dom in Dirty Dancing, but he is surelynbetter known to Chronicles readers fornhis role in the anticommunist classic,nRed Dawn. (Wolverines!)nAn interesting fact: the Journal reportednthat Mountain Dew tickles innardsnwith greater than average frequencynin a “curving swath of geographynthat starts high in the Dakotas,nbends down through rural Illinois andnIndiana and whips around into thenCarolinas.” Strange, but this peculiarnpiece of territory is home to a remarkablennumber of Chronicles writers.nYahoo.nStill saving your Confederate money?nThe London Times reported thensale at Sotheby’s of 5,000 Confederatenbonds held all this time by British andnother European investors. Theynbrought £352,000 at auction, nearlyntwice the £180,000 estimate. That’snstill pretty far from their originaln$60,000,000 value, but they’re comingnback.nMore business news: USA Todaynreported last fall that the 56-foot chickennwhich has long been the mostninteresting feature of the Atlanta suburbnof Marietta would soon be gonenwith the wind. It was supposedly not innkeeping with the new image of thenrestaurant it has graced for the last 26nyears.nDespite Georgians’ attempts to disguisentheir essentially down-home nature,nthough, they’re still too countrynfor the cosmopolitan management ofnRJR-Nabisco — or so I surmise fromnthe rumor that the cigarette and cookiencompany may be moving its headquartersnagain, this time to New York.nWhen RJR recently moved to Atlantanfrom Winston-Salem, the company’snnew president explained that the CamelnCity was too “bucolic.” A writer fornthe North Carolina Independent reportednthat “when we heard that, halfnthe town scrambled to whip his ass andnthe other half scrambled for their dictionaries.nIt was the first time in history,nfriends, that the educated class was firstnto fight.”nWonder what they’re going to donwith that chicken? I say give the bird tonRJR.nIt is true that we have a rathernold-fashioned business climate in muchnof the South. A newsletter called CreditnCard Bankruptcies, for instance, reportsnthat the seven states where Chap­nter 13 bankruptcies make up thenhighest percentage of all filings arenNorth Carolina (62 percent), Tennesseen(60 percent), Alabama (56 percent).nSouth Carolina (55 percent),nGeorgia (50 percent), Arkansas (46npercent), and Mississippi (40 percent).nIn New York and Massachusetts, byncomparison, the percentages are 17nand, 16, respectively. If I understandnthis correctly. Chapter 13 simply involvesna stretched-out repayment plan,nnot outright welshing. It is, in othernwords, the honorable way to deal withnfinancial embarrassment.nIt may be relevant that North andnSouth Carolina have the lowest ratiosnof lawyers to regular folk in the countryn(1:694 and 1:654), while New Yorknand Massachusetts have the highestn(1:234 and 1:212). It’s also interestingnthat the IRS reports that Southernersn(along with Westerners) are below thennational average in “voluntary taxpayerncompliance”—^ which suggests an underlyingnprinciple that I’ll let you figurenout.nThe Japanese know a good thing,neven if RJR doesn’t. They’re comingnin droves, and Tennessee Illustrated hasngiven a new dimension to Southernnhospitality by publishing a list of handynphrases for its readers. “Haguki tonhoppeta no aidani hitotsumami irenasai,”nfor example, means “put a pinchnbetween your cheek and gum.” “Vorusunwa sugoine” translates as “hown’bout them Vols?”nBut making things easy for newcomersncan be carried too far. In ancompletely revolting development, thenMemphis airport has replaced the dulcetnSouthern tones of Ginny Mossnwith the crisp Yankeefied accent ofnanother woman on its public addressnsystem. The Commercial Appealnquoted an airport spokesman who saidnthat Ms. Moss was originally chosennbecause her accent was “a voice thatnwas typical of this area, something thatnsaid: This is the South, this is Memphis.”nUnfortunately, Yankees and foreignersnclaimed to have trouble understandingnher. That, in my view, oughtnto be their problem.nOur problem is that some Memphiansncomplained that her voice was toonSouthern, “that this was a sound thenairport should not promote.” Theynshould take a cue from the seismologistnright there at their own Memphis StatennnUniversity who told the Wall StreetnJournal that “Massachusetts and Texasnare inching toward each other, andnthat’s bad news.” He was talking aboutnthe prospects for a major East Coastnearthquake, but the proposition is truenin general.nJohn Shelton Reed writes from ChapelnHill, North Carolina. In September,nhe and his family will be moving tonNorthern California for ten months,nand he views the prospect with mixednemotions.nLetter From Parisnby Curtis GatenHistory Returningnat a GallopnFive months ago, in its January 1 issue,nTime magazine chose to honor MikhailnGorbachev as the “Man of thenDecade.” Although several prominentnFrenchmen have suggested that PopenJohn Paul II has had an equal influencenon the tumultuous events innEurope (notably because of his powerfulnsupport of the Solidarity movementnin Poland), few, I think, can reasonablyndeny this remarkable Soviet politician’snright to this honor. Yet the fact of thenmatter is that after wading throughnpages and pages of superlative tributesnand encomia, I was not one whit wisernat the end as to Gorbachev’s secretnthinking and ultimate objectives, whichnremain — at least for me — as shroudednin mystery as ever.nThere were, however, three sentencesnin Time that brought me upnwith a start. In a long article entitled,n”Rethinking the Red Menace,” StrobenTalbott could write: “A new consensusnis emerging, that the Soviet threat isnnot what it used to be. The real point,nhowever, is that it never was. Thendoves in the Great Debate of the pastnforty years were right all along.”nThe enormity of this tranquil affirmationnleft and still leaves me speechless.nFor it betrays an ignorance of thencertain basic facts of the start of thenCold War that, if shared by millions ofnMr. Talbott’s readers (which may wellnbe the case), bodes ill for the future. Itnis, indeed, vain to expect persons whonMAY 1990/49n