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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 3, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                A China Diary Governor's Party Alone in Hotel NOTE: The Mov- ing day-by-dav account of (he recent trip to China by six American governors was written for United Press international by Mrs. Robert D. Ray, wife of Iowa's governor. Mrs. Ray agreed ro keep a daily account ol the governor's trip fo convey some of her experiences and observations ro fowans. Mrs. Ray's comments ore tafcen directly from her diary, as she wrote them for This report is the first in a five-part series. By Mrs. Robert D. Ray Written tot UPI After departing Des Moines at a.m. and traveling for nearly three days, we arrived in Shanghai at mid-day May 15 and began the adventure of a lifetime. Vie had, of course, been told by state department officials what we could expect to see and do during the China visit. But, it is a world different from ours and it opened an unique experience for Bob and me. I invite you to share a portion of our trip through the diary which I kept: May 15. arrive Shanghai A large airport with no other airplanes in sight other than ours, wide streets with no cars, but filled with bicycles and carts carrying huge loads of mostly vegetables, cabbages and rocks. Our caravan went down the middle of the street without regard for traffic lanes and the cars honking ail the way. A little smelly! Tea is served upon our arrival in the meeting room of the hotel and later in our room. Old, Drab Hotel The plumbing is quite old and appears dilapidated. A large comb was in the bathroom along with a bar of strong red soap and two terrycloth robes were on the back of the door. Everything else is neat and clean. Needlepoint pictures hang in some rooms. Bed sheets are drab white, heavy cotton. We were served lunch at the Ching Chaing hotel the same compound where President Nixon stayed. The dining room was very large and bare, but quaint. Excellent lunch. After lunch, we drove down Nanking road which is one of the main streets of Shanghai and went to the Mansion hotel so'we could get a bird's eye view of the city from the 18th floor. Ten million people live in and around the city. Then we went to the Wham- poa river where we took a boat ride up the river to where it meets the Yangtze. Many, many people are leaning on the UPI Tclechoto Iowa Governor and Mrs. Robert Ray, back home in Des Moines after their traveling trip to China, examine a replica of an ancient Chinese museum piece from the Ming dynasty. sea wall and watched us come and go. Nearly all the boats and ships were badly in need of paint. Guest House We are staying on the eighth floor of this large hotel or guest house as they called it. I believe we are about the only- ones in this hotel which is used for special guests of the government and various Chinese delegations. We had dinner in the same room in which we ate lunch; we were the only ones in the dining room. We had yellow fish, meat balls, Chinese cabbage, rice, chicken and a variety of vegetable dishes for dinner. No water, only beer and orange soda to drink. The elevator operator takes us to the floor where we are going without us telling him the floor number. He seems to know every place we are going. We do not lock our doors nu locks on the outside. We left the hotel promptly at p.m. and went directly to the Boeing 707 that was already warming up. We have never been in the airport terminal. Our party had seats in a private compartment. We did not see the other passengers on the plane. It was 91) minutes lo Peking. We could not take pic- tures on the plane. We were served candy, gum, two apples and favors which looked like small paper markers. We arrived in Peking at p.m. to complete our first day in China. Forbidden City Sightseeing May 16, Peking Still hav- ing trouble with time. Went to bed at 2 a.m. and woke up at a.m. We had a good breakfast of ham. three eggs, toast, jelly, coffee and orange soda. Our caravan went to the "Forbidder, City." It's the ol- dest Imperial palace which is now open for sightseeing. When it was still in use. it had rooms, all furnished. One group of buildings now holds jewels of the emperor. They were fantastic. Also saw the museum that holds artifacts from the Ming dynasty. Saw the jade armor that the emperor was buried in. Hundreds of jade pieces were tied together with gold threads. Had lunch back at the hotel. The large dining room that we ate in is used only by foreigners. Only foreign travelers live in our hotel. Many are from Africa. I'm sure we were served pig knuckles for lunch. (When I don't want to eat something, it's a good time to have trouble with the chopsticks.) Weather is warm during the day, about 75 degrees. Mailing a letter is quite a process. At the stamp counter, there is a pot of glue to put on the stamps and envelope flaps. Also a damp cloth to wipe off the excess glue. Artistic Factory In the afternoon, we went to an artistic factory that employs people. Here they were carving jade and ivory. I was fascinated by the girls who were painting very detailed pictures on the inside of small snuff jars. I was never able to find one to purchase proba- bly all went for