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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 4, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Tundoy, July 4, 1975 THI LETHMIDGI HERALD William Scobie Move under way to revive America's SST T OS ANGELES-As Ihe major U.S. airlines consider their verdict on the Concorde, reports are- growing here of plans to revive the American supersonic transport (SST) pro- gram. Although the Americans could not now produce their own SST for some years, these stories are bound to influence already-dubious purchasers of the 500 million Anglo-French airliner. If President Richard Nixon la returned to the White House on November 7, administration spokesmen hint, the aerospace industry can expect to see fed- eral funding for an advanced SST pressed upon Congress in 1973. So why should airlines rush to pick up options? TWA's director of financial relations, Mr. Barry Wiksten, is scarcely alone in finding the world's most expensive plane "unat- tractive and uneconomic" and confessing that lie may have to buy some for competitive rea- sons "but right now we wish Concorde would go away." For months now West Coast strongholds of the industry have buzzed with word of plans for a "quieter, second-generation" SET, based on the Boeing pro- gram terminated by Congress in March 1971. This week in Los Angeles it was the turn of the transportation secretary, Mr. John A. Volpe, to restore the vision and simultaneously take a stab at Concorde. He chose the eve of the plane's mile far eastern sales tour to say that he was aware that Con- corde was "dirty and noisy" and the Federal Aviation Ad- ministration would not allow it to land in the U.S. until the British cleaned it up. Indeed, Mr. Volpe said Con- corde would not only be banned "from flying over the U.S. it might be banned from landing at coastal cities, too. At least, he predicted, the FAA would require the aircraft to slow to subsonic speeds 100 miles from shore. Volpe attacked the "mis- taken decision" to halt the Am- erican SST program, but noted that environmental and other related studies continue. When these were complete "then we'll consider getting back into tha SST business." Also spreading the word that the SST, though lying down, is not dead, is Mr. William Ma- gruder, former development chief for the government SST program, who points out that million is currently being spent on technical and environ- mental research. The environ- mentalists who shot down the program last year will have to be placated if the project is to be reanimated. Even NASA the National Aeronautics and Space Admini- Istration has got into tho act. Last week it unveiled a radical new SST design incor- porating a pivoting wing and lailplanc which, it is claimed, could eliminate sonic boom, allow SST landings at small, conventional airports and lead to a plane far more economical than Coneorfle. Wind tunnel tests and com- puter studies are progressing at California's Ames Research Centre under Dr. R. T. Jones, the scientist who developed the first delta-wing planes. Aerospace engineers here have been quick to boost this drawing bozVd notion over the reality of the Concorde. In its distaste for the Anglo-French plane, the industry is for once united with the environmental- ists on one hand and the air- lines on the other. But are the airlines, perhaps, simply holding out for better purchase terms? If so, they are producing some extremely real- istic moaning and groaning. At Boeing headquarters in Seattle, I was told: "The air- lines would really like to wait and see what the next adminis- tration brings. What they want is an American SST with a quiet technology that leapfrogs the Concorde and learns from its shortcomings. Given the state of the economy, they'd he glad to wait until we could get a prototype in the air, maybe in the early 1980s." Pan Am has said It will male no decision until final Concorde figures on noise, pollution and cargo are In. The airline is at present losing around mil- lion a month and admits that it will not be in the black this year. One Pan Am director has stigmatized the plane as un- comfortable and too expensive. TWA spokesman Barry Wik- sten says much the same: "Fifty million dollars for a plane that carries only 102 peo- ple is a lot of money for very questionable financial results." Pan Am has eight options on Concordes and TWA six. United Air Lines (six options) is basic- ally an overland carrier and thus could use Concorde only on its one overseas route, to Hawaii. Its president, Edward E. Carlson, says he will make no decision for some time. "If pressed for a decision in the next six months United will cancel its options." Continental and American Airlines, with nine options be- tween them, are both waiting to see what mighty Pan Am will do. Only Braniff Airways seems willing, if not eager, to pick up Its three options to buy now. "If Concorde proves economically viable we could use them on our runs to South says a spokesman. With or without an American SST, business at Boeing is at last on the upswing after a long spell In the doldrums, 'employ- ment figures are rising. New military contracts have appear- ed. There is an unlooked-for boom in sales of the three-en- gined 727 airliner. The British team now in Pek- ing hope the Concorde will find some heavy U.S. competition. Teams from Boeing, Lockheed and McDonnell-Douglas are al- ready there, offering their planes to the Chinese, and Boe- ing President Mr. T. A. Wilson says lie feels sure that they will sell a fleet of 707s "and maybe, some 747s too" before the year is out. (Written for Tho. Herald and The Observer in London) A graphic study r___.