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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 6, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Wodnmttay, September 6, 1972 The General sticking to his guns By FRANK ETHEIWNGTON Record BRIDGEPOHT, Ont. (OP) The General says he was born in Bridgeport and will die in Bridgeport. He's puzzled, and resentful, that under regional govern- ment lie now hn.s classi- fied as a resident of Kitch- ener. His village has been -anne- xed, Hie friendly police chief lias become a constable in Kitchener's police force and soon llierc will be no village If you spot friend Jack don't shout 'Hi Jack' JlIAMr (AP) It you spot your friend Jack at the airport rr, worse yet. on an airplane, don't try (o be fanny by yelling "Hi A growing number of would-be jokesters can testify that airlines don't laugh at the one-liners. "Everybody's s o sensitive about hijackings said George Kokus, deputy cliief of the U.S. attorney's criminal di- vision in Miami. "Bvit it's an irresistible impulse to make a joke and the next thing a person knows, he's in jail." Kokus said in an interview lhat at least a dozen persons have been arrested at the inter- national airports in Miami and Fort Lauderdale in the last year after airline employees or pas- sengers reported they over- heard comment1; about hijack- ing. "Most of those arrested have been convicted and all of them [pent at least one night in laid Kokus. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bar- bara Vicevich said most of the eases involve the misdemeanor charge of "giving a false report of a but that a jokestcr could end up facing a cliEvrge of interfering with a (light crew, a felony which car- ries a maximum prison term of 20 years. Dr. Abraham Golf, a New York physician, was sentenced to one year's probation after he pleaded guilty to making a false report about a bomb. The government charged that when a stewardess asked Golf to move a bag near his airline seat, the doctor replied, "Don't touch that bag. I have a bomb in it." Golf and his wrife were hustled off the jet at Fort Lauderdale and arrested. The bag turned out to be empty. Two men were arrested by the FBI at Fort Lauderdale-Hol- lywood International Airport when one of them cracked joke about sky piracy. Walt Rohshaw, an airline pub- lic relations manager, denies that airlines have completely lost their sense of humor. "'Hut let's face he said, "these hijackings and extortion threats have been going on for a long while and we're getting a little thin-skinned about it." council periodically to nag him into cleaning out scrap from his backyard. The General doesn't like being classified under any- thing. He refuses to be stamped Mr. Neat Ordinary Citizen, Category A. Bridgeport's General Is known to some as The Gen and only (o a few as Frank Groff who lives in the rambl- ing old house with many bro- ken windows at the conrer of Lancaster and Oak streets in this village on the eastern fringe of Kitchener. SAYS HE'S FRKE The General says he is as free as any man can be and that freedom means he is able to wear his cap, an old army coat held together by safety pins, dungarees and knee-high rubber boots in summer and winter. He hates zippers in his pants and understating friends recently bought him Mennonite-made, zipperless dungarees. An interview with the Gen- eral is conducted on the run as he hurries around Bridge- port from 6 a.m. often to late at never lecting things such as dis- carded pop bottles and old rnelal that can be sold as scrap. "Sure we can talk but I don't have a lot of time. I'm a busy man and I got things to do. "When vras I born? It was back in 1912, '13 or '14. I don't quite remember and if I did I don't know if I'd let on to you. "I get along fine. No one needs to worry about me. "Look, everyone to his own don't let's change that." The general, affectionately known to everyone in Bridge- port, lives on a disability al- lowance and what he can get from salvage. "1 got a good five years be- fore the government says I'm retired and I don't think I'll ready then no matter what I'm told." His last job was in a Kitch- ener baggage company whicli closed 10 years ago. About 15 years ago the General took over the job as crossing guard at Bridge- port's main intersection and since has shown up four limes a day during the school term. He never asked for pay- ment and when village coun- cil tried to condition that he improve his appear- refused and carried on on a voluntary basis. He made his own Stop sign. He often drops Into the po- lice station with wallets or other valuables picked up during his wanderings. "If you lose something around here that you value, Bleeds lo death CALGARY (CP) Peler Patten, 20, of Calgary bled to death alter he was injured in a single-car accident in the south- east district. Police