New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 20, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
Andy Rooney likes to read bulletin boards, see below
Dave Kraaier. General Manager Robert Johnson, Editor
Bulletin boards have secret messages
There’s a bulletin board down by the cafeteria in the building I spend a lot of time in. Employees can put up notices of things they have for sale or things they’re looking to buy or rent.
Someone could write a history of life in the big city if he or she were to catalog all the items that appear on the company bulletin board over a period of IO years.
Because this bulletin board is in New York, it is covered with notices from people looking for apartments. Many of them are single, working women willing to pay $750 or $800 a month for a one-bedroom place.
Those with small apartments to rent, on the other hand, are asking $1200 to 1500 or studios or one-bedroom places. The ads suggest the changing times:
“LOOKING FOH ROOMMATE TO SHARE APARTMENT IN CHELSEA AREA. NO SMOKERS OR PETS. $600. CALL NATALIE ON 7894.”
More and more, over the years, those who wish to share the rent of an apartment with someone are very fusy about some things but they don’t seem to care about the sex of the applicant. They don’t want a smoker but they don’t care whether the roommate is a man or a woman.
• SMALL. SUNNY ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT
OFF BEATEN TRACK. $750.”
That looks like a bargain but watch that “off the beaten track.” It probably means it’s a 45-minute subway ride in an area where a single girl wouldn’t dare live.
As a result of the apartment shortage, there are desperate notices:
“APARTMENT SITTER AVAILABLE! GOING ON VACATION? OUT OF TOWN ON BUSINESS’? I AM AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE SAFETY FOR YOUR PLACE, WATER YOUR PLANTS AND OTHER APARTMENT UPKEEP.
WILL TAKE SHORT-TERM APARTMENT-SITTING JOBS.”
Experienced bulletin-board readers would judge this to be a young woman who is desperate to get away from living with her parents in the suburbs.
There’s a great deal of evidence on the board of how quickly all of us cool off on the expensive toys we buy for ourselves:
“BALDWIN ORGAN. A FUN MACHINE. COMPLETE WITH BENCH AND ORGAN COURSE. $900. CALL JEFF ON 9075.”
You know Jeff dreamed of learning how to play the organ so he could be the life of the party when he had friends over. Somehow he never had time to learn. Now, three months later, he wants his money back. I took piano lessons myself once for about two months.
Jeff isn’t alone buying toys he tires of:
“HITACHI COLOR VIDEO CAMERA. JUST THREE MONTHS OLD. F-1.4 ZOOM LENS. THREE-QUARTERS ORIGINAL PRICE.”
“12-SPEED PANASONIC BIKE, FOUR MONTHS OLD WITH TOE CLIPS AND WATER BOTTLE. $150.”
“SALE! MINT CONDITION l8&78- DYNAMAGI.AS SPEEDBOAT. 175 HORSEPOWER. WITH TRAILER. SEE TOM FOR PRICE.”
You can bet Tom figured he'd be out in that boat all summer the day he bought it but he ended up using it 14 times in five years.
There’s a little of everything on the bulletin board:
“BIBLE STUDY EVERY WEDNESDAY 12:30-1:30 ROOM NO. 530. COME AND SHARE GOD S WORD.” “FUN AND SUN-LOVERS WANTED TO SHARE FIRE ISLAND APARTMENT NEXT SUMMER.”
“EXPERIENCED SQUASH PLAYERS NEEDED FOR COMPANY TEAM.”
“MOVING TO EUROPE. LOVABLE I .ABR ADOR RETRIEVER NEEDS GOOD HOME. HAS SLIGHT CASE OF EPILEPSY.”
“FOR SALE - RACCOON COAT, SIZE 10-12. GOOD CONDITION BUT WORN AT ELBOWS. $900 OR MAKE AN OFFER. SUE, EXT. 1179”
Sounds like a good buy, doesn t it? I mean, if you don’t mind cold elbows.
“MUST SELL ANTIQUE CLOCK COLLECTION DUE TO RISE IN INSURANCE. SEE ME. MATT, ENGINEERING.”
