Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on July 3, 1974 · Page 10
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 10

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, July 3, 1974
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Norlhwfl'st Arkansas TIMES, Wed., July 3, 1974 FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS Page Of Nonsense For Daughter Points Julie Andrews To Book r N E W YORK (AP) -- Keeping " a. promise to a child is perhaps One of the most difficult things apparent "has" to do. Nevertheless, the results .can sometimes be a source of pleasure for both child and parent. f So says Julie Andrews, film and Broadway star, who start- e'd out to write a "page full of "nonsense" to satisfy her daugh- tBfr Jenny, and ended up with a p'ftblished children's novel .of -178 pages called "Mandy." ....That was three years ago, , Now, using the same talent j Jenny, sparked. Julie, has writ- len a second book, "The Last of . the Re'aliy Great Whang', doodles." It's dedicated to her husband, Blake Edwards, and as its author she uses the name Julie "Edwards. 'Mandy," she explains 'came about as a result of a i game we twere playing. While ; \ye were ill Paris. Jenny and .- *my other two. children wen. -','running, wild. I was busy mak- 1 ing a film and we were all on '.. s~ort of a holiday. I couldn'l .keep an eye.on them very well So I devised a game where I ,.. fftjd, 'Okay, If you don't pick '.'. Up your laundry, and if y o v : ; don't brush your teeth at leas : pn'ce a day, and if you don'l en'ange your underwear, thet 1 you'll have to pay a forfeit. And Jenny, who is the oldest Petition Circulated On Amendment Tax LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A pe tition declaring legislative in lent to revoke any tax-levying power a proposed constitutiona .amendment might give to coun ties has been signed by 32 sena tors and 84 House members. ""The statement also was .sup ported in a, statement Tuesday by the Association of Arkansa Counties. * · The legislators signed a peti tion that was circulated afte some concern arose that th proposed county governmen amendment, which voters wi" approve or reject in the Nov. general election, might giv county quorum courts authorit to levy taxes without approval or vote of the people. Atty. Gen. Jim Guy Tucke has been asked to give a lega opinion on whether the amenc ment (would grant such author ity. Legislators who signed th petition pledged to sponsor vole for and support legislatior to "remove the, authority o county government to enac taxes at the local level, specil ically including, but not limite to, sales and payroll taxes without the prior approval the Arkansas Legislature, o referendum by the people." The legislation ..would h passed in the regular legisla tive session in .January if th p r o p o s e d amendment i adopted ly the people. aid, 'Okay, but you'll have to lay the game too'-- you've got o stop swearing so much.' "Well, I lost the game in bout 10 minutes of that con- ersalion.And. she said, 'Your orfeit should be, write me a :ory.' And that's exactly how t happened." Considering taking the easy 'ay. oul, Julie first con- emplalcd writing her a page of onsense, but on second houghts decided to write her omelhing a little more mean- ngful that just might 1 teach her ornething without her realizing "I tried to teach her some- lung she didn't know. She's a city girl and didn't know too much about the country. I'm ond of. the country and nature and things like that, so I came up with the idea for 'Mandy.' "Jenny was 11 when I got the dea but she was about 14 by ;he time I presented the book :o her. Then 1 found that I had snjoyed writing t h a t one so much, that I kind of felt lost when I stopped, so I started on ;he second." The second also had its un .1 s u a 1 beginnings. Looking hrough the dictionary for c word, Julie said she "literally saw the word whangdoodle.' Found in the belter' dictio naries, she said, the definition s a humorous mythical crea turc of fanciful and undefined nature. "I said that's a marvelous name and I'll call the book The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles,' and the; title never changed. The story kind of grew out of the idea for the Since "Mandy" was only he first effort, Julie said she se out to teach a little more in "The Last of the Really Grea Whangdoodles." Today, she ex plained, children are goin through a great depersonaliza tion. Things arc being hurled a them so fast and the world i changing quickly -- with th media feeding emotions I them -- that, ordinary thing like using their imagination and keeping an open mind ar being lost. "For. instance," she said, " think most children would rath er sit in front of a television se and get all their feelings secon hand rather than go down th block, or climb a tree, or bull a club house. I'm saying don lose your imagination, don stop thinking for yourself, don' just sit and be fed. Go nut an do and keep aware and awake I've tried to do it with a lot o humor." Her latest hook follows .th' imaginations o[ three fairl, bright youngsters who wande off to find the Whangdoodle which has disappeared. Thei trip leaches them a few lesson along the way -- like how t behave. · T Julie M s . the mother of thret children. Jenny, her oldes stepdaughter, is 17; her step son, Jeffrey, is 14, and her owr daughter Emma, is 11. PONYTAIL "I feel like a good laugh., .let's listen to my parents' albums from the 'Fifties'!" Elde MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) !ter the first snow in her first inter in the small public ho'us- g apartment, Augusta Looney membered sighing and think- g, "Lord, thank you for tak- g the house." The house was a modest two- ory dwelling she and her hus- and, Candies, scrimped and ived to buy during their wbrk- ig years -- he as a baler in a ig factory, she as a hotel riaid. It was the symbol of leir success and the financial nderpinning of their future re- rement. The home had to be sold, owever, to pay the medical ills for her husband's last ill- esses. He died of a stroke in 360. "Why did I thank the Lord hat day? Well, it was because omeone else had to worry bout the shoveling," the ear-old widow said. To Mrs. Looney, snow mean 2 or §3 to hire someone to sho el her walk so she could read ic street. Before she moved hat cost came from her $168-a month Social Security check. Even such a minor expensL ould upset her budget, Mrs jooney explained. Brushinp ack a wisp of iron grey hair he talked of the realities o 'Udgeting in old age. A snow all could mean no beef tha veek. Two snowfalls close to gether could mean dropping th dd chicken legs from her die until .the shoveling expens :6uld be absorbed. FINANCIAL MILLSTONE For many thousands of eldei y, a home of their own ofte becomes a financial millstone tising property taxes, a leak ng roof, a broken furnac drive many elderly on fixed in comes over the line into in solvency. Statistics aren't kepi ml government experts · an obbyists for the aged say tha .housands of retired person :ind themselves forced eac year to sell their homes. it was hard to lose th house," Mrs. Looney said, was our dream. But there ar worse things. Lots wors ;hings." Like the snow. No matter, how well it's she yeled, there ore always a fe icy patches between home an supermarket. For the britt bones of the aged, t h e s e ar land mines. A slip and fall ca mean long months of hosp talization while broken bone knit, or permanent disability in a nursing home. "Who would get my food if fell?"- Mrs. Looney asks. Sh did fall once on an ice pate and broke an arm. But it wa iome years ago. She wj younger, and after a short ho. pitalization, she was back o feet. The fear remain iiowever, that it might nappe again. There are 15.2 million me Dver 65 and women over 62 o Social Security. Many shai Mrs. . Looney's fears an threadbare -existence. A Whil House Conference on the Agin estimated that an additional lillion annually is needed to in crease retirement paymcnl sufficiently so that all the e derly can live above the "pov erty line" -- now considered b government experts about $3 JOO annual income. $33 BILLION ANNUALLY Currently, the Social Securit Administration in Washingto pays out $33 billion each yea in benefits and welfare suppl ments to the retired elderly Many thousands of those me and women have no otb source of income, although S cial Security, when enacted 1937, was supposed to be only "cushion" in old age, suppl rnenting savings