The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, November 02, 1978, Image 9

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-famous ghosts skip appearances
United Press International
The ghost of Harry Houdini stood
ip a Halloween seance in Marshall,
Michael dich., but a straitjacket that once
elonged to the long-dead escape
rtist disappeared from a suburban
Chicago shopping mall.
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Police say theft rather than the
occult is behind the mystery, and
the culprit may have been an escape
artist in his own right -— having re
moved the jacket from a mannequin
and walked out the door in broad
Lox and bagels may have been
Houdini’s favorite snack, but they
failed to entice his spirit to return
during the daylight seance in
“I wasn’t really disappointed be
cause I didn’t really expect to raise
United Press International
TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey
is preparing plans for the state’s first
major food distribution center to
move food from farm to market fas
ter and cheaper.
Hundreds of food wholesalers,
processors and distributors in the
Garden State have always had to
lyon the only two major centers,
the Hunts Point market in The
Bronx, N.Y., or a similar center in
south Philadelphia.
But after nearly four years of
tudy, a cabinet-level committee is
hawing up specific recoin-
ntuallyre- aendations to he submitted to Gov.
st fordo- Brendan Byrne in the coming
a a vaccine reeks, concerning the state’s role in
he project. State Agriculture De-
■ ical ^ Hrtment officials say the committee
vill recommend that such a center
»developed by private industry.
The center, probably located in
ie Hackensack Meadowlands near
ic home of the football Giants,
ould house a conglomerate of
md-related independent and chain
ims — grocery, meat, fish, poul-
, fresh fruit and vegetable, frozen
lod, dairy product and beverage —
a large industrial park-type set- •
nets. Others are in scattered loca
tions where traffic hampers their
regular business activities, and load
ing, parking and manuvering areas
are inadequate. These factors tend
to add to the cost of distributing
The report recommended six pos
sible sites where a new, properly
designed distribution center could
be set up. The prime location is a
500-acre site in the Secaucus-Jersey
City-Meadowlands area under the
jurisdiction of the Hackensack
Meadowlands Development Com
There are some 650 wholesale
food firms in 12 food commodity
groups that have warehouse
facilities in North Jersey. In 1974,
these firms purchased more than 11
million tons of food for $6.5 million
directly from producers, manufac-
turers, shippers and
The study, conducted by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, said 176
of those firms need new facilities if
they are to improve operations and
remain competitive.
Most foods that arrive in the area
do so by truck. And while most
meats, grains and flour come from
the Midwest and citrus fruits from
Florida, New Jersey farmers would
see some transportation benefits by
a centrally located center.
In the future, the area’s expand
ing population will increase the de
mand for food and put more pres
sure on its related industries.
Based on recent trends, the vol
ume of food to be handled by north
eastern New Jersey wholesalers will
increase by 70 percent in the next
30 years.
“We think it’s a good idea. It
ould develop a more efficient
liolesale handling system. The
kn is feasible and we’d like to see
committ!f nvate enterprise go with this,” said
ill beposl M ftepko, a planner with the
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iate Agriculture Department.
Repko said a year-long federal
udy determined there was a need
rsuchacenter in the northeastern
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the (life ew J erse y area.
Some buildings that presently
iuse wholesalers are outdated,
xirly designed, or were never in-
nded for handling of food prod-
tion vote!
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A survey of 1,600 firms in eight
T'fiT J erse y counties found that
the lim! y e man y wholesale distribution
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Women make waves
joining U.S. Navy
United Press International
-NORFOLK, Va, — Five young ensigns made Navy liistory Wed
nesday when they reported for sea duty al>oard three repair ships.
Despite the old sea adage that women are bad luck aboard ships, all
appeared well when the five women climbed aboard the U.S.S. Vul
can for a news conference.
“I’m pretty thrilled about It,” said Ens. Jo Anne Carlton, 23, of
Lynchburg, Va. ”A few years ago I didn't think it would be possible.”
