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In Head Of 12-Year-Old [N«rthw«*t Arkanwt TIMES, Sun., Aug. 11, 1974 UAVETTIVILLI, ARKANIA* UA Visions Of Winning Soap Box Derby Dance ' By KEN DAVIS Associated pres Writer AKRON, Ohio AP) -Twelve-year-old Dave Tippel measures 4-fool-9 but dreams 9- foot-4. Visions of winning the All- A m e r i c a n Soapbox Derby dance in his tousled head. He can see himself flashing down the slope at Derby Downs while thousands roar for the champion of the world of gravity , His dream collides with reality. The annual derby next Saturday Aug. 17) is haunted by scandal and strapped for money. That doesn't matter to Dave. He has more important prob lerns. There's the matter of bal ancing his steering gear dead- center 'inside his tiny plywood car. And Dave has no over-zealous father or doting uncle to advise him, or do the job for him Dave lives at the Summit Coun ly Children's Home. "Boy, it's hard," he said. He much as housands . peered into the body ot treasured car. "That was : hardest thing." He pointed to the drag brake assembly boltec 'at the rear of the car floor. You could see the dreams in his eyes when he clambere into the rough shell. "I don' now if I can fit In here," he aid. "It's little." He bent over racing position. Kids have been dreaming the tvay Dave Tippel dreams since 934 when the first soapbox dcr- y was held in Dayton, Ohio. Chevrolet Division of General Motors sponsored the contest hrough 1972, spending lavishly n the coasting specatacle -- as $800,000 could a year so watch the youngsters coast 975 feet down a course originally built as a nunicipal ski slope. At stake for t h e winners were college scholarships worth $30,000. BECAME MONSTER "I don't want to be quoted on .his, but it besame a monster," said one derby official. "It was a monster for years and Chevrolet and a lot of us knew it. Chevrolet got out just in The Akron Chamber of Commerce took over sponsorship for the 1973 derby and that's when cheating surfaced. "I think it has been blowi way out of proportion," salt Jack Moran, chief of inspectioi for the 1974 derby. "Sooner or later it was going to happen be cause of permissivenes on offi cials' part." The 1973 race almost blew the All-American Soapbox Der by. already on shaky financia legs without Chevrolet money lor, inong where by. lad Lirove, isher, bility electi ter 1 by existence. ic s Gronen, 14, of Boul- Colo, won the race from g 156 local champions. derby officials spotted the o-magnet in the boy's car, ar violation of the rules. photograph of the race actually pinned down the et. ou know, when the starting drop there is an instant e the cars are sitting , then they start down the ," said Ron Baker, gener- anager of the national Dcr- ell, the photo showed Gro- car glued to the starting as it dropped. It was pull- Sronen's car ahead like it a motor." nmy was disqualified and A. Yarborough, 11, of Elk e, Calif., second place fin, was declared the- 197S ipion. bert Lange Sr., Jimmy en's uncle, took responsi r for installation of the romagnet device. In a let to the Boulder Jaycees sor of his local pageant, or 28. 1973. Lange said it was mon knowledge that 11 -olds could not build win racers. RULES VIOLATED nyone participating in der races with eyes and ears would soon learn, as I did hat. . . the Derby rules have een consistently and notorious- y violated by some' participants without censure or disqualifications," Lange said. Derby officials with hardly an exception blame adults for cheating, not the boys and girts who compete. Lange has a different point of view: "After seeing my nephew work hundreds of hours to build us own car, knowing that he would be competing against professional}' built cars and against cars that would be in violation of the official rules, and having heard and believing that some fast cars in Akron would be equipped with a magnetic nose, I determined that he should build and install a magnetic nose so as to be competitive. I knew that this was a violation of the official Derby rules and consider it now to be a serious mistake in judgment." Lange said he began to realize a lot of derby cars weren'' built by kids when he met some professional builders who "live and die derby." One derby official a g r e e s that this has been the case in the past. "I've looked at car after car and said to myself, 'There's no way I could build that car There's no way the boy buil hat car,'" said Ray Miller, for many years director of the ireater Cleveland Soapbox )erby. Derby: Derby. There will be less incentive or greedy parents this year. The college scholarship money has shrunk from $30,000 to $3,500 -- $2,00 for first place, ?!,00 for second and $500 for hird. The All-American Soapbox The All-American Soapbox Derby, shunned by the big commercial money, is on an auster- ty budget of $97,000 and now under sponsorship of the Akron Junior Chamber of Commerce. The expensive awards banquet has been dropped and the local champions' stay at derby camp has been cut from ten to three days. It's back to basics, back to a concept that boys and girls reap benefits from j u s t building a car and meeting competition