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Valley's UFO Has Feathers .. Maybe! VAUEY MCKNING STA* Harlsng#n, îem* Tuesday, January 13, 1976—A7 SAN ANTONIO, Tex < UPI> South Texas has its own private unidentified flying object — a huge winged creature that glides silently through the streets at night terrifying Citizens and police For want of a better name, residents are calling it "Big Bird ” Rumors of the bird — described as having a wing span the length of an automobile — began on a school playground in Robstown. Tex , two months ag< Reports from persons who claimed they saw the huge bird led to tongue-in-cheek spoofs by Resaca Days Celebration Finalized SAN BENITO ~ Plans are being finalized for the "Resaca Days” Bicentennial celebration ir San Benito Feb 13-22 The largest number of events will be on Feb 22 with many activities centering around the Resaca Among the events will be water ski ing exhibitions, races of boats with up to 10 hp engines ir. various heats, and a boat parade The day will continue with a family picnic day, including old style box lunches and games The celebration will close with a patriotic program with flags, bands, decorations and a muzzle loading exhibition A fireworks display is also under consideration y Other events in the week-long ivlebration include a carnival. Street dances square dances find band concerts Participants In the children's parade will “dress in various costumes such jas Revolutionary. Spanish, ; Mexican, War Between the .¡States, etc. Persons interested in entering f the boat parade may obtain ¡applications from the Chamber | of Commerce or from Lionel ! Betancourt at Rio Grande Music I Co. CitruS Son Broi'c • H«f ft » 399 S858 aOUtl ENTERTAINMENT SHE GAVE MM WHAT THEY WANTED AND THEY TOOK EVERYTHING t RENE BOND • SANDY DEMPSEY D.wte« b» LOU GWINN A BGXOFFICE PICTURES RELEASE ■■ADMISSION RESTRICTED mm NO 2 (X) a Corpus Christi television station and newspaper which were thought to have put the legend to rest They didn’t Numerous sightings of Big Bird continue to come in from miles apart, especially in the Lower Rio Grande Valley along the Mexican border Last week a Harlingen television station showed giant bird prints it photographed in a freshly plowed field in the area of big bird sightings The prints showed a three-toed impression nine inches wide and 12 inches long The same day San Benito policemen Arturo Padilla and Homero Galvan, traveling in separate squad cars through dark streets, reported seeing a huge bird with a 15-foot wing span gliding through the Valley city, without a single flap of its wings It more or less looked like a stork or pelican type of bird,” Padilla said. "The wnng span I guess was about like a pretty good sized car, about 15 feet or so The color was white I’ve done a ot of hunting but I’ve done a lot of hunting but The thing was really oversized ” Padilla said he sees the bird aga.n, he’ll shoot it San Benito Police Chief Ted Cortez said big bird first was reported to his department about six weeks ago by a man who rushed terrified into the police station He came down and told us, I m not drunk I’m sober But I sa* it,’ ” Cortez said "Later two kids came over and said they saw it They said it had kind of a bald head, like a monkey " At Rio Grande City, 75 miles west of San Benito. Sheriff Ray Alvarez said rumors circulated in Starr County for 45 days of people claiming they saw a giant bird One report said the fowl perched on top of the cour thouse “It’s just rumors to me " the sheriff said They said it looked like half human and half bird." At tiny Olmito, between Brownsville and Harlingen, residents reported seeing a strange bird saying it resembled a flying ostnch or rhea Near the Port of Brownsville a woman said she saw a bird as big as a car Last Wednesday night. Alverico Guajardo, 35. told police he heard something sounding like a sand bag hit the comer of his mobile home near Brown sville Guajardo said he left his wife and child inside the house grabbed a knife and drove his automobile to the back of the trailer for a better look There Guajardo said, he spent three terrifying minutes eye to eye with what he described as a ‘strange animal” four feet tall, eyes like silver dollars, wings like a bird and a face like a bat I P. UP AND AWAY LOCK HAVEN, Pa tAPt Almost a million and one half Americans will learn to fly in the next 10 years, predicts Piper Aircraft Corp Private pilot licensing has more than doubled in the last 10years and despite a slump in student-flying enrollment last year due to the energy crisis, the figure has increased to more than 325 000 »f m K* m m && DIMES. QUAKERS -iïïs OC Sii«e D0UAÄS r £M£f WAV Stevens Takes First Action In Campaign Rhetoric Ruling Every Tuesday b Coney Day at A6W Genuine Coney Hoi Dogs Smothered tn Rich Coney Sauce Topped Off with Tangy Difs of Juicy On»on. Tuesday Special 19 ' A & W ROOT BEER 