Brownwood Bulletin from Brownwood, Texas on July 14, 1969 · Page 1
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I Talk on TV Around World, Men Pray for Crew CAPE KENNEDY. Fla. (AP), — Astronauts Neil A. Arm-1 strong. Kdwin E. Aldrin Jr., andj Michael Collins pause in their training tonight to tell the nation how it feels to be going to the moon. The preparation of their spacecraft was ahead of schedui-e for VV e d n e s d a'y 's j launch and the weather is expected to he ideal. As supcrcold oxygen and hydrogen flowed into some of the command ship and lunar lander '< systems, the space agency re- • shuffled its built-in "holds" to! provide time for two additional ; quality control tests of (he liquid hydrogen system as the 9:32 a.m. EOT launching ncars. : The three astronauts, after I last-minute rehearsal at make- believe flight controls, planned 1o work out in the gymnasium later in the day before going on television and radio at 7 p.m. They'll be questioned by a panel of four newsmen on a program to be carried on all networks. On pad 39A the manifold tasks to ready the mighty Saturn 5 rocket for its 9:32 a.m. launch Wednesday were two to three hours ahead of schedule. "No problems have been encountered," the space agency reported Sunday nigh! as the countdown resumed after a scheduled 16-hour stoppage. At just about the time Apollo 11 lifts off for the moon an unmanned Russian spaceship called Luna 15 should be arriving there. The Soviets announced Luna 15 "was launched to the moon from the orbit of an artificial earth's satellite." True to tradition, the announcement made no I mention of specific mission only ' that Luna 15 "will conduct fur- j ther scientific exploration of the moon an space near the moon." There was speculation the Russians might attempt to land Luna 15 oil the moon, have it j scoop up soil samples and return them to earth. Neither the I Soviet Union nor the United i States ever has returned a vehi- j cle from the moon's surface. i "It will be a great feat if they can do it," said Apollo 8 astro- just returned from touring the 1 Soviet Union. "An unmanned machine certainly will not take . the edge off Apollo 11." Gorman j said he thought returning soil samples was the purpose of j Luna 15. ( After a relaxing Sunday, the astronauts returned to make-believe, flight controls today for , some last-minufe practice— 1 Armstrong and Aldrin in the lu- ' nar lander and Collins in the command ship. If all goes on schedule, Apollo 11 will arrive at the moon Satur- I day afternoon at 1:26 p.m. &DT. ! After circling the moon for 24 j hours, Armstrong and Aldrin : undock the lunar lander from | the mother ship and touch down ; on the moon's surface at 4:19 1 p.m. : Armstrong is to make his his! toric first step on the moon at J2:21 a.m. on Monday and Aldrin ; will follow him 20 minutes later. They blast off again at 1:55 p.m. Monday and rejoin Collins at 5:32 p.m. Their splashdown ! in the Pacific is scheduled at 12:51 p.m. July 24. Around the globe Sunday, churchgoers intoned prayers for a safe journey for the astro- nauts. •'God of a million, million wonders," said the Rev. Paul H.A. Noren in a service at the While House, "we ask Thy divine protection lor our space pioneers who will soon make footprints on the moon." Pope Paul, speaking extemporaneously from the window of the papal palace at Caste! Gandolfo in Italy, said: "Let us de- vole our thought to the astronauts." "Science and technique manifest themselves in such an incomparable and audacious way as to mark the peak of their conquests and to al'ow for the forecast of more conquests of which even the imagination fails to dream now," the Pope said. "Science fiction comes true Man is al the renter of this un- (Sce ASTROS on Page 2) TEN PAGES TODAY BROWNWOOD, TEXAS, MONDAY, JULY 14, 1969 VOL 69 NO. 233 10-Cents Daily 15 Cents Sunday BUSY DAYS — Plastic flowers are being made by senior citizens at the Brown County Multi-Purpose and Cordell Community Centers. The flowers are on sale at the JRB Family Center here. Pictured assembling a new crop of flowers are from left 1o right, Mrs. Annie Mulkey, Mrs. Pearl Caffey and Mrs. Roy Beeman. (Bulletin Photo) Money Saver Development of Prototypes By Defense Firms Is Urged WASHINGTON (AP) - Firms competing for multi-billion dollar Pentagon contracts should develop weapons prototypes before any award of government money is made, the federal comptroller recommended today. The requirement would, among other things, save mon- 1 ty. said Comptroller General Elmer 13. Staats. While the procedure might require an initial increase in research and development costs, Slaals said this would be overcome by a sharp decline in cost overruns that now result from what he termed "tenuous cost- estimating." Soviets Upstaging U.S. Moon Shot? -JWOSCOW (AP) - An un- ( nglt Soviet spaceship head- Id for the moon today amid Speculation that its mission is to Cake some of tho spotlight away from Apollo 11 by getting .samples of Uie moon's surface and returning them to earth. If all goes normally, the Luna 15 spaceship should approach tlie moon Wednesday, at about the time Uie United Slates sends its three astronauts off for the lunar landing. Tass, the Soviet news agency, announced that Luna 15 was "launched to the moon