By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
You would be wrong. The Fathers of the Year have already been anointed by the Dallas Father of the Year Committee, and your dear Paw-Paw most likely wasn't one of them. They are Mayor Ron Kirk; J.E. Oestrerreicher, CEO of JC Penney Co.; and Burl "Big Daddy" Osborne, publisher, editor, and CEO of The Dallas Morning News.
Before you start the usual carping about political connections and back-room deals, Buzz would like you to consider the qualifications of just one of these super patriarchs--Big Daddy Burl.
A couple years ago, Big Daddy Burl's 17-year-old son was partying with 100 other Park Cities and Dallas teens in picturesque Kaufman County, where some sheriff's deputies, operating under the assumption that rich people's kids answered to the same laws as anyone else, arrested them for underage drinking and public drunkenness. The high-spirited (one way to put it) youngsters allegedly proceeded to behave "extremely rude and disorderly, and undisciplined" to the lawmen, and even threw food on the floor, something people in Kaufman County apparently don't do.
Now what--in these circumstances--would your old man do? Pay attention and learn something about parenting.
Father of the Year nominee Big Daddy Burl and some of the other parents called up their expensive lawyers and filed a federal suit against the sheriff's office--alleging police brutality. The suit described the Parks Cities moppets' arrest and the confiscation of two kegs and 396 assorted containers of booze as "a gross invasion of the children's constitutional rights."
Naturally, the county soon figured out it would be a good idea to forget the whole mess before they got their butts dragged before the U. S. Supreme Court.
Of course, being the modest guy he is, Big Daddy Burl, whose paper has crusaded against youthful drug abuse, allowed very little of this--especially the drunk and disorderly allegations and the Osborne family name--to be printed in his paper.
Bill Cosby couldn't have set a better example.
How about the Farmer's Almanac?
A new skirmish has broken out in the Great Arlington Newspaper War--this time, a bidding war. Last week, the Arlington City Council handed the Fort Worth Star-Telegram a setback, voting not to extend a $62,000, two-year advertising contract for another two years.
In what a City Hall insider described to Buzz as a savvy "political move," the council threw the contract for placing legal notices open to bids in a gesture of fairness to the invading Dallas Morning News.
The S-T reported the council's decision as allowing "other publications" a chance to compete for the service, leaving it up to their readers to puzzle over just what other publications circulate in Arlington.
The outcome, says purchasing manager Carlton Parker, should be decided by the end of June.