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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - August 2, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 323 fcV Kokomo Ind Tuesday Aug TRIBUNE SOcentt UAW looks ahead to the future Yokich faces formidable task Bieber DETROIT AP In more than a decade as head of the United Auto Workers union Owen Bieber has delivered on a key pledge he made as he took office His unions members at the Big Three have won pay fits that make them the envy of Americas blue collar workers Produc tion workers are paid about an hour But on other fronts the UAW has been battered by the same forces that have diminished the power and effectiveness of most labor unions And its priorities and strategies for the next decade are hazy as Bieber prepares to leave office next spring In line for the presidency is vice president Stephen Yokich a tough charismatic leader who heads the unions General Motors department Yokich wont discuss his plans for the union members could misinter pret anything he might say as a criticism of Bieber who is widely respected But his job would be formidable given what has happened in the past decade The UAWs size has fallen by half since 1979 when the union had more than million mem bers It has failed to organize workers at the American assembly plants of Honda Nissan and Toyota BMW and Mercedes Benz assembly plants under con struction arent organized and there isnt a strong organizing drive at any the plants Yokich a toolanddie maker whose parents and both grandfa thers were UAW members is expected to reinvigorate the presi dency Hes seen as having keen instincts for dealing with rank and file members Since 1989 Yokich has waged a successful campaign to restore the international UAWs credibility in GM plants Trash bash GREENTOWN Ind Brooke Chaplin left and Kylie Bauer both Eastern High School freshmen cheerleaders pick up trash near a large tent at the Howard County Fairground near Greentown on Monday The freshman cheerleaders partici pated in the cleanup project at the fair which ended its run on Saturday to earn money for new uniforms Tribune photo by Dave Hess Inside Local The KokomoHoward County Literacy Coalition receives a generous grant Page A2 Style Organ transplants are invalu able gifts Page Bl Sports Tiptons Todd Palmer is tied for the lead at the Indiana State Open Championship Page A7 Also Inside Business Classified Dr Local A sign of the times Campaign gimmick has county official climbing a wall ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer The writing on the wall isnt sitting well with Howard County Building Superinten dent Tom Harrison A campaign slogan for Gerk Sue Metcalf painted m neat black letters on a wall in the county child support office must be removed he said The stenciled words Sue Metcalf for you knew will be painted over as soon as more paint comes in The support office wall is one of many that Harrison and his employees had just covered with a new coat of lignt blue paint as part of routine maintenance Im unhappy because we just painted the Harrison said As the building superintendent I thought it was very inap propriate to paint over freshly painted walls like Harrison said the black letters on the light blue background wont be easy to cover up and may need to be stripped with a paint thinner before repainting Harrison said he noticed the message during his morning inspection of the build ing after he came back from a twoweek vacation recently It was not brought to his attention by any of Metcalfs political opponents he said I didnt look at it as a political campaign painting I looked at it from the standpoint of the building Harrison said It would have made no difference if it was a donkey or elephant it has to come Harrison the Republican candidate for mayor of Kokomo in 1988 who lost to Democrat Robert Sargent said his opposi tion to Metcalf s sign has nothing to do with politics Metcalf is a Democrat up for reelection against Republican nominee Linda Koontz in the November election Metcalf and 1st Deputy Clerk Jerry Bourff reacted with surprise upon hearing the issue had been discussed at the Howard County commissioners meeting Monday They said they had already resolved the matter with Harrison Republican Commis sioners Dave Griffey and Jim Shearer brought up the topic at the meeting not Harrison Griffey said he mentioned the situation for Shearers sake because Shearer had been out of town and didnt know about it Metcalf has offered to repaint over the words herself If he brings the paint up here Ill do Metcalf said Its no big Yeah because well just put up a big purple and white sign there in its added Bourff Harrison said he has no objection with posting cardboard election signs anywhere in the building There are no state laws prohibiting tiW