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Balloonists sail up, up, and away

Up, up and away in their beautiful balloons sail
local balloon enthusiasts.
It's not just a local craze or a passing whim-the
sport of ballooning is growing and it's growing fast.
Last Saturday, nine balloonists representing various
parts of Michigan and other states too, congregated in
Barton Hills for a gala children's balloon party.
A few hundred spectators and guests witnessed the
grand departure as the balloons lifted off Sat. evening
despite a temporary delay because of stronger than
expected winds.
Balloonists first aroused the attention of many local
residents when they stationed their crafts above the
University stadium last fall during half-time ceremonies
at a football game.
Hot air ballooning has made a decisive comeback in
the last twelve years since it was discovered that a
simple nylon envelope inflated with hot air generated by
a propane burner could produce a reliable thermal or
hot air balloon.
Most balloons are rarely seen by the public-it's a
sport reserved for the early morning hours when the
winds are calm, the air is mild and the temperature is
most agreeable for smooth flying.
"It's marvelous, you feel so free. It's as though
you're high above the world and just floating around,"
says Ann Arbor's Dr. Bill Grabb, balloon enthusiast.
Dr. Grabb, one of Ann Arbor's three balloonists, is
president of the Balloon Federation of America, a divi-
sion of the National Aeronautic Association.
Bruce Comstock, another local balloonist, is editor
of "Ballooning" magazine.
Dave Clagett is the third balloonist in this area.
The hot air balloon works on the simple principle
that air rises when it is heated.
The hot air which gives the balloon its lift is
produced by a propane burner. By increasing or de-
creasing the amount of heat generated the balloon pilot
can regulate how high the craft will go. The stronger
the flame, the more hot air generated and the higher
See Up, Page 10

' I~eiri igan

Tuesday, June 13, 1972

News Pho ie: 764-0

Page Three"

Council approves weak
anti-strike breaking bill

Another Irish fallen
An Irish youth is carried away by friends after receiving facial
wounds in the Falls Rd. demonstration in Belfast, Northern Ire-
land Sunday. He was hit at close range by a rubber bullet fired
by a British soldier, his friends reported.
Women hold first state
meeting; discuss plans

City Council last night
voted seven to three in fa-
vor of a substitute anti-
strike brealger ordinance
and rejected several pro-
posed Human Rights Par-
ty (HRP) anti-war ordi-
The anti-strike breaker ordi-
nance as passed, which council
member Nancy Wechsler (HRP-
Second Ward) referred to as
"watered-down." forbids any
local agency or corporation to
recruit or supply professional
The ordinance also prohibits
temporary and part-tune cm-
ployment agencies from refer-
ringtprospective employes to
parties invoiced in labor dis-
HRP's anti - strike breaker
version, rejected eight to two,
would have prohibited strike-
breakers to be imported from
outside the city, providing that
such a prohibition did not in-
fringe on the National Labor
Relations Act.
In addition, the HRP version
made stipulations concerning
vehicle penetration of picket
lines and information on strike-
breakers who are hired.
Wechsler commented before
the weakened ordinance was
passed, "I will regretably vote

for it. I don't consider it any
victory, though." Council mem-
bers Richard Hadler (R-Fourth
Ward) Bruce Benner (R-Fourth
Ward), and John McCormick
(R-Fifth Ward) voted against
the weakened version,
In discussion on the anti-
strike breaking ordinances, the
question of their legality came
up. Mayor Robert Harris said,
"There's a 50-50 chance the
Democratic version (the one
which passed) is constitutional.
There's zero chance the HRP
versioin is constitutional."
Re said council was "playing

gambling games with the
In other business, council de-
feated an HRP proposed ordi-
nance which would prohibit
land use to companies that
manufacture products to "de-
stroy or injure human or ani-
mal life" in Indochina.
Another HRP resolution as-
signing the City Attorney duty
to counsel young men on the
draft was also voted down.
In positive action, council ap-
proved six to four a resolution
making June 19-25 Ann Arbor's
first "Gay Pride Week."

Stempien announces as
second district candidate

Special to the Daily
East Lansing - The first state
convention of the National Or-
ganization for Women (NOW),
held Sunday in the Michigan
State University Union Ballroom,
gave women from different com-
munities a chance to discuss lo-
cal and national priorities for
The 90 women, representing the
nine NOW chapters throughout
the state, spent the day attend-
ing a variety of workshops fo-
cusing on women's rights.
Although no concrete action
was taken by the conference,
the women decided to focus their
efforts this year on improving

education in the public schools,
passing the state's abortion re-
form bill, and working on job
compliance with an emphasis on
Michigan Bell and the State of
The convention also elected
Linda Stuits, a Detroit S o c i a I
Planning Analyst, to be NOW'.-
state coordinator. Ruth Popp,
an executive in the state High-
ways Department, was elected
legislative coordinator.
The day's workshops cover, d
topics ranging from welfare re-
form and mental health +o lobby-
ing and women's image in the
Jean King, a lawyer from Ann
See NOW, Page 7

Rep. Marvin Stempien (D-
Livonia) announced yesterday
that he is a candidate for Con-
gress in the newly created Se-
cond District, Stempien is cur-
rently the House Majority Floor
Leader in the State legislature.
The Second Congressional Dis-
trict consists of northwestern
Wayne County, all of Monroe
County except one township, and
the eastern half of Washtenaw
County, including Ann Arbor.
Stempien said that he is "in
favor of the withdrawal of all

troops and supplies from ti e
area of Southeast Asia." He also
said that a new emphasis on
domestic problems, plus cringres-
sional, tax, and welfare reforin
is needed.
In a news conference yester-
day, the candidate placed great
emphasis on Congressional re-
form. "The present structure die-
tates against the citizen," he
said. He referred to the power-
ful committee chairmen as "bar-
ons" and said they should be
chosen "by ability rather than
See STEMPIEN, Page 7

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