and director of the Afro-American
Studies program who died of a heart attack over spring
Willie Mebane, BSM chairman, presided over the service
and Chaplain Preston Jones of the UNC Black Campus
Ministry started the service with a prayer.
"Lord thou hast been our dwelling place in all
generations . . . Grant us the peace and grant us the
wisdom. . ."
Harold Wallace, dean of Student Affairs and associate
dean of special programs, called Brewer a "multi
Wallace said Brewer's books, The Confederate Negro and
The Black Experience in Education, would be a guide for
"Those young people will find guidance and direction
from Dr. Brewer to carry through with the black purpose,"
Wallace said the Afro-American studies program Brewer
directed is valid. "He wanted people to know that."
Phillip Geddie of the BSM said the memorial service held
a dual purpose.
"We're here to celebrate his life," Geddie said. "And we're
here to come to grips with what we've lost. We've got a
gigantic bill to fill ."
Brewer was one of the nation's leading scholars in black
dies in Montana
organize a planned $15 million resort
development at Big Sky, 40 miles south of
"The noise . . . the clamoring for
attention . . . the divisions in our society," he
said when he retired. "When you deliver it
night after night you start feeling almost
responsible for it. I'm not running away from
things, Fm running away to think."
On the night of July 31, 1970, Huntley
bade Brinkley good night for the last time
amid tributes from his colleagues and an
accolade from his chief competitor, Walter
Cronkite, who said on his CBS show that
evening, "A giant leaves the stage."
After his retirement from broadcasting,
Huntley often was mentioned as a candidate
for political office and was the subject of a
much-discussed White House letter in 1972
naming him as a potential candidate for the
But he always maintained he had no
interest in politics.
Huntley was born in Cardwell, Mont.,
Dec. 10, 1911, the son of a railroad man who
took his family to such colorful western
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On Sunday, Duke University, A&T
University, Campbell College, Shaw
University, Elon College and UNC will be
The concerts are sponsored by the UNC
Department of Music and the Carolina
Union Music Committee.
They are open to the public free of charge.
Chapel Hill's Morning Newspaper
Chapel Hill, North Csrclins, Thursday, f.'arch 21, 1974
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by David Klinger
Charging that a lack of information
about town functions has prevented him
from being "a real participant in the
decision-making, except to rubber
stamp pieces of paper, Chapel Hill
Alderman Sid Rancer strongly
criticized local municipal government.
In an address to the Chapel Hill
Board of Realtors Tuesday, the
freshman alderman said he felt alienated
from the decision-m.aking process
during his three months of service on the
"Accordingly, I announce my role as
dissenter on the Board of Aldermen. I
may be outvoted, but I can assure you
that in the next year and eight months, I
will be speaking my mind," Rancer said.
In a telephone interview Wednesday
Rancer said he plans to take a more
. aggressive stance on matters before the
board in the future.
In his speech Rancer specifically
towns as Willow Creek, Logan, Big Timber,
Morris, Whitehall and Bozeman.
He attended Montana State College in
Bozeman, the Cornish School of Art in
Seattle and the University of Washington in
Seattle, where he received his B.A. degree in
He began his career a year before his
graduation as a reporter for the Seattle Star
and shortly afterward turned to reporting
the news on the newspaper's radio station.
He also worked for stations in Spokane,
Wash., Portland, Ore. and Los Angeles
before joining CBS in Los Angeles in 1939.
In 1951, he shifted to ABC and five years
later joined NBC in New York.
Within a year he was teamed with Brinkley
and the rest was broadcast history.
In 1967, Huntley and Brinkley were
awarded the National Association of
Broadcasters' Distinguished Service Award,
the first double recipients of the honor.
Huntley also won the Peabody Award four
times and the Overseas Press Club award
Huntley is survived by his mother, Mrs.
Percy A Tatham Huntley of Billings, Mont.;
his widow Tipton, a former weather
broadcaster on WRC-NBC in Washington;
two daughters by his first wife, Ingrid. The
daughters are Mrs. Sharon Huntley
Arensmeier of Fort Collins, Colo., and
Leanne Huntley Khajazi of San Francisco.
He is also survived by three sisters, Mrs.
Dean Turner of Billings, Mrs. Howard
Shutes of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Mrs.
James Cummins of Rapid City, S.D.; and
Memorial services will be held Sunday at
Big Sky and on Tuesday at the NBC Studios
in New York.
history, winning the Mayflower Cup awarded by the N.C.
Literary Society for his contributions to black history.
At the time of his death Brewer was working on a new
book, The Black Ethos. Brewer helped write a report about
what could be done to improve the conditions of minority
and disadvantaged students at UNC.
Geddie said Brewer was working to build up the Afro
American Studies program. He was working to make it into
a full-fledged department.
"The program was designed to make us, the black
American people at UNC, more aware of ourselves," Geddie
said. "Make us aware of where we are so we can move
"He'd bring them to us," Geddie said. "He worked with
jive niggers and racist administrators. He worked and
struggled for the black community at UNC. He was a black
star in a white sea. He was a warrior. He was a lover. A lover
of black people."
"We gotta move like Doc moved. We've gotta push to
make sure the courses submitted by Doc Brewer will pass.
We've got to insure that we continue Doc Brewer's
Willie Mebane said certain white people were accessories
to Brewer's death.
"White administrators, white legislators, white faculty
members, I see as accessories to the death of Dr. Brewer," he
"He'd often tell his Afro-Am class a story," Mebane said,
"that when he came up to the man and the man would tell
him to move on he'd stand up real straight and tell him, 'I was
born to die.
