Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 30, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Wouldn’t Advise Anyone To Join
By I>a\id Minthorn
BONN, Germany (AP) — Second Bt. Mary Lou Follett the U S. army nurse who defied regulations by living with an enlisted man, has resigned her commission after being denied a promotion.
“It was the last straw. After the way I ve been treated, I wouldn't advise anybody to join the U.S. army,” the 22-year-old blonde from Wharton. N. J., declared. She is returning to civilian life in the United States next Tuesday, 111 months before her army committment was to end
“I was due for promotion to first lieutenant .July 22 but they turned me down . . Not surprising after my superiors gave me a terrible officers' evaluation — about 35 points out of 150 possible." she told the Associated Press in a telephone interview
Asked if publicity about her romance with Pfc. James C. Johnson may have affected her chance for promotion. Bt Follett replied: "I think the news stories gave other people the courage to challenge some foolish military attitudes
Bt. Follett and Johnson, a 21-year-old medical technician from Alta Boma, Calif., met last summer while working together in the intensive care ward of 130th Station hospital in Heidelberg Bast October, they set up housekeeping in a (ier-man-owned apartment in Nussloch. near Heidelberg
Bt. Follett was warned by her superiors that she was violating army regulations against fraternization between officers and enlisted personnel. When they continued living together. Johnson was transferred to Worms dispensary, 2(1 miles away, and Bt. Follett remained at the four-bed intensive care ward, nursing heart patients.
Replying to a query on Bt. Follett s failure to be promoted and her transfer. U.S. army Europe headquarters stated
“Bt Follett's failure of selection for promotion to first lieutenant is not related to her transfer ... It was also felt that a change of assignment for Bt. Follett might be beneficial for her She appeared to respond favorably to this change at the time."
“If my superiors thought I was so imcompetent. why was I assigned to intensive care, with a lot of extra night duty alone? After I got the poor evaluation, they transferred me to surgical recovery ward. an equally demanding assignment." she asserted.
In an interview last March, Bt. Follett said she had been called in by superiors for counseling sessions on her relationship with Johnson.
"My nursing superior. Bt. Col Doris M. Cobb, wanted to know why I didn’t go out with officers instead of hanging around with an enlisted man. I replied that I didn’t know any bachelor officers.
"She asked me what I saw in him, and that wasn’t he younger.’ She said people didn t live together in her day."
The nurse said that the army was using a "double standard” to break up her romance with an enlisted man. "I know married male officers dating or living with enlisted women but the command doesn’t do anything about them," she declared.
Asked this week if she had received further counseling, Bt. Follett replied, “They leave me alone. They didn t even offer to tell me why I wasn’t promoted. When I asked, they said I was inefficient and didn t like the army."
Bill Schaap. lawyer for the couple, was especially critical of the evaluation given Bt. Follett, who signed up for two years and then extended IU months for the European assignment.
"The evaluation does not comply with army regulations, it does not cite specific instances of her alleged inefficiency." Schaap. of New York City, contended.
“If we went to the review board, we could get it changed. But it s a long process, and she wants out, and the army wants her out," Schaap added.
Bt. Follett was asked if she and Johnson plan to stay together after they return to the United States.
"Everything is up in the air right now." she replied
Asked the same question. Johnson said "FII only repeat our previous stand We’re fighting for our privacy, and that s our personal business."
Ninty golfers participated in play Thursday. Mrs. Robert Condon was 18-hole medalist and medalist for 9 holes was Mrs Ted Ruffin Flight winners for 18 holes were Mrs Condon, championship; Mrs. Tony Naso, A. and Mrs Bert Stitzel, B. In 9-hole play the winners were: Mrs Gregg F. Bilker, championship, Mrs Charles Izer, A; Mrs. E. K ihsman. B. and Mrs John Peterson, < Mrs Harold Neil-ly, Mrs Tom Chuk»« Mrs. Bilker, Mrs Condon arid Mrs Naso had birdies. Approaches were sunk by the Mines Edwin Houghton. Ray Ash-lock, James Weems. William Hayes. John Lockwood. B. M Humbert. Chukas and W. J McAfee Guest prizes were won by Mrs Tom Pfiffner arid Mrs Don Everist.
