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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 29, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The C'ediir Kaplds Giuellc'. Sun., Dec. 9A The Cedar Rapids Gazette! Sun., Pec. 29. 1974 Anybody You Know? As the photo indicotot it a 1925 class of the Cedar Rapids Business college. A close look will show that the fellow, on the far left and the fellow on the far right are one and the same. Lester L. Hurt, 68, Woodward, father of Mrs. John Bartin, 2304 Bever avenue SE, achieved this quite sim- ply. He was standing on the left when the camera started to "pan" the group. After it passed him he ran behind the group and was standing on the right end by the time the camera reached there. Hurt is recently retired aft- er farming 40 years in the Madrid area. They Eat Cash Startling "Facts" About Santa Glaus By Gary Peterson For those of you who missed the Christ- mas edition of the North Pole News, we'd like to reprint in part some of the news that Gazette reporters somehow missed. Incidentally, the North Polo News was written, edited and published by Mrs. Gaylon Dahn's fifth grade class at Grant Wood school. The newspaper contained all of the ele- ments of a good newspaper, investigative re- porting, human interest stories, women's news, consumer news, cartoons, a Dear Dasher column, weather, and, of course, a want ads section. t One reporter covered Santa's visit with the President in Washington, D.C., and talks at the North Pole between the President and Santa's head elf. Each Centributed The paper's creation evolved from the class' study of news and each member of the class contributed at least one item of news in the Christmas theme. Mrs. Dahn said to give the students a true feeling of accomplishment, the paper was put out in each student's handwriting. The emphasis was placed on creativity and not on grammar and spelling, she said. The paper reported such startling news as how Santa's portliness necessitated the pur- chase of a gas-powered sleigh he was getting too fat for the reindeer to pull. Another possible reason, according to K. Griggs, staff writer, was that Rudolph couldn't fly because his nose fell'off. The consumer reporter revealed Mrs. Claus didn't do her regular Christmas baking this year "because sugar, flour and all the necessities are too expensive." According to writer Dwight Bode, Santa was observed leaving the Polar Bear Bar. He quoted the bartender as saying Santa was drunk. This was a follow story to line in which Bode disclosed that a collision had oc- curred between Santa's sleigh and a snowmo- bile. Santa reportedly threatened to put n "lump of coal in the snowmobiler's slocking." Another story in the paper hinted that Mrs. Claus had been selected to be the cen- terfold picture in Playboy and that Santa himself would appear in Playgirl mag- azine. However, no sources were offered in the story and it ran without a byline. Other fillers in the paper, written by Ricky and Clark Facklcr, included the fact that Tiddle the elf was "frost biltin' in a snowball and that "polar bears had been trying out new sports like skiing, which one fellow, tried and broke his toenail." And what newspaper would be complete without some women's liberation news? The North Pole News had its share. "Mrs. Clans says she and the little female elves are feed up with all the baking and making for Christmas. They want to make toys also." The story, written by Kirsten Kirsch, went on to say that "they arc tired of baking at least one quadrillion, all the same kind. And they have to be perfect or they arc burned. "Mrs. Claus and the little elves say they are planning a Jth world war. Good Luck the story ended. In a story headlined "Mrs. Santa Claus Is becoming a Liberated Robyn Griggs and .ludi Moorman reported: "Ms. Helma Claus, (Mrs. Santa Claus) has declared she no longer wants to be known as Mrs. Santa Claus, because she has become a liberated woman! She says this year she will refuse to make candycancs and cookies fur 'little punks who can't do it themselves.' "She said this year she would go in the sleigh and Santa would stay home and make the goodies. "Santa doesn't agree with this, he says its all a bunch of monkeyshine! "Mrs. Santa says if he doesn't agree she'll use her kung-fu-fighting powers and kick him out of the Santa's Close Call Another story we didn't manage to get in The Gazette had to do with a close call for Santa. "While Clint Eastwood was making a movie called 'Hang 'em High', in one of the scenes, he was shooting up in the air to scare some and he accidentally shot down Santa Claus! "He suffered a broken leg, but says he will be able to make his rounds on Christmas eve. He says all the reindeer arc all right ex- cept Rudolph's nose got shot off." The latter apparently gave more validity to earlier reports that Rudolph's nose fell off. Good investigative work Brad Chris 11. and Ben Perhaps the best news in the paper to both adult and child was written by R. Griggs. "Mrs. Santa Claus found out from Dr. Donncr that she is expecting. They are hop- ing for a new baby boy to take Santa's place when he 'passes on'." Vending machines are serving "Instantu supageti" to hurried diners in Tokyo. Noodle-loving Japanese have a demon- strated yen for spaghetti, but it is too soon to tell if they will take to the mechanical chefs. The coin-activated machines remove indi- vidual servings of noodles from refrigerated compartments ami transfer the noodles to heated cooking compartments. Packets of meat sauce are warmed at the same time. After 27 seconds, the two are combined and out pop steaming orders of spaghetti and nieat sauce on disposable plates. Entire lunchrooms in factories, hospitals, and office buildings offer meals served hot or cold from coin-operated machines. For any- one lacking coins, machines in snack liars and air and rail terminals now swallow paper money and shell out the correct change. Tokyo and Osaka, Japan's other major city, already have coin machines that dis- pense a whiff of oxygen into a face mask for pedestrians gasping amid traffic fumes. The device is a boon to hangover victims. Around the world, the National Geograph- ic Society reports, vending machines daily supply everything from peanuts and candy to groceries and flowers. All (if this may have started more than 2.5011 years ago when a Chinese temple in- stalled an ingenious gadget that caused an idol to shed tears of condensed steam when cash offerings landed in a box. 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