The Wichita Eagle from Wichita, Kansas on August 6, 1989 · 25
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The Wichita Eagle from Wichita, Kansas · 25

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I -m " I t ' THE WICHITA EAGLE-BEACON Sundoy Auguit 6 1989 3C Desire for privacy clashes with history on tiny lot By Sunn Levin Knight-Ridder New Service MARTHA’S VINEYARD Maas — It seems fair to ny that none of this suing and countersuing would be taking place had not an elderly Indian woman nine years ago sold her 17 percent Interest in Lot 615 On Its face 17 percent wasn’t much of a deaL Lot 615 measured scarcely 15 acres at most only 250 feet deep and 264 feet wide and although It was on one of the prettiest stretches of white sand beach on the exceptionally pretty Island of Martha’S Vineyard there wasn’t a thing that could be done with it It couldn't be developed Couldn’t be built on Couldn't even be camped on not with half the plot tidal beach and the other half hilly 1 dune and brambles But a former first lady named Jacqueline Kennedy Onasris wasn't looking for a good deal back then She was looking for a way to get rid of what she surely saw as a nasty thorn in her side — a tiny square of land that by circumstance of history Just happened to sit id the middle of her 380flcre estate For Just $1000 she got exactly what she wanted A onealxth interest gave Onaasis the legal right to bring to court the 26 other owners of Lot 615 — Wampanoag Indians in whose fondly the land went back a century ' And to their Utter astonishment Onassis did Just that She filed a lawsuit to force the partitioning of Sound war may all be for naught By Dennis McDougal Lo Angela! Time Washington Pott Service In 20 years there will be no threat of digital audio tape moving In on the compact disc business because there will be no digital audio tape and there will be no compact discs That Is the assessment of music retailers audio engineers and others In the recording industry "The nomovingfart product win be the next major breakthrough” predicted Bob Barrett owner of the Compact Disc Center in Los Abmi-tos Cam "You’ll Just go out and buy a chip snap It in place and all the Information will be downloaded into your stereo system — which win essentially be a computer system” In Athens Greece last week at a summit between US record companies pui Japanese audloequlp-ment manufacturers negotiators reportedly readied a compromise agreement over introduction of digital audio tape — DAT — technology into the United States The compromise is said to call for inclusion of a special audio chip in an DAT machines impaled from Japan It would permit compact discs to be recorded on digital audio tape but It would prevent DAT-to-DAT dubbing Record-company executives fear that the reproduction quality of DAT could lead to widespread pirating and erosion of record sales "But they have to know that lfs the nature technology to strive to ' Improve fidelity” said Don Palm- qutat president of Yamaha Eleo- tronlcs based in La Mirada Calif -' “It won’t end with DAT” ghv Japanese stereo manufacturers such as Casio Marantz and Pioneer first attempted to Import ' DAT players in 1987 the Recording Industry Association of America has attempted to Mock DAT marketing The association which ads as the federal lobbying arm of the six major Ui record labels (Varners Capitol MCA RCA CBS and Polygram) argued on Capitol Hill for a device that would prevent DAT recorders from dubbing one cassette to another Association representatives claimed then and now that the sound-reproduction quality with digital tape is so good that consumers who bought DAT recorders could illegally reproduce recorded made thereby cutting Into the profits of artists distributors and manufacturers in the $5 billiooo-year re-cording industry But the audiotequipment manufacturers’ lobbying arm the Elec- - tronlc Industry Association coun- - tend by forming the Home : Recoding Rights rnnitttnn The ad hoc organization dashed with the : Recording Industry Association of America before several coogressio- nal committees arguing that any device that prevented dubbing would infringe on consumer rights "What happened was this Idea that Mr and Mrs America would say 'Holy I could do digital recording at home! Tm a recording engineer? " Barrett said “That scared the music Industry into pushing legislation But what that produced was that people got overexposed to DAT without having it readily available to them and they got bored with the whole thing” Hi Photo JacqueHno Onassis wants full ownership of Lot 615b the properly and its likely sale at public auction No one questioned who the highest bidder would be Yet nine years later the issue remains unresolved Only now it’s a battle being waged both in probate court on the Island and in land court on the mainland The Indians are angry They're fighting back ”1 want my beach 1 want my heritage” said Thelma Wdasbeig a handsome and carefully spoken woman of 61 “She's taking It from me and I’ve had enough taken already” The property in question is in the tiny town at Gey Head which In the winter numbers 180 people half of them Wampanoag The western half of Martha's Vineyard rather resembles a leg and Gey Head sits alone out on the foot where the Mg toe would be It is threequarters of an hour from there to where the public ferries dock on the Island's eastern side But the tourists come anyway snapping pictures of the brilliantly striated 66foot cliffs and buying ice cream T-shirts and Indian trinkets in the several strops Onaasis is reportedly the biggest landowner in town Several miles from the dlffe she owns a summer home that looks almost palatial from the air which Is the only way an outsider can see it During much of the summer she employs security guards to patrol her expensive length of beach and keep away fop traders Intruders are exactly what Weiss-beig and her relatives are anytime they want to visit Lot 615 The plot was awarded to their forebears William and Beulah Vanderhoop in the Gay Head Land Set-Off of 1878 One of the incongruities of that settlement however wss that it cut up the former Indian district In checkerboard fashion without providing G0I6UJRHS! 