Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - November 28, 1974, Abilene, Texas
to Aid Others
dren will have only one. And with the money saved, they bought fruit and made bags of fruit to give to the people.
But Andrew ha*s t ome down with the mumps and if he feels like it, he will only be allowed to ride in the cur while the deliveries are made.
“Michele hasn’t come down with mumps yet and we are hoping she doesn’t,” Mrs. Monceaux said.
Meals on Wheels will provide 50 to 60 Thanksgiving dinners to needy persons who haven’t been invited out and who have no place to go for the holiday.
Only One Paper Today, Thanksgiving
Traditional with the Repor-ter-News is the Thanksgiving Christmas Shopping Edition. Save it for a gift guide . . . look at every page!
Christmas Season Approaches
The Christmas season opens with the passing of Thanksgiving and today's Reporter - News carries numerous stones in Sections E and G about shopping for Christmas.
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Former Executive Says Bell Requires Political Donations
By PAUL RECER Associated Press Writer
DALLAS, Tex. (AP) -Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. executives are required, as a part of company policy, to contribute $50 a month or more from their salaries to politicians selected by the company, a former Bell executive said Wednesday.
James H. Ashley, co-plaintiff in a $29 million suit against Bell and a former San Antonio Bell commercial manager, said that executives were told that money was in
cluded in their salaries for political contributions.
“Up until 1966, we gave $50 a month in cash,” he said. After that, a “political contact man” for Bell would send out notices to executives telling them where to send the contributions. The money then was paid by personal check, he said.
“We had no choice,” he said. “We were required to make these ‘voluntary’ contributions.”
Southwestern Bell officials immediately denied the
charge. The contributions, from 142 Bell executives, amounted to about $90,000 a year, Ashley said.
Ashley said he knows from personal experience that this same system was used among Bell executives outside of Texas.
In 1966, Ashley said the Bell executives were given $1,000 raises with the understanding that all or part of this money wrs to be used for the political contributions.
After that, he said, he received handwritten notices
telling him where to send the contributions and for what amount. Ashley is joined in the suit with the family of T.O. Gravitt, the Bell vice president for Texas. Gravitt committed suicide in October at his Dallas home and his family claims the suicide resulted from the pressures of an internal investigation being conducted by the Bell security personnel.
San Antonio Attorney Pat
See BELL, Col. 5 Back page this section
Lon Nol's Backers Win Early UN Test
From the dictionary:
‘ thanksgiving (lower case I) —a noun, the act of rendering thanks, especially to God; a prayer expressing gratitude: a public acknowledgement or celebration of divine goodness and mercies; in the U.S., Thanksgiving (capital t). a day set apart each year for thanksgiving to God.”
That is what it is, this day. Add the “Three F’s” with which we decorate this day. Food, Football and Family, but the core meaning is unchanged.
It is a time for “acts of rendering thanks.” “expressions of gratitude.” ‘ public acknowledgements of divine goodness.”
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The trouble with Thanksgiv ing Day is finding time in it for thanksgiving. There is the turkey stuffing to mix and. oops!, forgot the cranberry sauce and the parades are on television which the kids have turned too high and the good china, if on this day you use it, had better be washed before the table is set.
Let’s have a fire in the fireplace because it is cool and that will keep Pop busy and when he goes for wood he sees those mounds of leaves to be raked and it’s time for the football game to start and here comes friends on a friendly visit.
Who has time for friendliness, either, on Thanksgiving?
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It is a hectic a time, almost as hectic as the sacred day of Christmas. But that is the way we are, the way in which we live. And even in the confusion there can be the act of thanksgiving. Perhaps this bustle may itself express gratitude.
Few mothers would gel out the good china to eat alone. Few fathers would build the fireplace fire to feed their spirit alone.
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'rhis is a day to “render thanks, especially to God. .And that very act calls tor expressing gratitude to other people. Things just work that way. When you begin itemizing blessings you keep running into the goodness of others.
Oh, sure, people are thoughtless and boorish and selfish. They are also thoughtful and kind and generous.
A smile here, a nod there, a note, a phone call . . . such can turn a day around in its tracks.
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What better time is there
Two children in Abilene are giving up a Thanksgiving treat to share with others this year.
Andrew and Michele Monceaux, children of T.Sgt. and Mrs. Howard Monceaux of 1802 McCracken, decided they wanted to help with delivering the Meals on Wheels Thanksgiving dinner Thursday.
“I just came home and said help was needed in making the deliveries and my children and husband said they would like to help,” Mrs. Monceaux said.
Instead of having the regular three pies for Thanksgiving dinner, the Monceaux chil-
than a Thanksgiving to say a small “thank you” for those who help this column cause along?
A suggestion comes by mail. A funny story comes by telephone. March into the office feeling glum and heres a pleasant note from a pleasant person.
Mrs. Lois Beard of Ballinger sends a copy of an old revival song long forgotten. So does Mary Nell Bullard, Scurry County librarian who can recall tabernacle revivals at Blackwell. Here are more collies sent with no name. Here s a note from Rosanna Sumner telling of her experiences as pianist in a rural Arkansas church.
Kind people taking the trouble to be kind.
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On Thanksgiving we will render thanks to God. And with it we express some gratitude to others.
Gratitude ... a simple grace too often neglected — or saved for a Thanksgiving Day.
UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (API — Backers of President Lon Nol’s Cambodian government won a preliminary test of strength Wednesday night in the U.N. General Assembly against those who would give Cambodia’s U.N. seat to representatives of exiled Prince Norodom Sihanouk.
