Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 23, 1972 · Page 17
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July 23, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 17

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Relic of Time After the lumbering industry used up surrounding resources and moved on to greener forests, the little town of Alexander, on the Buckhannon River in TJp- shur County, settled into virtual obscurity, with only 25 of its original 800 residents now remaining. With, age already hanging heavy on his shoulders, R. L. Alderman, 85, is one of those who elected to remain and is now in his 62nd year of tending to the hair needs of a dwindling clientele. In his chair is William Gould of Beverly, Randolph County, a frequent visitor. Now useless and slowly crumbling under the ravages of both time, and the elements is the once bustling telegraph office. A summer vacation from Fairmont State College finds Jyne Byrd tending the board and shingle post office while her father, the postmaster takes time off to cut a ripened field of hav - (Staff Photos by Ferrell Friend) MAIL Charleston, W. Fa., July 2.7, 1972 ECOIND RONT IB 'Straight Talk'' Confusing Democrats Disturbed by Column The Associated Press Some Democratic candidates in West Virginia were more than mildly disturbed at what the party's new state chairman, Zill Watson, wrote last week in his column, "Straight Talk." His comments undoubtedly were meant as a plea for Democratic 'Unity. But some Democrats inserted the message that their support wasn't wanted farther down the ballot unless they also could support the McGovern-Eagleton presidential ticket. Watson wrote: Louise Leonard Facing Campaign's Uphill Battle By Betty Mills The Associated Press ft- West Virginians are beginning to take Louise Leonard seriously, according to Louise Leonard. And that's good, because she's never been more serious. Mrs. Leonard, the freshman Republican state senator from Harpers Ferry, is waging an uphill battle all the way in an 1 attempt to unseat powerful incumbent Jennings Randolph for the U.S. Senate this fall. "It's up to the voters," the soft-spoken but determined woman said in an interview, "to decide whether I go to the U.S. Senate or stay in the State Senate." Mrs. Leonard concedes Randolph's "well-established support" that has seen him elected to seven terms in the House of Representatives and two full Senate terms. But she feels many people in the state are looking for a new voice in Washington. And she strongly wants to invade the all-Democratic West Virg delegatio. invade the all-Democratic West Virginia delegation. "I think the people of West Virginia will take the opportunity to restore two- party government. This is the year I hope we'll really bring it about," Mrs. Leonard said. MRS. LEONARD SAID she hopes the age of the incumbent, who is still sprightly at 70, is not a factor in the campaign. "I don't think we should seek our representatives according to age," the 52-year-old Mrs. Leonard said. "If we set an age for the retirement of elected representatives, we are denying voters the right to elect the people they want." she said. Nor does Mrs. Leonard believe her sex is at issue. "People now are looking at their candidates' statements, ideas and issues rather than at their sex," she maintained. Mrs. Leonard is one of only two worn- en running for the U.S. Senate this year: incumbent Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine is the other. No women's liberationism she does believe more women should be involved in politics. "The opportunity is there for women if they just get out and campaign" she said. '"Women willl never be elected until they file for office." Uphill battles are not new to Mrs. Leonard, a native of Washington, D. C., r who moved to Harpers Ferry with her husband, a retired Marine Corps Reserve officer 20 years ago. She stunned many party polls by upsetting Senate Majority Leader Clarence Martin in November, 1970, to become the only female member of the West Virginia Senate. HER VICTORY in that race, which followed a smashing defeat for a House of Delegates beat two years earlier, was largely credited to an effective grass roots campaign organization. She is mobilizing the -same force of volunteers for the upcoming election. And as the underdog, she is starting early. In not quite three months of active campaigning, Mrs. Leonard has visited nearly 75 per cent of the state. "And I plan to cover all of it," she pledged. Mrs. Leonard is remarkably reticent when asked to assess how she differs from her opponent. "He (Randolph) has been there for so long, when all the problems of today--war, crime, drug abuse--were developing. And the answers have not been found, so new leadership is called for." Mrs. Leonard has gained notoriety by i n t r o d u c i n g the so-called "Crimes Against Chastity" legislation in the State Senate. In both 1971 and 1972, she introduced bills to provide for a legislative study of pornography and to establish a state board of film review, but in neither year did the bills get reported out of com- 'mittef "Censorship is the farthest thing from my mind," she said. "I am responding to the rising tide of indignation from people who are simply disgusted with the mo!ion pictures offered in the name of entertainment." IN ADDITION. Mrs. Leonard became somewhat famous when she traveled to "If you're a Democrat and yoir announce you will not support the top of the ticket .. . selected in fair and open Democratic orocess, then I think, in all fairness, you should find yourself another party." STATE SCHOOL Supt*. Daniel B. Taylor is hopeful that by the end of this fiscal year, counties in all eight educational regions of the state will be pooling resources in regional educational service agencies. He expects to receive applications very soon for approval of regional service agencies that are being developed in four regions, covering 34 counties. A 1972 legislative act that took effect July l is authority for establishment of the multi-county service agencies. They are being set up under guidelines laid down by the State Board of Education. The legislation permits county .school systems to johi forces on a regional basis in maintaining services that--because of economics, insufficient demand, or both--are not feasible on a one-county basis. Examples of services multi-county