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Decatur. Illinois. W ednesday. September 2. IWtO Dear Astrid Advice 1 v 'Caught' must tell parents about trouble By ASTRID CARSON Columbia Features Dear Astrid: I got into some trouble last weekend and I don't know what to do. I know my parents are going to find out. but I'm afraid to tell them what happened. It is pretty serious. I was with some kids who ripped off some hubcaps just for the hell of it, but we got caught. What shall I do? - Caught Dear Caught: You know your parents are bound to find out. so the only thing you can do is tell them as soon as possible. Whatever happens, it is going to be worse if they find out from someone else. In any event, they are going to be involved if there are charges against you. And you'll need their help. It may be hard for you. but it will be far easier than waiting for the ax to fall. Dear Astrid: I'm back to school, but I'm worried because I have a lot of trouble reading. I got passed each year no matter what and now I'm serious about school, but don't think I can do too well. A friend is writing this letter for me to find out what you suggest. Help Dear Help: You are wise to ask for help with your problem rather than going along and getting out of school without the basic skills you need to get along. Call your problem to the attention of your teachers, your counselor and your parents. Your willingness to learn now should result in some extra help in reading, whether it comes from in school or outside. Keep making a noise about your inability to read until somebody comes up with a way to help you. A great deal of your future depends on it. Dear Astrid: I feel like a dope. I insulted someone really badly and I feel awful about it. It was a nasty thing to say, but it just sneaked out. I'm sure the person will never talk to me again and I don't know what to do about it. Sorry Dear Sorry: You've done the right thing by asking for help. The next thing to do, no matter how difficult it is. is to apologize and tell the person how sorry you are and that you really didn't mean it. By doing this, half the load will be off your back. If you're forgiven, it will almost all be gone. If the person can't forgive you. which is unlikely, you have at least done all that you can do to make the situation right. Dear Astrid: There's one boy in our school that I like a lot and I think he likes me, but every time he passes me he makes some sort of remark that puts me off. I don't know if he's putting me down or trying to start a conversation, because I never understand what he's trying to say. I understand the words, but I just don't know what he means, and he seems to expect me to reply, but all I can do is mumble or say something that doesn't mean anything. And he never waits around till I can find out what he's getting at. I am a bit shy, but I'm not stupid. I'd like to respond but not if he's ' putting me down. Should I tell him, or write him off? Sort of Shy Dear Sort of: It could be that your boy is also sort of shy. Sometimes a person may make overtures, but be too shy to follow through. The fact that he talks to you would seem to indicate interest, but because he hasn't yet learned to communicate with anyone in whom he's really interested, he could be rather cryptic. He might even talk by opposites, saying things he doesn't really mean. Sometimes "communicating" this way can help a person to communicate later. But since you can't respond to what he says, why not start your own conversation, as simply and easily as you can manage? Nothing world-shaking. Make it about a school activity. Under 20 guidelines Materials for the weekly Under 20 page should be submitted no later than 4 p.m. the Friday preceding publication. Articles or news releases suggested for possible publication should be addressed to: Under 20 Editor, Decatur Herald and Review, Box 311, Decatur 62525. 1980 SUN MON Last Quar. 1-30 5 12 19 26 New Moon 9th 6 13 20 27 Scary things appear on October calendar October is a time for scary things, so Michelle Shaw, 11, drew a ghost in her Neighborhood Arts Program calendar picture. "The ghost has been in the attic and is coming out because it is Halloween,", said Michelle. Appropriately, the ghost is saying "Ooh!" while coming out the chimney. Walking by the pumpkin in the yard is a girl dressed up like a witch. Riding on a broom in front of the moon is a cat. "He's going to a castle, I guess," said Michelle. The Cars enjoy 'golden days 9 with tour and third LP By MARK MEHLER Columbia Features "I thought I was a cool guy back in high school," says Ben Orr, singer-bassist for The Cars, which has just released its third LP, "Panorama." "I pictured myself as the James Dean loser-type . . . very quiet, very mysterious. The girls, of course, wouldn't bother with me at all." It is ironic that now that the nation's teen-age girls finally have begun to pay him some attention, Ben Orr is too old and too w ise to get involved. Forget the jet-black dyed hair and the shiny black leather pants and flowery shirts this is one rock and roller who doesn't mistake theatrical flash for real life. He draws a clear line between what goes on in front of 10,000 people and what goes on in his home in the Boston suburbs. "I'm still a quiet guy. I like to keep my life private," he says. "I remember we did one show in Chicago with Dickie Betts (a boogie performer) and the crowd was mean. They were throwing big ice cubes at us. I say, God bless 'em. They pay their money, they're entitled to go wild. I don't care, I'm doing the work I've always wanted to do and I'm happy." These are the golden days for the Cars Orr, Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes, Elliot Easton and David Robinson. Their new LP, a typically good-time rocker, has been released to the usual critical and commercial acclaim; their current U.S. tour is drawing healthy crowds; and the five members of the group remain good friends. It was through the friendship between Orr and Ocasek, in fact, that The Cars came into being. The two met nine years ago during an all-night jam session in the Midwest and eventually wound up in Boston playing with left-handed guitarist Easton in a group called Cap 'n Swing. The band had potential, but the potential was never realized. "It was a big disappointment to me," says Orr. "I was doing out-front lead singing, and that never felt right. It wasn't until The Cars that things started feeling right." In early 1977, The Cars, having added Hawkes and Robinson, were