honorably, derby officials say. And local officials from the various state derbies now have a say in the national event. Back at the Summit County Children's Home, 13-year-old William Flaitz, one of nine boys svho built racers along with Dave Tippel in the cramped basement workroom, summed up what to him was the single most important thing in the soapbox derby. i»iiini»Hii»^ i'Round About Townl It wasn't winning, or honesty is the best policy, or going to college. "The most important thing," said young Flaitz, who finished out of the money in the Akron contest this year, "is, well, you see -- you put the nose of your racer right on the yellow line in the middle and you just keep it there all the way." Little Dave Tippel, who also failed to qualify for this year's national derby, looked with some awe at the 13-year-old veteran. He wasn't dreaming at the moment, and he didn't look so confident. Then the dreams came back to rescue him from fear. His eyes lit up. "You know," he said, "I'd like to put fins on the back like real racers have." ^ Facts On Futures By LAVERN HOLIFIELD ". And VERN PARKER A.G. EDWARDS SONS Inc Normal technical corrections catalyzed by rain have set into the grain markets, but they are far from over in our opinion. Livestock futures have run into resistance areas oh charts and this underlines the one haunting · worry to grain bulls...a possible weak demand structure. However, it is far too early in the phase of the market for this to be a dominating element.For the present, the markets concerned primarily with the Future Supply In Doubt Oklahoma Man Re-Refines Used Motor Oil crop. The thirtyday forecasts from both the National Weather Service and many private forecasters call for August weather that is hot and dry in the areas that need rain,. Consequently, daily weather will continue to be dominant in these markets. The implications of what . higher grain prices and lower grain productions will mean for the economy a n d world conditions are becoming more and · -more a topic-of discussion. The Nixon impeachment problem is receiving more attention which might otherwise be devoted to economic matters and in itself is creating an additional air of crisis. Overseas financial developments continue to be confusing and somewhat nervous. These, too, are important in our futures markets. They provide some of the flavor to the mar- kets but the crop question is the dominant factor at the present time. The unusual conditions which are present at this time make ·it advisable to question some of the "obvious" conclusions one might reach a b o u t the markets, particularly with regard to spreads. However, we believe that many markets offer unusual opportunities at this time, both on a net and spread basis. The risks are also substantial. At this time, we prefer not to ride coattails in the "follower" markets, but rather to participate in the "leaders". The following are comments from USDA's Weekly Weather and Crop Summary dated July 30: Sma'l Grain: Small grain harvest active in most northern states as hot dry weather continues to force development and maturity, generally ahead of normal. Winter wheat harvest is into the home stretch with harvest now underway In the northern states. Spring wheat harvest is gaining momentum in southern North Dakota, 4 per cent done in Minnesota, and 52 per cent harvested in South Dakota compared with 41 per cent in 1973 and 14 per cent of the normal. High temperatures and dryness continue to reduce prospects of'late seeded spring grains.CorniCrop progress slow as limited soil moisture supplies and hot, dry weather, particularly in the western corn belt, continues to put stress on this years crop. Corn in western Iowa as well as dryland corn in Nebraska and Kansas has been hurt considerably by the prolonged dry spell in those areas. Near normal temperatures along with : showers and thunderstorms a i d e d corn parts of Illinois, Iowa, Michi;an. Minnesota and Wisconsin, rlowever, more rain is needed to bring soil moisture supplies back to normal and to assure g o o d development. Topsoil moisture supplies are now rated mostly short from Nebraska to Ohio. Crop growth continues to lag behind normal in most states. SOYBEANS: Soybean development continues beyond last OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -For Cameron L. Kerran, that dirty, sludgy stuff drained from an auto crankcase is the beginning, of a cyele that not only eases the energy shortage, hut is helping the ecology too. That waste motor oil is the raw material for Kerran's Double Eagle Refining Co., one of the few oil re-refiners left in the United States. And Kerran says if restrictive laws on re- refiners aren't changed, the shortage of lubricating oils wilt make the gasoline and heating oil shortage look like a potentate's feast compared with a backyard picnic. Kerran takes that dirty oil, runs it through his refinery and says the finished product Is as good, or better, than it was the first time around. And re-re- Automation Turns Streetcar Conductors Into Enforcers fined oil sells at only 60 to 70 per cent of the cost of new lubricating oil from a major oil company. The waste oil