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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 7, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 30 IITH5RIDGE HERAIP Thuisdoy, June 7, 1973 Boy Scout image of spacemen being shattered by Skylab crew BT MARY BLBB CAPE KENNEDY. Fla Ren- ter) The Skylab crew is rap- idly shattering the Bo> Scout image of astronauts which ine space agency sought to project for years. In the early years of manned space flight, the astronauts were kept as secluded as pos- sible and were portrayed to the public as Sunday school teach- eis former boy and clean-living heroes Officials did not have much trouble with Alan Shepard. America's first man in space, and John Glenn, the first Amer- ican to orbit the earth. Shepard uses polished, articulate phrases in public and Glenn sel- dom says anything worse than or "hell." The public was protected from any unwanted language in, his golly-gee-whiz remarks. 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Other sizes up to H78-1S at Enjoy what you want when you want it Open an All Purpose Account ServUo Station Hours: O doily 8 o.m. to 6 p.m. ond M, 'HI 9 p.m., in playing conversations from space. If the word "damn" spoken, it was never lepeated in the official transcript. Eugene Cernon, on Apollo 10, shocked many officials when he yelled "son of a bitch" as the spacecraft went out of control while circling the moon the lunar module. His wrist was slapped later and he received many letters of protest, Cernon felt called upon to apologize for what he termed emerged as a down-to-earth hu- man being who reacted to a crisis with a few choice ex- pletives. He changes the image of an astronaut from a robot to a man. John Young added to the flames when he made some de- about an orange drink while sit- ting on the moon in the lunar module. He was unaware that re- re- marks upset citrus people be- cause the drink as not real or- ange juice. Of all astronauts in the pro- gram. Charles (Pete) Conrad probably uses more of the de- scriptive phrases considered un- desirable than any other. How- ever, on his Apollo 12 moon mission, Conrad was careful with his language and delighted the world with his tum-de-tum- tum humming and joyous en- thusiasm. Skylab was a different kettle, of tish. After a 10-day delay during which the astronauts worked long hours on special training, they met nothing but frustration when they first attempted to re- pair the space station and dock wih it. Conrad, Joseph Kerwin and Paul Weitz worked hard in space suits with tools that did not meet their requirements. They became exhausted and on edge. The language became salty and the "son of a bitch" phrases more frequent. The went on to use four-letter words. It was apparent they were oblivious to the fact anyone was listening, or they probably did not care. In the Apollo program, afl the conversation is repeated verbatim in the The transcripts from Friday night are a bit more risque than usual. But since Conrad turned in a splendid performance, he un- doubtedly will be forgiven. White people frighten flost tribe SYDNEY fReuter) An Aus- tralian government jungle pa- trol, warned of a possible en- counter with cannibals in the wilds of Papua-New Guinea, found instead a mystery tribe which was terrified at meeting white men for the first time. The patrol leader. William van Rikxoort, said on his return to Sydney that his party discov- ered the "lost of shy na- tives in early August in a re- mote jungle region of the moun- tainous island territory. He said that on first contact the natives, armed with bows and arrow, were ''extremely shy and apprehensive." The patrol found the tnbe. known as Sinalis, in the remote Strickland River area of the is- land's southern highlands after 'a nightmare trek through leech-infested and mountainous j j jungle. i But after a few days' contact. the natives lost their fear and' visited the patrol's camp freely to trade bananas and sago while watching the camp's activity. "Bows and arrows were car- ried only for the first few days." said van Rikxoort. "During the visit, Sinalis women and children mingled freely with the patrol." He said no indication was found to support claims by a missionary' that cannibalism had been reported in the area Van Rikxoort said the Sinalis i were a "slender and often slight people of rather short stature with noses shaped like those I seen on carvings found along the Sepik with a clear outline and gently flaring nostrils He said they were typically forest people and bore no physi- cal resemblance to the stocky Highlanders of the Australian- administered territory. i ''Semi-nomadic, they travel 1 for miles to establish a new gar- iden, and sometimes abandon old ones for no apparent reason. They live in small scattered groups of extended families much as a day's walk apart." The tribe had no ceremonial or ornamental carvings, and ornaments consisted only shell necklaces and woven arm- l bands. I Van Rikxoort said the tribe's isolation had kept it from pre- 1 vious contact with white people. SPECIAL OFFER! 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