Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Velikovsky pleads for claims UofL degree his last By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Tired and an image of every one of his almost 79 Immanuel Velikovsky completed the two-day symposium in his honor at the University of Lethbridge Friday by pleading for young scientists to pick up where he will leave off. The controversial American scientist who wrote the cultural amnesia theory that has challenged established scientific thought said there are still many problems to be solved before history of the world can be Dr. Velikovsky said because of his age and health there is a limit on what he can still do and since he can not exert himself he could not be counted on to complete his work. hope to find young men who are able to follow an that is not accepted by scientists of the day and try to be constructive in attempting to solve problems in accepted scientific theories of the day. he said his plea for scientists to complete the history of the earth could also apply to who are young in spirit Dr. Velikovsky indicated that he didn't expect to live to see confirmation of the theory he postulates today mainly because started so late in to develop the theory. He was 44 years old when he was first struck with the idea that a great natural catastrophe had taken place on earth. Dr. Velikovsky told the symposium he then became a prisoner of the idea and bypassed a very for a life of research in the libraries of the world. In he published the book in which explained his theory that close encounters between the earth and the planets Venus and Mars created catastrophic events on earth between 747 and 687 B.C. The book caused a new problem in a new scientific field he called in was there anything that was comparable to what happened during the last 20 he claimed. The scientific world refused to discuss the Velikovsky theory or allow it to be printed in scientific journals for more than two decades following the. publication of in Scientists throughout the world also refused to discuss the content of books he has written since 1950. One concern of the scientists was Dr. Velikovsky's insistence upon postulating a theory of generalizations that intruded into several disciplines of science. He supported his theory with evidence from geology and psychology. Speaking to a symposium of over 200 Dr. Velikovsky said he found the problems that were not solved in one field of science were the very same problems that were unsolved in other fields. Science is not separated separate it is all so an understanding of the various scientific fields cannot be obtained if they continue to be separated one and the he warned. He called on young scientists to bring out the history of all the catastrophies that he claims occurred on earth so some of the problems remaining unanswered by science today may be solved. Two such he are the origin of the mountains and the salt in oceans. Dr. Velikovsky served notice that he will not accept anymore honorary degrees or speak at symposiums in addition to those he has committed himself to this year. He expressed appreciation of those who have followed his work since 1950. The University of Lethbridge was to confer an honorary doctor of arts and science degree on Dr. Velikovsky today. District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION May 1974 Pages 13-20 Book sale draws 500 About 500 people crowded into the old public library Friday for a sale of old books that have been accumulating at the library for years. Approximately was raised during the first day of the sale and the money will go to the purchase of new books for the new library. buyers search through the approximate books on sale. Bottom Janet library employee puts the price on a book. Most books sold for 25 cents each or five for Bottom people line up outside library doors waiting for sale to begin 150 people A library spokesman said people representing rural libraries and day-care centres and kindergartens bought in bulk accounting for the large number of books sold. The sale continues today. Minister to open new Pincher park PINCHER CREEK Culture and Youth Minister Horst Schmid will be here June 19. to attend the official opening of the Pincher Creek Museum and Kootenai Brown Historical Park. Mr. Schmid will present to the museum one of the original chairs from the legislative assembly chamber at Edmonton. The historical society recently received its first grant from the department of youth and recreation. New army posting Maj.-Gen. Hugh formerly of Lethbridge will take up a new post at national defence Defence Minister James Richardson has announced. Maj.-Gen. has been commander of Air Transport Command since May 1972. His new appointment will be announced later. This grant is available on a yearly conditional on the society raising an equal amount. The town is installing a larger waterline to the museum park to service a sprinkler system. Bring back alive em Lethbridge RCMP head to take Ottawa post The Alberta Motor Association is again reminding motorists to drive safely and 'em back The 'em back campaign will cover all of Alberta with radio reports at peak traffic hours on long weekends. Traffic will be monitored by aircraft out of Medicine Red Deer and Grande Prairie. The campaign will be stepped up during Victoria Dominion Day and Labor Day weekends. JOHN BENTHAM ACT pushes underground phone lines As part of a program to eventually phase out overhead telephone Alberta Government Telephones will replace aerial with buried cable in the towns of Milk River and Vulcan this summer. The commanding officer of the Lethbridge RCMP Insp. John has been selected as national liaison officer for the RCMP. Insp. who was transferred to Lethbridge from Calgary last will go to Ottawa in July or August. He will replace Supt. Bob Vaughn who is being transferred to another post. The inspector enlisted in the force 24 years ago in Toronto and has served 23 of those years in Alberta. He was second in command of the Calgary subdivision before being posted to Lethbridge. The new commanding officer of the Lethbridge subdivision will be Insp. A. J. now posted in N.S. Among Insp. 