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Provo, Utah
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Pag" 22-THE HERALD, Provo. Utah. Wednesday, April 9. 1975 <f 22—THfc HbKALU, rrovo. uian. weunesuay, npni ». i»u i^fcMf t 4% f • I • • • An Interview in Ghana With U.S. Ambassador Shirley Temple Black Editor's note: Lee Roderick, syndicated writer whose articles appear in the Herald from time to time, is on a fact-finding tour of Africa and the Middle East. The following is another of his exclusive reports. By LEE RODERICK ACCRA, Ghana - Shirley Temple. The name oozes with nostalgia for tens of millions of middle-aged Americans and other movie-goers around the world. The brighteyed little girl who starred in over forty major motion pictures, however, now would like her fans to appreciate her for new reasons. "I hope you know I'm very serious about this job," said that little girl, now all grown up and in West Africa as U.S. Ambassador Shirley Temple Black, at the end of an interview. "It's not a glamorous job. It's a lot of hard work." Because of her obvious desire that Americans know the seriousness of her work, Ambassador Black was mildly perturbed at my report that the CBS television show "GO Minutes" had intermingled film clips of some of her old movies in a recent report on her life as Ambassador to Ghana. "However," she brightened, "at least people knew what I was doing as a child. I wasn't stealing hubcaps. They knew exactly every move I was making. You don't have many public figures where vou really know when they got a cold, the measles, and all." Whatever other worlds she conquers, however, there is little doubt Shirley Temple will always be best remembered — and best loved — for allowing us to affectionately share, however, vicariously, the dreams and triumphs of a beautiful child. Today, as the wife of marine biologist Charles Black for nearly 25 years and an ambassador for three months, she laughingly confesses that her child-star background has helped open diplomatic doors. "Most Ghanaians haven't seen my films, and know me only for my work at the United Nations and as Ambassador here. This is a help to me, actually," she explained. "I do meet older Ghanaians here at the University or in the law field who have seen the films in London or in other countries where they've been students. They act kind of misty-eyed and sentimental for a moment, and then get on with the work!" Ambassador Black continued: "My films have had more of an impact in other parts of the world. Anwar Sadat of Egypt said his favorite film was 'Heidi,' which I made. He saw it in London when he was a young man in school. "When I was at the U.N. (as U.S. Representative to the General Assemby in 1969-70), I welcomed the Peoples' Republic of China on behalf of our country. And — would vou Dr. Lawrence Lamb Lift Weights In Moderation By Lawrence E. Lamb, M.D. DEAR DR. LAMB - I am 13 and started lifting weights regularly. Then someone told me that lifting weights would hinder my bones. He said that anyone younger than 17 should not be lifting weights. It was mentioned if you lift weights now, you would not be able to build your muscles to their full capacity later, when your bones are finished growing. My question is, should I still lift weights or should I stop until my bones have matured? Also, is it all right to do a lot of push-ups and other muscle developing exercises? DEAR READER - Like so many other things, it is a question of getting enough but not going to wretched excess. Of course you can lift weights. I think, though, that very young boys should concentrate on developing muscle endurance with relatively light weights rather than progressively increasing the weights to very large loads. The truth is that small weights will help you to develop good bone structure. Certainly any exercise that involves lifting your own body is not harmful. Here I would include developing your capacity to do push-ups, chiivups, sit-ups and at least modified knee bends. In general a good all around calesthenic exercise program will help you develop good muscles and good bones. You don't need to overdo weight lifting to develop good muscles. Don't try to lift weights that you can't lift easily three times in a row. Lifting that weight more than 12 times more often than three days a week will not speed up muscle development. More frequent lifts may even slow muscle growth. DEAR DR LAMB - I'm 16 years old, male, and am 5-feet- 1. I'm also 20 pounds overweight. I try and try, but I just can't lose that extra weight. 1 walk four miles almost every day and only eat half a cucumber for lunch, but my mother makes me eat more for dinner. I just don't know what to do. I'm afraid I'll never lose that much weight. Maybe if I start to grow it will help. Please give me a couple of tips. DEAR READER - Some young men go through this stage. And, you are right that you may still grow in height and get some help that way. Meanwhile why don't you make arrangements at one of the gym facilities in your area to start some form of weight training program in addition to your daily walks. That might help more than you realize. You should also see your family doctor and be sure you don't have some medical problem that is slowing you down, like low thyroid function. Your doctor may also want to check out your endocrine (hormone) system. Low thyroid function sometimes slows down growth as does other endocrine problems. Perhaps your mother could help you if she would concentrate on giving you foods low in fats and carbohydrates even for that evening meal. DEAR DR. LAMB - What causes uric acid in one's system? Also, is it painful to have and is there a cure for it? Will a person always have it? DEAR READER - We all have uric acid. It is a normal byproduct of the constant replacement of cells in your body. The important gene substances of DNA and RNA involved in regeneration may produce it in the process. We all have constant regeneration. There are three- million new red blood cells formed every second. The lining of the small intestine is replaced every three days. The cell formation of uric acid is the most important source of elevated uric acid. It is closely related to protein