Abilene Reporter-News from Abilene, Texas on July 26, 1962 · Page 53
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Abilene Reporter-News from Abilene, Texas · Page 53

Abilene, Texas
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Thursday, July 26, 1962
Page 53
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MURAL IN SHOWCASE SQUARE MALL . photo taken before planter boxes were filled SPACIOUS, RESTFUL MALL IN 'SQUARE' . . . places to meet friends, take a break Vienna Is Western City But Keeps Slavic Soul By RICHARD O'REGAN .the cool, green wine-gardens on,are the polyglot Viennese: (he,claimed opera slars remain public VIENNA (AP)--Vienna is bitterj the slopes of the Vienna Woods j businessman and the chimney i'^ 0 ' 5 even after they no longer sweet. It makes you laugh andjand in streets with names like; cry. Critics say it is "schlampig"-- sloppy, insincere, too easy going. They don't understand. Himmelpfortgasse 'Gate to Heav-. en Street) and Himmelstrasse : TM ar " n ; (Heaven Street). Here at the same wooden tables. sweep, the professor and t h e , frau. the judge ami the baker. Together they click glasses Fin Creates Amusement Ride Ideas By HAROLD V. STREETER MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif, tfl -Millions of delirious squeals laughter all over the United States -- and some in England -can trace their origin to this San Francisco Bay area city. Arrow Development Co., which started out in 1946 as just another machine shop, now specializes in conceiving, designing and con structing new amusement rides for parks, fairs and expositions Disneyland at Anaheim, Calif. ...Century 21 in Seattle...Blackpool Pleasure Beach in Englam ...New York World's Fair in 1964 ...these are just a few places feeling or designed to feel Arrow's imagination. When company president EC Morgan and vice president anc chief engineer Karl Bacon took their first look at the amusement field they felt it was in a rut 01 ferris wheels, oval train rides ant shooting galleries. Tried Something New They decided to venture. One of the first results was Mr. Toad's Wild Ride through scenes of "Wind in the Willows" at Disneyland. (Disney Productions, which since has been supplied $1 million worth of equipment by Arrow, now holds a third interest in the company.) Then a huge plant of the Lockheed Missiles and Space Division which works on the underwater Polaris missile, the Agena and Samos satellites, arrived in nearby Sunnyvale. It injected space age thinking into the bay area, some of which rubbed off on Arrow. For Seattle's Century 21 world fair, Arrow has created a Space Whirl ride around a 25-foot-high rocket. Passengers in the space irhirl cups stay on the ground but, by manipulating a wheel, the driver can create an astronaut takeoff sensation of being pressurized by several times his own weight, and control his own spin while "in orbit." Autos for New York In the planning slage but projected as almost certain for the New York World's Fair of 1964 is the car ride of the.future. Plans call for operation of ISO four-passenger cars with glass tops. Drivers control the cars for the first 500 to 600 feet, then an automatic control system takes over automatically for the other 3,500 feet. But Arrow's imagination also can look backwards. Just recently the firm began exporting to Blackpool Pleasure Beach in England -- world's largest amusement park--a creation of a ride through Alice in Wonder- and, housed in a 10,000-square-foot stone castle. It begins with the sensation of .tumbling 30 feet down Ihe rabbit j hole. It m-ogresses through a tiny door and a mammoth door, past the croquet party with flamingo heads for mallets. The Mad Halter, the Queen, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, a 40-foot caterpilar. Father William dancing back and forth with a snake on his nose, the looking glass zoo, talking flowers . . they're all there, some 50 figures. Missing is the somewhat frightening overtone imposed by the Queen when she snapped. "Of wilh Iheir head"." TXE AWUNR UrOMBaVNIWI i «*i A^^^^A. 4I^^^H INTERIOR OF WESTERN AUTO STORE . . . ready for Square opening Pepperdine's $5 Started Western Auto Supply Co. One of the nation's most impressive "success stories" began more than 53 years ago when a young Kansas City bookkeeper deeded to quit his job and go into business for himself. It was a difficult decision because the young "country boy" 'rom Kansas had his hands full trying to stretch wages