The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 9, 1968 · Page 4
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J»ag« Four- Blythevffle (Ark.) Courier Kewg - Tuesday, April t, 1M» Venice Sinking In Sadness, Fumes By TOM A. CULLEN European Staff Correspondent VENICE, Italy - (NBA) Venetians will tell you that they now have to stoop when they enter their front doors because their beautiful city is slowly si.iking into the mud. The townspeople exaggerate the amount, no more than seven inches for the past 5Q years, but the windows of many houses do seem too close to the ground for one's peace of mind: In reality, Venice is dying from other, more subtle causes. Like the clouds of y e 11 o.w smog that come billowing in from industrial Mestre across the lagoon. Even, the famous bronze horses above the'.doors'.of. St. Mark's are being eroded by-.he sulphuric acid in the air. These bronze horses once belonged to the Roman emperor, Nero, were looted by the Byzantines where they were stolen by Napoleon. Having survived all of ihese disasters, it now looks as [hough they may succumb to Mestre's chemical plants. As if this were not enough, there is the petroleum canal which is being dug in the lagoon in order to enable 70,000 ton oil tankers to dock at Marghera, opposite Venice. No one knows what effect this canal may have upon the delicate tidal balance in the lagoon. But Venetians will tell you that since the oil interests start ed dredging, this canal Venice has experienced the worst flood in its history. It did $60 million worth of damage. Venice, the once-proud "Queen of the Adriatic", was founded in the 5th century by merchants seeking refuge from !he barbarians on the Italian main- Race Fans Wheel, Dea land. It is a city built entirely on piles, millions of tree trunks being driven into (he mud flats to form its foundations. In reality, Venice is a series of islands connected by more than 400 bridges. * * * From the earliest times Venetians have learned how to live on the water. They do their courting, get married, go to work, and are buried by boat. Unfortunately, 'the boats have something to do with the sad shape the city is in today. For the backwash of motor boats, or vaporetti as:they are called* is slowly' eating into the city's crumbling foundations. Venice appears to be the victim of civic apathy, as well as the wind and sea, for as far back as 1962 the city adopted a plan to strengthen , its sea walls. Nothing... was done .about : it, however, for many years. The mayor now estimates that '.it will take $500 million to make Venice secure from the sea. . ; As for Venice's art treasures, not only are they in need of immediate restoration b u t 'to protect them properly heating and air - conditioning systems should be installed in the city's churches and palaces. The cost for doing this would be fantastic. * * * Meanwhile, Professor Guido Valcpnover, the superintendent of fine arts here, is doing what he can to rescue the city's masterpieces from. ruin. Sensing perhaps that the city is doomed, Venetians have been flocking to Mestre on the mainland, and the population is now down to 125,000 as comparer! to 170,000 in. 1951. In addition Venice has lost more thtn nesses of one sort or another. "My family prefers iu put up with the noise. *''" ' the ugliness of Mestre, where we know we are saie i. u .a flooding," a waiter, who commutes to work, in Venice every day, explained to me. But refugees from Venice must also put up with a Communist mayor, for Mestre is a red stronghold. Ironically, the village which borders it on its left is named Malcontenta. By BOB COCHNAH NBA Automotive Editor SEEKING, Fla. - (NBA) Racing, to the uninitiated, i s indeed a wonderment. Andfor- jet, for a moment, about the cars and drivers, which to some of the "enthusiasts" are entirely secondary. Understand, please,' that the vast majority of racing followers pay to see racing. The considerable social life is a happy diversion but in the final analysis it is only that. There is a certain group of tweedy types—members of the motor sports press, owners of Ferraris and Maseratis, assorted European-barons and earls, ex-polo players and semisocial- ites—which is always there on race day. What they contribute ;o the sport, .other" than elan, is hard to say. And at Sebring, where racing's mysterious pecking order is highly visible, the : swells were out in full force.'In a 12- iour endurance race, the "enthusiast" isn't going to glue himself, to' a grandstand 'seat or an interesting corner and watch for a half-day; certainly not. He is also going to-play. : And in order to play; he rnust pay. For three' days of 1 general admission' tickets; it will cost him $12 ($6 to see the big race, if that's all he's interested in). That's just to get in' the main gate. - : : He'll certainly, want to watch from ; the : paddock'' area, for that's where the action is. Fine, $15 more. He'll want to park ais' car in the paddock, too, won't he? '$15. But then there is a posh little enclosure known as the Automobile' Racing Club 'of- Florida. The• gentleman sportsman can join, maybe, if he pays' $150. And everybody pays. THIS STATUE, like many of the art treasures tof Venice, - needs a facelifting after being exposed to industrial • fumes and flood waters. PROFESSIONAL RUG CLEANERS CALL PO 2-2433 PEERLESS Free Pickup And Delivery What would VDurwifescr/ifyou came home with an Odstonight? ff it's o Cuflass, shell take one look and kiss you. And when you tell her Cutlass cost less money than a lot of cars with low-priced "names," she'D kiss you again. An