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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 44 THE lETHBRtDGC HERALD Wednesday, November 8, 197J Major more under way in auto industry Beginning of the end for convertibles By JF.KIty M. KI.INT New York Thill's Si-rvirr DETROIT Anyone who Dalits n ncvv njnvcriihle had buy one somi because .he :973 models may mark (heir ?nd on American and Canadian :oads. The ragtops, or solt-tup.s, as Ihey were sometimes called, are already clo.se [o uxlinction. Chrysler and American Motors quit convertible prixluction sev- eral years ago. Ford killed its Full-sized converlible at the end of the 1372 model run and offers llicm only in the sport Mus- tang and Cougar scries for 19711, and those will tlie at Ihe end nl1 the model run. Motors Hopped mak- ing convertibles for its inlcrmc- j diale siml cars last summer and offers just six for 19711 one Full-sized convertible for each division plus the conver- tible Corvette. Officials at G. M. hinl thai tills may be I h e year for their convertibles. The hai'dtops won'I be far be- i hind the soft-tops. Today, t It e hardtop body style is Ihe most popular body type in Ihe nation. I eminent and a changing ideas the steel roofed con-, ty rules call [or more roof in 1B57 and (he four-1 strength. G. M.'s new inlerme- originally designed I look of the soft-lop, life all worked toward Ihe de- iti-lop.' niiFC of the pretty, open ear door Lincoln convertible in ICO) They were to copy the !.__.. (lie name was "hardtop I thnl once symbolized ll'e but for Ibc most part. Detroit convertible." Hut stylists he- male lo the American boy. did not come up witli new ideas lievc thai this design will be1 Detroit stopped building j for an open car that might nnall. low priced convertibles have spurred sales. years ago, never offered Ihem The convertibles represented movement afcol to seal the win-; in [heir su'icompacf lines and j trouble for the car makers eliminated years. And the there next few another dows in automobiles. DltASTIC IIEUL'CTIOX never built a sporty model such lhc old British MG. Instead, Ihe convertibles that came from hard to design on the sleek bodies of tcclay's cars, 'a compli-! troduced. diate-sized lines all have centre pillars, making them sedans i under the ok] definition, al-! though G.M. calls them colon-' nade hardtops. It seems likely I that other models will return 1 tlie pillars between the doors when new body designs arc in- Only seven years ago, m factories were so load-Uemblv lire and a the car makers rolled cut 507 h he-1 complaints from cuslo icame and cause of wir.d and wa, mcdel year, the lotal was only I came The ear makers, the gov- Ford tried and ears some innovative LAST MONTH IN HISTORY I AeriollearcK launched lor Rep. Hclc ond poily, miss- ing en Anchoroge-lo- Juneoii flighr. cation on Ihe fasl-moving as- With most cars air-condition- i source of i tiic car makers are also .stomers be-! working toward a long-term cause of wind and water leaks.; lnc scaled ear. Ticar The customer's life s t y 1 e I windows arc getting small- changed, too. cr e a c h In lhc The freeway speeds, the dirt I door models of G.M.'s 1973 in- ar.d fumes in the air and Ihe! lermcdiate cars, all the rear likelihood of vandalism to the! Side windows are sealed into expensive tops all made tlie con-1 place. This raves the cost of veflib'e Ic.-s attractive lo buy- l-he window-rolling mechanisms Ar.d the government's safe- j and allows nan-over sides, con- v moves doomed today's con- j sidered a safely factor, crtible design because the soft, ops offer less rider protection n rollovers and became an ob- ious target for regulation. UHSKJN TRENDS The coming end of the hard- lops and the sealing of Uic win- i Ol Ge'i life term for murder woman clows arc not directly tied to' Ihe death of the convertible, but Ihcy arc part of Detroit's de-, DRUMEHI.I.ER sijni trends. .Laverne Lulz, 20. of Windsor ____ The hprdtons bad no centre Junction, X.S.. was sentenced j VaTi Thieu of Sculh Vielnarn, who ges- pillar: w.tll_lhe j.vindows rolled j tures c: he cddressss o rally of an eslimaled IMPORTANT A key fisure in peace negototions Is down and a vinyl roof, they looked like convertibles. B n t now almost 70 per cent of Ihe Myrtle Scott of Westlock, Alia. new cars come air condition-: The body of Mre. Scott was i ed, and drivers often do not roll found June 27 in a ditch near down their windows. New safe-1 here. pleaded guiltv to non-capital murder in Ihe death of Grace' r Defense ThellmelsNow Save 20% On our prettiest body tops yet It's your move freedom, to comfort, to Ihe easy-moving delight o( our bright little Katique tops. Stretch nylon in exciting prints, bold solids brings out the best in all your pant and skirt put-togelhers Domed crolch. S-M-L. Reg. a-Scoop neckline. Elastic cuffs Green or Orange print. b-Jewel neck, back zipper. Purple, Orange, White or Red. c-Ruffle stand-up collar, ruffle cuffs. Blue, Red, Orange print. Q98 Opaque panty hose Save 20% on Cling-alon. Opaque, all-nude, sandalfoot. Beige, Chocolate, Navy, Black, Hint o' Brown, Berry Red. S-M-L-XL. Reg. S2.50 Quality Costs No More at Simpsons-Sears Alarm bells for those posh British schools STORE HOURS: Opnn Doily 9 n.m. lo p.m. Thuncfay find Fridny 9 n.m to 9 p.m Ccnlrn TnlcphonA 328-9731 By PKTER W1LBY London Observer midablc Indeed must be t. h t reasoned case which