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Free Press Telephones To Place Want Ads 222-6800 For Home Delivery 222-6500 City News Desk 222-6600 Insurance Dept. 222-6470 All Other Calls 222-6400 tttmt Mttt Wte0 Today s Chuckle An optimist Is a fisherman who brings along a camera. Wednesday, April 13, 1966 THE SECOND FRONT PAGE Page 3, Section A 2-Year Test Ended Gas Turbine Car Is Great but . . . I - j 1 BY ROGER A. SIMPSON Free Fress Business Editor Chrysler Corp. said Tuesday a two-year test of its gas turbine car by volunteer drivers demonstrated the power concept "is capable of earning widespread consumer acceptance." But Chrysler officials said the company hasn't yet decided to build the car for sale. "A decision about moving into the next phase of our turbine program will be made lale this spring or early summer," Harry K. Chesebrougii, vice president for product planning and development, said during a press conference. Fifty cars were produced for the test programs. They were driven 1.1 million miles by 203 users in the two-year period. Drivers reported generally favorable impressions of the car, Chrysler said. The tests also enabled Chrysler to spot operating weaknesses not apparent in previous tests. Chesebrough declined, however, .to say what the "next phase" in turbine development will entail, and sidestepped a question about the cost of a production-model turbine car. Some in- - d us try sources have estimated such a car probably would be sold for $8,000 or more. The gas turbine engine could be used in a wide variety of car sizes and shapes, he said, and has been tested in a number of production line versions of Chrysler models in recent years. The turbine engine, according to Chrysler, is a sophisticated extension of the simple idea evident in a windmill, for example the force of wind drives a grinding mill. The engine draws in air through a compressor, heats it to form a hot rushing gas. then directs the gas against turbine wheels. The spinning turbines transmit power through drive shafts to the car. FOR ITS 50-CAR testing program, Chrj'sler installed the engine in a small luxury car, about the weight of the Chrysler Newport, and not radically different from the usual shape and appearance of American cars, according to George Huebner, Jr., director of research. The Chrysler testing program began in October, 1963, and ended last January. According to David Miller, manager of the corporation's marketing and consumer research department, the nonexperts liked the vibrationless operation of the turbine, and the reduced maintenance requirements. The vehicle started well, regardless of the temperature, was quiet, and didnt stall, tlie users said. But the car also has disadvantages, according to the users. "About one person in three expressed some displeasure about acceleration lag," Miller said. The lag was most noticeable in accelerating from a standing start, he said. Fuel economy drew critical comments from 25 percent of the car's drivers. Miller said. Those drivers, he said, tended to own cars with less horsepower output than the turbine car, and also spent a good deal of time starting and stopping the car, often to demonstrate it to friends. CHRYSLER TESTS indicated fuel economy is comparable to piston-powered engines, he said. In answer to a question, Chesebrough later declined to indicate the actual difference in fuel economy between the turbine and conventional piston cars. Users contradicted each other about the noise level of the turbine engine, Chrysler said. However, most said they preferred the wheezing, jet-engined sound of the turbine to the noise of a piston engine. Whether or not Chrysler decides to build turbine cars, the 50 test cars will be taken off the road, Chesebrough said. Court Halts Service DSR Banned in Livonia LANSING 'Jf The Court of Appeals held Tuesday that Detroit is reaching too far in extending bus service into Livonia. The majority opinion by the court reversed an opinion by Judge Neal Fitzgerald, of Wayne County Circuit Court. The case was remanded to the Circuit Court for an order enjoining the DSR from extending its operation into Livonia. The lower court held that the extension was permitted by the Home Rule Act. The appeals court held, however, that the Home Rule Act permits Detroit to extend bus service only into cities touching its border. Redford Township separates Livonia from Detroit. Dead: One Father Alive: One Traffic Harry Wowk had three promising children. Alonzo Cathey had 24 driving convictions. It was Wowk who died Tuesday morning. Wowk. 45, of 26693 Tawas, Madison Heights, was on his way to work at the Tank Arsenal in Warren, when Cathey rammed his car broadsidp m the intersection of Van Dyke and 11 Mile. Cathey, 20. of 2090 Lawley, Romiiey Vetoes Mayor's Tax Bill Frt Press Lansing Staff LANSING Gov. Romney Tuesday vetoed a property tax bill that had been strongly backed by Mayor Cavanagh of