Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 30, 1972 · Page 125
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 125

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 30, 1972
Page 125
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You're never too old to boor better Chicago, H1.-A free offer of special interest to thoee who hear but do not understand words has been announced by Beltone. A non-operating model of the smallest Bdtone mid ever made will be given absolutely free to anyone answering this advertisement. Try it to see how it is worn in the privacy of your own home without cost or obligation of any kind. If s yours to keep, free. It weighs lew than a third of an ounce, and it's all at ear level, in one unit No wires lead from body to head. These models are free, so we suggest you write for yours now. Again, we repeat, there is no cost, and certainly no obligation. Write to Dept. 4244, Bel- tone Electronics Corp., 4201W. Victoria, Chicago, HI. 60646. Do This If FALSE TEETH Drop At The Wrong Time Afraid false teeth will drop at the wrong time? A denture adhesive can help. FASTEETH* Powder gives {wntujw a longer, firmer, steadier hold. Why be embarrassed? For more security and comfort, use FAS- TEETH Denture Adhesive Powder. Dentures that fit are essential to health. See roar dentist regularly. Every child matters to The Salvation Army. The lonely child in affluent suburbia. The neglected child in the ghetto. The hungry child in a pocket of rural poverty, With God's help, and within the limits of its resources, The Salvation Army reaches out to help children. You can help, too, by volunteering your time and talents at the nearest Salvation Army center. Bright red and blue cover on Autostop book serves as a signal to Polish motorists who want to pick up hikers. Accident insurance is included with book. by Connecticut Walker . Hikers "pay" for rides with coupons good for about 1000 miles of travel. WARSAW, POLAND. I n the United States, young people are warned not to hitchhike, and car owners are warned not to pick them up. And with good reason. At Howard Johnson restaurants, for example, a placemat warns the diner that of hitchhikers apprehended on the New Jersey Turnpike, "501 had criminal fingerprint records, 162 were runaways, 98 AWOL servicemen, 7 escapees from mental institutions, and 5 escaped convicts now serving a life term for murder!" The FBI publishes a poster picturing a young man thumbing a ride. "Don't pick up trouble!" it advises. "Is he a happy vacationer or an escaping con- vict, a pleasant companion or a sex maniac, a friendly traveler or a vicious murderer? In the gamble with hitchhikers your safety and the lives of your loved ones are at stake. Don't take the risk!" Here, in Communist Poland, thumbing a ride has become a state-supported procedure. Any person, 17 years of age or older, may purchase a booklet, called Auto- stop, for roughly the equivalent of $2. The booklet provides the purchaser with accident insurance, his motoring benefactors with a chance to win free prizes, and the state with a means of keeping tabs on both parties should foul play occur. Book displayed Once a hitchhiker has bough; the numbered booklet, either at Orbis (the state travel agency) or his local university, he displays it to passing motorists. The car owner who stops to give him a ride knows he will receive one prize coupon for every 25, 50, or 80 kilometers he transports the hitchhiker. With these prize coupons the motorist then has the opportunity of participating in periodic summer lotteries which offer a variety of prizes. At the end of the year those motorists who have given the most rides can win another grand prize of a Polski Fist, a washing machine, or other appliances. The entire procedure is handled by the Biro Autostop PTTK (the Polish tourist society). The idea of rewarding car owners for giving lifts to hitchhikers originated in 1958 in the editorial office of Dookola Swita (Around the World), a youth magazine. Explains Leszek Masznicz, Polish information officer, "Back then we had less than one million vehicles in the Polish People's Republic for a population of around 30 million. It was a little difficult getting around. There simply was not enough transport, so the students thought up this idea. Proven system "Over'the years," he proudly points out "it has been proven most effective. The Autostop booklet is good for about 1000 miles of hitchhiking. You might call it a license to hitchhike. If 500,000 students each buy one Autostop booklet then there is about $1 million for the state to be used for prizes, administration, and other expenses. It is really a very sound idea. Whether or not it would work in the United States I do not know, but it sure works in Poland." PARADE · IULY 30, 1972

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