Independent from Long Beach, California on February 28, 1969 · Page 24
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 24

Long Beach, California
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Friday, February 28, 1969
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(AM) PRESS-TH.EGRAM (PM) //. 5. Lifeguards Face the Cold Blue Deep ALPHABET INVENTOR' TALKS AT MILLIKAN HUNTINGTON BEACH LIFEGUARDS KNOW NO "OFF SEASON" Don Schuchmann and Mike Thurston Sprint After Daily Swim By BOB SANDERS Staff Writer Lifeguards in Huntington Beach have a little trick they do once a day that sends chills up and down the spines of people who watch. They -- all eight of the permanent crew -- take a fast, 300-yard sprint from the lifeguard headquarters down to the pier, then they dive into the icy, 55- degree water and swim uut around the end of the pier. That's about a half mile swim. Then, to top It off, they come out of the water and sprint the 300 yards back to the lifeguard headquarters. "The run back is easier than the one out," says Captain Doug D'urnall, "You feel like running just to keep the blood circulating." Anyway the whole thing is a requirement for Huntington Beach lifeguards. It is designed to keep them in shape for rescues. Capt. D'arnall points out that lifeguards know no "off season" and they may be called on to go out into that icy water anytime of any year. Back in F e b r u a r y 1964, one of their men, John Freenor, swam a half a mile out to rescue several injured crewmen of a downed Navy helicopter. For this heroic effort he was awarded a gold lifesaving medal. The daily dip is not just a conditioner though. It is also designed to help the lifeguards pass their weekly proficiency test ·-- a timed half-mile swim. They have to do it in a scant 1R minutes to pass. If any younp men am interested in a job requiring the half-mile swim, sandwiched between two 300-yard dashes, there will be an examination March 15 at 7:45 a.m. The test involves three events: an 800-yard swim around the pier, a 400- yard sprint and a 1,200- yard run-swim-run. The 35 men who turn in the best scores will be allowed to enter the training program from March 31 through April 4. At the end of that they can take an oral hoard examination to become a f u l l - t i m e H u n t i n g t o n Beach lifeguard and take a c-ouple of 300-yard dashes and a half-mile swim every dav. Sir James Pitman, grandson of the man who founded the Pitman shorthand method and developer of the first new alphabet in centuries, has applauded teachers who ar* using that alphabet. Alley Projects Make Progress Two alley improvement projects were moved a step forward this week by the City Council. Councilmen adopted a resolution of intention to improve the alley east of Loma Avenue between Fourth and Fifth Streets, and set April 15 for the public hearing. In response to a petition from property owners, the council instructed the city engineer's office to prepare plans for the improvement of the alley east of San Francisco Ave. "What I'd like to see," he told a large group in Millikan High School auditorium, "is more teachers use it." Describing his alphabet as "a medium, not a method." Pitman emphasized that he gains no personal benefit from the alphabet. "The copyright has been given to the world," he said. Pitman's "medium" first saw usage in England eight years ago and "emigrated" to America two years later. Today it has taken firm hold in Britain and in some a r e a s of America; New York State estimates one of every 10 children is taught -- at least in part -- with Pitman's initial teaching alphabet. OVER WEEKEND 2 French Warships on Display in LB. By BUCK LANIER Military Editor Open house Is scheduled in Long Beach Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. aboard two visiting French warships. The helicopter carrier Jeanne d'Arc and the frigate Victor Schoelcher arrived Thursday for an eight-day stay at the naval station's Pier E--the midpoint of a sis-month, around-the-world training and goodwill cruise. Their American hosts wasted no time in giving the ships' 790 officers and men a big welcome. Capt. Carl Cruse, skipper of the helicopter carrier USS Princeton, and Capt. George Mitchell, captain of the frigate USS England, hosted the officers at an Allen Center reception Thursday night. Enlisted counterparts on the Princeton and England look the French sailors in tow for ah evening of entertainment. THE MINESWEEPER USS Reaper had 25 midshipmen aboard during the afternoon, touring the U.S. vessel and explaining the Reaper's functions. The French ships' Odyssey began Nov. 22 In Brest, and ends there May 30. Honolulu was the last port of call and Balboa, Canal Zone, will be the next. Jeanne d 1 Arc's skipper, Capt. Andre Gelinet, told a press conference that cruises such as this are traditional in the 70-ship, 70,000-man French Navy. Many of the ships' crewmen are discharging their 18 months of obligated national service. For this period they are paid the equivalent of $10 U.S. a month. Re-enlistment after that is either for three or five years, with pay grades and ratings moving up similar to those in the U.S. Navy. Capt. Christian de la Perriere is the Schelcher's skipper. He will take his ship to San Diego two days before the Jeanne d' Arc leaves March 6. French Consul-General Ordier Raguinet from Los Angeles made an official call on the Jeanne d' Arc, and in an afternoon ceremony and presented movie director John Ford with the Cross de Artes. Ford is a rear admiral in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Lynn Blair Rites Set This Morning Funeral services for Orange County realtor Lynn Blair, of Tustin, will be held at 10:30 a.m. today in Peek Family Chapel, 7801 Bolsa Ave., Westminster. Mrs. Blair, 47, died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack suffered in her home at 14152 Clarissa Lane. She was a director of the California Real Estate Association for five years and was serving as vice chairman South of the Statewide Board Activities Committee at the time of her death. A native of Iowa, she had been a resident of Orange County for 20 years, most of it spent in the real estate business. She is survived by her husband, Brice, and a brother, Charles Lane, of San Diego. HOW MUCH LIFE IS LEFT IN YOUR LUNGS? Why should smokers think twice about using cough suppressants? Are vital tissues in your lungs dead or dying--right now? Learn how a simple exercise can help you feel better, live longer. Read / Am Joe's Lung. One of 41 articles and features in the March Reader's Digest. Pick up your copy today. READER'S DIGEST FRENCH FRIGATE (L), CARRIER REACH LB. NAVAL STATION Tricolors Flutter as Escort Victor Schoelcher Precedes Jeanne d'Arc to Pier E -- Staff Phnlt by BOB SHUMWAr Naval Shipyard Breaks Ground Today for $10-Million Facility Long Beach Naval Shipyard closes its 50th anniversary year with a flourish today as ground will be borken for a $10- million Electrical-Electronics and Weapons Building. The ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m. in front of the yard's bandstand. Rear Adm. Edward J. Fahy, Ship Systems Command boss, will turn the first sco'op of dirt via a large crane. Capt. Monroe Hart, shipyard commander, said Thursday: "This is a milestone to break ground for this fine new facility-to-be. The constant effort of the shipyard to increase its effectiveness in support of the fleet will be enhanced substantially." A special guest will be Capt. Wilbert Ginn, director of shipyard modernization for the Systems Command. The ceremony is timed to coincide with NSY's lunch hour, and a crowd of about 5,000 is expected. The building is scheduled for completion in two years. 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