6. Corporate Organizational Profile #6 (Chart H)

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Peachtree National Distributors, along with Global Industries Inc. and Agency Services, Inc. are subsidiaries of the Fidelity Equipment and Leasing Corporation. Peachtree National Distributors, Inc. is a pornographic distributor who forwards shipping manifests to and receives shipment inventories from Florida Periodicals, Inc. They order pornographic books from Star Distributors, Ltd.

Michael Thevis has been involved in the publication and distribution of pornographic material since the early 1960'x. He has been arrested numerous times by the Atlanta police Department, but his attorneys were successful in keeping him out of prison until Federal authorities began investigating him in 1970. United States Attorneys in Jacksonville, Atlanta and New Orleans obtained four separate convictions of Thevis.

A check of court records on October 30, 1972 indicated a Federal Grand Jury returned 17 indictments against Michael G. Thevis, Jr., and his wife, Joan C. Thevis. They were charged with violating federal laws regarding interstate transportation of obscene material and advertising obscene matter through the mails. Indicated as co-defendants were these Atlanta businesses: Book Bin, Inc.; Peachtree News Co., Inc.; Pendulum Book, Inc., and Peachtree National Distributors, Inc. The couple was charged with mailing unsolicited obscene matter into nine states: Illinois, Colorado, Alabama, Indiana, New York, California, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, and with shipping obscene material to retailers in Florida and the District of Columbia.

According to a press release on June 23, 1971, Michael G. Thevis was convicted on 12 counts of shipping obscene material across a state line. On June 25, 1971, Thevis was sentenced to five years in prison and fined $5,000 on each 12 counts of shipping obscene material.

Court records were also checked on April 8, 1975, and they showed that Michael Thevis was also sentenced in Lexington, Kentucky. Thevis was found guilty on 12 counts and will serve three years on each count to run concurrently and he was fined $45,000. Thevis is quoted as saying "I rode the boom to its crest and I made a lot of money. I'm not sorry for it." Although Thevis testified that he had sold all of his pornography businesses to Laverne Bowden, a corporate officer in several of Thevis' pornography businesses, Federal agents posing as pornography dealers in New Orleans were told that Thevis is still in control. Thevis has admitted that he still owns buildings in which pornography operations are being conducted. Michael Thevis is recorded as the president of Global Industries, Inc., and a director for-General Recording Corp., and was the former president of Pendulum Book, Inc., and a former officer of Book Bin, Inc. Thevis was arrested by the F.B.I. for violation of the Escape and Rescue Statute, Mail Fraud, Conspiracy, Obstruction of Criminal Investigation and Obstruction of Justice.

William Williams is the president of Peachtree News Co., with Gerald Matheny as secretary/treasurer, and Kevin Mason as vice president. Williams is the secretary, Ralph Mitchem is the treasurer and Richard Wilson is the registered agent of Panama Books, 267 Marietta Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia, T/A Dale Mabry Bookmart, 3325 S. Dale Mabry, Tampa, Florida, T/A T & K Entertainment, 1772 W. Hillsborough, Tampa, Florida and T/A Busch Blvd. Bookstore 2106 E. Busch Blvd., Tampa, Florida (owner is listed as Norman Abood). William Williams is the president of Florida Periodicals, Inc., 7210 Anderson Road, Tampa, Florida, with Ralph Mitchem as secretary/treasurer, and Norman Abood as the registered agent. Williams is the secretary/treasurer of Cinematics, Inc., 267 Marietta Ave., Atlanta, Georgia, with Gerald Matheny as the president. Williams also pays for all expenses incurred by the Austin Bookmart, Campus Bookshop and the Pleasure Shoppe, all located in Houston, Texas.

Melvin Friedman is recorded as president of Peachtree National Distributors, Inc. He, along with Rodney Smith and Julius Davenport, are officers for Carolina Books Distributors, 213 N. Harrington Street, Raleigh, North Carolina. Friedman is the secretary/treasurer of Johnny Reb's Books and the Card Shop, Inc., co-located at 267 Marietta Ave., Atlanta, Georgia. He is also an incorporator for All Star News Agency, 267 Marietta Ava., Atlanta, Georgia, with a branch office at 3721 Washington Ave., St. Louis, Missouri, and 1651 W. Howard Ave., Biloxi, Mississippi, whose president is Ralph Mitchem. Melvi, Friedman was a former president of Peachtree News Company, 267 Marietta Ave., Atlanta, Georgia.

The Peachtree News Company, All Star News Agency, and the Southland Distributing, 174 Mill Street, Atlanta, Georgia, are subsidiaries of Global Industries, Inc., 177 Snooty Fox Chase, Sandy Springs, Georgia, whose parent company is Fidelity Leasing and Equipment Corp., 267 Marietta Ave., Atlanta, Georgia. The corporation officers of Global Industries, Inc., are Pat McClean as president, Robert Mitchem as an incorporator, Laverne Bowden as the major share holder, and Joan Thevis as the current secretary.

