Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 11, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
42 THE lETHBRIDOE HERAID Wciliv-sclov, Otloboi II, 1972 From to Hank Snow The Czechoslovakia of today By KEVIN DOV1.K '1110 slate- controlled radio announced the end of Tchaikovsky's rous- ing Sixth Symphony. The sof- ter strains' of a Hicthovcn sonata were to follow. They never did. The disk- jockey, with a voice like Sir Laurence Olivier, switched records. The jarring rhythm of Hank Snow's Wabash Cannon Bail rattled off the towering walls and cobblestoncd door of Prague's ancient Old Town Square. No one raised an eye- j brow, The incident, and the reac- tion of hundreds of Praguers listening in the soft light of a September evening, are insig- nificant in themselves. But they help ilhislraU the welter of contradicts elements con- stituting the character of Communist-governed Czecho- i Slovakia. hi the four years since a j lightning invasion by Husian forces doomed progresive at- j tempts at liberalization, these contradictions have, if any- 1 tiling, been intensified. A kind of passive accept- j ance of circumstances con- trasts with a fiercely active determination to retain old ways and habits against any I effort TO change them. A sullen, indifferent attitude to foreigners mingles with an avid desire to discuss vir- tuallv any subject, with the emphasis on Western politics, in private conversation. 1 The cities of Prague, Brno and B r a t i s 1 a v a are vastly different in make-up. Rut they all share Ihe contra- dictions. Immense art galler- ies, most of them hung with Home Recipe Takes Off Ugly Fcst It's rimple how riuickly one tnttv loso pounds of Im right in yovir mvn homi-. Make this home recipe yuurself. It's easy, no trouble ui all and costs tittle. -Just to drugstore and ask for Naran. ['our this into a pint bottle ami add enou.iO grapefruit juice to fill I lie boUle. Take two twice a day as nee Jed and follow the Naran Plan. If your first purchase does not show" you a simple easy way to Vise b'ulky fat and help rfanm slender more tfntccuil curves: i! retku-iblc and inches of excess fot don't disappear from ncu-k. anus, abdomen, hips, calves and ankles jvtst rclorn empty bottle for your money back. Follow this easy way en- dorsed liy inauy who have tried this plan and help back al- Uirins corves and graceful slcnderncss. Note how quickly bloat much better you feel. More alive, youthful appearing and active p i c e 1 e s s works collected 1 through the centuries, can often be found hi (he middle j of busy fish markets. I'olite, correct soldiers effi- j ciet'.tly direct pedestrian and molor" Iraflic while carving j sub-machine-guns on their backs anil heavy pistols on their hips. In this city of more than a million people, one of Ihe first intriguing surprises awailing a visitor usually comes shortly afler his arrival. It may happen in an eleva- tor, at a hotel tlesk, over din- ner, in one of the community baths or during a stroll through the strcels. But with regularity comes the mum- bled phrase, visually in a com- bination of Ge.-man, English and Czech: "Wanna sell some On Czechoslovakia's black market, virtually everyone is 1 eager to buy dollars, sterling and marks at up to three times the official rate. The Czechoslovak currency, de- i nominated in crowns, is prac- tically worthless outside the country. To purchase Western goods or to emigrate to countries in Ihe West, Czechoslovaks need strong, internationally-ac- cepted currencies. They are willing to pay highly and take elaborate precautions to avoid security officials and the harsh penalties imposed on Ihose who are caught. Most tourists here are from countries in Eastern Europe. For a Westerner, a Czechoslo- vak holiday has the advantage not only of providing an unfor- ycUable glance at one of the richest cultures in Hurnpe but also a welcome respite from hordes of other North AmeVi- can tourisls like himself. Czechoslovakia was created in 19111 out of the shattered remains of the Austro-Hun- garian Empire. It has en- dured and often flourished hundreds of years of external domination by the Hapsburgs, the Nazis and the Utisians. A gradual liberalization of Czechoslovak life in 1958 under the leadership of Alex- ander Dubcek was snuffed out by an invasion of Warsaw pact powers led by Rusia. The trials and imprison- ment of intellectuals asso- ciated with this movement are still in progress. It is not a subject easily discuscd with the Czechoslovaks. The contrast with Prague's casual, generally informal at- mosphere is striking. The harsh security measures ore not evident again uniil yoi drive to Bratislava in the southeast and approach the Austrian border. The gentle, rolling farmland turns into a level plain. An ugly, 10-fool-liigh, black wire fence, studded with watch towel's, marks the border. Suspicious, uniformed guards patrol the crosing points. The delicate beauty, the soft charm of Czechoslovakia is al- most obliterated. SENOR SHR1VER.....Democratic nomi- nee Sargenl Shriver sporls a huge sombrero during i tour From a victim to a mugger through a supermarket operaled by a group of Spanish Americans in Denver, It should The Time is Now Save 25% Panty hose with the fit that's you. It's you. Fashion colours and a fit that just won't quit. These hose have it all. And right now they have a 25% saving, too. The lit is you... the time to get it is right now. Cling-alon all nude. S-M-L-XL Sandalfoot. Reg. Cling-slon opaque. Sizes: S-M-L-XL. Reg. Little friend opaque. Sizes: S-M-L-XL-XXL. Reg. J B. all nude. Sandalfoot. n tvro sizes: 65-100 Ibs. ari'J 100-150 Ibs. Reg. Quality Costs No More At Simpsons-Scars STORE HOURS; Open Daily 9 a.m. lo p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. lo 9 p.m. Centra Villago. Telephone? 