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Eighty-Four Years of Editorial Freedom
Vol. LXXXV, No. 121
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Sunday, February 23, 1975
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A local legal research firm yesterday won a
new trial for a galloping lush. Tom Brandner, a
North Dakota steel plant worker was convicted
last fall of "driving under the influence of in-
toxicating liquor while riding a horse." However,
Research Group, Inc. concluded that the ruling
was on the rocks since there was no transcript of
the trial. A North Dakota district court agreed
with the finding and ordered a new trial. Brand-
ner's attorney said the trotting tippler was arrested
after a night at the bar for allegedly "weaving
and not moving in a straight line."
The 'U' may soon have itself a new chief of
sawbones. Four leading candidates for director
of University Hospital have been selected by a
search committee, from a list of about 125 top
hospital administrators from around the country.
The four candidates, who have been listed in order
of preference by the search committee, will prob-
ably be interviewed in rank order by the Regents
next week to choose one acceptable to them. The
leading candidate is reportedly a California man.
The hospital directorship was vacated last year
by Edward Connors, who resigned in the wake of
revelations that he had misused $8,000.
Happenings .. .
. . . are almost confined to the Sunday papers
today and are sparse tomorrow. The Council for
Ex-eptional Children sponsors a workshop on
transactional analysis in the classroom today at
7 p.m. in 2328 School of Education Bldg. . . . The
Washtenaw County Heart Unit of the Michigan
Heart Association will hold a meeting at 7:30 p.m.
in the Ann Arbor Public Library to discuss the
organization of a Washtenaw County Congenital
Heart Defect Club . . . at 8 p.m. the University of
Michigan square dancers will be stepping out in
Barbour Gym . . . Russia's most popular folk
singer Ludmila Zykina is featured tonight in The
Moscow Balalaika Orchestra's concert at 8 p.m.
in the Power Center . . . and the weekend finishes
off with a free French Horn recital at 8 p.m. in the
Stearns Bldg. . . . tomorrow the 15th annual
Michigan School Testing Conference opens at
Rackham with its focal point "Confidentiality of
Student Records: Legal Concerns."
George Washington received a belated birthday
card last week-only 243 years too late. The card,
signed in a child's scrawl, was written in contem-
porary slang rather than Revolutionary rhetoric:
"No mush, no gush, no sigh, no cry, just happy
birthday to one great guy." It was addressed to
President George Washington, U.S. Post Office
Ah, sweet college days. Just when we thought
that college fads were waning on the nation's
campuses, two Pennsylvania community college
students have restored out faith in lunacy. They
are, by transforming a very old college custom,
claiming a world's record for swallowing a gold-
fish-a goldfish thrown from 41 feet, 10 inches
away. The two students, Mike Huling and Hank
Ettel, were participating in the "Record breaking
weekend" held at Harrisburg Area Community Col-
lege last week. For $1, then, anyone could take
a shot at getting his or her name in the Guinness
Book of World Records. Among the other antics-
an attempt to break the world record for marathon
roller skating, treading w a t e r, and basketball
The United States Navy has run out of human
guinea pigs so they have recently turned to dol-
phins to do some of the Navy's "donkey work."
Scientists have been training the mammalian
recruits to chase after dummy torpedoes being
tested by the Navy. When one is fired, a dolphin
takes off after it with a device called a "grabber"
to retrieve the valuable object for examination.
Dolphins also have been assigned the task of de-
livering tools to underwater divers. Anyone in
favor of a dolphin's labor union?
On the inside .. .
the Sunday Magazine features John Kahler 's
piece on Michigan basketball recruiting . . . and
on the Sports Page Jeff Schiller and Bill Stieg
report on the Wolverine basketball victory.
On the outside .. .
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WASHINGTON (P)-A CIA agent was used in efforts
initiated by former Atty. Gen. John Mitchell to free
financier Robert Vesco from a Swiss jail, The Asso-
ciated Press learned yesterday.
The agent told the chief of Swiss intelligence on
Dec. 1, 1971, "that there was unusual interest in higher
U.S. governmental circles, including Attorney General
Mitchell, in this case and that we hoped that Vesco
would be released on his own recognizance today,"
according to a memo, stamped confidential, that was
shown to The AP.
