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The Wichita Eaglei
Wichita, Kansas
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Actually Doing Something About Death and faxes Scope Kr Disco Baes-Thi Rid That Esnt Vet LifeStyb Once Is Never Enough Arts Leisure Cljc lUicbita Schmoozing Makes Jolis Easier to Take Story on Page 33 Partly Cloudy High 80s Low 50 Sets: 6A 265-3331 208 Pages WICHITA KANSAS 67201 SUNDAY JUNE 18 1978 Price SO Cents Overturned by Tornado Near Ottawa Showboat Capsizes Killing Seven 2 Missing Swarm of boats pushes the capsized showboat toward the AP Photo shore 14 Injured At Pomona By JOHN ACHTERKIRCHEX And JOHN PETTERSON Staff Writers Seven persons were killed 14 injured and at least two were missing Saturday night after a tornado overturned a dinner theater showboat on Pomona Lake in Osage county said Lt John Connelly of the Kansas Highway Patrol Connelly said four bodies came out as the boat was righted Two were found earlier The seventh was found afteP midnight Police said 46 passengers and 13 crew members were aboard the Whippoorwill when the tornado struck at about 7 pm and an unknown number of persons were trapped the still trying to account for Connelly said early today He said that between two and six persons were believed to be missing but there was confusion about the number He said divers would continue working through the night All 13 crew members had been accounted for Connelly said The winds also damaged several camps at the Michigan Valley camping area just north of the dam but no injuries were reported Pomona Lake is about 40 miles south of Topeka The Osage County Sheriffs Department which has jurisdiction over the area sent in boats to search the lake Law enforcement authorities asked the hospital in Ottawa to send all available registered nurses to the scene Scuba divers were sent from Lee's Summit Mo about 85 miles east of Ottawa and a Shawnee County underwater rescue squad was dispatched to the scene A witness said the boat was about 15 minutes into its cruise when passengers noticed a funnel on the lake One described it as a series of water spouts The boat reportedly began to head back to shore but tipped over One of the victims was a girl about 12 The ages of the others were not available The boat had left its mooring at Vassar Park and proceeded about 100 yards beyond a point into the main channel when it was overturned Engineer Aaron Craig told Osage County Deputy William Tillman that about 15 minutes into the cruise the tornado suddenly appeared on the water and he tried to turn the boat (See TORNADO 16A Col 1) On the A Crack at the Big League It Almost a Dream Come True It was the baggy green army pants that made him stand out from the 54 other kids in the park Most of them from area high schools and colleges wore tapered cotton baseball pants in some cases their complete school uniform and favorite leather fielders gloves molded to fit the hand Zaletel with his army pants 2-year-old Spot Bilt baseball cleats a red and white jersey bled pink long ago and faded brown Regents glove that he stole from his sister looked By FRED MANN Staff Writer EL DORADO Kan The bill of his Cincinnati Reds baseball cap threw a deep shadow over his eyes They couldn't tell when he was looking them over or what he was thinking But he was The Man Fred Uhl-man scouting supervisor for the Reds The man with the grade cards Tall graying under the cap thick in the middle and almost stately in the traveling gray and red Cincinnati Reservoir MAP SHOWS LAKE 40 miles from Topeka Divers Comb Lake for The Missing By JOHN PETTERSON And JERRY JOHANNING Staff Writers VASSAR Kan Hundreds of campers stood by while a swarm of boats slowly pushed the capsized showboat closer to the shores of Lake Pomona Floodlights rigged quickly illuminated the surrounding shores and cast sharp light across the lake's surface as the capsized Whippoorwill Showboat inched closer to shore Expert divers brought in from Topeka combed the waters searching for survivors or victims swept over the side when the showboat was overturned by a tornado about 7:15 pm The divers swam up underneath the top of the boat submerged in the murky water and climbed into its hold to find anyone unable to get out By late Saturday at least one crew member reportedly remained missing Survivors were picked up soggy and shaken and were transported to hospitals in Kansas City Topeka and Emporia or were placed in the park ranger off ice at the Vassar State Park or rested in the Vassar Playhouse a structure near the scene of the accident "They're being rested" said Grant Fuller of Paola a cast member of the (See CAMPERS MA Col 1) Inside 1 Natural gas usage is declining in Kansas but can Kansans conserve the 40 percent that conservationists are calling for? Wichita city commissioners must ponder that and other questions at a hearing Tuesday on alternative energy and coal gasification PAGE 3E one down and three to go as Jeffrey Energy-Center construction continues on power units PAGE IE The family that topples buildings PARADE Talks to US Reporters Castro Says Carter Lying About Cubans like somebody who showed up just for the hell of it He did "It's just a chance" he said "Who knows 20 years from now you can tell your kids you tried out for a major league baseball It was the seventh year Cincinnati brought the camp to El Dorado The Reds are one of the few major league teams that still try