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   Valley News, The (Newspaper) - April 20, 1971, Van Nuys, California                               TMI NEWS Von Nuys April 20, :Ping Pong Diplomacy... r Communist China's friendly and apparently out- response to America's table tennis team has i opened the door to further cultural exchanges between .the two countries. Also the possibility of more trade ?and travel barriers being eased. The Nixon Adminis- had previously dropped some restrictions. The Chinese literally rolled out the "red" carpet for the visiting teams. Receptions, dinners and various '''entertainment, including a ballet staged by the wife Communist Party. Chairman Mao Tse-tung, were 'given for the players. China is evidently attempting to create a new and to set-up an atmosphere favorable to her admission to the United Nations next fall. However, the question of Nationalist China still remains and it is doubtful that Taiwan or Peking would be willing to Thus, the stalemate is not likely to be quickly re- solved by Communist China, and the United States. But with increased cultural excJianges and a lowering of trade barriers friendlier relations between our two countries loom on the distant horizon. L-- Oscar The forty-third annual Academy Awards Thursday at the .Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center was not as- well staged a production as many in the past But a low-keyed gloominess dominated the fes- tivities possibly because of the current state of the .motion picture industry and the high unemployment. "Patton" was the big winner, missing only two of its ten nominations. Including the actor award "'jor George C. Scott's performance in the film. Scott announced some time ago that even if he were to win the Oscar, he would not accept.it. A fact that the Academy chose to ignore. "Patton" was a marvelous film and deserved its many awards which included: Best -picture, best direction. Franklin J. Schaffner, best art direction, best set direction, best sound, best script and best editing. Other popular winners were Helen Hayes for her -H role as an elderly habitual stowaway in "Airport." John -H Mills for his beautifully sensitive portrayal as a re- mute'in "Ryan's -J.-f Not having seen Glenda Jackson in her best-actress winning performance in "Women in Love" it is unfair me to comment. Nevertheless. I had hoped that Ali McGraw would win for "Love Story." Somehow Miss Jackson did not seem the popular favorite but someone for high points of the evening the standing ovation accorded Lillian .Gish who was pre- sented with a special Swedish director the maker receive the Irving Thalberg .Award. Orson-Welles won a special Oscar for his years of "superlative" movie making and Frank Sinatra .received the annual Jean Jt-Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his public and priv- ate charity work. wv John Longenecker, U.S.G. cinema student, won an the best live action short Resur- of Broncho Billy" which he produced on a budget. So despite a recession in the film industry and a iort of glooin in the audience, nevertheless the glitter glamour prevailed and Hollywood kept a stiff- lip. Richard Van Valkenburg Ends Ocean Tour of Duty Richard W. Van Val- petty officer sec- class USCG. husband Mrs. Elaine M. Van Val- Conferences Set ;on Public Agency labor Relations >Z Training in the labor- relations of public agencies to meet need created by the of public employes' bargaining will be offered in the first of a series of two- it dustrialRelations. Designed primarily for county, state and fed- government man- pagers, the conference will iffopen Thursday in UCLA's .iSdowntown facility at llth and Grand Ave. The conference wiJ] be in July. October January. Information reservations may by telephoning THE FORUM kenburg of 18801 Calvert St.. Reseda, is sen-ing aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Gresham -which has completed the first full season of man- ning Ocean Station Hotel 180 miles east of Atlantic City, NJ. The cutter Gresham re- ported critical weather data necessary to improve storm warning forecasts fox the Northeastern Slates. Ocean Station Hotel is operated from Aug. 1 to March 31 annually and was manned by Gresham for 205 of 244 days this season. Grcsham is homeported at Norfolk, Va. 5000 Brochures About Veterans Aid Authorized Authorization to print -5000 copies of a revised brochure describing ser- vices available to veterans and their dependents has been given by the County of Supervisors, The