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Vol. LXXXV, No. 73
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, December 3, 1974,
EP SEEtr S HAPEN CALL 7-
Inevitably, we have a snow item for you: Snow
is always an easy bet for practical jokes, and two
students proved it on North Campus Commons yes-
terday. The students made a couple of huge
snowballs - the kind you use for snowmen, only
bigger -- and rolled them onto the newly plowed
Bonisteel Ave. Needless to say, traffic was tem-
porarily blocked. But dauntless drivers hopped
out of their cars and just rolled them away again.
The culprits were seen escaping into the Music
Happenings .. .
.. are few and far between on this snowy
Tuesday. Nevertheless, President Robben Flem-
ing, just back from his China trip, will discuss the
pros and cons of alternative educational philoso-
phies as part of the Residential College Lecture
Series, 7 p.m. in East Quad's Greene Lounge . . .
there are still standing-room-only tickets available
for the Juliard String Quartet at 8:30 p.m, in Rack-
ham Auditorium . . . Women's intercollegiate bas-
ketball try-outs are 4-6 p.m. at the I-M bldg. . . .
and the Women and Health Project of the Ann Ar-
bor Care Collective will meet at 7:30 p.m., 1114
Michigan, near East University and Packard. Oth-
erwise, activities are snowed under.
Rep. Wilbur Mills (D-Ark.), long-regarded as one
of the most influential members of Congress, yes-
terday was stripped of one of his important pow-
ers as part of a reform move bolstered by his
public r pearance this weekend with an Argen-
tine-born striptease dancer. The caucus of Demo-
crats in the House voted 146-122 to take away from
Mills' Ways and Means Committee the important
job of assigning House members to various com-
mittees. Mills appeared onstage this weekend
with Annabella Batistella, also known as Fanne
Fox or "the Tidal Basin Bombshell" during her act
in a Boston night club - "to dispel all these in-
nuendos." But the bombshell backfired. Several
Democrats said although the reform effort aimed
at the Ways and Means committee had been in the
works for weeks, Mills' appearance with the strip-
tease dancer cost him some key votes.
The latest on one of America's favor-
ite families, the Rockefellers: Despite vice presi-
dent-designate Nelson's most recent statement, a
report to Congress assessed 15 members of the dy-
nasty to have total assets of $70 billion. They direct
40 corporations, and have family representatives
on the boards of the Chase Manhattan Bank, the
Chrysler Corporation, I.B.M., American Motors,
Eastern Airlines, S.S. Kresge, Macy and others.
The boards the family belongs to have interlocking
directorates with 91 major U.S. corporations hav-
ing combinedassets of $640 billion. The study was
conducted by William Domhoff, a psychology pro-
fessor at the University of California, and Charles
Schwartz, a physics professor at the University of
California, Berkeley. Rockefeller dismissed the
study as a work of academics unqualified in the
field of economics. He termed the idea that he
and his family exert any control over the economy
DAR up in arms
President Ford has chosen a British-born woman
for a top job in arranging the U.S. bicentennial -
and consequently aroused the wrath of that bul-
wark of Americanism, the Daughters of the Ameri-
can Revolution. The DAR, which, on last report, is
just about ready to fight the British all over again,
has filed a protest with the Senate Judiciary Com-
mittee over the selection of Marjorie Lynch as
deputy administrator of the American Revolution
Bicentennial Administration. They termed the
selection "an affront to patriotic, native American
women" and said they were "incredulous" at the
nomination. Lynch, who became a naturalized citi-
zen in 1948, has served as an associate director for
domestic and antipoverty operations of ACTION,
and was a Washington state legislator for 10 years.
It was almost an emergency. Police and firemen
in London yesterday received a frantic phone call
from a man who said he was trapped inside a tele-
phone booth. They released him by explaining that
the door opened inwards - not outwards.
On the inside
. . . Gordon Atcheson writes about secret files
and the student on the Editorial Page . . . and on
the Sports Page, Bill Crane writes of Michigan's
basketball victory over Toledo.
On the Outside ...
