Abilene Reporter News, April 18, 1970

Abilene Reporter News

April 18, 1970

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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - April 18, 1970, Abilene, Texas Sbttene toorter-Betog WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY Ml, NO. 303 PHONE 6734271 PARKS SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) _ Fortune may have frowned on Apollo 13, but it didn't bite. Unlucky 13 had luck when it was needed most. If fortune had really wanted to be nasly, there were dozens of circumstances which could have been changed only slightly and awarded unforgiving space a tragic victory. The luckiest stroke for Apollo 13 was in liming. Had the explosion come two days later, after the lunar mod- ule had landed on the moon, there would have been no hope of (he astronauts ever returning to earth. The accident that wracked Apollo 13 Monday night de- stroyed the main rockel system, Ihe powerful service propulsion engine. It would have been un- able to rockel the spacecraft out of lunar orbit. Had the descent engine teen used up in a moon landing, the astronauts would have been trapped on or about the moon. If astronauts James A. Lovell Jr. and Fred W. Haise Jr. had been on the moon when the ex- plosion occurred, they would Unlucky It Could've IQc SUNDAY Aiiociated have had Ihe choice of perishing on the moon as the lunar mod- ule oxygen and power ran out, or rocketing into lunar orbit, linking up with John L. Swigert in the command module, and losing their life there with him. Swigert would have had no choice. Odyssey would have be- come an endlessly orbiting tomb. But the explosion April 13 oc- curred while the men were mov- ing toward the moon. The lunar module, Aquarius, was still at- tached lo Odyssey. The moon lander's engines were unfired Round-trip completed ApollolS W. Haise, James A. Lovell and John L. Swigert left to helicopter to step aboard the carrier Iwo .lima in the Pacific Friday ;_ after their successful recovery. (AP Wirephoto) y Tornadoes Leave At Least Six Dead By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tornadoes shattered a wide section of the Texas Panhandle- Plains Friday night, killing two persons in Plainview, two others north of Cotton Center and one al Lazhuddie. Twisters struck also at or near Hale Center, Whileface and Whitharral, Spade, Morton, Bull Lake and Tulia. Mike Wall, a newsman at the Plainview Herald, reported heavy debris in the town from roofs and trees that blocked many streets, and thoroughfares. Wall said it appeared that the twister "came right through the middle of the business district and down U.S. 87." "I don't know how many peo- ple have been hurt or Wall said, "but the damage looks pretty heavy.1' He said he was asleep when Ihe twis.er struck about p.m. Al least seven persons were injured at Whileface and an un- known number at Whi.harral. Both are tiny towns of around 20o population. Al Lubbock, east of the tor- nado struck region, Methodist Hospilal went on emergency status and would take no phone calls. Ambulances from Level- land shuttled between Whileface and Whitharral with injured. Levelland's hospitals would say only that they were "full and busy." Police at Plainview said their radio communications were knocked out and "we are just trying to get squared away." Emergency power was turned on 12 Judged Today For Miss Abilene Beauty and talent will be viewed and Judged Saturday night in Radford AudJtorium on the McMurry College campus when 12 yound women compete for the title "Miss Abilene." The winner will represent Abilene for a year, representing the city at the Miss Texas Pageant in the summer. Abilene Jaycees sponsor the 10th Annual Miss Abilene Pageant, which begins at p.m. Twelve finalists, chosen from 20 contestants March 21, will model swim suits, evening gowns and present short displays of their talents. A brief description ft each of the girls follows: Beverly Kay Givers, 20, McMurry College senior, is the daughter of Mr. an.l Mi-s, Pierce Owens of Loraine. She is a business major and plans In teach after graduation this spring. In high school she was Miss High, head cheerleader and football f Photos, Page 3-B sweetheart, as well as of the National Honor Society. She attends First United Methodist Church. Deborah Lecson, 18, Cooper High School Senior, is the daughter of Mr. pnd Mrs. Kirby Leeson of 3089 Salinas Dr. She is secretary of the CHS concert choir, it member I Future Teachers and has had piano and voice lessons. Her hobbies include art and .jewing. She plans to attend Texas Tech University in the fall. At First United Methodist Church, Deborah sings In the choir. Phyllis Gay Waggoner, 20, H- SU sophomore, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Waggoner of Comanche. On the H-SU honors list, Phyllis is in Phi Phi Phi Social Club and Is Anderson Hall Sweelhearf. She has had oral interpretation