News-Press from Fort Myers, Florida on December 10, 1975 · Page 39
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News-Press from Fort Myers, Florida · Page 39

Fort Myers, Florida
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Wednesday, December 10, 1975
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NEWS-PRESS POplG SECTION D WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1975 Southwest Florida Lifestyles, Culture And Entertainment What The Over- 7 Os Want For Christmas Mrs. Dorothy Salo, living on a boat at the Fort Myers Yacht Basin, wants a 100-foot sailboat and a world cruise Here Santa Are Some Folks You Can't Bounce On Your Knee, But Nevertheless Still Like To Be Asked Sometimes By STEVE DOUGHERTY News-Press Staff Writer It's too bad old Claus doesn't have room on his lap for some of the world's bigger kids. Santa doesn't like to listen to the wishes of anyone too big to bounce on his knee. And it's not because he can only grant wishes to a tyke. We all know that St. Nick's powers are as boundless as a child's imagination. It's just that grown-ups do enough shouting, pouting, crying and carrying on to keep Santa from ever coming to town. Never again would he check his naughty and nice list twice. It'd be too depressing the second time around. And his elves would have to begin massive strip mining operations throughout North America and Europe in order to come up with all the coal needed to stuff the stockings of so many nasty people. Is It Age Discrimination? Still, there are a number of nice people out there who never get their Christmas wishes heard because of an arbitrary policy that could one day force Santa into court for violation of age discrimination laws. The News-Press, without meaning to second guess Mr. Claus, went about the task of asking a number of prominent and not-so-prominent people over the age of 10 what they would most like for Christmas. Their answers could be, they were told, "specific, abstract, serious or absurd." To kick things off, the News-Press tried to contact a couple of prominent national figures. Gerald Ford was somewhere in China and couldn't be reached. And Woody Allen, the paper was told, "doesn't go in for that sort of thing. "But," said Allen's New York press agent, Rich O'Brien, "would you care to know what Rodney Dan-gerfield wants for Christmas?" Who wouldn't? "I definitely want something different than last Christmas," Dangerfield says. "Last Christmas I gave my kid a BB gun and he gave me a sweatshirt with a bull's eye on the back..." Then O'Brien wondered if there was any interest in what Max Morath wants for Christmas. "Who?" "Max Morath, you know, the ragtime entertainer, pianist, recording artist." "Yes, of course. What exactly does Mr. Morath want for Christmas?" "My greatest Christmas present would be to find Scott Joplin's long lost opera, 'The Guest of Honor.' I've been searching for it for 20 years," Morath told this Santa substitute. Ms. Ann Rothschild, of Fort Myers, known around the world as "Betty Boop," says, "I want every day of my life to be like Christmas. And everyone in the world to have good health and a long, happy life. "What Betty Boop would like for Christmas is something you'll have to ask her." Suddenly the voice on the other end of the telephone rises an octave and it's that famous star of stage and radio, Betty Boop herself. "All I want is boop-boop-a-doop. Betty Boop wants her sweetheart to be nearby, to keep her safe, to love her so she can keep right on with boop-boop-a-doop." 1 5 More Policemen A reporter for the Beach Bulletin on Fort Myers Beach wants two things for Christmas, "a black negligee and a 45-foot schooner." No, says Chris Pat-ton, "I'm married." Fort Myers Chief of Police Morgan House says he'd "like probably about 15 more policemen on the force to handle all the work we've got." One of his lieutenants, Jerry Spurlin of Fort Myers, wants "a new gun rack for my guns. "And," he says, hoisting two bags of Lee County Turn To WHAT, Page 3D J j ,jHiT.; "1 fp s. r, jJ .. h 'I'll . ' '' ' Ml Lt. Jerry Spurlin, Fort Myers policeman, "I'd like to have a new gun rack, and (raising bags of money) THIS!" " ir'iiii.i iiiiiafff.iii.i;;i.i,rt. n i i r, ir Willie Mae Hart, cleaning woman for the Chamber of Commerce, wants a camera, "to take pictures of people and places" Jerome Eady, merchant, wants "peace and harmony to reign in the hearts of all fellow men" ' -sSlj1 -j-r. iff y i ,vv ; Dave Gamble, postman, wants dog food for his kennel of prize-winning dalmations News-Press Photos By AL SPICER Mary Jane Brightman, North Fort Myers High School student, wants a Torino. Education College Graduates May Still Go Begging Washington Star WASHINGTON - Next June's college graduates may have just as bad a time finding jobs as did the class of 1975. The College Placement Council, which annually surveys 630 employers in the fall to gauge the job outlook for college seniors, predicts a 5 per cent drop in available jobs over last year. A year ago, the council, based in Bethlehem, Pa., predicted a 4 per cent drop. But the economy got worse and by the end of the year the council found that 18 per cent fewer college graduates were hired than were from the