Page 4 The Sophomores of Tipton High School [turned but in 'almost full number' Tuesday afternoon to order th,eir 1973 class rings. THE TIPTON (INDIANA) DAILY TRIBUNE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1970 There's a holiday today somewhere in the world By Encyclopaedia Britannica -UPI Some people seek them out, Others try to avoid them. But somewhere today, in all probability, there is a holiday. In the not-so-long-ago, holidays affected only the' celebrants. But in this era of international travel, holidays often are pitfalls for the unwary tourist or businessman who gets told in several languages: "Sorry, everything closed." For '299 out of 365 days of the year, somewhere on this globe a country is celebrating a holiday, according to Ency clopaedia Britannica Research Service. To further complicate matters, cities, states and provinces observe their own holidays. !. Since many of these holi- . days occur on different calendar dates from one year to the next, it's.doubly difficult for a determined traveler to avoid them entirely. As a result, tourists and businessmen may spend a lot of time sitting around hotel lobbies-or joining the.cele brations. . The traditional day .ofwor ship may provide a problemTor the traveler. In the Western world it s Sunday. But in Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq and the Somali' Republic, Friday is the .day commerce closes shop. In Israel and Nepal the weekly holiday is Saturday. Any old day But in Ceylon there is no specific day for the official weekly holiday. Instead, Ceylon has Poya Days, which may (Stall Photo by Vi Burr) of the occur on any day of the week. Because of the Poya Days, Ceylon ranks first among all nations in the holiday | department. It celebrates 64 in all, not including an untitled holiday each November 29 just to avoid having a six-day week. \ Second on the list; of international celebrants is Switzerland. The Swiss have 25 holidays. J In third place is Spain with with 23 legal holidays. |Next is Andorra with 22.' Australia, Canada and Colombia each have 20. On the other side holiday coin are the Iron Curtain countries where life is mainly grim and earnest and people are supposedly! better off working than enjoying a day of leisure. | The .Socialist Republic of Romania is the saddest of all, celebrating only two legal holidays each year. Saudi; Arabia also has only two holidays tut each lasts a full week, j Bulgaria acknowledges only four days each year legal holidays, Poland six and Russia five. The United States j has no national holidays—only legal ones determined by each state. Beginning in 1971 most states will celebrate Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day on fixed Mondays, granting three-day holidays. There is no indication other nations will transferholidays to the weekend. But a I traveler can always hope. CHRISTMAS FACTS & FANCIES The legends and truths about Christmas—that happiest of all holidays—differ greatly from country to country and are often quite contradictory. Here, to set Santa's record straight, are some of the most interesting facts and beliefs that surround the celebration: One little known fact is that Christmas was once abolished in England and the United States! In 1643, the Puritan "Roundheads"—so called because of the round hats they ' wore—passed a law in Parliament against the Christmas holiday, which they considered pagan. Gradually, the people who resented this edict rebelled against Oliver Cromwell's "Roundhead" dictatorship and, in 1654, the law against Christmas was repealed. On the other hand, Christmas did not become a legal holiday in this country until Alabama declared it so in 1836. Louisiana and Arkansas followed suit in 1838 and, during the Civil War, thirteen additional states did the same. The District of Columbia, lagging far behind, finally recognized Christmas ir. 1870. It may come as a surprise to you, but turkey—America's traditional Christmas dish—is rarely "gobbled" at England's holiday tables. There, roast beef has been the favorite meal - since pagan times—when the ancient Druids sacrificed two white bulls as a winter rite. What about Santa Claus? When did he first arrive In this country? Though the. Dutch . brought him to New York in the form of St. Nicholas, Santa Claus—as we know him today—didn't come into being until Dr. Clement C. < Moore wrote his famous poem that began, "Twas the night before Christmas." Dr. Moore, an Episcopal minister, created the jolly fellow and companion reindeer in 1822—to entertain his own children. Of all the customs, none evokes more excitement for young and old alike than the giving of gifts. No present, however, can top the one that General Sherman gave to President Lincoln. That magnanimous