The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 21, 1967 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 21, 1967
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Rediscovering Opportunity There was a day when newspaper editors, educators and politicians turned out a lot of useless rhetoric regarding the great opportunities which existed for the young person in Arkansas. \\u were urged to do this — or felt constrained to do it — because the statistics regarding population in Arkansas were depressing. The state was holding its old people and losnig those in the productive middle-years. Arkansas was a state of very old and very young people. College graduates were not being retained. Well, everyone reasoned, they should be retained because someday we'll need them. As a result, people concerned about this problem spun a lie which stretched from Blytheville to Texarkana. They built a myth that there was abundant opportunity in The Wonder State (which thereabouts became Opportunity Land.) The truth was there was not adequate opportunity here and it didn't take a college graduate to find it out. . .although they may have discovered it first. How much the situatibn has changed in the past decade was underscored this week when Porter Briggs, the vibrant young executive secretary of Arkansas Careers, Inc., spoke to Blytheville's Kiwanis Club. Mr. Briftfs told how Arkansas is moving ahead at such a rate that it is outstripping its manpower resources. CHILDE HARRYE ON THE GOOD SHIP 727 * * * Canto I It was an odyssey which could have started only with an offhand invitation from a friend who said, "Let's go to Atlanta." From here to Memphis Municipal the trip was pretty routine. Once off the plane in Atlanta the pace began to quicken. If it ever slackened, it wasn't noticeable. Our host met us at Atlanta and as we half-ran through the labyrinthine corridors of Atlanta's airport, he pulled up to a stop and said, "Bill Batholomay! How are you Bill?" He and Bill shook hands. I Bill was a neatly turned out executive type who looked as if he might coach the offensive backs for Frank Broyles. On his left blazer pocket was embroidered an Indian head. "He's president of the Braves," our host explained. Old Bill proved a valuable man to know. We ran along a bit more and our host stopped again to shake the hand of a swarthy young man who looked like a Frank Broyles tackle from Lake Village. "Joe!" he said. It was ,Joe Torre, a Braves baseball player. The Braves were opening the season that evening with San Francisco. We all wished Joe good luck (pointlessly, as it turned out. . . the Braves lost). Then we made our first venture with the telephone game. . .one we were to play all evening. First a call to someone to see when Vice President Hubert Humphrey was due in. "Been held up an hour or two but will show." Then a call to Holiday Inn to reconfirm the confirmed reservations: "The rooms are still there. Be at peace." And so to the new Atlanta stadium to pick up tickets for the evening's game, which was still some three hours away. The parking lot was beginning to fill. "We'll see if we can just drive on down into the stadium and leave the car under there for a few minutes," our host said. It didn't seem a good idea. There were guards with clipboards and pistols on every gate. "We gotta run up to Mr. Bartholomay's office," the host kept telling guards and they kept unlocking gates. Soon we were deep under the stadium where we read 2,175 "No Parking" signs, before parking at one of Making the situation worse (and especially disturbing to Mr. Briggg)] is the fact that out-of-state industriei are moving in and spiriting away somt of the best the state has. A Dallas- based electronics firm, for example, sent an airplane into one Arkansas city and signed up every student in a tool and die-making class in one of the state's vocational technical schools. To meet this kind of competition, Arkansas is countering mainly with Mr. Briggs. Distressing to him is the fact that today the same opportunities —broadly speaking—exist in Arkansas as in Texas. Further, he has a file folder full of letters from displaced Arkies who are seeking to leave Dallas and return to the state (and they'll find jobs—Arkansas Careers had 250 new job listings from Arkansas industries in March alone). It is the job, then, of Arkansas Careers to act as broker in the matter of matching Arkansas job-seekers and Arkansas jobs. It deals primarily with the more skilled, with executive types (of all ages), because by and large these people are the more productive and currently are in the most demand. Arkansas industries which aren't supporting Arkansas Careers, Inc., are not as smart as. . .well, as smart as Texas industries, for example. Like the ad says, when you're Number Two, you must try harder. flote mem and listening to the host tell a guard, "Be here only a minute. Have to see Mr. Batholomay." It worked again. The guard directed us to an