HAYS DAILY NEWS PAGK n. December 19, 1978 Crib-Keepers Lead Lonely But Interesting Lives CHICAGO (UPI) - Peter, Ray and Joe live in a crib on Lake Michigan. It's their job. They live there for a week at a time. Peter Milke, 63, Ray Perkins, 44, and Joseph Rago, 47, are cribkeepers for the Chicago Water Department. Cribs are those round structures which motorists on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive sometimes puzzle over while driving to work. They are located about 2.5 miles off shore and their basic task Is to take in lake water. The water flows down a crib shaft and through pipes to the Central Water Filtration Plant on shore, where it is treated for drinking. The cribkeepers' main function is to poke poles down the shaft to make sure the water flow is not blocked. They occasionally use one-third of a stick of dynamite to break up winter ice. Department officials say the explosion is'not dangerous and is cushioned within the crib water. The men have one of the best views of' the Chicago shoreline and a chance to get away from it all. But they also have to live with the loneliness, boredom and violent weather. "I wish I had wings so I could fly over there," Milke said as he looked out the window. "But then I get used to it." It takes a certain type of person to work on the cribs. The pay isn't bad, room and board is free, and (hey get every other week off. But then there is the isolation, Tom Ward has been the head cribkeeper for 34 years, and his father was the head cribkeeper before him. "The general run of people do not care for the isolation, but they can tolerate it," Ward said. "The week off covers a multitude of sins." Three cribs are currently In service. They were built during the turn-of-thc-century and measure between 70-110 feet in diameter. They rest firmly on the lake bottom in about 35 feet of water. Most of the cribkeepers didn't pick the job out of a sense of adventure or for doing something unusual. To them, it's simply a job. Joseph Rago became a cribkeeper three months ago Marmrta - A Staple Of life Small World David, 5, surveys the outside world from inside a . plastic isolation bubble at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. David has never been outside the bubble since the day he was born. He has severe combined innune deficiency and"would die if exposed to the world of germs outside .of his bubble. David has lived longer than any other person with the deficiency and continues to develop normally both physically and emotionally, while researchers investigate changes in his immunological system, according to hospital officals. (UPI Photo) Boy Makes Progress In Battle Against Disease . HOUSTON (UPI) — Germs •have penetrated the protective isolator shielding little ; .David from life-threatening .'diseases, but physical changes . in the child's cells seem to be . offering some protecliom What it means to the child .who has lived in a sterile ^environment-longer than any .'human cannot be known for sure, but a team of 32 doctors these and researchers is showing some optimism. "It 'is"possible that changes are nothing more than aberrant responses of a defective immune system and not indicative of increasing, function," said Dr. Buford Nichols of Baylor College of Medicine and the . Texas Children's Hospital. "However, it is possible Rain Ruining Fruit Crops .- LOS FRESNOS, Tex. (UPI) .— Recent heavy rains in the JLower Rio Grande Valley may -.put a damper on the Christ* mas spirit in places where Texas citrus fruit is hard to come by. Henry Macomb, an independent _ trucker who specializes in shipping daily decorated baskets of Texas citrus as Christmas gifts, says ,16 inches of rain in the past six • .weeks have slowed the Valley . : harvest to a crawl at a time -when neither he nor Christ• mas can waft. "The rain is driving me crazy. I've got caterpillars, , I've got tractors, trailers, all pulling each other out (of the ' mud). This is the worst season for harvesting we've had in 14 years," Macomb said. Macomb hopes to ship 150 truckloads of 40,000 pounds each of citrus gift baskets. But unlike big-time shippers, operators like Macomb have to pool their shipments with the Texas Gift Package Shippers Association headquartered in Edinburg, Tex. However, the Joint Federal- State Crop Reporting Service at Weslaco says rain has only slightly affected the harvest with the equivalent of 253 carlots of grapefruit and 71 of oranges having been sent out in gift packages so far this harvest season. they reflect some degree of maturation which could eventually lead to the development of immune response." David, whose