Until now, the day after Halloween hasn't been much to think about--except perhaps for the unlucky few who used too much glue on their phony beards.
But this year a man who wears a funny suit for a living has hopes of making Nov. 1 a national observance, a sort of clownish postscript to the previous day's ghosts and goblins.
Larry Harmon, better known as Bozo the Clown--the bulb-nosed character he created in 1949, is thumping up next Friday as the first "No Bozos" day.
Harmon said he wants the day to be used to stomp out "Bozo-like" behavior--tailgating, moving to the head of the checkout line, that sort of stuff--across the land.
Among activities planned for the day are No Bozo inspection tours in various cities by costumed Bozos, No Bozos "arrests" when and where infuriating behavior is observed, and the continued launching of No Bozos chapters around the country.
A No Bozos planning kit--including the campaign's logo of the international symbol for "No" (a red circle with a slash) superimposed across Bozo the Clown's face--is available from "No Bozos" headquarters at 650 N. Bronson Ave., Hollywood, Calif. 90004.
Walk on the Word Side
Movie stars may actually be outnumbered on the streets of Beverly Hills today. By writers, present and past, no less.
Louis L'Amour, Ray Bradbury, Jacqueline Briskin, Judith Krantz, Jackie Collins, Harlan Ellison and, believe it or not, John DeLorean--as well as impersonators of 19th-Century novelists Charlotte and Emily Bronte and 17th-Century diarist Samuel Pepys--plus scores of others who have made it between hardcovers, are expected to turn out for what may be a unique literary event today.
At about 4 p.m. about 75 authors will parade from the Rangoon Racquet Club, 9474 Little Santa Monica Blvd., to the new location of Hunter's Books at 420 N. Beverly Drive.
For fanfare, they'll have the Chicago Stompers, a Dixieland band that will lead the march.
This combination of wordsmiths and musicians in a Hollywood-style extravaganza will be helping to celebrate Hunter's 59 years in Beverly Hills and the end of the bookstore's 20-year stand on Rodeo Drive. The new store, with 5,200 square feet and 20-foot ceilings for shelves and shelves of books, also will include "a wall of fame" on which celebrity authors will inscribe their autographs on ceramic tiles.
Words From Troy
Speaking of things literary, if you want to know what inspires English novelist Doris Lessing's fiction or what Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman has to say about drama, one place to turn is the Southern California Anthology for 1985, a product of USC graduate writing students.
Both Lessing and Norman are interviewed in the student anthology, which also contains fiction and poetry by beginning and professional writers.
The 1985 edition, the third such, was a labor of love and of cunning, of salesmanship and art, according to editors Michael McLaughlin and Chris Westphal.
In between wading through manuscripts, the staff learned the finer points of dealing with a publisher and cajoling independent bookstores around the state and country to stock their 191-page, large format paperback.
Price of the anthology is $8.95. The anthology's address is DCC 201, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif. 90089.
She Makes Her Points
Bridgette Farris, 16, the Fresno Hoover High School sophomore who kicked a point after touchdown the opening week of the season, kicked two more in a game last week.
Farris, who may be the first girl to score a point in a varsity high school football game, was two for two as her team lost, 29-20, to McLane High School.
The 5-foot, 1 1/2-inch, 100-pound kicker is 3-for-6 for the season on a team that has won two of five games.
The success is not going unnoticed. Hoover Coach Pat Plummer has received a letter from the American Sports Hall of Fame in Johnstown, Ohio, asking for the kicker's picture, jersey and shoes.