The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana on May 31, 1986 · Page 1
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Sports Page 24 INDIANAPOLIS SGOFQCSUfdl Partly cloudy A chance of thundershowers later today. High, 82. Details on Page 49. The Indianapolis Star Chuckle Some people don't know what good clean fun is. I don't know what good it is, either. SATURDAY, MAY 31, 1986 "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty" II Cor. 3:17 ft ft ft ft coT25 Cents ri-n rTrr nurtTA I CDiliV rCDILi In a hefty breakdown of communication, the Humphreys hold their 24 pounds of phone bills. Phone-y deal $258,000, 24-pound bill is ding-a-ling By ROB SCHNEIDER STAR STAFF WRITER Chances are a Northeastside couple won't forget their recent billing for long-distance telephone calls ever. Instead of receiving their normal three-page bill from Sprint Telephone Service in the mail, the pair got a May statement that weighed in at 24 pounds and was delivered by Airborne Express. Instead of finding a listing of the dozen or so calls they make a month, Victor and Betty Humphrey, 2804 Kessler Boulevard, East Drive, were stunned when they thumbed through a 2.000-page long bill, detailing nearly 46.000 calls made across the U.S. between April 15 and May 14. The bill came to just over $258,000. "Quite surprised," was how Humphrey described his reaction. Humphrey explained his wife Is a porcelain artist and they operate a small business out of their home. But for the couple to have made all those calls, Humphrey joked that they "would have worn their fingers down to the second knuckle by now." The Humphreys won't be responsible for the bill. Sprint security officials have determined the calls were made illegally from 20 to 25 prisons across the country. A Sprint spokesman said that somehow the Humphreys' secret authorization number was discovered and was spread throughout various pris ons. The authorization number Is dialed before a long distance call is made. Because the company Is stuck with the cost of the calls. It intends to prosecute those involved under federal and state laws, the spokesman explained. The telephone industry estimates that a hall billion dollars Is lost annually through the illegal use of telephones, he added. Humphrey said he first thought something was wrong when they received an earlier bill for S 1 ,600. He called the company May 9 to complain. At that time, he was told they would be Issued a new authorization number as a safety measure. The Sprint spokesman said the company moved Immediately to turn the number off, but it Is a process that takes about a week. Humphrey was still waiting for his new authorization number when he received a call from Airborne Express Friday morning. He Initially thought the phone company was sending him some type of equipment to monitor his phone with. That was until he opened the box. The pages and pages of billing were stacked on end, and when he pulled out a page, he recognized the normal computer-printed billing form. Skimming through the statement. Humphrey said it appeared a great number of calls were made from California to other locations, but that calls were also made from Massachusetts, Missouri and Georgia. Rain may not have ticket to this '500' By ROBIN MILLER STAR ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR The Purdue University marching band, the Metropolitan Opera singer scheduled to deliver Back Home Again in Indiana, the traditional balloons and some of the paying customers won't return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today. But. one hopes, neither will the rain. Washed out by Mother Nature Sunday and Monday, the 1986 Indianapolis 500 makes its third attempt at getting a green flag this morning at 1 1. With only a 20 percent chance of afternoon thunder-showers predicted, the fastest field of cars and drivers in auto racing history appears to finally have a good shot at dry skies. However, should the race be rained out again, it will be run on Sunday or the first rain-free day available. The 33 starters, who qualified at an average speed of 210.279 miles per hour, have spent the past eight days walking around Gasoline Alley except for Friday's 30-minute practice session under the yellow caution flag. "There's a mutual feeling of 'let's get on with it.' " said pole-sitter Rick Mears. "I've been antsy all week." "It's been a long wait, but once we get out there and run a few laps, it won't be any different than any other race." said four-time champ A.J. Foyt. who starts his 29th consecutive Indy show from 21st position in the CopenhagenGilmore March. "You just have to take it a little easy at the start." observed Danny Sullivan, the defending champ who lines up in the middle of the front row in the Miller American March. "The track will be green, everybody will be a little green and it will make everybody be a little more calm at the beginning." "I think the smart thing to do will be very safe and cautious, take it easy as much as possible," offered Kevin Cogan, who sits on the outside of Row 2 in the 7-Eleven March. "The first lap isn't that important but it's important to be safe." Besides creating the first IMS cancellations since 1915. the rain also washed the rubber off the track and left it green. "The track is at its best and See '500 Page 6 3rd time a charm for track officials? By BRUCE C. SMITH STAR STAFF WRITER It's Race Day for the 1986 running of the Indianapolis 500. again. Covers are off the garaged race machines. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is looking good. The Goodyear blimp hovers overhead, again. Ticket scalpers have been dealing frantically along 16th Street and Georgetown Road. Off-track providers of parking and camping space are doubling their profits. Since last weekend when two attempts to run the race were washed out by the ruthless rain. Speedway officials have been hurrying to plan for Race Day III. This is the first one-week de lay in the Speedway's history. Track and police officials are wondering how many of the usual 400.000-plus fans will return. Most expect at least 300.000 today If the weather Is fair. "We usually have 1 1 months to organize for a race. This time we had about five days." said David Cassldy. supervisor of concessions at the track. It has been a short week in which to repackage the pre-race ceremonies, to pick up mountains of trash and make the grounds presentable, to deal with race fans confused by ticket policies for this year and in 1987. and to settle countless other details. The consensus of track offi- See CHARM Page 6 The order of the day 6 a.m. Indianapolis Motor Speedway gates open. 8:30 Race cars positioned in front of their respective pits. 9:45 On the Banks of the Wabash played by the 74th Army Band from Fort Benjamin Harrison; cars moved to starting positions on the track. 10 Celebrity caravan, featured introductions. 10:15 Engine warm-up period. 10:33 Stars and Stripes Forever played by 74th Army Band. 10:35 Chief Steward Tom Binford makes final track inspection. 10:40 Star Spangled Banner sung by David Hassel-hoff. 10:45 Invocation by the Most Rev. Edward T. O'Meara, archbishop of Indianapolis. 10:46 Taps by combined U.S. Armed Fdrces color guard. 10:48 Back Home Again in Indiana. 10:51 Traditional command, "Gentlemen, start your engines." 10:52 Chevrolet Corvette pace car driven by Chuck Yeager leads 33 starters on parade and pace laps. 10:58 Aerial bomb crescendo. 11 Flying start of the 70th Indianapolis 500. Postponed race restocks Georgetown Road "zoo," Page 15 More race-related stories in sports section starting on Page 23 Best routes to the track, Page 32 Postal Service leader pleads guilty, resigns over payoffs, fraud By CHARLES J. ABBOTT UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL Washington Peter Voss. vice chairman of the U.S. Postal Service, pleaded guilty Friday to three felonies. He later resigned. Voss, 56, who entered the pleas In U.S. District Court, could be imprisoned up to seven years and be fined up to $2 1 .000 when sentenced July 24. Prosecutors said Voss tried to help a Dallas company in its effort to win a $230 million contract for optical scanners used in sorting mall. They said Voss schemed to receive up to one-quarter of'l percent of the contract about $575,000. Investigators also said they had found 81 cases in which Voss billed the government for first-class tickets when he really traveled in the coach section. "What we have here Is a public admission of criminal activity at the very top of the largest U.S. Institution." said Rep. William Ford, D-Mich.. chairman of the House Post Office Committee and sponsor of a bill to reorganize Postal Service management. Prosecutors said Voss met in August 1984 with an executive of a Dallas firm that wanted to produce "multi-line" scanning machines that would read postal addresses. The firm was not identified. Voss referred the company to the public relations firm of John R. Gnau Associates Inc.. where he would get a share of revenue See FRAUD Page 4 ASSOCIATED PRESS 19 killed in bus crash Index Arts. Leisure 18-20 Bridge 34 Classified Ads 35-48 Comics 33 Crossword 49 Doonesbury ...32 Editorials 10 Finance 11-14 Horoscope 49 Jumble 49 Landers .. 16 LifeStyle ...15-17 Movies 18-20 Obituaries 34 Pharmacy 15 Religion 8-9 Sports 23-30 Statistics 49 TV-Radio 21 Weather 49 VOLUME 83, No. 360 CARRIER DELIVERED SI 20 PER WK MOTOR DELIVERED 1175 PER WK Copyrtgm 1986 The Indianapolis Star Prayer Our oft-repeated prayers are for healing, peace, hope, strength to equal our tasks, patience and guidance. Lord. We give thanks to You. Lord, for hearing and answering our supplications. Amen. Phone numbers Circulation 633-9211 Main office 633-1240 Classified Ads 633-1212 Scores after 4:30 p.m. .633-1200 The rear of a tour bus packed with elderly people rests in river after hurtling off the road in the worst bus accident in the United States in nearly six years. Nineteen people were report- the accident on excessive speed. The bus ed killed in the Friday accident near was taking passengers back to Santa Walker, Calif., and 22 were injured. Monica, Calif., from Reno, Nev. Story authorities said. An investigator blamed on Page 4. Europe's flawed Ariane rocket is blown up UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL Kourou, French Guiana Europe's Ariane rocket was blown up by mission control nine minutes after blastoff Friday night when its third stage failed to fire, sending the rocket and a $55 million satellite pay-load tumbling into the Atlantic. "The whole mission has been lost," said Frederic d'Allest, chairman of Arianespace, the French-led international consor- tium that markets, builds and launches the Ariane, the top competitor to the U.S. space shuttle. D'Allest said the first two stages of the 148-foot, unmanned rocket separated correctly and on time, but the engine in the third stage failed to Ignite, forcing officials to order the detonation 9 minutes and 8 seconds Into the flight. A spae agency spokesman said the decision to blow up the rocket was made not because it threatened populated areas but because It was disappearing over the horizon beyond reach of the radio detonation signal. Intelsat, short for International Communications Satellite Organization, uses satellites to link 110 countries with telephone, television and other communications services. The company is responsible for virtually all International television service and handles two-thirds the world's telephone traffic. Two Ariane rockets have been launched successfully this year, sending four satellites into orbit. Last fall, however, an Ariane rocket had to be detonated when it flew out of control. Even before the Jan. 28 Challenger space shuttle disaster. Arianespace secured 50 percent of the global satellite delivery business.

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