soldier wired his Commander-in-Chief the following message on December 25, 1864: "I beg to present to you as a Christmas present the city of Savannah." Hopping mad BRASILIA (UPI) Brazil's national dish is the feijoada, a thick casserole of black beans, pork, sausage, bacon, dried meat, or anything else left in the kitchen. But Education Minister Jabas Passarinho held 'that students at the University of Brasilia were perfectly right to protest when one student found a live frog—"the size of a matchbox"—in his feijoada. The university's dining hall manager was jtfdered to maintain "higher sanitary standards." Jr. Hi News By Bill Owens Mr. Shields was here on Friday, November 20 to talk about flower arranging to the 8th grade home economics and agriculture classes. On Wednesday, November 25, we had a Thanksgiving convocation in the gym. Students are busily bringing items to the English department to be put in Junior Red Cross boxes to be sent to children overseas. Some of these items are soap, balloons, washcloths, crayons, balls, small toys, combs hair ribbons, beads, toothbrushes, tooth paste, paper pads,"j" cils, small books, modelin " had mints, and chewing These boxes will be col! the Red Cross on Friday, December 4. Students should see that these articles reach Misses Banta, Burget, and Mrs. Hacker by Thursday. Contagious and Epidemic More than 1,400 doctors in the New York area were told that if America does not solve its mushrooming drug addiction problems within the next ten years our civilization may find it difficult to survive. The increase in addiction, these experts said, is geometric and is already out of hand because there is no clear-cut or apparent solution. In New York City alone, it was reported, there were 900 deaths last year from drug overdose. Mincing no words, the panel made these essential points: - Education, whether it be lectures to the public or classes for children, has little effect. Young drug users lack motivation to stop and motivation must be supplied before a cure can be effective. - Physicians see a growing, menace in the misuse of non narcotic drugs .intended for other uses such as amphetamines, tranquilizers and sleep hypnotics. Amphetamines may be prescribed by physicians for obesity or lethargy, the patient en- Joys the stimulation derived and continues to use the drug if the physician is not alert in regulating and curbing the sup- Cicero City 4-H The Cicero City.4-H club met recently at the,Tipton 4-H building. Geof Rogers, president had charge of the meeting. Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. Roll call was taken. Money and pins was given out. Members discussed taking a field trip and it was decided to go to Indianapolis Museum. Present were adult leader Mr. Moehler and members Ned Carmichael, Joe Cottingham, Matthew Curry, Marcia Curry, Melinda Curry, John Roe, Jeff Roe, Jane Roe, Geof Rogers and David Graham. Tipton Hi News By Kathi Heaion . FHA MEETING Plans were made during Monday's FHA meeting for a Christmas party to be December 8, 1970. The girls were told to bring canned goods and toys for a needy family and committees -were assigned. A report was given on the Saturday, Novem; ber 14th hayride .taken by the club. I Sunshine Dinner Thanksgiving dinner was at 6 p.m. at the high school for the members of Sunshine Society. Girls were served turkey, baked beans, bean salad, potato salad, corn, peas, rolls and dessert. Names and addresses were taken for the Ideal Lady program. Each girl selects her Ideal Lady. This person is notified but is not told who selected her. At the end of the year the Ideal Ladies and the Sunshine girls hold a banquet to reveal themselves." ' Pep Club This year's cheerblock met during activity period Tuesday to begin organization for Wednesday's game and the rest of the basketball season. The girls will wear dark skirts, white blouses, navy blue sweater vests, and white gloves this year. Debbie Harmon, Pep Club pre-.; sident, explained to the girls that they would be required to attend only four games this year. Those are: December 11 - Wabash;; December 19 - Carmel; December 29 and 30 - Holiday tourney in Marion and February 6- A-. lexandria. Those who for some reason cannot attend these games should notify Mrs. Ross who has a list of girls who will substitute. ply. Some common tranquilizers are addictive and present withdrawal problems. A number of these drugs potentiate each other and alcohol to the extent that it has become a growing method for suicide — the most used method with women. -. Drug addiction is contagious and epidemic. Users infect others. In Sweden, addicts • are doubling in number every 30 months except for one period when the government relaxed re- strictieBs and the number doubled in 12 