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Emu IncludM ihmpoo yl! mi cut MdMoMl chug tor Mgn wrap an! lone h emprtMiWwUw through lHurdyiiguH 1th nwiiiOMi ifM siBsr sn prawns sneps araraMe The Styling Salon at E 1989 JCPonnoy Company Inc JCPenney own West Town East J 045-8491 686-2163 6am-9pm daily Sunday 12:00-5 :30pm Working adults especially time with families often need financial help to pursue educational goals Wichita State provides many financial options including several adult scholarships to help begin your college education In fact one special adult scholarship is available to residents of Sedgwick County who ore 21 or older and have been out of school two years or more FUNDING FOR ADULT CAREERS Apply for all WSLTs adult scholarships by August 10 For application forms and other information call the Office of Continuing Education 689-3726 Let WSU Help You Finance Your Success! WICHITA STATE &l It Pays to Read and Use Eagle-Beacon Classifieds any way to reach parcels such as Lot 615 Onassis isn’t about' to give it to them now "This is a consolidation of her land interests” said James Reynolds her Martha's Vineyard attorney One of her other attorneys Alexander Fbiger of New York has explained the legal action In terms of his client's desire for privacy - "Mrs Onassis has been subjected to a good deal of violence and upset In her Ufo” Forger has told report-era "As a public figure she also attracts a number of threatening calls and letters She’s looking for a (dace where she and her fondly can enjoy some quiet without befog exposed to risk” Such coocerns receive little sympathy from the Wampanoagi There is no love lost anymore in this litigation "I don’t care if I never see her and Tm not interested in her seeing me” said Helen Manning a granddaughter of William and Beulah Manning's characterization of her famous neighbor is unprintable “No one has bothered her" said a more diplomatic Bertha Robinson who like her cousin simply can’t fathom why someone who owns nearly 400 acres would want to battle over a seemingly Insignificant 15 "We realize that she’s a woman of power that she has a great deal of comfort" Robinson said "She doesn’t need any more (land) That little acre means so much more to us” Indeed the Indians consider their properly a sacred heritage It is one of the few pieces that their people traditionally a fishing tribe still own on the Atlantic seaboard They talk about it almost spiritually "I know I have guides on the cllffo and the beaches” Manning said Legend has it that Chief Moshup their iunwtorf greatest sachem or medicine man chose the spot as his final resting place As the white man advanced he threw his children into the ocean so that they could live free as whales Then he vanished When the fog rolls over the beach in early morning It is said that that is Moshup still smoking his pipe within the dunes For a short while last year Onassis and the Wampanoags were discussing a land swap But then Onassis asked for $150000 In addition to the trade Her attorneys said that Lot 615 was eroding so rapidly that It would be gone within 10 years "Because the interested party is Mra Onassis” Forger said at the time “It seems evident that they believe they can obtain five times what the property Is worth” The deal was off "They only want to stop losing” said attorney Paul Suite who Is representing 16 of the 26 Indians “It's a sad thing She’s a symbol of the white man taking their land” Sulla is arguing In Boston land court that his clients ritould have access to their land by reasons of necessity and historical Implication Were the court to agree it would surely complicate Onassis' partition effort "With access” Sulla printed out "the price of the property sottk” Not that Weissberg her older sister Robinson Manning or any of their other relatives wants to sell Manning talks about holding quiet family ceremonies on It Robinson hopes to leave her share to her children Weissberg wants ooly to enjoy it as she did as a child and to take her grandnieces bluebeny-picklng there "I Just want her to give us a right of way to our property" Weissberg said “I Just want her to leavela alone” m - -i-wif EVERYBODY’S INVITED! the mote than 60(XX) babies bom since 1889 at Sc Francis Regional Medical Center Join the fun and help celebrate the Sc Francis Centennial 5:00-9:00 PM SATURDAY AUGUST 12 ST FRANCIS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER CAMPUS 9TH AND EMPORIA 25 SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR EVERY BABY BORN AT ST FRANCIS Anyone bom at St Francis and in attendance will be eligible for some very special prizes: The youngest person The oldest person The mother with the most children bom at St ftanci& The family with the most members born at St Francis The St Francis baby who traveled the farthest to join the party And more -i W- TRAVEL & TOURS INC Go pteces with usl Wi caret FREE CAKE ICE CREAM ENTERTAINMENT AND MUSIC! WIN A TRIP TO DISNEY WORLD! Everyone attending the St Francis Centennial Baby Birthday ftrty irtey register to win a Disney Vforkl holiday Prize includes round trip airfare plus It’s a party for everyone to enjoy Four hours of nonstop run: Clowns! Dixieland Jazz! Face Painting! accommodations and tickets to the Magic Kingdom Epcot Center and the brand new Disney-MGM Theme ftuk courtesy of Happiness Trawl and St Francis’ scop tun: I Games and Activities for Kids! Prizes For AIL' -Historic and Educational Exhibits for the Bundy! The St Francis Centennial Baby Birthday Rirty is a special community event celebrating 100 years of blessed events Its all Free -and all for' fun Plan to attend Call 269-BABY for details! ST FRANCIS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER WICHTA KANSAS MM

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