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ALM'Ql FROl K J()l li L unla, (KiuUr .5. 182 U St ITT 1 on Are To Be a Waitress, You Must Be Many statements could be made about ruiuuiy ? contest. I will make only one: Never again At leas- i'or a while.) First, I forgot that m judging the entries 1 vould come across many good ones and be forced to pick only one winner, thereby insuring that several waitresses will patiently await the opportunity to cluh ne with a tray. Second, the waitress who inspired me to run the First Ever Albuquerque Cocktail Waitresses' All-Time Jerk Customer contest didn't send in an entry. Third, I originally limited the entrants to cocktail waitresses. A non-cocktail waitress said she runs into just a many jerks and wanted to know if I would open the contest to all waitresses. 1 did. And did she send in an entry ? Of course not. Former waitresses, allowing as how they .veren't eligible but wanted to spin yarns anyway, sent in excellent examples of jerks. Linda Rudnick toidof the crowded bar sne once worked in and the flamboyant jerkette (jerkdom recognizes equal rights) she encountered. "I was wearing one of the few outfits I ever owned that I looked absolutely gorgeous in. In order to get through (the) mob I had to put my tray Jim Arnholz above my head at arm's leng; . While passing by the bar, this female jerk throws her hands up in the air and a bourbon-soda, bourbon-water and two draught beers come down on top of my head and all over the 'dry' clean only' pantsuit. I went to help the busboy clean up the mess. While I was picking up the shards, this JERK turns her fat face in my direction and in a voice that could curdle milk, says, 'Well, Miss, what's going to be done about my cleaning bill?'" Another former waitress, Patti Elledge, told about tne jerk who was dancing or doing something exotic with a chair. "He picked up a metal chair and stabbed me violently in the rib cage area. Now I am in no way saying he consciously did this. He was well beyond conscious acts. I did what every man in the bar probably wanted to do all night. I grabbed the Jerk by the collar and said loudly, 'Sit down, CREEP!"' We don't need Miss Manners to tell us this is the proper response to being stabbed with a metal chair Kimberly Hurst wrote about the jerk with the gold American Express card '"Keep 'em comm', honey. You're kinda cute,' he says when I bring his third or fourth drink. 'Double Chivas, rocks,' he demands, 'and tell the bartender to put in a little extra just for me.' To insure this favor, he ingratiates himself to me by rubbing my left thigh." I told you about Wendy Sharp last week She was the waitress with the jerk who throws himself down on the floor and tries to iook up Wendy's skirt Melissa Polack told of the time an ounce of prevention turned into a pound of cod liver oil. "It's 6 p.m. and the dinner 'run' is about to begin. Your first table consists of a mother, father and child. You approach the table with their drink order and, because Knockout the child is ur.der four and it's been your experience that children spill, you think you'll bring h: soda :n a 'to-go' cup that you have snapped a lid on. Mrs. Jerk snaps the lid off, throws it at you and announces her child doesn't reed it. And yes, all through the rr.ea! you wish w:t a smile that the kid spills it." These are all good, some are great, but we could only pick one. (Notice I said "we " I copped out and asked for other opinions.) Well, we decided to go with the concussion, Cherry Hodnett's concussion to be exact. We thought anybody who took two punches from a couple of jerks who decided to fight deserved dinner at Al Munte's. The place was mobbeu and she got caught in the middle We thought one punch was good but not really deserving. But when Cherry sa.a one of the jerks got mad because the waitress had beer, punche; out ar.d re-stared the fight, insuring that .the waitress would be punched again before it was over, that wa" the clinche- So give ire a call at 'he Journal. Cnerry Houiett. I'll jet the gift certificates ar.d show up at yrjr establishment with two or three jerks in tow. Don't be concerned with them though. They're photographer, not fighters Astronauts Laud Gemini As Precursor to Shuttle By ERIN SHAY Of the Journal's Las Cruces Bureau ALAMOGORDO - Ter astronauts who took part in what astronaut John Young called "the good old Gemini program" were inducted Saturday into the International Space Hall of Fame. Young, James Lovell, David Scott, Eugene Cernan, Richard Gordon, Edwin Aldrin, James McDivitt, Edward White, Charles Conrad and Frank Borman were inducted in the largest ceremony since the Space Hall opened in 1976. All 10 astronauts took part in the Gemini program, which began in April 1964 and ended in November 1966. "Gemini was an oldie but a goodie if there ever was one," Young said. "We proved 16 years ago what humans can do out there. With that vital experience we know we can do solid, fundamental work in near-earth space with the space shuttle." Addressing the crowd at the inductions, space shuttle program manager Glynn Lunney said it was the Gemini program that gave the impetus to the Apollo and space shuttle programs. "We learned a lot in Gemini and what it gave us was confidence," Lunney said. "What we were able to do was set our course for the future. "Gemini made ali the difference," he said. "We could do work out there, we could do well, we didn't have to be ifraid and we could develop the tools wo needed for the future." Several of the astronauts at the induction said they foresaw the development of the shuttle as the natural outgrowth of Gemini. They were enthusiastic about the