to uproot talent in unlikely places on the chance that scouts will come up with another Dan Driessen or Ken Griffey two current Reds stars who were discovered in such camps "We're looking for Uhlman announced to the candidates when they gathered in the morning sizing each other up policy is: number one running speed Number two the arm and last is the bat" RUN YARDS in 69 seconds and you're an average major league runner Uhlman said At least as far as Cincinnati is concerned By twos they sprinted Ted Zaletel ran 60 yards in 77 seconds He'd need a good arm Sun soaked the moisture from the recently sprinkled infield leaving clumps of dirt that sent grounders hopping into shins and skidding under gloves Wind that swept the heat into players' faces tossed fly balls around the sky so that outfielders didn't catch the balls so much as they corraled them (See FOR 3A Col 1) uniform He radiated professional baseball and all that it promised as he moved around McDonald Park at El Dorado Warming up in the bullpen was Ted Zaletel 20 He'd been out of baseball for two years He was a star pitcher on his Des Moines high school team Fourteen wins one loss his senior year Second team all-state He'd tried out at another camp back home oneyear "They kind of brushed me off" he said So he was trying again Saturday According to the news reports Saturday Castro invited reporters from television networks NBC CBS and ABC to Havana for a private interview specifically to answer Carter's charges The correspondents flew to Havana from Panama where they had been covering Carter's visit to sign the Panama Canal treaties CARTER REPORTEDLY had no comment on Castro's remarks but a White House official said the charges of CIA operations absurd" NBC said In response to Carter's accusation (See CASTRO ISA Col 1) Iraq Iran Saudi Arabia discuss shift in strategic balance of the oil-producing area PAGE 14A OPEC nations appear deadlocked on abandoning dollar PAGE 14A The Soviet Union deal unless there is less yL softer rhetoric PAGE 15A Chinese call for Third World countries to unite and thwart Soviet plans PAGE 4E From Our News Services NEW YORK Fidel Castro in comments broadcast Saturday accused President Carter of lying about Cuba's involvement in the Katangan invasion of Zaire and charged that the CIA is trying to overthrow the Ango-Vn government of President Agostin-o Neto The Cuban president's charges came in a strong point-by-point counter attack to Carter's charges last Wednesday that Cubans had trained Angola-based rebels who invaded and terrorized southern Zaire in mid-May Zeroing In on City Government: Whom You Know How You Live Andy North shoots par 71 Saturday to maintain the lead in the US Open golf tournament but Gary Player closes to within one stroke of the lead PAGE 1G President Carter ends a 22-hour visit to Panama by bluntly telling American employees of the Panama Canal that their duty to make a smooth transition PAGE 2A Luis Villacorta came to the US expecting to find of gold and rivers of silver" It took awhile but he found it PAGE 17A he said he knew attorneys didn't normally serve on the planning commission but he wondered if I'd be interested" Since circumstances seemed to permit Bell accepted "I did it because my friend Tony Casado asked me to do it and because I da try to do my part for the city as a whole when I BELL THE successful lawyer who makes his home on a manicured tree-shaded street in the College Hill section of Wichita is not alone An Eagle and Beacon survey shows that 40 appointive city boards and commissions which direct the course of millions of dollars in tax revenues and are relied upon heavily in City Commission decisions are dominated by professionals and executives and their spouses living in areas described as the parts of Look for instance at Bell's immediate neighbors He lives at 216 Terrace Drive next door to By JEFF WILLIAMSON Staff Writer Ruddy faced and with persistent amusement in his eyes Robert Bell of the law firm of Brick and Bell is both a successful lawyer and a man of civic duty In 15 years he has served on three influential city bodies: the Traffic Commission the Local Housing Authority and now the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission AS IT HAPPENED though his terms on the Traffic Commission and the LHA ended prematurely in each case to avoid a conflict of interest after deciding to represent clients suing the city he said referring to his appointment to the MAPC (City Commissioner Tony Casado) who's my next door neighbor had a position that it was his turn to fill Tony called and Commisioner Casado On the other side of Terrace there's Reese Marsh and his wife Joan An English professor retired from Wichita State University he serves on the Wichita-Sedgwick County Area Agency on Aging She serves on the Traffic Commission A few houses up from the Marshes but in the same Mock lives Frank Priest Jr vice-president of John Coultis Interiors and a member of the Historic Wichita Board A block to the east on North Pershing lives Mary Ellen Barrier whose husband is president of Barrier's Inc jewelers She serves with Bell on the MAPC Across Pershing and several houses north is Joyce Focht who serves with Joan Marsh on the Traffic Commission Focht whose husband is a lawyer recently announced her candidacy for a vacant seat on the Board of Education (See WICHITA 6A Col ll I.

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