months. - Lumping marijuana with other drugs contributes to present legal problems of enforcement. Marijuana does not appear to be physically addictive but creates psychological dependence, although the extent is difficult to gauge. It does not appear to incite the user to violence, as amphetamines often do. by Helen Bottel- To Stop a Runaway This column is., for young people, their problems and plea sures, their troubles and fun. As with the rest of Helen Help Us!, it welcomes laughs but won't dodge a serious question with a brush-off. Send your teenage questions to YOUTH ASKED FOR IT, care of Helen Help UsI this newspaper. Dear Helen: j My girl friend whoj is 15, met this older guy who wants her to come and live in a hippie commune. She thinks, that would be the greatest, as she has fallen madly in love with him and believes] everything he says. Helen, she's an immature little dummy, and also very stubborn. Pve talked until I'm hoarse and she doesn't listen. I tell her running away is dangerous, but she says he'll carry a knife. Then I asked her what if he leaves her, and she answered, "Then Til carry a knife." How can I get through to a girl who hates school, her parents, and is hooked on being "free"? —WORRIED Dear Worried: This girl needs more help than a teen can give. Confide in an adult you trust and let him take it from there. — H. Dear Helen: Is it true that the fella who goes, in for weight lifting and body building is really fearful of his manhood and, trying to hide his| sissiness under a lot of bulging muscles? Pve known several guys that walked on their hands at the beach and looked like Charles Atlas' grandsons, but it turns out they don't like girls yery well. Or if they date us, it's mostly to make us feel miserable. They are so in love with themselves they don't waste any on others. Would you advise steering clear of the muscle-boys? —LOOKING FOR A REAL MAN Dear LFARM: I I advise against generalizations! Muscle culture doesn't always rule out manliness any more than brawn rules out brain. (But a little observation will soon separate the guys from the gays.) —H. Dear Helen: I'm a 16-year-old boy, who fell for a peat girl, but another guy came along, and aU of a sudden she had his ring. I guess my trouble was I didn't make it official soon enough. We dated two months and I didn't ask her to go steady. She liked me then —at least she acted sc. Well, I had to teach this guy, so we bad a big fight over her. Now she won't speak td me. She thinks I am immature and a non-gentleman, while this dude treats her like gold. He has a job and can take her out while Pm on the football team and have to practice, get in early, etc. Whenever he takes; her to a game, I don't play so weU I know I made a lot of mistakes, but what can I do to get her back? —H.C.I. Dear H.: Try a little 'suave." Send her a single red rose every day for a week (singles won't break you), with low key (not mushy) notes attached. Then call her up "just to talk because I felt lonesome tonight" (that reaUy gets 'em); nexf ''stop by" her house, being especially nice to her parents. If she liked you # once, she may still like you again/especially when you polish up tljat new image.—H. This column is dedicated to family living, so if you're having kid trouble or just plain trouble; let Helen help YOU. She wiU also welcome your own amusing experiences. Address Helen Bottel in care of THE TIPTON DAILY TRIBUNE. • - The number of • prescriptions written for minor tranquilizers and barbiturates where not really indicated should concern the medical profession and an all-out effort should be made to reduce unneeded family stockpiles of these medications. Child-' ren may be tempted to experiment with drugs found in the family medicine cabinet. . - Not only the patient, but the physician can be addicted, since the physician : because of his training and experience is susceptible to the taking of drugs for a troublesome condition. The physician must be sure, in prescribing a tranquilizer, that the patient's anxiety is at a level to warrant the use of a drug. He must be sure to regulate the supply and not continue it indefinitely. Chairman of the symposium 4 was Jerome Jaffe, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Chicago. His major interest is in the use and abuse of psychoactive drugs, particularly the biological and sociological aspects. try a llttlt KINDNESS Santa Claus House, Tipton Courthouse Lawn — Chipper Old Santa Claus in the doorway of bis house on the North Lawn of the Tipton County Courthouse Yard handing out candy canes and other goodies to an estimated 100 little visitors Friday 2 p.m. shortly after his arrival in a Tipton Fire Truck driven by Fireman Chuck Plake. A Chamber of Commerce spokesman said that