Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The LetHbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, April 16, 1974 Pages 11 to 20 City employee, Mariano Biscaglia, 1102 12th St. 'C' n., basks in the warm sun as he prunes trees in Gait Gardens. He is work- ing in an aerial bucket some 55 feet above the ground. The Weather just as nice up top temperature reached a pleasant 67 degrees Monday but was a long way from the record for April 15 of 82 degrees set in 1926. It will be sunny with cloudy periods today and Wednesday with RICK ERVIN photo highs between 60 and 65. The city's pruning program which has been going on all winter will finish sometime this week as all dead and bad branches are weeded out from the trees in Gait Gardens. Symposium at U of L Scholars will analyse Velikovsky's theories Eight scholars from Canadian and American universities will speak at the symposium on Immanuel Velikovsky's theories of cultural amnesia to be held at the University of Lethbridge May 9 and 10" Dr. Velikovsky is to receive a doctor of arts and science honorary degree from the U of L at its spring convocation May 11 in recognition of the interdisciplinary nature of scholarship. Using evidence from anthropology, astronomy, biology, history, geology and psychology. Dr. Velikovsky rewrote the history of the ancient world, redefined the meanings behind- common myths and challenged the foundation of theory in science, the university claims In his book Worlds in Collision, Dr. Velikovsky uses the evidence to document his theory that the planet Venus had a close encounter with the earth about 1500 B.C. He claims the encounter produced tidal waves, electrical disturbances, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and even disrupted the earth's rate of rotation. Dr. Velikovsky will lecture at the symposium on cultural amnesia May 9 and will present the conference summary May 10. He believes the almost total destruction of life that took place on earth during the planetary collision caused such a terrifying experience for mankind that it shocked the human mind out of all conscious recollection of the disaster. Dr. Velikovsky calls the loss of memory collective amnesia and is now in the process of writing a book that will further explain his psychological theory. Speakers at the U of L symposium will include Alfred de Grazia, a political scientist from New York University, who will speak on origins of ancient human fears; Alan Gowans of the University of Victoria, speaking on historic arts and ancient history. George Grinnel of McMaster University, discussing the origins of the 1832 Gestalt shift in Western science: and Irving Wolfe, of the University of Montreal, speaking on connections between Shakespeare's writings and Velikovsky's theory. Dr. de Grazia was an organizer of the American foundation for voluntary welfare and the foundation for the study of problems in modern science. He also has Few parents apply for school transfer Less than 40 parents have taken advantage of the opportunity to choose the Lethbridge public school they wish to send their children next fall. Final tabulations have not been completed because schools are closed for the Easter break, but the public school's director of personnel said today early indications from school principals last week showed only "two or so" transfer requests being made at each school. Under a new optional attendance boundary policy- formed in March by the public school board, parents had until Monday to choose the school they wished their children to attend. acted as an advisor on social and political policies to various governmental, foundation and corporate programs in the U.S., Turkey, the West Indies and Vietnam. Dr. Gowans is the author of numerous books on architecture, art. history of art and modern art. He will be making a presentation on the social function in historic arts as a basis for periodization in ancient history at the symposium. Dr. Grinnell has written a book entitled The History of Science in the Cultural Context and has presented a number of papers on the theories of Immanuel Velikovsky as well as on the work of evolutionist -Charles Darwin. He is interested in the connections between the theories of Darwin and Velikovsky. Dr. Wolfe is interested in biblical archeology, astronomy and the history of art and science in relation to myth, religion and social sciences. He has formulated a theory that suggests the sources of man's art may be seen as collective and recurring evidence of collective human experience. Also speaking at the U of L symposium will be Patrick D oran from McMaster University, who will discuss Velikovsky and the new anthropology: William Mullen of Princeton University will speak on Egyptian and Central American sources of myth: and James MacGregor from the Ontario College of Art. will discuss catastrophic themes and psychotic delusions. The only Alberta professor scheduled 10 give a formal presentation to the symposium, Dieter Mueller of the U of L history department, will question chronological implications of Velikovsky's theories. Advance registration for the symposium must be completed by April 20. CITY, POWER CO. MEET The city's power supply committee was to meet with Calgary Power officials today to resume discussions left off last summer when the CH2M Hill report was commissioned. City council met in a closed session Monday for about 45 minutes to discuss the power plant situation prior to today's meeting with Calgary Power. Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff, who chairs the power committee, said after the closed session that the meeting today was to discuss the terms of Calgary Power's offer to purchase the city power plant and to find out how much longer the offer will stand. He indicated the discussions would form part of the information council will need to make a decision on the power supply question. Street patch-up bill could be over City streets are suffering from what's estimated by city hall officials to be their worst case of frost heaves in 10 years, but help is on the way. City council Monday agreed to increase the city's contingencies fund to pay for repairs after City Manager Allister Findlay said the repair bill could be in excess of "It's beyond the normal patch-up program." the city- manager said. "I haven't seen the like of it for several years. "There's complete break-up of huge areas of roads." City engineering, director Randy Holfeld blamed the frost boils on the numerous freeze-thaw cycles the city went through this winter. "There's no remedy other than to excavate and he said. One crew has already been set to work part-time repairing broken up portions of pavement and it will now be put on the job full-time. The frost has just moved in the last two weeks, Mr. Holfeld said, and the next 10 days will determine whether or not the problem will get any bigger. If it doesn't, most of the major repair work could be completed in 20 days, he said. The cost of the repairs prompted one alderman to suggest it would be a good time to go to the province to ask for a slice of the gasoline tax for such expenditures. "The upkeep is getting monstrous and as it is now it's being paid from property- taxes, not necessarily by people who own cars." the alderman said. "That's what the gas tax is all about." While council didn't take up the suggestion it did knock some off the contingency allocation requested by" City Manager Findlay. He had suggested the fund be increased from the in the original budget to S284.000. Alberta assessors here The Alberta Assessors" Association will hold its 14th annual convention in the city Wednesday through Friday at the Holiday Inn. While most of the convention sessions will deal with matters related to the tax assessment field, the convention will also hear a talk on Alberta and Canada's oil policies. Joe Yanchula. an outspoken Calgary petroleum engineer, will speak on that subject at p.m. Wednesday. Assessment of buildings at market value rather than replacement cost as is done in Ontario and British Columbia: problems with the court of revision, the first and all-too- often largely bypassed step in assessment appeals: and electronic data processing related to computer assisted assessments will be among topics discussed at the meeting. 'Attitude can even conquer migraines' For the 95 per cent of the population who aren't successful because they possess a negative attitude of themselves, the Lethbridge Community College is about to introduce a course designed to change that altitude. The man who is about to take on the task of replacing negative thoughts with positive mind control says he uses self-hypnosis to help people help themselves. "Unless a person learns to understand themselves and gain an intellectual understanding of what their minds are it is difficult for anyone to help them." says Larry Grinstad. a Calgary hypnotist, who will begin instructing the self-hypnosis and scientific sell-suggestion course at the college May 1. He says the continuing education evening course can only help people who want to bt helped much in the same way that alcoholic counsellors can only help alcoholics kick their habit if they're willing to take the first step toward sobriety. "Life is what you make of it." he says. "If you go through life accepting negative attitudes, ii is very likely you don't have faith in yourself and haven't lived, up to your potential." Mr. Grinstad maintains. It is very difficult for people to alter the negative thoughts they have of themselves because most people have been conditioned tor years to accept doubt, fear and failure. This doubt, fear and sense of failure comes- through when they meet other people and nttempt to open new horizons, he adds. Self-hypnosis must be developed in gradual stages that include: learning how to physically relax, developing intellectual objectivity and gaining complete self-control ol ihc mind. That is why the course offering at LCC is stretched over 11 weeks. Mr. Grinstad has his students mak'e a list "of those things" they want to achieve in life when they first enter the course. "I don't even look at keep it as their personal objective." and the course provides them with the awareness of their own potential that is needed to take a positive approach toward achieving their objectives. he explains. Mr. Grinstad teaches self-hypnosis during the course because the students must "gain faith in themselves" instead of a dependency on him. The course is designed to help people in all walks of life with a variety of problems. It could help students who are returning to school after a prolonged absence gain a positive attitude toward obtaining their educational objectives or it might help a person who has an erratic job record to gain sieady employment through a more positive work attitude, he claims. It can even cure the migraine headache, a Calgary housewife claims. Barbara Willis reportedly told a Calgary- newspaper her migraine headaches disappeared and her attitude changed completely after three months of classes with Mr. Grinstad. Mr. Grinstad claims he has also helped some of'his students in Calgary to stop smoking and overeating The course costs S75.