Independent from Long Beach, California on January 21, 1975 · Page 16
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 16

Long Beach, California
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Tuesday, January 21, 1975
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People Talk Food-finder' satellite launch scheduled F.C. Anderson THE ODDEST couple this side of Tony Randall and Jack Klugman can be found on the second floor of the Independent, Press- Telegram where George Robeson and F.C. Anderson are now roommates. Some parlay, huh? It ranks w i t h Lugosi and Karloff, Lorre and Greenstreet, Cleopatra and the Asp, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. The Robeson-Anderson office is separated from the second-floor lobby by a sliding door. You might c a l l us peasants under glass. Our neighbor is Bob Houser, the paper's political editor. His reaction to the news that George was b e i n g assigned as my roommate was typical of his economy with words. "There goes the neighborhood," Houser said. My wife's reaction was typical of a woman who used a marriage license as a construction permit to build my character. "This means I have to tie your lunch money in a handkerchief and put a name tag on the lapel of y o u r jacket. If George Robeson asks you to go out and play, you can get lost in more ways than one." "You let me go out with Bob Houser once in South Bend, and I didn't get into any trouble." "THAT WAS different. Bob Houser wore a Homburg, and men who wear Homburgs are trustworthy." "George R o b e s o n is loyal, b r a v e and true, dear. He's noble and gallant. He was in the Air Force." "I know that. He's responsible for the wild blue yonder." " A h , g e e w h i z a n d shucks and all that. A guy can't have any fun. This was going to be such a g r e a t semester. George promised to gel me on the drinking team. He's a letterman, a big man on the campus and on Pine Avenue as well." "That will do, Francis. I happen to k n o w that G e o r g e Robeson d e a l s w i t h a r o u g h element. He's always writing about the Mafia and The Boys. He'll expose you to bad company. Your new teeth could be in danger." "Let's cross that bridge when we come to it, dear. Besides, I got through the Watts riot all right, didn't I? I made it through boot camp, didn't I?" "You w e r e y o u n g e r t h e n , F r a n c i s . A n d remember you trained for the riot by surviving our Polish wedding reception. Further, y o u r d r i l l ser- g e a n t w a s n ' t G e o r g e Robeson." "He's really a pussycat, dear. He's a musician, and everybody knows that musicians are cultured, sensitive types." "That's enough, F r a n - cis! Nero was a musician, too. He played the fiddle, and look at the mess he got Rome into." "You've got nothing to worry about, sweetie-face. I w o n ' t see m u c h of George, anyway. He doesn't come in until after dark. Maybe 6 or 7 p.m." ··I HAVE spoken, Francis. You get home by 5 p.m.. or I'll lock up your basketball and your three- speed bike. And remember to wear your earmuffs at the office." "Gosh, my p a s s i o n fruit, why do I have to wear earmuffs? It isn't cold at the office." "I heard George Robeson swears, and 1 don't want you exposed to such language." 1 had the last word. When my wife was out of earshot, I said (expletive deleted). George is a good teacher. ARTISTS CONCEPTION depicts Multispectral Scanner in space photographing crops, pollution, -snowfall and geologic conditions for relay to scientists seeking new sources of energy and monitoring world iood crops. By HERB SHANNON . " . . ' . ' . ' Aerospace Editor A new earth resources detection satellite which could return food and energy benefits worth far more than the cost of the entire 'U.S. space program to date is poised for Jaunc'h into polar orbit Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc. Dr. Stanley Freden, a 1945 graduate of Long Beach Polytechnic High School, said the second Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS2), renamed "Land- ,dt" in. keeping with its role of seeking new sources of energy and monitoring world food crops, is to be sent into a circular orbit at an altitude of 570 miles by a McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co. Thor-Delta rocket booster. · \ . The butterfly-shaped, 1,965-pound Landsat is scheduled to circle the globe 14 times a day while its sensor systems scan the rotating earth below, returning photographs and computer data on the entire world every 18 days. The i n f o r m a t i o n is to be relayed for processing at 'the Goddard S'pace Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., which manages the National Aeronautics and Space- Administration (NASA) program, according to Freden. LANDSAT IS TO expand and continue the work of its predecessor, ERTS1, launched in 1972 to test the feasibility of the experiment. Designed to function for one year. ERTS1 still is operating after 29 months, Freden added. A principal objective of the,second satellite will be t'o identify potential sources of energy in the face of d i m i n i s h i n g world fuel supplies, Freden, who is project scientist at the Goddard Center, said. "Landsat has a great potential for speeding up the discovery of new resources," Freden explained during a prolaunch news conference. "Conventional exploration for oil and minerals requires about five years on the average for tangible results. With the satellite pinpointing likely geologic areas, we can shorten the process to'about two years." In agriculture, the space satellite monitoring system has proved to be most useful in keeping current inventory of world crops as they are growing, in order to provide accurate forecasts of harvests. The scientist also pointed out that land management data provided by ERTS1 to livestock farmers has cut the cost of mapping to about one-tenth of conventional surveying methods. F R E D E N SAID the two satellites working together, but on opposite sides of the world at any given m o m e n t , will give the system a view of the same earth area every nine days as against 18 with only one. The INDEPENDENT TUESDAY, JANUARY 21,1975' * · SECTION B-PAGE B-l MARKETS ON PAGES C-6C-7 . , ., . ^ . . - . » ...:n ,,:..