Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 3, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Nearly Doubles the Speed Limit
A 17-year-old motorist celebrated the beginning of a new year by almost doubling the new 55 milt* per hour speed limit in the San Francisco an'a Traveling more than UMI miles per hour while tieing pursued by a police car. the I9H.I model auto crashed through a rail guard, plunged down a cliff and ended as an upside-down pile of junk on Ocean beach The driver was thrown clear and Suffern! only minor injuries.
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Sydney, Australia, police carrv away a passivt*lv-resisting demonstrator during a nod Thursdav on squatter-held buildings slated for demolition in the Kings Cross district Sledge hammer-swinging eviction teams smashed their way into 12 such buildings so 250 policemen could evict UMI squatters defying a court order to vacate the premises Police said more than 40 eviction order resisters were arrested
Orlando “Dad" Walkling of Modesto, Calif . celebrated his tooth birthday Wed
nesday, tilt* sole survivor of the great ride into
Oklahoma's Cherokee strip land rush in IMO:! “My working days are about over,” Walkling admits, but he continues to ^support himself creating leather goods and artifacts
Ed Nicholson, a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina, removes the hot dogs and beans that he c(M»ked on his oar manifold while driving to a picnic lunch Nicholson, in his contribution to saving clee trieity. wrapped the food in triple layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil and secured the packages to the manifold w it ti picture-hanging wire
Coleman Young, a former Michigan state senator from Detroit throws ba* k his head and gives a Im*arty laugh after being sworn in as the first black mayor of Detroit — the nations fifth largest city The >5-year old native of Tuscaloosa, Ala . took on the office with an appeal for black and white to work together to end the racism and crime that blights tile city
It Is Rough for Adults To Make It iu a World Geared for (Children
By Erma Hornbeck
I was trying to get one of those child-proof safety caps off an aspirin bottle the other day when my youngest grabbed it out of my hands, gave it a twist and. voila, instant aspirin
“How did you do that?” I asked
“There’s nothing to it. he said “It won t come off until you point this little knob into this space You want me to show you hew again?
“No,” I said irritably.
“Ifs not your fault, Mom,” he comforted. m$||
“You’re probably an underachiever.”
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“That’s not true.” I said defensively ‘Tm just an adult trying to grow up in a Cf child-geared world ” As he *4(mm1 there stuff- *-mg the cotton balk in tin* bottle, I added,
“Everything they manufacture has a child in * mind”
“You mean like the parking meter that you couldn’t figure out where you put your bombeck nickel?"
Hight Only a child could know that the slot was on top in plain view with an arrow and the word coin stamped on it ”
“I guess so," he hesitated
“And what about catsup iii a restaurant Did you ever wonder why a child is the only one who can get it out of the bottle? Children are the only cines wine are born knowing where the volume button on a stereo is located. and I ve never known a child who couldn't operate a vendor s machine selling anything with a blindfold on ’’
“Is that why you only goto a self service gas station when I’m along?"
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“I could learn how to do it in a minute, but basically they’re planned for children Why. did you know that the1 first long distance direct-dial phone call was completed by a 2>y-year-old child without directory assistance7" Ile shook his head "And that with every adult game you have to take a child to interpret the rules7”
“All I know,” he shrugged, “is that you can't work a stamp machine, a tape recorder, a drinking fountain or the night de|Mislt slot at the* bank I worry uhout you,” he said “VVIlat are going to do after I'm grown — rent a kid7”
“Don’t Im* smart,” I snap|M*d I’m serious," lie said “Who s going tee ojmti your aspirin bottles for you when I'm grown?”
"I don’t plan on headaches after von arc* grown," I said
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