The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 3, 1971 · Page 1
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The Hutchinson News 100th Year No. 92 42 Pages Sunday Morning, October 3,1971, Hutchinson, Kansas MO 2-3311 Price 20c The Drug You Drink-8 Drinking 4 Fun' Soon Horror By WAYNE LEE News Associate Editor Jim and R.H. both say they think it may be wrong to remain anonymous alcoholics. But they do. 'Til a way we are basement people and maybe that's not right. But no matter how you look at it, it is tough on your family for other people- all other people—to know," said Jim. "I'm not ashamed of it. I think the time is coming in all communities when we will stand up publicly and say, 'Look what I was and look what I am now' and maybe that will help. But right now, it can hurt my children and I know it. The stigma still clings," said R.H. Their stories of alcoholism are ugly. Both view their lives now as "a sort of miracle." Jim started drinking in high school at about the age of 15 to give himself courage to participate in all sorts of activities. He prowled taverns and "had a hell of a time." "It gave me confidence. More and more things came up that I couldn't do without alcohol. Then the stuff started playing out on me. It got just as necessary as the air I was breathing," he said. "Drinks Takes the Man' He couldn't control it. As the Japanese proverb says, the man takes a drink, the drink takes a drink and the drink takes a man. "It became a wonderful excuse for making an ass of myself. It was wonderful, al! that fun I had, whether I remembered it or not. I couldn't picture life without alcohol. I felt sorry for people who didn't drink," Jim said. "I drank more pale beer than anyone could believe. The thing became a living hell. I had no brains at all. My favorite expression is that T wouldn't have treated a Poland China hog the way I treated me," he said. Without a drink, his head shook so much he was ashamed to get a haircut. Without a drink, he couldn't sign his name to anything. He recalls alcoholism as a "mental pain" that filled his days and nights and nearly destroyed his family and his life. "I was a perfectionist. I decided early that if I couldn't be the best, by god, I'd be the worst. I wanted to be known for something and I was —my drinking," Jim said. After the "fun" turned to horror, Jim still wouldn't "get off the sled." He dranl: all the time. "I knew. I felt sorry for myself. Why me? I kept asking and I looked around at all the others drinking and it made me feel that much sorrier. I did some awful things to my family, my friends and to perfect strangers. It's no less than a miracle that I found AA,'' Jim said. R.H. drank early in his life, but his dependency to booze didn't come until he was in his 50s. He was strict with his workers. Boozing on the job was. forbidden, for everyone but the boss. "It all came together on me. Things I couldn't cope with. I drank all the time," R.H. said. Set Fire to Couch He remembers setting fire to a couch in a drunken stupor, walking away from it and going to sleep in another room. Firemen probably saved his life. "I wouldn't admit that I had a drinking problem. I didn't think it could happen to me, with my background. I refused to admit it could happen," he said. "I personally feel that if you have thrown a drunk and have had a blackout, you've had it. I know some who say that isn't necessarily so, but that's the way I feel," R.H. said. Once his drinking brought him close to a jail sentence. R.H. prepared to take his own life. "I planned it. That would have been too much for me. AA is not a religious organization, but I've truly found religion here. Something helped me. Something touched me. When Jim says it's a miracle, he knows what he is talking about," R.H. said. He is now in the 60s. He didn't become a chronic alcoholic until his middle 50s. "The stigma has to be lifted someday. It has hurt more people than you'll ever know. Some " day AA members all over the country will stand up and that day isn't very long away," R.H. said. Sen. Harold Hughes D-Iowa, a recovered alcoholic, says alcoholics—especially prominent alcoholics—must start coming "out of the weeds." As Hughes said on a recent "Second Sunday" report on television: (Continued on Page 3) Weather KANSAS — Generally fair west, partly cloudy east Sunday. A little cooler Sunday. Highs in mid 60s northwest to low to middle 70s southeast. Clear to partly cloudy Sunday night and Monday. Cooler Sunday night. Chance of frost northwest. Lows in low to mid 30s northwest to low 50s extreme southeast. High Monday in upper 60s to lower 70s. Hutchinson Weather Saturday's high 74 from 5:55 p.m. to 7:17 p.m.; low 57 from 4:16 a.m. to 10:06 a.m.; at 10 p.m. 67. Record high 95 in 1938; record low 40 in 1961. Winds: Calm. Barometer: 28.39, falling. Sunset Sunday: 7:12 p.m. Sunrise Monday: 7:30 a.m. For Governor Fierro Hits the Trail SALINA — Manuel Fierro of Garden City formalized his campaign for governor as an independent here Saturday, but his plan to start a people's lobby at the statehouse was left in the starting gate. "This is the first time in history that a minority representative is running for the governorship of Kansas. Too many of us, for too many generations, have felt powerlessness and frustration and I feel this is something I have to do," said Fierro, controversial Chicano leader, who had called the meeting. About 30 persons attended, some interested in forming the people's lobby and others interested in Fierro's gubernatorial candidacy. In the end, it was decided to divorce the one group from the other. The candidacy was formalized, but the people's lobby idea was left hanging. Fierro said the people's lobby idea must be non-partisan, and that while many of his own ideas may be forwarded b y the group, it must go its own way as he seeks the governorship. "We're going to win. We're going to win in more ways than