Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 35, Ed. 1 Friday, January 13, 2006 Page: 29 of 60
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And all this time I thought it was portly gals,
such as Ricky Lake circa "Hairspray," who had
the great personalities. I guess you learn some-
thing new every day.
Not everyone is buying the silly spin.
"There is a saying that you'll never meet an
ugly drug rep," the University of Michigan's Dr.
Thomas Carli told the Times.
Before we get upset at the pharmaceutical
companies, we should look in the mirror. The
most important decisions we often make have
more to do with the superficial than the serious.
For example, author Malcolm Gladwell wrote in
"Blink," his best selling book, that when it comes
to choosing CEOs, the size of the body is more
important that that of the brain:
"In the US. population, about 14.5 percent of
all men are six feet or taller. Among CEO's of
Fortune 500 companies, that number is 58 per-
cent. Even more striking, in the general
American population, 3.9 percent of adult men
are six-foot-two or taller. Among my CEO sam-
ple, almost a third were six-foot-two or taller."
No wonder Ross Perot is nuts and Napoleon
had a complex! They had to overcome incredible
odds. If you apply this to presidential politics it
seems that platform shoes matter more than the
actual platform. Which just goes to show how
inept the Kerry campaign was, with the taller
man coming up short.
Unattractive people also have the misfortune
of being less memorable. Another Times article
points out "the power of a 'distinctive face' often
renders actors who possess them paradoxically
anonymous. Filmgoers are frequently unable to
remember their names, even if they can describe
On the opposite side of the spectrum, attractive
people have to overcome the perception that they
are stupid. I call this the Dan Quayle syndrome.
"Hey, let's put the hot Midwestern senator on the
ticket who can't spell potato. What a great idea!"
Attractive people also have to deal with sexu-
al impropriety. Sure, they have an easier time get-
ting a foot in the door. Unfortunately, some
clients think it's the door to the bedroom. An
informal survey conducted by a doctor in
Pittsburgh found that 12 out of the 13 medical
saleswomen said physicians had sexually
The question we must ask, is what will
become of these women when their pompoms
turn into bonbons and their splits into banana
splits? Will sexy gay bartenders be driven to
drink and Flooters girls left to bitterly gnaw on
wings when they begin to look more like the cus-
tomers they serve?
If it is okay to hire based on looks, then is it
okay to fire?
Federal law is silent on the matter of discrimi-
nation based on appearance, although a case is
winding its way through the courts.
A West Virginia surgeon and lawmaker wants
to call off the eye candy and require all drug reps
to have science degrees. I'm sure he'll be real
popular at the next annual convention!
A new cult movie on Quantum physics, "What
the Bleep Do We Know," suggests that we are
My GOD! HAVE you SEEN "THIS ^
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WHO THINKS JESUS
TALKS TO HIM?
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LIKE A BUNCH OF UNSTABLE,
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TO FORCE THE NETWORK
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programmed to be shallow. (Of course, this is the
same movie that interviews Dr. Jeffrey Satinover,
a quack that says Prozac may "cure" homosexu-
als.) In vivid detail, the film shows how seeing
someone attractive floods our bloodstream with
massive amounts of endorphins — the body's
version of smack. In a physiological sense, we
are junkies and the pharmaceutical companies
are wise to our weaknesses.
I revamped my resume this afternoon and had
to wonder if my most effective references
weren't my personal trainer and hair stylist. In
today's world, if an employer calls back and is
interested in a second look, you have to take this
literally, or at face value, so to speak. And if all
else fails, just look at the interviewer and blurt
out: "Gooooo Team!"
Cedar Springs "disturbing, scary"
Nearly any weekend I decide to go down and
shop or eat on Cedar Springs, I come across the
panhandlers and singers, all who are disturbing
Not that I could not defend myself if accosted,
I still have those nasty little martial arts skills
used and well honed from my youth and military
service. But I should not have to worry over such
issues walking down a busy retail street in the
heart of Dallas. It's very disconcerting.
Jubilee happy in Mesquite
Please be advised that Jubilee Fellowship has
found and moved into a permanent physical loca-
tion in Mesquite.
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HRI leaders change roles
In 2006 Fluman Rights Inititataive will benefit
from the changing roles of three key staff mem-
As of Nov. 15,1 was appointed chief executive
officer, Betsy Healy shifted her focus to strength-
ening the agency's legal services in the role of
acting legal director. HRI is pleased to announce
that after a nationwide search for a legal director,
Yolanda Eisenstein will assume that position on
Feb. 1. She has been the legal director of the HRI
Child Immigrant Project since 2004. Under
Yolanda's direction in 2005, HRI provided qual-
ity legal services to 88 children who would not
have otherwise been represented.
Yolanda's expertise and tenure with HRI will
make for a seamless transition for FIRI and it
clients. She has been involved in all aspects of
FIRI's work and will now oversee the legal
department's work in asylum, domestic violence
and trafficking. The child Immigrant Project will
continue to be a priority and Yolanda will direct
the program until a new attorney is hired. As
Yolanda fills the role of HRI legal director, the
agency will continue to benefit from Ms-. Healy's
expertise as she joins the HRI board of directors.
These shifts in duties will allow HRI to maxi-
mize the strengths of its three key leaders and
will result in the agency's continued success .
City leaders to outline plans
Our section of Dallas is booming. As such, I
have invited all of our city's top managers to
meet with you at a community meeting. They
will inform you and answer questions about all of
the major developments It would mean a lot to
me to have you attend at Hitt Auditorium, 1441
N. Beckley Ave., on January 23 at 6 p.m.
Councilman Ed Oakley
District 3, Dallas
"American families are being assault-
ed by activist judges. But what they
don't tell you is that those judges are
the ones appointed and
supported by the right
Tom Malin, Democratic Party
.candidate for District 108 in the
Texas House of Representative!
"I don't want to live in Austin forever. I
am just asking for two terms."
Jack Borden, Democratic Primary candidate for
District: 108 in the: Texas House
"We're a real small community with a
lot of church presence. I'm afraid it
would shake up some turmoil."
Vince LaCario, owner of Childress^'Lone Star 4
Theater, about hisdggision not to show
"Brokeback Mountain," even though the'small
town is a major setting in the gay cowboy love
"I don't think they know it. I haven't
heard a word about it from anyone."
Donna Ferguson, director of the Childress
Chamber of Commerce, about Childress residents
being unaware the town is.a. setting in the movie
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