Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tutxtoy, September S6, 1972 THt inHBRIDCI HCRALD James Scolt The new profile teenagers can't see Mr. Soott, a former nation- al director of the Liberal parly. Is a public relations counsel specializing In youlll attitudes. rpODAY'S teen age genera- tion cannot be categorized. The group immediately ahead or it roughly tell into three cate- gories the straight (a minor- the non-drug Up and tho drug hip. Today's batch arc in and out. They have no constant or image. All you can say tor sure is that they aro changing. The change observed by many parents is only one area but of more than passing interest. In a recent profile of Wgh school s> dents created by Youth Report (a monthly U.S. a large majority had practically no criticism of their homes nor expressed any overt rebellion against their parents. However Ihey did not see themselves as changing; they thought the change had occurred in their parents. Actually a good case can be made for significant change in parental attitudes. In the ob- vious areas of hair styles and dress, the older generation have moved more than halt way, not just in their tolerance but in the way they themselves look. More Importantly, their minds have proved much more open than youth culture had be- lieved possible. Areas which, a few years ago, youth thought it alone could comprehend are now of major concern to the straights validity of drug laws, re- vised attitudes to sex, pollution generally and ecology in par- ticular, the plight of the aged, the threat of overpopulation. Admittedly, the strong and of- ten violent activism of recent years played an important part in forcing the older generation to take a hard look at the targets of youth protest. But no one forced the oldsters to try to understand. Their Inter- est was generated within their .own group. The drug problem is still very much part of the high school scene but there is an observ- able resentment against push- ers who come into the schools from outside. The use of drugs in colleges, however, is still rising. High school seniors re- port a higher incidence of drug problems than juniors. In the Youth Report profile, the ju- niors strongly opposed the leg- alization of "soft" drugs (mari- juana and hashish) but seniors were much less decided. Another in-and-out area is the altitude to careers. Dr. William Glasser, best known as the chief exponent of Reality Ther- apy, said he has Identified a distinct trend among teen- agers away from communal participation to achieve specific goals. Instead he sees a com- ing generation of what he calls "mild hedonists" giving top priority to jobs which will pro- vide maximum satisfaction for the individual. As far as can be determined, this "satisfaction" does not in- clude in appreciable amounts the traditional ingredients of straight society power, pres- tige and money. The national director of program develop- ment for the YMCA in the United Stales, Charles Kujawa, reports that at age 15 boys have a strong money-making motive which becomes pro- gressively less in the next three years. The prestige formerly associated wiih. a univerr'iy degree is also suffering. The distinct downward trend in uni- versity enrolment, while un- doubtedly affected by econo- mic factors, is much more in- fluenced by today's teen rejec- tion of what they call "the col- lege ego trip." High school is the current villain. Often in interviews teen-agers are hard to reach not because they are hostile far from it but because they are indifferent. But mention school and they turn on every time. They hate it. Maybe two brothers, age 15 and 17, I talked to recently, clarify the attitude. They are both going back to school but can hardly wait to get out. "What's wrong? The teach- "Most of the teachers are O.K. It's the whole goddamn school. Like in jail. They ring a bell and you do Ihls. They ring another and you do that. They got so many rules even after Ihree years you don't know what half them are. Would you believe, man, there is a right side and a wrong side to walk down a corridor and it changes half a dozen times a day? And what about this: 1 really dig math. Our last exam I had to go to the wash- room in the worst way but that's against the rules. So I had to do that paper in half the time you're supposed lo lake and I got 80 per cent. If a guy gets big marks because he has lo go to the can is that education? You tell me." Both brothers gel good marks. Bolh reseat having (o take subjects which seem lo them to be a waste of lime. The view of our high schools, over-centralized, disillusioning, over-regimented and with intel- lectual integrity swamped by systems and procedures, is not peculiar lo the students. Afler Rumors NBA Service Somehow a rumor got started last year that the chemical backing to instant picture cam- era film was ecologically harm- ful. As the rumor was magni- fied in the teiiing, as happens with rumors, it was claimed that 400 animals in national parks and forests had been poisoned by the chemical residues. The National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service and the Sierra Club have investigated the rumor and proclaim it utter- ly false. There is no documented instance of animal deaths attri- butable to eating discarded film matrial. They confirm tests conducted by the