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Blythevllle (Ark.) Courier News - Tuesday, April 11, MOT - f»l» 8«T« Economy Run Far from Fun LOS ANGELES (NBA) — In | Although some people will sr- case you've been toying with the gue that few Americans really The Presidency: A Criticized Office idea that the Mobil Economy Run is merely an annual exercise in the promotion of gasoline forget ft. The Mobil folks who, With the United States Auto Club, have been conducting the run for 30 years, give the errant journalist that who-!et-him-in-here look when the obvious sales tie-ins are discussed. The Run, pure and simple, is not a merchandising gimmick. This year, the 42 American- built cars entered will be pushed from Los Angeles to Detroit—a distance of 3,000 miles— by men and women of all ages and interests. Objective: gasoline economy. The drivers share their vehicles with co-drivers (who are USAC observers who, make sure they follow the rules. Run begins Tuesday, April 4, and ends the following Sunday. By JAMES MARLOW AP News Analyst WASHINGTON (AP) - Critics in and out of the press badgered and inflamed him all through his presidency. He was called a crook, and much besides. He was ridiculed as the "stepfather" of his country. He kept quiet about it most of the time in public. In private, with his aides, President George Washington exploded, hesitated about a second term. One of thase closest to him, Thornas Jefferson, later to get his own dose of criticism when he became president, told how the fed-up WasSiingion let go at. a Cabinet meeting. Washington, Jefferson wrote, was in one of those passions he couldn't control, regretted his failure to resign, and said "by God, he had rather be in his grave than in his present situation." President Johnson gets worked up about the critics, too, in and out of the press. He has been blamed for many things, including a "credibility gap." But much of it is mild compared with what some of his predecessors had to take. President John Adams said that if he believed his critics he would be the "meanest villain in the world." But his successor, Jefferson, that staunch defender of freedom of speech and oE the press, even got hit fay Adams, who considered him a calamity. Jefferson, besides the now familiar "hypocrite," was ac- cused of practically everything from fathering illegitimate children by his slave women to worse. Shrewd Andrew Jackson wooed the press, and even had three newsmen in his "kitchen cabinet." No good. He got it, too. He was called a murderer and adulterer. President James Buchanan took so much criticism he considered himself the happiest man in the country when his term was up. His sucessor, Abraham Lincoln, was called everything from being a baboon to being illegitimate. One hostile newspaper rejoiced at his assassination. The president who followed Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, was called a drunk, starting with the day of his inauguration. President U.S. Grant had the drunk label tagged on him, too. President Theodore Roosevelt got along with individual newsmen but he resented criticism from wherever it came, and it came often. * * * That didn't deter him from doing the same to his successor, Woodrow Wilson. Roosevelt wrote for magazines after leaving the White House. Once, when Wilson hesitated about fending troops into Mexico, Roosevelt said he "kissed the blood-stained hand that slapped his face." When Wilson, three days after a German U-boat had sunk the Lusitania, spoke of "being too proud to fight," Roosevelt care about economy these days except as a debate topic in the neighborhood saloon or barbershop. Scott Harvey, a veteran driver and Chrysler engineer, believes the Run is one of the few measured tests of a standard vehicle's capability. Harvey is an avid rallyist who knows how to milk mileage out of a car. "You've got to remember," he says, "that Kie Economy Run cars are not prepared. They start the test in the condition they come out of the show room. And to avoid hint of hanky-psnky, engine compartments are sealed by USAC and are opened only by USAC." Mobil does make it a point to keep tSie ringers out. Art Rene, the Run's chief steward, explains that the cars are brought by Mobil directly from California dealers. "The manufacturer doesn't know what we've bought until we tell him" he adds. Your average American-engineered engine is capable of amazing economy provided it is properly used. For example, Rene points out that a Lincoln Continental he drove in a Run several years ago averaged 22.5 miles per gallon. The same Lincoln was used in a Pan-American Road Race and the average there was 6.5 m.p.g. "Of course" Rene admits, "in tlie Pan-Am race Ihe Lincoln flat out." second somewhere, you're liable to lose. A driver that is late reaching a checkpoint at the end of a day is penalized in gas-losing idling lime at the start of the next day's run. The man in early isn't penalized in time, but he will be off on fuel consumption because he has exceeded the carefully worked out milcs-per- gallon average. The driver also gels a detailed route description. Last was driven | year's Los Angeles-to Boston I Bun description included this So what ae the tricks? "No'nifty paragraph: tricks," Rene slates. "It's really | "Continue north on Int. 95 for only a question of