- u*,(4sf oflunnfp shortened monitoring penuu win give ucl -"1 -"--~~ warning of threatened crop failures in addition to identifying land which can be used to alleviate short- term food shortages. ''', Other benefits he ascribed to the 100,000 images returned by the ERTS1 'during its Vk years of operation include ecological surveys of strip mining ana clear-cut forestry techniques, f l o o d warning ana prevention through a continuing water resources management program and mapping of previously inaccessible areas such as Antarctica. All of these would have been unobtainable by any other means, he said. |;, ; All of the data derived from the Landsat program is processed by the Goddard Center into photo image: in color, readily decodable by the Earth Resources' Observation 'Systems Data Center, operated by the Department of the Interior at Sioux Falls, S.D. Once in the files at Sioux Falls, the information is in the public domain, available to anyone who wishes to purchase copies. The data from Landsat will be used by more than 100 research firms in federal, state and foreign governments, as well as international organizations, universities and private companies. CANADA AND BRAZIL already have established receiving and data processing stations for direct acquisition of Landsat transmissions, and Italy and Iran are constructing similar facilities under agreements signed last year with NASA. Both of the Landsat orbiters carry the same combination of sensors and communication devices. Their imaging systems called Multispectral Scanners were developed by Hughes Aircraft Co. and complementary Return Beam Vidicon devices were developed by RCA. The launch vehicle for Wednesday's space shot is an improved version of the McDonnell Douglas extended long tank Thor rocket with nine strap-on Thiokol solid fuel motors and a second-stage liquid-fuel rocket by TRW, Inc. Total cost of the twin-satellite Landsat program, including hardware, data processing equipment, launch vehicles and managment is $197 million. The McDonnell Douglas share as prime contractor for the rocket boosters is about §9 million, officials said. Disputed Huntington Harbour expansion OKd ^^ .' _ . _ _ _ . 1 1 i _ i l _ ^ »..:l..n J.- ,,!. U ,,,, J I n n l l m i T v M i U 1m A H r ur li n vn ttirt n r« a 6111, Wltll tOG ITlSriUt By MARY ELLIS CARLTON Urban Affairs Writer M o n d a y was not a business-as-usual day for South Coast Regional Commissioners. At various times during eight hours of hearings, there was live music by a flutist, pleas of "put us back to work" by labor leaders and rounds of app l a u s e for projects approved. One approved was the controversial Sea G a t e expansion for Huntington Harbour, which -- after months of deliberation -passed the commission on a 9-3 vote. The permit sought approval for a $7.8-million subdivision with 120 townhouses, a . l a g o o n , two b e a c h e s , t w o t e n n i s courts, a swimming pool and 60 boat slips in a 23.4- acre tract at Edinger and Trinidad Lane. The commission staff had recommended denial of the permit on the basis that "the development, as p r o p o s e d , w o u l d be irreversible and irre.triev- able commitment of a coastal resource." ·'· But a steady stream of supporters from the luxury marine-oriented resi- d e n t i a l c o m m u n i t y Voter registrar classes set Classes to t r a i n registrars of voters from "low- income and working-class neighborhoods" of Long Beach h a v e been scheduled by a group of residents from those areas. The classes are to be held at 7 p.m. each Tues- d a y u n t i l M a r c h 4 beginning today at the Intel-communal Y o u t h Institute, 1525 Alamitos Ave.. according to Bob Diiren, a spokesman tor the People's Campaign, which is coordinating the effort. Duren s a i d representatives f r o m the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters office is to conduct the classes. . He s a i d the c l a s s e s meet once for two hours, after which an open-book exam for certification will be administered. "After they are certificated we will encourage them to register voters in the poor and working- class areas," Duren said. "We want to do more to i n s u r e t h a t representatives are being elected by all the people. Historical, l y . the areas we have identified as poor have a low voter turnout." A l l s u p p l i e s a r e provided for the course and a d v a n c e registration is not necessary, he said. Duren said persons who pass the test may pick up t h e i r certificates at the registrar's office, 808 N. Spring St., Los Angeles. marched to the mike to convince the