The Chico Enterprise-Record from Chico, California on December 8, 1977 · 16
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The Chico Enterprise-Record from Chico, California · 16

Chico, California
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Thursday, December 8, 1977
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Chic (Calif) EnterprUc-Rcconi Thunday Dec 8 1977 Page SB Author Andrew Tomas OFFICE UTILITIES CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEASI (“Electronic Printing Calculator” BY SHARP ELECTRONICS with features galore Including a DIRECT ADDRESSABLE MEMORY MODEL ail W $19095 lor nil— “TfOR OFFICE or HOME Try It at OFFICE UTILITIES 380 VaMembroea Ave-Chlco taste When you come to the House of Almonds you get to try our delicious satisfying almonds Absolutely free before you Duy our eye-pleasing gift packages Almonds with fruit almonds with sweets and almonds with flavors come in assortments of all sizes and prices Drive to the House of Almonds And we’ll give you a taste of your own gift ‘There Is Other Life’ Writer Chooses Chico as Base Wefllgiveyoua of what Open Monday-Friday 8 AM-5 PM Telephone: 342-6437 lDKi East 20th Strift Take Park Avenue to East 20th Street then east to the t'al-AI plant ' Come in for a free By JEAN ANDREWS iKMfijriaHbMOlun Ancient alchemists really could tun lead into gold robots and computers were in use by die Greeks before Christ was born and astronomers in that same age knew of the existence of planks beyond Saturn and could describe accurately the surface of the moon — without the aid of telescopes In general these ancient civilizations were far more advanced than we give them credit for and their knowledge of technology and science came from visitors horn outer space — the "gods" of ancient legend Far-fetched? Maybe but it's an interesting theory to contemplate and one which cant be totally disproves It's a theme that has provided author Andrew Tomas now a Chico resident with the material for several books in particular for “We Are Not the First" first published in France in 1980 and in this country hi 1971 Others published to date are “Atlantis — From Legend to Discovery” in which he concludes that there is truth to the legend of the lost continent “On the Shores of Endless Worlds” dealing with the search for cosmic life (which he firmly believes exists) “Beyond the Time Barrier” which he describes as a combination of Einstein’s relativity theory and the predictions of ancient seers and mystics and “Shambala Oasis of Light” the story of the lost Himalayan kingdom of high wisdom All except the last have been published in the United States and altogether the five have been published in 17 countries Tomas has just completed “They Were the First” a sequel to “We Are Not file First” and has already started on his next project a book about the mystoies of the human mind He and his wife the former Heather Hinshaw of Willows have recently moved here from Europe choosing Chico partly because of friends and relatives in the area and also because of the university library facilities which he'll use for his research Tomas' own biography is as unusual as file topics he pursues Of Polish-Italian descent he was bom in St Petersburg (now Leningrad) Russia grew up in China spent the war years in Shanghai where he worked yoxfre giving taste before you as an accountant and then moved to Australia continuing in that profession How did an accountant get into writing books which venture into as he calls tt “file no-man's land where science fears to tread?” “There are two kinds of people” he says “those who take everything for granted don’t question anything and are too lazy to think whereas those like myself who don't have any authority Influencing nm- pwrfiMimw " Itbegan as a hoboy! and while in Australia he had been doing research into “all kinds of unconventional fields” and had written a number of magariM articles It took him seven years to write his first book ("Atlantis") and at that point he left Australia for Europe to by to have it published “You can't publish a serious book in Australia" he says “All they read is Reader’s Some are skeptical Digest Junes Bond and the Bible” With Europe as his home for the next 10 years he traveled all over the world to gather information for his books Trips included one to Moscow to do additional research for “Atlantis” and to discuss his theories with