'Bentham-'s new duties will be the development and maintenance of the force's community relations programs. great deal of that duty is performed by the individual members of the the inspector told The Herald. duty will be to back them with materials and Insp. Benthajn will also be dealing with the news media on a national basis. He was the chairman of the RCMP project during last year's Calgary Stampede. U of L awarded for research The University of Lethbridge has received a supplementary research grant from the National Research Council of Canada. The grant will be allocated to faculty members working on research in fields covered by the NRC grants and scholarships program. This includes research in geophysics and mathematics. New institute outlined to convocation Foreign policy disparities in the distribution of women and work and the administration of justice are a few of the subjects that must be considered priority areas of public research in the new president of the Institute for Research on Public Policy said today. A. W. R. outgoing president of the University of grasped the opportunity to explain the operations of the 1972-incorporated during his convocation address at the University of Lethbridge. The institute operates on a million budget and was formed to fill void in the present Canadian scene in the field of medium and long-term in the area of public policy. The federal government report that initiated the formation of the institute suggests its original concern should be limited to Canadian social and political problems whether they be domestic or international. Dr. Carroihers said the institute plans to build up to an initial professional research staff of about 25 and ultimately to a professional staff of 100. The research institute must seek out realistic and most favorable conditions for growth rather than theoretical he suggested. He also suggested the original research plan on public policy be oriented to the quality of life of the people of Canada in a world context. Some of the other possible complex subjects that Dr. Carrothers said the institute could research are leisure the delivery of professional services of all the interests of native the quality of the the functioning of political instiutions and economic nationalism. much we can influence our future I do not he said. But it seems in the nature of man to he concluded. A text of his remarks was released prior to the convocation. More than 200 students received degrees at the convocation. April rain may add to alkali acreage The rain which fell on Southern Alberta the end of April may contribute to increased acres of alkali affected says7a research expert. Theron soil specialist at the Lethbridge Research said farmers can take steps to reduce the effects of increased water levels in the soil and halt the damage created by alkali deposits. Dr. Sommerfeldt suggests farmers take immediate steps to plant crops near the alkali- affected areas of their fields. This will help to use some of the moisture before it can seep through the ground and emerge in low spots as salt deposits. In many areas of Southern water passes through land enroute to low spots. On its way through the it collects salt from the soil which is left on the surface of the land where the water is discharged. These discharge areas are rendered non- productive. The areas of immediate concern are the Counties of Vulcan and Warner and the Municipal District of Willow Creek. Dr. Sommerfeldt said acres of land in Alberta are affected by the problem and it is increasing at the rate of about 10-per-cent per yesr. Farmers shouldn't worry about crop failures by planting on land that was cropped in 1973. The rainfall also added sufficient moisture to the land to allow crops be planted on stubble land for 1974 throughout the alkali areas. Another measure that has shown success at test areas in the affected regions is the use of hay crops. Dr. Sommerfeldt said hay such as are high moisture users that will help to prevent the water from seeping through the soil to a discharge area. If there is any doubt about where to plant the assistance can be obtained from the research station or from Henry Vander soil specialist with the Alberta department of agriculture in Lethbridge. FINE RESULTS FROM FATAL CRASH jf A 67-year-old Pincher Creek man was convicted in Fort Macleod district court Thursday of dangerous driving and fined Raymond Blackburn was the driver of a gravel truck involved in an accident Oct. in which a Lundbreck woman was killed. Court was told Blackburn was driving east on the wrong side of old Highway 3 near Lundbreck when his vehicle was in collision with a car driven by John Terre of Lundbreck. Dorothy a passenger in the was killed. Blackburn was originally charged with criminal negligence and had pleaded not guilty. He pleaded guilty to the charge of dangerous driving. In addition to the Blackburn was prohibited from driving for two years. He was also fined for impaired driving. Keep searching for LCI grads told A crisis in values has developed and people don't know what is important any the former superintendent of the Lethbridge public school system told the 1974 graduating class of the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute Friday night. is a need for some contagious concept that gives meaning to life and said 0. P. Larson who was guest speaker at LCI 's graduation banquet and dance held at the Lethbridge Pavilion. About 800 people attended. so my advice to graduands would be to search for and keep on searching until you can find a worthwhile purpose for your Other generations have discovered money is not the he said. are learning a militant spirit based on Christian principles which gives full consideration to the welfare of is the answer. The class's valedictorian told the graduates to live each day well and tomorrows would be full of hope. ''If we live this today of our lives then our tomorrows will certainly be visions of hope and the yesterdays will definitely be dreams of happiness Cathy McCracken said. This is hard to do everyday but it's important to try. yourself is the first This is where school has helped us most of Hearing the opinions of giving your own meeting many people and being in different situations has at least been a beginning in finding discovering yourself get outside yourself. Whether you become involved in further a a religion or a cause don't remain only within Miss McCracken said. Construction activity All the construction activity in the city Is as three young construction workers do some small-scale excavation of their own. The efforts of Wade Robbie and Sean Groves will never result in a Lethbridge but at least they're having fun.