By a vote of 58 to 56 w ith 20 abstentions, they pushed through a motion to have the assembly vote on their resolution for all-Cambodian peace talks ahead of a rival resolution that would change the
Fjir Weather Expected Today
Abilenians may be thankful
for the fair weather promised by the National Weather Service Thursday as they sit dow ii to their Thanksgiving meals.
\fter a chill night in keeping with the late autumn season, the skies are expected to be clear and fairly warm (in the upper 60s). Anyone who expects more isn’t very grateful.
The outcome of the preliminary move was taken as a strong indication that they had the votes to get their resolution adopted.
The assembly’s rules provide that proposals shall be voted on in the order in which they are submitted unless the assembly decides otherwise.
The pro-Sihanouk resolution was put in first, but the assembly decided to reverse the order by adopting the motion, submittal by Thailand.
Before the vote, U.S. Ambassador John A. Scali had urged the assembly to vote down the resolution that would turn Cambodia’s seat over to a delegation from Sihanouk's Peking-based government in exile.
In hts speech near the end of the Cambodian debate, Scab also denied a Chinese charge that the United States had instigated the 1970 ouster of Sihanouk in favor of Preciser LON. Col. 7 Back page this section
GoodfeUows at work
Abilene Kiwanto Club President Brad Helbert. left, and Goodfellow Chairman Robert A Jordan test their skills in bicycle repair at Central Fire Station Wednesday The h'cvi Ie is one of manv donated to Goodfellous by Abilene children and being re-naired and repainted by Abilene firemen so they may be placed under the trees ot less tortu Hate Abilene childleu on Christmas Helbert presented the first check to kick off the Goodfellow campaign. (Staff Photo by John Best)
$1,150 in Donations Kicks Off GoodfeUows Drive for Needy
Wayte. head of the Abilene-Taylor County Welfare Dept., and other welfare organizations, will determine the eligibility of families for food, clothes and toys. They will visit homes during the next three weeks to check on needs, numbers in the family, etc.
Red Cross volunteers will
visit rest homes to check on needs of persons in those homes who are eligible for gifts, and the Red Cross worker^ will then purchase the gifts themselves from Goodfellow funds.
The Abilene Kiwanis Club will write the food scrip and Jaycee-Ettes will write the clothing scrip after eligibility lists have been drawn up Dec. 15. The Goodfellow Store will be open the following week for parents to choose gifts for children in their families. Exchange Club members will help carry' parents and their gifts home if they do rot have adequate transportation.
Robert A. Jordan, vice president of Abilene Savings Assn., is chairman of GoodfeUows this year. L. A. (Andv) Anderson. * president of Southw’e^t Savings, is first vice chairman. and Abe Allen, city councilman and drug store owner, is second vice chairman. Officers bv r stem are former presidents (rf the Abilene Exchange Club.
THE ( HILD Welfare Dent will purchase gifts for needy children in foster homes, and the Salvation Armv will handle requests for help after the Dec. 15 deadline.
Marines picked un toys at the various schools after hundreds of Abilene schoolchildren brought their oolong-er-needed tov* and dolls to school with them in October. Manv of these would no longer be recognizable following re, air and repainting by firemen. Many will be almost as g.iod as new under some less fortunate Abilene family's Christmas three. Jordan said
The campaign involves nearly every citizen of the city and many interested persons outside.
Much work already has been done. Abilene firemen have been working for months repairing and painting toys and bicycles which have been donated by children who wanted to help the Goodfellow campaign. VFW Auxiliary, Dyess Officers Wives, Dyess NCO Wives, and many volunteers have sewn and clothed dolls either given by children or purchased with funds donated to GoodfeUows.
The Goodfellow Store at 166 Pine St. was donated by HCC Cr edit Co. and Showcase Square owners for use during the months of December Abilene Exchange Club and Abilene Lions Club members will help set up the store.
Members of the Parent-Teaehers Associations will man the store and help eligible |>arents shop for their children from the huge number of new and used toys and dolls w hich will be on display there. Boy Scouts will clean the store and the Junior Red Cross will decorate it.
JUNIOR LEAGUE members, with the help of Lou
Today's Holiday For Postmen
No regular residential or business mail will be delivered Thursday because of the Thanksgiving holiday, Postmaster Clyde Grant has announced.
Special delivery and lockbox services at the main post office will be operated, Grant
Mail will be collected on a regular holiday schedule, which is posted on each collection box. Window, collect urn and delivery service will resume normal operation Friday.
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GoodfeUows received $1,150 (rf their $18,250 goal on the opening day of the 19*4 campaign Wednesday.
The Abilene Kiw’anis Club gave its customary opening gift—$250—to start the campaign, and three other regular first day contributors brought the total to $1,150.
Thanksgiving Day traditionally opens the campaign, both for donations and for letters from persons who have or know of needs of persons or families.
Persons wishing to contribute to the campaign and those wishing to report needs of a family or an individual should write GoodfeUows, Box 30. Abilene, Texas 79604. Contributions will be acknowledged in the Reporter-New s.
The first day’s contributors:
Abilene Kiwanis Club $250 Abilene Clearing House Assn.
West Texas Utilities 200
Abilene Reporter-News 200 TOTAL 51.150
GOODFELLOWS hope to make certain that every Abilene child has some toys for Christmas and that less for tunate families are provided with food and clothes.