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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 29, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Odar Rapids Gazette: Erh. Nev. 21. 1174 I i| I WW ll Writer Ryan Held Cancer To Drawmrnm By Beh ( onsidinr NKW YORK - There was this night in Eindhoven, Holland, lasl September The putilic square was immersed in light, smothered in sound. The Dutch people of the area had come to the place to Ik* part ol the .'loth anniversary of their liberation from the Nazis by American paratroops. Prince Bernhard, resplendent in his general's (field marshal’s?) uniform, marched briskly to his place on the reviewing stand Dozens of groups ranging from old Dutch resistance fighters to children so young they had probably never heard of Hitler or von Rundstedt, or Maxwell Taylor or Jim (lav in. entered the square with spit-and-polish precision. But then there came on the scene one who didn’t walk so good. He needed the help of a stout cane and the arm of his unswervingly wonderful wife, Kathy. It took him a terribly long time to make it across the rapidly filling square to a seat that was his in the reviewing place It was Connie Ryan, making what turned out to bo his last public apparance A friend in the stands wept quietly Sadder To look upon a man dying of cancer is one thing; to look upon one who squares his jaw and growls, “....... it    I’m not going to die!” is another Sadder, in a way. I tri(*d to get a picture of my friend that night, to laugh over later ovet a drink of Irish whisky. But the bloody picture didn t turn out. Nor did Connie. He died last weekend at f>4 Ills book about Held Marshal Montgomery’s disastrous effort to find a short-cut victory in IB44 by pouncing on the Dutch bridges that led to the Buhr, was No 2 on the best seller list in the nation, No. I in other countries. As were his two great earlier histories of World war II, “The Longest Day” and “The l,ast Battle”. His “A Bridge Too Far”, will become a memorable motion picture. Story Important Connie started dying of cancer three or four years ago when ho was about halfway through “A Bridge Too Far”. He decided he couldn’t afford to die. In the first place, it was too important a story to die on; in the second, he sensed he’d need the money. Dying ofBobConsidine cancer these days, with all the appurtenances of a hospital room, radiation and chemotherapy is about as expensive as buying a yacht. The story, of course, mattered more to this man who regarded reporting as just as important as, say, breathing. To a large degree, the C S. had forgotten that once-upon-a-time about 25,000 extraordinarily brave American ’chute soldiers jumped into Holland bridge areas thai were alive with crack German troops. They took their bridges under suicidal circumstances before the enemy could blow up these precious passages into the Buhr and, thence, on to Berlin. In the course of completing this murderous mission, the men of Generals Taylor and Gavin saved the remnants of a British paratroop division and a Polish paratroop brigade that, because of abysmal British intelligence, had been dropped in the middle of a panzer division guarding the bridge at Arnhem. .Montgomery Warned Arnhem was “the bridge too far,” Montgomery had been warned by knowledgeable aides. But hi* scoffed, gained Eisenhower’s consent, and off they went. Out of IO IKM) men dropped the British suffered H.(HH) dead, wounded and cap-turn! That toll was heavier than the Allies paid on “The Longest Day!”, Connie’s enduring account of the invasion of Normandy; greater than the Bed army suffered as it moved in on the kill of Berlin, in Connie's “The I>ast Battle”. What bugged the Dublin-born Homer of the Great War was that hardly anybody seemed to remember Arnhem, Nijmegen and Eindhoven, or the bravery of the men on both sides, and the utter courage of a Dutch underground whose offer of aid to the British — at risk of being lined up before German firing squads — was largely rejected Revolving Door So Connie stayed in there, reading through a ton of material he had collected before the cancer invaded his bones, typing whenever he could, dictating to Kathy when he couldn’t. On at least one occasion, probably more, he was given the last rites of his church. He was in and out of Memorial hospital as if it had a revolving door. He