A spokesperson for the CIA confirmed that the con-
versation took place but denied any agency involvement
in the Vesco affair. "Don't hang it on us as an agency
undertaking," the spokesperson said. "This duty was
in no way in his CIA capacity. It was regarded as a
routine cover mission."
THE MEMO, written by the CIA agent to Richard
Vine, then deputy chief of the U.S. mission in Bern,
goes on to state that the Swiss official, Hans Walder,
replied that he knew nothing about the case and could
Agency denies any involvement
not intervene in any event, but promised to make in-
quiries. Several hours later a Swiss court ordered
Vesco released on $125,000 bail.
The memo does not identify its author as a CIA
employe, but the agency confirmed his position after
The AP had obtained independent confirmation of the
fact. Confirmation was contingent upon preservation of
the agent's anonymity.
Vesco, now a fugitive in Costa Rica, spent one night
in the 150-year-old Saint Antoine prison in Geneva on
charges involving an alleged attempt to remove se-
curities from a Swiss bank. The charges against him
later were dropped.
SOME OF the details of Mitchell's efforts on Vesco's
behalf were made public during last year's trial in
which Mitchell and former Commerce Secretary
Maurice Stans were acquitted of attempting to in-
fluence an investigation by the Securities and Exchange
Commission in return for a secret $200,000 Nixon cam-
paign contribution from Vesco.
The memo describing the contact between the CIA
official and Walder was made available to both prosecu-
tion and defense attorneys but was never made public.
There is no indication that any of the attorneys were
aware of the agent's true position.
Evidence presented at the trial shows that Mitchell
spoke with Vine by telephone on the evening of Nov. 30
the day Vesco was arrested by Swiss authorities. Vine,
who already had made inquiries about Vesco's legal
difficulties, testified he told Mitchell that a Swiss
magistrate had said Vesco probably would be released
on bail the next day but that nothing could be done to
spare the multimillionaire a night in jail.
See CIA, Page 2
WASHINGTON R) - Fed-
eral Energy Administrator
(FEA) Frank Zarb says the
administration will cause
gasoline prices to rise about
15 cents a gallon, easing the
impact of its energy policy
on other fuels.
W i t h gasoline taking
most of the burden, price
increases on home heating
oil and other petroleum
products could be held to
about six to eight cents a
gallon, Zarb said in an in-
BASED ON recent price aver-
ages, FEA's price-tilting regula-
tions would push the average
price of regular gasoline, at the
pump, to about 65 cents per
On other energy issues, Zarb
-If Congress blocked Presi-
dent Ford's effort to increase
petroleum prices, the adminis-
tration would pot turn to fuel
allocations or rationing, but
would try to get Congress to
change its mind.
-The administration, drop-
ping orevious objections, is now
prepared to let oil companies
keen more of their "windfall
nrofits" on recent price hikes,
for reinvestment to find and
prod'ice more oil.
FEA investigators suspect
"substantial" overcharging by
several oil-dealing "middlemen"
which could lead to civil or even
-His agency was wrong in
invitinlg 20 oil companies to
nnrtirinate in draftine an agree-
rlent for emergenev internation-
al cooneration without giving
consumer groups and others
President Ford has already
beg'm increasing federal fees
on imported oil: has proposed a
$2-per-barrel excise tax on all
oil: and has pledged to end nrice
controls, by April 1, on about
66 per cent of U.S. oil produc-
tion.sTaken together, the ad-
ministration h as estimated,
those moves would addhabout
10 cents per gallon to the cost
of oil in the United States.
BUT ZARB said that "gaso-
line would go up closer to 15
cents and other products would
go un somewhere between six
and eight cents."
He said regulations would be
adonted to requiresuch a "tilt"
in the nrices. They would have
to be in force,. he said, by the
time President Ford removes
price controls from "old oil"
brought into production by 1972,
now limited to $5.25 per barrel.
The price is likely to rise to
about $11 without federal con-
Ford has pledged to remove
the price controls on April 1.
