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    The Battalion
Vol. 73 No. 113
10 Pages
Monday, March 3, 1980
College Station, Texas
USPS 045 360
Phone 845-2611
andidates work for Massachusetts vote
United Press International
BOSTON — Sen. Edward Kennedy re-
imed to his home state to put the finishing
mches today on a campaign he hopes will
eld his first victory over President Carter
hilt the Republican dogfight continued
i a two-state battleground.
Kennedy, away from Massachusetts for
nf days after his New Hampshire loss to
arter, scheduled a campaign day of 14
ops in 12 hours.
George Bush and Ronald Reagan, pic-
ired as “virtually dead even” in the Mas
sachusetts GOP contest by the final Boston
Globe poll before Tuesday’s balloting,
chose to spend most of the last full day of
campaigning in Vermont after working the
Boston area Sunday.
Sen. Howard Baker also campaigned in
Vermont, which holds a non-binding
“beauty contest” primary Tuesday, with
only Rep. John Anderson giving his full
attention to Massachusetts.
The Globe poll, published Sunday,
showed Kennedy with a 52 percent to 37
percent lead over Carter as of Feb. 28.
The Massachusetts senator’s overall rat
ing among Massachusetts voters slipped
only two points in the month since the last
sampling, but the pollsters said there had
been some signs of more erosion in the final
days of their survey.
The poll gave California Gov. Edmund
Brown Jr. 4 percent. Seven percent were
The Republicans were too close to call in
the final poll. The overall sample gave Bush
36 percent, Reagan 33 percent, Anderson
17 percent, Baker 6 percent, Rep. Philip
Crane 2 percent, John Connally 1 percent
and Sen. Bob Dole less than 1 percent.
Five percent of the voters were undecided.
Bush had held a 57 percent to 18 percent
lead over Reagan in the poll a month ago
before Reagan’s decisive win in New
The built-in margin of error of the Re
publican sample is plus or minus 4 points.
Bush put in the hardest campaign day
Sunday, skittering in the cold weather from
a synagogue in Brookline to Cape Cod to
suburban Boston in his pursuit of the state’s
42 GOP delegates and a campaignreviving
He had little to say about his decline in
the Massachusetts poll, but he, eagerly
seized on former President Gerald Ford’s
published statement that Reagan could
never win a national election.
“We need somebody who can win in
November,” the former U.N. ambassador
said. “We need somebody who can beat
Jimmy Carter.
Reagan, arriving from the South, also
greeted Ford’s new candidate-like com
ments calmly, saying, “Well, we’d all like
to see him pack his long Johns and come out
here on the campaign trail with the rest of
He sharply objected to Ford’s suggestion
that Reagan could not beat the Democratic
candidate, noting he had been elected gov
ernor in California, a state with a 2-to-l
Democratic registration, and in primaries
in southern states with Democratic majori
^Jlay ton’s
future dead
United Press International
jdj. &om1A AUSTIN — In the corridors of the Capi-
-Zhi.S'fJC friends and supporters of House
beaker Bill Clayton feel they have a grasp
p !980 rea lity of the situation.
No matter whether he’s innocent or guil-
accepting money in an FBI bribery
ivestigation, Clayton’s hope of someday
Bing higher political office is virtually
t UT
• AjuI if he takes the 5th Amendment be-
eims, ire a grand jury this month, he might as
ell retire right now.
' ‘If they do not indict him, I think it’s
ossible he could be speaker one more
me, but I think he’s dead for anything else
M^Bdless and he may well be dead for
s semifinal ro jeaker," said one House member, long a
p game willcoi lose friend of Clayton’s but not eager to be
nth the winn noted by name.
automatic inviuBf he’s indicted or takes the Fifth, that’s
jumey. . It’s over. If he goes in there and pleads
/ SMU endedthfe Fifth Amendment, he can forget about
en as coach of ' Bything else politically from this day for-
had resigned! 'aril, and I think he probably knows that.
