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THE BAYTOWN SUN Sund*y. August 2S, Space program should be pushed "In an overall context I view this with concern. The Soviets manage by objective — not by budget." That was the reaction of U.S. Rep. Bill Nelson, D-Fla , to the Soviet Union's successful launching of the world's largest civilian earth-study satellite. His district encompasses the Kennedy Space Center. As well it should, this achievement concerns U.S. space experts and should concern every American citizen. It's meaning is clear-cut and somewhat ominous: The Soviets are well-ahead of the U.S. in the spice race. The ominous portent of the latest Soviet feat is that whoever controls outer space will eventually control earth. If the U.S. fails to catch up and forge ahead of the Soviets in the space race, the consequences could be disastrous. The American space exploration timetable has been sidetracked by tragedy, equipment failures and bureaucratic bickering. However, in a democratic system, all programs are governed by budgetary restraints, not by objective, as the Soviet system is. But even with their cumbersome mode of operation, democracies in most cases manage to stay competitive in most fields of endeavor. On July 25, the Soviets launched the earth-study satellite weighing 15 to 20 tons and described as being as large as a boxcar. It was lofted by a Proton booster. It is in an orbit measuring 175 miles by 105 miles. The nearest thing the U.S. has to the Soviet machine for earth-study purposes is the Landsat spacecraft, but the Soviet vehicle is seven to 10 times as heavy as its American counterpart. The large satellite is comparable to the kind of earth survey platforms identified as a key element in the U.S. space goals assessment being pushed by a U.S. space study team led. by astronaut. Sally K. Ride. The U.S. is leaning toward an integrated program of exploration that calls for a return to the moon, more planetary'probes and a major earth observation program. Wanda Orton Jones frequently visited city hall Fay Brady Holla way remembers Charlie Jones, the so-called "hit man" in the murder of William Marsh Rice, founder of Rice University. Fay, a native Baytonian who worked at the City Hall on West Main in the late 1940s, said my recent column about Jones brought back lots of memories. Her memories are far removed from the murder case, however. Like everyone else who knew Jones when he was a quiet, elderly resident here. Fay knew few details about the murder that made headlines long ago and far away. When she knew him. he lived near the old City Hall. Jones was well-known and well-liked by city employees and many other people in the community of old Pelly. We mentioned in the column that George Chandler, then-city attorney, used to drink coffee with Jones in a cafe near the City Hall. Fay echoes George's opinion — that Charlie Jones was a nice, helpful man. He seemed like the unlikeliest man on earth to have been involved in a notorious murder. "Mr. Jones came over to City Hall frequently — two and three times a week," Fay recalls. "Mostly he would stay a few minutes and bring roses out of his garden. Sometimes he would stop and talk a bit. "He was very interested in the work that Bill Taylor was doing." Bill Taylor was Fay's boss and the first city manager of newly consolidated Tri-Cities. Taylor is described often as the municipal master-mind behind the organization of Baytown after Goose Creek, Pelly and Baytown merged into one. Fay never will forget the day that Charlie Jones came over to their office with a $15 donation for the newly consolidated city. He wanted to show his support for what the city employees were doing. "He believed in what we were doing." she says. "Mr. Taylor didn't know how to answer that," Fay adds, explaining that a city doesn't accept outright donations. "He wanted to handle the situation as courteously as humanly posssi- ble." And he did. And Jones didn't get upset when his donation was not accepted. "He kept coming to see us. He was always gracious," Fay recalls. Regarding the murder case, she remembers that she had heard some "whispers" about Jones. "One day Mr. Tayior asked me if it was true. I said I didn't know." To Fay and many others working at City Hall back then, Charlie Jones was "the epitome of a southern gentleman." She says, "You would have never guessed from any way that he acted or from what he said that there was anything bad in his background at all." Wanda Orion is