Independent from Long Beach, California on February 24, 1969 · Page 24
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 24

Long Beach, California
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Monday, February 24, 1969
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6-4--INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM) Un » *'"*· Cslil " "·""""'' Frt - Ml "" GI Flirted Once Too Often and Got Caught By A Testy General (Continued from Page B-l) tc-r private industry, has always been a hard charger. HE WAS BORN in Neb.. 4S years ago, grew up on a farm in Midland and left "it with his family in the early 1930s when agriculture waned under winds, drought and the erosion of the depression economy. "We moved to Lincoln," he recalls, "and I got in the newspaper business in s small way. "I carried papers at first. Later I stuffed them at 25 cents an hour. In my college days at the University of Nebraska I worked for the Nebraska State Journal as assistant circulation manager and reporter. "But as a writer 1 considered myself a better engineer." McCune was a member of the National Guard in 19-30, his junior year at the university, and he remembers sing- ins, "Goodbye, Dear, I'll Be Back in a Year," when his unit was federalized. "The Nebraska football team was traveling west to play Stanford in the Rose Bowl, while my buddies and I were . bumping along in an Army truck for Arkansas and a year's active service. "I was due out of tbe Army in December 1941, but Pearl Harbor froze me in." By the time he thawed, it was 1945. McCune was a 23-year-old major commanding an Engineer battalion in Europe, had the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart and five major campaigns to his credit. Like most combat veterans McCune veiled the scenes of death and horror and remembered the crazy, oddball ; things that happened. LIKE MANEUVERS in Louisiana before he'd gone on to OCS at Fort Belvoir, Va. . . . "I was a member of the famous Too ' Hoo' battalion which ran afoul of Lt. Gen. Ben Lear one blistering hot day on a forced march. We were puffing by a golf course, where girls in skimpy shorts were playing golf. We waved at them and shouted 'Yoo hoo, baby,' a choice of phrase not unknown to GI's who scout more than the terrain. "Well, Gen. Lear was passing by in his car, and he thought our conduct was unmilitary. He restricted us for a month and marched us until our arches collapsed." Party-pooping Gen. Lear thus delayed for a month McCune's marriage to his Lincoln sweetheart, Jackie, which explains why the best man at the wedding wasn't wearing three stars. When peace broke out, Bernie and Jackie came to Long Beach, where his parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. E. McCune, , lived at 2501 Gale Ave. Bemie hung his | oak leaves in the closet and took a job ! as an assistant civil engineer with the , city. ; WHEN HE WASN'T squinting along I a transit or hoofing it through drainage I ditches, Bernie was driving to USCand : night school. "1 ate, slept and studied in that old 1 oar." he drawls. "For five years cracked my brain and the books." Perhaps he had to hold his eyes open with toothpicks to read the words on the ; parchment, but Bernie got his engineering degree, and Long Beach got a valued assistant to Jess Gilkerson. Today, McCune looks back with satisfaction "on his days with the city engineer's department. He had a key role in building the storm drains which saved Long Beach from major flooding in the January rains. And he can look out at the marina and say. "I had a part in building it. That's niy bridge, my street, my park." McCune built much more than works of concrete and steel. He carpentered a record as a civic force, too, and it stands tall in the community. He's used up much energy and several handkerchiefs in the process. His eyes puddle when he talks about the charitable work of the Elks Lodge. "WE'RE ACTIVE in the rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy, you know. And it really gets to you, seeing those gallant kids thank you with smiles and halting words. "Take our Easter egg hunt. Kids in wheelchairs and beds just radiate sunshine when they spot an egg. Their eyes light up with wonder. I tell you, it does something good to you inside. "The Christmas baskets make Christmas more meaningful, more blessed. The scholarship and youth programs, the work in the veterans' hospitals, the appreciation we see in the eyes of distressed families we help. Oh, so many things make it all worthwhile." Because of people like Bernie McCune the old, the sick, the lame, the disadvantaged aren't forgotten. They're given a sense of worth and pride. The hand clasping theirs is strong -- a hand as strong as Bernie McCune's feelings about Americanism and patriotism. He's a joiner, a doer, a mover of people and cities. And his kind is sneered at by the cool, chromium-plated cynics who see in Bernie McCune an embodiment of Babbittry and super-Rotarianism out of step and time with the mod, mod world. "I'm old fashioned in many ways," be says. "Honor, country and service mean everything to me. Sure, I'll wave the Flag. I'm proud to be an American." HE'S PROUD of many things. Proud of his three sons,, Garen, 21, a student at Oregon State; Lynn, 20, ex-Marine and now a student at Long Beach