Cedar Rapids Gazette, July 7, 1974, Page 10

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette July 7, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - July 7, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa CR. Work Stop Part of Tour for English Youth By Tom Fruehling Downtown star gazers may have noticed that for the past several days, the sign atop Cedar Rapids’ largest hotel has read “EL ROOSEVELT”. The south of the border flavor reflected by the neon logo has not been the only foreign touch lately at the hotel. For the past couple of months a young man from England, whose mother and grandparents lived in Cedar Rapids, has been a jack of all trades there. Alistair Wayne, 18. a December graduate of the prestigious Eton college, has been spending his eight-month sabbatical from school touring the United States. He hit Cedar Rapids at the end of April, “to visit old friends of my mother,” and has been with staying with the Sutherland Cooks of 222 Crescent street SE. Mr. Cook, according to Alistair, was “an old school chum of my mother’s” at Johnson grade school. Alistair's mother is the former Elaine Pailthorp, whose father was a Cedar Rapids dentist. Alistair wanted a job in Cedar Rapids to help pay for the remainder of his trek around the country, and since Cook is the president of the Roosevelt he became a desk clerk. This, he said, led to “some-amusement,” as visitors were curious as to what a wee English lad was doing in the heart of the Midwest. “With my accent, some people thought I was putting them on. I really didn’t know how to handle it. But it was a very good experience, as I was afforded the chance to study the American public.” After three weeks’ duty behind the front desk, however, Alistair became a busboy. “Busing was really not my favorite duty,” he admitted. “For one thing, people thought I was a Cockney — who are a lower income but a fun people — because I was a busboy. “Then, too. I worked in the Grant Wood room during breakfast, and waking up early is not my specialty. I was told to be there at seven, because they knew there was no way I could get there by six.” Next, Alistair was assigned kitchen duty, which again Accent on Youth somewhat tickled the good humored young man. “The ladies I worked with were all sweet and nice,” he commented, hedging a bit. “But it was rather overpowering being with them all day. There seemed to be constant bickering.” Alistair’s duties were varied, but he said he made enough hamburger patties to “last me for the rest of my life.” He also cooked “real southern fried chicken, which I found to be a bit of a joke.” After three weeks here, Alistair did form one impression. “For kids my age, the steady diet consists of hamburgers. hot dogs, pizza and T-bone steaks. But with all the hamburger places,, you either love them or die.” It's Your Business! Meetings this week of public, tax-spending agencies Alo aday ll a.m. — Urban renewal board. Regular meeting Sixth floor conference room, city hall. 3:30 p.m. •— Linn supervisors. Informal meeting. Room 103, courthouse. 4 p.m. — Kirkwood Community college board of directors. Annual meeting. Linn hall board room. 6 p.m. — Marion city council. Informal meeting. Council chambers, Marion city hall. 7 p.m. — Marion Independent schools. Annual meeting. Board of education offices. 7:30 p.m. — County board of health. Special meeting. Linn supervisors will be present. Community room, Peoples Bank and Trust Co., 3570 First avenue NE. 7:30 p.m. — Cedar Rapids Community school district board. Annual meeting. Board room, Educational Service center, 346 Second avenue SW. 7:30 p.m. — Linn-Mar Community school board. Annual meeting. Central administration building. 8 p.m. —- Hiawatha city council. Regular meeting. Hiawatha city hall council room. Tuesday 8:30 a.m. — Cedar Rapids city council. Informal meeting. Fourth floor council chambers, city hall. IO a.m. — Linn supervisors. Open session. Room 103, courthouse. IO a.m. — Cedar Rapids airport commission. Regular meeting. Room 202, terminal building, airport. 12:30 p.m. — Linn county mental health advisory’ board. Regular meeting. Health center building, 400 Third avenue SE, conference room 2A. 7:30 p.m. — District Ten drug abuse advisory council. Regular meeting. Michigan room. Iowa Memorial union, University of Iowa. 8 p.m. — College Community board. Regular meeting. Prairie high school library. 8 p.m. — Hiawatha planning and zoning commission. Regular meeting. Council room, Hiawatha city hall. Wednesday 8 a.m. — Marion city council. Special meeting. Council chambers, Marion city hall. 9 a.m. — Cedar Rapids city council. Regular meeting. Fourth floor council chambers, city hall. 11:30 a.m. — Regional review panel. Regular meeting. Lower level conference room. Linn Health center. 6 p.m. — Health care for the elderly committee of the Hoover Health council. Regular meeting. Oakdale hospital conference room, Oakdale. 