of $15 a week far enough to pay the rent and buy groceries for his wife and a new baby. By cutting corners, however, he scraped together $5. And with that amount as his total capital inves ment, young George Pepperdin 'ounded a company that today ha annual sales of more than a qua :er of a billion dollars. The business Pepperdine fount ed was Western Auto Supply Com any. And the '" Vlenna could lhe S rBat : "We have chosen rather to Vienna is a philosophy, a state! sitti "g on the same hard benches.: , Grants of mind. It is 1,700,000 people who know: Life is bitter, short and hard. Therefore, enjoy it-- sweeten! it with wine, women and song.j Willy nilly, you're doomed to pay I f Tovar the piper-so let's dance. Ml ICAUJ A Western city at the gates of Asia, Vienna has a Slavic soul and is fickle as a Balkan gypsy. land sympathize with each other's problems. Vienna can be frustrating and Philharmonic give concerts at the'tecWe it from the standpoint o impossible times of 3 p.m. on;a child's pleasant fantasy," an Saturdays and 11 a.m. on Sun-1 Arrow spokesman said. i days, because they have no eve-j The Wonderland export marks nings i impossible. The opera is invari-^ ht ( . ,, fl , nclion j n g as ably sold out or here are a l! Imght queues for ticket:;, (he milk. 1 stores and groceries have differ-! free. They are busy at I Arrow's debut in the foreign field cut hours, waiters appear engaged! state opera orchcstra. Vienna is a cily where poverty f is no indignity -- where you can!' A major beer firm has com missioned Arrow to build an auto j malic skyrail which will take tour ists at the rate ol 3,000 an horn Establish Record You feel hope, Beauty and the dignity of man when you see' Vienna's exquisite imperial splendor. Stately Schoenbrunn Palace shimmering in the sun, the formal can mean LUBBOCK -- Income in gifts lately" and grants to Texas Tecli, ccived through the Texas ' Foundation during the first six'the same time. I H is a city where "immedi-! ....... - ibuy one cigarette without embar- around, over and through a big brewery m California. While the cars, suspended from rails, are moved by electrica power at heights up to 65 feet in some dark witchcraft when' they ignore your wish to seltlej r a s s m c n t ' whcre you can read a " your hill in a hurry. | da y ln a coffeehouse for the price of a cup of coffee that goes by any of CO names, where a glass ;li, re: sometime. Where "punctually atj n i c l c | ; Tech;5" perhaps means tomorrow at' . ·'. evcn '" all ''!o7chcap' wine" costs Yes's thSTa ta P e Borders tell the passengers iwhat they are seeing. The cars ace of the Habsburgs and the gothic spire of St. Stephens Cathedra! reaching toward the sky. These are the relics ol an empire that once rui*d most of urmgj r a c V i w h'cre if you obtain a paclt- lal receipts any six - month period, | age from tho cusloms ,,,. a ]iccnse -; = W. H. Bute-field, Tech vice-1 to open a business it seems a ! president for development, re-1 sheer miracle. An official docu-| ports total receipts of $302,330 for'mcnl. once obtained, has so many Ihe period from Jan. 1 tnrough I .stamps and seals, it looks like an A city of people dreaming of the ! fTM«.v enter the plant and move ist, accepting-but inwardly ,,.: through the bottling section, iting-the advance of modern, The project now is in its en- industrial life... igmeermg phase. It will get into ./construction later this year. past A city of mysterious bureauc- sisting-the advance of modern, gling, warring crossroads of Eu-|any single project was $95,625 in rope, swept by plague and sieged!gifts and grants to the Supple- Europe. Now there are ghosts,] June 30 - I illuminated scroll from the Mih ghosts of a city once at the strug-1 The largest sum received for j Century. --A city overpopulated by offi cials who open their drawers--as you sil expectantly awaiting your papers-extract a knife, fork spoon and salt shaker and chomp away on one of the innumerable snacks they have brought to work in their briefcases. --A city whose officials admit that after centuries regulations by invaders who envied its riches. Hundreds of years before New York, Vienna was the world's greatest melting pot of peoples: German, Hungarian, Italian, Pol- tah, Romanian, Yugoslav, Rus- ·Jan and even Irish. mentary Building Fund of t h e new Texas Tech Library. These conti mutions, combined with others received before the beginning of the 1962 calendar year, bring total gift support oi this project