City College; Steven, 15, junior high school student and enthusiastic partner in camping trips to the mountains and deserts. He's proud of his heritage and his community, proud to be a builder of homes, hopes and human beings. He expresses his pride in an easy, off-hand way, minimizing his role in community progress. He's a sentimentalist whose voice chokes when he talks about the things he loves. "Nice guys finish last," said baseball manager Leo Durocher. But the story of Bernie McCune shows there's many a slip between "The Lip" and the quip. Tom Clark Says He'll Seek Re-Election to L.B. Council By BOB HOUSER Political Editor Dr. Tom Clark, completing his first term as Long Beach city councilman in the Fourth District, has announced he will be a candidate for re-election. Dr. Clark, a native Californian and resident of Long Beach since 1934, said: "Long Beach is in the midst of a tremendous era of growth and prosperity. During this period of rapid progress it is imperative that we do not forget that it is the advancement of human values that will determine how great our city can become. "WE MUST strive to provide an environment within which each citizen can achieve the maximum that his capabilities will allow." DR. TOM CLARK A graduate of Wilson High School, Long Beach City College and the University of California School of Optometry in Berkeley, Dr. Clark main- tains his office in the Los Altos Shopping Center. He resides with his wife, Lois, and their three children, Paul, 14, James, 12, and Carol, 10, at 2267 Albury Ave. In addition to council duties, Dr. Clark serves on the Los Altos and Metropolitan YMCA boards of management; Los Altos Methodist Church board of trustees and is president of the Independent Cities of Los Angeles County. HIS memberships include: East Long Beach Lions, Los Altos Business Association, Los Altos Y's Mens Club and Long Beach Chamber of Commerce. He is a past president of the City Park Commission, Long Beach Optometric Society, East Long Beach Lions and was board chairman of the Los Altos YMCA. 12 Want Miss Oranae Co. Title Twelve contestants are in the running for selection as Miss Orange County and the opportunity to compete at Santa Cruz for the Miss California title. They'll have then own pageant March 4 at the Disneyland Hotel's Embassy Room, under the sponsorship of the Soroptimist Club of Anaheim. Mrs. Julie Hildreth and Mis. Gladys Morgan are coordinators for tbe club. Greg Killingsworlh will produce the pageant. The girls arc Lisa Cowley, 18, Anaheim: Elayne Grammas, 20, Brea; Jakki Harper, 21, Cypress; Terri Mania, 20, Fountain Valley; Linda Prais, 18, Fuller! on; Terrie French, 19, Gar- den Grove; Jeffyne Blackard, IS, Huntington Beach; Kathy Nielsen, 19, La Habra; Marcia Roberts, 18, Orange; Maggie Ncdrow, 17, Placentia; Peggy Ryan, 20, Santa Ana; and Linda Hofferbert, 18, Tustin. Evening gown and swim suit competitions will be arranged, plus judging on talent and personality. ^^ : ? · · ·---*^*-" --·'· - - * * r T f . - :- -- OFF AND RUNNING* FOR RODEO Elaine Kramer will ride Roman style on this six- horse hitch of matched sorrel saddle-bred horses in the Pacific Indoor Rodeo at Long Beach Arena Feb. 28 through March 2. She'll be one of scores of attractions at the professional rodeo event which attracts thousands of spectators each year. Rosecrans Project From Our L.A. Bureau County officials are prepared to c o n t r i b u t e $300,000 to help the city of Paramount make major improvements along Rose- cnms Ave. By joining forces in the project, they said, the two governments make it possible to build a four-lane highw y from Anderson Ave. to a point west of Orange Ave. The first thing to be done is the removal of utility lines. Advertising for construction bids is scheduled for early summer. Law Class Set for Minorities Three Southland universities and a national lawyers' group will sponsor a joint program this summer lo help potential law students from minority groups. Host campus Loyola University opens the six- week Legal Education Opportunity program July 14 for 40 selected collega graduates picked by the participating schools. The institute, will be cosponsored by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, established last year by the four national lawyers' organizations. Dr. George Garbesi, director, said each participant will be admitted 10 an accredited law school in the fall of 1969 with a full-tuition scholarship after completion of the summer course. Applications fur the program, open to any minority group student who has graduated from college by July 1, 1969, may be sent to Loyola Law School. Astro Color is a servic,mar.k ot Amprfcan Airlines, Inc. '· INTRODUCING ANA SERVICE. FROM SEATO SHINING SEA. There's a new way to fly to New York. We call it Americana Service.. . : , It starts with the fastest reservation.'^ . anywhere, on Sabre, America's biggest. business computer. , ; ; . : It doesn't end until your baggage is . handed to you by a crew of Minutemen. And there's plenty in between':" 1 ;. / Express Check-in, to caterto our country's impatient nature.. . . : . ' · . .. . Stewardesses dressed in the spirit of the American Revolution. ,,,A choice of three real Americaffdishes, cooked while you fly. 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