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'.30 « Northwett Arkansas TIMES, Sun., April 28, 1974 ..._. JgvrrriviLLE. ARKANSAS ;, The Game Of What Might Have Been Xenia Plays Fantasy About Tornado . X E N I A , Ohio (AP) -- The game of -wliat-mlght-have-bcen. ;,., All Xenia plays that fnntosy , .about Uio tornado that sliced through this southwestern Ohio · "-town on April 3, killing 32 persons and causing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of property damage. (!"If my daughter hadn't been l)ndor house arrest, if they jjadn't called off baseball prac- jce fgr my son, it there hadn't [pen Daylight Savings Time," wid the Hev. Raymond Pope of He Faith Community Methodist Church. !"Everyone is talking about UThe Rev. Mr. Pope felt the Jame compulsion to explore ghat might have been. "If it hadn't been for Daylight Sav. tpgs Tims," he said in a voice husky from the dust churned up by the whirlwind, "the children Would have been in school. It fvoulrl have been a terrible, ter- tjble tragedy." ~Xenia's schools are out at ^:30 p.m. EOT. The tornado struck at 4:40 p.'m. EDT. School kids would have been in school buildings or on the _ streets an hour earlier. ; --Brandenburg, Ky., counted 31 "dead from its April 3 twister, which destroyed 150 homes and buildings in the village of 1,650 persons. Xenia and Brandenburg were the hardest hit by the dozens of tornadoes that struck in Ohio and Kentucky on April 3. They also hit in nine other states, «nci in all more than 300 persons died. Xenia's twister converted the city's senior high school, a block-square complex, into a pile of rubbish with only fragments of walls and some beams standing. In school hours, 1,455 teen-agers study there. The storm severely damaged, almost destroyed, the city's two junior high schools -- Central and Warner, enrollments 791 and 1.295. It destroyed two el- mentary schools -- McKinley, enrollment 326, and Simon ientpn. enrollment 861 -- and icavily damaged Arrowwood Elementary, enrollment 392. "What happened was terrible. )f course," said the Rev. Mr. 3 ope, "but if the kids had been in school. · ." His voice trailed off. The game of what-might- lave-been, "It's a game adults play to ·elieve their frustrations, per- mps to ease guilt feelings because they survived," said Dr. Esther Dammaster, a psychologist with a guidance cen : :er set up in the First United Presbyterian Church. "There's no evidence of any mass trauma," she said. "A lot of people think there's going to be jm emotional backlash, tha people always break up after disaster. It isn't so. Surviving a crisis can be a growth experience." Still, a minister told the storj of a woman undergoing extreme emotional stress in Greene Memorial Hospital. She withstood the tornado well bill tripped later on debris and broke her wrist. The mishap seemed to break her control, her minister said. "The kids have ways of relieving their frustrations anr fears," said Dr. Dammaster. "You know what's the latest game kids are playing in Xenia? Tornado or Whirlwind. JUST PRACTICING "They're practicing, Every lime they practice tornado, the less fearful are their memo r i e s .' ' Dr. Diimmaster :huckled. "The parents are :iorrified, but it's good for them." There is no official list of the kids who now wet their beds, who wake up crying, some a bit hysterical because of a tornado warning _ F.aster Sunday, 12 days after the April 3 tornado. "My daughter cried and cried when it rained the other day, just a thunderstorm." said Rich Heiland, whose home was leveled in the hard-hit Arrowhead subdivision. "Finally I just sat her on my The I Capitol \ Report I By Sen. Morriss Henry ;Normally the Arkansas State legislature meets for two or three months every two years The spiraling inflation our nation's economy is experien ci'ng makes it appear that the General Assembly should meet f(ir a short special session this summer to approve some state salary increases. ·Modest teacher salary in creases were voted by the General Assembly in 1973. Other state employes are under a"classification system that provides periodic p a y increases based on longevity and promotions. However, these devices were enacted into law to be effective during normal times. These are not normal times. The U.S. dollar has been devalued twice in the past two years, and supermarket prices seem to increase every time a s t a t e employe receives a monthly check. . Reports from the Finance Ad ministration Department indicate the state will have a surplus of revenues during the fiscal year, which ends June 30, of about 540 million. At least part of this can and should be used to help our state employes ride the tide of inflation. I plan to write Governor Bumpers, asking him to call a special session in early July. The session should not be conducted prior to the primary elections since an issue such as salary increases could become