scientists then and one to the Himalayas where he did research in a Tibetan library and had an audience with the dalai lama This summer he and his wife visited important archaeological sites in ivia and Peru A fennsco Product buy While Toma i makea no claimi that hii conclusions are the ultlnpte answers he does insist that the wealth of facts he draws on to make them ere accurate and have been checked by expert in the various fields The conclusions of course are another matter and he defendi them with the reasoning that he has as much right to speculate aa anyone else especially where scientists can only answer that they “don’t know" about file validity of some of them In subject matter and in the combination of fact with ifion Tomas’ books are to those of Erich 'von Dahnlken the author of “Chariots of the Gods “In Search of Ancient Astronauts” and othen But Tomas who has known von Dahniken personally for a number of years feels file other has a tendency to often “stretch" and “pun” for his conclusions which he feds he doesn’t Tomas does however see them as allied in an important respect "We stimulate minds perhaps someone will provide the enswere” The existence of life an other planets is one "answer” Tomas definitely believes in To illustrate the point that It’s a logical conclusion simply in a mathematical sense he sees the metaphor of stars like our inn as represented by all the lights in New York City “We’re just one little bulb” he say! “Books like the ones I write help people to prepare for the inevitable possibility of this planet coming into contact with life on another Whether we go there or they come here doesn’t matter I don’t say It will happen in 10 years but it will happen The general conclusion of scientists is that there is other life in the universe" Tbmas also has definite views on what these encounters will be Uke and he feda that for the most part present-day science fiction has taken off on the : track fiction today is impoverished even sick" he declare! noting that Arthur Clarke and Isaac Asimov are exceptions to the rule "It's an extrapolation of the conflict and violence on earth n ‘war between the worlds' view” That’s all wrong he feel! It’s his view that with advanced technology comes the realization that planetary survival depends on pence since the other option is global suicide through the proliferation of mdesr weapon! He feels that any advanced civilization (ours or any other) that might make the contact will be of a benevolent sort not an invading force A world citlien of aorta Italian Drivers Learning To Beat the Speed Trap ROME (UPI) - Italian motorists faced with new speed limits are beginning to learn the tricks of their American counterparts when it comes to speeding — and they're getting away with it ' After months of wrangling a ' new law was signed Saturday implementing a complicated new speeding law with eight different speeds It will be monitored by a combined radar-photographic system The measure sets speed limits varying from 31 mph in urban areas to 87 mph on rhighway! according to engine capacity The law would be a nightmare to enforce without a Swiss - made radar - photo system which measures speeds mid photographs the rear licen- se plates of offenders triggering superfines from $165 to $660 But Italian like American motorists who were miffed by laws that lowered the nation's speed limit to 55 mph are finding ways of beating the new -Maybe YairOld Finaci Costs Mon TfesiA Hiw Ossl MflWTOU CAN SAVE ENERGY illTY AND FUEL COSTS TOO! WITH A RffNE DELUXE FURNACE Featuring: ' Automatic controls Insulated blower cabinet Handsome exterior finish Time-tested dependability Easy to add air conditioning Automatic pilot light Vent-Mizer'" to keep warm air circulating WMfMdakMln ifr conditioning andhMbng kaMdiont Call us today lervtM (Hette Jtt Jessee nc “iTonjj lessee SHEET METAL 1127 Nerd Ave Chico Began as a hoHEy himaelf ("I'm at home anywhere" he sayi) Tomas alio aeea the preaeat nationalistic system as out of date In the space age It’s hie view that to achievethe desired peaceful eziatence and to he able to concentrate on interplanetary travel the inhabitants of this planet will have to discard that system in favor of a planetary government "There are no boniers in space” he aay! The question of which planet makes the contact brings up a point Tomas makes In his writing — that the gods of the andenta were actually