Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 1, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
44 THE IFTHBRIDGE HERAID Wednesday, Novnmber 1, 1975------- How is the Soviet economy doing? Bv TIH-.ODQRK SII.AH.AO New Yiirk Times Service MOSCOW How is the Soviet economy doing these clays'.' The question legiti- mate for a nation thiU has ]u.st signed a comprehensive com- mercial agreement in Washing- ton and aspires to become an important trade partner of the United States. Some answers were provided here last at two wifely different levels. Talcing what might be called rhe ivory-tower view, an nffi rial third-quarter report med with statistics showed key I industrial indices to be rea-1 sonably on largel. especially j if allowance is made for the; customary last-quarter rush to meet assigned production goals, j But providing a more narrow-1 ly focused view of the st the grassroots level, the case! of The Clothes Trees was brought lo light, revealing some of the bureaucratic inner work- ings of Iliis country's vast gov- ernment-run economic system It was the sari tale of a Siber- ian factory' that sought lo manu- facture clothes trees, an essen- tial piece of furniture that graces the hallways of many Soviet apartments but is next, to impossible to find in stores. Russians consider plain wall hooks unattractive, spoiling the looks of a room, and are ready lo join long waiting lists for nicely designed floor models. Working for the benefit of the long Hard-pressed consumer is fashionable nowadays and. as the authoritative newspaper Pravda says, a wood-working factory was eager to do its bit. Scouts were sent to furniture stores downtown to establish what items were in do- manii. Why, clothes treos. of course, they reported. At least apartment'! year arc heiing built in Omsk. city of with no place for ten- ants to hang their :oats. Tlie factory's bid lo manufac- ture Hie needed coat racks was soon approved by the planning authorities, and blueprints for an attractive model were found almosl 2.000 miles away in an experimental furniture design office in Minsk The first sample of the new product was exhibited al a wholesale trade show in Omsk, and the government's retailing system signed a contract with the furniture factory for the shipment of clothes trees by the end of the year. fl was al this point, last win ter, that the project, which had Jhis Saturday Weekend Magazine Return Of The Super Airships Blueprints been approved and tenders called for building the first of a new generation of airships which might solve many of our transportation problems. Michael Cope An Ex-con May Have A Say In Rewriting Laws Toronto's Al Baldwin, 60. a former criminal who has been m trouble or in jail most of his life, is helping people by the hundreds Through I an organization he founded [j himself, he has been getting a better deal for many of the victims of industrial accidents Read Bill Dampier's story, this Saturday Also In This Issue Women At The Top In Our Government Beliveau Defends The Olympics Ski wear Preview All About Telephones Margo's Fireside Supper Recipes The Lethbridge Herald j been moving along si a swifl pate, stopped short in its tracks What was the rack going lo sell fin1? All prices in Ihc Soviet Union must IK fixed by the government, and production could not begin until this was done. The factory sent the en- tire file on the coat rack to the Ministry of the Timber anr Woodworking Industry, its sup- erior agency in Moscow, with the requests to fix a price, The ministry passed the file on to The National Furniture Design and Technology Institute, more familiarly known by initials, N.F.D.A.T.7., which Pravda described as "quite a mouth- ful." One month passed, another month passec'-, without a reply. After three months the iastitiife informed the factory thai voluminous file, already sup- plied in duplicate, had to be in triplicate and that it lacked a photograph of the item to be priced. The Omsk furniture makers hastened to photograph the clothes tree full face and in profile, ran off another set of blueprints and cost calculations and waited. A few months later they learned that their file had been misplaced in the institute, and a factory executive had to be dispatched to Moscow to help find it. By now nine months had pass- ed and the Omsk retailing ad- ministration was threatening to sue for breach of contract. But the furniture factory is not worried, Pravda reported. For a fine to be levied, the price of the product must be known, and that is still being worked on. The third-quarter economic report said new items had been designed and put into production so far this year. It mentioned diesel generators, electronically programed met- al-working tools and rice-har- vesting machines. But clothes trees. ANT) THEY UVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER. Tna pomp-antl-circumstance marriage of Britain's PruKCflfl Elizabeth and Prince Philip Greece Nov. JO, 1947, Has the high point of a royal romance that captured the world's Imagination. A'quarter of a century later, the royal couple, Queen Elizabeth II and lier consort, posed "for an informal silver anniversary photograph 21 at Balmoral, the royal country home In Scotland, Unemployment hits movie union BLASTS KILL 5 BARCELONA, Spain (AP) A series of apparent gas ex- plosions collapsed two four- storey buildings Sunday, Wiling five persons and injuring 16, authorities reported. By BOB THOMAS HOLLYWOOD (AP) Imag- ine A union with 93 per cent of ts membership unemployed. That gives you a picture of the plight of the extra player in to- day's movie industry'. Reports Norman Slevans. president of Hie Screen Extras Guild: i "The worst period for our: members Ls from February through April, when the televi- sion series are on hiatus. We took a survey one day and dis- covered that 98 per cent of the members weren't working. "Conditions are a bit im-1 the reactions that are nec-dctl lo proved now that production has make the scene effective." resumed. Recently there were I S I e v a us blames "runaway "15 extras working one day. out production" for the extras' bad ol a membership of 2.000. Still, that's about 75 per cent unem- ployment. We're taking the beating of all Limes." New York-born Stevans is a tanned, well-groomed man of 54. He has devoted almost 30 of his years to providing background atmosphere for movies and tele- vision series Extra work re- quires skill, he says. "Most of the good directors realize that, and they spend time telling the extras exactly Screen Extras Guild, Ihe num- times, as well as a cut of televi- sion network prime-lime pro- gramming and Ihe increase of reruns by the networks. NUMBERS CUT Many years ago, as many as extras were available to movie producers. Included in their ranks were such future stars as Gary Cooper, Walter Erennan. Dennis O'Keefe. Clark Gable and Rudolph Valentino. Wifh the founding of the her of extras was cut to As film economics worsened, membership declined to the present and Stevans ex- pects it to go lower. "The average income of our i members from extra work is j between and j vans says. "Obviously most of our mem- bers can't support themselves I on cxlra work alone. So you find I Ihem in other jobs 1 hostesses in restaurants, etlea girls and so forth." Slevans is an exception: he It a full-time extra. me Time Is Now Save Contemporary 2 pant suit at a not so contemporary price! Goniemporiry classics means iomfon In suits inat change occasions wlih tht swiich of uhlrl Drew up or down in orta of our 100% wool. riorrj-woven. 2 pent wjlta. jacket Enlng. binrol waisiband nn 3 styles lo choose rranr 2 button wilh rug. flupa. 2 hullm with ,1 envelope 'laps or 2 butinn win 2 lower patch and flap pockr-rn Prflbomipnrtlly chicks, from rmfils 10 hold gjnnv plun plains in brown, olive, end grny. Reg. 36-46 wit 4Mff, Bhorl 3A-4? The Ji now. 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