"You can take anything too seriously," Bob Fitzgerald says. "I personally feel there is an element of humor in this mazagine. We are not crusading for female baldness or anything like that."
What Fitzgerald and a group of his friends are doing is putting out a monthly magazine called The Razor's Edge which posits that baldness is "a perfectly legitimate way to wear your head, so to speak."
With regular features like "Scalp on the Screen," the "Bald Bookshelf" and "Off the Top of My Head," "The Razor's Edge" has kept its 1,300 readers more than happy over year it's been in existence.
"We can safely say we have one of the most enthusiastic subscription lists that possibly exist," says Fitzgerald. "I ha*ve spoken on the phone to probably one third of them, at least 100 write me a review of every issue, page by page, and, I never would believed this, people took their vacations to come to New York to meet us and find out what is really going on here."
What is going on, says Fitzgerald, who has a full head of hair and a wife with same, is part of his lifelong fascination with hair. He agrees that "anything that is unusual is kinky to some people," but adds that what people do to their hair would seem pretty strange, too, if everyone wasn't doing it.
"This magazine has given me new respect for unusual interests," Fitzgerald says. "We're very quick to say something is strange, something is crazy." Anyone wanting to stretch their tolerance can send $15 for six issues to P.O. Box 685, Palisades, N.Y. 10964. It arrives in a plain brown wrapper. Personal Glimpses
"In retrospect, it was terrible for a young girl - it screwed me up about love and romance and everything. But I loved it then, and it made me wish I was Jewish." - Linda Ronstadt in Seventeen on reading "Marjorie Morningstar" as a teen-ager.
"Look, if guys are jsut going to sit there and stare at me all night, I'm going to bed" - Elvis Presley's remarks to the Beatles on their first meeting, as recountered by buddy Marty Lacker in Ladies' home Journal. Lacker also says that Elvis had a problem with diet drugs, at one point had the same dinner of meat a loaf, marshed potatoes, gravy and sliced tomatoes every single night for two years, and once elicit this comment form President Nixon: "Boy, you sure do dress kind of wild." Ask Me No Questions
Say what you like about the American woman, she certainly is no slouch in question-answering department, ad no less than four of May's magazines demonstrate.
In Redbook, for starters, the cover line says. "Should You Have a Baby? 80,000 Women Can Tell You." (One would hope not at all at once). The consensus? Seventy-two percent said they would feel "incomplete as a woman" if they didn't have at least one.
"McCall's, unfortunately, only got 60,000 women to "Tell How religion Affects Their Morality." While nine out of 10 say they believe in God, only 17 percent say organized religion is a big influence. As to what is sinful, seven out of 10 put the kibosh on extramarital sex, while only 53 percent say no to the premarital kind.
And while poor Ms. could muster but 20,000 women to "Reveal Their Fears, Splurges and New Confidence - About Money!" the biggest survey of all was taken by Better Homes and Gardens, which reports a gargantuan 302,602 replies to its questionnaire about the state of the American family, with nearly 30,000 of thses accompanied by long, heartfelt letters. Full results will have to wait till the June issue, but as an advance peek BH&G reveals that 76 percent feel that the American family is in real trouble and 58 percent say that American is not as good a place to raise children as it was 10 or 15 years ago. Tweet Tweet
Many a tear was shed when the ivory-billed woodpecker bit the dust, and even more when the passenger pigeon became extinct, the last little fellow even got a place of honor at the Smithsonian. But when the last Carolina parakeet keeled over at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1918, no one seemed to care.
Well, Doreen Buscemi cares, and in the April Natural History she gives America's only native representative of the parrot family its due. The parakeet's downfall, she says, came from a number of factors: Women took to wearing entire birds on their hats: the birds got into the nasty habits of just taking one bite out of oranges and bananas thus enraging farmers; and - tender-hearted souls that they were, "the cries of an injured bird would bring the entire flock back to hover over the crippled individual. This brought the birds back into shooting range and an entire flock was often decimated in this manner." Money Talks
Even Fortune magazine, usually at home with the big bucks, says a trillion dollars is "almost too awesome for the mind to comprehend. An individual spending $250,000 a day every day of the year would need 10,959 years to run through that much money."
Fortune is thinking trillion because the new edition of the Fortune 500, published in the May 8 issue, shows that the combined 1977 sales for the listed companies reached nearly $1.1 trillion. Top company was General Motors, edging out Exxon by a little more than $835 million to take No. 1 after a three-year absence. The company with the biggest one-year sales gain was something called DPF, which upped sales 2,122 percent to move from way past No. 1,000 all the way to No. 418. Biggest drop in sales was suffered buy Cook Industries, a loser in community trading which dropped from No. 360 to 465.
Wait till next year. Help!
Surviving a shipwreck is not all it's cracked up to be, at least according to psychology Today, which tells of several men who survived the sinking of the vessel Southern Star off the coast of Tasmani, a wreck which took the life of one of his pals.
Instead of feeling more sure of themselves, more able to handle life, five of the seven developed all kinds of problems. One man became acutely depressed; another suffered loss of sex drive; a third developed insomnia, the fourth became inpotent and the fifth drank heavily and turned violent with his wife. One of the survivors did think he was a better man for it, and one stout fellow said it hadn't affected him one way or the other. If you don't know what to make of all this, neither did Psychological Today. Westward Ha
The classic westerns of John Ford, from "Stagecoach" to "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon," have made an eerie, unique topography of Arizona's Monument Valley the best-know symbol of the American West. A classic curmudgeon himself, Ford never let on how he found the place, and in the May American Film, the man who led him to it speaks his piece at last.
That would be Harry Goulding, the only non-Indian in the Valley, who delightfully relates how he took a trip to Hollywood at the height of the Depression to try to get the movie folks to come on over and spend some money. When he had trouble talking to "anybody that's got a little authority," he unpacked his sleeping bag and prepared to stay awhile in a studio's reception room. A man whose hair was "stiffenin' up, he was so damn mad" was about to throw him out when he saw Goulding's photos of the Valley. "So his hair starts to loosen up a little, and he says, "Say, would you mind bringing them upstairs?'" Sitting upstairs was John Ford, and os it began. Heavy Hitters
Who runs the U.S. of A., anyhow? Is anyone in charge here? According to the U.S. News and World Report, which surveyed 1,200 presumably in-the-know citizens, the ten most influential Americans, Jimmy Carter, Tip O'Neill, George Meany, Robert Byrd, Warren Burger, Walter Mondale, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Water Cronkite, Hamilton Jordan David Rock feller. John Travolta didn't make the cut.
Only one woman was listed, Katharine Graham at No. 24, not as high as in the past, and only one black, Andrew Young, made it, at No. 30. Public interest person Ralph Nader, as high as fourth in the past, had slumped to the No. 25 this time around. Tidbits
With much fanfare and sounding of trumpets, Playboy has announced that it is sending an ace teams of photographers and editors to scour the country in search of a woman suitable to be chosen Playboy's 25th anniversary Playmate and appear in the January 1979 issue. P.S. She will be paid $25,000 . . .
People magazine, which gets 85 percent of its circulation from newsstand sales, is raising its cover price from 60 to 75 cents starting right now . . . The New Yorker was the only magazine to be double winner in this year's National Magazine Awards, collecting kudos in both the fiction and the reporting excellence departments. Other winners were Mother Jones (Public service), Esquire (essays and criticism), Newsweek (service to the individual), Scientific American (specialized journalism) and Architectural Digest (visual excellence). Two Washington-based magazines were among the 35 finalists, American Film in the essays and criticism category and U.S. News and World Report in Public service . . .