finished the book, not vice versa. He got out of bed, Steadied himself and went back to the scenes where all these half-remembered triumphs and disasters had been enacted, to remind the world that there had been a day or two in World war I that brought into terrible focus the basic insanity of war And then, his mission completed, he died Connie didn t beat cancer, but he sure as hell held it to a draw •WSR MARION Band Members Take Part in Honor Festival Six Linn-Mar high school band members will take part in the annual Northeast Iowa Bandmasters' honor band festival Dec 7. The students will rehearse during the day and play a concert at 7:38 p m. at the Independence middle school gym. Linn-Mar students selected to participate are Bob Dr-Long, Dee Ann Casteel, Debbie Hill, Irene Gehring. Sandy Schonn and Kelly Hansen it it it Sales Help For Holiday Season. Full and part days. Boston Store — Adv. Three Die in Traffic C    ra Three persons have died in traffic accidents on Iowa highways during the Thanksgiving holiday period. Jerome Bonert. 21. Hopkinton. was killed Thursday when the car he was driving left Iowa 138 north of Dyersville and overturned, Delaware county sheriff’s officers said. Services for Bonner! will be held Monday at IO 30 at St. Paul Catholic church in Worthington with burial in the church cemetery. Catholic Order of Foresters rosary w ill be held at 8 p m Saturday and parish rosary at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Kramer's in Dyersville. Keith Erixon, 85, Onamina, Minn , was killed Wednesday when his car struck a bridge railing near Underwood, state troopers said Both men were alone in their cars when the mishaps occurred. Eugene McBride, 55. Muscatine, was killed Wednesday when the pickup truck he was driving was struck from behind by another truck driven by Richard Truitt. Muscatine, officers said The collision occurred on U.S. HI about IO miles east of Muscatine Republican Wins Alaska Recount ll NKA!’. Alaska (AP) -Jay Hammond is now officially the* governor-elect of Alaska following the completion of a recount that shows he defeated Democratic incumbent W illiam Egan by 287 votes. Ll. Gov. ll. A "Red" Boucher, Alaska s c hief elections official and Egan s running mate, said late Wednesday afternoon, "The recount is completed. It is over, and it is now Gov -elec t Hammond.” The- final tally was 45,840 to 45,863 Hammond, a bearded poet, hush pilot, hunting guide and former state senator, held a 385-vote lead going into the recount, hut election officials discovered errors that cut 78 votes from Ins totals Anti I’. 8. Outburst LIMA, Peru (AP) - lutist university students Wednesday moved a demonstration from the- U. S embassy to the American-owned Sheraton hotel, where they eau**! heavy damage- with fire bomb* and rook* Home on l>eave — Navy AMS3 Louise Sills, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Danny Sills, 585 Twenty-ninth street. Marion. is home for 13 days from North Island, Calif. it it it Last Day for Bargains at Ray’s Jewelry stoc k reduction sale — Adv WWW i>ast chance! Rummage sale Friday and Saturday Orphean Limited—Variety. — Adv. it it it “Star" selections appearing daily in Classified make your Christmas shopping easier: See the Want Ads! — Adv. WWW Stop and shop at Sorg Pharmacy. Register free for weekly drawing — Adv Sunday Services for C. Elmer Webster TROY MILLS - C. Elmer Webster, 83. a retired farmer and a lifelong resident of the Troy Mills community, died Friday at his home. He was born May 7, 1881, near Walker. On Dec 20, 1918. he was married bi Neva Rowe in Buchanan county. Mr. Webster w as a member of the Cnaciilla IOOF Lodge No. 299 Surviving in addition to his wife, are a daughter. Mrs. Roy Tull, Cedar Rapids, a son. Charles Webster, Walker; one sister. Ha Lowery, Akron, Ohio; four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Services will be- held at 1:30 p m. Sunday in the United Methodist church Conduced by: the- Rev. Danny Lemons and the Rev. Charles Moore. Burial Troy Mills cemetery. Friends may call at the Murdoch funeral home in Walker after 3 p m. Saturday 10O Feared Dead In Ferry Sinking DACCA. Bangladesh (CPI) — A ferry carrying about .ion passengers struck a submerged tree trunk and sank in Kaptai lake southeast of Dacca Wednesday. The Eastern news agency reported as many as IOO persons were