Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on January 17, 1969 · Page 8
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Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois · Page 8

Mt Vernon, Illinois
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Friday, January 17, 1969
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THE REGISTER-NEWS — MT. VERNON, ILLINOIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 1965 *1 Proxmire Discloses "Shocking Retaliation" Air Force Planned To Fire Man Who Caught $2 Billion Error WRECKED AIRLINER TOWED TO SHORE—A tow boat pulls the wreckage of a Scandinavian Airlines jet plane toward shore convoyed by a Coast Guard cutter, rlijht. The jetliner crashed Monday night in the Pacific ocean while making an approach from the sea toward Los Angeles International airport. Four persons arc dead, 11 missing, and 30 rescued. (AP Wirephoto) Biidgr Errors Are Not Scarce By Oswald and James Jacoby Today's hand was played by Oswald Jacoby in the semifinals of the 1965 Vanderbilt. It helped our team win that match and then go on to win the tournament. The hand presents the same sort of problem that declarer had in yesterday's made up hand and proves that at bridge, truth is just as strange as fiction. Ira Rubin's jump to live diamonds was a trifle optimistic but if Jacoby had held some value other than the club king the game would probably have been lay down. West opened the ace of clubs and shifted to Iris singleton, trump. Jacoby won in dummy and led the four of spades. East played the eight and, after cor.- •riderable study, Jacoby played •he nine. (Note from James Jacoby: "The study was three seconds. Dad may be getting old but he fs still the fastest player in the world.") The restof the play was routine. West was in with the queen He couldn't lead a second trump and played nis queen of clubs. Jacoby ruffed, throught for a second and played his king of spades. West ducked quickly but '.t did no good. Jacoby discarded from dummy, ruffed a small spade to drop West's ace and made his doubled contract. Lesson - NORTH *i VJ97652 • KJ9 + 873 WEST (D) A A Q 5 3 VK • 7 + AQ109642 SOUTH 17 EAST A J108 VQ1084.3 • 5 3? *J5 AK9762 ¥A • AQ10864 #K Neither vulnerable West North East South 1* Pass IV Dble 3+ Pass .Pass 3^ Pass 5 • Pass Pass Dble Pass Pass Pass- Opening lead- -4b A The play was brilliant but like many such plays, it was made possible by a defensive mistake. Bad East played either the jack or 1.0 of spades on the first spade lead Jacoby would have no chance to make his contract. There was a lot of postmortem speculation about what would have happened if East had started with jack - 10- eigbf. -small in spades and played the eight the first time and the 10 the second. Jacoby had an answer: "If he were that good, he would have set me on a hand that could have beer, made. Mistakes occur far more often than such brilliancies." VELMA'S AIRPORT CAFE Enjoy A Delicious Weekend Meal At The MT. VERNON AIRPORT HOME BAKED PIES & CAKES Open Daily Except Monday 7 A.M. To 4 P.M. WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. William Proxmire, D-Wis., coaxed an Air Force official into insisting that no retaliation was planned against an efficiency expert who revealed a $2 billion Pentagon error in estimating the cost of a new plane, then dramatically read into the record a secret memo detailing three ways to fire the man. The senator, chairman of the. Joint Economy subcommittee and a persistent critic of Defense Department procurement practices, called the memo "Ihe most shocking retaliation against a public servant I have seen m the II years I have been in the Senate." Proxmire said it "directly contradicted" pledges by Air Force officials that no action would be taken against the efficiency expert, A. Ernest Fitzgerald, who disclosed the $2 billion over-run in earlier testimony before the subcommittee. The incident occurred Thursday during a subcommittee hearing with Robert H. Charles, assistant secretary for installations and logistics, in the witness chair. Charles, unruffled, said the memo merely outlined "various things that could hap pen under certain conditions." At issue is the Cost of the C-5A, a giant jet transport plane built for the Air Force by Lockheed Corp. Fitzgerald, deputy for management systems to the assistant secretary for financial management, testified beofre the Proxmire subcommittee last November that development of the plane had cost $2 billion more than the Pentagon had bargained for. Nonetheless, the Pentagon demonstrated its satisfaction Thui'sday with the airplane, if not the bargain. The Air Force announced, while A ss i s t a nl Secretary Charles was on the stand, that it would buy 23 more planes from Lockheed at a cost of $541 million. Proxmire opened the subject of Fitzgerald's status by reminding Charles that the efficiency expert had been stripped of Civil Service protection 12 days after his original testimony. Charles replied that Fitzgerald wasn't entitled to Civil Service status in the first place, and had gotten it only because of a "computer error." No further action is planned against Fitzegerald, asked Proxmire? None, replied Charles. Whereupon, Proxmire read him a memo entitled "Background Information Relating to the Fitzgerald Case," dated Jan. 6, addressed to Secretary of the. Air Force Harold Brown, and signed by Brown's administrative assistant, John Lang; The memo said Fitzgerald could be removed from government service three ways: —By bringing him up on charges in order "to promote the efficiency of the service;" a step not otherwise explained. —By making a "reduction in force" government terminology meaning to abolish the job. The memo noted that Fitzgerald hadn't come to the Pentagon from any other government position and, therefore, "could neither 'bump' nor displace anyone" else. —By converting Fitzgerald's assignment to a Civil Service career classification, and thus requiring that it be filled by competitive examination. The third method didn't appeal to Lang, who wrote: "This action is not recom- -o- -o- -o- mended since it is rather underhanded and would probably not be approved by the Civil Service Commission." Assistant Secretary Charles resisted all efforts by Proxmire to get him to say that the memo proved the Air Force planned to fire Ftizgerald. Se conceded only that "the wording was unfortunate." Nor would Charles agree to Fitzgerald's original contention that cost of the original 58 air- -o- -o- -o- planes ordered from Lockheed exceeded estimates by S2 billion. The "over-run", he insisted, was only $882 million. 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