By GORDON ATCHESON
A disheveled young man in
shirtsleeves cradled a sleeping
baby in his arms and cursed the
weather as he and his wife
stared out the big front window
of Campus Inn yesterday morn-
ing at snow-choked H u r o n
The child dozed fitfully as the
haggard couple downed cup af-
ter cup of coffee. They looked
about the way you'd expect
them to look after camping out
all night in a hotel lobby.
BUT THEY were among the
luckier ones. The snowstorm
that blitzed southeastern Mich-
igan with 18 inches of flakes
Sunday forced many travelers
to spend the night uncomfort-
ably billeted in public school
builidngs on the city's outskirts.
Hundreds of other motorists
waited for National Guardsmen,
dispatched late Sunday, .o dig
their stalled cars out from Lin-
der shoulder-high snowdrifts.
The snowbound masses fil1ed
local hotels and motels over
"It's been miserable . . . jest
miserable," said Mrs. John
Brooks w it h a half-hearted
smile. She was returning from
Midland to her Huntington, W.
Va. home Sunday night but
thought better of continuing af-
ter reaching Ann Arbor.
"The last few miles took us
over two hours to drive end
we were pretty lucky-we got
one of the last rooms here,"
Brooks said as she sit in the
Bell Tower Hotel !obby.
MANY MOTORISTS si out
early yesterday only to turn
back in the face of halfh-poved
See SNOWBOUND, Page 2
The campus and the city
began digging out of 18
inches of snow yesterday as
southeastern Michigan, aid-
ed by warmer weather,
staggered loose from its
worst blizzard in this cen-
tury. The colossal Sunday
storm forced the University
to cancel classes yesterday.
The wind-whipped white
stuff left hundreds of mo-
torists foundering on high-
ways and city streets as
many campus-bound stu-
dents had to camp out Sun-
day night in airports, mo-
tels, and bus terminals as
far away as Boston and
BUT THE GOOD news was
temporary: all classes will be
held as usual today, the Uni-
versity announced last night.
Hardest hit by the storm was
a 150 mile corridor stretching
into Ohio where about 20 inches
of snow fell in less than a day.
National Guard units swung
into action in an effort to rescue
returning students and Thanks-
giving holiday travelers stuck
along I-75, I-94, and I-96. All
roads remained in poor condi-
tion last night.
THE STORM yesterday forced
Detroit Metropolitan Airport to
close and kept the Detroit
News from publishing for the
first time in the newspaper's
Late Sunday, University Vice
President for Academic Affairs
Frank Rhodes made the deci-
sion that no classes would be
See CITY, Page 2
A SNOWBOUND young woman (right) sits and waits and waits a nd waits at Detroit's Metro Airport yesterday for a flight to
Grand Rapids. At the same time hundreds of motorists struggled through treacherous conditions across the southern portion of the
state in the wake of a record blizzard that dumped over 18 inches of snow here.
A long day's journeyj home...
Editor's Note: 'Siiperstorm' hit the out-of-state Thanksgiving
travelers hardest. Among them was Daily reporter Sara Rimer; she
stumbled in late yesterday with the following first-hand account.
By SARA RIMER
It took a day and a half to fly back to Detroit from Philadel-
phia Sunday, with Northwest Orient manning the controls through
a memorable blizzard.
After an overnight detour in Minneapolis, a six-hour vigil at
Detroit's chaotic Metro airport for luggage that was whisked to
Chicago, and a three-hour crawl via automobile to the beloved
campus, six of us from the Philadelphia area wondered why we
had chosen a school in the sunny Midwest.
FLIGHT 542, departing from Philadelphia Interrational at 2
p.m., was doomed from check-in time - when the airlines an-
nounced that snow-blitzed Metro might divert us to Minneapolis.
We were given the option of passing up the flying circus, but,
anxious to leave gray, drizzly Philadelphia, we marched on board,
waved good-by to worried friends and parents who pressed extra
money on us (just in case), and buckled up for the usual unevent-
ful hour-and-a-half flight to Detroit.
Our complacency was short-lived.
SOON THE PILOT announced that Detroit's runways were
clogged and Minneapolis was our new destination. Bob Merion, a
self-proclaimed veteran of wayward winter flights, hoisted the
first of many calming Daiquiris - all courtesy of Northwest.
