Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 26, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Israel Says Reserve Call Success
TEI* AVIV (AP) — Israel ond)p(f a practice call-up of thousands of military reserves two hours ahead of schedule Monday. .Officials pronounced the exercise a succ ess.
The 24-hour drill was programmed lo end at noon. But officials reported things went so smoothly that some of the reservists were sent home after three hours, and a communique announced the operation was finished at dO a m.
The exercise began at noon Sunday with an announcement over the state radio and broadcast of such mobilization code words as “Samson and Delilah” and “Slaughtered Oiickeo”.
Chief of Staff Lt. (ion. Mor-dechai Cur told newsmen it had been “quite a success, much better than we hoped for.” He said the turnout was “almost IOO percent."’
Cur said 4he call-up “was very important to us in case of real war with the Arabs.”
The only trouble reported during the exercise was with civilian transport. Radio Israel reported many buses in the cities were mobilized to transport the troops, and long lines formed at bus stops.
“I heard my code name, left work and dashed home to change,” said a middle-aged man hitchhiking to his military base.
A secretary said the practice alert reminded her of the October war. “I knew ii was just an exercise, but all the same my blood ran cold,” she said.
The declared purpose of the alert, which was well publicized in advance, was to test the
Seaway Tied Up as Ship Rams Bridge
PORT ROBINSON, Ont. (AP) —Officials say the St. Lawrence Seaway may be blocked for two weeks while the wreckage of a bridge is cleared from the Welland Canal. Passage of more than 150 ships may be delayed.
The American freighter Steelton rammed the bridge five miles north of Welland, Ont., early Sunday. The 120-foot-high structure and one of its two 500-ton counterweights plunged into the canal, which connects Lakes Erie and Ontario.
The other weight smashed into a roadway, sending tremors through surrounding homes. The bridge master was injured and a Steelton crew member suffered shock.
The only other wafer route between the lakes is a branch of the Erie Barge Canal. But it can onjy handle small pleasure craft and barges towed or pushed by trucks.
The Steelton, owned by Bethlehem Steel, was enroute from Buffalo to Contrecoeur, Que., to take on a load of ore. Damage to the freighter was estimated at about $1 million.
A seaway spokesman said replacing the bridge could cost $20 million and it was not certain if it could be rebuilt. Ile said clearing the tons of debris out of the 27-foot-deep canal was “a major job in itself.”
Willing To Negotiate
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -Ethiopia’s breakaway Eritrean
rebels said Monday they are willing to negotiate a peaceful settlement with the new military rulers in a neutral country.
reserves readiness for another surprise Arab attack like the one which caught the government and the military command off guard last October.
“All Sorts of Lesson»**
It was not known how many of the reserves, estimated to total more that 300,000, were called up. Radio Israel said there were “tens of thousands.”
A senior officer said the exercise was designed to test the ! speed with which the government could mobilize every ablebodied male between 18 and 54. Another official said it was to test “all sorts of lessons we learned” in the war last fall.
Despite Israeli claims that the operation was entirely peaceful and just for practice, the neighboring Arabs accused Israel of ,war preparations.
The Cairo magazine Rose el Youssef said the operation was a preliminary to occupation of (southern Lebanon.
In Damascus, Al Beath, the newspaper of Syria’s ruling Socialist Baath party, repeated the charge that Israel was preparing to launch a new Middle East war. It said Syria was prepared to cope with any surprise attack
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Dobbin: Increase School Funding
Norris Dobbin, Republican candidate 'for state representative in the 24th district, told a group of students at Pinicon Ridge park Sunday he would work for increased funding for schools.
“Public schools help sift the ‘winners’ from the ‘losers’. They put some children on the learning track leading to jobs and others on the track that ends in failure and unemployment.
“Some of you were called culturally deprived by many educators and blamed for their failures. But I object. It is not always the children who fail the school, but the homes and schools who fail the children. Parents and educators must make sure they find a way to help each and every child rn school.”
