Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 11, 1970, Abilene, Texas
3 STAR FINAL
"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron
89TH YEAR, NO. 296 PHONE 673-4271
ABILENE, TEXAS. 79604. SATURDAY MORNING, APRIL ll, 1970 —THIRTY-TWO PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS 10c DAILY—20c SUNDAY Pros (IP)Tech Prof McMurry President
LUBBOCK — Dr. Thomas K. Rim, 41 - year -old Texas Tech University economics professor and Methodist layman, Friday night was named eighth president of McMurry College in Abilene.
Dr. Rim received approval from the McMurry College Board of Trustees, meeting in a
special called session at First United Methodist Church of Lubbock.
At the close of the meeting W. B. (Dub) Rushing of Lubbock, chairman of the board, announced Dr. Kim's selection. Rushing, Dr. Rim and Dr. Gordon R. Bennett, McMurry’s current president, appeared at rf press conference followng the hoard meeting. Dr. Bennett, president of McMurry since 1958, will retire June I, and Dr. Rim will assume his duties in Abilene at that time.
When Dr. Rim appeared at the press conference immediately following the election, he made this statement:
“I pay tribute to my predecessor, Dr. Gordon R. Bennett, for the long and illustrious years of service which he has given to McMurry College.
“Because of this effort, and his magnanimity, my work as his successor will be much easier. It is onlv with the faith
that God will guide me and that the Board of Trustees, faculty, student body and staff will support me and cooperate with me that I dare to enter into the presidency of McMurry College.
“And to the board which has just elected me, goes my deep gratitude and the pledge of my very best efforts.”
THE SELECTION of the new president climaxed six months
All Systems (Barely) Go
CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) — Rookie astronaut John L. Swigert Jr. nailed down a first-string job on the Apollo 13 flight team Friday and the countdown surged smoothly along toward a Saturday blastoff to America's third beachhead on the moon.
In a decision ending days of doubt and tension, NASA Administrator Thomas 0. Paine gave the go-ahead for a 1:13 P.M. CST liftoff after 24 hours of huddling with key mission officials.
The recommendations, Paine said, were unanimous that Swigert should replace Thomas K. Mattingly II on the team and that the idea of a postponement to May 9 be rejected.
Swigert, assigned when Mattingly was exposed to German measles, slipped smoothly into his spot in two critical days of simulator practice with Flight Commander James A. Lovell Jr. and astronaut Fred W. Haise.
“It was sort of like trying to put Glenn Miller into Tommy Dorsey’s band,” said Donald ‘Deke” Slayton, astronaut boss. “Both are great musicians, but each has a different style. They wouldn't play in Carnegie Hall without a rehearsal.”
So Swigert rehearsed with Lovell and Haise, covering all maneuvers requiring interplay between the crewmen, and they harmonized beautifully.
Mattingly naturally was depressed when he was pulled out of the simulator Wednesay and replaced by Swigert, Slayton said.
But he said that despite the disappointment, Mattingly “worked like a beaver 16 to 18 hours a day helping to get Jack ready.”
The possibility that the launch would have to be postponed arose Sunday with the discovery that backup astronaut Charles Duke had exposed all prime crewmen to German measles. Because he had no immunity, Mattingly faced the danger of being disabled by the disease in space.Balmy Skies Behind Rain
Balmy temperatures and sometime-sunny skies painted the weather picture in Abilene and the Big Country by mid-Friday after being awash with April showers Thursday night and Friday morning.
The 17-county area dried like a desert. By afternoon Friday, a rain report in the Big Country was harder to find than a sprinkler system in the Mojave.
Abilene weatherman i s predicting a high of 85 degrees for Saturday with a chance for cooler temperatures Sunday. No forecast of rain is given for either day. Abilene recorded .11-inch rain fall Friday.
The focal point of the rains thrust seems to have been at Noodle north of Merkel which report .4-inches of rainfall before highnoon Friday.
Rain measurements for late Thursday and early Friday not included among the first rain reports were Old Glory, .95; Moran, .71; Sylvester, .46; Stephenville, .33.
Places recording an Inch or more early Friday were Baird, 1.25; Albany and Lawn. 104 each; and Anson and Clyde, each with an inch.
Roby had .92; Stamford, .82, and Hawley, .70. Places recording an even half-inch of wet-stuff were Winters, Tuscola, Rotan sfnd Buffalo Gap.
Lovell and Haise were immune. as was Swigert. who soon dispelled any doubts that he could fit into a team which had functioned smoothly as a unit for two years.
“Lovell wanted Mattingly because he felt that no matter how
sick he got, he could perform because of his high degree of dedication,” Paine said.
“But we didn’t want to gamble, and Jim went along with our suggestion that Swigert be given a chance.”
After the two days of the crash training program, Slayton
said Lovell “feels very comfortable with Jack.”
