Cedar Rapids Gazette, February 20, 1974, Page 7

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette February 20, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 20, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa TIERED METAL SHELVING UNITS J-Tier SW# Reywto. 3.•• 5 Shnif Hutrh ■■ -sr ITJ Mb Keyutor IO    jg    ^ Fro* standing toiy to move uhout tm room arrangements. Sti*rdy metal unit* l< mwdite/runeon style or plain design bo ti' kl walnut finish Uwi loi boof*. pion I* ar knickknacks /Moke (ham Into room iii victor * lot add ii km tai spore In Jot 9 Hon I    '•    '    '"'N*    ■ 'MALIBU1 STRIPE SHEETS ' vin SmoI _____    Dovok Slwrvl No iron polyesle/ / Olton, 130 th. and* |>«i sq In. flat or {Iliad .hoots in sinking Malibu polio.n. Nog. 2.44 f*r. Matching Molibn Pillowcases J. lw Pr. CANNON. 22x44 Nark Tom I print on shoot od cotton s ands Dor orator colors, loth I Wk I rf .......9I< WASHINGTON - As (ho Skvlul. II »» crew descended lulu tho Pacific a , (la-vs “KH. slime Americans walled breathlessly in fear the astronauts would nt’vit emerge alive. Their fears were not just normal ton-cern about tho heroes, guile the contrary they had actually heard mysterious voices telling of an explosion over Moscow, an oxygen loss and a conversation with President Nixon. The voices were real enough, only the messages were false. These disturbing and potentially disastrous reports during the final days of the Skylab 3 mission were "broadcast” in various parts of the country by a "Space Phantom" now being sought by federal investigators. Although we learned of the fake broadcasts days before the Skylab crew splashed down, we withheld the story after counseling with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. We feared it could create panic or stimulate equally sick people with electronic talent. But now that Skylab 3 is safely down, here are the facts: In Rocky Mount, NX'., officials of I nili, Inc., a textile firm, were on a long distance call to New York on Friday, dan. 25, when they began getting Interference. At first, said Larry Ayscue, a custom service coordinator for the company, "it sounded like radio transmissions from an airliner." Ile soon realized, however, that he was overhearing what sounded like transmissions between Skylab 3 and the Houston space center. He could hear only the "Skylab end” of the conversation and he could even hear "the click when they let go of the mike key.” Other people picked up extensions and Ayscue took notes. At 11:50 a m., he heard the astronauts say they had been Views Ideas Insights Judgments Comments aoommmmrnmmmm *. mmmm "laking military photos of silos over Moscow" when they “received an approximately IO megaton explosion." Tile spacecraft, tho voices said, was completely disabled and had only ll hours of oxygen left. The "Skylab crew" Ilion staled they were sending "scrambled" transmissions "on channel 5 and channel 3." Whereupon, said Ayscue, he heard something resembling Morse codo coming over his phone line. That done, “astronauts” began speaking with the White House. ‘‘Yes, Mr. President,” came tho cool, monotone voice. "Yes, Mr. President. W'e under- » the voices. All reported essentially the same details. At NASA, officials advised us that still others around the country had reported similar phone interference. A Connecticut doctor told of hearing a conversation from space alleging that Skylab had boon struck by a meteorite. A Jacksonville, Fla., man had heard the space voices and claimed he recorded them on tape. Now, NASA’s security specialists are trying to find which “folio freak" perpetrated the elaborate hoaxes. So far, we have learned, only the "Space Phantom” knows. Jack Anderson stand this.” The "Skylab crew” acknowledged that they understood their wives iiad been notified and were tieing flown to Houston. At 12:13 p.m., the voices reported that their “secret documents and equipment” had been jettisoned. The transmissions then abruptly ended Similar reports of mysterious space messages were quietly Investigated by our associate, Joe Spear. He* found about a dozen other rational people bad heard TAX twists: While the Internal Revenue Service tries to kill tax exemptions of the fair campaign practices committee, whose probes of dirty politics apparently upset the White liouse, the IRS has just granted an exemption to a legal defense fund founded by a group of rich Nixon supporters. Tile lucky business men have formed the Pacific Legal Foundation, whose board includes J. S. Fluor, head of Fluor Corporation and a big GOP contributor. The foundation will defend "responsible citizens,” presumably business men and others, in trouble with the federal government. Meanwhile, the fair campaign practices committee, which has weathered three previous audits, is fighting for its life with the IRS and thus might make a handy “client” for the Pacific Legal Foundation. United r-cature Syndicate Year-to-year stability Calendar idea far too logical? By Tom Tiede WASHINGTON — Congress is often accused of lassitude in deliberating the great issues of the day, but Willard Edwards says its sluggishness in consideration of his own personal great issues has been ridiculous. Edwards has proposed a revision of the world’s calendar. Congress has considered it now for 31 years. Edwards, of Hawaii, first proposed his "|H‘r|K*tual calendar” to congress in 1943. Rep. Patsy Mink (I)-Ilawaii) is tile Yurrent sponsor and sources say it remains off the list of priority legislation. Edwards’ idea would scrap the present calendar system which he describes as imperfect and illogical. He proposes a chart divided into four quarters of 91 days apiece, each quarter beginning on Monday and ending Sunday and each having two months of 30 days and one (if 31. His calendar fixes holidays — Christmas would always be on Monday, Dec. 25, Easter always on Sunday, April 14. His New Year’s day would be January zero — a kind of nonexistent day, a world holiday, not part of the month. Why a new calendar? The way it is now, Edwards says, "Every year is different and confusing. Filch new year, schools, airlines and others have to make new schedules to meet the new calendar. My plan is more practical. It would be the same year after year." Despite congressional lethargy concerning the calendar, Edwards, age 70, has managed to milk some related response from the nation's lawmakers. Ile* was a prime mover behind the present three-day weekend system of national holidays. Ile also reports some progress in tin* institutionalizing of a new holiday — "President’s day.” But the perpetual calendar is his chief concern. He has used the mails, aud a tireless compulsion, to bring the calendar idea to the attention of people in more than IOO countries, most of them apparently even less disposed than congress to worry about it. He says he will not give up. The obsession gives him something to do in re-The perpetual calendar Each quarter, each year the same NEW-YEAR DAY (N.Y.D.) is the first day of each year, a day apart between DECEMBER 31 and JANUARY I. It is an international holiday, fol lowed by the 364-day fixed calendar shown below 8. Y.N. JANUARY FIBRUARY MARCH Ut Q to T U T F 5 5 M T R T F 5 S M T U I F 5 S ll I 2 3 4 5 6 7 I 2 3 4 5 I 2 3 A fl 9 IO ll I? ll 14 6 7 fl 9 IO ll 12 4 6 6 7 8 9 IO R 15 16 17 18 19 70 21 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 ll 12 13 14 15 16 17 T 72 73 24 25 26 77 28 20 21 22 23 74 25 26 111 19 20 21 22 23 24 E R 29 30 27 28 29 30 26 26 27 28 29 30 31 APRIL n I    w    T    F    5    I I 2    3    4    5    6    7 B 9    IO    ll    I?    13    14 15 16    I?    18    19    20    21 72 23    24    25    26    27    28 29 30 13 14 15 16 17 20 21 22 23 24 27 28 29 30 JULY M T    W    T    r    5    S 1    2    3    4    5    6    7 8    9    IO    ll    12    13    14 15 16    17    18    19    70    21 27 23    24    75    26    27    78 79 30 AUGUST SE PTE MBFR 4th Q u OCT GBFR NOVI HBIR DE C EMB fR M T u T F 5 «, M T W T F 5 5 m T H T I % % I I 4 6 6 7 I ? 