identity remains a secret, suffers from a , sex-linked hereditary disease and has lived in a, series of sterile plastic habitats' since seconds after his birth five years ago. He was the second child to be born germ-free in the United States and the longest survivor. Nichols said Friday approximately 35 different microorganisms have penetrated the child's isolator and some 10 of these had colonized in David at some time in his life. "In the last two years, there have been several developments which indicate some degree of developing immune function," Nichols said. "David has handled these microorganisms without difficulty, without any evidence of infection," Nichols said. The doctors said the question of immunity development, however, can only be answered with time. Doctors theorize that only a bone marrow transplant could provide the child with an immune response, but even if a suitable donor could be found, they are reluctant to make that move as long as the child progresses. "DaVid is safe, very, very healthy and very happy,." said Dr. Mary Ann Smith, an immunologist. "To interrupt not only his good and healthy life but also the development we are beginning to see in his immune system would be very hard to do unless we have exceedingly good evidence •this is going to work." Doctors think ultimately David himself may decide how long he will stay in his isolation habitat. "He will decide when to get out. Then we will decide to do something drastic. But he will decide," Dr. Smith said. MONTES CLAROS, Brazil (UPI) — Marmita — it could be the title of a song, or a poem, or even the name of a lovely lady. It has a musical sound as it rolls off the tongue. It is a Brazilian institution found everywhere. Jlecently it even became a protest symbol in the Monies Claros jail 400 miles north of Rio de Janeiro where each prisoner beat one against the bars demanding decent food. What is a marmita? Simply the Brazilian lunch pail. Somehow it doesn't quite live up to its romantic sounding name. But what it lacks in beauty, it more than makes up for in popularity and practicality as far as the local people are concerned. Every day, shortly before the lunch hour, scores of women and children of all ages can be seen on dusty roads in small interior towns, each carrying a towel- wrapped, lidded tin pot in their hands on their heads or even hobo-fashion, at the end of a stick over one • shoulder. They are headed for ' factory or construction sites where fathers, husbands, brothers or sisters are at work. There they wait for the recipient to eat his meal and then carry the empty mar- mitas back home, often several miles away. For the working class especially, this saves a great deal of money. Rarely do factories have cafeterias and if-they do, the cost is high for employees on a $75-a-month minimum salary. Besides, it lacks that home flavor. To the question, "What's inside the marmita today?" comes an avalanche of giggles from small, barefoot children who find it strange that anyone wouldn't know. "Rice, beans and meat, of course," is the answer, implying that Papa wouldn't eat anything else. Most workers leave their homes at sunup after a bit of bread and coffee, and so, by 11 a.m., they are ready for something substantial. Despite the hot climate, the main hot meal of the day comes at midday no matter where they are. A sandwich and a couple of carrot sticks just won't do. It has to be the standard rice, beans and meat fare with farinha (manioc flour) sprinkled liberally over everything. Sometimes a bit of green vegetable rounds out the menu. The meat content varies from several chunks to a bare hint, depending on the food budget for the day. One outlying factory, realizing the importance of the noon meal .and the difficulty in transporting it, gave its workers a bonus recently. A special truck passes pickup points where crowds of women and children load on the marmitas for working members of the family and the rations arrive warm at the factory. For some of the other industrial areas, several enterprising boys have developed a marmita delivery service. They pedal from house to house along a route with wooden crates attached to their bicycles and load them with hot marmitas for their clients. One young en- trepreneur has 31 customers who pay 20 cruzeiros a month each (about $2.00) for his door- to-door service. One of the young bicyclists spreads his load of gaily wrapped lunch pails next lo the factory fence. None has a name tag. "Each man knows his own, Maybe it's the color of the towel or bag wrapping or the way the wife tics the knot with a fork sticking out of the top," the boy