Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Ann Landers Dear Ann Landers: My problem might not sound im- portant to you but it is so im- portant to me that I've con- sidered seeing a psychiatrist. I am a girl, 17, attractive and a good student. I like peo- ple and people like me. But I don't have the slightest desire to date. Many fellows have asked me out and I've manufactured stupid excuses, some so transparent and clumsy that I later tried to make it up to them. I feel guil- ty if I hurt someone's feelings. I don't know why I don't want to date. All my girlfriends do but I have no interest in it. Am I abonor- mal? If you suspect that I might be a lesbian, let me assure you I'm not. I feel no attraction to either girls OR boys. Do you believe I should accept a few days anyway? If you say go, I'll go. andria Dear A.: You remind me of the fellow who didn't like peaches. "Did you get sick from a peache asked a friend. was the reply. "I've never eaten one." The natural question followed, "Then how do you know you don't like them'" My advice is to accept a few dates, even though you aren't excited about the idea. If after six months of dating you still have no interest in members of the opposite sex, get some counselling. Dear Ann Landers: My wife's sister is a widow.-She makes her home with us. The woman was never a bundle of charm, but we always got along until recently. Ever since the doctor told her she has diabetes she has been hell on wheels. She com- plains, feels sorry for herself, calls her friends and cries on the phone by the hour, and she has developed a terrible temper The woman is ner- vous and depressed, afraid of everything, and behaves as if she has had a mental breakdown. Is it possible that this personality change is related to her diabetes? And T. In Peoria Dear J. and T.: Severe diabetes can produce per- sonality changes, especially it the person is excessively apprehensive and unwilling to make the necessary ad- justment. Talk to your sister-in-law's doctor and ask him to explain this to you. It might help if he explained it to HER, too Dear Ann Landers: I'm a 17- year-old girl with a 40-year- old problem My mother. She picks to pieces every guy who THE BETTER HALF walks into this house. This one is too short and that one is too fat, or his hair is too long, or his mother is a tramp, or his pants are too tight in front. Three times last month she arranged dates for me with the sons of business friends of Dad's and they were all so creepy I nearly threw up. What burns me is that Mom doesn't even ask if I have plans for a certain evening. She goes right ahead and arranges things and then I have to go even if it means cancelling something I really want to do. I trust your judgment, Ann. Am I an ungrateful brat or a dumb kid? What are my rights' Please give me the word. Human Sacrifice Dear Human: An overly ambitious mother like yours can ruin the chances of some very nice guys by tring to cram them down a daughter's throat. Your mother is being unfair to you and to the young men she fixes you up with. You hate them before thev show up. Calendar The first session of the sex- uality program for 15 to 18- year-olds will be held at the Birth Control and Information Centre at 7 p.m. Thursday. Topics for the six-week course will be discussed. All interested persons welcome; bring a friend The Sir Alexander Gait Chapter of the IODE will hold a rummage sale in the all- purpose room of the civic centre at 9 a.m. Saturday. For pick-ups contact 327-3741 or 327-5929. The Lethbridge Fish and Game Junior Forest Wardens will hold a Halloween party and dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday. Members are re- quested to attend in costume and to bring their friends. For addition to the guest list please contact Elaine Reilander at 327-5142. Guards meet Wednesday, Nov. 7 There will be a Christian Science testimony meeting held for all interested at p m Wednesday in the church auditorium, 1203-4 Ave. S. The beginners' square dance group will dance at 8 p.m Wednesday at the Grassy Lake Chamberlain School. This event is being sponsored in conjunction with the recreation department. Anyone interested in square dancing welcome to attend. By Barnes "I'm getting stronger. A few years ago I could only carry worth of groceries, and now I can carry DUNLOP FORD'S Exhibition Pavilion November 6th to 10th TUMday, October LETHBRIDGE HERALD-21 Blind band tootler enjoys challenge New view of the world Air Force First Lt. Lorrain C. Schoen of Larkspur, California, is shown reading a magazine while remain- ing perfectly horizontal with the aid of prismatic glas- ses. She and eight other nurses spent two weeks of total bedrest m NASA weightlessness tests. Part of her time was spent reading Playgirl and Playboy she said. Pictures of nude male models are in the back- ground. MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Carla Pingley made her debut with the West Virginia University inarching band last month and went through the intricate, 260- steps-a-minute manoeuvres with hardly a flub while tootl- ing on a clarinet. Not bad, considering she couldn't see where she was going. Carla, a 17-year-old freshman, has been blind since birth with congential glaucoma She learns her music and marching steps by rote. "I got through the pre-game okay but stepped out of line once during the halftime said the beautiful, long-legged blonde after her debut. "But somebody behind me quickly got me straight." WVU band director Don Wilcox is one of Carla's biggest fans. "She learns field formations like everyone else he explained. "At the end of a number, a turn is made so many degrees in one direction and so many steps are taken to get to the next formation CONFUSED BY TURF "The only things she really has trouble with are things you'd never expect. For in- stance, she learned 90-degree turns at band camp on