from the orbit of an artificial earth's satellite" at 5:55 a.m. Moscow time Sunday and six hours later was 40,300 miles from the earth. One Western diplomat in Moscow suggested that the Russians were trying for another space first—the landing on the moon of an unmanned ship which would scoop up some moon soil and return it to earth before U.S. astronauts make their landing Sunday. If this is not the mission, the diplomat said, then Luna 15 may orbit close to the moon so that it can observe the U.S. astronauts after their landing. Tass said Luna 15 will "conduct further scientific exploration of the moon and space near the moon." No details were given. The Soviets never announce the real missions of space shots so that if something goes wrong they don't have to admit failure. The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration said In a statement: "We welcome this further exploration of space and wish them every success in man's effort to better understand the universe around him." But Dr. Donald Stullken, lead- er of tHe ftASA t'earn which will help recover the Apollo 11 astronauts, said that if the Russian spaceship did bring samples of the moon back to the earth, "a lot of peope are going to be unhappy." At Cape Kennedy, Fla., astronaut Frank Borman, who commanded the Apollo 8 flight and returned last week from a tour of the Soviet Union, said he believes Luna 15 was sent up to get a sample of rnoon soil before the U.S. astronauts. "ft will be a great feat if they can do it," Borman said, "but an unmanned machine certainly will not take the edge off Apollo 11." He said this procedure would increase competition and prevent one firm from being "locked in" on a contract for future production of such hardware as missiles, planes and tanks. Slaats made the proposal in testimony prepared for the Senate Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee, holding a one-day hearing on ways of making defense procurement more economical. He gave these reasons for recommending prototype development : —"Two competent contractors vying against each other to develop 3 the better weaportjfsys- tem should''give^JijxJ&illcr per- formanc^ p^^'and^ljjyei-y.. Wvp— "Physical hardwafef;ean be tested and compared before a production go-ahead decision is made. --"The cost overrun problem should diminish because contractors will have visible products on which to base their costs. —"More than one design approach to a mission can be explored and evaluated." Staats suggested such a system could be tried on weapons like the F-15 fighter aircraft, the Subsonic Cruise Armed Decoy (SCAD) and the AX close support aircraft, currently in early development. Nixon Asks Laws On Drugs Abuse WASHINGTON (AP) - Presi- I dent Nixon told Congress today it must act against the drug abuse problem now as "a serious national threat to the personal health and safety of millions of Americans." Outlining the dimensions of the problem in a special message, Nixon cited an increase of nearly 800 per cent in seven years in juvenile arrests involving use of drugs. Nixon called for new legislation, including an interim measure to correct what he palled constitutional deficiencies of the marijuana tax act. It was on the basis of these that the Supreme Court struck down parts of the marijuana laws in May. Other Nixon proposals: Development by the Justice Department of a model slate narcotics and dangerous drug act. Strengthened international cooperation to stop production of contraband drugs abroad. Most illicit narcotics and high potency marijuana consumed in this country is produced in other countries. The stepping up of efforts to intercept illegal entry of drugs, involving more manpower for the customs bureau to combat smuggling. Local Area Grants Hit $2 Million From a dollars and cents standpoint, how well is Brown Cojunly making out under the ', government's grants-in-aid pro; gram? i Does the price it is paying for these grants, through matching funds and other payments • that come out of taxes, make . them worthwhile financially? j The aid programs — there I are hundreds of them — offer ! assistance to states and local 1 communities for purposes rang- j ing from road building and edu- ' cation to welfare grants and child care. i What it cost some localities, : in the past year, proved to be : greater than the aJd they re- l-ceivcd. For others,- it'-worked {out favorably. They got back | more than they put in. . A comprehensive study of the I aid programs, made by the Tax i Foundation, a non-profit organ- j ization that watches govern i menl taxation and spending, j shows how much aid was al! located to each state and, in | each instance, what the cost ' was. A breakdown of the slate figures, which are based upon Treasury Department reports indicates that the cost of Feder- aid in Brown County came to approximately $1,991,000 in the past fiscal year and that the amount that was returned, in the form of grants, was an estimated $2,141,000. The State of Texas was also ahead on this score. The portion of its tax returns that were allocated to the Federal aid programs amounted to $845,300,000, the Tax Foundation reports. What came back, in grants to the state and its localities, was $908,900,000. In effect $1 was received in the form of government aid