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Freeport, Texas
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Wednesday, December 7, 1960
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JlM_Bl$HOPi Report LAST Of THE ONE-MAN AIRUNES BISHOP ker is the Hie last of the one-man air- Bnes is National and Ted Baker. He runs it like n kid with his own electric trains. Baker is a deep - chest- ed man with a 90 - pound jaw. He looks and talks M k e a fighter, but, inside he's a s shy as an old maid in t.: e wrong line at Vic Tanney's. At parties, Babig man leaning against the wall. At stockholders' meetings, he's the one who threatens to slug the insolent heckler. At one time in American history, there were a lot of one-man airlines: Rickenbacker of Eastern; Juan Trippe of Pan-American; Howard Hughes of TWA; C. R. Smith of American. Those days are gone. The lines are so big that they are in many businesses, from food to oil to machine parts, taxes, unions, weather, banks, advertising and politics. George Theodore Baker, 60. sits in an air-conditioned office off the edge of the runways at Miami International Airport. He hangs his jacket on an old upright propel- lor standing on a hubcap. "I'm a success," he says. "I started National Airlines with 52,000, now I owe $40,000,000." He is a man's man. Baker looks everyone squarely in the eye and whatever he has to say comes out bluntly. He is no diplomat. Most of his time is spent fighting for more customers for National Air Lines; the rest of it is spent running around 27 acres of hangar, repair shops, schedule boards, listening to operators make reservations, watching pilots train in million-dollar simulators of Electras, DC-S's and other planes. There are two people who can melt Baker down with a glance. One is his attractive blonde wife, who used to be Irma Wiisen, movie starlet. The other is nis daughter Barbara, 13, who has her own jumping horse. Ted Baker can be breathing like a bull on the wrong side of a fence and all they have to do is look at him. He stops pawing the ground. Once he was a Chicago kid. His father was circulation manager of the old Daily News. In 1911, Ted went to an air show in Grant Park. That did it. He watched the big box kites take off, fly around the lakeside, and come back in. He' spent his nickel carfare for a candy bar, and walked home. He had to be a flier. He served in the tank corps in World War I and, when Ted got back to Chicago, he sold candy. He also sold adding machines and saved money. He bought and sold used cars too. Later, he had an opportunity to buy an old airplane with a poor name—Eagle Rock—and he bought it, flew it, patched it up and sold it Baker was a big kid — 210 pounds—and happy. He bought a Waco, a Standard, and a fleet of OX-5's. He fixed them up, repainted them, and sold them. In 1930, he opened the National Air Lines Taxi System. He hired out to anybody who wanted to go anywhere. One time the sJnger Harry Richman said he wanted to fly to Miami. Baker flew him in a Travelair at night and, as he passed cities, he had to come down low to read the street signs. The oil pressure died over the mountains of Kentucky and Richman and Baker found themselves on a dark road, walking. The U.S. government decided to fly the mail from St. Petersburg, Fla., to Daytona—about 130 miles —and Baker put in a bid. He got the job, "provided that his planes can maintain 110 miles per hour in flight." They did. Ted Baker liked the work, and put in .nore bids. He flew mall from Jacksonville to New Orleans, from St. Petersburg to Miami. In the mid-thirties, he received permission to fiy passengers from Jacksonville to New York. Later, he added Miami, Havana and Boston to the list. National grew fast. The stock went on the market. Baker held 12U per cent of it for his wife and child. National borrowed millions to bay bigger, better planes and it began to compete with the big systems. Baker, who spawned and nursed National, became an employee. As president, he gets $60,000, about one-ninth of what Mr. Louis B. Mayer used to pay himself for working at Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer. Pan-American got the first pure jets last year, but could use them only outside the U.S. Baker leased- three for the New York- Miami run so that National could boast having the first pure jets inside the country. Today, National has 47 active aircraft, ranging from DC-SB's on up through Super H Constellations, Convairs, Lockheed Electras and DC-S's. National has assets of a hundred million dollars, which is a long way from the day Baker blew his nickel carfare on a candy bar. When I left him. I said: "Meet you tonight. We'll play a little gin." "Tenth of a cent a point,' he said. . "You .nust be the last of the big plungers," I said.. "Make it 8 o'clock," said tha tough guy. "I have to help Barbara with her homework." , .