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Central Florida State Local Orlando, Florida Saturday, September 27, 1980 He testifies in ambush trial f death plot (7 Wnfimiess te Jeff Kunerth Dog meat for dinner? It's true! Bits of the bizarre float across my desk. Many are marked IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Like this one from the. Animal Protection Institute of America in Sacramento, Calif., entitled, "Quit saying, 'It's legal to eat a dog." " Yes, some people in Sacramento are still eating dogs, 13,000 years after the rest of us gave it up. Seems a family from the Pacific islands of Tonga, where dogs are still edible, was unaware of our culture's taboo against having German shepherd for supper. The family agreed to stop dining on dog if it is against the law, at which point Sacramento authorities discovered that nothing in the statutes precludes dog eating. Belton Mouras, president of the Animal Protection Institute, was understandably appalled: "If you can go after a movie star for beating his dog, you can certainly go after somebody else who kills and roasts it." Mouras pledged to "let it be known if you roast a dog, you're going to take a roasting from the law yourself." He vowed totake canine connoisseurs to court under the state's animal-cruelty laws. "For the islanders' sake as well as the dogs' sake, there has to be a clear message on what will drive most Americans right out of their gourd," Mouras said. "Cooking a dog for . dinner will definitely do it." Central Florida has not experienced the conflict of cultures now going on in California, but humane-society officials and animal control officers also say there is no law in Florida prohibiting people from eating dogs. Likely, such behavior could be prosecuted under animal cruelty statutes, but whether dog eating is legal would take a judicial decision, said Mrs. Ruth Henry, executive director of the Humane Society of Seminole County. "I think the dog has been too domestic an animal for it to be used for that purpose. I don't believe our society would go along with eating dogs or cats at all," Mrs. Henry said. No doubt about it: Dog eating is disgusting to most Americans. But to vegetarians, like Humane Society of Orlando Director Dorothy Weller, eating flesh of any kind is revolting. "Protein is protein," she said. "There is not much difference between protein of a dog and that of a cow." Mrs. Weller doesn't, of course, advocate eating canines, but she takes a broader view of food taboos. As we disdain dogs as food, Hindus won't eat cattle and Moslems detest pigs. "As long as we as human beings are consuming animal flesh, any animal flesh, we cannot condemn other peoples. It is almost presumptuous to presume that our culture is any better than others," Mrs. Weller said. In other words, it depends entirely on your cultural and historic perspective whether eating dogs is distasteful or delicious. Before the Asiatic wolf became the world's first domesticated animal about 11,000 B.C., dogs were a part of every people's diet. Not until mankind realized that the dog, with its swiftness, intelligence and keen senses, was better utilized alive than dead, did be become Man's Best Friend. The dog, once more expendable than the larger, scarcer animals like cattle, eventually became invaluable in mankind's shift from hunting to herding. Thus the dog, crafty animal that it is, had something to do with making other animals our source of meat instead of being it. By BILL BOND SntlnM SUr OCALA The key state witness in the murder trial of a former Tennessee prosecutor testified on Friday that Raymond Ellis Taylor Jr. planned at least five ways to have a Levy County millionaire killed. The testimonyf Paul Allen, a former Bel-leview bingo operator, was by far the most damaging since the eight women and four men on the jury began hearing testimony Wednesday. Allen also testified that Taylor planned to kill the wife of Eugene Bailey, the millionaire. "At one time," said the 50-year-old Allen in a raspy voice, "he asked me to break into Bailey's home. We would wait for Mrs. Bailey to come home and kill her, and wait for Mr. Bailey to come home and kill him too." Under questioning by Assistant State Attorney Al Simmons, Allen said he did not want to go through with that plan. "I said no. I didn't want to wait with a dead woman and be there when her husband came home," Allen told the court. trial caught the defense off euard. He had been sched uled to testify early next f week. When Simmons asked Allen to identify Taylor in the courtroom, he pointed toward the defense table where the 34-year-old