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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - February 19, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania World: Iraqis demonstrate against airstrikes Cl Life: Sandy Duncan brings Broadway to Altoona i)lAltoona mirror © Copyright 2001MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2001 50^ newsstand INSIDE Franklin County GOP chairman Allen Twigg left Saturday’s miniconvention at Juniata College convinced that the outcome had been orchestrated well in advance. Bud Shuster and Robert Jubelirer had some choice words about Twigg’s theory. Page A6 9th District foes have followed very different paths ■ Self-made by different means, Bill Shuster and Scott Conklin both tout their heritage, hard work. By William Kibler Staff Writer Although he’s the nominee for the seat his father Bud held for 28 years, Bill Shuster still doesn’t figure he’s a shoo-in — despite his famous name and a 58 percent Republican edge in the 9th Congressional District. “I’m not going to take anything for granted,” Bill Shuster said Saturday outside the science building auditori um at Juniata College, site of the nomination conference. People should not vote for him rather than Democrat Scott Conklin simply because of the Shuster name, he said. On the other side, Conklin said the 58 percent Republican registration edge in the district doesn’t scare him because he has run and done well in even more heavily Republican districts. But Conklin admits he feels vulnerable to Shuster’s immense name recognition, especially the edge it gives Shuster early in the abbreviated three-month campaign. Conklin said he’d like to turn the name recognition around, suggesting to voters that they should consider the role that famous name played in Shuster’s sudden ascendancy from car dealer to candidate. “It’s a fact of life he’s Bud Shuster’s son,” Conklin said. “I neither begrudge him of that nor criticize him for that.” Would Shuster be the candidate if his father hadn’t been the congressman? Conklin asked, saying it was a question he heard one of Shuster’s Republican Party members ask last week. Conklin regards himself as self-made. “Between Bill Shuster and myself, there’s a huge contrast,” he said. “Nothing was ever handed to me.” True, Conklin’s grandfather and father had a construction business and so did Conklin, eventually. But Conklin started that business after his father lost his company, he said. “I started my business with a saw and a nail apron and a 10-year-old pickup,” he said. He sold it last year to its employees, he said. But Shuster doesn’t see himself as a man or a candidate created solely by his father’s name. “I believe I’m a self-made man,” he said, citing hard work in his own business, an East Freedom car dealership, and his earlier experience in large con portions. And he’s running the campaign himself, he said. He loves his father, and his father is on his side in the push for Congress, but they butt heads sometimes, he said. Please see Foes/Page A6Computer sales tax byte eased By Craig Williams Staff Writer ■ Frequent questions and answers / Page A10 For a second time in a year, consumers will be treated to a tax-free holiday on computer sales. Through this state program, anyone can buy a personal computer tax-free at retail stores in the commonwealth, through the mail or on the Internet, provided the computer is for nonbusiness use and all hardware and software are purchased in the same transaction. The program is a boon for buyers, especially those who are looking to buy new or upgrade to the more powerful computers that are hitting the market. However, what to do with an old personal computer and peripherals can be quite a problem. They aren’t like a cereal box that be crushed and tossed. In fact, old computers are becoming a problem as landfills devote more and more space to Apple lies, 486s, 266s and the other dinosaurs of the computer age. A recent study conducted by the Mid-Atlantic Consortium of Recycling and Economic Development Officials estimates about 45 million computers will go into landfills by 2005, along with about 500 million televisions. That’s a lot of trash that isn’t exactly biodegradable. Not only do the plastic shells last almost forever, but the television tubes contain lead. In use, the lead protects viewers from radiation. But when they become trash, the lead becomes a potential contamination problem. Fortunately, like old clothing, computers can find new life. In fact, there are many charitable programs in Blair County that are yearning for old computers, even if all they can handle is word processing. Please see Sales/Page AIQ PRESIDENTS DAYLocal judge collects Lincoln memorabilia By Phil Ray Staff Writer Not many lawyers get the better of Blair County Judge Norman D. Callan, but if fate could arrange it, there is one lawyer who, upon his appearance in Callan’s courtroom, probably would render him speechless. That lawyer is Abraham Lincoln, the gangly country attorney from Springfield, 111., the man who as a child spent a winter in a lean-to suffering unimaginable poverty, who rose from those humble roots to lead America through its most troubled time. Lincoln fascinates Callan. Callan has studied Lincoln’s life, his speeches and his manner of dealing with tough problems. He has amassed more than 500 books on Lincoln. His judicial chambers on the second floor of the Blair County Courthouse bears a resemblance to a mini-Lincoln museum with pictures, cartoons and two bronze busts of one of the nation’s most revered, but at times, reviled presidents. Please see Lincoln/Page A3 ( DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7    22910    00050    4 A    > On NASCAR’s biggest stage, its biggest star perishes Great American tragedy■ Local reaction: Sports world lost a true