The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 29, 1966 · Page 8
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 29, 1966
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P»gt twlw - BlvthevllU (Art.) Courier Vim - Hiuraday, December », MM ABOARD A TRIUMPH, Steve McQueen takes a break from filming "The Sand Pebbles" on Taiwan. By BOB COCHNAR and DAVE BURGIN Newspaper Enterprise Assn. NEW YORK - (NBA) There was a buzz of excitement at the Chanteclair Restaurant here when Rene Dreyfus, the owner, learned that Steve Me Queen would be a guest for lunch. "It's wonderful," said Rene. "And would you ask Mr. Me Queen if he'd bring a photo o£ himself for our wall?" got a camera car locked in a garage on the Warner Brothers lot and Jack Warner promised he wouldn't let anybody use it." McQueen doesn't race cars or motorcycles for the publicity. Professional drivers who have seen him turn a circuit say he is a serious, dedicated enthusiast who could be a profesional. He isn't playing a game. He knows what he's doing and he knows what his car is doing, too. And McQueen can field-strip a Ferrari in his living room, to McQueen, although a super-(his wife's dismay, and get it star used to such trappings, as deeply flattered. Rene Dreyfus, once a top racing driver and winner of the Grand Prix of France, runs a restaurant catering to motorsports enthusiasts and the walls are hidden with pictures of such drivers a Juan Fangio, Jack Brabham, Dan Gurney and Jimmy Clark. And row Steve McQueen. "Now I'm no expert on car and driving," McQueen freely admitted. "But, hell, it's the greatest sport and it gives me the greatest satisfaction." He says that if he weren't an actor he'd be a driver. He was here to push his new film, "The Sand Pebbles," for 20th Century Fox. "I'm glad I did the picture," he said, "even -if the overtime shooting schedule prevented me from doing the film I'm burning to do, 'Day of a Champion.'" He explained that "Champion" was to be the definitive movie of auto racing, —"the kind of film the professionals won't laugh at, as they have at the schlock Hollywood cranks out and calls racing films. back in smooth working cond- tiori. McQueen will do almost anything for a ride. When he was visiting in England, John Cooper, who makes those beautiful Cooper - Maserati formula racers, let him drive a Junior around Brands Hatch. Cooper wouldn't let just anybody do that. * * * During our lunch chat, Roy Bamford, head of Aston Martin in the United States, table hopped over and asked McQueen why he didn't care for the Aston Martin he had tested at Riverside, Calif. "Well, I thought the ratio between fourth and fifth gears was a bit long," he said. "It really crumpled during the changes. And the steering is too tight." McQueen went on, in great technological detail while Bamford nodded. McQueen has done his share of racing. He was a team driver for BMC at Sebring and in 1964 was a member of the .U.S. team in the International Six - Day trial Motorcycle The first three days he won bonus points towards the Gold Medal but at the end of the third day, he turned off the course to avoid hitting a spectator and cut up his face, banged his leg and wrecked his bike. He had to withdraw. Another time, in California, "I was in a bike race when the guy in front of me spun and I ran over his bike. I wound up in a tree with a gashed face, loose teeth and a broken thumb. "I was afraid to go home," he Sid. "My manager happened to be there when I finally did. He and my wife took one look at my bloody face and thought my career was over. But plastic surgery fixed me up." McQueen in convinced that California, not Detroit, calls the automotive shots. "These young Californians know about machinery," he says. Detroit has had to produce the kind of big - displacement engines the kids want. Now the kids are becoming interested in handling qualities, so the manufacturers soon will be producing good street machines. With Steve McQueen in the cockpit, "Day of a Champion" should be quite a film. '•But I'll do it some day. I've | Races in Germany. SPINOFFS: Do you drive one of the "Seven Best Cars in the World," as compiled by John Bond, publisher of Road and Track? His new list includes the following in order: Rolls Royce, Mercedes - Benz, Cadillac, Porsche, BMW, Rover, Volvo. Bond's last list in 1961 included Lancia and Peugeot. Interestingly, three of the "Seven dillac is the only American en- Best" cars are German and Catry. Youth Beat THE NATIONAL REPORT ON WHAT'S HAPPENING Will the anti-button win? A check of the wacky world of buttons, from L.A.'s strip to N.Y,'s East Village by YOUTH BEAT turns up these: "Love Me — I'm Luscious"; "I'm Anonumous — Help Me"; "Draft Beer — Not Students"; "Support Your Lo c a 1 Anarchist"; 'Equal Rights for Males"; "Repeal Inhibition"; "I Fight Poverty — I Work"; "I am a Human Being — Do not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate"; "Turn on, Tune in, Drop out, Get Well"; 'Go Naked." One small button, voicing