distribution and posting of campaign litera ture in a county building Harrison said if he would have had left over paint on hand last week he would have repainted the spot and the matter probably wouldnt have come up at the meeting The sign will probably be covered up sometime today he said Deadly disease hitting refugees GOMA Zaire AP Chil dren will be hit hardest by dead ly dysentery spreading among mow dun a million Rwandan refugees jammed into wretched camps along Zaires eastern bor der a relief group said today The news came a day after the High Commissioner for Refugees visited the camps and said she saw reason for hope despite the misery Dysentery has overtaken cholera as the main disease afflicting refugees said Saman tha Bolton of the relief group Doctors Without Baden She 76 dysentery patients were treated at one of her agencys clinics Monday compared to 33 cases of cholera This is going to strike kids more than Satan said Ifs going to be very expansive and timeconsuming to treat and youre going to see an upsurge in deaths Cholera and dysentery aie bom spread by fecal contamina tion of food and water Cholera is treated wUfc an infusion of liq uids to replace those lost by the body through vomiting and diarrhea Dysentery Mqutoes five days of costly anHhiotfrs Rwandas refugees in Goma As the cholera eJUemic has begun to wane Rwandan refugees in Zaire face a new killer in dysentery Relief workers say 30 percent of the refugees may be infected and one in 10 are likely to die To combat the disease thousands more latrines and much more soap and water must become available A glance at dysentery Madison Avenue geared up for Brickyard 400 By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer The numbers are astonishing More than 1 million ticket requests A record purse for a NASCAR race A record crowd for a NASCAR race Millions of fans watching on TV When the possible field of 44 Chevys Fords and Pontiacs takes the green flag for Saturdays inau gural Brickyard 400 Madison Avenue will be putting up some big numbers too Race on Saturday or Sunday sell on Monday the theory goes Sponsors are plucking down million to million to paint a stock car in McDonalds gold Tide orange and Budweiser red For its part stockcar racing has come of age as a mainstream sport that advertisers covet in hopes of reaching a diverse audience near ly 40 percent of NASCAR specta tors are women among the high est level in motorsports And when paired with one of the worlds mostfamous race courses NASCAR is a surebet advertisers believe The NASCAR fan is the most loyal in sports with 73 to 78 per cent of spectators willing to buy something from companies direct ly associated with a driver or said Patrick Laughlin of Pine hurst Marketing 500 a sports marketing firm According to NASCAR officials sponsors nearly stormed the Speedway for an opportunity to be part of the inaugural race The five winners of the Speedways sponsorship sweepstakes Delco Electronics Budweiser Chevrolet General Motors Service Parts Operations and Pennzoil will receive unprecedented cover age for marketing efforts The Brickyards sponsorship Stckage provides exposure on leviston radio a 10city mall tour hospitality services print and in signage at the track That Kind of exposure you cant pay said Laughlin KeltogV s Corn Flakes Proctor fc Gambles Tide laundry detergent the Family Channel McDonalds Hardees Kodak and others all plan to sponsor cars Delco is also cosponsoring Danny Sullivans car No 99 this week Delco officials are using the Brickyard 400 to aggressively launch the companys US domes tic marketing campaign The auto motive electronics company a unit of GM Hughes Electronics has used Indianapolis SGti sponsorship roles to target international customers Our new plan doesnt call ftm us to be a silent partner of We no longer want to be transpar ent to the said Data Bastin director of marketing fpn Delco Electronics Corp TThe Brickyard is going to bring us unprecedented name recogrutiecv and visibility Delco will host 122 GM for three days mis week The sponsored a sates contest among and Canadian dealerships for antilock brake systems audio systems cellular phones and theft deterrent systems A similar approach was used to court international and nonGM sales when Delco hosted TOO worldwide customers in May 19i3 during the Indianapolis 500 This year the firm hosted inter national customers during May Bastin said nearly 98 percent of T GMi and Canadian dealers participated in sales t incentive program with he tap pefBannefS receiving ticket giveaways Deko will hoik them during a golf tournament and at a corporate suite on t inside of the main chute tor miflK days of qualifying and the race This race is fsfef to be ana reve I revenue gener saidBasiw Wece gang to be in our own backyard waew we can do some setting