managing editor of The Sun L*on Brown ............................................. ... Editor and Publisher Fred Hombsrger .......................................... Assistant to Publisher Fr*d Hortman .............................. ...... Editor and Publisher, 1950-197-4 IIMTMIAL MFARTMfNT 1 Worida Orron ....... .................. . ....................... Managing Editor RomorX) Merrill ...................................... Associate Managing Editor APVIRT5WC Off MttMtNt . Russell Moroney .......................................... Advertising Manager CHtCVUTNW Gory Oobbs ............................................... Circulation Manager Tn* Boytowfi Sun (U5PS 0*6.180) is entered at second class matter at the Baytown, Te*os POST Office 77522 un«|*r rh« Act o( Congress a' March 3. 1879- Published ohemoons. Monday through Friday and Sundays o> 1301 Memorial Drive m Boytown. Te«as 77520 Suggested Subscription Rotes BY carrier. SS 25 per month. $6300 per year linqre COPY price, 25 cents Doily, 50 cents Sunday Moil rotes on request Represented nationally by Coastol os POSTMASTER: Send oddrejs changes to THE BAYTOWN SUN, P O Bo* 90, Boytown. T. 77522 Sideline Slants Mama believed in sassafras tea By PRESTON PENDERGRASS Unless you've been around a few years, more than likely you won't be interested in this piece. It's about sassafras, particularly tea. When ] complained of what people back then called "growing pains." Mama would put the little sassafras tea kettle.on the cook stove. Soon it would be simmering away, and the house would reek of strong sassafras aroma. Mama was a great believer in home remedies, as weii she should have been, because doctors were scarce and hospitals were 30 to 40 miles away. She set great store by sassafras tea as a system toner, even when everyone was well. Every member of our family except Dad had to drink a cup of sassafras tea within a short,time after one of us complained of not feeling up to par. Mama believed if one of us had something the others would soon catch it. I hated sassafras tea. Still do. But 1 ran the risk of bodily harm if I refused to sip the stuff while it was piping hot. She would wait around until it was all gone and then reach for the cup so she could wash it. Mama was also a great believer in various kinds of poultices, especially as a cure for respiratory ailments, mainly influenza, and a malady that probably was "strep throat." If that's what it was, it could have been serious. That is until Mama stopped its spread with a Vick's and Sloan's poultice that often stung like a wasp and blistered like a razor strap wielded by an upset father. When we ran low on sassafras plant roots and bark. Mama would take a couple of kids down to the branch (or brook, if you prefer) where she'd gather a flour sack full of the ancient nostrum. It seemed to be more plentiful along creek banks. Sometimes I could get by with breathing fumes from boiling sassafras roots through a newspaper funnel, but most of the time, for maximum benefit, 1 had to drink a cupful before it cooled too much. Several years ago, sassafras was available in both country and city grocery stores, but when we graduated to supermarkets it became a lost commodity. In the mid-to-late 1950s. O'Brien's stocked Sassafras, Maybe R.C. Stephenson carried it, too. A few weeks ago, when 1 told friends I planned a trip to Tennessee, a Baytown country girl, Esther Shirley (Mrs. Denzil). ordered me to bring back a sack of sassafras. She must have liked it better than 1 used to. I thought, and promised to do her bidding, thinking it would be a breeze to find sassafras roots in the Volunteer State, if no place else. Well. I had to return empty- handed. Folks up there (Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi) apparently have waxed modern just like Texans. Search as I might, I came up empty-handed. No sassafras in four states. A brother-in-law led me to believe the old home remedy would be easy to find near a creek that ran through his farm. It wasn't. 1 dreaded to face Esther. She won't take no for an answer. even from Denzil. I got myself partly out of that dilemma by promising to continue the sassafras search. One day I was talking to a friend who was planning a trip to Arkansas. I persuaded him to keep his eyes open for sassafras that for years was sold in bunches at stores and roadside vegetable and fruit stands. Just before he gave up, his wife came across some sassafras tea bags. Just the ticket. No peeling. No stripping. No cooking mess. Just drop the bag in hot water and savor the tantalizing aroma. Last word I had from Hafer Street, Denzil was allowed to come back into the house, and I'm again a welcome visitor. /'rrs'on Pendrrprtss is the former nrcalivr editor of The flavlown Sun Today in history By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Sixty years ago. in the early morning hours of Aug. 23. 