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ar e invited to a party or some kind of shindig and you make the customary statement, "What can I bring?" Wouldn't you be set aback if the reply was, "A 14-foot Christmas tree!"? This actually happened in Mason City. It was the gist of a recent long-distance telephone conversation between Dale Oilman, 22 S Indiana, and his brother, Don, in Pueblo, Colo. Actually, it's not as crazy as it may seem since Don is an employe of the Colorado Conservation Commission and has access to such giant trees sold * • for public holiday displays. It all started last Sunday while the two Gilmans were conversing about their Christmas plans. Don, his wife and two young children will be coming to Mason City as part of their year-end vacation. "OK," Don said in reply to the invitation for a reunion, "but w« want to bring something." It was at this point that the big tree was suggested. The Coloradoan muttered something about his hrother being a bit daft, but Dale was insistant. "Go up into the mountains and cut one!" "How will I get it there? —It's a thousand miles to your house," Don coughed. "Tie it across the top of your car," was the positive response. Don capitulated. So this Sunday night if the Oilman's neighbors see a car disguised as a Christmas tree stop in front of the house, they'll know the reason why. "It really started off as a joke/' said Mrs. Gilman about her husband's suggestion, "but it certainly should add a lot to our Christmas." A still unanswered question Is how a 14-foot tree is going to fit into the Gilman living room which has an 8-foot ceiling, but they'll settle that problem when they come to it — probably with a saw. Usually the Gilman boys meet each Christmas with their parents at the homestead in Mexico, Mo. But since Dale must tend to his Boy Scout business, he can't get off. Thus the gathering of the clan this year will be in Mason City — with Mom and Dad driving up from Missouri. New beef packing plant D«e. 17, m 1964 17 -Glob*-G«zett*, Ma««n City, la. Blue Ribbon opens in March If work continues at the present rate, the Blue Ribbon Beef Pack, Inc., plant in northwest Mason City should be open by mid-March. Joseph Skram, vice president and general manager of the company, made this announcement Wednesday at the company's first annual meeting at the Holiday Inn, Mason City Skram also said that poor weather and difficulty in getting some building supplies had delayed construction this fall. A 22-acre lagoon to be used in handling waste from the plant, however, has been completed, Skram added. All sewer, water and gas lines also are completed to the plant. At the business meeting, stockholders voted to change the articles of incorporation to permit staggered terms for directors. Seven directors were elected at the meeting. They are Robert Isensee, Russel Legreid, J. Keith Rozen, Clem Rebel, Dr. Sterling Barber, Skram and John B. • Dougan. All except Skram have been directors of the company since it was formed in March 1964. Under the change in the articles, directorships now held by Isensee, Legreid and Rozen will be up for election next year. Those held by Hebel and Barber will be up for election in 1966 and those held by Skram and Dougan will be up for election in 1967. Starting next year, all directors' terms will be for three years. At a meeting of the board of directors following the stockholders' meeting, Dougan was re-elected president of the com- pany. Ke has served in that post since the company was founded. Other officers elected were Rozen, Legreid, Hebel and Skram, vice president; Isensee, treasurer, and Barber, secretary. All have held these posts since the company was formed, except Skram, who previously had been just general manager. About 75 stockholders attended the meeting. In a release from Chicago Thursday, it was announced that Blue Ribbon Beef Pack, Inc., has been elected to membership in the American Meat Institute (A.M.I.). The A.M.I, is the national trade, educational and research organization of the meat industry. It represents companies doing business in all 50 states and foreign countries. $500 bait Think TV could help hold area education costs down Through th» mail has com* a copy of Northwestern Bell Telephone C o m p a n y's 1965 calendars. And there's a reason for it. A week or so ago we'made mention of a sportsman who wanted a telephone connected to his fish house on the lake. And the Bell company's calendar just happens to have a color painting of winter fishing shacks dressing up its page for February. Mel Kirstein, 692 3rd SE, supervisor for American Telephone and Telegraph Company, sent the calendar and pointed out the fishing picture. He comments that the artist who drew it — as well as the persons who painted the 11 others — each received $500 for their efforts. When the Globe-Gazette was in its old East State Street quarters, adjoining the phone company's Pentagon, Mel was a frequent visitor in the office. "Just checking up on our equipment," he'd say, even if things were purring sweetly. And when we had one of our infrequent emergencies, he practically sat in our laps. Mel and his crew rank as some of the most gracious persons we know — even though we don't get to see them as frequently any more. Telephone tales Since the telephone has monopolized the conversation so far, let's pursue the subject lo the end of the page. Two incidents in mind don't speak very well of telephone courtesy, but you'll have to admit they involve a goodly bit of humor. George Weitzel of our composing room was awakened by the ring of the phone in the dead of the night. He picked up the receiver and the voice at the other end — unfamiliar to him — said: "Tell me about the rabbit, George, huh? , . . Please tell me about the rabbit, George!" With that