__ (Photo by Harry Ing) Book Reviews Dreary account of sexual exploits boring "A State of Heat" by Sheilah Graham, (Grossct and Dimlep, price 244 pages, distributed by George 3. McLcod "A DELIGHTFULLY scan- dalous it says on the jacket of this book. Don't believe everything you read. Once you get past the cover, this is a boring biography of the Graham genital area, all too sparingly interspersed with little snippets of Hollywood gos- sip. Madly In love with her own sexuality, Shcilah leaps from orgasm to orgasm with tedious abandon, In the process top- pling from its pedestal one of America's best loved myths the legendry affair between herself and F. Scott Fitzgerald. She was born in England on a date that's either a carefully guarded secret or lost in the jnists of antiquily, and raised in an orphanage. Married in her teens to a man twenty-five years her senior, she went on the London slage as "one of Mr. Cochran's young ladies." Her husband being impotent, as she carefully stresses in every third or fourth para- graph throughout the book, the couple become "just good friends." She therefore feels free to go on the town with the young bloods of the day who get their kicks from leading Mr. C's young ladies willingly astray. Still married to her "good and thoroughly en- grossed In her own "aura of Shcilali sels out to con- quer New York, seemingly having run the gamut of rich lovers In Britain. Once more she snys, rich men gathered ns flics' to the honcypot, mid possibly for a little relaxation she became a columnist for two Now York pnpcrs, eventually gaining nn- lionnl recognition nnd syndlcn- lion for her comments on fam- ous socialites nnd singe and screen personalities. Reaching down deep Inlo her Pandora's box, she brings out three of her unfortunate hang- ups for general display. She loves food, and has to watch her weight constantly In order to keep up her sexy image. She discovers that rich men are stingy to their mistresses, at least to poor Sheilah. But her most obvious prob- lem is men. While consistently claiming to like them, above the belt she treats them with condescension and contempt. Her first husband to whom she was supposedly devoted she strips bare of all pride and self-respect, with little reason. He was impotent and an in- effectual dreamer. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the much-publicized love of her life, as a lush; and her two later husbands wan-ant no more than a stray, acid comment in spite of the fact that one of them seems to have sired her two children. Now apparently too old or loo exhausetd to do more than talk a big fight, Sheilah has unfor- tunately dragged out her diary and released this dreary story on an i-jisuspecling world. Keep this book carefully hid- den where Junior can find it. It will do a thorough job of turn- ing himself off sex for a while, and you won't have to worry about him for a few more years at least. MAUREEN JAMIESON. More stories for Simenon fans "When I Was Old" by Georges Simenon (Longman Canada Limileil, 343 Sels a Trap" by Georges Simenon (Longman Canada Limited, S7.95. 182 "Teddy Bear" by Georges Simenon (Longman Canada Limilcd, SB.93, 162 JJEADERS who enjoy Simen- on will read any of the hundreds of books he has pro- duced. Having by now read over 40 of his novels I see lhat one easily becomes engaged in a sort of 'hobby' to sec what theme Simenon will be dealing with this time. He is an incred- ible writer and one who is al- most impossible to assess even it one were qualified lo do so. Delightful story of Indians Uonny Meets Ihe Sas- qualch: written and illuslra- led hy Elmay Crow: Crow Publishing Co. Uox 27, Vic- toria B.C. SX95. rTHE SASQUATCH is no stranger to Alberta and British Columbia. The huge 7- foot hairy ape-like creature has been reported wandering around the Alberta Commu- nities of Eekville. Nordegg and Banff and in various places in the Frascr Canyon. Cynics think the Sasquatch exists only in the fertile imagination of those who claim lo have seen him lumbering his ungainly way tlirough the remote foresls In the Rocky Mountain area. Others are sure they have seen him. The little hoy in Mrs. Crowe's book really does meet the Snsqnatcli nnd lalk lo him. She lells all about Ronny's adventure In verse in tins charming story which is pro- fusely illustrated with repro- ductions of her own pen and ink nnd colored sketches. It will h.ivc appeal lo all children nncl their parents who love the wild areas of tills land and drcain of camping and fukuig trips just like the one where Ronnie meets liis friend from the ro- molc pasi. Tl is a family publication, produced with great care by Ihe author and illustrator Elmay Crowe, whose husband Del runs Ihc publishing firm from Llieir home in Vicloria. You can order (he book from the above address, or ask your bookseller to get it for you. JEII Excessive blather "The Law of Delay" Iiy C. Norlhcole I'arkinsoii (Ivong- nian Canada Ltd., 128 pages, book will not rival Parkinson's Law, instant- ly popular when first published in Brilain in which slalccl thai work fills available time, or Ihe work force grows na- lurally year hy year, regard- less of whal work, if any, is to be done. Mr. Parkinson's latest publi- cation, 34 "interviews and oul- crvicws" suffers from thinking