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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 3, 1975
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Sunday, Augutt 3, 1975 ECOND RONT Page IB Tall and Sexy Blonde A Step Up on Lobbyists New Jersey Farmer-Doctor Likes New Life in Monroe WASHINGTON (APi -Doors open for Amber Scholtz. She is a sexv 26-vear-old blonde who moves freely through Washington society. discussing everything from politics to black lung disease. GREENVILLE. \Y.Va. ( A P i - Three years ago. Dr. Bob Sandell was a physician in New Jersey's Burlington County with a busy practice and a $100.000 home. Now. he and his wife and five children are among the estimated 500 Northerners who have escaped from urban sprawl to farm life in Monroe County, complete with brass-buttoned overalls. ·'1 have no regrets at all." said the farmer-chiropractor. "Sometimes we'll drive the eight hours to visit our friends in Jer**'.- sey. but we won't ever go back there to live." *· HE WAS AN ATHLETE early in his life and signed a pro baseball contract with the Detroit Tigers. An injury cut short his career and he became interested in chiropractic medicine. He settled down with his wife. Natalie, a former fashion model in New York, and developed his medical practice. But after a few years of that fast-paced APWirephoto 'Malcontents': Dr. and Mrs. Bob Sandell and Two of Their Children Doctor Holds Robert and Natalie Has Carrie Ann, the Youngest life. Sandell was ready to shuck it all tor a simpler existence. He checked on Monroe County, liked the fact that it had only 11.000 people and that the population was slowly shrinking, and put down $23.000 for a big white frame house on Indian Creek. He maintains flexible office hours on Mondays. Wednesdays and Fridays, but doesn't encourage new customers, saying the work keeps him away from his family "My family is the most important thing to me." he said. "When we moved out here we decided to give up our television. When work's done in the evening, we sit down and read to each other. We're taking up the 'The Little House on the Prairie' books now." The Sandells have cows, sheep and chickens on their 81-acre farm, plus bee hives and a big garden. The animals and crops allow them to have "our own milk, cheese, meal and jelly. I feel we can take care of ourselves better than 'Big Brother' can." he said. Unlike some city children, the young Sandells help with the work. »· "I DON'T BELIEVE in giving anything to my children." he said. "They are necessary to our success here and they all have chores to do. "Back in New Jersey, a father was considered a lousy provider if he couldn't make enough money to keep his high school and college-age kids from working. Then, at 21. when society tells these young people to leave home, they're not prepared for life." Sandell has gotten interested in the local politics and took a stand against the county school bond referendum that was defeated last March. The plan would have financed a new consolidated high school and would have eliminated some of the small elementary school. "THE VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL school they would have built would have taught professions lhat are fading out of existence." Sandell said. "Skills like nursing, hairdressing and mechanics depend on others' needs. I believe that what you make of yourself in this life depends largely on you. Courses in farm-related fields, canning and clothes making are most needed in this county. There aren't many jobs in Monroe, but there is a lot of work. "They want to teach the same subjects that they were teaching in New Jersey and I don't think that makes sense in a rural county," he added. As for the rest of the proposal: "I wanted to keep the small elementary schools because I liked the low student-teacher ratio. Also, busing costs are increasing with the higher costs of gasoline." Not Enough Votes to Go Home, Not Enough to Pass Anything By HERB LITTLE The Atsociated Prest If you think the legislature's special session hasn't done anything, read no farther. You already understand the situation. But if you think it's worth what it's'cost- Statehouse Notebook ing you. stay with us for a few paragraphs. We'll try to explain how you've been mi- Designs on My Body Always on Sunday ByB.S.Palausky sled by inaction masquerading as action. In this special session, the legislature is divided roughly into Groups A and B. These are not precisely synonymous with Democrats and Republicans. If they were, there would be no contest because of the Republicans' underwhelming numbers. Group A is the Democratic leadership and its most loyal troops--the my-party- right-or-wrong crowd. It. wants to vote more money for highway maintenance, although millions