BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 6T BLYTHKVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 1968 TEN CENTS 14 PAGES SURVEYOR SETTLES ON MOON; A-OK By RALPH DIGHTON AP Science Writer PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Surveyor 1, defying longshot odds against a first-try success, televised earthward today striking photos of the lunar landscape after a seemingly perfect gentle landing on the moon. The pictures indicated to scientific viewers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory that the Sea of Storms target area has a relatively smooth, hard surface apparently suitable as a possible descent point for future astronauts. The successful touch-down, executed precisely as programmed, was viewed as a long stride forward for the United States' Apollo lunar exploration program. Surveyor's rocket braking system is similar to that on the craft astronauts wilt use for a landing later in the decade. A picture series beginning at 5:45 a.m. EOT, using a different TV screen system than that of two earlier batches, showed a broad plain devoid of major features, peppered with either pebbles or pits caused by meteorites. There were several small prominences, and some gouging, as if the surface had been struck by objects from space at an angle. The pictures showed no damage to the spidery, instrument- jammed, craft 10 feet high r 1 14 feet in diameter. They showed its feet resting atop the crust — important evidence in view of opinions of some scientists that the surface might be deep dust or spongy lava that could swallow a landing vehicle. * • * * The 620-pound Surveyor planted its three legs firmly on the lunar crust at 2:17:37 a.m. EOT, 63 hours and a quarter- million miles after its launch Monday from Cape Kennedy. A laboratory spokesman said after viewing' the first 144 pictures — received at the Goldstone tracking station on the desert to the east and relayed here — that the landing was firm enough, however, to cause one foot to make a slight contact depression. A shadow around the edge of one of the two feet within range of the camera indicated the depression was quite shallow — perhaps two inches, the spokesman said. The camera was shut down when the earth's rotation blocked signals to Goldstone and oficials said no further pictures were expected until 11:30 p.m. when Goldstone again is in position to receive. Tracking stations at Canberra, Madrid and Johannesburg were to make engineering checks with Surveyor. Its crucial termina sequence — a cartwheel in space to point its feet moonward, then at 60 miles out a blast from its powerful retro-rocke engine to slow AHOY! — Caruthersville's half million dollar shipyard is being readied for building lafge barges. Most of the work going on now consists of laying tracks used in the production line on which the barges will be constructed and launched. "About two-thirds of the track system has been laid. The shipyard will construct 600-foot barges which can carry up to 12,- 000 tons across oceans. Workmen also are laying the foundation for a huge automatic welding tables. An office building is being constructed in the background. About 60 workers are on duty at present but this will increase, according to Mayor B. F. (Hot) Rodgers, .(Courier News Photo) to landing speed of 8 m.p.tu — ended with all instrument* ap> parently functioning. Thirty-five minutes later, it began televising pictures sent Early Bird satellite, three networks, employing the Early Bird satellite. The first batch of three showed a leg and other portions, with the lunar surface in the background. There was nothing to hint of danger to future manned landing craft. A second batch of 10 showed more distant terrain — fiat and low, apparently that of the spacecraft, in the shape of a three, and what appeared to be a large rock. The first two series, televised with 200 scan lines compared to 525 for a home screen, were dim and fuzzy and difficult to interpret. ; Later shots with 600 scan lines — Surveyor is expected to return hundreds before the chill of the lunar night ends its life 12 days hence — were far clearer. The third sequence of about 30 better quality pictures — though some of these were fuzzy, too — were flashed on a TV screen for brief periods less than a minute apart. They were made as the camera, mounted vertically on Surveyor's frame, swiveled about. They gave further views of : parts of the spacecraft, and looked anew at the large rock pictured earlier. "Large" is relative. It appeared no larger than 8 to 10 inches across. Long See SURVEYOR on Page 2 Think Positively, Mayor Tells Group Mayor Jimmie Edwards had]had," Edwards told the assem- called about a dozen businessmen and industrialists to his conference room yesterday to talk about one of his favorite subjects — employment of young people during the summer months — when he turned to another favorite topic — Blytheville. "Looks to me like this town Is rollin'. We're just getting bled group. "The way things are going, I don't know how much will be spent on streets this summer oh, I guess you'd have to say somewhere between a half-million and a million." What prompted t h f s e remarks, Edwards said, is the fact that "we tend to start poor mouthin' whenever we get 30 ready to start the biggest build- days of bad weather, and Lord Ing boom in the history of this town. And the city is getting ready to start the biggest con- knows, we sure had that." "But, good gosh, look at the positive side of things. Why, out struction program it's ever there are Nibeo (valve manu- Reds Shadow U.S. Ships By ROBERT TUCKMAN ABOARD CARRIER ENTERPRISE, Off North Viet Nam (AP) — The Russians and the U. S, 7th Fleet are following each other around in the seas off Viet Nam. The game is called "Comrade" by the Americans. It's played this way: A Soviet fishing trawler, equipped