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11/24/1980 at 01:00 AM EST
Okay, 1980 was the year Mount St. Helens blew its stack and Bo Derek made us sick of the number 10. But we'll have to live with them for yet another year—as calendar art. Publishers are ready to paper your walls with every sort of subject—to entertain, inform or scratch some avocational itch. Here is a sampling (beyond the monsters, maidens and mammoths of the sea depicted above):
Rivaling Bo Derek's pinups (Simon & Schuster, $6.95) are Miss Piggy's, including a bathtub centerfold, in the Miss Piggy Cover Girl Fantasy Calendar (Harry N. Abrams, $7.95).
For children there is a grab bag of goodies. A workbook promising "something to do every day of the year" is entitled The Kids' Diary of 365 Amazing Days. It's a paperback packed with information, originality and prospects for fun (Workman Publishing, $6.95). The ecologically impeccable Sierra Club Calendar for Young People makes even playing in puddles an educational experience (Scribner's, $5.95). But you don't have to be a child to enjoy the Monster Riddle Calendar. "What sort of music do mummies like best? Rag-time." That's only one of the foolish questions answered in this zany collection (Scribner's, $5.95).
Eating being always in fashion, the Bon Appétit Social Planner desk calendar is le dernier cri for keeping track of holiday fetes and meals in between. Recipes include a New Year's Resolution Buffet and an After-the-Game Smorgasbord, complete with glogg (Bon Appétit, Los Angeles, $12.95). From raisin bars to hamantashchen, a Hebrew pastry, the recipes in the Cookies '81 desk calendar will satisfy cravings of any cook-y monster (Abbeville Press, $7.95).
For those counting calories, The Dieter's Guide to Weight Loss during Sex treats both subjects lightly For instance, wriggling into Jordache jeans is supposed to burn 52 calories and studying sex manuals, 28 (Workman Publishing, $5.95). Runner-author James F. Fixx takes a more serious view of fitness in The Complete Runner's Day-by-Day Log and Calendar, a desk journal for joggers with helpful hints on hotfooting it, dates of U.S. races and spaces for jotting where, when and how far you have run each day (Random House, $6.95).
B. Kliban's cool cats are back (Workman Publishing, $4.95), and whales, orcas and otters illustrate the Whales and Friends Calendar, with a share of the profits going to groups dedicated to saving marine mammals (Bo-Tree Productions, San Francisco, $5.95). Thirty days hath Sheep-tember, Aperil, Junicorn and Novembear, saith the Sheeptember Animal Farm mini-calendar (Recycled Paper Products, Chicago, $3).
One can trip out on Jill Uris' Jerusalem production (Bantam Books, $5.95) and fantasize about the Old West with a Louis L'Amour calendar (Bantam Books, $6.95). Mount St. Helens, before, during and in between its recent pyrotechnics, also is reproduced in multihues (Beautiful America Publishing Company, Beaverton, Oreg., $4.95), while the wonders of the universe are explored in Cosmos 1981, based on the PBS series (Ballantine Books, $6.95). Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher's birthdays are noted, but Yoda's is not, in The Empire Strikes Back Calendar (Ballantine Books, $6.95).
The National Air and Space edition (Harry N. Abrams, $8.95) is crammed with aerospace facts, but for sheer spectacle, photographic excellence and size (17¾" by 17¾), the Sail Calendar leaves all others in its wake (Sail Books, Boston, $11.95).
Homebodies can get tips on how to remove stains with vodka, stop bees in midair with hair spray and save money with homemade upholstery cleaner from Mary Ellen, who has spun off her hot-selling book in the Best of Helpful Hints Calendar (Warner Books, $4.95).
The performing arts are celebrated in the Caruso Desk Calendar (The Metropolitan Opera Guild, $7.98), which is filled with photos of the turn-of-the-century tenor, and the Broadway Musicals Calendar (Harry N. Abrams, $8.95), a trip down the Great White Way.
On August 12, 1890 Madame Lillian Evanti, the first black woman to sing with a European opera company, was born. She is one of many unknowns included with the famous in a desk calendar, Black Women: Achievements against the Odds (GMG Publishing Company, $6.95).
Finally, there is the traditional calendar of quotations. This year's rival of Bartlett's is a tabletop model, 365 Great Quotes-a-Year (Workman Publishing, $5.95), including the Ralph Waldo Emerson exclamation: "I hate quotations."