Olds can make anyone a hero at home. See your nearest OWs deole*. THESE DRIVERS MAY LOOK as if they're running to their eatt at Sebring, but no. Beyond the cars, lining the boxes above the pits, ate the sponsors, gentlemen sports, men, members of the motoring press. The drivers are running over to ffllnfite wttb them and to ask their advice on how to drive. . smen compare notes and argue politely about the prowess of . Nuvolari vs. Ascari, two gentlemen race drivers of another era. Now,, all of this social stuff is not without virtues. Racing is more than watching cars at speed. It's talking to the drivers, their managers and pit crews. It's meeting chicks and chatting quietly about camshafts and rocker arms and the threat of the turbine cars. It's trading quips with your friends and wondering if there's any hope for endurance races. . And Sebring, unquestionably, is the best place to do all this. After all, there is nothing else to do. ..(The motoring press, :unhappy for years, because of its ex-, elusion from the ARCF. enclosure, got its own affair this year' called the "Overseas. Press Club." The Ford'Motor Co. paid for it.) . Incidentally, there were three kinds of newsmen/ at Sebring. The guy from the Podunk Herald, very declasse,, received a :No 44 credential which entitled him to almost nothing. The guy from Car and Driver got a No. 4 credential which made it a bit easier for him. Certain peo- .ple received "memberships" to .the Overseas Press Club: many did not. Certain people received "Working Press" cards which entitled them to a seat in the .enclosed press box; many did not. But in the long run, all these cards, credentials, buttons and passes were generally worthless because motor racing Is. still a very clubby situation.. Gentlemen sportsmen find it difficult to believe that ordinary people might enjoy racing',! tod; : 'Example: .If Jacque Passino, Ford's, special vehicles manager, .'actually smiles at you and calls you by.'.name, you're almost there. Passino is Ford's racing chief and is very, very big in the sport. Example: If Alee Ulmann, Sebring's guiding light, introduces you to Baron Von Hanstein, Porsche's team-manager and racing director, you're in good shape. Example: If a Goodyear man invites you for.a ride in his blimp,-you've arrived. Naturally, if you've arrived you are invited to those private post and prerace social gatherings where the booze flows and the gentlemen sport- More Security With FALSE TEETH At Any Time Don't live In fear of false teeth loosening, wobbling or dropping just at the wrong time. For more security and more comfort, just sprinkle a little PASTEETH on your plates. FASTEKTH holds false teeth firmer. Makes eating easier. No pasty, gooey taste Helps check "denture breath". Dentures that fit are essential to health. Seo your dentist regularly. Qet PASTEETH at all drug counters. HEREFORD! IMPORTED LISBON (AP) — Portugal hag^, received 1,200 head of American Hereford cattle to 1 help*' push along its slowly expand. ing livestock industry. The fish - loving Portuguese are fond of beef, but they grow and import only limited quantities. This was the largest shipment of cattle from the United States to Portugal. OLDEST ON BEACON HILL \;y BOSTON (AP) —The Massa-.i,, chusetts State House, built in 1795, is the oldest structure «n™ historic Beacon Hill. ,-.„ Every Homeowner needs it. *. ONLY ORKIN can give you ORKIN NEW PLAN Of COMPien PROTECTION AGAINST TERMITES DONT WAIT.-UU TODAY FOt tUASANTEID MOTECTKHt PO 3-8233 •«»'! Infill '«•'« M IM <*M '••»* fe \^ %:.«,;?%, - : ,:,:^" .. .-••-.•• .'%/ J -• •' . • -••.;.. •:•:. ^^jj^i-*. iiiat your phone wfflfl uW- By the turn of the century, chances are you won't recognize the familiar telephone. Based on services already In use or on the drawing boards, you can expect somepretty far-out developments. For example, Plcuirephone* see-while-you- talk service, already in limited use, might well be offered in fufl color and three dimensions. With ft, you could do the family grocery shopping, look at the new cars, or buy a new hat without leaving the house. . Different. Electronic switching equipment, now In trial use,, will call you back when a busy line you have called Is free, or transfer your cajls to another phone while you're away from home. Telephones will be free to go where you go. A cordless portable extension phone, complete with dial, is currently undergoing tests. Money handling will be revolutionized. You won't heed to write checks or pay cash for most purchases. A telephone call to your bank's computer wiH take care of the payment The same system will automatically pay monthly bills which you authorize and keep track of your bank balance. It might even figure your income tax The entire sum of medical knowledge will be at the disposal of your doctor. With'special telephone equipment he'll be able to attach sensors to your body and have your symptoms transmitted directly to a computer for analysis. Within moments, the same telephone system would return all the known facts about your ailment, along with a diagnosis and recommended treatment. If s possible right now to send electrocardiograms via telephone. In Hw m Exhibit it Htnhftlf W», SM Monto, Tint . By the year 2000, your telephone win probably be doing many other jobs that now seem unthinkable. But then, television, satellites, computers—even the telephone—were "impossible" 100 years ago. Looking ahead to keep ahead m communications is one way we try to make your every "hello" a real good buy. Southwestern BeU V s «4 flU

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