with an unusual amount of radar, shows up a few miles from the 90,000-ton, nuclear-powered Enterprise. Its mission, apart from fish- Ing, is snooping. It wants to find out how many planes are aboard the carrier, Industrial Gas Rates to Drop New rate schedules, amount- Ing to an estimated total annual decrease jf 144,317, were announced today by Arkansas- Missouri Power Company and its subsidiary, Associated Natural Gas Company. The new rates, subject to approval by the Arkansas and Missouri Public Service Commissions, will affect all Industrial usert in this area now served by the companies' "in- ttrrup.tible" schedules.' _____ ( how many are launched each day for attacks against North VKt Nam and any other information. When the trawler shows up, the word goes round the Enterprise: "Comrade is shadowing us again." A few miles behinu, however, the fast nuclear-powered missile frigate Bainbridge is shadowing the Soviet shadower. This keeps up for a few hours until Comrade drops out of sight, only to reappear a day or two later. No guns are fired. No one makes any hostile moves. The ships don't even signal each other. "They seem to want to be friendly," says Capt. James L. Holloway, skipper of the Enterprise. "We haven't made any contact with them. They have every right to be here on the high seas. 'But I can't imagine what kind of information they're getting. We've got some of car planes below the flight deck which they can 1 ' see. The others we keep in motion dr;- and night so they can't have much of an idea of what's going on. "They don't bother us and we don't bother them." facturers) they're rolling right along. C-B Coach Co., is busy. Handle Company is keeping employment right up there high. Continental Oil at Barfield is getting into operation good and we've got all thir construction which is right on us." His report on employment was seconded by Jim Sellers, manager of the loral Employment Security Division office. "Our claims for unemployment compensation are down by 33 percent," Sellers said. Scattered reports from representatives of Blytheville industries indicated that the customary summer slow-down in employment is not yet in sight. Randle Co., for example, which makes, among other things, trim for automobiles, always has a summer slump as auto dealers reduce inventoires in preparation for the new models which start hitting the show rooms in early September. As of now, Handle's employment remains steady, yesterday's meeting was told. As usual, little progress was made in the youth employment area. Sellers expects to have 700 or more applicants from high_ school and college youngsters' who are seeking summer employment. The city's program for employing young people during the summer will be carried on again this year, Edwards said, However, this program to- 'ies only 200 or so. "I was surprised to learn how many of our busine firms already employ students," Sellers told yesterday's group. Those at the session agreed to attempt to sel! fellow em- Jloyers on the virtues of em- iloying students. NEW CANCER DISCOVERIES MADE By ROBERT GOLDENSTEIN AP Science Writer CHICAGO (AP)-Two findings that open a new approach toward the elusive goal of finding the cause and prevention of cancer were disclosed today by a medical research team from Columbia University. The researchers presented the strongest tentative evidence yet that cancers may be started by viruses which then move on to repeat their destructive work in adjoining cells". Dr. John K. Lattimer, cochairman of the department of urology at Columbia Univer- sity in New York, said that virus-like particles have been found for the first time in healthy looking cells lying adjacent to cancer cells in prostate glands. They were not found in the cancer cells. He said his researchers also discovered that these cells, which appeared normal under ordinary-light microscopes, actually were growing at the "same tremendous rate" as cancer cells. "The discovery of either condition was unusual, but when they appear in combination it becomes exciting," he said in an interview at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Fair Releases Tentative Plans Tentative plans for the Northeast Arkansas District Fair, to be held here Sept. 20-25, were Princess Fingerprinted LONDON (AP) - Princess Margaret had her fingerprints taken Wednesday. Her prints will be kept at Hampshire police headquarters along with 30,000 others - as a memento. The princess volunteered to be fingerprinted during a tour of the new $840,000 police headquarter* building at Winchester, Special Camp Set for July Some 50 Mississippi County children with physical or nervous disabilities will be guests at a day camp at Walker Park, July 18-22, L. D. (Buck) Harris, vice president of the Mississippi County Retarded Children Association, said yesterday. Harris, wiio is chairman of the day camp, and Rev. Eugene Hall, association president, said Mrs. June Maddox and Mrs. Nancy While, special education instructors in the Blytheville schools system, will be the camp's directors. Volunteer teachers are now being solicited for additional counseling posts, Harris said. Daily activities, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include therapeutic games, musical instruction and lessons in handicraft. Harris stressed that the children, ranging in age from 6 to 12, are those whose disabilities have not made them untrain- able or uneducable. "These are youngsters we can work with in order to prepare them to lead normal lives," Uarri* Mid. announced yesterday by Raleigh Sylvester, Mississippi County Fair Association secretary. Speaking at a Kiwanis Club luncheon, Sylvester said entertainment during the six - day fair will include Aut Swenson's Thrillcade and variety show., The Wilburn Brothers, a count music quartet; the Dixie Echoes gospel singing quartet from