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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 3, 1974, Abilene, Texas gfettene Reporter "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT Byron 93HD YEAH NO. NO. 259 1'IIONIC 673-4271 ABILENE, TEX., 79604, SUNDAY JIOKN1NG, MARCH TWO PAGES IN F1VU SUCTIONS 23e. SUNDAY Slnle Said 'Granny' to Meet Mister Wunnerfui' JIM CUNLEY lleporlcr-News Stair Writer "Granny" Olson of Stain- fnrd, who says slic keeps a picture of Lawrence tt'clk on her TV scl, is the winner or Repbrlcr-New's Lawrence Welk Contest. Mrs. Emelia Olson. S7, a na- tive of Travis County and a Stamford rcsidenl since 1307, was nearly too excited to speak Friday altcmoun when contest chairperson Kllie Huckcv, tlie newspaper's Ac- tion Line Editor, called her. "My (laughlci'-in-law never told me slic sent my name said Sirs. Olson. "I'm so surprised. I didn't really plan on coming to tlic show." AS THE WINNER, Mrs. Ol- son will gel a special meeting with Wclk when lie appears here March 8. She'll receive an orcliirt from Welk upon his urrival. Also she'll gel two Ironl row tickets and a picture lukcn with Hie famed band leader. "I just can't miss his TV said Mrs. Olson. "I've been watching it for years. I'm really planning on coining now." A member of Olson's family told Tlie Hcporter- thai the woman lias been a widow since 1S56, when she was left willi seven chil- dren at age She lias worked all her life and still does her own yard work and cooking, bill she laughed, "I'm slowing down now. though." Although three of Mrs. Ol- son's seven children still live nearby, her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Eugene Olson of Stam- ford, musl get the credit for wriling Ihe winning entry. Slic wrote: "Granny Olson is B7, and has an 8 by 10 pic- ture of Mr. Welk on her TV to which slic talks. She will not leave her TV on Saturday eve- ning nor answer 1-ie telephone for fear of missing his pro- gram. She is Swedish and a good cunvci'salionalisl." MHS. OLSON said her son Jives wilhin walking distance of her home, while another daughter lives in Stamford, loo, and a second daughter lives in the country, near Lnedcrs. Her oilier four daughters live in Longview, Athens, Den- ver City and Dallas. Judges in Hie Keporlcr- News contest, who chose Mrs. Olson as the unanimous win- ner, were Mrs. Rucker; Alice Miller, arts editor; and Jim Qmley, assistant city editor. Heath Talks to Liberals In Effort to Keep Office LONDON (AP) Conserva- tive Prime Minister Edward Heath met with Liberal parly leader Jeremy Thorpe for 80 minutes Salni'day in an open- ills' bid to stay in office wilh help from former political foes, bill each said no commit- ments were made. Results from Thursday's election were virtually dead- locked and left Britain facing its worst political and econom- ic crises since World War II. CMlica! economic problems demanded immcdiale atten- tion but (here was no elected government to deal with them. Thorpe told newsmen, "No undertakings were e n lore d into on either bill that he would discuss "the mailers that have arisen this after- noon" willi his parly col- leagues over the weekend, lie gave no clues lo Hie, basis of his talks with Heath. "Quite dearly it is in the interest of Hie country that some government should he Thorpe said. "II should Ire one that will unite the nation on imderate poli- cies. I represent six million people who have voted for this kind of government.'' Heath's office said (he leaders discussed "the urgent need for an administration Females Joining Jaycees? It's Possible, Clayton Says By U7. MUDUTC Jleporlcr-Ncws Staff Writer Female membership in the Jaycees? The nalionnl civic organiza- tion of young men has already responded with a resounding and a court, case is pending after women chal- lenged the exclusion. HUT, SURPRISE! It may vet Ije in the future, says Hick Clayton, national president of Ihe Jaycees. in Tulsa. Clayton and Billie Tustison of Irvir.g, slate president of the Jaycce-Elles, discussed female membership in a press .Saturday during activities of the District I ,lay- cee convention. The Jaycees have refused to ndinil as members women or Clayton urges: Kdilmlle pride In any men older, than 3i> years. The .laycee-Eltes, which be- gan as a wives auxiliary, has opened membership to any woman and are taking on .some of their own projects and programs. 