The Times from San Mateo, California on March 30, 1974 · Page 21
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The Times from San Mateo, California · Page 21

San Mateo, California
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Saturday, March 30, 1974
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SSF Students for Survival' By JACK BIK , Thirty-six South San Francisco High School students ended their 72-hour "starve for survival" Friday. For four days, the students limited their diets to 266 calories a day. This amount, according to teacher Bob Jacobs, is the amount each person in the world would receive if all food were equally distributed. Participants received one meal a day -- a cup of plain cooked rice, a half-cup of spinach, and one.cup of powdered milk -- that is all. Students attended all their classes.. including physical education. They were not allowed to leave the school, watch television or listen to the radio or phonograph. Peninsula News They slept in the school gymnasium, which, to some extent, paralleled conditions under which the average person in the world subsists. "Not many students in this school know what starvation really is." Jacobs declared. "What they have is very much taken for granted." He added that "we are trying to dramatize the prob- lem of hunger and starvation Starving students wore armbands around the school and found themselves the butt of a good deal of gobd- .natured teasing, but they feel the message is getting through. "We found we related to each other a good deal more than to our normal friends," one girl commented. Each student had a spon- in a non-violent manner." f° r ' who P^dged at least A day before the end of the three Cents an hour - Some starve, Jacobs commented, that the students began to feel a bit light-headed, were SI,270 is expected to be raised for "Futures for Children." an American Indian getting tired" and losing their group ' concentration. The starve program was Taking part in the starve climaxed Friday afternoon was one mother. All the stu- by a party, and favorite food dents had to have parental was prepared, such as pizza, permission to participate. lasagna and chocolate Ccike. Vet Benefit Hike Near? Veterans of the Vietnam War. p a r t i c u l a r l y those attending college, may have benefits coming they don't know about. Appearing before a gathering of only 20 Vietnam veterans who a p p e a r e d at a Vietnam Vet's Day observation Friday at Canada College, Tom Constantino, field assistant for Congressman Paul N. McCloskey, noted that veterans may be in line for a 13 per cent increase in financial benefits. The House of Representatives has approved the 13 per cent hike, and the Senate has started hearings on the bill, Constantino said. If approved, as expected, and signed by President Nixon, as expected, the bill will increase the single vet- e r a n ' s stipend to $250 a month. Constantino reported. He urged veterans to write behalf of McCloskey. and or telegraph their senators Charlotte Schultz, field rep- to urge passage of the bill for increased benefits, as well as further extension of the deliminating period (the time between discharge and taking advantage of educa DA to Ask Voters For Split Office San Mateo county Dist. Atty. Keith C. Sorenson this week said he again would attempt to have a proposition splitting his office into two divisions placed before the voters next November. The same measure was defeated last year. It would create two divisions: county counsel for civil matters: district attorney for criminal matters.. "The two areas are very distinct and specialized, and each r e q u i r e s c o m p l e t e attention of a department head." Sorenson said. "It's impossible for one person to e f f i c i e n t l y p e r f o r m t h e duties of both divisions." Sorenson has been doing both for 20 years. He said San Matoe County is one of the "last holdouts" in creating a county counsel in the state with comparable or larger populations. The D.A. predicted victory in November because "it makes sense." He would not say which division he would man if the measure passed. "I like them both." Sorenson is expected to request the Board of Supervisors to authorize the proposition within "'the next few weeks. tional benefits) from eight years to an unlimited period, if that is what they desire. Also, the spokesman noted, there are bills before Congress seeking to extend the period during which educational benefits can be paid. The p r e s e n t l i m i t is 36 months (four years of college) and an effort is being made to extend that period to 48 months. Chester S h r o y e r . San Mateo County veterans service officer, reported that many veterans who are disabled as a result of service connected injuries, are eligible for a $2,300 s t i p e n d towards purchase of a car. There are other benefits due veterans and many are not aware of them, he said. Although Congressman McCloskey. U.S. Senator Alan Cranston and State Senator Arlen Gregorip were a n n o u n c e d as going to appear at the observation Friday, none could make it. Constantino appeared on resentative for Senator Gregorio. a p p e a r e d on the latter's behalf. Both, as well as