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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 3, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                JA frdar Curtfr: Pit. I. 1174 UPI Tetephoto Lawrence G. Broadmore, to whom "modern" is a dirty word, plays one of the pianoes he has rebuilt in his Nineteenth century shop in Tivoli, N.Y. Lives in 19th Century and Likes It U 11 (I (I I1 TIVOLI, N. Y. (UPI) If you tell Laurence Broadmoore he's living in the past, he'll take it as a compliment. Broadmoore, from his hair parted carefully in the middle down to his spats, is a 23-year- old version of the 19th Century man. "To me, the word 'modern' is a synonym for cheap, low quality, boring, homogeneous, humdrum everything but that which kindles the fire of the human says the proprietor of the Tivoli player- piano shop. The black ribbon on his pince-nez brushes against his upturned starched collar as he nods in discouragement over the degeneration of the modern world. Last Period The studious, slim son of a Cincinnati business man has slipped into the pages of a Victorian novel because, he says, the 19th Century was the last period in which price in craftmanship, beauty and in- tellectual honesty were valued. To pursue those values, he has forsaken radio, television, garbage disposals and safety razors. He chooses to live in- stead amid the quiet pleasures of a Henry James novel, a recording of Irish Tenor John McCormack on his hand-wound Victrola, or the satisfaction of restoring a century-old player piano to factory condition. If a visitor enters Broad- moore's musty frame shop in this ancient Hudson valley hamlet halfway between New York and Albany, the owner rises from his cluttered roll-top desk, greets him politely and ushers him to a glowing stove with "brilliant- sunshine" emblazoned on its elaborate nickel grillwork. Coal in Corner "Anything new that tries to come through the door, I'just say Broadmoore says, gesturing at the 60-year-old air compressor, hand-made wooden piano pieces scattered about the dark workroom, and the coal-piled in a corner. "There really is yery little that doesn't have a better counterpart in the 19th Cen- tury. I never cease to discover ways in which things have been cheapened. It's like a new frontier of Broad- moore says. He says his friends fill him in occasionally on such develop- ments as Watergate but, "I don't keep up with those things. I go on the assumption that just about everything's corrupt, so what's the Broadmoore says the towns- folk accept him "because I've established myself and I have a plan and I've shown I'm not insane at random. If anything, I'm just eccentric." He charges about per piano, taking about a month for each rebuilding job. "To do anything less than it would-be dishonest, because after a certain number of years there is more wrong with a player piano than there is right." His work is guaran- teed for 10 years and he says his pianos shouldn't need ad- justment for 25. Broadmoore lives three miles away in a six-room house without indoor plumbing, heated by two pot-bellied stoves. A Few Concessions However, he makes a few concessions to the 20th Cen- tury. He owns a truck from the 1940s to deliver pianos, some- times a trip of 200 miles, and to pick up ice for his ice box. He also uses an electric refrigerator to keep the ice blocks from melting in warm weather. "It doesn't work, though. I'm going to sec if covering it with canvas and straw would keep it as well." Besides, he says, "The hum- ming bothers me." Finds Father's WW II Grave After 30 Years 11? av.___ -..._ _ GREENVILLE, Texas (AP) Mary Ann Melancon of Houston had not known where her serviceman father was buried nearly 30 years ago. Then on a trip to Hawaii in mid-November, she found his headstone at her feet. The discovery ended years of uncertainty and misin- formation, said Ann Faragher, managing editor of the Green- ville (Texas) Herald-Banner, who was with Mrs. Melancon on a vacation trip! Mrs. Melancon's father, Pfc. Jewel Chelette of Louis- iana, was killed in the Pacific theater June 3, 1945, when his only child was three years old. Okinawa The family always believed Chelelte was buried on Oki- nawa, based on information from the army. Mrs. Me- lancon asked a brother-in-law stationed on Okinawa five years ago to hunt for the grave. "His search of the three military cemeteries was un- successful and military au- thorities told him that my father was probably buried in a mass grave or in she said. Gray Whale Sojourn On SAN DIEGO, Calif. The annual sojourn of great gray, whales heading toward warmer waters to breed and bear their young is under way. "We're seeing two or three each said Naturalist AI Pentis. By early January, he said, 80 or 90 of the southbound whales will be passing daily. The National Marine Fisheries Service is reported ready with citations for boat- men who'disturb the mam- mals. Pentis said fines would range up to "and anyone caught deliberately harassing the whales can get up to one year in jail." There could be a record count of whales leaving Arctic waters for lagoons off Mexico's Baja California peninsula, Pentis said. But he and government whale-watchers are uncertain of the exact number of migrat- ing grays because of killings reported in the Northern Pacific, where foreign fisher- men work. By April the return trip is usually over. While preparing for the Hawaiian tour, Mrs. Melancon copied information from an army photograph of her fath- er's headstone. The informa- tion was: Jewel Chelette, Louisiana, Pfc. 383, Inf. 96 Inf Div. Nov. 4, 1920, June 3 1945." Bus Tour The first organized activity was a bus lour of Honolulu and nearby points. "When we were driving into Punchbowl cemetery, I hap- pened to see a lot of head- stones with 'M's on them but the bus kept on driving. After a tour of the cemetery and a visit to the lookout, the bus made a rest Mrs. Me- lancon said later. The initials "M" which they were looking at referred not to Question en City Telephone 3W-7517 Ask for Tape Ten Terry luke 222 DOWS HOG. Mfe IMA Walling For names but to grave registra tion numbers, Mrs. Melancon said. "Inexplicable" "My seatmate on the bus who knew the story said 'Let's run and look.' So we ran all the way back to the entry where I had seen the 'M's. "We quickly searched the names and numbers on the hundreds of white headstones lined up row on row. Finally my friend said, 'It's not here Mary Ann.' As she lookec across several graves towarc me, I looked down and my father's headstone was righi at my Mrs. Melancon recalled. She returned to the bus