Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 20, 1976 · Page 104
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 104

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 20, 1976
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9J -June 20,1976 SundavGtueUe-MaU Charleston. West Virginia AIRLOOM 'Bicentennial Air' Newest CelebrationMemento By Timothy MeNulty Chicago Tribune Thomas Foley has perhaps the ultimate Bicentennial product. He insists it is "authentic, elegant, and very real." The product is air. Not just any air, but canned air from five American Revolutionary War sites, packed and sealed on the Fourth of Julv 1976. "What we're selling is no more and no less than what we say it is," Foley calmly replied at the suggestion of a Bicentennial ripoff. School System Considered In Planning The state school system was very much in mind when' the Science and Cultural Center was planned and built. Throughout the center, for example, are miniclassrooms, most of them equipped with audio visual equipment and convention type school desks. The idea will be for student groups on tours to be able to sit down occasionally during tours and have special displays further explained. One of the larger exhibits is that of a flatboat. Visitors can walk into the boat which has several rooms. One of the rooms will be a miniclassroom. Besides the colorful large displays and the cases of artifacts, there will be large wall displays to set the mood, and maps. In fact, upon entering the museum one encounters a large floor map that will depict, with the aid of lighting and visual effects, how the state came together. It is a fine supplement to West Virginia history taught in the state's schools. * * * THE STATE Library Commission has instituted as one of its programs at the center a reading contest in the schools where reading a dozen books brings the student a citation and reading 15 a special certificate. The physical layout of the center and the Capitol grounds also enhances student participation. There is nearby parking space designed to handle buses. In addition, the Capitol just a short distance away has a new cafeteria to open that will provide eating facilities for large groups. Besides what the cultural center will offer, there are the features of the state Capitol itself, which is worth a separate tour. REGISTERED under the name "National Airloom Assn.," Foley's company consists of himself, his wife and two teenage daughters, his two partners and their families. They plan to sell six-ounce cans of "Bicentennial air" for $4.95 plus $.85 for mailing and packaging: Foley said if enough orders arrive soon, they can produce 100.000 cans under the slogan "air of authenticity." Encouraged by last year's sale of hundreds of thousands of pet rocks. Foley, a Long Island, N.Y.. design engineer, figures air is a natural. Some businessmen are bilking people this year on Bicentennial franchises and chain letters sending U.S. Savings Bonds. Others have sold Bicentennial beer and red, white, and blue flag-padded coffins. But Foley 49, said, "A ripoff is when you get something that is much less than what you were led to believe. We're starting off with a very clear statement of what we sell." * * * HERE'S THE plan: The families check into motels at Concord, Mass.; Philadelphia: Valley Forge, Pa.; Yorktown, Va.: and Williamsburg, Va.. on July 3. Then from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. July 4, they poke holes in their supply of sealed cans, suck out the old air and let them "breathe" in local air before sealing them up again with a soldering iron and some bright red sealing wax. Guaranteed. "This is going to be a high quality, elegant product," insists Foley. "The label is probably the single most expensive part. There's also the labor and cost of going to the sites. We already have reservations at motels and our stay will be a matter of record., "It's very important that this be authentic," he went on, "I'm a very quality- minded person. I always work toward that end ... It's a matter of personal integrity." Foley has already tried to market his idea at retail stores. He admits the results so far have been "a little disappointing." "But," he said, "If this catches on we could expand and gather air from Paris in the springtime and how about the Champs D' Elysses on a rainy night or maybe the Casbah in July, or ..." Deadline Five days remain to bid for the final commemorative bottle offered by the Charleston-Kanawha Valley Bicentennial Commission. Placing it in a vault at the Kanawha Valley Bank are, from left, Mike Cline, a bank officer; Dr. Eugene Harper, chairman of the Bicentennial comm i s s i o n : S a n d i D a v i d s o n , member of the commission, and Gary Turner, an employe of the accounting firm of Howell and Paterno. Minimum bid for the bottle is $25. Bids must be submitted to the accounting firm by Friday. The winning bidder will be announced July 4. ATTERRIFrGVALUE of SPRING HILL FREE! This $21.25 sterling silver bracelet with a Bicentennial charm with the purchase of any 4 or more charms. Come in and see over 500 different sterling silver charms. Complete your charm bracelet or start one. We've got charms for those very special events in your life. Give a friend or loved one a charming gift. It's a great way to remember America's birthday. WE ACCEPT 4833MacCORKLEAVE. PH.768-8821 OR LAY AW AY Farmers Federal Savings and Loan Celebrates Its First Anniversary in Charleston. COIN r FARMERS FEDERAL SAIWGS LOWASSOCUTHM 191 Summer? Street. Charleston. West Virginia 25301 Telephone 345*250 C Kudosed i s a check Inr .·;." ini morel. Please open.~ ' · Kejjular Passbook Account. G Kndosed is » che-ck lorSloo lor morel. Please ptn ·"' .'· (Jnlcicn Harvest Passbook Account I'. 111 day not ice required lor w i t h d r a w al)'. C Kudosed is a check lor .slum lor morel. Pk-ae send ( · '· Cert i l i c a t e o l Deposit (l-'Jyiw.-i. C Kudosed i s a check Inr slow (or morel. 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