shuttle's contributions to United States technology. "We're going to have the biggest industrial revolution in the history of man in the next IS to 20 years," Cernan said. "It will be on an international basis. People are beginning to recognize not jur.t the technological spinoffs from the space program, but the whole usefulness of the space environment." Inapressconferer.ee Saturday, Gordon said commercialization of spacewillbethenextstepforthe United States. He said it will be a mater of convincing private industries they can be successful in space, and persuading the government to provide seed money for space operations. :'-? Vfi AP Laserphoto Miracle or Menace? Kudzu. a fast-growing plant nicknamed the "cuss-you" and "mile-a-minute" vine.covers a utility pole in North Florida. Kudzu was once touted as a miracle vine for its soil-saving qualities, but most Southerners now think of it as a creeping menace. Others say it deserves another chance, maybe even as a food source. Tehran Blast Kills 60, Inj ures 700 Continued From A-l Khomeini himself "to pave the way for more extensive and brutal acts of oppression." Tehran Radio, monitored in Ankara, Turkey, blamed the blast on "American mercenaries" and said the explosives were planted in a truck outside a downtown hotel. The explosion destroyed the hotel and three passing buses packed with passengers, the radio said. Some 400 victims were released from hospitals after treatment, but another 300 were critically wounded, the radio said. In his message, Khomeini accused "hypocrites and American devotees" of planting the bomb. "Hypocrites" is official jargon for the leftist political opposition in Iran. He said they planted the bomb to seek "revenge for their repeated failures by striking at the oppressed and disinherited of South Tehran," the city's poor quarter. The ayatoiiah said thai such crimes, aimed at "distracting world attention from the defeats of America and its leckey Saddam (Iraqi President Saddam Hussein)," came nach' time "Iranian force:, drawn from the people, managed to drive back the enemies of Islam and of the people." By official Iranian accounts, the blast was the bloodiest since a bomb explosion killed more than 70 members of the ruling Moslem fundamentalist party's leadership in June 1981. Lebanese Arrest 578 in Beirut Camp Continued From A-l man dismissed the report as "pure speculation." U.S. special envoy Philip Habib met in Damascus for six hours with Syrian President Hafez Assad, then Assad's advisers in his continuing efforts to arrange the withdrawal of 70,000 Israeli, 35,000 Syrian and 10,000 Palestine Liberation Organization forces from all of Lebanon. In Beirut, there were reports the man who assassinated Gemayel's brother was a Lebanese member of a leftist Syr ian organization. The reports said the man had been arrested and confessed to the bomb attack, and that he carried out the assassination on orders from a "foreign intelligence network." A Lebanese army spokesman said troops swept through the Bourj Baranjneh refugee camp south of Beirut to arrest people living in the country with false identity papers and passports. The arrests at the camp, which was heavily damaged by-Israeli bombs and is now guarded by Italian peace-keeping troops, brought to 1,000 the number of people picked up in the roundup of illegal aliens. "The army did not choose Palestinians but every Arab or foreign resident staying in the country illegally," said a spokesman at the army's Operation Room. The arrested aliens were being held in jails before being deported. Palestinians are mainly being transported to the Syrian border, officials said. The raids at Bourg Barajnen, just south of the Sabra and Chatila camps where hundreds of Palestinians were found massacred exactly two weeks ago, came as the Marines moved out of the Beirut airport for the first time since arriving four days ago. The full deployment of the Marines on the streets around the airport has been delayed because of the large number of undetonated mines and bombs that remain in the area, and Saturday the area echoed with explosions as bomb disposal teams went about their task. The operation has taken oi. extra caution following the death Thursday of one Marine and the wounding of three others in the explosion of a small cluster bomb during a mine sweep. On Saturday, a pedestrian was killed after stepping on a land mine. "It is just pruuent. to go extremely carefully and slowly, as we sweep for ordnance, either taking it a ay or blowing it up where we find it," said Lt. Commander Mark Stroll, a Navy spokesman in Beirut. Gemayel's visit to Washington will be his first meeting with Reagan. Gemayel will also speak at the United Nations and will meet Pope John Paul II at the Vatican and French President Francois Mitterrand in Paris, according to state-run Beirut Radio. Chicago Tylenol Sales Banned: 7th Victim Dies i Continued From A-l been adulterated would have reached shelves in the Chicago market. Thcdeathof MissPrince forced authorities to expand the scope of their search because the adulterated capsule came from yet a third batch of Extra-Strength Tylenol, identified as lot 1801MA. The first two batches that were implicated, lots MC2880and 1910MD, were recalled nationwide by the manufacturer, McNeil Consumer Products Co., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. About 150 people are working full-time on the investigation, including 75 in Illinois from 15 local, state and federal agencies in a task force headed by the state's Attorney General Tyrone r'ihner. Chicago police have 25 detec- 43 chemists are doing lab analyses and checking for latent fingerprints. Investigators