Polaroid Cor- poration showing that the nega- tive tabs are nontoxic and harm- less. That doesn't mean that It's all right lo liller. still doesn't want its good name toss- ed- around. It urges camera users to dispose of their film properly in waste containers and has incorporated printed re- quests to this effect on each pack of film. a lour through Kingston Peni- tentiary an Ontario judge with three teen-agers In one of our monolithic high schools told me: "Just after I got back from Kingston I had to go lo the high school. All I could think 01 was the pen. It seemed to me even the students looked like inmates." None of his chil- dren are going back to that school this fall. With the students' altitudes to school verging on the para- noid, the natural question is "Why don't you drop The answers can be paraphrased like tliis: "Look, we kjiow too many guys and chicks who took that rouie. They're burrs, prossies or heads or all three. Soire of them are dead and most of the rest of them are on the way. This way we stay alive, we make our Iriends and when we're out of the old school jail- yard we have a pretty good lime." The good times they have are hard to define and look aimless to the casual observer. Just be- ing with people is the common, denominator. It is not an ex- aggeration to say that a teen- ager's friends are the most important conroonent of his life. What these friends do together covers a lot of territory. Cer- tainly it includes drug turn- ing on but have no reliable measurements of how impor- tant this is. Certainly, among the ones I talked to this is not a major source. Because of the constant pub- Hcily the raids on the kids drug togetherness has been over-emphasized. What today's teens suffer from most is the urban people jam. They don't have places of their own to de- velop their own interests. Almost all youth-oriented or- ganizations are aware of the urgent need hut thus far have not been successful in meeting the problem. The use of a church hall three times a week is well-meaning but little more. Renting a vacant store mid turning it over to teen-agers is a little better not much. Structured activities do not seem lo work either and we have just begun lo think about See The Great New 1973's Chrysler -ft Plymouth K Satellite Valiant Duster ?V Imperial V Dodge Trucks Afiei1 vkwiiitj ?hr. 1973 Chrysler P.-odyets Does your measure up 'Extra Care In Engineering-lr Makes The Difference" -y, Open 9 a.m. 9 p.m. Tuesday thru Friday 'ifi providing space exclusively for the young where they can gen- crate their own activities. An imaginative step in the right di- rection is the Ontario Govern- ment's recently announced de- cision to open up a park ex- clusively for the use of motor- cyclists, be located near Grand Bend, a youth mecca for more than two decades. They have a third frustration: Sex. Because intercourse is presented so explicitly in books, magazines and films most of the older generation Hunk far too much emphasis is placed on sex these days. We seem to for- get (hat most of this material is not produced by the young themselves. also fail to real- ize that the promiscuous atmo- sphere thus generated creates problems which are very acute for the young. The most alarm- ing, of course, is the sharp rise in venereal disease. The oldsters say, "See where this sex freedom The young say, "They get us all worked up and then don't tell us what to do about it." The other day I talked to a nurse who goes to tell "the facts of life" to all the Grade 8 students of a medium-sized On- tario city. She tells them about VD and advises them to go to their do ctor if they suspect trouble. Her husband, who is a doctor, guff a wed. 'You might as well tell them to write to Santa Glaus. If they come to me they're sure I'll tell their parents and they're not always wrong. What do I do, especial- ly in the case of a Obviously the so-called sex education offered in school does not work. There is, however, another approach which looks good. It is called Operation Venus and it began in Philadel- phia. Now it operates all over the United States and teen- agers can call, loll free, from any state. It provides immed- iate information on all aspects of VD, arranges tests, mails information, makes referrals to cmiics or co-ops rating doctors. To my knowledge (here is no comparable service in Canada. Since Freud took the lid off, the young know only too well that the older generation is not a model to copy. Little wonder that our own attempts to help the young are confused and confusing as we try still to satisfy Mrs. Gnindy and the realistic, too. There is little doubt that these tloree areas are of acute teen- age concern. The present ap- parent quiescence or indiffer- ence to them represents more a hiatus a period of expec- tant waiting than accep- tance. Disillusioned by the fail- ure of hip activism to produce res tilts where they can feel them, they look with some ex- pectancy to a generation which shows at least some signs of sympathy. But if we don't come tlirough with some fast, meaningful ac- tion what then? Sustained apa- thy is definitely not a charac- teiis'Jc of today's young. They will do something. Right now, with Canada and the United States facing federal elections, we should very soon be able to determine whether or not they will opt for constitu- tional