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by tarry lempert
PHYSICIANS, government officials, drug experts
and chemical manufacturers are growing increas-
ingly worried about a deadly and relatively new drug-
abuse problem among the nation's children: the inha-
lation of aerosol sprays.
The aerosol product-hair spray, deodorant, house-
hold cleaners or some other-is sprayed into a paper
bag or a balloon and then inhaled because the pro-
pellant produces a strange, floating kind of high.
The propellants, usually hydrocarbons or fluoro-
carbons, can also produce death, usually from cardiac
-N.Y. Times, July 20
Was the desire to escape so great,
the need to escape so great
when we junkied our model airplanes
to sniff their glue,
when we envelopcd ourselves
in luxurious varieties of smoke
and smacked our lips and speeded
all in vein?
And now, with little or no thought
to our underarms
we're sniffing deodorant
and hair spray
"A strange and floating kind of high;"
who needs neat hair or sweet-smelling armpits
when you can get ripped on aerosol mist?
It's like a vision of the future,
foreshadowing thousands of Americans
running around frantically
with brown paper bags,
cowshit cobwebs corncobs caraway
urine simmered at medium heat
(what a rush)
gargling with Liquid Plumber
and soaring on a White Tornado
dying in a euphoria
of mimeograph ink and magic markers-
What will we think of next?
SKE LETONS IN THE CAPITOL
'What a way for a Woman's Lib freak to
go ... she inhaled three spray cans of
Northwest Detroit's maverick
state senator, bushy-haired Jack
Faxon, is considering plans to
commit ceremonial suicide on
the floor of the Senate.
According to his plan, Faxon
would make an impassioned
speech - a la Patrick Henry -
while two men dressed in white
robes and black hats ceremon-
ially hauled a guillotine onto the
"My head has never really felt
it belongs to my body," Faxon
confides. "When my head falls in-
to the basket, I will finally be able
"I could tell you- about it in ad-
vance," he adds, "and you could
sell the pictures to Life maga-
Equality and justice for all
have to clock-in.
Senators' secretaries don't.
Justifying our vast faith in the
wire services, two representatives
of the Associated Press and United
Press International Capitol bu-
reaus recently exhibited the fine
journalistic tradition for w h i c h
their organizations are noted.
"Was that vote 20 to 14, or
20 to 15?" asked the puzzled AP
reporter in the Senate Press
room at the close of debate on
the state's tax bill.
"I'm not sure," came the re-
sponse from UPI's correspond-
ent, "but if we both send the
same figure it doesn't really
They both filed with "20-14."
(Coincidentally, they got it
right-or else the official Journal
of the Senate is using their
University administrators ve-
hemently deny that the University
will set up its own police force if
the state legislature cuts off funds
for the annual subsidy of the city
police department. But some mem-
bers of the legislature are not so
Shortly after the failure of his
amendment to restore the subsidy
failed on the floor of the Senate,
Sen. Gil Bursley (R-Ann Arbor),
hinted a bit of foresight in the Uni-
versity. "It's a hell of a job set-
ting up a police force, but at least
they already have the right man
for the job-Fred Davids," he said.
Davids joined the University this
year as director of safety, after
serving as director of the State
Letters to. The Daily
No 'U' pollution
To The Daily:
THE SECOND PHRASE of the
front page photo caption titled,
"Fighting pollution" (Daily 30
July) read as follows, ". . . while
U n i v e r s it y smokestacks belch
smoke in the background."
This is both inaccurate and mis-
leading. 1) In the photo no emis-
sion is visible frompthestacks. 2)
Smoke is particulate matter sus-
pended in air and has a gray ap-
pearance. Walk over and observe
the emission from the "U" stacks.
It is never gray, but white in color.
A white stack plume consists of
water vapor and water vapor is
not a pollutant.
When air pollution is success-
fully controlled, as in the case of
the University stacks, it should be
commended. The caption would
have been much better one phrase
shorter, thus leaving the reader
to draw his own inferences from
'he photo alone.
William B. Woods, Jr.
