Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 12, 1976 · Page 25
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iDott Schettie ®uc0w Richard Peck Productive meetings His meetings with junior high groups in Tucson were productive. Living in New York, he finds the need to learn what young people in the rest of the country are interested in -what they're like, what they want to read about. In Tucson he discovered they are interested in reading about World War II, the occult and in interpersonal relationships. "But that, of course, doesn't mean that I'm going to go back to Brooklyn and write a novel about a teen-ager who is having a meaningful relationship with the ghost of a Nazi general," he said. At least he doesn't think he will. By shipping costs A rizona-Japan deal hampered Japanese businessmen may be taking a closer look at Arizona as a possible site for relocating some of their California operations, but shipping costs make such a proposition impractical at present. Sadami Wada, general manager of Sony Inc., addressed that issue in a talk yesterday at the University of Arizona's International Forum on Japan. He said the impending imposition of an inventory tax by California on Japanese merchandise entering the United States through California ports will penalize his country, America's largest overseas trading partner. Japan generated $30 billion worth of business with American companies in 1974. Arizona, which has no inventory tax could provide an "extremely attractive arrangement" for some Japanese manufacturers, said Wada. The absence of the tax here had been seen as a strong incentive to Japanese businesses, primarily elec^onics Classified THURSDAY, F E B R U A R Y 12, 1976 · PACE 25 It's flattering, but. . . Novelist Richard Peck can't help but be nattered by the many letters from young readers, asking _ and in some cases tctlm f- ^ m , what ha PPened to certain of his characters after one of his books ends. Of course, that means the readers have identified with the characters he has created and have taken the story very personally, and for a writer that must be considered an achievement. Yet Peck views such responses with some pessimism. Over a late lunch one day last week the writer explained that pessimism. "This suggests to me that as young as they are, these readers are already suffering from the Soap Opera Syndrome," he said. "They're caught up in the endless dealing with a character in a story that has no shape." Peck said certainly, he is nattered by response to his novels, "yet there's enough of the old schoolteacher in me to make me wish they were already more experienced novel readers than they are. "1 wish," he went on, "they understood that a character exists only long enough to tell the story of a book, then ceases to exist." Series books different Unless however, you get into the matter of the series books -- the Nancy Drews and the Hardy Boys -- which can go on and on. But Peck's novels are not series books. "I've never even written a sequel to one of my novels," he added, nor does he suppose he ever will. A tall, lanky man out of Decatur, 111., Richard Peck traded the security of a career in teaching English for one in writing books for young adults. Now living in Brooklyn, he was in Tucson last week to speak to groups at the University of Arizona Graduate Library School and to meet with students of several Tucson area junior high schools. Peck explained that it is the junior high level reader he is writing for -- the younger adolescent, the H-year-old, on up. "I'm trying to reach those kids who are too old for toys," he said, "and too young for driver's licenses. "In the past they had their Nancy Drew books and their Hardy Boys books, and little else. Now it's an enormously expanded field." Five-going-on-six of Peck's novels have added to that expansion. Five in print Now in print are five books -- "Dreamland Lake," "Representing Super Doll," "Through a Brief Darkness," "Don't Look and It Won't Hurt," and "The Ghost Belonged to Me." Another novel, "Are You in the House Alone?" is soon to be published. Books such as his for young adult readers are dealing these days with awareness of self, with the tight social groups that develop at that age, with rebellion from family "and with all the insecurities that those situations bring," Peck said. "Despite current fads, people in this age group are very traditional these days about what they want to read. They like stories with happy endings, yet, in a way, no story dealing with them can have any ending because they're just starting out in life." So, says Peck, "most of my novels end when the young character has taken one step toward maturity -- he's learned one lesson in independence, or possibly one lesson in seeing a parent as a person, or has learned something about himself that will come in very handy in later life." firms, which see Tucson's dry, salt-free air as a special advantage. But Wada said that goods stored in Arizona would have to be shipped back to distribution centers in the San Francisco-Oakland and Los Angeles-Anaheim areas because of existing marketing patterns. Those extra shipping costs, he said, make such an arrangement expensive and impractical for now. The inventory tax is only one aspect of a manufacturer's cost factor, he emphasized. Hiroki Shioji of the UA's Oriental Studies Department told the Tucson Bureau last month that the California tax and expanding industrial re- s t r a i n t s i n J a p a n have prompted some Japanese businessmen to lake a fresh look at Tucson. Shioji said Japanese