3 4 5 I 2 3 fl 9 IO ll 12 I 3 14 6 7 8 9 IO ll 12 4 i 6 7 fl 9 IO 16 16 17 IS 19 70 21 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 I I lf 13 14 16 16 17 27 71 24 25 26 27 28 70 71 73 74 25 26 18 19 70 71 t I 23 R 29 30 77 78 79 30 Ct) 76 27 78 .9 30 31 Way with words‘Best’ boots out ‘better’ here By Theodore M. Bernstein BETTER foot forward? When you get right down lo it, you should use Hie comparative degree when only two tilings are involved ("She's the better of the two,” “His better of the two,” "His better half"). But ii someone said to you, "Put your better foot forward,” you would be jus lifted in saying, "Are you nuts or something?" Which proves tile power of idiom T he idiom is "be*t fool forward,” whether you are speaking of a human being or a centipede o k. Janet (’hance of Wayne, Pa., says I hat OK. sc*ei ITS to have become turner sal in its use and site inquires about the origin of the expression. It is doubtful whether any expression lias had more guesses made as to its etymology than lias O K. They range all the way from aux quais, supposed to have lieen used iii the American War of Independence by French sailors dating American girls, to okeh, a Choctaw word meaning it is so. The best evidence, collected from many sources, appears in Mencken’s "The American Language". T he use of initials was a vogue in Boston in 1K.TK and it spread to New York within the succeeding year In Boston Hie initials O W , standing for "all right,” as if it wen* spelled "oil wright,” appeared in IKM and the following year O K. “(oil konvct”) appeared iii IhMIi Boston and New York However, O.K. did not become a na t luna I by-wonl until Hie political cam paign of IN40 whc‘ii it was part of the Democratic O K. (Tub, which was supporting Martin Van Buren for a second presidential term Tin* OK, was ail abbreviation tor Old Kinderhook, Van Buren’s Hudson River birthplace, and when the chih held its first meeting in New York the initials caught on aud spread rapidly. That’s the story about OK. lo the lies! oft) K. (our knowledge). Wold oddities. One might imagine that a landlubber is a chap who lulls ids life, lubs ins children and lulls to stay on land But no. A lubber is a big clumsy |H*rson, aud if lie’s a landlubber in* is a lubbei who is at home on land bul is Inexperienced and awkward aboard ship. New Yolk Time* Syndicate tirement. Besides, as he travels around, he is able to advance another theory of his: that besides the new calendar, the U.S. could also use a new coin, which he calls the 2^-cent piece — uh, but that’s another story. New*paper Enterprise Assn. MEDIUM.. CEDAR RAPIDS QUEEN Silk MISSIS PAN If HOSI SALE SHIFT WH SSLS Rev. I 26-4Days    Reg    4.44-4Uay%74* 3. Natliralshode* In seamless Colorful sleeveless shifts stretch panty bose with nude to: daytime wear. In many Keel. Fit )t>0 200 lbs bove! flattering *tyle choice*. MIN S ***** DC XI Mi E KWHS Reg ~ 4 Days SHI MFI Si (tvED CMftSS SHUTTS Aet) J 46 - 4 Uwv*6.66 3.23 Wrinkle free poly.*!.. Joy Pe. inaner*/pres- uoiyes»er' hie kn t slack . with w de cotton Lo.tg point catur belt loop* In solid color*. In print* men *».*#• tov#!LADIES’ SMOCKS *•*» 4.96 4 Days Short sleeve nylon knit top in lively jacquard pattern. In the popular smock style to wee with flocks or leans. It » easy to core for ond comfortable to wear. Mi**#* tues. MISSIS’ PCH VESTER PULL OMS Regale. : 9* -4 Day* Conf or table pouts wrth trim stile bed front crease elastic waist Solids 4.96 FLUFFY 14x26 Hand Towel BT* lovely "Pasedeno frost lei,y Velma*. With !rtrs( lug Ow1 /Matching Wast) n/e— t- Ihurs . Hi • S*1 °“'1 Dirt n*- awe* M* —HI 2? *70** •legator 2J7-4lk>y. long wearing fibers for heavy traffic; su.eg.ip nonskid bocking. Colors. 12-OZ. PEANUTS    WALL PLAQUES *•*7,9 KO<    $fl 4 Ooy*    4    ,'7»|    I**    R 12-01* peanuts dry roost- 12x11 K" onboard ploque* ed without fattening oil*. Ina variety of subjects. Save Savory Beef Stew, Cole Slaw, Boll and Buffer 97< rn ii>4 bd i 6 im tat e S. S. N R I S GE COMPANY Telephone hoax on Skylab Phony space-phantom’ sought By Jack Anderson The Ort ar Rapids (lan-tl.- Wed. I>b. 20, 1*71 7A ;

  • J. S. Fluor
  • Jack Anderson
  • Joe Spear
  • Larry Ayscue
  • Patsy Mink
  • Theodore M. Bernstein
  • Tom Tiede
  • Willard Edwards

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: February 20, 1974

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