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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 27, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Ctdar Rapids Gazette: Frl., 27, Author: Celebrate Old Age, Not Deny It By Patricia Mvt'ormaci NEW YORK (Ul'I) At some point in early adulthood human mules and females try out expressions before the bathroom mirror. They knit eyebrows and make a stern looking mouth. They try to look older Most everyone over 30 has been to that place. Most everyone under 30 will get to it sooner or later. Cosmetic Old Age Tish Sommers of Oakland, Calif., would carry Ihe drama before the bathroom mirror further. As she put it: "1 look forward to Ihe time when we can merchandise a cosmetic line In make youth look older. "A special crow's foot pencil, the silver bleaches, the slick lo make those delicious brown spots on Ihe hands. "Eyeliner under the eye for thai sexy malure look." Sommers only partly had her tongue-in-cheek. As coordi- nator of Ihe Nalional Organization for Women (NOW) task force on older women she aims to improve appreciation of and the image of older female Americans. "Let's celebrate age rather than deny she said. Petite, vivacious and moving like a college coed. Som- mers "came out on my 59th birthday." "Telling your she said, "is very important." For her 60lh birthday this year Sommers bought a bike the kind seen in pictures of retirement villages. "I'm riding it up and down the hills in Berkeley." She can ride a two-wheeler. She's using the "aging" symbol bike to poke fun at Ihe persons and inslitutions in so- ciety who believe aging Americans are besl separated from Ihe mainstream. Sommers describes herself as a retired housewife. She is the aulhor of "Nut So Helpless Female" (McKay) and a foun- der and chairman of the board of Women's Action Training center in Oakland. "The whole age she said, "is an older wom- an's problem. Basically Ihe older poor are the older widows." Sommers has something besides her three-wheeler to poke fun at the symbols of aging. Thai is Ihe witch on broomstick pictured on NOW lask force on older women re- ports. "The witch has a cal-that-swallowcd-tlie-canary look. Un- der the picture, it says "Me retire? I've just begun lo fly." That's the spirit of the older woman lask force wants to nurture. "At first most of us don't recognise age discrimination when it hits Sommers said. "There's this feminist poster of Golda Mcir, with the caption 'but can she "The ironic thing is that if she could type Kill words a minute, she'd still have a hard time getting a job. She's too old. "Kmploymcnt counselors would Icll her kindly don't you think you should go home and enjoy your grandchildren? "Or a personnel manager would say yon appear to be somewhat ovcrqualified for this typing job. 1 don't think you would be satisfied here." Recenf Resolution The task force on older women, at the NOW national con- vention, resolved to: Affirm the positive values that maturity brings and to combat ageism in its many forms. Support more equitable social security for women. Recognize and encourage as many choices for older wom- en as for any others in housing, in lifestyle, in sex, in educa- tion, in recreation. Demand government-funded programs providing decent jobs for older women lo replace women now exploited as volunteers. Work for a more humane health delivery system that will value a person's well-being at any age. "As far as sexism goes, we've come far enough to see how much further we have lo Sommers said. "But when it comes lo ageism we're hardly out of the rocking chair. Of course we elders are going to have to take the lead. "The main problem of the aged lies not with ourselves but in a society that allocates persons in the prime to the junk heap. We must become angry enough to cry: "I will not be scrapped. 1 have a third of my life to Society un at the symbols of aging. That is the witch on a "1 will not be scrapped. 1 have a third of my life to for Women Are Features Good Crew.- Fisherman Tourist Attraction Mindy Edelstein of Jacksonville, Fla., pushes back the tarp covering the fence around the Nixon home in Key Biscayne to take a picture. She and several hundred other tourists converged on the former presidential compound that is becoming a tourist attraction since the city denied Bebe Rebo- zo's request that the road in front of the compound be made a private lane. Mayor-Grandmother Unafraid of City Council Baby's Arrival Means Junk Mail By Tommy Yatcs WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (UP1) A 49-year-old grand- mother who will become the city's ninth mayor on New- Year's day says she's not wor- ried about problems with the city's all-male city council. Mrs. Joyce Ferguson, the first woman mayor of a major Arkansas city popula- said "it's not whether you're a man or woman, il's whether you ean do the job." Mrs. Ferguson, wife of an obstetrician, defeated six men in her first race for public off- ice in November. One bit of irony is that while the resi- dents elected a woman mayor they lurried out the only fe- male member of Ihe city coun- cil. The reason she got into poli- tics, Mrs. Ferguson said, was her past involvement in many civic projects. "I felt this is where I could do the most for my she said. "I'm doing it strictly as a service because you know what the salary Is an- she said. "1 have a lot of she said. "I hope we can give all citizens the most services for their lax dollars. I think we need to cut back, lighten the budget and impose strict con- trols the same thing we need to do all over Ihe coun- try. "We're going through the budget now wilh a fine toolh comb lo see where we can cut back." Mrs. Ferguson, a native of Memphis, has lived in West Memphis for 211 years. Three of her four children are mar- ried and she has three grand- children. During the first months of life, a new baby may receive hundreds of pieces of unsoli- cited mail, according to Jane Blumhagen, extension home economist. One family kept track of their "baby" mail. They re- ceived hundreds of offers fur free samples of all types of products. Advertisers stuffed Ihi'ir mailbox trying to sell Ihe fam- ily insurance policies, book club memberships and cut- rale shoes. And eight found- ries offered to cast those shoes in bronze. So if yon and your new baby receive mail offers, give them careful consideration before you invest. For some may sound belter than they actually are and other offers will probably come your way. Bridge West Side Club Winners of the Howcll movement game Thursday at Welly-Way were: Phillip Ar- nell and Joe Verblek, first, and Mrs. W. E. Kyman and Mrs. (ieorge Jenkins, second. The next game will be played at Sunday at Welly-Way. By Orval Jacfcsu PORT RICHEY, Fla. (DPI) George Winton is a real es- tate salesman by day, a shrimp fisherman by night, and a-dream-come-lrue for women's lib. The 52-year-old Winton op- erates his shrimp boat with a crew consisting of his daugh- ter and his two daughters-in- law, and he doesn't want any men aboard. "Those gals sure do work and they don't bellyache at all." Winton said. "I have taken my sons along in the past and after awhile they get tired of it and want lo come on he said. "1 don't want no damn boys on my boat." Winton started out with daughter Mrs. Chcri Gregory as a crewmember and soon was joined by his daughters- in-law Mary Winton and Ter- rill Jo Winton. Winton and his crewwomen lake Hie 27-foot vessel "Wan- derin" into the Gulf of Mexico almost every night in quest of table shrimp, as opposed to bait shrimp. The table shrimp is sold at dockside of the Goo- ney Bird marina for to per pound. "Everybody gets an equal share of the catch so if they don't go, they don't get in on the Winton said. "They go most of the lime and they make a good little dollar. We have been doing good and they make a couple hundred a week." "Where else can a woman get a job like he said. Chcric leaves her 10-month- old son with either her insur- ance adjuster husband or her molher while she is out fish- ing. Mary, a licensed practical nurse and mother of a six- month-old daughter, and Ter- rill, a housewife, also have to leave family behind when they go out. Crowing aboard a shrimp boat is no snap. The boat leaves dockside in time to reach the shrimping grounds by dark and Ihcn heads back in about I or 2 a.m., depend- ing upon how well the shrimp- ing has gone. "In order to be shrimper you have to be a mechanic, a seamstress, a carpenter, an electrician. Yon have got to do it Winton said. "The girls do everything except the mechanical work." 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