The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on April 27, 1986 · Page 8
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 8

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Sunday, April 27, 1986
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•-A THE BAYTOWN SUN Sunday. April 27, 19t6 Occupational hazards HOW industries rate CONSTRUCTION AGRICULTURE MANUFACTURING MIMING PUBLIC UTILITIES/ TRANSIT WHOLESALE/ RETAIL TRADE SERVICES FINANCE; INSURANCE/ REAL ESTATE Museum full of military weapons INJURIES/ILLNESSES PER 100 FULL-TIME WORKERS 198J Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics HOW SAFE are you at work? You might find the answer surprising. For example, mining has long been known for its hazards — yet construction, farm and factory work have higher illness and injury rates. Magazine caters to smokers everywhere NEW YORK (AP) - They are relegated to the crannies of many restaurants, huddled near the kitchen door. They are cram- ' med into the rear of airplanes and segregated in the work place. They are forced outdoors on cold or wet days to steal an illicit puff as they turn the other cheek. For smokers who feel thus put upon, a soothing voice is emanating from a slate-gray building on lower Park Avenue. It's a glossy magazine that seeks them out. pats them on the back, shakes its editorial head at the injustices they must bear. And the Philip Morris Magazine is by publishing standards a success. In four quarterly issues, says Philip Morris, it has jumped to a national circulation of 850.000. up 200.000 from the last edition. But then the magazine is free, although it costs a reported SI a copy to publish and mail. The publisher is a bespectacled, mustachioed Tennes- sean named Guy Lincoln Smith IV. who has a 7-year-old son named Guy Lincoln Smith V. He sits behind his long blond- finished desk, looking at a ple- xiglas sign that says "Enjoy Smoking." Cartons of his company's cigarettes are stacked in the bookcase. To his left, on the wall, is a dart board with the face of the Surgeon General of the United States dead center. "There are more people who believe in what the Surgeon General says than there are who believe in God in this country ... In our view the role of government is to inform. But leave people alone to make their own deci- • sions. Don't force it on them. Where do you stop? What's next'.'" Smith's magazine looks to entertain, communicate and advertise Philip Morris products. Mostly the feature articles have some connection with company- sponsored events or activities. A smoker's magazine provides a totally controllable space to handle such issues as a Milwaukee lax collector's victory over his office's no-smoking rule, a Minnesota study of bank executives that found those who smoked "slightly" more productive than those who don't, the growth of excise taxes which account for about four of the dollars in a $10 carton, what life is like under Sari Francisco's no- smoking regulations (at the San Francisco Chronicle smokers huddle together in some 50 square feet around the coffee machine, says the magazine). The magazine's appeal, says Smith, "is essentially to those people who smoke in this society and encounter people who want to beat on them ... They're running into people who want to corral them. The American Medical Association, which recently came out against tobacco advertising, has ' no comment on the Philip Morris publication specifically. Irving Rimer, vice president for public relations for the American Cancer Society, is not so generous. "The tide against cigarette smoking is moving rapidly against the industry and the great majority of cigarette smokers are greatly concerned about the habit. Philip Morris would like to create a world in which smokers and non-smokers would live and let live ... but we are concerned that 350.000 Americans die each year of smoking-related illnesses." Although serious by nature, the winter issue did indeed give reason for some people, mostly smokers, to laugh. It featured an interview with author Fran Lebowitz who. in an article devoted largely to urban living, writing and personality, shared her thoughts on smoking: "A person who doesn't smoke in the morning 1 don't consider a smoker. People who only smoke when they go out or when they're drinking — those are amateurs. I'm a pro. 1 like the taste." Flashes of humor are rare in the letters columns or in the news digests about smoking. The basic message is basic: "There is a minority of social engineers that want to create the world in their image, to their likeness or liking." i ^v \ \ ! >\\fe~* NEW ORLEANS (AP) - If the bad guys ever try to overrun New Orleans, there's enough firepower at the Louisiana Military and State Weapons Museum to blast them back to the badlands. For free, you can stare down the muzzles of about 275 rifles, 50 