14-TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15,1987 •THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- Get ready for colder winter 'Farmers' Almanac' suggests 'woolies' LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Americans should "get their woolies out" this winter, says the editor of the 1988 Farmers' Almanac, whose readers say they favor retaining "The Star- Spangled Banner" as the national anthem. Midwestemers can expect to shovel more snow, and brisker temperatures will be the rule across much of the nation, accord- ing to the almanac's 171st edition, just off the presses. The coming cold season will be "the first in a series of two to three fairly rough winters" said Ray Geiger, who has edited the folksy publication for more than half a century. "We suggest people get their woolies out." The almanac's elusive prognosticator, who calls himself Caleb Weatherbee, bases his predictions on "sunspots, the position of the planets and the tidal action of the mooa" This year's almanac, with a cir- culation of nearly 6 million, contains the usual melange of calendar data, household hints, one- line jokes, inspirational messages, puzzles and recipes. It also reports the results of a readers' poll that found "America the Beautiful" to be a strong contender to replace Francis Scott Key's "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the preferred national anthem. Most almanac readers marked their choices on post cards, but many wrote letters supporting their preference, Geiger said. Substantial' progress in auto talks DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. and union leaders drew back from the brink of a walkout and agreed to continue discussing a contract for 104,000 workers after "substantial progress" was made just before the strike deadline. United Auto Workers President Owen Bieber announced that the contract, which was to expire at 11:59 p.m. Monday, had been extended until midnight tonight and a decision on further extensions would be made each day. Talks were to resume today. "We wouldn't be taking this course of action if we didn't believe it was still possible to reach agreement within a reasonable penod of time," Bieber said. "This means that we have made substantial progress on our central issue of job security. It does not mean that there aren't major issues left to be resolved." Peter Pestillo, vice president of the nation's No. 2 automaker, praised the UAW for its willingness to continue talks. . "I think it is important to note the courage that it sometimes takes for a trade unionist to extend an agreement when the typical behavior is one of no contract, no work," Pestillo said. Ford spokesman Tom Foote said he could recall no previous extension of the UAW's contract with an auto company that was its main strike target. Neither Ford nor UAW national officials would say why they decided to continue talking, but Richard Downey, president of UAW Local 897 in Buffalo, N.Y., said he was told by union representatives close to the talks that Ford made a new offer on job security and it will take time for union officials to analyze it "It looks pretty decent," Downey said. "It will take that long to sift through it, but it looks pretty good. He declined to give details of the proposal. Confusion preceded Northwest jet crash WASHINGTON (AP)—Confusion over taxiways and radio frequencies marked the takeoff preparations of Northwest Flight 255 which crashed last month seconds after lifting off from the Detroit airport, according to documents. Investigators are trying to determine whether the confusion caused the plane's two pilots to become so distracted from their routine preflight activities that they forgot to properly set the aircraft's wing flaps. The crash killed 156 people, including the pilots. The wing flaps of the two-engine McDonnellDouglas MD-80 jetliner, bound for Phoenix, Ariz., were not in the proper takeoff position, inhibiting die plane's ability to lift, the government's investigation previously has concluded. In all, about a half minute passed as the pilots and tower discussed a mixup in radio frequencies as Flight 255 was taxiing for a takeoff, according to a transcript of radio communications released Monday by the Federal Aviation Administration. Neither the transcript nor the tape made clear which of the pilots was speaking. The transcript showed a busy airport with controllers in contact with 52 aircraft flying into Detroit or preparing to take off during a 55-minute period. Weather conditions caused some departing aircraft to change runways which may have led to the radio frequency and taxiway problems for Flight 255. According to the transcript, Flight 255 had been given a specific taxiway tumoff, "Charlie," to get to the new runway. "I guess we went by Charlie. We're going to (runway) three- center, right?" the pilot asked the controller at one point. The controller, who was handling westbound traffic, acknowledged and provided new directions. "Okay, ah we'll follow that heavy nineteen forty five," Flight 255 replied, alluding to a wide- body aircraft ahead of them. "So long," the pilot added, indicating he understood he was being shifted to another controller, who was handling eastbound departures. But the flight crew apparently did not change radio frequencies. ! "Northwest two fifty five are you On the frequency?"