Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 18, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Mon.. Nov. 18. 1971
‘Easy Rider’ Draws Spectators’ Smiles
COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP)-"Easy Rider” hadn t pone very far Saturday before smiles appeared and that was just fine with Noah Williford
Williford. 2B, of Percival, Iowa. hepan a 1.300-mile ride to New York Saturday in Omaha aboard the Appaloosa “Easy Rider “ Across the Missouri river in Council Bluffs. Williford noted smiles on spectators alonp a Council Bluffs street
Williford is making the extended ride as part of his Bicentennial project to Make America Smile.” He plans to ask Newsweek Magazine editors in New York to devote one complete issue to good news
Williford says he isn t angry with the magazine “for printing suth dismal news in the past, because people make most of the news. bad and good The way I see it. Newsweek has nothing to lose but bad news, and that would be good news."
He says he will also ask President Ford to declare the week of Dec. 2B-31 as “Good News Week.”
The ride is expel ted to take about 40 days.
Dubuque Republicans Report Difficulty Attracting Candidates
Two Inmates Charged After Escape Attempt
State Sen. George Kinley (D-Des Moines), right, is the new majority leader in the Iowa senate. Democratic state legislators gathers in Des Moines Saturday to choose majority positions in the 1975 Iowa legislature. Others elected were, from left, Bass Van Gilst, of Oskaloosa, assistant majority leader; Mmnette Doderer, of Iowa City, president pro tem, and Berl Pnebe, of Algona, assistant majority leader.
Old Timers in for Trouble lf Nation Goes to Metric
IOWA ( ITV — An attempted escape from the .Johnson county jail bv two inmates was thwarted Sunday during which a captain of detectives was beaten about the head.
According to Johnson county sheriff Gary Hughes. Robert Baske, of Amana, and Ronald E. Brown, address unknown. had been transferred to maximum security following their escape attempt at 7 p m. Sunday.
Baske has been charged with attempt to do great bodily injury and Brown with assisting a felon with an attempted escape
Administrative captain Boug Edmonds was assisting a deputy jailer in a routine return of prisoners to their cells. Brown allegedly refused to return to the cell and began to scuffle with the jailer Edmonds, standing in the outer door of the cell block, was allegedly struck from lx*hind by Baske,
Sheriff Hughes said the
blow was done by a chisel apparently stolen by the two inmates from the tool box of a plumber who had been working in the cell bloik Sunday afternoon. The water main had broken earlier in the day.
Edmonds and the unidentified deputy sheriff reportedly fought free of the Baske and Brown attack and linked the outer cell block door.
Iowa City police responded to an emergency call and helped Johnson county deputies subdue the two men and return them to their cells.
Baske had been held since Nov.13 on a breaking and entering charge, a transfer of the Linn county jail. He was being held awaiting transfer to Ft. Madison penitentiary on another felonly charge.
Brown whad been held in Johnson county jail since Oct. 2) on charges of robbery with aggravation and forcibly compelling impelling a woman to perform a sexual act against her will.
DUBUQUE (AF)—The Dubuque county Republican party apparently is without candidates for a special election to fill an Iowa senate seat and possibly two house seats.
Ken Snodgrass. Dubuque county Republican chairman. said the party is broke as a result of fielding nearly a full slate of candidates for the Non . 5 election He said some persons have expressed interest in running.
Ll. of I. Student Killed in Mobile Home Blaze
IOWA (ITV - Jerald
Michels. 21. a University of Iowa sophomore, died early Sunday morning when his mobile home in Iowa City was destroyed by fire.
Firemen were summoned to the Forest \ iew trailer court in at 4 a rn. to discover the Michels' trailer home en
gulfed in flames.
Johnson county medical examiner Br. T.T. Bo/ak ruled Michels died of burns and smoke inhalation.
His lindy was discovered near the living room entrance after firemen extinguished the blaze in that area.
Robert Parrott, battalion
chief for the department, theorized Michels was asleep and attempted to flee the trailer through the front entrance upon awakening.
A roommate. Jay Sidman. a senior from Oelwein, was out of town at the time.
The trailer, was almost completely gutted by the blaze State fire marshalls are expected in Iowa City Monday to investiage the cause of the blaze.
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Services for young Michaels are set for 10:30 a m Wednesday at Sacred Heart C atholic church in Oelwein Brant-Kerns chapel has charge.
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Michaels of Oelwein; a sister, Mrs. Scott Grant of Bigan. two brothers. Joseph of ( entral City and John at home, and his paternal grandmother. Elizabeth Michaels of Hazleton
but when they're advised of the amount money even a short campaign would require require and that it appears the party won t be able to help much, the interest cools The senate seat will be left vacant by Democrat Michael Blouin. who is resigning be cause he was elected Second district Congressman.
A special election has been set for Bec. Ill) to fill a house seat left vacant by the death Oct. 8 of Joe ( lark. a Dubuque Democrat. Blouin's seat may be filled that date, too
If Rep Bob Carr (D-Du-
buque) is nominated for Blouin’s seat. Uarr’s seat also could be filled on that date.
Democrats have 2D seats in the DO-member Iowa senate as the result of the general election The special election here will decide whether Democrats will have a clear mangily or whether it will be a 25-25 split.
