Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - October 18, 1970, Abilene, Texas
Flag Picnicking No Worse Than Raquel Welch Bikini
PHILADELPHIA AP - A photo of Raquel Welch in a flag-like bikini and plates with American Flag decals helped five young men win acquital of flag desecration charges.
Police brought the charges after finding the five Philadelphia men having a picnic on the 48-star flag last June.
But defense attorneys produced the Raquel Welch photo, cups, plates and napkins bearing the American Flag ani an 1862 photo of Abraham Lincoln and Gen. George McClelland sitting in a battlefield tent at a flag-covered table.
Before the acquittal Friday, Municipal Judge Robert A. Latrone asked:
“Is it worse for Raquel Welch to have the Stars and Stripes next to her bare anatomy than to sit on it? Do we condone that and prosecute these defendants? When she cloaks herself in the flag is she glamorizing the flag or desecrating it?”
“Technically, when we pour ketchup on a
hot dog and eat it off that plate with the flag, we’re desecrating the flag. This is
“Some of these exhibits are worse specimens of conduct,” the judge said.
One of the defendants, David Olensky, 18, told the court he used the flag “as a beach blanket at Atlantic City, N. J., and it has a hole in it so I used it as a poncho around the house.”
But he and another defendant, Donald Miller, 22, explained that since the flag had only 48 stars, they thought it was no longer an official flag.
Judge Latrone told them whatever the number of stars, the flag is still the official standard. And he warned:
“From the facts before me, what you did was not maliciously, perhaps more playfully, and may have been done to bring about an issue. That’s the court’s suspicion. The next time you may not be so lucky.”
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Nixon Appeals to Silent Voters
Obscene Chants Drown Out President's Talk
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Mark Tyler gives a Dyess Air Force Base helicopter the once-over twice during open house at the base Saturday. He is the son of Lt. Col. and Mrs. Clifford Tyler. (Staff Photo by John Best)
6,000 Watch Precision Air Show at Dyess Open House
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The baton is the type passed between sky divers on their downward descent.
The Thunderbirds presented mounted color photographs of their aircraft to wives w'hose husbands are prisoners of war in Southeast Asia.
TWO OF THE women live in Abilene—Mrs. William L. Brooks, 2517 Woodridge, and Mrs. Edward M. Parsley, 5119 Durango. Mrs. Brooks’ husband is a major, Mrs. Parsley’s a technical sergeant.
Inside the large static display hangar, a booth accepted signatures on letters to the president of North Vietnam, informing the Communist
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the plane with him. He returned moments later with Wisconsin’s top GOP candidates flanking him.
All during Nixon’s four-stop tour Saturday, he had been plugging local Republican office seekers and decrying dissenters.
He delivered the same talk in Wisconsin. He traveled to Green Bay to honor Green Bay Packer quarterback Bart Starr*at a testimonial program.
“I respect their right to be heard even if they don't respect mine,” he said of the demonstrators from the steps of the airplane.
He again told the audience that the demonstrators were “a loud minority in the country but they are a minority,” he said.
“It’s time for the majority to stand up and be counted,” Nixon told them as he did at other stops that they could hear not by aping the demonstrators but by voting in the Nov. 3 election for Republican candidates.
He had not planned to discuss the dissenters, but added them to his remarks after the disturbances. He continued on the topic at Teterboro, and Ocean Grove, N.J. and Green Bay.
Nixon also made mention of the antiwar demonstrators at Lancaster, Pa., although he was met by a friendly audience.
At Teterboro, the President urged the “great majority’ to reject the rock-throwing and obscenity-shouting tactics of a small minority and to speak up with their votes.
“This small minority, with its obscene language, its rock-throwing, has given many the impression that they are the majority,” Nixon told a crowd in Teterboro.
“.Don’t answer in kind, don’t shout obscenities, don’t throw rocks,” he said to cheers from the crowd. “It’s time for the
See NIXON, Pg. 2-A
Station manager Buffalo Brown surveys what remains of the Shamrock Service Station at North lith Street and Treadaway after a blast ripped it apart late Saturday afternoon. See story on Pg. 5A. (Staff Photo by Gary Krino)
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WINGATE - The Wingate Post Office was burglarized sometime Friday night of $1,200 in stamps and $50 in post office money and according to Postmaster Cloy Allen, “it was a very professional job.”
The thieves also took $260 in cash and $2,000 worth of savings bonds, personal property of the postmaster, which were kept in the safe.
Personnel folders and a validating stamp were also taken.
The theft was discovered about 6:50 a.m. Saturday morning when a postal
contractor discovered the back door was open, Allen said.
Investigating the burglary are Johnny Wilson of Wanters, chief deputy from the Runnels County Sheriff’s Department, Joe Stevens, chief of police of Winters, and H. B. McConnell, postal inspector from San Angelo.
Allen said the safe door was peeled off to get the stamps and his personal money. He said cash drawers were also pried open.
“We knew exactly the amount of every stamp that was stolen and the breakdown of money taken because we had just completed our inventory Friday afternoon,” Allen said.
He said a pack of 500 commemorative stamps which were to go on sale Sunday were thrown on the floor.
Also left behind were blank money orders.
Allen said entrance was gained from the vestibule of the post office and an inner door was pried open. The back door and a window had also been pried open.
He said $100 of the post office
money had beqtf deposited just Friday. “Evertvliitfe we get more than $125 in the post office, we deposit $100 of it,” he said.
The burglary was the first in ll years at the post office. In a 1959 robbery, only rolls of pennies were taken.