Robert Mitchem is also the president of Apollo News, 515-1/2 East Houston, San Antonio, Texas, and the president of the Intimo News, 417 Myrtle Street, El Paso, Texas (inactive), with Ed Smith as the secretary. Gilbert Dietch and Robert Eugene 8mith are directors, Joan Thevis is the secretary, and S. E. Widdoes, W. J. Reif and R. A. Finger are incorporators of the General Recording Corp. Gilbert Dietch, L'Kenny Helm and Warren Mason are directors, Pat Hickey is the secretary/treasurer, William Williams is the president, and Laverne Bowden purchased 100% of the shares of the Fidelity Equipment and Leasing Corp., 267 Marietta Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia. Pat Hickey is the secretary/ treasurer and Laverne Bowden is the president of the Omega Sales, Inc., 272 Marietta Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia. Laverne Bowden frequents the following businesses: D.A.B. Corp., T/A Gaslight Adult News, T/A Diners News, T/A Main Street News, all of 2800 Pioneer #118, Irving, Texas, whose incorporators are Joe Davis, Joe Davis III, and Stephen Davis and the Satellite News Agency, Inc., 500 N. Shepherd Avenue, Houston, Texas. Satellite News Agency, Inc., is a subsidiary of Agency Services, Inc., 500 N. Shepherd Avenue, Houston, Texas, whose parent company is Fidelity Equipment and Leasing Corp., and incorporators are Alice Parrott, Wilson Cooper and Helen Sloss. Other businesses with the address of 267 Marietta Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia, are Culver, A.L. Polygraph and Peachtree Books Distributing Co.

The Fidelity Equipment and Leasing Corporation was incorporated on July 10, 1972, and operates as a holding company with the general business in leasing new and used equipment of every kind and character. Global Industries, Inc., Agency Services, Inc., co-located at 500 N. Shepherd Road, Houston, Texas, and Peachtree National Distributors, Inc. are subsidiaries. Global Industries, inc., was incorporated for the purposes of purchasing securities or debt instruments of businesses of every kind and description, operating in corporate or other form. It maintains accounting services for Florida Periodicals, Inc., Peachtree News Co., Castle of Arcades, Satellite News Agency, Star News, Satellite News, All Star News Agency, and Rivergate News Agency.

The Agency Services, Inc., issues operational orders to and receives merchandising and sales reports from Florida Periodicals, Inc. Peachtree National Distributors is a pornographic distributor who forwards shipping manifests (contents) to and receives shipment inventories from the Florida Periodicals, Inc. Peachtree National Distributors, Inc., orders pornographic books from Star Distributors, Ltd., who in turn forwards shipping manifests (contents) to Peachtree National Distributors. Florida Periodicals, Inc. receives pornographic scrap books from Star Distributors, Ltd., and Lyndon Distributors, 15756 Arminta Station, Van Nuys, California.

Melvin Friedman, Robert Mitchem and Ed Smith are officers of the Greensboro Bookmart, T/A The Paris Bookstore and Fantasia Bookstore, which maintained a local bank account with the manager, depositing the money and forwarding the sales sheets to Laverne Bowden (Fidelity Equipment and Leasing Corp.) on a daily basis. The store received all their pornographic materials from Carolina Books Distributing, Raleigh, North Carolina. A coin collector comes to the store every seven to ten days to empty the peep show machines and change the films. The store had twelve peep show projectors and 103 films for sale on August 19, 1977. The manager received five percent of the money collected from the machines. Austin Hardison Evans was identified as the coin collector and operated a Trans Am Pontiac with Georgia registration PEL-920, which is registered to Cine-Matics, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia. Greensboro Bookmart, T/A Fantasia Bookstore was also operated in the same manner and included the same corporations and distributor. The employees of both stores were originally paid by Global Industries, Inc., and then by the Fidelity Equipment and Leasing Corp. Michael Thevis and his wife, Joan, signed the lease for the property where the bookstores were located. Both stores have since been moved.

Rosalie Lonsdale, the owner of five pornography bookstores in Houston, Texas, when interviewed by an agent of the Texas Department of Public Safety, stated she had been in debt to Michael Thevis for $60,000. When Lonsdale wanted to sell her stores (debt had been reduced to $20,000), she was contacted and told to pay off the note before she sold. When she attempted to sell the stores, Tom Mitchell of Atlanta, Georgia, under the U.T. Corporation, arrived and assumed the operations of the bookstores.

Chaparral Book Mart, 413 Peoples Street, Corpus Christi, Texas receives its pornographic material from the Sanco Distributing Co., 172 Marietta Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia. San Antonio Book Mart, 2018 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas, is owned by William -Sherlock Parrish. Parrish has several arrests for sale of obscene material and his. bail bond bills were sent to Pat McClean (president of Global Industries, Inc.). Taxes on World News Stand, 1230 Nort# 3rd Street, Abilene, Texas, are billed to William Williams Post Office Box 4215, Atlanta, Georgia (Fidelity Equipment and Leasing Corp.). The 3110 South Shepherd, Inc., also located at Post Office Box 4215, is responsible for paying state sales taxes on the following businesses in Texas:

Diner's News
240 Westheimer
Houston, Texas

Fort Worth News
307 Main Street
Fort Worth, Texas (inactive)

Gaslight Adult News
3519 West Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, Texas

Main St. News
4418 Main Street
Houston, Texas