Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on April 30, 1964 · 15
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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · 15

Oakland, California
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Thursday, April 30, 1964
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A V e Tuleiin : Blabbermouth at Work I James Brophy, the Chicago bond broker who flew to t Oakland to deliver $25.5 million in bonds to finance the new Coliseum complex, handed over the bonds to a ' waiting committee at Wells Fargo Bank, then came - back outside to his rented car and found a $2 overtime ' parking ticket. Welcome, fellow Oaklander! 0 0 0 0 . i , . Consider Francis (Pat) Farrell, a Richmond business-man whose bachelor son, Jerry, is due to go into the service so took a bachelor apartment for "one last big ft v BILL FISET sou had secretly gotten married. Then the coincidence of all coincidences unraveled. At the same address , another Jerry Farrell, and his wife, had moved into the ; same building the same day. 0 0 0 0 : And the little old lady telephoned yesterday, hopping ' mad about something we printed. Not in this column. "In your astrology column," she fumed. "I was born in ; 1896 and for the birthdate the astrology column intimated ? I don't keep my house clean." . Dick Coffin of the Oakland Junior Chamber of Com-i merce, casting about for professional talent for the Miss "Oakland Pageant May 23 in addition to the "talent" of : Oakland contestants hired Shirley Ann Lopez, the 18-; year-old runner-up in the Miss Contra Costa Pageant last week, to do an operatic aria. The girl has a fabulous ; voice and this year's Oakland contest is to be televised r live on Channel 2. oo-o-o From Ritchie Ward, the Orinda science writer: "Since ; Pacific Tef and Tel is so darn fond of numbers, how " about a campaign to require them to add Zip Code ' numbers after every street address in the phone book?" Great, except reading , the phone book already gives most people a headache. Every year the type seems to ; get smaller. ; Speaking of numbers, James Willey up in Piedmont lists himself on his printed bank checks as "The Modern ; Well-Numbered Man." His checks show the serial num- ber of his credit cards, insurance policies, driver's li-! cense and so on, and his bank is instructed not to cash one under any circumstances unless he's signed both his name and his Social Security number. A personal ven- detta against the system. 0 0 0 0 ; In Suburbia the cops get the darnedest calls. In Walnut ? Creek Officer Roger Dexter, on the night shift, got a frantic call from Mrs. C. W. Russell at 5 a.m. She was : calling from a neighbor's. It seems her pet honey bear ; had gotten out of its cage at home, "and there isn't enough room in the house for both of us." - She asked Dexter if he'd mind capturing the animal and caging it. Dum-de-dum-dum. Dexter did. Burt Sandy, who owns the Surf Club at 51st and Telegraph, had this bright idea about chartering a bus so all his regular bar patrons could go together to the last night Giants' game. At the appointed hour about 40 people piled aboard, sang all the way across the Bay Bridge, and in San Francisco the bus konk'ed out. While the driver tried to get it started Johnny Rogers, one of C the customers who'd brought a bugle to make noise at , the game, somberly played taps over the body of the dead bus and Sandy, as host, called for 10 taxicabs. 1 ! And at Candlestick Sandy paid off the cabs. No two of the 10 had the same fee on the meter the prices ranged from $2.75 to $4.75. After the game an alternate j; bus was waiting, "and from now on there'll be no organ- lzed tours any farther away than Youell Field." r , oooo - jr Ann Trukling spotted the absolute extreme in adver-, lising double-talk, the group ad in the little Piedmont Avenue throwaway. A group ad is one that lists a lot of neighborhood stores under the same catch phrase, in i this case: Stores listed below "extend a special invita-J tion to let them serve you." And among the advertising i" firms Chapel of Memories crematorium. v' At Fremont High School last year Nicholas Caputi, an English teacher, sighed philosophically when his stu-v dents decided to publish an art-poetry-essay book called r "Psyche" that sold for a dollar and was filled with stu- dent work. Funny thing is, it sold like hotcakes and this year Caputi's creative writing students are off again f "Psyche II" is out and it's wild, something" Caputi's t students assured him is "an embodiment of human free-:dom." x "I suppose it's a wonderful experience for