the Labour Party has prepared." said Mr. The headmasters of Britain's Shaw, "to justify the destruc- 200 plus elite independent, tion of a freedom which the schools for boys (the fee-paying j democratic societies not only of "public" schools, as they are j Kin-roc but cf America End confusingly called) have held j Ihe English speaking nations their annual meeting under a so zealously guarantee In their new threat to their future. citizens Tlie Labour party, in its re- Several headmasters claimed cent "draft program for Brit- itbii, by classics education as a ain" Eiinounced that its arm is commodity on M'hich people "to abolish fee-paying in schools must not spend their money, and to bring all children of com- Labour be putting it pulsory school age into the na-1 alongside drugs and porno- tional education system." j graphy. Tlie independent schools, at- i A more convincing point was fended by about seven per cent j made by Mr Shaw: that a of the nation's children, arc so- j State monopoly of educational daily divisive, says the Lahor provision, like most monopolies, Party. Their products obtain a j would have 'an in-built len- quitc disproprotionate number j dency lo rigidity, lo mediocrity, of places in higher education, I lo disinclination for critical self- and mainly because of this, in analysis, to complacency and the of power and influ- ence. A popular notion is t'.'ial bureaucratic self satisfaction and ultimately an insensitlvity Britain's public b o a r d i n g i in those who administer towards schools, where children learned I those who serve." self reliance through an early parfine: from I h e i r parents, were invented to breed just; Mr. Shaw also told the con- such an elite to ma-i positions ference that many critics of the of power and resnonsibility public schools were ingorant of throughout the far-flung em- I what went on in them and that pire. If that were so'the dissol-1 tlu's was the schools' own fault ution of the empire has taken j for being "somewhat unworld- away one justification for (heir i ly and unrealistic in our reli- exis'ence. cence." Tlis public schools are ANGEH "ol wnal they were m m even 10 years ago. Caning of boys But lhc atmosphere al the i by boys has disappeared. Even Headmasters' Conference was, masters use corporal punish- i nevertheless, one of seething anger in some quarters, al- most of One headmas- menl rarely. In one well-known Midlands school, for example. ______ out of 12 housemasters talked of going lo prison in i have renounced it entirely. defence of the public schools. I And lhc Headmasters' shall carry on Caching until i tnough s p e tel, Ihe police or would it be the t outdo cach other m lroop.s? to kke me quotations froxi classical wril- anay. he proclaims, I al. Another remarked: "Of j (acks on nlc permissiveness of course, we have heard Socialist modern society arc almost oh- lalk of abolishing us before, j (here is a new con- There is a temotation to say I sciousnrss of the imnortance of 'rhubarb, rhubarb' and forget presenting an up-lo-dale image. it. But I think v.-e have to take i K is so many yeavs this one seriously any future I journalists, admitted to the Labor government is likelv lo i Conference for Ilic first time. be much more left-wing lhan had lo sil behind a curtain, lest past ones. A few headmasters were dis- cubing the imsibililies of going into exile, if Ihe axe fell One thought that, will] Britain goini; (hcjr vulgar presence distract Ihe speakers. Now, they arc treated with wnrmlh and hos pitr.lily. In a debate on "the Arts into Ihe Common Market, it our Schools." several heads would be loqical for the schools said that, while they should con- to operate from France or Gcr- tinue to encourage" an enthusi- many. But Ibis br.guilins pros- asm for Bach and Mozart, young pect of an Eton or a Harrow people's preference for foil- on the Rhine va; ciUcmsed only i singers like Bob Dylan and pop in private. !n Ilic public scs- j groups like the Velvet Under sions, (lie Headmasters' Con- ground should he respected. One Terence eloquently roilcr.iled hcnd confessed his admiration the argucmcnls for the survival I for Ihe -Beatles of the independent schols. The chairman. F. II. Shaw. headmaster of King's College School, pointed lo Ihe Universal Declaration of Human flights, which mentions freedom of parental choice in education. II a future Labor Rovommcnt ab- olislicd the public scliools, it would leave Briiain "aligned with Hie totalitarian regimes, alone among Ilic free democra- tic countries of lhc world." In Holland and DnlRium, lie said, majorily of pupils nl- tcnd private schools, fn Krnnrc, one in four secondary school pupils nrc educated privately; in Germany, one in seven. In all these countries, the privulo sector receives slnle aid. "Iror- Again and again, in conversa- tions with journalists, headmas- ters stressed thrir willingness to give up to a quarter of the places in their schools lo Stale- sponsored pupils from poor homes in "hoarding need." as suggcsled by a Royal Commis- sion four years ago. Such chil- dren would include those from broken homes, (hose whose par- ents worked abroad or had lo move frequently and (hose liv- ing hi Inlolerably bad housing conditions. And several public schools say they are prepared, as an emergency measure, lo find n tew plnces (or Ilic chil- dren of Ugandan Asian refugees. (Observer Copyright) ;