« Washington Scene SOAPY NOT IN 'HARD NEWS' FIELD WASHINGTON' SCENE By GEORGE DIXON WASHINGTON — Sever in my experience, has the gathering of news in the nation's capital been more catch-as-catch-can. The only way to catch up with hard news seems to be to flounder upon it accidentally while wading through tha mush. The Kennedy news sources vow they have eliminated the words "hard news" from their vocabularies. Press Secreary Pierre Salinger swears they'll never slip past his lips again. Bobby Kennedy declares that if we ever catch him promising news that is "hard," we'll know he has become soft in the head. ESTABLISHED 1912 JAMES S. 'NABOBS „. __ PUBLISHEB GLENN HEATH EDITOR JOHN F. GREEN BUSINESS MANAGER GEORGE BEACOM Advertising Manager ROBERTA DANSBY Managing Editor LeROY BYHD Women's Editor MORRIS FREEMAN Mechanical Superintendent E. E. (Tex) HENDRIX Circulation Manager BERNICE ELDER Office Manager Published daily and Sunday except Saturday by Review Publisher!, Inc., 307 E. Park ATS. Freeport, Texas. James S. Nabora, President. Classified advertising department open a a-m. to 12 noon Saturdays, closed Sundays: lo place. cancel or correct classified advertising, call BE 3-2611. World wide news coverage by Tha Associated Press. Member of Texas Daily Press Association, Texas Press Association. Represented nationally by Texas Newspaper Representatives, Inc.. P. O. Box 308, Baytown, Texas; Houston CA 8-2643. SUBSCRIPTION HATES By carrier. Daily and Sunday, SIM per month; Daily only. $1.15 per month. Mail ratts upon request. All mill subscription xaies in advance, Entered as second class matter March 21, 1952. it the March 8, 1870. faorth dealer. Both sides vulnerable. NORTH *Q. 10 6 3 V AKQ88 WEST EAST 4.1 VJ10754 $AKQJ $1098732 •M7653 SOUTH 4 AKJ9752 The bidding: •Worth, East South West 1 'V Pass 1 A Pass S 4 Pass 6 £ Opening: lead — ten of diamonds. One of the fascinations of duplicate bridge is that you have an opportunity to compare thu result on a given hand with thosa results obtained by other pairs who played the identical hand. This deal occurred in a tournament and was played at 13, tables. Host pairs arrived at a sound six spade contract but in every case except one went down a trick. Those pairs who stopped at four spades were better off, since in each case they wound up making five for a score of 650 points. A diamond was opened and continued. South ruffing the •econd one. After drawing a round of spades, these declarers cashed the A-K-O of hearts, discarding a club, but they could not establish an extra heart trick because of the unlucky 5-1 heart break, and they had to lose a club trick at the end. But one declarer who bid the slam dM succeed In making the contract oy means of an ingenious play. He realized that the slam was sure to make if the adverse hearts were divided 4-2 or 3-3, but tint he might be defeated If the hearts were divided 5-1. He therefore took special steps to guard against, the latter po.-::bllity. After ruffing tha diar.v.-ncl at trick two, declarer cash-' five trumps to bring abo- -•. follc/.yi.'ig- position: W A K Q 9 8 >> A 1' : East Imma-.irlal VJ1075' AK10 South *7 ¥33 Eaat had to make a di.jard at tills point. He could not af. ford to discard a heart, which would permit declarer to ruff one of dummy's hearts and make the slam. So East disrard- ed the ten of clubs. South thereupon cashed tha A-K-Q of hearts, and, observing the futility of leading another heart, cashed the ace of clubs, catching: the king. finis. Beng comparative neophytes at this sort of thing, :he Kennedy- ites apparently thought that any specific announcement, such as the naming ot Michigan Gov. G, Mennen "Soapy" Williams as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, was "hard news" in our lexicon. They had to lenrn the hard way that we feel the naming of an Assistant Secretary of Anything is so soft as to be avoided. -'• i 9pth3Y; was Qooted as saving ho considered the job" second to none. Many of us agreed with him. After promising us "hard news" and then giving us only Soapy, Mr. Salinger swung to the other extreme. When 1 called to ask him if a forthcoming news conference might produce some "hard news," he said: "I'm afraid it's going to be mushy." I suppose he could claim to have been technically correct in his prediction, because the first thing he gave out was the infant formula for John F. Kennedy Jr. It was about the last thing he gave out too. We tried to coax Salinger into a guessing game as to who would be Secretary of State but his mind was fixed on the pabulum problem. The thought of. John F. Jr. belting into that formula made me hungry, so I started for the Senate restaurant — and bumped into Senator J. William iiuLJiigiji ui Arkansas"Where are you going? I asked him diplomatically. 'To be sworn in as Secretary of State?' "No," he replied, "I'm going to get a haircut" 'So you will look well-groomed for your swearing-in?' I suggested craftily. . "No. I positively do not want that job. I want to stay where I am. Make that as hard as you can." "I will," I promised softly. "Now, if it isn't crowding you too much, how do you feel?" 'Terrible,' said Senator Fulbright. "I am suffering from reception! tis.' He explained he had just returned from six days with the NATO Parliamentarians in Paris. 'I had to attend a reception every night," he said. "I've got everything wrong with me a man can have and still be alive." That was the hardest news I could get out of Senator Fillbright. I started back to Salinger's seminar, but ran into Senator Mike Mansfield of Montana. "I guess it's all signed, sealed, and delivered that you are to bis the next Senate Majority Leader?" 1 ventured. • "Let's talk about something else," said the distinguished solon. "Come to my office and I'll buy you a hamburger for lunch" I don't want to seem ungrateful, but that's all I got out of Senator Mansfield — a hamburger. Oh, yes, and a cup of black coffee. He asked me if I would like a slab of apple pie, but I informed him I avoided saturnalias during working hours. All this should give you an idea how we're wallowing in the haphazard. TRY CLASSIFIEI THE BRAZOSPORT FACTS EDtTOKiAL PAGE Page 6 Brazosport and Brazoria County, Texas, Wed., December 7, I960 RUSSIAN BALLET Editorial SURVIVOR OF COURAGEOUS FIGHT LOSES LIFE IN 'PEACEFUL' LAND ' It is a strange circumstance. In a land which has resigned itself to an oppressor, a mere boy feels so strongly the principles of freedom that he chooses the relentless terror of underground warfare to the relative security of submission. Then having succeeded, having helped drive the enemy from his own native land, he dies by violence in an adopted country that has come to exalt peace and security. Fred Mencz was in his early teens when Hitler's Nazi forces destroyed the French resistance and much of the populace bent to the conqueror's heel. Fred was hot one of these. He fought with the weapons and status of a civilian, hunted like an animal, in a campaign that immeasurably reduced the toll of Allied lives. Those same qualities of courage, resourcefulness and adherence to principle made him a respected and successful citizen in this country. Further, he felt that a citizen should con- tinue to earn that status throughout his life, and did so. As a member of the Jaycees, the Kiwanis Club, and many other organizations he undertook any task he was given. He strove for self-improvement. He was outspokenly indignant about the complacency of other citizens towcrd injustice and danger. Then suddenly he is singled out for destruction through an unbridled outburst of violence which this society has not yet learned to control. And we are left wondering how we can provide the world with the moral leadership that can contend with similar forces that have destroyed nations. Despite this flaw in our society, we can at least observe that our citizens respect those who help prevail a g a 1 n s t