Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - July 5, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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SOTH VEAR, NO. 19 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, SUNDAY MORNING, JULY 5, 1970—SEVENTY PAGES IN SIX SECTIONS 10c DAILY—20c SUNDAY Anodal*! Pr^TTP)
Millions Attend Gatherings
Waiting patiently during the preliminary speeches and the patriotic band music at the July 4th Spectacular at P. E. Shotwell Stadium, Christy Lockridge, daughter of Mrs. Bertha Lockridge of Abilene, later enjoyed along with the many other flag-carrying children in attendance the fireworks display exploding high above the crowd. (Staff Photo by Billy Adams)
It's Not the Heat,
ED N. W1SHCAMPER
Editor, The Reporter-Ncws
WASHINGTON — Abilene's emissaries to Washington shared a heart-lifting experience of worship and partriotic celebration Saturday with tens of thousands of fellow Americans at two of the nation’s hallowed shrines.
Under a sweltering midday sun, they sang the national anthem and recited the pledge to the flag in the majestic presence of the Lincoln Memorial. They thrilled to a thundering 53-gun salute and exciting fireworks and flag displaying that ended the hour-long service.
At night, they stood on the mall of the Washington Monument to laugh and applaud a gala program which was bright with entertainment and inspiring with affirmation of loyalty to country.
AND THE WHOLE grand day was topped off with fellowship with several of the top celebrities who made Honor America Day the success that it was. These privileges resulted from a combination of luck, influence, and some boldness on the part of the Abilene delegation.
During the morning, seven of
the Abilene envoys formed a greeting party at National Airport for Pat Boone, noted singer, friend, and patron of Abilene
Christian College. He flew in by private jet from Las Vegas, Nev., where he is now performing. Accompanying him
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UT Soph Wins Miss Eastland County Title
By TOM PORTER Reporter-News Staff Writer
CISCO — Renee Rackow, a sophomore at the University of Texas, was crowned Mis,s Eastland County during 4th of July festivities Saturday at the Lake Cisco swimming pool.
First runner - up was Rebecca Pippen, a recent graduate of Cisco High School, and second runner - up was Cathleen Anne Reynolds, a sophomore at Cisco Junior College. The other two finalists were Betty Sue Seaton
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WASHINGTON (AF) -America never had such a birthday party before. Super stars gave their talent. Common people and great gave their prayer, song and cheers.
Dissenters, claiming their heritage, clamored on the fringes, but the theme of unity clung through thunder, rain, tear gas and hail of stones.
Bob Hope cracked jokes, keeping his pledge to keep Honor America Day off politics and on fun and country. Billy Graham preached a sermon of unity and common ideals. President Nixon sent his greeting in the same mood.
What America’s founding fathers did 194 years ago when they declared this country independent, the President said, “is the greatest political achievement in the history of man and we are the beneficiaries of that achievement.”
Most of the mixed crowd at the nighttime gala cheered Hope and a host of other entertainers. A few threw pop bottles and litter, but no real harm was done.
Scattered skirmishes between police and young antiwar protesters throughout the afternoon failed to scare away a crowd for the Hope show estimated by various police sources from
250.000 to 350,000, In the neighborhood of the largest rally ever held here, last falls protest against the war.
Tinges of tear gas still hung in the air, and police continued a running battle with hecklers in the rear of the crowd shouting antiwar slogans and obscenities and hurling varied missiles.
Youthful troublemakers threw at least two canisters of tear gas into the crowd near police lines, bothering some of the spectators but not interrupting the performance on stage.
Most of the crowd ignored the disorders, but in the huge throng it was impossible to differentiate completely between the disrupters and those just trying to watch one of the greatest gatherings of stars in America’s history.
.lack Bonny and Red Skelton joined Hope with comedy. Glen Campbell, Kate Smith, Connie Stevens, Jeannie C. Riley contributed their big song hits.
Dorothy Lamour, Barbara Eden, Dinah Shore, The Young Americans, The New Christy Minstrels, Sugar Ray Robinson and others tipped their hats to America.
Fred Waring led the combined cast in “Rattle Hymn of The Republic” as a finale leading to a blazing burst of fireworks over
the Potomac River.
The day’s less happy side of the ledger listed more than 500 injuries in the serious class, mostly cuts and bruises and a few heart attacks.
Police reported more than a score of arrests.
“Let us all look back today so that we will be reminded of what great sacrifices have been made to make this day possible.” Nixon sai dm a transcribed message sent from the
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20,000 Gather For
Fleeting moment of horror
Bystanders watch in horror as an unidentified young boy about IO years old falls under the hooves of a wild bronc Satu rday during a performance of the Stamford Cowboy Reunion rodeo. The horse had bucked his way into the crowd and the boy broke away from the group in an attempt to get out of the horse’s way. The unidentified bronc ran down the youngster, who miraculously suffered no apparent injuries. The white streak in the left bottom of the picture is part of a fence which was in the way as staff photographer Don Blakley zoomed in on the action with a telescopic lens.
