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Des Moines, Iowa
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Tuesday, November 9, 1982
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Tues., Nov. 9, 1982 I. a DBS L10IIIIS x r ri in ri ri LsO. f fl ! 7 If fl l i r i 2 r -SI i J f 1 iov;n m fV. -!'! Sl'j v,iV. i If I Wart report: A glorious faU ' An egg-cheese sandwich from Roy's, please. A cold brew from Joe's Knight Hawk, too. I'm writing about Wartburg College of Waverly again, and I want to feel the spirit. A verse of the Loyalty Song is in order: College of our brightest days, Unto thee we chant our praise, Ne'er thy name shall cease to be A most happy memory. . .. Ah, "The Wart," as the students call it. Seems like only yesterday I was there on my date with the Women Of Wartburg (WOW). They had invited me to come ogle their beauty and brains after an imagined slight in one of my columns. They won me over. I still proudly wear my Wartburg orange-and-black jogging flf shorts, despite their being so gaudy-tw bright that the guys at the Y ask if lo J there's a dimmer-switch to dull them down some. But my visit was last spring. I worried that perhaps this fall the school had gone straight again. I worry no more. After checking in by phone with some Wartburgers, I have learned that autumn '82 has been one of the most glorious and crazy terms in the college's history. Let's start with Brian Piecuch, 21, student body president. He has a little side business, "The Nutz," hoping to raise pocket money. The product? Clean jokes. He placed an ad in The New Republic magazine, and may put it in others, offering "SO clean original jokes" for $1. A free sample: "My girlfriend is so dumb she thought that nasal drip was a special smelling coffee maker." And the 50th joke: "You actually paid $1 for. this schlock." Says Piecuch in defense of himself: "As you read the jokes, please remember two things 1), 'funny was never mentioned in the ad, and 2) it only cost a buck." Harold Hughes came to lecture one day in October. To make the former senator and governor feel important. they reserved parking spot in front of the administration building. The campus cops noticed that some yahoo had parked a pickup in Hughes spot They ticketed it only to learn it was the distinguished visitor's. Probably most fun of all this fall, the Wartburg Knights won the Iowa Conference football championship. On the way to the title, there was victory over arch-rival Luther College. By tradition, the student body presidents meet at midfleld after the game and the loser gives his trousers to the winner. Loser Luther's president this year Is Kerstin Stenaon. The whole Wartburg team gathered around as she pulled off her sucks to reveal a pair of men s boxer shorts. That bad 'em whooping late into the night down at Joe', the bistro that Is the Wartburg hangout It Is a place where pictures of the college's best athletes from the past hang oo the walls. One picture has been turned upside down. That guy bad a daughter go to Luther," barkeep Joe i:, Breitbacb told me "We don't like that tn:; around here." now. Bert s wnere we get. reauy craiy: Wirtburg's football success tu one of the hottest sports stories of this autumn In, of all places. Detroit' Roonle Clemmer, II, an Ivy League-educated feature reporter for the CBS television affiliate in Detroit was tick led to see "Wsrttxirg" In a long tut of scores one weekend and promptly adopted the college with the strange name. "I like the bizarre." be Mid He begat giving Detroit viewers the bint oa Wartburg football. He hired a Odar Rapids cameraman to film bomtcomlog highlight la Wamly and send a report Ommer Introduced the film clip by having aome cheerleathn from Detroit fci(h srhool join kim on the art and, while dreeaed la black and orange, do Wartburg cheer. The schtk k became o popular is Detroit that Ommor't station sent him le Waverly ever the weekend foe the final game. 1 I romp ever fUmpmn He filmed It alt. Including srr la which the crowd of about 4.W0, with prompting from the guy on I he PA, chanted greeting te he-lroitrt sad waved far the camera "Or of t owt eVIUVful little piec fee ever ttnj" said CVmrorr by phone from Detrwt em Mvtiy tie was putting ortir mint fUtW. Wv MJd and the ethr tiXl sVld tfend three drt there wry rir, te ft bh In Inrl wit r jwofJ " T1t I be ox. but ur bte im rwne 1 pkkmpi Cher CffnJn,ffff Gosches: Police not cooperating with us By TOM ALEX and TOM SUK Rvoisftr SteHf Wrttn Parents of John Gosch, the missing West