Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - April 18, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOES"—Byron 69TH YEAR, NO. 303 PHONE 6734271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SATURDAY MORNING. APRIL 18, 1970—THIRTY-SIX PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS- 10c DAILY—20c SUNDAY Auoriat Frets(fP)Don't Say 'Unlucky'--It Could've Been Worse
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 nasty, 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 timing.
Had the explosion come two days later, after the lunar module had landed on the moon, there would have been no hope
of the astronauts ever returning to earth.
The accident that wracked Apollo 13 Monday night destroyed the main rocket system, the powerful service propulsion engine. It would have been unable to rocket the spacecraft out of lunar orbit.
Had the descent engine been 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 explosion occurred, they would
have had the choice of perishing on the moon as the lunar module oxygen and power ran out, or rocketing into lunar orbit, linking up with John L. Swigert Jr. in the command module, and losing their life there with him. Swigert would have had no choice. Odyssey would have become an endlessly orbiting tomb.
But the explosion April 13 occurred while the men were moving toward the moon. The lunar module, Aquarius, was still attached to Odyssey. The moon lander's engines were unfired
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 at Lazbuddie.
Twisters struck also at or near Hale Center, Whiteface 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 people have been hurt or killed," Wall said, “but the damage
looks pretty heavy.” He said he was asleep when the twis.er struck about 10:30 p.m.
At least seven persons were injured at Whiteface and an unknown number at Whi harral. Both are tiny towns of around 200 population.
At Lubbock, east of the tornado struck region, Methodist Hospital went on emergency status and would take no phone calls. Ambulances from Levelland shuttled between Whiteface and Whitharral with injured.
Levelland^ 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 w as turned on
12 Judged Today For Miss Abilene
Beauty and talent will be viewed and judged Saturday night in Radford Auditorium 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 7:30 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 cf each of the girls follows:
Beverly Ray Givens, 20, McMurry College senior, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pierce Givens of Loraine. She is a business major and plans to teach after graduation this spring. In high school she was Miss Loraine High, head cheerleader and football
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sweetheart, as well as secretary of the National Honor Society. She attends First United Methodist Church.
Deborah Leeson, 18, Cooper High School Senior, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Leeson of 3009 Salinas Dr. She is secretary of the CHS concert choir, a member cf 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 Sweetheart. She has had oral interpretation training and four years of band.
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in the city hall.
Gene Bass, Plainview police dispatcher, said he was unable to dispatch police cars. Scattered reports, he said, indicated “pretty heavy damage.”
“Two persons in a grocery store were hurt pretty bad,” Bass said.
The Lubbock Avalanche-Jour-nal said two Mexican-Americans were killed north of Cotton Center and that a child was missing in the same area. Two mud-covered bodies of children were recovered.
At Whiteface, the Texas Department of Public Safety said, heaviest damage was suffered at a trailer park.
In the Big Country, scattered rain squalls roamed the area Friday and Friday night, but little rain was realized from the oft theatening skies.
Sylvester and Breckenridge reported .05 inch, while Haskell, Hawley and Ranger received .02-inch. Abilene was one of the points reporting only a trace.
The weatherman looked for more scattered thunderstorms Saturday and Saturday night with a probability of rain 60 per cent Saturday and 40 per cent Saturday night. It will be a little cooler Saturday night and partly cloudy and mild Sunday.it urn
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and its power, oxygen and water supplies were still untapped.
When the accident destroyed the service propulsion engine, there was Aquarius, ready to bring them back.
The explosion, according to the description of the crew, blew out one whole side of the service module.
Only one of the two oxygen tanks in the service module exploded. 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 to the lunar module and turn on its oxygen and power.
There are other pressure tanks in the service module, including two huge tanks carrying the highly explosive propellants for the rocket. They are hyperbolic propellants, that is, they explode when they come together. They do this in a controlled way in the rocket engine, giving propulsion.
Had they been combined in an uncontrolled fashion by the oxy
gen tank rupture, a resulting explosion could have destroyed the craft completely.
The explosion of the oxygen tank could have caused damage to the heat shield on the command ship. Shards of metal could have impacted the shield. When Odyssey returned to earth, these shrapnel pieces could have caused the shield to fail and subjected the spacecraft hull to be exposed to 5,000 degrees of heat on re-entry to the atmosphere.
But none of these things, and in fact many others that were
Fortune could have been worse.
And when it did deal its blow, there was the skill, intelligence and planning of the space agency control team and of astronauts Lovell, Swigert and Haise to fight back.
They used what was left to them. They created new procedures. 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 JIM A (AP) — Days of cold and peril behind, three tired American astronauts splashed down to a happy, on-target landing in the Pacific Friday, safe at last in the warmth of their home planet.
A doctor who examined the spacemen only minutes after their return to earth reported that astronaut Fred W. Haise Jr. was suffering from a mild urinary tract infection and had a low gl ade fever of 100.6.
Dr. Keith Baird of the space agency, said however, the astronauts were “all in good health."
