THE MICHIGAN DAILY
WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 1952
lce Cream Vendor's Hopes Foiled
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By MIKE WOLFF
Ann Arbor has seen many celeb-
rities this spring, but they have
all made their speeches and de-
parted without giving Howard
Craig, the well-known local ice
cream vendor, an opportunity to
fulfill his ambition.
When Craig first drove his ice
cream wagon on Campus on a
snowy April 1, he had great plans
for presenting a carton of ice
cream to Queen Juliana, Sen.
Robert Taft and Gen. Douglas
MacArthur. The planning proved
easier than the doing, however.
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THE AMBITIOUS vendor cir-
cled Hill Auditorium for two hours
before Sen. Taft's speech without
finding a parking space. "I could-
n't even get a glimpse of anyone
from his party when he did ar-
rive," Craig complained.
He was even more frustrated
last Friday when wrong infor-
mation causing him to arrive
with a' wagon bursting with ice
cream three hours after Gen.
MacArthur had made his depar-
Queen Juliana's visit proved
slightly more satisfying to Craig
who was able to talk with an
official of the Queen's party. The
official informed him, however;
that he didn't think it Would be
dignified for the Queen to be seen
eating ice cream on a stick.
All this plan thwarting has left,
the married ex-Navy man and
former Wayne student undaunted,
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THWARTED-Howard Craig, a local ice cream vendor, glumly
sits out a rainy day in his wagon, planning how to get close
enough to future visiting dignitaries to present them with a carton
of ice cream.
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however, and he still entertains
hopes of presenting ice cream to
the next visiting dignitary.
While queens, senators and gen-
erals will still rate only one car-
ton, Craig plans to give two car-]
tons of ice cream to a visiting
king or a presidential hopeful. An
exception was made in the case
of the latter because, according
to Craig, "they have a lot of
with any other
By The Associated Press
If war comes again, a woodsmai.
in Maine, a farmer in Minnesota
or a rancher in Montana may
give the first news, says Benjamin
W. Chidlaw, commanding general
of the Air Defense Command.
The minute men of the U.S. de-
fense program are now being
trained and many more are need-
ed. Their job is to spot aircraft
so that enemy bombers cannot
sneak in under radar defenses.
May 17 is the beginning date of
24-hour operation in a big section
of the country for the Ground
Observer Corps (GOC). But ci-
vilian defense workers have been
getting ready for this "Operation
Skywatch" since February, 1950.
There is still much work to be
done. Only about 30 per cent of
the neededvolunteers have been
recruited and trained. The 24-
hour watch. is being tried in only
27 states at first and no G00 work
is being done in 12 states.
GEN. CHIDLAW estimates that
half a million volunteers will be
needed. Probably many more
could be used. About 150,000 are
on the job. They plug a hole in
the American Radar defense sys-
Radar works best above 5,000
feet. At lower altitudes the curva-
ture of the earth and irregulari-
ties of terrain make it less de-
pendable because it works in "line
Thus there is a chance that
enemy planes could fly in at low
level and do great damage be-
fore they were spotted.
Operation Skywatch calls for
civilian volunteers to put training
into practice. They have agreed
to give at least four hours a week
to the job. Many of them work in
the filter centers which are shown
on the map in the area where the
24-hour program is being tried. In
another big area, practice work is
being done in other centers.
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KEY PEOPLE in the setup are
out in po ts around the centers.
They are trained to spot all air-
craft, give descriptions, and esti-
mate altitude, speed an'd direction
of flight. Such reports are phoned
into filter centers where they are
processed. All are checked against
flight plans which all pilots must
file before they fly. When a plane
does not fit the picture, defense
forces go into action.
The volunters are recruited
Sthrough civil defense organiza-
tions in each state and trained
by flying squads of Air Force
W. L. Wilson, civilian liaison
man between Air Force and civil
defense, says the ideal setup in
normal country is a post each
eight miles. In most cases a plane
which flys out of sight and hear-
ing of one such post should be
picked up by the next. This ideal
has been reached in few areas, he
admits. But in many places, some
of the remote valleys of the Rock-
ies, for example, one post can spot
planes 15 to 30 miles in any direc-
HE SAYS an average of about
25 part-time volunteers are needed
to man a post and 500 to 1,500 to
man a filter center. On the other
hand, in some places where air
traffic is light, one family can go
on with its regular work and man
a post continuously.
The Air Force tries to keep
about five officers and 10 men in
each filter center. ,It also has
many travelling training squads to
train people manning the posts.
Wilson, who has watched 'both
recruiting and training work tep.s
of the difficulties in making peo-
ple understand the importance of
"But nobody is going to bomb
me," a farmer or a sheep herder
"No, but they might bomb cities,
and bombers go pretty fast. Sup-
pose you spot an enemy bomber.
If you got to the phone when the
plane was overhead, fighter planes
in the city would just about have
time to get into the air."
Besides the fact that 'more vol-
unteers are needed, recruitment
and training must go on continu-
ously, Wilson says. Volunteers
drop out for many reasons. A
farmer goes to the city for a win-
ter job. A sheep herder moves his
flock to better pasture and can no
longer reach a telephone. Other
people get sick, change jobs-or
just lose interest.
He praised the work of the vol-
unteers, but admitted that many
mistakes are made. Sometimes
two posts report the same plane
flying in opposite directions and
descriptions of a plane may be
far from reality.
But he pointed to Chidlaw's
statement that GOC is "a vitally
necessary step in the buildup of
our continental defense system."
Expansion and- improvement of
the public health program in Eng-
land is vitally necessary because
the British government is now
committed to heavy payments for
care of the sick and cash pay-
ments during illness, according to
Sir Allen Daley, former Medical
Officer of Health, London, Eng-
Sir Allen addressed the public
health assembly yesterday on
"The Problems of a Medical Offi-
cer of Health" in the School of
Public Health Auditorium.
He cited the need of the
health officer to bring the cura-
tive and preventative programs
nearer to each other. This has
been accomplished by giving a
variety of jobs to the same per-
son, he said.
He corrected the misconception
that many more people sought
medical aid after the National
Health Act was passed in England.
After the act was passed the num-
ber of practitioners' patients in-
creased from 400 out of every 1000
to only 480, according to Daley.
However, he said that in the
fields of dentistry and eye care,
the number of patients did in-
Mimes honorary society has an-
nounced the installation of new
officers for next year.
John Daugherty, '53, was named
president; Don Ghareeb, '54, vice-
president; Dick Joy, '54, secre-
tary-treasurer and Don Rosen-
berg, '54, historian.
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