Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 20, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
-Saturday, November 70, 1971 THE IEIHBRIDGE HERALD 5 Margaret Lnckliurst If it goes, what more could you want: FALL my husband and our three sons engage in an annual spoiling event called "Let's go look at the new cars" and there is only one rule: Mother stays home. This suits me fine as past experience has proven that I just cramp their style as I grumble along, yawning behind them. They arc quite unaware of the miles they walk and the blisters accumulated as they inspect the new models' tine features with all the rapt at- tention to detail a mother gives her newborn child Cars I acknowledge to be a necessity of life, like proteins and inullichlorofeen in tooth- paste, but I don't know one from the other and frankly they bore me. As long as ii car takes me from here to there without too many incon- veniences and with reasonable comfort that's all I ask of il. I don't care if it has push button brakes, a hard or a soft top and can bath itself without help as long as it doesn't develop mechanical failure during a blizzard on a stretch of the Trans-Canada 70 miles from the nearest service station. When this happens, and it does, a car is just an amorphous heap of junk. Expensive junk at that. But men don't share this nar- row view. Our boys knew the make and year of every car on the road before they knew their own address and that's no cxaggcrnlion. Their father felt this was part of their basic up- bringing, and for bedtime stories he read them the maga- zines' new car ads, and they led in popularity over Mother Goose by several car lengths. I show little interest even in Hie make and model and so forth of our own car, leaving the selection entirely up to my husband. From then on I iden- tify it only by its color and if there are two alike in the same block I'm in trouble. Indeed one time years ago when I couldn't get our ok! 5-1 Ford gomg (the key wouldn't fit) our youngest boy then five, si'3- gusted we might make better progress if we got into the right car. I don't know what make or model anj of our friends drive cither anil frankly can't think this is a lack of something in my character but my men folk just don't understand il The following is a typical conversa- tion repeated quite often in our home. "Watch for Doris will you please somebody, she's picking me up in a few minutes." "What's she "A car silly. what did you think a bull "Never mind the wit what's she "I don't know the name but An old glory Bif'Oi L A 1915 Biddle, reproduced from a double-page color photograph by the author of The American Automobile. Book Reviews Automobiles: for some, a passion "Thr American Automo- bile" by Ralph Stein (Ran- dom House. 252 pages, "The American Car Since 1775" by the editors of Auto- mobile Quarterly (Ii. P. Dut- ton ami Co., 504 pages, S21.5II. distributed by Clarke, Irwin mid Co. "Illustrated Motor Cars of the World" liy I'ict Olyslager with an introduction by Jack Erabliam (Grosset and Dun- lap, 2C3 pages, distributed by George .1. McLeotl AUTOMOBILES have never elicited anything ap- proaching affection from me. The opposite would be nearer the truth. They fill me with ac- countable anxiety and frustra- tion because of the possibility of trouble and my ignorance of how to cope with it. It is dif- ficult to feel affectionate to- ward a car with a penchant for conking out every few miles so thai it once look nine hours to make a 150-mile jnuruey; or for one that kept us in a small town hotel for Iwo days en- route home at the end of a holi- day while a major repair was made; or for another that would lock into low pear pe- riodically in the most, awkward traffic situations. Also automo- biles been the major fac- tor in keeping the family bud- get from balancing over the years! Although I have little appre- ciation for 1 a great attraction for Iwwks and am much impressed by these threo Ixxiks. 1 can flint per- sons with n passion for auto- mobiles would count it a red- letter day in their lives should any let alone all of these books come into their posses- sion. The first of these books, by Ralph Stein, is magnificent In addition to an entertaining and informative text there is an abundance of photographs. Each of the cars dealt with is shown in nilnr in double page spread, the photography having done wilh skill and ima- gination by the author. A section is devoted to inde- pendent transport first, which is essentially a history of the beginnings of auiomobiles. Thr-n there are sections on steam oars and electric cars. Under touring i-nrs there is treatment of the following makes: Welch, Win'on, Ford, Locomobile, Thomas, Franklin, Peerless, Pierce-Arrow, Pack- ard, Cadillac