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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, July 16, 1980-Page 5
Convention Reportsm. .
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libraries aid
convention

reporter
By JOYCE FRIEDEN
Special to The Daily
DETROIT - One reporter wanted to
compare the cost of holding a conven-
tion session in Joe Louis Arena to the
cost of holding a performance of the
Barnum and Bailey Circus. Another
wanted a copy of Franklin Delano
Roosevelt's 1932 acceptance speech.
Both would probably have been out of
luck had it not been for a unique
reference center next door to the Con-
vention Media Room on the third floor
of Cobo Hall.
THE DETROIT Libraries Infor-
mation Project is the first such
'reference program at a national con-
vention, using computers and library
volunteers to answer the many
"trivial" questions reporters always
seem to have.
Only 12 reporters utilized the
project's services on the first day of the
GOP convention, but yesterday nearly
60 had questions answered, according
to Robert Booth, the man behind the
project.
Booth, a library science lecturer at
Wayne State University, said yesterday

he has met with nothing but enthusiasm
from convention officials.
PROJECT RESEARCHERS answer
any questions media personnel may
have regarding the convention. Many
Detroit-area libraries are involved in
the venture, with volunteers from such
places as the Burroughs Corporation
Library, the Detroit Public Library,
and the Wayne State University
Library giving their time to answer
reporters' queries.
The libraries have also provided
work materials. The University library
donated microfiche machines and
microfilms of magazines containing
convention-related articles.
According to Booth, project resear-
chers use telephones and computers in
answering the more complicated
questions. The computer terminals are
connected to several data bases,
providing access to materials in hun-
dreds of libraries across the country.
DETROIT PUBLIC Library 'Volun-
teer Francis Birkley said he has his
own theory for' why some questions
See TRIVIA. Pagse 14

GEORGE BUSH APPLAUDS Nancy Reagan as she arrives in Detroit yester-
day for a session with members of the California delegation. Bush is reportedly
one of the top choices for the number two seat on the Republican ticket.
b Republican leaders
address meeting of
Youth for Reagan

By JOYCE FRIEDEN
Special to The Daily
DETROIT - They came in all shapes
and sizes - the tall, the short, the
small, the not-so-small. They wore all
manner of dress - from suits and ties
to chinos to cowboy hats. In they mar-
ched to Ford Auditorium in the heart of
Detroit.
For all their differences, the par-
ticipants had two things in common:
their youth and their desire to see
Ronald Reagan become the next
president. This was the Youth for
Reagan show, featuring brief remarks
by four GOP convention notables: for-
- mer U.N. Ambassador-George Bush,
former Texas Gov. John Connally, Sen.
Robert Dole, and former Republican
presidential candidate Ben Fernandez.
YOUTH FOR Reagan delegation
members had made their purpose quite
clear. The plush auditorium sported a
banner reading, "Reagan -Youth
Delegation: Let's Make America Great
Again!" Each of the speakers was
given a standing ovation by the crowd,
andspeeches were frequently interrup-
ted by chants of "GOP! GOP!" from
the audience.
Bush spoke first, complimenting the
delegation members on their show of
unity. He said there were two areas of
policy which are of prime importance
to Americans today: The economy and
foreign policy. Of the current ad-
ministration's economic policy; he said,
"The cruelty of the Democratic party
can be seen in today's unacceptable in-
flation rate, rising unemployment rate,
and other unbearable economic con-

ditions."
Bush called Carter a "failed
president" and blamed him for a
decline in respect of the United States
by its allies.
CONNALLY ALSO denounced Car-,.
ter, holding him responsible for the
country's high interest rates and low
productivity rate - a rate he said was
the lowest of any industrial nation.
Connally also said there has been a
change in party constituencies. "When
I was growing up, the Republicans were
viewed as the party of the privileged,
while the Democrats were supposed to
be the party of the working class. What
do we have today at the convention?
The delegates here represent the
broadest base of working class people
of any Republican convention in
history," he said, adding that the
Democratic Party now appeals to
special interest groups and "the
privileged people who live off han-
douts."
Dole spoke next, focusing on the
country's lack of military prepared-
ness. "We want, of course, to be a
nation of peace, but we also have to be
adequately prepared for war ... the
last thing I want to have to do is stand
up and justify why we weren't sufficien-
tly prepared to fight," Dole said.
Dole frequently interrupted his
speech with short anecdotes. "One of
my liberal colleagues recently said ina
speech before Congress, 'Gentlemen,
let me tax your memories,' and Ted
Kennedy jumped up and said, 'Why
haven't we thought of that before?'"
Dole joked.

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