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Des Moines, Iowa
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Monday, August 8, 1983
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t'tt4$ TV LISTINGS CLASSIFIEDS COMICS Section T Mon., Aug. 8, 1983 MONTH PHOTO IV SOS NAHDELL The big battle of family facts ' 1 1 lu U I! u f People .1" L.,,jiiiiii fcmnj twataS I JUL When you invite readers to top other readers, someone usually does. A recent Sbotwell's City column described a family of five living generations of women; all the women's firstborn babies were girls. Aha, I wrote, top that. ' So along came a phone call from Vickie Soma of 1621 Francis Ave. with news of five living generations fx sv SIIOTWELL'S CITY within her family, all born on the 13th of different months. She listed: Great-grandmother Lucille Christian, formerly of Eagle Grove now of Clarion, born on May 13, 1901. Grandmother Rose Read of Eagle Grove, born on March 13, 1923. Mother Beulah Klein Miller of Sioux Falls, S.D., born on Jan. 13, 1941. Vickie Soma herself, born on Oct. 13, 1957. Vickie's son, Aaron Soma, born on April 13, 1983. "I even have a sister born on April 13, 1963," Vickie said, "and I was even married on the 13th, and my maid of honor was born on a 13th, and so was the ring bearer. "I have a brother, Rodney Klein of Eagle Grove, who was born on March 31, 1962. He had to do it backward; he's always been a little strange." . , SuIIivans swarm i Another phone call came about John and Metta Sullivan of Bloom-field, who have 12 living children, 36 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren. John is 87; Metta 84. Doris Whitacre, 61, of Bloomfield, the only child still living in Davis County, said a family reunion on a Mikhail Baryshnlkov v -Vv. f , v 1 , , ' J - ' " ,v,. ;V f. I V ...... - '?, . Dance fans disgruntled Des Moines ballet patrons were enchanted by Mikhail Baryshnikov s per formance here on July 21, but a few after the show. - Almost 500 bought $100 tickets for this high price entitled them to hobnob (they thought) with Baryshnikov at a reception at the Bohemian Club after the final curtain. " However, some theater goers complained that the club was mobbed and Baryshnikov stayed less than five minutes. Few saw. him, and even fewer-met him. Kay McElrath, general manager of the some ticket buyers "mentioned" their displeasure. However, some expressed downright anger in personal interviews. Those interviewed were reluctant to be identified because they still regard the Baryshnikov performance as a triumph for the Des Moines Ballet McElrath said the performance netted the Des Moines Ballet about $89,000, all of which will be used to retire debt. She said some private corporations underwrote expenses, which greatly Increased the net take beyond the approximate $50,000 in ticket sales. She said an additional sum, probably more than $19,000, will be realized from sale of LeRoy Neiman poster illustrations of Baryshnikov. She said this money will be used for current operations. McElrath said, Baryshnikov's contract called for him to attend the reception after the show, but it didn't specify how long he would stay. "Twenty or 30 minutes was an 'understanding,'" McElrath said. However, she added, the tour promoter failed to check with Baryshnikov's personal manager, who was determined to protect the dancer from a tiring experience. . McElrath said the ballet troupe had just come from Cincinnati, where they rehearsed for about seven hours and performed outdoors In oppressive heat At a reception later, someone tried to tear his shirt off. Baryshnikov "seemed exhausted" to Moines reception, McElrath said. "He is very introverted and shy, but think he feels comfortable around crowds. recent weekend filled nearly every motel room around Bloomfield even though many stayed with relatives. She said about 60 immediate members of the Sullivan family attended a Saturday evening gathering, but the swarm swelled to more than 150 on Sunday when cousins, aunts and uncles were included. Rounder robins Another recent column told how a group of former Parsons College women have kept a round-robin letter going since 1931, but that was topped by another group with round-robin letter dating back to 1927. Now comes one from Ollie Foxworthy Murrow dating back to 1917 "In the Drake University school year of 1916-1917, nine girls who came from all sections of Iowa, and had never met before, happened to live in the same house in the Drake area," she wrote. "There were no dormitories then, They became special friends and have had a round-robin letter going since that time. Five are still living, all now in their high 80s." She listed: Lena Jane Bottorff Hewitt of Westminster, Md. Queen Bell Young of Santa Ana, Calif. LoRena Downs Geise of Baxter. Mary Wyatt Rasmusson of Zearing. Herself, the widow of Polk County District Court Judge Tom K, Murrow, and now of 1225 Sixty-sixth St. ' Mrs. Loren Johnson of Lime Springs wrote that she is one of two women still carrying on a round-robin letter that started in 1920 with nine teachers in Eleveth, Minn. The other seven have died. Then a note from Margaret Stevens of Wesley Acres, 3520 Grand Ave., says 10 of her chums at Wilson College in Pennsylvania started a round-robin letter, and she still keeps it going with the only other woman still living. Theirs dates from 2910. were enraged by his un-performance the Civic Center performance, and Des Moines Ballet, confirmed that those who did meet nun at the Des not mean," McElrath said. I don't WoItShotuieU !''