state and federal veterans and employment officials, urged that Vietnam veterans file their discharge papers with the county recorder's office as a means of assuring their eligibility for various benefits in event the original documents are lost or destroved. ·Saturday, March 30, 197.4 THE TIMES San Mateo-21 ·* James Landess Jennifer Porter Henry Sanchez Michael Deering Youths Score in Science Fair There were several San Mateo County winners among those announced Friday by directors of the Twenty-first Annual San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair for junior and senior high school students. ·A panel of 60 Bay Area scientists and engineers judged the projects. The fair opened to the public today at the Academy of Science building at Golden Gate Park. Hours through April 3 at 16 a.m. to 5 p.m. San Mateo County winners were: Henry Sanchez. Crestmoor High School. "The Effects of Amino Acids on the Rate of Regeneration in the Hydra." in twelfth grade biological science; and Michael Deering. Crestmoor. "Perception in Interpreting Space," in twelfth grade math-computers, both first place: Jennifer Porter. Alma Heights Christian Academy. Pacifica. "Biotic Variations and Ecdysis in Astacus." eighth grade biological first place; · James Landess. Cunha Intermediate School, Half Moon Bay, "Solar Heating." seventh grade physical science, second place: Mark Jessen, McKinley Junior High. Redwood City, "Do Crystals Have a Universal Conformation," eighth grade physical science, third place, Pamela Gotelli. Alma Heights. "Differential Regeneration in Planaria" eighth grade biological science, third plac e: Carol Hess. McKinley. "How to Stay Warm." seventh grade physical science, third place Allyson Burwell. St. Pius School. Redwood City. "The Value of Compost." seventh grade biological science, third place. Deering also won a U.S. Army special award medallion and John Buckham of Hillsdale High received an Air Force award, plus a day's tour of Hamilton Air Force Base with six other award winners. Martin Hoff of St. Joseph's School in Menlo Park got a certificate of honor from the Microbiology Society and from the California Society of Pathologists. Teresa Forsell of St. Dunstan's School in Millbrae was awarded a scroll and $25 savings bond by the American Meteorlogical Society Northern California Chapter. Steve Jacoubowsky of McKinley won a certificate and scientific books from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Mills Caseload Increases Not only out-patient but inpatient treatments increased lust year at Mills Memorial Hospital, and there was a large increase in the number of special treatments and tests given, Robert D. Burness Jr.. administrator, reported at the annual meeting of the board of directors this week. Emmett G. Solomon, reelected p r e s i d e n t a t t h e meeting, reported the total operating budget at $14 million and said the hospital payroll, including benefits, rose 11 per cent to S8.8 million. E v e n v o l u n t e e r w o r k showed substantial increase, Mrs. Arnold Labson, president of the Mills Hospital Auxiliary, reported. She said that 440 adults and 160 candy stripers gave 62.158 hours of service. Burness cited the following statistics: Mills served 12.579 inpatients in 1973. gained 5 per cent in-patient days w i t h 98.321 in 1973, and gained 7 per cent in surgical procedures, registering a total of 7.681. Over-nil occupancy was 78 per cent, but medical-surgical units were 89 per cent Electrocardiograms, at 9.544. were up 17 per cent; radiology, at 42.467 procedures, up 8 per cent; and emergency visits, at 18,548. up 5 per cent. The meeting, presided over by the Rev. Lesley Wilder Jr.. chairman, was the 63rd annual gathering of the corporation organized in 1911. three years after the hospital opened. Hamilton W. Budge was elected vice president to succeed W. Burleigh Pattee. occupied and extended care . whose term had expired; and 877(. occupied. A r t i f i c i a l kidney treatments increased by 55' per cent physical therapy by 15 per cent, and occupational Iherapy by 46 per cent. Alfred D. Hendrickson re-elected treasurer. Three new members were elected to the board -- Herschel Goldberg, rear adni.. i rot. I. c u r r e n t l y i n v e s t o r r e l a t i o n s o f f i c e r for Levi Strauss: Lee Ham, president of VV'ilsey and H a m ; and Edward P. O'Brien, assistant attorney general for the State of California. Christian de Guigne III and E. Herrick Low have r e s i g n e d f r o m t h e 37-member. non-profit, charitable Mills Memorial Corpor a t i o n ; both h a v e t a k e n positions with the newly formed Mills .Memorial Hosp i t a l F o u n d a t i o n -- De Guigne as its president. Mrs. Robert M i l l h a u s e r and Mrs. Anthony !hc c o r p o r a t i o n w e r e recently named to the Women's Board of M a n a g e r s , whose? current president is Mrs. I r v i n B. Laurel wood Plans Outlined Latest plans for the development of Laurelwood Park in the western hills of San Mateo were well received Thursday night by a turnout of some 40 residents. The meeting was held at the Beresford Recreation Center. T h e . P h a s e I p costing an estimated $45,000. will be completed in time for summer, reported Councilwoman Jane Baker. She saitf there will be a supervised White-of- P la yg round Program at the p a r k tor youngsters, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The immediate area under' consideration is the most- level. 