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PT i- '-'"!, rT- f t . Final The "ASiance" Rag, 1779 T H W O K L D't OII4TIIT MCWSPAPKt Wednesday, January 14, 1976 11 TW-Hl 14 C J7 Cicss Triton 5 Sections 5e o r 0) : (o (7 v - I J ,.? - . . - ' r , I '. ' ;;a : . " w ''.' - . Holy cow! Caray's back "He's not always kindly, but he's never dull. ... He has style" is how Bill Veeck, White Sox owner, described Harry Caray Tuesday when he revealed the announcer has been retained as broadcaster. Details in Sports. Column 1 Computer is real pilot of jumbo jet But crew handles landings and takeoff s By David Young Transportation editor AL VERHAGE gets up in the morning and slops the hogs on his 180-acre farm near Marcellus, Mich. "I raise about 500 head and the corn to feed them," he says. "Breed my own." But every three or four days, Ver-hage, 54, piles into his Ford to go to work. That entails a 150-mile drive to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, where he puts on his captain's uniform and climbs into the cockpit of a United Air Lines DC-10 jumbo jet "IT'S SUCH a good jab-flying airplanesbecause you can live anywhere you want," says Richard K. Meadows, a native of Evanston and Verhage's copilot. Meadows commutes on Eastern Air Lines from his home in Naples, Fla. "I get a quarter fare," he says. His commuting is facilitated also by the fact that United pays its pilots a median salary of $55,000 a year. Some veterans get more than $74,000 all for a maximum of 77 hours of flying a month. "It looks like we'll have to wait in line, so we won't start the center engine now and save some fuel," says Meadows as the two men settle into their work routine. United is very energy conscious. Every time the price of jet fuel climbs a penny, it costs the airline $15 million a year. Verhage checks the flight plan, a computer printout telling him everything he needs to know about flying the plane to Denver on this day. The 106 passengers in the cabin to the rear adjust their seat belts and await the takeoff. In a few minutes, Runway 9 Right is cleared of other traffic, and Meadows eases the big plane onto it for takeoff. All engines are operating perfectly as the crew goes over the final checklist and Meadows tests the brakes. HE PUSHES the throttles forward, and the big plane lunges down the runway. At 148 miles an hour, Verhage shouts, "V-One!" indicating the point of no return. Beyond that speed, the plane cannot be stopped on the runway. It is committed to takeoff. An instant later, at 154 miles an hour, he shouts, "Rotate!" and Meadows eases the nose of the plane into the air to enable the wings to catch the full wind for takeoff. Some time before, a computer has calculated that, all factors considered, it would take that speed to get the big plane safely airborne at that particular instant. DC-lOs are powerful planes, and in a few seconds Chicago looks like a toy city in the smog as Meadows banks Continued on page 4, col. 1 Weather CHICAGO AND VICINITY: Wednes-day: Mostly sunny; high in middle 20s; northwesterly winds 10 to 18 m. p. h. Wednesday night: Fair; low in middle teens. Thursday: Increasing cloudiness; high in lower or middle 30s. Map and other reports on Sec. 3, p. 11. Gulf chief resigns m scandal PITTSBURGH APJ-Bob R. Dorsey will resign as chairman and chief executive officer of Gulf Oil Corp. in a shake-up following scandals involving a secret political slush fund, Gulf's board of directors said early Wednesday. The announcement came at the end of an extraordinary 16-hour board meeting. The shakeup at the nation's seventh largest corporation includes the resignations of William L. Henry as president of the Gulf Oil Real Estate Development Co., Fred Deering as senior vice president of that subsidiary, and Herbert C. Manning as vice president and secretary of the corporation, the board said. Jerry McAfee, 59, currently president of Gulf Oil Canada, Ltd., was named new chairman and chief executice officer, succeeding Dorsey, 63. DORSEY'S RESIGNATION came as a surprise since he had stated several times that he had nothing to do with the slush fund, which dispensed $12.3 million to politicians in the United States and abroad. He had indicated he intended to stay on as chief executive. The board had been meeting behind closed doors at company headquarters here since Monday afternoon. Tuesday's marathon session began at 9 a.m. and continued into the early morning hours. Prime topic of the meeting was the so-called "McCloy Report," a 300-page study of Gulf's legal and illegal political contributions from 1960 to 1973. IT WAS PREPARED by a three-man committee headed by New York City attorney John J. McCloy and was turned Continued on page 15, col. 1 Hint Dunlop quit despite Ford plea WASHINGTON API-Secretary of Labor John T. Dunlop is resigning despite a last-minute plea from President Ford to stay on the job, according to informed sources. Dunlop, who told the President of his decision at a private White House meeting Tuesday, is expected to make a formal announcement of his resignation Wednesday. Dunlop maintains that his position with organized labor became untenable when Ford vetoed the controversial common-site picketing