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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - November 25, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Kokomo Ind 50 cents Theyre off Tis the season for hectic shopping By The Associated Press The 1994 Christmas shopping season promises to be a bonanza for bargain seekers Stores are stocked with good deals includ ing markeddown domes that shoppers ignored during a warm autumn Some stores such as Kmart and the Eastern electronics chain Nobody Beats The Wiz opened on Thanksgiving But most other stores were opening today many several hours earlier than usual for the traditional start of the shopping season The consensus among retail industry analysts and consultants is that consumers will spend to percent more on Christmas than they did a year ago The top selling gifts this season are expect ed to DC items for the home such as electronics bigscreen TVs and tabletop items such as glassware For children of course its toys and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are expected to be the best seller in that category Retailers are trying to outdo one another with the best prices on all kinds of merchandise But shoppers may find the best deals on womens clothes which are discounted because of the warm weather that has lingered in many areas and left retailers with much of their winter inventory While this is traditionally the busiest weekend of the retail year most consumers are again expect ed to wait until the 10 days before Christmas to go shopping This is partly because working parents have less time to shop and often procrastinate It also is a result of the catand mouse game between shoppers and retailers with customers holding out until storeowners give in and cut prices Catalog customers have already been on the phone placing their orders but their peak shopping period wont come until early December With more mail order compa nies using overnight couriers its no longer necessary to do catalog shopping so early Were bargain hunting and were on it By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer Inky Mum was wellarmed With comfortable shoes on her feet and a list of five stores and merchandise in hand she was ready to shop at 7 today Driving separate minivans Mum and a friend Rose Berry had cased three stores by Were bargain hunting and were on said Mum rushing back to her red minivan parked outside The Shoe Carnival Talk to you Holiday shoppers jammed the citys shopping centers and malls today snapping up bargains and early specials Many stores opened doors early The annual pilgrimage com ing the day after Thanksgiving officially launched the Christmas shopping season though area retailers say consumers started buying earlier this year Snoppers proved they will rise early and come for a bargain and freebies Stores that offered early bird specials or other promotions drew big crowds Its a little crazy isnt said Bill Brubaker manager of The Its a little crazy isnt Bill Brubaker Shoe store manager Shoe Carnival Dressed in a black tuxedo Brubaker planned to give to a lucky customer in the circuslike store at 9 Most of the citys workers had today off including nearly employees at Delco Electronics Corp and Chrysler Corp And Mother Nature was cooperating by delivering clear skies and crisp temperatures Glen and Roxann Edwards were hoping to be among 110 shoppers to receive free copies of Snow White and Jurassic Park at H H Gregg I think we got here too late Look at all the cars said Glen helping his son and daugh ter out of his truck But my wife is in there so we may be in Inside the store more than 200 people waited in line around counters The appliance store was giving away free movies with a purchase of or more Can you tell me where the line is supposed to one young women asked a passing salesman Take me with cashier Greg Carter jokingly pleaded According to studies by Purdue University and the Indiana Retail Council Christmas sales are expected to advance 5 to 10 per cent at Indiana stores Retail inventories are high ana lysts say with electronics and 12 inch satellite television dishes forecast to sell well At Kokomo Mall officials say sales have been steady but not heavy since September Theres a lot of cars out there said Nancy Kretz promo tions coordinator for mall Our stores are pumped and expecting a high But retailers had some unex pected competition for the shop pers almighty dollar The multistate Powerball lot tery was expecting to draw a near record number ofplayers includ ing many firsttime players for a million drawing Saturday Crash survivor reluctantly turns to public assistance ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Rick Morgan is learning theres more than medical and emotional aspects to recovering from a plane crash You also have to fig ure out how to eat and pay bills while you recover from your injuries and await a cash settle ment with the airline Morgan the Koko mo man who sur vived the July USAir DC9 jet crash that killed 37 people in North Carolina