The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 23, 1966 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, December 23, 1966
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Santa Gets To Vietnam By HUGH A. MULLIGAN XOM HUE, outh Vietnam (AP) —"Blaster 8-4, code name 'Ho-Ho-Ho,' coming in for a landing, let me see your smoke. Ho-H-H." "Rog, Blaster dawn." In Christmas and red smoke flares indicated u » 4 , aCr ° T l S the Buddhist temple. The TOYS FOR TOTS—Less-fortunate children will have a brighter Christmas, compliments of the Life of Georgia Insurance Company. Company employes present the Blytheville Jaycees with these new toys for distribution to the children. From left are Adam Taylor, co-chairman of the Jaycee toy drive; G.W. Spears, district manager, Georgia Life; Tom Short, agent; Claude Buazard and James Ealy of Georgia Life; and Delbert Layne, staff manager. (Courier News Photo) Trapped Firemen Get Crowds x Bravo' By MALCOLM STEPHENSON NEW YORK I AP) - A Times Square area crowd of thousands burst of cheers from hundreds of firemen on the street and the spectators toward the front of the crowd watching the fire that cheered itself hoarse as firemen wrecked an unoccupied building - risking death in flame and on 6th Avenue near 45lh Street Cause of the fire as not determined immediately. The seven men were trapped about 10 p.m., and the last was brought to safety at 1:20 a.m. The rescue of the last man touched off one of the most dra- smoke with every step — rescued seven of their comrades trapped by a four-story building that collapsed on them. One by one, the seven men were dragged put Thursday night and early today from behind blazing wreckage and tons| matic scencs jn [he [jre d t . of wood and metal which could m <, n i~ 5 history have been their tomb. None appeared to be seriously injured. The man, who was conscious, was assisted bv a dozen rescue the apparatus and some of them lined up on the long, spidery girder of a water tower. They waved their hats. They clapped their hands. They yelled as the solemn procession moved toward the ambulance. The roars of the spectators grew louder. The fireman on the stretcher — his face red from the fire heat — lifted his head a bit and waved. Fresh in the mind of every iBells." Half the hamlet followed squad firemen "from the saging 1? when 12 firemen died in a The sixth man rescued — his' structure whose collapsed floors face blackened and his uniform j had pinned him for hours, in smoking rags — sat up on a Like those saved before him, stretcher, grinned, waved to he was placed on a metal- Fire Commissioner Robert 0. j framed stretcher carried by Lowery and gasped: 'Merry Christmas, commissioner." Lowery, tunned by the man's stamina and good cheer, snapped to attention and saluted. Then he shouted above the din: "Merry man!" Christmas, fire- The episode brought a new eight firemen. Almost as if rehearsed, 100 'iremen and police formed a double cordon and stood at attention. The stretcher was carried through the ceremonial corridor that extended a half block to a waiting ambulance. * * * The stretcher bearers — carefully following first-aid training not to shake an injured man — walked in broken step. The crowd cheered again. IN SAIGON - Private 1C Larry W. Gaither, 22, is presently serving with the U.S. Army in Saigon as an IBM technician. He is a 1962 graduate of Trumann High School. His parents and wife Janet live in Reiser. ON LEAVE —Roy C. Hoi- brook, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Holbrook of Route Two, will arrive home Dec. 23 for a 15- day leave from the Army. He is presently a communications specialist at Fort Sill, Okla. MUVILEGES AUTHORIZED AI SECOND CIASB MAIL Blythctille Courier New. • BLYTHEVIU.F, ARK. ZIP - 723W Barry W. H»lne«, 3rd at Walnut SU BlTtluTlUe, Ark. Published dally except lunday geeond cl>M poiUge paid at BIT*« a &&munn unt In Blytheville and towni In the wto WMA'IL MTABtB m «>V»NM Within M mile: at Blytlnvllle $8.00 ner je»t llera than 3(1 miles from BlythevUU 118.00 p«r yew 8-4, take 'er colors, green [and wispy beards; lovely ladies in long, flowing ao-dais and streaming jet black hair, toothless mama-sans spitting out betel nut and sucking on pipes or cigars GIs standing by with M16 rifle. All agreed, after due deliberation, that 9-year-old Nguyen Van Nhan, whose father pedaled a cycle cab, had made the best Christmas star. It was fully {eet teu almost as teu as bletop helicopters made a turn ;N w u Md bore • « **!-, lie-Hnff 4v> n ni/»a1 niw fint- ° •" * in ttie listless tropical air, set down in a peanut field, and Santa Claus came to the tiny hamlet of Xom Hue, 35 miles northwest of Saigon. There were two of them, in fact, a Vietnamese Santa Glaus and his American counterpart, so the 1,000 kids in the hamlet were doubly delirious with delight. "You number one," Hiey kept telling helicopter pilot Richard Salzarulo of Pittsfield, Mass., the American Santa Claus. Actually, he was No. 2, he- Scores of firemen — like sail- _... ors climbing into the rigging of bration. a sailing ship — clambered orito cause the U.S. 25th Infantry Division, whose artillerymen were sponsoring the big Christmas party, was out to stress the Vietnamese aspects of the cele- Blytheville (Ark.) Courier News — Friday, December 23, 19M — Page Five Disney Maintained A Private Dignity * inscription! "Mung li giant sinh," which is Vietnamese for "We wish you a Merry Chriitmas." For his star-making talents, Nguyen received a huge model airplane lovingly