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Balloon'

The Michigan Daily-Saturday, November 14, 1981--Page 3
crash-lands after

historic flight over ocean

COVELO, Calif. (AP) - Weighted by
ice and battered by .a driving storm,
Double Eagle V nearly crashed at the
end of an historic trans-Pacific balloon
flight, the crew said yesterday after
they were plucked from a rugged
mountainside.
"We are lucky we survived but life
and death are next to each other
anyway," said crewman Rocky Aoki,
the owner of the Benihana restaurant'
chain who financed the $250,000 ven-
ture. "If you are afraid to die, you are
probably afraid to live.'
THE TOWERING helium-filled
balloon hit a tree in a snowstorm in the
Sanhedrin mountains Thursday night,
and when the crew cut the gondola loose
a bumpy landing ended a 6,000-mile
voyage that began four days earlier at
the Japanese city of Nagashima.
Nearly 20 hours later, helicopter
crews sighted the gondola and ferried
the balloonists off the mountainside.
The balloonists' wives were on hand at
Covelo, where the crew held a news
conference.
"After 6,000 miles, landing anywhere

is a good place," quipped crewman
Larry Newman as he arrived at Covelo
airport, 10 miles west of the landing
site.
THOUGH IT would have been "very
easy" to land at sea or on a beach, said
the pilot, Ben Abruzzo, "I wasn't sure in
my mind if to land at sea would be quite
a complete trans Pacific flight."
Two of the trans Pacific pioneers -
Abruzzo, 51, and Newman, 34, both of
Albuquerque, N*M. - made history
with Maxie Anderson in 1978 when
Double Eagle IH becamed the first
balloon to cross the Atlantic. The four-
th Double Eagle V crewman was Ron

Clark, 41, of Albuquerque.
The Pacific journey was a "constant
battle" flying "with a tremendous load
of ice," Abruzzo said. "The balloon
flew badly because of the ice."
THE 400,000-CUBIC foot polyethylene
balloon, as tall as, a 26-story building,
seesawed across the Pacific. He said
thecraft would lose altitude under tons
of ice, rise again as the ice melted, then
drop again as more ice formed.
What the balloonists,.thought was a
persistent leak throughout the voyage
apparently was the icing problem,
Newman said.

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WASHINGTON (AP)- President Reagan's Late in the day, Reagan's top press aide, David prosecutor should an inigia investigation turn up
national security adviser, Richard Allen, received . Gergen, acknowledged the White House error of anything substantive.
$1,000 from Japanese journalists after they inter- claiming the investigation was closed. "There was a The president, questioned by reporters as he ft
viewed Mrs. Reagan, then forgot it until others confusion of signals about the status of matters," the White House on a trip to Texas, said of Allen: As
discovered the cash in an office safe eight months Gergen said. He added that the Justice Department far as I know there is no evidence of wrongdoing."
later, officials said yesterday. called the White House after seeing reports that Asked if Allen would stay on the job, Reagan said On
Allen, under Justice Department investigation, Reagan's spokesmen were saying the investigation the basis of what I know, yes."
denied any wrongdoing, saying he played no role in was over. White House disclosure of the transaction was
t arranging the interview-the day after Reagan's Gergen also said, "It is my understanding that triggered- by a Japanese newspaper's report that
inauguration-and accepted the money because he (Allen) did not ask" for (money) from the jour- Tokyo police had concluded a top secret investigation
did not wish to offend the Japanese, who offered it as nalists. Gergen said he had no reason to believe that of bribery allegations against an unnamed senior
a gratuity for the first lady. any White House officials made such a request, White Hose official. U.S. and Japanese officials in
WHITE HOUSE spokesmen claimed for hours that either. Japan refused comment on the story.
the FBI had completed an investigation and cleared DECAIR WOULD not elaborate concerning the ALLEN HIMSELF declared "Come now, this is
hc the national security adviser. But a Justice Depar- Justice Department's role but in any case involving ArENSEL eclaet oe nortirs ais
tment spokesman, Tom DeCair, said an allegation a high government official, the department is preposterous, when questioned by reporters about
"is still under investigation" in the case. obligated by law to refer the matter to a special the episode.

