The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 27, 1968 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, February 27, 1968
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_>••• Twlw - Blytlwvffl« (Ark.) Courkr Htwr-Tuetday, Ttbnttty If, INI We Must Learn to Live with a Crowded Sky (Second of • Series.) By TOM TIEDE NBA staff Correspondent KANSAS CITY, Mo. -.(NBA) — A few weeks ago, Trans World Airlines pilot Palmer Ronholm, 37, was maneuvering • tri-engined 727 - passenger | jet toward the final approac at Denver's snowwhite Staple ton airfield. He was on course, moving a over 200 knots. Then, moments away Iron his touchdown, there was. th unbelievable sight of anolhe aircraft immediately ahead. I was a small white Cessna, slow ly fluttering by. Ronholm gulp ed an alert. The two planes Closed instantly. Luckily, they missed. But just barely. For Capt. Palmer Ronholm it was a stunning moment. Bu it was nothing entirely unusual He's had "God, I don't know how many" similar experiences. So, apparently, have most other veteran airline pilots. The Federal Aviation Agency reports that at least 500 "near misses" occur each year and candid air experts say the actual annual total is probably tlirice that. And it's small wonder. In 1945 there were 37,800 civilian aircraft competing for U. S. airspace. Today there are 120,000. By 1977 the total will be well over 200,000. The big sky is getting smaller and smaller. • Sighs Capt. Ronholm: "W just have to learn to live wit it.' Some of us, unfortunately will also have to learn to di with it. Midair collisions ac counted for 111 air carrier fa taiitics last year and the prob ability is the situation will ge worse before it gets better. Pilots hope not. They say it's bad enough to risk the number of passengers in today's jetlin ers, but the future is sure to bring 380 capacity aircraft and visionary hints are that 900 sealers are likely within a dec ade. "Lord," says a United Airlines first officer, "can you imagine a piddly little Beech colliding with a 747':' That's almost 400 lives at one crack." Ideally, the situation should change, or at least ease, before such a catastrophe is born. But few observers count on it. Jumbo jets are only two years away from operation, but significant air traffic improvement is nowhere on the horizon. Still, pilots are pumping for a hurry up. "The trouble is," says Mow- el industry, the air traffic control system has lagged dangerously behind. It's still basically one man in a tower directing a dozen planes which he listens to on earphones and looks at on a small screen. * * * Radar, a remarkable tool for (he most part, is inadequate as the absolute backbone of a i r comings and goings. It's far too limited. One complaint is it often paints (records) buildings and birds, to the confusion of all. But machinery and systems to the contrary, the real problem of air congestion is more fundamental. Simply put, there are too many planes in two few places. Actually, talk of the "crowded sky" Is somewhat misleading. Many airports in the nation haven't enough traffic to even justify their existence. And pilots say that all of the airplanes in the U.S. could be put in the air over Arizona (at the same time) ... and each craft would have a square mile of private space. What is crowded, though, is the sky over certain areas — usually air terminals — in the country. O'Hare at Chicago, as an example, where 1,500 planes come and go daily. And Kennedy at New York where take- off delays average 40 minutes. The culprits in these jammed areas are easily identifiable. Airline pilots say they are general aviation craft, sparingly instrumented, often jockeyed by teen-agers, but still demanding availability. Explains TWA's Capt. Ronholm: "The real worry in this thing is the weekend pilot. The guy who has a couple drinks at his club on Long Island, then invites his gang to board his Lear Jet and 'take a little ride over the area.' "Maybe he's a good p 11 o t. Gable Still Box-Office Star By BOB THOMAS AP Movie-Television Writer HOLLYWOOD (AP) - Seven years after his death, Clark jable continues to be a box-of- 'ice star. If you have any doubts, just consult the latest grosses for Gone with the Wind," which is earning more money than dur- ng its first release in 1939. A vhole new generation. Is discov- ring the masculine charm tH he man who was king of the novie world for a quarter-cen ury. On March 5 NBC will observi he growing Gable cult with a pecial called "Dear Mr Jable." The title is from the ove letter Judy Garland waile( to her favorite star when shi was an adoring teen-ager. Thi man who produced and wrote the special is documentary ex pert Nicolas Noxon, 31, who was unborn when Gable became i top star by winning the Oscar for "It Happened One Night." Noxon, maker of such Wolpei productions as "Biography," "Hollywood and the Stars" and "Men in Crisis," created "Dear Mr. Gable" for MGM's new documentary department. ."For five months I have lived tensive interviews with those Greer Garson, Joan Blondell who knew Gable in his lifetime,' Frank Capra, two childhooc The MGM crew also made ex-1 and some will be on the show — i friends, and a former fiancee from Portland, Ore. "We also uncovered footage never seen before—of the Carole Lombard plane crash and Gable posing with B17s in England during the war," said Noxon. "And we have a few home movies from people who went hunting with Gable. But he was not the kind of actor who liked to pose offstage; he kept pretty much to himself." Hal Boyle hawk Capt. Dino Ciancetla, "we all agree on the air traffic problems. But we just can't gel together on the solutions." Some of those problems: Airlines gripe that too little has been done to establish airplane priorities at airports. Thus a jet with 150 passengers aboard has to wait its turn, endlessly circling, while a siring of single passenger Piper Cubs land. During 25 years of fantastic modernization of the air trav- with Clark Gable; I've even had lim in my dreams," said the scholarly-looking Noxon. "I ound him to be a simple, traightforward guy, and that is he same treatment 1 fried to ive to the documentary about lim. "There is nothing bad you :puld say about him. He seems o have been a totally likeable erson. Each time he played a ole, he was enacting essential- the same character, and that haractcr came very close to eing Gable himself. "People enjoyed seeing that Juveniles Charged character over and over again and lie became a part of everyone's life, He was a piece ol folklore, like ' Dick Tracy. My main purpose in the documentary was to try to determine why so many disparate