Des Moines newspaper carrier, say that two days before their son disappeared he spent some time talking to a police officer at Valley Stadium in West Des Moines. In fact, on the way home that night young John Gosch said he might want to become a police officer when he grew up, the parents say. The Gosches say the man who talked to their son Sept. 3 resembles a man seen talking to their son the morning he disappeared. But they say West Des Moines police have not cooperated in their efforts to identify the officer. The missing boy's parents, John and Noreen Gosch, said in a letter to The Des Moines Register: "We have been fighting, trying to get the police to get the names of the men that were on duty that night and they said they couldn't that it wasn't that important. Well, it is important because this man bears a resemblance to the composite" sketch of the last person John Gosch was seen talking to. West Des Moines Police Chief Orval Cooney said he did not know the Gosches had been having a problem getting to see photos of the men. "There were a total of 10 officers working the game that night," said Cooney. "They have seen all but two of them and we are going to get Polaroids of those two." , Relations between the Gosches and police have been strained at times during the investigation. The Gosches continued their criticism of the police in the letter, saying the police investigation of their son's disappearance Sept. 5 as he prepared to deliver his newspapers leaves "a lot to be desired." West Des Moines police "still do not have a set of fingerprints of our son for identification purposes," says the letter. "Nor hair samples etc. Our private detective did this immediately when he came on the case. "Over half of our son's customers jrS , 1 . M f ORVAL JOHN COONEY GOSCH on the paper route were never interviewed. Our private detective did this immediately." Noreen Gosch added that police still have not released the composite drawing of the man who was seen talking to young John the morning he disappeared. Cooney said police had gone through the boy's room, but he said he didn't know if fingerprints had been lifted. "At this point fingerprints are not important to the investigation," the chief said. He added that he did not know how many people had been interviewed by investigators, "but I do know they interviewed an awful lot of people up there." Police have differing sketches from two witnesses of the man last seen with the boy. He said police have not released the sketches because, "if it's inaccurate, I hate like heck to release it." Asked how he responded to the criticism, Cooney said, "I'd probably be saying and doing just what they are if I were them. I'd want to keep the pressure on, too. But we're doing everything we can." Gerald Shanahan, director of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said the Gosches' criticism of the West Des Moines police "is unfortunate. They are working hard on this case. They are as frustrated as anybody" about the lack of informa- GOSCH Please turn to Page 7M REGISTER PHOTO BY WARREN TAYLOR I - ...... rv"?-v -tV- 1 V"".. ' Spf :Ky f '- :' ' . "i r4.v '" ' .'' - 1 - 'f. k ' s . .; , . ,.n-,V "'.VL' 1 " ' x - .,.,. " . - -:-k ekMv jp u J fc .e w Leave the leaves to Lee Lee Harrises, a Des Moines home builder who also runs a lawn-care service, I suads beside HO bags ef eak leaves be and bis crew raked ep last weekend j oa Walnat Hill Drive. The bags of leaves, which all came from one lawn, stand ready te be picked ap by city crews. B.H police wage freeze is proposed By ROX LAIRD RMiitw Staff Wrtxr The wages of Des Moines police officers would be frozen for up to two years under a proposal presented Monday by the city of Des Moines. - The police union's chief steward called the city's proposal "unreasonable." The 250 police officers, detectives and matrons are represented in wage and benefit talks with the city by the Des Moines Police Bargaining Union. The union opened negotiations - last month by asking for a 12.5 percent salary increase and several new benefits. The answer from the city administration Monday was "no" to wage and benefit increases for two years beginning next July 1. The city's offer contains a "reopener" clause that would permit either side to reopen negotiations after the first year of the contract. . The city administration also rejected all other changes in benefits and contract terms sought by the police union, and is proposing that police begin paying for some medical insurance premiums. Thus, said