Hostesses to the KU players on guest-day Thursday were Mrs Robert Brown, Mrs Ted Campbell, Mrs Harold Jorgenson arid Mrs ( art Badger
Tying for member medalist honors were Mrs. Harold Bay her, Mrs. Les Haerther and Mrs. Harold Donohue. Flight winners were Mrs A. A. Griffin tied with Mrs Ray -Dimahugh, championship; Mrs Forrest Ainsworth, presidential; Mrs. Richard
Bach. A; Mrs. Campbell tied with Mrs. Richard Knowles. B; Mrs Richard Bousy. < and Mrs. Badger, I) Guest medalists were Mrs. Chet Casali and Mrs Don Norton. Prizes were won by Mrs. James Hodges, jr., Mrs Norton and Mrs. Clarence
Walter. Mrs. Deasy had a birdie and approaches were sunk by Mrs. John Hand, Mrs. Deasy and Mrs Arnold
Medalist for 18-hole play Thursday was Mrs, Leland Burns arid Mrs Jack Mulligan was 9-hole medalist. Mrs. David Johnson won play of the day honors and flight winners for f) holes were Mrs Frank Frujmon. championship, and Mrs Norman Ogden. B
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Meeting in the Round
President Ford met with women presidential appointees in the Cabinet room of the White House Thursday to reaffirm to them his committment to allow women greater governmental responsibility and to hear their views on how they can assume a larger role. Mrs. Ford also joined the group.
Society for Women Features
Home for Unwed Mothers
Does Booming Business
By Gerald J. Taylor
WAUKEGAN, III (AP) -In an era when legal abortions and birth control pills are making homes for unwed mothers as outdated as necking in the back seat, there is just such a home here that is doing a booming business.
St. Therese hospital's program began a year ago, the idea of Sister Maryann Regensburger, a nun concerned with the supreme court s 1973 ruling permitting abortion. Many other homes for unwed mothers were dosing because of the decision
“The program seems to be accomplishing our two main goals — saving the babies from abortion and sending the mothers back to society with different outlooks toward the future," she says.
The program is named St. Therese Alternative Finds Friendly Employment — Residence. Fifty-four women — the maximum possible — now are participating arid about 55 percent of the 87 children born
have been put up for adoption through unrelated agencies.
Only women over IS are accepted. Charity is rarely needed
“We’ve had married women, divorced women, professional and unskilled participants.” Sister Maryann says. "We had two who were on abortion tables in other hospitals when they decided to come here. They’ve come from all over the country."
Participants are placed in jobs at the hospital — usually nonphysical positions such as medical librarian, recepionist or microfilm technician — and paid what regular employes receive.
Paycheck deductions are made for medical care and rooming costs.
The women live on the hospital grounds in a building which housed its now defunct nursing school. One of the Kl staff obstetricians is assigned to each woman and remains
her private physician until she delivers her baby.
Psychologists, psychiatrists and social service agency personnel are available. So are courses in sewing, homemaking and arts and crafts.
Prenatal ( lasses
The only hard rule is that must attend the prenatal classes once a week," Sister Maryann says. "Otherwise the women are free to do as they choose after work. and to accept or reject personal counseling."
Sister Maryann says weekly group meetings have had a great impact on the women. Those who once considered their pregnancy the biggest issue in their lives learn from others that it is not so great a problem.
"It really draws them together." she says.
West Side club
Winners in a Howell movement game played Thursday at Welty-Way were: Phillip
Arnell and Joe Verbick, first, and Mrs. Howard Wilfong and Mrs. F. (I. Johnson, second. The next game will be played at 5:30 Sunday at Welty-Wav.
Bank Tellers Divided on
REDWOOD (ITV (alif (UPI) — A teller passed a robber’s "test” and saved her bank some money. A second teller failed and her bank lost $900.
Police said a holdup man entered a Wells Fargo branch bank and gave the teller a note which read: "Robfiery.” The teller dumped a wad of $20 bills in a cubby hole arid told him’: “no way "
He replied, “I’m just a security agent and we go around testing tellers “ He added "You have just won $1 (Mi for bravery. What is your name.’ Write it down ’’
The teller complied, and the robber walked away.
