Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on May 26, 1974 · Page 39
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May 26, 1974

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 39

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Weather Forecast Ralm «h«wen »r* l«ree»*t today Im a band along the south- era tier From east Texas lo the southeastern Atlantic toast states. Showers are alsn slated In the northern portions of the New England stales. Most or the rest of the country should have clear weather. (AP Wirephoto) Seattle Woman Drives Gasoline Tanker Truck SEATTLE (AP) -- It's not hard to spot Sandy Moser in the crowd of drivers at the Atlantic Richfield Co. terminal on Harbor Island. She's the woman. To the best of her knowledge, she's the only female driver of gasoline tanker trucks in the United States. But Sandy ("Don't use Mrs., Miss or Ms.. just call me Sandy") refuses to get on a women's liberation soapbox about her job. "I don't call myself a women's liberationism I call myself a women's opportunist. I was an average housewife before I got this, job," said the 35-year- old mottjer of three. She unexpectedly found herself on her own, with a mortgage lo pay and children to support. Sandy wanted something "outside a woman's pay" so she wouldn't condemn her family to merely existing on a meager salary. She saw an advertisement for a truck-driving school and applied, only to be told that "The Northwest wasn't ready for a woman truck driver." When At lantie Richfield called the school looking for a woman driver, the company was given her name and called her for an interview. Sandy was informed that she took the school's course and passed she could have a job driving a truck. The tests included lifting a hose tha weighed IflO pounds when filled "I barely could get it up on my shoulder, but I did," sh »aid matter-of-factly. Sandy has been with the com pany for more than eigh months. SIX WEEKS TRAINING Her six weeks of on-the-Jo' t r a i n i n g consisted of learnini the business by riding with an other driver. "The compan; radically had to train me allj ver again," Sandy said. "I wouldn't recommend the driv- ng school. It didn't teach me nough." Although some men at the erminal and at service stations resented her at first, Sandy jives her fellow workers all of lie credit for her success. They went out of their way to help her, she said, and she n e v e r would have made it without hem. Backing the huge trucks Is difficult. She occasionally has gotten stuck and had to have one of the men come get her out. Her learning experiences also include poking a hole in he cab when she hit a low overhang. As a beginner. Sandy was not opening internal valves to compartments in the truck and mailer correctly, causing the loses to become too heavy. "It almost killed me until they discovered what I was doing wrong." she said. Sandy hurt her back and is still receiving treatment. But icr male counterparts encouraged her to stick with the job. saying, "You're going to hang in there, aren't you? You aren't going to quit?" "I've never been a deter mined person," she admitted but for some reason 1 was de lermined to do this." Her deter mination has paid off in both satisfaction and money. GOOD MONEY Her probation period is near ly up, and she's earning more than $1,000 a month. "It's not fantastic." Sandy said, "but it' pretty good money for a worn an." When passing out credit t others for helping her, Sand, speaks warmly of her parent and her children. Taffy, 17 Cindy. 16; and Rick. 14. "They really encourage' e," Sandy said. "Sometime 'm embarrassed for the kids t lave to say, 'My mother is rucker.' but they seem kind o iroud." When she's not working Sandy spends her time on tf amily's three-acre farm i forth Bend! She is enrolled i tole painting class, enjo sewing and is planning on a hi vegetable garden this year. R modeling the house also is hig on her list. The contrast between he view of herself as a woman an herself as a trucker is ·mplified by the soft, blue tucked blouse she wore wit cans and heavy work boots o the job. "I was standing in front of mirror the other day, and whe f raised my arms to comb n lair I noticed that I'm startin to get big muscles in arms," she said. "I work especially hard at r taining my femininity. Y