feared dead BERRY'S WORLD Paradox of RecessionBusiness Reports Unfilled Jobs © 1974 by NEA Inc "I ve got an idea’ Let s go on a hunger strikeI" By John Cunni!! NEW YORK (AP) - While the job market continues to weaken as the economy heads deeper into recession, a paradox has appeared: Some employers are looking for workers and can’t find them. A survey by the National Federation of Independent Business, which claims more than 4<Ml IMM! members engaged in small- or middle-size businesses, shows 20.3 percent of them with unfilled jobs. More than 33 percent of the membership c laims to have had unfilled jobs for six months or more, and close to 27 percent report they have had unfilled jobs from 30 to 90 days. Mure Openings Moreover, the federation believed there- arc- more openings now for unskilled labor than there were at the beginning of the year. "Earlier in the >ear,” it slates, "responses to the NElB-sponsored survey indicated that demand for unskilled Jailor had reached the vanishing point, lait latest data shows 3 4 percent have jobs for unskilled latxir . To some extent there is always a mismatch of job openings and job seekers. Sometimes the jobs are in one area of the nation, the workers in another Certain skilled workers are always in short .supply. And many jobs are considered undesirable by job seekers But the federation still st»e>s signficance in its findings, es-pecially “at a time* when there is discussion of providing government work to take up the alleged slack in employment.” it asks "lf independent business is experiencing difficulty in filling bona fide jobs. how extensively will low-paid public- service jobs attract the presumed unemployed Continued Strength General Executive Services, a New Canaan. Conn , firm thai attempts to match executive job seekers with corporate openings, reports continued strength in above*$l5.000 market. T "it is significant that the demand for executives to set up and lead completely new ventures continued strong in October,” said W illiam Breit-mayer. president. He claims the ability to monitor HH percent of the total market The total of new executive openings reported during October was 3,172, Breitmayer said. compared with 3,527 in September and 3.824 in October. 1973 This, he believes, indicates stability, and more "It suggests confidence in the future for new products, new markets, and new projects by at least some segments of industry,” he said. a conc lusion he feels is supported by “continuing strength in capital expenditures in new project start ups.'’ Engineers I p His surveys do show some weaknesses, however, especially in sales-marketing. manufacturing and administration. Engineering jobs are up 18 percent over the last six months, according to his calculations. while finance shows a 7 percent rise and general management 8 percent Nevertheless, he observes, a number of maior corporations reported to him on plans to reduce recruitment and to release substantial numlx-rs of executives over the next three to six months. Statistically, these decisions haven't shown up but probably will by the early part of 1975. Economic Squeeze Means Trouble for Collectors WASHINGTON (UPI) -John Smith spends most of his working hours on the telephone. When he speaks, his voice is friendly but firm. “Hello, Mr. Roberts0 This is John Smith from the Acme Credit Agency. Our records show that you owe- $137 to the Ibm Ton department store and that you haven’t made a payment on the account in six months. Is there some reason why you can't pay your bill?” Smith, a bill collector, is making a lot more of these telephone calls nowadays, with less and less success. Inflation, it seems, is hurting him, too. ( aught in the- paradoxical squeeze of rising prices and an economic recession, Mr. Roberts and other Americans are going into debt faster than ever before, and are having a tougher time paving it off. New Breed Moreover, the hard times have spawned a new breed of debtor Mr Roberts might be* a laid-off factory worker with a drawer full of overdue bills, but he is just as likely to in- a business executive with two cars iii the garage. "It used to in* that the fellow who makes 15 grand a year could pay his bills,” said Michael Goldberg, vicepresident cd Eastern Credit Assn. of suburban Beltsville. Md "He might Im* a little slow but never to the extent that his