have said they were pursuing the theory that a disgruntled employee may have put the cyanide in the capsules. Johnson & Johnson has offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for tampering with the drug. Fahner said thus far investigators have determined that the tainted capsules did not cross paths while they were being manufactured or in their distribution. That strengthens the theory that the killer took bottles of Tylenol containing cyanide to stores v -tf Il l Cancer Center Makes Changes To Concentrate Its Efforts orkine on the Prince case, and-""13 slipped them onto shelves. Paula Prince Seventh Victim Continued From A-l already established with Tomasi as its chairman, will combine genetic engineering with studies of the body's immune system. Activities include development of antibodies that attack tumors while leaving non-tumor cells alone. Bone marrow transplants. Tomasi tentatively plans to make UNM one of the few centers in the country to perform this advanced treatment of leukemia. Melanoma research. Tomasi seeks to expand the center's research efforts regarding skin cancer, which has a high incidence rate in New Mexico. Nuclear magnetic resonance. This non-invasive diagnostic method not only gives physicians images of internal body structures, but provides information about chemical processes. Tomasi proposes a joint effort between UNM. Los Alamos National Laboratory and industry to explore this new technology. Radiation therapy. The center already is known for its work with radiation therapy and Tomasi maintains it will continue to be, despite the apparent loss of funding for pion cancer therapy research at Los Alamos. Tomasi joined UNM last October after eight years as chairman of the immunology department at the Mayo Clinic and Medical School in Rochester, Minn. Prior to that, he had been a professor of medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo. The Institute of Scientific Information earlier this year named Tomasi as one of the 1,000 most consulted scientists in the world. He succeeded Dr. Morton M. Kligerman, who led the center from its inception in 1972 and served as principal investigator for its most prestigious prognm, the pion project. Under his leadership, the center dtvelopwi its national reputation for radiation therapy. Kligermn left UNM two years ago to become a professor of radiation therapy at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Radiation, like surgery, remains a mainstay of cancer treatment and is becoming ever more sophisticated, but the most dramatic progress in fighting cancer in the past decade has been in chemotherapy and in the use of the body's immune system to fight tumors. Thus, it's not surprising that one of the first things Tomasi, an eminent immunologist, did upon arriving at UNM was create a cell biology department staffed with Immunol-ogists and genetic engineers. There are two facets to the cancer center, Tomasi noted research and clinical treatment of ptitnts. The basic research to be conducted in the cell biology department, he maintained, holds particular promise of being brought to bear on clinical questions. His own research includes developing monoclonal antibodies that will attack particular types of tumors, while leaving healthy tissues alone. Monoclonal antibodies are made by fusing a disease fighting cell with a cancer ceil. The resulting hybrid ceil takes advantage of what is usually the fatal flaw of the cancer cell - - its ability to reproduce endlessly. Thus, i.v hybrids produce large numbers of identical clones of that disease-fighting cell. Tomasi also is continuing his research into the secretory, or mucosal, immune system, which he discovered in lf5. The mucosal system resides in the mucous membranes of the body's orifices and represents the body's first line of defense against organisms that could cause disease. Understanding this system is important, not only for controlling cancer, but for preventing the common cold, venereal disease and other common illnesses. 'You've got to stimulate the mucosal system to get effective immunization," he explained. Also in the cell biology department are two long-time associates, William Anderson and Latif Kazim. who are studying the genetic determinants of the body's immune response. Two other faculty joining the department this fall are David Bear and Jeffrey Griffith, who will be using genetic-engineering techniques to examine how genes are regulated. "This is an extremely important area because basically a cancer cell becomes deregulated." Tomasi said He himself is conducting animal studies of how the immune system is regulated, again because cancer seems to arise from a breakdown in regulation. Griffith, who is leaving Los Alamos Lab to join UNM, also will be studying genetic changes that might result in cancer. "The influx of this kind of thing will hopefully have tremendous impact on the sorts of things we can do clinically," Tomasi said. Another cell biologist, Craig Spellman, is studying how-ultraviolet light may cause tumors. This has implications for another area of emphasis that Tomasi foresees for the center skin cancer. "We know that New Mexico has the highest incidence of melanomas in the country and that this rate is increasing," he noted, so it is only natural that the center bring its expertise to bear on the problem. UNM pathologists, under the direction of Dr. William Black, have maintained a melanoma registry' for years, with pathologists studying tissue samples from across the state to perform the tricky diagnosis of melanoma. Tomasi said the melanoma registry now has been taken under the wing of the cancer center. In addition