The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 14, 1977 · Page 17
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 17

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, October 14, 1977
Page 17
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SECTION B:P»ge« 17-22 By ElUt GrtiuuB . NEWYORKrtNEAJ-Atthe f Four Seasons Restaurant on a recent Saturday afternoon, they were Hn«d up. three deep to get at two buffet tables,sagging under five kinds of pate, four different ciutches, eight salads, Hungarian gypsy goulash, fettu- cini Alfredo, breast of chicken in champagne sauce and several platters of pas- All A.E, ·Cms' Gostomelsky put on his plate, though, were a few grains of barley and a narrow slice of quiche. He barely touched any of it. Gostomelsky, defending U.S. Monopoly champion, a slight, serious, gray man in glasses who looks older than his 41 years, a CPA for the . Tractor Supply Co. in Skok- ic, III., was about to play four U.S. regional Monopoly champions competing for his title. The winner would get a clock that locks like a Monopoly board, and his name flashed every U minutes in Times Square for a week. And a free trip to Monte Carlo for the third World Monopoly Championship on October 25, gratis Parker Brothers who make Monopoly and sponsor all the competition. Gostomelsky was nervous. ·Usually when I play, it's in our home,' he said quietly. ·Maybe there are a few kibbitzers to tell you how terrible you are, but you · don't have all these people standing around, the lights and cameras, the press.' Yet when he won his title in 75, the circumstances were, similar. "Five of us played in Atlantic City. We sat down and the lights went on and I said, my God, I think I'd rather be .back home behind my desk. But it . was a lot of fun.' ' And It was just for fun, and the prites-a 50-year-old radio (1st proe), a Lone Ranger decoder ring (2nd) and a bar of American Family soap with a washboard (3rd, the one he really wanted)- that he entered that first Monopoly tournament in Chicago earlier in '75. Just for fun, the way he plays with his teenage son and daughter. It'sOnlyaGarrte Courier Ntwe. aytbevilK(Ark.)-FiuUy, October, 14,1977-Pigs Seventeen CDS GOSTOMELSKY: stuck « Ckuce. 1 had no Idea it was going to lead to anything like this,' he said: New York, the Four Seasons-Europe, "bet me put it this r.-ay. My wife and I planned MI going to Europe before and It nevernuterial- ked. We probably would not have a chance to get overseas for a number of years until the children are out of college, or until we pay off the bills/ . . . A few minutes later, he sat down at a card table cordoned off on a large balcony behind the buffet, with his four challengers, a referee and a woman from a local bank whose function was never explained. While two mini-camera men circled the table to transmit the game on closed circuit television to those still trekking back and forth to the buffet tables, the game began. . , Monopoly, x championship or not, Is no fun to watch, especially when you can't CONSUMER (Editor's Note: The following i» a weekly column prepared by the Consumer Protection Division of Ibe office of Arkansas Attorney General. Its purpose u to supply information which may prove beneficial to the Arkansas consumer.! The death ol Elvis Presley evoked feelings of sadness In many Americans who had followed his career and enjoyed his music Arkansas could feel especially close to the singer, since he hailed from our neighboring state of Tennessee and often performed before small.assemblies in Eastern Arkansas towns before he achieved fame. 'But the fast operators, who are not noted for taking human emotion seriously, apparently see the death and its effect on Presley's Fans as a gold mine. Advertisements in the classified sections of newspapers around the state offer for sale "Elvis Photos!!!" guaranteed never before published, or even an original will of Presley's. And many fans may be tempted to send their money to these post office boxes for a memento. The Consumer Protection Division wants Arkansans to be cautious about such transactions, however. The situation Is ripe for rlp-offs, and retrieving money from an out-of-stste post office box is close to impossible. Buy your Elvis reminders and records here in Arkansas, where you can take them home with you after you pav for them. The Consumer Protection Division of Attorney General Bill Clinton's office has received a lesson in "reading advertisements" from a Fayetteville resident who does not believe all she reads. This Arkansan, who from her letter to the Division is obviously knowledgeable in botanical matters, received a circular in her mailbox from a Pennsylvania mail-order nursery promising for just $3.« each an "Amazing Shade Tree" that "Soars to a Tower of Beauty in Just One Single Year!" Promising thai "You Can Actually Measure the Incredible Difference in Height Each and Every Week," the circular states that these trees are planted along the most elegant- boulevards around the world, that it is virtually immune to the ravages of nature, and that it grows in almost any soil. The tree soars skyward" and grows so fast that "you may refuse to believe your eyes," the circular promises. The ad identifies the tree only as Ulmus pumlla. Our Fayetteville consumer was not impressed by this fancy description. She quoted the book Trees of Missouri as saying the Ulmus Pumlla, commonly called the Siberian eta, i» a "small to medium-slied tree with small leathery leaves'' and said that it grows no taster than native elms. She told the Division that Trees of Missouri further stales Hut "these trees are subject to attack by several species of leaf-eating insects and it is not uncommon for a Siberian elm to be completely bare of leaves (taring the summer." She said in defense of the tree that it would be a good source of temporary shade until tougher shade trees could establish themselves. But Siberian etas