Huntingdon Daily News, March 27, 1991, Page 20

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Huntingdon Daily News (Newspaper) - March 27, 1991, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania Page io — THI DALY HEWS, Huntingdon, Saxton, Mount Union, Orbisonia, Pa., Wadnaaday, March 27. 1991 Remembering the Sixties and birth of AFS in our county! By JO Mc MIEN Oh, those memorable Sixties! In a multitude of ways, that history-making decade seems to loom large in the Nineties—politically, in the theatre, music and photography worlds. One example, on the local scene— Rotan an Dave Steidle asked me about the history of American Field Service activities in Raytown Country during that era. I offered to dig out my scrapbook of Daily News clippings /rom the Sixties, AFS’i beginning years here. It took me a while to find it, and, of course, what I did, I scanned with deep interest The Daily News stories of the AFS clubs in county schools, mainly Mount Union and Huntingdon. Then, amazingly, shortly thereafter, I had a letter from a Mount Union woman whose name it at the top of my AFS-related list A/aV\ t    A Wa) bu ted articles with their pictures for that issue. I assured her they are always a highlight of the issue for me. (By the way, thanks to those readers who brought in their copies of the Dec. 24th issue after reading in ATJ how all our extras got shredded by mistake.) Huntingdon County families have opened their homes and hearts to these HERE IS TAEKO (HORIE) WU’S family residing in Washington, D.C. An AFSer from die Sixties, Taeko, with the sparkling smile, is seen at the top right, with her husband, K.S., a banker, beside her. Their three children are, left to right, Eddie. Chria and Ten Ten. Here It Ie!    international students, who now come De** lo,    to Raystown Country on a variety of You might be interested to know that programs, the AFS Exchange Student from Japan,    I read in the scrapbook, with keen Taeko Hone Wu, who made her home interest, Evelyn’s thought provoking with our family during the 196IM961 answers to questions I had put to her school year, now resides with her bus- back in the late Sixties: “As you look band and three children in Washington, back, what inspired you to open your D.C.    home to a teenager from another coun- Her oldest son, Eddie, has graduated try for an entire school year? What were form Occidental College; Christopher, the headaches? What were the joys?" her second son, is a junior at a college in    ‘Have Answers' East Chicago and her daughter, Ten    I explained, “We were sure that Mrs. Ten, is a freshman at Duke. Taeko    John Kinsioe and Mrs. Thomas Wear teaches Japanese at St. Albans,    (Kate and Tom were early-on AFS Washington, D.C.    hosts) would have answers to these Of course, we keep in touch as I am questions. As many of our readers her American mother and my daughter,    know, the Kinsloc family adopted Susi Kinsloe-Byers, is her American    Taeko Hone from Japan a couple years sister.    ago. The Wear family circle last year News From Susi, Too    included Jcsperina Taal of Holland. Another interesting note is that    “We never wavered for a minute in Susi’s step-son, Douglas Byers, is mar- our belief that the answers to our quested to a full-blooded Apache Indian,    lions would be anything but Doug met Jennifer Ghalepah in Korea inspirational, while both were serving as crew chiefs    “We are hoping that their reactions for U.S. helicopter (both had MediVac may encourage other mothers in Mount Training). Jennifer returned to New Union and Huntingdon to suggest, ‘I Mexico in 1990; Doug followed in think our family stolid offer to adopt August of 1990.    an American Field Service exchange They were married within three or student!’ four days after Doug arrived in the “Evelyn Kinsioe told us right off in States. Jennifer has a 10-year-old ^r letter that our first question was a daughter, Christine, which makes me a difficult one to answer: ‘I’ve been try-MStep-Step-Great-Grandmother.M ins to formulate an answer ever since I As with many families, these young nude a snap decision back in late 1959. people have been touched by the Gulf    'Believed in Program' War. h February, Jennifer was recalled    “bi a broad sense it must have been into service and is now in Germany    because Jack (Evelyn’s late husband) waiting deployment Doug is still wait-    *nd Susi and I all believed in the AFS ing to be called.    program    and in its ability to promote Enter grandmothers!    international understanding; because 'Give Me a Call!