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HAPPENINGS-
HIGHLIGHT
The Ann Arbor Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee will hold a
conference on alternatives to Reaganomics today, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at the
Michigan Union. A special session on "Revitalizing the Michigan Economy"
at-1 p.m. includes-Dan Luria, Jack Russell, and Zolten Ferency. A session on
"Strategic Responses to the Economic Crisis," with Hon. John Conyers, Lee
Webb, and Randy Barber, will be held at 4 p.m. There will be a reception at 8
p.m. at Perry Bullard's home. . '
FILMS
Cinema Guild-Go Tell the Spartans, Lorch Hall, 6:45 & 10 p.m.; Let There
Be Light, 9 p.m.
AAFC-Fame, MLB 3,7 & 9:30 p.m.
AA Film-Julius Caesar, Nat. Sci., 7 p.m.; Viva Zapata, 9:15p.m.
Cinema II-The Last Metro, Aud. A, Angell,'7& 9:30 p.m.
CFT-Warner Bros. Cartoons, Michigan Theatre, 1, 3, 5, 8:30, & 10:30 p.m.
Alt. Act.-Amarcord, Nat. Sci., 7 & 9:15 p.m..
MEETINGS
Gray Panthers-Open Mtg., 2nd floor of Ann Arbor Firehouse, 3 p.m. For
info call 662-1529.
A2 Go-Club-Mtg., 1433 Mason Hall, 2-7 p.m.
Union of Students for Israel, 620 Oxford, 8:30 p.m.
Human Sexuality Office-Annual. mtg., Mich. Org. for Human Rights, An-
derson Rm., Michigan Union, 4p.m. For info. call 763-4816.
PERFORMANCES
School of Music-Clarinet Recital, Katherine Lucas, Recital hall, 2 p.m.;
Flute Recital, Lou Ann Newsom, Recital Hall, 4 p.m.; Voice Recital,
Richard Taylor, baritone, Stearns, 8 p.m.
Major Events-Foreigner in concert; Crisler, 8 p.m. For info. call 763.2071.
Residential College Players-Clyde Evades The Draft & Serves The
Public, E. Quad Aud., 8 p.m.
Canterbury Loft-"Ladies at the Alamo," a play by Paul Zindel, 8 p.m.,
332 S. State, 3 & 8 p.m. Admission is $3 at the door.
School of Music, Dept. of Dance-"Solo Dance and Solo Music," Dance
Bldg.,Studio A Theatre. For info call 763-5460.
The Sunday Funnies-Comedy Troupe, Schorling Aud., School of
Education, 8:30 p.m. Admission is $2.50 at the door. For info. call 764-1089.
MISCELLANEOUS
Ark-John Roberts and Tony Barrand, music of the British Isles, 1421 Hill,
9 p.m. For info. call 764-1461.
A' Library-Book Sale, 9-6 p.m.
Committee on Ethics, Humanism and Medicine-Eight Conference,
Thomas Francis Bldg., School of public Health, 4:30 p.m.
Pre-registration required. For info. call 663-5297 or 764-6263.
Exhibit-Portraits by the late Imogen Cunningham, Duffy Gallery, 317 S.
State No. 104,10-5 p.m. For info. call 663-4888.
Middle East Peace Conference, "The Tragedies of Lebanon: A Search for
Solutions," First United Methodist Church, 1589 W. Maple, Birmingham, 9-5
p.m.
College Institute for Values and Science-Free Public Colloquium,
"Science and Policy: Cost-Benefit Analysis and its Limits," Amphitheatre,
Rackham, 9-5:30 p.m.
Hillel-Seudah Shlishis (light meal), 4:30 p.m.
Lesbian/Gay Dance-Anderson Rm., Union, 9 p.m.
Saline Methodist Church-Christmas Bazaar, Church Fellowship Hall, 11-
2p.m.
Artworlds Center for Creative Arts-Workshop, "Knitting Mittens with
Handspun," 213S. Main, 1-4 p.m. Info call 994-8400.
Michigan' Bicycling Federation-Races, Waterford Race Car Course,
Waterford Rd., 12p.m. Entry fee is $2.50. Info. call 547-0050.
David C. Turnley-Exhibit, Blixit Gallery, 229 Nickels Arcade. Reception
for Artist, 3-6 p.m.

Israeli official gives,
Saudi plan a chance

WASHINGTON (AP)- The head of
an Israel parliamentary delegation
said yesterday that Saudi Arabia is free
to use its peace plan as an "opening
card" in negotiations with Israel as
long as acceptance of it is not made a
precondition for talks.
"They can come with any opening
card they think would be appropriate,"
said Moshe Arens, who is widely expec-
ted to be Israel's next ambassador to
the United States.
ISRAEL REMAINS in favor of
"direct negotiations with no precon-
ditions," Arens told a group of repor-
ters at the National Press Club. "Israel
is willing to sit down and talk peace
with every Arab country that is willing
to do so."
Meanwhile, U.S. officials said
Secretary of State Alexander Haig
misspoke Thursday when he told a
congressional committee the Saudi
plan's call for a separate Palestinian
state with Jerusalem as its capital

would be "unacceptable" to the United
States.
"He was not creating a new
American policy," State Department
spokesman Dean Fischer said when
asked about Haig's remarks.
"I THINK the secretary meant that
in the context of what we have always
regarded as unacceptable unless and
until it is negotiated," Fischer' said.
"That is a subject we feel should be left
to negotiations:
"I don't think you've ever found any
U.S. -administration in recent years ad-
vocating a Palestinian state," Fischer
added. "But that does not necessarily
mean it should be ruled out of
negotiations. I don't think any
American administration can put itself
in that position."
In testimony before a House Foreign
Affairs subcommittee on Thursday,
Haig said a number of aspects of the
Saudi plan's eight points "do not meet
our criteria."

Baker says Stockman
may have to resign

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(Continued from Page 1)
Stockman eventually "will have to go"
Baker said: "It may turn out that
way... . but I hope it doesn't."
Many top Democrats asserted
yesterday that Stockman had damaged
his credibility to the extent that he
would become totally ineffective as a
spokesman for the economic program
he helped fashion - and might as well
have resigned.
"The president will have a hard time
convincing the Congress and the
American people that they should have
confidence in a budget that was put
together by a man who admits he is
guilty of poor judgment and loose talk,"
said Assistant Senate Democratic
Leader Alan Cranston (D-Calif.).
"What disturbs me is that ... he is

asked to stay on and represent the ad-
ministration and be the credible point
man for putting the program through,.
even when his own statements indicate
major doubts about the program he has
proposed," said Sen John Glenn (D-
Ohio).
"There will be fallout not only on the
Capitol Hill but all over the country,"
Glenn said in Olympia, Wash., where he
is on a Democratic fundraising tour.

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