in tears. She said her feeling was that something inexplicable had drawn her to the spot. Add some sizzle to your pancakes tomorrow. Hormel little Staters: iUttleSizzlers fOfTK SAUSAGK 1U. S. Helping Eastern European Nations Fight Narcotics Traffic By BartM Reppert WASHINGTON   The United States Is actively help- ing several Communist coun- tries in Eastern Europe com: bat narcotics trafficking from Turkey and the Middle East in hopes of reducing the amount of illicit drugs reaching this country. U. S. officials say Turkey's recent move to lift a ban on opium poppies has focused renewed interest in Intercept- ing narcotics smuggled through the Balkan area of Eastern Europe, a major ship- ment route for drugs enroute to the U. S. The justice department's Drug Enforcement Adminis- tration (DEA) and the U. S.. customs service regularly patch instructor teams abroad to train undercover drug agents and uniformed border control officers. Both agencies also bring foreign law enforcement per- .sonnel to Washington for ad- vanced training. Expansion Planned Robert Stutman, chief of in- ternational training for DEA, said his agency plans to expand its cooperation with Eastern European governments. "We have negotiations going on with the Bulgarians and the Romanians, as well as other Communist he said. Stutman said he could not specify the other countries in- volved because contacts were still very tentative with them. Brian Cole, senior interna- tional operations officer for the customs service, said his agency has already sent teams to Bulgaria and Yugoslavia and has scheduled a training course for next spring in Romania, along with a second program in Bulgaria. Border control officers and African Will Head UNESCO PARIS (AP) The son of a farmer has become the first African to head a U. N. agency. Amadou M'Bow, 53, was inaugurated Friday as the new director general of the U. N. Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNES- M'Bow, who was deputy director general of UNESCO for education since 1970, said his election was "a step toward eliminating the prejudices which have for so long marred world history and as proof of a willingness to base interna- tional cooperation on more just grounds." management personnel from Hungary, Romania and Yugoslavia have come to the U. S. for special training, Cole said. In addition, customs has secured a commitment for a future training program In Czechoslovakia. Treaty All those countries, together with the U. S., are among sig- natories-to the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotics Drugs, a treaty intended to promote international coopera- tion in the fight against narco- tics. The DEA and customs programs operate on the stra- tegy that it is frequently easier and more effective to intercept narcotics shipments! closer to their source than to wait until they reach the U. S. U. S. officials said a mutual interest in .toughened anti-nar- cotics measures generally has enabled them to steer clear of potential irietion with Com- munist governments. "Very rarely does politics enter into said Stutman. "We find generally that law enforcement officers have similar problems all over ,the world." Detente Helped The general atmosphere of detente in East-West relations also has helped, Cole said. He said Communist authorities' now "feel a lot more free to deal with us." Both the DEA and customs programs are under overall policy supervision of the state department's Office of Inter- national Narcotics Matters., Malcolm Lawrence, the of- fice's regional liaison officer for Europe, said he could provide no statistics on the amount of. narcotics reaching Western Europe and the U. S. via the Balkan route. Of prime concern, he said, are sealed trucks moving across Eastern Europe under an agreement permitting them to pass most border controls uninspected. "Can't Happen Here" Several U. S. officials in- volved in the training programs said Communist of- ficials say they have no drug problems in their own coun- tries but are simply trying'to help the U. S. and other wes- tern nations solve their drug problems. "What we hear is that they have no drug problem them- selves, but they're willing to help Cole said. "As far as their published and public statements are con- cerned, they think it's largely a problem relating to capitalist society and 'It can't happen Lawrence said. Officials at the Bulgarian and Romanian embassies In Washington: said that to their knowledge, internal drug abuse is extremely limited and, except for u few 'cases of morphine addiction, does not involve hard narcotics. "The only problem is the transit problem, because the narcotics come from the Mid- dle East and Orient and they can pass through Romania to Western said Gheorghe Crisah, second secretary for the Romanian embassy. "Kidding Selves" A spokesman, .for the Yugoslav embassy, Branislav his govern- ment was aware of the narco- tics smuggling situation, "es- pecially across the Bulgarian border." "It is true, also, that we have in Yugoslavia, to some extent, this problem of drug NoVakovic added, though he said he had no information on how serious or widespread the problem may be. "The resumption of poppy growing in Turkey is certainly going to make all of these countries very conscious of drug problems within their own Cole said. STAMFORD, Conn. (UPI) Children of the energy crisis need to know1 more about how far precious energy resources will go, a Washington, D. C., educational institute believes, so it.has devised a testing program to increase their knowledge. The program was developed by the Bolton institute, specialists in environmental and energy conservation education. Ads publicizing the program, aimed at grades four through eight, are being paid for by the Continental Oil Co. "Children today are facing an increasingly energy-cons- cious, environment-conscious way of life. They must have the answers. And the sooner the the ads say. The program is due for a test run in New England. One question that might shed some light on energy IQ's is which gives more light for the same amount of energy one 75-watt bulb or three 25-watt bulbs? The answer is the 75-watter. Here's another: The average American uses two, four or eight times more energy than the average person in the rest of the world? The answer is eight. Fun Hang-ups These unbreakable Christmas tree ornaments can be easily made by folding bright colored construction paper as you see here. Dip cotton swabs in bright poster paints, let dry, then glue them in place to add color and sturdiness.   

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