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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - October 4, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa g The Cedar Haplds (iaxollf: l''rl.. Od. CrediTBill To Affect By I'eggy WASHINGTON (AP) Wage-earning wives who now can get credit cards only in their husbands' names could have the cards issued in their own names under legislation Hearing congressional lias- sage. That's just one item in the bill designed to eliminate barriers blocking minorities, single women and married women from getting charge cards, bank loans and person- al credit. Among the bill's effects would be an end to the prac- tice by department stores and national charge card compa- nies of opening accounts for married women only in their husbands' names, even when the wife is the chief bread- winner. Wife's Income The bill also would prohibit banks froni refusing to count a wife's income when a mar- ried couple applies for a loan, on the assumption she inevita- bly will become pregnant and Quit her job. And, a new divorcee could not be saddled with a bad credit rating because her ex- husband had a poor reputation for paying bills. These provisions and others were approved Thursday by senate and house conferees as an amendment to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. bill. The amendment outlaws cred- it discrimination based on sex, marital status or race. Strong Message "Once this bill is publi- cized, it will end credit dis- said Casey Hughes, the legislative direc- tor for the National Organiza- tion for Women. "This is a strong message to credit com- panies and they will start changing their policies." Rep. Margaret M. Heckler a sponsor of the equal credit legislation, said the issue was one of the key ones relating to women still before congress. "Women today comprise 40 percent of America's labor force and the wife is the breadwinner in 10 percent of all he said. "Never- theless traditional credit prac- tices in this country fly in the face of these economic reali- ties." The bill would take effect one year after being enacted. Creditworthiness would be the only yardstick required for decisions on credit, blocking automatic denial of credit to single women, divorcees or minorities as a class. Single women have had a harder lime getting credit than single men, for instance, despite indications that they pay their debts more consis- tently. Creditors can'l fall inlo this pattern if Hie new law takes effect. As it concerns newly di- vorced women required to reapply for credit accounts, Ihe bill says that stores and banks would be able to take a former husband's credit rat- ing and salary into account only if they are important to the bill-paying ability of Ihc divorcee. This provision could be a factor for women whose total income would come from al- imony or child support. KITCHEN SHOWER FETES DIANE VAN FOSSEN Miss Diane Van Fossen was feted at a kitchen bridal shower Thursday evening at 7 al the home of Miss Marypat Green, 3824 Wenig road NE. Twenly guests shared the courtesy. Miss Van Fossen, daughter of the Loren Van Fossens of 2540 Falcon drive NE, and Brian Willia of Nor- folk, Va., will he married Oct. 12. He is the son of Mrs. Col- leen Willia, 1101 Bowler street, Hiawatha, and Neil Willia of DCS Moines. Betty Ford's Sister-in-Law Talks of Her Determination By Helen Thoinus WASHINGTON (UI'I) Belly Ford, the 1'resideiit's wife, is recovering from her breast cancer surgery with faith and de- termination "to carry on for her husband, her children and the her sister-in- law said Friday. Janet Ford was the matron of honor when Betty Bloomer married Gerald Ford in 1IM8. She still is close to her sister-in-law and she still calls the President of the United States ".lorry." The wife of Ford's brother, Tom, she flew to Washington from Grand Rapids last weekend to help the family with its ordeal. "I'm here so that when ho (the President) walks through, there is someone who can wave to him and say she said. In an interview in the family quarters of the White House, Janet Ford talked freely and gave a number of insights into the down- to-earth Midwestern family that lives in the White House. don't think anyone has given it any thought." "Honey Janet Ford told her sister-ni- law, "you have no idea how many lives you've saved. The women are beating the bushings In get to