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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - October 23, 1974, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT :94TH YEAR; NO. 123 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, WEDNESDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 23, 1974-32 PAGES IN FOUR SECTIONS Price. 15 Cents Associatcd'Prea (IP) By ELLIE RUCKER Abilene's Radio Days Date Back to 1920s Q. On television the other night, KRBC radio had a commercial saying H was Alillene's first radio station in Wasn't there a KFYO radio sta- tion in the Grace Hotel In about 1932 across from the Reporter-News? A. Yes, and before KFYO was'station which originated in Grandpa War- ren's parlor and was Ahilcne's first. A student at Simmons College, Eugene Woods, and his buddy Torn Wil- liams built a wireless set in the 1920s. It lumei'oul to be a lot of.fiin so they buill an 80 foot radio tower by Grandpa War- van's barn, got a iicense, call letters WQAQ and set up a studio in Grandpa Warren's parlor. Our newspaper publisher, tlie late Ber- nard Hanks, bitten by the radio bug, be- came interested in Hie boys' project and moved it into the newspaper office where il operated until a woman from Merkcl fell down a freight elevator shaft and was killed, The station was moralacross the street to the Grace Holel (now the Drake) and became stalion KFYO. All this look place in Hie late 20s. KFYO was not exactly a financial suc- cess. .The equipment was ultimately sold, moved to Lublwck along wilh the station's call letters where KFYO operates today. Several years later, in 103G, Mr. Hanks tried the radio business again, this time willi Ihe Reporter Broadcasting Co. Tlie slalion fared much bclter tlinn its predecessor. In 1MB it became a charier member of Ihe Texas Slate Nel- work formed by Elliott Roosevcll, son of Ihe then-President. Roosevoll's coiiueclion wilh Abilene radio ended when he went into military service and KRBC to Reporter-News operation. It was sold to the curreiil owners in the early- 19.50s. .So Ihcre-you have a brief history nf radio in Abilene as told Action Line by Bruce Meador, Stormy Shelton, Earl .lones, Kalharyn Duff and Bro Mingus. Q. In Action Line I read about a Heek ago of the moving of (he B17 from the airport to the base. 1 made a .special Irip from Waco (o get pictures. 1 went out early Friday morning. I couldn't believe It! Police were block- Ing Ihe gale and highway palrolinen were, along .the road so thick you couldn't follow or get a picture. There weren't 20 cars there so they could have let everybody in for a close look. I drove a wasted 200 miles for noth- ing. A. Hindsight, of course, is always 20-20 but you should have parked by Cooper Iligh School or Ihe Winters Freeway. You'd have had a great view! Base Information Officer Larry Burriss said the immediate area had to be blocked off because Ihe helicopter kicks up gravel and dirt and he didn't, want anybody hurt from flying debris. The highway was blocked because of tlie very rcmole possibility the Ihing might fall. Burriss admits chances are next to but still it was a possibility and he didn't want anybody injured. Helicopter, wilh B17 in low, flew over thinly populated portions of town and right beside Ihe freeway where you could have lukcri pictures to your heart's delight. Re- porter-News photographers took a bunch. Drop by the newspaper office next time you're in town, maybe you can use some nf ours. 0. The Seplembev issue of Reader's Digest implied (here was a movement lo impeach Franklin Roosevelt. I lived through Ihis period of history, I MBS quite young hut all I can remember Is lhal the jwople considered FDR a deml-god. On Mhal grounds was Im- peachment considered? A. We don't kiiow. We didn't find the word impeach connected with Roosevelt in any reference sources or biographies. Lo- cal American history professors and polit- ical historians don't recall a movement for impeachment over any of his decisions though he stirred up a furor more than once, particularly when he Iricd lo expand the U.S. Supreme Court. But there may have been a movement man who's ever served as Presi- dent has been called names and someone has at one time said, "That so and KO oughla be but if Ihcre was a movement it was a small one. Address qneslions (o Action Line, Box 30, Abilene Texas 7S604. Names will not used but questions must be signed and addresses givtn. Please in- clnde telephone numbers. Georgia School Bus Hit by Train; 7 Die KOCKMART, Gil. (AP) _ A work train backed into a load- ed school bus at a railroad crossing today, killing at least seven children, authorises re- ported. Police said (here were aboul 30 children, mostly 10 lo 14 years old, aboard the bus. Be- side the clca'cl, most of Ihe oth- ers on Hie bus were injured, some seriously. Witnesses said the repair train had been called to the scene of a derailment 'during the nighl and was backing up along Ilio tracks wheii it bit the bus. Tlie train dragged tile crum- pled bus several hundred feel down the track, police said. When the train canus to a halt, the caboose was derailed and on lop of the overturned bus. The Polk County coroner first reported that the bus driver, Billy Kcllett, had killed. But police later said he was hospitalized in critical condilion. A spokesman for Southern Railway in Washington said Ihe train was moving about eight miles per hour. The accident occurred be- tween the town's of Itockmait and Aragon, about 35 miles northwest'of Atlanta. Darrcll Smith said he was pumping gasoline, at a service station about 50 feel from tlie crossing when the collision oc- curred. He gave this descrip- tion of the accident: "The bus was stopped, and it started on across. The train was backing up, it seemed like it speeded up and hit the bus." Smith said one of the work- men jumped off the train and ran to the front of Ihe Irain yelling at Ihe engineer ''Go back. Go buck." i Dean Admits Personal Use Of Secret Funds Getting the Sign A new Eagle sign on the field house at Abilene High School may .be a spirit booster for Homecoming festivities this weekend. The Eagles play Odessa High .School at 8 p.m. Friday in ShoUvell Stadium. Head Coach Bill Shipman had a'big part to play in gelling the sign in its place. He's with football players Noah: Smith, Harold Sumrall and Andy Reece, from lefl. Story, Eg. Phoio; by-Don BlaUley) Flood-Proofing Port Of Proposed Zoning Change A proposed change in Ihe city's zoning ordinance could allow non-residential builders lo erect structures within flood-hazard areas if they are flood-proofed. The ordinance change will be considered at the 9 a.m. Thursday meeting of the Abi- lene City Council, in addition lo several other zoning mai- lers. PREVIOUSLY, NO distinc- tion was made between resi- de n I i a I and non-residential structures, city planning and zoning director Lee Roy George explained Wednesday. Tf Ihe change is approved, only construction of new resi- dences in the flood-hazard area will be required to have Iheir lowest floors or base- ments above the 100-year flood level. The new changes also make reference to the federal flood insurance act in allowing a special flood-hazard map to stand as -a guide. to those' aic'as, Ceorge said. The Council is also expected to consider the "possibility" of. appointing a Community De- velopment commiltec- The committee would be charged with exploring the possibility of applying for a federal grant, which, over a six year period, could allow the city.more than S7 million in environment improvement inoncy- ALTHOUGII THE project concenlrale primarily en slums and blight in the city, other improvements, as flood control, street lighting, street repair or build- ing renovation, would also be possible, George explained. Funding for the projects would.begin in after the 'cily submits a three-year plan of how the money would be spent. The council may also ap- prove plans and for the installation of