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Welcome to A&M — Workshoppers
Che Battalion
5ricns ’l Vol. 65 No. 130
College Station, Texas
Wednesday, July 29, 1970
Thursday & Friday — Partly
cloudy, afternoon thundershow
ers Friday. Wind Southeast 10-
12 m.p.h. High 93, low 72.
Saturday & Sunday—Continued
partly cloudy, scattered thun
dershowers in afternoon.
Telephone 845-2226
Journalists attend meet
More than 500 high school students here
More than 500 high school
journalists and their sponsors are
here this week for the 12th an
nual High School Publications
The one-week program is spon
sored by the Journalism Depart
Workshops are planned in both
beginning and advanced pho
tography, yearbook production,
publications production and news
paper production, noted depart
ment head C. J. Leabo.
Experts from throughout the
nation are serving as workshop
Activities began at 5 p.m. Sun
day with an opening convocation
and will continue through Fri
day night’s awards banquet.
A highlight of the annual af
fair is the Miss Workshoper Con
test. Each participating school
nominates one entry. The Miss
Workshopper Contest and dance
is scheduled tonight.
Sam Pierson, Houston Chroni
cle photographer and past presi
dent of the National Press Pho
tographers’ Association, will give
a special lecture at 8 p.m. tonight
See Journalists, page 4
Industrial firemen set
for fire-fighting school
Huge cranes resemble giant insects over Engineering Center—$9.3 million building due to be ready for students next fall
Construction said on schedule
Construction on Texas A&M
University’s $9.3 million Engi
neering Center—officially started
one year ago Tuesday—is on
John Merchant, A&M inspector
for the 324,000 square foot struc
ture, reports the five-floor frame
should be completed by mid-
Day-care center
starts registration
Applications for children to
attend A&M United Methodist
Church’s new community-wide
day school this fall are now being
accepted at the church office,
announced Dr. Joe Dixon.
Dr. Dixon, chairman of the
church’s Commission on Educa
tion, said the school will include
a morning developmental program
and afternoon day-care service
for three and four-year-old chil-
| dren.
The day-care service, which
includes a light lunch, will be of
particular benefit to working
wives of Texas A&M University
students, Dr. Nixon noted.
December and the roof finished
by mid-January.
It will be ready for students by
September, 1971, Merchant said.
Some 85 workers are completing
the framing and pouring on the
second floor. The third floor work
will begin by the end of the
Hardware for the utility system
is being assembled in the base
ment. A utility tunnel and two
48-inch storm sewers are com
pleted, Merchant pointed out.
One-inch steel plating for the
nuclear reactor sub-critical and
accelerator room also is being
laid this week.
Merchant said work has pro
gressed on schedule at most time.
A three-week sheet metal strike
did not hurt construction, he
Merchant expects about 125 men
will be working on the building
after the frame is completed.
W. E. Bellows Construction Co.
of Houston is the general con
tractor. Bellows bid $7,546,600
for the two-year project, with the
remainder of the costs going for
fees, furniture and equipment.
Fifty per cent of the construc
tion costs is coming from federal
funds through the Higher Edu
cational Facilities Act.
The building will be occupied
by the dean of engineering and
his staff, the departments of
chemical, electrical, industrial,
mechanical and nuclear engineer
ing, the Texas Engineering Ex
periment Station and Texas A&M
Research Foundation.
Included in the building are a
sub-basement, basement and four
floors, There will be 373 rooms
in the structure, designed by Wil
liam E. Nash of Bryan.
The building was staked July
14, 1969. Ground work started
July 23 and the contract with
Bellows Began July 28.
'‘Texas Clipper’ returns
from European voyage
GALVESTON—The Texas Maritime Academy will use its new
docks on Pelican Island for the first time Sunday when the “Texas
Clipper” returns from its two-month European cruise.
TMA officials said the 15,000-ton “floating classroom” will arrive
back in Galveston at approximately 5 p.m.
The docks are located at Texas A&M University’s 100-acre
Mitchell Campus. TMA is part of Texas A&M’s Moody Marine Institute.
Prior to returning to Galveston, the “Clipper” will make goodwill
visits to Brownsville and Port Lavaca-Point Comfort. The ship will
arrive in Brownsville Thursday morning, departing the following
afternoon for the overnight trip up the coast.
The “Clipper” sailed from Galveston June 6 with 180 students
aboard. Included were 102 TMA cadets and 78 spring high school
graduates enrolled in Texas A&M’s “Summer School at Sea.”
The 12,303-mile itinerary included visits to Ireland, France,
Germany, Denmark, England and Puerto Rico.