and other i come. Counting the 11 per cent i crease in payments this yea the average single retire worker gets $181 monthly, tl average retired couple $31 The maximum payment single retirees this year $304.93, the minimum $93.8 For couples, the maximum $"157.35 ,lhe minimum $140.70. "No, it's not enough for a their needs," a Social Securi expert said. "But there isn enough money to do an more." Law requires that Social S curity old-age pensions be pa out of payroll taxes. The cu rent maximum payroll dedu tion is $772.20 annually -- f some workers more than i come taxes. In 1056, by coi parison, the maximum emplo; e Many Problems DISCOUNT QUALITY BLACK CAT CRACKERS BUYONE GET ONE FREE!! Largest Selection in Northwest Arkansas -- 10 Convenient Locations -- · KMART on Hwy 71N in Fayefrevtlle -- Robert Parish · DILLONS on Hwy 71S in Fayefteville -- Nell Adams · DILLONS on Hwy 45E In Fayefteville -- Netfle Courtney · DILLONS on Hwy 62 in Prairie Grovs -- David Courtney · LONG'S GROCERY on Hwy 68E in Springdale -- Levita Lane · A W TRUCKING on Hwy S9E 33 In Slloam Springs -- Marshal Clary · HART'S FAMILY CENTER on Hwy 62E 23 in Eureka Springs -- Deonn Lane · DENILE'S TWO STOP on Hwy 71N in West Fork -- Steve Campbell · HWY 71S across from EPC in Fayefteville -- Ty Hoskins · ARKANSAS AUCTIONEER ENTERPRISES on Hwy 71 befweun Alma and Van Buren -- Ken Preston duction was $84. Nevertheless, the strict con- pi of Social Security pensions s gone by the boards. The cleral government is paying 7 billion annually to 1.85 mil- n retired men and women 10 qualify for Supplemental curity Income, a form of wel- re. To quality lor the SSI sup- ement, Iiowever, retirees cant liavo homes worth more ati $25,000, or liquid assets -- vings, insurance annuities ocks and the like -- worth ore than $1,500. DECISION COSTLY Mrs. Looney does. After she sold her home and paid her husband's medical bills, a Hlllo over $1,500 in cash remained. She refused to conceal the money from the government -- · "I'm too old to learn how to lie now" -- and stubbornly refused to follow her daughter's suggestions to spend do\vn to the allowable max imum. "That money is for. burying. I'm not going to any pauper's grave,"sbe explains. The decision has cost her not only federal SSI benefits but also supplemental retirement payments from the state of Wisconsin. For those dependent oh Social Security,- Wisconsin's program for the aged includes supplemental payments so that a single person receives at least $230 monthly. Perhaps in self-defense, Mrs. Looney, like many senior citizens, maintains a style of bouncy optimism; a personal dignity that ignores empty refrigerators and faded clothing.. Life, Mrs. Looney will tell you without prompting, is still good and sweet. Sustained by a religious conviction that the next life will be better, she even has some good words for :he hardship she knew before retirement. "Things never were too good, so they are not too tough now. 3 don't eat much, and I don't need much. What hurts is the people who had it good (during their working years). Some are really', sad; Illness and other things cost them everything. Now they have to learn to live with poverty. I already knew. I never'- had much expectation about retirement." LIVE WITH POVERTY For Mrs. Looney, $42 of her $168 monthly Social Security check pays the rent and utili- Jcs for a one-bedroom apartment in a building reserved for he aged. Another $9 covers the ;elephone, which she considers a necessity; a life preserver to call for help in case of disabling illness or accident. Once these fixed costs' are out of the way, Atrs. Looney says she spends almost all the · rest of her check on food. Dog food, too, is a source.of shame. Numerous oldsters said they know of people who use it. But -they quickly added that they had not been forced to buy it for themselves. After one group discussion of the subject, a 73-year-old woman tugged at a reporter's sleeve and said: "Don't pay them too much mind, son. They all eat it." And did she? "Of course not," she snapped. "Didn't I just tell you so." OPEN JULY 4TH! PRICES GOOD ALL WEEK ON THESE ... We Reserve Trie Right To Limit'Quantities WWte Quantifies Last 13-Or. 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