Blayton has been linked to the investiga-
ch endeditsse .ononly by news reports and his own com-
rd, was led h pats, hut he is scheduled to appear before
ird Dave PiehlerBind jury in Houston this month to ex-
i will take a 16-. lain allegations he consented to help
e with Texas Prudential Insurance Co. land a state con-
lich it split its fact in exchange for $5,000 cash and the
cgular season, ropiise of up to $600,000 in future cam-
$ Bn contributions. '
J The speaker’s attorneys have advised
~ H to avoid discussing the case with repor-
.jjl-=r ^-ers and have suggested he invoke his Fifth
I Bndment right to decline to answer
r Bstions from the grand jury, which appa-
Bly will have access to tapes of Clayton’s
oilversations with the undercover FBI
Bit who suggested the payoff.
|ack Gullahorn, Clayton’s former top
Binistrative assistant and now one of the
Brneys helping defend the speaker, says
glyton is being advised by some to forget
■ut trying to salvage his political career
^ ■ to concentrate instead on defending
Bself against possible criminal charges.
_ B I Hn the speaker’s mind it’s hard to di-
MJM ||ce his personal life and his political life.
Bn By’ve been intertwined for the last 20
KM I Bs,” Gullahorn said. “There are a lot of
(BB B> telling him he needs to do what’s good
Rhim personally, and that’s what his
■ | p Brneys have been telling him all along.”
I W Bhe attorneys have had a difficult time
v. kJ *-/ (e|ping Clayton from discussing the case
did not manage to clamp a firm lid on
l| speaker until he had told reporters ab-
iut an offer of $600,000 in campaign contri-
DD FOOD, fbutions by the FBI agent.
MClayton still feels he can go before the
Und jury and tell his story, and surely if
College Were are 23 honest people there that they
—won t have any reason not to believe him,”
Blahorn said. “That’s all he wants to do is
til his story. The big problem is that he
Jits to tell it to everybody.”
gllayton’s predicament has caused the
nant race for speaker of the 1981 ses-
C to blossom, and half a dozen House
Ifinbers now are campaigning, many of
jpn on the assumption Clayton will not be
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United Press International
■ COLUMBIA, S.C. — Ronald
■eagan’s least favorite question has to
|b with whether he dyes his hair.
■ “Well, for years I have had to put up
Ijvith that outright falsehood and base
lanard that I dyed my hair,” Reagan, 69,
$iud in an interview. “I not only have
tijever done that, I didn’t even wear
akeup when I made pictures.
“That allowed me to sleep an extra
tour in the morning. That’s one (unfavo-
ijite question), but one that isn’t a ques-
Jn — but is a saying — that I’m always
<|escribed as an actor who never got the
“I always got the girl. I didn’t play in
jjiose kind of pictures where I didn’t get
e girl,” the leading contender for the
lepublican presidential nomination
During the 1976 campaign for the
OP nomination, then-President
erald Ford ribbed Reagan about his
“Uir “Ronald Reagan doesn’t dye his
Bair, Ford said. “It’s just prematurely
Jeff Pomerantz of Dallas was admitted for observation at
St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan after crash-landing his plane
in a field south of College Station about 12:40 p.m. Sunday.
Wounded bird
Pomerantz was on his way to Dallas (officials didn’t know
from where) when he lost oil pressure in his engine. He
belly-landed the plane near Wellborn Road about a mile
south of its intersection with FM 2818, the west by-pass.
Staff photo by Steve Clark
Time is running out
Team has until August to complete translations
Staff Writer
Time is running out for Dr. Kurt Irgolic.
His team is translating, abstracting and
indexing about a half million pages of pap
ers which deal chiefly with making liquid
synthetic fuels from coal.
But money for the job will be used up by
Aug. 31.
The German Document Retrieval Pro
ject, run by the Center for Energy and
Mineral Resources at Texas A&M Univer
sity, began in 1975. Its aim was to find and
analyze records of the synthetic fuels prog
ram in Nazi Germany.
The research team found most of the
surviving papers about the program, Irgo
lic thinks.
He says there’s no secret to the process of
making liquid fuel out of coal. Friedrich
Bergius, a German chemist, won a Nobel
Prize in 1931 for discovering that.