*    teenagers are potential leaders; because Jennifer’s mother is helping Doug foreign countries have been fed mistake care of Christine, now. And if he conceptions about our way of life. The should be called, she will take her to the only way to correct the misconceptions Mescalero Reservation where she is to allow one of them to live it with us. resides. During summer vacation,    “And also we TI admit to a bit of cur- Christine will be visiting Susi and bus- iosity about ‘their way of life.’’’ told in Connecticut and probably will    “I feel strongly that the program on visit me in Mount Union.    the high school level—where the child- Perhaps when this crisis is over, Jai- ten actually live with an American fam-nifer and Doug can return to their stu- ily —offers a truer picture of us than dies. They were both attending college does the college level program, bi a colat Emory Riddle. Education is imper- lege situation, the foreign student is tarn to them; Jennifer’s m&her also had entertained in American homes, but some college.    daily life is lived alone— and undoub- I thought you might be interested in tedly the students are vary lonely at an “up-date,” of the things that are hap- times, petting in the lives of these young    ‘Wonderful    Experience* people-    “We    had a wonderful experience Sincerely, with Taeko and it was worth any incon-Evelyn Kinsioe venience we may have suffered. Of course, in Taeko, we had someone spe-Postscript: Jo, Jennifer has been told rial, don't you agree? We know from that she will be home soon! News does her letters that it was a red letter year for get old in a hurry!    her. She lost a year of school and will enter the university at 20, but she feels A Joyful Surprise!    that it was worth the lost year many I was delighted to hear from Evelyn times ova. about Taeko, a favorite of mine and    “Taeko feels that our universities are many others down through the AES superior to theirs, in that we offa more years...and these young people have specialized work. She would like to continued to bring joy right up to 1991. return to the United Slates to take a An out-of-town reader of the Christmas course in journalism and then go back Eve Souvenir Edition wrote to me to 10 J*pan express surprise and pleasure dial so    'Racial Problem* many international students had contri-    “One thing she was able to take back £ LEIDY’S    FLOWER    SHOP    & GREENHOUSES 4» 00    teeter features our original, colorful RAINBOW MUMS"    A ♦ FRESH FLOWER EASTER MUG ARRANGMENTS *12.98 W CARNATIONS (I doz. arrangment)..................................*12.98 ti£. ll    AN    EASTER    SURPRISEI    $ ff L0NG STEMMED RED ROSES    Mb rn Everyday ** *-~v— *14.98 doz I • Azaleas    •    Fragrant Hyacinths w m    • Hydrangeas    • Tulips    J* W    • Lilies    • Mums    tit til    And    many    othersI    Af Qj 4 convenient locations: Big Red Bam, Smith field — McKee — M M    Williamsburg — Pleasant Valley Shopping Center, Altoona.    • 00    "Serving    you with local    deliveries &    Teleflora Wire Service."    JI ♦    For    orders and    delivery    CALL 643-3355    r AM major    credit cards    accepted.    ££ to Japan was an understanding (partial) of the racial problem. She saw that we were unlike the Little Rock people. On the bus trip following her year in Mount Union, she requested that she might be placed in the home of a colored family during the Baltimore stop so that she could ask questions and get answers. “In all honesty, having Taeko in our home was a great experience. It taught us lessons on unselfishness, humility, understanding and it gsve us a look at ourselves from another's viewpoint. We carefully reexamined some of our views and beliefs in order to explain them honestly to ha. “Everything that delighted Taeko was a double pleasure for us, and we took many a second look at simple pleasures. She will neva forget ha American friend! nor will we forget ha. We learned fully aa much as she did. In a nutshell, Taeko Hone is truly a daught-a to us.” Back tot Sixties My article, written back in the Sixties continues, “Now before you go dashing to the teiphonc, mothers, to offer your home and family love and concern as a result of Evelyn Kinsloe’s thoughtprovoking letter, pause long enough to hear from our other Mount Union mocha, Catherine Wear “I am happy for the opportunity to say a few words which may give some encouragement to a family who wishes to make application for an exchange student. “The wonderful expaience of having an exchange student in your home is so thrilling that any sacrifices and misunderstandings which may arise occasionally are so minute that they are hardly worth mentioning. Aha all, living is simply give and take even with your own family, so an extra one makes very little di/Terence, provided you have entered in this program with a "'holly unselfish attitude. "Perhaps