'The Michigan Daily-Friday, April 2, 1982-Page 7
LONDON (AP)- The British news media pulled
their traditional April Fool jokes yesterday, hoping to
hoodwink a wary public with fabricated stories of a
elsh hideaway for Prince Charles and Princess
iana, and CIA spies in the tower of Big.Ben.
Slipping in silly stories is a longstanding April
Fool's Day habit with London's tabloids. But this
year, radio stations and even the usually somber
Communist Morning Star got into the act.
"TRAIL OF damage by CIA bunglers," read a
Morning Star headline over a phony story about the
historic Big Ben clock tower being disfigured by U.S.
spies. It said the Americans were drilling a peep-hole
into the Houses of Parliament in "an orgy of snooping
designed to combat massive opposition in Britain to
,e Reagan visit."
President Reagan is scheduled to address the joint
Houses of Parliament when he visits Britain in June.
The :olitical left plans protests against his foreign
The Daily Mail published a story about the sup-
posed recall of 10,000 brassieres mistakenly made
with, a copper alloy wire that produces static elec-
tricity and drives TV sets haywire.
DURING THE morning rush hour, an announcer on
Londion's all-news radio station LBC reported traffic
WASHINGTON (UPI)- Big business spokesmen
spokesmen encountered a blistering But the b
cross-examination on Capitol Hill. in recomm
yesterday when they recommended sonal incom
that most business tax breaks be saved Rep. Hen
whi~e other tax cuts and social for Democ
programs be trimmed. Committee
"Where do we go?" asked the chair- Democratic
an of the tax-writing House Ways and York also u
eins Committee Dan Rostenkowski of 10 percer
(D-111.) after listening to the business ted half of
delays on a "yellow bus" route and an elevator
breakdown at Brompton Road subway station.
Brompton Road station was closed in 1934 and Lon-
don's famous double-decker buses-as any tourist
knows-are firetruck red.
Perhaps the most elaborate-radio hoax was on the
BBC's Radio Wales. Its morning newscast said Prin-
ce Charles and Princess Diana so loved their Welsh
tour last fall that they secretly bought a small row
house in the mining town of Ton-Pentre, Glamorgan.
There were comments from Buckingham Palace
and an interview with the suitably flabbergasted
owner of the tiny house, a Mrs. Mary Evans,
describing how the heir to the throne and his wife tur-
ned up one morning to take a look.
A RADIO STATION in Indianapolis described the pro-
ress of a non-existent climber scaling a 38-story
buildingThursday as an April Fool's joke. Some
listeners, including the mayor, swallowed the story.
"We disclaimed it adequately," said Jed Duvall,
program director at WIBC radio. "People only hear
what they want to hear."
The April Fool's tale began at 6:30 a.m. when an
announcer describing traffic conditions said he spot-
ted someone on the American United Life Insurance
building, under construction in downtown In-
ANNOUNCERS unfolded the tale of a daring man
using suction cups to work his way skyward.
Police sent two squad cars to the scene to check out
the report.' Security guards scoured the building
looking for a climber. At least two television stations
sent cameras to the scene.
Aides said Mayor William Hudnut was initially
taken in by the report, drove around the building and
when he realized no one was there, telephoned WIBC
to join in the joke.
American United Life officials admitted they fell
for the joke, too. Bill Hubholtz and a fellow public
relations worker dashed to the site with cameras
ready to record the climber scaling their future office
"Neither of us figured it out until we were on the
site and looking upward," said Lutholtz. "Then we
heard a construction worker giggle."
It was not the first time WIBC has played a joke on
listeners. Several years ago, the station's sports
department broadcast a National Football League
game inside a domed stadium in Indianapolis. The
city has neither a domed stadium nor a pro football
cizes business tax breaks
businessmen were not alone
ending that scheduled per-
ne tax cuts be eliminated.
ry Reuss (D-Wis.), speaking
rats on the Joint Economic
e which he heads, and
c Gov. Hugh Carey of New
rged the 1983 income tax cut
nt be wiped out. Carey wan-
f this year's tax reduction
eliminated as well.
Referring to business opposition to a
new minimum corporate tax proposed
by President Reagan, Rostenkowski
asked a four-man business panel,
"Don't you think really that we should
expect you to make a contribution for
the privilege of doing business in the
country, for the protection that our ser-
vices render both here and abroad?"
Edward O'Brien, president of the
Securities Industry Association,
replied, "I would suggest that there is
already a contribution being made to
the extent that substantial income
taxes are being paid."
"But the corporate community
shouldn't pay anything?"
Rostenkowski shot back.
Tax cuts first priority,
says fourth ward candidate
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"There's not a lot we can do at a local
evel," he said. "Although Ann Arbor is
pretty good shape now, with the dif-
ficult times ahead, we can't afford to
spend money developing new areas.
The state and federal budget cuts are
going to make it hard enough to keep
the city where it is."
Jernigan, a graduate of Michigan
State University with a masters of
business administration from Western
Michigan University, said treatment of
student tenants in Ann Arbor is fair.
"LANDLORDS aren't in a position to
harge unreasonably high rent," he
said. "Maybe a few years ago when
there was- a scarcity, but not now.
Money is tight for everyone."
But student involvement in gover-
nment is beneficial to the city, accor-
ding to Jernigan, who explained that
student input can be very influential in
the city's decision-making processes.
Jernigan stressed, however, that he
would not be "voting for the Univer-
sity" on City Council. "My job as an in-
vestment analyst for the University
puts me in a precarious position," he
said. "I have to be sure to concentrate
on Ann Arbor's permanent residents."
For that group of people, according to
Jernigan, City Council priorities in-
clude attracting new businesses and
developing the downtown area. "We
must do everything we can to make Ann
Arbor an attractive place to live,",he
Second Ward candidate
pushes for city services
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Stiet, and Maiden Lane.
"I want to avoid unnecessary tax
hikes, but if Proposal B passes, the city
receives federal matching funds for
specific street improvement," he said.
"Who's going to turn down federal
money if it's handed to them?
A UNIVERSITY graduate and curen-
tly-a teacher at Greenhills, a private
Iet ondary school, Blow said he en-
courages student involvement in
"It's essential to create interest in the
political system," he said. "It's vital
that students are involved with city
decision-making. They need to feel that
Ann Arbor is their city."
Housing issues affect both students
and homeowners, Blow said. "Proper-
ty value has reached an artifically high
level. We need to make housing more
affordable," he said. A major part of
the solution to the housing problem, ac-
cording to Blow, is moderate cost
development in the downtown area.
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