and Lincoln. Sporting cars dealt with arc: Stearns, Simplex, Chadwick, Lczier. Mercer, Stutz, Ameri- can Underslung, Auburn sler, Biddle, Duesenberg and Cord. It would not be right to fail to say something about the de- lightful style of the author. He mixes personal experiences, historical anecdotes, technical data and witty observations so well that even a confessed hater of cars finds himself soft- ening his attitude. The romance of old cars is conveyed splen- didly, for instance, in the ac- count of driving from the site of William Harrah's Automo- bile Collection in Reno a dozen miles hi a Steams nnd of the looks of shocked disbelief on the laces of occupants of modern cars as it swooped hy at almost 90 mph. An old Cadil- lac instruction took advised cleaning and lubricating the drive chain as follows: "Take about four pounds of beef tal- low, about one pint of heavy lubricating oil, then heat and stir. When thoroughly melted and mixed, put the cleaned chain in the hot oil, leaving it there long enough to permit the hot oil to reach all the small bearings; (hen let the chain drip and wipe the outside dry Mr. Stein comments, "Try that in your stainless steel and plastic The second hook by the edi- tors of Automobile Quarterly, while not as attractive to mo, may be considered by car buffs to be an even more vaiuablo acquisition. It is a kind of en- cyclopedia. There are chapter on the automobile industry the United States and in an- ada (believe it or not, a whole chapter on the Canadian indus- an alphabetical listing of automobiles produced in the U.S. and Canada, as well as a listing of cars thai never turned a wheel; a li.-l- ing of motor trucks: informa- tion on the license plates used in all flic stales in the U.S. and all the provinces in Can- ada; a complete roster of auto- mobile clubs and registers; a listing of automobile museums and collections (it provides data on Reynolds Museum at Wrtnsklwin and the Western Development Museum in S.is There are ii" color photographs in this s c. r u n d book but there are an abun- dance of black and wiu'te pic- Uu'es including a portfolio of American Coachbuill motor- cars that runs to 40 pages. Compiling such a book must have been a monumental task. Just to leaf through it arouses a sense of for the devo- tion (one of the writers calls it, unashamedly, a passion) lying behind it. I am not at all quali- fied to offer any criticisms of the contents of th.2 book but 1 do wonder if il mighl not have been more attractive if il had a somewhat less cumber- some format (longer and less wide pages, that Intei-national racing cham- pion Jack Brabham provides a 16-page introduction lo the third book in the way of a his- tory of automobiles in the world from 1770 to the present. Then 332 varieties of cars are shown in color four to a page. Each car is provided with concise technical data. Our 12-year-old son, Paul, who has examined this book with great care, informs me that the picture for the Grifo Lusso GL 350 on page 242 and the Pon- tiac Le Mans on page 251 have been interchanged and like- wise with Hie Ford Torino and Chevrolet Monte Carlo on page 255. Paul obviously has not been as disinterested in aulo- mobiles as his father. DOUG WALKER, it's a sort of geranium color." "Two "Of course; one on each side. How else do people get in ard out? Ami oh yes, she said its a a is there something named after a ship? Maybe a Well I was right aboul the color but it turned out to be a Corvette and why I couldn't remember that I can't under- stand because my husband served on one. Now I know that Doris drives a Corvette. Oftentimes when the family gets into a reminiscent mood they love to recall when Mum gut a drive IKIIIIC in a Rolls Royce. Following this incident, for a whole evening they tippy- toed around me with awe-in- spired respect, but I still can't think what all the fuss was about. Mrs. Burke-Smith was on my church visiting list and regu- larly I took the bus out to her estate and spent an afternoon visit.iny with her. She lived in an immense mausoleum of a place paved.in ankle high rugs and dripping with crystal chandeliers. Maids served us tea and. a fellow dressed all fancy like a Cavalry Officer the door for me One afternoon I overstayed my visit and my friend, dismayed al keeping me from my owp fam- ily's supper sent for Price, (the C.O. who doubled as chauffeur) and orde-ed him to drive ma home. Nbw I'm not so unobservant that I didn't recognize the big silver-grey luxury liner ho whscled around to the Great Entrance of tha mansion, to be something very special indeed. Price handed me regally into the rear seat, closed the win- dow separaling himself from his passenger and we whirred towards