metabolism. The substance has no apparent value in the body and the excess amount is normally eliminated in the urine. That is how it gets its name. It is not painful or harmful as long as it stays in solution. Unfortunately, it forms salts that can form crystals. These lead to painful, swollen joints as seen in gout or can form deposits leading to gouty arthritis. The small amounts of uric acid we consider normal don't do this. Some people have a tendency to form more uric acid than others. This may lead to gout, but it may not in other people. The most effective way to lower the uric acid level to normal ranges and prevent problems seems to be with agents that prevent its formation in the cells, a fairly recent medical development, and agents that increase its elimination from the kidneys. Other medicines act directly to relieve the painful gout attacks. DEAR DR. LAMB-What, if any, are the symptoms of glaucoma? Is it more prevalent in men or women, or any particular age group? DEAR READER Glaucoma is a steady increase in pressure inside the eyeball. As the pressure builds up it destroys the seeing ability of the eye and causes blindness. Glaucoma can be a sudden development. The eyeball may be painful, and there may be a sudden dimming of vision. More often it is an insidious disease. The pressure builds up slowly and the person is unaware that anything is wrong. There may be some colored rings around bright objects, or the vision may begin to fail, first with decreased ability to see objects at the side. The vision may remain good when looking straight ahead for some time. Quite often the first sign of the disease is found by a routine eye examination that measures the pressure within the eyes. The earlier it is detected the more likely the doctor can do something about it. Since nearly half of the adult blindness in the United States and Canada is caused by glaucoma, it is very important to have an annual check for early detection. This applies particularly to those over 50 years of age. Women after middle-age are most frequently affected. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr Lamb's booklet on losing weight, send 50 cents and a long self-addressed stamped envelope to the same address and ask for the "Losing weight" booklet. believe — the man I talked to was the First Secretary of the P.R.C. delegation, and he said he'd seen me in several films in Peking. So it does help." The Ambassador added that, "the thing that's good about it for me is that other countries think of me as a friend — or a distant relative, and that helps in my diplomatic work." Since arriving in Accra on December 2, Ambassador Black has paid individual courtesy calls on each of the 30 other ambassadors to Ghana, as well as to each commissioner in the military government of. Col. I. K. Acheampong. She still is required to attend a diplomatic function almost every evening. ("This is one part of the job that frankly gets me a bit."). Acheampong was the leader of a revolutionary coup that toppled the previous government in early 1972. "This government is a farily stable government," said Ambassador Black. "This is the first time I've been involved in a military government, and sometimes I forget I'm in a military government. But. I don't notice anything that particularly bothers me. At the moment, our relationship is very good," she added, knocking softly on a wooden coffee table. The Ambassador, still pretty at 46, was decked out in a bright orange patterned dress, with her dark hair wrapped in a matching scarf. She was pleased when told she fit in well with the traditional costumes worn by Ghanaian women (although the dress was made in San Francisco). She presides over a staff of 60 Americans and nearly that many Ghanian helpers. The embassy was designed and patterned after a native chief's house and built to be the U.S. Consulate 14 years ago. It is of native wood, and attractive, but is far too small for the present staff, which is currently inconveniently spread out at several locations throughout the city. "All U.S. embassies are basically furnished alike," she explained. "They're quite masculine. But I'm going to add some colorful cushions and some plants, and I now have music piped in. I've also had an office chair shipped here from one of my husband's offices in California. It. replaced a gigantic, deep-seated leather chair with a high back. The last one fit the previous ambassador — he was 6'3". But I'm only 5' 2Vz"." Turning to her work, Ambassador Black said, "We have a very important job to do; not just giving money. We have to extend our hands in friendship. We have to become known for the kind of people we are; and we're good people. "My job is to represent the United States interests in Ghana — in black Africa. So my job is to bring companies together with counterparts in Ghana; to better the relationships we have, both in business and as people. I'm also encouraging the exchange of journalists and of students. This effort is already underway, but I'm trying to put a little more life into it." She added that, "We have some important businesses here, such as Kaiser Aluminum and Firestone Rubber, among others. I've tried to encourage U.S. business to 'don't just take', but even if it's something small, it's nice to give, too, through scholarships and so forth. "We do quite a lot in this line, but we don't talk about it. And I've accomplished a tremendous amount since I've been here, but I can't talk about it, either, which is unfortunate." The thoroughly charming ambassador says she has no desire to get involved in U.S. politics again (she once ran unsuccessfully for a GOP Congressional nomination in California). When her stint in Ghana is over, presumably in two or three years, she hopes to remain in the international arena, looking for better health care and protein development in needv countries. save on beautiful Sherwin Sherwin-Williams Rainbow Mist Sculptured Shag The unique look in shag car peting. Cut and loop luxury for any room in your home. 100% long-wear nylon carpeting in 10 decorator-designed colors. High lustre sculptured nylon fabric gives lustrous look. Soil resistant. 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