11 EC A US E Till-.' Jaycees and Jaycec-Ettes claim the same objectives, could Ihey some day merge as one organ- ization Hie oII i c i a 1 s were asked. "I think it's Clay- Ion reflected, "but it will be at the local option of chapters, whether or not lo merge." At this Mime, however, Ihe possibility is remote, Clayton said. ''If we polled every U.S. Soldier Takes A 'Tankish' Joyride By HUBERT J. EKIJ Associated Press Writer BKRIJN (AP) young American soldier drove a 50-. Ion United Slates Army tank on a joyride through West. Berlin streets Saturday, crash- ing off one Communist border harrier and winding up in front of a superhighway checkpoint manned by Russian soldiers. The GI driver and the tank were quickly returned to U.S. custody with prompt agree- ment from Uie Russians post- ed at Ihe checkpoint to control Allied military traffic into Wcsl Berlin. The checkpoint is about a mile inside Kasl Ger- man territory. There were no reported inju- ries and Ihe Army said dam- age along Ihe way was minor. A U.S. spokesman added thai (he driver gave up lo his com- pany commander after the lal- tcr followed him to Ihe Mus- sian checkpoint along wilh military police who look Ihe GI inlo custody. The Army identified the sol- dier as Spec. 5 C. William A. Thompson Jr., 22, of Colum- bus, Ga., a three-year Army veteran. There was no immediate ex- planation why Thompson, de- scribed as a usually quiet per- son with apparently no record of any wrongdoing, made Ihe sudden dawn ride. The Army said the lank was stolen from its place, in the lank parking F Compa- ny, -10th Armor near U.S. headquarters in West Berlin. It was first driven lo Check- point Cliarlie dii'K-lly opposite Ihe Communist wall dividing Berlin, Ihe Army declared. There it bumped into a road- way lype barrier lowered by Kasl German guards. Easl German workmen were later sent to Hie scene to repair it. The tank backed up, tearing down a long slrctch of street railing on the Wcsl Berlin side of Ihe crossing point, then took off on Ihe 15-mile trip lo (lie Autobahn checkpoint. Army spokesmen said the incident began at a.m. and ended when Ihe tank re- turned lo West Berlin territory under ils own power at a.m. member of Ihe women's auxil- iary, probably U.T per cent of them would be emphatically lie added. The National Organization of Women (NOW) is support- ing litigation which challenges federal grants in Ihe Jaycees totaling 53 million to adminis- ter a project to study Ihe poor. Therefore, NOW con- tends, the Jaycees have no right to bar women, since they are using federal funds. "I feel we'll get a favorable ruling on Clayton said, who also criticized challengers for wanting inlo Ihe club just because Ihey arc women. CLAYTON SAID Ihe Jay- cee-Klles do live same things as the Jaycees, but they don't pay dues to the national or- ganization nor have voting privileges. Undecided about merging at first, Mrs. Tustison finally said she is "not really for it." I do Ihink women arc on (he way up and want lo become more involved in gov- ernment and business in their she added. already merge in cer- tain ways, especially in our Sirs. Tuslison said. .Jaycec-KHes aid the Jaycees in local projects and, loo. we arc faced wilh (lie same silnalinns." ALSO 1'HKSKNT at the press conference was .lohn Thompson of Ifunlsvillc, stale president of the Jaycees. Be- sides Ihe female issue, the