police union chief steward Dave Foreman, .the combined wage freeze and medical insurance payment would result in a net loss in income for the police. "We don't feel the city's proposal Is realistic," he said. The police union's 12.5 percent wage increase and new benefits would cost the city $1 million more a year out of a $150 million budget, according to Jerry Thompson, director of the city's Personnel Department. "Money is as tight for us as it is with anybody," Thompson said. "We are realizing what is happening with employees, both public and private, and large wage increases just aren't in the cards." .' , The police union's Foreman, however, said most of the union wage concessions are coming from the private sector where plants and jobs are threatened. "They're not going to close down the city if they don't get a wage freeze," Foreman said. Foreman said the city should review its priorities if it intends to freeze police officers' salaries at a time that tax dollars are being spent on downtown redevelopment. "It's hard to believe they don't have money" for increased police pay, be said. Next week, the police union and city officials will sit down to begin formal negotiations now that both sides have made opening moves. The settlement, however, must be approved by the City Council. Bit- vV Jit. - "! if Vcverka loses suit against his ex-psycliiairist By MELINDA VOSS Convicted murderer Ronald Veverka lost bis bid Monday to collect damages from the psychiatrist f who let him out of .;' V 1 the hospital five J days before he set a . Jk fatal fire. r f f week of testimony in the case, the jury " of three women and five men found that , , vr. I'aul Casa was - not negligent In bis omai.0 treatment of vivtA Veverka. Veverka was convicted la May 1977 of five countj of first -degree murder during tbe commission of arsoo at the Coronedo Apartments in Pes Moines, Veverka. serving life aentence at Iowa SUte Penitentiary at Fort Madison, sued bu former ptychutrUt for aa unspecified amount of money. He claimed that he tattered "severe and permanent injuries. phywl pain and suffering, mental pain and anguish" because of Cash's treatment The jury I'j eVrtsta ritHt the knowledge that Veverka rt the fire or was coavtrlrd and serving time in prteoa. beauM of aa Iowa Supreme Court drrliioa eirluding thene fcU from the trul As usual la malpractice tutu, the testimony turned Into a battle of the etrrU lYrrhiAlrUU for Veverka to',ifwd that Cash was guilty of "dltna. obstructive" lrea!mnt be prvrrib- tng te many drugs that bit petirnt t "rnmeical'y intoiirated' with m!wttiui. On the ether tide, pfjrcbittrisU tNitifid that Ch mjNle a 'Vrw" effort la treating Veverka and bit rhronh kc,;i;m and that the rortv biftatm ef druft mi harmful or intraUa; i How lowan's life-saving donation of organs triggered quick action By GENE RAFFENSPERGER etftr Se wnxr Brian Broznick was putting some final trim work on a remodeling project in the dining room of his Pittsburgh, Pa., borne Sunday morning when the telephone call came. It was from Iowa City. The message was that the family of a person dying In a Sioux City hospital bad approved dotation of kidneys and corneas. The Iowa City hospital would use the kid.'jeys and corneas. The call to Pitta burgh bad been made because of the possibility the family would a bo agree to the donation of the person's liver. Was there a potential recipient for a liver transplant? Broznick could find out quickly. He Is a top official in the Transplant Organ Procurement Foundation, located in Pittsburgh. In fact, physicians at Presbyterian-University Hospital la Pittsburgh, under the direction of Iowa native Dr. Thomas Start!, bad already performed It liver transplant. Broznick called Starx! at home and Stan) said a 42 year-old California woman, near dialh from a liver ailment was in Pittsburgh awaiting a new liver from a donor. Her physical site and br blood type were given to Crazes, ! taar&d &e IrJar-nut toe. by telephone to Iowa City. The physical lUe of the donor and the recipient were ctoee enough, the blood type Ike tame. The family agreed to donatt the liver. Now, Pituhurgh bad te get its transplant team quickly over the I J mik from ritUhurih to &oui City and beck to rituhurgh with the livr Raktag Leave Brotntck immediately railed Dr. Thomas lUiila He wai riking Waves at ka Pitutwrgh borne but told Brwnkk be would leave Immediately fee PrehTtru Unlvertity tltwpiUI. The aeit rail went le Dr. Muncl KaUrofila, a Trhth turgMm who it waking with the ruuburih team to