Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 6, 1976 · Page 168
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 168

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 6, 1976
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©bservations Can do. We've promoted the benefits of recycling before, but we're still a bit shaken by the latest variation: collecting beer cans. Seems that avid can collectors pay up to $500 for rare gallon cans (circa 1962} and S250 for such prize specimens as an Arizona brewer's colorful "007" can, adorned appropriately with the exaggerated females James Bond inevitably encountered. The fast-growing hobby of treasuring cans instead of strewing them over the landscape has spawned the BCCA (Beer Can Collectors of America) and WWBCC (for "Worldwide"). A Chicago-area printing firm is unveiling a two-volume, full-color guide illustrating more than 3,000 collectible cans at $20 a copy. Brewers are effervescent about the fad. Some put out special "limited edition" cans such as "King Snedley" and "Olde Frothingsloth," which fetched top prices--until they were reissued. Empties of "Soul beer," brewed in Los Angeles, are still especially rare. Beercans Unlimited, in St. Louis, has an entire floor devoted to displays of cans; some private collections are valued well above $25,000. Look for a new TV commercial one day soon: "The can that made Milwaukee famous." *HERE'S THE POINT WHERE THEf BROKE UP THE 6I OIL COMPANIES" · Speaking of break-ups ... Some politicians advocate dismembering the largest oil companies to protect the smaller, "independent" companies. But what do the independents themselves say? Of 3,919 independent oil marketers polled by Lundberg/Letter, a privately-owned gasoline industry publication, 77% of the 1,000 or so who responded opposed breaking up the major oil companies. Findings were based on questionnaires sent mainly to independent wholesalers of both major and non-major gasoline brands, terminal owners, and operators of private-brand retail chains--all of whom are supposed to benefit from the break-up-big-oil proposals pending in Congress. Why do the smaller companies oppose a break-up? We obviously can't speak for them, but there's a hint in other Lundberg data. It shows that the non-major-company share of U.S. retail gasoline sales soared from 23.2% in 1968 to 31.9% a year ago. Bottom of the barrel. The new gimmick in electioneering is a machine that plays a candidate's recorded message when your telephone number is dialed by a campaign worker. Now you can't even argue with the voice on the other end. · I* Mobil Observations, Box A, Mobil Oil Corporation, 150 East 42 Street, New York, N.Y. 10017 CI976 Mobil Oil Corporation Sanford Gottlieb, director of "Sane," a moderate antiwar group, obtained his FBI dossier and shared its contents with PARADE. WhatOiMcaD Fumy in His FBI Hie by Robert Walters WASHINGTON, D.C. S anford Gottlieb is one of thousands of Americans who recently have exercised their rights under a pair of new federal laws--the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act--which, for the first time, allow citizens to examine the files the government has compiled on them. Because more and more Americans are availing themselves of this right-18,000 asked the FBI and another 8000 asked the CIA for their files during the past year and a half---PARADE obtained Gottlieb's permission to use his case as an example by examining the material he received from the government. Gottlieb was chosen because the 49- year-old political activist has been fighting for one cause or another during most of his adult life. For the past seven years, he has been executive director of "Sane," a 20,000-member, Washington-based national organization founded in 1957. Reputable citizens The group has opposed atmospheric nuclear testing, excessive military spending and the war in Vietnam --but no responsible authority has ever accused either Sane or Gottlieb of subversive or illegal activities. Throughout its existence, Sane has been a middle-class organization whose best-known members included reputable clergymen, academic leaders, artists, writers and physicians. Television star Steve Allen and the late actor Robert Ryan have, in past years, solicited money and members for Sane in Hollywood. Kingman Brew- ster.jr., the president of Yale University, and Rep. Otis G. Pike, the New York Democrat who recently headed the House investigation of federal intelligence agencies, are among those who have praised its work. Sculptor Alexander Calder, poet Robert Lowell, sociologist David Reisman, psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, Congressman Andrew Young, retired Gen. Hugh B. Hester and a host of other leaders in various professions are among Sane's official sponsors. No illegal acts Indeed, nothing in the hundreds of pages of hitherto secret data given to Gottlieb even hints that either he or his organization conspired to violate any laws, sought to overthrow the government or acted illegally in any fashion. In fact, several documents give precisely the opposite impression. One FBI memo quotes Gottlieb in 1970 as telling University of Missouri students protesting the Vietnam war that they "must be patient, for change is slow." A 1966 State Department cable signed by William P. Bundy, a leading architect of the Vietnam war policy, de-

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