elevator. We got on board and there was old Felipe Alou. We shook hands all around and Felipe introduced us to the president of the baseball league in the Dominican Republic (or some similar place). Felipe and the baseball man hablo'ed right along in some sort of island Spanish, which, we were informed by a man who visits there regularly, doesn't sound like any Spanish he ever heard in Madrid. Up in the rarer atmosphere of the Braves' office (those guys know how to decorate an office. . .three go-go receptionists), a Braves executive named Eddie Glennon came out to get Felipe and the president. "Blytheville, Ark.,?" he said "Do I know J. P. Friend? Best friend I got. . .that's all." Then he ducked into another office with Felipe and the president. Back to the phones: all systems go in Washington and Humphrey is on the way. Holiday Inn? Your turned down. Then to the airport. Secret Service out in force. One SS man confides that he likes Arkansas. Good man. HHH arrives. . .on a Convair (no lie). Motorcade into the city. State cops leading way, 70 m.p.h. is unsafe speed for motorcade. Police on all overhead viaducts. Then back ot the new Atlanta stadium where the Braves and Giants are having a go at it. The evening is damp and chilly. The common folks out in the stadium wear coats. We're safe and warm, in the Stadium Club. From our table, we overlook the third base line. Old Willie Mays steps up and hits it 412 on a line over the centerfield wall. Felipe Alou strokes a sinking liner. His brother, Jesus Alou, dives headlong, rolls, tumbles and holds ball aloft. A mini-skirted waitress with a neckline that plunges like 5-G's leans over the table to take our order and 27 pair of eyes are diverted from the Giants and Braves. "Let's go," host says. Too bad. We go . . .and go and, when Holiday Inn says they've sold the rooms, we get on an airplane and go a bit more. (Cantos II, III and IV have been omitted for lack of credibility.) -H.A.H. Show Beat by Dick Kleiner (Last of a Series.) HOLCOMB, Kan. (NBA) "I'm proud of both my boys," said the tiny, gray-haired lady. Both of her boys laughed. One was her real son, Alvin Dewey, an agent of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, who had done much to crack the Clutter murder case which became the subject of "In Cold Blood." The other was John Forsythe, who is playing the part of Dewey in the movie Richard Brooks is'now shoot- Ing on the Clutter farm here. Dewey, his wife, mother, mother - in - law and son had come out to watch some of the shooting. He and Forsythe - the actor was cast because of a superficial similarity of appearance which he says he can't see — have become friendly. The agent has had the actor over for dinner several times and has been coaching him in technical matters. "You would have been proud "He is impatient," said Brenda Currin, a University of Kansas coed who is playing the part of Nancy Clutter, "but I can understand his impatience. Most of the time he is very patient, and he only gets impatient when we do something inexcusable." Brooks works like a demon. At night, when everybody else has called it a day, he writes, polishing the next day's scenes.- During the day, he is constantly on the move, striding around in his floppy blue pants and checked shirt, his iron-gray hair bare to the sun. "This picture is a tremendous responsibility," he says. "It.must be more than just another movie, more than just 2tt hours of escape for the audience. It must say something, do something. I think it will be an optimistic picture; it will show that something'can be done about the problem of senseless murders." of me this morning, AI," For- He talks the way he works CUPll> BIOSSAT AND CRQMLEY IN WASHINGTON Europe Sits on Holicy Chides US. on Pands But By BRUCE BIOSSAT Washington Correspondent Newspaper Enterprise Assn. ope obviously will not please our allies there. Right now they are highly sensitive to what WASHINGTON (NEA) they consider U.S. neglect of quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing!" Europeans and American lib- sythe said. "I did a scene where I had to draw on the run, like you taught me." . . "Let me see how you did it," Dewey asked, and Forsythe demonstrated. Dewey nodded, like a teacher with a prize pupil. "You know, Mrs. Dewey," Forsythe said, "I wanted to send you some flowers, to thank you for that lovely dinner, but there isn't a florist in Garden City." When you first watch Richard Brooks directing, you think that possibly he's an Otto Preminger in training — he yells pretty good. But the more you watch the more you can tell the difference. Preminger means every yell, but Brooks seems to be doing it for effect — and he yells with good humor. President Johnson is unlikely their problems and needs. j erals deny any parallel be- JACOBY ON BRIDGE 21 WEST AQ1096 NORTH (D) A AS VKQJ * AQJ7 + AK73 EAST AJ432 V963 «32 • K109854 + JS SOUTH 4K75 V A 10 8 75 2 +Q954 West + 1062 Both vulnerable North East South 