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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 5

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Sunday, September 15, 1974
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The Odds Were On Failure, B u t . . . Black Mayor Creates A New Moon LEE MARGUL1ES LOS ANGELES (AP) - A ·black msn r u n n i n g a nrc- .domlriantly wliite city which in the nol-so.distanl. pasl has been the scene of fearsome riots In Us jl«ck and Mexican-American communities? .; The mind r^ces with possible ·cenarios . . . The mayor attempts to right ZOO years ot wrong overnight. Radicals are given positions ot power In the city government,. Minority group members are given preference in all city hiring. Federal funds are channeled into the minority areas exclusively. Whites are outraged ... and fearful. Or ... The mayor sees whore his political bread is buttered and kowtows to the white majoritiy He caters'to the rich ajid powerful, afraid of alienating them and dooming his political future. Ihe minority communities feel 'betrayed and call him an Uncle Tom. They are embarrassed . . . and angry. The mayor is paralyzed by the diverse demands made upon h i m . Unable to appease one group without alienating .another, he adopts a neutral stance. At best he is a figurehead, someone to be pointed .to as a symbol -- to the whiles of their open-mindedness, to the minorities of what can be achieved.. Or ... Tom Bradley. . Tom Bradley: 6 feet 4 and athletically trim with close- cropped hair and a wisp of a moustache. He's a former col- , legs track star, former policeman, former city councilman; now mayor ot the nation's thirc largest city, one that is 18 per cent black, 18 per cent Mexi- can-American, almost 60 per cent Anglo. After more than a year as the first black mayor of a predominantly while city, the 56- vear-old son of a Texas sharecropper has won respect and cooperation from most segments ot this sprawling city of nearly three million. NOT UNIVERSAL Approval of Bradley is by no means universal. There are those who believe that his administration lias been plodding and unspectacular. But more often heard is praise for the mayor's ability to pull 'the city together on major issues -from meeting the energy crisis with voluntary power cutbacks to public support for a rapid transit system bond Issue -and his efforts to make city government more open. ' . He makes himself available at least one day a month for individual conferences with any resident. They have drawn up to 360 persons 'in a day, leaving the impression that anyone who feels he needs to see the mayor an. Bradley rrwkos sure that complaints he hears about city services are routed to the right person for action. "He has raised the hopes ol the people here," says the Rev. Edgar. Edwards, black community leader and pastor of a Baptist church in Watts, where blacks rioted for six days in 1965. . . " · · "I think he's trying to do the best he can to help them help themselves." the pastor contin ues. "His office is open so they can come in with their problems, and he tries to get opportunities open for them when ever he can -- and that's not something that we felt every one was trying to do before him "He's a black man in n city hat's predominantly white and ic has a tough job being a fair nan lo all his constituent. 1 !. I don't always agree with him, jut I have great respect tor m '" Says Joel Wachs, a while city councilman who was one ot Bradley's opponents in the primary election last year: "He's got people thinking in positive ind constructive ways .. , He's been able to tap the whole community (or the resources they lave to offer." ' PROUD OF HARMONY Bradley is understandably proud of this harmony. "I think it's gone unbelievably well," he says of his first 15 months in office. "It's difficult to define some ot it. It's n question of mood -- a spirit I see developing . . . There's a great deal of support." Bradley's credibility extends beyond city limits. A poll taken last January for Sen. Alan Cranston, D-Calif., showed 'the mayor was the most popular office holder in California. He also is president of the National League of Cities. His supporters are discussing him as a Democratic candidate for governor of California in 1978 -- or the vice presidency of the United States in 1976. A Kennedy-Bradley ticket is men tioned. Bradley says such specula lion is premature. But of more than 100 black mayors in the country, Bradley is reportedly considered by Democratic par ty leaders to have the mos demonstrated appeal to white voters. He was elected on May 29 1973, collecting 56 per cent o th« vote to trounce three-tern incumbent Sam Yorty. It was a ramatic turn-around from four ears earlier, when the Bradley lip was sunk by a Yorty cam- aign that appealed to race. Part of Bradley's appeal is :s dedication to the job. He aves his home by 8 every lorning and rarely returns here It p.m. ''He's the hardest working layor I've ever seen," says ity Council President John S. ioson Jr., a councilman for le past 24 years. ALMOST FORGOTTEN Bradley says race is prac- ically a forgotten issue. "It ook only about three months at most for people to stop talking bout me as 'the black mayor' nd start talking about me as he mayor, 1 " he says. Even his hate mall reflects iis, said an aide. Bradley no onger is called "a nigger" -- nly "a dirty, double-dealing mayor." There are some people in the minorily communities who s a y Bradley hasn't done enough for hem. They note that