carved and painted by the surgeons at the Army's 7th Surgical Hospital. The rest of the kids surged around and at one point threatened to overrun the two Santas to get at $3,300 worth of toys the divisin artillerymen had flown over, at their own expense, from the States. While Mess Sgt. Cecil Shafer of DCS Mo9nes, Iowa, served up a mountain of cakes and cold drinks, a Vietnamese drama team entertained on a stage set up across from the little school that the American artillerymen From Xom Hue, a bitterly!had provided with desks and contested hamlet all the way ' benches. back to the days of the French, it was the biggest day since the Viet Cong pulled out bag and baggage eight months ago. 25th Infantry Division trombones and tubas catching the sunlight slashing down through the mango trees, paraded down the muddy main street omm-pah-pah-ing "Jingle The band, Lt. Ted Root of Stow, Oftio, stepped up to the microphones prvided by the Vietnamese prpaganda team, and sang "0 AP Movie-Television Writer . Last of five articles on Walt Disney HOLLYWOOD (AP) - A Walt Disney interview was ritualistic in form, but never in content. The procedure was always the same. The reporter went with Disney's public relations man to the award-packed office on the third floor o£ the animation building at the noon hour. A secretary served tomato juice to Walt and the visitors, and Walt began talking. He sat at a low table laden with scripts and reports; there was no desk in the Disney of fice. All about were mementoes of past triumphs: ceramic busts of Mickey Mouse, the Dwarfs, etc. But Walt had scant interest in' the past. Very often he would talk about projects that would not reach the public for three, four, five years. "Let's go eat," Walt would j say after he had expounded on his work in progress. He walked down the corridor and along Dopey Drive — the streets are named after the studio's stars — to the commissary. Along the way he said hello to employees; virtually all called him "Walt," but the casualness was not to be mistaken for intimacy. There was always a respectful distance between employes and the boss. Walt always sat at the corner view. | he prowled through Disneyland. Perhaps interview Is not tIie! He talked of thin e s present;and right term. Like many men of Mure and often relived events vast creativity, Walt was impa- ° f l" s past. He revealed himself :ient with the usual give-and .ake of a press interview. He would grasp a thought, examine I, expand It and pursue it to the extreme. Sometimes he would talk about an enterprise that .would cost many millions of dollars. Or he could have been describing the antics of a bear in the next animated feature, "The Jungle Book." In that case his eyebrows would waggle and his cheeks would puff up bear-like; he was as good a story-teller in person as he was on the screen. Over a period of 20-odd years I had many such lunches with Walt, and I also tagged along as as a creator of fantasies, :;but never as a person. 'C, There were two Walt Disrieys, public and private. The public Disney put his name and face on his company's product'.and contributed himself to any.Hex- ploitation that would aid.^the cause. But he drew the lin£ n any invasion of his personalijife. It ' was significant that jllis- ney's funeral was held last week with only family and a few close associates present, thus avoiding the mawkish spectacles that have marred the passing of other Hollywood greats. In death as in life, he maintained a private dignity. Holy Night" with such silvery | m& jn thg Coral Room] , vWch sweetness as to forever lay to; was reserve(J for man was the night of last Oct. floor collapse in a building at Madison Square — the greatest tragedy in the 101-year history of the fire department. Living with People Why spoil another's pleasure with a downbeat comment? happily along behind. In the words of Ebenezer Scrooge, there never was such a Christmas as Buddhism and Christianity got together in a bizzare Christmas pudding. There was a life-size Nativity scene in front of the pagoda, with Vietnamese schoolgirls dressed as angels in enormous silver wings fashioned from old newpapers. Then the children of the village, every blessed one among the thousand of them, marched in the colorful star procession, prudly showing off the huge colore dstars they had made of bamboo and rice paper. There were the pagoda ven- erables in their saffron robes rest the canard that all artillerymen are tone-deaf. He was' backed by a 25-voice GI choir lastiiy organized by Capt. John De Saegher of Los Angeles, the protestant chaplain. With the division band and a Vietnamese string band combining for "Silent Night" and the whole hamlet singing along, it was difficult to realize that less then 18 months ago the hamlet had provided 90 to 100 recruits to the Viet Cong. The 25th Division first moved into the hamlet last April 25, but for months after that the men were harassed by sniper fire, road blocks, mines and attacks on outlying outposts. Little by little, they got tha people build their own fortifications, organize a local defense unit and try to get a government going, even if no one wanted to be mayr. stars and visiting executives, dignitaries. After ordering his lunch — he was usually on a diet to lose a few pounds — Walt began talking on the subject of the inter- Keep her starry-eyed with a beautiful, practical, hardware gift...a gift that Huffman Bros. Lumber Co. 708 No. 6th , «bmal itwip. 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