!' :' , 1 , '''''-'" J..yi7! ' " ' ' - -V:-V , ,Jv; ; - - I Tom Roxlow in his office at the Wallace From fake 6hit man' to top By NICK LAMBERTO Rctfsfvf Stsfl Wrlttr Tom Ruxlow, no stranger to police work, has definite ideas about how to combat crime in Iowa. "I'm a realist," said Ruxlow, the new director of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. "You make your own breaks. You can't sit back and let things come to you. If you go out and talk to enough people, you'll get leads on crimes. .. . "I'm a believer in that old saying, 'Either lead, follow or get the hell out of the way.' " Ruxlow has been a street cop, a DCI agent and a corporate security officer. He survived the death of his first wife, struggled and scraped for ' eight years to get a college education while working, and made headlines twice by posing as a "hit man", in un-dcrcovcr coses, "I took this Job because I felt I had something to contribute," Ruxlow said. "I've been around a lot of states . in law enforcement and as a , corporate security officer, and Iowa is one of the finest for law enforcement. "This is a fine organization with a lot of talented employees. I took a cut in pay to return to the DCI." Ruxlow makes $39,500 a year as director of the DCI; he won't say how much he earned as assistant manager -of corporate security at Deere & Co. in Moline, 111., from early 1981 until his return to the DCI as director on Julyl. Ruxlow, 43, succeeded Gerald Shanahan, who announced his resignation as DCI chief on May 31. "It was a difficult decision to make," Ruxlow said of his return to state work. "My wife and I talked it over and she was very supportive. I consulted with close friends and they were about equally for and against the move. "Now I'm trying to get -back into the swing of things. At times there are frustrations about getting things done in a timely manner, about moving on down the road, putting things in motion." Ruxlow was born in Washington, la., and lived in Marshalltown for about 10 years before his parents, Cletus and Frances Ruxlow, moved to Cedar Falls. Ruxlow's two brothers Robert, 54, of Barstow, Calif., and Donald, 53, of Kansas City, Mo., are 10 and 11 years older than Tom, and he was reared much like an only child. Cletus Ruxlow operated a grocery store and young Tom worked there while attending elementary and high schools in Cedar Falls. "I would say my parents were average strict," Ruxlow said. "I was given responsibilities and also freedoms, and you didn't Jeopardize those or you would suffer the consequences." In high school Ruxlow was an average student, but lettered In football, basketball and track. He played offensive tackle and defensive end on the Cedar Falls football team that won "the mythical state high State Office Building school championship in 1958, before there were title playoffs. Ruxlow enrolled at Iowa State Teachers College, which was to become the University of Northern Iowa. "I had no set goals, so I talked to one of the counselors and he suggested I try the military service," Ruxlow said. Ruxlow joined the Marines in November 1959 after dropping out of college. "I'm glad I went through it," he said. "Military service was a hell of an education for me. I had never washed my own clothes or ironed them and had never been short of spending money "Well, in the Marines I learned to wash my clothes With a bar of laundry soap and a wash board, I learned to iron them and I learned if I ran out of money that was it." He served as an aviation electrician and was stationed at the American base in Cuba during the ill-fated American-backed invasion of Cuba. "We were all geared up, but at the time I didn't appreciate the severity of the situation politically or militarily," Ruxlow said. After the Marines, Ruxlow said, "I had seen the light, I had been motivated. I realized I should get a college education. You just have to make up your mind to do it, and I did." At age 22, "I was old for college," Ruxlow said, but he re-entered Iowa Teachers and worked at his dad's store. His wife, Colleen, whom he had married in 1960, died of cancer in 1967. They had no children. Ruxlow joined the Cedar Falls Police Department while he was going to school. He worked the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift attended class from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and slept in the afternoons. "It was a long, hard struggle, but In the end it was rewarding," Ruxlow said. "One time during a strike we had to work 12-hour shifts and I lost a whole semester of school that I had to take over. It took me until 1970 to get my bachelor's degree in business administration." He went on to earn a master's degree from Drake University in 1980 by attending night classes. He also graduated from the