The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on April 27, 1976 · Page 6
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The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota · Page 6

Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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Tuesday, April 27, 1976
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Rights over Viet tiny tot argued HOMES FOR AMERICANS FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP)There's a well-intentioned tug of war for the heart of Doan Van Binh - "Ben." Once he toddled through a real war of dying men and dying babies. Now, smiling, unknowing, he toddles through another war, a kind of holy war that will decide his custody and his destiny. The weapons are words and legal briefs, fired from the liny farming town of Forest City, Iowa, and Ihe frontier country of Greal Falls, Mont. They come from a young couple who say God sent Ben to them and a Vietnamese refugee who says she has the spirit of (he dragon to regain her little flower. The flower is 4-year-old Ben, one of more than 2,000 Viet- namese children evacuated last spring during Ihe confusion of "Operation BabylUt." On one side are Johnny and Bonnie Nelson of Forest City, Ben's adoptive parents. They received him last May and believed it was forever. On the other is Doan Thi Hoang Anh of Great Falls who placed eight children in a Saigon orphanage during Ihe fall of South Vietnam. She wants them back, including Ben. Both sides love Ben and want the best for him. But unlike the mother who came before King Solomon, they will not surrender the child. "If she truly loves Ben, she will leave him with us," says Bonnie Nelson as Ben nestles in her arms. "If they really love Ben, they -NOTICE- M SCISSOR MAN WILL BE BACK AT YOUR FERGUS FALLS GAMBLE STORE -ALSOKNIFESHARPEMNG- Friday, April 3t-10 a.m. to 5 p.m. il will be al (amble Store Ihelast Kridaj of Kvery Month I Scissors, pinking shears, knives, grass snears, bedge clippers sharpened while you wait. Factory method machine ground. Sharpened, adjusted, oiled all at one price. All work guaranteed. Pinking shears, $1.35 — Scissors, 7k 1 Install Spark Plugs...Points end Condenser. 1 Set factory specified engine dwell and iiming for your particular car. ' Aci,ust carburetor idle speed and fuel mixture. • Check (PCV) Positive Crcnkcase Ventilation Volve. 1 Insoect ail hoses for deterioration (crocks or oil damage) leaks—tighten as necessary. • Check Battery-clean and coot terminals. ' Check air cleaner eferr.ent and venti'ation filter. • Insoect all belts ior wear—lighten as necessary. will let him come to me," says Miss Anh as four of her children crowd around a picture of Ben. Adoption proceedings are al a standstill. Miss Anh, who prefers that title, never signed a release for adoption which is required by Iowa. She refuses to do so. A Winnebago County District Court judge in Iowa ruled that Miss Anh is Ben's natural mother and he must be returned to her. The Nelsons appealed. A two-judge Iowa Supreme Court panel ruled April 13 that Ben will remain with the Nelsons pending Ihe outcome of the appeal before the full court some time this summer. It is one of the few cases of actual litigation between parents and adoptive parents arising from the babylift. But it is one of many cases of confusion over parentage and orphan status. The Nelsons contend Miss Anh hasn't proved she Is Ben's natural mother and tnat Ben apparently did not recognize her in court Ben is happy and well adjusted. They point to the benefits of their home, the presence of a father and Nelson's job as public relations director of Waldorf College, a small Lutheran school. They also believe Miss Ann's children have different fathers — which she denies. In a tape- recorded conversation played in court, Miss Anh answers "yes" when asked by a social worker if her children have different fathers. Miss Anh explains she was joking and says, "All my children have the same father." She says she was the second, but not the legal wife of a French-Cambodian merchant who sent their children to a private French Catholic school. He was killed 14 months ago, she says. 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Miss Anh, 34, says a child belongs with its natural mother and she wants to teach Ben his Oriental heritage. "I will remember rest of my life that they loved him and gave him a good home, but my boy should come back where he came from," says Miss Anh. Miss Anh and her children are sponsored by Methodist churches. They live on welfare and food stamps and pay $160 a month for rent. Miss Anh takes English language and American history classes every day. Often, when she cannot sleep, she studies at 5 a.m. or tends her plants. She babysits, does occasional housework and plans to enroll in a nurse's aide course in June. She is described by social workers as an excellent mother. Her children are doing very well in school. To the Nelsons' questions, she says her house arid her homeland were burning and there was no time for birth certificates. She has been recognized as the mother by a court, an adoption agency and the Nelsons, she says. And why, she asks, would she battle for a child who is not her own? As South Vietnam was falling, Miss Anh walked 260 miles to Saigon with her seven children, including an infant, and the child of a friend. Believing she would die or maybe never escape, she took the children to the Friends of Children of Vietnam orphanage in Saigon last April M. Miss Anh says she never intended that the children be adopted unless she could not escape in two years. She told her eldest daughter, Maggie, 10, to keep the family together. Otter Toil earning! up Otter Tail Power Co. said Monday that its first-quarter earnings were up Si percent from a year earlier. Earnings per share of 91 cents were up from 33 cents in 1WS. Operating revenues of $19.1 million for the quarter ending March 31 were up 35 percent from $14.2 million a year earlier. Ferfis Falls (Mr! Miriil Tues., April 27,1976 )2 Correction The Daily Journal incorrectly stated in an article Friday thai a school purchased by Mrs. Margaret Miller had teen turned into an upholstery shop. The school is privately owmd and the upholstery