class that graduated in June 1974. This year the employers who were surveyed do not look for as drastic a downturn in the job market, because they expect a brighter overall economic picture in 1976, the council said. The largest drop in job opportunities, ranging from 15 to 25 per cent, was projected in local and state government, and in the industrial categories of aerospace, electronics, petroleum, metals and utilities. The council said federal agencies expect 14 per cent fewer new job openings next year, compared to 1975. Graduates with bachelor's and master's degrees will have considerably more trouble finding jobs in science, mathematics and other technical categories, with demand in those fields dropping 17 to 21 per cent. But graduates with doctoral degrees in those fields have a better job outlook next year. The best job outlook is for graduates with master's degrees in business, where demand is expected to go up 3 per cent, and 1 per cent for business graduates with bachelor's degrees. Also a strong category is engineering, up 2 per cent at the bachelor's degree level and 6 per cent at the doctoral level, but down 2 per cent for those with master's degrees. The College Placement Council survey found that the prospect for women and minorities were no better than for other graduates in areas where job openings are limited. Women and minorities, however, may have an edge in engineering, sciences and in business, if they can demonstrate potential for becoming managers and executives. Still favored in the current job crunch are graduates with degrees in chemical engineering, other engineering fields and business fields. Accounting, which in the past has been a high demand occupation, has now reached balance between supply and demand, although the council predicts that the best graduates with accounting degrees should find jobs. The general job situation has tightened up for new college graduates particularly because of low turnover and competition from unemployed experienced workers seeking the jobs usually available to new graduates. Reverends O'Bannon Celebrate 50 Years Together The Rev. and Mrs. F. F. O'Bannon of Fort Myers, both ministers in the Church of God, will be honored at a reception given, by their children in the Broadway Church of God Annex, 3309 Broadway, Fort Myers, on Saturday at 2 p.m. All of their friends and relatives are invited. Residents of this community for 15 years, they pas-tored churches in Florida and North Carolina for 38 years. In Lee County, both the North Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres Church of God were built under their leadership. Mrs. O'Bannon also worked for the United Telephone Company, retiring recently after 18 years' service in Naples, Arcadia and Fort Myers. Just before retiring she was supervisor in the Centralized Toll Investigation section of the company. Her record in supervisory jobs caused the Fort Myers Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association to name her Boss of the Year in 1966-67. Both of the O'Bannons (she, the former Julia Tulghum) were residents of LaBelle when, on Dec. 15, 1925, they decided to elope and get married. "There was a rash of elopements to Judge R. C. Home in Moore People To People By Kathleen Powell Haven, and we were part of it," Mrs. O'Bannon says. They were well chaperoned on the adventure by Mrs. Irma Bussell and her late husband Julian and Mrs. Vergle Warriner and her late husband Norman. The result of the marriage was a family of individualistic children, each of whom is contributing to American life in one way or another. Floyd F., Jr. "Fingers" O'Bannon manages the Warehouse Lounge, Fort Myers; James D. O'Bannon is a lay minister in the Church of God and an employe of Bill Branch Chevrolet; the Rev. John C. O'Bannon is chaplain at Sunland Training Center; Mrs. Mary Lu Edgar is a LaBelle housewife with a set of twins among her four children; Mrs. Betty Hynes of Altamonte Springs, works for the Orange County school board, and Dr. Robeit H. O'Bannon, currently a teacher at the European Bible Seminary, Rudersburg, West Germany, is on a year's leave from Lee College, Cleveland, Tenn., where he is head of the biological department. He is the only one of the children who will not be here for the golden wedding celebration. Many of the senior O'Bannons' 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren will be attending. " 'Show And Tell' Making a tremendous comeback as a useful avocation for young and old, the art of needlework has its devotees in Southwest Florida as in other parts of the United States. About a year old is the Sea Grape Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild, a national organization with Turn To PEOPLE, Page 3D t ' Inside Todas People ECC Chorale Shows Excellence Deep within the inner sanctum of the Edison Community College Music Department instructor James Cain is apparently dishing out some very professional training, and the Christmas concert by the ECC chorale demonstrates it 4D PEOPLE POLL: What do you think of the roads in this area 2D Datebook 2D Comics 9D Dr. Lamb 2D Horoscope 9D Heartline 2D Abby 9D Movies 8D Television 10D

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