called upon to open a Bob Seger show at Boston's 4,800-seat Music Hall. The ripples from that performance spread across New England. A demo tape of the song, "Just OCTOBER TUES WED THUR 1 8 15 22 29 2 9 16 23 30 First Quar. 17th 7 14 21 28 Michelle, who attends Washington School, is the daughter of Sandra Shaw of 764 E. Lincoln Ave. She sometimes draws just for fun. She likes to draw houses. Her art classes have been at Mueller Park. When she grows up she wants to be a nurse in a doctor's office, but might do some painting or draw ing. The calendar for October is one of 13 drawings by Neighborhood Arts Program participants which are being reprinted on this page during 1980. What I Needed," was soon the No. 1 request item at two major Boston radio stations, and the group was promptly signed by Elektra-Asylum Records. For their first LP, they were sent to England to record with producer Roy Thomas Baker, the mastermind of Queen and Foreigner. The unlikely matchup worked; the band's debut LP was a sensation here and in Europe. "Candy-O," their second . album, followed last year. Members of The 1 gw . . .. . .... -:- jjfy Jp-. Wi. "-V X :.. su- "M or J ' ' ' Mil!.'':":: ..... " .: "!'... . .. .. r?'-t ' i : ::;::: ' ' hichelle Shaw age 11 1980 FRI SAT 3 10 17 24 31 4 11 18 25 Full Moon 23rd Michelle Shaw Ben Orr likes this constant activity. "I'm always ready to go on the road," he says. "I'll play anywhere, anytime." Still, in that whirl of excitement, there is not always enough time to get back to basics for example, his long-standing friendship with guitarist Ocasek. "On the road there's not much chance to just sit and talk," says Orr. "But with Ric and I, there isn't r 1 J . r l,-xs -, -lr,,,-. , . . 4 5 S .. J Cars are. from left, Greg Hawkes, Elliot Easton. David Robinson, Ric ' .' Scouts' Camporee set this weekend More than 400 Boy Scouts and leaders are expected to participate this weekend in a Frontier Days Camporee at Big Creek Park, corner of Lost Bridge Road and Illinois 121. Friday night activities will include an archery demonstration by the Decatur Bowmans Club. On Saturday, Scouts will participate in the annual United Way parade in downtown Decatur, then have an orientation trail and scout-craft problem assigned for the afternoon at the park. There will be a horse show in the evening. - On Sunday, . following church, the Scouts will compete in flagpole raising, water boiling and Norwegian waddle racing events. Athletes schedule car wash-a-thon WARRENSBURG - Athletes from Warrensburg-Latham High School will conduct their annual free car wash-a-Thon Saturday at the Decatur-Macon County Fairground and the high school. The athletes have been selling pledges and will use proceeds to buy Job prospects good for mechanics, repairers By TOM WILLIAMS Columbia Features If you are a future "Mr. Fixit" and are thinking of using your mechanical skills as a mechanic or repairer, the future should be good. Employment for mechanics and repairers is expected to increase about as fast as the average for all occupations though 1980s. But there is an additional plus to this field because the unemployment rate for mechanics is generally at least 2 percent lower than the rate for the total blue collar work force. There are approximately 4 million people working as mechanics and repairers. One-third work on motor vehicles. Other large occupations are appliance repairer, industrial machinery repairer, airplane mechanic and television and radio service technician. Employment in some occupations, including vending machine mechanic, electric sign repairer and piano technician, is relatively small. Almost one-fourth of the mechanics work in manufacturing industries. About one-fifth are in retail trade mainly in firms that sell and service automobiles, household appliances, farm implements and other mechanical equipment. Many mechanics and repairers learn their skills on the job or through apprenticeship training. Some acquire basic training or increase their skills in vocational much need. I know everything there is to know about Ric and vice-versa. It's pretty much a non-verbal communication at this point. I know he's watching out for me and the other way around." Orr, an ex-clothing salesman who admits to being a clotheshorse for . the interview, he is dressed in a silky black kimono wants The Cars to project an image of slick craftsmanship and mature self-possession. - - .J v , i St , A v).''iXv.Ha 4m at a ift-.-.-. 7 V W W'V,r "' v' ' ' '''v sll',- -wax a '- . .11 ; vt.ax,-. f V - ,'V-Z'3 ' -y- 'J.'"' v-1' v- wA X rtuWX'." .y-i'. w ,x yt- '.- v. - "." f.....w. irf VA Ai ,jpky 'ri 0? - : 4. o . j -iz:t ' v f ' , , Youth Report uniforms and equipment, according to Jim Dunnan, high school athletic director. - The youths will be assisted by coaches and parents who are members of the booster club. While the car wash is free, people who do not have an opportunity to pledge in advance may make a donation Saturday. Eisenhower has yearhook supplements Yearbook supplements are available for 1980 Eisenhower High School graduates. Graduates may pick them up at the school's main office. schools, while others take corre-r spondence courses. Employers look for applicants who have mechanical aptitude and like to work with their hands. A high school education often is required and employers generally prefer applicants who have had courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, blueprint reading and shop. Physical requirements for work in this field vary. For example, telephone line-workers should be strong and agile to climb poles, lift heavy equipment and work in awkward positions. Jewelers and watch repairers and others working on small equipment need patience, finger dexterity and good vision. Many factors are expected to contribute to the growing need for mechanics and repairers, including increased . demand for household appliances, automobiles and other mechanical consumer items, and increased use of complex machinery in industry. The Cars' salad days, after all, are well behind them Ocasek has a wife and child and Orr was once married. The group members are serious about what they are doing. "Without being too presumptuous," says Orr, "I think we had a big influence on the whole new wave rock scene. Right now, I'm pleased with the direction the band is going. We're managing to avoid getting stale." L awliMiiijipiHMiii'ifi vj ii 1 1 j 1 1 1 1 i 1 w Slit'' XT' "' Ocasek and Ben Orr ? Corner 2- --mj

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