a political football. I invite you to send any comments you may have to me at P.O. Box 1225, Fayetteville, Ark. 72701. Choral Festival Set For Monday Af Universify Tho Spring Choral Festival at the University of Arkarfsas will he at 8 p.m. Monday in the Arts Center Concert Hall. The festival program will feature the University Chorus directed by students Stephen Smith of Marked Tree and Tony Davis of Verona, Mo.; the Schola Cantorum, directed by Professor Richard Brothers and the Concert Choir, directed by Professor Jack Groh. The University Chorus will open the program with "Can- tate Domino" by Hassler, "The Morning Trumpet" arranged by Burroughs, "The Water Is Wide by Zaninelli, anci "We are Crossing Jordan River" arranged by Ehret. The Schola Cantorum will sing "Danegeld" by Alun Hoddinott and the Concert Choir will sing Gabriel Faure's Rtquiem." Mark Scobey of Warren will he organist and Bruce Martin of Fayetteville and Doug Campbell of Rogers will play trumpets. The program is open to the public and is free. Demand Rising ; TYLER, Tex. (AP) -- De| mand for heavy-duty coext- . ruded plastic shipping and stor- ; age bags will increase by 10 . per cent in 1974, according to ; Arthur A. Kukla, general manager of US! Film Products. Kukla estimates consumption · of about 35.8 million pounds of , plastic resin for this type of . packaging in 1974, compared I with 32.5 million pounds in 1973. ; He said H8.5 million bags will be used in 1074, up from 135 million last year. Much of the year's volume increase in heavy duty bags, Kukla said, will go to agrleul- {tiral and chemical packaging, THOMAS LEABHART ... to direct mime workshop Mime Workshop Set For UA This Summer A seven-week mime workshop ill be held on the University of Arkansas campus this summer from July 1 through hrough Aug. 16, according to ^homas Leabhart, instructor in .he Deaprtment of Speech and dramatic Art and director of Mime School, Inc. Partially funded through a grant from the National Endow- nent for the Arts and the Arkansas State Arts and Humani- ,ies Office, the Workshop will 'eature mime classes taught daily by Leabhart. The UA Division of Continuing Educa ian is cooperating w i t h the Workshop. Mime School, Inc,, "admits students of any race to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities of the school and does not discriminate on the basis of race in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, other school-administered programs," Leabhart said. Four credit hours are available through the University for he mime workshop and participants will be housed in Univer sity facilities. Also on the faculty w i l l he L, a 1 H , internationally-known East Indian dance authority vho will teach two East Indian echniques, and Sylvia Stuart, ballet dancer and teacher. Leabhart. a student of Etiennt? Decroux from 1968 hrough 1972, teaches mime, movement for the theater, and acting at the University of Ar- :ansas. He has given lecture- demonstrations and workshops at the University of Paris, the ~abbattini Theater in Belgium, The Folk Theatre of Madagas- ar, Loyola University in New Orleans, and Ecole de Mime 'otash in Mnntpellier, France. Further information may be btaincd bv writing to The Director, Mime School, Incorporated, 52(1 Frisco Lane, Fay- tteville, 72701. BXPEftT WATCH RIPAItt SWIFTS Z7 North Block «. The Green Belt VIENNA (AP) -- Fully half of the Austrian capital is covered with trees and greenery, including the fabled Vienna Woods. Vienna's verdure is among the citizens' most highly valued possessions. The mayor of Vienna, Leopold Gratz, is an ecological activist who has demonstrated his determination to protect and enrich the green belts in and around the Austrian capital. knee and I lold her, 'Look, honey, it's going to rnhi n lot in your life, and if yon cry every time it ruins you're going to have n mighty unhappy life.' " He smiled rather ruefully. "At least, she stopped crying.' 1 Dr. Dnmmnstcr said, "Adults don't luive this outlet. So they talk about H. By talking about it they relieve themselves." Some people whose homes wore destroyed don't wiint to see them. In many cases, , friends were doing the cleanup work. Outwardly, the city bustles about trying to pick up Ihc pieces. The task is enormous, The Army Corps of Engineers estimates 800,000 cubic yards of debris lie on the city -- 160,000 big truckloads'. "We estimate it will take 60 working days just to haul away the rubbish," said n Corps spokesman. . Half of Xenia's urban area suffered damage. Inspectors lave looked at 3,368 buildings. They condemned 1,244, listed 511 others with major damage and 1,184 with minor damage. "Tilings have slowed down," said City Manager Robert Stewart with a harried look. "The Corps of Engineers is on our back to give the signal to laul out the wreckage. The Corps will only bfe here 90 days and after that the home and building