don't have to be masculine be a truck driver. All you a: for is an opportunity equal any man's. She pulled herself easily in the cab of the truck and gri red as she gave her careful rehearsed truckdriver's vvav Blue blouse or not, she looki right at home. Promoted Robert E. Waters, son of Mr Pauline Waters of Fayettevill was meritoriously promoted Lance Corporal while servi at. the Marine base at Car Pendleton, Calif; A meritorio promotion is given to tho Marines who have distinguish themselves through work, m itary bearing and leadership. The Last Of The One-Room Schools UNION, Conn. (AP) -· The mallest school in Connecticut a white, wood-framed, three- jom building -- the kind no te builds anymore. The school has 67 pupils ts in the shade of a pine rove on a knoll near the cen- of this rural eastern Con- licut- corhmunity ' of 460 jeople. "We don't have any science boratories. The kids have a «ienc« locker, but they still do jrperiments." said William ranklin, 53. who doubles as rincipal and teacher. Franklin, who comes to chool as he has since 1968 ressed in sweaters and how es, is one of three teachers at he Union School. "My philosophy is when a oungstcr can read, he's on his vay and, by golly, we're mak- ng readers," Franklin said bout his students, who range rom the four tots in kindergar- cn to his six eighth graders. The school operates without utltime secretaries, clerks or pecial teaching consultants, 'he latter, Franklin s i m p l y oesn't believe in. "Go back ?0 years when we aught the child the best we ould. We had to find out the robleni and take care of it ourselves ... not pass it o f f , " ? said. Three eighth grade girls are :hosen each year as a school lonor to be Franklin's secretar- e.s and business managers. Last year the town appro- mated $108,700 of its $177,306 budget for education. In the classroom Franklin sits at the end of a long table vith the 23 students he calls 'my kids" in grades six through eight. "It's pretty easy when you .hint about it,' he says to a ?roup of seventh graders work- ng on parallelograms and prisms, and then switches to mother group to review Engish grammar. The residents of Union are not eager to advertise their smallness. They fear that more people, longing for the closeness of days gone by, might change things -- like their three-room school. Nor*w«* Artumwn TIMES, Sim, May U, W4 NEWS WHILE IT IS NEWS IN THE TIMES'"-"-- · 50 Cancer Detection Test Said Worthless ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) -A Mayo Clinic cancer specialist describes as worthless an early cancer detection test which has been approved by the U.S. Food Drug Administration. Dr. Charles Moerlel says the test is very expensive and has no value (or the diagnosis of cancer in an early and curable stage. Moreover, he says il might even cause deaths - il the tests of cancer patients prove negative and they fail lo get the disease diagnosed in time for effective treatment. OPEN MEMORIAL DAY 10A.M. til 9 P.M % ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY Large Group Misses' Spring SPORTSWEAR · PANTS 0 SKIRTS · TOPS · JACKETS · SIZES * to 16 i Price One Da; Only Miises' and .Irs.' Entire Stock DRESSES IQ% Qff Vi Price $8 to $15 $4 to $6 One Group--Reg. $4.00 | / B^-.l DENIM HANDBAGS /* rHCC One Group JEWELRY £U One Group--Values to (28 JUNIOR TOPS Junior ; HALTERS . Now Only Shop Memorial Day 10 a.m. til 9 p.m. Come Early for Best Selections! house of fashion Northwest Arkomot Ptaza UM' Your Master Charge or BandAmericard His Record Shows- We've got o Working Sheriff Let's Keep Him! Sheriff Long and members of his mounted patrol assisting when disaster strikes. Inventorying evidence from armed robbery. Sheriff Long and work crew destroying marijuana in South Washington County. Sheriff Long doesn't have to tell you what he will do if elected. His record shows what he is doing! Let's Keep ^EeriWBiirt^g^ · , Constantly tmproylng · 'j I ·- W«ihiiigh)? County law ^ enforcement / ""'(Political Ad Paid for by Jack Perry and friends of Bill Long) Sheriff Long transporting Escapees and Armed Robbery Suspects. For a Sfonaer Congress who are-not afraid to take responsibility for the future of this country." ELECT BILL CLINTON Your 3rd District Congressman

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