Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on February 9, 1969 · 25
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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · 25

Oakland, California
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Sunday, February 9, 1969
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r : . - - . . . 5UNDAY, FEBRUAI-9f 1969 3C 25 editorials Travel Moraines Galnnan f.lolcy T HE SUN D A Y T R IB U N E - - Pupils ;: By BEV MITCHELL . Tribune Staff Writer "Now I shall tell you about East Oakland. East Oakland consists of the houses that are needed in West Oakland." That observation by a Hoover Junior High School eighth grader, who will probably grow up to be a member of a redevelopment agency, is one of many choice quotations from a new book on Oakland. Titled, "The Mellow City," the book was written and illustrated last spring by Hoover eighth graders who started out to study their city and couldn't find a satisfactory text book. So they wrote their own. This term, their successors in eighth grade are supplementing the book with a program of slides. The children traveled throughout the city, and even beneath it for a guided tour of BART construction, taking pictures and gathering information for a taped narrative to accompany the illustrations. Now the completed program Is being show to fifth and eighth graders throughout Oakland. Students present the show and answer questions from the audiejice. At the University of California, Prof. James Gray and his students were so impressed with the program that He wants to have the youngsters participate in a human relations forum. Both the book and the slide program were produced in a special inter-disciplinary urban study unit involving students from social studies, eng-lish and industrial art classes. Mrs. Winifred Giannini, a reading teacher, says, "I think I wanted the students to see the beauty of the city. We are so inundated with stories of its problems. Yet we live f SEMIANNUAL Jrj L AMP BALEfl l . $1 as JM YOUR CHOICE lovely accent buying power Shown ore a few illustrated Come HOME Gapf fc- iJi 4 rv&V r "A -f any Hoover students Tira Montgomery, Rodgers Johnson, here, and we wouldn't if there weren't good things, too." Her students, "and the students of Mrs. Karen Smith, Mrs. Ruth Barber, Mrs. Henrietta Green (program coordinator) and Steve Johnson, found the good things and captured them in words, photographs and paintings. A "Mellow City" author says, "Where I live we have a bridge of cities." Another remarks, "Old buildings lean, as though the weary wind weakens their bones, while the thin strip of a bridge reaches for an unknown destiny." Students used the school's-reading laboratory as headquarters for their project and allowed other youngsters from Hoover to come in and inspect 'Add to your Revolv-a-count o Mostly one-of-a-kind; some pairs Sorry, no mail or phone orders o All sales final; be here early Hundreds of lamps in the group o Each with lovely accent shade o Notel Small delivery charge Breuner's famous semi-annual lamp event is here! Our buyer made a special trip to America's leading lamp manufacturers; selected the best close-out offerings and clearea! these famous makers' shelves of one and two of a kind beauties! Result? A fabulous selection of quali ty table lamps of every size, description and composition (wood metals, ceramica, hydrocals, glass and combinations), each with shade. That's what happens when Breuner's 9 store goes to work for you! Come early for best choice! samples of the great buys. There choose from over 400 other "one - "Lamps, Street Floor Oakland Also at Our Richmond Store BIE0JM& FURNISHERS SINCE Broadway at 22nd, Oakland Phone .834-2220 Shop Monday and ure Beauty only if they were quiet and orderly. Mrs. Smith recalls that an eighth grader who had formerly been regarded as a discipline problem was quick to order out anyone who threatened to disturb his work. A second student, also regarded as a creator of discipline problems and anything but an introvert, spent long periods of time working alone in a corner. "During such periods he wrote poetic prose for which he had a very unique and o r i g i n a 1 approach. By the time we discovered how truly elegant and astute his observations were and realized how sensitive he was himself, he was finished with his contributions, and I quote him: 'I've are about eight of each style - and - two - of - a - kind." , , - - c L of show 'Mellow City' poster to teacher Karen Smith said all I have to say'" Mrs. Smith writes in a report on the book. At one point in the project, one group of students examined a display of illustrations for their book while listening to jazz music. Relaxed and interested, they sat down to write their impressions. One girl decided, "The things that are not on the pictures are more beautiful, it is happiness. Downtown Oakland is beautiful ... I love Oakland because I live in Oakland." Boys and girls of the current eighth grade have taken more than 300 slides during their exploration