The note trick worked in a nearby United California bank The teller gave him $900 and he fled
KITC HEN SHOWER GIVEN FOR MISS BOIS TRC R \
Mrs Barranco Brady, COHU Dalewood avenue SE. was hostess at a kitchen bridal shower given Wednesday evening honoring Miss Bois Trcka, Sept 21 bride-elect of Michael Jasiewiez. Co-hostess to the 22 guests was Mrs. Robert Tow Parents of the engaged couple are Mr and Mrs. James Trcka. 4225 Dale-wood avenue SE, arid Mr and Mrs Joseph Jasiewiez, 410 Thirty-second street NE
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MISS SUE DRAKER FETED AT SHOW ER
A miscellaneous bridal shower was given Wednesday at 8 in honor of Miss Sue Braker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs Charles Braker. 1200 ( enter street NE. Miss Braker and Ed Colby, 330 Fourteenth street. Marion, will exchange marriage vows Sept. 14. He is tin* son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Colby of 1705 Twenty-fifth avenue, Marion Hostess for the event was Miss Patty Nipper. 1043 Staid) court NE, with Miss Kris Jennings as cohosted. Ten guests shared the courtesy
DIANE KITTRELL WINS KIRST PLACE AT FAIR
Announcement is made of the Cedar Rapids first-place winner in the Junior Western Pleasure riding class at the All Iowa State fair horse show this week. Winner was Diane Kittrell. 14. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Kittrell, 1527 Forty-eighth street NE. She was riding her horse. "Doug Hare”.
SI RPRISE PARTY FETES MRS EVERETT STERNS
Mrs Everett Sterns of 427 Sixteenth avenue SW, was feted at a surprise birthday party given Wednesday evening at her home The occasion was her OOth birthday
By Abigail Van Buren
DEAR ABBY: Bud and I are engaged to be married next Christmas. We’ve been going steady for over a year.
Bud is very jealous and has a violent temper, so we agreed that neither one of us would dance with anybody else
Bast Saturday night we were at a club having a real good time. I went to the powder room for just a few minutes and when I came back, Bud was dancing with another girl.
I just walked into the next room and joined a guy I knew. I sat down and we talked.
Bud must have realized I had been gone for quite some time and he came looking for me. When he found me sitting with this other guy, he jerked me up out of my chair and beat me up. Then he led me to our table and told me to sit there until he was ready to go home. Meanwhile he continued to dance with other girls. I couldn’t stop crying, so I got somebody to take me home.
The next morning Bud called to ask some questions about our wedding and acted like nothing happened.
Before I go through with this marriage, please give me some advice. Am I doing the right thing’’
DEAR SECOND: Have some third, fourth and fifth thoughts. And then think some more. Unless you enjoy having your bridgework rearranged, postpone your wedding until you are absolutely sure Bud has learned to control his violent temper, lf you insist on going through with the wedding. that “something blue” you should carry is Blue Cross.
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DEAR ABBY: I’m a guy, 14. but I look more like 18. My problem is that I hate to wear clothes. I know it sounds strange, but it’s true.
We have a summer place on the ocean and I never wear anything in the house or in the yard when we go there.
I like to walk the beaches at night with nothing on The few people I meet are young so they think it’s sort of cool, but I’m not trying to act cool. I just hate to wear clothes.
My mother disagrees with the idea, but I see nothing wrong with it. What do you think?
NO NAME IN CONN.
DEAR NO: Whether yeti are trying to be ‘‘cool’’ or not doesnt matter. Wandering around nude at night in a public area can find you cooling off in the cooler. I vote with your mother.
Everyone has a problem. What’s yours? For a personal reply, write to ABBY; Box No. 09700, l,os Angeles. Calif. Enclose stamped, self-addressed envelope, please.
Nuns Adopt Ordination Resolution
HOUSTON, Texas (AP) -A group of Roman Catholic nuns has adopted a resolution calling for the ordination of women as priests
The approximately OOO nuns attending the leadership Conference of Women Religious, approved on Thursday a motion calling for the opening of all church ministries to women The group included most of the women in top posts in Roman Catholic religious orders
There were only a few no votes on the resolution supporting the principle that "all ministries in the Church Im* open to women and men as the Spirit calls them."
Several lesser organizations of nuns have approved the principle of women as priests. But Thursday’8 resolution was the first by an influential group
The resolution concluded. “The LCW R affirms the principle that women have active participation in all decision-making bodies of the Church. It is an injustice to restrict any church ministry or the right to participate in making decisions on the basis of sex."
Bast month, three retired Episcopal bishops ordained ll women as priests. The ordination was later nullified by the Episcopal Church’s house of bishops. Bast October, the national convention of the Church rejected the ordination of women.
Other Protestant groups, including the United Church of Christ and the United Presbyterian Church, have ordained women as ministers.
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