all of us," Vsays Caputi, "but this year again it's cost me another - 20 years of my precious, rapidly sliding youth." I 0 0 0 0. J You must hand it to the Oakland Chamber of Com-5 merce. Their latest mailer is out with "FLY OAKLAND JETS" in big type, "your invitation to Hawaii" on the Chamber's 16th annual spring tour. So at the bottom of the back page it says: "Departure from Oakland Air-i port yia helicopter to San Francisco." How else?, Ainue fling." . After a couple of days Pat decided to check up on his son to see how the boy was doing, so called the phone company to ask the new listing under the name Jerry Farrell at the address of the apartment house. . He called and a woman an- swered. Oh, oh, thought Pat, and asked who she was. "I'm Mrs. Jerry Farrell." The father gasped, hung up the phone and dashed over to the apartment house, sure his CORE and Bank Talks To Resume State Scrutinizing . Financial Firm's Hiring Practices The Congress of Racial Equality will resume talks' with the Bank of America in San Francisco in hopes of stepping up the bank's equal opportunity program. William Bradley, San Francisco chairman of GORE,- said yesterday he expects the new negotiations to take place within a week and "we have every hope this problem will be resolved." Meanwhile the State Fair Employment Practices Commission has launched a review of the bank's hiring practices. The first meeting between FEPC and bank officials yesterday was termed "Fruitful and very encouraging" by Edward Howden, FEPC executive officer. - 'NOT UNSURMOUNTABLE' Howden said he saw no "un- surmountable obstacles." Earlier Bradley had stated that a letter from FEPC chair man Mrs. Carman Warschaw indicated to him that "the FEPC does not have the staff or the funds to do an effective job at this time. The Bank of America has de clined to turn over to CORE a racial head count of its em ployes. It volunteered last March 12 to make the infor mation available to the FEPC by May 12.- A bank spokesman said yesterday its position is unchanged and "we are anxious to furnish the figures to the FEPC which would allow it to make meaningful conclusions." TO ESTABLISH POLICY Mrs. Warschaw in her letter to Bradley said that her commission has yet to establish a policy on whether facts submit ted by the bank would be made public or relayed to CORE. Bradley commented that "our negotiating team has sensed that the Bank of America has shown a degree of good faith. We are hopeful of a peaceful soluuon." Doctor Patt Wins A EC Top Prize Dr. Harvey M. Patt, new director of the Radiological Laboratory at University of California Medical Center, San Francisco, received one of the county's highest scientific awards today. It is the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award of the Atomic DR. HARVEY M. PATT Enerev Commission for recent. meritorious contributions in the field of atomic energy. He was presented a medal and $5,000 in a special ceremony at the National Academy of Sci ences in Washington, D. C. The awards were established in 1959 as a memorial to the late Dr. Ernest 0. Lawrence, inven tor of the cyclotron. The citation savs Dr. Patt was chosen "for exceptionally high quality research in radiology, especially in the field of radiation protection, and for imnort- ant contributions to the present understanding of the dynamics of white blood formation." He currently is on leave to complete work at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, wnere ne nas been a staff member since 1946. He will assume duties at U. C. on June 30. Dr. Patt. 45. has made rtinW contributions in several areas of radiation biology, amone them chemical protection against radiation damage and the use of isotopes to study blood cell formation. Recently .he. formulated n mathematical .model .of the white blood cell renewal system that promises to be of far-reaching significance In studies of blood. V Afainroedfe's first Lehyse - ' ,1 " "f z .- ' ' :, '''' v .". ' ;i ...,..,..,,, , - ' . v'- """y ( . I I , - "'':': V .. . . .- . I ' 1 ! . r?. i j ,r' I ' 6&S.'r.."