Board gave its axa- thorization for printing, not to exceed on the recommendation of J. Nor- man Kelly, director of the County Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs. The brochure is a one- page, two sided document, which contains informa- tion on services available to veterans. GETTING THE MESSAGE Appoint Industry Leader to Quake Study Commission William A. Simpson Jr., Los Angeles civic and con- struction industry leader, has been .appointed to the Los Angeles County Earthquake Study Commission. Simpson said the com- mission is. looking at the probable cause of the quakes which rocked the Valley, will examine ques- tions of design of struc- tures, and analyze what the forces (of nature) will be likely to do in the fu- ture. The group will un- cover; questions of .fact ,and make scientific rec- ommendations to the county. Simpson is vice: presi- dent (marketing) of the Dillingham Corp. He is chairman of the board of the William Simpson Con- struction Co. and the im- mediate past president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Mid-Valley T to Offer Course In Auto Design Any teenage boy who likes to draw cars and is interested in learning more about the art of car designing, may now enroll in a special class titled "Fundamentals of Au- tomotive cur- rently sponsored by the Young Men's Christian Association. The series is held every Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Mid-Valley YMCA, 6901 Lennox Ave. in Van Nuys. Anyone of am- age is eligible to enroll. Interested persons should register at the cen- ter or telephone 989-3800 for more information. Richard Whealon Finishes Training With U.S. Army Army Pvt. Richard W. Wheaton Jr., whose par- ents live at 4555 Arcola Ave., North Hollywood, has comple ted eight weeks of basic training at the U.S. Army Training Center. Infantry. Fl is. Wash. 'IF Pvl. Wheaton entered the Army in September 1070. T3ie 22-year-old private is a graduate of North Hollywood High School and receix'ed a BA degree from Occidental College. Angeles in 1970. His wife Debbie lives at 7632 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park. IF everyone who drives of walks could lie a month in bed With broken bones and stitched-up wounds, or fractures of the head. And there endure the agonies that many people do, They'd never need preach safety any more to me or you. IF everyone could stand beside the bed of .a close friend, And hear the doctor say, "no before that fatal end, And see him there unconscious never knowing what took place, The laws and rules of traffic I am sure we'd soon embrace. IF everyone could meet the wife and.children.left. behind, And step into the darkened home where once the sunligJit shined And look upon the vacant chair where Daddy used to sit, V I'm sure each reckless human would be forced to think a bit. everyotie would realize pedestrians tin .the street as much the right of way as those upon the seat, And train their eyes for children who run recklessly at.play, This steady toll of human lives would drop from day to day. IF everyone who drives or walks would heed the danger signs Placed by traffic engineers who also marked the lines To keep all traffic in its lane and give it proper space, The accidents we read about could not have taken place. IF every pedestrian would follow the Golden Rule, due caution_whether home, near shops or school; While children and the aged now are the major toll, Life and limb conservation would .then move toward safety's goal. And he who takes the wheel would say a little prayer. And keep in mind those in the car dependent on his care. And make a vow and pledge himself to never take a cliance. The great crusade {or safety then would suddenly advance. S. S. "SAM" TAYLOR City of Los Angeles City Traffic Engineer Dept. of Traffic EDITOR'S NOTE: The above poem was written by S. S. Taylor in 1937 as part of a university thesis titled "Speed and Accidents." More than copies have been distributed nationwide by insurance firms, air- lines and motor vehicle manufacturers in the interest of promoting highway safety. 