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Erotic Ladies [The Pacific Sun]

by Hope Katz Gibbs
The Pacific Sun
Marin County, CA

Deborah Shames slowly reached up and turned off the light. Her hands were shaking slightly, so she reached for a glass of champagne to calm her nerves. She paused a moment, took a breath, then slid in the movie into the player. “Cabin Fever” flashed on the screen. Director: Deborah Shames. Feeling nervous before a showing of her erotic films not typical for savvy Sausalito, CA film-maker. But this evening the director was in Chicago showing it to her parents. “It wasn’t like those sleazy porno movies Bernie and his pals watch,” said Shames’ mom, Mickey. Her father, Bernie, just jumped up and down: “I like it. I like it,” he said. Shames, 44, confides she really wanted their approval. “I had invested everything in this movie and it’s really important to me that people of all ages enjoy it. Who better to test it out than my parents?” That was two years ago. Since then, Shames has made two more films, “The Voyeur,” and “The Hottest Both” are scheduled for release this summer.

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Goal Oriented: Marin’s new women’s soccer league [The Pacific Sun]

by Hope Katz Gibbs
The Pacific Sun
July 12, 1984

The sun was slipping behind Mt. Tamalpais when Judi Shils started her sprint down the grassy field at the Corte Madera Park. In yellow shorts, a Sylvester T-shirt and brand new Adidas cleats, she trapped the ball in midfield after receiving a pass from her teammate then kicked it toward the goal. With no one blocking her way, she nudged the ball forward and Wham! She sent it home. It was the first soccer goal she scored in her life. “That was so cool,” says the 37-year-old television producer. “All I remember is coming down the field and seeing that goal clear. I just kicked and there it was. Everyone went nuts and that was the best part.” Shils is one of 40 women who turn out every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to participate in the Marin County Women’s Soccer League. The local league started in April, thanks to the organization and energy of Marin soccer coach Dave Fromer, who has been coaching children’s leagues for years. He wanted to offer the game to those dedicated people who sit on the sidelines and cheer on the kids-their moms and other Marin women.

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A Time to Bond [The Pacific Sun]

by Hope Katz Gibbs
The Pacific Sun
June 15, 1984

Summer vacation is a time of transition for kids, especially teenagers. Some flower while others flounder. Consider Flannery Quinn, 16, a junior at Tamalpais High School, is heading for Mexico this summer to participate in the Amigos program. “We are going to build latrines and teach them to use toothbrushes,” says Flannery,. “I have always been an outgoing person who likes helping others. To do something like this I think you need to be open minded and willing to try things at least once.” Flannery will flower, says Dr. Thomas Brady, a child psychiatrist at McAuley Behavioral Health Services, part of St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. “A child who is brave, such as Flannery, will grow so much during summer months,” says explains. “However, a child who is more fearful and unsure of themselves may retreat during the summer. This type of child will want to be left alone.” When should parents be concerned?

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