rebellion against this weird, world - building tide of slogans, firmly says — "Anti-Button." New, kooky fish foods are coming: With world population crazily outstripping food production on land, programs are escalating to harvest the oceans. Scientists point out: 159,000 new babies are born, howling for food, each day; 500 million people are now protein - starved; 790 million tons of fish swim in the sea; only 50 million are hauled out each year for human consumption. And there are stacks of other food in the briny deep. Whales grow to be the biggest creatures on earth, slurping in acres of tiny shrimp called krill; human raft drifters have thrived on these and hordes of the other miniature sea organisms called plankton. O.K., so what's happening be•cause of all this? All over the world hungry youth Is eating the following kinds of new foods from the sea: In Asia high protein fish flour as a cereal .•in Britain fillets from fierce sharks (that taste "sweet")... in Iceland fish sausage ... In Russia whale meat (looks like beef and smells like fish) and in Japan tuna hot dogs U.S. students introduced to these, nicknamed them — "Friday Franks". Predicted soon: Shellfish preserved fresh f o r year - long consumption anywhere, by nuclear irradiation. Watch for those atomic oysters! New Games on the Campus By EDCR1MMINS Exclusive to Newspaper Enterprise Assn. NEW YORK - (NBA) Collegians push peanut through Colorado, Utah, Nevada and into California; Hopes of reaching Sacramento dashed as shell disintegrates outside of Fresno .Fratty Lodger roll bathrub, elect to do it the hard way end over end, without the cen- sent of tub's owmr and occupant. Remember the days before student activism when we used to get headlines like these? Well, the student non-activist may have been pushed from the limelight, but the breed is far from vanishing. Don't think that all good students are off on LSD trips of melancholy introversion. The truth is there are still a lot of extroverted panty - raid types around. For example, skateboard researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that the common six-pack was indipensable to their craft — laying out a slalom course, t otbfeu ns errrgi ht jeeac Empty cans register fouls much better than full ones, and the contents can be used as a form of fuel. A St. Olaf College, skateboard have passed the fad stage and become utilitarian. A student there surfed the mile across the town of Northfield, Minn. — just to get to the other side. There is no truth to the report that o Cornell skateboarder hit "mach two." This rumo is undoubtedly nurtured by the and went to bed. Two Ohio State policemen, however, did not go to bed. Instead, they pursued the Kent State flying saucer 70 miles into Pennsylvania, at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. Undergrads at the University of Minnesota have also taken to the skies, as skydiving comes into its own as a student past- tune. One enthuiastic chutist happily reported that "a skydiver can do everything that a plane can do — except climb." More earthy pleasures were pursued by the Sigma Alpha Lambdas at Hofstra College. They bought themselves a Christmas present which unwrapped itself. Leanna, as the present was named, stripped for the guys, who were promptly leveled with a $50 fine by the Hofstra Interfraternity Council. Defending his fraternity, the SAL resident likened Leanna's nudity to that of artclass models. When a reported asked him if the brothers brought paints and canvas, he replied, "We were painting pictures in our minds. It was culture night." Another unique student sport is "Bladder Kicking." which is almost as rugged as it sounds. Practiced in its most refined "Bladder Kicking'" or "Bald-, der Ball," is played with an army surplus weather balloon, six to 10 feet in diameter. Twenty-man teams try to shove it over the opponents' goal line, while the other team tries to shove it back. Survivors claim that the game is slower than football but rougher than rugby, and "has all the exhilarating effects of a fall from a 10-story window." At Wayne State University the name of the game is Volkswagen Footracing. Each team picks up its "bug" and runs with it for a prescribed distance. The team then piles in and the VW roars in reverse back to the starting line. The News Briefs BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has received "The Street Singer" by Edward Manet. The painting, valued at $800,000, was given under terms of the will of the late Mrs. J. Montgomery Sears of Boston. PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) Shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico are now being shocked into fishermen's nets. A device developed by the Department of the Interior's fishery laboratory here sends an electrical shock just ahead sf the trawl which causes the shrimp to "jump" from the mud into the nets. PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) A loaf of bread and a box of cigars is all that a thief got for