export. At dinner, we were guests of the vice-chairman of the People's Institute of Foreign Affairs, Choi Chi'iu-yeh. Ex- cellent ice cream. Still drinking orange soda instead of water. All the Chinese ladies at the banquet dressed in drab, (lark-colored pant suits. British Company Makes Headway LOXDOX (AP) One of Britain's largest motor manufacturers has announced a breakthrough in research for anti-pollution devices for its diesel motors. Perkins Engines of Peter- borough said the new system means it will be able in meet California's proposed air resources legislation described by the company as "the tigh- test envisaged anywhere in the world." A Perkins spokesman few details about the breakthrough other than say- ing it involved direct fuel in- jection that would cul noise levels by 511 percent. Two Locations... TWICE AS NICE! DOWNTOWN 108 ie tower TOWNS COUNTRY Shopping Center Bridge Marion Club Winners in a llowcll movement game played Satur- day at the YWCA were: Mrs. K. V. Harrington and Mrs. Ruth Helm, first, and Mrs. Howard Wilfong and Mrs. F. John- son, second. The next scheduled game will be played at Wednesday at the YW- CA. Howard Wilfong, second; east- west Dr. Beth Hatch and Keith Hanson, first, and Gene Gauron and George Wine, second. The next game will be played Thursday at at Welty-Wav. West Side Winners of the Mitchell movement game played Sun- day at at Welly-Way were: North-south Mrs. II. M. Hines and Mrs. Hornung. first, and Mr. and Mrs. MRS. GARY BOWEN FETED AT SHOWER Mrs. Loron Koss, 1325 avenue NW, was hostess at a baby shower given Sunday at for Mrs. Cary Bowen. 725 Ellis boulevard NW. Mrs. Michael Walser was co-hostess to the twenty-five guests. Mrs. Bow-en's baby is due in July. Political Advertisement Politico! AOvertisemcnt A VOTE FOR BILL MARTIN IS A VOTE FOR PROMPT; EQUAL ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE! Experience in Linn County Government! Present member, Board of Supervisors. v'. Previous Assistant County Attorney. VOTE MARTIN DEMOCRAT FOR COUNTY ATTORNEY Poid for by Citiiom for Mortir Committee, Chrjrlel Jurtflnwn, Tremu JAMS FIELDS HONORED AT PERSONAL SHOWER A personal bridal shower honoring Miss Janis Fields was given Friday a't the home of Mrs. Alan Halt, 234 Atwood drive SW. Co-hostesses to the 12 guests were Mrs. Mel Huerter and Miss Joann Marian. Miss Fields, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Fields, 1307 A avenue NW, is the June 29 bride-elect of James Phillips of Iowa City. He is the son of Mrs. Joseph Phillips of Maquokcla and the late Mr. Phillips. Things are happening every day in the classified ads. Florida Couple Wed By Long Distance By David I.. OIU.ANDO, Fla. Ma Boll was the maid of honor Saturday in (ho noisy, trans- pacific telephone wedding of an air force captain and a pretty legal secretary. The cheers and the exple- tives were crackling; over a hookup from Florida to Thailand and a youiiK lawyer was pleading "I need an 'I do.' "Did you hear thai, Capi. asked Terry Fried- man, performing his first wedding ceremony. need an 'I do.1 "1 do." Cason finally ans- wered, and his buddies crowd- ed into the officers' quarters at Korat air force base in Thailand roared in echo "1 Cried Thus Capt. Len Cason, a 26- ,'ear-old air force legal officer rom Lindsay, Okla.. pledged his vows to Donna Irion, a 21- Orlando legal secre- ary, who cried a little after he hung up and then told lewsmen, "1 just love all liis." With the help of air force uthorities at Langley air force ase, the wedding phone in the aw office where Donna works ang right on time at noon, ith the bride and a small party of family and friends CiilhPrprl iirnimrl a desk ing flwlroim- equipment and a display of white daisies. But it was midnight in Thailand and ('apt. Cason and his chums listening at speakers obviously had already started celebrating. "We have people the groom exclaimed while operators worked to clear up static in the hookup. For about five minutes they fussed with the equipment. "Is that yon "Yes." "Can you hear ('apt. "I can hear you kind of half- way." "Okay, hold on a second." Then finally, "I can hear you good." The troops Joke Donna, a graduate of Orlan- do's Boone high and Valencia college, met Cason while he was stationed at McCoy air force base here. But by then the young officer, who got his law degree from the University of Oklahoma, had already volunteered to go to Thailand. Friedman, an attorney in the firm of Gurney, Gurney and Hundley who first suggested a telephone marriage as a joke, took over to read a two-minute AP wirepluiH) A big smile appears on the face of Mrs. Len Coson, the former Donna Irion of Orlando, Fla., Saturday after she hears her new husband, Capt. Len Cason say "I Do" over the phone from Korat, Thailand. The couple was married long distance Saturday. Capt. Cason and Donna were married by Terry Freeman, at right, a notary public in whose office Donna works. civil ceremony. "Y'all only have to say two he instructed Donna and Len. With the knot tied. Donna hustled everyone out of the room so she could talk to her new husband in private. Their honeymoon will be delayed un- til July when she flies to Bangkok for a second ceremony in a chapel. Society for Women Features !y Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: My in-laws avc turned against me ecause when I was going Icady with their son he got me regnant. I was five months long when we were married, he baby is two years old now nd my mother-in-law has ever seen him. My mother as called my mother-in-law, -ying to make friends with er. but my mother-in-law said ic doesn't want anything to do 'ith my mother or any of her imily including me. I think it's terrible that my usband's mother has never ccepted any of my invitations come here and see her randson or asked me to come ,'er and bring him. We live nly 21) minutes from each ther. My husband says unless his lother apologizes to my wither, he doesn't care if he ever sees her again. (His own lothcr, that is.) How can I gel our parents igether? My husband and I re happy. Why can't they be? SAD ABOUT IT DEAR SAD: Your husband's icthcr appears to be the one hit's causing all the trouble nd until she changes her atti- ude, nothing else will change. 's very sad indeed. But the reatesl loss is hers. Pray for r and don't quit trying. I'll I in time she'll mellow. Drama Winners Announced Winner of the scholarship given Friday at the annual Drama Recognition night awards program is Mar- cia Davis, a Washington high school graduate. Miss Davis has worked in costumes, stage, props or per- formed for all five productions this year. The event, sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Community Theater, was given at Kennedy high school. Twenty other scholarships were awarded. 'Winners and their schools are: Debbi Boyd, Kim Van Steenhuyse and Lynn Fattig, Jefferson; Eileen Fehlig, Lyn- da Okones and Mike Koon, Kennedy; John Rezabek and Dawn Jacobi, LaSalle; John Winistbrfer and Jon Ward, Marion; Don Hagen and Bob Flanders, Regis; Cary Casteel aijd Janet Allen, Linn-Mar; Dana Davis and Jeff Mann, Prairie, and David Smith, Bud Zenzen, Steve Koontz and Lacy Curtis, Washingtonr Technical assistants of the year: Diane Wilson, Jefferson; Jim Kazirnour, LaSalle; Mary Lou Kline, Regis; Jeff Fiagle, Prairie; Dave Smith and Dave Loy, Washington; Mike Hea- ton, Kennedy, and Carl Oppedahl, Linn-Mar. Awards by musical judges went to LaSalle students John Rezabek and Dawn Jacobi for significant contributions in To Washington students Dave Redford, Deb Moormen and Dave Loy went outstanding contribution awards for "Man of La Mancha" and significant con- tribution-awards went to Pam Winfrey, DeMar Southard and Bud Zenzen. Significant contribution awards for performances in "Music Man" went to Prairie students Dana Davis, Perry Nelson and Jeff Mann. Significant contribution awards for performances in "No, No, Nanette" went to Jefferson students Sherrie Tierney, Debbie Lamb and Len Frondle. For "Our Jefferson students winning were Bill Konigsmark, outstanding contribution, Sherrie Tierney, Debbie Lamb and Len Frondle, significant contributions. A general award was given for the graveyard scene. A significant contribution award went to Len Frondle for his performance in "Merlon of the For performances in "Androcles and the Jefferson students David Oehler and Don Nance won outstanding contribution awards and Randy Ralston, Francis Payne, Debbie Boyd and Gary Moss won awards for significant contributions. The following Kennedy high school students received awards for their respective productions: "How To Succeed in Business without Even Try- Eileen Fehlig, Jim Zulakis and Scott Kellogg, out- standing contribution, and Charlie Kucera, Joni Carman and Bill Malone, significant contribution. Eileen Fehlig, Mike Koon and Charles Kucera, significant contribution. "Dark of the Mike Koon and Lynda Okones, outstanding contribu- tions, and John Dillon and Mike Heaton, significant con- tributions. Also, for Kennedy's produc tion of Bill Malone, outstanding contribution, and Mike Koon, Lynn'Pickett, Bill Malone, and Laurie Pyatt, sig- nificant contribution. Linn-Mar students "receiving awards for their productions are: Sarah Allen, Dee Casteel, Carla Follensbee; and Carl Oppedahl, all outs- tanding contribution; Tim Tresse, Cary Casteel, Connie Larson and Lance Rooks, sig- nificant contribution. "Brig- Duane Caylor and Ri- tal Meeks, outstanding con- tribution. Washington high school1 students, productions and awards follow: "The Signc Munson, Dave Redford and Dave Smith, outstanding con- tribution; Bruce Springsteen, Cary Franklin, Meg Thornton and Lyle Chalupsky, sig- nificant contribution. "The Secret World of Pat Daugherty, Steve Koontz and Pam Winfrey, outstanding contributions. Regis high school produc- tions, award winners and awards follow: Bob Flanders, Tim Kremer, and Mark Vallicre, significant con- tribution. "Ring Around the John Herring, outs- tanding contribution; Bob Flanders. Carol O'Brien, Dan Hagen, Sue Renner, and Lynn Henecke, all significant con- tribution. s Open Monday and Thursday Evening! Special! Special! Special! avid CRYSTAL 30. '48 David Crystal's always pretty special but here's a group of beautiful dresses and pant suits just unpacked'and Very Specially Priced. Eight attractive styles, wide choice of summer patterns and colors. Shown left, pant suit at Come in soon if you wear 8 to 18. You'll be glad you did. 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