home. In my sweater ard skirt and loafers I felt rather out of place; I should have had on velvet, a tiara ar.d been earning a lorgnette. However orce we got going, as far as I was concerned it was just another car. Whsn Price handed me out at our sidewalk cluttered with bikes and the minutae of sev- eral kids, the dumbfounded family respectfully formed an honor guard while I marched past to my own kitchen. "A my husband sighed enviously, "it must have been like riding on a "No, it was like riding in a car. Anyone for sausages and "What was it like the boys badgered. "Oh, well the seals were leather and they were mighty cold, especially where they hit that space between my girdle and the top of my stockings. And it's kind of trimmed in woodwork. I can tell you if they ever got in an accident they'd have lo get a good car- penter to patch it Well, maybe I was born to riches because 1 wasn't as im- pressed as 1 was supposed to be. Rolls or Model T, basically the purpose of a car is to get you from here lo there without too much discomfort and inconven- ience and who needs wood- work? I guess maybe I'm just too easy to please. Agricultural experts give facts "Agriculture and the En- compiled and published liy the Alberta In- stitute of Agrologists (sold the Registrar. Al- lirrta instilufr of Agrologists. 111! Street, lOdmonlon for PROFESSIONALISM finally speaks out in Agriculture and the Environment to pre- sent to the public the first real facts of agriculture in its rela- tionship to environment with- out the fanatical approach of the self-appointed guardians of the ecological movement. The publication contains frank discussions by competent research scientists, including works hy six members of the Lcthbridge Research Station, and is aimed at bring refer- ence material for people re- sponsible for providing infor- mation for the public. The best approach to this book is for everybody includ- ing those who have ever had questions, who have ever been on the pollution band wagon or Television teaching "Test Pattern" hy .John A. l.eo (I'niversity of Toronto Press. 121 pages, rPEST Pattern is a sociolog- ist's examination of the instructional television cxperi- men' Toronto University's Scarborough College. Television was built into the physical and educational fabric of the college when it wns con- ceived. Taped, faculty-pro- duced programs were to a major p.irl of the program. Once enrolment veachcd S. l ii e s e. programs used with l.-irgo ol.-issos would save the college aliout mil- lion a year. Enrolment, unfor- tunately, has never reached that level. Mr. Leo, a sociologist, found in his study that while the physical facilities were good, (here was a lack of planning tor the soi'i.-il implication.1- the extensive use- of television He uolcs ronsidcrablfl resis- tance from faculty members and not loo much enthusiasm from the students. The stu- dents, he says, were not con- sulted; it was assumed that as products of the "TV genera- tion" they would fit naturally into the scheme of things. Dr. William E. Bockel, presi- dent-elect of tlio University of Loth-bridge, who was deeply in- volvcd in p I a n n i n g Scar- borough College and who be- came the first doan. admits in .in appendix that. "The vari- able wo hadn't properly con- trolled was the professor as performer." The book is obviously of in- terest to anyone planning another TV college, but its ap- poal should be wider than that. Anyone with an interest in Ihe effects of technology on human beings will find ,11 least p.trts of it good readier. JOHNSON. who just want to satisfy that little bug which lays hidden in all of us is to purchase or bor- row a copy to learn the real facts firsl hand. The book spells out the truth about phosphates, potassium and sulphur in the soil as ap- plied to agriculture and how soils react to these materials. It tells the fertilizer story and how it plays a vita! role in food production. All Ibe while the fact there has been no consistent evidence to show that they contribute to a build- up of nitrates and phosphates in lakes or streams is pointed out. insecticides, sucli as DDT, pesticides such as 2.4-D and fungicides, which are slowly replacing mercury compounds are explained. The book tells how they are controlled and of the work of the provincial and federal agencies in tile protec- tion of people, animals and cn- vironmcnt. Physical maintenance and improvement of the soil and ef- fective control methods used to keep soil in good shape are described. Other aspects covered in- olude: bow soil uses waste ma- terial from municipalities and industries; irrigation and tlio. environment; how air is used; and animal wastes and water pollution. The impact agriculture has on living