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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - October 17, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD - Saturday, October 17, 1970 For The Record By MARILYN ANDERSON Herald Family Editor City's Only Woman On Council Busy First Year For Aid. Ferguson JT takes an efficiency expert to really put the kibosh on the mini. Robert Nolan, vice - president of a management consulting firm, says that the mini has had a "disastrous effect" on the output of employees in an office. Mr. Nolan goes so far as to say that your average male office worker spends one full hour a day observing mini-skiiled females. He even goes on to determine the three methods of observation. There's The Glance - eyes up, focused, eyes-down. This only takes one second. The Double-Take is a little longer. Eyes up, down, up again, focused, concentrating, and down. Four seconds here. The real bugbear is the Continuous Observation. Here the mesmerized male remains enthralled for 69 seconds, a time which is based on the 120 paces it takes an average girl to walk from one spot to another. The unfortunate part about all of this calculation according to Mr. Nolan is that 70 per cent of all males use the continuous observation method, not lowering their gaze until the uncovered limbs have made their way out of their line of fire, uh, sight. Mr. Nolan must work in an unusual office. According to a small sample of opinions gathered locally, Mi/ Nolan has a bit to learn about inter-office relationships. There was, for instance, the candid comment from one young unmarried male that the women you work with every day are different than other girl-watching candidates. "They don't look like women, they're just people." (Hi-Grace, are you listening?) Another comment was that you looked at every woman good or bad. Still another said he looked at a man too, to see what clothes he wore. We're just a bunch of lookers, Mr. Nolan, that's all it is. The idea of one hour lost in a day's work came in for a bit of dissension, even when the boss wasn't listening. One look may be enough for the whole day. Many women in minis, was the consensus, didn't warrant a second look. Mr. Nolan looks forward to the midi with the comment, "Maybe we can get back to work." I'd like to bet Mr. Nolan that in a few months he'll be making up a new list of looks. It'll go like this. The Glance - eyes up, frown, eyes down. The Double-Take - eyes up, down, up again, frown, shudder, eyes down. Continuous observation - eyes up to remain in contemplation of how far a woman will go to keep up with fashion designers, accompanied by a slow shaking of the head. One thing about the midi, no one has to focus at all. It hangs out all by itself. $ $ CASH BINGO $ HUNGARIAN OLD TIMERS HALL TONIGHT, SATURDAY - 8 O'CLOCK A $100 Blackout Binge played for till won every Saturday plus 2 7-Number Jackpou JACKPOTS NOW $100 AND $125 5 Cards for $1.00 or 25c each (Located Next to No. 1 Fireball) $ By MARILYN ANDERSON Herald Family Editor IT'S a long way from reading Jenny to the sewage reports, but it's the gap that's been ably met by Lethbridge's sole woman alderman, Mrs. Vera Ferguson. In a matter of one year Mrs. Ferguson has also become familiar with budgets, committees and special meetings for urgent matters. This week Mrs. Ferguson marked one year on city council. Although "some days are extremely hectic" she says things usually taper off at the end of the week. She sets aside one day of the week, as do many of the aldermen to go over reports and the agenda for the following council meeting. "I always speak from fact," she explained in an interview," and not generalization. I really enjoy my homework, and I've learned a great deal. "I might not always have comments to make about a topic, but I've gone over everything and make notes, and am prepared to ask questions. i "I've learned so much just listening." After 24 years in the city Mrs. Ferguson is familiar with the growth and development of industry and business. Her husband, Elmer, is a former industrial co-ordinator for the city. "I've always been enthused about the city. When I went to Winnipeg to visit friends, they told me I should work for the Chamber of Commerce, I was always promoting it." Telephone calls can come at inconvenient times, admits Mrs. Ferguson. Any person in the public eye likes to keep in touch with the public opinion, but mealtimes seem to be a favorite time to call. Does she, a woman alderman, have a majority of calls from other women? "By no means" is her quick reply "Businessmen as well as women call to ask opinions or express their own." KEEP IN TOUCH Although the Fergusons' two children are married and away from home, Mrs. Ferguson says they miss their children's friends. "We really love young people, and try to keep in touch with the young folks." Her daughter, Anne Marie, 25, is a teacher at a junior college in Travers City, Mich. Bruce, 24, is curator of the Archives of Canadian Rockies in Banff. "Both children often speak of the holidays we used to take when they're home. We'd take a real family holiday and we've gone from one end of Canada to the other seeing historical spots." Mrs. Ferguson said she wouldn't care to predict whether or riot she would run for another term of office on city council,. "Life moves too quickly to be able to say what I'll do a year from now. I do believe, though, that the more you learn, the more effective you become." The inevitable question arose of whether being a woman makes a difference in holding such a public post, and coping with the time-consuming duties. Slowly, but honestly, came the reply, "Some women could probably do it with families and organize their lives accordingly. The freedom I have and the life I have has certainly made it easier." Mrs. Ferguson said she has more time than a businessman or other full-time employee who must leave their work for meetings or find no spare time of their own. "For instance," she said, "I can at least sleep in a bit after a late council meeting whereas the men all have to be up early for work. That's one advantage, I suppose." Her council interests are varied. She created a stir among young cyclists this summer when she suggested that 14-year-olds were too young to be riding motor bikes. "People do not understand that if s a matter of attitude, not dis