Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 22, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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It’s a great way to beat the vias shortage, and Mike Benson has it ( alif. His wife, ('arni, provides the energy lor their tandem hike. Both easy as he enjoys his morning paper on his way to work in San Bruno, are employed at the San Bruno office (ti Pacific lelophone ( o.
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George’s Dental Problem
Dr Holder F. Sognnaes, founding dean of the UCLA school of dentistry, explains with a model the type of dental problems which plagued President George Washington. Washington, who would have been 242 years old Friday, through the years tried dentures made of lead, gold and the tusks of elephants. His lower denture was fastened via a hole in the ivory base to Washington’s only remaining natural tooth.
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()|H>ra star Maria ( alias signs an autograph on an album after her performance at Toronto’s Massey hall Thursday night Her performance Thursday was her first in Canada since emerging from an eight-year absence from the concert stage.
Three women line up to get autographs from Secretary of State Henry Kissinger during a luncheon in Mexico City Thursday. At table, from left, art* Shridath S. Hamphal. foreign minister of Guyana; dose ( ampillo, secretary of industry and commerce ror Mex-leo, Kissinger, and Campillo’s wife
Former Defense Secretary Melvin Laird will head a two-year. ll million research project into energy problems, the American enterprise Institute (AFD announced. Laird said the study will attempt to avoid “simplistic” recommendations and will explore the shortage of energy completely enough to present a broad range of proposals to the public and government officials.
Finding Enough Gas For the C ar Gives the Wife Purpose in Life
Bv Art Burhwald
WASHINGTON — I dropped over to Pettigrew’s house at ti o’clock the other night and, much to my surprise. I found him setting the table.
“Pettigrew,” I said in astonishment, “what on earth are you doing?”
“I'm setting the table.”
“But that’s women’s work.”
“You’re wrong,” he said “Clara and I have worked out a new arrangement which I must admit was brought about by Women’s Lib.”
“What do you mean?”
“We’ve divided the duties at home. I now set the table.
“What does she do?”
“She finds gas for the car.”
“You've got to Ik* kidding.”
“I’m not kidding. As you recall.” he said, mixing us drinks, “Clara’s been very unhappy for the past year.
The children are in school, and she was complaining bitterly that she didn’t have enough to do and that she found herself unfulfilled I must admit it was a tough time for us.
“But then the energy crisis happened and I said to her. You’ve been wanting to do something with your life to prove you are your own person. Why don’t you go out and find some
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“At first she thought she was unqualified to do something as complicated as that, but I persuaded her that she could do anything she set her mind to. After all, she had four years of college and had worked before she got married I assured her after a few weeks she would get the hang of finding gasoline. Then instead of just being Mrs. Irving Pettigrew, wife of the vice-president of the No-Fault Insurance Co. (NTIC), she would become Clara Pettigrew whose profession was finding petrol for our car.”
“And she agreed to do it?”
“Yes, she did At first it was rather tough She would come home with a quarter tank or a half-tank or sometimes $1 IM) worth arni she was very discouraged But I never criticized her because* I knew she needed building up. I said ‘Clara, for a (aginner you’re doing swell.
“ ’I know some wives who have been at it twice as long as you have and sometimes they don’t even come home with a dollar’s worth (»f gas a day. Now tomorrow you go out real early, like say 7 o’clock, and get a good spot in line and you should In* able to get the tank filled by 2 in the afternoon “Anil did she get the tank filled?”
“Not exactly, By the time she got to the pump, they had run out, But she did manage to buy four gallons in Rockville at B that night, so the day wasn’t a complete loss ”
I must say,” I said, as Pettigrew mixed me another drink, “I never thought Clara could go back to work after all those years as a housewife ”
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“I'm very proud of her. She takes getting gas for us very seriously Many mornings she s gone before I wake up and arrives home after I ve taken my shower in the evening She s got every gas station in town pinpointed, and she methodically goes from one to another — a dollar’s worth here and a dollar s worth there I tell you when I see the look of satisfaction on her fate iii the evening after she has managed to get almost a full tank. I don't mind pitching in and setting the table at all ’ “And it’s saved your marriage?”
“I ve never seen Clara happier She feels for the lust tune she s needed and she finally has a challenge worthy of her talent In the evenings we have something to talk about together, and the beauty of it is that she gets the tank filled on her own No one even knows she’s Mrs Irving Pettigrew ”
“Fin flappy for both of you Where’s ( Jara now *”
“She s iii line at an Amoco station in Gaithersburg, and lust culled to say she’d tie a little late tor dinner ”
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