FBI National Academy. By 1967, Ruxlow bad been promoted to sergeant and then to lieutenant in the Cedar Falls Police Department Then one day, a bulletin from Des Moines said there were openings for six state agents. Ruxlow applied and was hired by Robert Blair, director of what was then called the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. "It was another challenge, a great future," Ruxlow said. For a year he was "on the road, working out of Des Moines." In 1968, be was assigned to Cedar Falls as resident agent responsible for 16 counties. That was also the year he married the former Diane Colby, a Cedar Falls schoolteacher. They have a daughter, Rachel, 11, and are in the process of moving to West Des Moines after living in Bettendorf since 1981. In 1972, Ruxlow was promoted to assistant director of the DCI and supervised the intelligence unit, which concentrated on known criminals and the fencing of stolen goods. . By this time, Craig Beek, a good friend of Ruxlow's, had succeeded Blair as DCI chief. Eventually Ruxlow was put in -charge of all DCI investigations white-collar crime, fencing, narcotics, violent deaths. He held that job for three years. Beek left to become Deere security chief some time after Shanahan became head of the DCI in August 1977. Ruxlow resigned from the DCI in January 1981 to join his old boss at Deere. Ruxlow said then, "I needed a new challenge in the private sector." And then there is the Ruxlow who played the part of the hired hit man. "My colleagues told me I looked and acted like a hit man," Ruxlow said. "I don't know even now if they were being complimentary or not" As a rookie DCI agent Ruxlow The heat causes crime or does it really? By ROBERT CONN C 1W KaMM-aMir Niwhmph Statistics show that assaults go way up in the summer. But a new study throws cold water on the popular notion that the crime rate rises because the heat makes people ornery. According to researchers at Emory University in Atlanta and the Georgia Mental Health Institute, summertime crime is the same whether you live in relatively cool Maine or in steaming Honolulu. Regardless of where you live and what the temperature is outside, assaults are lowest in December, January and February and highest in June, July, August and September. To Drs. Richard Michael and Doris Zumpe, the pattern seems much broader based than mere temperature, and barkens back to the lower animals, many of which change their behavior depending on the season. Michael and Zumpe took the Uniform Crime Reports between 1975 and 1979 for 12 states, Puerto Rico and three cities, and fed them into a computer, along with population figures and temperature and climate figures. The states in the study included both Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Arizona, Illinois, Maine, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah; the cities were San Francisco, Los Angeles and Honolulu. Analysis showed statistically significant summertime peaks for assault in 12 of those 16 states or cities, and statistically significant summertime peaks for rape in 14 of the 16. The Increase in assault and rape held in all affected areas, despite the fact that summertime temperatures in Maine are more like spring temperatures in the Carolinas or winter lows in Los Angeles. "If (increased crime was) due simply to the obvious fact that higher temperatures facilitate increased social interaction, it might be expected that locations with higher mean annual temperatures, such as Arizona, Honolulu and Puerto Rico, would have higher assault and rape rates than locations with lower mean annual temperatures such as Illinois, Maine and Oregon, but this was not the case," the researchers said. "When we corrected for population, there were no significant correlations across locations between annual mean crime rates and annual mean temperatures." agera posed as a hired killer from Chicago . and met a man who wanted to, . eliminate his business partner. ; " "The man brought a diagram of his " office and telephoned his partner to arrange for a night meeting there," Ruxlow remembered. "I didn't even know what the going rate was, so I mentioned $10,000. But the man thought that was too much, so I took the $2,500 he had on him. He -was arrested shortly after that." It was Ruxlow who posed as the kil-ler-for-hire in the case of Des Moines . disc jockey Jimmy Don Davis, who was accused in 1974 of trying to pay a . hit man to murder his wife. ' ' Despite Ruxlow's testimony and a videotape of the meeting with Davis, the disc jockey was acquitted. , Ruxlow became hooked on law enforcement as a street cop in Cedar Falls. His love of police work grew while he was a state agent. "You get to know your partner better than his wife does. You see more things in one year than most -. people do in a lifetime. "You see the blood and gore of the violent crimes, and you say to yourself that we just can't tolerate -this, we can't allow this. That's part of the motivating factor in investiga- '' tions of crimes. "You make up your mind youll do all in your power to keep such things " from happening again." .

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