one. I plan to have realistic proposals that have never been proposed before," Fierro said after the meeting. He declined to spell out the proposals he will forward, but he said some of the areas that he will touch in his campaign include education, job development, welfare reform, housing, civil rights and tax reform. "I will approach all these things in terms of human needs and human rights," Fierro said. Growing Support He said he feels he has growing support among blacks in Kansas and that he feels he has good support among Mexican-Americans. He said he does not feel that his candidacy will hurt any "liberal" candidates who might be in the gubernatorial race. "We are going to see just how liberal the liberals really are," he said. He added that while there are several politicians, including lawmakers, in Kansas who he respects as "liberals," that he feels he must run for governor because ha feels the liberals "just cannot represent the minorities." He said he feels the campaign must be one of education — educating prospective voters who have never voted so that they can do something about the system. "We are going to be hitting at the callousness of many of our elected officials. The unresponsiveness. There is a great feeling of powerlessness, of frustration and of anger here, and we are going to offer these people an alternative," Fierro said. His Fierro for Governor structure was formalized, and he said a drive to seek 25,000 names for a petition to get his name on the ballot will start soon. The group passed the hat at the meeting to help Fierro's candidacy, and $71 was raised. "It's fitting. Maybe we could call this thing the spirit of 71," one of the group said. Bush ton Man Is Electrocuted BUSHTON—Edward E. Worswick, 55, was electrocuted Saturday while trying to fix a water leak at his home here. Rice County Sheriff Richard Tucker said Worswick had dug a hole under the house and was working with a trouble light. He was electrocuted when the light broke. He was an employe of Northern Natural Gas Company here. Eight Hurt in Disturbance at Pontiac Prison PONTIAC, III. (AP) - Two inmates were shot and wounded and six guards were injured before prison officials persuaded prisoners at Pontiac state prison to return to their cells after a four-hour disturbance Saturday night. None of the injuries was believed to be serious. Warden John J. Petrilli announced at 10 p.m. that the disturbance ended about 8:30 p.m. at the maximum security facility where 1,100 men are held. The trouble erupted when "a 63 Killed in Plane Crash South Vietnam Light Voter Turnout SAIGON (AP) - Demonstrations in Da Nang brought voting there in South Vietnam's one-man presidential election to a virtual standstill Sunday. Early reports from other parts of the country indicated a light and scattered turnout at the polls. President Nguyen Van Thieu is the only candidate. Election officials in the capital city of Saigon, where a Viet Cong rocket barrage killed three persons before the polls opened, reported a light early turnout which picked up by midmorning. Rockets also were fired into three other cities, killing an additional six persons. The rocket attacks wounded 20 persons, including five in Saigon. Associated Press Correspondent Holger Jensen reported that demonstrators in Da Nang, Vietnam's second largest city, were attempting to close all the polling places there. Three hours after polls Supreme Court Candidate Rep. Poff Withdraws WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Richard H. Poff, a Virginia Republican widely viewed as a likely appointee to the Supreme Court, Saturday removed himself from the list of prospective candidates. He said in a statement that he has asked President Nixon not to consider his name for the high court which now has two vacancies. Poff said his move was prompted by the fact that if nominated the Senate confirmation process "would be protracted and controversial." The Virginia congressmen has drawn the fire of civil- rights groups because of his votes on bills in that field and because he joined other mem­ bers of Congress in signing the so-called Southern Manifesto opposing racial integration of schools. It had been widely speculated that Nixon would name Poff to one of the vacancies created by the retirements of the late Hugh Black and of John Harlan, who is critically ill with cancer. Poff's mention of a confirmation battle if he were named was in obvious reference to the Senate rejection of two Nixon nominees after long and bitter struggles in the Senate. Two other Nixon nominees to the high court, Chief Justice Warren E. Burger arid Justice Harry Blackmun, were confirmed with no difficulty. opened, unofficial election returns from half of the country's 44 provinces showed an average voter turnout of 14.4 per cent. The turnout ranged from a low of .3 per cent in the opposition stronghold of Hue, to 41.6 per cent in Phong Dinh province in the Mekong Delta. There were no injuries or arrests reported in the Da Nang demonstrations. Minor terror Incidents also borke out in in Saigon, where police reported four explosions within an hour, and in the coastal city of Qui Nhon, 275 miles northeast of Saigon, where a bomb destroyed part of a bridge. Officials at several polling places in Saigon said the midmorning turnout was similar to the Aug. 29 lower house election, when 78.5 per cent of the eligible voters cast ballots. The rocket attacks apparently were intended as a Viet Cong show of strength to intimidate South Vietnamese voters. Thieu and his wife cast their ballots at 11 a.m. at Saigon City Hall. The president appeared in an ebullient mood, smiling and waving. going very well. There are Asked how the voting was go- more votes at this hour than in ing Thieu replied: "I think it is if he does not get a 50 per cent "It is less important that I get make peace." His running mate on the "democracy ticket" is former Sen. Tran