are available from several tiursarles for less than »l apiece, she said Yes, there are laws against false advertising. But consumers are their own best protection, and they can suit by learning to read the advertisements wiUi the same sense of reality as the Fayettevtlle botanist. · : Consumers have been warned In this column In past weeks against sending good money-wually about »io-to answei ads that promise they can earn cash by stuffing envelopes at borne All they get Is a training manual and a list of cwnptntaj Out don t need envelope stuffers. Now, potential investors In the scheme are being solicited by the American Homeworken AuocUHon for W7S for everything they need to tefl the phone tail. Thf Comumer Protection Division ilrwdy Is tnvatinUnf Individuate in Arkansas who think they can profit from this tcheme, and pertora who receive flil» pre offer should ihlnk twice before becoming Involved It'i a fraud. , f^'Sl 11 ?* resWent J* 1 re « lv *, umolWted, a letter containing what appear to be Irhh Swteptakei ticket*, along with tell what's happening. So after a while, after those behind the rope noted that Gus was smoking and looked strained; that Lee Bayrd from Ixs Angeles, a burly, whitehalred man who chewed gum, threw his dice with vigor; and that Dana Terman, Steven Gunri and John Buf fa, the younger contenders, seemed to be taking matters a little less seriously-after noting that ami watching the cards being picked, dice tossed, fake money passed back and forth, there was a' general drifting away to chat and sample the desserts-Black Forest cake and chocolate mousse, among other outrages. It's skill if you win and luck if you lose,' Gus had said. "No one can control the roil of the dice without cheating. The skill comes in trading, being able to get some property or utility of greater value than your op- ponent thinks he's getting. Basically, winning is when the other players are bankrupt and out of cash.' . Bankrupt and out of cash. Ruined. Unable to buy Boardwalk, say, and build on it; to gain a monopoly the way the robber barons did when America was burgeoning last century. What a time, that must have been...but something's happening in the game. The players are applauding and Gostomelsky is leaving the table. He sits down nearby, 'f gave my wife a thumbs down signal about 20 minutes ago,' he says sadly. ·With the way properties were bought up in the beginning and being stuck on Chance, by the time J got to the properties, I was trailing behind the others. They were buying and buying and all I was doing was landing on their property.' And paying for the mishap until he had no money left. He played for forty-five minutes, he said, .a short time to go bankrupt In. And at the moment, he thought John Buffa had a definite edge, 'but it depends now on who lands on whom.' · He said it had been a heck of a week and ( n very interesting couple of years as champion. 'And I wouldn't have missed any of it for the world.' An hour later, Dana Terman of Washington, D.C., 21, an assistant manager of an Arthur Treacher's Fish House, became "77 U.S. Monopoly champion. 1 had a feeling I was going to win,* he said. 'I have certain talents and I . was very lucky. And 1 wasn't really nervous during the game. I feel sorry for John, though, because he lost on two bad rolls of the dice.' Terman said the clock with the Monopoly face was very nice and having his name flashed in Times Square would be swell, and he felt confident about playing in Europe. He didn't say anything about Gus Gostomelsky. Well, it's just a game, anyway. Monopoly. (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN t NOTICE . PUBLIC HEARING Notice. i hereby given that a public bearing will be conducted prior · to the regular monthly meeting'of Ibe City Council October Is, im at 7:30 p.m. The purpose of the hearing will be the reouest of Elnora Dunn to add two (!) taxiubs to the Friendly Cab Co. Any and all interested parliei should .be present at this hearing. CITY OF BLYTHE VILLE BLYTHEVILLE.Ar 10-1* · NOTICE INTHEPROBATR COURT FOR THE CHICKASAWBA DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, ARKANSAS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: C. Y. PRINCE, DECEASED r NO. P-77-143 Last know address of decedent: t/eachville, Arkansas, and-or Blanchard, Oklahoma Date of death: August 5. 1977. An instrument dated the 7th day of November, 1969, was admitted lo probate as the Last Will and Testament of the above named decedent. The undersigned, Dan M. Burge, has been appointed Executor thereunder. A contest of the probate of the Will can be effected only by filing a Petition within the time manner provided by law. All persons having claims against the estate must exhibit them, duly verified, lo Ihe undersigned within six (6) months from the date of first publication of this Notice or Iheyshallbeforeverbarredand precluded from any benefit in the estate. This Notice first published on the 6th day of October, 1977. DAN M. BURGE, Executor c-o REID, BURGE 4 PREVALLET Attorneys at Law 417 North Broadway Blytheville, Arkansas 72515 10-7,14 a note to mall money for the tickets to Peter Lee in Dublin Ireland. She told the Consumer Protection Division of Attorney General Bill Clinton's off ice. that she did not know anyone in Iretand or in New Jersey, where the ticket envelope was post-. marked. . ^^ It is against Arkansas law to hoW such lottery tickets inside the state, and Arkansans receiving such mailings are urged to notify the Division by calling the toll-free hotline 80WM-89K Great Things are happening at IHE RED BARN KATZ DISCOUNT JEWELERS Ducks Unlimited, Inc. NORTHEAST ARKANSAS CHAPTER iwiidfowter NOTICE: There's a fittle WILDLIFE for everybody because of events ike tiiis! D. U. BANQUET This Year: October 24 N.C.O. dub MOZ. /w,. |^^ \^' 3 ' * HAVE A«EAimFUL DAY! Lite new 3 BR brick home located war Community College site. 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