Matt is fed up with his clocks. That's the real story.
The most interesting thing I ever saw for sale on the board was a lighthouse in New Jersey. There was a picture of this old stone lighthouse surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean out on a point off the Jersey shore. The seller wanted $150,000 for it. The bedrooms must have been very small and round.
I didn’t buy it. I’ve never bought anything I ve seen listed on the bulletin board. I just w indow shop
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Sen. John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station Austin, Texas, 78711
Rep. Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives P.O.Box 2910 Austin, Texas 78769
Sen. John Tower United States Senate
Gov. Mark White Governor s Office Room 200 State Capitol Ausitn, Texas 78701
Sen. Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate
Room 142 Russell Bldg. Room 240 Russell Bldg Washington D.C., 20510 Washington, D.C. 20510
Rep. Tom Loeffler U.S. House of Representatives 1212 Longworth House Office Bldg Washington, D.C. 20515
Pacemakers' defects coming under fire from FDA
WASHINGTON — Of all consumer scandal*, nothing is more cruel than shoddy workmanship on pacemakers. In past
columns, Ive reported on pacemaker defects and the seeming indifference of the
Food and Drug Administration to this problem.
Stung by criticism, the FDA has responded swiftly and vigorously to charges by an anonymous whistle blower against a
The target of the FDA investigation is the Cordis Corp. of Miami, one of the five biggest pacemaker producers. Harold Hershenson, the company’s executive vice president, told
m> associate Tony Capaccio that the EDA sent a "very zealous group of inspectors” to pure over the company’s books for nine months.
An FUA compliance officer said that “in general” the investigation supported the whistle blower’s charges. The results of the investigation were summarized in a private letter Sept. 7 to the company from John C. Villforth of the EDA. It noted nine areas of concern, two of which dealt with safety matters.
Villforth’s concluding paragraph was particularly blunt: "I must say that the problems referred to in this letter appear to reflect a corporate practice and a pattern of serious disregard for the requirements of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act.”
Hershenson commented: “We took issue with the last paragraph. They did it to get our attention.”
But an FDA official denied that the paragraph had been hyped up. “When we wrote it, we really believed it best summarized our position,” the official said.
The most important safety-related concern raised by the FDA investigators involved at least 251 Cordis pacemakers - Gamma, Gemini, Sequicor and Theta models - that were mistakenly subjected during stress tests to high temperatures averaging 115 degrees centigrade.
"In spite of the pacemakers and their internal components being subjected to elevated temperatures for undetermined periods of time, they were distributed and approximately 150 were implanted,” the FDA letter pointed out. Because the pacemakers overheated during testing, the letter added, this “may result in adverse
health consequences in pacemaker-dependent patients as a result of sudden ‘no-output failure.’”
In layman's terms, the possible heat-weakened devices could stop functioning.
The company acknowledged it had made an “error” in the testing, but told the EDA that “it would be a disservice to persons in whom these pacers were implanted to overreact to this situation.”
The other safety problem flagged by the EDA involved samples of a dozen versions of Cordis’s I .amixia, Theta and Stanicor models that had “defective printed wiring boards” and technical problems with the battery.
Update on Tsakos
As Eve reported, Greek arms merchant Basil Tsakos spread money around lavishly in Washington as he tried to buy the influence of Sen. Mark O Hatfield, R-Ore., and other well-placed U.S. officials. He had some success in getting support for his scheme to pipe Saudi Arabian oil acrosss Africa from the Red Sea to the Atlantic.
But the latest information to surface on Tsakos suggests that he had less success when he tried to hitch his wagon to the star of a Saudi billionaire named Adnan Kashoggi. Though he made his money originally in international trade, Kashoggi is also an arms dealer, and he has made millions helping American arms manufacturers sell their hardware to Saudi Arabia.
According to court documents and other sources, Tsakos and Kashoggi were partners in Afro-Asian Consultants, a Luxemburg-based “dummy” corporation through which Tsakos hoped to disguise his weapons deals.
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