13 acres of the site! Tales of a Locksmith Secret Closets, Safes and Strange Steamer Trunks By VERA GRAHAM One padlocks the kitchen cabinet to keep the disembodied from swiping food. One has a safe sunk into the floor under the bed. Another orders a secret closet which can be opened by pushing a button hidden under the roll of tissue in the bathroom. '· T h e y h i d e t h e i r f o o d , money, jewels, furs, stocks, bonds -- and dirty pictures. But it isn't always a matter of locking things up. Sometimes it's a matter of unlocking a safe to reveal thousands of dollars in neatly stacked greenbacks. Sometimes it's a strange steamer trunk whose possibly ominous contents are never revealed when finally opened. The extraordinary yarns of the late Robert E. Ripley have nothing on the stories that Cliff Bracken and Dave Stevenson can tell. Brackett is the co-owner and Stevenson is the safe mechanic for the Aaron Lock and Safe Co.. 56 E. Third Ave.. San Mateo. The firm services the entire county -and its safe and lock experts . have acquired a collection of tales that could make a best seller. Surrounded by safes, keys, locks and intricate machinery, the two young men can be nudged into reminiscing about some of their experiences. But. they make one point clear. The ethics of their business forbids men- tion of the name or address of anyone who comes to them for help in securing their home or business. /Do people actually come to them to lock up their food cabinets? "Sure do." grins Brackett. "We have one really nice lady who has been in several times. She buys a $13 padlock to secure a $2 chain which is wrapped around the kitchen cabinet knobs. She tells us she is convinced someone is taking food out of the cabinet, in spite of the lock:;. 'The food is missing again.' she tells us. We are b e g i n n i n g to wonder if m a y b e its a p o l t e r g e i s t (mischievous ghost)." S t e v e n s o n a d d s . "Remember the Redwood City lady who wanted us to put a heavy duty lock on her .bedroom door? We never could understand why," he grins. · "And the one that wanted a highly sophisticated and expensive alarm system costing 500 bucks . . . and all she had in the house was about $400 worth of furnishings. Whoever broke into that place would feel like leaving something there MAKE YOUR MOVE NOW! See what a home ought to LIVE like! IN TODAY'S REAL ESTATE SECTION instead of taking anything out." Brackett adds. Both experts shake their heads to tell of the people who want to lock up thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, but insist on a $2 lock. "These days people are pretty 'up-tight about burg l a r s , a n d s h o u l d be." Brackett comments, "But some do go a little too far. We had another lady who insisted on having a floor safe concealed in the floor under her bed. She has to move the bed whenever she wants to get anything out of it!" And then there is the incident that still *as Brackett and Stevenson wondering. A grim-faced trio, wearing flashy pin-striped suits and white shoes, showed up at the office. "You open trunks?" one asked. Stevenson nodded. He stayed in the office keeping a heavy-lidded eye on Stevenson. The other two left. They returned lugging a heavy steamer trunk. They said it had just been shipped in. The key had been lost. "It took me a while to open it. and I began to get a little nervous. Those three guys never said a word. When I finally opened it. they paid and hauled it off. 1 always have wondered what was in it. It was big enough and heavy enough to have had a bo'dy in it." Stevenson says. . Then there are the gleeful tots who delight in locking mommy or daddy in the b a t h r o o m , b e d r o o m , or wherever they can corner their hapless parents. Fort u n a t e l y , some a d u l t i s a r o u n d to c a l l the l o c k experts. ' Pretty, pink mommies emerging from bathrooms, clad in skimpy towels, making the business more inter-, esting. the two locksmiths solemnly agree. One story leads to another. "Speaking of unlocking." Stevenson c o m m e n t s , "Remember the time when a police department called us? The officers had raided a pizza parlor suspected of THEY CAN LOCK - or unlock anything. Cliff Brackett. co-owner, and Dave Stevenson, safe specialist, recall some of the tunny incidents in the lockworks business. (Times Photo) being a bookmaking j o i n t , and they had confiscated the safe. It had to be opened. I'll tell you it made me jumpy to have 20 officers standing around waiting for me to get the thing opened. When I did, we found $40.000 in cash, plus lots of records. They had the guy cold." Stevenson chuckles . . . " B u t , " h e c o n t i n u e s . "That's not all. Two weeks later the bookie comes in. He says. 