Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 6, 1972 · Page 129
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 129

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 6, 1972
Page 129
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MRUfSSrECUL EDITED by LLOYD SHEARER ffllHllGENCE REPORT BECAUSE OF VOLUME OF MAIL RECEIVED, PARADE REGRETS IT CANNOT ANSWER QUERIES. HOSPITAL COSTS James J. Wasserman, a manufacturer's representative from Silver Spring, Md., recently put his wife in a nearby hospital for 24 hours. Upon receiving the bill, he was so stunned he sat down and forwarded to "The Washington Post" the following itemization: Checked into local hospital 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Checked out of local hospital 2:30 p.m. Monday. Necessity for visit -Minor surgery. Hospital room -semi-private $ 71.00 Operating room -30 minutes $ 85.00 Hospital miscellany $45.35 Anesthetist $ 60.00 Pathology $ 27.00 Doctor's bill $150.00 Total for 24-hour stay $438.35 Some hospital administrators expect that hospital care by 1975 in this country will reach $700 a day, a not too unrealistic expectation. If you're running for an elective office this year, you will do best if you are a male Scandinavian professor with a nickname positioned J n the center of the ballot. So declare Dr. Gary C. Byrne, an assistant professor of political science at San Diego State University, and J. Kristian Pueschel, a special assistant to U.S. Sen. Alan Cranston (D., Calif.). After analyzing the research on 36CO candidates who ran in approximately 500 California elections from 1948 to 1970, these political pundits arrive at the following conclusions: (1) A candidate's occupation makes a great difference. Those candidates ROOUTTE who refuse to specify their occupation suffer a 40 percent disadvantage. College professors and incumbents enjoy the greatest occupational advantages, professors by an approximate 75 percent, incumbents by 50 percent. Engineers and lawyers rank next with a 20 percent advantage. Scientists, businessmen, teachers, skilled laborers, and political officeholders enjoy neither advantage nor disadvantage. Stockbrokers, doctors, dentists, life insurance agents, housewives, salesmen, and real estate brokers suffer disadvantages ranging from 15 to 25 percent. (2) Candidates with Scandinavian surnames enjoy a 24 percent advantage over candidates with other names. An English surname offers a slight advantage. An Irish or a Greek surname provides neither advantage nor disadvantage. "However, if the candidate has a Spanish surname, he will be at an 11 percent disadvantage. If he has a Jewish surname he's under a 14 percent disadvantage, and an East European name gets a 21 percent disadvantage. Italians are, by far, the worst off, with a 39 percent disadvantage." This, mind you, applies to the California electorate. (3) Male candidates enjoy an 8 percent advantage over female candidates. (4) Candidates who go by a nickname on the ballot -such as "Bed" Jones, for instance -- enjoy a tremendous 79 percent advantage over those who do not. (5) Contrary to much public opinion first place on the ballot does not provide a candidate with any built-in advantage. In the middle places on a large ballot, there is an increasing advantage ranging from 1 to 25 percent. A TV camera tens prttndes from the MM cm «f the tpetf Mtrnfek tomb. Pilot can push a button to "toe caMera to a tarfet and shoot the missile. While TV "eye" automatically piles the tomb (below) to the target, the pilot can scoot may. Ever since World War II it has been held that air-bombing alone cannot win a war. But that tenet was established prior to the development of the so-called "smart bombs," guided by laser beams and complicated television circuitry. The laser and TV bombs have established new highs for accuracy in Vietnam against tanks and fixed targets, which is why the Air Force has gone all-out in ordering their sophisticated development. One of the latest TV- guided bombs, scheduled for future use in Vietnam, is the air-to-ground Maverick missile produced at Hughes Aircraft in Tucson, Ariz. Approximately eight feet long, one foot in diameter and weighing 462 pounds, the bomb is guided by a gyro-stabilized TV camera in its nose. To lock the Maverick onto target, the pilot sites his TV camera whose picture is displayed in the cockpit before launch. When the target is aligned he releases a button which causes the missile tp lock onto the target.

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