of- ficers also discussed direc- tions the organization is tak- ing, including the "Pride in A m eric a" program which Clayton elaborated on at the luncheon. Thompson noted that the J a y c e c s are concentrating Sec Pg. ISA. tol. I which can carry on Hie busi- ness of government." II said both llealh and Thorpe agreed report back to their col- leagues "to see whether a ba- sis existed for further discus- and that "no conimii- menl was entered inlo on ei- ther side." llealh was Hie main loser In Thursday's inconclusive elcc- lion which swept away his parliamentary majority but produced no outright winner. The prime minister was re- portedly assured of voting help from some Ulster legisla- tors, but will still need Liberal support to stay in office. Thorpe must consult his Lib- oral colleagues before making commitments and no decision on forming a government was befoio Sunday at Ihe earliest Former Prime Minister Harold Wilson, whose opposi- tion Labor parly won Hie most seals in Ihe new Parliament bul fell .short of a majority, wailed at his country home for a call from Queen Eliza- beth II. If Heath fails to form a government and resigns, the queen would call on Wilson nexl lo try lo resolve the polit- ical crisis. Final election results gave the Conservatives '2% seals in the 635-seal House, of Com- mons, the I.abnritcs 301, HIB Liberals 14, and other parties 24. Whatever the outcome of the political maneuvers, Ihe coun- try [aces a critical economic situation that needs strong and immediate government action. Politicians agree Ihe economic problems cannot be left to a weak, caretaker government And cannot wail for new elec- tions. She can't believe h Jlrs. Xmelia Olson, of Stamford, holding her pic-lure of Laurence Welk at her home Satin-day, says she still can't believe'she'll be meeting the famous hand leader in Abilene next Friday as winner of The KeporterA'ews contest which drew rnoj'e than 90 entries. The spry Mrs. Olson, who was ahoul 16 when'Welt was horn, (old newspaper photographer'John Davis lhal the hand loader seems lo like (he younger girls "bul that's nil right.." she warned Davis to hurry back lo Hie Kev Ci'ly so he could catch Welk's TV show. About 90 Claim to Be Band Leader's 'Number One Fan' By JIM CONI.KV Jleporlrr-Nr.H-s Stuff Writer Ahoul Bo e o 1 e who claimed ID be L a w r e n c e. Welk's one fan'1 fil- tered The Reporter-News con- test lo see who would gel lo meet the famous band leader when he's here March ft. Although Ihe winner is Mrs. Kmclia Olson of Stamford, the judges had a difficult lime sorting through 9li IcUi-u to find the best one. Included were poems. pleas and pbijilils for liic crwjiui1 of champagne music. from the newspaper, lOllie Rucker. Al- ice Miller and Jim CoinYv, laughed wilh some of Hie en- tries, sympathized wilh the wishes of others and were Inside Today Watergate Scandal Unfolded Grudgingly The Watergate scandal be- gan with only a tenuous link to the White House. Iwenly months after the break-in three of Presi- dent Nixon's lop advis- ers hove been indicted on charges of conspiring and lying lo cover up Ihe cose. And a judge holds on envelope said to con- loin sealed documents about any role played by the President himself. Pg. 13A. Merkel Justice of the Peace Roy Buchanan says the "redneck" reputation he acquired hurls him deep- ly. Pg. 17A. Slaff Wriler Mike Murphey and Staff Photographer John Davis lake a look at Ihe elderly men who play dominoes in Buffalo Gop. Pg. ID. Hew about concert by Seals Crofts in Abilene or Cisco? Thai's Ihe suggest- ion made by Mrs. Sutlon Crofls of Cisco (Dash's molher) and seconded by Recordings columnist Jim Conley. Pg. IB. Venice is sinking. Venice is dying. Can Venice be saved? Pg. ISA. Abilene Evenlj Calendar Amusements Austin Notebook Bc.rv'i World Biq Country Calender Books BriHqc Business Ncvi Classified........... Crossword Puzzle