The Morning Call from Allentown, Pennsylvania on January 7, 1972 · 48
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The Morning Call from Allentown, Pennsylvania · 48

Allentown, Pennsylvania
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Friday, January 7, 1972
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FIRST 48 THE MORNING CALL, Allentown, Pa., Friday, Jan. 7, 1972 x'Mvix;K;viK!,I':M. Check by Morning Call Brings Disclaimer Lions Refute Purported Plan to Honor Controversial Businessman This is the first of a two-part series detailing The Morning Call's findings of an investigation into a publicity flyer which implied that Lions Club International was to honor Glenn W. Turner, a fast-talking Southern motivational salesman. By RANDALL MURRAY The world's largest service organization,' an all-star college football game and a fast-talking Southern motivational entrepeneur have become embroiled in a nationwide incident triggered by inquiries last month from The Morning Call. Publicity posters which surfaced in the Lehigh Valley the week of Dec. 13 implied that Lions Clubs International was naming Glenn W. Turner "American of the Year" at the American Bowl Game in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday. Turner is the South Carolina sharecropper's son who has parlayed an evangelistic gift of gab with some questionable legal tactics into an alleged multimillion-dollar empire. He heads a pyramid investment firm called "Dare to be Great, Inc.," and a referral sales affiliate, "Kdscot Cosmetics." Turner Enterprises, currently thriving in the Lehigh Valley area, is facing legal action in a number of states. The Call questioned the validity of claims made in the blue and white 8 by 10-inch poster. As a result of communications with Lions Club officials Chicago and Florida, The Call has learned that: An official disclaimer of affiliation with the award and associated honors for Turner has been issued by the Lions International in Chicago. The award itself has been downgraded and otherwise modified. The Turner organization has been reprimanded by Lions International for unauthorized use of the Lions symbol, a registered trademark. The president of Lions Clubs International, Robert J. Uplinger of Syracuse, promptly canceled plans to attend the game and has axed a 60-second TV tape of remarks to have been aired national during the game. The release which set the wheels in motion pictured Turner sitting on a stool in front of the American flag. In inch-high letters, it proclaimed "Glenn W. Turner American of the Year." In one corner of the poster was a reproduction of the Lions Club International symbol, a circle flanked by a pair of lions' heads. The text read: "On Sunday, Jan. 9, 1972, at Tampa Stadium the American Bowl game salutes the 'American of. the Year at their annual game spon sored by Lions Clubs International. The entire event is centered around 'Americanism. "Our own 'Great American' Mr. Glenn W. Turner is this year's award recipient, something about which we can all be extremely proud. "On Saturday, Jan. 8, there will be a parade in Tampa for Glenn W. Turner Day, followed that evening by a banquet at which Mr. Turner will speak. "The award will be presented at hajftime and Mr. Turner will speak for five minutes on network TV to 43 million viewers." Manager of the Lions Clubs International public relations division in Chicago, Gunter Hett, credited The Call with having brought the issue to light. .On Dec. 28, Hett told a Call reporter: "Your phone call of Dec. 15 was the first call I had on this matter. It was followed soon afterward by about 100 more from all over the country." Hett, when first contacted, disavowed any knowledge of the award. On Dec. 15, he told The Call: "We do not have a title or award 'American of the Year.' - We have no part in this. It is a fraud." . Further checking revealed, however, there is a tie between "The American Bowl Game" and the Lions. The postseason all-star grid contest is sponsored by Lions District 35-R, made up of Lions clubs from a five-county area around Tampa on Florida's Gulf Coast. Proceeds from the game benefit sight conservation in the area. District 35-R governor Samuel W. Fielding of Tampa, contaced later that week, explained, "We have honored some people over the past few years at our game, but we have definitely not appointed anyone as American of the Year for this year." Fielding, a pleasant Southerner, drawled, "We are going to have a banquet, but Mr. Turner will not speak." Claims for a "Turner Day," said Fielding, "are absolutely false." Ten minutes later, .another phone call to Mike Harris, who directs the annual bowl game for the club through an . independent nonprofit corporation, elicited a differing set of answers. "Well, it's not official yet, but, yes, we've selected Glenn Turner to be our American of the Year," Harris told The Call. "I personally think he'll be a great American of the Year." Harris cited what he termed Turner's phil-antrophy to various charities. "He's helped a lot of Lions clubs," Harris claimed, a statement later disputed by Gunter Hett. According to Harris, one of the principals in HMS Corp., Turner is "straight arrow." He feels there is "a conspiracy to embarrass Turner," who now makes his corporate home in nearby Orlando, Fla. Religion Today: Scholarly Accord Fails to Dent Church Power Structures By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP Religion Writer NEW YORK Scholars of the churches get together, dig into the old doctrinal quarrels and misunderstandings, and arrive at new harmonious accords. But it doesn't remove the institution al barriers. This has happened repeatedly lately, producing some unprece dented agreements between Ro man Catholic theologians and those of the Lutheran and Anglican (Episcopal) churches. 