some families are concerned about the financial burden. I am sure that if one kept an account of all the little extras that go into your budget because of the student in the home, the amount would be surprising. ‘Not Obligated* “But neva once did we feel any ’financial burden’ even though we bought Jesje everything we felt she should have to attend the social events and appear as nicely dressed as your own girls. The family certainly isn’t obligated to make such purchases, but it is just something you naturally do as you would for your own. The extras that you give these boys and girls are so greatly appreciated that just the thrill of seeing them happy pays the bill. “I might mention, too, that in Mount Union, several of the stores gave both the girls, Taeko and Jesje, articles of clothing from time to time. This was especially true of the Gay Shop. The Mount Union Dry Cleaner did all the cleaning for both girls free of charge. So truly, the amount of money spent on the student is entirely up to the family. Our Student Council paid for their school lunches. “I feel the one big concern is their safety. I know we worried at first about physical harm, but really these boys and girls adjust so quickly to your home, school and community that you just don’t worry any more about their safety than you do about your own children. 'Clos* Contect’ “The American Field Service headquarters keeps such close contact with you at all times that you need neva feel that you are carrying the entire responsibility without any help. For example, what I reported to AFS in New York that Jesje required medical care for an abcess on ha leg, a stair member kept in touch by telephone until he was sure she was completely recovered. All the expense was assumed by the AFS. STEP-STEP-GREAT-GRANDMOTHER Evelyn Kinsloc is happy to identify the young people who gave ha this unique title. At the top of the threesome is Douglas Byers, daughter Susi’s stepson, and seated are Doug's wife, Jennifer Chalepah Byers and their child, Christina Chalepah. You’ll meet them in today’s ATJ! “If Jesje was a little negligent in writing the required letters to AFS, a staff member would write to ask if everything was all right, if she was happy and if not to let them know immediately. This was comforting to Jesje and all of us, for we knew if something didn’t work out, AFS would step in immodiat-Icy to straighten things out. “Now as far as the home or house itself it concerned, we found out, that all the material wealth which we take for granted and accept so lightly, is luxury beyond the dreams of the majority of the students coming from abroad. Our most modest homes here appear almost as palaces to them. “So bolicvc me, it isn’t the spacious rooms you have in your home that will make the students happy. It is the room you make for them in your heart that they will never forget. I am sure that whatever a boy or girl, having spent a year in Amaica, as an exchange student, may find in life, in their hearts, there will be a feeling for their home in America which will govern their thinking. 'Most Important Role' “The boy or girl in the American home plays the most important role in the life of these students. He or she must make an adjustment in daily living in order to guide these students. It may mean giving up many things and playing a minor role many times. But as I have said before, if the family enters the program unselfishly, it will be one of the most wonderful years of their lives.” “My article back then concluded, (I was still using the editorial we), 'Weare most grateful to Evelyn Kiasloe and Catherine Wear for their straight from the heart letters. The Captain Jack and Huntingdon Arca High School American Field Service chapters should have enough home offers to compile waiting lists after the mothers and families of the area have read their stirring epistles.” Remember what I wrote at the beginning of this ATJ? There arc many aspects of the Sixties that are pertinent to the Nineties. Today Evelyn’s and Kale Wear’s wonderful letters have a sharing/caring appeal for all our international programs in area high schools. Located On Fairgrounds Road Huntingdon PHONE: 643-4551 HRS.: Mon. thru Frl. 7:30-5:00 A Sat. 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. POSER’S YOUTH CENTER KW ov IS HOPPING FULL OF IDEAS "*Y0UR EASTER OUTFITS AND BASKET NEEDS. WE HAVE FOR GIRLS o - FOR EASTER! /i AK I. 3- ___c DRESSES 3 mo. to 24 mo. 2T to 4T 4 to 6X 7 to 14 r§ ■J SWEATERS 3 mo. to 24 mo. 2T to 4T 4 to 6X 7 to 14 r§ /*! n. / ii I I ii 9 JEANS from LEE—BUGLE BOY SPRING JACKETS SPRING SPORTSWEAR GROUPS from Health-Tcx, Buster Brown, English Toflcc and many more! 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