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Cedar Rapids Gazette Newspaper Archive: February 16, 1974 - Page 14

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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 16, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                HtqwU Wirepholos Robert A. Magnuson rides his unieycle In work at Hie National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Look Look. Ma, no handlebars! Nor docs the mother. Marie Magnusun. have any. The whole Robert A. Magnuson family rides unicycles, and Magnuson has been going to work on his for six years since lout! before the energy crisis became a nasty household word. From left, above, are Claude. 15; Mrs. Mggnuspn; Celeste. 12; Magnuson, and Andre, llj. Magnuson, 45, a computer scientist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. Md.. has ridden his unieycle to his job about a mile from home since he was 39 a total of more than 6.000 miles. In addition to saving energy, he can pick it up and carry it with him to his office, making it unnecessary to have a rack and strong security chains. This all started when Magnuson bought a one-wheeler for his son. Andre, and didn't want to be in the situation of not being able to ride it himself. Now both parents and the three children ride. On a trip to Europe last year, they took three unicycles with them and rode on the ship while at sea. They find that on camping trips by auto, the unicycles take up much less room than bicycles. Magnuson reports the only major repair he has had to make was to an axle which gave out after he had ridden about miles. All it takes is one tire, the ability to pedal and a graduate degree in balancing. Short Fuse on a Long Line Wirophoto Urges Government Energy Agency Telephoto United Auto Workers President Leonard Woodcock looks over the top of a UAW booklet entitled "A National Energy Program" as he announces in Detroit the union's position on the present energy crisis during a news conference at Solidarity House. Woodcock urged the establishment of a government energy agency that would take control of the nations energy supply from "a small group of powerful vested interests concerned primarily with profit making." AIM Leaders Going West American Indian Move- ment leaders Dennis Banks and Ted Means listen to native Indian music at a rally in Iowa Cily Friday night. The rally was part of a three- day Indian conference held at the University of Iowa, at which Banks dis- closed plans to head an AIM delegation to San Francisco to help nego- tiate Hie release of kidnap I'alricki Hearst. The frustration of having another motorist sneak in line ahead of him precipitated ihls reaction from a motorist attempting in get gas in Chicago Friday   

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