Confidently, the pilot said we could grab a 5:30 p.m. Sunday
flight back to the Motor City. He was only off by 12 hours - we
See A LONG, Page 2
Ford, pronouncing inflation a
"deadly long-range enemy,"
prodded Congress last night to
act immediately on his budget-
cutting and unemployment-aid
At a two-phased White House
news conference, the President
also disclosed that the terms of
his arms agreement with So-
viet leader Leonid Brezhnev
would permit each nation an
arsenal of 2,400 nuclear missiles
or bombers. As many as 1,320
missiles in each country could
have multiple warheads.
FORD SAID the terms of the
accord, which has yet to be
turned into a detailed agree-
ment between the two super-
powers, would cap future arms
buildups and would not, as
some critics maintain, "permit
an agreed buildup."
Without the strategic arms
ceilings, Ford said, there would
have been a renewed arms race.
He said the United States had
information that the Soviet
Union would have increased its
nuclear arsenal, adding that the
United States would have had to
do the same.
Ford said that will not be the
case now. But he also said that
U.S. defense budgets will be
going up, and that the adminis-
tration has an obligationrto en-
large the U.S. nuclear force "to
stay up to that ceiling" set in
the Vladivostok agreement.
THE PRESIDENT'S news
conference, held in the Execu-
tive Office Building, across a
narrow street from the White
House, was divided into two
parts, each with an opening
statement from Ford.
Ford also said he and Brez-
hnev had agreed that in Middle
East settlement efforts, Israel
and her Arab foes should make
a maximum effort to keep ne-
"We think our step by step
system approach is the right
one for the time being . . ." he
said. "We also agreed that at a
certain point, a Geneva confer-
ence might be the final an-
THEN, FORD switched from
foreign to domestic matters,
and for the second half of his
news conference, concentrated
on the economy.
Again, he began with a pre-
pared statement, saying "Our
greatest danger today is to fall
victim to the more exaggerated
alarms that are being generated
about the underlying health and
strength of our economy."
He said recession is a serious
threat that has hurt many
Americans and alarms many
more, but "hopefully, it is a
shorter-range evil" than infla-
"We are going to take some
lumps and bumps,tbut with the
help of Congress and the Ameri-
can people, we are perfectly
able to cope with our present
and foreseeable economic prob-
lems," he said.
Photo by SCOTT BENEDICT
SNOW SCULPTOR GERRY ZONCA puts the final touches on
his blizzard-born masterpiece, which could be titled "Cold-
Hearted Wolverine." It was a good day for snowpeople since
the University called off classes, idling Zonca and about 35,000
Council gets revised
City sign ordinance
By DAVID WHITING
City Council last night re-
ceived a revised version of the
local sign ordinance which has
been mired in court almost
since its inception eight years
The original ordinance was
intended to curb visual pollu-
tion by limiting the size, num-
ber, and location of signs within
the city. But opposition to the
measure has kept the law from
being fully implemented.
ALTERATIONS in the ordi-
nance would allow more flexi-
bility in the placement of signs,
can be reworded in a manner
which will serve the same basic
purpose . . . such a revised
ordinance would not only have
fewer opponents, but also a
much s t r o n g e r position in
UNDER THE revisions, the
ordinance would allow some-
what larger signs and would
grant snecial exemptions for
gas stations, churches, and
Also the new additions would
provide more lenient standards
for billboards than for other
signs mo'nted on poles. Pres-
TORONTO-Who was that masked man?
That was no Lone Ranger. This is Canadian
politics, and the masked man, believe it or not,
was Rik of the Universe, a candidate for mayor
of this vibrant Ontario city. He lost in yester-
NO MAJOR party candidates challenged youth-
ful, popular incumbent David Crombie. Instead,
there was a brigade of ten losing opponents
ranging from Rik, a leather-clad upstart who
wants to rename the city "Miami" to improve
the weather, to a professional clown named
Rik's campaign was doomed from the start:
He urged voters to stay at home and cook a good
meal-preferably frogs' legs-instead of voting.