Courier-Post from Camden, New Jersey on July 8, 1968 · Page 21
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Camden, New Jersey
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Monday, July 8, 1968
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BPUM Opens Factory 1st African-Style Garment Plant Hailed IV, I i;plpllll' " Y-J 1 ' IpiWiiiiiBSife, if l3apBllilSiIa; .r J lifSllltll TAKING A BREATHER at yesterday's Movement are served punch by Yvonne dedication ceremonies at the BPUM gar- Still. Left to right are Haywood Smith, ment factory; members of the leading Charles. Sharp, and Rev. Amos Johnson, triumvirate of, the . Black People's Unity : Stephen I LLEN A a Gill State Urged UFO 'Hoax' Called a Hoax A NEW EXPLANATION has been evolved for the famous ''Glassboro Flying Saucer Hoax" of 1964. It was no hoax, according to Michael J. Campione of Cinnaminson. It was the real thing. T , v' ; Campione is a 54-year-old sheet ,v. metal worker who has been study- s ing flying saucers and Unidentified Flying Objects for the past 15 years ' and is director of Unit 19 of the ' Amalgamated Flying Saucer Club of America. In September, 1964, a series of triangular-shaped holes which appeared to have been made by a huge tripod were found in an oak forest two miles north-1 east of Glassboro. A large hole was ob-- served in the middle of the triangle, and the surrounding earth was charred. THE FINDINGS were turned over to the Air Force, which made an investigation and performed an analysis on a black metal substance found in the area. A professor of earth science at Southern Connecticut State College, Robert L. Brown, subsequently labeled the finding a hoax and claimed the hole was made by digging and not by a blast-off. He claimed the fusion of the surrounding earth was achieved by gunpowder. 1 The Air Force as usual remained non-committal and did not release its findings. But three months later, a Glassboro College student, Michael J. Hollow, ' claimed that he staged the "hoax." HE SAID HE HAD achieved the fu-shion by first burning gasoline in the hole, then potassium nitrate, sulfur and charcoal. The "strange metal" was nothing more than chunks of pure tin, he said. "Nonsense!" says Michael J. Campione, who is my chief source of information about Unidentified Flying Objects, and who himself investigated the incident. Campione reported that a member of the New Jersey Conservation Commission who studied the "land-' ing" noted in a published report that the hole had not been dug but was caused by some heavy machinery on impact. The "blastoff hole" was ridged with fused sand, the Cinnaminson man explained, and a partially uprooted tree about 40 feet high could only have been lifted with machcinery or the combined efforts of ten men. THE EFFECT of burned leaves in the area could only have been achieved with a magnesium flame thrower in the hands of an expert, he said. And the youth could not have scattered radium dioxide in the hole as he had claimed, according to Campione, because he would have had to obtain a license from the Atomic Energy Commission to use it, and it would have cost a '-'small fortune." The AFSCA director added that several residents in the area had seen a red light descend in the so- called "hoax" area. "Perhaps someday the true facts of why this 'Glassboro Incident' Was turned into a public 'hoax' will be revealed," Campione said. "But until that time, persons should keep in mind that Unidentified Flying Objects are REAL, and they are piloted by beings we can consider benign and friendly." I To Restudy Death Penalty ' TRENTON (UPI)-Senate President Edwin Forsythe, R-Burlington, says the legislature should take a new look at New Jersey's capital punishment laws. Forsythe said he agrees with two justices in the State Supreme-' Court who urged a legislative study of death penalties. . Justices Nathan Jacob and Frederick Hall asked for legislative consideration of the problem as the high court last week upheld the constitutionality of capital punishment. The senator noted over the weekend that a legislative commission in 1964 recommended that capital punishment be retained in New" Jersey. But he said that in light of recent cases that have gone before the state high court and the U.S. Supreme Court, "it's time for another review."