Tuesday, May 25, 1976
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wagons roll into Clinton
By JENNIFER MILLER
After almost a year on the road, the
Bicentennial Wagon Train pulled into
Clinton, Michigan yesterday en route to
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania for a two
month bicentennial celebration.
The wagons set off in July 1975 from
the Pacific coast, and hope to finish up
in Valley Forge this July. "We've been
through rain, snow, dust, cactus and sour
mushrooms," said one trailmaster, ident-
ifying himself only as Pat Boone, "and
we've been attacked by Indians and flam-
THE TRAIN arrived in Clinton almost
an hour late, but the townspeople appar-
ently didn't mind. Nearly the entire popu-
lation (2,200) lined the streets with flags
and signs to greet the train of 50 or
"They've shut everything down around
here," said Jan Knight, dressed in co-
lonial costume to celebrate the event.
"But we figure we won't be around for
the next one," she added.
As the train rumbled past the eagerly
waiting crowd, the Clinton Freedom Bell
tolled slowly. Children, many playing
hooky with their parents' permission,
waved flags and shouted excitedly.
After a slow parade down the main
street, the train, led by the Clinton Junior
:high School Band, the volunteer fire de-
partment and a string of antique cars,
circled on the grass in front of Clintonl
Middle School. Ilere the wagoners ate a
leisurely lunch and uaterbed their horses
in preparation for the fhial leg of the
day's journey to Tecumseh, Michigan.
"'Ihis is one of the fitest things I ve
ever witnessed," said (linton Mayi()r
leisurely lunch and watered their horses
train roll by, "when I think of tll the
people who came through this town 20(lo
years tigo, it's just iamazing."
"MY KIDS have been looking forward
to this for six months," said one an,
"ever since the Chamber of C'omttertce
arranged for the wagon train to come
through our town. It (the town) is very
bicentennially oriented," he added,
While the members of the waigon train
are getting paid for participating in the
year long trip, they seem to be doing it
more for the fun of it than anyhing else.
Liz Paller, riding in he wagon with
Biine, said that the reception of the
pt ole along the way was "just great."
Boone, however, tongue firmly in cheek.
indicated that the highlight of the trip
was "when my wife fell ot of the wtio
and broke her leg. We had to shoot her."
Boone Liter confessed that he and his
wife, like tminy ithetrs bltzing the bies-
tennial trail, prefer to sleep in their ever-
present family camper. Not quit( like
the pioneers would hase done it 200 years
ago, but the spirit is still there.
Milliken bans all sales
of food containing PBB
1 iNSING /P) - As a "precautionary scientific panel he had appointed re-
mte are," Gov. William Milliken recom- ported that the chemical, polybrominated
mended yesterday a total ban on the sale biphenyl or PBB, could cause cancer and
in \tichigan of meat, milk and eggs with birth defects in humans if consumed in
an. trace of a toxic chemical accidental- even small quantities over a long period
i ei with livestock feeds. of time.
lie governor's action came after a THE CHEMICAL, a fire-retardant, was
mixed with large amounts of feed in
- Michigan three years ago. Since that
time, over a million animals, including
several thousand c a tt e, have been
slaughtered as a result of PBB contain-
The scientific panel recommended the
vi P _A ua'uc . ban on sale of meat, milk and eggs with
even traces of the chemical. "'there is
presumptive evidence for long-term ef-
it fectives on human health, including the
li iundred three people wearing notl- ptenti foe carcinogenic (cane'rus)
itn evt bowling shoes gathered for an opeotAN the panel said w
'11o0 uf fun at a suburban Los An- ONE PANEL member said it would
gle bowling alley last Saturday. The take years, even decades, of exposure
o,,,ain was a nudist bowling tourna- to low PBB levels for cancer to develop.
mntI, sponsored by the Sun Dial Nudist Milliken said the panel's recommenda-
lit The club rented out an entire tion, in effect, would set the safe PBB
iowlitng alley for the evening and hired level for Michigan products at zero. He
ful clothed security guards to keep out said it should be adopted as a "precau-
wembers of the press and the general tionary measure," .though no immediate
public. The only trouble that the bare health hazards due to low-levels of PBB
bo sl hnd kvnz lrin, their e es on have been found in animals or humans.
BlOW in nis ear .. .
A workman adds some final touches to the head of the new "King Kong,"
created for the remake of the 1933 film. The monster stands 47 feet tall and
weighs over 3000 pounds.
wer nau was Keeping re cyG u
The Academic Administrative In-
ternship Program for Women is offering
a seminar in Academic Administration. It
is open to all faculty and staff for a fee
of $50. Call 764-0384 for information . . .
Robert Williams, black civil leader and
author, will speak to black faculty and
staff members at noon today in Rm.
1309 of the School of Ed. The People's
Bicentennial Commission is presenting
Ingmar Bergman's Scenes from a Mar-
riage at the MLB, Aud. 3 at 7 and 10
Weather or not
It'll be partly cloudy today, with highs
in the mid to upper 60's. The winds will
be out of the northeast, and there is a
20 per cent chance of rain. Lows tonight
are expected to be in the upper 40's.
Legislators ask Fleming for report
on 'U' Hospital race bias charges
By LANI JORDAN
Leaders of the Michigan Legislature
yesterday called on University President
Robben Fleming to conduct an investiga-
tion into the racial discrimination charges
filed against the University Hospital
earlier this month on behalf of the work-
ers at the hospital's Neuro-Psychiatric
In a letter to Fleming, Speaker of the
House Bobby Crim (D-Davison), Senate
Majority Leader William Fitzgerald (D-
Detroit), and Rep. Jerry Bullard (D-Ann
Arbor) asked that the University admin-
istration investigate the situation and re-
port back to the Legislature as soon as
THE SUIT, filed May 10 by Local 1583
of the American Federation of State,
County, and M u n i c i p a I Employes
(AFSCME), stems from the discharge of
Robert Foster and the suspension of Don-
ald Lynn, two neuro-psychiatric workers,
without union representation. It also
charges racial discrimination in disci-
pline practices, promotions, and dispersal
According to AFSCME Local 1583 pres-
ident Joel Block, the letter to Fleming
from the legislature comes as "A wel-
come response to problems we've been
trying to raise to the University."
"Without extraordinary steps it (the
suit) would have been routinely filed
away," said Block.
ALTHOUGH President Fleming was in
Washington, D.C. and unavailable for
comment, Richard Kennedy, Vice-Presi-
dent for State Relations said, "We are
beginning a report of the matter. I was
surprised to hear about it."
"It (the legislative request for a re-
port) is not out of the ordinary," said
Kennedy. "It will be handled as a rou-
Hospital representatives, including Hos-
pital Director Jeptha Dalston, were un-
aware of the letter to Fleming.
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