to $1W,650. Additional ,Like New York, Vienna subducdjgift commitments of $62,500 to tfceir racial differences, their vio lent passions, their conflicting cultures. Out of it was born to day's Viennese, held together by one common "Weltanschauung." It's a philosophy that what's im poruuit is unimportant. What's unimportant--that's what's important. Like the Viennese professor rejected a high job in the chamber music group in which he ·MM ptiy his cello. Or UN Viennese who repeatedly in the tensions of the military occupation aft IM war, which of-two con chocolate Ml** nut ., t , , , . H I M * t t i v t - l V I - I I I U I I t 3 1 I J K U f l J U U l l O the Library project are to be are so contradictory that there is paid before ihe (.lose of 19S2. Total grants for various research projects curing the first six months of 1%2 amounted to $97,737, including $73,687 in research funds received from the Robert A. Welch Foundation ol Houston. Grants to provide other pbysi- pnvmces because (here was no c al facilities ana equipment at Texas T«ch ainour.tcd to J52.JJI. Funds received lot scholarship awards amounted to $21,435. The record total of gifts ami grants for (he first half of KM includes no port'cn of Ihe $900,' tbt. k*al tight to ODD grant authorized last January by the Ktfljore Estate Tms- ««t for · memorial Killgore Beef ttte Center at Ihe Texas Tech Rvmrch Farm, Pantex, | only one good rule of. thumb: everything that is forbidden is permitted. Nowhere else could a great city unite, as recently, in defiance of bureaucracy, to stage a hero- worshipping revolution w h i c h brought Herbert von Karajan back afler he resigned from the opera hi a huff. Nowhere else would a great opera star be given a state funeral nnd official medical bulletins be issued on another's condition, Nowhere else would music- lovers speak of "Karajan's Ninth" instead of "Beethoven's Ninth," or a jazz band he named utter the great conductor, Nowhcru t'itt would oncc-st- IP- SPACE WHIRL -- The passenger in thb ride at Seattle's Century 21 exposition feels that he is taking off like an astronaut and then that he is in orbit. The space whirl is one of the amusement rides made by · California firm virtually in the shadow of a large space rocket-missiie company. JOE DUNCAN . . . staff tripled Joe Dungan Is Manager "Officials of Western Auto Stor are looking forward to big thing happening at Showcase Square, Joe Dungan, manager of Wester Auto Store, one of the businesse in the "square," said Wednesday Some of the officials from th headquarters office of Wester] Auto Store are expected to be here to participate in the formal open ing of Showcase Square on Thurs day, Friday and Saturday of thi; week, Dungan said. In the meantime, the staff of thi local Western Auto Stor* is beini tripled to take care of an antici pated increase in business, Dun jan said. The store's staff now ncludes 10 full-time and severe part-time employes. Dungan has been manager o! :he local Western Auto Store i little over two years, having come to Abilene from North Little Rock Ark. He ha; been with the organ! zation for five years, getting his start in the Little Rock, Ark. store. The manager of the Western Auto Store was born in Celina Texas, and attended the schools there. He graduated from Celina High School in 1946 and went immediately into the Navy for a two-year tour of duty. Upon his return from the Navy he entered North Texas State Uriversity, where he studied for three am! half years before accepting a position in the business world. He and Mrs. Dungan, who Is the former Miss Sheilah Peek of DeQueen, Ark., have three children, Jan, S, student In Jane Long Elementary School, Joe Jr., S, and John, 2, The family resides at 9B17 Minter Lane. They attend University Baptist Church. Duncan It i member «f Downtown Rotary Club. the his meager wages was used to buy postage stamps to mail sales circulars -- obtained on credit--i to prospective customers. The basis for Pepperdine's new venture was the infant automobile industry. Aulos of the early 190Q's were delivered to customers without such "luxuries" as windshields, fenders, and headlights. So it occurre.-l to young Pepperdine that there should be a good opportunity for success in a business that could provide these items at a reasonable price, and at lhe same time make it easy for customers to buy. His idea was to solicit prospective customers by mail, and after receiving orders, to ship the merchandise by mail. The first Western Auto "home office" was Pep- perdino's own home where he wrapped auto parts on the kitchen Swanson, whose birth date is Oct. 17. 