his efforts recently. The thief approached Cpn- stantine Fekaris, 70, as he said: closing his tavern and said: "Give me your money or I'll kill you!" The thief then grabbed a paper bag Fekari was carrying. It contained no money, just the bread and some inexpensive cigars, Fekaris said. MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University has been awarded $500,000 by the Ford Foundation to establish a graduate teaching and research program in international development. balloons, helium, a battery, car headlamps and aluminum foil. After releasing their contraption, they "forgot about it, fact Cornell's entire campus is laid out on a 90-degree slope over Ithaca, N. Y. Bored by boarding, two Kent State students constructed their very own Unidentified Flying Object, using surplus weather forward pass is not illegal In VW Footracing but is rarely executed. A correspondent at the University of Maryland reports that a club has been formed for spelunking or cave exploration.. Members of the club stay in shape by climbing up the interior walls of the field house or the outside walls of the dorms. It is not only unkind to say of a Maryland Spelunker that he is 'off the wall," it is somewhat tragic as well. A columnist at the University of Houston describes a game currently popular there, the "Thin Book Game": Take a public figure, add a witty touch of your own, and you've got a "Thin Book." Texas examples include French Cuisine Made Easy, by Lady Bird Johnson; Decisions I have Made, by Dwight D. Eisenhower. Also rans include Effective Riot Prevention, by Samuel Yorty, and the Johnson Wit, by Robert Ken nedy. QUICK QUIZ Q — What are the primary colors? A — Primary colors are the sources of all other colors. They are blue, yelow and red. Q — What accounts for a migratory bird's uncanny ability to travel great distances? A — One of the late theories is that the bird and the sailor navigate in just about the same way — by reference to the stars. Birds aparently recognize the patterns of constellations. Q — What is the science of gynotobiotics? A — The study of germfree animals. Q — When is Halley's comet due to appear again? A —• It last appeared in 1910 and is due to appear again sometime in 1385 or 1986. Cautious Consumer Attitude Due Does he love bowling? Must be — he sparked a girl who didn't bowl, but when he found Nancy Iddings, 18, back home, near Williamsport, Pa., who t j went for the game, he went How mini can the miniskirt get? Muncho mini-er is the prediction for 1967. The reason, one fashion authority explains, i s that when a big and important trend in style comes along, it usually goes to l!ie bitter end, full blast. The eye gets used to the style change, so to keep it exciting and fashionable it's got to grow more extreme. It's sure that clothes coming out in the new year will be shorter than last year — skirts .. .and even culottes and such things as fur coats. New clothes will be short, mostly because you gals like to wear them that way (and you guys enjoy seeing them) ... But, with all these mini sales expected, older women will be slipping into shorter skirts, too. For each and every limb — how mini should the season's new miniskirts be worn? From two to five inches above the knee. An ] additional style trend is growing out ot all this mini-mischief — garments that were traditionally underpinnings are coming out into the open, necessarily ... such things as tunics, tights and panty stockings, traditionally designed for territory to be kept out of sight are now made and worn to be By JOHN CUNNIFF AP Business News Analyst NEW YORK (AP) - A more cautious consumer attitude toward buying and borrowing, a trend to easier credit, secure jobs for most skilled workers, some more price increases are in prospect for 1967. A very high standard of living will continue fcr most Americans. But the fear, if not the probability, of a recession does exist. A wide disparity in forecasts exists and some economists foresee a rather sharp lowdown. More uncertainties exist in the 1967 picture than in most previous years. The Vietnam war and the question of taxes are basic to the 1967 economy. They are also, perhaps, unpredictable. Here's a review of some economic highlights and the outlook in several consumer areas: JOBS — A continuation of stable employment for the skilled. for her ... Some games she] unemployment dropped to even beats him. Long, lanky (6 foot 1), the blond, world champ- less than 4 per cent of the labor force during 1966. Most people ion pin-smasher, started at 11, (who wanted jobs had them, and took six years to build to top | that included teen-agers women , . ,.,... ,- ,__...,_,_« and most of the unskilled. Unemployment for married men dropped below 2 per cent. One blight on the record was a rise in the number of unskilled Negro jobless. New technologies and the elimination of some low- paying jobs were blamed. This now is one of the nation's most serious work problems. Otherwise, ttie generally good U.S. teen bowled