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National Weather Service (Weather Map Pg. MB)
ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-mll» radius) — Cloudy and cool with occasional rain or drizzle Sunday and Sunday night becoming partly cloudy and a “tie warmer Monday afternoon. Th* hiqh Sunday in the mid to upper 50's, the low Sunday night in the mid 40's, the high Monday in the 60's. Winds light easterly. Probability of rain is 60 per cent Sunday and 40 per cent Sunday night.
High and low for 24-hour$ ending IO p.m.:52 and 46.
High and low same date last year: 69 and 50.
Sunset last niqht: 7:04; sunrise today: 7:45; sunset tonight: 7:03.
Barometer readinq at IO p.m.: 28.42. Humidity at IO p.m.: 79 per cent
GREEN BAY, Wis, (AP) — President Nixon called on the silent majority Saturday to cast its votes for Republican candidates in the Nov. 3 election so his administration can gain the strength it needs in Congress.
Nixon brought his plea ior silent majority votes during a 15-hour whirlwind barnstorming campaign tour into Vermont, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, in hopes his personal
appearances would help GGP candidates get elected to Congress and Statehouses.
The President brought up the silent majority theme—one that served him successfully in the 1968 election—after antiwar
demonstrators interrupted his speeches in Burlington, Vt., and in New Jersey. They completely drowned him out when he arrived in Wisconsin.
An estimated 1,000 persons
turned out at Austin Straubel Field in Green Bay. When the President stepped down the stairs from his plane and walked to a microphone, loud chants, containing obscenities, bellowed from the crowd. Even the loudspeakers could not carry the President’s words to the spectators.
Nixon, who had stepped down from the plane to greet local politicians, took them back into
A combination of the cold and the noise from an air demonstration at the Dyess Air Force Base open house Saturday were enough to prompt Kristie Palmer into a big “coverup.” She is the daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Daniel Palmer. (Staff Photo by John Best)
By BOB BRUC E Reporter-News Military Editor
If there were a theater marquee to advertise the Air Force Thunderbirds and Army Golden Knights, it undoubtedly would proclaim them “Two of the World’s Great Air Shows.”
And that is what approximately 6.000 West Texans saw Saturday at Dyess AFB’s fifth annual fall open house—precision jet flying and parachute jumping.
It evolved in spite of a low cloud cover which forced the Thunderbirds, from Nellis AFB, Nev., and the Knights, from Fort Bragg, N.C., to put on their “low” show.
A Thunderbird spokesman estimated the low ceiling cut the F4E jets’ show in half. Most of the time, the Army sky divers descended through wispy clouds
sion occurred immediately after the plane—one of 81 being built for the Air Force—was defueled and purged of fumes and the mechanics were still beneath a wing.
The C5 had flown over 700 hours since the Air Force and Lockheed began using it as a test plane in June 1968, said Stafford.
“It completed a 3^-hour mission Friday and the crew reported it was in fine shape,” said Stafford.
“From this we feel that it was not a structural or design problem that caused the explosion.” He said he thought the explosion would not slow the C5 construction program, which has been under fire from some members of Congress as too expensive.
Proxmire, chairman of the Senate subcommittee on econo-See TRANSPORT, Pg. 2-A
before they became visible to the crowd below.
PRELIMINARY a i r show maneuvers were handled by transports from Dyess AFB—€ 130s and C-7As— and the world’s largest plane, the C-5A, which made three flyovers shortly after noon.
The crowd estimate was made by a couple of Thunderbird members, who have developed some experience in sizing up gathering of multitudes.
The largest they’ve performed before was two million in a two-day show in Chicago; the smallest, about 800 at the Alaskan village of Galena, near Fairbanks.
“They don’t really like to perform this kind of (Low) show,” said Chuck Benham, a technical representative of McDonnell Corp., which manufactures the F-4 Phantom jet.
The “high” show is more colorful, he said, but it requires a minimum of 9,500 feet. The clouds weren’t anywhere near that high Saturday; closer, in fact, to the 3,000 foot minimum for “low” shows.
THE KNIGHTS and
Thunderbirds see a lot of each other—about two out of every three performances, said one of the T-Bird NCOs, S. Sgt. Jim Klirnish of Jackson, Minn.
The Thunderbirds also try to avoid staging shows in the northern U.S. during this time of year, because of the weather. Next week, they fly to the Bahamas.
Each service team left behind a memento.
The Golden Knights presented a baton to Abilene Mayor J.C. Hunter Jr. Knight commander Maj. Gerry Plummer and Sgt. Bill Knight did the honors.
Sgt. Knight admitted he gets “quite a bit” of kidding concerning the fact that his surname and team name are the same.
DOBBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AP) — Three explosions and fire killed a flight mechanic and destroyed the first C5 transport ever built just after it was defueled Saturday and its tanks purged of fumes.
The Lockheed Georgia Co. said the cause of the explosions was not determined. But the destruction prompted a call from Sen. William Proxmire, D-Wis., that the Air Force ground all C5s until the cause is determined.
He said the plane was not safe and at ‘‘$50 million a copy” was costing taxpayers too much money.
Lockheed said “sabotage cannot be discounted” but “there are no indications that this is what happened.”
Lockheed said there were three quick explosions at 1:17 a.m. followed by a fire that engulfed the plane.
Phillip L. Smith, 31, of Roswell, a suburb of Atlanta was killed.
Another mechanic was hospitalized with shock.
Ellis Stafford, Lockheed's spokesman, said a preliminary investigation revealed the explo-
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