The Daily Review from Morgan City, Louisiana on September 19, 1983 · 6
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PAGE 6, The Daily Review, Morgan City, U , Monday, September 19, 1963 i ( -' t i- 1 - - - 1 La-. a-..-.-------. I..J. VICKNAIR WAS recently recogniied by (he Morgan City Notary Club fur hit tervlce to the community, especially to the Rotary Club during their fund-raising event held during the 1983 Louisiana Shrimp and IMemi Miss America hatters Barriers ATLANTIC CITY. N.J. (UPI) -Vanessa Williams, who broke one tradition by becoming the first black Miss America, appears to be breaking more with her opinions on the ERA and abortion. The 20-year-old Syracuse University junior, competing as Miss New York, shattered one of the nation's oldest remaining racial barriers Saturday night by capturing the crown. She began her reign Sunday after two hours of sleep with an early-morning photo session and a breakfast news conference. She was scheduled to be in New York today for a television appearance and a news conference at the Plaza Hotel. Wearing her rhinestone-studded crown and a peach party dress Sunday, the 5-foot-6 brunette, also the first black Miss New York winner, wasted little time in setting herself apart from previous pageant winners, who usually ducked controversial issues. She told reporters she is a political independent who opposes the legalization of marijuana, backs the Equal Rights Amendment and favors abortion. "I think it's (abortion) a right that women should have," she said. "It should be there for women to use but I don't think everyone should use it." Miss Williams, who wants to be a Broadway star, stressed that she will not use her title as a platform for pronouncements on black issues. "Just because I'm black doesn't mean I'm going to favor every black position," said the 110-pound, green-eyed singer. "I'm my own person with my own opinions." She also made it quite clear that she does not see herself as a "beauty queen." "I've never felt like a beauty queen and I don't think I ever will, because that's a stereotype I don't agree with," said Miss Williams, the daughter of two Millwood, N.Y., public school music teachers. Most of the questions focused on her race, an issue that bothers her. "At times I get annoyed because it seems the people and press aren't focusing on my accomplishments," she said. "I've made some waves and I'm ready to handle that. People aren't used to dealing with changes but it just had to happen." Her triumph marked a milestone in the pageant's 63-year history. Only a dozen blacks have competed since a "whites-only" rule was lifted in the late 1950s. Until Cheryl Brown of Iowa crossed the color line in 1970, blacks had appeared on stage only once, playing "slaves" in a production number in 1922. The year on the road has been lucrative for most Miss Americas (Miss America 1983, Debra Sue Maf-fett, earned more than 1125,000 in appearance fees) and Miss Williams expects to do as well, although possibly before different audiences. Miss America 1984 said she is prepared for her "grueling" reign, although it means a lengthy separation from her family and a "very supportive" boyfriend. "I think I represent a person who has it all together at a young age," Miss Williams said. "I know where I'm going, I know how to get there and I'm taking steps to make it happen." Tougher Education Standards Proposed RESERVE, La. (UPI) - A Democratic lawyer seeking a third term on the state Board of Education wants higher graduation standards for Louisiana's school systems, while his opponent would improve educational quality in the early years. A.J. Roy, 51, of Marksville, who is seeking his third term representing the 8th District on the board, said the top priority should be increasing standards for high school graduation. He says the curriculum should be made harder with more emphasis on English and foreign languages. William Birner, 46, of LaPlace, who hopes to win his first term on the board in Oct. 22 elections and also a Democratic lawyer, said improvement in the quality of education should begin early, with an emphasis on "new basics," including communications skills, logic courses and ITS NEW J-i L computer science. The 8th District board member will represent Allen, Ascension, Assumption, Evangeline, Iberville, Livingston, Point Coupee, Rapides, St.. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes. Roy said making high school graduation more difficult would better prepare students for careers and family life,, . ' "Our whole nation is geared around making things easier and easier," he said. "But you generally improve by making things tougher. We need four years of English, and I don't think it should be substituted with damned journalism." He also said high school students should be required to complete four years of foreign languages. Birner said the weakness of the state's school system was that it did not prepare students to work in Louisiana industries and to function in daily life. "Too many students still graduate with too few skills and work habits," the former college professor and school teacher said. "Many cannot fill out a job application correctly, balance a checkbook, determine the best buy at the supermarket." He said the so-called new basics should be taught as early as the first grade and that schools should emphasize a return to "old basics. "Our universities are loaded with those who spend first-year efforts learning simple writing and arithmetic in remedial classes,' Birner said. 19,02 1 Mile W calk Eonds Petroleum Festival. Proceeds from the fund raiser benefited local Girl Scout troops. Pictured from left are Max Miller. Rotary Club fund-raising chairman; Vlcknalr; and Mike Daly. Rotary Club president. 299 LydiaSt. Paterson, La. 70392 395-277 Bridal Registry Jody Sanford & Burt Adams July 30th Shawn Brizzard & Robert Lee October 8th Lisa Felterman & Brightman Kornegay October 15th Jody Ortiz & Ciro Vining Novermber 19th Ann Romero & Robert Magee Shivers III December 17th A service of free delivery to the brides A lending service of silver for your parties A lovely gift for registering with us Wedding Invitations Phone orders Accepted Store Hours: 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday IP PRUDHOE BAY, Alaska UPI -Almost seven yean after he set out from the barren louthem tip of South America, George Meegan has walked 19,021 miles to the other end of the Earth. The 30-year-old Englishman completed his marathon Journey Sunday, planting the flags of 17 nations on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. "This walk is a celebration of freedom," Meegan said. "It was achieved without funds and without sponsorship. It was made possible by the 10,000 acts of kindness shown me by the people of this world." The flags came from the nations through which he passed: Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, the United States and Canada. Meegan also erected the flags of Switzerland, where his mother is from, his homeland Great Britain, his wife's homeland Japan and the British Merchant Navy, of which he is a member. Meegan left Jan. 26, 1977, from Ushaia, the southernmost non-scientific settlement on earth. The final nine miles of his journey were over property leased by the oil firm ARCO Alaska Inc., which at first had refused to allow him to cross the land. "Their policy is kind of a blanket 'no' for everything," he said of the company. "It takes a really unusual. , .event for them lo change that." But ARCO relented, and Sunday afternoon Meegan, accompanied by his Japanese wife Yoshiko, set foot on the shores of the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic Circle. "ARCO has been very courteous once the decision was made," he said. "They baked a special large cake for us and went to enormous inconvenience to make sure it (the final leg) was carried out." ARCO also arranged for a baby sitter to chaperone the Meegans' two children, Ayuml, S, whose name is Japanese for "walk." and Geoffrey Susumu, 3, whose Japanese name means "keep going." The children Vere flown by plane to meet Meegan and his wife, who walked with him over the last leg of his trip. The children were fathered along the Journey when his wife met him at various points and were then born in Japan, he said. Meegan, from Rainham, England, said he made the Journey because nobody had ever done it before. His press agent said the walk represents the longest continuous foot Journey in history and the first transverse of the Western Hemisphere on foot. Meegan reportedly beat the record of David Chang, who walked 18,500 miles from Singapore to London in 1958. When he arrived at the shore of the Beaufort Sea some 2,426 days after leaving South America and after Marrow Transplant Youth Doing Well MINNEAPOLIS (UPI) - A 2-year-old Louisiana girl who received a transplant of bone marrow contaminated with a dangerous bacteria has suffered no apparent ill effects so far, according to a spokeswoman at University of Minnesota Hospitals. Kelly Sue Berger of Metairie received the marrow Friday from her 11 -year-old brother Billy to battle the normally fatal disease, Hurler Syndrome. The nursing spokeswoman said Sunday evening Kelly Sue's condition was "very stable" and "satisfactory." "We're going to be watching her closely," said the girl's mother, pediatric nurse Susan Berger. "If she doesn't have a fever by Monday night, we'll know she's out of the woods." On Saturday, doctors discovered , the bone marrow was contaminated with cocci-staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria that could cause blood poisoning. Mrs. Berger said the bacteria was common to hospitals and probably infected the bone marrow sometime between the time it was taken from her son's hip and injected into her daughter. "We didn't know Billy's marrow was contaminated with a bacteria until 24 hours later, and it was too late then, because (Kelly Sue) had already gotten it," she said. Doctors