1902, joined Western Auto as general sales manager and shortly afterwards was elevated to vice president in charge of sales. Before coining Swanson held to Western Auto, responsible positions with Montgomery Ward and Company for 20 years. He joined Mandcl Brothers in Chicago as vice president and general merchandise and operations manager in 1949, and later was elected a director and member of the exec- live committee. He is a graduate of Lewis Institute o( Technology, and a graduate in business adminislration of Northwestern University School of Commerce. Swanson was elected a director of the first National Bank of Kansas City, Mo., in September, 1959. He is a member of the Kansns table after he gat home in the evc-jCily Club and the Saddle and Sir- ning. loin Club. By 1909 there were only a few Pepperdine, who after 1918 more than 300.000 horseless car- founded a similar company in Cal- iidgcs in the nation, anj in Ihcjifornia and later endowed the Midwest the most popular auto j George Pepperdine College in Los was the Model T Ford that proved! Angeles, observed recently that to be a prime factor in convcrtinf the U. S. into "a nation on wheels." Outside the cities [he country was laced by a network he always has maintained a keen interest in the growth and development of Western Auto. "To me," he said. "Western of winding dirt roads which i:;;;!- Auto's growth is striking proof ally confronted the automobile!of Ihe opportunities for success af- owner with dust, mud, or ruts, forded by our free enterprise sys- Rural people did much of their shopping by mail. The infant Western Auto Sup- torn." The business enterprise that Pepperdine founded as a mail-or- ply Company grew slcadily, and clcr company specializing in Model by 1914 the firm's own brand IT parts and accessories is now a name was used on some of the j nation-wide organization that op- merchandise it sold. That was the same year the company was incorporated under Missouri law. Incorporated capitalization was $20,000, represented by 20.000 shares of stock at par value of $1 a share. Ill health forced Pepperdine to give up operation of the company in 1916. Arthur C. Swanson, a merchandising executive for many years, ame to Western Auto Supply Company in 1952 and was elected president and chief executive officer of the company in March, 1959. crates more than 400 company- owned retail stores and serves at wholesaler to some 3,700 fran- chiscd dealers. Ami although Western Auto slill carries a wide variety of automotive supplies, the more than 14,000 items in its lines now include such things as household appliances, sporting goods, and toys. And the company that was begun more than 53 years ago as a one-man operation now employs about 8,01)0 men and women who receive wages and salaries totaling over $25,000,000 each year. Elevator Operator Educates Children MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Hard vork, determination and faith are making Sam Mitchell's 40-year dream come true. It was, and still is, "to give my ihildrcn a better education than have." The 67-year-old Negro cleva- or operator already has put two children through medical school. Next year, a third will receive iis medical degree and go on for our more yqars of training as a urgcon. A fourth child, a daugh- er, is a college junior and hopes o become a nurse. "It hasn't been easy," Mitchell onceded, "Many limes there was othing hut bread and water for inner. Rut my wife stuck with me -- and the Lord WES in the Ian." For 20 years, until last year, e worked day and night, holding own two jobs in order to carry SAM MITCHELL . . dream comet Ira* is heavy load of expenses. They each child in medical school At rought in a total of about $250 one time - liiose were the "bread monthly. Yard work on weekends and water" days -- he had tw» upplementcd this Income. His wife has helped, too, work- to In their modest Beale Street partincnt. Mitchell estimate)) that H tort enrolled at once. The multiple job schedule b*. ng occasionally as * domestic In came increasingly burdensome H addition to her homcmakinR du- Mitchell grew older. "Ye*, we're proud of ow eh* 4m," Mitchell.said. "I'm Mud. too, that I didn't ask for · ptrmy Im about |l,onn a yew (o keep and don't owe anyone * prnw." J

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