Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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* F eat he rfoof Angers Drivers, S aves Gas
Jean Calvin of Los Angeles, a professional economy-run driver, checks the mileage computer on her car as she expla:ns her technique for getting tremendous mileage from a gallon of gas. The driving technique she uses has left her with the name "feaiherfoot."
LOS ANGELES (Al*) When it comes to driving economically, Jean Calvin is a leatherfoot.
Recently, tor instance, Jean aggravated a bus driver in the lane next to lier by refusing to slow down or speed up so he could change lanes. He got Stuck behind a line of parked cars. Later, a man in a small foreign car became so frustrated that he resorted to driving on the shoulder of the road to pass her.
As a professional economy-run driver. Jean has driven in oil company economy runs. Between driving stints, she free-lances as an automotive writer.
The tactics which infuriate the drivers around her are saving her money.
‘’You can't be in a hurry,” Jean said. “You've got to steel yourself to ignore the feelings of anyone else on the road.’’
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Jean recently took a newspaper reporter’s 1971 Chevrolet Vega station wagon and drove it 124 miles around Los
I alike many mileage experiments which are conducted primarily on highways, this test included freeways, city streets, hills and busy stop-and-go arteries.
Lader her techniques, a car which had been getting 19.98 miles per gallon got 28.74 miles per gallon — a 43 percent improvement.
The primary rule reflects why drivers like Jean are called featherfoots. “Drive as if you had a raw egg under the accelerator pedal and your foot weighed no more than a feather,” Jean said.
She drove slowly and alertly so as to avoid as much braking and rapid accelerating as possible, watching signal lights blocks ahead to make sure she would reach them when they were green. “Remember, it takes more gasoline to get going than to stay going.”
On freeways Jean avoided driving in the right-hand lane
Presidential Aide, Most Powerful Woman in France
By Aline Mosby
PARIS (UPI) - An elegant brunette with a flashing smile has emerged as one of the powers behind the presidential throne of France.
Since President Georges Pompidou was reported a year ago to have taken treatments for an undisclosed ailment, Paris newspapers have plotted his possible 1974 retirement and mused over the political mystery of who is helping run the show.
The three right hands of the president at his Elysee offices, according to the political pundits, are two men, Pierre Juil-let and Edouardo Baladur — and Marie-France Garaud.
Most Powerful 0
The French call Mrs. Garaud, 39, “Cardinal Richelieu in skirts,” referring to the red-cloaked counselor to King Louis XIII in the 17th Century.
Mrs. Garaud intrigues the French for two reasons: She is prettier than Cardinal Richelieu. chestnut hair drawn back from a classic face with feline eyes and a full mouth, a curvaceous figure. Second, the female member of the “Kitchen Cabinet” is said by some political columnists to be “the most powerful woman in France.”
She has not much competition because few women mix in French politics. The ministries of health and education have two women deputy ministers, both devoted to “good works” such as schools and hospitals Only seven women sit in the parliament. M a r i e-France moves in a man’s world of power as the president s expert on domestic and party politics.
The female ‘eminence grise” walks briskly into the Elysee palace each morning at eight in a fashionable brown leather coat edged with black fur. Elysee sources say from her office near Juillet’s she will call political leaders and say, “The president has ordered me to ask you to come and see me.”
She circulates in the halls of parliament a familiar figure in fashionable dresses', discussing presidentially-back< d bills with deputies.
Marie-France has a passion for discretion and avoids publicity. She lives in an apartment in a conservative middle class district with her husband, an attorney in the supreme appeal court, and their two children. Their three-story country house is rich with period furniture and stables of horses for their weekend passion, riding to tile hound-, to hunt game,
Marie-France was born in Poitiers and she studied law i at the University of Poitiers,
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"Child of Future9
Speaker Cites Need
To Strengthen Family
IOWA CITY—Increasing rates of school dropouts, runaways, drug abuse, vandalism and violence are a few of the more serious manifestations of alienated youth in America today.
Family disorganization caused by the pressures and habits of modern society is the one factor which has been found to I most adversely affect a child's development toward eventual feeling of alienation, says Urie Bronfenbrenner, professor of psychology and of.child development and family studies, college of human ecology. Cornell university.
In his keynote address Thurs--
I day at a conference on “The Child of the Future’’, being heldj at the University of Iowa, Bron-j fenbrenner proposed changes I which might improve our society's treatment of children and j parents.
I He believes these changes will help to reduce the causes of children's problems by strengthening family life.
Missing Ingredient The missing ingredient in the and social and community obli-I child-rearing process for many gations keep parents away from parents t 'ie, commented their children, who then seek Bronfenbrenner. Mc noted that the constant companionship of today almost 45 p, 'cent of the their peers, nation’s mothers work outside He deplored the fact that the home and one out of three there is a tape available that I mothers w ith children under six talks to children, that “teaches years of age is working. and plays” with the baby, there-
Because of rising divorce by releasing the parents from rates, twice as many children an otherwise natural function. now live with one parent —
Bronfenbrenner cited in tests made by attaching a mircophone on a baby's clothing and on his crib, that the average amount of time a child hears his father's voice is 371 i seconds out of every 21 hours. The tests were made in middle-income families.
