4 The Daily Tar Heel Monday, November 28, 1977
British TV interrupted
by Welles-like hoaxster
SOUTHAMPTON, England (UPI) -"This
is the voice of Asteron," began the
mysterious broadcast that interrupted
television programming and startled
thousands of viewers in southern England. "I
have a message for the planet Earth...."
As hundreds of alarmed viewers dove for
the phones and television technicians
scrambled to find out where the message was
coming from, the male voice delivered a
three-minute plea for peace on earth.
The Saturday night incident, which a
television spokesman called a pretty sick
hoax, recalled Orson Welles' "War of the
Worlds" broadcast in the 1930s that touched
off fears of an invasion from outer space.
But by Sunday, the source of the voice was
still a mystery.
It began when a series of bleeps gradually
overtook normal sound toward the end of
SouthernTelevision's evening news program
and viewers heard a voice say:
"This is the voice of Asteron. I am an
authorized representative of the inter
galactic mission, and I have a message for
the planet Earth. We are beginning to enter
the period of Aquarius, and there are many
corrections which have to be made by earth
"All your weapon's of evil must be
destroyed," the voice said. "You can only
have a short time to learn to live together in
peace. You must live together in peace - or
leave the galaxy."
Police in the region said they and
Southern Television received hundreds of
frantic telephone calls.
"Most people took it quite seriously and
some were frightened," a police spokesman
said. "We had to send a patrol car around to
calm one elderly woman."
("Our engineers are trying to discover
exactly what happened," the Southern
Television spokesman said.
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This is N.C. Culture Festival week
"Celebration 1977: A Tribute to North
Carolina Achievement in Arts and Letters"
begins this week in North Carolina.
The N.C. Awards, the N.C. Artists
Exhibition, prestigious speakers, and three
dozen significant awards will highlight the
64th observance of Culture Week Nov. 28
through Dec. 3.
The annual week-long observance will
bring together members and guests of a
dozen different organizations interested in
the fields of history, literature, art and music.
The wefk will be marked by presentation
of the 14th annual N.C. Awards, annual
business meetings, and programs on
historical preservation, musical
performances, reviews of literature
produced during the past year, the opening
of the 40th annual Artists Exhibition, social
events and awards to outstanding North
Carolinians for excellence in the various
Culture Week activities begin Monday
with the presentation by Gov. James B. Hunt
Jr. of the N.C. Awards, the highest honor the
state can bestow upon its citizens. Five
recipients will accept their medallions at the
7 p.m. banquet at Raleigh's new Civic
The week's activities begin at 1 1 a.m.
Monday at the N.C. Museum of Art in
Raleigh, and features the hanging of the
portrait of Queen Elizabeth 11, in honor of
her Silver Jubilee Year. Secretary of
Cultural Resources Sara W. Hodgkins will
outline the week's events.
Author Tom Wicker, a Hamlet native,
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appear during the week. Wicker's address,
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delivered at the 8 p.m. Friday session of the
77th annual meetingof the N .C. l iterary and
Sec. Hodgkins will address the luncheon
session of the 15th annual meeting of the
N.C. Museum Council on Tuesday,
speaking on "N.C. Arts and Industry
Through a Wide Angle Lens." In addition,
she w ill be present for several other meetings
throughout the week.
Friday's all-day meetings include the 77th
annual meeting of the N.C. Literary and
Historical Association, the founding
organization of Culture Week. The feature
program will feature special programs and
eight major awards, including the Roanoke
Chowan Poetry Award.
Saturday is the concluding day of the
North Carolina is the only state in the
Union with an event such as Culture Week in
which its major cultural and historical
organizations meet together for one week
annually while retaining their individual
Playmakers banners to be auctioned
The Playmakers Repertory Company
(PRC) announces that advertising banners
displayed at the theater will be sold upon the
completion of the run of each show. The
auction will be by scaled bid.
Anyone interested in obtaining a banner
should submit a bid to PRC; when the show
closes, all bids will be evaluated and the two
people with the highest bids will be allowed
to purchase the banners.
Bids must be in writing and can be
dropped off at the box office during the day
at Graham Memorial, or sent to PRC, UNC
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The two Humphrey Bogart banners for
Play ll Again. Sam are now up for bidding.
Due to numerous thefts, the Equus banners
are unavailable. PRC plans to have banners
painted for the remaining four productions,
and the closed bidding policy will be
continued throughout the season.