1927, Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed in Boston for the murders of two men during a 1920 payroll robberty. The case had drawn widespread controversy, with many convinced that Sacco and Vanzetti had been convicted for their political beliefs. In 1947, an audience at the Hollywood Bowl heard President Harry S. Truman's daughter, Margaret, give her first public concert as a singer. In 1960, Broadway librettist Oscar Hammerstein II died in Doylestown, Pa. In 1972, the Republican national convention, meeting in Miami Beach, Fla., nominated Vice President Spiro T. Agnew for a second term. The vote was overwhelming, but not unanimous; one vote went to NBC newsman David Brinkley. In 1979, Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defected while the Bolshoi Ballet was on tour in New York. Today's Birthdays: Actor- dancer Gene Kelly is 75. Orchestra leader Bob Crosby is 74. Actress Vera Miles is 57. Political satirist Mark Russell is 55. Sen. Pete Wilson, R-Calif., is 54. Actress Barbara Eden is 53. Ballet dancer Patricia McBride is 45. Actress Shelley Long is 38. Actor-singer Rick Springfield is 38. Queen Noor of Jordan is 36. Thought for Today: "One of the troubles is that we judge ourselves by our motives, and others by their actions." — Dwight Morrow,U.S. diplomat (1873-1931). Jim Kyle For the birds This past Valentine's Day 1 thought I would get real tricky and get my wife something that would really be different. After all, I had done been down that road of Valentine cards with those messages that some guy in Kansas City dreams up They say that the Valentine box shaped like a heart, filled with 10 bucks worth of candy, will satisfy the desires of a loved one. This year was going to be different and I knew just what to buy to rank me about a 7.5 on the Richter scale. '•••,' I bought a pair of peach-faced love birds. 1 went all out, cage, feeders, a trapeze and little bells with tiny mirrors made on the sides. My wife was thrilled with her unusual Valentine present and the girls at her office pictured me as the man on the white horse. After a while we ail got to wondering if both those love birds were he's instead of he and she. They slept side by side at night, but more like brothers than lovers. The only way I've ever known how to tell birds' sex is by just keeping a close eye and seeing if nature takes its course. Things started going downhill for me after a couple of months. My wife lost interest in my wonderful gift and I found myself tending to those love birds full time. I hate to admit it, but I almost ended up buying myself a pair of love birds that didn't want to fall in love. Wait a minute now, that's not all. 1 have now bought a nesting box and attached it to the outside of the cage. The thing is about 10 inches high and 6 inches deep. 1 had to cut a hole in the cage with some wire snippers so the little lovers could have access to the bridal suite. Every morning while 1 sip my Folgers I stare out the patio window at those birds in the cage. Of course, they got out on the patio after 1 fed and watered and hung them up on the chain. I'm going to promise my svife one thing right now. If they have baby birds hatching pretty soon, I'm the one whose going to be in charge of the baby bird shower. The moral of this tale is this: When buying a woman a present, make sure it's something that doesn't eat and drink. Jim A'v/r* /s fraf an* editor of The Sun Karen Perry Keep lunch bunch on school campus 1 want to add my 2 cents worth to the high school closed-lunch issue. As a parent who has long been concerned (or my child's well being. I'm for closing the campuses. As a motorist who travels Baker and Garth during school lunch hours and has nearly been run off the road by students racing back to school before the class bell rings, I'm also for closing the campuses. 