the Los iiigcles Police Departmenl oes not have a minorily hiring jrogram and the five department came up with one only Her a federal suit was filed. Bradley's is the typical up ythe bootstraps story. He was born in Calvert, Tex. and spent his early years or he road as his sharecropper parents kept moving the family intil finally they wound up ii Los Angeles in 1923. He attend ed an almost all-while high school. Nicknamed "Long Tom" he cause ol his commanding height, he became a foothal and track star and won a 'track ·scholarship to UCLA. While ii college he began dating Ethe Product Of Recreation Balloons Make A Comeback ' HELENA, Mont. (AP) Free ballooning, the oldest form of man-made aerial transportation, is rapidly becoming the latest fad in aviation recreation: . In recent years, the recreational revolution has sent increasing numbers of people Into the skies for personal enjoyment. Some fly ordinary aircraft. The sky diver is a special sort of individualist, who arrives at the local airport before the .wind comes up, buckles on .-heavy, boots, a helmet and two .parachutes, and crams himself into a waiting airplane that will take him several thousand feet into the air. After the aircraft climbs to the proper altitude the sky diver ts out the door and falling gently under a canopy of Silk. Sailplane enthusiasts disdain the thought of a roaring, smelly engine dragging them through the sky. The sailplane pilot endures the ignominy of b e i n g dragged aloft by a powered craft just long enough to get sufficient altitude to catch rising currents ot air that can take a powerless craft thousands of feet into the air for hours at a time. Than there are the balloonists. FIRST IN 1783 Balloons hav« been around ever since the brothers Mon tgolfier first defied the law of gravity in 1783. The two Frenchmen simply saw smoke rising from a chimney and decided if they put a bag around the smoke, the hag would rise too. They did and it did. The. hot air balloon was born. ·The hot-air balloon flies simply because hot air rises. The hot air inside the bag is lighter than the surrounding air so up it goes. Early balloonisls were a hardy lot. The balloons themselves were made of paper. The passengers were carried in wicker basket suspended below he gag. Often one passenger was kept usy stoking .the wood fire that rovided the hot air for lift vhile the other passenger tried o keep the paper balloon from atching fire itself. The gas-filled balloon was developed ahortly after the hot-air 'ariely. Another Frenchman, acques Charles, produced a illed balloon by inflating the bag with the "flammable air" produced by heating iron filings and acid. As years went by helium re- ilaced hydrogen as the "lifting gas." Hydrogen is more ef- icient than helium but helium doesn't burn. Modern balloons are of the lot-air variety. Propane burn- rs have replaced a bonfire in he basket and tough rip-stop lylon has replaced paper as the ag material. NOT MUCH CHANGE Other than that, not much las changed. You heat the air n the hag to go up and let it cool to come down. The key to successful balloon- ng is a good ground crew. It akes help to fill the 85-foot bag with hot air -- without having he whole thing take off like a child's balloon at the county r air. But the biggest job of the ground crew is to get you, the ilot, back. In ballooning, you never real- y know where you're going. The airplane pilot chooses his destination. The sky diver pret- y much hits what is under lira. The glider pilot can do amazing things to get back to Atomic Material Licensing Studied LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- The state Medical Board decided Friday to investigate whether sLate requirements for licensing persons to possess radioactive materials are adequate. The question about adequacy arose after the board learnec requirements under which the Division of Radiological Healtt of Ihe stale Health Department h,ad issued a license to Dr James M. Branch Jr. of Hope. David D. Spellings Jr., director of the division, said Branch had met or exceeded all re quiremenls. Snellings s a l e some clinical experience was necessary for a person to oh Uin the license for human use. The Branch case arose in connection with the board's charge that Branch, an osleo path, and his father. Dr. James W. Branch Sr., might have commuted a violation by run- ring newspaper announcements staling lhat the Branch Jr. was qualified in nuclear medicine. He testified at a board meet Ing Dec. 6, 1973, that he was qualified in nuclear medica diagnostic techniques because of a one-week introductory course taken at an Ohio in stilule and by the license issue by the stale Health Depart rhenl's radiological health divi lion. The board decided to take no action against the Branches but did vote to study licensinj requirement*. Arnold and later they married. Bradley left school to join the iolice furcc, where he acquircc a reputation for out-talking and nil-running offenders but no duelling them up. His style vas lo conciliate -- his hall mark today as mayor. He was i policeman for 21 years, rising o lieutenant. In his later years 511 the force he worked in com munity relations, trying to ridge the growing gap tje ween the cops and the ghetto. EARN SLAW DEGREE In the evenings he manage; to earn a law degree. After eaving Ihe department in 1961 ne ran for the 15-member Cit Council from his racially mi.xcc neighborhood and won. He was ,he first black elected lo Ihe body. A few council members hav complained lhat Bradley is ex