visitors from outer space His reasoning is fids: If we come upon a lees advanced race we will appear aa gods to them and the same would have been true if early men on this planet had been visited by beings from outer qwce Concerning the reaction to his theories Tonis who has lectured extensively says “I haven’t been laughed at a lot" He adib however that some people have told him that they were skeptical about what be had to aay but notes that "skepticism isn’t criticism it’s a bias an emotional frame of mind often accounted for by religiousbelief!” But he’i pfaUooapMcal about whatever criticism they might get “Every invention scientific and pioneering dis-always been st-tqr the majority of ig-noramnse! Once it'i there it's accepted “When you're an Independent thinker you’re liable to do two thing YOU ’ll nfitaamrita all kinda of authorityandyouTl attract all kinds of people who know damn well that our own authoritiei have made quite a few mistakes and are still making them “You appeal to the freethinker” law Quietly on sale in many motor accessory stores is a $90 American-made device that detects a radar trap 300 yards away A Bologna mechanic also has perfected a system that sets off a counter-flash over a speeder's rear license plate as the radar camera is triggered making the license number unreadable And a Lombardy motor dub is telling members if they sees trap to give three long three short and three more long headlamp flashes to approach--ing-vehicles — 808 in Morse-code Even with the new limit! Italian driven will be able to cruise along at speeds that would make an American motorist jittery Italian cars with large engines are allowed an extra six mph on superhighways because manufacturers feared the speed limit would affect sales of the famed Italian sports care AN Makes Usenet No 317043 Air ConditiOBing Heating 342-4371 Frank Wood-Park Sheet Metal HEGAN LANE Lie 133178 TOEE ESTIMATES DAY & NIGHT AIR CONDITIONING & SERVICE APPLIANCES AND TV 343-3724 3E Eureka Amina Panasonic Magnavox KltchanAld Jenn-AIr ParadlM IliililMrii Clark’s Appliance & TV pnoMirr- 664 East Ave Across from the Mall next to Safeway AUTO PARTS Sunday 9-2 342-4261 Chico Auto Parts— 20th and Park COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE MACHINE SHOP SERVICE DITZLER AUTOMOTIVE & INDUSTRIAL PAINTS AUTO TUNE UP Since 1959 343-3568 Superior Auto Clinic NEW LOCATION - AIR CONDITIONING Btnty Salon & Boutique 342-9548 Gage Beauty Salon Front Door Boutique - Ladies Apparel 1913 SPRUCE AVE CHICO BICYCLES Schwinn 342-2431 VILLAGE CYCLE 1311 MANGROVE MODELS FOR EVERY NEED CARPET LARwlfoCKTON 345-2438 WOOD BROS CARPET 920 OROVILLE AVE Full Rolls Carpet Linoleum Remnants CONCRETE-READY MIX 342-5989 PLEASANT VALLEY READY MIX OPEN SATURDAY AM : ELECTRIC MOTORS Fuller Electric Shop vindSak Repair ‘Service Rewind Sales LINCOLN BALDOR GE KELLOG-AMERICAN Dealership 8th AVE & NORD Gasoline 8 Lubricating Oils 343-1614 B Purltz Oil Co Inc— 7th and Wall HANCOCK DISTRIBUTOR— MOST MAJOR OILS DIESEL FUEL SMUDGE OIL GREASES TERMITE CONTROL Guaranteed Accurate Inspection Reporting LICENSE f 4496 345-7275 CEE’S TERMITE- 180 COH GUNS and REPAIRS 343-4550 The Gunsmith 2205 Nord Avenue NEW USED BOUGHT SOLD TRADED BLUED Uc 1316872 342-5069 Village Greenhouse 2805 Esplanade 7' At Lassen Avenue COMPLETE DE8IGN CONSULTATION and INSTALLATION Lawnnowirs Chain Saws 345-2752 MeiVe Chain Saw— 21 19 Fair St ‘ Lawn boy Stihl McCulloch Homellte Ech? AIR COOLED ENGINES Brlgg & Stratton & Techumseh Dealer Welding Repair LIGHTING FIXTURES -EE-345J234 Huggltt Lighting & Electric Inc 1078 E 1st Ave Chico — In Oroville 533-2958 Electrical Contractors — Service — Repairs MOVING ft STORAGE Coulter’s Transfer & Storage Co Agents for Bakins Van Lines 199 E 13th ROOFING 8NCE19 342-6553 BUTTE ROOFING CO TTED STARNES— LICENSEP& INSURED SAW SHARPENING 342-3897 The Fanno Saw Works 224 W 8th Ave We Can Sharpen Most Anything SWIMMING POOLS 343-8448 Holiday Pool— 1J70 E Listen Your authorized Anthony Pool Dealer ' BILL HORN OWNER Uc No! 209322 TERMITE CONTROL uc $4496895-0727 -LEE'S TERMITE 1450 Sherman Ave Guaranteed Accurate Inspection Repqrting TYPEWRITERS 342-8383 Patty Typewriter Shop-126 w 3rd st Typewriter Rentals $1 500 Per Month Electric Adder Rentals $2250 per month 283 East Avenue AUTO ELECTRIC AIR COMPRESSORS 342-3750 ASSET RD Since 1945 343-3237 a£

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