their doctors for breast examinations." The First Lady was reported to be re- covering rapidly at the National Naval medi- cal center in nearby Bethesda, Md. Janet Ford said there is no sign that her sister-in- law was depressed about her surgery. Skipped Visit Great Dedication UPI Wlreoholo President Ford holds hands with the First Lady while visiting her at Bethesda Naval hospital Wednesday. The President said Betty is doing "very, very well" and she is "two or three days ahead" of what doctors predicted would be her rate of recovery from mastectomy surgery per- formed Saturday. Cancer was found in her right breast. Society Features "1 admire she said. "It's a com- bination of faith, determination, a necessity to carry on for Jerry, the children and Ihc country. She has a great dedication lo the country. "Belly is not one to look back. She is nol a negative .thinker. She is always optimistic and takes each day as it comes." Blonde and beaulifully groomed, Janet Ford speaks wilh an open, natural Midwest- ern manner. "Jerry's just like any other husband who is in love wilh his she said. "You al- ways hate to see anyone put in thai position when you love them. Jerry in his way has been very close considering the little time be has been with his family." She said that she has not asked the First Lady whelher she would want Ihe Presidenl lo run for a full lerm in 1976 in view of her cancer operation. "It doesn't pertain to what's going on right said Janet. "It seems remote. 1 For Ihe first time Thursday, the President skipped a hospital visit and made two tele- phone calls instead because of his heavy schedule and a dinner he gave honoring retir- ing members of congress. "She's doing beau- Ford said happily. Each medical bulletin has emphasized that the First Lady's attitude and spirit are "excellent" and there have been no com- plications following surgery. Susan Ford, 17, visited her mother at the hospital Thursday. The First Lady was so de- lighted lo see her daughter, she sat on Su- san's lap. Susan hugged her mother with both arms. Susan also coaxed her mother into demon- strating how she could raise her hand over her head. She now has full mobility In her right arm, where some of her lymph glands were removed under her armpit during surgery. An cslimated letlers, cards and wires poured in as of today from well-wish- ers, most of them women who have had sim- ilar operations and seek to reassure Ihe Firsl Lady she can live a normal, happy life. Mrs. John J. Rhodes, wife of Ihe house Republican leader, has organized a team of congressional wives to help answer the mail. The President, she said, brought his wife a resolution adopted by the senate expressing wishes for her speedy recovery. Each member had signed it personally, and there were three X-marks beside the name of Sen. Barry Goldwater Belly Ford was amused. Illinois Lottery Winner Is Shaky CHICAGO (UPI) Gov. Daniel Walker, on hand for Ihe awarding of (he first mil- lion-dollar prize in the Illinois lottery, ended up helping the shaken winner from the stage. Mrs. Irene Halley of Franklin Park became an "instant millionaire" in Ihe Illinois' weekly lottery which slarled Aug. 8. She will re- ceive a check from Ihe state each year for the next 20 years. The white-haired Mrs. Halley, who refused to tell her age, walked rapidly but shaki- ly to the stage when her name was called as the winner among the 158 persons eligible for the millionaire drawing. "I'm numb and I don't be- lieve she said, blinking in the glare of bright lights. "What else can I say? My knees are shaking." Her husband made a short speech before Walker took Ihe arm of the trembling house- wife and helped her off stage. Watergate Impact By Ann Klackman WASHINGTON (AP) The wife of Watergate cover-up defendant John D. Ehrlichman says President Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon was "tremendously but her husband did nothing wrong to warrant similar action. "If you take a pardon, you're admitting there is some- thing to be pardoned said Jeanne Ehrlichman. "We're saying he didn't do anything wrong." In an hour-long interview Thursday at the hotel where she is staying, Mrs. Ehrlichman discussed the impact of the Watergate scandal on her family, her marriage and her private life. "You draw closer lo God whenever you have anything that's said Mrs. Ehrlichman, a Christian Scientist. "When