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The Michigan Daily-Sunday, February 6, 1983-Page,3

Social Security

WASHINGTON (AP) - A check of
records from 11 states, New York City
and the Veterans Aministration has un-
covered 1,411 cases in which Social
Security paid more than $6 million to
dead people.
That may be just the tip of the
iceberg, according to Social Security
Commissioner John Svahn, who
suspects that the agency may have paid
a total of $100 million to the deceased.
THERE IS one confirmed case in
which the beneficiary had been dead
since 1965 and another, still under in-
vestigation, where the person may have
died in 1962, said John Trollinger, an
agency spokesman.
the average case involves an over-
payment of about $5,600, but in one case
$50,000 was paid over the years to a

dead beneficiary, Trollinger said.
the agency began a computer check
of state death records last year after it
found more than 5,000 cases of people
listed as dead on Medicare records who
had received $30 million in Social
Security benefits.
SOME PEOPLE listed as dead by
Medicare or the state-were discovered
to be actually alive. During the
Medicare match, investigators found
more than 3,200 mistaken death repor-
In one case in Dallas, Svahn said, a
Social Security official went to the
home of a man shown as deceased on
Texas records, spotted smoke, banged
on the door and roused the "dead" man
and his wife, who escaped the fire.
In another case in Indiana, he said,

errs, pay
an amputee said the mix-up probably
stemmed from a report filed to the state
when his missing limb was buried.
SVAHN SAID some of the cases ap-
peared to involve fraud and some were
"In some instances, people have tried
to notify us of a death and because of
our computer systems problems. . . we
just don't get that recorded. And the
checks keep coming, and pretty soon
they get tired of trying to notify us,," he
said in a telephone interview Friday
from Social Security's headquarters
outside Baltimore.
Some "people have been just taking
the check and putting it in a drawer and
when our employee shows up and says,
"We're looking for so-and-so,' they say,
'Well, we told you four years ago,'


Svahn said.
"I THINK we came up at one point
with 90 checks that an individual had
been saving," he added.
But of the 1,411 cases, he said, "we've
got a tentative number of 500 where the
checks have been cashed, probably by
relatives, after the person died."
Svahn said that so far, his agency has
recovered $382,000 in returned checks
and $87,600 in checks that survivors
wrote in repayment. About 40 percent
of the dead people had received benefits
on direct depost into their bank accoun-
In 56 percent of the cases, the person
had been dead for more than a year,
Svahn said. He said the computer
checks would be expanded.

HAPPENINGS-Scholars recount the

WCBN will broadcast its annual Benefit Bash, live from the Michigan
Union Ballroom. The broadcast will feature five local bands including
George Badard and The Bonnevilles. The doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are
free to listeners who have pledged donations and $4 to everyone else.
Hill St. Cinema - Harold and Maude, 7 and 9 p.m., 1429 Hill St.
Ann Arbor Film Co-op-Ashes and Diamonds, 7 p.m., Camera Buff, 8:45
p.m., MLB 4.
Cinema Guild - The Good Earth, 7 and 9:30 p.m., Lorch.
Mediatrics - My Fair Lady, 6 and 9 p.m., Auditorium A.
Alice Lloyd Pilot Program - The Point, 9 p.m., Alice Lloyd Red Lounge.
Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures - A Word for the Accused, 2
p.m., Auditorium A.
The Ark - The Paxton Project , 8 p.m., 1421 Hill St.
Second Chance - Rapture, 516 East Liberty.
Ars Musica - Mozart and Handel Highlight Concert, 3 and 8 p.m., St. An-
drew's Church, 306 N. Division.
PTP - The Diary of a Madman - 2 p.m., Trueblood Arena, Frieze
Building, for more info call 764-0450.
Union Arts Program - Oberline Players, "Hot Ice and Wondrous Strange
Snow," 12:10 p.m., Pendelton Room, Michigan Union.
Residential College - Dr. Julian Earls, Minority Arts Festival, closing
ceremony, 7p.m., RC Auditorium, East Quad.
Museum of Art - Sunday Tour, Martha Agnew, "The Nude," 2 p.m.,
Museum of Art.
Racquetball -9a.m., Courts 1-5, NCRB.
Dept. of Parks and Recreation - Water Volleyball, 5 p.m. Mack Indoor
The Eclipse Jazz Series will sponsor a workshop on Jazz Improvisation by
David Swain. It will be held at Trotter House, at 1443 Washtenaw Ave. For
more details call 763-5924.
Cinema Guild - Samuri, Part III, 7p.m., Lorch.
Dept. of English and Art History - Wendy Steiner, "Storied Pictures:
Narrativity in Literature and Painting," 7:30 p.m., Eats Conference Room,
Dept. of Chemistry - Kenneth M. Harmon, "Hydrogen Bonding In
Hydrates of Alkyl Ammonium and Cholinergic Compounds," 4 p.m., 1200
Chemistry Bldg.
B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation - Norma Goldman, "Caesarea: Ar-
chaelogical Digs in Israel," 4 p.m., Anderson Room D, Michigan Union.
Near Eastern and North African Studies - Joel Beinin, "Communism and
Islam in the Egyptian Trade Union Movement," noon, Commons Room,
Lane Hall.
Music School - Composers Forum, 8 p.m., Recital Hall.
Music School - Brass Quintet Recital, 8 p.m., Rackham Assembly Hall.
WCARD - 7:30 p.m., First Unitarian Church, for more information call
Edith at 482-0546.
National Assoc. for Professional Saleswomen-6 p.m., Weber's Inn, 3050
Jackson Rd.
FLOC Support Group - 7:30 p.m., 308 E. William.
Epilepsy Self-Help Group of Washtenaw County - 7 p.m., Center for In-
dependent Living, 2568 Packard.
SACUA -1:15 p.m., 4025 Fleming Administration Bldg.
LSA faculty meeting - 4:10 Auditorium A.
Botticelli Game Players - noon, Dominick's.
Tae Kwon Do Club -6 p.m., Martial Arts Room, CCRB.
Christian Science Organization - 7:15 p.m., Room D, Michigan League.
Center for Afroamerican and African Studies - conversation with Sylvia
Wynter, 11 a.m., 246 Lorch.
Trotter House - "We'll Never Turn Back," photo exhibit, 9 a.m., Trotter
House Gallery.
Ann Arbor Arts Assoc. - Carlye Crisler exhibit, 10 a.m., 117 W. Liberty.
To submit items for the Happenings Column, send them in care of
Happenings, The Michigan Daily, 420 Maynard St., Ann Arbor, MI. 48109.