for every 93 cents expended. Of the 50 states, 17 got back less than they contributed and the remaining 33 received more. It is explained that some communities fared better than others in the distribution of grants because their needs were relatively greater. Determinations were made on thai basis and without any attempt to return dollar for dollar. As for fiscal 1970, the Tax Foundation finds that about $25 billion will go out in grants-in- aid. It will amount to nearly 18 percent of the revenue receipts of state and local governments. By VERNON A. GUIORY JR. NATCHITOCHES, La., (AP) —A daring man whose family was terrorized by three armed, escaped prisoners held two of them at bay and shot a third with their own submachine gun Sunday night to end an hours- long chase by hundreds of police. The action capped more than 15 hours of freedom for I he trio, who had held and released 13 hostages in several parts of the state. The three were James Marion Sumner, 28: Garry Robert Williams, 22; and Luther Pettitt, 29, all of Houston '-Tex. They es-' caped from the Gregg County jail at J^pflgyiew, Tex., early Sunday with 1 '!; deputy sheriff and the jailer as hostages. Sumner and Williams were 3 Honored Here by Bar ! Three deceased members of [ the Brown County Bar Assn. I were honored this morning in j ceremonies at the 35th District Courtroom of Brown County. The called meeting of the as- j sociation drew members of the bar and immediate families of the deceased. The three, Gerald G. Moore, Fredrick G. Harmon and Lawrence B. Hillyer, were honored by the reading of approved resolutions and the presentation of photographs. • The resolutions outlined histories and services of the men during their lifetimes. The resolu- | Uons will be entered in the minutes of the district clerk's office. Reading the resolutions for Moore was Valton Sudderlh. J. I Edward Johnson read those for j Harmon, while Gordon Griffin j Jr. read the resolutions for Hill- jyer. Photographs of each of the three were presented to the Brown County Bar Assn. by families of each deceased member. They were accepted by Gary Price, president of the local bar association, who presided. The photographs will be hung permanently in 16x20 frames in the district courtroom here. brought to the Natchitodu-s Parish jail early today. Pettitt was taken lo Ihe Confederate Memorial Hospital in Shreve-1 port for a waund in the left side of the chest. ' Sheriff Sam If. James said Sumner and Williams were charged in Natchiloches with • the armed robbery of Mrs. Jesse Brossett. He said the fleeing men took $17 and shot- Run shells from the woman's home north of Natchitoches. ' The FBI said federal charges of kidnaping, interstate transportation ot a stolon car and vi; olalion of the federal firearms I law were lodged against (hem at Longview. | A fourth escapee was believed ! to have remained in Gregg County. ; The three led Texas Rangers, U.S. Viet slate police, the FBI and deputy sheriffs of eight parishes (counties) on a chase through north and central Louisiana. At one point. Gov. John Mc- Keilhen hopped in his private plane to try to meet with them By phone, ho talked them into releasing five hostages. The manhunt ended about 11 p.m. at the frame house of Leo Martin at Flatwoods. in the Kisatchie National Forest. "They stormed the house." said a shaken Martin, 60. "They rammed a gun into my girl's back and came in." He said the escapees \ver$ eating dinner with him. his, wife and 16-year-old daughter when Pettitt 'left the room at Uie sound of an approaching car. Another momentarily put his submachine gun down. "Th.il. was my chance," Martin said "I grabbed it up and held it on the other two and made them sit down on the floor The tall one ( Pettitt ) came back in and as he walked through the kitchen door, that's when I lot him have it," said Martin. "Then others saw I meant hifsincss and 1 didn't have no more trouble out of them." But Martin's terrified wife picked up an automatic shotgun and "she went wild and filled the kitchen full of holes," Martin said. Williams wiffi tfreir weapons with the promise they would not hurt his wife and daughter. The pair was cap- lured a short time later. Rogers Sees Change if War Curtailed WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State William P. Rogers | declared today the United | States is prepared to shift its ; Vietnamese aid program toward j peacetime development if the i war can be ended or scaled j down in the months ahead. ! Rogers testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in support of President I Nixon's request for $2.6 billion ; for military and economic as- ; sistance for the next fiscal year. i Included are $375 million for ' military assistance and $2.2 bil- i lion for various forms of economic assistance. Without help from the wealthy powers to the underdeveloped j countries, he said, the cold war I split between Russia and the jWest could be followed by a global division between the rich and the poor countries. The aid program includes $440 million for economic assistance to South Vietnam. "In Vietnam," Rogers said, "we are prepared, to shift the aid program toward greater emphasis on economic and social development if there is a resolution of the conflict or a significant de-escalation