Vulefen skipper Harry A. Spencer told reporters he was confident
the women will make a better U.S. Navy.
"Men will work harder not to be outdone by women, and women
will work hard to prove themselves. Overall it will make for a better
Navy,’' said Spencer.
Joining Carlton at sea we 1*6 Elizabeth Bres, 22, of Alexandria, La.,
Linda Crockett, 23, of Patterson, N.J., Mary Carrrolt, 23, of
Roanoke, Va., and Linda Day, 23, of Callipolis, Ohio.
They are the first women to report for sea duty aboard Navy ships
other than transports and hospital vessels.
Carroll is with Carlton aboard the Vulcan, Crockett and Day are
aboard the U:S.S. Spear and Bres has been assigned to the U.S.S,
Puget Sound.
During the next 12 months, 53 women officers and 375 enlisted
women will be reporting to 21 ships in the Navy’s Atlantic and Pacific
the spirit,” said Bob Lund, a magic
buff who organized the seance
around a chain-draped milk can con
taining the lox-and-bagels sandwich.
Halloween in Honolulu and the
island of Kauai was postponed be
cause of constant rains and the
threat of flooding.
Acting Honolulu Mayor Ed
Hirata said in a proclamation, “to in
sure the safety and welfare of our
children, it is suggested that parents
delay observance of Halloween until
the first night with clear weather. ”
Halloween pranks of 1978 ranged
from the traditional to the absurd to
the felonious.
A woman in Fort Worth got a call
from a man who said he was with a
radio quiz program. He asked what
president had been impeached. The
woman said Nixon, which was
wrong (it was Andrew Johnson), hut
he told her she had won a new car or
$5,000 if she could come to a certain
The woman excitedly left, but
couldn’t find the address. When she
got home, she found someone had
broken into her house. The thief
had taken a treat — of sorts — sev
eral TV dinners.
Costume shops reported con-
ehead masks, based on the popular
skits from the “Saturday Night
Live” TV show, were the biggest
sellers this year, followed by charac
ters from the movie “Star Wars.
Costuming was not confined to
the youngsters. Clowns approved
loans, witches cashed checks, and
vampires and devils stood guard
over transactions at a bank in the
New Orleans suburb of Metairie.
Lana Floyd, vice-president of
marketing, who was dressed as
Raggedy Ann, said, “One little girl
walked in and she saw me and her
eyes got big as silver dollars. It
really made my day.”
Bonafide ghosts — at least accord
ing to the locals — lost out to Dave
Rodgers, a 26-year-old television
announcer who became the first
person in a century to spend the
night on the third floor of the “Old
Slave House” in Equality, Ill.
Owner George Sisk had predicted
the spirits of long-dead slaves, said
to have been chained in the house
when they weren’t working in
nearby salt mines, would spook
Rodgers away as they had 150 other
people, including some hardened
Marine veterans.
“I heard a lot of strange noises.
But I didn’t hear anything that
frightened me,’’ Rodgers said,
emerging h orn the house after dawn
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)isaster coverage urged
United Press International
WASHINGTON — If you live in
ntl a etlfi eassu jjj ec t to spring floods and fall
xitlwllw irr i caneS; now j s (fog time to check
eligibility for low-cost disaster
election under the National Flood
isurance program.
To obtain such insurance from the
deral Housing and Urban De-
lopment Department, com-
unities must be certified by HUD
fbeina flood hazard area and must
ny out local flood-plan manage-
lent measures to protect lives,
imes and businesses from future
The five-year-old program cur-
has more than one million
ilicyholders and has paid more
Questions on community eligibil
ity should be directed to 8(X)-424-
8872, a toll-free number. Individual
homeowners can get information
from their insurance agents or they
can call the toll-free number 800-
For a free booklet on the subject,
write for Questions and Answers-
National Flood Insurance Program,
Federal Insurance Administration,
Housing and Urban Development
Dept., Washington D.C. 20410.
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