owners would have to do tlieir own hauling. "With a lot of the places, we can't locate tho owners and others are hassling with the insurance companies, who claim some buildings can be repair- cl," Stewmt has his own problem: What can be done for Xenia's future? "Look, I've already told the feds that we need $40 million to $50 million for public buildings and renewal," he said. "You know urban renewal normally takes five, six years just to tear down the buildings. We did it in two minutes. NIXON VISITS · "The President was here, you know, and he asked us what we wanted, and we told him: Money." Stewart shrugged. "The President has been here and half of Congress has been here and everyone says they want to help us. "But, there'll be other disasters and other problems, and as time goes on the will to help Xenia may weaken. We've got a chance to make a new and better city, if we can get the help." Federal emergency assistance for Xenia could go as high as $80 million, including $33 million to rebuild schools. The federal aid is coordinated by the Federal Disaster Assistance Administration from field headquarters at Wright Patterson Air Force Base In nearby Fnir- born. "If Stewart is talking about urban renewal, that's a whole new ball game," said an FDAA spokesman. "That takes time." Two weeks after the tornado, a spokesman at a federal Housing and Urban Development Center said temporary housing had been leased in Xenia for 325 tornado victims. There had been 1,600 applications. The federal budget for temporary housing in Xenia is $11 million. The Small Business Administration reported 51 applications for personal loans running about $10,000 each and said it expected an absolute maximum load of 2.000 such applications. The SBA estimated it might receive 600 applications for business loans but in the first weeks after the tornado only four applicants have appeared asking a total of $534.000. None of the four was the town's biggest industry, a furniture factory employing 250 persons. AID WORKING Federal emergency aid at Brandenburg appeared to be functioning smoothly, if a little slower than in Xenia. None of the residents had complaints, although friction developed when tho Brandenburg City Council decided it should have stricter control over where tha federal government trailers used as temporary housing should be located. Publisher Jim Willis of the Meadc County Messenger said the council felt the federal government could end up creating a slum in Brandenburg before the year was out. Willis said the controversy appears to have blown over. While civil leaders argue and talk- about millions of dollars, the people of Xenia talk about miracles and the unsung heroes of the storm. "There was this great-grandmother next door," said Holland, "She was 85 and she was sitting with three great-grandchildren. When it came, she got in a corner. A wall fell on them, and she was lying on her stomach holding the wall off the kids when neighborhood men pulled the wall off. "They tried to take her to a hospital, but she wouldn't go. 'There are a lot of bad hurt people, and I'm not going to take up their time,' she said. "Well, a couple of days later, they forced her to go to the hospital. Turned out she had a fractured skull and a broken collar bone, She's already up and back home. 'An Ulcer With A Stopwatch' Man. King Becomes Producer NEW YORK (AP) -- Comedian Alan King chuckled at the ate Fred Allen's definition of a producer "An ulcer w i t h a stopwatch." But neither stomach potions nor a stopwatch was in sight on Kiiig's desk. He didn't appear harried, ,and that seemed odd, too. Because n addition to being a comic, he's also been a producer since 1967, when he put together and s t a r r e d in "The Impossible Years" on Broadway. There are few chuckles in jroducing. Why'd he take on its evolved," leadaches? 'I think it just King shrugged while holding orth at his compact, book-lined office in midtown Manhattan. "Win, lose or draw, good, bad or indifferent, I always wanted .t' my way." Right now, he and his new production partner of six Bonths, Rupert Hitzig, are try- ng to put together: --Four possible T V series, ranging from a comedy about ^winging singles to a drama about a lawyer whose father vas a Mafia heavy. --Two made-for-TV movies or ABC-TV, one of which is ased on former astronaut Buzz Aldrin's book, "Return to Sarth." --A Broadway play. --A series of TV specials lased on National Lampoon magazine, plus a celebrity tennis show from Las Vegas which ABC will air next month and a comedy awards show King says ABC will broadcast next January. NEW MOVIE --A theatrical movie about ,wo turn-of-the-century bank robbers, both of whom are black. It's a heavy workload and the 17-year-old son of Brooklyn groans -- albeit cheerfully -about it. "I thought by taking in a partner I would be able to take t easy," he sighed. "Now I 'ind myself