effects of Vietnam

From AP and UPI
LOS ANGELES -- Pulitzer prize-
winning journalists, former CIA agents
and military policy makers such as
Nguyen Cao Ky gather this week for a
conference called "Vietnam Recon-
sidered: Lessons From a War."
A.J. "Jack" Langguth, a former war
correspondent and journalism
professor who organized the four-day
gathering at the University of Southern
California, says he doesn't want the
significance of the war to be lost on a
new generation - or on the older one.
"The idea was to see if out of one

lengthy conference could come some
lessons for the world and for jour-
nalism," said Langguth. "It's impor-
tant to say that Vietnam has not been
forgotten, but it's also important to say
that we are learning from it.
Many panelists, including writers
and leaders of the anti-war movement,
are preparing scholarly papers that
will be the basis of a book to be
published by Harper ' Row with book
proceeds to be donated to Vietnam
Refugee Relief, according to Ed Cray,
public relations director of the con-

Doily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Masked marvels
Bill Grindatti, graduate architecture student and Kris Herzog, LSA senior,
clown around at the masked ball last night in the Union Ballroom. The event
was a benefit for the art school.
Nazi criminal awaits trial

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tration camp. "We have come to show
that we are still here," she said. "We
want Barbie to be pbt on the stand so our
children can hear of his crimes from his
own mouth. We can forgive, but we will
never forget."
BARBIE FACES life imprisonment if
It would be the first trial of a ranking
Nazi official since S.S. Adolf Eichmann
was kidnapped by Israeli agents in
Argentina in 1960 and hanged after a
lengthy trial in Tel Aviv. During his

trial, Eichmann was kept in a glass
cage to protec him from former victims
who packed the courtroom.
Barbie was expelled Friday night
from Bolivia, where he had lived since
1951 under the alias of Klaus Altmann.
He was granted Bolivian citizenship
under his assumed name in 1957.
BARBIE HAD been in a La Paz jail
since Jan. 25 on charges of fraud in
connection with a $10,000 debt to the
stat mining company.

Bomb explodes in Lebanon

(Continued from Page 1)
Palestinian guerrillas.
It was the second PLO building
wrecked by a car-bomb in eight days.
On Jan. 28, a remote-controlled device
set off a car-bomb at the three-story
PLO security headquarters in the
eastern Lebanese town of Chtaura. The
bodies of 61 guerrillas and Syrian
security.men were recovered from the
rubble of the blast, which the front also
claimed responsibility for.
Israel invaded Lebanon June 6 to
smash the PLO and forced the
evacuation of thousands of guerrillas
from West Beirut in August. Thousands

more remain in eastern and northern
Lebanon behind the lines of Syrian
troops, who have been here for seven
years, ostensibly policing the armistice
that ended the 1975-76 Moslem-
Christian civil war.

(Continued from Page 1)
1980 - a move that cost the Wolverines
the football game - might concur.
"He can handle criticism of his
leadership by the pubic in a thoughtful
and diplomatic manner" - Schem-
bechler once shoved a Daily spor-
tswriter who alluded to the team's then-
poor kicking game - "with
philosophical insight and responsible
acceptance, but he does pay a private
price in worry and frustration that is
not soon forgotten."
Billy Frye is one of two men who the
University community relies on to
guide the institution through a most dif-
ficult period. But one must wonder if
the University Regents would have
ever hired Frye if they had done a han-
dwriting check before accepting him.
Killelea says of Frye: "Not
theoretically oriented. Doesn't like to
be rushed with regard to thinking;
prefers the slower, more careful and
deliberate to the hurried approach.
Thinking is somewhat less efficient due
to worry or suppressed emotions.
Goals are not well-defined nor of an
overly serious nature." That doesn't
speak too well of Frye's five-year-plan
- The University's guiding force for
the early '80s. .
Finally, there's Don Canham, "an
ambitious self-starter, (who) does tend
to over-extend himself," according to

Killelea. It won't surprise anybody to
hear that Canham is "outward-going
intense and highly expressive." But
few people out of athletic circles ever
learn that his "plans and results do not
always team-up as expected."
Those who have never heard of this
"scientific method" of graphoanalysis
for predicting personalitymight be in-
clined to equate its reliability with
comic Steve Martin's lucky mood wat-
ch or Jeane Dixoi's astrology.
But the graphoanalysis society
assures its patrons that the technique
"is not occult, nor is it related in any
way to such pseudoscientific ap-
The organization headquartered in
Chicago, says its method is "based on
research that was conducted over a
period of more than 50 years."
Harold Shapiro probably made the
right decision.
Daily News Editor George Adams
contributed his penmanship to this
report. The reader can furnish the


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