them over: Just back from knocking the ten-pins wobbly at Wembley, 19- year-old John Willcox Jr. is the new and U.S. first world amateur bowling champion. Freshly landed from the British • based matches, he stopped to chat with YOUTH BEAT ... control. An oddity, he bowls left- handed and left-footed. He advises guys and gals: "Bowl mostly for relaxation, unless you want to work hard to be a top shot. Don't worry a bo u t muscles, girls — it's mostly a game of control and the right touch.' He advises joining your high school league or entering into your college bowling activities (sometimes you get credits). If he turns "pro," John can roll up as many thousands of dollars a year as guys do in the big league pro team sports. We asked for his tip on how to get to be a top pin-punisher (5 million teens bowl). Whaddya know, his answer could apply to many things ... says Wilcox: "Practice, practice, practice." A. religious belief caused India's Sepoy Rebellion in 1857. The religion of the Moslems forbade the use of pork and the rebellion against the British in India resulted because the English commanders foolishly gave their Moslem troops bullets which had to be greased with lard. Highest perennial waterfall known in the world is Angel Falls in Venezuela, which makes little contact with the sheer mountainside as it drops 3,200 feet, according to the Encyclo- paedia Britannica. (wage increases seem destined to be nearer 5 per cent than the old 3.2 per cent guidepost. The new minimum wage law will raise base wages from $1.25 to $1.40 an hour Feb. 1, thus iroviding an increase for about 1.8 million workers of the 30 million now covered by minimum wage laws. LIVING COSTS - It may be lard to make ends meet. Some consumer prices got out of hand during 1966, rising swiftly and followed by outraged, picketing consumers. There may be further increases in 1967. The 1966 increase was blamed jrimarily on food. But, the cost of running a house — the rent, the taxes, the interest payments, the cost of some fuels in some areas — rose also, and so did medical cots and the price of certain articles of clothing. As a result, the American consumer's discretionary purchasing power — the amount he had available for banking or spending after essentials were out of the way — wasn't much higher at the end of the year than it was at the start. Americans spent well over $100 billion for food in 1966, making the average for every man, woman and child much more than $500. The food bill rose, generally, throughout the year. The per capita bill could be higher again in 1967, partly because of higher prices, partly because of a long-term trend to lower rate, are forecast for 967. The depressed housing situa- ion has been blamed for exert- ng a drag on sales of washing machines, refrigerators, air onditioners and similar large ippliances. AUTOMOBILES—A big year jut not as big as before. The Big Three automotive manufacturers—General Moors, Ford and Chrysler—say These vehicles will cost more than autos did in 1966, but most 3f the increase is due to safety Matures that have been built record likely will continue | better foods. However, a con- through much of 1967. Government civilian employment will rise to 2.7 million, the highest since the Korean War. Automotive employment might be lower. There will be layoffs in some industries where inventories are overly abundant, and there will be regional differences in the employment picture based on the award or loss of government contracts. PERSONAL INCOME — higher again. The nation's personal income in 1967 will attain a rate in excess of $600 billion. About two- thirds of this will be in wages and salaries. The rest will be in proprietors' incomes — shopkeepers, etc. — and in dividends, interest and miscellaneous payments. Social Security checks will be bigger and medicare payments will be made to more people. Stock market dividends may be about the same as during the past year — perhaps less if profits are squeezed. Some sumer cautiousness that grew stronger as prices rose in 1966 might bring down both price* and quality. Wholesale food prices were falling late in 1966, foretelling lower consumer prices on some food items./ HOUSING-Could get better after a dismal 1966. Housing was the chief victim of tight money in 1966, forcing housing starts to the lowest level in 20 years. Some analysts now feel this, decline has created a pent-up demand for housing that will make itself fell in the second half of 1967. Many factors are at work. Tile federal government has begun pumping money into the housing market to make mortgages easier. Credit also may ease. Anc future homeowners aren't likely to postpone buying a house indefinitely. APPLIANCES-A mixed pic ture. Consumers seem to be in * cautious mood toward expend! hires for large appliances. In 1966 they bought close to 19 mil ion units, a 10 per cent gain I into the vehicles at the factory, ver 1965. Increases, but at a) Because of new automotive and highway safety laws ttie