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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 23, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Susan Ford Tries To Remain ‘Typical Girl’ By Ami Blackman WASHINGTON (AP) - Susan Ford says she hates politics, didn t follow the Watergate scandal and hasn’t the least interest in the cover-up trial. But she agrees with her father’s decision to pardon Richard M Nixon. “The poor guy had been through who knows what,” Susan said. “He needed to be totally relieved. It’s only fair. Congress is out to get him. I think ifs bad enough what they’ve done to him already. They were going to stab him in the back. It’s a nasty game, and I don’t like it.” In an interview at the White House, Susan Elizabeth Ford spoke candidly about her distaste for politics and what its like to be the President’s only daughter.Seven Dollars A Week At 17, she receives an allowance of about $7 a week. And she occasionally accepts a babysitting job. But now the secret service goes along. “They come in and help,” she said. “It’s very convenient.” She teases her father about being President — “bowing down to him, giving him the treatment.” And he teases her in front of her steady boyfriend about dating other boys. At dinner, which the Ford family usually has together, the President of the United States likes to discuss what his daughter did at school that day. “I feel like a little kid,’’ Susan said, shaking her head.Her Feet On the Desk Just that morning, her mother had reprimanded her for putting her feet on her father’s desk in the Oval Office. “That really bugs her,” Susan said. Asked if she followed the Watergate scandal that swept her father into the presidency, she replied matter-of-factly: “No. I don’t read newspapers. It s a waste of time. I read magazines ... I never watched the hearings. My father never watched them. My mother did. She’d turn them on, and my father would leave the room.” She said she hasn’t followed the trial of Nixon’s associates, who are accused of covering up the scandal. “It doesn’t interest me in the least.” She said she has learned to ignore criticism and jokes about her father. “I can’t say they’ve always criticized my father because they haven’t. But I’ve been brought up to ignore that type of thing. At first I’d come home and go, ‘Mother, that’s not fair.’ But she d go, ‘Ignore it.’ I totally ignore all politics, all that stuff.” She is unintinndated by White House pomp, and she appears determined to live as normally as possible. “People say the White House is stuffy,” she said, crossing her legs and sipping Cola from a can. “I don’t think it is. Maybe it’s us. I mean, it’s really nice. It’s like living in a hotel, though.” Unlike Nixon's daughters. Tricia and Julie, who made a point of never being seen in a pants suit, Susan wears dungarees around the White House. She said she hasn’t been affected much by the women’s movement — “I mean, I believe in equal rights, but that’s it.” By her own account, she’s more interested in getting married and having six children than a career. “I don’t want a job,” she said. “I want to bo an everyday person. I want to get out of the spectacle so badly. When I get out of college, I’m going out and live in the country, just here in Virginia. I’ll have horses and dogs and cats. I’ll be set.”Hates To Read Susan hates to read. “I love skiing, horseback riding and tennis . . . But I don’t like to compete in sports.” Friends say she does needlepoint, collects plants and has developed an interest in photography. “Didn t you tell someone you’re interested in fashion?” Sheila Rabb Weidenfeld, her mother’s press secretary, asked. Susan nodded. “A little . . . And writing. I wrote poems.” She delights in slipping out of the White House for an evening with her buddy, official White House photographer David Hume Kennedy, though she added quickly, “There's nothing between us.” Although she’s followed e\ crywhere by secret service agents, her father still checks up on her. She says she was babysitting once and forgot to tell the President where she would be. “S»o he called up the agents and said, ‘Where’s my daughter?’ He thought I had taken off somewhere.’’ About her allowance, she said, “It all depends on how good I am . . . and how much money Daddy has in his pocket. If he doesn’t have change for a $20 bill, I get $20 He says, ‘Bring me back $10’ But I never do. Typical girl.” Susan, a blue-eyed blonde, does her own shopping. “I don’t like to charge clothes to my parents,” she said. “You know , necklaces and rings and things ... I mean, they’re supporting me, but. .. I’m always buying presents for Gardner.” Gardner Britt, a tall, 18-year-old. has been Susan’s steady boyfriend since they met on a blind date a year ago. Susan said she spends most of her weekends visiting Britt, who is a freshman at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg. Va. When they go on a date, Britt is said to drive while secret service follows in a car behind. Susan said she doesn't have time to participate rn all the activities a President’s daughter is automatically invited to join.Not Enough Time “You’re asked to be national chairman of some very odd things,” she said. “My only responsibility — and I think my parents feel this way, too — is school. School is more important to them than anything.” Next fall, she will attend Mt. Vernon college, a small, women’s school in Washington, D. C. Un ii a year ago it was a junior college. “I wanted to go two years,’’ Susan said when asked why she chose Mt. Vernon. “I’m not much of a student unless I really want to be. Get in, get out. That’s all as far as I’m concerned.” Mt. Vernon officials are pleased the President’s daughter wants to attend their school. “It gives us