for- jen mer proseuuior iium Liny- ton, Tenn., was sitting. Taylor kept his head bowed. ' Allen, a squat man with graying black hair, a swarthy complexion and thick black eyebrows, appeared brash and confident during the 5z hours he was on the witness stand Friday. He admitted on the stand that he had been convicted of felonies three times and that he drank quite heavily with Taylor during their nine-month friendship. Allen will continue testifying when the trial resumes at 9 a.m. Monday. Taylor, Allen told the court, promised to set him up for life if he participated in the killing of Eugene Bailey, a former Williston mayor. "He told me I'd never have to work for the rest of my life after he paid Clay off. He said he was going to split with me the money he was going to get out of handling the (Bailey) estate," Allen said. Taylor, Allen and William Clay Taylor, Raymond's younger brother, are charged with the Jan. 8, 1977, shotgun ambush in which Walter Harry Scott, 64, of Archer, was killed. Bailey was wounded in the attack. The state allowed Allen to plead guilty to manslaughter in exchange for his testimony. He is to get 15 years of probation without prison time. Clay Taylor, identified by Allen as the masked gunman who shot and killed Scott and fired three shots into Bailey, remains at large after jumping bond in Tennesee. Allen said he and Raymond Taylor were returning from a combination weekend of partying and business in South Florida in October 1976 when Taylor first mentioned the possibility of killing Bailey. "Ray said if something should happen to Mr. Bailey, Ray said he was close enough to Bailey's son and daughter that he would get to handle the estate and come into a lot of money," Allen said. Allen said his only participation in the murder schemes was to be the driver of the getaway car. Taylor was going to be his attorney in a Trial, Page 4-C Crane firm to fight accident citation By KATHRYN PHILLIPS Swtfiwl Star The head of a crane company cited by a federal agency earlier this week for failing to provide a safe workplace at the Orlando International Airport Terminal construction site said Friday his company plans to fight the charges. "The citation I got is a farce," said Tommy Sims Jr. of Sims Crane Service. "It's strictly asinine." The citation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration follows an investigation into what caused a crane lifting an 8,000-pound concrete beam to topple, killing its operator in an accident Sept. 11. The citation says Sims Crane Service violated federal regulations requiring employers to provide a workplace free of occupational hazards. The company did not provide adequate supervision to ensure compliance with safety codes, and "crane stability was not certain, due to ground conditions caused by accumulation of water" at the crane's base, according to the citation. "This is just speculation on their part," Sims said. "Nobody can say exactly what happened. I've been involved in dozens of crane accidents, and this is the first where I couldn't say exactly what happened." The company has 15 days to reply to the citation. Sims said he will challenge it and has referred it to an attorney. Nostalgic aroma spiced by barbs at Langford roast iitatmSst' tPJ ' v. Safe V J Langford keeps a straight face through most of the good-humored jibes, then chokes up before returning the fire. By ED HAYES SnHnltlar There was a lot of the usual knee-slapping laughter you hear when a celebrity is roasted. And many of the traditional, stinging barbs were lobbed back and forth. But it was a strong dose of nostalgia that prevailed as Orlando Mayor Carl Langford was grilled Friday at Sigma Delta Chi's newsmaker luncheon at Harley Hotel. The outgoing mayor retiring after almost 14 years of colorful leadership didn't just sit in. He tossed darts back at the panel of news people who lightheartedly reviewed the events and antics of the Langford administration. Langford fired back point-blank at the assemblage of journalists from the Central Florida , Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, but in review his tone was also mellow. T shall miss you," he said. "Because without your constant attention, I'm gonna be lonely." It seemed a heartfelt statement, although with Langford, one never knows. Some of his best humor and legendary pranks are delivered with a straight face. Like telling the crowd of close to 300 that he could measure and treasure their friendship by their willingness "to pay $7.50 for a $1.25 plate lunch." Incoming Mayor Bill Frederick was on hand to pay his respects, so to speak, seated at the most distant