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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 20, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 38 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID Wednesday, October 20, 1971 A BIG PUMPKIN FOR A LITTLE BOY Two-year-old pective jack-o-lantern to his home In Coquitlam, B.C. It's Colin Pasco gets set for Halloween as he wheels this proi- quite a wagon full. Manufacturers sivamped with orders Bicycle craze sweeps America Bv MARY SCIIfBZ NEW YORK (API David Heinemnn, a ?l -year-old em- ployee ff a Dallas doughnut shop, sold liis van and bought a 10-speed racing bike to make a vacation trip to R i d g e w o o d, N.J., riding nearly IOC miles a day. Hugh Zimmerman, a New York City librarian, uses Ms living room as a garage for three beat-up one for work, a 10-specd for week- end jaunts, a third for the in- evitable guest- They and millions of Ameri- cans have been swept up in an adult bicycling craze that has emptied bicycle dealers' showrooms across the U.S. and swamped manufacturers with a backlog of orders. Some are pedalling to im- prove their health. Others out to do their bit to improve the environment, see the bike as a quiet, non-polluting alterna- tive to the automobile. S'till others, with an eye to the pockctbook, say the bike is cheaper than the bus. the car or subway and gets them to work quicker through traffic- strangled cities. Others pedal just for the plain fun of it. "They're driving us nut of our said Pat Patter- son, a Portland, Ore., bike dealer who sold 1.750 bicycles in the first sis montlis of this year. "They've taken all the fun out of the business." Five years ago Patterson's sales totalled 350 bikes for the whole year. Dallas bike shop operator Pete Deckers said there never has been such a boom, even in the gas-rationed days of the Second World War. "The dmand is five times more than the said Anthony Corso, manager of one of New York City's larg- est bike stores. "Three years ago 80 per cent of the bikes were for children. Today it's just the reverse." 75 MILLION RIDE The Bicycle Institute of America estimates Americans will buy 8.5 million bicycles by the end of this year, 15 million more than last year. A spokesman said that" more than 75 million people ride bi- cycles. Some call the new craze Bi- keology. Bike riders say riding offers them a sense of freedom and adventure in the countryside, a humanizing quality in Im- personal cities. "Speeding by in an auto doesn't allow time to stop and observe said Jim Hall, a member of the Tri- State Bicycle Touring Society, with members in Iowa, Min- nesota and his homestate, Wisconsin. The bicyde-lo-work move- ment is growing in northern cities like New York, Chicago, and Milwaukee, where cyclist groups want safe bike "lanes and secure parking facilities. Bike for a Better City, in New York, had partici- pants on a bike-to-work day a year ago. Since then, the number who ride bikes to work has grown to more than Mayor John V. Lindsay plans to announce experimen- tal bike ways along certain city streets. Parking racks for bikes have been set up in New York's Rockefeller Centre complex. The Plaza Hotel in New York City offers its guests free use of bicycles to tour the city. The bicycle is king of the road on designated days in some areas of the country. Central Park In New York City bans vehicular traffic on weekends and on Tuesday eve- nings during the summer in de- ference to cyclists. Griffitl Park in Los Angeles allows onlj "pedals, stirrups and shoe on the third Sunday o every month. Seattle began "Bicycle Sun- days" last year on the last Sunday of the month between April and September, closing a waterfront road along Lake Washington t o automobile traffic. Food, repair, informa- tion and first aid centres are set up along the road which attracts an estimated bi- cyclists. About 700 persons ride bikes to work in downtown Chicago. Wisconsin boasts the only bicycle path to cross an entire miles from the Mis- sissippi River to Lake Michi- gan. S'arn Oakland, a Portland State University professor, heads a group with this aim: "Abolish the automobile." Said Oakland: "We want to redesign Port- land to make it a city for peo- ple instead of what it now is, a giant, smelly parking ga- rage for commuters." Has he discovered the fountain of youth? Bob Cummings the picture of health Ry DAVE CI.ELAXD Kingston Whig-Standard KINGSTON, Ont. (CP) If there's a fountain of youth. Bob Cummings is tapping it. daily for water. The 61-year-old film and tel- evision star looks 45, but acts as if he was 30. He's coy; he's sharp, he's well, he's Bob Cummings, health food ad- dict, businessman and actor. Despite the passing years, he's just the same old "wolf photographer" who was Shultzy's boss on television in the 1950s or the happy-go- lucky sophisicale of the late, late movies. lie stopped briefly in Kings- ton to appear on a 30-minute show on CKWS-TV. 