Page 151 article text (OCR)
tth Wouth Swift Young Driver Bias Young people 18 and over have the right to vote, but it's much tougher for them to obtain credit than older people. It's particularly difficult for young drivers, especially those under 21, to rent cars. Recently the attorney general of Michigan ordered five car rental companies to disclose that fact in their advertising. The five are Hertz, Avis, National, Budget and Â· Sears. In detailing a cease-and-desist order, Frederick Hoffecker, Michigan's assistant attorney general, said: "We realize they [car rental companies] have a right to be selective about whom they rent their cars to. What concerns us is that in their advertising they use movie stars and athletes in an attempt to lure customers into thinking how easy it is for anyone to rent their cars--when in fact it is more difficult for young drivers." One reason some car rental companies don't care to rent to persons under 21 is that they worry about the financial and driving responsibility of such young people. The Outraged Young Frenchmen A few weeks ago 250 of the most intelligent and physically perfect young men in France were told in effect that they had wasted the last three years. These are the young men who, after passing the most difficult competitive exams, had been accepted in 1973 as airline pilot trainees. Now, after three years of hard, painstaking work, the young men have teamed that there is no room for them, that there isn't even enough work for the 972 pilots qualified to fly for the three major French airlines. It has cost approximately $150,000 of the public's money to train each of these men, who en- visioned bright and secure futures. But Air France will hire no new pilots until 1982. Air Inter, has enough pilot personnel through 1980, and the best UTA can do is to hire one or two new pilots a year. What's to happen to these superbly trained young men? Many of them have been offered additional training to qualify them for the French merchant marine. Understandably, they are outraged. Youthful Voters Change A recent Gallup poll shows a surprising and important change among young American voters. In 1968 Hubert Humphrey en- Joyed a large Jead over Richard Nixon among voters aged 30 and under. As of March, 1976, however, Ford showed a far greater appeal to the 18-29 age-bracket than Humphrey. Should Ford and Humphrey become the 1976 Presidential nominees and should Ford capture the youth vote, it would mark the first time in Gallup poll history that any Republican Presidential candidate scored better with those voters under 30 than a Democratic candidate Hewest Japanese Fad Latest youth craze in Japan is the stealing of "destination plates" from Japanese trains. Students who ride the trains steal the plates, hang them in their rooms as souvenirs. To date 720 plates of att types have been stolen from the Osaka District. It has become so bad that Japanese trains are now departing their stations without destination plates or with makeshift paperboard ones. The Japanese kids consider the plates status symbols, the latest "in- thing." DEBBIE WEUS: READY FOR THE OLYMPICS Fast Teen-Ager Debbie Wells, a 14-year-old beauty from the tiny Australian bush village of Emmaville, is the youngest athlete to be chosen by her country forthe Olympic Games. A shy farm girl who taught herself to run by chasing rabbits, Debbie is a tall (5 foot 10 inch), strapping sprinter in her third year of ~. high school. She will race in the 100- and 200-meter sprints and the sprint relay in Montreal. A few months ago she was completely unknown even in New South Wales. Then she entered a series of track meets and proved herself the fastest under-17 girl in the world. Her coach, Ken Steward, describes her as "a natural" and says, "No one really knows Debbie's potential. This girl is so young and inexperienced she can go either way, up or down. By the time we get to Montreal, however, I think she'll be able to clip four- tenths of a second off her 200- meter mark and two-tenths off her 100-meter record." Her best times are 22.8 seconds for 200 meters and 11.3 for 100 meters. Debbie, of course, is "thrilled to my toes." She repeats, "This is the most exciting thing, being chosen for the Olympics, that's ever happened to me." Debbie's mother, Mrs. Edna Wells, is a bit more controlled. "Debbie." she explains, "likes all sports. She not only spends time on her running, but she's a Rung Fu fan who can throw a dozen kicks and punches in a dozen directions at the same time. Just ask her brothers." Â·Debbie Wells has two brothers and three sisters, all of whom have high hopes that after the Olympic Games, their sister will be recognized not only as the most famous person in little Emmaville but as one of the top women athletes in all of Australia.