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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 6, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Wsdnwday, January 6, 1971 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - 33 Mike Akerson spends months on one job Building models is paying proposition KIDNEY PATIENT - Eleven-week-old Amy Fossy undergoes her 14th treatment session on on artificial kidney machine in the University of Minnesota Hospital at Minneapolis as her mother looks on. She is believed to be the youngest patient in the world to have received so many treatments on an artificial kidney machine. Doctors say she will die in a few weeks if a donor does not become available. The kidney must come from a child under six years old who dies. By KEN POLE FOX CREEK, Alta. (CP) - Mike Akerson loomed over the brightly colored plastic model, looking like industry's answer to the Jolly Green Giant as he nudged a tiny conduit into place instead of a can of peas. Mr. Akerson has been working on the model for 10 months and he's still not quite finished. The model is an intricate scaled-down copy of Chevron Standard's Kaybob South plant 3 which now is being carved out of the wilderness on a plateau 35 miles south of this tiny community in west-central Alberta. Mr. Akerson, 38, employed by Ralph M. Parsons Co. of Los Angeles, prime contractor for the plant, had been building similar models for 14 years, a well-paying occupation he "just sort of grew into." "I went to a junior college shortly after I left the seas, that was the U.S. merchant navy, and one of the courses was piping draughting. This is what it led to." BREAKS INTO PARTS The model of the Chevron natural gas plant covers 855 square feet and for convenience in moving it, usually by aircraft, it breaks down into 45 .sections. Costing between "$100,000 and $150,000," it is a precise 1-32 three-dimensional blueprint of the $80 million plant being hammered together around the building where Mr. Akerson works. "It's hard to put a precise figure on it at this stage. I'll work 50 to 60 hours a week when they're really pushing some part of the construction, but it usually runs about 40 hours a week. This is why it's hard to put a price on the model right now." ' Color coded to represent different pressures in thousands of pipes and numerous functions of the plant, the model is used by engineers during construction and will be used as , a training aid when the plant ' goes "on stream" next summer. By then the plant will be pulling 445 million cubic feet of gas out of the Kaybob South formation and extracting 35,400 barrels of condensate, a light crude oil; 8,300 barrels of propane, 6,900 barrels of butane and 2,850 tons of sulphur as well as 50 million cubic feet of gas that will be fed into Alberta Gas Trunk Lines Ltd. pipelines. The rest of the gas will be recycled back underground to maintain pressure for more efficient recovery instead of being "flared" or burned off as waste. Mike Akerson is one of 18 people employed by the Parsons firm in its industrial modelling division and his job has taken him to Cape Kennedy for work on the Titan 3 project and to other parts of the U.S. for work on Minute-man missile installations. "I was at the Cape when they worked on Dynasoar, the space glider project, and the Titan 3 work consisted of the launch complex, the mobile service unit, the umbilical tower and the carrier that transports the booster to the launch site." It was obvious he enjoys his work, finding in it a relaxa- tion most people abandon when they outgrow plastic model kits of cars, aircraft and ships when they are teenagers, "I .built many models in those d,ays," he said, bending and squinting as he tried to line up a four-foot length of miniature pipe, "but of course there was nothing quite like this." You can control what you watch Video cassette major breakthrough 3y JERRY BUCK , (AP Television-Radio Writer) I NEW YORK (AP) - In the short life span of television, no viewer has ever really had command over what appeared on the tube. He watched only what was broadcast and that had to conform to the homogenized tastes of a respectable share of the audience ratings. That phase of the medium may end during this decade. The means is the video cassette. - On a weekday night the network fare is uninviting. You turn on the cassette player and watch a first-run movie instead. Or an opera or a ballet. - It is a Sunday afternoon and the roar of the past gridiron season still echoes in your ears So what do you do? Drop in a cartridge and watch more football. - Your husband has given you a sewing machine for Christmas. Learn how to operate it by watching the instruc tional cassette that comes with it. The video cassette could transform the TV set from an instrument controlled by distant and unseen programmers into a true theatre and com munications centre in the home. At last, television would have the ability to appeal to a wide diversity of tastes and needs, since a producer could turn a profit by appealing to perhaps as few as 10,000 people. The cassette, in conjunction with the multi-channel capacity of cable television, threatens to usurp the power of programming, and hence control of the medium, from the networks. Cartridge television is a'medium of the future - thr.ee to five years at least - but rarely has such a new development built such force in anticipation of its arrival. A dizzying array of video recorders is being eadied for the market. Every movie studio and independent producer want to get into the production of programs. And the air is so filled with predictions and claims that it is difficult to determine the true state of the industry. Dr. Peter Goldmark, who de- Malaysia under water KUALA LUMPUR (Reuter) Western Malaysia lay under several feet of water today as week-long monsoon rains para lysed the country and left 77,009 persons homeless. The government proclaimed a state of emergency in the area, where the official death toll was put at 29. Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak ordered that an emergency control centre be set up in the hilltop Parliament House under the minister with special duties, Tan Sri Ghazali Shafie Razak also met police and armed service chiefs to discuss measures to combat the flood' ing. In addition, he ordered the establishment of food centres to feed evacuees and appealed to all Malaysians to remain calm and conserve food stocks. Kuala Lumpur was bathed in brown mud today as the water levels continued to rise and rain went on falling. The bright yellow roofs of city buses showed here and there Just above the expanse of the floodwaters. Wood and corrugated iron shanty homes were swept away in parts of the city and some were jammed under the arches of bridges. Road and rail links to the rest of West Malaysia and to Singapore were cut, but international telephone and telex lines were still open. Man dragged 21 blocks EDMONTON (CP) - John Schlenker, 58, of Edmonton was dragged for 21 blocks when his foot became tangled in a trailer hitch on a friend's car. He escaped with a broken ankle, cuts and bruises. "1 stepped out of Uic car, but the rest I don't remember too well," Mr. Schlenker said today. "I just kep yelling and try' ing to kick at the car, but it just kept going." Driver Joseph Wilbert Ross said his car's fan and heater were going and he couldn't hear Mr. Schlcnker's shouts. He became aware of what was happening when a taxi driver stopped him. veloped the Electronic Video Recorder for CBS, sees it as "the greatest communications revolution ever." Tom McDer-mott, programming vice-president for RCA SelectaVision, believes "this is going to happen much fore instantaneously than television itself." "I think it's terrific, unbelievable," said moviemaker Joseph E. Levine of Avco Embassy Films. The movie company is an affiliate of the Avco Corp., which also owns Avco Catrivision, a major entry in the cassette field as a producer of both recorders and programs. Levine predicts, "We'll soon be producing films for cartridges." The principal drawback of cassette television is its price. Unless the cost in brought down by a huge demand, the playback device will cost the viewer as much as a color TV set. The initial costs are seen in the $400 range for the home models. A movie is expected to rent for $3; if you saw just one a month that would be $3fi a year. Still, that's cheaper than going out. The going price for other cassettes will be between $10 and $20 an hour. A complete course in French cooking, for instance, could amount to $100. 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