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Page 6 Wednesday. December 17, 1980 III II CornunitYy Life - Paul Erdman, noted author, speaks to Chamber A capacity crowd turned out at Papa John's Restaurant for the December general mem- bership representing a good cross section of Cloverdale business. The menu was prime rib n a holiday theme, and the program featured Paul Erdman, noted economist, author and former hanker. The guest of honor was introduced by Secretary- Manager Vivian Weer who said it was the first tme in thirteen years that she had had the privilege of speaking for the head table. It was noted that President Rose could not stand up because of a bad back and that program chairman, Meredith Draper suffered an acute attack of "stage fright." Weer quoted from quotes on the jackets of some of the authors' best sellers. Of "The Billion Dollar Sure Thing," Library Journal reviewed the work as "a genuine thriller, an unparalleled view of the top of the money world by the man who has beam there." Of "The Silver Bears," a quote by the Los Angeles Times stated, "Erdman has done it again...the "Billion Dollar, Sure Thing" - it couldn't be - but it's just-as good and perhaps, even more amusing." Weer then quoted the jacket (in part) of his latest novel "The Crash of 79" describing this work as even more exciting - a book so fascinating and real that its plot reads like today's headlines. "The central figure, Bill Hitchcock, the hero, , is a successful banker, divorced skirt- chaser, confirmed cynic and financial glknius: It is II Ill l I "I don't think we'll ever regain theUfe in America that we had from 1945 to 1975," internationally known author, Paul Erd- man told guests at the Chamber of Com- merce dinner meeting last Wednesday night at Papa John's. Corey. Hitchcock whom the Saudi Arabians pick. to manage their vast hoard of ac- cummulatod oil profits (an estimated 400 billion in today's dollars), and fires a warning shot across the bows of the western financial community, etc." The jacket continued in part: "Witty, ribald, ironic and totally believable." The "Crash of 79" is a spectacular achievement, gripping in its realism and sense of threat, totally readable for its suspense." After the introduction of the speaker, Erdman delivered an honest ap- praisal of the state of af- fairs, financiaily speaking, not only in America but for the world at large. His wit and humorous anecdotes seemed to dull thepain as he described the "Doomsday" he claimed would carry the nation throughout he year of 1981. As one rneber of the audience put it, "He made Photo by Janlce you feel gl even if you had just sprained your big toe and you had a bee sting on the end of your finger." The Reveille interviewed some of the members after the meeting about their impressions of the speech, and here they are: Dale Peterson: Vice President of the Chamber andowner of Peterson's TV: "I thought it wasthe most interesting guest we have had since I have been in Cloverdale. I think what he said about the doom in our economy not going to stop soon was something we all knew, but didn't want to admit." Bob Pell: "I enjoyed the man. He was very honest in predicting the gloom of next year's financial predictigns. It is just,something we have to deal, with." Pat Rose: "I was most impressed with. the background and current. I AHen Miller of Astl Oaks Restaurant is showing some of the guests, who attended the Chat 'n Chew Birthday Club's luncheon fer Mary lavies,the beautiful eake he made for the'occasion. Twenty four ladies attended, last Friday, but the guest of honor was Ill and couldn't be present. Photo by Janiee Corey. activities the man discussed. His expertise and,apparent knowledge of the world situation Certainly came through. It's there, whether we like it or not." Pat Snidor for Dr. Snider: "Many of' Dr.'s, patients complained about the doomsday prophet...but what else could an economist say in this day and age? We enjoyed the program." Some persons, who did not care to give their names to the Reveille, made com- ments such as: "The one outstanding point I recall is when he told of his meeting at the Jordon Winery with the Russian dignitary who told him (Erdman) that 'You are' not number one anymore. As you would say in America, The United States is now number 2, like Avis.' to (Russia) 'Hertz." Another anonymous opinion came from a lady who said she felt the economy of the U.S. is scary. The Reagan programs, she said, cannot do the job in the next year or so, However, she found the speaker most honest and with the stock market down and interest up, what else can weexpect? Jim Wilmarth, businessman : in' Cloverdale: Mr. Erdman's outlook for the next one and a half years scares me. I did feel he was a great speaker. He didn't answer all of the questions, but at least he forwarned us in a comfortable way about a problem we all must face. Don Ruppert, local baker: "Mr. Erdman was most honest about an unpleasant subject, the state of the economy in the next one and Rex Balsam Hair Conditioner or Shampoo, 16 ounce Bic Ughter Butane, each a half years as he foretold it. He had all the facts and be has obviously done his homework. He has the background and has done his research well." Steve Congdon, city councilman: "The subject was'gloomy and I wish it had h happy ending. Mr. Erdman came right out with the facts and there was no happy ending. I think his best investment was spendiKg' some time in jail instead of paying some of his tax problems." Mitzi Silva: "Thanks to the Chamber of Commerce for presenting us with a rare opportunity to hear this extremely well qualified speaker on national and international affairs*. His approach was very sincere; always prosentmg. background for his ideas and opinions. Although I would have liked to have heard a more rosey picture describing the world situation, I know that's not possible and we definitely went away from his speech feeling we had a better educated and more realistic glimpse into the future." Ronnie GustafSon, First National Bank: "An \\; A f Vlvinn Weer, Chamber secretary-manager, in- troduced the guest speaker with her usual and deflghfful sense of humor. ! 00Popov Vodka 80 Proof, 1.7S liter 01d Whisk, 80liter Polaroid, each Andr Champagne . c.  .,. 3-*6 Wente Bros......,..,..,.,..... 2-*5 Bacardi Rum =....,.. aM' Christian Bros. - -  -- *4" Creme de Menthe. ._. c.= .,,,., ==. 227 Gilbey's Gin .,,.. *3" Henry Weinhard's ._. ,,.. ,... ,.., ,4 n Lowenbrau ,-.... ,,.L,.-, *2" Maison Blanc  - ,.- .-.- 325 al Tablets Extra Strength, 100 count Oil of {}lay 6 ounce Rave Ha/r Spray oz. Ar, : o 4 oz. S ordinarily dull brought and humorous Erdman related the very and I'm sure some, minds t that many were beyond a man of such community great, and wife! ne be the presentation. A asked where HIS money he replied, "In market for now. The one Cloverdale in remarks was the world, who to make large .at this time, are hven" where spend the next enjoying life. ,. 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