1222 N. m" SUNSHINE ST*IF HARLINGEN CROSS HIS PALM WITH SILVER — Gasoline at 20-centa a gallon? That's what the sign at the Freeway Service Station in Oak Park, III. indicates. The only gimmick is that the motorist has to pay for the gas with pre-1965 silver coins, dimes, quarters, halves or silver dollars. Service station worker Sylvester Farris displays some of the silver coins used to purchase the 20-cent gasoline. Station owner, Len Augustine, a one-time coin collector, said he has taken in between $1,000 and $1,500 in silver coins which he'll hold as an investment for the future. Business has increased 15 per cent. (UPI) Enterprising Autograph Hunter Utilizes Imagination And Mail PHILADELPHIA lUPIi Robert Colbert, who collects autographs of famous persons by telling them he’s named his baby after them, has a new- gim mick Colbert of the city's Ma nayunk section, recently sent a letter to (ieorgia state Sen Julian Bond asking him to send a congratulatory letter to his great-grandmother on her 100th birthdas The letter was signed Mr and Mrs Ira Strouse But that's not what tipped off Bond The last line of the note read She cannot read typing so you please handwrite would only " The exist. Liberation Organization, asking him to send an autograph to his baby The baby, Colbert wrote named after the Arab jrandmother doesn’t •‘It’s just a gimmick to collect some autographs/’ Colbert said ,-Noharm ” One of Colbert's earlier endeavors to collect famous signatures had international implications He sent a letter to Yasir Arafat, head of the Palestine "Moonie" Parents Go To Washington MANHATTAN. Kan (UPI) A widow who believes her daughter has been brainwashed by the Rev Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church is helping organize a trip by ‘ Moonie parents to Washington to show their concern to federal officials Sen Bob Dole. R Kan,, who supports the campaign against the controversial Korean minister. is arranging meetings for the parents with important officials in key federal agencies including the Justice Depart ment. the Immigration Service and the Internal Revenue Ser vice lharles Bronson Telly Savalas Jill Ireland Ti Famili) the NO MERCY MAN CÛtC» ACàNNONOUèUMlC MtHNTtTOM K AÉ*f RIALTO HARLINGEN, ÍEXAS MAT, DAILY In the meantime. Dole asked Monday for an IRS audit of the church’s tax-exempt status Wheelathon Rescheduled For Saturday WESLACO - Wheelathon to raise money for the American Cancer Society w ill be staged by the Key wanettes and Key Club high school organizations spon sored by the Weslaco Kiwanis Club, Saturday at the student parking lot of Weslaco High School The event was scheduled originally in December but was called off because of bad weather The bicycle nders will be on the parking lot from 9am to 5 p m earning pledges signed up in advance The proceeds will go to the Cancer Society Two teams of five members each will compete Trophies have been provided by Robert A McAllen of the First National Bank A concession stand on the grounds will be operated by the Key Clubbers and the Keywanettes Sylvia Medrano is president of the Keywanettes Other officers are Sandy Canales, vice president. Diana Vela, secretary; Gloria Villarreal, student council representative, and Marina Vasquez, reporter Mrs Melba Zaremba and Mrs Martha Horn are the faculty sponsors Bobby Bondurant is president of the Key Club, which has Joe Rodriguez as the faculty spon sor was leader Arafat didn’t know it at the time, but he was one* of many persons who received such a letter The baby didn't exist either The Colberts’ son is 13 vears old A spokesman for the district attorney ’s office in Philadelphia said a ‘crime might exist in Colbert's actions but “the chan ces of a successful prosecution are slim " Colbert, an unemployed paper cutter, said he has been collecting autographs for the past eight years and has accumulated several hun dred The real tough ones — you have to use a little originality explained Colbert, who added he still w ants Bond’s autograph F5ut Bond doesn’t want anything to do with the Colber "Those people have the nerve of a brass monkey," Bonds said WASHINGTON ( UPI i - The Supreme Court, with new justice John Paul Stevens on the bench for the first time, Monday struck down one of the toughest state laws in the country regulating what a political candidate can say about his opponent In a brief order, the court affirmed a three-judge federal court ruling that left the door open for states to narrowly regulate malicious campaign rhetoric, but said the New York law was too broad and could infringe on speech protected by the First Amendment The justices have heard arguments in a challenge to the new federal law limiting campaign spending and contributions A decision on that issue is expected soon The court also agreed to rule in an appeal challenging an Oklahoma law which allows women to buy beer when they turn 18 