Dobbin told the young people that the only way public confidence can be restored in the political process is for the public to become actively involved in that process.
“When you go home tonight, ask your mom and dad who their state representative is. Eighty percent will not know. This is what we must change.”
The 25th district includes parts of southeast Cedar Rapids, southern Linn county and northern Johnson county.
*Culver To Tour Western Iowa
Congressman John Culver is spending this week in Iowa carrying his campaign for U.S. senator to the central and south-I western portions of the state.
The Cedar Rapids Democrat was in his Cedar Rapids office in the Federal building most of Monday. Ho then will campaign in central and western Iowa for the refct of the week.
He will return to Eastern Iowa for the Mt. Pleasant Old Settlers dav parade Saturday afternoon and will spent Saturday night at I his home in McGregor,
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Absenteeism Hit By Postal Chief
ATLANTA (AIM — L’naulh-orized absenteeism cost the U. | S postal service nearly $200 million during fiscal 1974, Postmaster General E. T. Klassen told a convention of postal supervisors here.
He said the service’s sick leave program is being abused land said that unless congress subsidizes the service, postal rates will likely be increased within the next year.
He said the postal service is I facing a possible deficit of more than $400 million in fiscal 1975 because of increased fuel costs and salaries.
Five Die in Fire In Trailer Home
ARENA, Wis. (AP)—A couple and their three children died Monday when fire swept their trailer home in this south-1 central Wisconsin village.
Ridgeway Man Held On Bad Check Charge
INDEPENDENCE - Wayne Dotzler, 20, of rural route I, Ridgeway, is being held on $2,(KH) bond in the Buchanan county jail on bad check charges.
Dotzler was arrested Thursday night for allegedly passing a bad check at the Hotel Pinicon in Independence. Buchanan county authorities said that Dotzler faces similar charges in other Iowa counties.
The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Mon., August 26, 1974 "J
Alexander de Seversky, Pioneer Aviator, Dies
NEW YORK (AP > - Major Alexander de Seversky, pioneer aviator whose wartime inventions were instrumental in buoying U. S. air power in World war ll. is dead at 80
De Seversky died Saturday of a respiratory ailment at Memorial hospital here.
In addition to being a zealous proponent of strategic air power, de Seversky was a major inventor whose work included design of the P-35 fighter and its modification, the Thunderbolt.
For the project. President Franklin I). Roosevelt presented de Seversky with the Medal of Merit — the highest wartime honor for a civilian
Roosevelt said de Seversky “devoted himself single-ijiinded-ly” to development the long-range escort fighter and “as a result, our country was prepared to apply these principles against the enemy at the crucial moment, thereby winning the control of the air which guaranteed victory.
The P-35 was the first all-metal plane with fuel tanks in the wing. a concept later used in all modern aircraft. It was the first (plane to exceed 300 miles per hour.
In another major development, de Seversky worked with i Dr. Elmer Sperry to lay the
groundwork for all gyroscopically stabilized flight instruments which made the automatic pilot possible.
De .Seversky was born in tiflis, Russia, and was introduced to flying by his father, a sportsman-pilot. Graduating from the Military School of Aviation. de Seversky flew' his first combat mission for the Russian Imperial navy in 1915 and was downed by enemy fire.
Although he lost his right leg on the mission, he later returned to combat to fly another 5': missions, bringing down 13 aircraft.
De Seversky came to the United States in 1918 and worked as an aeronautical engineer and test* pilot for the U. S. government. He was naturalized in 1927.
In 1921, de Seversky developed in-flight fueling techniques and later invented the first fully automatic synchronous bombsight. The bombsight patent produced $50,000 and he formed his first company, Seversky Aero Corp.
Later he became known as author of “Victory Through Air Power,” subsequently filmed by Walt Disney, which he wrote to dispel apathy in the face of Nazi (strength.
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