10 -Moiiday, May 3, 1965 Redlands Daily Facts Increasing concern shown for nation's older people The Aging (1) Editors note: America's population is growing by leaps and bounds and at tlie same time life expectancies are increasing. Each day 5,000 persons reach 65. This increase in "senior citizens" poses many problems—for the aging and for those who care for them. UPl national reporter Harry Ferguson discusses some of them in this dispatch, first of three on the subject. By HARRY FERGUSON WASHINGTON (UPI)— Even- day 5,000 ."Americans turn age 65. 11 is safe to say that millions of old people are living longer and enjoying it less. Not all of them, oE course. Many of them adjust smoothly to their new way of life and learn that there is considerable validity in the slogan that the later years of thpir lives can be the golden ones. But the hard facts are depressing. There are three million elderly families trying to live on less than $3,000 a year. There are nearly six million elderly persons struggling along on less than Sl,800. That kind of income definitely puts them in the category that the federal government calls poverty. There is increased concern by I he federal government, including Congress, about old people. It would be nice to say that Congress is acting out of humanitarian instincts, but it wouldn't be true. Congress is concerned because there are about 18 million Americans past 65 and almost all of them are entitled to vote. Any senator or representative who views Ihe plight of the aged with indifference is inviting retirement to private life, and all of them l<now it. Recent Development In the long history of the United States the federal government's concern about old people is a fairly recent development. It has occurred, for instance, in the adult lifetime of President Johnson and he men lioned that fact in accepting the annual report o£ his coun cil on aging—a special group set up to study the problem: "When I first came to Washington, we were doing nothing. Social Security was not even talked about. Old age, as I understood, was not prevalent and it took the combined efforts of President Roosevelt and Huey Long and a good many others lo dramatize the situation where we could really do something for the aged. "Up to that time most of our Additional Sports Sports page on pages 12 and 13 Trainer awed by his colt's Derby victory LOUISVILLE, Ky. (UPI) Lucky Debonair's trainer still was a little awed today by his colt's victory in the $154,500 Kentucky Derby Saturday at Churchill Downs. "Imagine starting the year with a maiden and tour months later winnmg the Kentucky Derby." said Frank Catrone, uiio conditions Lucky Debonair for Mrs. Ada L. Rice of Chi' cago. To Enter Preakness "He came out of the race perfect and we'll ship to Baltimore on Monday or Tuesday for Ihe Preakness," Catrone said. Lucky Dehonair, after running head and head with Flag Raiser for a mile, opened up a big lead in the stretch and then outgamed Dapper Dan to win .America's racing classic by a neck. Tom Rolfe was two lengths farther back in third place, followed by Native Charger, Hail To All. Mr. Pak, Swift Ruler. Flag Rai,ser, Carpenter's Rule. Bold Lad and Narushua. Bill Shoemaker, winner with Sw^aps in 1955 and willi Toniy Lee in 1950, rode Lucky Deixjn- air over the mile and one-quarter in 2:01 1-5. the third fastest running of the Kentucky Derby. The son of \'erte.\ paid S10.60, S5.40 and S4.20 and earned 8112,000. Dapper Dan paid S26.00 and S12.60 wliile Tom Rolfe returned S4.S0. A puzzled Bill Winfrey reported that Bold Lad, the 2-1 favorite who never was a serious factor Uirughout the race, also was fine. elections had been run on the basis of whether you were wet or dry, prohibitionist of anti- prohibitionist, Klan or anti- Klan, or whether you were for the local bridge or against the local bridge ... I never heard of Social Scurity until I was 21 years old. All I heard was whether you were wet or dry, for the courthouse group or against them." Not Enough Oldsters The reason President Johnson did not hear anything about old people w^hen he first came to Washington was that in the cynical world of politics there were not enough of them to make a noise loud enough to be heard in the halls of Congress. In this century there has • been a startling increase in the number of persons past 65. Like this: In 1900 there were 3.1 million. In 1940, 9 million. In 1960. 16.6 million. In 1965, 18 million. The projection for 1980 is 24.5 million; for 2000, 32.3 million. Old people not only have increased in great numbers, but they have become organized and vocal. Politicians are facing up the fact that you had better worry about the old folks or else. For m.uch of this century medical science concerned itself, not with the aged, but witli the infant and the adolescent. The results were gratifying. In 1900 the death rate from the communicable diseases of childhood — such things as measles, scarlet fever, whooping cough and diptheria — was 65.2 per thousand. Today those diseases almost have been con quered and the death rate is negligible. Got Good Results Then the doctors turned their attention to ailments of the adults and the aged, and again the results were good. The average life expectancy of Americans shot upward in a steep curve. In 1900 it was around 45 years. Today it is around 70. On Aug. 14, 1935, President Roosevelt signed the Social Security law and said it was "a cornerstone in a