Santa Cruz Sentinel from Santa Cruz, California on October 1, 1974 · Page 5
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Women in Combat? Some WACs See It Coming By FRANK MACOMBER Copley News Service ; Women in all the U.S. armed forces should be made eligible for combat if the so-called equal rights amendment is ratified and becomes law. - Since the ladies are doing many of the jobs men used to io in the services, they should be able to wear pantsuits on duty. Present-day members of the Women's Army Corps ' 'nevei' had it so good," with their maids' service and high-rent-district-type barracks! Even so, the patriotic drive that characterized the WACs of World War II somehow is missing now. Sit down 'with a group of WAC Veterans Association members and these are some of the opinions you hear. Still, you get just about as many arguments on the other side, too. . "If the equal rights amendment becomes law, then 'women should be allowed to go into combat if there is another war," says Miss Dorothy Dickes of Detroit, .association national president. Detroit is the 1975 convention city. But Mrs. Addie Crawford of San Diego, Calif., who, like Miss Dickes, served as a WAC in World War II, disagrees. 1 "I still like having a man taking, care of me and defending me," she insists smiling. Maj. Sue Sylvester, presently on duty with the WACs at U.S. 6th Army headquarters Presidio, San Francisco, believes women should be allowed to fight if they choose to, pointing out that they take up arms in Israel and some of the Arab states. And there were gun-toting women ranging from their teens up in Vietnam. The major points out that while the U.S. Air Force and Navy forbid women in combat roles, it's a regulatory matter in the Army, governed by commanders and "the attitude of society." As for skirts versus trousers for milady in the service, Maj. Sylvester points out that "women in the service aren't completely satisfied with their uniforms and there already is talk of making pantsuits optional for uniforms." Army nurses and physical therapists already have permission to wear them because of the nature of their duties, she says. Mrs. Mildred Lowell of Detroit, who served as a WAC in World War II, believes many of today's young WACs fail to realize what a break they're getting. "We enlisted at $21 a month and now the pay is up to $380 a mcnth," she points out. "Yet with the new breed it's often just a job. Somehow the patriotism is lacking.. ' "Perhaps it's because there was a war on when we were serving." Miss Edith Williamson of San Diego, another World War II WAC, recalls that "sometimes we shoveled coal to keep warm" at overseas bases. "Now the WACs have maids and there's no kitchen police for them, either. We even used to clean the garbage cans." Two unpopular wars, Korea and Vietnam, made a big difference in the attitude of young American women, Mrs. Lowell believes. "Today, military service leaves a bad taste in young people's mouths," she points out. "My 17-year-old daughter is' mighty proud of us who " PHOTOGRAPHS Elaine Mayes, associate professor of art at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., is displaying 35 of her black and white photos at Gallery 115, 115 Maple Street, through October 10. The gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Tuesday, Thursday and Friday when it is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Miss Mayes' work is in several permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. She formerly taught at San Francisco Art Institute and at University of Minnesota. Cindy Massek Engaged to Ronald Duel A wedding next June is being planned by Cindy Lynn Massek and Ronald Stanley Duel. Their engagement is announced by Cindy's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Almo Massek of 410 Bellevue Street, Santa Cruz. vinay win gi auuciie nexi juiic from Santa Cruz High School. Her fiance is a SCHS graduate and is serving in the Army, stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. ' He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Duel of 214 Merced Street. Santa Cruz. if: HELP To Plan HELP (Help Evergreen Live Permanently) will meet Wednesday at 7 : 30 p.m. in the Santa Cruz Public Library meeting room. Business to be discussed will include possible front fencing,, workdays in October to complete paths before the winter rains, and reports on continuing historical research of pioneer burials. For more information call Renie Leaman at 426-3259. Calendar Idlewild Eastern Star meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday for a potluck supper at Masonic Temple : f ' i t i '. ' ii I' . - 1 ft i WAC Pvt. Deanne Karla Ray, the first woman to become a veterinarian specialist under a new program at Walter Reed Institute of Research, Washington, D.C., is walking a convalescing' animal after treatment of a virus. Pvt. Ray's billet is just one of nearly 40 in which "WACs are eligible for training. served in the WACs, but she wants no part of military service for herself." Miss Dickes emphasizes that WAC educational opportunities for young women are "fantastic." There are 70 Army job classifications and women are eligible for training in all but 32 of theae, she points out. Most of the 32 are combat-related. "When women come out of the service they are better prepared for life," Miss Dickes contends. "I found that being in the service gave me a new ability even to get along with people that I don't like. "The WAC learns to adjust to any situation. Give her a job and she'll do it. It's the best training a young lady can get." Miss Marie Gallagher of Miami, Fla., 1976 site for the WAC Veterans Association convention, agrees. She had the unique World War II experience of WAC duty without ever serving in the United States. . "I lived in Ireland when the war broke out, though I was born in Philadelphia," she recalls. "I enlisted in the WAC in England and went to Cherbourg, France, for duty. "I actually landed by boat on Normandy Beach, but it was D-Day plus four months." WAC strength stands at 22,000 active duty officers and enlisted personnel today, with 3,500 in the reserve. The 1978 goal is 26,000 on active duty and a corresponding climb in reserve personnel. i S,: ft Candidates Invited To Speak