The Tampa Tribune from Tampa, Florida on December 31, 1965 · 33
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Friday, December 31, 1965
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Another As South MEMPHIS, Tenn. W- Golden-haired Nancy Bernard, 20-year-old University of Texas junior, flies out of here for Dallas today and her first whirl of duties as the 1966 Maid of Cotton. Maid Nancy, who won her title Wednesday night over 19 other pretty finalists, will make her first official appearance at Cotton Bowl ceremonies New Year's day. From there she will go to New York to be fitted with an elaborate wardrobe which she will model for the next year as King Cotton's fashion ambassador. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph . Bernard of Nubbock, the new maid was the second Texan in as many years to triumph in the 28-year-old Maid of Cotton contest She follows Judy Hill of Fort Worth. Five others from the Lone Star state have previously won the title. The blonde beauty, who wants to be an elementary school teacher, weighs a neat 132 pounds, not at all excessive for her 5:9Vi height in stocking feet. She's a trim 36-26-36. "I've been teaching swimming and tumbling as long as I can remember," she said at a news conference. The new Maid believes she will find her international tour the most exciting part of her reign. The tour will take her to 33 of the nation's major cities, to Canada and to tnany of Europe1 fashion centers. When she returns she will 4 Gemini Man Can SPACE CENTER, Houston, 1 Tex. UP) Man's voyages through the void of space need no longer be burdened with fears that strange weightless world might dangerously harm the human body, the Gemini 7 astronauts agreed yesterday. They qualified their statements, though, by adding that spacecraft of the future should be designed for maximum crew comfort, and not survival alone. "There's no limit to how long man can exist in weightlessness," Navy Cmdr. James A. Lovell Jr. said at a news conference on the two-week Gemini 7 flight he took with Air Force Lt. Col. Frank Borman. Borman, command pilot on the historic flight, confidently declared he felt astronauts could fly in space "a month, two months or whatever." The two astronauts joined with Navy Capt. 'Walter M. Schirra Jr. and Air Force Maj. Thomas Stafford at the Manned Spacecraft Center to relate to the public details of their record-breaking missions that included the world's first true rendezvous in space. For two hours, the four spacemen together holders of virtually every manned spaceflight record emphasized that man has proven he can live and work in space. Schirra and Stafford, whose flight lasted only one day, dramatically described their Dec. 15 rendezvous with Gemini 7 a mission Schirra called "almost classic . i so pure." They laid to rest the question of just how close the two spaceships came to each other during that momentous meeting 185 miles above earth. "We got within a foot but we had agreed before the flight that the spacecraft would not touch, said Schirra. "We had no hesitancy in moving in and looking them (Gemini 7) over." Previous estimates of the clos est point ranged from one to 10 feet. Obviously proud, Stafford, who was a spacecraft rookie before Gemini 6, said that when hs first saw Gemini 7 glimmering in the distance it was "a great feeling to see our goal after a year's work." And, they reached their goal. With a successful rendezvous, the United State took a giant stride forward in its effort to land two men on the moon by 1970. The next step is to perfect the actual docking maneuver with an orbiting vehicle the primary objectives of the next fivs Gemini missions, planned for 1966. Borman noted that the flight of Gemini 7 did not go without problems. At one point, he said, the pilots were prepared to bring the craft back to earth one day shy of 14 days because of a fuel cell problem. "Frankly, I did not feel the fuel cells (which supply electrical power) were going to last 24 more hours," he recalled. Flight controllers determined that the problem was apparently in the water disposal system leading from the cells, and not in the cells themselves. Texas Girl Picked 's Maid of Cotton I?: -llfl) w of Maid of Cotton, be handed the keys to a snappy new convertible. The judges named Martha Astronauts Survive in One recommendation Borman . and Lovell made to space agen-! cy officials is to allow future astronauts to fly without burden some spacesuits while on long duration missions. Lovell, the first United States astronaut to fly in space in his underwear, recalled that after removing his suit "I felt sort of cold and naked in there, but about two hours later I became very comfortable." "In future long missira that will probably be the technique used," added Borman, speaking of underwear flight. "We were nice and comfortable." Both astronauts reported they suffered no disorientation at all. "There was no sensation of movement whatsoever," Lovell noted. James E. Webb, administrator of the National Aeronatucs and Space Administration, awarded each of the four spacemen NASA's Exceptional Service Medal. Departing from NASA policy not to award the Distinguished Service Medal the highest NASA award to Gemini astronauts until the end of the Gemini program, Webb presented one to Schirra. The citation said the award was for Schirra's "courage and judgment in the face of danger, Schirra had the