commissioners otherwise. They said the project, like earlier developments in Huntington Harbour, had been adopted as part of the Huntington Beach master plan in 1961 ... t h a t , unless developed, the tract would continue as a "blighted mudflal inconsistent w i t h residential development in the a r e a " . . . and t h a t requested alterations had been made to the original plan. Among the alterations, outlined by William Duncan of Harbour-Pacific Ltd., the developer, were a meandering bicycle path and a gangway running the length of the project with a parking lot at each end to allow pub- lie access a l o n g the waterway. Bob Miller, secretary of the Orange County Carpenters Union and one of four labor leaders who appeared in support of the project, spoke emotionally about "the environment of the unemployed." Saying he represented 10,000 c a r p e n t e r s in O r a n g e County, Miller said: "What we're fighting for is our jobs. When you have 25 per cent of our people out of work, not knowing where their next paycheck is coming from, that's an issue, too. We constantly h a v e to f i g h t the environmentalists ... and the bureaucracies. Nobody seems to k n o w w h e r e we are going." During a heated discussion over water quality, Commissioner Rim Fay, a marine biologist, argued that "the problem with this project as presented is that the construction of the proposed deep-water channels do not support the growth of marine life ... in fact, they function as fish traps which kill fish as a result of adverse conditions t h a t develop during the summer." He suggested the project be redesigned for conditions more favorable to the "sustenance and reproduction of m a r i n e life," such as Mission Bay in San Diego. "Then the design w o u l d be consist- ent with the mandates of Prop. 20," he said. After almost an hour of pro-and-con testimony, commissioners approved the project with only Commissioners Fay, Robert Rooney and J u d y Rosener voting "no." The live flute music was an added attraction as accompaniment during a slide p r e s e n t a t i o n .by members of the Venice Town Council. They had been allowed hearing time in rebuttal to two proposals for the redevelopment of Venice canals presented at an earlier hearing by Los Angeles City Planner Calvin Hamilton. Gray won't seek second term on school board J a m e s H. Gray, a member of the Long Beach Board of Education for l o u r years, said Monday t h a t he will not seek reelection. Speaking d u r i n g M o n d a y ' s b o a r d m e e t i n g . Gray said business c o m - m i t m e n t s a n d i n v o l v e - ments in statewide education organizations would n o t a l l o w h i m enough t i m e t o devote t o t h e board. G r a y is one of three b o a r d members w h o s e seats are up for election April 4. In t h a n k i n g Gray for his services. Board Chairman Jerald S. Jacobs said he h a d n ' t yet decided if he 'Jacobsi would run. The sent held by Dr. James Crawford also is up for election. G r a y ' s announcement t h a i he wouldn't seek reelection was one of the l e w exceptions In t h e t r a d i t i o n of board m e m - b e r s resigning b e f o r e elections. In such cases, ihc b i i u i d filli-d the open seals by a p p o i n t m e n t and the appointees successfully ran lor election ns incumbent*. Gray, a l o n g Beach aulft dealer, was elected JAMES H. G R A Y in 1071. He hadn't served on the board before. G r a y h a s b e e n vice president of t h e board, t r e a s u r e r of Ihc Big Five \ s s o r i a l i o n of P u b l i c S c h o o l D i s t r i c t s a n d a m e m b e r o f t h e s t a l e K d u c a i i o n a l M a n a g e m e n t a n d E v a l u a t i o n Commission and the California Vlvisory Council on Voca- t i o n a l E d u c a t i o n . lie w;is Ihe board's expert or, school finances and a champion of voca- t i o n a l education. B o a r d member E l i z a - beth Wallace said Gray had made "an outstand- i n g contribution i n t h e area of finances and had a t r e m e n d o u s a m o u n t to do w i t h the fiscal stability ol the school district." Gray said that serving on t h e b o a r d w a s " a t remendoiisly satisfying experience." but it had t a k e n an average 20 hours per week. "I now recog- nise t h a t 1 cannot make t h i s kind of l i m e commitment for the next lour years." he said. "During Ihe past four years we have m a i n t a i n e d iiscal responsibility w i t h o u t compromising t h e q u a l i t y of education." he said. "Our school district t a x rate h a s remained a m o n g the lowest in Los A n g e l e s C o u n t y a n d should d r o p again next y e a r . " O u r school drop-out r a t e is well below the nation.-il average and effect i v e programs are e n a b l i n g students to excel i n - a c a d e m i c a c h i e v e - m e n t " G r a y s a i d h e would continue lo p a r t i c i p a t e "in ;iny way I can to help m a i n t a i n high standards "I education in our com- iminitv." Laughing leaper S t u n t m a n John Nowak, standing in for actor Ben Piazza during Monday's filming of a n - u p c o m i n g segment of television police show "Harry 0," falls -10 feet to'his "death" following a chase scene in the bowels of the Queen Mary. Novak, of ronrse. lived to lauch about his exploits after a comfortable landing on a 5-foot- thick air mattress. -Slaff photos by TOM SHAW

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