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Daily Review (Newspaper) - April 3, 1986, Towanda, PennsylvaniaFolk a the daily review. Thursday. April3. 19k6 take Marcos off welfare Why should the United states government go on paying the living costs of deposed Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos while he House Hunts in Hawaii or seeks Asylum elsewhere that is a question that a lot of americans Are asking As Marcos and his entourage Wear out their Welcome at a . Air Force base. To give Marcos his due he showed restraint in his last Days in Power. He still had Loyal military forces at his disposal and he could have used them causing Many deaths. However for what Ever his reason he said he did not want to harm his people although the opposition said he could no longer Trust his military and he did not use his air planes tanks or other military Power. However As Long As Marcos stayed in Manila the potential for military action existed. It would end Only if Marcos left. The actions of the United states in evacuating him ended his tenure without bloodshed. It was a Good move on our part. But just because we were the ones who rescued Marcos does not mean we should Yasir Arafat looks for a Home make him a welfare recipient. By every measurement he is a Rich Man. There Are hotel owners in Hawaii who would be Happy to have him As a paying guest. Maybe we owed Marcos something for being a Strong supporter of . Policies in the Pacific. But we discharged whatever obligation we had to him by preserving his Liberty and maybe his hide. Enough is enough. Lets not spend any More . Tax dollars to support him. By Jack Anderson and Joseph Spear like the legendary Frontier Rascal being run out of town in tar and feathers Yasir Arafat had tried to make it look As if he were leading a Plo Parade out of his Sanctuary in Tunisia. But the humiliating reality is that Arafat was invited to leave in no Uncertain terms and he is having the devils own time trying to find another Arab country that will take them in with any degree of hospitality. Considering the past behaviour of his cohorts in the Palestine liberation organization to say nothing of the israeli retaliatory strikes their presence invites it s hard to blame the Arab governments for being reluctant to play Host to Arafat and his unruly hordes the plots press agents have accentuated the positive of course boasting that All of the Plo troops who debarked from Beirut under israeli guns in 1982 have now returned to their old haunts in Beirut and its environs. This is probably an exaggeration but even so it Points up the embarrassment Arafat must feel at not setting up his old Headquarters in Lebanon the reason he Hasni to is that even the armed Plo guerrillas in Beirut Are kept on a tight Leash by the syrian army. Syrian president Hafez Assad was the greatest single Benefactor of the Plo ouster in 1982 and the subsequent withdrawal of israeli troops and he can hardly be expected to throw away the control of most of Lebanon by welcoming Back a rival. There has been some talk lately of a reconciliation Between Arafat and Assad presumably under pressure from the soviets who value Arafat As a useful tool to stir up trouble and who have undoubted influence with Assad As his chief arms supplier. But there is a Strong personal antipathy Between the two Arab rivals the rigid ascetic Assad detests the effete easily compromised Arafat. Sources told our associate Lucette Lang ado that any reconciliation which they regard As unlikely would definitely be on Assad a terms. The history of the plots stay in Tunisia is enough to make any potential Host leery. The Defeated Plo troops were allowed in Only on condition that they refrain from terrorist activities. But the Plo murdered three israelis in Cyprus last september provoking an israeli air raid on the Plo Headquarters outside Tunis. Many tunisians were killed. Yet the internal dynamics of the Plo and Arafat a always Challenge Able leadership demand that the organization be a close to the that Means being As near to Israel As possible and being Given Loose enough rein to carry out the kind of operations that Are the plots main reason for being. Jordan s King Hussein still remembers the Plo As demanding guests who nettled him until he ejected them in a bloody showdown in 1970 an operation that the Plo still refers to As Quot Black in recent months Hussein has allowed the Plo to open offices in his kingdom but like his syrian neighbor he keeps the Plo elements under tight control now Hussein has fallen out with Arafat Over regional peace talks thereby see a Anderson a Page 5 Berry s world a 1986 by Nea inc a i expected Hailey s to be much More George Lucas a or. Shell Shock loved to Tell War stories and we loved to listen or. Shell Shock was our favorite High school teacher. He taught Basic electricity i but we barely got to Ohms Law before he launched into a Short course on the War in the Pacific. That a Why we called him or. Shell Shock he loved to talk about his Navy combat experience As a gunnery officer. The Mere mention of a resistor would bring an animated Chalk talk on the bombardment of Tarawa. Soon the blackboard would be White with the crisscrossed paths of the shells lobbed onto the tiny Island by the big battleships. We did no to complain. The War stories were More interesting than algebraic equations for capacitance and Inductance. Basic electricity i was part of the practical arts curriculum at Union High school along with War stories by George Zucker associated press writer woodworking Auto mechanics and chefs specialities an introductory cooking course for boys. Boys who were not deemed College material were lumped in practical arts where it was hoped we would learn something useful. Most of us would be drafted on graduation in 1951 to fight in some place called Korea. There would be no sea Battles in Korea but we figured we could learn something from a Man who had seen combat during world War ii. The school valedictorian and the student body president were not among our classmates in a. They would be going on to College with draft deferments. The boys in a were pariahs in sweatshirts and jeans who sat by open windows in shop class sanding blocks of Wood and chewing tobacco. All a boys could Chew tobacco and Sand Wood at the same time. Chefs specialities was a popular course. It was scheduled at 8 . And we got to Cook breakfast a everything from eggs Benedict and biscuits to pancakes made from scratch. The first thing we did at school each Day was eat. Then we headed for Basic electricity i. Full stomachs were not meant for lectures on conductors and diodes. So before class we would pick someone to get or. Shell Shock started on the War. Maybe