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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 17, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                They Want Help With Homes (In Section A) Enjoys Job Except for Gun (In Section C) Section A Weather Mostly suniij and mild Sunday. around 50, low Sunday night in Sow 30s. Partly cloudy Monday with high in 50s. CITY FINAL 35 CENTS CEDAK RAPIDS, IOWA, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, ASSOCIATED PRESS, DPI, NEW YORK TIMES Rocky Marcy By Dale Kuctcr Audrey Marcy watched the snnwflakes tumble to Un- wound last week and her mind drifted back to the sub- zero cold of last Jan. 3 when her son left for marine corps training at Camp Pcndleton, Calif. "We combined our New Year's eve parly with a going- iiway party for she recalled. "He wanted to be a mechanic in the service." Rocky Marry hardly seemed like a sick man when he came home after boot camp even though he had soreness in his hip and knee. He had gained weight dur- ing basic training and the 195 pounds on his six foot frame was his best weight ever way more than when he played football at Linn-Mar. But a subtle cancer had al- ready started its devastation. Now, it is a matter of time when Rocky, 19. wijl sur- render his being and cancer- wracked body to death. Mrs. Marcy, whose husband died only 15 months ago, maintains the vigil at Room 7E-29 at Veterans hospital in Iowa City. She has been with him constantly for the last eight weeks. In addition to lhi> pain iif watching her son die, she lias to cope with the questions resulting from his care by the military. Did they do enough? Were they callous toward his complaint? If he had been home, would the responsiveness of medical personnel been such as to pro- duce earlier diagnosis? Would there have been any opportun- ity for remission? Could the cancer have been successfully removed Mrs. Marcy. of 45311 Tama street. Marion, is not embit- tered. Rather, she is a beauti- ful, loving mother too en- grossed in comforting her. son to rage against the military. Two dozen specialists may not have been able to spare Marcy from death cancer. But she observed some of the medical treatment dispensed by the military and was not happy with it. "I don't feel he got the med- ical care he needed." she said quietly. "If they can find some and she paused, "that other young men will not have to go through this." She began the story (Rocky was asleep) by telling of a letter she had received from her son Feb. 26 in which he mentioned a lump under his right arm, and that ho was having trouble firing his rifle because of it. But three later she received another letter from him, saying not to be con- cerned. The lump had become smaller and marine cor pa medics were treating it with hot packs. "He said the doctors diag- nosed it as a fungus under the third layer of skin." Marcy's medical records. now on file in Iowa City, noted the armpit lump. In a record dated Feb. 14, a Camp Pcn- dlelon dispensary official said: "Impression: Infected hair follicle." Doctors now attending Marcy do not believe the lump under the arm had any connection with those that lat- er developed on his hip and back and were ultimately di- agnosed as chondrosarcoma, tumor of the cartilage. Mrs. Marcy didn't hear from her son for awhile, but as early as March II there is mention in his medical rec- ords of "right sacral pain." (A subsequent consultative (Cont. on Page 24A, Col. 1) His TV Programs Reach 200 Million Each Week By Marilyn Beck He is the most powerful person in the his- tory of entertainment, in terms of the number of people his messages reach. Under those same terms, he also could be consi- dered Hie most powerful person in Ihe history of mankind. ill1 is Norman Lear, producer of televi- sion's top weekly series: "All In The Fami- "Sanford and Son" and "Good All four shows feed audiences a steady diet of social commentary under a frosting of situation comedy and together they are seen weekly by a mind-staggering figure of some 200 million people! When one considers the complex after-life of these shows (their domestic reruns, their distribution to foreign markets) the figures become incalculable. But whatever they are now, Ly next year with the additional product Lear is now readying for the market those figures could double. A soft spoken, genllc man who has been painted by some as an angel, by others as a devil, he doesn't like to talk in terms of power, or responsibility In the millions his shows are affecting. "If 1 began to Ihink like Lear says, "1 wouldn't be able lo cope with it all. I'm simply concentrating on entertainment." He also doesn't appreciate having his shows labeled "message." Not because they're not, but because he feels, "message" has such a negative connotation. Yet he will agree that the product