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HAPPY HOLIDAYSI FROM THE ENTIRE DTH STAFF!
By SARA BL'LLARO
I ealures Editor
It looks like an easy job or at worst a boring one.
But the student parking monitors who sit at the entrances to
campus lots reading newspapers and jumping up every so
often to check parking stickers have to enforce the most
controversial regulations on campus, says student parking
coordinator Abbot Mason.
This makes them prone to verbal abuse and disagreements
with drivers. Mason says.
Most of the abuse comes in the form of obscenities hurled
from dorm windows. Mason says.
"When you're working in a dorm lot, you often see poeple
yelling a couple of choice words when they see a ticket being
"Not so many people are going to like you for giving them a
ticket," says monitor Greg Shackelford, a junior business
major. "But it's not going to do any good to be discourteous to
them. We just explain the rules."
"We warn the monitors that since parking is such a
controversial issue, these things will happen. We advise them
to take it in stride, that the abuse they get is not directed at
them personally, but at the traffic office and the University
system," Mason says.
There has been only one instance of physical abuse this
year, Mason says, when a volunteer monitor was guardingthe
Ehringhaus lot during the Richmond game. Beth Cameron,
the Ehringhaus resident adviser, tried to keep a car from
entering the full lot. The driver refused and drove his car
through anyway, bumping Cameron's knee on the way.
Mason says faculty members are the source for many
complaints. Onecomplaintant wanted to park his small carat
the end of a row of parking spaces in the Phillips Hall parking
lot. The monitor refused to let him park there, and the driver
appealed to Mason. Mason said that since the driver's car
would fit, he was allowed to park there.
Mason said malevolence toward monitors has not been as
acute this year as in the past. "We've had no low morale
problem and no major complaints because the system is
The monitoring system was changed this year to allow
monitors to check cars before they enter lots, instead of having
them survey the entire lot for parking violations.
Shackelford, who often monitors the U nion lot, says drivers
w ithout the proper parking sticker often try to get into that lot
"They say 'you gotta let me park here just for a few minutes,'
or 'I've been driving around all day looking for a place to
In those cases, Shackelford says he directs them to other
lots or spaces but refuses to let unauthorized cars park.
Sometimes cars come through so fast that he is unable to
stop them, Shackelford says. Then he has to get the license
number and find the car to ticket it.
Although the lots still are surveyed occasionally, the new
system has greatly decreased the number of tickets issued.
"We have effectively reduced the number of tickets by 50
percent. Last September we issued about 9,000, and this past
September we issued about 4,500."
The monitors are ticketing fewer cars this year, but they
may be sending out for tow trucks more often than before.
"Since August, we've had a policy of removing cars on first
offense for no-permit violations," Mason says.
' Cars previously were towed only after three or more
"violations, bu'f.sf5 many cars were in that category that it
became impossible to keep track of which cars had how many
violations. Last year 1,800 cars had three or more violations.
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Student parking lot monitors, prone to verbal abuse from irate
drivers.looking for precious spaces, stand guard at various lots
across campus. Staff photo by Fred Barbour.
The most common violations used to be parking without a
permit, Mason says. But the new system has resulted in fewer
no-permit tickets than meter violations.
"Towing is a bad policy, but it definitely has an effect,"
Mason says. "People generally don't park illegally after
they've been towed once."
Another problem with the parking situation has been the
inefficiency of the billing process, Mason says. Since all the
billing has to be done manually, bills for tickets written last
year did jiot go out until the end of the summer.
Because of the slow billing procedures, violators were not
paying the tickets as they should. "It doesn't do any good in
changing parking habits when the bills are so far behind,"
To speed up the process, Mason says the traffic office soon
will install a computer to handle the listing and billing of
The new system of blocking lots also will help to ease the
billing load by decreasing the number of no-permit tickets
New regulations doubling the fines for no-permit and meter
violations also had an effect in making people think twice
about parking illegally, Mason says.
It now costs $10 instead of $5 to park without the proper
permit, and $2 for parking at an expired meter, with
additional $ 1 fines for every three hours the meter has expired.
Blocking lots, if not an ideal procedure, appears to be more
successful than the old method,.says4Ponitor, Phil Easier, a
senior chemistry major. "A Llot of students have come by to tell
me they're glad we're doing it". But 1 guess" it dep'ends"on who
has a sticker and who doesn't."
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