option on Dec. 12 to eject the Gemini 6 crew from their capsule on the launch pad at Capt Kennedy when a malfunction halted the engines of the powerful Titan II rocket after ignition. He chose not to, and had he ejected damage could not have been repaired in time for a rendezvous with Gemini 7. Schirra, at 42 the oldest active United States astronaut, previously received the DSM Medal for his nine-hour Mercury flight in 1962. Donald K. Slayton, one of the seven original astronauts, also received the Distinguished Serv ice Medal yesterday even Spacemen Given 4mfMmmtmmmmtmmmmamm miiiii i iiiniiiMHMWMiHMMiiwpMMMMM hx . r 7 II --f w 1 f i 1 10! vi! mohJ U,:--1 ,-,,., rmniBiLiiurr"" m i n r-rf-f-- f-f I - James E. Webb (right), director of NASA, awards NASA Exceptional Service Medal to (from left) Lt. Col. Frank Borman and Cmdr. James A. Lovell Jr. of Gemini 7; Maj. Thomas P. AP Wirephoto Nancy Bernard Tate Stokely, Drew, Miss., and Vivian Elizabeth Davis, Augusta, Ga., as first and second alternate Maids. Agree Space though he has never made a spaceflight. All seven Mercury astronauts now hold the award. Slayton came close to a flight in 1961, but was replaced by Navy Cmdr. M. Scott Carpenter when doctors detected a slight heart condition. Still an astronaut, Slayton now directs flight crew training. State To Keep Tighter Watch Over Use of Seal TALLAHASSEE W Florida will keep closer watch over use of the official state seal start ing Jan. 1, Secretary of State Tom Adams said yesterday. A 1965 legislature act going into effect then will prohibit pri vate firms from using the seal for advertising purposes, and will give Adams a stronger hand to regulate other uses. Adams said only one state seal is official and all public bodies including cities and counties may use it. Various state agencies use slightly different seals now. "This is a reform which has been long overdue," Adams said. "Lack of control in the past has led to indiscriminate and some times shoddy treatment of this emblem of our state." Private persons wishing to use the seal after Jan. 1 must apply with the state for au thority and supply an example of the kind of use so that Adams' office may judge whether to allow it. The seal has a number of fea tures, the most prominent of which are an Indian, a ship, palm tree and a brilliant sky over a body of water. Book Gifts DACCA, East Pakistan Iffi Red China has presented 132 books by noted authorities to the Bengali academy here, all printed in China in English. The Chinese consul general, Wang locations of seven other compa-Tse, said "these books will bind nies which will establish region-China and Pakistan culturally." ai home offices in Florida. 1965 Sees 11 Auto Risk Hikes Denied TALLAHASSEE (UPD-State Insurance Commissioner Brow ard Williams denied in 1965 an unprecedented 11 applications for increases in automobile lia bility rates that would have cost Floridians an additional $22.5 million a year in premiums. The flood of applications av eraged one a month during the 11 months Williams has held office, with a 12th one thrown in for good measure at year's end on which he has not yet acted. Williams was sworn in as a member of the state cabinet on Jan. 28, succeeding the late vet eran state treasurer, insurance commissioner and fire marshal J. Edwin Larson. j Since then, he has spent much of his time presiding over rate hearings, far and away the majority seeking higher premiums for auto liability insurance. Had he granted the 11 applications, it would have boosted the cost of auto insurance in Florida to nearly $90 million a year. The request now pending, asking an increase in auto property damage rates, came from the National Auto Underwriters Association whose members write more than half the Florida business. Williams, who cannot modify any rate filing but only grant or deny it as submitted, agreed to let the NAUA file an amended request reducing the proposed increase. Eight of the 11 requests al ready denied have been ap pealed to district court which has the power to modify a rate request filing if it finds it justified. Williams said the rash of rate increase requests is not confined to Florida. "Insurance com missioners across the nation are reporting similar requests from auto insurance companies, all complaining they are losing money because of the high number of accidents and claims and rising costs of parts, labor and medical attention," he said. Williams foresees an "almost certain" rise in insurance rates during 1966 and he started right after he took office to try to attack the problem from a standpoint of cutting down accidents, the root of the rising insurance costs. He spearheaded a massive safety program, touring the state all year to discuss it with civic, fraternal and business groups. One of his first actions was to appoint Mrs. Aleene Kidd of Ocala to head up a program to bring women's groups and teen agers into the program, and named Henry Thompson, Miami Negro attorney and teacher, to carry the message to his race. Williams said he is now endeavoring to find a qualified Cuban to head up a similar project to bring into the program this large segment of people in Dade County who speak and read little English. He named a special Florida Action Committee on Traffic Studies (FACTS) to investigate all angles of traffic accidents from the driver and the car to the insurance company and the insurance department, and