turned out by his Tandem Productions firm (in which he has recently severed partnership with Bud Yorkin) has profoundly affected Ihe course of home entertainment. "All in Ihe Family" gave us a bigot named Archie Bunker to laugh at (or with, depending upon our standards) and gave the children of America a vocabulary of words such as "spade." "nigger" which their parents had worked lo erase from their consciousness. "Maude" wrapped comedy around such laboo-for TV subjects as abortion and va- sectomy and wove a two-part segment nut of Ihe problems of alcoholism. And "Sanfnrd and Son" and Times" gave black actors a chance lo joke about "Whitey" and about the social conditions and prejudices of Ihe land. What we've seen so far Is nothing com- pared with what we'll soon sec, as Norman makes plans for even stronger video adventures that will follow his trled-and-true format ol controversial comedy. He is preparing "The .leffersons" for CBS. a weekly show featuring Ihe black next- door-neighbors of "All in Ihe Ac- lion will revolve around life in a high-rise apartment in New York's Fast Sixties, with Ihe Jefferson father the owner of a siring of dry cleaning establishments, and Ihe Jeffer- son son marrying a girl whose mother is while, and whose father is black. He sold "Hot L Baltimore" to ABC for January '75 debul, a situation comedy based on Ihe Broadway play about a collection of characters including several prostitutes who live in a rundown hotel. For NBC he 's readying "Here the weekly adventure of Ihree men who have tried fulilely for 20 years lo find singers, who sell Ihelr souls to Ihe devil, and re-emerge as young, vvilh-il. rock heroes The series. In I-ear's words, will be "an examination of what success really is and uhv inanv of us sell our mills 10 limes a day when we lie, cheat, do lerrilile Ihmgs in our own self-mteresl." Of greater interest to Lear than any of the above undertakings appears to be one certain project he's been developing for several years: television's first weekly serins based on an Inter-racial marriage. "CBS already has contracted for the says Lear, "and it's now a mailer of developing (he proper scripts. II will be unique, because we plan lo open Ihe series by concentrating on Iho boy's career, and have Ihe girl appear as just a side character al first. Their relationship will develop slowly throughout the firs! year, until we've created an atmosphere the public is so in favor of, they'll write and demand we allow Ihe couple to marry." Whill if the public writes lo express disap- proval? Would that change Lear's plans? Would he bow to public sentiment? "Not at he insists. "Oh, don't get me wrong. I enjoy it when one of our shows cre- ates controversy, even when we're swamped with letters of protest. It proves we've mo- tivated people lo think, to discuss, lo read to one of our statements. But I don't feel a re- sponsibility lo bow lo pressure. The Tandem Production shows are being made by people of good will. Ihoiighful people who want to entertain." He does admit that as the numbers power of Tandem products swells, so does pressure from somi1 important groups lo "sell" a message hy having it delivered by Sanford. or Archie, or Edith or anv of the Lcar-cre- alcd characters with whom millions of video fans identify. After an "All in the Family" segment presented the problem of breast cancer, rep- resentatives of Ihe Cancer society told Lear lhat eight documentary films made by the society weren't nearly as effective in leach- ing women how to detect Hie disease as hav- ing Edith Bunker discover a lump In her breast. After "Good Times" examined Ihe subject of hypertension which kills a high percentage of black males, clinics around the country were swamped with men suddenly anxious lo have their blood pressure checked. After the two-part "Maude" story on alco- holism. Ihe Alcoholic council informed Lear lhat there never had been a vehicle lhat so effectively gol the story to Ihe people. And nfter an "All in the Family" episode focused on a 17-year-old mentally retarded boxhoy who falls in Inve with Archie's daughter. Eunice Shriver Kennedy wrote Lear lo say thai he had done more in i SfVi? r i- if >t m 4 f >M v Not Impressed AP WireDhotc A possibly important discussion of national security rated no more than a yawn from Liberty, President Ford's golden retriever. Liberty dropped in while Ford was meeting with Secretary of State Kissinger. Ford Slaps Quofas on Canadian Meat; Moves on Sugar Expected Norman Lear Gazette Leased Wires WASHINGTON President Ford Saturday ordered quotas on imports of-Canadian cattle and hogs in retaliation for re- strictions Canada imposed on I'. S. exports Ihree months ago. Ford's action came in a proclamation from Ihe While House and followed weeks of intense pressure from li. S. ranchers seeking even broader