! the new controller, who was handling eastbound departures, asked Flight 255. j "Nobody turned us over til just now when I called him back," the pilot replied. He then asked whether he was supposed toj have changed frequencies on hisj own or have Waited for directions from the tower. But the controller informed Flight 255 that the tower already had given directions several minutes earlier to change frequencies. "The controller (handling Flight 255 earlier) said he switched you over. Maybe ainother aircraft acknowleged," the new controller told the Northwest I plane. "We didn't acknowledge," the pilot of Flight 255 replied. 1 The transcript, however, showed lihat the original ground controller, indeed, had assigned Flight 255 a new frequency several minutes earlier, but that the acknowledgment toas vague and the crew of Flight 255 may not have been aware of the change. In all, the exchanges about radio frequencies took 32 seconds as Flight 255 continued to taxi to its takeoff position. The transcript gave no indication as to what activities or conversations might have been going on during this time inside the cockpit of Flight 255. But aviation experts say this is the time the crew might have been occupied with going through a pre-flight checklist that would have included setting of the flaps. Four minutes later the aircraft was ready for takeoff, but was given a three-minute hold from the tower, then cleared for takeoff. Flight 255 acknowledged and indicated it was about to depart. It was the last to be heard from the aircraft as the controllers turned to other incoming and outbound traffic. ANN LANDERS Third-world realities Dear Ann Landers: I was interested in the letter from the Youngstown reader who had mailed a large number of post cards from Brazil to the U.S. She said that not one reached its destination and later she learned why: The postal workers take the stamps off and sell them. I lived in Rio de Janeiro for several years and it is a charming city. I must say, however, the postal system is the absolute pits. We gave up trying to send post cards or letters to friends and family. At least 80 percent of everything disappeared. Packages were the worst. They were never received. The gifts that were sent to us were invariably labeled "damaged" and inside the smashed boxes we found nothing. We enjoy your column, Ann. Glad to be able to contribute something. — T.K., Houston Dear Houston: Quite a few readers contributed something. Read on; Dear Ann Landers: I've never been to Brazil but the shenanigans ipi the post office described by a Ypungstown reader are fairly com- mpn in Third World countries. The wages for government workers are so low that corruption runs rampant and is virtually ignored. In the central post office in Jakarta, Indonesia, there is a fenced-in area that is always crowded. People go there to get their letters hand-canceled in order to avoid the problem of stamp theft. There's a moral there that I hope w»H not go unnoticed: Americans should not be too critical when things operate differently in foreign countries especially an impoverished natipn. The few cents someone can make reselling a steamed- off stamp can mean the difference between having meat for dinner and having nothing at all. — Joel H. (Philadelphia) D«§r Joi>lJ Thanks for the input. You'll be interested in the next one. Ann, Dear Lady: Americans ought not to be so quick to judge the postal workers in Brazil who filch a few stamps. In New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, the homeless sleep with their shoes hidden in a knapsack under their head. Otherwise they'd be stolen. — Jerry in Columbus, Ga. Dear Jerry: I'm grateful to you for putting things in the proper perspective. And my thanks to all who wrote. Your sharing of personal experiences helps to keep this column lively and relevant Dear Ann Landers: My 34-year-old boyfriend is driving me crazy. We've been seeing one another for eight months and have a wonderful time together, but the man has never taken me out. It's either his place or mine. I am an attractive professional woman who is interested in a permanent relationship. I'm sick of dating and playing the field. This man is successful, attractive, charming and a terrific bed partner. We have many things in common, but he refuses to share his feelings with me. 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