“They were considerably more tired than the of her crews I have been associated with.” 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. I>ov-ell Jr. and John L. Swigert Jr. re-visited the spale craft which had carried them back from a near-tragedy in space. The command ship was placed on the deck of this carrier and the two astronauts spent a few minutes inside its cabin.
Dr. Baird said all three of the astronauts complained that it was too cold for thorn to sleep in space and that was why they were exhausted. All had lost five to IO pounds of weight.
Haise received an antibiotic, Dr. Baird said, alter an above average increase in white blood cells was discovered and went to bed immediately.
The doctor said he recommended rest for Lovell and Swigert and noted: “I didn't hear any objections to my advice at all."
The astronauts will tell their story to the world at a news conference Tuesday after they return to Houston.
The Apollo 13 spacemen dropped out of a partly cloudy sky, their orange and white chutes billowing in the South Pacific sun.
They were within 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 cartier deck, an hour later avoided the set-up microphones. The only word from them was relayed by a helicopter pilot from Lovell who said they felt fine.
They were back from moments of extreme danger, from"WEATHER
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ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-mile radius) — Considerable cloudiness with scattered thunderstorms Saturday and Saturday night. Little cooler Saturday night. Clear to partly cloudy and mild Sunday. High Saturday In upper 70s, low Saturday night In middle 50s, high Sunday near 75. Probability of rain 60 per cent Saturday, 40 per cent Saturday night. Winds southerly Saturday 15 mph, gusts lo 35 mph, switching to northwesterly Saturday evening 5 to 15 mph.
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69 ............. 1:00 71
67 ............ 2:00 70
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68 8:00 68
71 ............. 9:00 69
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High and low for 24-hours ending 9
p.m.: 73 and 66.
High and low same date last year: 68 and 50.
Sunset last night: 7:10; sunrise today: 6:06; sunset tonight; 7:lf*
Barometer reading at 9 p.m.: 27.93, Humidity at 9 pinvi 90 par cant.
long hours of discomfort, chilled by cabin temperatures in the thirties, tired by the constant battle to keep their battered ship going.
Those trials began Monday night when an oxygen tank in their service module hurst, exploding with it hojies for a lunar landing, and putting the astro
nauts’ lives in jeopardy.
But their safe return was as if *he prayers of a planet were answered.
There were cheers in Mission Control, cheers at Grand Central 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 liaise so that they can meet their husbands in Hawaii.
On his stop in Houston he will
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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 successful splashdown of Apollo 13. Sister Barbara, 16, is amused by her little brother's antics. (AP Wirephoto) _
C-City New Site Of Monteith Trial
By ROY A. JONES II .
Reporter-News Staff Writer..
Attorneys defending Mr. and Mrs. Robert Eugene Monteith of Abilene — on charges that they murdered their infant daughter — Friday won the first round in the courtroom when they succeeded in having the
Monteith case moved to
Colorado City on a ciiange of venue.
The ruling was made by 42nd District Judge Raleigh Brown after he had heard the testimony of eight representatives of the mass media — newspaper and television — concerning publicity given the case.
Before he made his ruling. Criminal Dist. Atty'. Ed Paynter, 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 that it should be moved.
Just when Monteith, 23, a former Abilene ’.igh School trr.ck star: and his wife, Judy, 19, will be tried in Mitchell County was not immediately decided.
Judge Austin 0. McCloud, who
will now preside, is a candidate for chief justice of the lith Court of Civil Appeals (Eastland) and definitely will not hear the case before the
Turn to MONTEITH, Pg. 2 ANEWS INDEX
Amusements .......... 16A
Astrology ............ 16A
Bridqe ............. 9A
Church News .......... 6B
Classified ......... I 3 -17 B
Comics ............. 8, 9B
Editorials ............ 12B
Farm ................ 7B
Markets .......... IO, 11B
Obituaries ............ 3A
Oil ............ 16, 17A
Sports ............ 12-15A
TV Loq ............. 17B
TV Scout ........ 17B
Women's News 2, 3B
Cooper High Band Wins Sweepstakes
SWEETWATER (RNS) -Abilene's Cooper High School won sweepstakes Friday in UIL Class 4-A concert and sight reading contests by earning a first division rating in each category.
To win sweepstakes a band must make a first division rating 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 I in concert and a III in sight reading.
In Class 3-A Sweetwater High’s Mustang Band won a II in concert and a II in sight reading, and the second Sweetwater High Band received two Ills,
Hamlin High School In Class 2-A also won sweepstakes. 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 sight reading; Stamford rated a I in both categories; and Haskell rated a III in concert and a II in sight reading.
About 1,600 band members from about 60 schools are participating in the contests.
Junior High bands and orchestras will compete Saturday, and there also will be competition in debate, informative speak ing, persuasive speaking, poetry interpretation, prose reading, number sense, ready writing, science, shorthand, slide rule, spelling, plain writing and
Apollo 13 astronauts Fred W. Haise, James A. Lovell and John L. Swigert, left to right, leave helicopter to step aboard the carrier Iwo Jima in the Pacific Friday after their successful recovery. (AP W irephoto)