Detroit. Industry had opposed the measure. Romney said the bill would have "turned back the clock" on a drive for tax equity and would have affected efforts to build Michigan's industrial base. HE ALSO challenged an estimate by Cavanagh that failure to enact the bill would "cost" Detroit and Wayne County governments S5.1 million in proten-tial additional revenue. The challenge apparently was well founded, since Cavanagh himself revised his estimate Tuesday. Cavanagh said his earlier estimate was based on preliminary figures and that Detroit would "lose" only $1 million instead of ..... $3.6 million. , ins treasuries of big bus- Wayne County Budget Direr- j bm cnanged mothod tor Louis G. Basso said that if Lf ealculatin depreciation on the bill had been approved, the 'machinery 8nd other industrial County would have gotten $1.5 iproperty classed as "personal." million in additional revenue. Higher assessments would re-Cavanagh said the Romney suit, boosting tax revenues, veto would have no effect on The bill provided for fixed re-his proposed 1966-6T Detroit duction in value each year to budget, since he had presumed reflect wear and exhaustion, the in drafting the budget that there so-called straight line approach. would be a veto. House Speaker Joseph J. Ko-; walski (D., Detroit) assailed the; veto, saying of the Republican; governor: "He is taking money out of the small taxpayers' pockets and putting It Into the over- Warren Woods Bonds Arc Sold Warren Woods Public Schools sold $2.4 million in bonds to a group of seven dealers headed : by First of Michigan Corp. Interest cost was 3.8896 per cent and they are re-offered to yield from 3.25 percent in 1967. reduce the tax base and into 4.80 in 1983-90. jcrease tax levels," he said. Chryslers gas turbine powered cars were a hit with users when they were introduced late in 1963. This model was photographed while being driven by Mrs. Jean-nine Goebel, of Bloom-field Township. The place: Washington Blvd. in front of the Sheraton-Cadillac Hotel. 400 Million Detroit, was on his way from the scene of a car stripping, police said. They were in hot pursuit at the time. AT 4:55 A.M. Tuesday, Macomb Deputies Ger- Wnwk a 1 d Nichiow and Richard Marcil were Romney Thin would have lteen sub stituted for State Tax Commission schedules allowing a faster than average writedown in an asset's first years, followed by a tapering off. Benefits to Detroit, Romney said, would have been gained at the expense of increases to out-state residential and business taxpayers because of the legislation's timing and complexities in the taxation procedures. Outstate losses conceivably could reach $20 million, he said. "In the long run, unfair assessments are self-defeating because they discourage business expansion shrink employment I J Basso Northville Coach Line Inc., which also serves Livonia, had challenged the right of the DSR to provide similar service. Northville and other lines had provided bus service from Northville via Livonia to Detroit and return since 1932. The DSR extended its service into Livonia along Seven Mile road in 1964. DSR General Manager Lucas S. Miel said it appeared the DSR would have to discontinue service to the Livonia Mall immediately. He said the opinion apparently jeopardized all DSR operations beyond the Detroit city limits. Miel said the DSR probably would appeal to the State Supreme Court. -X jk,av Csl - " ; ; rr , ; ,zrr--aa " " - ! ' j , -" . . . , : . ; - S ? Jf A. J' ft in.. --rm flfflwOimwri in .iMiiiiiKu- iiino-i i m rmiiiinnn m imiiiri-i mr nm iwiumi n Mnmiiaiinnt-riiiirTii rJ,lnirif" -tiirrTY? mi ' mil i in itn'i" i ii -!tmtn i irranmur yr .sJ. tv,,.- -r-, of 3 Menace checking through the parking lot of the Warren Collision Co., 5923 14 Mile, Sterling Township. The officers found a Cadillac, its rear jacked up off the ground, hub caps and lug nuts missing. They parked their car and waited. Ten minutes later, Cathey walked into the lot, climbed behind the wheel of a car parked next to the Caddy, and took off. The officers followed. When the scout ear began flashing its light and sounding its siren, Cathey speeded up. He ran the red light at It .Mile and Van Dyke, turned south, and hit 115 miles per hour, the officers said. They saw Cathey run red lights at Chicago, Twelve Mile, and Eleven Mile. Wowk didn't. He was moving steadily east on Eleven Mile when Cathey hit him. The impact broke Wowk's back, and he died three hours later in Warren Memorial Hospital. Cathey's scratches were treated there, and he was held while Center Line police sought a warrant. WOWK LEFT his wife, Florence, and three children, Kathy, 15; Gregory, 11, and Margaret, 5. Margaret was preparing for her first communion next month. His job at the Arsenal was busing children from the base to area schools. Panel Says Detroit Can Do Better Detroit is doing fairly well but could do better. That was the consensus of a panel of City officials Tuesday