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Former astronaut talks
labout impact of space
By Kelli Jo Day
Space technology affects everyday
merican life, former astronaut
)onald K. “Deke” Slayton told more
than 2 0 0 Texas A & M
Slayton spoke with an expertise
■hat goes a long way back. He was in
volved with the National Aeronau-
Bcs and Space Administration when
( the well-publicized “Space Race” was
Slayton said that while the United
tales won the race in July 1969, the
re-moon landing flight tests in
968 ttiggered an ecological
“We landed successfully on the
IliW 00 ", aiK * 0,1 t ^ ie i |rst try.” Slayton
J,i f | “and we did it by Kennedy’s
by the end of the de-
I But Slayton said, “I think it made
Is realize that what we have is all
le’re ever going to have, and we bet
ter take care of it.”
I Slayton said the first lunar land
ing put Americans way ahead of the
Soviets, who weren’t even close.
“The main aspect of the
(Apollo 18-Soyuz 19)
llight was that two coun
tries could work together
on something construc
— Donald K. “Deke” Slay
ton, a former astronaut
Slayton was one of the astronauts
who flew in the joint program with
the Soviet Union. The Apollo 18-
Soyuz 19 program was a chance to
cooperate with the Soviet Union in
stead of compete with it, he said.
“The main aspect of the flight was
that two countries could work to
gether on something constructive,”
There were three American astro
nauts in the Soviet Soyuz aircraft,
and the toughest part was that they
had to speak Russian and the Soviets
had to speak English, Slayton said.
Other than ecological awareness
and diplomatic relations, Slayton
also said space technology affected
the more general areas of American
Space technology advances are
mirrored in the production of more
efficient and much smaller comput
ers and calculators, Slayton said.
As a result of the Apollo flights’
instant meals and efforts to make
them more appealing, manufactur
ers have become aware of packaging
techniques to maximize instant food
appeal, he said.
Slayton said extensive construc
tion material testing has produced
advanced alloys for further aero
space construction. Elaborating on
space construction, Slayton chal
lenged the group to find new an
“There’s got to be a whole lot
more clever way for space construc
tion,” Slayton said. “The technology
is there. Most of you will see it. Some
of you, I hope, will do it.”
The program was sponsored by
the Society of Flight Test Engineers
and the American Institute of Aero
nautics and Astronautics.
to be assistant
AUSTIN (A P) — The vice
chairman of the Bank of Dallas
was named Thursday to be spe
cial assistant to Gov.-elect Bill
I Clements to handle gubernatorial
James R. Huffines, 35, was co-
chairman of the Clements cam
paign in Dallas County and had
held volunteer positions in the
Republican’s 1978 and 1982 cam-
A 1973 graduate of the Uni
versity of Texas, Huffimes will be
gin work Dec. 1, Clements said.
In Texas, the governor ap
points the members of the more
than 200 boards and commissions
which oversee operation of the
various state agencies.
In making the appointment,
Clements said he believes Huf-
fines' business background will be
“Coming from the business
world, James Huffines shares my
view that men and women of the
highest quality will be appointed
during the Clements administra
tion,” the governor-elect said.
“Ability, commitment and a
can-do attitude will be the cor
nerstone of the appointment se
lection process,” Clements added.
Huffimes serves on the boards
of the Dallas Symphony, the
Texas Lyceum, the North Dallas
Chamber of Commerce and the
Dallas Council on World Af fairs.
He also serves on the executive
board of the Meadows School of
the Arts at Southern Methodist
fined for chaining
themselves to trees
NEW WAVERLY (AP) — Six en
vironmentalists were fined $113 for
chaining themselves to trees and ma
chinery in an attempt to stop U.S.
Forest Service officials from destroy
ing pine trees in the National Forest.
The six Earth First! movement
members were convicted of disor
derly conduct by Walker County
Justice of the Peace John Pasket.
The four-hour trial Wednesday
featured a vigorous exchange of phi
losophy between forest rangers and
environmentalists and an 11 Vi-min
ute videotape showing the 52-ton
tree crusher used to clear the land.