To The Daily:
USING THE USUAL Daily meth-
od of front page editorializing un-
der the guise of factual reporting,
you have very thoroughly told one
side of the story of the controversy
surrounding the proposed nuclear
power plant in Midland.
One comes away from your ar-
ticle of July 20 with the impression
of the alarmed citizenry of Mid-
land fighting desperately for their
4 mir4hynn Daft!
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Saturday, July 31, 1971 News Phone: 764-0552
NIGHT EDITOR: JONATHAN MILLER
Summer Editorial Staff
MARCIA ABRAMSON LARRY LEMPERT
ROBERT CONROW .. . ...............................-Books Editor
JIM JUDKIS...............................Photography Editor
NIGM TEDITORS: Anita Crone, Tammy Jacobs, Alan Lenhoff, Jonathan
ASSISTANT NIGHT EDITORS: Patricia E. Sauer, James Irwin, Christopher
Parks, Zachary Schiller.
Summer Sports Staff
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SANDI GENIS... .........................Associate Sports Editor
homes, for their very lives against
the uncaring, calculating coldness
of BIG BUSINESS.
You might have at least men-
tioned that another equally con-
cerned citizens' group (who also
have homes in the area!) is back-
ing the power plant as a very neces-
sary step for the future quality of
life in this area.
Currently, Consumers Power
does not have enough power to sell
to the Midland Dow plant. The Dow
plant, therefore, maintains its own
power plant which burns coal-
the only power source currently
AS THE MAJOR industry in the
Midland area, Dow has taken a
leading role in pollution reduction
studies. Their efforts in this area
were somewhat hampered by the
action of a group of eager "beav-
ers", who were so anxious to de-
stroy "war research records" that
they actually succeeded in de-
stroying the records of Dow's anti-
pollution research and of their
large bloodbank-facts overlooked
in the Daily coverage of the Beaver
Supporters of the reactors con-
tend that such a "clean" power
source could very greatly reduce
air pollution in the Midland area.
They further point out that reac-
tors used as power sources have
been in existence for over 20 years
without a single surrounding com-
munity coming to harm,
But the witch-hunt after the atom
goes on and will go on until peo-
ple finally realize that we are
using up our natural fuels at such
a phenomenal rate that they won't
last much longer; and even if they
would, they are polluting our at-
mosphere so greatly already that
they could hardly be the answer to
our ever increasing need for power.
Lynne Sebastian Carlson, '69
'If you can take time out from the drugs
I brought you last week, I'd like to show
you our new line of aerosol sprays.'
It's a mad mad,
(Editor's note: News is not the only specialty of the Associated
Press, whose writers also indulge in the weird and whimsical. This
column is a regular coection of the best of the not-so-usual.)
LONDON - The London Transport Authority invited a group
of city councilmen and police for a bus ride to prove the safety
of a new bus route which residents along it had protested. Midway
in the ride, the bus ran into a parked car.
"We are reconsidering the scheme," said a spokesman for the
LOS ANGELES - A man spent the weekend digging for gold
in a city park and found none. City officials weren't surprised. The
30-year-old drapery installer got permission to dig at Elysian Park
when a metal detector gave a weak but encouraging reading. He
agreed to share any gold with the city.
After two days he and a few volunteer helpers had blistered
hands and two broken picks. A park official said an underground
water pipe probably caused the detector reading.
SANFORD, Maine - An unidientified man came into the emer-
gency ward of Henrietta Goodall Hospital during the weekend, com-
plaining of a moth in his ear.
A skeptical nurse peered into the man's ear with an otoscope
and there was the little creature buzzing around inside.
A physician repeated the examination and, attracted by the
otoscope's light, the moth fluttered out of the man's ear.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass - The paperback volume of the Pentagon
papers went on sale last week in the Harvard Square bookstore,
and one of the first customers was Dr. Daniel Ellsberg, who has
admitted leaking the papers to the press.
Sheldon Cohen, the bookstore owner, said Ellsberg, a regular
customer, "came in, bought a copy for himself, and autographed
two copies for my employes."