before a meeting of the Junior Executives of the Economic Club of Detroit. The meeting was held in the Pick-Fort Shelby Hotel. THE DSR is doing a pretty Igood job of moving people, Councilman James H. Brickley isaid, but the city should have i a better system and will undoubtedly get it in the future. I Councilman Nicholas Hood 'said Detroit was not providing sufficient housing for those of middle income or old people. "It's almost a tragedy that we're building luxury housing (in urban renewal areas) hut doing nothing for senior citizens and the middle-income people," he said. Hood suggested rehabilitating older homes in the inner city. Philip J. Rutledge, director of the anti-poverty program, said Detroit has made remarkable progress and is getting the poor into the program. Better accounting is needed, he said, to show taxpayers that their money is well spent. City Controller Richard Stri-chartz was critical of the State for not taking what he termed a more realistic approach to helping Detroit and Wayne County. Monroe Board Elects Officers Special to the Free Press MONROE Donald Doty, 42, supervisor of Raisinville Township since 1953, Tuesday was elected chairman of the 22-member Monroe County Board of Supervisors. It will be Dory's third consecutive term as chairman. He also held the top post in 1955 and 1956. , . .iri..nl.M,.B.l.nri.i,,M, i i n i i, 1.1 Frt Press Photo by FRED PLOPCHAN WITH THE MAYOR when he presented his budget was the city's budget director, Robert Roselle. Crippled Retiree Guns Doivn Thief A 68-year-old retired marble-setter, crippled with a broken spine and arthritis, Tuesday as the thief was clutching a marked $5 bill. It was the eigth time in Max Starns at 4716 Mitchell Starns, who can barely totter with the aid of a cane, has owned the home for 30 years. Instead of fleeing his home in the changing neighborhood, he had bulletproof glass installed in the back door and, two weeks ago, bought a .38 caliber revol ver. He also moved most of his money and his most valuable possessions to a bank vault and marked everything, including money, that remained. Tuesday, expecting an Insurance agent, he left the rear door unlocked and had the $5 payment ready on the kitchen table. Also ready, next to his chair, was a small bench on which the revolver rested, covered by a handkerchief. Thus he was prepared when the 21 -year-old bandit entered through the unlocked rear door and, holding one hand In a pocket as if he had a gun, ordered Starns to sit still or die. Starns sat quietly as the thief took the $5 from the table and removed Starns' coin purse containing 55 cents. He didn't move as the bandit ransacked the rest of the house.. He remained seated as the bandit started out the rear door. Then he arose, picked up the revolver, shuffled to the door and fired three times. One shot hit the bandit in the spine. He was taken to Detroit General Hospital in critical condition. Police Identified him as Ferris Gomillion, of 3713 Zen-der. "I'm sorry this young man had to get it," Starns said, "but it was inevitable that someone got hurt. With eight burglaries in two weeks, someone was bound to get shot a bandit or me." 3Iax Starns Safe Looted Thieves broke into the Cape Cod House restaurant, 12701 Puritan early Tuesday and took $700 from a safe. ( 7i - ' , J I - ' i V1 1 v v. P sVK- A. 2 - -, .Bud. shot down a 21-year-old bandit leaving the old man s home two weeks that the home of had been broken into. Chrysler Glided on Auto Flaw Chrysler Corp. has instrao ted its dealers to modify thousands of 1966 model Chrysler, Dodge and Plym outh cars and Senator Walter F. Mondale (D., Minn.) charged Tuesday that neither dealers nor owners were being advised that a "safety factor" is involved. Mondale Is sponsor of a bill that would require car makers to give owners and dealers im mediate warning of any safety defects. He said that an investigation by his staff convinced him that safety was a factor in the Chrysler action, but conceded that the "defect" did not appear to be as serious as some others that had come to his attention. MOXDALE MADE his charges in Washington. In Detroit, spokesmen for Chrysler confirmed the modification order but flatly denied that the problem "involves any safety factor." The problem, according to Dodge Division Service Manager Robert H. Kline, involves a throttle linkage on certain 1966 models. Dealers were Instructed by letter to advise car owners that "an important change in the throttle linkage" had been developed and they should bring in their cars to have the change effected. A CHRYSLER CORP. spokes man said owners "were urged to bring their cars into a dealership so the throttle linkage could be lengthened to prevent any possibility of its being stretched by the forward movement of the engine in emergency stops." He explained that in a sudden-stop situation, inertia makes the engine move forward momentarily on its rubber mounts. With