reported. Sure enough, as each man came out of the factory, he homed in on his own lunch without hesitation and settled down in the meager shade for some nonstop eating. There was no chatting until the last forkful! signaled the end of serious business. Then it was time for joking or a short siesta. All over Monies Claros it . was the same, whether the marmita had arrived by truck, bicycle or thanks lo a family member who had often trudged miles. One hard- hatted worker looked up from his empty marmita and said, "I don't care who brings it, just as> long as I get my r food."" So much for romance. Brown Still Undecided Give a Honda for Christmas.. and have a NewYear! SACRAMENTO, Calif. '(UPI) — Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. says he would '"prefer to avoid" capital punishment in California.' • "You know my own views, given the whole social mix of values and where we * are .today, I think the death . penalty just doesn't work the 'way its proponents think it •does," Brown said Friday in • response to questions from . reporters. ; The statement was the governor's first on the subject since California's death "penalty law was struck down .'by the state Supreme Court ;; last week. .; The governor again, ..however, sidestepped any direct answer to whether he • would sign or veto a new death ' .penalty bill if one reaches his . desk. He also declined to say /whether he would permit .executions in California during his governorship if capital punishment is reinstated. It was a series of questions about Utah killer Gary Gilmore that brought Brown out of his virtual silence on the death penalty. . Seeming uncomfortable and .shuffling his feet, Brown .pondered for a moment the spectacle of Gilmore, who asks to die, being saved by a government from two suicide altempts so he could be execuled for mUrder. "It's a strange way to run a railroad," Brown said. The governor allowed thai he would ideally like a system of justice that was "swift, certain and fair,, and that there was a general consensus in the society that doesn'l exist today." He was asked, "Would lhal syslem also include a dealh penally lhal is swifl and cerlain?" "I would prefer lo avoid lhal penalty if it's possible," he replied. The governer repeated previous statements that he would announce his views on proposed new death penally slalutes when and if a bill reaches his desk. NEW YEAR'S EVE DANCE FrMir, Dw. 31it EAGLES LODGE Mvslc By: MIKE BEFORT BAND 9 fill 1 4 Admission $3 Per Person Limited number of tickets sold. Tickets available at Club. Free Favors Members And Guests CB-125S1 HONDALINE TRAVELERS CHECKS. This gift certificate is what to give if you don't know what to give! If you've even thought about giving a Honda for Christmas, this message is good news indeed! Just drop by our showroom and look for Santa's picture on selected models. We're making prices especially attractive on these Hondas... so you can be a real hero come Christmas morning. Hurry on down, before other "Santas" beat you to the draw! Always wear a helmet and eye protection, keep lights on and check local laws before riding Certain models are designed loi oil-toad and/oi operator use only. ©1976 American Honda Motor Co . Inc. Crispins Honda 13O7 Vine Hays 625-6817 because of "lack of employment." Peter Milke, a cribkeepcr for 12 years, said, "The job was open and I had to take it." Ray Perkins has worked on the cribs for 20 years. "Before it was fine," hesaid. "Now my wife can't wait until I get off and retire." A telephone in the crib gives' Rago and Perkins a chance to talk to their families once a day. Milkc complains that his sisters call him too often. The crib has sleeping quarters, a well-equipped kitchen, and a television and radio. The men bring along books and magazines. A 120-foot bridge connects (wo cribs. During the winter, the men use ropes to get across the Icy path. No one has fallen into the lake yet, but chances are he wouldn't survive in the winter. "No one goes across that bridge by himself," Perkins said. The winter winds arc so violent sometimes that the furniture inside shakes, Milkc said he was sitting in a chair once, and it started to move. Perkins remembers Milke running down the hall once, "Did you feel that?" HEARING AID WEARERS Better service for your hearing aid means better hearing for you lie Hire lo visit our next Kelinne Service Center, 700 Main Si. . (SchwInJl Real Estate Of(lco) DATE, TIME- Tuesday Doc. 21, 10:00 ii, m. to 12 Noon HEARING AID SERVICE P.O. Box 1342 Your electric bill is a personal statement of your life style. 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