Slayton was asked in a news conference if Mattingly made any comments when he was taken off the team.
“Yes,” Slayton replied; “but you wouldn't want to write any of them down.
Reunion gets mushy
A little reluctant at first, Pierre soo n remembered his master, Bill Clark, and gave him a welcoming lick home. Clark had been hospitalized in Fort Worth and Gonzales since being injured in a football accident Sept. 26. Clark's father, Speedy, holds the dog for his son. (Staff Photo by Tom Porter)
Gorman 'Fight Song' As Paralyzed Youth
By TOM PORTER
Reporter-New s State Editor
GORMAN — In an emotion-packed scene on main street Friday afternoon, Gorman residents welcomed home Bill Clark, whom they had taken to their hearts last September following a football injury which has him paralyzed from the waist down.
The gathering was an early birthday gift for Clark, who will be 17 next Tuesday.
Clark said it was a real big surprise, when the ambulance was met by the local city marshall’s car and escorted into downtown Gorman with the siren wailing and red light flashing.
“I thought we were just going to go on home,” he said.
But the surprise became even greater when Clark heard the Gorman High School bandWEATHER
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREAU (Weather Map, pp. 9-A)
ABILENE AND VICNITY (40-mile radius) — Clear to partly cloudy ard little warmer Saturday. Partly cloudy and little cooler Sunday. High Saturday 85. Low Saturday night 55. Winds light and variable becoming 12-15 m.p.h. Saturday afternoon. No rain expected Saturday and Sunday.
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Sunset last night: 7:05; sunrise today; 6:15; sunset tonight; 7:05.
Barometer reading at 9 p.m.: 29.96. Humidity at 9 p.m.; 84 per cent.
playing the Panther “Fight Song.” Numerous people, mostly students, lined the sidewalks to wave as the ambulance drove slowly down the street.
The crowd surged around Hie ambulance as it stopped at the main downtown intersection. Newly-elected Mayor Eugene Baker presented Clark with a key to the city.
Clark’s father. Speedy, then told the well-wishers if they wanted to speak to his son, they could file by the ambulance. A door near Clark’s head was opened and the parade began.
Most said. “Hi, Bill,” or “Welcome home.” but some just shyly waved as they went by.
Passing were many of the students who have worked on various money-raising projects for Clark; those who took a special interest after he was injured Sept. 26 and spontaneously gave money or time in raising money for the “Bill Clark Fund.”
Or those passing by were among the persons w'ho have sent over 1.700 cards and letters to Clark during his two-month stay at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Fort Worth and his nearly five-month stay at Gonzales Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital.
After the short stop downtown, the ambulance moved on to the Clark home, where relatives and more friends waited. There was a brief reunion with his dog, which gave him several welcome home licks.
Clark will be at home three months, returning to Gonzales in July for more treatment. He had continued his studies in history and English while there, and
plans to resume those courses at the high school next week in a wheel chair.
Clark suffered a cervical
contusion on the opening kickoff of the football game between Gorman and De Leon, and
doctors termed the case as paraplegic. Clark has partial use of his arms and wrists, but no use of the hands and fingers.
The teen-ager has been
confident since the injury that
he will walk again. He was just as determined Friday. “I do (believe I will walk), but I don’t
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of study and deliberation by a special* screening committee, appointed by Rushing at the October meeting of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Marvin Boyd of Lubbock served as chairman of the committee.
The nomination that the board elect Dr. Rim was made bv David Willson of Plainview. The second was by Dr. Doyle Ragle of Abilene.
Thirty-four trustees were present. Dr. Rim was elected unanimously.
Dr. Rim will appear at a faculty meeting at 3 p.m. Monday at McMurry.
In accepting the appointment Dr. Rim said. “I consider it a high honor to bt' asked to serve as president of a distinguished college such as McMurry. I think at this juncture in its history that McMurry is right at the threshold of takeoff toward greatness, and I am looking forward with excitement toward taking part in this journey, moving into the seventies with all the opportunities that the davs ahead offer us.”
For Dr. Rim, Friday night’s announcement was another milestone in the career of the China-born scholar and educator. He was born in Shanghai of South Korean parents, and he and three other brothers and a sister were all educated in the United States.
Dr. Kim has been on the economics faculty at Texas Tech since 1965, serving first as associate professor and professor since 1968. He was at Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas, from 1962 to 1965. serving as associate professor of economics and later a s chairman of the Department of Economics and as full professor.
Dr. Rim was assistant professor of economics at the University of Akron in Ohio from 1961 to 1962; was instructor of economics at Rerea College in Kentucky, 1957-58; youth secretary for the YMCA in Lousville, Ky.. 1955-57; teacher of business subjects and English at Waddy High School in Kentucky, 1954-55; and executive assistant to the Director of the National Land Administration for the U.S. Military Government in Korea, 1946-48. Dr. Him first came to the United States in 1948.