name recognition we didn’t have in the past,” said one, adding that Susan has expressed an interest in business retailing, merchandizing, fashion marketing and childhood education. But Susan doesn’t like it when important people suddenly fawn over her. “It’s not like they’re interested in me as an individual, but because I’m the President’s daughter. Sure I’m tho President’s daughter, but to me, big deal . . . Special attention really bugs me.” Tompkins-Mommsen Vows WYOMING - Miss Mary Ellin Tompkins and William H. Mommsen, both of Goose Lake, were married Sunday at the Wyoming Methodist church. The Rev. Roger Hap-penworth officiated at the one o’clock ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy L Tompkins of Wyoming. Parents of the bridegroom are Mr. and Mrs. Durward Mommsen of Goose Lake. Following the ceremony, a reception was given at the Rose Garden restaurant in Maquoketa. For her wedding the bride wore an empire, A-line gown of velvet fashioned with Juliet sleeves and a train. Lace and velvet accented her floor* length veil and her flowers were a cascade bouquet of white orchids and red roses. Sisters of the bride served as her attendants. Mrs. Mark Wiley was bridesmatron and Beverley and Valorie Tompkins were bridesmaids. Each wore a white turtleneck sweater designed with bishop sleeves under a bibbed red polyester gown. Their flowers were white spider chrysanthemums. Tom Sharp served as best man and Mark Balk and Mark Lundgren were groomsmen. Chauncey Tompkins and Gene Christiansen were ushers. WWW The couple is residing near Goose Lake where the bridegroom farms. He is a graduate of Iowa State university. The bride was graduated from that same university and is employed by Northeast high school in Goose Lake. Spirit Changes Man s Intention MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif (AP) — The Christmas spirit apparently got the better of a knife-wielding robber who tried to hold up a Salvation Army worker at a shopping center. Mary Jane Stanely, 19, a volunteer, told police she was ringing her bell by the collection bucket containing $30 to $40 last week when a welldressed man carrying a five-inch knife demanded the mon-ey. “But you'll be taking food away from the needy children,” Patrolman John Muller quoted Miss Stanley as saying. On hearing this, the man's face fell and he turned and fled without the money, she said. CHRISTMAS, Fla (AP) -For 42 years, Juanita Tucker has stamped this tiny town’s very special postmark on millions of holiday cards and packages. But the postmistress of Christmas says this year will be her last. “It’s been a wonderful experience, doing things for people,” says Mrs. Tucker, who will mire soon. “It’s been a good way to get into the Christmas spirit.” Although this central Florida community has just 900 residents, the Christmas post office mails more than 300,000 greeting cards and packages each year sent from all over the nation by people who want the town's postmark on their correspondence. Busy Bat Em “Ifs been busy but it’s been fun,” says Mrs. Tucker, 67. “The real crush comes from about Dec. IO to about a week before tin* big day. I look forward to seeing the same people stop by to deposit their Christmas mail “They’ve come from all over the state. Some people have been stopping here on their way south for 20 or 30 years now,” she says. “We also get alot of it by mail from people who’ve heard of the* town and want the postmark." Stamps sold for two cents when President Herbert Hoover appointed Mrs. Tucker in 1932 to the job her mother-in-law had held since 1914. “We were just a little village of about 250 then,” Mrs. Tucker says. But the idea of sending mail with a Christmas postmark continued to grow in popular)- Juanita Tucker, 67, the postmistress of Christmas, Fla., is retiring after 42 years of sorting tons of mail from thousands of Americans who each year send their Christmas cards to this small central Florida town for its unique postmark. ty “until I had to call in extra help. My husband, Cecil, helps and I have two clerks over the season. But I do most of it myself. Always have.” Plans Gardening Now Mrs. Tucker says she will relax, tending her “peace garden” across the street from the post office. She plans some traveling and visit with her children and grandchildren. The postmistress of Christmas has never resented the extra holiday work, however. “Most of these folks have become friends. And we renew our friendship each year,” she says. “I always look forward to Christmas.” 2), car JU •J Florida Woman Plans To Quit Her Job of Postmarking Christmas Mail Society for Women w*vX<<»XvX*X^»V*VaW*%WA%VCWNV.VV Features DEAR ABBY. This is for that woman who is marrying the same man for the fourth time and says, “We can’t live with each other and we can’t live without each other.” Listen, you kids, make up your minds that neither one of you is going to change the other. If you insist (Mi being married again and again, ifs time you realized that your love is really greater than your differences. A sudden coronary could take your mate from you in a few seconds and then you’d cry your eyes out wishing you had a chance to say all those sweet and lovely things you should have said when you were together. That’s what happened to me. Get wise to yourselves and live! UNCLE GEORGE, SANBORN, IOWA DEAR GEORGE:    That should shake ap a few yens* levers. And seme eld eses, tee. Thanks fer writing. DEAR ABBY. Do you see anything wrong with re-wrapping Christmas gifts that have been received in previous years and giving them to others for Christmas? I have dusting powder, colognes, stationery, nightgowns, etc., and my husband has neckties, wallets, scarves, etc., none of which are useful to us, but ail of which are good as new So