said lie suffered neck, back and chest injuries in the accident and died several hours later of massive internal hem- orrhaging. just hope that the General finds said hotel owner Dave Kirby. At a regular time each day, when the school children are safely across the street, the General drops into the hotel for his one bottle of beer- paid lor with money shaken out of his he downs standing in 20 seconds, "Why do I drink so fast? I got things to do." 7s kissing going out ot style? KITCHENER, Ont. (CP) Lynda Smith, Ann Hun- sberger and Nadine Meiklo probably are wondering to- day whether kissing is go- ing out style or whether it's just something about them. The girls staffed a booth at the Central Ontario Ex- hibition for six days last week, selling kisses at a dollar a kiss. Although a record people passed througli the turnstiles their venture netted only "It was so Ann, 30, said. "We thought we might have to use the money we did make to get plastic surge.-y." Who were the customers they did get? That's some- thing else the girls would rather keep quiet. The ?6 was donated by two sympathetic boy friends who chipped In each. BACK-TG-SCHGGL FOOTWEAR BUYS! Men's and Teens' Zippered Dress Boots A variety of slyles, single and double zippers. Full leather uppers with neolile soles. Brown. Sizes 7 la 12. A Fine Buy. PAIR 11.66 Assorted Styles of "Canvee" Gym Shoes low or high cut CanVee Pro running shoes in Black, Green or White slyles. Sturdy canvas uppers, cushion arch support. Washable. Sizes: youths' 11- 13, boys' 1-6, men's 7-12, Women's Suede Dress Shoe Brown combinolion 5-eye tie with gold-colour stud Irim. Sole and 1" heel are made of plantation crepe. Camping Boot for Boys priced! leather boot 5-eyelet tie. Moc- casin stylo toe and rippled crepo solo. Tan, Thrifty Buys on Zipper Boots A side-zipper boot in youths', boys' and mcn'i sires! clean vinyl, with Idlest heel and IOB sly I Ing. Brown. Youths' 8W-3 Boys' Men'i 7-11 PAIR PAIR PAIR 4.86 5.88 7.97 Because We're Woolco... Your Shopping Costs You Less! Open Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; TKurarfay and Friday 9 lo 9 p.m. VEHICLES PILE UP IN DUST STORM, SEVEN DIE Rescue workers 1ry to untangle wreckage of vehicles which piled up on Highway 99 south of Bakersfield, Calif., during a dust storm. Some 50 vehicles piled up at this location and another 30 in a teparaU pileup on Interstate 5. Seven persons were killed and 96 Injured, Strikes cripple Italy HOME (Reuter) Ten thou- sand trains were idle in Italy Tuesday as the country's 000 railwaymen continued a hour national strike. Meanwhile, all food shops and markets in Rome remained closed for the second day run- ning in a protest against a gov- ernment attempt to freeze food prices in the capital. The railwaymen, demanding a pay increase, staff increases and modernization of the rail- ways, were joined on strike Tuesday by the sugar in- dustry workers. The sugar workers are among more than four million Italians affected by negotiations this autumn between unions and employers for the renewal of national labor contracts. They are protesting at the breaking- off of negotiations. The railway strike deprived Nightclub fire probe date set MONTREAL (CP) Coroner Laurin Lapointe said Tuesday a coroner's inquest into the Fri- day night fire whicli killed 37 persons in the Blue Bird Club will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13. He told Giles Eccles, the 24- year-old being held on a coro- ner's warrant, that he will be detained as a material witness until the inquest. Eccles' appearance before Mr. Lapointe lasted only a few minutes. He said nothing but "out" when asked whether he spoke French and gave his name. Meanwhile, the search contin- ued for two other men being sought by police in connection with the fire. Police said Tuesday they be- lieve Marc Boutin, 24. and James O'Brien, 22, "have prob- ably left town." Descriptions of the pair have been sent to poice forces across Canada. In addition to the 37 persons killed in the blaze, 53 patrons of the downtown Blue Bird Club were injured when a wall of name engulfed the stairs and cut off escape by the main en- trances. More than 200 persons were in the club's second-storey dance area when they were trapped by the flames and had to scramble for safety. John MacDougail, Montreal fire commissioner, says the club technically met the legal requirements for fire exits. "But whether the exits were properly lit and unobstructed will be determined at the coro- ner's inquest." Many patrons were caught in a rush from one exit to an- other. Police said, and some Jumped and fell from second- storey windows. Ueut. Norman Trudeau of the Montreal police department said three men, regular patrons at the club, wefc ordered off the premises Friday night after an argument over sealing ar- rangements with the