merged safety councils in a further effort to prevent accidents of all types, traffic, home and industry. The new commissioner also has moved actively to make Florida the regional insurance capital of the nation and has enticed three such offices this year. This boosted the total number to 16 with a combined payroll of more than $18 million. Williams said in early 1966, he will announce the names and Awards As Proud Families Applaud Stafford and Capt. Walter M. Schirra of Gemini 6. Seated is Donald L. Slay ton, assistant director of flight crews, who received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. - STATE 01 I J i I J J New Year Warning Fifteen-month-old Valerie Maass, sporting diaper and 1966 sash, delivers the message that motorists driving on New Year's Eve should "make that last drink coffee." She posed in Philadelphia on behalf of the mayor's traffic safety committee in an eleventh-hour plea to New Year celebrants. The placard behind her is going up in clubs, hotels and restaurants. (AP Wirephoto) Canal To Put Trade Route, TALLAHASSEE (ffl Florida will be at the center of the nation's greatest trade route when the Cross-Florida Barge Canal is completed, Secretary of State Tom Adams said yesterday. In his monthly newsletter, Adams said the barge canal will join "two of the mightiest highways of commerce on this continent" the Gulf Coast Mississippi River waterway system and the Inland Waterway of the nation's east coast. Adams said the barge canal will make it possible for more industries to locate in Florida and take advantage of popula tion and market growths. Raw 15 Holiday Road Deaths Predicted TALLAHASSEE UP)-Travel in Florida during the New Year's Day weekend will cost 15 persons their lives, the State Highway Patrol forecast yesterday. The death estimate was issued in connection with an appeal by Highway Patrol Commander H. N. Kirkman for drivers not to drink during the weekend. "Give a sober thought to safe driving," Kirkman said. Kirkman said the final month in the year is the most dangerous to highway users because of the holiday season crush, more hours of darkness In which the death rate doubles that of daylight hours and greater num bers of drinking drivers on the highway. "Even a minor crash, resulting in property damage only, can take the joy out of the new year," the patrol commander said. The holiday counting period will run from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Sunday. "writ - w sh u 2 Families of two of the astronaut crew members applaud as their heroes receive the NASA medals at ceremonies in the Manned Spacecraft Center at Houston. Left to right are Barbara Lovell, 12; Susan Lovell, 7; Mrs. State on Top Adams Says materials can be barged in, converted into finished products and distributed throughout the Southeast. "It will be possible for our cattle industry to import western grain and build a beef feed-lot and processing; industry com parable to that which exists in the Midwest' said the cabinet officer. Already much of Florida in dustry is dependent on barge traffic, he said. Some electrical power plants are using barged-in coal and petroleum products and a giant plant is nearing completion at Crystal River which will use the low-cost barge transportation for fuels. "Most of Florida's phosphate is shipped by barge to chemical plants of the Northeast and Midwest," Adams said. "Space equipment and huge rocket components are transported from manufacturing plants along the Mississippi, Ohio, and Tennessee Rivers to the launching facilities at Cape Kennedy by barge." Adams pointed out that ship- pin? costs by barge average three mills per ton-mile, compared with 15 mills for rail service and 64 mills- for truck service. But the cheaper moving costs stimulate competing convey ances rather than starving them, he said. "Railroads which serve the same areas as waterways consistently show better finan cial statements than those in areas without waterborne com merce." Construction of the 107-mile canal from the St. Johns River at Palatka to near Yankeetown on the west coast began in Feb ruary 1964. To date, $16,685,000 has been appropriated for con struction. The total cost is pro jected at $147 million, with completion expected near 1970. -WW I THE TAMPA TRIBUNE, Friday, Vincent Price Art Exhibition Slated By PEGGY CASE Tribune Staff Writer A new expanded selection of original fine art from the Vincent Price Art Collection will be in Tampa Jan. 10-15. L. N. Hutchinson, group manager of the Sears Bay Area stores in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Lakeland, disclosed that approximately 1,000 pictures from the collection will go on exhibit and sale beginning Monday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. at Curtis Hixon Convention Hall. Hutchinson added he is arranging to bring a special group of "prestige pictures" from the Vincent Price Art Collection to be featured in the local exhibit. "We are putting this additional effort into the new exhibit because of the overwhelming: response to the collection when it last visited Tampa and Lakeland about a year ago," Hutchinson said. He continued, "We have been assured that some of the most exciting recent acquisitions in the collection will be included in our display." New pictures are constantly being added to the collection, and it has been shown in more than 250 exhibits throughout the country. The