Santa was scheduled to come to Tipton in a sleigh, but the owner and driver suffered a broken leg recently and the alternate arrangement was then to bring Santa to the Tipton Children by the next best conveyance, the fire truck. Santa will beln his Tipton House frequently during the next month. (Staff Photo by Eldon Cage) Unless you intend to fence with your umbrella, try keeping it pointed down while you are walking. * * *. If you are Rreeted by someone whose name you can't recall—say something /ike "Nice to see you"—not "1 know your face—but can't recall your name." • * * * Invite someone who is alone to share holidays with your family. Help a shut-in. Ask a neighbor who is temporarily "grounded" if you can pick up. any groceries for her. Keep a calendar handy showing the birthday of everyone you like and send cards. * * * If you wheel a shopping cart from the store to your caiH- return the cart. * * * If you're in school, stay there. SUMMER WORKER — Rosetta Taylor examines a specimen by x-ray diffraction in the Materials and Structures Division as part of a youth program at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Lewis Research Center, Cleveland. . High School Students Work At NASA Cleveland Center CLEVELAND — Summer was more than a vacation for some 123 high school students here this year. It was a time for both earning and learning as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Lewis Research Center cooperated with the Cleveland Board of Education to place them in a number of meaningful jobs at the center. . It's all part of Lewis' involvement in youth programs which dates back at least 20 . years. This is the third straight year that Lewis has conducted a program of this particular type. 21/2 Months On Job The students, who spent about two and a half months on the job, were certified -as eligible for participation' in the program by the School's Neighborhood Youth Corps (SNYC), a federally financed program to help disadvantaged youths. On recommendation of the Board of Education, ' Lewis agreed to hire the youngsters and pay half their salaries. The Center does not do the actual selection of students but does have the responsibility of helping to manage the program. Carpentry, landscaping, clerical, buildings and grounds, maintenance, trade aides, printing and many other jobs were among those filled by the students. 'Invaluable Asset' Art Wycoff of Lewis' Personnel Division called the students "an invaluable asset. For example, a student wh^ can type frees one of our permanent employees to take a scheduled vacation which she otherwise could not take at that time. "We are reaping intangible benefits too. Employees working in close proximity with the young are learning to understand them and vice versa." Teachers Counsel While the program is in process, there are two Cleveland schoolteachers who serve as counselors for the students and maintain offices at the center. These teachers coordinate the day-to-day activities, dis tribute paychecks and coiin- . sel students with problems. A co-op student from Wilberforce University acted as the official liaison between the center and the students. One minor roadblock during the program was a bus strike in the community. It turned out to be just an inconvenience, though, for the SNYC counselors devised a plan to ensure that the students had transportation ta and from work. Employees Helped They asked a number of , Lewis employees to volunteer to pick students up at specified schools near their homes in the morning and take them back after work. "I got home about an hour later than usual, but what I am doing is far more important than getting home at my usual time," one volunteer said. As a result, there was no noticeable increase in absenteeism during the ' strike, according to the counselors. The program seems to have achieved its purpose of providing the students with an incentive to continue their education while teaching them good work habits " and providing them with financial aid. Tri-Central News By Bobbie Booth Teen Reporter Tri-Central's F.H.A. (Future Homemakers of America) had a pitch-in dinner for the girls' parents. This is a project to help the club get "Honor Chapter." You can tell Santa's on his way with F.H.A.'s Christmas party which will be at Aneida Cripe's house. It will be on Dec. 8 and .there will be - an exchange of gifts. It will also be the end of their Poly-Fluff sale. Wednesday the cheerleaders held a contest. This was to see who had the most spirit. The boys or the girls? Even though there were twice as many boys as girls, the girls won by a long shot! Tough luck boys! To make Thanksgiving even brighter, all of the students got out of school at 1:25.
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