2 *- Pass 2 V 2N.T. Pass 3V 4N.T. Pass 5* 5N.T. Pass 6» 7 V Pass Pass Pass Pass Dble Dble Pass Opening lead—*J North's opening two dub bid was the popular catch-all two club opening that either shows a strong no-trump hand or a regular forcing two bid in some suit—not necessarily clubs. South'! two heart call was a positive response and North's two no-trump merely showed that North held a n»-tmmp-type hind. When South rebid to three heats, North marked him with a six card suit. After all south couldn't hold much in high cards. North was looking right at the king, queen and jack. North probably should have raised from two to three hearts on the record round to make it possible to approach the slam by the cue bid route but now North was forced to go to Blackwood. This was not such an unpleasant prospect. He bid four no-trump and when South responded five diamonds West stuck in one of those fatuous doubles. West did have diamonds galore but he did not have the prospect of taking any diamond tricks against a heart bled, siy diamonds after Sout slam. Furthermore West doubled in diamonds after South had shown one king in response to five no-trump. Victor Mollo now goes through North's reasoning process in bidding seven hearts. North counts six hearts, two spades, a spade ruff assuming, as is quite likely, that South will hold three spades, two top clubs, one top diamond and a successful diamond finesse for a 13 trick total. i Victor blames West's doubles for getting North to the grand slam. We aren't sure. Maybe North would have bid the grand slam anyway but if he had with- doubling, South might have played East for the king of diamonds and gone down at seven. WORLD ALMANAC FACTS The f I r s t- occasion on which Congress passed legislation over a presidential veto was March 3, 1845. The legislation was entitled: "An act relating to revenue cutters and steamers," says The World Almanac. President John Tyler vetoed the act but Congress passed it over bis veto -by a vote of 41 to 1 in the Senate and 127 to 30 in the House. Copyright 6 Ml, Ntwigkpw CaUrirU* AIM, !o follow his visits to Latin America and Asia with an ear- y trip to Western Europe. Vice President Humphrey may have made points for limself and his country with his cheerful endurance of insult and his knowledgeable exposition of U.S. policies on his Juropean venture. Yet there is no firm evidence he was blazing a trail for LBJ. The President also suffered displays of public hostility last fall in Asia. But, at least in Australia, he had the satisfac- ;ion of knowing his government hosts were outspokenly in support of U.S. policies in Southeast Asia. The word Humphrey brought )ack from Europe is that several key national leaders privately back those same policies but refrain generally from saying so publicly in fear of harsh assault from noisy left-wing elements. These leaders' timidity is not seen here as encouraging the President to undergo the possibly more than minor ordeal of riding through "insult alley" in Rome, Paris, London and other capitals. Against the backdrop of his visits elsewhere, a pointed delay by Johnson in visiting Eur- On this side however, a substantially held view is that too many Europeans are neglectful of the World beyond their borders. This country is being chided, perhaps properly so, for not laking account of major changes in Europe — enlarged economies, relaxed Soviet pressures, revived nationalisms. But the American rejoinder is that Europe's consequent inward - turning does not wipe out global problems. It is we who now shoulder these. Europeans dazzled by new cars and television sets meantime brand our attention to Vietnam and other trouble spots as at best incompetent fiddling and at worst "criminal" meddling in the affairs of others far from their own secure shores. * * * Actually these attitudes should stir no surprise. The peril of H i 1 1 e r was on French and British doorsteps yet, in 1938 British Prime Minister Chamberlain — amid the pre-Munich crisis over Czechoslovakia — could tell his nation: "How horrible fantastic incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas masks here because of a Sunday School Lesson- By RM4>H J W. LOEW, D.D. We were at lunch, a group of fellow citizens, discussing the news of the week and just "making conversation." It was then that one man leaned across the table, breaking through the discussions of local politics *he war and the other subjects that had been bubbling through our words. "How has television changed your lives"? he asked. All of us began searching our schedules, coming up with a variety of answers. Then he jumped back into the conversation. "I'm not opposed to TV," he said. "It's just that I discovered somewhat suddenly that certain things had been happening to our family. It was time to do something about it. so now we've put the TV in the basement and I have to go there deliberately to look and to listen. It doesn't take over now, robbing us of family