it. In a brief memorial service Tuesday, arranged so late that little notice could be given, the crowd who came to pay their respects was greater than the facilities. If only at the time of death, we can show our admiration for courage and principle. AMA NEWS SAYS DOCTORS ACCEPT PLAN, OPPOSE SS In a recent issue the AMA News, published by the American Medical Association, stated in an editorial comment that the medical profession had "cause for concern" in one of PresMent-slect John Kennedy's nmnr.jen promises. Doctors, the editorial said, would be obliged to oppose vigorously Kennedy's proposal for a compulsory social security health care plan to be presented at the next session of Congress. In the first place, says the AMA News, "his margin of victory — closest in 72 years — does not constitute a mandate from the people for drastic revisions of national policy in any area, health care included. "Secondly, it would be inconceivable that anyone, who has the best interests of America at heart, would recommend passage of such a drastic medical care program before all the states have had an opportunity to implement the federal-state legislation passed in the last Congress — and for which Kennedy voted." The editorial indicated belief that the newly-passed legislation will accomplish the objective. The medical man, the News says, "strongly bellaves that the recently-passed federal-state legislation, which provides medical care for the needy and near-needy, plus voluntary health insurance, which has made phenomc- Letters To The Editor nal progress in recent years, can and will solve the health care needs of the nation's aged without resorting to any compulsory plan." 7'r ; th*. *pnr«r 4*^:s» *h» M*^- v v '/S« ^^f T T! f; 7*?r- vey conducted by another medical periodical. This survey reached tha conclusion that the cost of the new health-care legislation was less than the amount of free medical care donated voliLntarily by the nation's doctors. The survey, the News said, "disclosed that more than 68 per cent of all physicians give free medical care . . . and that 60 per cent of all doctors devote 10 per cent cr more of their working hours to such work." Each year, the survey told, "specialists doJ nate $381 million, an average of $4,812 each; GPs give $277 million, an average of $3,360." This was the breakdown given as to where the money goes; "Private patients treated without charge, 39.9 per cent; outpatient clinic service, 22.7 ptr cent; hospital ward service, 26.5 per cent; students, campers, Scouts, amateur athletes, blood donors, doctoro' kin, clergymen, emergency, and charity cases, 10.9 per cent." The medical publication compares the donated time worth $658 million with the fed- eriil-state legislation whose cost is figured nt $263 million for the first year and $520 million for each year thereafter. SAYS NON-DANCE R IS LAUGHED AT To The Facts: I want to put my amen on Mrs. Dunn's letter of Dee. 1. I have wanted to sav the things she said but felt I was defeated before I spoke. When our daughter was in high school she would not dance because of her own conviction and she was laughed at and made run of every day, not by the kids but by the teacher, because she did not choose to dance. The teacher di.du't make her dance but made her feel like "odd ball." Like Mrs. Dunn I think there are a lot of parents who do not spprove of dancing being com* pulgorjr but «r« like mywlf foul there is nothing they can do about it so they just say nothing. And while I am on school I would like to have my little say about P.E. Our son almost got his neck broke four years ago tumbling in P.E. We are itill taking him to doctor for treatments and have been out a lot of money for doctor bills. They say his neck will never be all right. A friend of mine daughter got her arm broken tumbling. I am not against play I think that fine but a lot of the things they make them do is a lot of nonsense. I know a lot of mothers feel the same way because I havs heard them express themselves. Mrs. Lewis lit-ed Route 1 Freeport To The Facts: I noticed a sign in a big dry goods store in, Freeport that read — "Open every Sunday until Christmas." Have we so commercialized Christmas that even Sunday has no meaning a n y more? The merchants in Freeport