training and four years of band. Tun to MISS ABILENE, Pj. JJ-A in the cily hall. Gene Bass, Plainview police dispatcher, said he was unable to dispatch police cars. Scatter- ed reports, he said, indicated "pretty heavy damage." "Two persons in a grocery store were hurt pretty Bass said. The Lubbock' Avalanche-Jour- nal said two Mexican-Americans were killed north of Cotton Cen- ter and that a child was miss- ing in the same area. Two mud- covered bodies of children were recovered. At Whiteface, the Texas De- partment of Public Safety said, heaviest damage was suffered at a trailer park. In Ihe Big Counlry, scattered rain squalls roamed the area Friday and Friday night, but little rain was realized from the on thealening skies. Sylvester and Breckenridge reported .05 inch, while Haskell, HawJey and Danger received .02- inch. Abilene was one of the poinls reporting only a trace. The weatherman looked for more scattered thunderstorms Saturday and Saturday night wilh a probability of rain 80 per cent Saturday and 40 per cent .Saturday night. It will be a little cooler Saturday night and partly cloudy and mild Sunday. WHERE IT Hi mill ABILKNE ...............Sat. Municipal Airport TR Tolal for Year 4.40 Normal for Year BRECKENRIDGE 05 BROWN WOOD TR CISCO TR COMANCHE TR DE LEON TR. RASTLAND TR HAMLIN 01 IIASKELI............... 92 HAWLEY.............. 02 MONDAY TR HANGER............... .02 STAMFORD TR STEPHENVILLE ........TR SYLVESTER and its power, oxygen and wa- ter supplies were still untapped. When the accident destroyed the service propulsion engine, there was Aquarius, ready to bring them back. The explosion, according to Ihe description of the crew, blew out one whole side of the service module. Only one of (he two oxygen tanks in the service module ex- ploded. Had the first blow up triggered an explosion of the second tank, it may have ended any hope. Instead, the tank vented into space from an ap- parently small leak. This allowed the astronauts time to transfer lo the lunar module and turn on its oxygen and power. There are oilier pressure tanks in the service module, in- cluding two huge lanks carrying the highly explosive propellants for the rocket. They are hyper- bolic propellants, that is, they explode when they come togeth- er. They do this in a controlled way in Ihe rocket engine, giving propulsion. Had they been combined in an uncontrolled fashion by the oxy- gen lank rupture, a resulting ex- plosion could have destroyed the eraII completely. The explosion of the oxygen lank could have caused damage lo the heat shield on the com- mand ship. Shards of metal could have impacted the shield. When Odyssey returned to earlh, these shrapnel pieces could have caused the shield to fail and subjected the space- craft hull to be exposed to degrees of heat on re-entry to the atmosphere. But none of those tilings, and in fact many others that were possible, occurred. Fortune could have been worse. And when it did deal its blow, there was the skill, intelligence and planning of the space agen- cy control team and of astro- nauts Lovell, Swigert and Haise to fight back. They used what was left to them. They created new proce- dures. They found a way. They stretched out sharply limited supplies. Those efforts were the real "luck" of unlucky 13. Tired But Happy Trio Still Healthy ABOARD USS IWO J1MA (AP) Days of cold and peril behind, three tired American astronauts splashed down to a happy, on-target landing in the Pacific Friday, safe al last in the warmth of their home pla- net. A doctor who examined the spacemen only minutes after their return lo earth reported that astronaut Fred W. Haise Jr. was suffering from a mild urinary tract infection and had a low grade fever of 100.6. Dr. Keith Baird ot the space agency, said however, the astro- nauts were "all in good health." "They were considerably more tired than the other crews I have been associated said Dr. Baird. "Except for being tired, I think they are all in good health." Haise went right to bed after a medical examination and a meal. Astronauts James A. Lov- ell Jr. and John L. Swigert Jr. re-visited the space craft which had carried them back from a near-tragedy in space. The com- mand ship was placed on the deck of this carrier and the two astronauts spent a few minules inside its cabin. Dr. Baird said all three of the astronauts complained that it was too cold for them to sleep in space and that was why they were exhausted. All had lost five to 10 pounds of weight. Haise received an antibiotic, Dr. Baird said, after an above average increase in while blood cells was discovered and went lo bed immediately. The doctor said he recom- mended rest for Lovol! and Swigert and noted: "I didn't hear any objections to my ad- vice at all." The astronauts will tell their story to the world at a news conference Tuesday after they return lo Houston. The Apollo 13 spacemen dropped out of a partly cloudy