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CemitM, INt, DM M«ln*i ft*«lit«r and tribune Moines, Iowa Section Six July 27, * HOME AND FAMILY SECTION Rigger LOR Hotv blind students from Vinton 'see* the animals at the Des Moines Children's Zoo Shown at left, starting out to "see" the sights at the Children's Zoo in Des Moines are a group of students from the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School at Vinton (first to tenthgraders), F with James W. Grupp, center, summer school co-ordinator at the school. The two children with Grupp are Terry Gingerich, 6, of Washington, and Denise Leeper, 12, of Bettendorf. Others are in the background. Staff Pictures by William Kesler The Burro <J]The Elephant In ih« eld »tory, an elephant is something different to every blind person who ioVdh«« Mm, and to Christine Welter, 13, of Waterloo, second from right, '"" Tody-Zulu "is a' creature "with grass growing all over him." Left is Caroline Rasmussen, 15, of Mason City, with Mary Miller, 17, of Van Home, a summer staff member.'John Hambling, right, is a regular staff member. B OYS AND GIRLS who "see" with their fingertips and ears and noses — the unsighted — have as much fun visiting the zoo as you with your wide-open eyes. Or, anyway, that's how it appeared when 26 children and youths of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School at Vinton took a Tuesday tour of the Children's Zoo in Des Moines. Accompanying the group were Mr. and Mrs. James W. Grupp and five other staff members from the school. Grupp is co-ordinator of a six-week summer school program in which the Vinton unsighted students have made all kinds of one-day excursions around Iowa. A T THE ZOO, there were fingertip adventures in ruffling the coat of a 'peaceable little burro ("He even jeels like he is friendly!"), between-the-bars .exploration of the big floppy ears and inquisitive trunk of elephant Tody-Zulu. ("He's 'wearing some kind of fuzzy leather sheet") and some getting acquainted with Charlie, that llama-like creature with his wet nose ("Has he had it in a trough or is it always like that?") Most of the zoo's animals are too far behind several screens and bars for touching by either sighted or unsighted Terry (top) gets acquainted with Jack, the ioo'i little burro—and so do oth'ers, skilled at seeing through their sensitive fingertipi. By Frances $Craig children. But Vinton children are good .listeners and were quiet for detailed descriptions of animals and sights, recited by Mrs." Grupp ("That little leopard is about as long as from your fingertips to your shoulders.") and others. O N THIS languid, hot day, most animals were stilled, including the King of the Jungle ("stretched out there like a big old house- cat," said Mrs. Gruppj, but the zoo always has something on the sound track. A whole assortment of squawks, shrieks and complaints issued from the aviary, punctuated by an occasional "Help!" from Professor, the big green parrot. (.''Crow again, Professor!"; There were birdcalls of children, too. gleeful inside the zoo's castle where a slide goes round and /round ("Do 1 hear Terry in there?"), and the cool "whup-whup-whup" of a water wheel churning out the 95-degree afternoon. There were pleasant, lint summer .smells of sun-on-dust and water-on-ccmont ("I'd like to he a cage noser" i — and few of the unpleasant odors that can occur in zoos. (Housekeeping is good at the Children's Zoo.) T HIS KIND of summer-seeing is part of a program of "total living experiences," says Grupp. There have been such treats as an airplane ride in Cedar Rapids! a boat trip down the Mississippi river and a train ride from Savannah, 111., to Marion, an up- aiKJ-ciown-thc-hill* journey in the cable car at. Dubuque, visits to industrial plants in Waterloo, to stale parks at Strawberry Point and Maquoketa, trips to the Amana colonies, to (he DCS Moines Art Center, Historical Building and Salisbury House. NOW: THE 'AFRO' WIG "Afro look" now extends JL to wigs, introduced recently by a Des Moines merchandiser. Judi Jones, 17, tries on one ot the fashions, assisted by Barbara Meeks, stylist for Contessa of Rome in downtown Des Moines where the wigs have had popular acceptance. Buyers are blacks who prefer to resemble their African forebears rather than to affect "white" styles. Judi's own hair (center) is close-cut but also "Afro" in style. The 1969 graduate of Tech High School prefers what she considers "the more natural or appropriate 1 ' appearance achieved by her cut or by the wig (far right). Big loop earrings are part of the "Afro look." (Not all dark-skinned buyers like Afro wigs, Miss Meeks observes. Some prefer a softly- curling or smooth wig of the kind purchased by more numerous Caucasian patrons of the shop.) Judi having the wig fitted ... Staff Pictures l>ij Jack Bi'lnton Long-toothed heir pick C LOSELY approximating Judi's own hair in color, texture and degree of curl, the "Afro" wig is made of synthetic fiber which is easily washed by the owner and requires no setting. (.The original set is made at the factory with a curling iron.) Cost of the wig is 139.95 although it sold cheaper during an introductory offer in Des Moines. The stylist trimmed the wig Judi is modeling only slightly. — Judi says, "I really like it this way." Some buyers like the wigs almost as close- cropped as Judi's own hair; some find them a real boon as a cover-up for hair that has been damaged. A pretty hairline like Judi's is an asset for either the "Afro" cut or wig which emphasize the neck, the Contessa stylist points out. She had praise for "a really sharp cut" administered by Judi's hair- her own normal hairstyle .,. y., . wearing the new wig stylist at the Crescent Beauty Shop. A TOOL (lower left) used for fluffing up the "Afro" is the long-toothed pick. Both'men and women find it useful. Seeing advertisements for the "Afro" wigs, men have made inquiries says Miss Meeks, but she says the fashion Judi is modeling probably can't be trimmed satisfactorily for male wearers. is -i&i.