sanding his authority too much taking power away from the council. "Yes, I'm one of those who liave had that concern," admit Sibson, the council president "But as I follow through am watch, I find Mayor Bradley gels things done quicker Mia Ihe council would -- by about a year." Bradley is friendly with Sen Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., bu he discourages spcculatio about running for vice prcs dent on a ticket headed by Kci nedy. "I think it would be pre mature to think aboul what m next move would be," Bradle says. But he adds, "I think Hi experience in Los Angeles i one of the significant break throughs. An experience wher a man who happened lo black demonstrated he can e fecttvely serve all the people.' Nonhwmt Arkenui TIMES, Sun., S«pf. IS, 1974 rAYITTIVILLC, ARKANSAS · IA And He May Wreck The Buggy PtXTOBES he airport. But the balloonist follows, th wind. As a matter of fact, you usu ally plan on winding up i somebody's back yard or corn patch. Your ground crew, which has been in hot pursuit, comes charging up to meet you. A modern, nylon, hot-air balloon costs about $7,000. For that you get the balloon, an aluminum gondola (wicker baskets are out of style) and the propane burners. FAA REGULATED Like everything else that carries passengers off the ground, free balloons are regulated .by the Federal Aviation Administration. Before you load up and lift off, you must pass a written test, gather a few hours of instruction from a qualified teacher and demon slrate to a friendly FAA inspector that you can handle the 85foot-lall device without being a menace to earth-bound people or property -- or yourself. Once you receive your pilot certificate you're off as part of a very select -- but growing -fraternity. There are about 125 registered balloons and 375 licensed balloonisls in the U.S. You can fly higher than most light airplanes -- and cheaper too. And, for a little snob appeal, federal regulations say you have the right of way over all other types of aircraft. Okay, up, up and away. Sound like a song? You're right -- written in a hot air balloon by songwriter Jimmy Webb. If you are planning to replace your old warm-air furnace this year, General Electric will mate it worth your while to replace with a compact system that gives you BOTH heating and Central Air Conditioning, CASH ® f Round About Town\ By DORRIS HENDRICKSON TIMES Staff Writer There's an old adage that says you can't teach an old dog new tricke. The same seems to apply to some Fayetteville drivers who can't seem to cope with new traffic patterns. Although its been about * year now since the slate highway Department completed the widening of College Avenue to five lanes--in eluding a special center lane for left turns only-almost any trip down the long stretch will reveal drivers who are turning from the inside traffic lane or are using the center lane as a traffic lane. Time and time again, moto- risls have been warned of the possible consequences of such a procedure, but many take little, if any, notice. The -major problem is using the inside traffic lane for left turns is in the fact that most motorists expect the center lane to be used instead. THERE ARE also those who find the virtually traffic-free center lane the ideal place lo avoid slower traffic and zoom down the turn lane at a much more rapid pace than is possible in normal traffic movement. These drivers are a menace since their rale of speed and presence in the lane can very easily result in serious collisions should they come up behind a properly turning vehicle or meet head-on someone who was also in the right. Perhaps some of the blame belongs lo the Highway Department for not sufficiently marking the turn lane, but the highway has been In use long enough for motorists to have become familiar with the extra lane and make proper use of it. Another place where motorists find it difficult to cop« with new traffic pattern* It at the intersection of College Avenue and Center Street where a new signal was installed a couple of weeks a'go. THAT SIGNAL stays green to north and southbound traffic until a pedestrian, wishing to cross, pushes a button wich activates the stop light, giving the pedestrian 20 seconds lo cross the street. In the past both left and right turns were allowed after stopping on red at this intersection. Now it is illegal to lurn on red because the only thne the light 13 red to traffic Is when a pedestrian is crossing. But motorists continue lo make turns on red in clear violation of the law and to the extreme danger of pedestrians. Jn the same area another problem arises when, a certain time of the day, traffic is heavy and pedestrians frequently cross the College Avenue Center Street intersection northbound motorists virtually ignore the traffic signal at the interseclion of College Avenue and Mounlain Street. WHEN THE Center Street signal is on red to traffic .northbound motorists block t h e Mountain Street interesction making it Impossible for traffic to turn left onto College Avenue from Mountain Street. Motorists are suppose to slop for traffic signals when the amber light appears. If all drivers observed this practice it would eliminate the traffic snarl in the area. In theory each molorist should be aware of his surroundings (signs, markers, lighls, etc.) but in practice this is seldom the case. Therefore, it would behoove each of us to keep an extra sharp lookout for the driver who doesn't pay attention to his surroundings. 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