said hes recently had to turn to contact with him when he hired attorneys but wonders why the com pany cant provide him with some money to live off of for now and deduct that from the final settlement All I know is my kids are going without support my bills are going unpaid and creditors are coming after me and diey have every right Morgan said Things I never thought Id Rick Morgan reluctantly turned to public assishave to endure tance following USAir crash Tribune file photo going through Ive got a poor credit rating and Ive had to reach out to the community for poor relief agencies and public assistance for the first Morgan has reluctantly turned to relief agencies to time in his life He also owes his parents more than help make ends meet The Center Township fWl tKatr actimatca Kalrt frltoiriru rritrAn Viim TViictoAc Isxinfijl they estimate for help theyve given him with overdue bills and back child support owed to his exwife Doctors say he wont be able to work on his shattered knee for another eight months and USAirs insurance company has refused to even talk with him since he sought legal representation They made so many promises we were just tak ing their Morgan said of assurances USAir gave him immediately after the disaster He admits now that hiring attorneys Jeff Lowry of Kokomo and Richard Norris of Indianapolis so soon after the crash may have been a mistake I was under a lot of pressure Everyone was telling me I should seek Morgan said It might not have been the best dung to do at the USAirs insurance carrier Short Hills Associated Aviation Underwriters told him it can no longer speak with him when it learned hed hired attorneys Morgan has said all along he has no intention of filing a lawsuit and is confident USAir will treat him fairly in an outofcourt settlement The company has paid for his medical care and a van Morgan leased to make transportation easier with his injuries he Morgan said he understands why AAU cut off s Office loaned him money for last months rent He qualified for and accepted food stamps The Kokomo Rescue Mission paid his telephone bill the United Way is helping him find a way to take care of his utility bills ana the Forest Lawn Church of the Nazarene has provided muchneeded moral and financial support throughout die ordeal Morgan said he has trouble accepting such charity not because of his pride but because he feels there are others more needy than he is I feel like there are other people out mere who could be benefiting but Im taking away from them and I shouldnt have Morgan said Norris who reportedly has experience in aviation disaster litigation has told Morgan it could take up to four years before he sees any cash from USAir If the National Transportation Safety Boards pending investigation determines the Federal Aviation Administration is at fault in some way it could take even longer Morgans father said hes been told I dont want it to appear that Im in any way harsh about Morgan said The accident hap pened whether it was a wind sheer an upward gust of wind believed to have knocked die plane to die ground or USAir Thirtyseven people died and no one can bring diem back I should be dtankful Im Take a trip through the City of Lights Jerry Meuer walks past one of two toy soldier decorations near Highland Park entrance Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Double your fun this year at Highland Parks City of Lights Those who enjoyed last years City of Lights display at Highland Park should have twice as good a time at diis years The Ys Men a branch of die YMCA and die Kokomo Park Department have more than doubled die number of festively lighted displays which will be on exhibit beginning Fri day The first year we worked pret ty hard to get those 10 displays said Steve Shupperd who is organizing die City ot Lights for the Ys Men But dtis year it was just Shupperd said the park will fea ture between 20 and 24 lighted displays this year ranging from a simple largescale candy cane to a 40foot rendering of Noahs Ark Most will fit into the neighbor hoods of Toyland and Dick ensville Santa Claus will also be making the rounds in the City of Lights on Friday Saturday and Sunday nights The City of Lights display will be open nightly between Friday and Christmas Park gates will open at 6 nightly and they will close at 9 Shupperd said a typical trip through the City of Lights should take about 15 min utes Shupperd and Park Depart ment Superintendent Mike Ka ickhoff estimate about vehicles will drive by the City of Lights this year At 7 today the Kokome Uptown Business Society and die International Brotherhood of Elec trical Workers will help kick oft the holiday season with a lighting ceremony on the west side of die Courthouse Santa Claus will arrive uptown after the lighting ceremony Inside todays Kokomo Tribune New ttttto Municipal Airport Pap ads Dl6 ispijfSkllS Wh MM VOL 144 No 52 Theae women add cfeeer to 11 AtolnMt C45 85 Entertainment Local newt Nation At Obituaries Opinion 47
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