comes from service stations, garages, truck lines and airports within a 600- mile radius of Oklahoma City. And, for Average Joe Motorist who changes his own car oil, Kerran has even placed barrels at fire stations where the old oil can be dumped. But Kerran is worried about the future supply of lubricating oil. AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Auto-' mation has turned the Amsterdam streetcar conductor, once renowned for his folksy humor, into a plainclclhes enforcement agent who stalks non-paying riders on the city's transit system. The . conductors went out in 1969 to be replaced on the capital's 200 trams by automatic icket vendors and bright yel- ow punching machines. The new system depended heavily on the honesty of the city's commuters. Sadly, they flunked the test. City transit officials estimate that Amsterdam loses two million Guilders (about $770,000) annually in unpaid fares. First, the problem was tackled by uniformed inspectors who worked in pairs and'uncov- ered slightly under 3 per cent of all passengers checked as "black riders." Plainclothes Land Of Opportunity CARLISLE, Ark. (AP) -- The slogan "Land of Opportunity" is going to start reappearing on vehicle license plates in kansas. . T h e Legislative recently approved a "requesting that the -'displayed on all future .plates at the request Rep. Bobby Glover of Carlisle. Glover said Saturday he had received confirmation from the ipeparlment of Finance and Administration that Would be fulfilled. Glover said he that there are about 1.2 million license year although the gains were made during the week despite a shortage of topsoil moisture and hot weather, mainly in the Western Corn Belt. Some areas received general rains that will give the crop a boost but more is needed to replace the depleted supplies. Most acreage remains in fair to good condition as blooming and setting of pods increased. The strong European buying which had characterized the Bull Shoals, Norfork Draw Record Crowds LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- The energy crisis hasn't kept tourists away from Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes this year. The lakes have set attendance records for the first six months of 1974 despite the energy crisis. The lakes are the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' twin impoundments in North Arkansas' the Corps said, attendance was up 10 per cent over the 1973 record of 1.4 million vis- men were introduced experimentally last year and the detection rate went up to 4.8 per cent. They work in, teams of six -- flashing a badge when challenged -- and go through a crowded tram much more quickly. City transit spokesman Jan Freeke said problems started right after introduction of the automatic system. "It's funny -- passengers on a train don t see the inspector as someone who hunts down people without tickets. It's an accepted method of control. But it was different with the trams." A n o t h e r problem, said "I've been to meetings where people who know a lot more about it than I do have presented papers saying that the lubricating oil is that part of the barrel of oil that is going to be in much greater shortage than anything else because the crude oil in the world today is not of lubricating oil quality," he said. INDUSTRIAL BURNERS To add to the problem, Kerran said that "when the energy crisis got critical last winter, many of the industrial plants in the North and East began to use waste motor oil for fuel oil for industrial burners and boilers. Dogs Treated Like Humans At Hospital PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Spot, a mongrel, has his blood filtered 100 times every five; hours through a life-sustaining kidney dialysis machine. i In the emergency room, veterinarians diagnose a sedated 9-year-old German shepherd watchdog for a respiratory ailment. A sad mutt with jaundiced eyes lies unable to move on an examining table under a huge X-ray machine. Treatment for these dogs at the University of Pennsylvania's Veterinary Hospital is re- tnarkaoly similar to human patient care. The hospital operated by the School of Veterinary Medicine accepts animals with every conceivable disorder, from malnourishment to cancer. About 50 per cent of the animals are referrals from private clinics and are of particular interest because of their research value, according to Dr, Kenneth C. Bovee, chief of medical services. Other cases are accepted routinely at costs comparable to private vet clinics. ·Large animal research and treatment is done at New Bol- By PEGGY FRIZZELL TIMES SUff Writer The 'If I ruled the world" game seldom nets concrete results because grownups dream and, afterwards, leave their dreams behind as unrealistic and childish. Those who hang on to the dreams too often are condes ccndlngly labeled "idealists" and "romantics." Yet without the dreams, societies would have a hard time moving toward a better place. Suppose for a minute you had the chance to vote on new sources of energy -- to choose to spend money researching and developing either nuclear or so lar energy. Which would you choose? Nuclear fission energy? -With the strip mining