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By CLARENCE PAGE | January 5, 1994
Washington. -- A couple of sharp-eyed readers of this column caught me in a ''gotcha'' of political correctness. They wanted me to know I had offended some people by my use of a certain word in a column I had written. The word was ''Eskimo.''Use Aleut or Inuit or some other native ethnic label, I was told. ''Eskimo,'' like ''Indian'' or ''Negro,'' is a word white settlers conferred on the native non-white people of Alaska, Canada and other regions of the frigid north, not a term they chose for themselves.
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By Kim Ratcliff and Kim Ratcliff,Contributing writer | October 11, 1993
As the saying goes, every dog has its day. So it was only a matter of time until the dubious luster of low-rent culture stole the limelight of fickle fashion.Forget treed East Coast enclaves and ultraswank Bel Air mansions, it's trailer parks and and the hinterlands that are the location of choice for movies, TV and print ads these days. Hollywood animal trainers are passing on chi-chi Shih Tzusand are opting instead for pit bulls. Costume designers are shopping at Kmart and Target instead of Armani and Barneys.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | April 13, 1992
When it first started, the move to put Elvis Presley on a postage stamp seemed simple enough. Elvis, the fans pointed out, was perhaps the most acclaimed and influential popular musician of his day, a singer whose sound resonated in the hearts of listeners around the globe. All they wanted, then, was a simple memorial of the sort routinely bestowed on poets, painters and politicians.Some folks didn't want Elvis messing with the U.S. mail, however, and immediately marked the idea "return to sender."
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By Nestor Aparicio and Nestor Aparicio,Evening Sun Staff | December 26, 1991
While some rock bands are singing the holiday blues this Christmas season, Kix singer Steve Whiteman says he's perfectly content to be resting comfortably at home awaiting a pair of upcoming shows, especially Tuesday's New Year's Eve show at Hammerjacks.For many bands in Kix's genre, the passing of 1991 won't come a minute too soon.It was, according to most promoters and bands, the worst concert year in history."Everybody is just waiting for the situation to get better," said Whiteman, whose band has been doing national club touring in support of its latest album, "Hot Wire."
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By Nestor Aparicio and Nestor Aparicio,Evening Sun Staff | October 3, 1991
To see the New York band White Trash and its infectious MTV video for "Apple Pie," you'd think the brass-laden boys have hit the big time.Tours. Money. Girls. More videos. Fancy hotel rooms.But really, none of that has happened to the band yet. White Trash has been in the borough of Queens much of the time waiting for the "go" sign from their booking agent and record company."We haven't been any farther south than Baltimore and no more west than Buffalo," said singer Dave Alvin, who along with Aaron and Ethan Collins (bass and guitar)
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September 19, 1991
The area concert calendar includes:Hammerjacks welcomes Big Audio Dynamite (Saturday and Sunday), House of Freaks and School of Fish (Sept. 28), Hoodoo Gurus (Sept. 29) and White Trash ( Oct. 4).The Capital Centre hosts Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and Chris Whitley (Tuesday), Van Halen and Alice In Chains (Oct. 17) and George Michael (Oct. 31).Pier Six finishes its season this week with Little Feat (Sunday) and Kathy Mattea and Restless Heart (Sept. 27).Steeltown has the Village People (Oct.
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By Nestor Aparicio and Nestor Aparicio,Evening Sun Staff | July 25, 1991
Pat Benatar no longer judges success by how many copies her albums sell."This record was a success the day we went into the studiobecause we were doing what we wanted to do," said Benatar, who abandoned her rock 'n' roll roots for a blues-drenched new album called "True Love."But despite the drastic change in format -- sometimes her voice doesn't even sound like the Benatar who was rock's undisputed queen during the early '80s -- commercial success has strangely followed."We're almost gold [500,000 units]
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,Evening Sun Staff | March 27, 1991
"Dixie Riggs," by Sarah Gilbert, 202 pages, Warner Books, New York, N.Y., $18.95.DIXIE RIGGS thinks she may well be a redneck, but she knows her Momma, LeDaire Riggs Rideout, is. And it turns out redneck women just wanna have fun -- and be Vanna White.In her first novel, "Hairdo," Sarah Gilbert revealed the secrets of The Celebrity Styling Shop in Stuckey, South Carolina. In "Dixie Riggs," Gilbert takes us inside Renee Dupree's World of Fashion Modeling in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.Dixie's come up from Cordele, which everybody knows is the county seat of Crisp County, Georgia, to get herself married to Buck Speed the Third.
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