sky, their orange and while chutes billowing in the South Pa- cific sun. They were wilhin sight of the cheering sailors on this ship, testimony to the courage and expertise that rescued them from space. The astronauts, smiling and walking slowly but steadily on the carrier deck, an hour later avoided the set-up microphones. The only word from them was relayed hy a helicopter pilot from Lovell who said they felt fine. They were back from mo- ments of extreme danger, from "WEATBEJT U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU (Wtitticr mo '9. ABILENE AND VICINITY (40 mile radius) Considerable cloudiness wlrh xcaMered thunderstorms Saturday and Saturday nigM. Llllle cooler Saturday nfqhl. tj partfy cfoudy and miW Sunday, Hfeh Saturday lo upper 70s, low Saturday night In mltJdU high Sunday near 75. Probability of M.ptr cent Saturday, 40 per cent Saturday nfgM. Wlnrfs souftierly Saturday 15 mpti, gusts to M mrh, switching lo ncntiwttUr a a long hours of discomfort, chilled by cabin temperatures in the thirties, tired by Ihe constant battle to keep their battered ship going. Those (rials began Monday night when an oxygen lank in Ihcir service module burst, ex- ploding with it for a lunar landing, and putting the astro- nauts' lives In jeopardy. But their safe return was as if Oie prayers of a planet were an- swered. There were cheers in Mission Control, cheers at Grand Cen- tral Terminal in New York City where crowds had gathered to watch on television. President Nixon announced he would fly to Hawaii Saturday to present the astronauts with the Medal of Freedom. But first he will stop in Houston to pick up the wives of astronauts Lovell and Haise so that they can meet their husbands in Hawaii. On his stop in Houston he will Turn to APOLLO, Fg. 5-A Jeff ducks the issue Playing hard to get with the photographers, Jeffrey Lovell, 4, hides his eyes as his mother, Mrs. James A. Lovell, talks with newsmen at their home after the success- ful splashdown of Apollo 13. Sister Barbara, 16, is amused by her little brother's antics. (AP Wirephoto) C-City New Site Of Monteith Trial iiiliiil t.a TO n u 71 tt _ 7J _ 11 _ and low for Hhwjri T p.m.: 71 and U. By ROY A. JONES II Reportw-Ncws Staff Writer.. Attorneys defending Mr. and Mrs. Robert Eugene Konleith of Abilene on charges that they murdered their infant daughter Friday won the first round in the courtroom when they succeeded in having the Montcilh case moved to Colorado Cily on a change of venue. The ruling was marie by 42nd District Judge Raleigh Brown after he had heard the testimony of eighl rcpresenlalives of Ihe mass media newspaper and television concerning publicity given the case. Before he made his ruling, Criminal Disl. Ally. EH Paynlcr, who had sought to keep the case in Taylor County, changed his mind and agreed that the trial should be moved from Abilene. He said he had been considering not opposing the change of venue, and that after hearing the newspaper and television executives, he made up his mind (hat it should be moved. Just when Monleith, 23 a former Abilene Mgh School trr.ck star; and his wife, Jiitly, 19, will be tried in Mitchell County was not Immediately decided, Judge Austin O. Hcdoud, who will now preside, is a candidate for chief justice of the Uth Court of Civil Appeals (Easlland) and definitely will not hear the case before the Turn to MONTEITH, Pg. 2-A NEWS INDEX Amusements 16A Airrolosr 16A Bridge 9A Church ClosjHied 13-17B Comics 8, 9B Editoiioli IJB Farm 78 Worked 10, JIB Obituaries 3A Oil 16, 17A Sports 12-15A TV Lag UB TV Scout............. 17B Women'j New! .......2, 3B Cooper High Band Wins Sweepstakes SWEETWATER (RNS) Abilcne's Cooper High School won sweepstakes Friday in UIL Class 4-A concert and sight reading conlcsls by earning a first division rating in each category. To win sweepslakcs a band must make a first division raling in concert, sight reading and marching contests. Cooper had won a I rating in marching contest held last fall. Also in Class 4-A, Abilene High School won a 1 in concert and a III in sight reading. In Class 3-A Sweelwater High's Mustang Band won a II in concert and a II in sight reading, ami the second Swectwater High Band received Iwo Ills. Hamlin High School In Class 2- A also won Hamlin received a I 'rating in both concert and sight reading and had previously received a I rating in marching competition. Also in Class 2-A Merkel received a II in both concert and sighl reading; Stamford rated a I in both categories; and Haskell rated a III in concert and a H in sight reading, About band members from about 60 schools are participating in the contests. Junior High bands and orchestras will compete Satur- day, and there also will be competition in debate, informative speaking, persuasive speaking, poetry interpretation, prose reading, number sense, ready writing, science, shorthand, slide rule, spelling, plain writing and typing. j I ;