that Is needed to obtain It* fuel? With special storage provisions ne cessary to safeguard the work from its radioactive wastes tha live for thousands of years? ..WITH THE RISK of nuclea pollution if the main and backup systems fail? With the ris! of nuclear pollution if the radio active wastes were hijacked e route to their storage place -the old salt mines In Wyoming With the risk o f , radioacliv eaks that would poison the a] and people? Or. would you consider sola energy? With the endless suppl of fuel that nuclear fission ener gy cannot promise. Without any radioactivity o pollution danger of any kind With no technical barriers wide application of solar energ tor the nation's needs -- ac cording to a National Sclenr Foundation and NASA joint r port to the White Honse. Wit the estimate--from the abov report -- of commercial reai Iness in five to 15 years. Big :lear rently cheaper than solar e ergy. And so nuclear energy r business says that clear fission industry is cu eives the bulk of the federal unds for energy'sources. BUT CAN MONEY BE the nsideralion when the environ- enl not only of today but ot lure years (because the ra- oactivity is permanently da- aging) and the healUi of peo- in question. Even if the lances of a nuclear plant dis- ster are one in a million, can lat chance be taken? Espe- ally when there are alterna- ve sources of fuel without the ire risks nuclear fission caries? The Task Force against Nu- lear Pollution Inc., is lobbying o promote solar energy for the ation. It's seeking help from le public in the form of peti- lons to congressmen. The suggested petiton might read: I ask my representatives the government to sponsor and actively suppor tlegislation o develop same, cost-competi- I\E is in question. Even if the .ivc solar electricity and solar fuels-within 10 years or less, and to phase out the operation of nuclear power plants as quickly as possible." ACROSS T H E NATION 80,527 petition similar to the one above have been forwarded o congressmen. In Arkansas, 519 persons in Congressman John Paul Hammcrschmidt's district have filed such petitions. These petitions can be mailed to the Tasw Force Against Nuclear Pollution Inc., 153 E. Street, Southeast. Washington. D. C. 20003. The Task Fores then permanently records the petitions before taking them to the right congressional repre- entatives. Technology has accomplished what people used to consider miracles, dreams. Couldn't technology be made to work for people in a way that doesn't pollute? Does mass - produced solar power have to remain in the "dream" category? Stock Market Rises, Then Stops Rally For Inflation NEW YORK fAP -- The stock market responded to the ton Center, a 750-acre complex in Chester County, 32 miles southwest of Philadelphia Among the facilities at the site are a clinic and hospital for large animals, research labora tories and orthopedic and re habilitation centers. FRUSTRATING PART Because domestic pets are treated at the small animal hospital in the city, it receives wider public exposure. Dealing with the pet owners is a persistent and often frustrating part of the routine at the hospital. historic events Washington with unfolding in Its best gain recent rise in prices continues, Ozark Mountains. key. It is rumored that the Bra- for export and this caused some of the buying. It has also been announced that the Philippines itors had been" counted through June 30 of this year. margins have resulted in heavy Attendance topped 1.9 million for the first six months of this ducts rather than the soybeans. year at Bull Shoals Lake. Col.. Don Weinert, Little Rock pened spirits in the market. The soybean is better able to with- district engineer, noted that at- creased despite high lake levels with timely rains at this stage believe that the tightness that it will take at least jected for next year will carry eight years to get the slogans ramps earlier in the season. He The slogan has not appeared are substantial, but we en Arkansas license «ince 1968, Glover said. Preeke. was that people missed :he wisecracking conductors of old, who buttered up the old folks and flirted with the girls. Freeke said these problems have been overcome and the control system is now virtually trouble-free. Most offenders simply pay up the automatic $2 fine, which is extracted on the spot. TOURISTS TRAPPED The control system also traps a large number of foreign visitors, who get confused by automated ticketing despite conspicuously posted signs in English. French and German. "About 30 per cent of non-paying riders are tourists," Freeke said. "The controllers recognize their confusion and often allow them to avoid the fine by buying a regular ticket. But then there are wily Amsterdammers "Once it's burned, you're done -- you'll never recover it again." By re-refining, however, much of the oil is saved. But he said the waste In burning the motor oil is only a small part of the problem -- that an even greater danger comes from the contaminants thj burning produces, He said that on the national level, moves are being made to ban the burning of waste motor oil in boilers or burners, just as moves are being made to remove what