collection is assembled for Sears by Vincent Price, art authority and actor. Hutchins' Exhibit An exhibit of 20 new oil paintings by Elsaframe Hutchins, Tampa artist, will open at the University of Tampa Student Center lounge Monday, Jan. 3, and will continue through Jan. 19. Mrs. Hutchins has exhibited in shows throughout the United States and abroad, including the Southeastern Annual in Atlanta, the Salon d'Automne and L'Art Francais Independent in Paris and a one-man show of watercolors and drawings at the Galleries of the Associacion Panameno Norteamericana, Canal Zone. She studied at the School of Fine Arts and Crafts in Boston, in Florence, Italy, and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Traveling- scholarships won at PAFA took her to Paris, where she studied for two Former Woman Becomes Baronet in Scotland EDINBURGH, Scotland (UPI) The Hon. Ewan Forbes- Semphill, a woman country doc tor who changed her sex and became a man in 1952, yesterday became a baronet following the death of an elder brother. Baron Sempill, a pioneer of long-distance flying, died in an Edinburgh nursing home after an Sempill illness of more than a year. He was 72. On his death, his former sis ter inherited his lesser title of baronet by virtue of being his nearest living male relative. In 1952, Elizabeth Forbes-Sempill then 40, announced she had become a man, Ewan Forbes-Sempill, explaining: "It has been a ghastly mistake. I was carlessly registered as a girl in the first place. I am sure I was more masculine than feminine right from the start . "My mother insisted from the start that I was a complete girl and dressed me up in skirts . . . When I got older it was James A. Lovell Jr., wife of pilot of Gemini 7; James Arthur Lovell, 10; Walter M. Schirra 3rd, 15; and Mrs. Walter M. Schirra Jr., wife of command pilot of Gemini 6. AP Wirephotos December 31, 1965 S-B theJ years with Andre L'Hote. In Tampa, she has studied with William Pachner. This show is one of the events being held in connec- r tion with the university's "Dia-' mond Jubilee" celebration, the observance of the 75th anniversary of the opening in 1891 of the Tampa Bay Hotel, now the college's main building. The show is open to the pub-he daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Graphic Arts The Florida Gulf Coast Art Center will feature a collection of graphic arts by some of the leaders in that field Jan. 2-7. Included in the collection are works by Richard Sims, internationally prominent seri-graph artist who won an international prize at the Paris Graphic Arts Show in 1960; serigraphs by Dorothy Bowman and Howard Bradford; mezzotints by English engravers Joseph Chamberlain and Elizabeth Milner; and signed, limited edition screen prints, aquatints and etchings by other craftsmen in the field. The show is open to the public during regular gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Piranesi Etchings An exhibit of 40 etchings by Giovanni Piranesi from the George Binet Print Collection will be shown at the University of Tampa's LaMonte Gallery Jan. 3-22. Piranesi is often called the Rembrandt of architecture. He has achieved an important position in the history of art with his etchings and engravings of the antiquities of Rome. His contribution to the preservation of antiquities was of particular value as the marble palaces and monuments of -ancient Rome were used for centuries as if they were quarries for stone. His talents as ; an architect were used in some ' restorations. Gallery hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. daily. hell especially when I w a s forced to attend the debutante , balls during my first London season." After the change, Elizabeth Forbes-Sempill changed her , given name to Ewan and reregistered her birth as the second son instead of second -daughter of her father, the 1 18th Baron Sempill. A month later Ewan Forbes-" Sempill married his former housekeeper, Isabella Mitchell " The 19th baron, a veteran of the RAF in World War I who 1 flew 25,000 miles solo to Australia and back to Britain in 1935 and was a past president -of the Royal Aeronautical So- T ciety, had no sons. His barony, therefore, will go to the eldest of his fou daughters. His lesser title, Baronet, goes to his nearest male relative Ewan Forbes-Sempill, who will be entitled to add a "Sir" be- " fore his name. P. W. Montague-Smith, editor -of the authoritative Debrett'sL'r peerage, said the brother is the legal heir to the title. But heraldic and peerage law- - yer Sir Thomas Innes, who as , "Lord Lyon King of Arms" is , the supreme authority on Scottish heraldry, wondered about ' the inheritance. "I may have to make a ruling on this," he said. More Students May Be Facing Early Draft WASHINGTON (ff) Selec tive Service officials are con- sidering stiffer requirements for u student draft deferments to help" meet manpower needs generated by the war in Viet Nam, a spokesman said last night Selective Service Director. Lewis B. Hershey has sum-" moned state draft chiefs from across the nation to a series of three conferences to discuss the manpower situation, and talk about possible moves to increase the number of men available for induction. No changes in policies or; regulations have been made, a selective service spokesman said,: but new steps that might be taken will be considered at the, three conferences.

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