Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 17, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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VOLUME 92 - NUMBER 312
CEDAR RAPIDS. IOWA. SUNDAY. NOVEMBER 17, 1974
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Anatomy of Ordeal for Mother, Son
By Dale Hurter
Audrey Marcy watched the snowflakes tumble to the ground last week and her mind drifted back to the subzero cold of last Jan. 3 when her son left for marine corps training at Camp Pendleton. Calif.
"We combined our New Year’s eve1 party with a going-away party for Rocky." she recalled "He wanted to be a mechanic in the service."
Rocky Marcy hardly seemed like a sick man when he came home alter bool camp even though he had soreness in his hip and knee.
He had gained weight during basic training and the 195 pounds on his six foot frame
was his best weight ever — way more than when he played football at Linn-Mar But a subtle cancer had already started its devastation Now. it is a matter of time when Rocky, 19. wijl surrender his being and cancer-wracked bodv to death.
Mrs Marcy, whose husband died only 15 months ago, maintains the vigil at Room 7F-29 at Veterans hospital in Iowa City She has been with him constantly for the last eight weeks
In addition to the pain of watching her son die. she has to cope with the questions resulting from his care by the military. Did they do enough? Were they callous toward his complaint?
If he had been home, would the responsiveness of medical personnel been such as to produce earlier diagnosis? Would there have been any opportunity for remission9 Could the cancer have been successfully removed?
Mrs. Marcy, of 45311 Tama street. Marion, is not embittered. Rather, she is a beautiful, loving mother too engrossed in comforting her son to rage against the military Two dozen specialists may not have been able to spare Marcv from death by cancer But she’ observed some of the* medical treatment dispensed bv the* military and was not happy with it.
"I don't feel he got the medical care he needed." she said
quietly. "If they can find some way," and she paused, "that other young men will not hate to go through this."
She began the story (Rocky was asleep) by telling of a letter she* had received from her son Feb 28 in which he mentioned a lump under his right arm, and that he was having trouble firing his rifle because of it.
But three days later she* received another letter from him, saying not to be* concerned The lump had become smaller and marine corps medics were treating it with hot packs.
"He* said the doctors diagnosed it as a fungus under the third layer of skin ”
Marcy’s medical records.
now on file in Iowa City, noted the armpit lump In a record dated Feb. 14. a Camp Pendleton dispensary official said: "Impression: Infected hair
Doctors now attending Marcy do not believe the lump under the arm had any connection with those that later developed on his hip and back and were ultimately diagnosed as chondrosarcoma, tumor of the cartilage.
Mrs Marcy didn’t hear from her son for awhile, but as early as March ll there is mention in his medical records of "right sacral pain.”
(A subsequent consultative
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His TV Programs Reach 200 Million Each Week
By Marilyn Beck
He is the most powerful person in the* history of entertainment, in terms of the number of people his messages reach Under those same terms, he also could In* considered the most powerful person in the history of mankind
He is Norman Ia*ar, producer of television's top weekly series "All In The Family", "Maude", "Sanford and Son and "flood Times" All four shows feed audiences a steady diet of social commentary under a frosting of situation comedy — and together they are seen weekly by a mind-staggering figure of some 200 million people'
When one considers the complex after-life of these shows (their domestic reruns, their distribution to foreign markets) the figures become incalculable But whatever they are now. by next year — with the additional product I>ear is now readying for the market — those* figures could double.
A soft-spoken gentle man who has been painted by some as an angel, by others as a devil, he doesn't like to talk in terms of power, or responsibility to the millions his shows are affecting
"lf I began to think like that." U*ar says. "I wouldn't be* able to cope with it all I rn simply concentrating on entertainment,
Ile als* doesn't appreciate hoeing his shews labeled "message " Not because they’re not, hut because he feels, "message" has such a negative connotation
Yet he will agree* that the* product turned out by his Tandem Productions firm (in which he has recently severed partnership with Bud Yorkin) has profoundly affec ted the course of home entertainment.
