Independent from Long Beach, California on February 27, 1969 · Page 30
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 30

Long Beach, California
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Thursday, February 27, 1969
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Marines Divert Flood I* r^- With Junked Autos FLOOD-SWOLLEN SANTIAGO CREEK GETS JUNK-HEAP LEVEES By FRED HAMLIN Staff Writer The U.S. Marine Corps came to the rescue of flood-ravaged Orange County in man)' ways Wednesday, with at least one "assist" unique in the Southland. Marine helicopters took on the task of diverting runoff flood waters which transformed normally placid Santiago Creek inio a raging river, by transporting junk-heap autos from old-car yards and dumping them in strategic parts of the creek. It is hoped by officials this technique will create levees to not only divert the turbulent waters but protect creek-side homes. The technique is not new -- except to Orange County, which seldom has been so beset by storm runoffs from the nearby Stata Ana mountain range. It isn't certain the once-wheeled vehicles will prevent further erosion, where rushing waters have crumbled slopes and threaten to devour creek-side dwellings. But, according to Santa Ana's direc- tor of public works, Ron Wolford, the airlift project is worth the military-civilian emergency effort. At last count Wednesday, most residents in a six-block area centered near Bristol Street already had moved furniture from their homes in anticipation of an evacuation order. Two swimming pools and the rear bedroom of one home collapsed into the creek before, "Operation Levee" started, Wolford said. The junked automobiles are expected to serve as bulwarks against which trees, mud and other debris will pile to form barriers to keep the racing waters in the center of the creek bed. Meantime, the U.S. Weather Bureau offered encouragement to weary rescue workers and residents in the form of an official prediction: Today will be fair, and Friday's anticipated showers will be light. The weekend should be rain-free and temperatures mild so clean-up crews can repair the damage caused by the worst storms of the century. CHOPPER LOWERS 'JUNK* INTO CREEK --Pliotoi bv W. A. 2IMMEX SAYS 'BLACK LIKE ME' AUTHOR Race-War Danger Reduced John Howard Griffin, who probably came as close as any white man to learning what it's like to be black in America, said Wednesday black militancy may have carried the country beyond the danger of all-out race war. "I have great hope now that we can avoid fratricide," he told 150 students and faculty members at a question and answer session at California State College at Long Beach Soroptimist House. Griffin, who wrote "Black Like Me," said "it's precisely the rising militancy that gives us hope." He said Black Power has turned the energies of an angry black community into "something terribly creative." The black man "has lost interest in what the white man does or thinks," he declared. And that very independence -- or self- determination, as Griffin put it -- may be giving him the tool he needs to improve his position. Griffin made one of the strangest odysseys in American life several INDEPENDENT THURSDAY, FEB. 27, 1969 MARKETS ON PASES B-6 B-7 BEACH COMBIKU MALCOLM U* EPLEY years ago when, at great risk, he dyed his skin black and journeyed through his native South. "My experiment," he explained, "was to find out whether we judge humans as individuals, or whether we judge a whole group on the basis of color alone." The author said he didn't change anything but his color. His hair, his speech, his mannerisms and dress remained the same. Once after speaking as a white man to a church group, he recalled being surrounded by admirers who insisted he come back. _ r ._ T I _., He did return -- as a SECTION B-Page B-l black man "Well, they planted their feet in front of the church door and kept me out," he said. "Later, outside, I could hear them singing 'Walking in the Path of Jesus.'" "You began to wonder who had lost his mind," he said. Y ou KNEW they'd be there. Nobody had to wonder if the Red Cross had been called when disaster struck over a wide area in the big rainstorms of 1969. It's expected, taken for granted, the Red Cross will be on hand to provide for the physical needs of vicfjii.s while the emergency is running full tilt. Just as importantly, it will be functioning in the recovery period to help those in distress because of property damage and financial stress. There was sorrow for the victims by those of us who sat in warm sanctuaries here where nothing serious happened. We were glad the Red Cross was doing its job -- actually, it was representing us in discharging responsibilities for neighbors in trouble. HPHE LOCAL Red Cross ·*· chief, Dale J a c o b s , counts his horseshoes. His was one of the few R. C. chapter areas in all South. Cal. where there was no real storm emergency. The chapter here has loaned personnel for the work elsewhere. And while there is no formal campaign, it will receive and forward contributions to be used in the emergency and