less than the Republican administration says is required, and then adjourn until fall. I'm told by my sources that some of the South Charleston firemen have designs on my body--they are thinking about wrecking it. .Well, first off. they are about 30 years too late. I understand from my personal veterinarian that I've done a remarkable job of wrecking my own body, what with riotous living, smoking, the old Bicentennial Ba-Boom Floats and being a pushover for the child-bride, Shirley. Anyway, several of the firemen were a little steamed when I said last week that their pet raccoon. Jay-Jay, over there in Weberwood's unplumbed depths, should never say. "meow." What the heck. If you were going to stoop to talking to a hairy little critter, what would you say? Also, what would anyone say to anything with hair on it in the cat-torture center of the world? If the firemen who were not involved in the cat-torture case and the resultant cov- erup by their leaders want to get steamed, let them get steamed at city council, or even their new chief of chiefs. Richard A. Robb. graduate of Mayor Al Poe's Mayor- ing School. (A couple of weeks ago. I called Mayor Robb by the name of Richie. I was told that he does not like this. Tough. My son used to play with Richie and he has told me a lot about those days. I cor'J like Richie if he'd do something about that cat- torture coverup. The statute of limitations has not run out on that. Also. I wish Richie a lot of luck in that nutsy. but fine, place to live of which he happens to be mayor of.) By the way, Richie, never say meow. · BIG SHIRLEY and I are probably about three or four weeks into our second childhoods. It is almost amusing. We have been fooling around with vehicles. After several months of fear and trembling. I discovered that I really wouldn't rather have a It was trying to ^,11 me and mine. I did the only sane thing left open to me. I traded it off. With a little nudging from Shirley. 1 got a van. What it is. is a young truck. We are having a ball with it. We are using it as a home away from home. What that means is that we plan to save a lot of money that would usually go to motels. Not that we have anything against motels-that sinful feeling of checking in. etc., can pump up any marriage. It overcomes all that stuff like headache, backache, the kids might hear, the cats are watching . . . etc. But van living is a whole new and fine thing. AH you've got to do is drive with your fingers crossed in hopes that the fuzz (police) will not stop you and shake you down a lot looking for dope. » SPEAKING OF DOPE or narcotics or drugs, if you prefer, this area still has a large problem. I nearly split my sides a lot with laughing at how a lot of people are worried a lot about what their children are reading. They should do a bit of worrying about what they are smoking, etc. Before you all start screaming and hollering, if you've been paying any sort of attention to your daily papers, you have surely noticed a lot of arrests and sentencing on drug charges. That's not chopped liver those people are selling to your youngsters. And those youngsters are buying and using--right down to the grade school level. And I'm not talking about booze-the problem is narcotics use. Alcohol really is just as bad. I'm not like a lot of people I guess. I've heard them saying. "Thank God he just drinks and doesn't use drugs . . ." I'd rather have my kids reading. So what if they learn about sex? I'd rather have them doing that than drilling or smoking dope. Making up Group B are the Republicans and defectors from the Democratic majorities. Group B tends to divide into subgroups with numbers of Democratic adherents varying according to the issue. The GOP core of Group B wants to pass the high- LITTLE wav appropriations in the full amount requested by Republican Gov. Moore Jr. It also wants to stay in session to take up other matters on the agenda made up by Moore. As to which and how- many others, the Republicans are short of unanimity. And. she earns $14.000 a year as a junior lobbyist tor the United Mine Workers. "The UMW is the last place you'd expect to find a Holly Golightlv type." said a friend "You'd expect to f i n d greasy- haired committed types It's almost as though Amber is an anachronism straddling two different eras: one. the Washington p a r t y : the other, the professional woman." IS 1969, after three years ot college, she came to Washington to work as a summer intern in the office of then-Sen Charles Goodell. R-N. Y.. stayed and graduated from Geol'ge Washington University in political science the next year. When Goodell lost a bid for re-election in 1970. she went to work for then-Rep John Dow. D-N. Y. After he lost, she quit working for elected o f f i c i a l s because "they sell a part of their souls." She went to work for the UMW in 1973. Being an attractive blonde can be helpful for a lobbyist. On one occasion, all the major labor lobbyists were waiting to get in to see one congressman about national health insurance. Amber was the first to get in. "THE WAY the Hill is oriented," oneol the waiting lobbyists said, "an attractive, intelligent woman has a step up on any of us male lobbyists." Not everyone shares that opinion. "I don't think being blonde has much to do with it." said Evelyn Dubrow. veteran lobbyist for the International Ladies' Garment Workers u n i o n . "Amber Scholtz looks competent and sounds competent and I doubt the UMW would keep her if she weren't." · But the lobbyist and the party-goer are images, not the real Amber, said her friend Robert Liotta. a l a w y e r . "I've sat in her o f f i c e sometimes, and I am amazed. She has this business mode she slips into. She comes across tough and outspoken. Plus being p h y s i c a l l y b i g , she comes across strong. She probably slips into this going-to-a-fancy party mode as easilv." Tall and Blonde Amber Scholtz in Limelight Junior UMW Lobbyist Finds Doors Opening SOME CONSIDER her a social climber, but she angrily denies it. "If 1 just wanted the high life, the easy life, to indulge in all the extravagances of a rich and powerful life. I'm going about it in a backward, screwy way. There arc better ways of doing it than spending my life in a medicore job for little money at the UMW. 1 do that because 1 believe in it." She also is a feminist, and has gone so far as to file a sex d i s c r i m i n a t i o n suit against the UMW. charging that she isn't gelling equal pay for equal work. The suit is pending before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. UMW attorney Dan Edleman commented: "The duties and responsibilities attaching to her job are less than those ol the people she would want to equate herself with. That may represent her stature here." The Instant It Happened These other matters include: appropriations for other departments and programs; legalizing dog racing (covered by the agenda although not asked by Moore): exemption of food from the consumers sales tax: mandatory state takeover of the Greenbrier College of Osteopathic Medicine: financial aid for local governments and funding for the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, also known as the underwear museum. Group B's problem is that not enough of its subgroups have been gung-ho for the same items to put together majorities. Attempts to negotiation lateral deals between subgroups ("We'll swallow the hall of fame if you'll go for dogs and osteopaths") have come unstuck. Meanwhile. Group A so far hasn't been able to package quite enough vote? to pass the reduced highway appropriation? without the risk of having to take up something else before making a getaway from muggy Charleston. Monarchs in mourning. The King of Britain. George VI. is dead. He died after a day's hunting at his country estate at Sandringham. "It's been a very good day's sport, gentlemen." he said after shooting 50 hare. He died that night in his sleep. Woodsmen and gamekeepers carried their monarch's coffin to the parish church where a piper piped a lament. But now. this Feb. 11. 1952. the great of the world have gathered to pay homage. Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The royalty of Europe. Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, commander of the NATO forces. Dukes of the realm. And the people, by the thousands. In a moment of national mourning, miners lay down their picks, clerks put aside their pens. Even in airplanes all over the vast but' dwindling Empire, passengers stand briefly in silence. The King's elder daughter. Elizabeth, had been on a tour in Kenya when her husband. Philip, heard and broke the news at a riverside. At the foot of the King's bier is a wreath with a note: "Papa: From your loving and devoted daughter and son-in- law. Lilibet and Philip." She is daughter no longer but queen. Elizabeth II. monarch of Britain and the Commonwealth at age 25. Now. at Buckingham Palace, waiting for the coach that will take them .to Westminster Abbey, she stands with her grandmother. Dowager Queen Mary, and her mother. Queen Mother Elizabeth, the first commoner to be a British queen since Henry VII married one. · Ron Case, photographer for Keystone, a photo service, rests his camera on an old beer crate while working inside the palace yard'. It is cold, and he has been working on the King's funeral all day. The queens emerge and stand together for a moment. Case sees them, "not as queens, but a? grieving women." and captures a timeless frieze.

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