Movie star Yul Brynner, violinist Yehudi Menuhin and other international celebrities have sent messages of support to 14 West German gypsies on a hunger strike at the former Nazi death camp at Dachau. The gypsies, who began fasting four days ago, allege that Bavarian police are still secretly using Nazi files to discriminate against them.
The group's spokesman, Romani Rose, said messages of support were received from the World Union of Gypsies, an organization represented in 28 countries, and from Nobel Prize-winning author Heinrich Boll. Brynner, he says, cabled to say he was on the gypsies' side and would demonstrate his support by going without food for a day.
The oldest of the gypsies, a 67-year-old man, was subjected to medical experiments as an internee at Dachau.
Despite official statements that Nazi files were destroyed in 1970, the gypsies say they will continue their protest indefinitely unless the Bavarian interior minister declares "when, where and on whose instructions" the files were destroyed.
Anita Bryant says her life "turned upside down" when she opposed a Florida gay-rights law in 1977, but if faced with the option again, "I would still do it."
She says her "Save Our Children" campaign cost her $500,000 in television contracts, including a variety show, scores of bookings, thousands of dollars in cash outlays and threats of personal violence.
"Initially, the bookings dropped off to nothing," she said. "Where before, you didn't have to worry much about how you spend your money, all of a sudden, I had to start buying choice meat instead of prime."
She, her husband, Bob Green, and their four children still live in a sprawling Moorish mansion with tropical garden and swimming pool over-looking Biscayne Bay.
"I guess because the children had been through so much we were determined to hold onto the house. I felt that was important because they had so many anxieties and all the frustrations and I felt it was important that their home not be changed."
Foy Hayden, newly reelected third-term mayor of Florence, Tex., stepped forward to give his victory speech: "I have never sought this job. I don't particularly like it, and I don't particularly want it. I've got a lot of other things I'd rather do."
Hayden fought not to win, managing to keep his name off the ballot but still getting 53 unsolicited votes. He won by a landslide over the nearest runner-up who polled only four votes.
Mrs. H. L. Parsons, the election judge, explained, "Everybody likes him real well. Everybody wanted him. He didn't want the office at all but nobody else wanted it either."
Paul Newman admits there's salty language in his new movie, "fort Apache, the Bronx," but denies the film promotes racism.
Newman says the $13-million epic on life in a South Bronx ghetto is not anti-black or anti-Puerto Rican. But, he says, it's "tough on Puerto Ricans, tough on blacks, tough on the neighborhood." The movie's villains, he says, are "two Irish cops who throw an innocent Puerto Rican kid off a building."
Newman accused newspapers of printing script excerpts out of context and labeled as "phony" a photo supposedly showing a film crew member shoving a protesting citizen.
Newman didn't deny the movie contains racist language, but added it would sound strange to hear "cops in the locker room saying 'Oh, gosh!' and 'Oh golly!'"