have ul- ways observed Sunday as a Holiday but now it seems that six days Is not enough time in which to sell merchandise for Christmas. George Ann Donaldson Vreeport WEDNESDAY ON TV SSSS? I SiSSP 8 II jj 4:00 O I-ooney Town tO Early'Snow- The Witness V«nl«he«." Wendy Barrie, Edmond Lowe ffl Amerlcnn Bandstnnd_ ~4M 8 Feople'ii Chole*_ "«:»« ID News, Sports OjJ Roy Rogers " _ BoBt__ Lo ^ ID Clrel* t h e n t r * „ "Memory of Munier," * drama based on the trim story of n oian who be. came sheriff to t m ^ down his father's murderor (B Bell and Howell Closr. Up — "Y8no,ul,, No!," an hour-long documentary re. port on the threat of Com. munlsm in Lntli). .Review m Doug Edwards, News KI)NESDAY EVfcSflNOw: 8:00 ft Jv'oiv.s, Sporta O Biology JIU tO Whlrlyblrds (B News, \Vcntlier (B John Daly, Ncwi 8:30 O Wngbn Trnln — '" rl " > Cnmly O'Hnrn Sto'ry," Joan O', Jim Diivli, Teddy Kooney; « saloon girl I* Bwept off her feet by n widower looking for a wife tO The Aqunnnuts—"The C a v e d 1 v c r s." Chnrles Bronson; Andrews n n d Lahr hunt for n urnnlum treasure, lode (B Hong Kong - "Nine Lives," Harry Townes, Patricia Barry; Kvnns is torn between friendship and justice "F:4S O Americnnt nt Work Y:iwjQ~M~alh'eniatlcs 332 "7:3olB Price In nighl; COLOR tO Wanted Dead or Alive —A w 1 d o w e d mother threatened with the loss 0:30 |_ O Decision — "The Con. stltutlon and Military Power" 10:00 O Speclnl AmlgnnuTnT -I "Why no Thny Confe**?" n, report on method* u*^ by police In obtaining oon. foMloim nnd Ihe mo <,( ronfesulon* In rrlmlnnl prosernlloii 0| News, Weather. (B Follow That Man . io:fs"CD f-nie 'Show—•"oiiFwsrvi Bound," Leslie Itowm-d, Douglm Fairbanks' Mr; two • young people find themselves on n stran^a sen voyage 10:!tO O N«wi.. Sporti ~" IB Th*'CjJ.lfprnlani 10:45 O •>*ek PftBr — Alhfjt n«kkcr,. Alexander King, flciurvleve; COLOR, lY :<» (D llfn^Hour^News j 1 :.10 (B The'vikirigs ~ 01' News Final Q) Midnight Theatre"All That Glltter«,". Ar)en« Dahl. nichard Denning MORNIN(t _ Time-, (B Ctaie and Harriet - 6:3I > jg M»|l'en'»««; COr.«« "A Lnwn Mower for Oz- < B_ Cn l e LP on zie" 0:.-iO (D Morning Report 7:45 O Frontier to Space — .6:3. r > 0) Farm Report 7 :Vi ~7 :SO 8:00 8:15 '• «:30 ~8^:V: 9:00 O Perry. Conio — Juliette Frowse, the Kingston Trio, Sieve Lawrence; GOiX>R O The World of Literature—"Milton" (D My Sister . Eileen — Eileen become an "organization woman"-IB Hawaiian Eye— "Swan Song of a Hero," a mns- qiierndn loads to death • tO I've Got a Secret Olmagcs of Art — "Drawings! by Degas" O Peter 7 Loves "iiTary — 9:30 "The B*st Woman" O The Arts in'Houston— "Literary .Publications at the U of H," Ruth Penny- ID Ginny Puce Shmv Q) Frank Wilson, News O Biology 161 ™" tO Mr'Caboose; Knginenr IB Morning Edition Newi (B Cadet Don O Matiematics~i32 OJ Capt Kangaroo H:,10 "»:»o 'IB Tumblewccd Time B Dnugh Kc Sll ~~ O Test Pattern 03 I Married Joan IB Our Miss Brooks , O Flay Your ilunrli; COLOR , O Houston'Public Schools § Video Village Jack La Lanne Show Brandon, Dr Donald W, COLOR Try and Stop Ms -By BENNETT CERF—— j- TVpJRSES AT New York's Mt. Sinai Hospital are more J- ~ competent—also more pulchritudinous—than most. Ona newcomer to the staff, in fact, was a dead ringer for Elizabeth Taylor. An appreciative supervisor took her for her first tour o the establishment aiic paused at the entrance to the male convalescent ward. "This ward is the most dangerous," she warned. "These patients are almost well." • » * A Hollywood bride paused on the threshold of her new home, and a alight frown disturbed the perfect symmetry of her countenance. "Edgar," aha said thoughtfully, "this layout looks vnrv famjlfar t.i ?r? Ars -",-t r-rT-' . i j iL~T~17~" * ^^ With tlio IJCIBUIUIOJ unulBKCr 11 » j taduatrlal firm. "What we're looking for," said the priv "li a man of vision, with drive, determination, and courage. W« want one who never quita, who can inspire others: in short, a wan who can pull this company's bowlmg team out of last place," DAILY CROSSWORD ACROSS 1. Rhone tributary 6. Baseball, for one 11. Blundered 32. Thick soup 13. American Indian 14. Dancer In Herod's court 15. Toward 30. Expletive 1!>. West Indian fetish (vor.) S2.BMterloto- gist'awtro 2. Spanlub, weight 3. 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