he calls restrictive laws on re-refiners. But he said the action is slow. The Double Eagle plant has been here since 1931 and started out as a service to garages which had to find a way to dispose of the oil they drained from customers' cars. While helping filling stations and garages, it left Kerran with a problem -- what to do with the sludge left after the re-refining process. "It can't be burned because of pollution laws and we have to be very careful where we dump it. The environmental protection laws are very stringent and require that if it is who carry a claim to be are caught," 10 Mark, Germans "A funny thing happens when people get into trouble with their pets," explains Dr. Bovee. "They need help, and they'll do anything to get it. After the animal gets well or dies, they for get you." Occasionally ,the hospital will provide extraordinary treatment at costs well beyond the reach of most pet owners for the sake of research. For example, Bovee says, arrangements may be made to treat an animal with the kidney dialysis machine, a procedure that can run into thousands of dollars. "All we ask is for the people to bring the animal back every six months. They say they will and then they never come in." Research at Penn's veterinary school is one of the main reasons for operating elaborate hospitals such as the small animal clinic and New Bolton Center. in two months this past week. But a couple of new developments on an old market worry -- inflation -T- helped slop the rally from achieving the heights Wall Streeters had looked for. The Dow Jones average of 30 industrials, which rose nearly 45 points in'the first three days of the week, settled for a nel 24.72-point advance, closing al 777.30. Standard Poor's 500-stock Index climbed 2.27 to 80.86, and the broad-based New York Stock Exchange composite was up 1.22 at 42.39. Big Board'volume swelled to 68.61 million shares from only 55.48 million the week before. The rally began on Monda;. with a moderate advance ami the first stirrings of the drama and if they Despite tie diminished cordiality of the new ticketing scheme, Amsterdam streetcars ire still good for an occasional augh. Crowded trams some- imes empty out mysteriously rom one stop to the next when a controller steps aboard. One Amsterdammer tells of an early-morning confrontation Between a controller and a local citizen who had spent a night on the town. The rider, a gleam in his rather bloodshot dumped in a land fill, it must be in a certain type of land fill where it won't seep into underground streams." Kerran said that for each 100 gallons of waste motor oil, the re-refining process removes an average of 20 gallons of water, 10 to 15 per cent dirt and additives and 5 to 10 per cent gasoline or solvents which have been poured in. 'From that 100 gallons of waste motor oil, we end up with about 55 gallons of finished lubricating oil," he said. "And it's just as good, if not better, than the first time it came out of the refinery." Dr. Robert Marshak, head of the veterinary school, is responsible for the only veterinary school research program on bovine lymphosarcoma, a disease affecting cows' blood. Pennsylvania established the first comparative cardiovascular studies unit in the country, which has been designated as lat would! culminate in Richard M. Nixon's resignation hursday night. By Tuesday morning, the market was ready to put on a ireworks display. The Dow urged more than 25 points in he first half-hour, then gave up about half that gain before charging ahead more than 20 points again on Wednesday: As the peak of excitement approached in Washington,- however, the. market was abruptly sidetracked Thursday morning, when the government reported ;hat wholesale prices rose at a jlistering 44.4 per cent annual rate in July. The traders who had played a major part in bidding up prices earlier in the week seized on that news as a signal to.take profits, and -- with an added downward push from a price increase announcement by General Motors on Friday -- the market. spent the rest of tha week pulling back. the ter international training cen- for such diseases by the World Health Organization. Veterinarians here were the first to implant a pacemaker in a dog for therapeutic purposes. Penn's is the second oldest of the 19 veterinary schools in the country and entrance requirements are identical to at the medical school. In the fourth and final yeac of study, students work exclusively in the small animal hospital and New Bollon Center. Two students are assigned with a veterinarian to follow the progress of each animal until it is leased or dies. eye, stepped aboard a streetcar with a smile on his face and a bait of cherries in his hand. "May I see your ticket?" asked the controller. "I don't have one," replied the citizen. "I spent the last cent I had on this bag of cherries." Then the citizen had an idea. "What is the fare in cherries?" he asked. The two men eyed each other, both breaking slowly into grins. The controller scratched his chin. "That will be six cherries, sir," he answered. and, collecting the fare, continued his rounds. 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