- v, . . . . Forsythe said that because of the large number of commissions ' already,-constituted this year, he will not press for a capital puhishment commission when the legislature returns in September V-. Instead,' he will ask for;, the commission , next year when he will likely no longer be Senate president. Forsythe, who is a Quaker, has co-sponsored bills to abolish capital punishment since 1964. National Convention Groups Hughes Rules Out Bias iii Delegates NEW YORK (UPI) - Gov. Richard J. Hughes of New Jer-. sey declared yesterday the Credentials Committee at . the Democratic National Convention will bar any delegation which is not "broadly representative" of all segments of Democratic voters in the state. , Hughes, chairman of the committee, also pledged to treat ."very fairly" delegates who support Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy. He said their allegiance to McCarthy would be "no impediment" to appointment to key committee posts. While Hughes would not say specifically if he would refuse to seat an all-white delegation from a state such as Mississippi, he said "We will bar or attempt to bar any delegation which is not broadly representa-tive of all Democratic voters in the state." Platform Views Hughes said in an interview he believed the Democratic platform should focus on achieving peace in Vietnam, "not rehearsing or examining the errors of the past." The governor said he could back either McCarthy or Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey for the presidential nomination, depending on their positions on the issues during the rest of the campaign. Hughes would not rule him-' self out as a possible vice presidential candidate but he said as a "75 per cent complete answer" that he had no political plans . after finishing his present term. On another subject, Hughes GOV. RICHARD J. HUGHES said he prefers locating a new jetport in central or southern New Jersey, in the pinelands region, rather than in the Great Swamp area. Proposals for a Great Swamp jstport have been the target of heavy controversy between those who cite the location's convenience to New York City' and others who say the airport would destroy a major wildlife and recreation area. . Nixon Bids for Backing SPRINGFIELD (UPI) -Richard M. Nixon, claiming half of New Jersey's 40 Republican delegates, was to try for the rest at the cocktail hour today in a private party for the delegates and their wives. The manager at the plush Baltusrol Golf Club said a suite ' was set up for as many as 150 guests. Nixon is a member of , the club that was the site of last year's National Open. The former Vice President ended a weekend resting in New York and directed his poll-powered bandwagon across the Hudson River to rub out a favorable impression left June 18 by his rival Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller. Bulk Uncommitted The bulk of the state's GOP delegation to the national convention is uncommitted. Nixon boosters in the group say the GOP front-runner has solid .backing from as many as 20 delegates. National polls give Nixon the edge and his major thrust in New Jersey, as in other states, is to convince the delegates he has the 687 votes needed to gain the nomination. The Nixon reception for the delegates, alternates and their wives, will last from 5 to 7 p.m. Nixon Is scheduled to arrive by car from New York and return to his Fifth Avenue apartment immediately afterward. The delegation, behind its cochairmen Sen. Clifford P. Case and State Chairman Webster Todd, will meet again July 22. Both GOP presidential hopefuls will have met with the group by that time. By LEON BENSON and HOAG LEVINS Courier-Post Staff Camden Mayor Alfred R. Pierce headed up a list of speakers on hand yesterday to celebrate the opening of the Black People's Unity Movement garment factory. The facility, the first of its kind in the nation, is located in the Camden Christian Center, v 250 Line St., and is owned and operated by BPUM Industry Inc. The mayor commended the members of the BPUM and their supporters for their accomplishment and said he "welcomed this new business to Camden." Congratulatory Telegrams Rev. 'Amos Johnson, executive director of the Center and master of ceremonies for the occasion, read telegrams of congratulations from Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, Gov. Richard J. Hughes, Sen. Harrison Williams, D-N.J., Rep. John E. Hunt, R-lst Dist., and other state dignitaries. An estimated 300 persons stood in the hot afternoon sun to listen to the speakers laud the BPUM industry to be headed by Haywood Smith. City Councilman William Jenkins said he was "proud to see this industry come to 1 Camden." "Look around you, he said. "Look at the neighborhood this industry is in. We don't want to live this way. Like all races of people, we want the best and we shall have the best." White Supporters Praised Jenkins lauded the many white supporters of the BPUM who enabled the black people to "help themselves." About one third of the crowd were whites who had come to participate in the ceremonies. ' Many of these were members of the Friends of the BPUM, a group of suburbanites organized to give active support to the Black Power movement in Camden. Charles (Poppy) Sharp, chairman of the BPUM, expressed his appreciation to the many friends who had supported and aided the fledgling , garment industry. Not The End' Speaking in a tone contrary to the prevailing gay mood of the - afternoon, Sharp said, "We , have a factory . ; one factory. That is not black unity, that is not the end of it. We need 10,000 factories." Rapping the lack of black participation in the ceremonies, Sharp threw a verbal barb at the rest of the Camden black population. "Why is it black people turn out only when there is something free?", he asked the crowd. "We should have black people from Second to Broad Street. There is a long way to go." Sharp took the opportunity to slap out at those who are opposed to the BPUM and its activities. "As long as there are black people , oppressed in Camden, I will, be fighting," he said. "For those who think they can get rid of me . . , forget it. "I want you to know I'm not the man I used to be, but I'm not the man I , want to be, , either," Union Leader Lauds BPUM Joseph McComb, head of the Housing Authority and president of the Central Labor Union, welcomed the garment industry and said, "The garment unions in New York are interested in this venture and there is certainly room for you." He congratulated Haywood Smith, BPUM minister of industry, and said, "You have proven it is not the color of the balloon that makes it go up but what is inside." , Other speakers Included Arnold Weber, vice president of RCA; Donald Loftus of the Camden Chamber of Commerce, and Rev. Samuel E. Appel of the Camden Metropolitan Ministry. After the speakers, Smith was master , of ceremonies at an outdoor fashion show. Models, wearing the brillianUy-colored dashikis, dalobas and other flowing Afro-American garments, promenaded to the rhythm of African drums. One of the models, who drew a loud round of applause, was Sharp, who wore a black, red, and white dashiki and matching pants. At the conclusion of the fashion show, spectators were invited to tour the second floor factory. "'v 17. f, CotirlRr-Pnirt Phfttfl bv Hmm 8twrt WITH BRIGHT COLORS and flashing steps, a model displays a daloba during an Afro-American fashion show, part of yesterday's dedication ceremonies at the Black People's Unity Movement garment factory. COURIER-POST Monday, .1 uly , If Kill Camden, N. . I. Page 21 Woman Killed, Eight Injured In Six-Car Burlco Crash VINCENTOWN-A six-car collision on Route 206 near Tabernacle Road late yesterday left one person dead and eight others injured. The fatality pushed the number of holiday traffic deaths in New Jersey to 10; eight persons died in drowning incidents and three were killed In other accidents. The crash, reported by police as "one of the worst" on New Jersey roads since the four-day July 4 weekend began Wednesday night, occurred when a vehicle driven by William Kenlow, 20, of 163 Washington St., Philadelphia, collided with three oncoming cars. Killed in the accident was Mrs. Lelha Bunn, 57, of 111 Lyndon Ave., Plcasantvillc, who was dead on arrival at Burling-ton County Memorial Hospital, Mount Holly, at about 2:35 a.m. today. Stale police said Kcclow's vehicle, traveling north on Route 206, swerved Into the southbound lane of traffic and struck a car driven by Joseph Rein Sr., 47, of 15 Redwood Ave., Borden-lown, sideswiped the next auto in line, driven by Richard Ryan, 67, of 1523 Pennington Road, Trenton, and finally hit' Mrs. Bunn's car head-on. The vehicle behind Mrs. Bunn's, driven by Robert W. Crine, 32, of 65 Helen Ave., Trenton, hit the woman's car , as it warf spun around by the force of the impact. A sixth, unoccupied car, being towed by the Kcin auto, also was involved in the accident. Traffic Halted Trps. Timothy Hannold and James Kpps of state police barracks at Red Lion said tho collision threw debris and twisted wreckage across the highway, already clogged by homelwund vacationers, and brought traffic to a standstill. Keclow, police said, will be charged wilh death by auto and failing to keep right. Keclow, admitted to Burlington County Memorial Hospital with fractures of the wrist and left ankle and with multiple cuts and bruises, was reported : in serious condition early today. Passengers In the Keclow car-Miss Carmen Martucci, 19, of 931 Chester St., Bethlehem, Pa., and Gregory Hanisek. 20, of 665 Belvedere Road, Phillips-burg were reported In fair condition at the hospital. Miss Martucci suffered multiple internal injuries; Hanisek suffered numerous cuts and bruises. A third passenger in Kcclow's carAndrew J. Dudish, 19, of 1607 Butler St., Easton, Pa.-was treated and released. rv V 4 ' 4 ' ' 'A ' r ,," - "Tjf ' " "r " j!l t n Wil : APi B . M4Xcm Cotirlw-POTt Vhm b Anilv nohwlg STEADY TRAFFIC moves across Walt Whitman South Jersey seashore at close of long Fourth of Bridge as motorists head Into Pennsylvania from July weekend lasj night. a .f.LiAt..f, A.i. i-, - - i

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