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small town " Old Pecan experienced itreet i Hfr Itai forget tte) j i wtwckd foot-tier i M B ibt n UBh%ra. m li ten Morpi ukaKBAtsinfeoffl -.: I MMta! tables de fe to pub nigh, the :;.;:.: - ai referring to Secluded in a booth, a young couple consumes " mass quantities " of jalapeno nachos, a Sixth Street delicacy cluster of classroom acquaintances headed for Steamboat 1874, the cavernous dance hall at 403 East Sixth. Bent and bound on having a good time, the boisterous troops were on leave from a pool tournament going on at Madison Square Garden just across the street at 302 East Sixth. Steamboat more or less caters to the col- lege crowd wanting to let off a little excess electricity. The walls are void of breakables and the tables are close. As for the house specialties, there are four: Coors, Heineken, Michelob and Miller Lite. Dom Perignon 1973 at $95 per bottle awaited us at d ' Vine Madness, a cheese and wine emporium next door to Rainbow Works. For all I know, it ' s still waiting as we kept walking until we reached Maggie Mae ' s at 323 East Sixth. Maggie Mae ' s is like something out of a movie. Better yet it ' s like something out of Great Britain. From the soft lull of live highland folk ballads to the stray pooch sif- ting among the brawny blokes at the bar it ' s all here. Christened the " Oak Leaf Saloon " in 1905, the site has housed a clothing store, confectionary, an ice cream parlor, and since 1978, Maggie Mae ' s. In an effort to get one last bit of Sixth Street culture under our belts, our final move was to check out Jorge ' s, a Mexican restaurant at 218 East Sixth. We sampled a couple of margaritas, the house favorite, at Jorge ' s perpetually crowded bar and or " wait to be seated room. " The potent liba- tion seemed a fitting finish to this whirlwind " taste of Sixth Street. " Imported beer is a specialty at Maggie Mae ' s. Sixth Street fans sample the active night life at the Rainbow Works, one of several hot spots on the " other Drag. " Sixth Street 47
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She was just an innocent kid from a small town out for her first fling on Austin ' s infamous " Old Pecan Street. " She experienced A Taste of Sixth Street by BRIAN ALLEN VANICEK SUZIE WAS NEW IN TOWN an in- coming freshman from my old high school. The UT scene was a wonderful, yet mighty imposing place for this little freckle-faced country girl. I saw this as an excellent oppor- tunity to acquaint her and myself with Austin ' s " other drag, " Sixth Street. For the benefit of all you anthropologically-oriented souls, Sixth Street is the revitalized epicenter of Austin. Turn-of-the-century struc- tures, many of them renovated saloons, pool halls and mom and pop businesses, dominate the street. The people who operate the restaurants and shops on Sixth Street are as varied as the people who shop and dine there. While some are a little more dedicated to preserving the historical essence of turn-of- the-century Austin, others are a bit more intent on keep- ing pace with the current trends and moods in art and drama. Mary Lou Patrick, owner and operator of The Patrick Gallery, perhaps best known for its unconventional one-man art and photography presentations, was delighted when we told her that we were " exploring " Sixth Street. As she put it, " All of this (Sixth Street) is something else to enrich the lives of the students in addition to academics. " Proceeding westward past the triple " X " theatres and adult novelty and bookstores, we chanced to encounter two of the street ' s long-time fixtures, " Shorty " and " Larry. " " Howdy, partner, " said the squatty old man stepping out of the shadows. " Can I give you a shine? " " How much do I owe you? " I asked when he finished. " However much you think it ' s worth, brother, " Shorty replied, smiling. I handed him a dollar and we continued our westward trek down Sixth. - " - . , " Shortly, at 501 East Sixth, we passed the Balboa Cafe, Austin ' s premier " fern bar " and grill, a concept which originated in San Fran- cisco. The establishment presents a relaxed, homey atmosphere, hardwood floors, press- ed tin ceiling, antique rugs and, of course, lots of ferns. It ' s a little like Wylie ' s restaurant at 400 East Sixth, but without the noise. Dan McKlusky ' s Butchery at 419 East Sixth was next on the itinerary. " This is the best restaurant on Sixth Street and it ' s got the best bartender, " said Kat Thompson, the 21 -year-old and single (don ' t forget that) tender of McKlusky ' s well-stocked four-tier bar. McKlusky ' s is housed in what was originally the Hamilton Building, con- structed by former U.S. Senator Morgan Calvin Hamilton who came to Austin from Alabama in 1837. With the restored west wall stonework and tables made of native pecan, McKlusky ' s captures the original character of the building. So what does one do after a good meal on Sixth Street? Well, either one catches a live theater show or one browses. On this particular night, the Center Stage Theater at 326 East Sixth featured the play, " A Streetcar Named Desire, " while the Trans-Act Theatre Bar at 222 East Sixth and Esther ' s Follies at 515 East Sixth featured their usual fare of homegrown comedy and music. Opting to browse, we made the figurative " beeline " for one of Sixth Street ' s more colorful niches Rainbow Works, at 41 3 East Sixth. " Those are nasty, " Suzie said, referring to the Rainbow ' s large collection of risque postcards. I tried to explain to her that she shouldn ' t take it as a personal attack. Just like the triple " X " theaters, the shoeshine man and St. Vincent de Paul ' s (a church-run thrift store), they ' re all part of the domestic and exotic mixture that makes Sixth Street the cultural oasis that it is. Returning to the sidewalk, we ran into a 46 Sixth Street
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Speaker Series Highlights Political Eras AMERICA ' S INABILITY TO SEE the hard realities of the world and the consequential lack of support for strong armed forces and intelligence are causing the U. S. to lose the respect of the rest of the world, according to convicted Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy. Speaking before a capacity crowd of more than 1,200 at Hogg Auditorium on Oct. 6, Liddy said that Americans confuse the world as it is with the world they want to exist. " The world is not calm beaches and forested hills. The world is a very bad neighborhood, " he said. Liddy pointed to the assassination of Egypt ' s President Anwar Sadat as an example. America ' s illusions have resulted in an in- adequate volunteer army and a weak CIA and FBI, Liddy said. " It takes two weeks to teach them (members of the army) to brush their teeth " and some were fit to be only " slow-speed yo-yo operators, " he said. Espionage dates from biblical times and is vital to U.S. interests, he said. Intelligence agencies " are their nation ' s eyes and ears. Without them, you are blinded, " Liddy said. Americans mask the real world with euphemisms, Liddy continued. He said none of the nine " correctional institutions " in which he served four and a half years of his 21! 2 year sentence was called a prison. " Some were called penitentiaries, though I never found anyone who was penitent; cer- tainly not I, " Liddy said. Mark Barren AFTER GORDON LIDDY ' S defense of the Nixon administra- tion in his address, the stage was set for rebuttle arguments on the character of the 37th president. The arguments were graciously provided on April 6, when Alger Hiss spoke to a capacity crowd in the Texas Union Ballroom. Hiss, a State Department official in the 1940s, was one of the first vic- tims of McCarthyism. He was jailed in 1951 for perjury after being tried for passing classified government information to the Soviet Union. " It could more accurately be called the Nixon era, " said Hiss. By in- vestigating Hiss, the California congressman springboarded to fame. " It ' s time for a new look at the McCarthy era, " Hiss began. " Since the Reagan ad- ministration, it has been clear that there have been people of some influence who would Anthropologist David Johansen explains how his expedition found " Lucy, " considered by some the " missing link. ' Speaking in the Union Ballroom, former State Department official Alger Hiss explains the causes of McCarthyism. 48 Speakers
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