bill went to an agency, like it is now ” According to the Federal Reserve board. Americans' installment purchases totaled $14 4 billion in August while repayments were only $12 9 billion This meant outstanding installment debt, which rose by $20.1 billion in 1973. increased by $1.5 billion last August alone. That should ta- good news for bill collectors, but they say it inn’Gso. Recovery Rate "Our volume of business is up, but the rate of recovery’ is down," Goldberg said. "We’re getting more accounts to collect but we are collecting fewer of them." The- number of overdue accounts referred to Eastern Credit in November was 39 percent higher than the same month last year, he said, but the- rate of collection was down an estimated 9 percent. This trend is nationwide, said Joe Galdiano, public relations director for the American Collection Agency of Minneapolis, industry spokesman for about 2,550 credit companies. “The collection agency is definitely not having a field day. They’re squeezed like everyone else They have to pay higher salaries. They’re running like hell to stand still." Galdiano said. Turning Seamer The ACA says the number and size of accounts have soared in the last six months partly because creditors, strapped for operating cash, are turning accounts over for collection much sooner than they used to. "A year ago. an account might have aged 180 days before being referred to a credit agency. Now they’re getting them from 90 to ISO lavs," Galdiano said "ll s an indication that creditors — hospitals, doctors, retailers — are trying to get their money as soon as possible. " Eastern Credit reports it is getting overdue accounts from sonic |H*oplt* for the first time, including a large metropolitan hospital and an Ocean City, Md., resort hotel. Accounts from gas, telephone and power companies are "up way over last year." The larger the past due bill, the bigger the collector's potential commission. And the sooner he gets the account, the better the chances of settlement, according to Carl Selbo. president of Capital Credit Corp , a nationwide agency headquartered in Washington Slight Increase Capital Credit has had a good year so far Clients have referred about $50 million in overdue accounts, a slight increase over last year, and the firm s 17 branch offices have collected about $14 million, the usual share. But Selbo sees trouble ahead Collections fell about 2 percent in November, a bad omen for December which traditionally is a bad month for bill collectors because of holiday gift buying. Selbo fears a worsening slump that may last well into the new year. Goldberg says many consumers are so deeply in debt they simply don’t have the cash to make all their payments. As one result, he said. “Its amazing the number of bad (hecks collection agencies get." He finds he is now chasing overdue bills Into the halls of congress. "(uitiplain' "We do get many VIPs and particularly ever on Capitol Hill,” Goldberg said. "You may get a bill against a congressman’s administrative assistant or legislative assistant and when they write you to complain, they write you on the congressman’s stationery. "It means, ‘cool it. Buddy, or else you may be in warm water" Goldberg views these letters as a ‘‘yellow flag” warning stemming from recent legislation safeguarding consumer credit rights. In such cases, he said, “We guard our words carefully so that anything we say can’t be thrown back at us. We've Ix-en sued more in the last two years than in the previous 25 years ’ But. Goldberg said with a shrug. "It’s a consumer age.” Come Join The Festivities at Peck’s 1974 Christmas Shop Opening FRIDAY — SATURDAY — SUNDAY Order Now I Enjoy during tho Holiday Seaton —PLUS— Cyclamens — Mums — Azaleas To Brighton Tour Holiday Table Table Arrangements, Fresh Cut Flowers or Artifical Centerpieces GROWING GIFT IDEAS — I OO Hanging Planter* and Terrariums, large and small Green Plant*, Coctu* Garden* and Venu* Fly Trap Kit* BEAUTIFUL GIFT IDEAS Hager Pottery Fenton Glassware Baskets Hanging Pots & Macrame Hangers Register For A Beautiful 6 Foot "RocAed TQfofsfikas 7fiee Drawing to be beld Sen. Dec 1st—5 PJA. Flee Christmas Tree Ornaments for the kids BOOS Conter Pt Rd. N.E. <? \ mm wa «** rn ■ wa «** wa i Smulelqpffs FINE HOME FURNISHINGS * Goodbye, Pencil and Paper. 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