Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 25, 1970 · Page 32
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 32

Carroll, Iowa
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Wednesday, November 25, 1970
Page 32
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New Political, Psychological Problems Raised U.S. Widens Knowledge Gap; Computer Puts Rest of World Behind By BRUCE BI OSS AT CXEA Washington Correspondent) WAHINGTON — The mayor of a large city in Communist eastern Europe was talking to a U.S. diplomat in the mayor's office. What struck the American was the Red official's preoccupation with our immense world lead in the new technologies — and especially in computers. With amazing candor, the mayor correctly characterized that lead as growing and as putting the rest of the world — but most particularly fine Commu­ nis countries — at a deepening disadvantage. His responses were a mix* ture of admiration, wonderment and very serious concern. He could not see how his country, in concert with other Iron Curtain lands and the Soviet Union itself, could do anything but fall farther and farther behind the United States. | It was plain, too, that the mayor regards high development in computers and related knowledge devices as critical to any kind of hopeful approach by men — irrespective of ideology — to the smothering problems that are already upon us or can be foreseen. My conversations in Europe this summer suggest tihat the Red mayor has plenty of company both behind and on this side of the Iron Curtain. And some of our thoughtful writers, like Peter Drucker and Zbigniew Brzezinski, have recently penned books which focus intensely on the "knowledge explosion" and our preeminent role in it. Of course, neither the Soviet Union nor its satellites can openly acknowledge the yawning gulf separating us from them in this field. Indeed, in an unsurprising effort alt putdown, the Kremlin gave to one Z. Yuryev, in the youth-oriented magazine Komsomolskaya,. the task of attacking Brzezinski. Comrade Yuryev's sputtering barrage failed totally. The facts are Incredible. We operate some 80 per cent of all the computers in the world. By probably no coincidence, it is estimated that America has originated about 80 per cent of all scientific and technical discoveries in the last few decades. We have a big advantage in the use of potent lasers, and the Infer* national Atomic Energy Agency says that by 1975 we will most likely be using more nuclear power for peaceful purposes than the next 11 most populous nations combined. U.S. computers in use here may have gone past 70,000 in number. Defense, space and the Atomic Energy Commission account for only about 10 per cent of this total. Russia's public embarrassment is understandable — its non-military compu Bake Sale Report at Busy Wrens (Times Herald News Service) WESTS IDE — The Busy Wrens Club met Wednesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Wilbert Lussman with 10 members and four guests present. A good report was received on the bake sale held by the club on election day. Thanks was expressed to all who helped make it a success. The club is continuing to make Santa Claus lid covers. The Dec. 2 meeting will be the Christmas meeting, with a noon potluck dinner at the home of Mrs. Clem Mueggenberg. Sunday afternoon and evening, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Petersen attended a surprise housewarming party at Perry honoring Mr. and Mrs. Albert Petersen. Father Feted for 85th Birthday (Times Herald News Service) CARNARVON - Mrs. Bilda Tiefenthaler entertained for dinner in her home Sunday in honor of her father's 85*h birthday. Mrs. Lucille Hohr and family, in company with Mr. and Mrs. John Schlie and daughter of Denison, were weekend guests in the Keitih Brotherson and Dennis Eaton homes at Perry. Roger Dumdei of Ames spent the weekend in the Merle Dumdei home. Mrs. George Straight re- tunned home Wednesday eve- wing from Alabama where she spent several days. Mrs. Jack Fogerty spent Monday and Tuesday with her daughter Mary in Iowa City. Career Girl Sitting pretty in the grass is Vicki Holme. The English lass arrived in Australia recently to pursue a modeling career. RISING COSTS FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) Rising costs have forced the Kentucky Welfare Department to shelve plans to build a new diagnostic center for delinquents and a new boys' camp, both in Western Kentucky. Jaycee Award to W. F. Ohde (Times Herald News Service) MANNING - William F. Ohde received the Distinguished Service award presented by Manning Jaycees at their first Honors Banquet on Wednesday evening, Nov. 18. The award was presented to Mr. Ohde, who has been active in civic affairs for many years by Bill Gustafson, president of the Manning Jaycees, who acted as master of ceremonies at the banquet. The Rev. Norbert Weber gave the invocation before ladies of Zion Evening Circle served the dinner in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Other awards presented by the Jaycees, who balloted on | nomniees were: Elmer Mueller, outstanding businessman, j presented by Duarie Momson; Charles Brotherton, outstanding educator, presented by Keitih Hass; Beverly Mitchell, outstanding religious leader, presented by Barry Kusel; Billy Waniinger, outstanding young farmer, presented by Larry Genzen, and Larry Genzen, outstanding Jaycee, awarded byj Merle Karstems. Don Haines, Ankeny, state president of the Jaycees, was guest speaker for the banquet. Mr. Haines attended an international Jaycees convention in Ireland, and told the group of his experiences there. He dwelt upon world conditions, and the efforts of Jaycees to improve conditions, and aid all citizens. Children were taught to read and write at age four in Egypt [ 3,000 years ago. Does Lange's Milk really make you feel 10 years younger? ...ask any 9 year old! ter total is estimated at somewhere between 2,000 and 3,500 (as of 1966), roughly the same as the number in much less populous Japan or West Germany or even the United Kingdom. What seemed to stagger the eastern European mayor was not just this gross disparity of numbers. He showed a sophisticated awareness of our swift advancement to higher "generations" of computers, and found 16 Times Herald, Carroll, la. Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1970 this the hardest thing to swallow. We have plunged heavily in* to the ''third generation," meaning we are producing and using computers whose miniaturized circuitry . is so complex that a given device may pour out millions upon m i 11 i o n s of calculations in small fractions el e second. Drucker, in his 'celebrated book, "The Age of Discontinuity," figures this country will need one million new computes programmers in the next 15 years, not to mention another 500,000 systems engineers and designers and other specialists drawing on the computer's out-, put. There,is no use trying to stop all this. Radicals' bombs have smashed a few computers but they are not even a ripple on the tide. As vre can see, the Reds don't want to stop us but to catch up. .We are In this realm the envy of the globe., This makes hew political and psychological problems for us abroad. Yet, notwithstanding foreign and domestic critics' blasts against the huge force of our technologies, Brzezinski. echoes practical leaders everywhere when he says, in "Between Two Ages," that "the United States is the innovative and creative society of today." The science explosion he finds "the most rapidly expanding aspect of our entire reality." 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