Rangers were attempting to clear
2,500 acres of pine beetle-infested
trees in the Sam Houston National
Forest near Huntsville. Rangers said
the clearing project was essential to
their battle against further infesta
tion by the beetle.
However, their first encounter
turned out to be with the protesters
who chained themselves to the tree-
crusher and the trees.
The protesters stalled the clearing
operation for 24 hours before they
were physically removed.
The environmentalists said they
believed there are better ways to
combat the pine beetles than to
clear-cut thousands of acres.
Dr. Charles Taylor, 43, of Austin,
said, “We felt we were appealing to a
higher law to stop the useless, wan
ton destruction of trees. Chaining
yourself to a tree is not offensive, it’s
a symbolic media event.”
James Jackson, 37, who was re
moved by a ranger who chopped
down part of the tree he chained
himself to, said he was trying to pro
tect everyone’s property.
“I saw people in our forests crush
ing trees and animals, and I went in
there to stop them,” Jackson said.
Billy Ball, the forest service secu
rity agent in charge of the group
making the arrests, said he doubted
the sincerity of the protesters.
“It was a bigjoke, just a big joke to
y’all,” Ball said during the hearing.
One of the six protesters was ar
rested at the conclusion of the hear
ing by federal agents who said he
had failed to pay a fine stemming
from an earlier protest in July at
Yellowstone National Park.
Robert Lewis Cargas, 34, of Aus
tin, was arrested on a warrant issued
by U.S. Magistrate Stephen E. Cole.
The warrant accused Cargas of fail
ing to pay a $200 fine.
Others convicted were Patricia
Taylor, 45, of Austin, wife of Dr.
Taylor; Christi Stevens, 24, and Ro
bin Lee Spraggins, all of Austin.
The judge gave them 10 days to
pay the fines on the class C misde
meanor convictions and said he
would consider ordering them to do
public service if they could not af
ford to pay the fines. All six said they
would appeal the convictions.
jGalveston marine theme park foreclosed
GALVESTON (AP) — The origi-
[nal owners of Sea-Arama Ma-
Jrineworld are trying to re-acquire
■ the popular Galveston tourist attrac-
Jtion which was closed this week after
oreclqsure notice was filed to col-
■ “It’s a simple matter of them de-
Jfaulting on the note,” original owner
J.K. Dismukes of Austin said.
“There’s a sizable amount of money
j involved,” he said. “We operated this
park for 20 years before selling it to
them. We’re not going to walk away
According to a foreclosure notice
(posted Tuesday, the property along
the Galveston seawall will be sold to
the highest bidder at a courthouse
I auction Dec. 2.
hi August, the property was up
for sale for $5 million, althoiigh its
principal owners, Kenneth Shelton
Jr. and William Cherry, said they
hoped to build a $100 million hotel-
entertainment complex on adjacent
Spokesman Gini Brown, “The ex
pansion plan was a dream. Dreams
don’t always come true.”
Dismukes said: “We could never
understand how they could be talk
ing like that.”
Shelton and Cherry, who bought
the park last year, said in a statement
released Wednesday that talks with
lenders had failed.
The amount of money owed has
not been disclosed, although Dis
mukes said it was in the millions.
The park has been in business 21
years, attracting more than 200,000
Club Elections Tuesday, 7:30p.m.,
Nov. 18 at the Airport Clubhouse.
For More Information Call Don Read,
visitors annually to a dolphin show,
shark exhibit, exotic birds and gar
Sea-Arama has about 30 employ
ees, most of whom .will be laid off,
According to Cherry,“Only those
employees essential to protecting the
property and maintaining the ani
mals, fish and birds will be on duty
until the matter is settled.”
Dismukes said the poor economy
was a culprit in the park’s money
“This action is an effort by us to
get the park back,” he said. “Maybe,
we could reopen it under the origi
“Our concern at this point is to
take care of the employees and the
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