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College Station, Texas Wednesday, April 24, 1968
by Jim Earle
‘When he goes for privacy, it’s a letter from his girl!”
During the first four months of 1960, Detroit manu
factured 149,000 more cars with 136,00 fewer workers than
In recent years, textile output has increased 56 per
cent while employment has fallen 35 per cent.
And by 1975, according to an article in Man Magazine,
an estimated 20 million office and factory workers will be
replaced by machines.
The problems of unemployment and automation are
growing. The career you’re preparing for today may not
need you tomorrow. It may not exist.
Some keys to survival are education, flexibility, and a
constant effort to upgrade job skills.
It is true that automation also creates new jobs, by
1970, a quarter of the nation’s labor force will be employed
in semi-professional or technical which did not exist in 1930,
according to the article.
It is the unskilled and semi-skilled workers whose jobs
will be rendered obsolete.
“The employes who cannot adapt are headed for ex
tinction or for marginal survival doing the most menial of
tasks,” the article noted.
Former Secretary of Labor Arthur Goldberg says that
for a worker to survive he must be “flexible, be willing to
upgrade or develop entirely new skills, abandon one area
of the country for another and get a thorough education.”
Throughout your college career, you must examine your
future job jn light of a new technological era, take courses
to prepare for automation, and be prepared to constantly
train, retrain and continue your education.
Even Dow Chemical requires its janitors to have a high
school education and pass a battery of aptitude tests. There
may be some far-reaching merit in burning the midnight
oil for those upcoming finals.
I am writing this letter in re
gard to the recent letter in “Sound
Off” by Ryan Bernard. I feel Mr.
Bernard came off his handle in
his letter and made several state
ments which were not true and
made some generalizations which
were not verifiable.
To begin with, Mr. Bernard is
speaking about the criminality
of the cowboys, referred to the
incident last fall between Mitchell
and Leggett halls. Myself, I don’t
think anyone involved, cowboy,
longhair, or otherwise is a crimi
nal in any sense of the word.
Mr. Bernard said that a cow
boy struck another boy shorter
than he was. This is true, but
what he left out was that “shor
ty” started the scuffle and ag
gravated the cowboy. Also, the
only knife involved in this inci
dent was the one used to cut down
If Mr. Bernard feels this isn’t
true, let him produce some of
these people who were allegedly
held at knife point. I doubt if
you’ll have many volunteers for
Also, Mr. Bernard mentioned
that the cowboys were the ones
to use the “R. E.” to embarrass
the young ladies. I can’t deny that
he did see some cowboys display
this end of their personalities,
but we all know that this method
is known to all Aggies and not
restricted to the cowboys or long-
hairs or any other single group.
I think this is something which
none of us are proud of and which
Mr. Bernard wanted to pass off on
Then, Mr. Bernard proceeded
to make some snide remarks
about the manner in which we
dress. Well, friend, have you ever
looked at what kind of hat Presi
dent Johnson or Governor Con-
nally wears ? I’ll tell you, it’s
Men were wearing western hats
and high-heeled boots a hundred
years before you ever had) a hair
on your head, and will probably
be doing so long after we are
both gone. Can you give us any
examples of respected men in our
nation today with long hair,
beards, mustaches, and wearing
motorcycle helmets with obscene
material on it?
Please don’t misunderstand, I’m
not trying to justify the vigilante
action taken in the haircutting of
“our dear friend from Atlanta,
Georgia.” He has his rights as
a citizen to look as absurd as he
But even you must admit he
does look a sight better since
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APRIL 27, 1968 — 7:00 P.M.
G. ROLLIE WHITE COLISEUM
In the moments before Muster
began, I sat watching G. Rollie
White fill up. Just about 98% of
the people had uniforms on. An
other 1% were civilians and the
remaining 1% were guests. My
hat is off to these civilians who
were there and to those who at
tended Muster elsewhere. But
when these figures are compared
to the ratio of total enrollment
for cadets and civilians, I think
this points out some sickening
When we can’t fill G. Rollie
White to honor the men who
fought and died to establish free
dom for Texas, and the Aggies
who have been taken from us
this past year, I wonder what
type of Aggie we are turning out
The Corps was there—where
were the civilians ? The civilians
who are also hard to find at Yell
Practice ? The civilians who are
bothered by the Corps drills on
Saturday mornings ?
Well, let me tell you something
—without the training the Corps
has given A&M men in the past,
you wouldn’t have the great name
of Texas Aggie to associate with.
And it makes me sick to think
that these people, who think more
of the bag, the flick, or the tube
than they do of Muster, wear the
same ring I do.
This year will be the first time
that I will not donate a pint to
the Aggie blood drive. It’s not
that I’m against the drive —
what I am against is the “come-
on” used to lure one into donat
They claim: “Anyone who do
nates blood is eligible to receive
unlimited amounts of blood for
himself and his family during the
I have heard of several cases
where, for some reason, blood
was refused, and I know of two
cases firsthand. First a home
town bud was hit by a drunk dur
ing the Christmas holidays, and
is still in the hospital today. He
needed lots of blood; and if sev
eral Aggies had not come
through, he would have been in
Second, an outfit bud’s parent
needed blood during an operation.
Again, blood was refused, and he
had to give a pint of his own
blood for the operation.
Again, let me say it is not the
blood drive but the false claim
made by the blood drive as my
reason for not donating a pint.
John Thompson ’69
Mike McLennan ’68
(Editor’s Note: Alpha Phi
Omega Blood Drive Chairman
Tommy Thomas said that
APO was not aware of such
practices. He said anyone
with such a problem should
contact the Student Senate for
By Robert Gonzales
Through Corps Channels
The 9th Annual Class Induction
Banquet given for seniors by the
Association of Former Students
will be held May 6, at 6:30 p.m.
in Sbisa Dining Hall, and will
feature a steak dinner with all
the trimmings. Speaker for the
occasion will be John Caple ’52,
former class agent and business
man from Fort Worth. Seniors
may go by the Association of
Former Students Office in the
lower level of the Memorial Stu
dent Center and pick up a free
banquet ticket and your wind
★ ★ ★
All Army R.O.T.C. junior Ca
dets participated in a practice
warfare exercise Saturday morn
ing and afternoon. Each military
science class was organized into
a platoon of four squads and spent
approximately five hours at the
Heavy Equipment School west of
the campus. The platoons were
given a series of objectives to
take and were engaged by fresh
men and sophomore aggressors.
Leadership positions within the
platoon were rotated so that each
cadet had an opportunity to dis
play his ability to the observing
senior cadets and Army officers
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