electronics firms "arc paying lots of attention to Tucson" as a possible site for factories and warehouses. Metro government Areavide rule may be urged Citizen Ptiolo Looking for solutions Arab delegation members tour a University of Arizona experimental feedlot as part of their goodwill mission to the state. Arab delegation gets what it wants in Arizona By FRANK ALLEN Citizen Business Editor Mamoun Abdel Gadir Yousif of Sudan came to Arizona this week in search of solutions to his sparsely populated country's problems in agriculture. Nizar Madani of Saudi Arabia came in search of technology and know-how that can help his oil-rich country broaden its industrial base and alleviate health problems. Hamdi Saleh of Egypt came to recruit major investors for his country's tax-exempt development zone surrounding Cairo and Alexandria. They all found what they were looking for. As members of an Arab delegation representing the business and government interests of 20 Middle Eastern states, these diplomats conclude a whirlwind, six-day visit here today. During their tour, divided chiefly between Tucson and Phoenix with quick side trips to Nogales, Son., and the Grand Canyon, they have met executives of more than 100 private firms, visited factories and laboratories, seen demonstrations of sophisticated equipment and techniques. The delegation traveled under the auspices of the State Office of Economic Planning and Development and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Arabs obviously were impressed by what they saw and learned. But Arizona observers of the visit were even more impressed with the diplomats' ability to grasp the significance of what they were seeing and to perceive its immediate relevance to conditions in their own countries. For example, Ahmed Abu Shadi, first secretary at the Egyptian Embassy in Washington, D.C., dashed off a letter to a friend in Cairo as the tour bus left one of the University of Arizona's experimental feed lots. Shadi had just learned how Arizona cattlemen produce beef in a harsh terrain and dry climate much like those of his homeland. "Our problems are like your problems, not enough grazing grounds and lack of balanced diet," he told a reporter. "But you have solved them. I want to be sure this matter gets the proper follow-up, so in addition to using official channels, I'm writing my friend." His friend in Cairo is the minister of agriculture. Shadi's response was typical of the others. Yousif said the irrigation techniques he saw demonstrated can help Sudan utilize vast acreage that now stands idle. Although blessed with more than 200 million acres of arable land, Sudan has fewer than 17 million in production. l.ack of water is a chief reason, he said. Madani said Saudi Arabia can benefit from Arizona's eletronics and construction industries in its five-year crash development plan under way. Although the Saudis have decided to invest no surplus capital abroad at present, Madani predicted conditions will change when the development plan shows results and then his country will look to Arizona for investment opportunities, especially in real estate. Saleh said Egypt received dozens of "concrete offers" from Arizona firms to design and build factories, hotels and other facilities as joint ventures. His country also seeks to develop reciprocal arrangements with Arizona for tourism and banking, he said. "f think our visit has been very fruitful," said Fathalla El-Boghdady, economic officer for the League of Arab States. By THOM WALKER Citizen Stall Writer A citizens commission is expected to recommend a metropolitan government for the Tucson area, with a 15- member governing body to replace the present city-county political structure. The draft report on the two- year study of local governments by a 50-member Commission on Improved Governmental Management is scheduled to be released March 16. A survey of 350 Tucsonians, directed by a University of Arizona professor, has found that a majority of respondents back the commission's idea, according to David M. Cherry, executive director. The commission's model would combine a single, unified government to replace the present city-county system and a beefed-up structure for citizen participation. Details of the commission's proposed areawide government were outlined in December in a preliminary report to elected officials. Reaction to the plan was mixed, and Mayor Lewis C. Murphy warned that the biggest resistance to the commission's proposal was likely to come from elected officials themselves. Early results from a 1973 random survey of about 350 Tucsonians, directed by UA political science professor James B. Hogan, shows community support for the idea of a metropolitan government, Cherry said. But the commission has not tried to pin down sentiments of elected officials, he said. Since December, the commission has been working out specifics on the political structure and financing for its government model, according to Chairman S. Lenwood Schorr. The commission's f i n a l report probably will recommend a 15-member governing body to replace the present City Council and Counly Board of Supervisors political structure, Cherry said. A series of public meetings on the recommendations is scheduled to begin March 24. The commission will have to draw up its final recommendations by April 30, when its funding will run out. 30 considered for judge here Thirty Tucson lawyers looking for a seat on the Superior Court bench here are under consideration by a special judicial committee as final screening begins for a replacement