agencies can provide are maintaining film libraries and central pools of other teaching aids: psychological services: curriculum development, and specialized Statehouse Note Book LITTLE professional assistance in such matters as teaching handicapped children. "The potential is endless--in areas such as nutrition, health services and early childhood education, for example," Dr. Taylor said. STATE ATTY.'GEN. Chauncey Browning Jr.'s injunction suit to stop Dare to be Great Inc. from peddling sales training courses is back where it started, in Cabell County Circuit Court at Huntington. Filed there in May, the suit was later transferred to U.S. District Court at the request of the defendants. But Federal Judge Sidney L. Christie has now granted an attorney general's office motion to return the case to circuit court. No hearing date has been set, but Browning's office is in no rush. As far as the office can determine, salesmen of the Orlando, Fla.. corporation no longer are operating in West Virginia. In the suit, Browning asked the court to stop Dare to be Great from selling courses until it has permits and business registration certificate required by state law. He also asked the court to enjoin the firm "from continuing to engage in the operation of a pyramic promotional scheme." The legislature outlawed pryamid sales schemes last year. If you're confused by the message enclosed with your monthly bills, welcome to the club. Columbia Gas urges me to "speak up for energy" by writing my senators and congressman to demonstrate my "concern about the energy crisis." But before I can dash off a letter to Sen. Randolph, the mailperson brings a warning from Appalachian Power: "Don't roast again this summer." Applachian, obviously not on Columbia's energy crisis mailing list, tells me the only way I can keep my cool is by rushing out to buy more air conditioners. Ben Hogan What? LOUISE LEONARD 'Serious' Contender Paris a her own expense last summer to present a resolution passed by the West Virginia Legislature to the North Vietnamese. The bill, which she co-sponsored, called for more humane treatment of war prisoners. After being repeatedly rebuffed at the North Vietnamese delegation's headquarters, she was resigned to slipping the resolution under the office door. She said of the trip: "It was frustrating, but at least we made the effort on the part of West Virginia. At least they know We3t Virginia cares." Mrs. Leonard supports President Nixon's Vietnam War policy. "I want to see it ended." she said, "but on President Nixon's terms." 'So many politicians say "Elect me one more time and I'll make everything all right," but I just can't accept that," Mrs. Leonard said. What she hopes is that West Virginia voters will elect a new leader to try to make everything all right. Golfer are very temperamental people. They're as bad as Bobby Fischer, the chess player. I found this out several years ago when I went to a big golf tournament at White Sulphur Springs. Golfers have an unreasonable way of demanding silence--absolute silence- when they're making their shots. Cameras are taboo. Someone said a golfer can hear a camera shutter a mile away. And I took a camera to the golf course. I had one aim in mind--to get a picture of the great Ben Hogan who was participating in the tournament. *· WITH CAMERA IN HAND, I walked onto the golf course and headed for the nearest crowd. (The way you find the big-name golfers is look for the crowds. The bigger the crowd around them, the bigger the big-name golfers). Hogan wasn't with the group I first joined. But a big, tough-looking guy named Mike Sauchak was. He was waiting for one of his fellow golfers to putt when he saw my camera and pointed his golf club at me. "Get that camera out of here," he snapped. I took my camera and got. Hogan wasn't with that group, anyway. As I walked away I muttered under my breath that I hoped Souchak would not only bogey every hole but lose his golf ball as well. Always on Sunday by Terry Marchal I FOUND BEN HOGAN. He was a lot older and a lot smaller than Souchak. But he gave my camera a dirty look. I followed the Hogan group for more than an hour, trying to get a picture of Bantam Ben. But I was afraid to shoot the picture. I knew that if he heard that shutter click, I was a duster. Around , and around the course we went. Another player in the Hogan group --Gardner Dickinson--kept looking at me, defying me to soap that shutter. I didn't. As Hogan neared the final hole of the round, I knew I had had it. I wouldn't get his picture. I didn't have the guts. But I got another great idea. If I couldn't get a picture of Hogan, at least I could get a souvenir. I noticed that every lime he made one of his perfect swings in the fairway, he tore up a perfect divot of earth. Each time, as he walked away after his shot, his caddy would trot ahead, pick up the divot and nicely replace it. Finally, in the last fairway, Bantam Een tore up a beautiful divot. The caddy replaced it and T stood there. The crowd went on, leaving me alone in the fairway. I watched them. When I was sure no one was looking back, I bent over quickly and snatched up the divot the caddy had replaced. I stuffed it in my pocket and ran to catch up with the crowd. SKIP JOHNSON, sports editor of the Gazette, was sharing a hotel room with me. Later that evening he was amazed to find what he called "a big clump of dirt on the dresser." "That's not a clump of dirt," I said. "That is, for your information, a Ben Hogan divot." "What are you going to do with a Ben Hogan digot?" he demanded to know. He had me there. I thought about it all the way back to Charleston while my Ben Hogan divot was drying out, crumbling. I decided to give it to Skip as sort of a token for driving me to White Sulphur Springs in his car. Skip planted it in his front yard. At the time he lived at 914 First Ave. on the West Side. Skip has since moved to Braxton County. I asked him about the Ben Hogan divot the other day and he said, the last he knew, if was growing right along with the rest of the grass. But he had forgotten exactly where it was planted. I called a former neighbor of Skip's to ask who was now living at 9M First Ave. The woman told me the house was vacant. "Did you know there's a Ben Hogan divot in the front yard of 914?" I asked her. She was totally unimpressed.

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