driving ahead i about 7 miles, stop and pay 25 thought about using a prototype electric car but the Mnbil people weren't especially amused. SPINNOFFS: The British motoring press will be getting a whirlwind tour of Van- keeland soon, compliments of the British Motor Corp. Seems that practically anybody who has written a line about cars in England will be there for 10 days, which means, necessarily, that any racing event in Britain in that period will be under reported, to say the least. by driving carefully." By this he means Hie driver should be prepared at all limes. He shouldn't have to stop at traffic lights if he slows down well ahead and waits for them the rub- to change. "And wiien smart-aleck driver leaves cent toll. You might as well get used to this toll business. You're going to see more toll booths than you thought existed. Stay on Int. 95 North to the Connecticut State Line. You are now on Int. 95 and the Connecticut Turn pike. Oops, here's another toll her at a start, he is also leav-! booth, two bits please. Continue north and east past all exits .through Greenwich, Stamford, noticed that what was once a I there's another toll both and 25 ing a heap of gas." Veteran Run observers have cross-country, loosely organized jaunt lias become as split-second conscious as a traditional sports car rally. The Run's detailed driver's itinerary is a Point-to-point timing is so close cents. Past the Westport, Fairfield, Bridgeport and Stratford exits and —yep, 25 cents." Incidentally, you wheeling It correspondents will also be taking a turn at the wheel dur- that if you're off a tenth of aMng the Economy Run. We HERMON JONES BUSINESS MEN'S ASSURANCE CO. ; . 1420 Union Are. Phone 274-4400 Memphis 4. lenneiseo Call (or Free consultation.. InBiiranct for Estate Planning Key Man Partnership *nd Corporation Group Pension Retire- cent an4 Hospltallzatloa. called him a "Byzantine logo- thete"—meaning a high-placed clerk for an emperor — backed by "flubdubs" and "molly-coddles." Roosevelt himself was described by an Englishman as a combination of "St. Paul and St. Vitus." President Herbert Hoover, like Johnson, was charged with a "credibility gap." President Franklin D. Roosevelt got it from cranks and critics throughout his three-plus terms. Among other things he was called a Communist, worse than Stalin, and a mama's boy who never earned a dime on his own. President Harry S. Truman didn't take it quietly, like Wash-. ington. He hit back. I * * * He called one critic an, "s.o.b." and threatened to beat j up a music critic who said his daughter's voice was flat. Dwight D. Eisenhower, a war hero before his presidency, wasn't immune, either. But, compared with those before him, he escaped lightly. It may seem comical now but President John F. Kennedy was called an "extremist." He had a thin skin, spent time trying to track down the origin of criticisms. Once he .said wryly: "As I make my views clear on these issues, then, of course, increasingly some people are not going to approve of me." Other presidents were left out j of this account but not because they were not criticized. There wasn't enough room. THE TRAFFIC RECORD H lNCREASE-10% AND OVER lltiff-j INCREASE—UNDER 10% | | DECREASE OR NO CHANGE K^ REPORTS INCOMPLETE ^ LES s THAN i Motor-vehicle deaths during 1966 were up an overage 7 per cent nationally over the pre: vious year, according to the National Safety Council's final estimates for the year. Only i four states showed percentage decreases or no change. Economic Sooth-saying Forecasters Miss By JOHN CUNN1FF AP Business Analyst N5W YORK (AP) - The economic forecasters have been taking it in the chops lately. It isn't just because they're having a difficult time forecasting. They always do when the economy reaches a turning point. What hurts is the hard statistical evidence, and the evidence of late has not really been very good. Moreover, it cannot be ignored, avoided or explained away. It is there, imperishably, for the record. Studying this record, none other than the prestigious National Bureau of Economic Research has found that professional forecasters of the gross national product generally miss the mark by about $10 billion. This might not seem like much, considering the GNP will reach an annual rale of more than $800 billion late this year. It is really huge, though, when you realize the only thing to be forecast is the advance — say $25 billion or $50 billion a year. Reading deeper into the report we find that economists sometimes do little better than amateurs who use crude methods, a devastating finding reminiscent of the discovery a few years ago that a dart, a blindfold and a list of stocks sometimes provide a high quality of advice on picking slocks. Still, the hard statistical evidence may not be as vicious as the more literary indictment by a British professor who called economists the witch doctors of modern society, the men who satisfy man's craving to know the future. "The witch doctor," said Dr. W. Becker of Oxford, "used to look over the entrails of tigers and say what was going to be revealed to them. Economists," he said, probe "the entrails of past statistics." In fairness, the tiger entrails perhaps were easier to deal with because they weren't wriggling or writhing anymor. 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