grass and on the Astroturf in the stadium, she was lost the first time." Wilcox said he had reser- vations when Carla first show- ed up for practice and that other members of the band treated her like a china doll. "But she completely overwhelmed the kids. Her at- titude was, 'This is something I can learn to do.' By the time band camp was over, she could have run for mayor and made it, her personality is so dynamic." Carl's mother had tried to dissuade her daughter from joining the marching band in favor of the school's concert ensemble "I had my doubts at she admitted, "but after I saw her on the field I changed my mind." Carla takes it all in stride. "I've always enjoyed meeting challenges that other people tried to tell me were imprac- she said, "and I love the band It's my favorite thing on campus." LESS THAN A PENN Nurses' tests not back-door commitment NASA critical of assumptions By BRIAN KING WASHINGTON (AP) Tests of women's responses to weightlessness and re-entry stress should not be taken as a back-door commitment by the United States space program to put women in orbit, agency sources say. "That's an awful assump- tion that isn't supported by the one official in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said The tests at Ames Research Centre in California were an- nounced shortly after an ar- ticle critical of NASA's all- male astronaut corps ap- peared in a feminist-oriented magazine. NASA employees say the timing of the tests was not re- lated to the article in Ms and that, despite official hedging, the odds are good that a qualified American woman scientist will be in space by the end of the decade. Dr. George Low, NASA's deputy administrator, in an interview before the testing announcement, laid down only two criteria to be met by women interested in space travel "reasonable health" and "a reason for going into space." NASA said the five-week testing program was for "clinical research on female physiology to develop selec- tion criteria for women pas- sengers in space-shuttle mis- sions." NASA spokesman Donald Zylstra said the tests were "to see how women would react to space flight." He added that "passengers" was a word in the carefully screened news release that did not reflect the fact that all persons aboard the craft would be crew members, that "no one's go- ing along for the ride." The effect an or- biting laboratory, observation deck and scheduled for first use in late 1978 or 1979 In 1975, a joint U.S -Soviet mission is planned, with the American astronauts probably coming from the present pool of trained but un- tapped men, both pilots and scientists. And the Spacelab Don't Wait It's later than you think FOR EVERYBODY Joe GREEN'S SHOES Downtown on Sixth My wife made it to match mv shoes from JOE GREEN'S Open Thursday till 9 p.m. Skylab with European part- go up just before the shuttle. A new astronauts corps probably will be drawn for that, NASA spokesmen said, making it the next open door for women wanting to perform experiments Ir. space But the door will only open then for women, Zylstra says, if the Ames research dis- closes no physiological bar- riers to women as space trav- ellers Those tests which, it was learned, some upper-level NASA officials wanted kept secret, used absolute bedrest to simulate weightlessness, to determine the effects on women's circulatory patterns, endocrine glands and biorhythms. The last time around, in 1967, 17 women scientists and 906 men scientists applied for astronaut-scientist slots and 69 men's names were for- warded to NASA for final se- lection, National Academy of Sciences records show The Ames tests were de- signed to see how well women can resist the tendency of blood to pool in the legs in space, to determine their tol- erance to re-entry forces and to measure specific physi- ological changes. Most astronauts to date have been robust test pilots who have experienced shrink- ing hearts and other bodily changes as a result of ex- pended periods in space. In the past, the chief of two commonly given reasons for why no American women have got above the groundsupport ranks in the U.S. space program was a requirement that all astronauts had to be qualified and experienced jet pilots. The second was indirect in- vocation of the budget it would cost money for re- search and construction to provide different space suits for women and two space ship bathrooms, along with accom- modations for menstrual periods. LAJW dismissed me Dioiogi- cal-budgetary argument and said the jet-pilot require- in 1967 as a selection prerequisite but maintained as a pre-flight re- have been waived for at least two well- known women pilots of the early 1960s. Low said flight training will not be required or given for the shuttles, in which six or eight scientist crew members Man sentenced to four years EDMONTON (CP) Neil Deane Mason, 39, of Morin- ville, was sentenced to four years after pleading guilty to the attempted murder of his estranged wife, Patricia, 35, June 5 In summarizing the case, crown counsel said it was only luck that a bullet fragmented and didn't penetrate the skull after Mrs Mason was shot above the eye. Shortly after the incident Mason turned himself in to RCMP are expected to accompany two engineers and two pilots He said that if anyone had raised the objection of too-ex- pensive spacesuit changes in NASA's early high-budget days, "I would have thrown him out of my office." This year's Skylab craft in- corporated bathroom and bed- room privacy, space-age style. NASA's chief doctor has called hygiene and waste col- lection systems "completely unacceptable" and said they need to be redone whether tfie crews are all-male or men and women Two active-duty and 10 re- servist air force flight nurses were chosen for the tests, NASA said, "because of their medical and flight training. 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