- Firemen at Alameda Station No. 1 show L Modern fire vehicles 'Old Number T Still Smells of Horses By TED ALAMEDA "Way back in 1909 a fire bell might have rung. The doors of a newly built fire station at 2414 Webb Ave. would swing open, and firehorses would trot out pulling hose wagons tr the conflagration. The horses are gone now. The wagons have been replaced by modern fire fighting vehicles and there has been a complete changeover of personnel. But the venerable firehouse still stands. It's "Alameda Fire Station No. 1." Even now, firemen grumble that on damp days, the faint smell of horse manure pervades Fire Station No. 1. COOK IN LOFT The firemen cook in a second- floor room that was once a per fect hav loft. Thev also sleen on the second story. In his annual report, retiring f ire Chief William Hilbish called Station No. 1 overcrowded. He said that the city's only 85-foot aerial ladder can hardly maneuver in the narrow confines of Webb St. which it faces. And so, Hilbish's report said, the ladder is kept at the "west end of town, far away from most of Alameda's tallest buildings. Nevertheless, hardly a year goes by in which Alameda does not win one or two high awards in competitions with other fire departments across the country. WELL-TRAINED This, city officials say, is due to well-trained firemen, a good fire-prevention program, and, for the most part, a good overall location of the city's four fire- houses. The only exception ' to the "good location" is the 1909 fire-house, whose exit street Webb is only a block and a half long and consequently creates I' ; j y,1,,,fcT,,, I " I55' 0 " r Sf 1 v TV ' 4 x WWSfc) ...... .-.Wff'. Ati M&M ln stand at the ready, In front FOURKAS a circuitous route to virtually any nre. City Manager Doug Weller predicts the station will be re placed within five years at a cost of from $200,000 to $300,000. Three other fire stations in Alameda were all built prior to 1930. The fire station at 1703 Grand St. and the station at 3014 Jack sor St. are both cramped and the city manager says both will be replaced eventually. SOLE EXCEPTION Only the station at 635 Pacific Ave. is adequate, Weller said. But it, too, may have to be replaced eventually, depending on future land developments in Alameda. This is because the National Board of Fire Underwriters in sists that stations be located within three - fourths of a mile of heavy mercantile districts and witnin ivi miles of all resi dences. And so it goes with Alameda's fire stations. Aging, nevertheless doing the job. ( Something might have been djne long ago, were it not that the City Council has even more venerable quarters a City Hau bum in 1895. Jobless Insurance Referee Post Open The California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board is seeking qualified applicants for the civil service position of referee to conduct hearings and issue decisions on questions arising under the California Insurance Code. Applications must be .filed by June 5 and may be obtained at offices of the State Personnel Board or Department of Employment. Salary is $1,058 to $1,288 a month. off their equipment nearly ill:;! of a door once leading to Wife-Swap 'No Crime' DA Rules SACRAMENTO (A - A pri vate exchange of spouses among adults for temporary pleasure is not a crime, Asst. Dist. Atty. Robert Puglia said Wednesday. For that reason, no charges will be filed against a 64-mem-ber group described by a Sacramento detective as a wife- swapping club consisting largely of "white-collar executives in their 20s." Puglia investigated after the detective said he was ap proached by a husband and wife seeking new members for a group. The prosecutor said the state laws usually applied in morals cases don't apply because the participants are adults who consent. Asst. Police Chief Joseph Roo- ney said the police, investigation will continue. He described the club's operations this way : Single persons and unmarried couples are prohibited. Drinking also is barred, except for one wife who "has to get a little high." A member said a virtue of the club is that it eliminates the necessity of going to bars to strike up acquaintances with strangers of the opposite sex. The club has a policy of sharing without jealousy, except for one wife who regarded her substitute as a rival, attacked her and divorced her husband. Berkeley Fireman Wins Promotion BERKELEY -Jack McGrath has been aDDointed a lieutenant in the Berkeley Fire Department A member of the organization for 10 years, he carries on a tradition set bv two other members of his family. His father, Alfred, was a fireman 19 vears and his uncle. Frank McGrath, served on the department 25 years. 