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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, March LCTHBRIOQE HERALD-29 Device designed to aid blindness BOSTON (AP) A military device used by battlefield sol- diers to convert night to day may aid persons with a blinding eye disease to see in dim light, researchers have reported. Initial studies involving 50 patients at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary here proved so successful that field studies with prototypes will begin soon. The developer hopes to have a marketable device ready in less than two years. The light amplification device was developed for the military over the last eight years by International Telephone and Telegraph Corp. (ITT) and the Army Night Vision Laboratory in Fort Belvoir, Va. The amplifier was used by night patrols and air rescue teams in Southeast Asia and attracted the attention of Dr. Eliot Berson of the Boston hospital, who thought it might be useful to patients with retinitis pigmentosa. Benson, who worked with Arnold Rabin and Leathern Mehaffey, says studies show that the devices amplify light sufficiently to give patients with this disease the equivalent of their best daytime vision under dim to poor light conditions such as moonlight. Retinitis pigmentosa is a he- reditary, progressive eye condition, which usually leads to almost total blindness over a period of years. The retina, an extension of the optic nerve in the back of the eyeball which sends sight signals to the brain, contains light receivers called rods and cones The rods are the eye's nighttime system and recognize dim tones and the cones see brighter lights, natural or artificial. Forms of retinitis pigmentosa impair both rods Session on cultural amnesa Immanuel Velikovsky's, theory of cultural amnesia will be discussed May 9 and 10 at a symposium sponsored by the University of Lethbridge. The symposium, planned to coincide with the spring convocation at the university, will feature an address by the controversial scientist and author, as well as lectures from other scientists and scholars from both Canada and the United States. Dr. Velikovsky will receive an honorary degreee at the U of L May 11. Oldtimer executive elected The Lethbridge and District Old Timers Pemmican Club have named Daniel McEwan as president for the coming term of office. First vice president is Bunny Scott, with Carl Fraser as second vice president; R. C. Niven as secretary treasurer; and Jack Hunt on the executive committee. Past president of the organization is A. P. Baines with Eva MacLean as honorary president. and cones, Berson says, but the effect is more pronounced in night vision because there are 16 times more rods than cones in the eye. "The contribution of this de- vice is that it can amplify light enough for abnormal cones to work, as well as normal cones and rods working in dim Berson says. "Because the device can be set for varying degrees of am- plification, it can help people for many years up until the most advanced stages of the he continues. Berson emphisizes that the devices do not cure the disease and must be prescribed by specialists according to each patient's needs. Dr. Steward Flaschen, deputy technical director for ITT, says the military version of the amplifier costs about but ITT is redesigning the device with a to price goal for the medical version. The hand-held device, which looks like half of a set of bi- noculars, uses the principles of television signal reception, Flaschen says. Light hits chemically- coated lens at one end and sends out electrons. The battery-powered device amplifies the electrons, which in turn hit another lens containing phosphorus that emits bright light as on a TV screen. Homosexual 'marriage' not legal WINNIPEG (CP) The recorder of vital statistics for Manitoba says a Feb. 11 church ceremony that united two males in matrimony has not been registered as marriage and is not legal under provincial law. Recorder D. W. Matheson said he was advised by the government department's legal solicitor not to register the marriage of Chris Vogel, 26, a provincial government employee, and Richard North. "We'll have to discuss this with out lawyer before we can make any Mr North, a 22-year-old University of Manitoba student, said when informed Tuesday of the registration decision. Rev. Norman Naylor, who performed the ceremony in a Unitarian Church in Winnipeg, said he thinks the issue of homosexual marriage will have to be taken to court but such a decision is up to the two people involved. He said the province should either make whatever changes in law are necessary to allow homosexual marriages, or create a new legal institution for people of