inspection and regulation of vehicles and drivers will become increasingly strict. SERVICES—A continued rise. One of the biggest increases in the cost of any service during 1966 was in medical care. In fact, costs in this area represented one of the biggest percentage increases in the cost of living late in 1966. Local transportation At least one bright spot In the 1967 tax picture will appear in April. Many Americans then are going to find they do not race an additional lump sum federal income tax payment. The reason: withholding of taxes was greater in 1966. Stale legislatures during 1966 took action that may add as much as $500 million' to state taxes during 1967. Social Security payments will be higher also. The big questions, however, costs i concern federal tax policy. The or 'the second straight year. I remained fairly stable, but the economy has slowed down Nevertheless, the 8.5 million to cost of hotel rooms went up and some. But the need for funds 37 million car sales being did the cost of the meal that (hasn't. With the economy opera- cast will make 1967 a big year. I often went with it. Unless inflationary demands are lessened, it looks like more of the same In 1967. TAXES—A big question mark. I main flexible. ting near its peak the administration certainly will continue to take day to day soundings—play it by ear—and attempt to re- State Snares 47 New Industries By TOMMY YATES Associated Press Writer I Co. at Pocahontas and Dumas LITTLE ROCK (AP)—Arkan- Products Co. at Dumas. sas reached out with a long arm during the past year and raked in 47 new industries, carrying with it a potential 6,208 new jobs. That isn't all, though. The Arkansas Industrial Development Commission, the state's straw boss for industry hunting, listed 62 plant expansion which created a possible 5,867 joHs for a total of 12,075 new openings. This report, plus figures released by the Arkansas Employment Security Division showing manufacturing jobs increasing 14,482 during its fiscal year, prompted Gov. Orval Faubus to call this "the greatest gain in the history of the state." The AESD figure is a record increase. The largest increases in jobs were in electrical machinery 2,415, food 2,129; apparel 1,1%; machinery 1,538; lumber 888, and transportation equipment 824. The only industrial classification showing an employment decline was petroleum and related products, which decreased ISO from fiscal year 1965. Five of the new plant announcements will have a potential employment of more than 500 persons. The largest \s the U. S. Electrical Motors plant at Mena which promises MO new jobs. Two otheri will em- I ploy 500, Cinch Manufacturing 11966 represent more than $144.6 • ~ ' ' ----- m j]]j on j n ca pital investment. The largest investment by a new plant is $6 million by the Vekoosa Edwards complex. The argest expansion outlay was $19 million by International Paper Co. at Pine Bluff. A significant indicator of industrial activity during the fiscal year is told by industrial bond elections. Voters in 34 communities approved issuance of $102.45 million in Act 9 bonds and more than $3 million in .Amendment 49 bonds. Gov. Faubus said this economic growth was brought about largely by the state's industrial program, which is administered by the AIDC. The commission is directed by CM! C. Hinkle Jr. Nekoosa Edwards Paper Co. at Ashdown, attracted to the state by the creation of the $43 million Millwood Dam and Reservoir, and Phillips Van Heusen Co. at Hazen will employ 400 each. * » » The AESD also listed a gain of 12,752 in nonmanufacturing employment since 1965, for an employment increase of 27,234 since fiscal year 1965. Gov. Faubus said, in a letter in the AIDC report, "Arkansas can never solve the problem of needed financial support for education, welfare, health, roads and highways until the state is growing economically." He said the truth of this statement had been proved. Using a United States Chamber of Commerce statistical yardstick, about 7,000 new factory jobs mean to the state in i year: Some $49.7 million more in wsonal income; some $16 million more in bank deposits; about $23.1 million more in retail sales; 25,130 more people and 8,370 more school children; 7,000 more households and 6,790 more passenger cars; 210 more retail establishments and 4,550 more persons employed in nonmanufacturing fields. The new plants and expansion announcementi for fiscal year The AIDC not only corralled 47 new plants, but the commission contacted 10,222 industrial prospects during the year. Representatives from 104 oJ these visited the state and were taker, on site seeking tour by AIDC staff members. Active prospects, those wh< have asked for peciflc information or otherwise indicated actual interest in the state, aver raged 44 per month during UK past year, the commission re ported. • The state's total employmen' for the past year was 351,744 This represents a steady gait ince 1955 except for a dcclini in 1957-58,

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