conversation or the time to read a book or Blytheville (Ark.) Courier News Friday, April 21, 1967 Page Sat listen to music." I reported this at home and we discussed our own encounters with television, deciding somewhat smugly that, because of our busy schedules, it really wasn't a problem in our household. But then our set developed some troubles which either fascinate or puzzle the repairman. In any event, without a receiver in the house for 10 days we've detected a difference in family routines. Despite all of our appreciation of the good in television and our desire to make the proper choices, there had been unwitting invasions on our time, our interest and our conversation. As my neighbor had said at lunch, it was time to make a decision. . There seem to be fewer and fewer opportunities to make these decisions. Subtly, life is invaded by gadgets or influences and life moves too rapidly to sense the difference that has emerged. "There's so little of me in my present life," reported a young fellow in the drugstore, explaining why he had joined the Peace Corps. Hi needed to find a tween that era and the present trails in Asia. To accept a parallel is to admit old failures written in the blood of millions uy men bent on "peace." When Hitler in 1936 sent troops into the demilitarized German Rhineland Britain's Lord Lothian said: "After all they are only going into their own back garden." Because they, did 201,000 Frenchmen 357,000 Britons and 405,000 Americans died in World War [I. Nine million Germans and Russians were added to the toll. With the aim of barring another holocaust this country sent 54,000 men to die in Korea and has already lost 9,000 in Vietnam. Sitting in lands made safer by U.S. might either used or brandished gravely as in the 1962 missile crisis in Cuba many Europeans rail at our Asian undertakings as evidence of the brutal "arrogance of power." Lyndon Johnson observing these latest responses from people with neither the power nor the inclination to help keep world equilbrium may very well record the sounds from Europe as indicating the "arrogance of impotence and indifference." place where he could find himself and break through the routines that had laid siege to his life. Martin Luther King explains his own insistence upon demonstrations and action saying, "When you're fighting a degenerating sense of nobodiness, then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait." It is this subtle loss of "me," this degenerating nobodiness and this victimizing of the individual worth which every one of us confronts. Then a person makes a dedsion. The television is put in the basement. A young man joins the Peace Corps. A man stands for human decency. He does these things or any number of other significant acts if he has any honor or self-respect. Or he is swept adrift of mediocrity. Or he tries to find himself in any number of phony and disastrous causes that range from the desire to legalize marijuana to proposing free love. Since the television is still being examined by our repairman, there was time to read 'again "What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul." 75 Years Ago — In Blytheville Miss Hazel Shelton became the bridge of Elmer Ross Smith in a. double ring ceremony Saturday performed at the Mettio- dist Church with the Rev. Roy I. Bagley officiating. Miss Freddie Louise Garner is engaged to Gene Pierce, it was announced today by Miss Garner's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Garner. The wedding will be solemnized April 27 at the Trinity Baptist Church. Pfc. Charles Leggett of Camp Gordon, Ga., is spending a furlough here with his mother, Mrs. W. C. Leggett. Mr. and Mrs. H. H, Houchins and Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Heinicke have returned from Fulton, Mo., where they spent a week at Green Acres Farm. Mr. and Mrs. John Caudill announce the birth of a daughter on Saturday at the Memphis Baptist Hospital. She has been named Judy Elizabeth. excitably, eagerly, his bright eyes blazing with enthusiasm and conviction. "I don't want anybody under 16 to see this movie," he says. "Not because it's dirty or even because it is a violent crime, but because it might influence some youngster. "I'm not sure yet about the ending," he says. "There are several possible endings. I may shoot two or three and see which is best. I have time to see what I'll do. Every day my thoughts about the book, after discussing it with people like you, are being crystallized. I learn. more about it all the time. When the time comes, I'll know which ending is right — I hope." All of the six leading characters in the Clutter case ara dead — murdered or executed. Only one person is playing himself in the movie. They found Nancy Clutter's old horse, Baba on a nearby farm. THE BLTTBETH.LB COURIER NBWS THE COURIEh NBWS CO. H. W. HAINES. rtlBLISHEB HARttT A. HAINES AsslBtant . ubHsher-Edjtor PAUT, D. 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