The university welcomed an es
timated 800 industrial firemen
expected this week for the in
dustrial fire-fighting course.
Chief Instructor Henry D.
Smith termed last week’s muni
cipal firemen’s school a complete
success. Enrollment was up seven
per cent over last year, with
official registration set at 1,197.
No major injuries were re
Students and instructors from
about 40 states and 20 foreign
countries will attend the indus
trial school. Headquarters is the
Ramada Inn.
“The industrial school is for
people engaged in industrial fire
and safety protection,” Smith
Industries from many nations
send several key men to the
school, which is the largest in
dustrial fire-fighting course in
the world, according to Smith.
A week-long special school for
Spanish-speaking firemen is
scheduled Aug. 2-7. Approximate
ly 125 will enroll during that
Broken records and a blazing
public demonstration marked the
third day of the 41st annual Tex
as Firemen’s Training School last
A record 1,869 total attend
ance—up 125 over last year’s mu
nicipal school total—was announc
ed at the Firemen’s Banquet.
Firemen were here from 437
Texas towns and 22 cities in 13
other states. Three foreign coun
tries and five military bases also
are represented, Smith told 1,000
attending the steak dinner.
Firemen’s Training School in
structors estimated 3,500 adults
and children attended the crowd
pleasing two-hour demonstration
at Brayton Field following the
Smith said this year’s school
“was most successful.”
Classes ran smooth and stu
dent participation was excellent,
he pointed out.
“Teamwork,” he emphasized,
“has been excellent.”
Two of the instructors repre
sent foreign countries. Salvador
Lambreton, a 10-year veteran
with the schools, is from Monter
rey, Mexico. He also will instruct
during the Spanish-speaking
school Aug. 2-7.
The other instructor was Keith
Wayman of the Christchurch,
New Zealand, Metropolitan Fire
Department. This is Wayman’s
first trip here.
Abdulla S. Massarweh of Ku-
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wait, a country in Asia, is a stu
dent in the fire marshals’ course.
Smith announced the 1971
schedule included the municipal
school, this week’s industrial
school and Spanish school.
States besides Texas repre
sented at the municipal school in
clude Arizona, Arkansas, Colo
rado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois,
(See Industrial, page 2)
★ ★ ★
Retired fire chief
still eating smoke
Smoke-eating as practiced by
almost 1,200 men at the annual
Texas Firemen’s Training School
could be one of the healthiest
vocations going, considering the
example of 82-yeair-oldl Frank
Hammer of Belton.
A regualr participant since his
1952 retirement as Belton fire
chief, Hammer is the oldest liv
ing past president of the State
Firemen’s and Fire Marshal’s As
sociation of Texas.
The association sponsors the
week-long school in its 41st year
at Texas A&M.
“I still go to fires,” the 64-
year and still active member of
the Belton Fire Department said.
“Once it gets in your blood,
there’s nothing else to do,” the
spry, white-haired smoke-eater
stated. “Of course I usually just
watch. But if it’s a bad fire, I’ll
pitch in.”
Hammer was the 1927-28 asso
ciation president and instrumen
tal in starting the educational
format of the annual school. He
says he missed several during
his fire-fighting career, due to
duties as Belton mayor six years
and city manager for 15.
The 34-year Belton fire chief
hasn’t missed in the last 18 years
“It’s one of the most wonderful
schools conducted,” Hammer eval
uated. “We had no idea it would
come to this back there in 1928
when we had it at Denton with
three cooperating industries and
three instructors.”
“We didn’t have much equip
ment either . . . just hand extin
guishers, for example,” the vet
eran Texas fireman explained.
Sessions this week at Brayton
Training Field are instructed and
administered by 377 persons util
izing large amounts of complex
fire-fighting equipment and sup
plies furnished by more than 120
companies, manufacturers and
Hammer said the school was
held in Bryan in 1931 using sev
eral large pieces of city equip
ment and was taken by A&M in
1932. The annual school, which
will be followed by one-week ses
sions for industrial and Spanish
speaking firemen, is conducted by
the Texas Engineering Extension
Service and Texas Education
“We had 196 students in 1932
and some school equipment made
available by state appropriations,”
Hammer recalled. A six-man com
mittee that included the Belton
native, association secretary Olin
Culberson and the late A&M Pres
ident Frank C. Bolton requested
the state assistance.
The veteran smoke-eater said
(See Smoke-eater, page 2)
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Firemen battle blaze at 41st annual municipal fire-fighting school
, firemen hustle to extinguish blaze on fuel tanks before it spreads while weary firemen at right walks through yards of snake-like fire hoses.