ask him about the firepower of a battleship. One question like that and there would be no talk that Day about alternating current. The intense Young teacher warmed to his subject quickly describing the awesome devastation of a battleships 16-Inch guns the huge turreted cannons we saw blasting away in the saturday matinee newsreels. We knew he was annoyed by the newsreels because they gave the big naval guns scant credit in such epic Battles As Guadalcanal and iwo Jima. Or. Shell Shock figured the Navy was the Unsung hero in All the newsreels and War movies. He talked at length about How the big battleships would Shell the islands for Days before any amphibious Landing was attempted by the invading marines. Each battleship would turn its nine 16-Inch guns on the Island firing away at japanese Harbor and Shore installations and the fortified Hills beyond. On each battleship 50 More 5-Inch and 3-Inch guns would join the barrage. With bold strokes of his Chalk or. Shell Shock showed How Navy warplanes strafed the Island and dropped More bombs. The Circle on the blackboard representing the enemy Isle would be obliterated by his Chalk fusillade. If you believed or. Shell Shock All the . Marines had to do after the Navy got through was storm the Beach and Plant the american Flag on the highest Hill. This put or. Shell Shock at Odds with John Wayne who starred in the 1949 movie a Sands of iwo the movie came out the year we All signed up for Basic electricity i. Early in the film the assault on Tarawa is depicted As largely a Marine operation. During a fierce Battle on the Beach a wounded officer tells John Wayne a millions of pounds of bombs on this stinking place and they re still killing us a or. Shell Shock dismissed that As so much Hollywood hoopla. He got out his Chalk and described again in furious detail How the Navy bombardment of Tarawa. Left hardly a Palm tree standing. John Wayne did no to do that. George Zucker is the a Bureau chief for father s Hope to give important meaning to his Young child s death in the fall of 1983 i had a collection of my columns published in Book form and i was sent on a Naonal promotion tour to he about the Book. On the Oad i would meet other authors who were out Here to plug their own projects on to talk shows Adio Call in programs ind at Book and author luncheons and dinners. That fall one of the authors who was on the Road it the same time was a rank Deford. Deford a it Emor writer at sports ii us rated had written a Beautiful heartbreaking 300k called a Alex the life of the Book was about his daughter Alexandra who had died of cystic fibrosis at the age of 8. Deford and 1 crossed paths in several cities. 1 watched him talk about his Book and i watched the Way that audiences responded to him. Invariably they were in Complete silence Many of them in tears by the end of Deford a presentations. He was so Good at it so Calm and professional in the Way he spoke to audiences. The Story he told was so compelling that i had to Stop myself on several occasions and remind myself this is not just a Book he is talking about this is his daughter whom he loved so much and whom he lost at the Trine daily a al Cucui James e. Towner publisher John Mcandrew vice president and production manager Dennis Irvine vice president and managing editor Lisa Holmes advertising manager Laura Sylvester circulation manager George v. Lynett president Edward j. Lynett jr., Secretary ent Arad at a he pot Ottic in Towanda pa., 18848 As second class Mattar second class postage paid at Towanda. A. Uses 145-860. Age of 8. One morning in Pittsburgh we were leaving our hotel at the same time and we decided to share a cab to the Airport. During the ride i asked him How he was Able to do it How he was Able to get up in front of a new audience every night and Tell the people about the horrible thing that had happened to his child and retain his composure throughout. A ooh a he said quietly a a lot of times ill go Back to my hotel room after the speech and that a when ill i bring this up now because a Alex the life of a child has been made into a movie for television. It is scheduled to be broadcast on the Abc television network on april 21, and so once again National attention will be focused on Frank Deford a child who died. He will be called on to talk about Alex again i decided to get in touch with him to see if it had become any easier Over time. A in some respects its harder now because its More unnatural a he said. A the grieving process is thrown out of Kilter had gone through the grieving process and now its All going to Start Over Deford has become chairman of the Board of trustees of the cystic fibrosis foundation and his great Hope is that people who see the to movie of a a Lex will think about contributing to that organization. A there is sort of a Mission to All this a he said. A i Hope that part of what it does is give meaning to Alexis life. By writing the Book and now by allowing the movie to be made its not just that in a bringing Alex Back again and celebrating her. I Hope that in a teaching people about cystic fibrosis by telling her Story. A i always knew what i was doing from the time i started to write the Book it was always being written with the Hope that Alex in death could help change things she could not change in As for his ability to talk publicly about what happened to Alex Deford said a a in a sort of trained for that. When i would go to the Hospital to see Alex often i would hear about new setbacks that she had suffered but i had to go in there and be cheerful and say to her a How you doing a a but my wife for example could not stand up in front of an audience and talk about Alex. I think my wife is Normal in that respect. In a the aberration. A but i always know that in a up there for a reason. Its a Fine line you walk but in a up there for a reason. I think Alex would be very comfortable with it. In fact i think shed be Damn mad if i weren to doing he knows that when the movie is broadcast a certain part of his life will be Over. A in a sense i have kept Alex alive for myself for six years after her he said. A there was always one More thing to do first there was the writing of the Book. Then there was the talking about the Book. Then there was the paperback. Now there a the to movie. I guess in be been a Little self Shin be managed to keep her alive in that Way. A but now its ending. F think we have come to the realization that we be done everything we can. Demy family and that includes Alex have taken it to its limit. In Arr Odd Way Alex Dies again on april 21. Now in be got to give her up doonesbury by Garry Trudeau i. I thought close. Pitt0 801 / la a brim invuep2 noooo1

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