The Michigan Daily-Thursday, January 27, 1983-Page 5
House blown up as hoax;
owner is not laughing
From AP and UPI
SAN JOSE, Calif - It was a great
prank, the lawyer said, but nobody was
laughing - neither the bewildered
homeowner nor the 75 men hired to tear
down his $80,000 house.
"It seems so easy to be able to do
this," attorney Marc Mazer said. "All
the guy did was call up and say I need 75
people to demolish a house. It's beyond
A MAN who identified himself as Gil
Candell of Gil Candell Construction Co.
in San Leandro telephoned the state
employment office in San Jose last
week and said he needed 70 or 80
AP Photo workers to tear down a vacant house.
emolish, Marion Edmiston of the employment
office said workers there were
suspicious of the call because of the
large request for men. That suspicion
prompted calls to the Better Business
Bureau, which reported it had no bad
information on Candell Construction
C . It had no information at all.
About 75 jobless men hungry for the
$5-an-hour jobs accepted.
WITH ZEAL, they had the house
down to its foundation by Tuesday.
That's when owner Mark Campbell
"Who gave you permission to tear my
house down?" he asked Robert Robin-
son, one of the workers.
"HE TOLD us to get the hell off his
property," Robinson said. "We didn't
know we were tearing down
Robert Robinson and Richard Rodriguez stand surrounded by the remains of an $80,000 home they helped de
only to find out that the wrecking orders were a hoax.
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Zealand, and several American states,
gavey a summary of the religion's
history and teachings.
Unfavorable living conditions, exem-
plified by the harsh weather in many
parts of the world, occur because "the
general population, due to bad gover-
nment, bad leaders, has become sin-
ful." As a solution, he said "we must
develop our love for Krishna and the
miseries will vanish."
IN AN INTERVIEW prior to his
speech, Vishnupad expressed disdain
for world governments, the United
Nations, and the generally lax morals
es spiritual education
of Western societies.
Regarding contemporary political
issues, he commented, "They all
stink." On the nuclear arms race he
said, "These are all the activities of the
demons. U.S. demons, Russian demons,
German demons. . . the arms race is
the mark of an ungodly society.
"The United Nations is a good attem-
pt," he said, "but it is a failure because
they are all talking brotherhood, but
there is no brotherhood without accep-
ting the Father. Without believing in
God, talk of brotherhood is useless,
VISHNUPAD SEES the ultimate
solution to the world's problems in the
establishment of one single world-wide
theocratic state, based on Krishna doc-
"We're like any other religion -
we're here to prosletyze," he said,
Admitting that his view of a single
state is a threat to all governments of
the world, the Guru added, "If the
governments of the world understood
what Hare Krishnas were about, they'd
be terrified, just like the Russian
somebody's house we weren't supposed
to. We thought he was legit."
Mazer, Campbell's attorney, tried to
find the mystery contractor but
discovered neither Candell nor the con-
struction company existed.
Nobody even knows what Candell
looks like. His only contact with the
employment office and his workers was
"It was a great prank," Mazer said.
But nobody's laughing, he said. Not
Campbell, who likely will recoup most
of the loss through insurance. And not
the 75 men who put in a couple of days'
work for nothing.
Mazer did° not know why anyone
would single out Campbell or his boar-
ded up house.
Electrical and Computer
Engineering Prof. Thomas Senior has
agreed to appear at military research
forum to be held today at 7:30 p.m. at
Campus Chapel, according to a Chapel
Senior replaces George Gamota,
director of the University's Institute of
Science and Technology, who cancelled
his appearance last Friday because he
said he did not want to be the Univer-
sity's spokesperson at the forum and
did not want the meeting to turn into a
"I was very happy to see that
(Senior) would say yes on such short
notice," said Rev. Don Postema of the
Campus Chapel. Postema said Senior
was both invited and accepted the in-
Homemade Soup and Sandwich $1.00
FRIDAY, JANUARY 28th.
Bret Eyron, Writer and Historion:
ACTION AND CONSEQUENCE:
'REVISIONING' THE HISTORY
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Renters relax: leases will
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tenants breaks. Despite high vacancy
rate statistics, Baker said his waiting
lists are "completely full," and high
taxes and utility rates are causing him
to raise rents.
Several landlords said the cost of in-
stalling equipment to meet proposed
city ordinances requiring adequate in-
sulation and locks might cause rent
hikes in the future.
STUDENTS' reactions to their lan-
dlord's positions on rents showed that
they are looking carefully for new
Medical student Cindy Mobley said
her landlord, Eclipse Management, is
making "understandable" rent raises,
but said "we really don't think we can
afford it here" even though she is
satisfied with her landlord.
Mobley said she plans to "shop
around," hoping that the high vacancy
rates will force her landlord to consider
lowering rates soon.
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Man and technology
Construction worker and bulldozer share the labor building the Business
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