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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 22, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                UPI Telephoto AP Wiraphoto It's a great way to boat the gas shortage, and Mike Bensen has it Calif. His wife, Carol, provides the energy for their tandem bike. Both easy as he enjoys his morning paper on his way to work in San Bruno, are employed at the San Bruno office of Pacific Telephone Co. Album Autograph AP Wirephoto Opera star Maria Callas signs au autograph on an album after her performance at Toronto's Massey hall Thursday night. Her performance Thursday was her first in Canada since emerging from an eight-year absence from the concert stage. New UPI Telephoto Three women line up lo gel autographs from Secretary of Stale Henry Kissinger during a luncheon in Mexico City Thursday. At (able, from left, are Shridalh S. Kamphal, foreign minister of Guyana; Jose Cainpillo, secretary of in- dustry and commerce for Mex- ico; Kissinger, and Cainpiilo's wife. George's Dental Problem Dr. Reidcr F. Sognnacs, founding dean of the UCLA school of dentistry, explains with a model the type of dental problems which plagued President George Washington. Washington, who would have been 242 years old Friday, through the years tried dentures made of lead, gold and the tusks'of elephants. His lower denture was fastened via a hole in the ivory base to Washington's only remaining natural loolh. Finding Enough Gas For. the Car Gives the Wife Purpose in Life By Art Buchwald WASHINGTON I dropped over to Pettigrew's house at 6 o'clock the other night and, much to my surprise, I found him setting the table. I said in astonishment, "what on earth are you "I'm setting the table." "But that's women's work." "You're he said. "Clara and I have worked out a new arrangement which I must admit was brought about by Women's Lib." "What do you "We've divided the duties at homc.-l now- set the table. "What does she F "She finds gas for the car." "You've got to be kidding." "I'm not kidding. As you he said, mixing us drinks, "Clara's been very unhappy fnr the past year. The children are in school, and she was complaining bitterly that she didn't have enough to do and that she found herself unful- filled. I must admit it was a tough time for us. "But then the energy crisis happened and I said to her 'You've been wanting to do something with your life to prove .you are your own person. Why don't you go out and find some 4'onM Uu Aiifithitiff "At first she thought she was unqualified to do something as complicated as that, but I persuaded her that she could do anything she set her mind to. After all, she had four years of college and had worked before she got married. I assured her after a few weeks she would get the hang of finding gasoline. Then instead of just being Mrs. Irving Petligrew, wife of the vice-president of the No-Fault Insurance Co. .'she would become Clara Petligrew whose profession was finding petrol for our car." "And she agreed to do "Yes, she did. At first it was rather lough. She would come home with a tiuartcr-lank or a half-lank or sometimes worth and she was very discouraged. But I never cri- licixed her because I knew she needed building up I said 'Clara, fur a beginner you're doing swell. 'I know some wives who have been at it twice as long as you have and sometimes they don't oven come home with dollar's worth of gas a day. Now tomorrow you go mil real early like say 7 o'clock, and gel a good spol in line and you should be able lo get the tank filled by 3 in the afternoon' "And did she get the lank "Not exactly. By the lime she got lo (he pump they had run out. But she did manage lo buy four gallons in Kockv'illc at 6 that night, so the day wasn't a complete loss "I must I said, as Pettigrew mixed me anolher drink, I never (nought Clara could go back lo work after all those years as a housewife." Former Defense Sccrelary Melvin Laird will head a two- year, SI million research pro- ject into energy problems, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) announced. Laird said the study will attempt to avoid "simplistic" recommendations and will explore the shortage of energy completely enough to present a broad range of pro- posals to the public and govern- ment officials. DUCHWALD AP Wirapholo "I'm very proud of her. She lakes gelling gas for us very seriously. Many mornings she's gone before I wake tin and -ir rives home after I've laken my shower in the evening She's got every gas station in town pinpointed, and she methodically goes from one to anolher a dollar's worth here and a dollar's worth (here. I (ell you when I see (he look of satisfaction on her face in the evening after she has managed to get almost a full lank, I don'l mind pilching in and selling the table Ml" "And il's saved your "I've never seen Clara happier. She feels for I he first lime. she s needed and she finally has a challenge worthy of her 1 cnl. In the evenings wo have something lo Inlk about low'lher and (he beauty of It is thai she gels llu, filled on No one oven knows ulie's Mrs. Irving IVlllgnw." "I'm happy for bolh of you. Where s Clara "She's In lino ii( an Amoco slallon In (ialtliersbiirL- anil lust called In say she'd he a little lain for dinner." Copyright Lot Anool.n I Imvi   

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