shop is located at the Friberg Town Hall, south of the schooUiouse. Nilson Funeral Home 1)9 N. UNION AVENUE, FEtO'JS fAUS, MlhNI&OTA PHONE 7367834 A DRAMATIC HOME FOR A VACATION AREA, this house features a large, half-timbered gable with eight windows and truncated overhang. Other exterior features include a long, stone wall, and a huge brick-turret. Inside, there is a large living area with a cathedral type ceiling. There are two first floor bedrooms, while the second floor has a master suite and a railed balcony room which could be used as a studio. Plan HA929M has 1,062 square feet on the first floor and 625 on the second. It was designed by Rudolph A. Ma tern, and those wishing more information may write to 89 E. Jericho Tpke., Mineola, N.Y., 11501, enclosing a stamped, self- addressed envelope. Top playwrights find new areas MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Playwrights Edward Albee, Archibald McLeish and Terence Rattigan are in Karl Schmidt's worldwide stable of writers. Schmidt also wants Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams to sign up to write plays—{or the world's public • radio stations. Creative juices which have alternately flowed to the stage, radio, film and television in recent decades are returning to radio, says Schmidt, artistic di- Delegate totals WASHINGTON (AP) - Here are delegate votes by candidate based on binding reiniirements or stated preferences of delegates selected so far for the national party nominating conventions: Republican: Ford 2S8 137 221 626 1,130 Uncommitted Total chosen to date Needed to nominate: Democratic: Carter 267 Jackson 176 Udall 151 Wallace 105 Humphrey 34 Harris 16 Favorite Son 86 Other 9 Uncommitted 167 Total chosen to date 1,011 Needed to nominate: 1,505 Republican totals are based on completed delegate selection in Arizona, Florida, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Wisconsin, District of Columbia and Piierto Rico, and partial delegate selection in Illinois and Minnesota. Democratic totals are based on completed delegate selection in Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Canal Zone and Virgin Islands, and partial delegate selection in Iowa, Minnesota and Puerto Rico. rector of the Earplay series of dramas for public radio. "In Europe, all the best writers work for radio," he says. But in U.S. commercial broadcasting "all of the creative energy goes into those imaginative 30 second garbage pit!," Schmidt declared, referring .to production of commercial!. The Earplay series is being produced primarily in Minneapolis, with occasional trips to other locations, using funds provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Widely known U.S. actors and actresses have been used for some new productions to be broadcast starting In October. Members of prestigious repertory casts are used for other works. A highlight of the 1975-76 series of Earplay programs has been MacLeish's new work "The Great American Fourth ot July Parade.'' It is a dialogue between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, as they might comment on present day America. Schmidt, 53, is a University of Wisconsin professor and former manager of the public radio network in Wisconsin. He sees the plays commissioned by Earplay eventually reaching other media beyond the Uttata- lion National Public Radio network. Earplay was able to provide only (2,000 for Albee's new play "Listening," produced in New York and directed by the author. But the International Commissioning group that includes Earplay came up with a nine-nation guarantee of 113,000, enough to bring Albee into the fold. It is expected he will clear about $20,000 when other national public radio systems buy rights, while retaining rights for other media. "When you create that kind of market opportunity for a writer, you are producing a service beyond just noa-com- roerci&l r&dvo," sud ^"flH""^. who thinks Albee's play will be a stage production later. Although the Albee and MacLeish works are the attention-getters, Schmidt says the , overall aim of Earplay is to develop new writers, giving them. a chance to have their work displayed. "A writer learns more from having a play produced than from all other things combined," Schmidt said, "and the writer Is the most important animal in the whole business." Schmidt says there has bra "interest both ways" in an original radio play by Arthur Miller. Miller's "Death of a Salesman" also could be -an Earplay production shortly, sinre "George C. Scott said he'a '•« happy to have us along if he rt-Tounts another production," Scunktt said. The Guthrie Theater Company of Minneapolis has been used for several new productions, including original plays and classical stage works. Robert Lansing, a INO'i television star in "Twelve O'clock High," was cast in MacLeish's "J.B." recently along with Nancy Marchand of the 1975 TV series "Beacon Hill." The lead in Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House," was played by Broadway arid Guthrie actress Cara Dufl-MacCormick, who also has a role in the new movie "All the President's Men." Ai4ng Schmidt in stereo pro- duction techniques on several of the dramas was John Tydeman, a director on loan from the British Broadcasting Co. He has IS years experience in such drama work, mostly for radio. "The top playwrights in England and Europe do most of their work for noncommercial product**]," said TydemarL "If you are going to have excellence in the arts, it has to be subsidized. The BBC provides an outlet for 70 new writers a ' year and produces about TOO new play?, he said. Earplay has readied the point where it goes over about 20 new scripts each month. Schmidt feels "we may be seeing a reversal of what many people feel is an unfortunate one-way street of creativity from the BBC to U.S. non-commercial broadcasting." One of the new writers, Anne Leaton, Fort Worth, Tex., got the basic 11,000 fee for a half hour play "The Sound of the Planet Dissolving." Subsequent sale of her work to Canada, England, Sweden, West Germany, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia has earned another 18,000, and her, play is being considered by .several other national radio organizations. 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