4th Grader Top Winner In Contest Dean Ziegler of 518 N. 9th St., Allentown, a 4th grader at the Mosser School, won first prize in a picture story book contest for youngsters who participated in a 4-H television program series. Fifteen books entered by children from Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties are being displayed at the Whitehall Mali through tomorrow. Sandra Rhoads of Lehighton, a 5th grader at the 3rd Ward School, won second prize, and Stuart Trager of 329 N. Ott St., Allentown, a 4th grader at Mosser School, took third. They were among 900 members of a 4-H Television Photo Fun Club aired on WLVT-TV, Channel 39, last October through December. Warren Phillips, Allentown photo studio operator, judged the books. Arbitrators A ward $2,805 in Crash A Lehigh County arbitration board has granted an award of $2,805.25 to an Allentown man and his two sons in a case based on an Aug. 2, 1970, auto accident. Anthony J. Martucci and his two minor sons, Michael and Dominick, brought suit against Ned W. Baumbach Sr. of 719 N. Fountain St., Allentown, in an effort to be reimbursed for damages to the Martucci car and personal injuries. The accident occurred on Lehigh Street, when Martucci's car was allegedly struck by Baumbach's auto. But the effect so far remains largely in the intellectual realm with no dent in the divided operational modes of the churches. "The bosses do not want to give up any power," the Rev. Gregory Baum, a Canadian Roman Catholic theologian, once observed, in noting that the growing doctrinal concurrence hadn't budged the power struc tures. The most recent instances came last week when a new consensus on the meaning of the Eucharist, the Lord's Supper, reached by Anglican and Roman Catholic theologians, was made public. But it didn't mean that mem' bers of those two churches were now authorized to share in that celebration, or take Communion together. The accord must be weighed by other theologians and the respective authorities" of the two churches, the Vatican said. Also, it was noted that mutual recognition of ministers has not been achieved and remains an obstacle. The jojnt theological group is now working on this subject. A similar situation arose in Roman Catholic-Lutheran theo logical talks in this country, which in 1970 produced an agreement both on the Lord's Supper and the mutual validity of the two churches' ministries. They urged that this be for mally recognized by their respective churches. American bishops took it under study, and have passed the report on to Rome. But nothing officially decisive has come of it. There have, of course, been numerous cases in which individual Roman Catholics and Protestants have shared Communion in recent years, and oc casionally priests and ministers have celebrated the rite togeth er. But this, whenever it is publi cized, generally draws rebukes from officials. Meanwhile, the theological conversations go on, both inter nationally and in various coun tries, between different Protestant groups, and also between each of their major traditions and Roman Catholic represen tatives. The Catholic conversations with other churches started in 1965, following the Second Vati can Council, and now include in this country talks with seven different groups Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, Disciples of Christ and Eastern Orthodox. They yield a mounting store of agreements on many of the bygone issues over which the churches long had fought from separate sides of the fences, but which they hadn't discussed together until in recent times. This joint consideration is disclosing that in many cases, the conflicts derived largely from mutual misconceptions, although this hadn't been realized through the centuries of isolation from each other. A leading German Catholic theologian, the Rev. Karl Rah-ner, has said the churches should now go ahead and unite without waiting for outstanding problems to be resolved, such as the role of the papacy. He says all Christians could simply regard the Pope accord ing to their various interpretations, whether Anglican, Lutheran or Catholic, and the Pope could voluntarily define the limits of his jurisdiction. This would make it possible, he says, for the Anglican or other churches to have the same autonomy within one Christian church as Eastern Catholics now have in the Roman, Church. In any case, the doctrinal foundations are building up for it in the colloquies of the think ers, and there are occasional predictions that the momentum of it eventually will bring changes in organizational relationships. For example, the Rev. Charles Angell, editor of a Catholic journal, the Lamp, says Anglican and Roman Catholic churches "will be one within our lifetime." . I Others have suggested that by 1980 Lutherans, Anglicans I and Catholics may be officially! authorized to share pulpits andi Communion at the Lord's Supperthe central rite of Christian worship. Both the Lutheran-Catholic and Anglican-Catholic accords stress the "real presence" of Christ in that observance. But they avoided a previous stumblingblock, the "tran-substantiation" explanation tra ditionally used by Catholicism, which holds that the "substance" of the bread and wine becomes Christ's body and blood. Woman Succeeds Spouse in Office The appointment of Annabel I Zellner of Germansville as tax collector of Heidelberg Town. ship has been approved by the Lehigh County Court. The office became vacant as a result of the resignation of her husband Carl, whose term ex pires Dec. 1973. Yes, LongeLyet milder If II IUHI If-I1III II 838 ... :. - milder taste. 1 you get both with PALL MALL GOLD lDDs ElEBSY IF MM 1 f luinp fil Uo on Weekends at PP&L's Service Center, 1601 Union Boulevard, Allentown Here's something the entire family can enjoy! A lively, colorful history of man's harnessing of energy through the ages, coupled with a view of our nuclear future. There are nineteen major display units in all, including such things as a model of the nuclear Boiling Water Reactor PP&L plans to build at the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, the "raw energy chamber" and a short but entertaining slide presentation. The housing for the exhibit is unique, too: three remodeled and refurbished railroad passenger coaches. Plan to bring the entire family. You'll enjoy it. And you'll find there's plenty of free parking in PP&L's parking lot! While the exhibit will be open to the general public on weekends only at the times shown below, we will be pleased to arrange special showings for your group, organization or school. Call Mr. Francis Royer at 434-5 151, Extension 8-276. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC THIS WEEKEND Saturday, Jan. 8 Sunday, Jan. 9 to 5 P.M. i

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