'A BETTER DAY TO YOU' My MAU FRIEBMAN Mr. Friedman's column will resume on Slay 4. The SCRAMBLER Select words meaning the opposite of ihe words above the squares, arranging the letters in the two words to form a new word which means: one irno watches or pji SOMETHING ana RELAXED mnrn The SCRAMBLER word is: TTTTI I I MIKE the oppwrte WM die "mar. ScnutHer nwrf FIREMAN. Makes Plea for Sclerosis Volunteers .Editor, The News: 9 to June 20, the National Multiple Scle- Society will be launching its annual cam- paign. There great need for volunteer march- ers. I am hoping that my plea I am a victim of multiple .sclerosis' reach the "hearts 6f every reader. Multiple sclerosis was first d e scribed scien- tifically in 1868. Today there are approximately young Americans suffering from this dis- PUBLIC FORUM ease, and'an .estimated family members suffering from its heavy economic burden. MS is a chronic progres- sive disease, striking young adults between the ages of 20 and 40. Unfortu- nately, -the disease cannot be diagnosed in the early A history of remis- sions of the symptoms) and re- lapses (reappearance) is the most important con- firmation. Covered by Sheath Multiple sclerosis is a strange disease that at- tacks any part of the brain, nerves and spinal cord, in which scattered patches of scar tissue (so called plaques) are found throughout the nervous system. These are re- ferred to as demyliniza- tion or of sclerosis. Normally, the nerve fi- bers in the brain and spin- al cord are covered with a fatty sheath called mylin, which is believed to act as an insulation. In MS there are areas in which the my- lin dissolves or dis- integrates, later the affect- ed area is replaced by scar .or -sclerotic -tissue from where it.gets it's name. The usual early symp- toms are mUd, including perhaps some: numbness in a leg of arm, blurring .or double vision, excessive fatigue. These symptoms may come and disappear, only to return again with perhaps new symptoms. Cause is Unknown As the disease progress- es there may be tremors, often making the patient weak and interfering with writing, sewing, buttoning clothes; there are speech d i s t urbances, unsteadi- ness in walking and .in- ability in maintaining bal- ance, difficulties with vis- ion such as blurred double vision, or blindness in one or both eyes, paral- ysis may occur, bowel and bladder disturbances are common. The cause is unknown. There is no known cure, effective therapy or pre- vention as yet. But through research there is -hope. Faces Possibility During the past few 3rears advances in the struggle against the great crippler of young adults, have widened. To give MS patients continued hope we must double our goal Research programs scheduled in California for 1971 total a p p roximately with an additional S17.000 for post doctoral training. In Los Angeles and Or- ange Counties, we support seven MS clinics. How would you or a loved one feel if you were suddenly retired at a young age, due to a pro- gressive crippling disease for which there is no cure? Every MS patient faces this possibility. Your volunteering will give us the continued hope for the future, and possibly prevent future victims, giving you and your loved ones a safer fu- ture. Please aid in the fight against this great crippler of young adults. For further information concerning volunteering during the campaign, please contact Mrs. Al Mil- net, San Fernando Valley campaign chairman at 842-5278. Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. BARBARAMILNER North Hollywood Watch on Washington by Clark Molltnhoff Ribicoff Questions CBS About (rum Interview WASHINGTON; D.C. Sen. Abraham Ribicoff (D- chairman of the Senate permanent in- vestigating subcommittee, complimented the Colum- bia Broadcasting System for very enterprising journalism" but it was_ with a sarcastic tongue in his cheek. Ribicoff, chairman of the subcommittee probing scandals in service clubs in Vietnam, was referring .to the Mike Wallace inter- view with William C. Crum aboard his-boat in the harbor at Hong Kong., Repeat Contention The CBS show was ex- tremely critical of the Ribicoff subcommittee for providing the forum for a witness who, it was con- tended, maligned Crum with highly questionable charges. Wallace accepted and r ep e a t e d Crum's con- tention that the subcom- mittee had failed to in- vestigate carefully the key w i t n ess against Grum, Jack Bybee of Foster City, Cal. Crum charged in the CBS interview that Bybee had passed himself off as a lawyer, when in fact he not, and that Bybee had'claimed-to-be a rela- tive of Sen. Barry Gold- water when in fact he was not. In short, Crum com- plained that the' Ribicoff subeommittee had not made a proper check of Eybee'sbackground and had represented him as a reputable person. while permitting him to testify that Grum had run a dis- honest bought off or compromised civil- ian employes and military and :wfis i .en- gaged widCrangie