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Aug. 31,1975 • DES MOINES SUNDAY REGISTER / HA 'Hi, Buckaroos!' Alas, Babylon STARS Continued from Page One little bits of advice dropped in with the packages of sips left at the houses of the initiated. It's certainly a more friendly situation than in the time of Babylonian silliness when the stars were snootily concerned only with the fate of empires and the golden image of Marduk. But, strangely, when the Iowa astrologers went out for a lunch of cheeseburgers and fish sandwiches, they passed beneath the giant statue of "Happy chef," an image that would have terrified the nonsensical Babylonians. The astrologers were unafraid. One of them even argued with the stars,, refusing to accept the message of frigidity flowing in from her Venus square. "T have Scorpio rising," she said. "That pulls me through." "Scorpio Is Sexy" . "Scorpio is sexy," Joyce agreed, "but Venus is not a nice girl at all. The planet of gain and lose. Makes you a darned cold cookie." Joyce talks about the planets in a gossipy way, as though she has Just returned from a romp around the solar system, and a perfectly wonderful time it was, too. "Pluto is the planet of compulsion. When you gotta go you gotta go,?' she said archly. "Uranus — there's a certain tension about him. But Jupiter, he's the worst. And he's supposed to be so good," she jeered. What happened between Joyce and Jupiter was not revealed. "Mercury-Mars, that's big mouth," said Joyce. "My Uranus is Martian," called a woman in the audience. "Tension!" said Joyce. The meeting went on, sounding at times to the uninformed visitor like a celestial bingo game ("At 958, Cancer") a bridge tournament ("I had five Venus aspects!) and a pop psychiatry session: "Donna has a vital need for power on a grand scale.'! "Did you have spells when you went into your room to cry?" "This Moon of Mine" Astrology "gives everybody a chance to talk about themselves," Joyce explained later. "It's therapy and a language to speak. Instead of saying, 'I'm hurting,' you can 1 say; 'This moon of rotate is hurting.'" , ........ Joyce, who once was a commodity analyst, remembered her joy at the discovery of astrology several years ago. "I just/ went ape," she said. • / Planet of? Mrs. Helen Chadima of Cedar Rapids, president of the federation, said astrology is helping the members "to understand themselves and their life situations." Over the cheeseburgers and fish sandwiches, the astrologers chatted about the comforting, orderly progression of the planets through the heavens. "It's all divine," said Doris Van Patten of West Des Moines, "and only people horse it up." Many of the astrologers believe in reincarnation. Doris has "an intuitive feeling" about a life lived during the French Revolution during the Eighteenth Century. Joyce mentioned that she had lived "several Interesting lives in India and China.'' Stellar Energies "Stellar energies are imprinted on us when we are born," said Beth Price of Waukee. "It seems to me that, with Jupiter, I experience a letdown." . '•"'• "That darn north node of the moon," said Margaret Vporhecs, a professional astrologer from-Des-Moines.— 'It: works in a Jupiter fashion." -She said the purpose of a natal birth chart (horoscope) is "to give an individual the potential to work out his own destinies." She says she is retained by several businesses in Iowa to consult in the hiring of personnel, and the dates and places to open new branches. She does the last by reading horoscopes cast from the birth dates of the corporation and the birth dates of the founders of the business. Earlier, Margaret Had warned the members of the Iowa federation to "keep magic out of astrology." She mentioned that former President Richard Nixon is a Capricorn. The sign of Capricorn is the mountain goat. Mountain goats keep climbing. "Don't worry," said Margaret, "he's climbing again;" : Worried, the visitor left, walking thoughtfully beneath the giant statue of Happy Chef. The towering figure stands with an expression of cosmic idiocy, a huge soup spoon upraised in one hand, pointing to the stars. Could it be Marduk, the Babylonian god, returned in plastic reincarnation? A small sign at the base of the statue promised that, with the push of a button, Happy Chef would -speak. The button was pushed. "Hi, Buckaroos," said Happy Chef. Alas, Babylon. PLAN TO CUT MISSILES WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) he Pentagon is keeping under rict secrecy a plan to cut in alf the number of U.S. Nike ercules antiaircraft missile atteries in West Germany. Any move of this sort is con- idered highly sensitive because f the political impact on the ermans and possibly on East- test negotiations for a mutual 3duction of forces in Central urope. Apparently for that reason he Pentagon refused to discuss 3 injured in explosion, fire at gas station By BONNIE WITTENBURG Three persons were injured Saturday when spilled gasoline wag ignited accidcntally,-ioueh> Fomt* ing off