328-9231 By TOM TIEDE NEW YORK (NEA) An pen letter to the man who ried lo mug me in Milwaukee: I can't really figure out, my riend in the tennis chocs, what wTas you wanted from me (he other evening on Wisconsin Ave- nue. 1-was going (o my hotel. I'ou were lounging on the bridge jver the city center river. Y'ou 3d me, asked if I had any quarter. Hell, now, man, I was being decent enough. I was respond- ing. I was granting the beg. Why then did you grab my arm? I've been through these (hings before. I've beer, bum- med and bamboozled from Eos- ton to Bombay. If you were pulling a slick-up, why didn't you say it? If you were looking for a 'hassle, why didn't you just swing? Convinced by this time tha Gods were against me, I said to hell with it I'll rids it out. Maybe it'll go away. I didn't. And I lay there, wide awake, until 8 a.m. I called the hotel doctor (hat morning. He was home. He said he didn't get to his office until 10 He sounded, if I may say so, like Ihe original Dr. Gilles- pie and from his voice I placed really know. Honest to God he did. 'He said if I wanted to I could wait until he got in hia office at 10, "about." I fried several other docton by phone. Five to be exact. Three were out. Two would not lake me: "Have you Iwen a patienl here before? Well, In that case 1 dressed (hen. Don't ask me how. (One secret: H you You didn't, of course, hang aro cn fours, you can knock around long enough to deter-1 vour clothes down from their mine the outcome oE our little altercation. When 1 jerked away from your grab, I fell back in a sharp twist and you (Vsappeared, like your ilk does, into the shadows. So I'm writ- ing you in tliis public way to explain, though you may care not, what it's like to be one o! your victims. Actually, the confrontation II- self faze me. I once had to outrun and outhiclc a knife- carrying junkie on New York- City's lower east side, so a chap like you, armed only with tennis shoes, doesn't particular- ly moke my blood chill. But a few hours after our meeting I discovered you had given me something besides a had mem- ory. It was 3 a.m. in my hotel oom. I had to get up to go to he bathroom. I pushed up from he sheets, felt a terrible pain, ost my breath, then fell out of bed in a roll. It was my back. My lower back. The physicians call the area the lumbar re- gion. It hurt so much my stom- ach turned and I vomited on .he suitcase. I tried to stand. T couldn't. T tried (o get back in ted. I couldn't. I pushed myself to my ham'ii and knees, a position where the pain subsided, and crawled into the bathroom. There, using Ihe fixtures as props, I relieved myself. I forget, exactly, what hap- pened next. I was still drowsy. I think I started to put my clothes on, but found I could ncilhcr reach Ihe hangers or, more basically, fit the socks over my feet, back to bed, I managed lo mount the mat tress, mi Ibis second try, will a combination roll and pile! anc.'. a few choice words of dc.s peration. I Iricd then, by phone, t get some help. The phone cart said dial 5 for medical assist ance. I did hut nobody answer etl. I dialed for the bellma after (hat, but lie was asleep too, apparently. I finally di gel (ho hotel operator, after dozen rings, rind she. eaid sur enough the hotel employed doctor, not full time, but h would probably be in his offic in (he morning and was ther anything else I wanled, I sa ._ yes, what's (he number for Mount Sinai Hospital? She said just a mioule, for gosh sakcs, a bit peeved, quoted 271-217.1, and hung up. I called her back and said, lady, I'm having Iron- I e with my back, could you please dial Mount Sinai for rnc. She sighed, like she had a lot lo do at 3 i a.m., dialed it, but nobody an- swered. hangers by flipping a 1 begged a set of crtuches from the hotel (after the front desk originally said the house didn't have and creeped and slit) my way down to the lobby to take a taxi to the hosoital. I felt out of place at the hos- pital. The emergency ward at Mount Sinai, like most such inner city horrors, is a reposi- tory for all of Ihe terrible weak- nesses of Ihe human body. An old man sucking for life through an oxygen mask; a young wom- an nursing cuts and bruises about her face; a gal silting in a wheelchair, head in hands, be- giiuiing for reasons nobody asked, to weep. In this lineup I felt as serious as a hang- nail. But I still could not sit, bend, walk without listing; at times the stabs were so bad my eyes watered; and so I as'ked for help, and was given it quite promptly. Never mind the details of xaminalinn. Never mind my loughts as I lay for an hour ailing the results of tests and rays. Suffice it to say I luscd unkind things about you, ly friend in tennis shoes, and vcn about all those who were ustling about me, healthy, ivilhout pain, yakking away as all was right with the world. As it happened, my worry and ad (noughts were premature. ,ly tests were positive. As I vrite this, it appears, I shall ecover, hopefully with no per- And now I want to be charit- able, my friend in (he tennis shoes. I want to think that you ire not all lo blame for what ou did. I want to think that you must underprivileged or desperate or whatever it is that creates creeps In this nation. But I confess I'm having diffi- culty with my sympathies. A.i I sit here, filled with dope but slill hurling like hell, I must say, you bum, that next lime it should happen lo yon. UN press chief UNITED NATIONS (AP) William 0. Powell, 55, has been named director of the press and publications division of (ho UN" office of Public Inforr.'a- lion. A native of Antwerp. N.Y., he has been on Ihe UN slaff since MARK LINCOLN'S HOME SPRINGFIELD, 111. (AP) U.S. Interior Secretary Rogers C. Morion accepted the deed here to Ihe only home (hat Abraham Lincoln ever owned and declared it a national his- toric site.