Gail Homme Wins Miss Breckenridge
By JOHNNY SWAN Reporter-News Staff Writer
BRECKENRIDGE - A tiny brown-eyed brunette was crowned Miss Breckenridge Saturday night to highlight a daylong‘fourth of July celebration here.
Gail Homme, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Homme, won the event from a field of 12 contestants.
First runner * up was Cindy Harrison, 16, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Harrison.
Cindy is a senior at Breckenridge High School.
Second runner - up was Billie Poteet, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Poteet.
Miss Homme, who will be a senior next year, said she plans to major in art when she graduates from high school.
The attractive brunette has painted for several years. She also has served as twirler in the Buckaroo Band and is an accomplished musician.
Miss Homme, who stands five-foot-three, weighs 105 pounds and is active in sports which include water skiing, and boating.
About 1,000 persons attended the pageant in spite of a light rain which fell during mid-after-noon.
However, skys cleared and
seating facilities were near
capacity during the night event.
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Earlier in the day, seven-year-old Laquida Reatherford,
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U.S. Records Near 300 Traffic Deaths
(AP)—Shortly before midnight Saturday, 295 traffic deaths had been recorded on the nation’s highways.
In Texas, violent deaths were occurring at a near record pace, with 46 recorded by midnight. Twenty of the deaths were due to motor vehicle accidents.
By GARY KRINO
Reporter-News Staff Writer
The big red, white and blue sign in I he end zone of Shotwell Stadium said “Honor America” and that’s what approximately 20,000 Abilene and area residents did Fourth of July night.
The thousands began to gather when the gates to the stadium opened at 7:45 p.m. and by'dhe time the program began ;bne hour later, all seats plus the grassed-in north end zone were packed with flag-toting people.
So many flags were demanded in fact, that Abilene Jaycees, who had saved 2,000 of the
No more wasted time
Eleven-year-old Andy Haynle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Hayni® of Munday, breaks into a big grin considering the possibilities of this seedless watermelon, type Tri-X 313, which won a blue ribbon for H. H. Partridge of Munday Saturday at the annual Knox County Vegetable Festival and Flower Show in Munday. Another example of agricultural progress, seedless watermelons are already on the market in the Dallas area. (Staff Photo by Don Blakley)
miniature banners to sell at (he festivities, ran out of the colors at 8:15 p.m.
Highlights of the program were many and included a short address by Dallas Cowboy All-Pro Defensive Tackle Bob Lilly, presentation of awards posthumously to Marine Lance Cpl. Kenneth W. Wheeler and patriot numbers by the Big Country Band directed by Charles Traylor.
LILLY GOT a roar from the crowd when he said he’d made a lot of honors playing football, but had flunked speech. He said he didn t consider h i s appearance before the crowd a formal speech, however, because it was taking place in the friendly environments of a football field.
In a more serious vein, Lilly remarked that the United States, although having only a small percentage of the world s population, was so productive because it encouraged free enterprise and competition.
“What makes us honor it,” he emphasized, “is that, we sacrifice our wealth and our lives to help keep others in the world free.
He said the question now facing the nation is one of determination. “Do we have the courage and the ability to continue to keep the world free?” he asked the throng.
HE SAID division in the United States is now a big issue and “it’s no accident.” The former TCH All-American and native of Throckmorton blamed the “subversive work of Communist nations” for the current dissension in country.
“We must rededicate efforts to keep the nation and strong.” he concluded.
Col. William L. Beach, director of the Eighth Marine
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMKRCE ESSA WEATHER BUREA (Wether Map, Pp. 11-A)
ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-nvle radius) — Clear to partly cloudy and continued hot Sunday throuqh Monday. A light chance for late afternoon and evening thunderstorms however the probability is low and only 20 per cent. Afternoon highs In upped 90's. Over. night low's around 70. Winds southeaster.
5 to 15 m.p.h.
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76 1:00 96
74 ?:00 96
74 3:00 98
73 4:00 99
72 . 5:00 97
71 ........... 6:00 96
72 7:00 94
76 ... S OO .......... 92
81 9:00 87
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High and low
p m.: IOO and 71.
High and low aama date last year: 97 and 76.
Sunset last night) 1:90 p.m.) sunrise today: 6:37 a.m.
Barometer reading at ll p.m.) 21.TS. Humidity at nppo I] p.m.: ii per cent.
10:00 ........... 94
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