'Gimme a strong big safe.' He has us deliver and install one weighing 4 000 pounds in the same pizza parlor." Do kids come in for tips about safe-cracking? They do, but mainly as a matter of interest, hopefully. S t e v e n s o n s a y s . "The movies are misleading. This business of putting your ear to the lock and listening to the tumblers isn't the way it's done. Usually there is something wrong with the mechanism: that's why you can't open it. I had one party exclaim impatiently, while I was struggling with the lock using instruments. 'Alexander Munday (a popular television spy) would have opened if in two minutes.' I said 'that's because he has a commercial coming up in twominutes.' " "One customer wanted to remain totally anonymous," B r a c k e t t r e c a l l s . " H e ordered an alarm system and didn't want to give us the address. Obviously, we had to know, but he asked us to come in an u n m a r k e d truck." Ever have a request to have a wine cellar safeguarded? "Don't laugh. It's been done." Brackett and Stevenson nod. "The saddest one was when a very wealthy family called us to lock up t h e i r w i n e c e l l a r . T h e y w a n t e d t h e i r t e e n - a g e d ·daughter locked out. Bottles of gin were disappearing. We noticed the poor kid was bombed out of her mind at 9 a.m." There are other sad cases like the woman lying in bed. "You could see she wasn't physically sick, she was sick in spirit," recalls Brackett. "She wanted all her lock? changed to keep her husband out." What does it cost to get a good lock on a door? Any- w h e r e f r o m $20 to $95. There's even a double-locking deadbolt which can be opened with one. .instead of the usual two keys, saving people the hazard of coping with two .keys, standing on the porch. Once a family has been b u r g l a r i z e d , t h e cost o f added security becomes sec- o n d a r y . T h e s a m e t h i n g holds true for f i r e proof safes. They range in price from $65 to $5,000. the latter the cost of a vault door. Most fireproof safes are rated for an hour, withstanding heat of 1765-degrees Fahrenheit. The more expensive safe can withstand such temperatures from four to six hours. And there's the story of the man wearing an expensive suit who walked into the shop with a safe, recently. Stevenson goes on. "It couldn't be opened easily. I told him. It might take three or four hours and would cost at least $200'. He said that was all right. I told him since it. would take a long time he might as well go out and get a cup of coffee or do something. He said he preferred to stay there. "Three hours later I got the thing opened. He was right at my side. He reaches in. pulls out a wad that must h a v e been o v e r $10,000 w o r t h , peels a couple of hundred dollar bills off the top and walks out . . . " The embarrassed driver who locks the keys in his car is a frequent visitor to the lock shop. The one that almost got them into big trouble was the tipsy gent who walked in and explained he couldn't unlock the car with his key. "We figured he was just fumbling a little." Brackett relates. " B u t , we discovered we couldn't open it either. We were all set to take the lock apart when a. man runs up, yelling. 'What are you doing messing a r o u n d w i t h my cars.' " What's the toughest car to u n l o c k ? The Rolls-Royce. "But what makes it tough." Stevenson comments, "is that you're scared to death to pu{ a nick in it!" One of the locksmiths' f a v o r i t e stories involves a very wealthy elderly gentleman who had died. Brackett and Stevenson were called by relatives to open his safe. They were convinced that he had a fortune hidden in it. "From the way they talked. you knew they had no use for the old man." Brackett said. "Matter-of-fact, they really hated h i m . It took some time, but we finally opened the safe. . . . In it was collection of pornographic pictures! I guess he evened the score." And they've had experi; ences with terrified women o r d e r i n g h o u s changed to keep threatening husbands one," the two men recall, "in which this woman was really terrified. As a matter-of-fact, she was cowering in a locked car and k e p t t e l l i n g u because 'he' would be there any minute. Sounded like he would blow off her head -Wi? got worried about ours!." Hi'acketl pointed out. They also will never forget the customer who hassled and argued with them for 30 minutes to get their price down S5 on a $28 lock. They f i n a l l y c a p i t u l they went to install the door lock they found 'an $80.000 home with some $20,000 in furniture. "He just had to make a deal . . . and we make less money than any other craftsman." "Security is a state of mind." Brackett notes philosophically. "We've gone to · people's homes where they have good locks. We tell them the ones they ordered aren't half as good as their old ones. But if that's what they want, that's what we give "em. We had one little lady call back in a case like that and say. T haven't slept as well in years!' " Dental Plates EASY CREDIT TERMS on approved credit NEW DENTAL PLATES IN ONE DAY in many cases Please be at office before 10:00 a.m. Dr. J.C Campbell · I I K N T I S T ·_ ·""· ""·" _ =:^=:^=; COME IN OR PHONE FOR DETAILED INFORMATION. San Mateo 181 East 4th Ave. Phone 347-9572 Open Won, thru Fri. Closed Sat. No appointment needed in any Dr. Campbell office.

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