legend. By NEIL RUDEL Associate Sports Editor News of Dale Earnhardt’s death did not take long to spread through local racing circles. “What a terrible, terrible tragedy,” Mike Metzgar of Roaring Spring said Sunday night. “The man is larger than the sport. It’s a great loss to all race fans because he brought so much professionalism, experience and excitement to the sport. It’s a terrible loss.” Dale Perino of Ashville is known among his friends as a huge Earnhardt fan. His phone rang off the hook after news reports confirmed The Intimidator^ passing. “It’s the end of an era,” Perino said. “Lately, he’s the only reason I’ve been sticking with it. He’s the only good old boy that drove like they used to drive. Now there are all these corporate stars the networks push. “This makes me lose all interest in NASCAR.” Ryan Hildebrand of Cresson did his share of racing at area tracks and had heard his style was comparable to Earnhardt’s. He took it as a compliment. “He added an element of unpredictability,” Hildebrand said. “It’s so dry now. He was a throwback to the Richard Pettys and the Donny Allisons and the Cale Yarboroughs. It’s definitely the death of an institution.” Bill Lynam of Duncansville found it ironically cruel that Earnhardt died on the track where he experienced the most success. “If there was one driver who seemed invincible, it was him,” Lynam said. “He was larger than life and for it to end that way — when he was protecting the lead for his son and Michael ^ALTOONA 3mu ^MIRRORIN SPORTS ■ Race coverage: Michael Waltrip's first-ever win at Daytona proves to be the most bittersweet of moments as Dale Earnhardt, the master of the superspeedway, dies trying to help Waltrip protect his lead. Page Bl ■ Fans and competitors mourn Earnhardt. ■ NASCAR notebook ■ The Mirror’s new weekly auto racing contest debuts. Page B3 Waltrip — is ironic, too. He’s usually The Intimidator, the one knocking people out of the way to get the lead.” Most of the area fans watching Sunday’s race didn’t think Earnhardt was in grave danger. “You knew he hit hard but you see a lot of wrecks like that,” Lynam said. “He’s survived so many crashes that seemed IO times worse than this one,” Metzgar said. At the same time, Mirror auto racing writer Dottie Bird of Bellefonte said: “Those straight-into-the-wall crashes are always worse than those wild flips. It was the same way with Adam Petty. “Racing’s never going to be the same,” Bird added. “He was the best. I think he brought NASCAR to what it is today. Whether you liked him or hated him, everybody had an opinion about him.”■ The Intimidator leaves just the way he lived. By EDDIE PELLS The Associated Press Vt AYTONA BEACH, Fla. - He was 11 The Intimidator, the Man in Black I/ and right to the end, Dale Earnhardt was every bit the brusk daredevil who drew millions to his sport. Earnhardt, the driver people either loved or hated—but had to watch either way — died Sunday at the Daytona 500, a race he spiced up with his trademark bumps and bold challenges, unexpected moves and even an obscene gesture to a green rookie. Some 200,000 fans witnessed Earnhardt’s black No. 3 Chevrolet slam into a wall and careen into the infield during an accident on the last lap of the race. A few hours later came the terrible news. At age 49, possibly the best-known figure in motorsports history was gone. “NASCAR has lost its greatest driver ever, and I personally have lost a great friend,” NASCAR chairman Bill France said. Earnhardt’s statistics — 76 victories, seven Winston Cup championships, that long-awaited victory at the Daytona 500 in 1998 — don’t come close to telling this story completely. Rather, the image does. One of the most-repeated quotes in NASCAR history dealt with what it felt like to try to hold off The Intimidator with one lap remaining: “There is no worse sight than seeing Dale Earnhardt in your rear view mirror,” driver after vanquished driver would repeat over the years. Dressed in a black button-down shirt, black jeans and sporting a bushy moustache that once nearly was singed off, Earnhardt was an intimidating figure who went after what he wanted. Not just on the speedway, but in the business world, in NASCAR’s front office and in the rules meetings, where he sat front-and-center Sunday before his final race. He wore an open-faced helmet and shunned some of NASCAR’s other basic safety innovations. He said the restric-tor plates NASCAR used to slow speeds at its fastest tracks were for sissies and refused to don a new-wave Head And Neck Safety brace that recently has been touted as a way to lessen the blow of severe impacts. Dr. Steve Bohannon said Earnhardt likely died of severe head injuries, particularly to the base of the skull. They were the same type of injuries three drivers died of in NASCAR accidents last year. “I know the full-face helmet wouldn’t have made a difference,” Bohannon said. “I don’t know if the HANS device would have helped. I suspect not.” Please see Earnhardt/Page A9 * * HMNI BIG FOUR * 6 I 9 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mix of sun and clouds, 38° ■ Forecast, C2 > Alto atta mirror Hqr^ADSjom We're white-hot! [THE great COMBINATION ! Call us today...Make money today. 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  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Adam Petty
  • Allen Twigg
  • Bill France
  • Bill Lynam
  • Bill Shuster
  • Bud Shuster
  • Cale Yarboroughs
  • Craig Williams
  • Dale Earnhardt
  • Dale Perino
  • Donny Allisons
  • Eddie Pells
  • Michael Waltrip
  • Mike Metzgar
  • Norman D. Callan
  • Phil Ray
  • Richard Pettys
  • Robert Jubelirer
  • Ryan Hildebrand
  • Sandy Duncan
  • Scott Conklin
  • Steve Bohannon

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: February 19, 2001

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