ZARB SAID no other petro-
lelim products would be singled
out for extra price increases,
that cost increases would be
The expected price increases
from removal of controls, as
well as earliertincreasesson oil
exempt from the controls, has
prompted the administration to
propose a "windfall profits tax"
on oil companies.
Some companies have argued
that they should be allowed to
keep the "windfall profits" for
investment in finding and de-
veloping more oil and natural
See GAS, Page 2
Doily Photo by STEVE KAGAN
Hancock at Hill
Herbie Hancock, a master of electrified jazz, performed before a sellout crowd last night at Hill
Auditorium. The hour-and-a-half concert was enthusiastically received by the audience.
FLEMING, SAXON CONTENDERS:
U-Cal. board remains
Daily Photo by KAREN KASMAUSKI
An absorbed player prepares to make the next move in a Go
tournament at David's Books yesterday afternoon. Go is a
Japanese game of strategy.
gun-1 down hijacker
in airport shootout
By DAVID BURHENN
After meeting with University President Rob-
ben Fleming for three hours yesterday in Los
Angeles, the University of California (U-Cal.)
Regents have yet to reach a decision on who
will be their next president.
The 26 member board first talked with Fleming
in a confidential session, and then allowed stu-
dent, faculty and alumni representatives to ques-
FLEMING and U-Cal. provost David Sa'xon
are reportedly the two finalists for the $60,000 a
year post. The presidency of the 120,000 student
system is considered one of the most prestigious
in American higher education.
Sources in Los Angeles indicate that Saxon
may be the favorite. The 55-year-old provost is
considered a "rising star" and the Regents were
reportedly leaning toward an insider who under-
stood the massive nine campus U-Cal. system.
Fleming has been viewed as the leading "out-
side" candidate, whose high national stature
would lend prestige to the office. Fleming is also
believed to have received support from conserva-
tive regents on the highly political board.
RESPONSE to Fleming's question and answer
session yesterday afternoon was reportedly mixed.
One woman from San Francisco said "there is a
lot of stuff we want to clear up before we make
Jim Richardson, news editor of the UCLA
student paper, said that while the men seemed to
like Fleming, the women at the session "weren't
too happy with him."
Richardson said doubts about Fleming's com-
mitment to affirmative action was "still like a
cloud hanging over him."
THE CHAIRMAN of the search committee,
U-Cal. Regent Edward Carter said a decision
could be expected soon. "We want to wrap it up
by the next Regents' meeting," Carter told
The next scheduled meeting occurs March 14,
though a special regental committee meeting is
scheduled for March 7. It is believed that a
decision, if not made previously, will be an-
nounced before then.
Reports on freon draw public interest
BRASILIA, (Reuter) - Bra-
zilian Security officers dis-
guised as mechanics last night
slipped on board a hijacked air-
liner at Brasilia Airport and
fatally wounded the hijacker in
Hospitals sources said the hi-
jacker, who had demanded the
release of 10 political prisoners,
the broadcasting of a manifes-
tonnl 1 0 milnn Ann rc in
of a stratagem to outwit Flores,
who had demanded that the
Boeing 737 of Yasp Internal
Airlines be refuelled.
IN RETURN, he allowed 25
women and six children to dis-
While the plane was being re-
fuelled, four disguised security
officers slipped on board. They
reportedly hurled teargas gre-
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By GLEN ALLERHAND
Interest in freon - the propellant used in aerosol sprays
-has skyrocketed after scholarly reports published last fall
indicated it may be damaging the earth's upper atmosphere,
according to University researcher Ralph Cicerone.
Studies have shown that freon reacts chemically to de-
stroy the ozone in the atmosphere's upper level which pro-
tects the earth from receiving too much ultraviolet radiation.
banning freon from the market.
Last week in Lansing House Democrats proposed a mea-
sure which would outlaw freon based aerosol products. City
Council also passed a resolution last year urging citizens to
avoid. use of freon products.
CICERONE believes that even if freon was banned imme-
diately there would still be a "two to five per cent ozone loss
in 1990. We know this means an increase of between 50 and