restrictions nn beef Imports lo help Ihem fight a combination of increased operating costs and declining profits. The action came as sources reported Ford is also consi- dering lifting all restrictions on domestic sugar production and shifling to a new quota system on S. purchases of foreign sugar. Retroactive Import quotas on foreign beef have been suspended in Ihe t'niled Sla'.es since July. when former President Nixon acted, lo reduce infla- tionary pressures. The iiclion will apply lo ('a- cattle, beef. veal, sw me and pork Because (lie quotas are rel- roaclive lo last Aug. 12. a While House spokesman said il was possible lhat Canada al- ready had shipped inlo Ihe United Stales more than the amounts sel in Ford's proc- lamation. If thai were Ihe case, Ihey said. Hie Ford action would have Ihe effecl of culling off such shipments ininicdialely. "Minimal" Inflation The spokesman .'ilsn saul the lolal iintuiml nf Canadian beef involved would amount lo less than 1 percent nt over-all L'. S. domestic consumption. As a result, lie said, "we feel Ihe inflaliiiiiary impart will In1 minimal" on higher retail prices II was estimated the Ins-, lo Today's Chuckle Politician to aide "Aboul charge thai I'm indecisive do you Hunk 1 should answer il. nr let it go. or answer it in part. M WlKll Canada would be higher than million. The proclamation said, "Canada has imposed unjus- tifiable reslriclions on cattle and meal imports from Hie U. S." The spokesman said the ac- tion was inlemlcd lo force re- moval nf Ihe1 Canadian quotas "If Ihe Canadians remove Ihcn1 reslriclion. we will remove he said The iicvi quota system Ford is reported nmsidenug on l: S. purchases of foreign sugar would sel a ceiling on Hie amount of foreign sugar flowing into the I'. S.. bin would remove current couiilry-by-eounlry allow- ances. The action on sugar is due lo be announced "in Ihe very near future." one ailmmislra- lion official said. "Il won't have much effecl on consumer prices, I'm Mils official said 1 But it might keep Ihem from going higher Retail sugar prices have increased :10n percent this In .ilium celils ,i pound. Area Unions Give Food to Hotel Pickets 1 An estimated worth of canned goods and meat do- nated by members of local labor unions was distributed lo pickets at Ihe Roosevelt hotel Saturday afternoon The food, brought by an 1S- car caravan lo the hotel, was distributed to some 50 members of the Hotel, Res- taurant, and Bar Fmploves, local The workers have been on slriko since micl-AiigusI in a contract dispute Money and canned goods were collected from union members at plant gates throughout (he last week, according to June Groves, captain of strike headquarters for (he hotel workers. Organizing the fond caravan were members of Ihe Interna- tional Brotherhood of F.lectri- cal Workers, locals l.'IK! and with the cooperation of Ihe lliiwkcyc Labor Council. The caravan began .it IBEW headquarters al 1211 Wiley ttnulevard SW. came down First avenue West anil circled Ihe Koosevell hotel The fond was unloaded from IConlinued Page X Oil. 7) To Israelis By Associated Press Riots in support of Arab guerillas erupted in four towns on the Israeli-occupied West Bank of Jordan on Satur- day as tension in the Middle East continued to rise amid a partial mobilization of Israeli reserves. Young Arabs chanting, and other Palestini- an slogans stoned and fought Israeli oeeupation troops in the worst West Bank disturb- ances since 1968, a year after Israel captured the territory. One girl was killed at Janin. Israel said she was hit in the head by a rock but Arabs claimed she was run over by an Israeli military vehicle. Scores were injured and at least 50 persons arrested, offi- cials said. In all four towns, helmetcd Israeli police charged the crowds lo disperse the demon- strators. Preparedness Up Israel announced in Tel Aviv it had stepped up its military preparedness on the Golan Heights following a Syr- Ian army alert. This, the Isra- eli command said, included the partial mobilization of the reserve forces. Israel has about men under arms and another 251) 000 in reserve. In Washington, Israeli Ambassador Silncha Dinilz told Secretary of State Kis- singer the reports of the Isra- eli mobilization were "highly exaggerated and do not reflect the real situation." A White (Continued: Page It, Col. li) Ford's Trip to Japan Still On WASHINGTON (AP) The While House press office said Saturday night that reports of increasing tension in the Mid- East would not delay Presi- dent Ford's planned Sunday departure on a trip to Japan, South Korea and the Soviet Union. "As il looks now, he's defi- nitely said a spokes- woman at the press office. She said there appeared to be no chance the trip would be postponed "unless something incredible happens." Today's Index   

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