is looked at on a full scale and the research that is continuing is stressed as very important for the improvement of Hi.1 inlor-relatioiiship of agri- culture and environment. RIC SWIHAHT, Focus on the University By j. W. FISHBOURNE Reflections on a thumb wonder why you do tilings? I had a bit of this sort of intro-spection the oilier day, and for a while found it rather troubling. It had to rlo wilh youth and students, and may have some slight bearing on this communications problem I keep hearing about. What started it all was a very demand- ing thumb being flourished in front of my windshield, by someone I took to be a stu- dent. I was just starting up, and it would have cost me all of 30 seconds to have picked him up. I didn't, and for the next mile or so I wondered why. My first thought was that it may have been his peremptory approach to seeking a ride. He stood inches from the path of my car, his out-stretched hand extended so that, when I failed to slap, he had to jerk il back rather hastily. That did seem de- manding, maybe even arrogant But il's not the sort of tiling that really bothers me; I don't mind people stating what they want as emphatically as they like, and manners are a tiling of the past, anyway. The next possibility was that his appear- ance put me off, but I don't think that is the case, cither. His hair was long and his costume was what you might wear to a fancy dress ball as the Mad Trapper, but so what? Long hair for males is regrel- table only as one more indication that men are becoming suckers for style, just as women have been for years. And as for modem clothes, if I must choose between a number of ludicrous (to me) styles, I think I prefer the scare-crow effect to the piak velvet, fancy-lacey thing. And honestly, I don't think I'n: too up- set by the abundant evidence that young people, nowadays, have so little use for people of my generation. It scarcely exhil- arates me, but when I look honestly at the many things to which the young ob- ject, that appear to be the responsibility of my generation, 1 agree with them more often than not. And I don't hate peopla just because they tell me the truth. It was this line of thought thai led me, albeit circuilously, to what I think is the real situation. 1 just don't like being in- sulted. Because, when you think of it, it is insulting when someone says, in effect, "You are rotten, and 1 have nothing but contempt for you. But il you have some- tiling 1 want, or if I require a favor of you, I'll just smile my toothpaste smile and wave my little hand and you'll be sucker enough to give it to me." Now, I am quite bright enough to real- ize all young people don't think lhat way. Over the years, I've had enough regular contact with youngsters to be reasonably sure that, apart Iron: appearing to have more things and less they aren't all that different from the crowd I ran around with when I was young. We, too. spent much of our time damning our elders as stupid or worse, and rattling off world- saving solutions at Uic drop of a hat. We, too, were going to fix the clobber the munitions makers, boot out the rotten politicians, and all Ihe rest of it. Our rhetoric was equally self-righteous, and we had identified General Motors and fascism as bogey-men. The essential dif- ference, as I recall it, was that no-one pat- ted us on the head, or put us on welfare, or dug down in 50 million dollar pork bar- rels to keep us quiet But most of us lived lone enough to find that, wilh the passage of lime, you get to be the much despised elder generation. When you do, you turn out lo be not much better than your predecessors, no matter how bitterly the succeeding generation up- braids you for il. And you don't enjoy that very much. Which is what the yoireg rr.-an with the big thumb may discover some day. The Voice Of One -By DR. FRANK S. MORIEY The future of man-I is no lack today of fulurologists of what the Bible called prophets. Great corporations employ men to predict the future and President Eisenhower fol- lowed by Presidents Johnson and Nixon set up elaborate committees for tills ex- press purpose Herman Kahn and Anthony Wiener in "The Year 2000" listed one hun- dred technical innovations "very likely in the last third of the Iwentielh ranging from multiple applications of the laser to new materials, new power sources, new airborne and submarine vehicles, three dimensional photography, and "hu- man hibernation" for medical purposes. The Rand Corporation lists the following as possible: manned lunar landings; per- manent bases on the moor, and manned landings on Mars; multi-generation mis- sions to other solar systems; extra-terres- trial farming; operational lasers for space- communication; lunar-based