a short throttle linkage "such a stop could result in the engine stretching the throttle linkage, causing a fast-running engine at idle." Such a situation might in crease the difficulty of brining a fast-moving car to a quick stop, since it would be like trying to apply the brakes while stepping on the gas pedal. j No New Tax In '67: Mayor BY JAMES 31, MUDGE Chial of Our City -County Bureau Mayor Cavanagh sent his "soundly financed, realistic" $400.2 million budget to Common Council Tuesday predicting it will "enrich" Detroit's future without raising taxes. The proposed record-high financial package, up $2J.8 million over last year's, is based on what Cavanagh said is a "growing economy" bringing more money into tha City's public pocketbook. I Major sources of increased ..ji revenue to balance the budget for the year beginning July 1 are $4.7 million more in Income taxes, an $8 million surplus left over from this year, $2.5 million more in sales tax returns, and $1.4 million in Traffic Court fines. Cavanagh estimates city income taxes this fiscal year, soar ing past the expected $43.3 mil- lion, will reach $47 million. On.Board of Commerce, was hon the basis of this surprise i n - ored bv the board at a formal crease, Cavanagh predicted in come for next year will hit $51.7 million. MERGER of welfare services effective Dec. 1 this year will lower costs $1 million, giving the City more money to finance Cavanagh's proposed budget. Major spending in the document includes: A $17V million pay package for all City employes, with the biggest raises for police and firemen. City-wide weekly leaf pickup service next autumn. Strengthening police services by authorizing 220 more jobs. Adding two rescue squad companies and 65 positions in the fire department. A $1.5 million improvement program at Detroit General Hospital, including wage a d - justments. Purchase of 104 new DSR V Turn to Page 8A, Column 1 School's Critics To Air Complaints By ROBERTA MACKEY Free Press Education Writer The Detroit Board of Education agreed Tuesday to invite student, faculty and community leaders to air their complaints about Northern High School at a special meeting next week. The move, proposed by Board Member Peter F. Grylls, was opposed by Supt. Samuel M. BrownelL He said the situation was "still too fluid" to make such a meeting worthwhile. Northern students staged a demonstration march Thursday, protesting a decision by school authorities not to allow an editorial critical of education at Northern to be printed in the student newspaper. THE DEMONSTRATION was authorized by Brownell after a meeting with students, faculty and school administrators. Students were supported in their protest by some parent and community groups, who backed their claim that inadequate education is offered at Northern and other predominantly Negro high schools in thej inner city. Brownell told the board he had spoken to the student body Thursday afternoon and met I Monday with a committee of 'parents and students. He said he told them that the school board and administration were aware of their problems and were seeking Askec Honors Given By Board Of Commerce Willis H. Hall, retiring: presi dent of the Greater Detroit "Leadership Recognition Din ner' Tuesday evening in tn Statler Hilton Hotel. Awards were also presented to the big four automobile manufacturers for their performance as an industry and as corporate citizens. Hall began with the Board of Commerce In 1933 doing a radio report for $25 a week. He succeeded Harvey Campbell as chief executive in 1962. In announcing the awards. Board Chairman Edward S. Evans Jr. of the Board of Commerce, said: "This award will soon be considered the top recognition of good citizenship on the part of members of our business community. It is designed to honor each year the company or individual considered to have dona the most toward the develop ment and progress of the De- itroit marketplace." solutions, but that It would take time. Brownell said he spent the day Tuesday meeting with community leaders, "getting advice." He said: "At this time the situation is very involved. I am sure some or all phases of it will eventually come before the board, but I question the advisability of taking specific steps until we know what the facts are." Despite Brownell's objections, the board scheduled a meeting for 4 p.m. next Tuesday in tha Schools Center Building. IN OTHER action, the board commissioned Louis G. Redstone Architects, Inc., to draw up a site plan for replacing tha Northwestern High School building at its present location, Grand River and E. Grand Blvd. The plan would include moving Me-Michael Junior High School, now connected with Northwestern, to another location. A project advisory committee had recommended to the board that the old building be phased out in preference to a costly rehabilitation program. ,m .iii.i.i

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