Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 16, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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ABILENE, TEXAS 79604, WEDNESDAY MORNING, SEPT. 16, 1970—TWENTY-SIX PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS 10c DAILY—25c SUNDAY Associated Press (JP)
This really hasn’t been a very good year for him, confesses Elbert Hall, guest sage for this column, bridge player, investments and insurance man, dedicated observer of Abilene milieu and mores.
No, It has not been a good year at all and before it was three-fourths gone it reached a fitting climax.
Hall Street, Hall read in the newspaper, is being closed.
Not everybody has a street named in his honor and fewer •till have closed, just like that.
The street was out in Abilene Plaza. When H. S. Higginbotham and the late Jack Hughes opened that development they named one of the streets for Elbert. It was a short little street that did not go anywhere much but it was Hall’s and dear to his heart and he expected great things of it.
Now, without, a by Hall’s leave, it is being wiped off the map. What more can this year offer?
While we’ve been busy moving the newspaper around Elbert has, he says, been tending our normal chores of Abilene-watching.
One thing he noted: There Is a marked increase in the driving-to-work coffee drinkers.
From 8 to 8:30 the standard greeting at stop signs, one businessman to another, is a raised coffee cup. Some of the cars have trays installed for proper coffee service.
Certain status signs can be noted. F\>r instance, Banker Joe Hodges has a holder for his cup and it is a thermal cup, Hall notes.
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Other Abilene - watching suggests to Hall that some indepth statistical studies should be made of the town.
A couple might be made at the Municipal Airport, he suggests.
“There must be some interesting statistical relation between the parking lot fees and the tardiness of scheduled flights, for instance. And figures on the ratio of public parking meters to spaces reserved for rental cars would be enlightening.”
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This suggestion that computers be put to work on formuli and ratios which order our community lives might be expounded.
“What are the economic factors involved in a scene I saw the other day?” one Abilene woman asked recently.
“I saw two men painting one fire plug. Of course, they could finish it in half the time, but..
And a couple of men reported on a project that had aroused their interest, one at the southwest edge of town.
A traffic sign was being erected, one of those small ones that hangs on a “Y” shaped metal post.
“Three city pick-ups, radio-equipped. one ‘backhoe’ and five men were there, putting up one post,” the observers reported.
There are many mores to explore in our milieu.
Jordan Government Quits
Egypt Soys U. S. Peace Initiative Dead
Free ride fails
Donald Irwin, who according to police tried to hijack a TWA 707 and take it to North Korea, is carried from the plane after being shot by a Brinks guard who was also aboard the plane. The shooting took place after the plane landed at San Francisco. (AP Wirephoto)
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Egypt declared Tuesday that it considers the U.S. peace initiative in the Middle East dead, and Jordan’s government resigned amid fresh outbursts of fighting between army troops and Palestinian guerrillas.
Both actions placed the Middle East closer to a revival of the big war that Egypt, Jordan and Israel moved last month to avoid by accepting the U.S.-sponsored cease-fire and peace talks.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Riad told a news conference in Cairo:
“It Is by now obvious that the United States has failed to carry out its policy as impartial mediator and has fallen back on its policy of support to Israeli aggression . . .I can now say that the United States has brought its initiative to an end.”
He added, however, that Egypt, would observe the temporary cease-fire as long as Israel does.
Jordan’s latest government crisis came Tuesday night when Prime Minister Abdel Moneim Rifai presented his resignation to King Hussein, less than an hour after another agreement had been reached with the Palestinian guerrillas.
There “'as speculation that the 34-year-old monarch would name a military government and Rifai said, “That is possible.”
Rifai took office 2Vs morris ago with a mandate to I peace between the Jordan*™ army and the various guerr.na groups. Agreement after agreement was broken and there was sharp fighting in Farqa, 15
miles northeast of Amman, at the time Rifai gave his resignation to Hussein.
Guerrillas said they suffered many casualties at Farqa but destroyed four army tanks. Other guerrilla units were reported in complete control of Irbid, Jordan’s second largest city 40
miles north of Amman.
The Palestinian guerrillas had vowed to wreck the U.S. peace initiative and were enraged when Hussein and Egyptian President Carnal Abdel Nasser accepted it.
Egypt’s declaration that the U.S. peace plan had “ended”
was welcomed by the Palestinians.
A White House spokesman in Washington said the American peace move, that led to a 90-day cease-fire and initial talks at the United Nations, “will proceed and we’re hopeful it will be successful.”
Rides Make Fair
Hijacker Wounded as Guard Shoots Over Passenger Heads
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A former mental patient tried to hijack a Trans World Airlines 707 jetliner with a starter’s pistol Tuesday, but was shot and critically wounded bv a fellow passenger after a tense hour on a San Francisco Airport runway. The hijacker said he wanted to go to North Korea.