laser beams for space-vehicle propulsion; development capabilities for destruction of space-satel- lites; inter-galactic communications; etc. All predictions based on deterministic prin- ciple, however, do not take into account the famous paper by Szilard in 1927 which showed that the very act of obtaining phy- sical information regarding molecules in- creased the atomic disorder or "entrophy." and decreased the deterministic predict- ability of the object studied. The Heiscn- berg "Principle of Indeterminacy" or "Un- certainty Principle" in the same year sim- ilarly announced that the more accurately one tried to observe, the position of an atom or particle such as an electron, the light rays would disturb the velocity and vice versa so that one could make only probability and net deterministic state- ments about the future motion of the elec- tron. Einstein in correspondence with Bohr tried to refute this statement but was quite unsuccessful. If predictions regarding an electron be uncertain then how much more unpredictable is an individual or group! In- deed it can be said that nothing in science is finally proved, certainly not evolution, so the scientists should be very humble es- pecially in dealing with man the myster- ious, complex. sclMetermining individual whose potential and ultimate meaning are unknown to the wisest of us. "Now are we the sons of God and it does not yet ap- pear what we shall be." Men like the Russian astronomer Shklo'v- skii and the American astronomer Sagam seem to have taken over the idea that this civilization is terminal or finilc and on this earth could pass away, but that gahclic civilizations would survive and Sliklovskii refers lo the Soviet physicist A. N. Kol- mogorov who thinks thai we shall encoun- ter on other planets entities which have the essential attributes of life and thought though they may differ from our own. And indeed are impressed by the possibility of creating thinking machines. Dr Block, pro- fessor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University contends thai machines in theory can do anything that a human being can do, such as learning from mis- takes and thus improving their perform- ance, are capable of emotion and might even have sexual relationships. Certainly automation is introducing something more than a mere extension of mechanization so that through the process of feedback ma- chines can be built to control their own Dperalion and not be dependent on the human being's operation and limitations. The nor- mal office will be equipped with computers of greater diversity and flexibility than those now in use, of vast information utility and problem-solving processes. Since there are definite limitations on the amount of information a human being can handle without serious mental disturbance such computerizalioin may lessen consid- erably the incidence of schizophrenia. Al- ready an integral part of government, business, science 2nd technology, comput- ers are Increasingly taking over large areas of social life. Some of cur best thinkers like Max Born, and Jacques Ellul confess lo suffering from the nightmare of a computerized dictatorship so that finally as Born puts it. "should the race not he extinguished by a nuclenr war. it will de- generate into a flock of stupid creatures under the tyranny of dictators who rule them with the help of electronic comput- ers." All of this does not take into account the faet that man has created la's civilization, designed its society, cities, laws, social disciplines, and education, and that man's brains are the most complex and self-determining facts of the world. It is a diabolical materialism which repre- sents man as a helpless victim of wars and scientific mechanisms, for man is the miracle of the universe, mysterious and majestic for whom omnipotent matter is plastic to his intelligence, unique and po- werful, nothing is impossible to him. World Futurist Societies are proliferated over the globe from the remote jungles of Brazil to Prague. London, Moscow, and practically even' famous city in the world. It would be well if they studied mere the maker of things rather than merely the things them- selves. (To he continued) She believes me By Doug WrJkrr T'ONME Goodall believe 1 tell the truth about Elspol.h in these fillers.. Same other people think I make them up but Connie knows better. We were ,il die McKillop Harvest )hii- ivr A plate of cookies fame down the table and .1 selected a handsome one with jam filling. I guess ElspeUi had hid her eye on th.it particular cookie. When Hie saw me with it she called across the t.iblc. "I hope you choke on it A shocked Connie suddenly re.ilized thr.t I could probably toll some bolter stories than 1 do.