structure that is being built but is by no means complete." His words were prophetic. Social Security has helped the aged, but it has not solved their problems. Over the years Congress has passed at least eight amendments to the Social Security Act, liberalizing and improving the benefits. It currently has under consideration a bill for medicare under Social Security^ But the federal action has not kept pace with the problem, even though most of the states also provide some form of old age assistance. It is as dangerous to general ize about old people as it is about teen-agers. Democrats, Baptists or chorus girls. Many of them are well adjusted and happy. But many of them also are ill, discouraged, hopeless and helpless. To them the ticking of the clock day after day grows louder until it seems to be a bell tolling their doom. That is why President Johnson has chosen this month of May to try to rally the nation to the problems of the aged. He knows millions of them need more money, but he is equally interested in bestowing up them the priceless ingredients o£ optimism and hope. (Tomorrow: The deadly threat of old age boredom.) Kaekley sets CBL record in CIF swim prelimineiry Redlands high freestyler Dean Kaekley gained liigh school Ail- American honors and set a new CBL league record Saturday in the CIF preliminary swimming meet at Santa Monica City College. Kaekley, a member of coach Bob Chambers Terrier swimming team, whipped through the 50-yeard freestyle in 22.6 in a non-winning performance to gain the honors. Kaekley placed third and will be in the CIF finals Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Cerritos College. Garth Huffaker, in the 100- yard backstroke, and Jim Gardner in the 50 free and 100 breast, also qualified for the finals for the Terriers. Huffaker turned Uie 100 back in 1:00.6 for fith place. Gardner qualified in the 100 breast in 1:02.9 and placed fifth in the freestyle. Yankee uniforms bring out best in Robin Roberts Redlands 200-yard freestyle relay team of Dean Kaekley, Dave Scott, Jim Gardner and Garth Huffaker turned in a l:32.7time for third place and a trip to the finals. Other non-qualifing performances by RHS swimmers were Bill Spencer, Bob Bruckart, Dean Battersby and John Gorman in the class B 200 medley relay with a 1:54.0 time. Gorman swam the B 200 freestyle in 1:59 flat and the 100- yard butterfly in 1:02.5. Dave Scott turned the A 200 free in 1:57.7. Huffaker missed in the 50 free class A. Steve Melcher turned in a 1:01.2 in the 100 Butterfly A. Dean Kack ley tird for seventh in the A 100 free. Don Acheson in the Class C 100 free had a 56.7. Bob Bruckart in tlie B 100 yard breaststroke was timed in 1:09.4 once agasn on fop of golf worJd WASHINGTON (UPD-There are about 13,000 Americans past the age of 100. The Social Security Administration has surveyed some of them to try to find out the secret of- their longevity. Some of the answers: —"I got where I am by avoiding blondes." —"I try to follow the Ten Commandments." —"Always looking at the bright side." —"A swig of wine in the morning and another swig night." LAS VEGAS, Nev. (UPI)-: The familiar figure of Arnold Palmer was on top of the golf world once again today. Palmer gained revenge on his constant rival, Jack Nicklaus, Sunday and led 22 other Pro- Sessional Golf Association (PGA) champions from wire to wire to win $14,000 and the Tournament of Champions title. It was Palmer's first victory in 20 PGA-sponsored starts, going back to the Oklahoma City Open which he won a year ago. He did win tlie World Match Play championship at Wembley, England, last November — but that did not count as an official PGA title. Nicklaus stripped Palmer of his coveted Masters championship three weeks ago and also edged Palmer of money-winning honors m 1964. But Arnie achie-'ed a measure of revenge at the windswept Desert Inn Counb-y Club course when he waltzed home with a 277-11 under par — while Nicklaus finished 13 shots back at 290. "I had heard so much about me not winning a tournament in 9 starts it was getting to me," the 35-year-old slugger from Latrobe, Pa., admitted after his closing 71 gave him a two-stroke lead over the fast charging Juan (Chi Chi) Rodriguez, who earned $8,000. Palmer hopes to keep his winning streak going in the $100,000 Colonial National Invitation tournament at Fort Worth, Te.x., ne.'ct week bu! Nicklaus will not be in the starting field. Nicklaus returned to his Columbus, Ohio, home where his wife is expecting their third child. Palmer chalked up rounds of 66-69-71-71—277 in the Tournament of Champions. He nailed 15 birdies en route and made a very important eagle in the final round against only sLx bogeys. More importantly. Palmer did not have a single three-putt-green over the 72- hole route — and putting had been bothering him in recent months. Dapper Doug Sanders of Ojai, Calif., collected $6,000 for his third place finish of 281, then came Sam Snead, at 52 the oldest player in the tournament, and Kel Nagle of Australia at 283, good for $4,750. Each fired a two-under-par 70 on the final round despite the bothersome wind. Miller Barber and Billy Casper Jr. shared sixth at 286 and each pocketed $3,750. Then came Bruce Crampton of Australia and Dick Sikes at 287, worth $2,900. George Knudson of Canada posted a 289 for $2,400 and then came Nicklaus whose final round of 78 ruined his chances of catching Palmer. Nicklaus won $2,150. • By United Press International