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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 11, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                ftttpirU -AP Wiiephotos That Blind May Ski Snow, hills, skis, instructors and kids. Put them together and you have an ordinary ski program. Except in Macunib county, Midi., it's not so ordinary. The kids are blind. Maryjo Kaiser, II, is one of 10 blind children learning to ski in a pilot program sponsored by the Metropolitan Detroit Ski Council and the school district. She says "skiing is but her mother, who watched her child play with sighted youngsters since birth, thinks there's more to it. "Learning how to ski gives them a chance to be people. Now she has some experiences to tell other children instead of just listening all of the time." she says. So they bundle up, learn how to adjust the ski shoes by touch, and a little awkward at first experience the sensation of gliding over the snow. And, naturally, the sensation of a few spills. With attendant guides to read the terrain for them, the ski council believes the blind can master the winter sport. And they will, if the attitude 14-year-old Todd Gilbert expressed at his first lesson is at all typical: "They are just giving us simple things to do now. I can't wait to get at the top of the hill." An instructor uses physical contact and verbal description to teach Maryjo Kaiser skiing fundamentals. Tearful Reunion Former GI, Stanley Taxel, right, is reunited at Pough- keepsie, N.Y., with 80-year-old Dragutin Cvijanovic, who shel- tered Taxel and 11 other U.S. soldiers who had been shot down over Yugoslavia years ago. Cvijanovic, his wife and six children repeatedly risked their lives to keep the Americans out of German hands. Rare Visitor Telephoto This bald eagle, found in Omaha with an injured wing, is one of the more unusual arrivals at the Nebraska Humane Society's Omaha animal shelter. Jerry Breci. a society officer, uses gloves to hold the rare guest. Wirephoto Hanging On UPI Telcpholo Brian Stevens holds onto Ins hang glider as it spirals into the ground after its wing gave way on flight from a height of -101) feel near Palo Verdes, Calif. Stevens rode the glider all the way down, but suffered n broken leg and contusions. Talking About Oil Wlrophoto Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, left, talks with West German Finance Minister Helmut Schmidt Sunday night during their meeting al Hie slate department in Washington. This was one of the preparatory meetings Kissinger held before the opening of Monday's two-day conference on energy A Pact to Participate In A Car Pool Should Not Be Taken Lightly By Art Buchwald WASHINGTON The problem with car pooling is when you have four people sharing a vehicle tensions arise that can cause great emotional damage to all those concerned. To deal with the situation, many cities are setting up car-pool clinics where car poolers can get counseling and help. I attended one in Fairfax, Va., the Other evening. The car-pool counselor, a Mr. Sims, was seated in a comfortable chair smoking a pipe. Four men in business suits sat nervously in a semicircle around him. They refused to look at each other. Mr. Sims said, "The important tiling in this session, genUemen, is to let it all hang out. What seems to be the One of the men spoke up. "Arthur's the problem." "Could you be more Sims asked. "As soon as he gets in the ear he starts singing 'Oh, What a Beautiful Morning', Even when it's raining. I can't stand cheerful person at that hour." Arthur spoke up. "Well, I like to sing in Hie morning. It sets me up for the day. Harold and just reads his newspaper and doesn't even say hello to anybody. What kind of a car pool can you have If'someone doesn't even know you're "Oh. yeah." Harold replied. "The reason I put my nose in my newspaper is I can't stand the way Sidney drives. Ho moms in and out of traffic, cursing every driver on the road. My 111- year-old son could do a better job of getting us to work." Smelly t'iffurn Sidney' went red. "At least I don't smoke those smelly cigars in the morning. And while we're saying what's on our minds, I've never seen you use the car ashtray once Harold responded, "I don't use your ashtrays because they're always full of cigarel butts. It's not I'lin to see a filthy ashtray at breakfast time." Mr. Sims turned to (he fourth man who hadn't said anything. "Alistair. you're very Is (here anything you'd like to get off your "Yes. there is." Alislair said. "Kveryone in the car pool forgot my birthday." Arthur moaned, "Oh. for God's sake." "Well, it may not be Important to you. but my birthday means a lot to me. I didn't expect a cake or anything like thai' But what would it have cost you all lo say, 'Happv Birthdav "It slipped our Harold replied. "If will do anything for you. Happy Birthday." "It's loo Alisliiir sulked. "I remembered vunr birthday. Harold." Other ThinffH Alistair wouldn't budge "Car poolers are lo remember each other's birthdays." Mr. Sims said. "I perceive tremendous tension this pool Now the question is what do we do about u ,M Beautiful Morning 1 would jusl as soon lake the bus "I'm forgoing our separate Harold said ".Vow, wail a Mr. Sims said, "car pooling is a very serious institution. When you lake a vow lo share an an- ImnobHe wll h anolher person you promise to love, and cherish him In sickness ami lu heulth. All of you have lo make u ore of an efforl to underslaiid each other and live wllh each oilier Iwo hours a day. 'Tar pooling Isn't like marriage, something lhat you can llgmiy: Kemember, wlml the energy crisis has "gelher lei no man casl asunder. And keep ihls In mind: If vou I'i'eak up your ear pool ami join anollnr one, you'll probahlv wind up with the same kind of people yon behind." Coovnolll I9M. 1.0% Anyclf, tittup   

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