bill, the sources said. DURING THE 35-MINUTE White House session, which was held at the request of Dunlop, the President failed to talk him out of quitting, according to the sources. However, Dunlop agreed to remain in the Cabinet until Jan. 31, when he is expected to return to his teaching post at Harvard University. White House officials had described Ford as anxious to avoid any further changes in his administration. On Nov. 2, he fired Defense Secretary James R. Schlesinger and Central Intelligence Director William E. Colby, while stripping Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger of his post as director of the National Security Council. White House Press Secretary Ron Nessen, under questioning from reporters, acknowledged in the early evening that Dunlop had asked to meet with Ford. "It was a private meeting. I can't say anything more," Nessen said. SPECULATION about a successor to Both trains in CTA crash faulty, probe reveals By David Young Transportation editor BOTH RAPID transit trains involved in Friday's CTA crash which left one dead and 310 injured were plagued with malfunctioning equipment, according to federal investigators. Hubert H. Jewell Jr., rail safety expert with the National Transportation Safety Board, said the crash probably would not have occurred had the lead train been able to leave the Addison Street station on schedule. "It was delayed because as it entered the station, it had three cars in which the circuit breakers malfunctioned," Jewell said. - fc A ill f. n , - .7 1 iSr 1 V i ..rr.;; m " ft" l " Z mi' Winter wonderland turns to slush Pedestrians battle slush for an equal footing in the Loop of snow in some places. Students were sent home early Tuesday while a winter storm dumped up to 7, inches and rush-hour traffic was snarled. Story on page 3. XV. J. Usery, Jr., director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, is odds-on favorite to succeed John T. Dunlop as secretary of labor. Page 15. Dunlop has focused on W.J. Usery Jr., director of the Federal Mediation Service, who is highly regarded by labor and management. Dunlop's resignation has been expected since Ford announced before Christmas that he would veto a bill that would have increased union picketing power. It would have allowed unions striking only one subcontractor at a construction site to close down the entire site. Dunlop supported the legislation and had won Ford's endorsement of it. When he vetoed the bill, Ford admitted it contained everything he asked for when he promised to sign it. But he said he changed his mind because the legislation would have led to chaos in the construction industry. POLITICAL OBSERVERS said the veto was designed to mollify conservative supporters of former California Gov. Ronald Reagan, who is challenging Ford for the Republican presidential nomination. Openly disappointed, Dunlop spent the last several weeks trying to determine whether the President's action undercut his effectiveness with labor. Aides had said Dunlop's decision would be based not on anger, but on an evaluation of whether the veto left him in an untenable position. It was disclosed previously that the cab signal safety system of the following train was turned off because it was not working properly. WALENTY SZOFER, 52, a CTA mo-torman since 1966, left his cab in the six-car Kennedy line train to determine which three cars were having problems with circuit breakers. Although the train could have been operated at reduced speed with only three of its six electric power units functioning properly, Jewell said, it was desirable to have all six operating. Jewell said Szofer told him he walked from car to car to check the circuit breakers. The exact amount of time taken by the action is not known, although 'Vr'."' - '' -.-r- - John Dunlop The President formally vetoed the picketing bill Jan. 2, causing the resignations last Thursday of the nine labor members of the Collective Bargaining Committee in Construction, which Dunlop headed. THE VETO was an embarrassment to Dunlop, 61, who had told union leaders and key congressmen that he expected Ford to sign the bill, based on earlier statements by the President that he favored the principle of the legislation. The bill was opposed by building contractors, right-to-work advocates, and leading Republican conservatives. White House advisers warned the President that he would lose conservative support in his 1976 campaign if he signed the measure. IN VETOING the bill, Ford knew such action might cost him the services of his labor secretary. Later, in an effort to soothe Dunlop's feelings and avoid losing him, the President praised the secretary as "an extremely valuable member of his administration" and urged him to remain. it probably took a couple of minutes, Jewell said. POWER WAS restored in the cars by resetting the breakers by hand. Circuit breakers, like fuses, prevent electrical system overloads by automatically shutting off power when a problem occurs. Before Szofer could get his train started again, however, the four-car train slammed into it from the rear. The second train had a malfunctioning cab signal safety system and the train's motorman, McKinly Ross, 35, had been given permission to turn the system off and operate the train. Had the cab signal been working properly, it would have stopped the train automatically when it detected the stopped train i A mm MVr ft Sr f It' faw L" : X.v.a n RixlevX ".