Nothing personal, but the sight of a Yankee uniform always seems to bring out the best in Ro' 'n Roberts. The 38-; r-old Roberts completed the Baltimore Orioles' doubleheader sweep of the Yankees Sunday with a 5-0 vie tory, the 274th triumph and 42nd shutout of his 18-year career in the major league. It was also his fifth win against the Yankees as opposed to a single loss since the Bronx Bombers released him three years ago this month without giving him a chance to throw as much as a single pitch. The Yankees had purchased Roberts from the Phillies Oct. 18, 1961, and released him May 8 the following year. Robbie looked back S u n day on the bad deal the Yankees handed him without even a frown. No Bad Feelings "I don't hold any bad feeling toward the Yankees and I don't try any harder against them than any other club," he said. "Honest, there's nothing personal. If I changed uniforms tomorrow, I'd do my very best for them, too." Roberts, who passed old Yankee Red Ruffing and took over 15th spot on the all-time winning list, scattered six hits and posted his third complete game victory, tops in the American League this season. Off to bis best start since the old days with the Phillies, Rob erts said he has set no goals for himself this season, but added: "I would like to win 300 before I retire." Rookie Curt Blefary, a former Yankee bonus baby, also returned to haunt the Bombers with a two-run homer in t h e first game, his fifth. The Yankees tied the score 2-2 in the ninth on doubles by Joe Pepitone and Tony Kubek but Johnny Orsino and Jerry Adair delivered run-scoring singles in the 10th to give the Orioles a 4-2 victory. Stu Miller was the winner. Washmgton swept past the Indians 3-2 and 4-2 at Cleveland; Boston dealt the Tigers a double setback, 2-1 and 10-3 at Detroit; Minnesota whipped the White Sox 3-2 in 10 innings then dropped a 5-4 decision at Chicago and Los Angeles stopped host Kansas City 10-8 before losing, 9-5. Twin Bills Swept In the National League, all three doubleheaders resulted in sweeps. Cincinnati toppled the New York Mets 9-4 and 10-8 at home, St. Louis defeated the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates 9-5 and 5-4 and Philadelphia beat host Milwaukee 6-0 and 10-7. Chicago beat Houston 6-3 under the Astrodome and San Francisco beat the Dodgers in Los Angeles 4-2. Jim King drove in the winning runs in both games for the Senators although he needed some alert base-nmning help from Ed Brinkman, a pinch- runner, who raced home from third, on King's pop foul to first baseman Chuck Hinton, with the decisive run in the opener. King, appearing as a pinch- hitter in the eighth inning of the nightcap, looped a run-scoring single which snapped a 2-2 tie. Relievers Buster Narum and Ron Kline were the winners. Earl Wilson yielded only one unearned run for Boston until he pulled a muscle behind his right knee making a pitch in the eighth inning of the opener. Arnold Early and Dick Radatz relieved to protect Wilson's victory. Rookie Mike Ryan slugged two homers for the Red Sox in the nightcap and Dalton Jones drove in four runs with a homer, triple and single. Bill Mon- bouquette picked up the victory. Harmon Killebrew homered and doubled to drive in all of Minnesota's runs in the opener. Don Buford and Floyd Robinson homered for the White Sox in the second game to help rookie Bruce Howard to his second victory. Howard allowed four hits in six innings before leaving with a blister on the middle finger of his right hand. The Athletics ended their losing streak at seven behind the effective pitching of Fred Talbot, who survived a four-run third inning. The A's drubbed Ken McBride for five rlns in the first including a homer by Bill Bryan. The Angels rapped 15 hits in the opener with two home runs by rookie Paul Jim Hall of Texas walks off with win at Riverside RIVERSIDE (UPI)—Jim HaU, Midland, Tex., walked off with $2,950 Sunday when he captured U.S. Road Racing Circuit (US- RRC) championship here. Hall, driving a Chevrolet Chaparral, covered the 182 miles in a record time of 1:48.49 at an average speed of 100.346. Hall's teammate, Hap Sharp, also of Midland, crossed the finish line 16 seconds behind the winner to take second place. Hall grabbed the lead on the seventh lap of the 70-lap race and was never headed. Don Wester of Monterey was third, 51 seconds behind the winner in his Genie Ford, while George Forrmer, Pasadena, was fourth in a Lotus Porsche. In the earlier manufacturers' race for grand touring cars. Ken Miles of Hollywood averaged 93.587 miles an hour to win. He covered the 48 laps 26 seconds ahead of Scooter Patrick of Manhattan Beach. Miles, driving a Ford Cobra, bettered his record of 92.55 miles an hour set last year. ORIOLES OPTION KNOWLES NEW YORK (UPD-Darold Knowles, 23-year-oId lefthandcd pitcher, has been optioned by the Baltimore Orioles to Rochester of the International League. Schaal and another by Bob Rodgers providing the power. ISRAELI BEAUTY HOLLYWOOD (UPI) - Israeli beauty Gila Golan will co-star at I ivith James Coburn in "Our Man I Flint" at 20th Century-Fox. Buying something big? an Apply for an HFC Big Purchase Loan We're not recommending you buy an elephant. But if there is something big and expensive that you really need, an HFC Big Purchase Loan may help you get it. It may save you money, too, by letting you bargain with the power of good, hard cash. 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