"Doc gave his life for his brother. But if we must weep, let
it be for those of us who remain."
attacked the "strong mayor" concept of
municipal government where the power
of elected aldermen is subordinated to
the power of a mayor.
"What we must realize is that we do
not truly have the traditional city
manager form of government in Chapel
Hill," Rancer said. "We have a strong
mayor form of government with the
political winds blowing to the extent
that the city manager does not have the
freedom of action permitted in the
normal city manager government."
Rancer added that "I'm not dealing
in personalities, although he said he is
unsure whether the situation he has
described would change under new
Chapel Hill Mayor Howard Lee had
not read the text of Rancer's speech as of
presstime Wednesday afternoon and
was unavailable for comment.
Rancer also singled out the Board of
Aldermen, criticizing them for acting on
public issues without sufficient
information and allowing the town
TODAY Gary Snyder will read his poetry and prose beginning at 8
p.m. in Memorial Hall. In addition to a poet and writer, Snyder is a
laborer, translator and ecolo gist. Snyder jclaims to be an original
beatnik and has been hailed as the next major American poet. He is the
hero of Jack Kerouac's book 'The
Di-PM Society to 'sponsor
on future of
A comprehensive look at the future
Student Government from the standpoints
of University administrators and current and
former SG members will be the topic of a
series of lectures next week sponsored by the
Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies, Di
Phi. The program will begin at 8 p.m.,
Tuesday, in the Di-Phi Society Chambers,
on the third floor of New West Hall. The
public is invited to attend.
Six speakers will present a 10 to 15 minute
address on the topic "The Future of Student
Government at UNC." Speakers will
Cloudy again with rain, highs In the
mid 50's, lows In the 40's. Is there no
end? Chance of precipitation: 80 per
Students end other frlsnds
administrative staff to conduct most of
the investigative legwork on local
"I have respect for the city manager.
However, when he presents a
recommendation ... to the board, I
want to know that an alderman has been
working with that specific department
and has helped form
recommendations," he said.
Rancer stated that he has not been
called upon by the administrative staff
to offer his expertise in the field of
public works and scrap metal recycling.
He is president of the Sid Rancer Iron
and Steel Company in Durham.
A study that Rancer made of the
office spance needs in the Chapel Hill
Police Department building entitled
"Space a Vanishing Commodity" has
been similarly overlooked according to
. The report which, Rancer said, had
the support of Police Chief William
Blake, reviewed the cramped office
quarters ii which the police operate.
include Vice Chancellor Douglass Hunt;
Donald A. Boulton, dean of Student Affairs;
Ford Runge, out-going SG president;
Marcus Williams, SG president-elect; Juli
Tenney, outgoing Campus Governing
Council speaker; and George Blackburn, a
law student and Di-Phi member.
After each speech, if time permits, the
audience will have the opportunity to ask
The program will be the first of what Di
Phi President Pro-Tem Foster Ockerman
hopes will become an annual event.
"We hope to continue with lectures on the
different aspects of the University,"
Ockerman said. "Next year, for instance, we
could bring in Greeks, Pan-Hellenic council
members and administrators for a program
dealing with fraternities and sororities.
Another possible topic would be academic
Most students recognize the Dialectic and
of Dr. James H. Brewer t. memorial services Wednesday
Founded February 23, 1BS3
"I was congratulated for my diligence
by the mayor and was told a police work
session would be arranged to look into
the matter. The session has not been
held. 1 got the brush-off," Rancer said.
Rancer has also alleged that he has
encountered inaction when special
committee appointments are made by
Lee. "When appointments are made on
aldermanic committees, I am
overlooked. I did not know, three
months ago, that I was to become an
island," he stated.
The only other freshman
representative on the Chapel Hill board,
Alderman Gerry Cohen disputed
Rancer's characterization of local
government as being under the influence
of a strong mayor to the detriment of the
other branches of government.
"I'm also certain, as far as I know,
that he has been consulted on matters as
much as any of the other aldermen, said
The four other aldermen could not be
reached Wednesday for comment on
Regarding his future role on the
Board of Aldermen, Rancer said he will
begin his own investigations of city
functions in addition to his adopted role
of "lone dissenter" on the board.
"I have no idea what response I'll get
to my statement. Now I have made this
fuss and have set myself off as an island,
a loner, a minority, a dissenter. Perhaps
I should not leave the feeling that all I do
is say no," Rancer said.
"1 have been seeking facts,
aggressively, and have generally been
trying to be my own man because 1 want
the projects we as aldermen support to
have a positive effect on this town,"
Rancer said. "In other words, I want
them to work!"
Philanthropic Society as the name printed
on the date due card pockets in library
books. Di-Phi is the oldest orgnanization on
campus, having been founded, along with
UNC itself, in 1795. It existed as two
separate groups, though, prior to the late
"We have a range of purposes for our
organization," Ockerman said. "Basically,
our purpose is to provide, and perform the
functions of a literary society, although
we've been called everything from an
anachronism to a drinking society."
The society meets weekly in its New West
chambers and frequently sponsors debates
on a variety of topics. Last fall it brought in
Dr. Christopher Armitage of the English
Department and Dr. Jacques Hardre,
chairman of the Romance Languages
Department, to resolve whether English or
French civilization had contributed more
toward the development of modern Europe.
Staff ptoto by EJ Wrvnn
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