rehabilitation work. Based on need of the victims, R.C. will help replace furniture, reconstruct homes, make repairs of property -- all things that will be needed extensively in many disaster areas. It's just possible that some of us lucky ones will want to help, financially. The Red Cross office is at 319 W. Broadway. * MAN WHO knows his " flies is Harold Perkins, and he's a little upset over a feature story in Monday's edition which said there's a certain fly that can make 00 m.p.h. Perk says that's in old ' wive's tale concerning a deer fly, long since discredited. That speed, he says, is 900 feet a second, which is the velocity of a bullet. He avers that the fastest thing alive is an osprey, which can sometimes make 90 m.p.h. when diving. As for flies going 600 m.p.h., Perkins believes that if one attained that speed it would explode. In that case, let's have all flies try it. 1»RIFTWOOD -- E. Wise notes the last issue of American Home Magazine tells how to build on "impossible sites." Hmmmm . . R. W. Wilkins saw a note on a bulletin board, "and so they were married and lived happily even after." . . L.A. Lakers basketball star Jerry West will be the speaker at the annual Long Beach Eagle Scout dinner at the Petroleum Club Mar. 13. In a repair shop with her rambunctious car, Vivian Redpath was told by the man that some idiot had put the anti-smog device in backwards. Vivian quickly produced the evidence his shop did the job . . . . In the reviews ol his strange life, it was questioned whether the late Fred Wilson, the raggedy bike man, ever rode his bike. F. A. Caswell sends along a snapshot to answer that one. It shows Fred pedalling along a L.B. Blvd. sidewalk. Jerry Rusk heard one elderly woman telling another about the lunch she had at the Elks Club. "You know," she said, "it's that round building on Willow with the moose on top." . . . KWHY, the UHF TV station that broadcasts the stock market, has had some financial problems and asked viewers to send in some money to help out, with unsatisfactory r e s u l t s . Maybe one trouble is that recently KWHY has been showing something viewers would rather not set.-. Ad Response Was Hilarious; Profitable, Too "It was hilarious . . . so many people. I've never had such an exciting experience," says Mrs. J. K. Stephens, 3403 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach. This was her comment in response to a classified ad in the Independent, Press-Telegram for a variety of items, including furniture and a washer- drier. Mrs. Stephens says she talked to several people about the ad, and one said "most people take the paper and really use it." That's a fact . . . thousands of people read the classified section every day. Shouldn't your message reach them? Call I, P-T classified today. Long Beacii: 432-5959. Lakewood: 633-0764. Orange County: 537-7441. Balloons Up ·· 'The 'Moor' The Merrier Missile destroyer USS Decatur and her two sister Long Beach-based gun destroyers Samuel B. Moore and Many E. Hubbard tied up at Pier 15 Wednesday after eight months service in Far Eastern waters, including a battle tour off Vietnam. The vessels moored to the cheers and tears of crewmen's families and a skyful of toy balloons. Ports of call included the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Hawaii. The ships are members of Destroyer Division 132, commanded by Capt. Thomas Groves. --Staff Photo by BOB SHUMWAY DRUG VIOLATION SUSPECT Freed on Bail, Held Again Jerry Zankich, free on bail on three narcotics law violation counts and an assault charge, was arrested Wednesday on a new charge of possessing dangerous drugs after he led police on a high-speed Tustin GI Killed The Defense Department Wednesday identified S. Sgt. John R. Hill, husband of Mrs. Suzanne K. Hill, 1064 Andrew St., Tustin, among 65 servicemen killed in Vietnam. auto chase along the San Pedro waterfront. Harbor Division officers .said Zankich, 23, of 1541 W. 10th St., San Pedro, ignored flashing red lights and sirens on two police units pursuing his fast- moving car. Zankich was jailed on the new possession count after several pills were found in his car. He was taken to Wilmington Receiving Hospital for examination. Zankich is slated to appear in Department D of Long Beach Superior Court March 25 for trial. He was held to answer on two counts of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, one of possession of marijuana and one of assault on a police officer. Here We Go Again John Swetech, 6831 Olive Ave., told Long Beach police Wednesday that his car, p a r k e d near his home, was looted of a stereo tape player valued at S220. Bandit Captured After Knife-Point Demand for Dope A dope-seeking bandit held n nurse at knifepoint for 15 minutes Wednesday in San Pedro Community Hospital while he searched for narcotics. The intruder was captured when a husky X-ray technician managed to delay his escape until sheriff's deputies arrived. Lennox deputies booked Kenneth William Sigsworth, 30, of 301 Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, on suspicion of robbery and kid- naping. THE NURSE, 