"All in the Family" gave us a bigot named Archie Bunker to laugh at (or with. depending upon our standards) and gave the children of America a vocabulary of words such as "spade.” "kike." "nigger - which their parents had worked to erase* from their consciousness
"Maude" wrapped comedy around such taboo-for TV subjects as abortion and vasectomy and wove a two-part segment out of the problems of alcoholism
And "Sanford and Son and (ohm! Times" gave black actors a chance to joke about "Whitey” — and about the social conditions and prejudices of the land
What we've seen se far is nothing rem pared with what we ll soon see. as Norman l>ear makes plans ior even stronger video adventures that will follow his tried and true format of controversial corned).
lie is preparing "The Jefferson* for UBS, a weekly show fe aturing the black next-door-neighbor* of "All in the Family Action will revolve around life in a high-rise apartment in New York’s East Sixties, with the Jefferson father the* owner of a string of dry deaning establishments, and the Jefferson son marrying a girl whose mother is white, and whose father is black
He sold Hut L Baltimore to ABU for January ’75 debut, a situation comedy based im the Broadway play about a collection of characters including several prostitutes who live in a rundown hotel.
For NHP to’ readying "Here After", the weekly adventure of three men who have tried futilely for 20 years to find rticcesn as singers who sell their souls to the devil, and re emerge as young, with it. rock heroes The series, in U*ar’s words will bo "an examination of what success really is - and why so many of us sell our souls Hi times a day when we lie. cheat, do terrible things in our own self-interest _
Of greater interest to I*ar than any of the above undertakings appears to he one certain project he's been developing for several years: television's first weekly series based on an inter racial marriage.
“CBS already has contracted for the* show. says la*ar. "and ifs now a matter of developing the proper scripts. It will be unique, because we plan to open the series bv concentrating on the boy's career and have the* girl a PJK* ar as just a side character at first Their relationship will develop slowly throughout the first year. until we’ve created an atmosphere the public is so in favor of, they’ll write and demand we allow the couple to marry."
What if the public writes to express disapproval? Would that change Lear's plans? Would he bow to public sentiment?
"Not at all," he insists. "Oh. don't get me wrong. I enjoy it when one of our shows creates controversy, even when we're swamped with letters of protest. It proves we've motivated people to think, to discuss, to react to one of our statements. But I don't feel a responsibility to bow to pressure The Tandem Production shows are being made bv people of good will. thoughful |H*ople who want to entertain "
Hr does admit thai as the numbers power of Tandem products swells, so does pressure from somt important groups to "sell" a message bv having it delivered by Sanford. or Archie, or Edith — or any of the l/ear-cre-ated characters with whom millions of video fans identify.
After an “All in the Family" segment presented the problem of breast cancer, representatives of the Cancer society told Lear that eight documentary films made bv the society weren't nearly as effective in teaching women how to detect the disease as having Edith Bunker discover a lump in her breast
After "(ommI Times" examined the subject of hypertension which kills a high percentage of black males, clinics around the country were swamped with men suddenly anxious to have their blood pressure checked.