table in the big room. From the podium, Langford told him, "It takes I2lz to 13 years to work your way up from back there to up here." The first roaster called upon by mistress of ceremonies Carole Nelson, of WFTV, was Jean Yothers, who said the mayor was a popular topic in her years as a columnist for the Sentinel Star. Nelson explained that Yothers, now curator of Orange County Historical Museum, was an appropriate choice to speak on the political fruits and foibles of Langford because of her "extensive work with old fossils." Nelson also pointed out why Larry Guest, sports editor of the Sentinel Star, was called in to roast Langford: "He's been dealing with old sports a long time." Yothers and Guest dished it out, but Langford out-dished them. On Yothers: "Let her in on a secret, and she was sure to chin and bare it. When you told her anything it went in one ear and out into her column." On Guest: "I was going to say something about him as a sports reporter, but I better skip that." Later, however, he said Guest was "Central Florida's best known athletic supporter." Other roasters were Greg Gentleman, assign Langford, Page 4-C i 1 as i m ' It'". ' lif- : if -tt P4 All ri.'&M Ij; ft i' S 4 B H S? , 4 3 1 f -1 4 - .-v. ' - , - f v not ( "E ill V A Andrew J. Hickman Sntlnl Star Quick-draw artist 'Uncle Jack' Rosen shows a sample of his work to Robin Smith. His hobby is really sketchy but he draws smiles from it By JEFF KUNERTH Switliwl Star Quick-draw artist Jack Rosen planted his blue slip-on tennies in a wide, solid stance. He leaned back at the waist, eyed his target with a penetrating stare through thick, horn-rimmed glasses. "Laugh, you monkey," he said. His defenseless target squirmed. A nervous giggle escaped from a forced grin. Thirty seconds later, it was over. "Uncle Jack" Rosen "the world's fastest caricaturist" notched another victim on his stubby, blunt Eberhard Faber soft lead pencil. "Don't be mad at me," Uncle Jack said to lessen the sting of self-recognition. In 90 minutes at the Orlando Naval Training Center Hospital on Friday, Uncle Jack Rosen produced more than 150 cartoon portraits of patients and personnel. He was in Orlando for the ORLANDOcon '80 cartoonist convention today and Sunday at the International Inn. At age 67, he has pinned to paper the outlandish likenesses of more than 100,000 people. Untrained in art, he sharpened his fast-draw skills on presidents, queens, popes, movie stars and other luminaries as director of safety at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York for 28 years before he retired. "In my prime I was doing four a minute. I'm getting so old," said the man who began his lifelong hobby drawing unkind pictures of his grade school teachers. For a few splintered seconds, his right hand nervously circled the blank piece of paper while his comic eye focused on a distinguishing feature. The pencil point touched paper and a noodle nose appeared, then a bristle-brush mustache beneath it. Rosen's head tilted up, then down. A toothy grin and lantern jaw. Then the eyes. The pencil flashed. Hair, ears, and a goose neck. Another time, he finished a sketch and turned it toward a man with a bedsheet pulled to his chin. The man smiled weakly. "Isn't that smile worth a million bucks?" Uncle Jack said. On his way out, passing patients and orderlies needling each other about their caricatures, he said. "It's not just the little laugh when you do them. They kid each other. Then they show them to their families. Then they hang them up. It's an everlasting thing, see?" In a TV room of dour men disinterestingly watching the David Letterman Show, Uncle Jack met his old foe gloom. "Look straight ahead," he told one sour-faced man. "Laugh a little." "Laugh?" the man said, staring ahead with obvious distain. "Nothing to laugh about." His companions viewed the mere attempt to make the man laugh amusing. "Yeah, laugh a little, Bubba," one said. Quickly finished and still undaunted, Uncle Jack moved on to another patient. "Laugh a little," he said. "What am I suppose to laugh about?" the man replied, his leg bandaged and propped up on a stool. Then he looked at Bubba. "Let me see your picture." That did it. "Ha!" he chuckled. It's all Uncle Jack needs, just a flash of blinding dentures. He left them staring at their cartoon selves, like kids viewing each other in funhouse mirrors. Laughing, ribbing, kidding and wondering, as the wife of one patient exclaimed, "Who is that guy?" Just the Gatling gun caricaturist, Uncle Jack Ro sen, riddling dispair with the tip of his pencil.

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