The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, February 20, 1980, Image 10

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/ C 5 age 10 THE BATTALION WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1980 How to be happy woi 64 years in Daylight, hid., give some perspective on how , h' United Press International DAYLIGHT, Ind. — He rubbed the palms of his hands on his yellow ing jacket and leaned back against a shelf of motor oil cans and chewing tobacco and the microwave oven that can heat you a burrito or cheesebur ger for 80 cents. “It’s been the best life there ever was,” said Vaughn DeWeese, happy American of Daylight. The doings of Tehran, Afghanis tan, taxes, elections, inflation and murder — one killer sought for slaying a family of four and one man admitting he drowned a mother and then her three children in one of the fast creeks above the Ohio River — lay chronicled in the Evansville newspaper spread by the service sta tion’s cash register. But Vaughn DeWeese has lived his 64 years in the precincts of Day light, this crossroads north of Evans ville and life has not scared him. Un happiness is complex. The life of a happy American is simpler. “We never did have a high school here, so I went to Millersburg. I played four years on the grade school basketball team and four years on the high school team and started every game for all eight years. “I played forward and in 1934 we went to the sectional and only got beat by Evansville’s Bosse High by 10 points. They went on to the state finals. But we were mighty happy that Millersburg had gotten as far as we did.” Evansville’s suburban march has reached Daylight. Ranchstyle houses sit above Highway 57. More sites are for sale. Gone are the har ness shop, the two original feed mills, the grocery, the buildings of what the community was when De Weese was born. “The Louisville and Nashville Railroad came first and farmers used to drive their wagons up on the Greenriver Road to meet the train to send their produce to market. There was no community then and the far mers used to tell each other they’d meet at daylight at the train crossing. “Folk got to calling the place Day light after that,” DeWeese said. The community grew. The DeWeeses came. So did the Youngs and the Erwins. “Still, it was three miles to school. So I used to walk a mile and get picked up by the horsedrawn school wagon. ” The service station has its credit card register. It has taped-up signs keeping up with rising gasoline prices. But Vaughn DeWeese was thinking of yore and he plucked the bill of his blue cap. “Maud, Gin, Jck and, let me see, Jolly. Yes, they were the horses that pulled the school wagon. We had a Model T Ford garage 60 years ago but when I got out of school in the depression, we still had the horse bus and my first job was driving it, at $1.50 a day. At war’s end, DeWeese bought Daylight’s grocery for $9,500. “I had wanted to be the grocer since I was a boy. Now I had the makings ofhappi- Besides the store, the other mak ings involved Florence Miles, the Boonville girl who in 1934 so admired the six-foot forward on the visiting Millersburg basketball team that she waited outside the dressing room door after the game. “This lovely girl introduced her self and said I had played so well. Oh, mercy. So I asked her if she had a way home and she didn’t and I had my brother’s Model A and so we got married and had two children and two grandchildren and lived happily ever after.” DeWeese bent and peered through a window. Next door, in front of a stone house, stood a mail box and carved sign saying this was the residence of Vaughn and Flor ence Miles. A home that is a nest. A decade after buying the grocery he had to close it. “People were driv ing in to Evansville to do their shop ping. But I had no woe. I became the southern Indiana distributor for Archway cookies.” He patted his waistline. “My bas ketball playing weight was 140 pounds. Now I weigh 250. I do like cookies.” But not liquor or tobacco. “Don’t smoke and don’t drink. Never had my first puff or first swallow. Don’t need it in Daylight. “Ah, I once went 15 years without missing a Sunday at the Methodist Church. It’s all been happy.” DeWeese removed and cleaned his eyeglasses. “I do miss old Tom Jarvis. He used to come in and talk about his fighting roosters. That ain’t legal, 1 think, but I can talkatxj because old Tom is dead.’’ ! He put his glasses on. "Sai day ever in Daylight was, I sui when the train hit that ModeliJ rying six cowboys. HadtopicU up in bushel baskets. Really Jit; Unil B-OKYO “Happiest day was whentiprohibite< built the highway in from Eva navy le. He retired from the biisifik of a st< side of cookies in 1978. He »5pise polic parttime at the station untilhisti U.S. D is ready to try out the winter (Brown’s r< dominium they have bouraHining e Orlando, Fla. Res, Jap “In Heaven I’ll be abletomeelF.V. IlU 1 ! > ‘ l brother and sister, my motherJr ai ' ”, dad, my grandparents, my aJf 0 a tors.” The happy Americansmll 1 “It will be Daylight forever.' Althoug us prom PROBLEM PREGNANCY? Are you considering abortion? Free counseling and referrals Call (713) 779-2258 Texas Problem Pregnancy, Bryan, Tx. U.S. ‘warns’ Soviets in Afghan by sending SAC bombers to area perennial deeply roc fipr psyc tVorld Wi reach a ||fend its While ti n Afghani I near Jr Sun Theatres 333 University 846-! The only movie in town 846-9808 Double-Feature Every Week 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Sun.