Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on March 9, 1976 · Page 12
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 12

Carroll, Iowa
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Tuesday, March 9, 1976
Page 12
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New Urbandale Bulk Mail Center Aims to Speed Up Parcels Delivery By Kathy Kusz (Drake University Journalism Student) DES MOINES - A birthday package sent parcel post from Marshalltown to Harpers Ferry should arrive within two days. The parcel is typical of bulk mail processed through a hew bulk mail center in Urbandale that sorts mail directly to 2.000 zip codes in its service area with the help of seven computers. The center, which became fully operational Jan. 31, serves all of Iowa except the Burlington and Davenport areas, all of South Dakota and the eastern half of Nebraska. "In the past, bulk mail has always taken a back seat," said Douglas Bump, customer engineer of the center. When post offices processed all the mail, first class and preferential mail was loaded first and "if there wasn't room, it (bulk mail) didn't go," Bump said. "That's not the case now. Bulk mail is the only type we handle. Our transportation is dedicated to bulk mail movement." A computer sorting system saves time, lessens the chance of human error and reduces damage as a result of handling. Manual sorting and sacking is eliminated. Now, packages are computer-sorted and transported in 200-package-capacity aluminum containers. "We save working with the sacks. We save personnel and transportation on both ends," said Bump. The national bulk mail system also is expected to save an estimated $300 million annually in operating costs. The seven-acre facility took nearly three years to build and is one of the last of 21 centers in the nation to begin operation. Overnight delivery everywhere is impossible. Bump said. However, 95 per cent of the parcels mailed and delivered in Urbandale center's service area should reach their destination in the service area within two days. When the entire $950 million system, including transportation, is operational, bulk mail delivery from Iowa to either coast should take no more than five days, compared with 8 to 15 days in the past. "We want our greatest impact on coast-to-coast delivery." Bump said. The facility handles second-class mail (mainly magazines and newspapers), third-class mail (advertising) and fourth-class mail (mainly parcel post). Some second-class mail is still handled by regular post offices. Bump said the facility has been running smoothly "except for the normal start-up problems." For more than a month the center operated on a test basis, processing only Des Moines-originatingmail. Bulk mail originating in the rest of Iowa was added Jan. 17. Now the facility is processing mail for its entire service area, and operating at approximately one-third capacity. The facility has a processing capacity of more than 160,000 parcels and 60,000 sacks of mail in a 15-hour day. Bump said the center "was designed to handle volumes through 1985." And then "we'll just expand this building. The plant and its equipment were designed for easy expansion," he said. The center is 80 per cent mechanized and fewer than half of the 400-member staff deals directly with the mail. The remaining employes are administrative, technical and maintenance personnel. Mail is monitored from the moment it enters the gate. In addition to security guards and a chain link fence, the plant interior and grounds are subject to scrutiny through a closed circuit TV system involving 90 cameras and 74 monitors. "Most of the cameras are for the processing people, so they can monitor the mail flow" and see if there are any jam-ups, said Bump. The Times Herald, Carroll, la. Tuesday, March 9, 1976 12 outdoor cameras are for vehicle identification and yard security. Parcels and mail sacks are unloaded directy from the trucks to a conveyor arm extended into the back of the delivery truck. Once on the conveyor system, the parcels and bags are funneled to one of the primary induction stations, where each item is sorted by zip codes. Bags and individual parcels are sorted separately, but similarly. The primary sorting process for parcels involves two people. One person positions the parcel so the second person can read the zip code and key it into the computer system. The mail is then in the hands (so to speak) of the computers. Unless it lacks a zip code, the parcel going outside the service area of the center will not be handled by human hands again until it,is reloaded and sent to its office of delivery. The computer system guides parcels or bags directly to the proper loading dock. Parcels to be delivered within the service area undergo a secondary sorting and are binned by computer. Each bin is then coded Astrology Wednesday March 10,1976 Bernice Bede OSD manually according to destinatipn and guided by computer to the proper loading dock. Sacks of mail destined for delivery within the center's service area are opened and sorted. However, mail that is not zip coded is sorted out of the system and each item must be assigned a zip code individually and by hand. Delivery is slowed down and the possibilities of damage increase. Bump said it is "not uncommon" for 10 per cent of the mail processed to lack zip codes. Buckley Fast Man With a Typewriter By Phil Thomas NEW YORK (AP) - Jacketless, his tie pulled loose at the throat, William F. Buckley Jr. sank deep into a chair, propped his legs onto a table and said he didn't think it was anything special to write a novel of about 90,000 words in six weeks — working only two hours a day. "I write fast, "Buckley said. "But then shouldn't I? I spend as- much time training as Mark Spitz. He swims fast. I write fast." The novel Buckley was discussing was his "Saving The Queen," a fast-paced story about a CIA agent named Blackford Oakes whose mission is to determine who in Britain's royal palace is leaking American hydrogen bomb secrets to the Russians and to stop them. An amiable man who speaks and laughs easily, Buckley is better known as a columnist, television host, editor-in-chief of "National Review" magazine and author of nonfiction books than as a writer of spy stories. "I suppose," he says with a smile, "that I'm a nonfiction writer who wrote a fiction. Actually, I wrote 'Saving The Queen' because the idea of writing a novel was proposed by the publisher, and I decided to give it a try, thinking that if I didn't like it I would throw it away. "It was agreed that I would write and send them the first 100 pages and if they didn't like them they could throw Bowling Results LEFTOVER LEAGUE Striking Ladles 59 Plnettes SOVj Plnheads 47Vj 8-Balls 47'/2 Foosty 43>/j Eager Beavers 42 Salvage Crew 34 Split-Pals 28 High Ind. Single Game- Sherry Snyder 183 Grace Stroh 181 Juli Behn 181 High Ind. Three Games— Julie Behn 496 Sherry Snyder 489 Grace Stroh 443 High Team Single Game- Striking Ladies 478 Striking Ladies 475 Plnettes ' 462 High Team Three Games- Striking Ladies 1343 Salvage Crew 1213 Plnettes • 1207 HITS AND MISSES MIXEDLEAGUE .Team Standings Points Joe's Paint Center 67Vj Pin Oaks 64 Grouse Cartage Co 64 Flower Loft 60'/a Walter's Appl 57'/j Wenck Feeds 57 Old.Home 56 Tigges Trucking 51'/j Pudenz Truck Line 50 Mt. Carmel Inn 46Vi Carroll Co. Pork Prod 43Vj Macke Motors 43 Heuton Trucking 42 T&E 25 High Ind. Single GameWomen: Jean Huegerich 183 JeanBallard 182 Lucille Fischer 173 Men: Paul Oswald 237 Ron Ballard 219 BMINowell 212 High Ind. Three Games— Women: Joan Schleisman 498 Lucille Fischer 484 Cheryl Wernlmont 477 Men: Paul Oswald 640 Ron Ballard' 557 BIIINowell 552 High Team Single Game- Old Home 763 Old Home .' ' 733 T&E : -733 T&E 733 Macke Motors 730 High Team Three Games- Old Home 2177 T&E 2148 Flower Loft 2129 them away. But, if they kept it they were stuck with it." Buckley wrote the book in Switzerland. "I write my books only in that country," he says. "I can't do them in this country and do my other work as well. "So I spend two months a year in Switzerland. I do my columns in the morning, then I go skiing, and then, in the late afternoon, I write my books. The rest of the year is devoted to 'National Review.' " Buckley, who says his nonfiction books also are written quickly but consume an awful lot of time in research, feels "Saving the Queen" was a "joy to write because I didn't have to research. I started it cold. I finished a book dealing with how to write a novel on a Monday. On Tuesday I began this book and felt my way along as I wrote. I'm not capable of planning a book out, of thinking it out in my head. I sit bent over my < typewriter and it comes out." Like Oakes, the protagonist of his novel, the 50-year-old Buckley also was a CIA agent, serving for eight months. "I was approached by a college professor of mine in 1950," he says. "The C}A training Oakes gets is the training I got, but unlike him I went to Mexico, not London." Buckley says he'decided to drop out of the CIA "when I had an offer to become a magazine editor, and I decided that doing that probably would be more interesting." Also, like Oakes, Buckley attended British public schools as a boy. 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("Saving The Queen" published by Doubleday.) is ARIES (March 21-April 19) Someone may want to do something special just for you today. It might defeat your purpose to bring an uninvited person into the act. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) If you sit on a good idea you get today too long, it's very likely to get shelved and never put to the test. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Be sure that services you're having performed today are done by people whom you trust. Don't experiment with unknowns. CANCER (June 21-July 22) The course of least resistance is likely to be the most appealing to you today. Things that should be attended to may be neglected. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Be careful to whom you pass on confidential information today. If it reaches the wrong ears, it may be misused. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Before lending anything of value to a recent acquaintance, it may be wise to get to know this person better. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) Halfway measures won't cut it for you today. Persistence, determination and resourcefulness will be needed to achieve your goals. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) An ill feeling you're nursing about something done to you in the past could overly influence you in dealing with this person today. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) Should you see a friend being taken advantage of today, speak up. This individual may not be aware of what's happening. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You may find yourself involved in a new project with another today. If it's to be successful, your goals must be in harmony. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) Pessimistic associates could talk you out of your good ideas today. Try what you believe in, provided there's no risk required. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) Treat all your friends equally today or you may hurt someone's feelings unintentionally. Be loyal to those who've been true to you. Your Birthday March 10,1976 Many new friends are likely to enter your life this year through rather unusual circumstances. It could all start from an acquaintance you'll meet casually. year we paid 1,400,000 claims for lowans. A lot of them pr ably thought you were the "other guyr Some people think that sickness or accident won't strike them. After all, don't things like that always happen to the "other guy?" Our records show that's a dangerous gamble with the odds against it. One out of every four of our members wilt have hospital and doctor bills this year. No coverage or less coverage than you need can cause severe financial problems unless you're really well off. If you haven't had serious illness or injury in your family of late, you might be greatly surprised at how much quality health Care can cost these days. The big risk just isn't worth the relatively small cost of Blue Cross and Blue Shield protection. 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