1 45 years ago a horse exercise yard Broadway Subway Hearings A hearing on several aspects of the proposed Broadway rapid transit subway will be resumed May 13 by the Oakland Planning Commission. The Commission is weighing alternate suggestions on what form entrances to stations at 12th St. and 19th St. should take. It held its third meeting yester day. Commission Chairman James H. Price Jr., along with the city planning department, favors shrinking Broadway to a four-lane width and putting the entrances on slightly widened sidewalks. Other proposals being studied call for installation of the entrances on side streets near Broadway and for construction in store frontage. City traffic engineers and the police department oppose cutting down on the number of traf-fice lanes, contending Broadway is too clogged as it is. Bay Area Rapid Transit District consultants are expected to bring more information on the problem to the May 13 session. Wounded Burglar Pleads Guilty BERKELEY - William R. Tooker, 22, shot by police while fleeing the scene of a burglary, has pleaded guilty to second degree burglary and will be sentenced in Superior Court. Tooker is recovering in Highland Hospital. Court officials went to the hospital yesterday to hear the plea. He was wounded last Friday as he ran from the Morwear Paint Co. store at 2067 University Ave. where a citizen had spotted him on the root and alerted police. mmu Thurs., April 30, 1964 1 5 Plant Plan Hits Site For College Commission Gives Go-Ahead to Steel Firm's Expansion The city planning commission - has granted approval for the Borrmann Steel Company to expand in an area where the city council wants the Peralta Junior College campus to be. The commission yesterday overruled Planning Director Norman J. Lind in approving a 10,000 square foot expansion of the steel plant on the southeast corner of 8th and Fallon Streets. Only chairman James H. Price Jr. voted "no." The present Borrmann plant, and the addition, are about a block within the so-called "Civic Center." CULTURAL USES In his recommendation to disapprove, Lind said the city for 19 years has entertained and publicized plans to develop the area for cultural and civic uses. But Commissioner Donald G. Livingston asserted, "Unless the City of Oakland or Peralta Jun ior College are prepared to buy this man's property, then I think it's ridiculous to tell him not to expand. "When they have the bucks in their pocket, let them come around." Livingston.added that while Peralta has selected the general Civic Center area as a site, there was no assurance they would want the Borrmann land, i CITY PROPOSAL J; The city has proposed to amass the Civic Center site by urban renewal. "We know the city would like to have our property," observed George R. Borrmann. "We'd like to sell. Make us an offer .n Borrmann said if the city ever takes over his land, the addition "won't cost the city much $20,000 or $30,000." ?' "Meanwhile, I'll pay $38,000 a year in taxes," he pointed put. "We're proud of your operation down there Mr. Borrmann," said Commissioner Albert Lo-bello, after the approving vote. . The commission also approved a long contested "Montclair East" shopping center, planned by developer James Fernhoff at Mountain Boulevard and Scout Road. Fernhoff's proposal, altered In its seven months of resident protests and commission scrutiny, would have to drop 2,620 square feet and abide by the original plan for 26,000 square feet, the commission ruled. The commission also approved as a L-2 "design review district" a strip extending a block on both sides of Broadway, from the Nimitz Freeway down to the Estuary. The design review district also would include the two blocks south of Second Street between Harrison and Franklin streets. . Also approved were preliminary plans for a 29-foot development on a four-acre tract near Mountain Boulevard and West-fieldWay. Man, Woman Indicted in Funds Fraud Two former officers of Bay Area financial institutions have been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on charges of misapplying large sums of money. Mrs. Beatrice Curtis Clark, 53, San Rafael, was accused of misapplying $30,000 while she was assistant treasurer of the San Francisco Federal Savings and Loan Association. Donaldson Bernard Smith III, 26, a San Francisco X-ray technician, was named in an indictment which charged that .$7SJKX) was misapplied while he was chairman of the credit committee of the ML Zion Hospital Federal Credit Union. ; Mrs. Clark has three children, and Smith is a bachelor. Each was indicted on three counts, and each of the counts carries a possible maximum penalty of five years in prison and $5,000 fine. " Asst. U. S. Atty. Richard Ur-dan said Smith's activities were to finance stock market speculation. He said Smith caused the credit union to issue three $25,-000 checks in exchange for his own personal cnecKs on an out-of-town bank, which honored only one of them. Urdan said Mrs. Clark mis applied $30,000 from the account! of elderly women rcpo6Uori, Li. -U. ':: j .

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