A luncheon withcandidates as guests is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the YWCA by the Women's League for Peace and Freedom. Invited have been Assembly incumbent Frank .Murphy Jr., and Democratic candidate Henry Fuller, M.D.; Congressman Burt Talcott and Democratic candidate Julian Camacho. Some of the candidates will send representatives. Carol Newman will moderate. Public invited; babysitting available for a small fee. r 4 l ' t. ... ' ... v v 'l , S... i: 1 Saturday Benefit for Antonellis i Santa Cruz Realtors are sponsoring a benefit buffet dinner Saturday night at Moose Lodge for Ola and Allie Antonelli who were seriously burned when their home caught fire. The buffet, which will be served beginning at 7:30 p.m., will feature favorite recipes of wives of realtors as well as those of women realtors. Dancing will be to the music of the Magnatones. Among activities will be a silent auction. Tickets will be available at the door and the public is invited. For more information call Sydnee Rothasel at 728-1444 or 688-6910. Toastmistress Talk Theme 'Storytelling9 Dorothy Forbus and Fern Romaine will be the speakers when Las Damas Toastmistress Club meets Thursday at 7 p.m. at Adolph's. Jane Spidell will present an educational feature titled "Storytelling," which is the theme of the evening. Linda Davis will be toastmistress. For reservations call Mrs. Spidell at 476-1716 or Mrs. PamShallit at 476-5945. Toastmistress is an educational club offering many challenges and the chance to develop skills in all areas of its training programs. Calendar A morning of volleyball at the beach is planned Wednesday by Santa Cruz Y-Wives. The group will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Garfield Park Christian Church. Child care is available and new members are welcome. Dance Performance The Santa Cruz Performing Arts Center, under the direction of Elizabeth J. Crux, will present its grand opening performance Sunday, October 6, at 4 p.m. at Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. The program will feature classical and neo-classical ballet as well as Spanish Flamenco dancing. Its purpose is to introduce the new center and the newly formed Santa Cruz Ballet Theater. : Guest artists coming to Santa Cruz to dance for the opening are members of the Wenta Ballet Company of Los Angeles including Lois Ellyh, Douglas. Davis and George Lee. The company's director was for- ' merly the premier dansuer of the Warsaw Ballet Thater and the Los Angeles Ballet Company and is known world-wide. The other guest artist will be Teodoo Morca, dancer, choreographer, actor and teacher. He is the director of the Morca Foundation of the Spanish Dance, Inc., and has done cncerts all over Europe. In Spain he danced with Polar Lopez and with the Jose Greco Company. Morca is known as the "Jascha Heifetz of Spanish dance". The dancers from the Santa Cruz Ballet Theater will perform ballet as well as Spanish dances and open the show with a can-can number. The public is invited. Proceeds will go into a scholarship fund for any qualifying itudent of dance, drama or music. He's Working On Old Town Clock VERGIL BUFKIN Vergil Bufkin has quite a task ahead of him. He is coordinator for the reconstruction work on Santa Cruz' historic town clock. A retired building contractor, he is donating his time and services to the current project which was featured in The Sentinel on Sunday, September 29. An inadvertent error in identification confused Bufkin's identity with another of the workmen. Bufkin came to Santa Cruz in 1965 after working for 50 years in the construction business in Illinois. As for the clock, he is now waiting for steel with which to reinforce the inside structure - "So it won't fall apart." "We really need a metal break-machine," he said. "That's a machine that bends metal." The metal parts of the old clock are creating most of the work difficulty. "We used to get old fashioned tin that was good for 50 years or more," he explains. "Today the tin we get lasts only a lew years." The roof of the clock tower was covered with special metal shingles many of which are badly bent out of shape. "It will be beautiful and it will look just like it used to look, when we get it done," he " commented. TrePifSqa f ... . if f s-kt'1 ,' ): 7-i : ( ): Lois Ellyn. Douglas Davis and George Lee of the Wenta Ballet Company of Los Angeles will be among guest artists when Santa Cruz Performing Arts Center presents its grand opening performance Sunday at Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. (St BOSTON FERN ARTILLERY PLANT INCH PLANT PIGGY BACK PLANT WANDERING JEW (REGULAR AND TEARDROP) HEMP mm immm Assorted colors, ea. RIVAL CROCK. All purpose electric cooker SUPlf? iilAl Power Hair Dryer From Gillette I 1 r""' MM I LJ IJ I curling iron. LJ U I Tuesday, October 1, 1974 Sunday IN 6 Each. Ycur choice, While they last. One ply, 500 sheet roll. 4-roll pkg. am NORELCO AUTOMATIC coffee mm POT m flfl I curl mist. Out- fl 'l I 849 ALMAR STREET, SANTA CRUZ N.MoSof.w.y .MMI.. Phon. 426 5920 tlon St. In th. Almar C.nt.r. . ... . ,. Me subject t. ttock en Shop Nights Until 9:00 hand. Ampl. fr. parking. Santa Cruz Se ntincl 5 Auditions Slated for 'Oliver' Open auditions for the musical, "Oliver", will be conducted for adults Wednesday from 7:30 to 10:30 at the Staircase Theater, 4626 Soquel Drive, Soquel. Those auditioning should be prepared to sing one or two songs from the musical. Children and adults may audition Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., at the theater, bringing music. For further information call the thater at 476-3031. Workshop Edna Bradshaw will discuss "Art" and demonstrate making Christmas ornaments when Capitola Chamber of Commerce Auxiliary meets Thursday at 1.30 p.m. at Capitola City Hall. The business meeting will follow dessert with Mrs. Marian Crosby in charge, assisted by Emma Harper, Alice Washington and Jessie Stone. B8EJ LOADS OF BARGAIHS! Open Mon. thru Sat. 9:30 to 5:30, Sundays 1:00 to 5 .00 Sizes 6 to 60 and 1214 to 32 ETHEL'S DRESS SHOP 511 Stabrifht At, Santa Cna SPECIALS FOR TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY only - INCH POTS zM IMG FAMILY SCOTT SATHR. 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