The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 18, 1997, Page 9, Image 9

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Barbershop tradition lives,
continues to grow in Lincoln
By Bret Schulte
Staff Reporter
Despite what most people say, some things just don’t change: the plots of Jean Claude Van Damme
movies, U.S. Senators from the Carolinas and less conspicuously, the mecca of male maintenance —
the barbershop.
George Ketterer has cut hair at Bill’s Barber Shop since 1956. He bought the store at 2006 S. 10th
St. in 1970. Ketterer said hairstyles come and go, but barbershops always accommodate, contributing
to their lasting power.
“When we started out, we only cut butches, flat tops and crew cuts,” Ketterer said. “In the ’70s the
cuts got longer, but now it’s back to the shorter cuts.”
The recent trend of short hair for men has greatly influenced the comeback of the
“We are seeing more and more college guys come into the shop, largely because of
the current trends.” said Gary Haun of The Captain’s Chair, 1315 P St.
Describing recent hairstyles, Haun said most requests are for a high fade, which is
a cut that starts very close to the base of the hairline but lengthens as it nears the top.
However, barbershops have been a mainstay for college students over the years no |
matter what hairstyle has been popular. Barbers attribute the popularity to the conve- §
nience of barbershops, the intentionally masculine atmosphere and the cost—usually
between $6 and $10.
“We maintain a tight schedule (based on 15-minute intervals). People get in when
they expect and get out when they expect,” Haun said.
Ketterer cited the barbershop’s atmosphere as a factor in its staying power.
“People like to come in and be able to relax,” Ketterer said. “Guys come to
talk about sports and things they don’t feel they can talk about with woman
Haun said the atmosphere in barbershops contributes to a sort of male bald
ing, too.
“A lot of guys growing up went with their moms (for haircuts),” he
said. “Now they come to barbershops... where a guy can say what he wants to
Men also feel more comfortable making certain requests in a barber
shop than they would in a family salon.
“We have guys come in here with their hair colored with Kool-Aid or
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Despite ending, new Eastwood film has ‘Absolute Power’
By Gerry Beltz
Film Critic
The president of the United States involved
in deceit and cover-up? Jump back! Next, you’ll
tell me Bill Clinton is a bloated womanizer!
(Ahem! Well, uh, anyway ...)
Clint Eastwood hits die big screen again —
wearing the hats of producer, director and star
—with the dramatic thriller “Absolute Power.”
Luther Whitney (Eastwood) is a master at
what he does. He does his research, covers ev
ery possible detail and has an unwavering sense
of patience.
Luther Whitney is a thief. Actually, to just
call Whitney “a thief’ would be like calling
Woodstock “a concert.”
He has spent time in prison. But before re
tiring, he wants to pull one last job: the ex
travagant home of billionaire Walter Sullivan
(E.G. Marshall), who is out of the country with
his nubile young wife, Christy (Melora Hardin).
WTiitney’s problems start when Christy
makes an unexpected return to the house while
he is in the secret bedroom vault (complete with
voyeuristic one-way mirror).
She comes home with her over-inebriated,
overanxious suitor Alan Richmond (Gene
Hackman), who also happens to be the presi
Film: “Absolute Power”
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Ed
Harris, Laura Linney
Director: Clint Eastwood *
Rating: R (violence, language, sexual violence)
Grade: B
Flve Words: Great buildup, but lousy ending
After beating and raping his date, Richmond
is nearly overtaken by her. But the Secret Ser
vice steps in, ending both the struggle and
Christy’s life.
As would be expected, the two Secret Ser
vice agents (Scott Glenn and Dennis Haysbert)
and the president’s chief of staff (Judy Davis)
whip up a standard cover-up — with Whitney
as the patsy.
They are left with two small problems, how
ever: one, Whitney saw the whole thing; and
two, he leaves with a VERY incriminating piece
of evidence.
From there, things start to get sticky. There’s
major friction between the agents and the chief
of staff, Whitney is trying to patch things up
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