of the beauty and happiness of the city that is theirs. They have also add- IIP IS M r m vv. s, a J? 3 Cm City ed to the growing store of essays, poetry and paintings depicting a Hooverite's-eye-of-Oakland. - Many tf those same students will focus on discovering employment and education needs in Oakland while involved in "Choice or Chance," a program developed to help students make intelligent decisions about their personal futures. Hoover Principal Aldon L. Johnson sees the entire interdisciplinary program as one ; to be continually developed and expanded. But he takes no credit for the plan. He gives that to the teachers, and an approach to learning he believes will be "increasingly useful." Friday nights 'til 9 Score One For Peace Corps Pair By JEREMIAH O'LEARY JALSURI, Bolivia - When Tom and Linda Qualia showed up at this adobe village on the 12,000-foot-high steppes of Bolivia's Altiplano a year ago, the native Aymara Indians couldn't imagine why two affluent "Americans" would want to share the bleak life of the region, and were thus suspicious. But their outlook began to change when Tom painted the door of his mud house blue and when Linda started hanging her wash on a clothesline. Nobody had ever done these things before in tiny Jalsuri, or in the entire Irpachico region, and the Indians became curious. Now there are several houses with blue doors and the Indian women are beginning to hang up their wash, too, instead of draping it over the nearest mud wall. Today, 24-year-old Thomas Qualia of Del Rio, Tex., is known and respected as either "Tomas" or VSenor Mister," and his wife, a petite 23-year-old from Robstown, Tex., is known as the "Seno-rita." Tom and Linda are Peace Corps volunteers working in the community development program, which is simply aimed at helping backward people improve their lives. Progress is measured in inches in this program. Tom, who is still a few credits shy of his degree in agriculture at Texas Tech in Lubbock, made his breakthrough with the people here by joining the men in building an adobe clinic. " He gained further confi- Other days :30 to 5:30 1 Hour Free Parking LB1 On Lady Bird's Views NEW YORK (AP) - A former White House aide says Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson exercised a powerful influence on her husband's judgments and "might well turn out to be the most influential First Lady in American history." This assessment is made by Eric F. Goldman, a Princeton University historian, ina book, "The Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson." It is being published Monday by Alfred E. Knopf, Inc. Goldman says the President talked with Mrs. Johnson "about everything, and he paid close attention to her reactions. Goldman served as special consultant ,to the President dence among the Indians by planting forage and a variety of vegetables, acquiring a flock of hens, building a windmill pump for his well and giving sheep-shearing lessons. Linda, a home economist major, made her breakthrough by putting a simple dish-drying rack in their kitchen another first for Jalsuri. Now, the couple is trying to raise rabbits for meat in protected hutches. Little that the couple does escapes the attention of the Aymaras. And the Qualias en-courago the Indians to become both close neighbors and close imitators. A minor example, but major for Jalsuri, is the chicken experiment. The Aymaras may keep a handful of poultry around to sell the eggs and the chickens for cash; they can't afford to eat the meat or eggs. But the Indians tend to let the poultry fend for itself, EXTRA EFFORT PURCHASE z m mm n VP JTri mil Heavily from December, 1963, until September, 1966. He says he decided to resign his White House post after a conversation in which Johnson described critics of his Vietnam policy as "knee-jerk liberals" and "crackpots." Goldman opposed the Administration's Vietnam policy. He writes mat the Johnson administration was shadowed throughout by the refusal of writers and academic thinkers to regard him as a worthy successor to John F. Kennedy. Goldman says Johnson was a man of the highest intelligence, but deprived of intellectual depth by inadequate schooling of his Texas youth. buy no feed and do not construct even primitive hen houses or protective barriers against predators or the weather. Tom, who was raised on a ranch, bought 55 New Hampshire chickens and 3 roosters for 6 pesos each, invested a' minor amount in feed and built a very tidy little chicken yard and hen house. When the Indians saw that the Qualias were getting anywhere from 34 to 50 eggs a day regularly, which can be sold for the equivalent of 48 cents a dozen, around they came to ask questions. The Qualias live on the local economy. Canned goods are a luxury and they rarely eat meat. They eat only the cracked eggs and such excess baggage as non-laying hens or superfluous roosters. Otherwise, they eat the Aymara diet of wizend potatoes and quimia. a high-protein grain. - Crrtot IN Tlw WwMwttwt iff '""I 4

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