the strange party hung up. George still can't figure it out — other than acknowledging he does have some rather oddball friends. Then there's the practical joker who loves to stun persons who mistakenly dial his number in quest of somebody else. "Is Mrs. Smith there?" the person asks without realizing the error. "Yes," is this fellow's pat response, "but she's too drunk to come to the phone." The dialing party unfailing' ly hangs up quickly, undoubt edly wondering what in the world has come over swee old Mrs. Smith. NEIGHBORHOOD SANTA — Surrounded by some of the gifts he has made in the last 12 years is William Wagner, 102 Linden Dr. Although he no - -*• Christmas party held for seniors A jolly, old-time Christmas arty was presented for 132 enior citizens Wednesday by the Woman's Relief Corps of !ason City. The party was at le Moose Lodge Home. Mrs. H. L. Hettler was chairman and Mrs. Walter LaVille, o-chairman. They interspersed hristmas readings among -a eries of carols. Readings by the women in- luded the story of "Silent ight" and presentations on The Star," "The Bells," Mistle- oe," "Poinsettia," "Holly," Legend of the Christmas Tree," Christmas Rose," "Legends of ic Gifts and Carolers" and The Christmas Candie." Music presented between read ngs at the appropriate places ncluded "Silent Night," "Ruolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," Read Want Ads for Prof it 1-423-4270 longer is quite as active in his role as Santa's helper, Wagner still makes gifts for numerous neighbors. Bill Wagner may have lost a ;ood hunk of finger doing it, but or the last 12 years, he has combined his originality and woodworking talent to make Christmas happier for his neigh)ors. Each year, the neighbors around the "triangle""—Beaumo n t Drive-Linden Drive-lst —h a v e received -presents ranging from hearth sweepers of colored straw to wastebas- cets made from buckets. The project started when Star of the East,' 'Silver Bill Wagner makes Yule gifts for his neighbors iVagner decided to make large joxes which look like family albums for his neighbors. Each one was painstakingly cut and 'antiqued." "The thing turned out to be more of a project t h a n I expected," he says. "I worked .ong into the night and was Lired. It was then I cut off part of a finger on a jointer." Since then, the presents have been a little less elaborate, but have not lacked in either originality or the personal touch. One year pine cones, beads, jar rings and countless other articles around the house were attached to plastic Christmas trees. Other gifts have included mistletoe hangers, individualized nut cups and door stops, Santas made from wooden A judgment of $3,576.53 has spoons and a key holder. To foreclose on mortgage of R. B. Berdings ells," "Deck the Halls," "Oh -hristmas Tree" and "One Litle Candle." Musicians for var- ffus individual numbers were Christy and Carol Basinger, daughters of the Harold Basing- rs, who sang as a duet; Mrs. Jlenn Wallace, vocal solist and Cxa Nixt, accordionist. Senior citizens having birth- lays and wedding anniversa- ies this month were honored ?hen there was general caro; iinging, with Mrs. Wallace di •ecting and Mrs. Leslie Whip ale, accompanist. Rose Tietjens distributed sacks of favors to all. Attendance awards went to Blanche Dvorak, Ollie Van Fleet, Irvin Johnson, lara Meyer, William Ward, Nellie Huntley, C. J. Emerson, VIrs. Arnold Baker and Vickie Siglin. Olga Schonwald was in charge of carol books; Mrs. Augusta Warner, registration; Mrs. Harry Thorne and Mrs. Omer Berg, reception; Verona Winchell and Mrs. Schonwald, refresh m e n t table, and Mrs. Carl Cunning- nam, favors. Mrs. Hettler and Mrs. LaVille poured. It was the second time the Woman's Relief Corps has spon sored a Christmas party for the senior citizens. NEW GRANDSON LELAND — Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Frowick and their daugh ter, Karen, Minneapolis, plan to go to Norfolk, Neb. to spend Christmas with Mr. and Mrs Lloyd Frowick Jr. and family They will make the acquaint ance of their new grandson bom to Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Frowick Jr. Dec. B. >een awarded in Cerro Gordo bounty District Court against Robert B. and Elsie M. Berding Judge John F. Stone ruled for foreclosure on and sale of the Serding's mortgaged property in Plymouth. Pioneer Federal savings anc Loan Association was given the judgment on its contention thai the Berdings were in default oi payments on a promissory note issued Dec. 9, 1959. The note was for $4,200. Judge Stone named Edward Boender of Pioneer Federal as receiver. A claim by Household Finance Corp. of Iowa was declared inferior to that of the association. Wagner often plans the gifts a year in advance—but admits he usually is faced with a "last- minute rush" to finish all of the gifts before Christmas. In addition to his Yuletime hobby, Wagner also has been the neighborhood Santa for sev eral years. He recalls having to cat par of his Santa whiskers when a EDITOR'S NOTE — This is the third in a series of Globe- Gazette articles,, presenting information compiled in the National Association of Educational Broadcasters report which recommends creation of a North Iowa-Southern Minnesota educational television station. By JAMES R. OWENS Establishing and operating a television station costs money. But North Iowa and Southern Minnesota educators and civic leaders have hopes that an educational TV station for the Mason City-Austin-Albert Lea area would save school districts money in the long run. This feeling was expressed to consultants a number of times and is reflected in their report which recommends starting an educational television station here. Educational costs are going up, regardless of teaching methods, and demanded im provement of education in creases the cost