7:15 p.m. — Board of directors of the Hoover Health council. Regular meeting. Oakdale hospital conference room, Oakdale. Thursday 9:30 a.m. — Cedar Rapids planning commission. Fourth floor council chambers, city hall. 10 a.m. — Linn supervisors. Open session. Room 103, courthouse. Noon — Community coordinating board. I/iwer level conference room, Linn Health center. Noon — Recreation commission. Regular meeting. Harbour View pavilion, Ellis park. 3:30 p.m. — Environmental review committee. Civil defense training room, basement, city hall. 4 p.m. — Marion Independent school district. Special meeting. Board of education offices. 7:30 p.m. — Linn county municipalities association. Mf. Vernon city hall. Friday 11 a.m. — Urban renewal board. Sixth floor conference room, city hall. 3 p.m. — Handicapped systems committee. Regular meeting. Lower level conference room, Linn Health conter. When not working, Alistair was “delightfully entertained by my many new friends.” On his second day here, he was taken to Iowa City for a “powder puff football” game between sororities. “I just couldn’t handle that. It was absolutely killing. And not only did the game amuse me but the presence of cheerleaders was staggering. I just laughed all the way through it. “But what topped everything was when they brought out this immense trophy for the winner. This freaked me out.” Several visits to a local country club also struck Wayne’s wit. “I could not believe the provincial snobbery that goes on. I found the judging of people by whether they are in the country club set a bit of a laugh. “In England,” he continued, “there is snobbery, but of a different sort. It is more family oriented. Money is not so important. The snobbery here killed me.” He was also knocked out by what he terms “the white shoe syndrome.” “The white shoes that men wear really look quite vulgar.” And the accompanying wide, white belts Alistair found equally tacky. “I was saying this to Mr. Cook one day,” Alistair added. “And then I happened to notice that he had on white shoes. It was a bit embarrassing.” Alistair has been most impressed, he said, with the cultural climate of Cedar Rapids. Two of his favorite entertainments during his stay here were a performance of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” by the Olde Barn Players and a show by the Cedar Rapids symphony orchestra. “Both were very good indeed. They show that Cedar Rapids is an adventurous city when it comes to the arts.” Young Wayne also become a Grant Wood aficionado, his chores in the Grant Wood kitchen notwithstanding. “My friends, the Cooks, took me on a memorable picnic to Stone City. The rugged scenery contains a softness, so wonderfully caught by Wood.” Later, he said, he went to the Art center, which he Gazette Photo bv Dale Hankins Alistair Wayne thought “fantastic. It is something of which Cedar Rapi-dians should be proud. It was a pity, however, I didn’t see anyone else in the center — except a guard — when I went.” Wood’s pictures of French scenery especially caught Alistair’s eye, possibly because he intends to study French literature and drama at Exeter university next year. He speaks French fluently and hopes to become a publisher in Paris, following in his father’s footsteps. Alistair’s father was a newspaper writer in New York and later the managing editor of Parade magazine. Alistair and one sister were born in New York: while two cider children were born in Cedar Rapids where the family lived while Mr. Wayne recovered from tuberculosis. In 1961, mother and children moved to England and the father followed suit two years later and published the “American” newspaper. He sold this in 1969 and now is devoting his time to writing novels. One of Alistair’s sisters, whose husband is a banker, now lives in New York. Alistair visited, and worked at a I ski shop there, before coming to Cedar Rapids. Fridav, he left along with Sign-Up for Classes at Central YM This Week This week will be sign-up week for second-half summer youth and Tiny Tots Instruc-jtional swimming classes at the I Central branch YMCA. New five-week sessions, with twice-weekly classes open to both boys and girls, will begin the week of July 15 in both programs. Regular youth department classes are open to youngsters between the ages of six and twelve, while Tiny Tots classes are reserved for youngsters between the ages of two-ar.d-a-half and five. Aquatic Director Fred Sleeker • said Saturday that registrations for the two programs can be made either in person or by telephone from IO a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.rn, to noon Saturday. Registrations for regular youth classes can be made at the youth department desk, but Tiny Tots registrants should contact Stecker. The Central Y telephone number is 366-6421. Stecker said the mid-summer registration period is open to new’ members as well as boys and girls already participating in the first-half program. Central Y staff members will be available to test new members for swim classifications during fun