Editorials Form News........... Horoscope Hospital PallcnM Jumble Puzzle Moikel: Obiluoriel Oil Reeordinql Scttina the Scene Sporll I Texas This Week In Wcsl Today in Hislory To Your Good Hcollh TV Too Ncwl 3B 1-4B 5A 4A 4B .18 48 22A. 9-15C ISA 4A. 8C 12A EA 19A 20-22A 6, 7 A 7C IB IB 16C 23 A ISA IDA 9A 1-16E 1-12D -6; "Treat Snakes Handlers Suggest By MIKE MURl'tlKV Ilcporler-Ncws Stall Writer I'.RECKENniDGE Two members of the Wichita Falls Rattlesnake Club agreed Sat- urday (hat many rattlesnake roundups, which enjoy popu- larity in this area, are unnec- essarily cruel and inhumane in (heir treatment of the rep- tiles, Tlie Falls group Is In chai't'c, of running the Hi rcknm'iclge Lions nii.il Halllesnakc It o u n d n p wtiicli is in progress here tins weekend. "We are involved in tin's explained Larry Hart- mongrnber, a club member, ''because the Linns Club here approaches ilia roundup wilh the idea that (lie snakes will be treated humanely, anil none of the .snakes will be de- stroyed." I'.mVIN IMIKU'S, a second mcmbrr nf Die club, nudded in g r r e m e n l and added, ''Through slum's like Ibis, we try lo convince the public llial snakes, all snakes, are benefi- cial lo man. For us, this is a cliance lo cdiicale people aliout Hie proper respect and treatment for rattlesnakes, and give people some informa- tion aboul how lo properly :re.il snakebites." Tlic Wichita Kails group, ac cording lo Ihe two. accepts the roundup as a fad life, and becomes invuhei in shows lo da Iliey cai In insure humane irealmcril of the reptiles. Ilarlmongruber and 1'iielps explained Ihe role of a club such as theirs in a rattlesnake roundup. When a group like the I! reek en ridge Lions Club decides lo sponsor Hie event, inlercsfed clubs put in bids In handle the show. The sponsor- ing groups accept n specific club, thai club buys the snakes by the pound for re- sale, ami jilso pnn-idc.s cjiifr- 1 a i n m c n I and educational Till-: coin.se of the roundup, members of the clubs handle Ihe snakes in a pil area where HIP cap- lured reptiles are corralled. Hundreds of ralllers crawl around the pit. warily buzzing at Ihe handlers, ami striking the thick knee-length boots A Inch are worn for protection. i'lu'lps and MT t'g. 1CA, Col. I lit one entrant who waged an open campaign willi the judges and higher-ups at tin- paper lo Ire named winner. Among the more touching ermies was one for a woman Him is and has 82 grand- children, great and great- L; r e a I grandchildren. Her dangi'ier wroic tliat lier moth- er's hcaii's desire is to meet Welk. Another woman wrote from ii R-SI home lhal she has mul- tiple sclerosis, and whirls around in her wheelchair as Wclk plajs on television. One of ihc poems was: "Ife is the best in all the land; Lawrence Welk and his great band, lie dances like a cloud floating in the sky: Please don't lei Ihe opportunity to meet him pass me by." A YOl.'NG LADY said she'd dreamed since age six of ap- pe.iring mi Ihc Lawrence Wclk Show, jiml lhal his lielp she could "make it" in show business. IVoplc said they were com- ing from as far away as Hous- ton and Oklahoma. Several played on Ihe ''wun- nori'ul. uiinncnul" and Ibe "all one, and ah two" theme expressions which liave romp, in be associated with Welk. who will be 71 this month. One person lo link her einiy wilh Welk's bar.-k- ijrmiiK! with the cmnmcnf "Mis faihcr was (icrman, mine cjinw from Holland." lli'.sidrs younger people who for iheir parents, .sever- al older people turned tlie ta- bles by asking ilut their chil- dren In1 the winners. One woman said her 16-nmmlh-old daughter .should be Ihe one lo meet Wclk. WAfllNd A campaign with Ihe judges was a willy'woman from the area, wlio wrote each judge in addition lo her entry. Then she people .she knew M the paper, openly seeking their help ami Set 1'ANS, Vg. I6A, Cul. S
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