of the war in the months ahead." U.S. programs to aid Laos and Thailand, Rogers said, are largely "an outgrowth of the hostilities in Vietnam and will depend in form and amount on tiie course of the war there." Rogers said 1 that India and Pakistan provide "a testing ground of whether man can check the ravagages of malnutrition and escape from the grip of'poverty. '* : H.e noted that over two-thirds of the proposed development loan program in the Nixon aid package, apart from funds for ' Latin America, is destined for India and Pakistan As for Latin America, Rogers , said "continuation of our assistance obviously is essential to (constructive changes in an at; mosphere of purposeful cooperation." The administration's program, he reminded the committee, calls for $1.1 billion in development loans, $515 million for "supporting assistance" al, most entirely for Vietnam, Lao^ and Thailand. $463 million for : technical assistance and SHE 'million for an emergency fund administrative expenses and Iht like. ' Rogers said that 86 per cent of the development loan program would go to eight countries—• .Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, ^Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan and Turkey. i — BROWNWOOD AREA: Fair ' and hot tonight and Tuesday. | Low 78. ! Maximum temperature here Sunday 103, minimum this mom- ing 77. Sunset tonight 8:41, sun! rise Tuesday 6:35. I Superior Cable Lunar Liftoff: 6 Tense Minutes By JIM STHQTUMA.N AP Aerospace Writer CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) — Sitting in their landing craft on the lunar surface, two Apollo 11 astronauts will stake their lives on a single engine that must work perfectly at least six minutes lo rocket them safely away from the moon. And because of tlie way the landing craft is bum, it will be impossible to test-fire the motor before that critical moment. Called, an ascent engine, the niptor is located it the base of Uie lunar module (IM) tending eraft'i cabjfl secUwj, where as- tronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aid/in Jr, will be quartered. Until the time of blastoff from the moon's surface, the engine is blocked by the IM's bottom section, containing a braking rocket and landing legs, The landing section, called the descent stage, is to remain on the moon, serving as a launch pad. "This engine has to work ta gel the crew back Into a siafe orbit where they can rendezvous" with astronaut Michael Collins in the Apollo. U poaunand ship, said mission director George U. Ilage. The 3,500-pound-thrust ascent engine is to be fired al 1:55 p.m. EDT July 21 for 7 minutes, 18 seconds. Sixty-nine seconds before Armstrong and Aldrin blast off, Collins will have 'sped, directly overhead, in the command ship. If all goes well, th£ ascent engine will propel the two mooa explorers into m initial egg- shaped orbit ranging'from U to &? miles above the moon. For Uie first H seconds, tlie IM will climb straight up. ft to is to tip over to an aogte of {$ degrees and rocket inta ofWl at a speed of about one mile per second. Small thruster rockets could propel the LM jnto orbit if the mam ascent engine fails after six minutes—"but we must burn at least six minutes," said a space agency official. Collins will be in a circular path 69 miles above the lunar surface. He will be prepared to lower his altitude to rescue his crewmates if LM engines fail and Armstrong and Aldrin are left in a low orbit, Bui tf the Ascent engine shuts off before si* minutes, the two J,M pilots would not have enough speed to achieve orbit and would instead be on a ballistic path that would send them crashing back onto the moon before Collin^ could save them. The total sequence from lunar liftoff.'jto rendezvous between the LM 3fKi command ship is expected to take 3V« hours. After using the ascent engine to fly into the 11 by 53 mile orbit, smaller maneuvering rockets will t>$ fired periodically to cari- ry Armstrong and Aldrin up to the command ship's 69-mile* high latitude. Manager Named For Local Plant Richard Hewitt of 3507 First St. has been named plant manager of the Superior Cable and . Equipment Division .cablp plant i of Superior, Continental porp. 'in ; Brownwobd. ,.'.•'*, The appointment was cffec-, tive June 1 but was 'announced \ today by L. J. Styles, general' manager of the division which I is headquartered in Hickory.. N. C. He succeeds Joel Reece, whose promotion was announced by the company several months , ago. Hewitt attended Newton-Con-' over elementary and high' schools and Lenolr Rhyne Col-| lege in Hickory. During the Ko-1 reafl War he served as a communications specialist with th I' vS. Air Force in the Pacific area. Hewitt joined Superior Cable in 1954 in the cable production department. In 195(>, he was named production supervisor i'i the Hickory plant, in 1964, he was appointed general foreman of the newly constructed Brownwood plant. A member of the Texas Manufacturers Assn., Ht'witt has also assisted with minor league summer recreational baseball programs jn Brownwood, and in a number of other civic and youth projects. Hewitt, his wife, Kebeeca, and their three sons, Tony, 10; Todd> $s gnd Jason, 2 will continue to reside in Brewnwood wkere Jth*y the Central

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