doorman. Shortly after they drove away from the club, he said, three men purchased gasoline at a downtown service station. Witnesses told police they saw three men jump out of a gray Comet car at the club and dump liquid in the stairway leading to the second floor. Tlie dance hall was licensed for 261 persons while the down- stairs bar had a capacity of 281. about Italians of their normal means of transport. Despite the closure of food shops in Rome, there did not appear yet to Ire any major food crisis. Most people are be- lieved to have slocked up with provisions last Saturday, and restaurants were functioning normally. Fresh meat was unavailable, and Romans laced the prospect of having to spend the rest of the week without two of their favorite dishes chicken and lamb. Chess champion loaded with cash REYKJAVIK, Iceland TAP) Bobby Fischer's entourage has returned home Monday, the new world chess champion behind in Iceland with fislfuls of dollars. "Bobby has a cheque for his prize said one of his aides. "He'll probably cash it and spend it all. But he'll need a wheelbarrow to take it away in." Fischer collected from the Icelandic Chess Federation for defeating the Hussian champion, Boris Epassky, in the seven-week title match. He and Spassky got good news Monday. They are getting Hie in prize money put up by the British financier, James D. Slater, in any cur- rency they want. Slater announced In London that the Bank of England had granted him permission to ex- port the he offered when Fischer balked at the prize money offered by the sponsor- ing Icelandic Federation for the world, championship match. FISCHER GETS S7G.562 Fischer's share from Slater Is making his total purse as the winner of the championship. Spassky's loser's purse came to counting the he will get from Sla- ter. Fischer has nsked that Ms share of the Slater purse be Getty 'very disappointed' at choice EDMONTON (CP) Don Getty, Alberta's minister of in- tergovernmental affairs, said here he is "very disappointed" that a westerner was not named chairman of the Canadian Transport Commission. "It was an ideal opportunity for the federal government to make a move lo get it a great deal of applause and remove a source of frustration Western Canadians have he said in an interview. He was commenting on the appointment last week of Edgar Benson as chairman of the commission tc replace Jack Pickersgill. Alberta Premier Pe'.er Loug- hccd had asked Prime Minisler Trudeau lo give the post lo a westerner so the west would have some hope that its feelings were being considered in trans- portation clecisions, Mr. Getty said Alberta will work to ensure that Mr. Den- son, former defence minister, is made aware of the transporta- tion problems in the west. paid into an Icelandic bank ac- count. He has said he intends to stay in Reykjavik for at least a week. Spassky plans to return to Moscow Thursday. Remaining here with Fischer are Miguel Quinteros, a 24- year-old Argentinian master, and Saemundur Palsson, a Rey- kjavik policeman who Is Bobby's- constant companion. The three danced with Icelan- dic girls until the early mom- ing hours Monday after a ban- quet celebrating Fischer's vic- tory. Fischer's request lo bank tha Slater purse in Iceland appar- ently was meant to keep it away from Chester Fox, lha promoler who is suing him for million in New York be- cause the Brooklyn chess wiz- ard would not Jet him film the match. Corporation profits up in Canada OTTAWA (CP) The net profit after taxes of Canadian industrial corporations totalled billion in the first quarter of 3972, up 36.1 per cent from million in Ihe same period of 1971, Statistics Canada re- ported Tuesday. Net profits in January, Feb- ruary and March this year amounted lo 4.19 per cent of the corporations' sales totalling billion. This was up from a profit ratio to sales of 3.49 per cent in the first quarter of im. Profits totalled billion In the final three months of 1971, or 4.43 per cent of sales. Statistics. Canada said thai taking seasonal faclors into ac- count, profits before income taxes in the first quarter tliii year rose 9.7 per cent from tlw final quarter of 1S71, and were 31 per cent lu'ghcr than in first quarter of 1071. Net profit after taxes on seasonally adjusted basis was up 8.8 per cent from the final quarter of 1971 and up 3.6 per cent from the first quarter of last year. The figures apply to nil in- dustrial corporations, (her than finance companies, .n 25 industrial groupings excluding agriculture, fishing, trapping and construction. Shareholders' equity in lira corporations rose to bil- lion at the end of the first quar- ter of this year, up three per cent from the final three months of ]971 and up 8.6 pel cent from the first quarter ol 1971. MUSIC LESSONS ENROU, NOW ACCORDION GUITAR PJANO DRUMS CHORD ORGAN ORGAN COLLEGE LTD. Phone 327-7524 ;