At the higher economic levels the demands of the job, time spent commuting, evenings out
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One of the three "right hands” o; French President Georges Pompidou is Mrs. Marie-Franco Garaud, pictured above, an e’ogant 39-year-old brunette with a flashing smile. Tho female member of the "Kitchen Cabinet” is said by some political columnists to be the most powerful woman in France.’1
Her first big job was in the office of Men tor of Justice Jean Foyer, her former university professor. She joined Pompidou's office when he was premier.
When Pompidou became
p resident, Marie-France moved to tho Elysee as one of five ‘ technical counselors” branched onto his “hot line” telephone.
i nlike Cardinal Richelieu, s'ie docs not behead her enemies hut tights them in political congresses. She is now reported working to keep tx-premier Jacques C bab an-Del-mas from succeeding Pompidou. with her favorite reported to be Agriculture Minister Jacques Chirac.
A friend quotes Marie-France as saying, “I really am not very important ”
But the magazine Nouvcl <)bservateur s a y s . Today deputies tremble before her She speaks in the name of the president She i one of tho first personalities of the re gime Pompidou is more and more suspicious of hts old friends and today she.* is one of the few persons he listens to ”
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usually a working mother — compared with IO years ago.
Since so many of the single parents are women, Bronfenbrenner suggests that “a major route to the rehabilitation of children and youth in America lies in the enhancement of the status and power of women,” who themselves feel alienated.
“No single parent of a young child should be forced to work
J full time to provide an income
at or below the poverty line,” state Bronfenbrenner. He proposes welfare legislation which 302 would encourage single low-in-
Depend on Peers
“At every age and grade level, children today show a greater dependency on their peers than they did a decade ago and susceptibility to group influence is higher among children from homes in which one or both parents are frequently absent,” noted Bronfenbrermer.
Bronfenbrenner believes the family is “the most humane, effective and economical system of child care known to man,” and must be supported by society rather than disrupted bv it.
MISS VICKIE SCHROEDER HONORED AT SHOWER
Miss Vickie Schroeder, iou* wouia encourage single iow-in-; “()ur nation must make and Ninth street NW, daughter of come parents to work only part fulfill the commitment to its
Mrs, Robert Mayer of Betten- an(^ f0 tare ^or their own families and children before dorf was honored at a miseella chlklre‘1 lime runs out,” said Broo
negus bridal shower at Sokol Less Discipline fenbrenner.
hall Wednesday at 8. Hostesses to the 50 guests were her fiance’s grandmothers, sisters and aunts. Miss Schroeder will be married Feb 23 to Steven Krrz, son of Mr and Mrs Vernon Kriz. i ole two < edar Rapids.
Bronfenbrenner pointed out “For only in this way will it
that even among families which be possible to counteract the are intact and well off eeonorni- alienation, distrust and break-! eally, research results indicate down of a sense of community that parents are spending less that follow in Hie wake of im-j time with their children, are personal technology, urbaniza-less affectionate and offer less 11 o n , bureaucratization, and discipline than they did 25 years their unplanned, d* humanizing ago. consequences,” he concludes.
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(though not a recommended practice) so sin* wouldn't have to in a k e frequent speed change to compensate for ears entering and leaving freeways. On city streets she picked her lane according to traffic. “You don’t want to be in a lane where you'll get stopped by people turning or parking,” she said.
The newspaper reporter fig
ured that the mileage Jean got out of bis ear could save about $120 iii gasoline bills over the course of a year if lie finn e 15,000 miles.
But the practice has its drawbacks. Jean admitted.
“Driving for fuel economy is one of the dullest, most exasperating methods for getting from Point A to Point B that exists,” she said.
Woman Ordered To Lose Weight
MARTINEZ, ( alif. (UPI) Gloria Owens, 26. has been ordered to reduce her weight from 250 pounds to 200 pounds by Jan. I, 1975, or go to jail for writing bad checks.
Contra Costa county superior court judge Coleman F. Fannin made the weight reduction a
condition of probation for Miss ' Owens.
Fannin explained that a medical-psychiatric report concluded overweight as a factor in her attitude and her history of writing jbad checks. Another condition I for the three-year period of probation was that Miss Owens I close her checking account.
Winners of the Mitchell move men! played Thursday were North south Mrs. Robert
Dreckman and Mrs. Richard Groat, first, and Mr. and Mrs Charles O. Fitzgerald, second; cast-west Bessie Novotny and Mrs James Boardman, first, and Mrs. Pat Howard and Shirley Moore, second. The game j was played at Noelridge Park I Christian church. The next game will take place at the ! church at I o'clock Thursday. I Open to the public.
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, In a Howell movement played Thursday at Welty-Way winners were Mrs. Thomas Mullin and Mrs. IL VV. Valor, first, and Mrs. James Slaman and Mrs. J. D, Schultz, second. Tho next game is scheduled Sunday at 5:30.
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