rise. The research team found many in this area greatly concerned with these rising costs and seeking "means and techniques whereby improved instruction could be offered to more students for a cost thai could be paid through ncces sarily limited local resources." Educational television is one means to achieving such im proved instruction at reasonable cost, the consultants believe. In the words of their report: "One of the great advantage of educational television is it inherent ability to serve as means of sharing educationa resources, with resultant im provement in the quality of cdu cation and a corresponding re duction in educationa! costs. The report goes into con siderable detail in itemizing anc the service area of the station would take in some 384,000 people of whom nearly 95,000 are school-age children enrolled in a great many separate public school districts public schools. and non- If all children were involved, this would mean a per-pupil cost of somewhat less than $1.5* per year to make up the $140,000 operating cost. However, it KS assumed that the first two years f station operation might find o more than half the area's chools participating — but that TO MONTANA — Airman Jim V. Osegcra, son of Mrs. Carmen M. Osegera, 506 S. Polk, is being assigned to a Strategic Air Command unit at Malmslrom A i r Force Base. Mont. He will undergo training there as a vehicle maintenance specialist. The 1963 graduate of Mason City High School has just completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Tex. Wagner says. 'Behind that little girl shoved a sticky candy into And another time he had to back out of a children's party when the seal of his pants gave way. "Playing Santa was great," beard, kids believe that you can do no evil." In recent years, however, Wagner has given up the Santa Piece ol| role to a grcal extcn t his mouth.j ,, The ]itt , e (ievi , s wouk , plmch explaining what capital and operational costs can be ex pected in setting up and opcrat ing an educational television station. The figures total ti $410,616 in capital cost — haK t be raised in the area and hal to come from the federal gov ernment — and nearly $140,OOC a year in operation costs to be borne mainly by school district using the service. The consultants said there i no question in their minds tha the area "can easily support' the operation of an educationa TV station of the type proposed. Their recommendation is tha the operation of the station h supported by cooperating schoo districts sharing the cost on directly proportional basis. A the same time, they said, otlie institutions and organizations i the area should be encourage to assist in providing pro gramming designed for an adult audience and to help provide funds for that kind of proRram- ming. The proportional basis on which regular programming for school districts would be set up would be on a per-pupil system. The report pointed out that me in the stomach or pull my beard to prove 1 was real," he says. "But many times I did manage to keep them believing for another year." could use a.s some compensation for allowing use of its; tower. Emphasis in the report estimates of equipment needs is on "modest but adequate" equipment which can be handled largely by persons without considerable technical training. It is assumed that the three local telecasting studios would be in existing school facilities. The station would be established and operated by a nonprofit corporation representing ould still leave the annual pcr-|t'>e area to be served, as upil cost at. less than $3. Of the area's school super- ntcndents, the report says, a onsiderablc number have in- icatcd that S3 or less a year nultiplicd by the number of Indents in their districts would ie "entirely reasonable" and 'within their normal budget ^mits." A.s more schools participate, the unit costs could he owered or programming coifld »e increased. The operating costs of $140,>00 are based on a 40-hour >perational week during the school year and a 20-hour operating week by the station during the summer months. The estimate does not include costs of interconnection with other educational TV stations — which could be made n the future — nor docs it include costs of teacher salaries and instructions materials such as textbooks. Live programs would originate at Mason City, Austin anc Albert Lea, each of which woulc have a studio. The $410,616 capital cost of starting the sla lion includes nearly $62,000 for each local facility plus $224, 694 at the main transmitter. The main transmitter cost assumes that savings will be possible by mounting the broadcast antenna on the proposed 1,475-feet-tall tower planned near St. Ansgar by KGLO-TV. Lee Radio, Inc., which owns KGLO, is agreeable to the joint envisioned by the consultants The operational support schools would be in purchase 01 service, just as in the case of buying textbooks or other educational aids. In pointing out the sources o: operational support, the repor notes that the proposed station's area includes more than 90 school districts with the nearly 95,000 pupils, five colleges and junior colleges with total enrollment of more than 4,000 and various private and parochial schools. And, it adds: "To this can be added the adult education program and the specialized educational needs and interests of an area whose population exceeds 384,000 persons — all of which, in the view of the consultants, provides a sufficient base for support of an educational television station." BIG OUTPUT The nation's gross national product (sum total of all goods and services produced) rose from $242 billion in 1940 to about $600 billion at the end of last year. use of its tower unless technical reasons make it impractical, the report indicates. 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