an explosion and fire] at a Forest City service station. The accident occurred about 7:30 a.m. at Goldy's Hi-Way Mobil Service, authorities said, when an a b o v e-ground storage tank overflowed while being filled, spilling fuel across the station's driveway and under a car. Not Hurt Seriously Authorities said the gasoline was ignited when Cindy Olson, 16, of Leland, started her car. The car exploded, blowing the hood off and belching flames, but Olson escaped serious'in- jury, police said. Three of 15 above-ground storage tanks also exploded and caught fire, authorities said. The fire destroyed the station, a gasoline transport truck that was unloading at the station, a nearby storage building and a mobile home that was used as an office by Goldon Knapper, the station owner. Injured were Jerry Knapper, 81, of Forest City, son of the station owner; Albert f A. Ma cumber, 35, of Mason City, driver of the transport truck, and Olson. Burns on Hands, Face Knapper was listed in good condition Saturday at a Forest City hospital with first- and second-degree burns on his hands and face. Macumber was in fair condition at a Mason Cit; hospitl with first- and seconc degree burns on his arms shoulders, face and neck, an< Olson was in good condition a Forest City hospital wit first-degree burns on her hand and arms. Police Chief Doug Book sal firemen worked for about tw hours before bringing th flames — which at times sho 300 feet into the air and wer visible for about four miles — under control. Three storage tanks explode and a fourth caught fire, bu firemen were able to preven flames from spreading to th other 11 tanks, officials said. Damage Estimates Damage to the station wa estimated at $81,000, includin 42,000 gallons of gasoline, polic said. Damage estimates on th car and transport truck wer not available. Firemen from Britt, Game Mason City, Leland, Lake Mil! and Joice aided Forest Cit firemen. The service station is at th east edge of Forest City alon U.S. Highway 69. the plan, which was reported by U.S. defense sources. The plan soon will be discussed with the West German government and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, sources Mid. The U.S. Army's intention is to phase out eight of the 16 Nike Hercules, batteries stationed in West Germany. Eight batteries include 72 missile- launchers, according to Army officers. The missiles mount both nuclear and conventional high-explosive warheads. Defense sources said the Nike Hercules missiles; which have been in operation since 1958, are becoming obsolescent. They said the air defense job can be handled adequately by improved U.S. Hawk missiles and fighter planes based in Germany. The Germans man their own Nike Hercules missile batteries. Virtually all the Nike Hercules batteries which were placed around U.S, cities in the late 1950s and early 1960s have been dismantled because the Soviet bomber threat to the United States no longer is regarded as serious. The manpower strength of more than 1,200 officers and enlisted men in the batteries tabbed for phase-out in Germany probably would be assigned to other combat units there,, defense sources said. Therefore, there would be no net reduction in U.S. troop totals in Europe as a result. PROBE CITES LINN JAIL Tlw MMIltOT'l Itwi NfWt Strvlee CEDAR RAPIDS, IA. - Conditions at the Linn County Jail here have been criticized by the county grand jury following an inspection of the 51-year-old structure last week. The grand jury report urged the board of supervisors to "immediately explore . either extensive repair or new facilities." The jury charged that similar criticisms in the past by other grand juries have been ignored, and it ordered county officials to submit a report within two months about corrective steps they plan to take. The jury said sanitary conditions are "gross" and women's facilities are "abhorrent." The jury noted crowding problems because Cedar Rapids no longer has a city jail. the jury recommended semiannual inspections of the jail by the board of health and the city fire inspector. Sheriff Walter Grant said the jail was not designed to handle the present number of inmates. He said conditions could be improved, but he said the staff has a difficult time keeping up with maintenance work because pris oners frequently damage the cell blocks. Members of the board of supervisors sajd $44,000 has been spent in the past year for re- pairs and Improvements at'.iM jail. However, board member* said they will review tWl grand jury recommendation* I* See what additional ments could be made. Alcoholism grant to Iowa City unit Tit* RMliltr'i IAWI N«wi Strvlce ,-.,' IOWA CITY, IA. - The Mid* Eastern Communities Council,, on Alcoholism has received "ft", grant to study the problem of alcoholism and senior citizen*, said Grover Stubbee, executive director of the council. AU» participating in the project will be the Iowa Division on Alcoholism and the Iowa Commission on the Aging. 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