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Cheap Shots 04-05-1989

First he lost the governorship. Then he lost the dealership. Now EVAN MECHAM is having big problems with the potteryship. Last month, UNITED POTTERY of Glendale filed Chapter 11 papers in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, listing liabilities of more than $1.2 million and a cryptic reference to an "E. Mecham." "I loaned it a quarter of a million," Mecham tells us, adding that he's just "peripherally involved," helping his son DENNIS. (No, this is another loan to another of his son's business ventures. It doesn't seem to have anything to do with Pontiacs or protocol funds or developers.) Proud papa says he loaned the money last year when Dennis took over the company. "It was broke," says Ev, "and he was trying to revive it." (Guess that's why Dennis was lugging around pottery samples one day last summer at the DALLAS-FORT WORTH AIRPORT.) How the heck could Ev afford to make such a big loan? The only thing he'll say is: "I've got a jillion things I'm doing, but I kind of keep it close to the vest." . . .

One wag who now works in PHOENIX PLAZA, the new skyscraper at Central and Thomas that features a ten-foot-high bronze statue of a Navajo boy, just couldn't fight off an attack of nostalgia about the site's former legendary occupant. He'd like the good burghers to call the building ONE BOB'S BIG BOY PLAZA. . . .

Itchin' to blast a few Sandinistas? Go to 23rd Street and McDowell with a bag full of quarters. CONTRA, a video game at ROSITA'S, features two mercenaries, Lance and Bill, blasting their way through a jungle. "The Red Falcon Organization is plotting to conquer the Earth," the machine warns. "Only you can stop them!" . . .

HEDDA NUSSBAUM writing about saguaros? Yes, kids read the darnedest things. Like the 1977 children's book MDBUPLANTS DO AMAZING THINGS, written by the battered lover of child-killer JOEL STEINBERG. Check it out at the PHOENIX PUBLIC LIBRARY. Incidentally, it's dedicated "to Joel, my everyday inspiration." . . .

Attention, Joe Six-Pack! Does Rag-and-Gag publisher PAT MURPHY have a treat for you! You may have noticed the MDBUARIZONA REPUBLIC's new Wednesday GLITZ page, which glorifies high-society types like GILBERT ORTEGA and VINCENT GUERITHAULT and specializes in photos of middle-aged white people in gowns and tuxedos. The Republic newsroom hasn't had a boss for three months, but Murphy's ecstatic. After last month's Glitz debut, he sent this memo to acting-temporary-co-managing-editor HOWARD I. FINBERG: "A Five-Star Terrific! to the design and features staffs for this morning's Glitz package. We're really getting on track. This is the sort of execution of ideas that sets the Republic apart as unique and indispensable. Readers will want more and more of this--bites of information they can't find anywhere else, presented interestingly and involving people that provide vicarious excitement. A hearty thanks." Thank you, Pat.

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Ward Harkavy
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