the same sex who want to be married. Mr Matheson said his personal opinion is that the marriage of two males cannot be considered legal because a bride and bridgeroom are defined as male and female. Bikes stolen SAN DIEGO (AP) Police are looking for about 50 bi- from the police impound building. A padlock was pounded off the door. Stately Classics and Radiant Casuals Traditional or Contemporary Wedding Photography has changed... at A. Cross Studio me difference Is BEAUTIFUL A. E. CROSS STUDIO Calendar of local happenings Sigma Chapter will meet at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the home of Doreen Martin, 810 18 St. S. Donna Palmer will present the program. Members are asked to remember items for the auction. The literature department of the Mathesis Club will meet at the home of Mrs. J. R. Kendry, 1504 6 Ave., S., at p.m. Tuesday. The Kiwanis Club of Green Acres will meet at p.m. Monday at the Army, Navy and Air Force Club to board the bus to Taber. The regular monthly meeting of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Pensioners Association will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the club rooms. All members are asked to attend. St. Patrick's CWL groups will meet as follows: Mariette Moroz with Eva Robb, 650 6 St. S., Monday March 18 at p.m.; Rose Irvine with Rene Boyles, 1239 9 Ave. A S., Monday at 2 p.m.; Joan Steele with Lois Kenny, 2710 6 Ave. S., Wednesday at p.m.; Louise Reive with Mary Wadden, 416 12 St. A S., Wednesday at 8 p.m.; Myrna McDonell with Betty Reimer, 3309 6 Ave. S., Wednesday at p.m.; Irene Bartram with Maude Cash, 1218 6 Ave. S., Tuesday at p.m. The Whirl-A-Ways will host the Golden Mile Dancers at the square and round dance at 8 p.m. Monday in the Moose Hall. All square dancers welcome. Women are asked to bring a box lunch. The CBC Alberta Festival will sponsor a concert at p.m. Tuesday at the Yates Memorial Centre, with Bernard Turgeon, baritone and Ernesto Lejano, accompianist. Tickets are available at Leister's Music. Ladies of the Lethbridge Lodge No. 32, Order of the Royal Purple, will hold the regular meeting at 8 p.m. Monday in the Elks Hall. Lunch will follow. Southminster square dance learners' group will dance at 8 p.m. Monday in Southminster hall. Women are asked to bring a box lunrh The regular meeting of Faith Rebekah Lodge No. 93 will be held in the IOOF hall at 8 p.m. Monday. Visiting Rebekahs welcome. The Ladies Auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion will meet at 8 p.m. Monday in the Memorial Hall. Members are reminded that membership fees are due before the end of the month. Vows solemnized Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Spencer of Denver, Col., are pleased to announce the marriage of their daugh- ter, Becky to Jack Rolfson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Rolfson of Raymond. The wedding was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple with President Edmunds officiating. Just for Lovers Radiant, Beautiful, Vibrant Intimately Yours That "Something Special" Portrait To Have and to Cherish For.Ever and Ever From the Engagement Photograph Elegant Yet Delightfully Simple A Message from the Heart to Come and Share Your Happiness Golden anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Oler of Picture Butte will be honored on the occasion of their 50th wedding anni- versary with a reception held at p.m. Tuesday in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hall. In attendance will be four of their five children, Douglas of Lethbridge, Eloise Baskum, Naida Gourley and Juanita Cottrell, all of Calif. Benny of San Jose will not be able to attend. The couple has 18 grand- children and one great-grandchild. Friends welcome to attend. No gifts by request. University lectures continue at YWCA To the Wedding Portrait Tenderly Speaking of Your Love For Each Other. What a Wonderful Way, to Tell, Those Both Near and Far This Is the Most Wonderful Day of Your Life And We Have Told the Story So Often With Glowing Portraits Stately and Regal Formats Casuals and Intimate Moments Held for AH Time in a Portrait And Now New and Exciting Presentations Money Saving Packages to Include the Engagement and Wedding Announcement Portraits Exclusive Invitations, So Delightfully Different So Many Things Have Happened in Wedding an Exciting Invigorating Experience Art Any Bride and Groom Who Proudly A Portrait By Politics in Spain, monuments in Egypt, changes in China and insights into South America are the themes for the remaining presentations in the University of Lethbridge's World Journeys and Viewpoints series held Wednesday noons at the YMCA. 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