but requires men to reach age 21 Stevens participated in his first day of public sessions Monday He took his seat to the far right of the bench without fanfare and the court proceeded to hear arguments in a case involving the government’s right to obtain microfilm bank records of criminal suspects Stevens asked several questions Stevens was sworn in last month to succeed William O Texas Chapter Of Loners On Wheels Organized Numerous Ixmers on Wheels will remain in the Valley until spring, A rally of the group, composed of single persons who travel and live in recreational vehicles, concluded Sunday in Harlingen, with 141 members from 26 states and three Canadian provinces registering A South Texas chapter of l/jners on Wheels was formed, with Carroll Vermillion of Corpus Christi serving as president Other officers include Maxine Bartlett of Austin as secretary-treasurer and Gene Rowland, San Benito publicity chairman \n all-day picnic of I>onerson Wheels will be held Jan 20 near Mission in Anzalduas Park The next l/mer rally will be near Brenham, Tex . April 23 25, and the next international rally will be May 10-17 in Tenkiller State Park near Muskogee, Ok la Douglas, who retired in November due to the after-effects of a stroke The New York campaign law and a code applying it provided fines if a candidate for state office made deliberate misstatements about his opponent or used racial invective At least 19 states have laws regulating some forms of political speech, such as forbidding anonymous pamphleteering, but New York's law was the broadest A three-judge panel agreed that states could prohibit malicious speech in a campaign, but said the language in the New York law was too broad, and could be used to punish can­ didates for speech protected by the First Amendment “It would be a retreat from reality to hold that voters do not consider race, religion, sex or ethnic background when choosing political candidates,” the court said The Oklahoma beer case was brought by Curtis Craig, an Oklahoma State University student, and a Stillw-ater retail establishment, the "Honk and Holler,” that sold beer A lower court upheld the law citing data which indicates more beer is consumed by males than females in the IB to 20 age group and that teen-age boys are JÜÄ 4 ENTERTAINMENT more frequently involved in alcohol-related traffic accidents than teen age girls Circuit Rider T" To Speak The Rev Marjorie Kass, circuit-riding Unity minister, will speak at the Ramada Inn Sun day at 7 30 p m. Mrs Kass has been in an outreach program that began when she was associate minister at the Unity Church of Dallas The Church of the Open Road of which she is the minister, is a member of the Association of Unity Churches, and under its auspices, she has established study groups in Tyler. I,ong- view Wichita Falls. Denton. McAllen. Harlingen and Brown sville Order Of Demolay Holds 7:15-9 15 Get Acquainted Night Mte»—> A "get acquainted night” will be held by the Harlingen Chapter of the Order of Demolay Wednesday at 7 30 p m., in the Masonic Lodge Building. 702 Fast Harrison letters have been sent to young men between the ages of 13 and 21. who were recommended by school counselors, inviting them to attend Letters have also been sent to parents asking them to attend with their sons Refreshments will be served The Order of Demolay was founded March 18, 1919 in Kan sas City, Mo., and has grown into a worldwide organization with more than three million members The order teaches seven cardinal virtues — to be a better son and man. to honor parents, to love and serve God in the way each individual believes, to serve the country and fellow man. to slander no one and to exercise tolerance in opinions of others Kirk Kennedy is master counselor of the Harlingen Chapter and John Harrington is the chapter advisor Regular meetings of the chapter are held each Wednesday evening in the Masonic Ijodge America’s Favorite Of The'70s Where ujere you . RICHARD DREYFUSS tin/ “ 9 Star tli "MH'.S " R0HNY HOWARD W01FMAN JACK 11 ()> ndnry lhsrJ»fk( v Special 7-Day Engagement INEMA Ilo .» Lung Association Annual Meeting To Be Held McALLFN — The Amistad area of the American Lung Assoc iation of Texas < ALAT » will hold its annual meeting at Noon Sunday at the 1 .a Posada Motor Hotel. McAllen Program speaker will be Dr Paul Musgrave, director of Public Health Region 10, Harlingen Mr George D Shinnek will install the officers for the new year beginning April 1 The public is invited Mr. Q IICOMIIJt IIAI,I SPECIAL ktlESDftv SPECIAL! ERNEST TUBB Bit BOI 69 and "The Texas Troubadours" THURSDAY, JANUARY 15th TWO BIG SHOWS 7 P.M. and 9:30 P.M. ADVANCE TICKETS NOW SS ON SALE SIX SHOOTER ADMINISTRATION BIDG. S4 AT DOOR Call 423-1100 for further information EXPRESSWAY 77-83 HARLINGEN S. "F" ST (FM1479) WESLACO BROWNSVILLE HARLINGEN McALLEN

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