political action, At this writing, there is no substantial indication that this will be the chosen course. If it is not, at least three pos- sible courses seem obvious: first, a return lo some form of modified hip activism; sczcnd a non-productive, defeatist gen- eration; oi', thirdly, a mass dropout in a few years could, if carried to its e.xfreme conclusion, paralyse every facet of our society. A miracle cannot be expected In a couple of months but surely there is at least one political parly in this country with enough comprehension and skill to bypass the placebos v.e have been passing out in the guise of help for the young. Instead, keeping in mind the sources of discontent, Ihey could offer a genuine program, viable, practical and believable, and see how (hat 18-year-old vote responds. (Toronto Globe and Mall) Gone NBA Service Microbe warfare By Frascr Hodgson pEOPLE have fought against germs, microbes, and other unseen bugs ever since they knew Ihey exisled. It has al- ways been a see-saw battle, and as fast as man has found a way to win on ono front, the bugs come up with a new weap- on and the fight rages on. Of course each individual person can only hold them at bay so long, ami then they take over any- way, no matter what defence we put up. Since the invention of Ihe microscope and the following discovery that there are things we can't see without help, there has been a great advancement in technical knowledge of germ fighting. But I think the bugs are still ahead. Most people didn't worry too much about unseen microbes and viruses in earlier years, and maybe we would have been just as well off if we had never found oul about them. As I said they finally win anyway, because they are always a couple of jumps ahead. How come we didn't all die off from germ warfare fifty or seventy-five years ago, when very few knew anything about them, and most that did never bothered to put up much defence? I think the bugs just ambled along casually through our lives until we started to seriously fight back, then they gol mad and now they really come oul.with heavy artillery. Do you remember the water pail that stood on a low shelf or bench behind the kitchen door, and the wash basin right next? And there was a little cheap distort- ed mirror on the wall just above, with ono comb on a siring for everyone to use. Floating on the water in the pail was usual- ly a rusty tin dipper, or maybe it was hanging on a nail alongside. And the bucket that stood nearby to hold dirty wash water, and then it was often emptied out the back door only far away as it could be thrown. Some had an iron or wooden sink rigged up with a drainpipe out through the wall, and no trap in it, just a drain to save carrying the pail. When someone began to notice a strong odor they poured down some lye water, bul the puddle remained Just outside. When the comb got dirty enough that It didn't operate Very well, somebody soak- ed it in warm water and cleaned it with the scrubbing brush, or maybe with a colton string lied to a nail, running it up and down between Ihe teeth. Then there was the kitchen work table that most housewives kept scrubbed white and very clean looking, but they never knew about the horde of invisable bugs in the cracks between Ihe hardwood boards. Also Ihero was the warming closet on all kitclien stoves just above the cooking area, and that closet was a fine place for drying mitts and socks and overshoes. And a row of books near the same cook stove, held coats and caps worn in barns and dozens of other rather unclean places. SHOWROOM CORNER 7th ST. 1st AVE. S. PHONE 327-1591 It's happened. A (own has been wiped off the map by pol- lution. The village of Knapsack, near Cologne in West Germany, will soon cease lo exist because of air pollution from nearby lig- nite works, Europe's largest phosphor factory, electricity works nnrl other industries. Smog has made life increasingly unbearable if not dangerous in the village. With the help of government funds, the last residents out of a formor population of arc packing up tlicir trou- bles in their old kit bags and preparing to move to nearly completed homes and apart- ments in New Knapsack, located in a less-polluted area. Milk handling would give a present day health inspector an excuse to burn cowbarn to the ground, and it was of tea nearly as bad in the house. Every farm- yard well had a tin cup hanging on a bent wire on the pump, and all overflow water from filling the cup or water jug ran back into the well through the cracks in the top cover. And everyone drank directly out of the sama jug in the field, including the snoose chewers. Anyone that sloshed a lit- tle water out of the jug mouth before drink- ing, was considered to be a bit finicky, but it was often done ayway. Maybe that was the start of people realizing they should be more hygienic, and fight the germs Uiey were told lurked everywhere. Then came universal refrigeration to slow down germ operation, and cooks didn't leave the jam can, sugar bowl, and salt and pepper shakers on the table be- tween meals. And they used new type cleaning agents to slowdown bugs and cock- roaches, and men were no longer allowed to bring their dirty clothes and odor-de- horse boots info the kitchen. The table got an enamelled top, water came out of a tap directly from a closed well, and the