The new McMurry president received a bachelor of arts in Economics from Berea College in 1952; received the master of business administration degree from Indiana University in 1954; and received his Phi), in Economics from T u I a n e University in 1961.
IN ADDITION to his departmental duties, Dr. Rim has held a number of important positions at Tech. He has served as a presidential advisor to the president of the university since 1968, working on an analysis of the budget and making specific recommendations to the
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Astrology .......... I OB
Bridge ............... 6A
Church ............... 7A
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Comics .......... 6, 7B
Farm ............. 15A
Markets............9, I OB
Obituaries ........... 10A
Oil ................. 8A
Sports .........11 -15 A
TV Log ..... 6A
TV Scout .......... 6A
Women's News .......2, 3B
McM's 8th leader
McMurry Board of Trustees at a special meeting Friday in Lubbock named Dr. Thomas K. Rim. 41-year-old Texas Tech University professor, to be the eighth president of McMurry College. The appointment became effective June I, the date Dr. Gordon Bennett retires.
Thug Picks Wrong 'Helpless' Oldsters
FORT WORTH, Tex. (AF) -A couple in their 70s successfully double-teamed a would-be hold up man in a high-noon shootout today on the parking lot sidewalk in front of the State Bank of East Fort Worth.
A wounded, 39-year-old man was apprehended soon after the shooting in the vicinity of the bank.
He was admitted at John Peter Smith Hospital suffering bullet wounds in the stomach, leg and aim. His condition was fair.
Charles Matthews, 75, and his wife, Agnes, 74, had just parked their car at the bank and stepped on the sidewalk leading to the front door when they were approached by a man.
Matthews, a dealer in antiques, diamonds and rare coins, had a cigar box under his arm containing about $20,000 in diamonds.
“He grabbed for the cigar box and pressed a gun in my stomach and said. ‘Give me the box, give me the box, quick,’ ” said Matthews.
Mrs. Matthews grabbed the assailant by his collar.
“I was telling him to leave Charlie alone and jerking on his collar and trying to work my purse around where I could hit him with it’ ” said Mrs. Matthews.
At this point, Matthews knocked his assailant’s gun hand upward with his left arm, drew a
.38 police special from his waistband and fired.
His gun when off as I knocked his arm up.” said Matthews “and I fired down into his leg. Then I fired again but I think I missed and he went down.”
Page said the gunman pulled the trigger on his pistol about three times as he lay on the sidewalk “but it just went click.” Meanwhile Matthews got off two more shots.AHS Wins Play Contest
Abilene High School’s production of “Merton of the
Movies won the Region I Dis-frict 3-AAAA one-act play con test in Midland Friday night.
The play, directed by Barney Hammond, will be presented in regional competition in Odessa April 25.
Midland Lee won second place and San Angelo Central won third.
Best Actor award went to George Berry of AHS; Phillip Temple of Cooper High School was named to the all - star east; Denise Dendy of AHS and Sara Fincher of Cooper won honorable mentions.
Ballinger's 'George' Hoffman Did It
DOUG WADSWORTH ... outstanding citizen
By LORETTA FULTON
Reporter-News Staff Writer
BALLINGER — A special “Let George Do It” award was presented to Woodrow Hoffman, Doug Wadsworth was named Outstanding Citizen and A. E. Cox was named Top Ambassador at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet in Ballinger Friday night.
About 275 people turned out for the banquet to honor the men and to hear the featured speaker Joe H. Collyns, public relations director of the General Telephone Co. of the Southwest from San Angelo.
In presenting the special “Let George Do It” plaque, out-going president Dean Smith said, “This man (Hoffman) can come do the job with less notice than
anyone I’ve ever seen before. From the Ballinger Chamber of Commerce, we present this plaque to Woodrow Hoffman — our George of 1969.”
Hoffman is soil conservationist in Ballinger.
In presenting the Top Ambassador Award to Cox, Smith said, “This award goes to the man who has accumulated the most points,” and explained that points are earned in the chamber by getting new members, attending meetings and collecting delinquent dues.
Cox is with the General Telephone system in Ballinger.
The Outstanding Citizen Award went to I) o u g Wadsworth, incoming chamber president, who Smith said is a “man who does not say ‘no.’
He’s the type man who makes things happen.”
Smith said Wadsworth, who is with the Lynn King & Wadsworth insurance agency, is active in “Chamber o f Commerce work, a member of Ballinger Lions Club, an elder in the church, works in the Boy Scouts and Little League and is a member of the Ballinger Industrial Board.”
Following presentation of awards, Collyns spoke on two things facing Americans in the 1970s — inflation and the need for leadership.
‘inflation thrives on living it up, on getting more and spending more — and boy, do we do that,” he said.
Collyns drew an analogy
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