Pensacola, Fla.; Trent Wood and the Looney Zoo troupe from Memphis television station WMCT; the Mississippi County Singing Association singers; a Battle of the Bands contest; and a talent contest sponsored by the Mississippi County 4-H and FHA chapters. Sylvester said the fair will also include customary agricultural, industrial and commercial exhibits, women's fashion center, and a midway with rides and other amusement attractions. Tammy Grimes to Wed LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actress Tammy Grimes and actor Jeremy Slate plan to marry Saturday. The couple took out a marriage license in Los Angeles Wednesday. Miss Grimes, 32, and Slate, 40, Mid they met tic months ago while on the same television ihow. Each has been married once before. With the request this week for bids on all paving for ttie city's Central .Urban Renewal district, .the city has "turned the bend and is coming down the home stretch" toward com pletion of that' project, Mayor Jimmie Edwards said. These bids will be opened shortly after July 1, Edwards said, ^and paving work will begin shortly, thereafter. Edwards, set a December 31 target date for completion of paving. "We will give priority to completion of .paving in the Central School and Blytheville Higfo School areas by Septem- aer 1," he added. Target date for completion of all work in the Central UR area IS July 1, 1967. "We've completed 90 per cent of our property acquisition and rehabilitation work in the area," Idwards said. He pointed out ;hat programming had been de- ayed during the past year by :he need to submit a new plan o include acquisition of property around the two schools — and which will allow them to ixpand. "Now we're all ready to proceed." The city's plans have been approved by the Urban Renewal regional office in Fort Worth, he said, with a final over-all design expected shortly. Consulting engineer W. D. Cobb added that the city will complete its section of a trunk line storm sewer "within ten days or two weeks." New City Map Is Available New city maps, showing streets, lots, subdivisions, and additions, are now available in the Chamber of Commerce office in two sizes, 46 by 38, and 36 by 27. Made of clotfi, the maps will cost J25 each for the larger size and $10 for the smaller desk- size map. Chamber executive vice-president Jada McGuire stressed that the supply of both sizes is limited. "These arc ideal for legal firms, other businesses, and city offices," McGuire said. The city was responsible for a section of the sewer line from Division St. to llth., Cobb said. "Urban Renewal will take up where we leave off, extending the line from llth to the Frisco Railroad." * * * Edwards pointed out that the city will supply men and materials for the Urban Renewal construction, charging rent for the machines. "This is not only practical, but it's an economy measure, too," he said. The city will also do all demolition work on Urban Renewal projects henceforth, Edwards said, advancing the cost of this work as cash or credits to he received from Urban Renewal. "We've caught onto the fact that there are ways to offset the costs of these projects," Edwards said. "Economy measures will enable us to do more work faster in the long run." Edwards said .the city's South Side "A" Urban Renewal project is now'in the development stage, with plans being completed under a $213,000 loan from Urban Renewal authorities. He said conferences were held yesterday with city planning consultant Donald Manes of Little Rock and acting city Urban Renewal Director W. J. Cup- pies on a preliminary application to be submitted to Urban Renewal for a similar loan for Downtown Urban Renewal district planning. In other action, Edwards said bids for paving a section of 10th St. fronted by Blytheville High School will be opened Monday. Edwards said this paving work will be completed to time to be tied in to UR paving in the area. Insurance Rate System Criticized LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Gov. Orval Faubus says he thinks the public is entitled to some notice of an impending automobile insurance rate increase. The Insurance Department revealed a 21.2 per cent Increase in auto liability insurance rates Tuesday and the department said it interpreted a 1959 insurance code as meaning a public hearing before a new rate becomes effective is illegal. The code says that "a filing and any supporting information shall be open to public inspection after the filing becomes effective." Faubus said he disagreed with the section of the code. In answer to a question, Faubus told newsmen that the rate increase would be a good issue in this summer's political campaign. Faubus said the thought in- insurance rates should be handled the same way utility rate increases are handled. He said he had a bill Introduced In 195S to allow public hearings before utility rates went into effect. "Some of the problems in the insurance field could be cured by some simple honesty and common sense method of adjusting claims," Faubus said. Miss Fannie Hardy, assistant insurance commissioner, said Wednesday that she bad heard no complaints from the public about the increases. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Brooks Hays said, I feel that the time for a hearing is before a rate increase has become effective and not aftrward. iiiiriiiiiiirir'iiiiiiiiiiiriiiiiiiiriMiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiftiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiir 1 Weather Forecast Cloudy to partly cloudy this afternoon through Friday. Chance of a few thundershowers tonight and Friday afternoon. Highs today 80 to 86. Lows tonight 55 to 62. High Friday 12 to 88. Ten percent probability of thundershowers tonight increasing to 20 percent Friday afternoon. Outlook Saturday little change.
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