Van Huong. TIELT, Belgium (AP) - All 63 persons—including six Americans—aboard a British European Airways plane en route from London to Salzburg were killed when it crashed near here Saturday. Witnesses said that one of the Strikes Plague Nation By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Substantial progress toward settlement of the three-month- old West Coast dock strike was reported Saturday. But East and Gulf Coast longshoremen, who walked out Friday, just marked time. On another labor front, there was a weekend recess in the soft coal mine strike talks. About 80,000 miners in more than 20 states walked out Friday in a wage dispute. The optimistic reports on the West Coast dock talks caused President Nixon to delay seeking a Taft-Hartley injunction for an 80-day cooling-off period in the nation's first Coast-to- coast shipping tieup. Military shipments were exempted. Longshoremen in some Texas ports refused to join the walkout, and Great Lakes ports were not affected. In San Francisco, bargainers have met in day-long sessions since Monday, after Nixon urged speedy settlement and quoted both sides, as telling him agreement could be reached this weekend. The Post Office stopped taking any overseas surface mail except first-class letters. turbo-prop engines exploded shortly before the airliner plunged into a field. A BEA spokesman said that in addition to its crew of eight the plane was carrying 37 Britons, eight Austrians, six Americans and four Japanese. BEA declined to release the names of the passengers until next of kin had been informed. The pilot of the plane was believed to have been trying to make an emergency landing. The Vanguard came in low, grazing some red-tiled houses, hit a tree and plunged into the ground—exploding on impact, according to witnesses. A BEA spokesman in London discounted Saturday night the suggestion Out , the plane, which had been used on flights to Belfast in trouble-torn Northern Ireland, might have been sabotaged. It had not been in Belfast since Sept. 22, he said. The last major plane disaster in Belgium was in February 1961, when a Saben Boeing 707 crashed near Brussels airport on a flight from New York, killing all 73 passengers and crew. New Home For Bells TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Four bells that were in a tower that was destroyed by the tornado that devasted Washburn University in 1966, rang out Saturday from a new 55-foot bell tower. The bell tower, constructed with a gift from Fred J. Kuehne, Topeka businessman and Mrs. Kuehne, was dedicated as part of the municipal university's homecoming. BUHLER FROLIC — Saturday was Frolic Day in BuhJer and approximately 3,000 people helped Buhler celebrate. Festivities began with a parade at 10:30 a.m., and included races, kiddie rides, bingo, needlework, bread baking, photo and art displays. A German supper was served in the Buhler High School Cafeteria, and the Frolic Day (News photo by Bob Harvey) ended with a program at the Buhler High School Gym, with three Miss Kansas contestants performing their contest numbers, and a German band providing musical entertainment. Here, children try to catch candy thrown from the Reno-Harvey County Fire Truck during the parade. fight between two prisoners in the yard at about 4 p.m. turned into a full-scale fight among many inmates," Petrilli said at a news conference. "After that, the inmates refused to return to their cells," he said. "Two inmates were shot when they tried to break into the institution's commisary," Petrilli said. The warden did not give details of the wounding of the two inmates, but earlier John Drieske Jr. of the Illinois Department of Law said the two were hit "in fire apparently from the guard towers." Petrilli said five of the six injured guards were admitted to a hospital for treatment. The two wounded prisoners and the injured guards were all reported in good condition. One of the guards who was hurt said all six were injured when they tried to break up lights among inmates when the disturbance first started. Seven other inmates were injured in scuffles and treated at the prison hospital, Petrilli said. Petrilli estimated that 60 to 70 prisoners were involved in the fighting. Several hundred inmates milled about the yard for an additional few hours, Petrilli said, before he and other prison officials persuaded them to return to their individual cells. "There was no confrontation between the state police and the inmates," Petrilli said. More than 100 state trooper* assembled hastily at Pontiac after word of the disturbance. • • • Protest Prison Policies By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Peaceful demonstrations were staged in parts of the country Saturday to protest conditions in U.S. prisons. Although authorites had prepared for as many as 1,500 protestors at some institutions, only a few hundred demonstrators, or less turned out in all but one instance — a rally attended by 1,000 in Danbury, Conn. Among speakers during the day were radical activists Tom Hayden, in Los Angeles; the Rev. James E. Groppi, in Sandstone, Minn, and David Dellinger, in Danbury. A coalition of groups, including some peace organizations, sponsored the day's activities. No instances of violence were reported. Rev. Groppi Spoke Approximately 100 persons heard Rev. Groppi describe prisons as "an example of racism and a sick society." He spoke at a park about mile from the Federal Correctional Institute in Sandstone. "Instead of trying to rehabilitate prisoners in a cage, we should abolish prisons," said Groppi. In Dallas, several demonstrators appeared on the lawn of the County Courthouse to read complaints compiled by inmates about medical treatment, overcrowding, visiting rights, food, mail censorship and isolation cells. Intercepted Letter NGUYEN VAN THIEU President South Vietnam Dear Thieu: Who won? Yours, Hatch

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