ksra the lerkakiee of liver trans plants. He, too, agreed to get to the htapltal. Next Broznick attempted to arrange for a corporation-owned private jet aircraft to take the team to Sioux City. He had a good list to work from United States Steel and about 10 other firms. - The corporations had put their private jets at the disposal of the organ transplant orgs mutton. Each such trip using a donated jet saved the recipient's family about 16.000. At It happened, none of tbe corporate jets was available, so Broznick arranged to charter a jet the cost being assessed to tha recipient Broznick said a liver transplant grneraliy coata a total of about IS0.0OO, including the coat of the aircraft The Pittsburgh surgical team (eft Allegheny Airport at 3 0) p m, Sunday and touched down at Sioux City abuut 4 3S p m. Iowa lime. Whet) the surgical team arrived back In Pittsburgh late Sunday night the California recipient already was in surgery for removal of her diseased liver. Eight hours later the transplant was complete. The recipient was in critical condition but alive. i n kidneys and corneas were taken to University Hospitals in Iowa City. A spokesman for the hospital said Monday that the kidneys and corneas remained In storage and if not used in Iowa City will be made available to the network of organ transplants that covers medical centers all over the nation. The Iowa donor who gave the liver, two kidneys and two corneas In Sioux City remalnt anonymous at the request of the family. "There Is no fee for a donor's family," said Broznick. "This is strictly a donation. But there is the satisfaction that five persons may have a gift of life from what the donor gave up." Osteopathic faculty unit decertified by NLRB By RICK JOST Tbe National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) hat decertified a 19 member faculty collective bar gaining unit at the I'nivrrtity ef CH-teopatklc Midicloe and Metlth Sciencf Ruling in Wtihlngton. DC, the NLRO granted a rjw by enJvmt-ty efficuta to etrlwde all membrra from tfee bargaining unit on the ground that Ikt fill lime faculty members are "mtaagerltl" empkret and inolig'.We foe the col-terlive bargaining pcor The three mtmbr NLRfl panel found that the faculty bat "almmt nlenary aulkarlty la academic V matters and significant Input Into important aon-academic matters" at the university. , Collective bargaining began at the university la 1171 University officials filed their prtiuon with the NLRB rets J. till, and tha bargaining unit bat bem working without a contract lince July I. Illl. University Priont J. Leonard Atoeef said Monday. "Naturally, we're hjpry because we feel our position was vindicated," Aznrer Mid He Mid be didn't think the ruling TT"rATH Ticcite turn io j'lit JSi - ... . Panel upholds D.F.I. Tech plan By MARK HORSTMEYER A hearing panel of the Iowa Department ofxPublic Instruction has upheld a declsioa by the Des Moines School District to convert Technical High School Into a resource center. The panel's decision in the form of a recommendation will be submitted to the Department of Public Instruction today. The board is meeting today and Wednesday. However, a group of Tech High School boosters voted Monday night to file a lawsuit to stop tbe conversion. Charles Maples, president of the booster club and an unsuccessful school board candidate, uid the suit probably would be filed later thia month and oo later than Dec. t. .. "We're going to preeenl our caw and ask that a judge overrule the school board's decision to convert Tech to a resource center," Maples Mid. The bearing panel met for eight bours Aug SO to bear testimony from school district officials and from those who opposed the district's plan. Some 10 opponents filed appeals of the Des Moinet Srhool Board's derision in February, asking that the state agency overturn the local board's decisioo The opponents Mid the district and school board made their decision ilhflut sufficient planning and their acliona were arbitrary and caprl- rlous. The hearing panel Mid In IU rec ommendation that "we do n4 agree with either of these contentions. . . . "What apparently tie at the basis fur the (opponents'l concern it the lack of a dtailed plan outlining every conceivable Uaue whtel may arise and Its resolution We are not as roaceraed with tblt at the onponentai. Obvtowly the detail! of transportation, continuity of programming and the color of band uniforms are of conrera to the -. ..-.jrrni rleote lu"i lo I'oye 7M

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