But, Irgolic said, the German documents
will warn engineers about bugs that might
show up in their systems.
“The value of these papers is in their
description of technical, details,” Irgolic
said. “Any plant looks very good when it’s
designed, but operating it is another
Irgolic says the need for his team’s work
is urgent.
“Tbe problem really is that the abstracts
and indices for these documents need to be
available now,” Irgolic said. “We already
have a number of second generation coal
liquefaction plants in various stages of pro
Nazi Germany’s air force was run entire
ly on synthetic fuels, Irgolic said, and their
use was widespread in the other branches
of the military. Between 1938 and 1945, the
country produced 130 million barrels of
synthetic fuel.
Work on the papers will take time and
money. And the translation and abstraction
team, which once had 12 employees, is
down to four workers, only one of whom is
full time. Irgolic said between 5 and 10
percent of the work is done.
Irgolic has asked a number of sources for
funding. So far, he’s had no luck, though he
hinted that he may have found enough to
keep going somewhat past the Aug. 31
The U.S. Department of Energy turned
down a request to support the project in
1978, saying the work has already been
“They think they know it all,” Irgolic
said, grinning.
Donald Gill, the chief translator, says
they don’t.
In addition to 306 rolls of microfilm from
the National Archives, the Texas A&M
team collected information from workers
who were involved with the German indus
try and a number of other places where
documents were stored.
“There are three binders full of indices
drawn from the microfilm,” Gill said. “But
to draw any information from these would
take days and days and days.”
He said he gets “one or two requests a
day” for information about the documents.
The team also gathered information ab
out a coal liquefaction plant in the town of
Louisiana, Mo., which was built shortly
after World War II. That operation was
closed in 1953 after the House of Represen
tatives Appropriations Committee killed its
Eventually, Gill hopes that abstracts, or
summaries, of all the information the team
has gathered can be put into the DOE’s
computer base in Tennessee. Another goal
is to make a catalog all the important pro
cesses, materials, and major scientists re
ferred to in the material.
But Gill’s not sure he’ll have a chance to
finish his work.
“As much as I believe in this, I can’t live
Baylor publications board
will decide fate of editors
From Wire Reports
WACO — Members of the Baylor Uni
versity Student Publications Board meet
tonigbt to decide whether to fire three edi
tors of the school paper. The editors have
taken a public stand against the university
president concerning his restrictions on
editorials criticizing him.
Editors of The Lariat, the student paper,
have attacked President Abner McCall’s
announcement that any Baylor woman stu
dent who poses for Playboy magazine will
be suspended. Playboy photographer
David Chan is looking for women to pose
for a picture spread to be entitled “Girls of
the Southwest Conference.
McCall has required that all editorials
pass through his office for approval before
they are printed. One journalism associate
professor, Dr. Donald Williams, has quit in
protest. But the student publications direc
tor and the chairman of the department are
siding with McCall.
Kent Birdsong, vice president of Baylor’s
Student Congress, said Sunday night that
there was to be a rally in support of the
editors at 3 p.m. today. The Student Con
gress voted 20-1 to support McCall Thurs
day night, but Birdsong had no vote.
“This not a freedom of the press issue,”
chairman Dr. Loyal Gould was quoted as
saying. “The president of the university is
the publisher of the newspaper. He, as
publisher, has the same rights to determine
what editor shall not advocate as does the
publisher of the Dallas News.”
Since Baylor is a private school, the pres
ident legally may edit the paper himself. At
state universities, such as Texas A&M and
the University of Texas, the editor-in-chief
has the final say on what is printed and
cannot be overruled.
On Friday, the editors were given the
option of either resigning or being fired for
attempting to publish an anti
administration editorial in the continuing
Munroe named
UTEP president
Dr. Haskell Monroe, dean of faculties
and associate vice president for acade
mic affairs at Texas A&M University,
has been chosen as the new president of
the University of Texas-El Paso.
The UT System regents chose Mon
roe Friday from a field of three candi
dates. The group was interviewed in
Houston Friday.