working 10 times as hard because he's 34 years old and he's crazy." King, who for two years served as executive producer ol ABC's summer series, "The Corner Bar," estimates he's produced about 35 te.evision shows.so far, including his own specials for ABC. Although he got in the game on a full-time basis with "The Impossible Years," he thinks, technically speaking, his career in that end of show business be gaii one summer 31 years ago. "When I started in the Catskill Mountains," he said, refer ring to New York's fabled resort area, "I was 15 years old, a second comic in a unit. "The second year I went back to the same hotel I was my own producer. The guy in charge says to me, 'Why don't you bring your own group?' So I started putting some sketches together -- not that they were original, you know -- and started producing. Performing is a hard enough business. Wouldn't it be easier being a sometime producer if one feels he must do that sort of thing? LESS REWARDING "It's not as rewarding," King said, "This (h i s projects) is costing me an awful lot of money. . .I've always been lucky enough to make a great deal of money in my business, but I've always had this great frustration. "I can remember opening my big mouth and saying, 'Geez, that's wrong.' And a guy says, Okay, you think you can do it better, go ahead and do it.' And all of a sudden I found myself locked in because of my big mouth." "I only play I/as Vegas six weeks a year," he said, then pointed to a cork bulletin hoard on which his various production plans were posted. "And that six weeks" -- he began laughing -- "pays for this whole board. "It allows me the luxury of experimenting with what I'm ^"^^^·^M^^^^^^**^ 1 ^*^--» » IIIUMII: noi included) 5x7 natural color portrait (frame not included) only with this ad No appointment necessary. Selection of poses. Limit: one special offer per family. Second child photographed individually at 880. 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"But when they say Alan King stinks ..." He almost was serious when he blamed this form of misery on "the ego, th'.« ego that keeps us going. I love these guys who say, 'I never read reviews.' " "Oh," he said, addressing that faction, "how secure y o u must be." King smiled knowingly when told that Jerry Lewis, despite all his success, still can recite his first review from "Variety." the s h o w biz bible. It sharply criticized Lewis's early efforts as a professional laugh merchant. "Sho took tho kids with Her to Washington, D.C. they wero having problems, wetting the bed and crying." ARKA OF SIGNS Holland's Arrowhead subdivision, hanlcut-hlt in Xcnla, now is a field of rubble and an area of signs. Perhaps the signs aro niiolhc: 1 way of relieving tha strain. "With the help of tho Lord, good friends and hard work wo shall return. The Wards.' 1 "Please save slab. That's all that's left. Connie Fletcher." "Wonderful World, Aint It." The sign was scrawled in paint on one of the two partial walls still standing. On Jim Shoemaker's modest home near downtown, "God Saved Us." Shoemaker, his mother and three children rode out the-storm that ruined his house. But, most popular of all -"Xenia lives." It is pasted on car bumpers, sides of buildings and store windows, the gift of the Rev. Mr. Pope's church. But mostly, Xenia relieves itself by talk. "One thing'," said the Rev. Mr. Pope, "You never hear anyone, not anyone, ask, 'Why did Ggd.do this to us?' "It's always, 'Thank God tho kids weren't in school,' or there weren't 'Thank God, more killed.'.' Now and again an Ohio National Guard helicopter chugs overhead, drowning out the distant thuds of hammers. One of the pilots, a veteran of Vietnam, guided his chopper down the seven-mile swath of destruction that cut Xenia in half. "My God, we didn't do this well when we tried to destroy." he said, looking down at the devastation. "I could cry for these people." - Cooper Reburied SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP)' -- Nearly 13 years after Gary Cooper's death, his body has come to its final' resting place -- under a three-ton boulder in this Long Island resort. Cooper's body was moved from a Los Angeles Cemetery and on Friday reburied here, where Cooper frequently visited. A large boulder was moved atop his grave; "He always loved Southampton, so we thought this was where he should be," said his widow. Veronica, now Mrs. John Converse. , MOM., TUES., WED. A Mi TO SERVICE SPEC IA LS OPEN DAILY 9-10; SUN. CLOSED GUARANTEED AS LOW AS VOtJ OWN TOUR CAR Sim tot Mat U.S. Cm All BRAKE WORK DONE BV TRAINED MECHANICS 4-FULL-PLY POLYESTER CORD BLACKWALLS Keg. 18.88-878x73 14 Plus RET. 7.83 Each WHITEWAUS 2.44 VORE EACH "LUMAHI TIRES MOUNTED FREE NO TRADE-INS REQUIRED fli-lJJBESPlUSF.E.T.EACH , FIBERGLASS BELTS + PLIES POLYESTER CORD BLACKWALLS SERVICES INCLUDE: 1. 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