people liked him so much." Noxon had access to the MGM films with Gable, and he viewed them all. The special includes full scenes from 10 of the features, plus 40 brief shots. For the first time on television two NEW YORK (AP) — Jumpin to conclusions: Car thieves cause more trou ble to police departments than murderers. There are more o them and they are harder tc catch. Murders are generally crimes of passion, and such crimes are usually easier to solve than those committed for money. One of the puzzling things about having a miniskirtec teen-age daughter today is that when she leaves the house you never can be sure by the way she's dressed whether .she's going ice skating, to a ballet lesson, or to a school dance. Many people can successfully write down the names of the 50 stales in 10 minutes or less. But 'on can usually win money by jetting any middle-aged man hat in the same length of time e can't remember his social se- urily number, his auto license umber, his zip code number, nd the old home telephone umber of the last girl he dated efore he married his wife. Aside from its over exploita ion of sex, Hollywood's worst abit is the making of those windy color epics so long that they have to have an intermission. Why pay an extra buck or so at the box office to see such a film when five years from now you can see it for nothing on television—and enjoy 12 or 15 intermissions? You know you're in Greenwich Village when you see a girl in blue slacks walking down the street carrying a sack of groceries in one hand and a peacock feather in the other. It gives more of a feeling of life to browse in an oldfashioned scenes from "Gone the Wind" will be shown— the encounter between Rhett Bufler SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) -Twolriage' Seymour High School seniors were charged with juvenile delinquency and disorderly conduct after police said they sprayed tear gas into a bus full of Scottsburg High School pupils. The incident Saturday night took place after Scutlsburg dc- , feaied Seymour in a basketball elimination tournament. Police said 19 of the pupils were treated at a Seymour hospital, then released. Officers said the tear gas was in a spray can of a type marketed commercially. gry exchange later in their mar- pawnshop than in, a modern art gallery. There is no better place to sense the wistful wear and tear of this world, the forlorn battering of its dreams, than in a pawnshop unless it be an unkempt and abandoned ceme- tey. If I could be any age I wanted and live wherever I chose, I'd like at the moment to be 30 and live in an apartment in London with Julie Christie as a neighbor on one side, Julie Andrews on the other, and Audrey Hepburn as the tenant in the apartment across the hall. One way to tell whether a banquet in Manhattan is important is to look around and see whether genial James. A. Farley, the former U.S. postmaster general, is there. If he isn't, you can figure there's a bigger and probably better banquet somewhere else in town. Jim at 79 is still the bellwether and barometer of the banquet business. Farms are getting fewer, cities getting larger. While this rend has its disadvantages, it also promises one great boon. At future cocktail parties you won't run into so many of those olksy fellows who proclaim, 'I'm just a pore Till' ole coun- ry boy tryin' to git along." Maybe what this country leeds is a fat man as president. When William Howard Taft lived in the White House—from 1909 to 1913-the country had rarely ever been calmer at home or freer from wars and alarums abroad. Taft weighed between 300 and 334 pounds. Could there be a connection between presidential girth and national peace? Few things annoy the head of a business firm more, after he thriftily dries his hands on a single paper towel in the washroom, than seeing the office boy come in and use three or four to perform the same chore. But— that's democracy. Even more than men, women are likely to judge the desirability of a thing by its price. If beer were to suddenly go to $10 a bottle and champagne fall to a dime a bucket, nine out of ten women would immediately decide they disliked champagn because of its nasty bubbles ai perferred beer because it lu such lovely foam. Winter has been too muc with us. It sure is a long tor between Aprils, isn't it? I'd giv a million icicles right now fo .he sight of one golden dande ion. Rubbed the Wrong Way, City Says EL PASO, Tex. (AP) - A woposed city ordinance in EL Paso is rubbing massage parlor operators the wrong way. The ordinance would prohibit women attendants from nias- iaging men, and men from massaging women. It would license all massage parlors, and it would permit police to revoke li- :enses for violations of the law. "I never saw a man who vanted to be massaged by anther man," said Marian L. wigart, a parlor operator. "I couldn't make a living if women were not allowed to massage men patients." Continental Divide The Continental Divide, Important feature of the geography of the United States, is the watershed made by the Rocky Mountains. All rivers flowing east from the Rockies eventually reach the Gulf of Mexico; all flowing west reach the Pacific. Maybe not. But in any case he shoots up and down Long Island, unscheduled and unpredictable, and in the process botches things up at three major terminals, Kennedy, LaGuar- dia and Newark." * * * According to Ronholm, such weekend sightseers are what cause the 500: near-misses each fear, and are what endanger :he life of every airline passenger. At first study, the answer to he dilemma seems easily ap parent. For the safety of all, ;eneral aviation should be (1) tanned from problem airports during .critical traffic hours, or 2) banned from such ports al- ogether. But there is fat chance either will happen. General aviation is not with- ut influence. The weekend fel- ow in his Lear Jet is quite pos- ibly a corporation president, the friend of a dozen people in high places, and not a fellow to be easily robbed of his freedom. Besides, general aviation has as much right to airport access as passenger aviation. The ports are built with taxpayer contributions. And anyone who can afford a $30,000 runabout airplane is a considerable tax contributor. Still in all, something must be done. ; Perhaps concilliation is the answer. One day the airlines may have to, say, begin round- the-clock scheduling to help relieve rush hour choke ups. In return, general aviation may be forced to upgrade instrumentation and pilot efficiency to qualify for future arrivals - departures at many large air- fields. 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