After the two-part "Maude" story on alcoholism. the Alcoholic council informed b*ar that there* never had been a vehicle that sn effectively got the story to the people
And after an "All in the Family'' episode focused on a 17-year-old mentally retarded boxbov who falls in love with Archie’* daughter. Eunice Shriver Kennedy wrote I .ear to say that he had done more in 23
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A possibly important discussion of national security rated no more than a yawn from liberty, President Ford s golden retriever. Liberty dropped in while Ford was meeting with Secretary of State Kissinger
Ford Slaps Quotas on Canadian Meat; Moves on Sugar Expected
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WASHINGTON - President Ford Saturday ordered quotas on mi|M>rt^ of s allodian cattle and hogs in retaliation for restrictions Canada imposed on U S exports three months ago
Fords aition came in a prtK Lunation (rom the White House and followed w»*eks of intense pressure from I S ram hers seeking even broader iestrlotions on b»*ef imports to help them fight a combination of increase^ operating costs and declining profits The action came as sources reported Ford is also considering lifting all restrictions on domestic sugar production and shifting to a new quota system on U. S purchases of foreign sugar
Import quotas on foreign beef have been suspended in the United States since July. 1972 when former President Nixon acini to reduce inflationary pressures The action will apply to Canadian cattle, lieef. veal. swine and pork Because the quotas are ret
roactive to last Aug 12, a White House spokesman said it was possible that Canada already had shipped into the United Stat*** more than the amounts set iii Ford’s proclamation
lf that were the case, they
said. the Ford action would
have (hi* effect of cutting off
such shipments immediately
The s|Mikcsman a Ism said the total amount of Canadian beef involved would amount to less than I percent of over all C S domestic consumption
As a result, he said, "we
feel the inflationary impact will bi* minimal" on higher retail prices
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Canada would he higher than lion million The proclamation said
"Canada has imposed unjustifiable restrictions un cattle and meat imports from the U.
The spokesman said the ai tion wa-, intended tit force removal of the Canadian quotas "lf the Canadians remove their restriction, we will remove ours," he said
'Phi* new quota system Ford is reported considering on I S purchases of foreign sugar would set a ceiling on the amount of foreign sugar flowing into Jh«* I S , hut would remove current country-by-country allow anccs
The action on sugar is due to Im* announced "in the very near future," on** admintstra Hon official said
"It won t have much effect «»n consumer prices, Pm afraid." this official said "But it might keep them from going higher
Retail sugar prices have increased 300 percent this year to about H5 cents a pound
Area Unions Give Food to Hotel Pickets
4 An estimated $4,boo worth of canned goods and meat donated by members of local latnir unions was distributed to pickets at the Roosevelt hotel Saturday afternoon The food, brought by an incur caravan to the hotel was distributed to some 50 members of the Hotel, Restaurant. and Bar Employes, local 497 The workers have been on strike since mid-August in a contrail dispute
Money and canned goods were collected from union members ai plant gates throughout the last week, according to June Groves, captain of strike headquarters for the hotel workers.
Organizing the RmkI caravan were members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, locals 1382 and 405, with the cooperation of the Hawkeye I-atair Council The caravan liegan al I BEW headquarters at 1211 Wiley boulevard SW. came down First avenue West and circled the Roosevelt hotel The food was unloaded from
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Kissinger in Assurance To Israelis
By Associated Press
Riots in support of Arab guerillas erupted in four towns on the Israeli-occupied West Bank of Jordan on Saturday as tension in the Middle Fast continued to rise amid a partial mobilization of Israeli reserves.
Young Arabs chanting. "Arafat!" and other Palestinian slogans stoned and fought Israeli occupation troops in the worst West Bank disturbances since 1988, a year after Israel captured the territory
One girl was killed at Janin. Israel said she was hit in the head by a rock but Arabs claimed she was run over by an Israeli military vehicle.
Scores were injured and at least 50 persons arrested, officials said
In all four towns, helmeted Israeli police charged the crowds to disperse the demonstrators
Israel announced in Tel Aviv it had stepped up its military preparedness on the Dolan Heights following a Syrian army alert This, the Israeli command said, included the* partial mobilization of the* reserve forces.
Israel has about 150,000 men under arms and another 250.-OOO in reserve.
In Washington. Israeli Ambassador Simcha Dinitz told Secretary of State Kissinger the reports of the Israeli mobilization were "highly exaggerated and do not reflect the real situation " A White
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Ford s Trip to Japan Still On
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House* press office said Saturday night that reports of increasing tension in the Mid-Fast would not delay President Ford’s planned Sunday departure on a trip to Japan, South Korea and the Soviet Union
“As it looks now, he's definitely going,” said a spokeswoman at the press office.
She said there appeared to be no chance the trip would be postponed "unless something incredible happens
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