No one else was Injured among the 55 passengers and seven crew members.
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Donald Irwin, 26, of Reseda, Calif., a greeting card artist who was sent to a mental institution after a tangle with police in 1968, was hit in the lower right abdomen with a .33-caliber pistol bullet fired over the heads of seated passengers.
The marksman was Robert E. DeNisco, 34, of Brooklyn, N.Y., a Brink’s Inc. guard who was escorting a shipment of negotiable securities.
Herbert El Vander, a deputy sheriff who entered the plane after the shooting, said the hijacker’s gun appeared to be a track starter’s pistol, rather than a weapon.
Irwin later was charged by the U.S. attorney with air piracy, which carries a penalty of 20 years to death.
He was reported holding his own under armed guard after surgery at Peninsula Hospital.
The drama began at 4:55 a.m.
TWA Flight 15, from New York via Chicago and Los Angeles to San Francisco, had just taken off from Los Angeles.
Stewardess Sandy Adamson, 24, Kansas City, said a man
whom she had seen on previous flights came aboard at Los Angeles and sat in a windowseat of the coach section.
“He handed me a note,” she said. “It was dark, so I went to the end of the cabin where I could read it. The note said he was a hijacker who wanted to go to North Korea, that he had a
See HIJACK, Pg. 2-A
By LYNNA WILLIAMS
Reporter-News Staff Writer
The far-away, slightly glazed look clouding the face of anyone under 27 who enters the main gate of the West Texas Fair is directly traceable to the mechanical wonderland that lies about 300 yards away under the “Bill Hames Show” arch.
Oh, a person can spend a couple of pleasant hours working his way there, all right, sizing up the cows and sheep, buying something to drink, or eating yourself into a coma — but all that is trivia.
The rides — that’s where the real fair is.
Even the sounds are different under the arch. The screams of 7-year-olds who just had to ride the Tempest and the glee with which any pre-schooler is introduced to a Shetland pony make the atmosphere alive with excitement.
“We are the fair,” said one traveler with the show. Judging by the reaction of most of the fair-goers who will laugh, scream, and enjoy the midway attractions all through the weeklong West Texas Fair that statement will be true again this year.
The boast, “there’s something for everyone who comes this way,” is also holding true in the
About 21 .OOO persons visited the West Texas Fair Tuesday, according to Nib Shaw, chairman of volunteer ticket takers.
This amount includes 8.000 students from a number of Big Country schools who were admitted free and 13.000 paid admissions at the fairgrounds and coliseum.
Tropical Storm Felice Gives Coast Soft Blow
Bv THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tropical Storm Felice turned out to be a pretty tame gal for the hurricane-wise Texas Gulf Coast Tuesday night and blew herself out in heavy rains without apparent damage.
The storm, which had been gusting to near-hurricane force much of the afternoon, struck with its center near High Island shortly before 9 p.m.
The Coast Guard at Sabine Pass said the highest winds
there were about 53 m.p.h. The Jefferson County airport caught winds of 41 m.p.h., gusting to 52 m.p.h. The highest winds, estimated, were at High Island— about 65 miles per hour.
Heavy rains of up to 3 inches were reported near the storm center and Galveston measured 2.50 inches in a few hours. Felice churned on to the northwest, and the Weather Bureau said it would take down its storm warnings at ll p.m.
Nixon Asks Foreign Aid Reform
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Nixon called Tuesday for a top-to-bottom overhaul of the U.S. foreign-aid system, including creation of a new security-assistance program to help reduce the American military presence abroad.
In sending his long-awaited reform plan to Congress, Nixon proposed also abolishing the aid-handling Agency for International Development set up by the Kennedy administration and
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handing its functions to new institutions.
The President gave no overall figures for future U.S. aid levels in his blueprint for the 1970s. But he made plain he wants Congress to reverse its past practice of cutting ever more deeply into the politically unpopular overseas assistance.
While the global U.S. aid programs begun after World War II have been losing their effectiveness because of changing world conditions, the need for aid has not slackened, Nixon argued.
“The answer is not to stop foreign aid or to slash it further,” he said, “the answer is to reform our foreign-assistance program and do our share to meet the needs of the 70s.”
And his six-point reform, he said, “would turn our assistance programs into a far more successful investment in the future of mankind.”
N i x o n’s recommendations, which Congress is to act on next year, basically follow proposals set forth last March by his special aid task force headed by a
farmer president of the Bank of America, Rudolph A. Peterson.
In an unusual formal signing ceremony for his message, Nixon contrasted that report with a score of past U.S. aid studies which he said had mainly gathered dust.
The changes Nixon is proposing—if adopted by Congress— would amount to the most drastic shakeup of the program since it began with the Marshall Plan of massive American as
sistance to Europe in the late 1940s.