1 know that the students feel their freedom will be forfeited when the campuses are closed but many older people lived through closed lunches with no ill effects. The major reason 1 can see for closing the campuses is the traffic volume generated by the high schools. Everyone has a car and if they have transportation, they want to leave for lunch. With the short lunch periods, they must rush out, rush eating and rush back. Having too little lime to get to a restaurant and eat a meal then return causes accidents! The location of the city's post office directly across the street from Ross S. Sterling High From Sun files School has also contributed to the confusion and traffic problems. The heavy traffic flow into the post office increases the danger to post office patrons as well as students. The amount of city traffic on Market Street also makes Robert E. Lee lunch periods dangerous. Certainly an alternative to cafeteria food should be offered when the campuses are closed. The School Food Service people do a good job but some teens will be too busy to stand in line. 1 would suggest canteen-type vending machines with sandwiches, fruit and juice as a solution to overflow. Contrary to what some people believe, closed lunches work They eliminate the undesirable element that hangs around the edges of school property and make it easier to keep unwanted people out of the buildings and away from Uie parking areas. Perhaps with the closed campuses, thefts from cars in the parking lots will be curtailed I know a number of traffic accidents and speeding tickets will be eliminated! '67: Carole Boyer named Best All Around Camper '* entitled exclusively to th« uw tor republ'cotron TO any news dispatch** cr-editn-d to if or no* ofhtrwij* crwf*wd in tt>i« pocw cnxJ locot «»*s of spontaneous origin published N*re.n, Rights of republicotion of aN otfifr «i*JHHv herein or* o'so ms*rv*d The Boytown Sun retam* nationally known syndicates whose writers' byfWitrf ifor«« o** \ned rhroughotiT fh* newspaper TNw ore rimes when rhese articles do nor reject The Sun's Bible verse Onfr «r«nwl r*tt*r« will b* cooird§reo" for publ*cot.on Nome? o.ll be withheld upon reouest lor <jood orxt «rf»« i ftlOJ* ****> "TO" *°" Tn * Sun rewrves the right to evcerpt letter! Thy word to true from the begmnmf: «nd every one of Thy rfgftteow Judgments endured! forever. f*Mlnisll»:l» From The Baytown Sun files, this is the way it was: 55 YEARS AGO Estha Krenick will replace George Cohoe as pianist for the Lions Club. Goose Creek City Attorney Vernon Coe is instructed by the City Commission to look into the feasibility of suing Houston Lighting & Power Co. for excess profits. Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Lindquist and niece, Peggy Reilly. of Baytown travel to the Davis Mountains. 50 YEARS AGO Buck Bonds is back at third base for the Baytown Oilers. U.S. Rep. Albert Thomas says Baytown is assured of free mail delivery as soon as it complies with certain requirements of the post office department. E.W. Buelow, manager of the Utilities Corp., says most homes have been numbered to comply with requirements. M.L.'Neal, assistant Baytown postmaster, has a group of boys selling numbers for houses in Baytown. 40 YEARS AGO Owen Lawrence Maley Sr., native of Cove, dies at the age of 49 in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Zack Maley of Cove. Ralph Langley, Bruce Mclver and Richard Brannon of Baylor University begin a youth revival, sponsored by Baptist Churches. The Rev. Lester Bell resigns from Central Baptist Church to return to Southwestern Theological Seminary m Fort Worth. 30 YEARS AGO Property valuations in the city of Baylown go up hy S3.2 million, bringing the tola! assessed valuation to $89.164,198. The show ("Day of Fury") goes on at Decker Drive-in Theater despite a fight erupting between two employees over union troubles. The two were tamed down by Deputy Sheriff M.M. Brown and his officers, according to F.K. Bengtson, manager. L.E. Smallcy and his grandson, DeVVayne Smailey, and DeWayne's black pup, Pepper, are rescued from an island in the ship channel after motorboat trouble. 20 YEARS AGO Carole Boyer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Boyer, is pictured holding the silver cup awarded to the Best All Around Camper at King's Ranch for Girls. Other Baytown girls who have won this honor are Becky Bailey, 1965, and Ann Wcimer, 1962, Mrs. George Blctsch receives her master's degree from the University of Houston. Pfc. Ronnie Petty leaves for Vietnam, where he will serve with the 4th Medical Battalion . , . Pfc. Phillip Scott arrives on Okinawa, assigned to island headquarters ... Pfc. Lonnte Bryant Is serving in the Army In Germany.

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