33-year- old Beryl Marlys Walker, was treated for cuts and bruises suffered when she tumbled headfirst from a car the bandit was trying to start after he forced her into it. Deputies said the man entered (he emergency room of the county-territory hospital at 1300 W. Seventh St., confronted the nurse, and demanded narcotics. When she refused, he put a knife to her neck and began a search. Summoned by a coworker, -12-year-old Harold L. Craig, a" 190-pound Xray technician, picked up an iron bar and ran to aid the nurse. When the bandit refused to release Miss Walker, Craig, fearful of her safety, used the bar to pry open a narcotics drawer, then stalled while placing a quantity of morphine and other narcotics in a pillowcase. Meanwhile, another em- ploye called deputies. Forcing Craig to give up his car keys, the intruder marched the nurse to the hospital parking lot and shoved her into Craig's car. "I KNEW he would have trouble finding the ignition so I kept slamming the door to turn off the inside light," Craig told deputies. While the bandit was futilely trying to start the auto. Miss Walker shoved the door open on the passenger side and tumbled out. WHAT'S HAPPENING A reminder of admission-free events in the Long Beach area. 3 p.m. -- Demonstration Lecture, "Music Today," William 0. Smith, musician, composer, sponsored by CSLB Global Village, Little Theater, California State College at Long Beach. 7:30 p.m. -- Forum, Interior Design, Anne G. Phillips, "Building Your Backgrounds," Bancroft Junior High School, 5301 E. Centralia St. 7:30 p.m. -- Meeting, Long Beach Women's Strike for Peace, 135 Venitia Dr. Naples. 7:30 p.m. -- Lecture, "Experimental Architecture," disposable housing, plug-in cities, The Archigram Group, sponsored by Home Economics Department, LH-151, California State College at Long Beach. 8 p.m. -- Contemporary Jazz Concert, William O. Smith, composer, clarinet, John Bergamo, drums, sponsored by CSLB Global Village series, Little Theater, California State College at Long Beach. Young Want a Leader - - But Maybe Not Ted By WALT MURRAY Staff Writer Young people whose dreams were dashed by the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy want to return to American politics -- if they can find the right man to lead them. "But they're not interested in c o m i n g back to the old politics, the old Chicago fun and games," says David Halberstam, who spent the last 18 months covering the American political scene for Harper's Magazine. Halberstam, former New York Times correspondent whose dispatches from Southeast Asia won the Pulitzer Prize in 1964, is touring the Southland to discuss his new book, "The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy." He believes it's no sure thing the next leader of America's youth, ghetto dwellers and reformers will be Edward Kennedy, Robert's brother. "Edward won't have the mantle simply by heredity," Halberstam says. "So far, he seems more traditional and structured than Robert in his approach to politics. But we won't really know about Edward for a year and a half Right now, many of the people who worked for Robert Kennedy are still in a malaise, Halberstam says. But, he says, they shouldn't despair -- in- spite of the bitter tragedy of the assassination. "The Kennedy and McCarthy people left an indelible stamp on the nation in 1968," he says. "They drove out a president and changed the focus of politics from New Deal economic issues to moral issues." "An entire generation learned about the society they're up against." He believes most young people won't drop out of the political action -they're merely waiting to "see where the right kind of action is." Youthful Kennedy and McCarthy workers still have time on their side. "The assassination was far more shattering to people of my generation -- people in their thirties and forties -- because there's far less time for us," Halberstam says. "Kennedy was a man for our season." He feels certain Kennedy would have won the Democratic nomination. Primary results from California and South Dakota convinced Chicago Mayor James Daley and other old-line politicians Kennedy could win. "Kennedy was finally becoming acceptable to the old-liners -- whereas they couldn't even talk to McCarthy," Halberstam says. After the assassination and the nomination of Hubert Humphrey, Richard Nixon "got a free ride into office from a hopelessly discredited Demo- c r a t i c administration," Halberstam says. "Kennedy would have given Nixon a real fight. There would have been a real referendum on race and the war. It would have been divisive and bitter, but I think Kennedy would have caught up with Nixon." For the next few years, Halberstam believes, "the country is for grabs. Life is almost unbearable for many people. The daily rhythm of life is ugly." That rhythm is leading to increasing political polarization -- unless Nixon liquidates the Vietnam war. "Unless Nixon can make a decision now to take necessary steps to end the (Continued Page B-5, Col, 3) DAVID HALBERSTAM Not Sure About Ted

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