stainless steel sink got a trap connected to a septic tank outside. Some old mirrors may still be there, but the comb is carried In your own pocket. If water or coffee has to be taken to the field a lot of people row use paper cups, no more jugs wrap- ped in gunny sacks. Tne ail of tipping a jug up on your elbow to drink has been lost forever. Milk never sees human hands or is In contact with the open air from the cow to the frige, milk germs don't have a 'chance. And last but perhaps the worst offender of them all, the outdoor toilet, li almost a museum piece. The last domain of outdoor thinkers is hard to find, and who can think properly locked in a whito antiseptic room with fresh air supplied by a noisy fan? With all the new antiseptic drugs avail- able today you would think all the gernu and microbes in tire vrorld would bs dead, but they are stronger Uian ever. Hospitals are scrubbed and polished every day till even an energetic ambitious bug doesn't seem to have a chance of survival, but every so often an outbreak of infection pops up. The germs have found a new weapon, and man has to work on a counter- defence system. Health inspectors tear their hair trying to keep people Informed on new up-to-date and advanced germ war- fare, but maybe they should forget It and quit. As' I said at the beginning the bugs are going to get us anyway, and as the world is overpopulafed why not go back to old methods of microbe warfare? Tha enemy might be so surprised Uiey would fall back and die of undernourishment, as they would have no fancy antibiotics to live on. in pictures By Margaret Luckhurst the main hall in the Sir Alex- ander Gait Museum is a collection of water colors depicting western scenes of early prairie life. The artist was E. F. Hagell, a local boy whose artistic endeavors couldn't earn him a living, but whose ar- tistic compulsion wouldn't permit him lo stop painting. A plaque in tribute to this man hangs near the picutres and says in part E. P. Hagell was bom of English parents in the little town of Lethbridge, N.W.T., 1895. He saw the closing of the last great range and the grain farm The tre- mendous days of natural horsepower that finally wrested a savage hostile environ- ment from primitive soEtude to fenced farms and industrial cities. Wild, high-horn- ed cattle, to gentle registered stock, 20 team bull team and buffalo trails, to trac- tor trailers on black top highways. Died 19M. Ted Hagell received his education In Lethbridge schools. But unfortunately for him, art at that time was not considered a necessary subject and was not pressed. Ted. however painted anyway, and his fath- er, who at that time was editor of the old Lethbridge News, warned his son that he'd never make a living daubing around with paint. Following his schooling Ted Hagell work- ed in Eaton's as a window dresser. Bui he had a long-standing love of horses and wanted to establish a riding academy or something of this nature on his own. With this in mind he 2nd his family went east where he did establish a stable. But per- haps it didn't work out for him for after a time he relumed to Pincher Creek where he was in charge of school hostels. Later he moved to a little farm west of the drive-in theatre in Lelhbridge and worked as a night watchman nt the col- lege. In the days of Ted Hagell there were no subsidies or government largesse to assist struggling artists, and while locally Mr. Hagell didn't Bell too many of his 1500 col- lection of paintings he did receive recog- nition from farther afield. One collection for years was in the Beaver Club in Lon- don, and numerous works can be seen in the Glenbow Foundation in Calgary. He also had several one-man shows in the United States including one in South Carolina, and another in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Not content with his prolific painting, Mr. HEgell also turned his hand to writing and got quite a few accounts of the old wesl as he remembered it, down on paper. His il- luslrated book When the Grass was Free was published in 1954 by Ryerson Press. Some of the favorite sketches in the mu- seum are imaginative, rustic, farm scenes from Hyssop ranch at 8 Mile Lake, where he spent much lime as a bay. In time Lethbridge took note of Its native son who was whining acclaim else- where, when Mayor Shackleford and City Council commissioned Hagell to do a ser- ies o[ picutres for the City for which he was paid Recently Mr. George Watson, museum board member, exhibited at the museum, one of Hagell's he'.ter works. Mr. G. C. Paterson bought the pairing end presented it to Hamilton Junior High where it hangs today. "Reliance S. D. near Taber, Is a typical Hagell. School is out, and the kids are on their way home! Even the horses are anxious to get under way, homework is scattered, and a couple of kids can't round up their horse out back by the outhouse. And teacher looks relieved the end of another day- Southern Alberta can boast of many tal- ented artists, and E. F. Hagell has earn- ed his place among them. Unimpressive testimonia I By Dong Walker TWO matter bow often Elspcth tries to Recently she came home from visiting ai at so-and-so's place and reported that the imbue her sons with the desirability (0 of them showing a little more respect and "Thai's because they are said affection for her, nothing comes oi it. Paul.