pistols, 40 machine guns, assorted artillery, Patton tanks and scores of other weapons — all live. Retired Army Col, Francis Thomas, the museum's administrator, says the only items that aren't combat-ready are the ammunition and artillery shells. "They've all been defused, of course, but just about everything else still shoots," Francis said. The museum, located across from the headquarters building of the Louisiana National Guard at Jackson Barracks in eastern New Orleans, is one of 14 certified Army National Guard museums in the nation. "This one ranks among the top," Thomas said. It's not hard to believe. The building, a sturdy, slave brick structure that has served most of its 150 years as a powder magazine, has been renovated down to the last wooden peg and crammed with weaponry and military memorabilia from a!l nine major U.S. conflicts since the War for Independence. It's surrounded by Air Force F-100 and F-102 jet fighters, tanks, personnel carriers and field pieces from both world wars. Oddly, its prize possession isn't a weapon but a mint condition 1917 Cadillac touring car used by officers of the American Expeditionary Force in the Great War. Thomas insists its 76 horsepower V-8 engine stills runs good as new. "It had a price tag of 82,080 in 1917," he said. "But I've had appraisers here say it would fetch S 130.000 on the spot today." When pressed, Thomas estimates the entire collection is worth over $4 million. But he quickly spins around in his stuffed leather chair, points to the wall and asks: "But how can you put a price tag on this flag?" It's a 28-star American flag flown during the Mexican War in 1845 and made of hand-sewn silk. America consisted of 28 states for only a year, he said. Iowa entered the Union in 1846. The oldest of about 2,000 items on display is a British six-pound cannon believed to have been used in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. Thomas said it was cast in Bath, England, in 1765. When it comes to money for the museum, Thomas admits it's "a very delicate subject" in view of the state budget crunch. He said he expects to see some federal money this year for the first lime since the museum opened in 197G. ™s ye-r give your Mother a lasting gift. Nevertheles$, he said, the museum is expecting delivery soon of a collection of the modern Army's full battle dress and of an F-4 Phantom jet. For years, the lighter has been the combat workhorse of the skies for the United States and many of its allies. About 75 percent of the museum's display items are owned by the federal government, Thomas said. Twenty percent is owned by the state and the remaining 5 percent is on loan from private citizens. As Thomas spoke, an elderly couple offered him a collection of German Deutschmarks from around 1915. "Sure I'll take 'em," Thomas said eagerly. They left him a card. Thomas, 61, comes across eager no matter what he's telling about. He sounds like a talking version of Jane's All the World's Armaments. There is no admission charge to the museum, although donations are welcome. Thomas also prefers to show the museum by appointment. "I don't really like the word •appointment' though," he explained. "What it means is that, because I'm here alone most of the time, I have to step out and run errands on the (National Guard) compound. "I'd hate to think somebody was standing outside waiting and couldn't get in." Nevertheless, the museum's hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Thomas says he occasionally accepts groups of visitors on weekends. He estimates that about 4,000 people see the collection each year. FREE SEMINAR ON RETIREMENT TAX ALTERNATIVE A free comprehensive retirement IRA Rollover Seminar will be held at Best Western Motel, 2201 Decker Drive "Not many people know we're here and we don't advertise," Thomas explained. The display cases are arranged according to the war they represent, from the American Revolution to Vietnam. "1 get a lot of school children here," Thomas said. "When we get to the Vietnam section, I always tell them I hope we never have another war. "There's no room left here for another display case." JUDGE CHARLES COUSSONS Announces His Candidacy for Re-election to County Civil Court No. 4 fuU for by Jtt4a* Owtoi CWIIMM Campaign C«mmttt*«, Oortat M*rc«r, Tr««f. 3311 Stwxy IrMk, Hotrtton, Ti«« 77043. BELKNAP EXTERIORS, INC. 312 Bob Smith-Suite C Boytown (713)420-2300 Our business is improving... MATS MAY 6 7:00 P.M. 4:30 P.M. Topics to be covered include Tax Options on Company Pensions and Lump Sum Distributions. Seminar speakers will be Ken Albers and Michael Ueiser with Rotan Mosle. Far reservation! call 940-2847. Your Maintenance Problems 20 % DISCOUNT Help beautify your neighborehood with the "BELKNAP TOUCH." Receive a 20% discount on deluxe vinyl siding. 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