thai Is too general and fuzzy, and wil Hint is loo try lo lllil- iitc. There's more obscure blalher than so small a book should conlain. There Is humor and prcccp- lion as in a piece describing Ihe movcmenl of a young man's career along set roulcs dependent upon family, back- ground and ambition but there is also rambling about lords and ladies, the Admiralty, Whitehall and Balh nnd assort- ed other slicks in (he British mud. Descriptions of the behavior of the corporate Ycs-mcn, Nod- dcrs, Shakers and No-men are too few. Even Mr. Parkinson's clever Law of Delay lhat delay Is Ihe deadliest form of denlnl Is rendered lifeless by conver- sion into a formula. Because Ihe hook fails to entertain, it fails to inlonn. GHEG McINTYRE I thought I might receive help in understanding my fas- cination with Ihe man's writing in pursuing his "When I Was Old" but I almost wish I had contented myself with continu- ing to enjoy without question his mysteries (the Maigret ser- ies) and his more seriously- Ihemed novels. In When I Was Old he shares with his readers tl-.e contents of notebooks he kepi between 1070-63 when, at 57, he felt he not live long enough to share his in- most thoughts with his very yomig children. The Ihoughls are so personal, so introspec- tive, so very self-centred lhat one wishes he had lossed them in his fireplace. Perhaps there is always more fascination in (he person who retains some sense of mystery about what he thinks and does. I enjoyed Simenon more when I didn't know how terribly concerned he is wilh Simenon! But Simenon fans who haven't already done so will want to read Maigrct Sels a Trap which is belter than most of Ihe Maigret books, and Teddy Bear which deals again with Sinicnon's interest in med- ical mailers and which, in my opinion, doesn't quilc come off. It concerns a gynecologist who complicates his life lo such an cxlcnt that he feels he is falling apart and unable lo perpetuate the facade of professionalism he has huill up wilh his clinic slaff and Ihc members of his family. ELSPETII WALKER A history lesson on wheels By Fraser Hodgson YOU remember the trouble you had in school trying to keep history facts straight? Places, names, dales, and other happenings often got badly mixed, and came out on an examination- paper earn- ing a vary low mark. I know very well when King John signed the Magna Charter, what year William the Conquerer look over England, and all about the famous Boston Tea Party, but when faced with writing all this down in a short time I always had the right battle in the wrong place, and the wrong date on most well-known limes in history. I'm sure If I'd been there or nearby when it happened I wouldn't have any trouble remembering all the facts, be- cause I could easily recall everything in- teresting since I had a memory, but why should I worry about what happened so many years ago? But it seems that be- fore kids are considered lo be educated they have to pass a history test, and no certificate is given until they do pass wilh a minimum percentage. They have a lot cf other subjects lo leam also, but none so memory-demanding as history, at least as far as I am concerned. On a vacation trip to Santa Barbara California last winter, my wife and I hap- pened onto a class of 40 junior high school students, which did something about learn- ing their State history in a way they wouldn't forget it for many years. They chartered a Greyhound bus for a 13 day trip to all the historical spots they could visit in that time in California, and gath- ered all the facts firsthand right where they happened, and got them all orderly fixed solidly in mind for good. The reason we got to know so much about the scheme, is that our son Jim has been a Greyhound driver here for several 3'ears, and be just happened lo be the driver that drew this charter assign- ment. The proposed trip had been well known for quite a while, so reporters ancJ TV cameramen were present for the send- off. Jim and some of the five teachers going along were a bit worried about acci- dents and homesickness, but everything turned out perfect. Even a couple of wet days didn't drown their high spirits. The county lax payers weren't nicked for the tab either, the students paid for practically the whole trip themselves. For nearly a year they earned money toward the venture by car washing, lawn mow- ing, and many other schemes they thought about. Of course some parents helped out a little, because a few of these kids were only twelve year-olds. I suppose it averaged out at about each, and that's pretty good for 12 to 13 year-olds. And it wasn't only a "fun they had regular lessons assigned before leaving, and they were completed and mailed back each day. They also had a daily report to fill in on each day's activities. They were billeted in school and army dormitories, and they all pitched in making noon lunches, and help- ed clean up kitchens and sleeping rooms. The bus baggage compartment and all empty comers were packed to capacity, and if not done right it just had to be un- loaded and repacked to get it all aboard. They saw so much in so short a time, that you might think their minds couldn't hold all of it, but they saw it in such a way that little will ever be forgotten. They didn't go through Hearst's Castle because of the cost and shortage of time, but they did see around the outside, and learned how a man built a monument to himself. Then there was the drive up the coast highway 1 to Monteray and district, where