for Judge Lee Garrett, who retires April 1. The 80-year-old jurist, serving his eighth term since he first was elected to the bench 30 years ago, says his health is good, but he will step down "because of my age." The Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments, coordinated by Stale Supreme Court Chief Justice James Duke Cameron, will select 12 semifinalists Feb. 23, then choose "three to five" finalists for consideration by Gov. Raul Castro, according to committee member Reginald Morrison. Applicants must have practiced law at leasl five years, lived in Pima County at least one year, and must be under 65, Morrison said. Susan Ford quits AP job W A S H I N G T O N (AP) -Susan Ford is leaving her job as an Associated Press part- time photographer, because she is playing a partisan role in campaigning for her father's election to a full term as President. Bander braves bad weather Bird in hand can leave you bushed By PAMELA MAYHEW Citizen Science Writer Not everyone gels to hold a rufous-sided towhee in the palm of his hand. But then, not everyone is out at 3:45 a.m., in the middle of a rainstorm, wrapping metal tags around birds' legs, either. Charles E. Corchran, a re- tired banker-turned-bird band- er, was doing both last week. Unmindful of a steady drizzle, he and a small following of amateur ornithologists set up camp at the Tanque Verde Guest Ranch. The towhee, a black and white winter visitor, had the distinction of being the 12,- 000th bird banded by Corchran since he began his volunteer occupation five years ago . Like the other 11,999, the bird was captured in a fine nylon net, carried in a cage to the b i r d - b a n d i n g table, weighed, measured, tagged and eventually set free. Corchran and his crew -mostly retirees -- take bird banding seriously. So do the federal and state game and fish departments. Corchran is one of a handful of amateur ornithologists licensed to Citizen Photos by Joan Rennlck Freed from net This curve-billed thrasher lived up to its name when it was caught in ornithologist Charles Corchran's net. The bird already was sporting a legband and apparently had remembered its last trip. After quieting down, the bird was released. handle wild birds within the state. Recaptured birds bearing the slender, numbered tags give wildlife experts an idea how many bird species inhabit an area, when and where they migrate, how long they live and what affect wet and dry years have on their breeding habits. Fewer than one per cent of birds banded are ever recaptured. "This is why it is so important that we get out here every week," says Corchran. "The more birds we band, the better chance we have of finding out what is going on in an area." Corchran bands birds every Thursday from early fall, when he arrives in Tucson from his summer home in Minnesota, until he leaves again in the late spring. Bird banding is more than a science, it's an art, professes the retired banker. "You can't be too careful with these birds. All the people working with me are hand-picked. They know how to take a bird out of a net and hold it so that it won't be injured." Corchran demonstrated the art on the somewhat bored towhee. Middle and forefinger protecting the bird's neck, thumb and little finger steadying a thigh, Corchrqn snapped a tag around the bird's leg. .Modified pliers with varying- sized !eg holes are used for banding. Comfort of the birds comes first, said Corchran, releasing the towhee. A cold trickle of rainwater spilled off the table umbrella and onto his jacket. The camp's only heater warms birds, not people. As the drizzle turned to a fine mist, Corchran conducted a bird-scouting trip to one of 16 nets set up around the ranch. He reminisced, as he sloshed over the muddy trail, about birds he has banded. The most unusual one was a hooded merganser, a Northem-based water fowl, that attempted to dive into the guesl ranch water hole. It dived into a mesh net instead. "Hooded mergansers have been spotted around Yuma before, but this is the first one banded in Arizona," said Corchran. Usually it's a white- V Tag -- you're it This rufous-sided towhee, a black and white winter visitor, was the 12,000th bird banded by Charles Corchran since the retired banker took up the science five years ago. crowned sparrow, curve-billed thrasher or house finch that winds up in the net. Each of the 105 species Corchran has banded reacts differently to the indignity of being caught. Some throw fits, others become docile, he said. "Now, take the Gila woodpecker. It will squawk and scream from the time it hits the net until we let it go. It's not that the bird is injured, just mad." The coot, a water bird, reacts with cagey awareness to the activities of the bird banders. Most learn quite early how to recognize a net, the bander observed. On the not-so-bright end of the scale are the curve-billed thrashers. Corchran and James Cote, owner-manager of the guest ranch extracted two from separate nets. The thrashers had tell-tale metal strips around their legs, and the tell-tale stance of a pair who have been through the whole process before. The birds were hand-delivered to the banding table where their tag numbers and vital statistics recorded by Corchran's wife, Vera. This done, they were freed to fly into the nets another day. As the mist became drizzle and then a cloudburst, the banders reluctantly agreed to abandon camp. "There will be other days," said Mrs. Corchran, clutching the record book against her as she ran to the car. "And other birds."

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