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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 5, 1974, Abilene, Texas                                "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT S4TH YEAR, NO. 18 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, FRIDAY EVENING, JULY 5, PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Associated Press By BLUE RUCKER Everyone Knows Her But Not Who She Is Q. On television commercials I see Chuck Connors swinging by saying, ".HI! I'm Chuck Connors and this bug spray really kills the bugs, yon oughta buy ii." Then I see this guy pushing a lawn mower and he says, "HI! I'm Kay Scoll, you should use one of (hrse lovely lawn mowers." A lol of big stars are doing the commercial nil Ihese rlays and that's okay with me hut (here's one babe (hat's got me worried, (he one that says, "Hi! I'm Cannellta Tope and you should use Ihis I'AM spray on your pans." Nnw who in (he (expletive deleted) is Car- mclila I'ope? A. You are going to drive 100 Abilcni- ans crazy with (hat question. Everyone we talked lo has heard of her but knows who she is. We think she's a spoof. She says "I'm Carmelita" in a manner that implies we all know her and she's simply gol us all faked out. We don't think she's anybody but if Carmelita Pope's great aunt or second cousin lives anywhere in Texas and reads Aclion Line, would she please come forth and identify her kin? 0. We've noticed tlic Army Reserve Engineer Corps working on the new sailboat chili launching ramps at Phantom Lake. Why couldn't they hnild a ramp someplace else for other boats or repair existing ramps? Skiers and fishermen desperately need a place io launch boats. Please sec what you can do. A The sailing club, according to Jack Mergele who's' been commodore for Ihe past Iwo years, built the ramp. The Texas National Guard's local Engineer battalion is helping with tlie dirt work, leveling Hie. shoreline and working on the breakwater bul only because the sailing club request- ed its help and since the Guard tradition- ally is receptive to civic-type projects, they agreed to help. The Guard did not simply decide one day to take its equip- ment out to Phantom and build a ramp. ,-It's a joint venture, spearheaded (and. funded) by the sailing club. Two public ramps (north and south ramp) were recently improved by Parks and Wildlife but because of the lake's so low, they're practically unusable right now. The lake is in a sad stale of affairs but a couple feet of rainwater could cure most of the ills oul there. Q. I'm thinking about a job in a publishing company hut don't know of any publishing companies in Texas. Is Ihcre a list somewhere? What skills are required and what kind of jobs are available? A. Well there's proofreader, phologva- phcr, editor, reader, salesman, publisher's agent, printer, pressman, (ypist, steno, switchboard operator, and all those other jobs a normal office would require. A literary of some kind would he helpful. Check the "Directory of Texas Manufacturers for 1973" in the Business and Science section of the city library for a list of Texas publishing houses. Forty or 50 are listed. Q. I've been quoting Abraham Lin- coln as author of Ihis phrase: "The only legitimate purpose of government is (o do for people whal Ihcy cannot and will not do .for themselves." I've hccn sure it was Lincoln who said il until I was (old fo prove if, now I'm. not too sure. Would you check Ihis out and see if I'm right? A. It didn't turn up in our collection of Lincoln quotes but here's something simi- lar by Thomas Jefferson. "The care of Jiunun life and happiness and not their destruction is Ihe first and only legitimate object of government." Or we liked this one even in a speech in I860 by Wendell Phillips' "Governments exisl lo protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the rich need no protcclion, they have many friends and few ene- mies." Q. I heard a warning was Issued by federal agency concerning hy- drothcrapy spa pools. How could a pool spa massager be dangerons? A According lo the U. S. Consumer and Safety Commission, the pools could pull a person lo the bottom drain and hold him (here until he drowns. The agency recommends installing a special "anti-vortex" cover to break the suction. Address questions (o Action Line, Box 30, Abilene, Texas 7J6W. Names will not be used bul questions must be signed and addresses given. 1'lcase In- clude telephone numbers If possible. Drought Tests Gardener's Cheerfulness By HOY A. JONES II Reporter-News Staff Writer If Abilene doesn't get ii good, soaking rain before long, folks around Taylor County Courthouse are liable to see a very strange sight a frown on the weatheibeaten face of Doyle Crawford. On (he other hand, many of Crawford's friends don'l be- lieve he is capable of frown- ing. After all, he's seen lots of droughts in his nearly 50 years in the gardening and landscap- ing business and none claims to Iiavc ever heard him com- plain. Hut Crawford is calling the current dry spell "the worst I've ever seen in West Texas" and, for him, that's getting pretty close to a complaint. T1IK COUNTY'S only full- time {jardcncr, Crawford has been having to work overtime lo keep the plants around the courthouse and coliseum green this summer, but he is known around the courthouse as much for his cheerful per- sonality as for his "green thumb." "He's an expert in his Meld, all right. His work proves longtime Prec. 4 Com- missioner J. T. (Jake) Mc- Jlillon Said. "But move than that, lie's just a pleasure lo be around. lie never meets a slmngcr and he always has a smile and a handshake." "I'm not sure he doesn't talk to those trees and County Judge Roy Skaggs said with a grin. "I know he treats them like spe- cial people." Being called "country" or being kidded about talking to his plants doesn't bother Crawford in the leasl. "You've got to have that kind of alti- lude." he said, pushing back his straw hat and mopping his brow. "You can neglect a plant of any kind and you can look for a downfall. They are NEWS INDEX Amusements 8C Business Mirror 9C Bridge 6C Classilied 1-7D Comics 11C Editorials 4A Horoscope ...............6C Hospital Potienls......... 7B Obituaries 8B Sporls 1-4C To Your Good Health......6D Travel -4-6B TV Lo.q 7 A Women's News 2-3B jusl like people they'll do much better if you'll just lake care of them." AT FIRST glance, the park- ing lot at the courthouse may look like a sea or concrete to visitors, but it won'l always be like that. Starting from scratch, Crawford has been lending ground ivy, shrubs and trees on more than an acre of beds for two years. "There's no substitute for rainfall, but we've tried to keep Ihe weeds out and water Ihe best we can to keep everything from burning he said, half-apologizing for the lack of rain. A native .of Arkansas, Craw- ford brought with him lo the job only a sixth grade formal education, but a wealth of practical experience. Now 60, he started working, for his brother in the landscaping business when he quit school and he's in it ever since. "Hard limes was on us then, especially for large families, and there was seven boys and two girls in our he smiled. "Everybody had lo work and 'iclp make a living." lie moved lo Abilene 23 years ago from Odessa, and continued a part-time land- sea p i n g and tree-spraying business with his brother, Alfred, until Alfred's death about five years ago. Now his work with the county, espe- cially during a drought, leaves little lime for work on the side, he said. CRAWFORD WAS horticul- ture foreman for the City of Abilene from "Me and two more boys were in charge of all the planls in the parks, boulevards, around the fire stations and cily buildings, as well as for spraying the golf he said. "I imagine they have about cighl or 10 persons doing all that now." Crawford left the city job to become supervisor for Ihe grounds 
                            

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