Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on April 20, 1973 · Page 23
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 23

Galesburg, Illinois
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Friday, April 20, 1973
Page 23
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T 'mpty Btanle *Rtt6»/t/ft' By DtGK WEST WASMINGIDN (UPl) - LIki any other American over the age et 3,1 spend a lot «t time filling out questionnaires. The sadists who prepare the^e forms really know how to hurt a Friday. AprH 20. 21 one of ifiUny: attfih waves thai had prem^ied Small craft warn* Inga oti Lake Michigan. ••What the Al ttlinaky The Mghter SWe For awhile they stHng you along with spaces where you give your name, address, sex, marital status and other vital statistics. Then, having lulled you into a false sense of security, they lower the boom. Then come the sections where you are supposed to list "Awards, Honors and Prizes,'* "Civic, Public and Community Offices" and other lofty attain* ments. One Can Imagine Scene Leaving those spaces blank gives a person a dreadful sense of inadequacy. One can imagine the scene when the question* naire reaches its ultimate destination. The clerk who opens the envelope lets out a whoop and waves your questionnaire at the other clerks in the office. "Get a load of this," he chortles. "Here's one who struck out completely." Some questionnaires appear deliberately designed to destroy one 's self-esteem through subtle exploitation of one's weaknesses. Now before me, for example, is a form that makes available five full lines for the enumeration of "Awards, Honors and Prizes." Moreover, this vast expense of embarrassing white space is coupled with an invitation to "attach supple* mentary material, if additional space is needed." That's what I call rubbing it in. Only a Half-Line Long But the space after "Pseudonyms," which is my strong point, is only a half-line long. I had to spill over into the "Literary Activity in Progress" space to record all of my pseudonyms. Having so often been exposed as an under-achiever by arrogant questionnaies, I was plunged into a sea of delight a few days ago by the arrival of a form that finally gave me a chance to strike back. Although it, too, contained numerous spaces that glaringly revealed my shortcomings, it also afforded an opportunity to "add comments indicative of your viewpoint on subjects you consider vital." Bingo! The six lines provided for that purpose douldn 't begin to accommodate my viewpoint on the subject of giving innocent victims inferiority complexes through cruelly contrived questionnaires. My comments won't bear repeating here. Suffice to say that when the questionnaire generously suggested that I "attach supplementary material, if you wish," it made me an offer I couldn't refuse. THE MAILBOX (Continued from page 4) some merit is played on the pied piper's flute and the public falls blindly into line and would march to their doom with the accompaniment of national TV coverage. Consider whom among us would benefit to have farmer vs. housewife or farmer vs. labor. We are all producers and we are all consumers and unless we are willing to have some super government parcel out to each of us our own little piece of pie, find out who is playing the tune for what reason before you fall in line. You may find you are out of step. Dale E. Swanson, Abingdon Mendez Named Street Supervisor Gene Mendez, 1178 W. Grove St., has been appointed city street superintendent by City Manager Thomas B. Herring. Mendez, who started woriting in the street department in 1957, has been acting superintendent since Feb. 26. He was graduated from Galesburg High School and attended Reedley, Calif., Junior College. He subsequently earned a public service careers certificate from Carl Sandburg College. ByVICWATIA VrHtm Ml fflterfiatlonal tkliiHl ^oetlfeM 'iMetenito^ stopped In midsentence, thetli aiked in dlibelief, "ts that a lioat?" The wiper removed the spray from the witidshield of ttfi eruiaer and a small motorboii eould be seen, bobbhig helples»^ ly In the lake's swells about a trille away. "I wonder if those idiots in he said, as his tfloritfi^iNifit craft easily ban* |dl#A the f iv^( "It's an awful amall NIaK W« better check;" #e Haii'troittid out aome nine I, hbpMg to tie Into some liitrty cohe, ttui the lake had been rough to start with and we had kept Ml eye out for the areilate afternoon sterni that was But They Don't Even Get 8 Mammn MetiwdUt Women MAQOON - "Living iM Mn, Donald Swearlnien ert Sherman chairman of the _. .... the United MethoiUst Women. Mrs. Walter Piatt and; Rev. Carroll Ochsner, pastor, presented the program at the church. The Rev. Mr. Ochsner also gave a talk on "What Is the Oiurch?" Mrs. Ochsner and Mrs. DorrancV Doubet assisted. , program for the May 11 mother-daughter banquet. Mrs. Wayne Cowman is' the decorating committee chairman. Mrs. Haskel Sulteen will have charge of ticket sales. All seats will be reserved. •The women will sponsor a blanket drive May 6. The spring meetings of the Galesbuifg District will be held April 24 at the Christ United Methodist Church, East Molihe and April 26 at the Macomb Wesley United Meth- Ist Church. A district retreat will be held May 16 at Lake Warren. An all-church potiuci; supper will be held Aprir 29. The ReV. Mr. Ochsner will show a film of the activities conducted at the church during the past year. expeeted. When the lake start ed rolling in giant swells and the wind lashed at the boat canvas, we needed no prompt ing ^to return to shore. Al Zelinsky is the treasurer of the nonfHofit Salmon Unlimited. Rounding out our fishing party was Bob Schmidt, editor of the group's Hook 'N' Line newsletter and hewly elected vice president. The small wood boat was bob' bing helplessly off Chicago's Belmont Harbor. Two of its occupant^ were standing while a third pulled frantically at the starthig cord of an older outboard motor:. We called out to ask them if they needed assistance, but the words were lost to the wind. "Do you see an anchor line out?" Al asked, edging the cruiser in a careful circle around the smaller craft. The small'boat was not anchored to prev^t it from floating away, and none of the occupants Wore life jackets. The wind was at our back now, and carried our voices to the stranded boat. The three youths indicated they were, indeed, in trouble, and requested help. Al hesitated a momen|. Towing another craft in rough water was treacherous work, and no doubt his beautiful cruiser might suffer unwanted knicks lor scrapes, but he knew from experience that three lives were at stake. "They'll never thank us," he said, "but ask them if they have a long line they can throw us." It was tricky business trying to keep the boats from ram- mhig in the rough water, but eventually Al b:r^ught the smaller craft into Belmont Harbor safely. Pew words were exchanged with the youths during the proc ess, and all the while they stood in their boat with grins on their faces, as if not realizing the seriousness of their predicament. And Al was rgbt. When he did release the boat safely near the slips in Belmont, they didn't bother to say thank you, al­ though one did nod Wd wave as we departed. En route to Dlversey Harbor, where we had launched the boat, Al flagged down'a passing Chicago police and fiti^.ldepart- ment rescue craft (T ^t Was passing with blue light flashing. He thought they weiti looking for the boat In trouble.'' "We towed in one off jBelmont (CtMithiued on page 22) LEAHY ELECTRICAL SERVICE COMMFRCIAl RESIDFNTIAl INDUSTRIAL PHONE 343-2050 Emora»*ncv S Jim Lfahv. O.vriflr woman ever says no 1o Winchester Take a puff. Blow in her ear. And she'll follow you anywhere. Because one whiff of Winchesters sexy aroma tells her everything she ever wanted to know about you. But was afraid to ask. It tells her you're a man, but a man of taste. A taste for mildness. Lightness. She takes a puff. Winchesters filtered smoothness tells her it's not a cigarette. Not just another little cigar. It's a whole 'nother smoke. And she knows that you know: where there's smoke; there's fire. Winchester. It s a whole nother smoke. 20 LITTLE CIGAR^ §1973 R. J. Raynoldt Tobacco Co. P iJ

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