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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 22, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa It lie (t feint ftttfmla CtotjcHf Gazette Photos by John Mclvor Don Patios, a Michigan City, Ind., fireman, “rescues” a toy fire truck from the apartment of a small boy. No one was injured. The toy truck was broken and scorched, but not beyond repair The Mood of Those W aiting for Gasoline Changes with the News By Art Buchu ald WASHINGTON — There is an old saw here that if you just give Hit' people the facts they will rise to any situation. This theory is now inoperative. A group of us were lined up here in Washington, D C., the other day waiting to get gas from a station located in McLean, Va., when somebody yelled from his car, “I just heard on the radio that the Shah of Iran says we have more than enough gasoline in this country.” There were shouts of joy and everyone started tooting their horns in a V for victory Morse code. But an hour later someone passed down the word that William Simon, the energy czar, had just made a statement that the shah didn t know what he was talking about. People stopped honking their horns and sat gloomily, inching along toward the pumps. Another bulletin was then given by the man in front of me “President Nixon has just announced that the crisis is over, but the problems still exist. Pass it on.” I told the lady behind me who broke into tears of joy. “Thank God for the President.” she said. The President’s announcement gave a new lift to the line and we all stood around our cars chattering excitedly about the good bucmwaid news. I hen from way back in tin1 line we heard cries of anguish Someone had heard on the radio that tin* National Petroleum Council had just issued a report that unless new stiff conservation measures were instituted there would be mandatory rationing by spring, itiMtioninff “But," said the lady who had just blessed the President, Nixon said there wouldn't be any need for rationing.” I hat was MI minutes ago," a college student said "Conditions ( bange very fast during an energy crisis.” I h**rc* inn t any crisis,’ a mother with two children interject*^. "We’ve just got problems getting gas.” We all got back into our cars and moved up one foot. A man came running down the line “Bill Simon just told a senate committee the lines for gasoline will be reduced by April” We all whooped and started slapping each other on tilt* back    m A truck driver had a crowd around him. “I just heard on my two-way radio that 14 oil tankers are UMI miles off the coast of Now Jersey,” he said Neah, said another man. “but thev just turned around and are heading back to Europe because they can get a dollar a barrel more for it there.” .Wore f oe/ A newspaper boy came by bidding a headline, “Simon says northeast to get more fuel." He was sold out iii minutes While we were reading the story, a new bulletin came out on the radio. "Simon is raising tho price of gasoline 2 cents a gallon “ A little old lady who had Ims-ii in line for three days told me, "I'd like to get just one full tank before I die ” me, "I d like to get just one full tank before I die ” x We all moved up another foot Then someone started a 'elley ball game Other people sat on the curb exchanging addresses arid business cards. Word reached us that Shell and Amoco had cut their dealers’ alligations in March. This was followed by an announcement that Boy al Dutch Shell had tripled its profits in 1973 to ll HK billion One man started smashing his radio with a tire iron The euphoria about Nixon’s original announcement had died down As I turned a corner and saw the Exxon sign way off in the sunset, I couldn t help thinking to myself, “They could solve the whole energy crisis if they made William Simon ambassador to the court of the Shah of Iran ” Copyright IV/4. lo* Angcln limit Headache A controversial city ordinance adopted Wednesday proved to be a headache for the Cedar Rapids city council. Here Mayor Don ( annoy listened to a protest over the ordinance, which said a police officer might be discharged if he refused to testify or take a polygraph test as part of grand jury proceedings. The ordinance precipitated a one-day walkout by patrolmen The ordinance was aminded at a special session of th** council Thursday night and most officers were returning to work Friday on their regular shifts. The walkout by Cedar Rapids police officers Thursday resulted in bringing in state troopers and sheriff’s deputies. This was the picture in front of the police department building Thursday. The parking lot back of police headquarters was full of police cars, not in use, with a sprinkling of Iowa highway patrol cars. State Trooper Kent Gabnelson of Cedar Rapids was getting into his patrol car to go on the 4 to midnight shift Thursday. Sort of a Neighborhood Pet Joseph Hill, 2229 Meadowbrook drive SE. made these pictures for his photography class at Washington high school, right in his own back yard The squirrel, sort of a neighborhood pet, makes himself at home with a bird feeder on the Hill garage roof He hits the feeder every day at the same time, but sometimes he comes down and eats out of your hand Net word on how the birds feel about all this, but they’re probably squawking to someone at city hall v"t!\ AP Wirephoto ;

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