- Hi. r- VYf i i Tribune Ptioto by Aalter Neal II in Library Board retains Newman By Dave Schneidman RALPH G. NEWMAN, convicted of altering former President Nixon's personal papers to give Nixon a tax break, Tuesday was re-elected president of the Chicago Public Library Board. The board members re-elected Newman by a 6-to-O vote. Two members were absent and Newman abstained from the voting and discussion. Also re-elected was Louis Lerner, board vice president, who served as acting president during Newman's trial in Chicago's Federal District Court. Newman, 64, was fined $10,000 after being convicted Nov. 12 on charges of aiding in the preparation of a fraudulant tax return for Nixon while he was President and lying about his part. A LETTER was read to the board from a citizen who said Newman, by his conviction, showed a "dishonest craving for money and power," and urged members not to re-elect him. One board member however, said the board "has received literally hundreds of letters" urging Newman's retention. The letters were not read in the meeting, board members said, because time didn't allow it. Lerner said, "Newman's public service to the board and the city warrants his re-election." AFTER LEARNING of his re-election, Newman told the board, "I think you know how closely I feel for this institution and its welfare. I wouldn't do anything to hurt its welfare or its progress. In the future, I believe I'll work even harder for its welfare." ahead, avoiding any crash, investigators said. An estimated 1,200 CTA riders were delayed during the morning rush hour Tuesday when five trains were taken out of service due to malfunctions in their cab signal safety systems. Ross told Jewell he was blinded temporarily by the glare from the sun and snow and did not see the other train in time to stop. The federal investigators said the delay of the first train, although it was a contributing factor in the accident, was not a cause. Responsibility for avoiding rear-end crashes rests with the crews of the trailing trains, they said. Preliminary checks by NTSB railroad Find body alongside Lisle road By Patricia Leeds and Philip Wattley SIXTEEN-Y EAR -OLD Pamela A. Maurer of Woodridge, a high school junior, was found strangled Tuesday alongside College Road about 1V4 miles south of Maple Avenue in west suburban Lisle. Lisle Police Chief M.J. Wurth said the murder weapon may have been a length of rubber hose which was found near the girl's fully clothed body. The hose was being tested in the police laboratory. Pamela, who lived at 7638 Butternut Ct. in Woodridge, was reported missing to Woodridge police at 11 p. m. Monday when she failed to return from the house of a girl friend about two blocks from her own home. THE BODY WAS discovered at 7:27 a. m. by Thomas Pattermann, Lisle Township highway commissioner. He said he saw a purse along the west side of the road, thought someone might have been hit by a car, and made a U-turn in the highway and returned to the scene. The body was lying on the outside of a guard rail which protects motorists from driving off the highway where it makes a slight turn. Investigators believe the slayer may have dumped the body there to make the girl's death appear to be a hit-and-run auto accident case. Chief Wurth said there were bruises on the girl's neck that indicated that she had been strangled. Because the girl was wearing a hooded coat, the bruises did not completely encircle the neck. The girl's clothing was not disarranged, and Chief Wurth said tests indicated she had not been sexually molested. Her purse contained her identification papers and a small amount of mon- Continued on page 15, col. I Ralph Newman after reelection The two board members absent from the meeting were Dr. Preston Bradley and Leslie J. Sorenson. Before the vote, Dr. Alex Ladenson, special executive assistant to the board, told the board he conducted a study which showed there was no legal reason why Newman could not be re-elected. A board spokesman said the board asked the city corporation counsel's office for an opinion regarding Newman's re-election. Ladenson did not disclose whether his opinion was based on the counsel opinion. Efforts to reach the corporation counsel's office for comment were not successful. safety specialist William G. Meeker indicates that glare from sun and snow could have been a major factor in the crash Jewell said. Meeker rode several Kennedy line trains Monday to check on the accuracy of Ross's statement that he was blinded, and said he had difficulty seeing ahead along the track because of the glare. "There is a good possibility that this was a factor," Jewell said. Tests are scheduled later to determine how well the second train's braking systems worked, Jewell added. Jewell said the NTSB investigators, who were scheduled to return to Washington Tuesday, will take sworn depos- Continued on page IS, col. 1 HM!llill jkBMHIHHMHlMt

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