Bipartisan coolness was the first congressional response to Nixon’s proposals.
“I find it difficult to work up enthusiasm far setting up new agencies to administer foreign aid,” said Chairman Thomas E. Morgan, D-Pa., of the House Foreign Affairs Committee which has legislative jurisdiction over the program.
Rep. Otto E. Passman, D-La.,
a longtime and effective foe of overseas aid, said:
“Ifs frustrating, frightening and unrealistic. I never thought the President would send up such a message.”
And Rep. E. Ross Adair, Hr Ind., ranking GOP member on the Foreign Affairs panel, also raised questions about the proposals “particularly in such matters as the loss of congressional control over the programs.”
'Cracked Pot' Suit(able)
Taylor County Court • at • Law “going to pot?” Dont believe a word of it.
‘Course it did look a mite suspicious with a commode sitting in the middle of the counsel table Tuesday.
It happened when Judge Don Lane was hearing a civil suit in which John Lane of Stamford had sued Carlton Bell, of Abilene, doing business as Bell Trailer Village.
Lane was seeking $97.45, the value of his 'mmm.rmmmmsmm
commode he alleged was cracked, plus attorney’s fees.
High point of the half-day trial came when the commode was introduced into evidence.
Attorneys thoughtfully removed their legal papers from the table as water was poured into the bowl to demonstrate the leakage.
But, alas, nary a drop leaked out onto the table and ’tis said that one attorney’s face “flushed” as Judge Lane quickly ruled that the plaintiff was due nothing.
1970 fair as the wide diversity’ of things available under the gaudy arch offers entertainment of some sort for all.
Tuesday afternoon, the crowd had not yet built to the large attendance common every fair night but the people who were there didn't mind at all. “I’ve ridden everything twice and there aren’t any lines,” one girl said.
One “ride” new at this year’s fair and already a big hit is the “Moon Walk II,” a huge inflated two-tone object that looks very much like a bagel smeared with vaseline.
In this simulated moon walk, which requires the fair-goers to “take off your shoes and don’t stand closer than five-feet to
See FAIR, Pg. 2-A
Students from the following schools will be admitted by special ticket: Rule, Seymour, Rochester, Eden, F’aint Rock, Millesview, Eola, Sterling City, Loraine, Westbrook, Old Glory, Aspermont, Snyder, Ira, Spur, Fluvanna, Patton Springs, Hermleigh, McAdoo, Girard, Guthrie, Haskell, Mattson, Weinert, Paint Creek, O'Brien, Munday, Ben jamin, Rhineland, Goree, Knox City, Melvin, Brady, Rochelle and Lohn.
8:00 a.m. Judging of Poultry Classes (Poultry Building)
Judging of Junior Hereford Horned Class* es (Show Arena I 9:00 a.m. Judging of Open Hereford Horned Classes (Show Arena)
6:30 p.m. Concert by Cisco High School Ban rf 8:30 p.m. Blackwood Brothers — Stamps Quartet Show in Coliseum 11:00 p.m. Bill Hames Carnival “Free Act”
Ramon Quits Post As CAP Director
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By LORETTA FULTON
Reporter-News Staff Writer
Joe Ramon, executive director of the Taylor County Community Action Program, resigned his position effective Friday at a special meeting of the executive committee Tuesday night.
Pete Ybarra, administrative
assistant, was named acting director until an executive director can be hired.
The committee voted to advertise in the local media for applicants for the position for one week and then recommend a selection to the board of directors within 30 days. By-laws require that the board of directors choose the executive director.
In his letter of resignation, read to the committee by Ed Cockerell, chairman, Ramon said his reason for resigning Is that “I have obtained another job.
“It is with regret that I resign the position of executive director,” he said.
Ramon said later he will go to Galveston as director of the inschool Neighborhood Youth Corps.
The NYC program is another agency of the Community Action Program and Ramon said, “It will be an easier job. . ITI have a lot less to contend with.”
Ramon’s resignation follows the Sept. IO resignation of the Rev. Isaiah Moreland as president of the board of directors. At that meeting Cockerell, then first vice president, was named new CAP board president. Rev. Moreland was made third vice president.
Ramon was hired in December 1969 as CAP executive director, coming to Abilene from Houston where he served as director (rf a Child Development Center.
Accepting Ramon’s resignation Tuesday night, Cockerell said, “I, congratulate Mr.
JOE RAMON . . . takes Galveston post
Ramon in finding what I hope for his sake is a better job.” Tuesday night’s meeting was a special meeting called so that a regional field representative of CAP, Joel Ferguson of Austin, could be present.
Cockerell said the meeting was a “periodic review to determine the efficiency of the local CAP.”
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