swims from 10:45 to 11:15 a m. and 2:15 to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from IO to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The youth department is closed on Wednesday during the summer. Swim classes for six-to-twelve-year-olds will be offered in both the morning and afternoon with a choice of Monday-Thursday or Tuesday-Fridav registration. Individual class times will depend upon swimming ability. Tiny Tots classes all will be offered in the morning, with a choice of Monday-Thursday or Tuesday -Friday attendance. Youngsters will be divided into beginning and intermediate ability levels. All regular youth classes are covered under either annual (S20) or special summer ($12) Central Y memberships. Tiny Tots fees are $10 per ten-session class. Additional information, including a full schedule of class times, is available at the Central Y. ALBANY, N Y. (AP) — The Rev. Conall Hart received quite a jolt when presenting his first sermon to deaf parishioners. He was interrupted and told to change the subject. Now’, six years later, the softspoken Franciscan priest laughs at the incident, but admits that time hasn’t mellowed his critics. His sermons — conveyed by sign language and lip reading — are still interrupted. “When you give a sermon to a deaf audience, it has to have variety,” he said. “They're not interested in the abstract. If I say something they don’t understand or talk about something they’re not interested in, they’ll stop me on the spot. “It scared me to death the first time. But it doesn’t shake me any more, lf they don’t stop me. I m disappointed — it would mean I’m a total bore.” Father Hart, 52, ministers full time to deaf persons in the Albany Roman Catholic diocese, I regardless of their religion. He describes his assignment as “a real breakthrough,” explaining that serving the deaf is a parttime job for priests in most (Catholic dioceses. Celebrating the Mass is but one of many services he provides to some 500 deaf persons. He is on call to aid physicians, lawyers, police and hospital emergency personnel in communicating with the deaf two young English friends for a camping trip to the West Coast. “We’re first going to a Sioux Indian reservation,” he explained, “then we’re going to see a bit of the ol' cowpokes on a ranch in Wyoming. After that we’ll go to Yellowstone and eventually Washington state.” Following a trip down the coast of California, the three will stop off in Las Vegas — “to pay for our way home” — and end up back in Chicago. Alistair then plans a “holiday” at the Michigan summer home of Mrs. Barbara Dixon, 314 Nassau street SE. before heading back to school His only regret on leaving Cedar Rapids was that he had not yet seen a drive-in movie. “I didn't have any wheels, and if you don’t have wheels here you might as well not exist.” He did have a bicycle, on which he chalked up 280 miles in the weeks he was in Cedar Rapids, but he said he felt this inappropriate at a drive-in. Police Losing Fight Against Thefts of Art By Ed Blanche LONDON (AP) - “We’re fighting thieves, con men and kleptomaniacs — and right now they’re winning hands down.” That’s how a British security j man summed up the spectacular surge of art thefts in the last ! few years. Stealing art treasures has! been a lucrative business since, thieves in ancient Egypt pillaged the tombs of the Pharaohs. But in the last three years it has reached epidemic proportions. Investigators believe many of the big-time robberies are carried out by highly skilled gangs specifically to sell to rich collec-| tors or for ransom to insurance companies. One of the most recent big cases was the theft of two Rembrandts — “Portrait of an Elderly Woman” and “Man Leaning on a Sill” — by three raiders from the Taft museum in Cincinnati, Ohio. The gang demanded a $300,000 ransom and threatened to destroy the masterpieces if it wasn’t paid. They were arrested after one-third of the money had been handed over. The paintings were recovered. Dozens of other works of art have vanished without trace. Hardly any of the prized pieces stolen ever come up for public sale because they’re too well known. A London art expert, commenting on a theory that some thefts are carried out by contract, explained: “There are some kinky characters who feel an almost sexual lust for particular paintings and they’ll do just about anything to get them.” Some police agencies have estimated that the value of the loot in the last three years runs as high as SI billion a year. But some experts believe that’s too conservative because some thefts are never reported. Few countries boasting major art treasures, especially Western Europe and the United States, have escaped the plunderers. 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  • Alistair Wayne
  • Barbara Dixon
  • Conall Hart
  • Elaine Pailthorp
  • Tom Fruehling

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: July 7, 1974

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