began giving Kelly Sue the antibiotic Tiarcillin shortly after the bacteria was discovered, Mrs. Berger said. Before the operation, the child had been given three other antibiotics to fight infection. Kelly Sue suffers from Hurler Syndrome, a rare, genetically caused disease that normally results in early death. Doctors hoped the bone marrow transplant would replace a cellular enzyme that metabolizes fat, which the girl is missing as a result of the disease. Hurler Syndrome victims often become mentally impaired and usually become blind and deaf. Governor Doesn't Need Pardon Power-Edwards BATON ROUGE, La. (UPI) -Former Gov. Edwin Edwards would seek to remove the power of pardon from the governor's office if he were elected to the state's highest post, the gubernatorial candidate has vowed. During an interview on WJBO radio in Baton Rouge Sunday, Edwards said a new Pardon Board was formed under the state's new constitution in 1976 and that he was required to appoint members to the panel. "One of the things I'm going to do is to try to remove that function from the governor's office because I don't think it's fair for a governor w ho had nothing to do with the indictment, nothing to do with the trial, nothing with the sentence, nothing with the appeal and nothing with the incarceration to have to suddenly. . .make the decision just on court records," he said. "It's a tough thing to do, but I certainly tried to do my best." One of the men Edwards pardoned while he was governor walked into the law office of the former governor's younger brother, Nolan Edwards, Aug. 18 and gunned down the lawyer before turning the gun on himself. Both Edwards' brother and the gunman, Rodney Wingate, died from the bullet wounds. Wingate, 29, of Rayne received one of 1,526 pardons and commutations Edwards signed during his eight years as governor. Records showed 1,219 were signed from 1975 to 1980, years during which Edwards' appointees dominated the state Parole Board. Gov. Dave Treen, Edwards' opponent in Oct. 22 elections, said during his term as governor he has signed 34 pardons and commutations. Wingate, who had sued Nolan Edwards in a workmen's compensation case the lawyer had handled for him, was pardoned on Feb. 21, 1980 17 days before the former governor left office. At the time of the pardon, Wingate was on parole for a cocaine conviction, Pardon Board records showed. Without the pardon, he would have been forbidden to carry a gun, officials said. Treen could not be reached for comment on Edwards' remarks Sunday. Vitamin K is necessary for the formulation of prothrombin, which helps blood to clot. The best sources of vitamin K are green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, egg yolks, oats, wheat and rye. making an estimated 31 million strides he cried and said: "I feel like I've lost my best friend. It's over," Meegan and his family planned to return to England as soon as possible. They eventually hope to live in Japan. Meegan said he doesn't know what he will do when he returns home, aside from visiting with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in almost four years LOOT AUCTIONED STANFORD. Calif, UPI - The "jogging bandit" was in prison but police auctioned some of the $2 million in treasures and expensive household goods that he stole during hisfour-yearcareer. "It's unbelievable what he stole," auctioneer Doug Neale said of Robert O'Connor, who is serving a 19-year sentence in Folsom State Prison. O'Connor got his nickname because he cased his jobs by jogging through the posh neighborhoods wearing expensive running clothes. More than a thousand bargain hunters flocked to a police parking lot Saturday to bid on just a small portion of the $2 million worth of loot he is believed to ha ve stolen. It took a week to inventory the goods and two days to set it all up for auction The police auction netted Sfio.ooo. which will be shared by the victims who were unable to recover their stolen valuables. Although O'Connor was convicted on lesser offenses, police have said he was responsible for 181 burglaries between 1978 and 1982. Two-thirds of his loot was claimed by his victims. Your Photos bv ' 'S3 ; ' RUSSELL HEBERT THE POWER WINDER AND THE COMMON MAN c One of the most useful accessories for your SLR is a power winder. While a motor drive can run film through your camera at the rate of 3' '2 to 5' 2 frames a second, its cost and real purpose put it out of the reach ot the average camera owner. The power winder, on the other hand, is usually priced low enough to afford. It will advance the film at 2 to 3"2 frames per second when you hold the button down. This is fast enough for sports and action photography. The best uses of the winder aren't for continuous shooting, though. With a winder you can pick your shots one at a time and the winder makes the camera ready for the next shot almost instantly; you needn't take the camera away from your eye. 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