other people are saying things that you know aren't true, you have to sort out your own identity you have to be very strong in what you know to be the truth, what you know your motives were. If you have that, you can live with yourself." Mrs. Ehrlichman said one of the hardest times was a month before her husband resigned from the White House when headlines thrust him into the snowballing Watergate scandal. "Those days I was very she said. "But honest- ly, you can only be unhappy just so long So I'm beginning to get very good at passing these things off." Family Impact Resigned His Post Bridge West Side Club Howcll movement winners of the game played Thursday at Welly-Way were Bruce Cuthbertson and Bruce Thih- er, first, and Richard Go- lembiewski and Ronald Liv- ingston, second. There will be no game Sunday due to the Dubuque sectional bridge tournamenl. Bob's Club Winners of Ihe Mitchell movement played Wednesday at the YWCA were: North- soulh Mrs. Vernon Hendryx and Mrs. Clarence Mainor, first, and Dr. J.J. Imochl and Clayton Mossman, second; east-west Mrs. Don Kngel and Frank Zeman, first, and Ernie Cislaghi and Bruno Rinas, second. There will be no game Saturday due lo Ihe Dubuque sectional tourna- ment. Ehrlichman, 49, once one of Richard M. Nixon's closest White House aides, resigned his domestic affairs post in April, 1973, in the midst of Ihe Walcrgate scandal. Last July, he was convicted of conspiring to violate the civil rights of Daniel Ellsbcrg's psychiatrist and two counts of perjury. Until at least the end of this year, Ehrlichman will be defending himself against accusations that he and four other men tried to thwart investigations into the Watergate scandal. Throughout these long, agonizing months, Mrs. Ehrlich- man has been almost a constant companion to her husband, appearing at his side in the courtrooms, consoling him in the privacy of their Seattle home, smiling bravely for photogra- phers as the cover-up trial began. Even when a demonstrator spat at her husband Wednesday, Mrs. Ehrlichman kept her composure. Mrs. Ehrlichman said she and her husband of almost 25 years have been brought closer together by the Watergate scandal. It's also liad an impact on their five children, three boys and two girls ranging in age from 14 to 24. "We have felt our children have had an opportunity through this to learn at a very early age some very basic les- sons. Sometimes people are well along in years before they understand what it's like for someone to be accused, for someone to be maligned, to be ridiculed, to be criticized, lo be She skimmed over the fad lhat she has taken a salaried job for three days a week as coordinator of family concerts for the Seattle Symphony, an organization for which she once did volunteer work. And the children worked last summer to pay for school expenses, she said. Sources familiar with Ehrlichman's legal defense fund said that only has been raised, while Seattle attorney David J. Williams, the managing trustee of the fund, figures that will be needed to pay for all criminal and civil suits and appeals. Ehrlichman, a lawyer, has been suspended from practic- ing law in Washington state. His wife insisted, however, that lie doesn't mind changing professions. "He will do she said. "He's very open about it How often does a man get the opportunity to take stock and start again? He has a fine legal mind and many other abilities and should be able to make a real contribution wherever he is needed." AP Wlrcoliolo Jeanno Ehrlichman, wife of Watergate coverup defendent John D. Ehrlichman, comments on the impact of the Watergate scandal on her family dur- ing an interview Thursday evening at her Washington hotel room. "TODAY TOMORROW SUNDAY" i VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM AT CEDAR RAPIDS FOR SALE DAILY 11 A.M. TO 10P.M. DELICIOUS MEALS AND LUNCHES SERVED ADM. INC. TAX "VISIT THE NOSTALGIC PAST" Senior Citizen Buses Cedar Rapids System Telephone 363-8244 Area Ten (SEATS) In Cedar Rapids 398-5605 Elsewhere 800-332-5996 Bev Hanson 366-2968 This good starter or retire- ment home has low pay- ments and is located in an excellent N.E. neigh- borhood. It has 2 bed- rooms, large rooms, and a nice yard. Priced at 366-5363 SAY IT BEST WITH Vor liirlInlays Anniversaries Anv Special Occasion FLOWER SHOP 363-2081 2424 18th SI. SW
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