why should we go out and spend good money to buy gifts for others when we have so many nice gift items on our closet shelf? CUTTING CORNERS DEAR CUTTING: Certainly ant, nnless yon are asked where the gift came train (which is highly unlikely), and yon tie ahnnt it. Bat remember, perfume and rningne dn ant last indefinitely. Only fine wine and violins Improve with age. Mao’s Wife Has Suffered Demolition in Official Status By Henry S. Bradsher Washington Stor HONG KONG - Chiang Ching, the wife of Mao Tse-tung and leader of the radical faction in China's power struggle, has apparently suffered a demolition in official status. The new China news agency has distributed a dispatch that lists her in reduced prominence from the heights she achieved earlier this year in competition for power with Premier Chou En-lai. Confirms Other Signs This listing seemed to confirm other recent signs that Chiang Ching has had a setback in efforts by her radical group to reduce Chou s authority and stake out a larger radical role in the struggle for succession to Mao and Chou. The radical challenge continues to be expressed in indirect ways, however, and is far from over. There are indications that Mao himself is backing it out of ideological dissatisfaction with the pragmatic policies of Chou and personal distrust of his premier. Chiang Ching’s public role as the rallying point for opponents of Chou’s bureaucracy has depended almost entirely upon her marriage to Mao The Chinese communist party chairman, who will be 81 on Dec. 26, is more than 20 years her senior. She emerged as a political power leading radicals in the cultural revolution. She won election in 1969 to the party’s key ruling group, the politburo, and last year she was re-elected. Chiang Ching is one of 13 ordinary members of the politburo, ranked after nine members of its standing committee although she is more important than many of the nine. Name Strokes In the very rank-conscious communist system, these 13 were officially listed in the Chinese equivalent of alphabetical order — by the number of strokes in the character for their surnames — making her fourth In February, the radical attack on Chou’s moderates moved into high gear with Mao’s endorsement of a campaign ostensibly against the late defense minister Un Piao and the ancient sage Confucius. And from one official politburo listing, issued Jan 39. to the next issued March 26 — both were lists of politburo members sending wreaths to funerals — Chiang Ching significantly increased her status. The March 26 list abandoned stroke-or-der to rank her first among ordinary’ politburo members. Her cultural revolution protege and radical deputy, Yao Wen-yuan was promoted from last to second place. Chiang Ching began a year ago to meet every foreign chief of state or premier who visited Peking. This appeared to be in open rh airy with Chou, all the more obvious when because of illness Chou missed seeing a few visitors but she still had separate meetings with them. The last time Chiang Ching was listed first among ordinary politburo members, and Yao second, was for China's National day on Oct I. Failed To Show She continued to nim visitors through Nov. 5. But when the chairman of southern Yemen’s presidential council, Salem All Ru-baya, visited China Nov. 10-18, she failed to show up. This might have been explained by health or other factors until the first-rank listing in some weeks appeared The list of politburo members who sent wreaths to another funeral on Nov. 25 was incomplete, but those ordinary members listed were in stroke-order. Chiang Ching and Yao had lost their .special prominence. The report of another high-level funeral Saturday — the Chinese leadership is one of the world’s oldest and funerals are common -- made the point unmistakably. The new China news agency pointed out in the English version of its report that ordinary politburo members were being listed in stroke-order. This does not mean Chiang Ching should be written off, her radical challenge to Chou is only subdued. The Chinese media still give her prominence in connection with cultural affairs, especially the revolutionary Peking opera witch is her special field of ideological control But her setback indicates that the jockeying for official positions in China continues and at the moment the moderate bureaucrats are looking stronger and more secure than they have for a year or so. Your New Home Is In The Want Ads SAVE ill))))))) STORE WIDE SALE UP TO 40% Mot* Than A Mu sic Storm. . . BODDICKER n 317 6th St. S.W—36S-8658 Mon. Through Tri. 9:30-9 —Sot. 9-3 With off street parking right at the door. I I J I I I I I I I f I I J I I I ^\CTU/ff //V0 To Fit Any Octor CEDAR RAPIDS PAINT SOt 3rd Am*. SI Ph*n* 16 3 *6 JA Bridge Writ Side dab Mitchell movement winners of the game played Sunday at Welty-Way were: North-south — Mrs. George Jenkins and Mrs. Nate Frink, first, and Roger Wainwright and Bruce Thiher, second; east-west — Mrs. Hugh Smith and Mildred McCray, first, and Mrs. Thomas Mullin and Mrs. James Smittkamp, second. The next game will be played Thursday at 7.30 at Welty-Way. Maries CInb Winners of a Howell movement played Saturday at the YWCA were Mrs. W E Eyrir an and Mrs. Frank J. Ze-man, first, and Mrs. Charles Letpold and Mrs. James Smittkamp, second. The next scheduled game is Saturday at 12:30 at the YWCA. GRAVE SITU ATION SKOPJE, Yugoslavia (AP) — The Skopje town counci shut down the century-olc graveyard and set asid< ground for another about ll miles out of town. THU spawned a r ash of clandes tine nighttime burials neai the old cemetery because transportation cost too much The council promised to find more convenient new site Holiday Parties Start Hera! 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