A split would give Republicans control because the senate s presiding officer will be Republican Ut. Gov Arthur Neti
Inflation Stalls Bidding At State’s Biggest Auction
Much Theater in Chinese Opera
By Gordon Hanson
ALTOONA (AP)—The nation is in for trouble if other Americans share the same knowledge that the Hanson family of Altoona has about a change-over to the metric system
"lf and when congress passes legislation." the National Weather Service said in a recent advisory, it ‘‘will provide weather information in metric units”
To wife. Joyce. I said;
“The weather service says it will report precipitation in millimeters and snow depth in centimeters, not int hes or feet. What do you think of that0"
"You know something?" she responded. “Everybody’s going to have the temperature and rainfall and snow ail screwed up Who’s going to remember all this stuff And besides that . . oh. dear”
old aplomb She knows what meters are — “It s some miles put together,"
Twelve-ytar-old Mike started confidently, but petered out. "Measuring a river in meters is probably like . . . well, it will say KM! feet, which is IOO yards.
"And if it says HNI yards . . well, if it’s supposed to be KXI yards it will be IHI meters and we wouldn't know beans about how deep it is They ll have to issue a pamphlet."
The weather service said it will measure air pressure in millibars
“Sounds like something out of the Denver mint," Joyce reacted “Gold bars Millibars. I don't know what to think."
Temperatures are reported in degrees Fahrenheit. People know it s hot when the thermometer hits KXI degrees, but who knows what the reading will be when the weather service gives temperatures in degrees celsius — a word replacing decrees centigrade.
Joyce’s best response:
"Hmmm. Celsius. Must
mean heat Celsius? Yup.
"Ifs . . . ahh . . , ah . . . mmm Rulers? I don t know "
“Yes. I heard that on the radio. They said the temperature is 29 degrees* iahrenhe*it, or minus two degrees celsius or something like that.
"And then the weatherman said . . . well, I'm not going to go into that."
By I^s Zarheis
IOWA CITY - Eastern Iowans were permitted a two-hour glimpse* into Chinese theater Sunday night in Handier auditorium at Iowa City.
The National Chinese Opera Theater proved to In* much more theater than opera.
A very large company presented a highly entertaining show that was musically on the lean side, but offered v ariety in abundance
There is indeed a musical culture native to China. But the complicated Chinese system of scales and modes, combined with the primitive nature of native instruments precludes anv great musical heights. Quite wisely the emphasis was placed upon other forms of entertainment where they do excel.
The total theater that resulted was solid entertainment, even down to what we refer to as slapstick Biggest hit of the evening was a troupe of ac* robatic tumblers who certainly reminded of an old KKD
vaudeville presentation. Their agile antics, remarkably well coordinated for a group, drew thunderous applause* So did a routine that may best be* described as organized baton juggling and passing
The costuming was a picture of opulence and Oriental splendor. Likewise the makeup was amazingly complicated
Most of the story of the action on stage was presented in pantomime accompanied musically bv a ten-piece ensemble on stage. The native instruments were percussive. strings — cither plucked or bowed — and thin textured reeds
There was. likewise, much
in the way of fierce sabre swinging, with the action continuing at a furious pace, thanks to the generous dimensions of the Handier stage. No scenery was employed and any props were simply suggestive.
Note of ( lass
The tonal inflections of the individual syllables with their phonemic element was an interesting phenomenon
Musically the only resemblance to opera, at least as we know opera, was the skit “Two Loyal Officials". It was also the most artistically done, with its extensive singing and the unexpected changes in meter and tempo that kept the orchestra busy.
Kilometric Wind Speed
Wind speeds will be reported in kilometers “Kilometer, calamity, billometer, clodhopper.” she muttered “Are they doing this for real?"
The weather service said the height of waves and depths of rivers will be measured in meters "In just plain meters?" Joyce asked bing pause. "Boy. In meters, huh? Not with a meter? Bov. This is going to bt* terrible “I just mastered the seven-digit telephone number and now they come out with this It's ail right for junior high level, but not for us oldies ” Daughter Tracy responded to the matter of river measurement with typical IO-year-
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By Elnora Robey
LANSING — Inflation was more apparent than recession recently at one of northeast low a 's biggest antique auctions of the year
Billt*d as a lOJNHi-iteni event, the *ale attracted buyers from Chicago to Cedar Rpaids. Only HIM! items had been sold when buyers and auctioneers called an end at about 6.30 p in. to the first day of the three-day sale They ran out of steam about 7 p m. the second day. and by then everyone knew three days wouldn't Im* enough to sell everything.
The building had been sold and had to be vacated by the end of the week.
A star of the sale was a unique spinning wheel, a compact model with two wheels arranged side-by-side. It was rn excellent condition. Bidding soon narrowed to two dealers who happened to be sitting together in the second row. By the time the price reached $1,100, they were thinking twice before they made each bid.
At about auctioneer
Ray Sweeney, who had bought the entire building and its contents from the 85-year-old collector. Albert Oelberg of McGregor, said. "I tell you now. folks. Albert valued this at $2JXKI when I was dealing with him
“He may not have been right, but I think he was more right than we are. He was buying these things years before any of us dreamed they would be valuable.
When a glass Aladdin lamp with a broken spout went for $145, one man at the hack of the room muttered, "There’s no way on earth they’ll ever get their money out of that. ”
There was some inconsistency on the part of the i rowd — the first evening a box of old corkscrews was bid up to $1 50; the second night a similar box brought eight times that.
Housewives who might have bought an advertising bean pot for $3 or $4 at a household sale might have seen its mate sold for two or three times that
The sale was dominated by dealers in August. 1971. when Oelberg had a three-day sale in Waukon, followed by a one-day sale in McGregor, KH) people had registered the first halfhour.
At the most recent sale. only about 170 registered the first day.
In some cases, people had tried for years to buy some of Oelberg's collection. He began collecting almost 70 years ago with coins and maintained his interest in his varied antiques and collectables up to the present.
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