to the past function of the registry, the center will pursue research into the causes, treatment and prevention of the disease. A skin cancer clinic opened last month under the direction of yet another addition to the UNM faculty, Dr. Steve Padilla, who joined the department of dermatology. Padilla performs a surgical technique called the Mohs' procedure, which is a means of removing skin tumors with the small incision possible. It consists of removing the can cerous area bit by bit. systematically doing analyses of the excised tissue to be sure all of the milignancy is removed. "We feel that the people of New Mexico should have this procedure available," Tomasi said, noting it is particularly important where cosmetic appearance is important, such as the face. "One of the things we're looking st very hard is development of a bone marrow transplant program," he continued. Such a procedure, which is used for treatment of leukemia, is not now available in Colorado, Arizona or New Mexico. Most patients now ?c to California and Washington state to undergo the tretmtr.t. "I think we can mane a contribution to advancing the field of bone inarrov, transplants," because ihciechnicues and problems involved relate directly to some of the research in the cell biology department, Tomasi said. The type of transplant commonly used in treating, leuke- "We know that New Mexico has the highest incidence of melanomas in the country and that this rate is increasing." mia patients involves giving a patient what would otherwise be considered lethal doses of radiation or chemothera-peunc drugs, since the doses are high enough to destroy bone marrow. But those doses also are high enough to rid the body of tumor cells. Bone marrow from a carefully matched donor, s'ich si a brother or sister, is then transplanted and ailoved to regenerate in the patient. One of the major problems with such a procedure, how-eer, relates to the ir.-mune system -- white blood cells produced b the transplanted marrow graft sometimes perceive the new host as a foreign body and attack it. Another type of transplant involves removing bone marrow from the patient prior to irradiation. Monoclonal antibodies, of the type being developed by Tomasi, are then used to purge the marrow of malignancies; the marrow is then placed back in the patient after he ov sne has been irradiated. The chance for rejection ;? eliminated in this procedure. This latter type of transplant not only is suttaole for leukemia patients but. based on animal studies, also holds promise for treating a whoo; .spectrum of cancers, including common tumors of the lung. Bone marrow transplants have n-i yet displayed spectacular results elsewhere and Tomasi en.rha-'Yts no final decision has been made on performing then at UNM. "We don't want to set up somt hiri.: that's interesting a'one We vatit to set up something -.ha is clinically ef: icecious " But. if everything goes according to plans. UNM rr.ay begin perVming tne transplants as -'trly as ::-84. "v,'k'r? getting into a major league operation," he u idee. :rou;ri perhaps only 25 to 50 persons ould recewe ,ie treatment annually. UNM will be seeking funding for '.he marrov transplant "One of the things ws're kckiiig at very hard is development of bone marrow transplant program." center as well as a virology department far the study of viral causes of cancer from the state Legislature next year, as well as private sources. Such state money would serve basically as seed money to hire people, Tomar. believes the areas are interesting enough to attraci outsi.i-? grants and paient revenues. The same thing occurred this year when the Legislature approved funding for the cell biology department. Top.a?! said the department thus far has attracted S-t5C,1f. r grant support, or about three times the Legislature's 'i:-vestment. Also high or: Tomasi's wish list is a center for the atudy of nuclear magnetic resonance, or NMR. NMR is an emerging technology that uses magnetic fields to providt accurate images of internal body structures, similar to the vcide-1 c used computerized tomography, or CT, scanner "You can see plaques of multiple sclerosis twith 'M"0 that you can't see with CT scanning." Tomasi said. Ltyo id the mere images, however, NMR has the unique ability to analyze the chemical process and makeup of those interna! structures. "You (theoretically) can image a lesion in ih brain and then distinguish whether it is an absess or a tumor," he added ail without radiation or physically invading the body. Though Tomasi instigated the project, "it has implications far beyond the cancer center," involving many fields of medicine. UNM and Los Alamos Lab have presented j proposal to the Governor's Committee on Technical Excellence to fund an NMR center at S3. 25 million over five years. "This is really just starter money," Tomasi explained, noting he expects manufacturers of the device to collaborate in the project and supply the 52 million machine itself. Los Alamos already has an NMR research facility for animal studies and is the world's supplier of stable isotopes used in NMR imaging. Not only would the NMR facility attract gran's to UNM. it may also generate industrai activity 1 cal'v he added. Radiation oncology will not be forgotten, Tomasi emphasized, though it remains unclear whether the center -.v.U be able to revive funding for the multi-million-dolk-nun project, which used subatomic particles from a Ics Alamos particle accelerator to treat inoperable tumors. "Radiation oncology will continue to be strong, if not stronger," he said ill I fll 111 I I lllli I I In tt Mill llll Ill

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