Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 7, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Marathon, 1930 Style
Looking Mkt' they stopped right of the 1930s are Stacy Stickney, 13, of 4324 White Pine drive NE, and Bill Thompson, 14, of 1106 Clifton street NE. The pair participated in the 1930s marathon dance at Harding junior high school Wednesday as part of a social studies unit on the depression era
After The Vote
House Judiciary mittee Chairman Rodino, (D-N’.J), right, talks on Capitol Hill with Emanuel Ceiler, the former chairman, after the house voted 410 to 4 to give the committee broad subpoena power to help determine whether President Nixon should be impeached.
Let’s Face It
President Nixon’s killer trouble shooter. VV J I scry, arrives for a meeting with representatives of the striking truckers Wednesday nit'ht in Washington State and government officials reached a settlement agree-meat with the striking truckers The truckers will lie jellied as to their acceptance* or rejection of the proposal
New Yorkers presented these faces Wednesday as the temperature in the metropolitan area dipped into the teens It was a little warmer in parts of Eastern Iowa, hut not much.
I ou Can Tell Much About a Person W hen You Learn His Name
By Erma Hornbeck
My daughter said the other day, “Why couldn't you have a neat first name like Debbie’s mother. ‘Weezie’ or Gigi's mother, ‘Bunny’?”
The question touched on a rather sensitive area with me I have always hated my first namo. It has a comic strip ring to it that is third in mirth only to Iodine and Olive Oyl.
Maybe most people hate their first names, I don’t know But I have always had a theory that few people overcome them. The moment they /are hit w ith a name, their future is fir isl estined and they eventually become what they are la Im* Us I.
Think about it. Do you honestly think anyone would lay a name like Franklin Delano Roosevelt on a shoe salesman? He was destined to become President and poor old Al Smith didn’t have a chance
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t an you imagine Francs1* (inturn tieing a star? Not until she changed her name to Judy Garland, she wasn't.
Personally, I have never trusl to buck the system. I know what pcsiple are the moment I hear their name Whenever there was a Mary Alite in the class, I was licked. I never knew soMsics a Mary Alice in my whole life who didn t foul up the grading curve with her high murks, would loan you her comb, or who wasn’t the* one the teacher left in charge when she left the room with instructions to “take names " (Mary Alice always did.)
When I drew a Ginger for my roommate. I didn't have to tx' told thut I would s|lend my days cleaning red hair out of the clogged plumbing, taking phone messages for her, and walking by the mirror and shouting, “So who asked you!”
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My theory has liccn proved a thousand times Did you ever bear of u Rockefeller named Tanya'* A striper named Sarah? Or a I eroy Sevareid?
As I told my daughter, “It was not God's plan lur me to Im1 a Weezie or a Bunny. I’m an Erma and we all know thai Ermas can't cross their legs iii hot weather without attracting attention. We never wear bathing suits without girdles or glasses that aren't held together with a palier clip We leave the windows down iii the ear wash, play the organ bv numbers, sleep wrong on our hair, have allergies for which there are no tests, have* coat sweaters that we can’t button and tennis rackets that are mildewed
“Oh, child, know Dial the world lickings to the class. Ans lot It* OnassiH, the Anthony Armstrong Joneses, the Jonathan Livingston Seagulls, and you mark my word, Belie Kelsizos slated for something big You don’t get the name Be be for nothing "
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Tiu Smith, H, is just about as pretty as they come, even minus her two front teeth. Tia is an asthmatic patient at National Jewish hospital in Denver. A nose clip is used by the youngsters during t«*sts to measure airway resistance and chest volume in the pulmonary function laboratory