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fri.-Sat. No one under 18 Ladies Discount With This Coupon BOOK STORE & 250 PEEP SHOWS United Press International OMAHA, Neb. — To urge Mos cow to show restraint in the Persian Gulf after Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan, the Strategic Air Com mand was directed by the White House to dispatch B-52s bombers to the area as a warning to the Russians. In announcing the barest details of the move, the Pentagon said last month that several B-52s were flying sea surveillance exercises with the U.S. ships stationed off Iran in the Arabian Sea. However, the B-52’s primary mis sion is as a long-range bomber and that fact prompted speculation — never officially confirmed — that the planes could carry bombs to the area if they could operate that far from their U.S. bases on surveillance mis- il' lo | Fa be | ti' il She was programmed to accomplish the impossible ^7AVCO EMBASSY PICTURES Release AVCO EMBASSY PICTURES CO** MSC lO# CEPHEID ***" VARIABLE Thursday, Feb. 21 7:30 & 9:45 sions. A recent visit to Strategic Air Command headquarters here has, at last, confirmed that speculation and added some new details. “I think probably the most suc cessful part of that flight,” says Gen. Richard Ellis, commander in chief of the Strategic Air Command, “was the way it was handled PR-wise. “I think it left a lot of questions, and maybe all the questions are in the minds of Americans — which is not what we wanted. “It did demonstrate the flexibility and possibility of force application, ” he acknowledged in a recent inter view. It was believed the bombers over flew several countries without obtaining advance overflight permis sion. They may have passed unde tected, however, if they turned on their “electronic countermeasures” which confuse ground radars. Following the Washington mini mum comment policy, Ellis declined to go into details. But he noted the Air Force has developed a number of “collateral roles” for the B-52 force, including keeping track of ships on the world’s Susan Anton • James Coburn Rudder Theater $1.25 w/TAMU ID “We’ve been doing this sort of thing for four years,” Ellis con tinued. “We have flown against Rus sian ships in the Atlantic off the coast of England.” ■ wtenymcmirifak. Other senior SAC officers were willing to be even more explicit. One officer noted the United States sent B-52s to the borders of the Soviet Union during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis as a warning signal. Brandishing the B-52s is a warning the United States has employed very rarely, this officer continued. Sending them to the Indian Ocean was intended to tell the Russians: “Watch out! Wherever you go in the world, we are right behind you.” The bomber, which flies at the re latively slow speed of 650 miles an hour, has a range of 12,000 miles. Its range can be extended by aerial re fueling. The limits on its performance, ex perts say, are the stamina of the crew and durability of the oil which lubri cates its engines. Some experts esti mate the planes can stay in the air about 40 hours if needed. These three “collateral missions” have been developed: —Sea surveillance. In this mis sion, B-52s fly in pairs, one at low altitude, and another at higher alti tude to scan the seas systematically for the adversary's ships."' —Air-ship warfare. The B-52 can be equipped with special television- guided glide bombs which are effec tive in sinking surface ships. —Mine-laying. B-52s can carry naval mines for closing off harbors, and narrow maritime choke points. The worsening of Soviet- American relations does not appear to have caused SAC to order any dra- That m ible to tin fif the wo ge nine-i Inhere Bisters J vas a gooc pntinuin; pokesma ion Presi • Asked i U.N. foi matie heightening of its usui state of readiness. But there have have been min Afghan firmed reports of shifts in key tfiaven’t g( sonnel. flegatioi Ellis declined to comment spthannelec fically on SAC readiness. (onsbutt ave to be Beeth -Vashingt 846-6714 & 846-1151 UNIVERSITY SQUARE SHOPPING CENTEE CINEMA I DAI LY 7:45 9:45 STEVE MARTIN, a drama by MARK MEDOFF Feb. 21, 22, 23; 28, 29 & March 1 Rudder Forum Tickets: MSC Box Office or Door Theater Arts Section, Dept, of English, TAMU CAMPUS 7:45 & 9:45 THE raysorngpL ofzejntqa Discount Ticketv- AMowed Thejerk! BERNADETTE PETE CARL REINER j) CINEMA DAILY 7:30 9:30 MSC AGGIE CINEMA iNo Passes No Mali nee Prices No Discount Tickets- NOW PLAYING tj WAS HE THE f SON OF GOD?i [SUNNI *■ Weekend Movies’ 1, BREAKING AWAY S3 f i S .. 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