'Hie "kid" from Joplin, Mo., look the station by storm, his fast off-the-cuff patter draw- ing loud chuckles from the usually undemonstrative tech- nicians and cameramen. Cummings learned his trade well during the "golden age" of movies- He starred In 111 films before switching to a successful television career. No stage hand need whisper In oar "you're on." He's constantly lovable. laugh with me, sly- winking Bob tramping where angels feared to tread. "The motion picture indus- try is Cummings said. "There was a time when our overseas neighbors thought the United States was John Payne kissing Alice Faye (see how old he really is) and our nation was portrayed as a lovely country full ol lovely people. "Now they see the filth, the lack of moral strength and dissatisfaction. While this may be some oblique por- trayal of life as it is, it's not doing much for our image." He's the goodwill ambassa- Educational toys harmful CHICAGO (AP) A Harvard University pediatrician says many educational toys may have harmful effects on chil- dren. He suggests they would be better off playing with pots and pans. The pediatrician. Dr. Richard f. Feinbloom, says he has found no evidence to support claims by manufacturers that toys pro- grammed to stimulate learning will do so. "Toys that teach" may, In fact, have harmful effects, Fein- bloom reported here in a pescntation to the annual meet- ing of the American Academy of Fcdiatrics. Fcinbloom cited an article he published with Dr. Peter 11. Wolff of Harvard in Ihc journal grammed mental training of in- fants "can interfere with the mutually-nurturing relation of mother and infants." "The spontaneous social inter- change of parent and child is at least as important intellectual development as early academic achievement. 'Therefore, there is little rea- son for pediatricians to encour- age, and ample reason for them to discourage, the use of spe- cialized toys when these are used for maximizing the rale of mental development in the first two years. "There is no evidence that scientifically-designed toys arc in any way superior to tho usual household items available Pediatrics. They ssid pro-' to most infants, dor a large cosmetics firm. Actually, his title is vice-president of public rela- tions. It's one of 61 corpora- tions on which he's .1 member of the board of directors. Cummings was accompa- nied by his second wife, Re- gina (Gigi) Fong, an Oriental beauty from Macao, a Portu- guese mandate on the China coast, and their young son, Charles. Cummings. visually, Is in A-l condition. Ho doesn't need glasses, has no illnesses, no trace of baldness, and no "battle of the bulge." For most of his life, he has ncccpted his physician-sur- geon father's edicts about or- ganically grown food. "I'm not young for my age. 'leaven forbid! I hope Tm right for my he said. "To me the goal is to be your age and be proud of it To bo the most attractive, useful, productive, happy or 50 even 60, that it's possi- ble to be. "If y o u 'r c nutritionally strong you'll bo spiritually and mentally strong .so you can lead a longer, more pro- ductive life." EATON'S BABY WEEK Choose gifts for a new baby. Restock nursery shelves with com- forts, pretties and everyday needs. Sale prices are right-on for young budgets. The qualities make every special item a best value buy for the most careful shopper. White Plastic Pants Happily Low-Priced Sale, 6 Neatly filling plastic pant is elasticiied ol waist ond leg. sires. Cotton-Bound Large- Size Infant Bibs Sale, each "7O 3 for 2.29 w Terry cloth on one side with heavy plastic on other. White w i f h assl. screen prints. Fine-Quality Cotton Flannelette Diapers 2.39 Sale, pkg of 12 Medium nap for absorben- cy, softness, strength. 26" X Snowy White. Baby's Cotton Knit Drawstring Gown Sale, each 1 -OSJ Drawstring at bottom for extra cosiness. Long sleeves, convertible cuffs. White. Sanitiied One-Piece Terrycloth Sleeper Sale, each fc.O" Stretchy cotton and nylon p I u i h. Raglan sleeves. White, Aqua, Maize. Non-Allergenic Foam- Lined Training Pont Sale, each I w or 3 for 2.29 Sontized, extra absorbent, White combed cotton ther- rno weave. Sizet 2 24 mos. Soft Hooded Towel of Cotton Terryeloth Sale,