to erode Vietnam- ese customs laws. i No Effort Made Had Wallace or CBS in- vestigated the -record of .the hear- ings to that point, they would have found at least a dozen witnesses had giv- en direct testimony and p r o v i ded documentary evidenc'e of the dishonesty and illegality of Crum's operation that corrobo- rated Bybee's testimony on all material points. Wallace and CBS could have quickly learned that the subcommittee made no effort to portray Bybe'e other than what he was an employe of a question- able employer. Bybee was the one wit- ness who could tie it all to- gether, dating from 1951 and 1952 -when Crum, tes- timony showed, had "bribed custodians and given them kickbacks" in Korea, to his questionable relationship with Brig. Gen. Earl Cole and Army sergeants who made con- siderable money running enlisted men's clubs. Bybee, a former em- ploye of two Crum firms, gave the most detailed ac- count of Crum's business methods. He related that "secre- cy was the byword." Describes Role He told of the paper shredding machine Crum gave him to dispose of all letters, bills and invoices that investigators in Viet- nam might find helpful in piecing together Crum's activity. B y b ee described his own role in preparing and passing pur- chase orders" and other comparable documents. The former Crum em- ploye testified he became c o n c e r ned over those "fraudulent purchase or- ders" because Crum was so meticulous about not writing his name on anj- of them. "While Mr. Crum was a frequent participant in the Saigon black market in currency, he was care- ful not to leave any evi- Bybee testified. Bybee suggested that Crum tried to use his in- fluence with the United States Army when he iNEWSPA'FERr teamed of a possible raid by the Army's criminal in- vestigators. "Mr. Crum said he would call General Cole, the deputy chief of staff at Long Binh, for personnel and a d m i n i s Bybee contin- ued: "Mr. Crum "said that General Cole was costing him a month and that this was the source of favors he could expect to ask the General" Crum Not Available "In addition to getting tips from General Cole on upcoming the Army as well as the Vietnamese custom'- in- vestigators, Crum told me he had asked the CID (the 'Army's Criminal In- vestigation Division) and the f raud suppression squad to initiate a raid on one of Crum's com- petitors." Ribicoff said Ms staff members had been trying to question Crum for weeks, but that he was unavailable to them. He told Hans Nathan, a lawyer for Crum and sev- eral Crum enterprises, that "my understanding is that your firm arranged for the CBS interview with Mr. Crum." Nathan said his firm did not "arrange" the CBS in- terview, but had received the request and passed it along to Crum in Hong Kong. It was indeed "enter- prising journalism" to lo- cate a witness unavailable for testimony under oath before the subcommittee, and to provide him a fo- rum for criticism of the committee. Nothing in Record But there, was some ob- ligation by the. television producers to read the record to determine if Bybee was being repre- sented as something he "was not, and to determine whether his testimony un- der oath was corroborated. Ribicoff said he and oth- er committee members had no knowledge' that Bybee had ever represent- ed himself to be a lawyer, and said there was noth- ing in the record to in- dicate that he had. One staff member, La- Verne Duffy, had heard that Bybee had claimed a relationship to Sen, Gold- water at one tune. Bybee denied this, and Goldwater's office report- ed-it had never heard of Bybee. There would have been no point in gratuitously tossing Goldwater's name into the hearing. If the television produc- tion had been responsible, the whole matter would have been less vulnerable to attack by Vice Presi- dent Spiro Agnew. Television productions are often show business in a hurry, but a little more research would be most helpful. Post Office Hails Reporter's Story on Roaming Dogs Editor, The News: Thank you for the out- standing article written by Mrs. Polly Spain on "Loose Dogs Stall Causing PUBLIC FORUM Problems in North Val- ley." We in the Postal Ser- vice are deeply indebted to your newspaper for the wonderful public service you have performed in our behalf. The articles written by your staff concerning our problem with dogs has contributed much in bringing public attention to the plight of our mail carriers. Gilbert M. Manriquez San Fernando IEWSPAPERR R CH1V   

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