UTEP’s current president is to resign
Aug. 31. Monroe said he expects to take
over this summer.
Monroe said he knew he was being
considered for the job last November
and visited the campus in February.
Monroe was also a candidate for the
presidency at North Texas State Univer
sity late Last year. Rice Provost Dr.
Frank Vandiver was picked for that job.
controversy over Playboy magazine.
Lariat student adviser Ralph Strother cut
two sentences from an editorial Friday.
Lariat editor Jeff Barton said the sentences
had already been approved and that
Strother cut them “behind our backs, ”
The deleted sentences said, “We hope
the time has come when the student body
will no longer accept the smugness of Dr.
McCall’s interpretations. We hope the pro
test Wednesday is a sign that students are
tired of the arrogant position taken by the
administration. ”
The second sentence referred to a de
monstration that occurred Wednesday.
About 100 students marched outside tbe
Baylor administration building to protest
McCall’s decisions.
Journalism students who worked on the
paper threatened to quit unless the sent
ences were returned. Strother said he, in
turn, gave them the option of either res
igning or being fired from the Lariat staff.
“It’s no longer a question of if they are
leaving, just if they resign or want to be
fired,” Strother was reported as saying.
Only the board, however, has the power
to fire the editors, and it will settle the
matter tonight.
The editors are Barton, Cyndy Slovak
and Barry Kolar.
“They were obviously looking for a good
excuse to get rid of the paper,” Barton was
quoted as saying. “It’s a shame Baylor
doesn’t realize the value of a good newspap
er and instead wants a public relations
Kids want to join
Manson ‘family’
United Press International
SAN FRANCISCO — Mass murder
er Charles Manson says he can’t under
stand why he still gets letters from
young people who want to join his ill-
fated “family.”
The 45-year-old convict, serving his
ninth year for nine life sentences for
nine murders at the California Medical
Facility at Vacaville, says he hasn’t en
couraged any of the soulsearching
youngsters who reach out to him.
“I feel that it is pitiful. Pitiful that
society has created such a situation.
First of all, I ain’t got a family, there
never was a family. That’s another, pro
duct of the prosecuting attorney’s fabri
“Second, it’s pitiful that the parents
aren’t closer to their children so these
kids wouldn’t be looking outside their
homes for something to join or someone
to follow.”
Manson, in a series of interviews with
Nuel Emmons, a correspondent for the
Ukiah Daily Journal who is writing a
book on the case, talked about how he
says his life has been exploited and sen
And, the 5-foot-2 inmate maintains
steadfastly that he didn’t kill anyone.
He was convicted in Los Angeles of
directing his followers from a desert re
treat to kill actress Sharon Tate and four
others on Aug. 9, 1969, and Leo and
Rosemary LaBianca the next night. He
also was convicted of two other killings.
Before the interview questions be
gan, Emmons said, Manson told him:
“Let me tell you something. I been in
prison all my life. I didn’t produce those
kids, they are the product of their pa
rents and the society of the ’60s.
“I didn’t recruit them, it was the
other way around. In 1967, I came out of
prison a child. It was me looking for
guidance and a way of living. The kids
took me in.
“Through them, I learned how to
maneuver and exist on the streets with
out starving. They taught me what love
and freedom was. All my life, I had nev
er experienced either.
“At some point, I may have become
sort of a pivotal person for them, some
one to revolve around, a source of enter
tainment and good times, someplace to
always return to:
“But, from the beginning, my advice
was — don’t do anything that will cause
us to end up in jail.”
Prison authorities say Manson still
gets letters every week from disen
chanted youngsters, a phenomenon the
convict attributes to “prolonged expo
sure” and exploitation of his case by the
media and such books as “Helter Skel
ter,” written by prosecuting attorney
Vincent Bugliosi.
In addition, he occasionally gets cor
respondence from Sandra Goode and
Lynnette “Squeaky” Fromme, who
made him a shirt that he often wears.
Emmons said he was impressed with
the intelligence and energy displayed
by Manson, who only has a grade school
“The guy’s a charmer, ’ said Emmons.
“I find myself sympathizing with him.