they learned about artichokes. A drive around San Francisco to a lot of points of interest, then a ferry ride, and across Golden Gate bridge; a tour of rice fields near Willows, where they learned how rice was sown, sprayed, and harvested; a dem- onstration of a noise machine to scare ducks and geese back to their protected sanctuary. The wild birds don't seem to know they're not supposed to eat the farmers grain, but should slay in the fields provided, so a gas-fired automatic machine is used to make loud, and scare them back home. They visited Jack London's home, the giant Redwoods in Sequoia National park, and some saw and fell real snow for the first time. I know most was modern his- tory, but it will lie ancient before they realize it, and Placerville, Sacramento, and San Diego, gave them a glimpse of some early days. The scene of the gold rush of 1849 was interesling at Placerville, especially to Jim the driver, because whether he thought to say anything about it or tot, his great-grandfather ran a mula packtrain in Ihit district in the 1850's. He went back home to Ontario Canada in 1868, so we came pretty close to becoming Americans. They met local Assemblyman Don MacGillivray In the Sacremento legis- lative building, and during the tour he showed them how the assembly voting machine worked. The last few ports of call Included a tour through a modern dairy farm southeast of Los Angeles, a to a historic point near San Diego, and finally the old ghost town of Calico. The combination conductor, referee, ind navigator Jay Willingham, had a large re- sponsibility on his shoulders, and though everything turned out fine, I'm sure ho heaved a sigh of extreme relief when It was over. He was the regular history teach- er of the class, and along with the others conducting the experiment, he is sure most of the students will retain a lot of what they learned. They know they won't all remember the same things, but they should never forget what was most im- pressive to each. Helping In the planning, and paying their way, made them much more attentive and observant, and most will remember everything. So much Is heard these days about bad teenagers and student unrest, and the main cry from them seems to be, "we havs nothing to do." I know this doesn't come from all young people, just a very few, but this small number really inakes them- selves heard in these days of fast com- plete communication. The group in tha community of Carpentaria, found some- thing to do, and it kept them busy for a whole year. I know many kids in Canada are just as smart at finding something to keep them out of trouble. There Is nothing WTong in copying sometliing that others have done, someone has to be first. Instead of lamenting about nothing to do, why not get behind a plan like this and leam Can- ada's history? JIM FISHBOURNE Junk mail T ET me make one thing perfectly clear, as someone or other is in the habit of saying, and that is that I have nothing against the post office. Far from it. It per- forms a useful and necessary service, which you can't say for just any old gov- ernment department, and moreover it is ons government agency whose purpose I feel I understand. I am perplexed a bil, though, by some of the done by h gh-rai'king pest office officials. Those cf you read Ihc hotter clsss of periodicals (well, belter than girlie books, rnyway) will have noticed a recent advertisement in the form of an "open let- ter from the post office" in which the vir- tues of something called "advertising mail" are extolled. Advertising mail, which should no longer be called junk mail, con- fers great benefits on LS all, and upon the post office which we own in par- ticular. It pours some fifty million dollars a year into post office coffers, thus ensur- ing the continued employment of quite a number of postmen, and also creates em- ployment for "lens of thousands" of other Canadians. Well, now that I understand, perhaps I should say no more about jun sorry, advertising mail. What's more, I'll prob- ably have to revise my thinking about the government's efforts to create jobs. All along I've been somewhat querulous about the apparently exclusive emphasis jobs for young people; not being one myself, I felt there wjs unnecessary discrimination (most c'i3criniination, ?.s you krow, is "ncc- in restricting make-v.ork deals lo youngsters, who already have colleges and luiiversititcs, parks and highways, and clher built for them at govern- ment expense. It is gratifying, therefore, to find that one of the biggest make-work deals of all is open lo everybody. Because how else can you describe an enterprise lhat requires (Jiat we cut down trees, make paper, print Ibis advertising, End I hen mail it all over Ihc country lo people who neither need nor want it? It has lo thai, because otherwise what (he lays who placed this nd arc saying is that anylhing is justified that inakes a buck. One thing struck me as odd. though. If advertising mail is so greal, and so vilnlj lo Ihe wcllbcing of our post office, how come this "open letter" wasn'( mailed? Getting it straight By Doug Wnlkcr TVIELS Kloppenborg Insists that I misin- LCI band concert. tcrprclcd his interest in seeing Anno ]f Niels has anything lo worry about It McCracken and me together at church on is his own wife Nina's sympathy for mo. recent Sunday. He is nclunlly concerned It was she who offered lo bake me a pic. about it since he also saw us together at Anns, after all, has cut mo off for ;