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State and Local
Bush’s son visits CS to kickoff
dad’s Brazos County campaign
By Carolyn Kelbly
Presidential candidate George
Bush’s son, George Bush Jr., kicked
off the Brazos County “Bush for
President” campaign at the Cafe d’
Amerique in College Station Tues
had in his political career have been
here on the A&M campus.”
The vice president is uncertain
whether his travel plans for the pres
idential campaign will include a visit
to College Station, Bush said.
“Vice President Bush is a Texan,”
the younger Bush said. “He under
stands this state and he built his busi
ness in Texas. The Bush family is
not going to take Texas for grant
The older Bush was impressed
with the spirit he saw at A&M when
he visited the campus once in 1980
and again in 1984, his son said.
“He loves A&M,” Bush said.
“Some of the best events he has ever
“But if he needs an uplift he will
come to the A&M campus because it
has the most energetic crowd,” Bush
said. “Bush wants to be known as the
Bush spoke about the organiza
tion and financial strategies of the
vice president’s campaign to a room
full of people, including regional
coordinator and steering committee
member Richard Smith and College
Station Mayor Larry Ringer.
“The campaign is organized at a
grassroots level to turn out the
votes,” Bush said.
The financial strategy of the cam
paign is to have enough cash on
hand to carry out a successful cam
paign, he said.
Bush estimates that his father will
have about $9 million in cash on
hand by Feb. 1 — a month and a half
before the primaries on super Tues
The senior Bush advocates strong
education and strong defense.
“(The senior Bush supports)
increase in income taxes and a a
tal gains differential that saysit’si
portant to encourage savings and
vestment in the United Stai
through the tax code,” Bush said
A strong defense will help to keep
the Soviets at the negotiating table,
Bush said, and this is important be
cause for the first time in history
there is about to be an entire class of
nuclear weapons eliminated.
Bush’s dedicated family support
the spirit behind his campaign,Bus!
While the vice president’s wifi
Barbara Bush, and his eldest son at
campaigning in Texas, he is can
paigning in New Hampshire.
Bush also will campaign for a
clean and healthy environment as
well as some fiscal and tax issues.
Although Bush is director of Hs
ken Oil and Gas Inc. of Dallas,
moved to Washington D.C. tovwi
closely with his campaign directon
Lee Atwater and Rich Bond,onili
overall strategy for the carapaif
and budget control.
A&M official says Soviets falling back
in technology, may lose power status
By Alan Sembera
The Soviet Union’s policy of perestroika, or
restructuring, is the result of the gap in techno
logical progress between the Soviet Union and
the United States, said Dr. John Thomas, direc
tor of Texas A&M’s Center for Strategic Tech
“The Soviet Union is in rather serious diffi
culty because it is falling behind economically
and technologically,” said Thomas, who traveled
to the Soviet Union in October.
“That last issue is very important because
modern economies are based on technology,”
Thomas said, “and technology comes from scien
tific research. And their research establishment is
a very overbureaucratized, unproductive opera
Perestroika, led by Soviet leader Mikhail Gor
bachev, is an attempt to restructure almost all as
pects of Soviet society in order to make the econ
omy more efficient.
Thomas said that if perestroika doesn’t show
success soon, the Soviet Union will lose its super
power status over the next 30 to 50 years.
Thomas said that at the conference he at
tended in the Soviet Union, several of the Soviets
indicated a great sense of urgency about the re
“(There was) a feeling that Mr. Gorbachev has
to do two things,” Thomas said. “He has to show
some benefits from perestroika, and he has to
convince a bunch of nervous bureaucrats that it is
nothing to fear. The general feeling that came
through was that they have about 18 to 24
months in which to do the
Another aspect of perestroika, Thomas said,
the Soviets’ claim that they are revising theirmt
tary doctrine to reflect a new view of future
perpower status. This doctrine would indude
nuclear-free world, the elimination of chemia
and biological weapons and sufficiency—ead
nation would have just enough weapons to
fend itself but not enough to attack somebodi
else, Thomas said.
The reason many Soviets are nervous about
Gorbachev’s policies, Thomas said, is that many
people understood the old system and made it
work for them. They have become successful un
der the old system and Gorbachev wants to
change the rules, he said.
Thomas said he doesn’t think Gorbachev can
succeed the way he’s going now.
“The kind of changes required in the Soviet
Union to make them competitive are so perva
sive, so extensive, that I think it would destroy
their system to make those changes,” he said.
There isn’t enough substance coming out
the Soviet system to make any judgment on
sincerity about this, Thomas said. He said he
bothered by the Soviets’ insistence that
United States join them.
While in the Soviet Union, Thomas spoke wit
Valentine Falin, a Soviet historian running
press service who went into a long discussio:
about the interdependence of the economies
nations. Thomas said he remembers oneofFi
lin’s major statements:
“Technological developments that occur it
one nation must in the future be transferred
quickly to other nations,” Falin said. “If thisisnu
done, it causes imbalances, which can lead toil-
Civil defense coordinator offers tips
to help residents survive tornadoes
By Richard Williams
Following a few simple instruc
tions before, during and after a tor
nado could save lives, the Brazos
County civil defense coordinator
Coordinator Jake Canglose said
people shouldn’t wait for a tornado
warning to start preparing.
“A lot of times the only time
you’re going to get that warning is
when it hits the ground and some
body sees it,” Canglose said. “It
could be a little too late for you.”
Before a tornado strikes, families
should make sure a battery-powered
radio, a flashlight and a first-aid kit
are available, he said. The radio
should be able to receive the Na
tional Oceanic and Atmospheric Ad
ministration (NOAA) weather
broadcast, he added.
Before the threat of a tornado, lo
cate the best available shelter and
make sure each member of the fam
ily knows where to go, he said. Small
rooms, bathtubs, closets and hall
ways often provide excellent protec
tion, Canglose said.
“A lot of dines the only time you’re going to get that
warning is when it (a tornado) hits the ground and
somebody sees it. It could be a little too late for you. ”
—Jake Canglose, Brazos County civil defense
“When there are tornado watches
for the area keep a close lookout on
the weather,” he said. “Look for se
vere weather headed for you. If you
hear a sound like a freight train or a
bunch of airplanes — even if you
can’t see a funnel and there is no
warning out — protect yourself.”
• Stay away from windows, doors
and outside walls. If underground
shelter is not available go to an inte
rior hallway on the lowest floor pos
Canglose said since most tornado
injuries and deaths result from fly
ing debris it is important to remem
ber to protect one’s head.
Getting underneath a mattress in
a hallway or getting in the bathtub
and covering one’s head with a pil
low are two good methods of protec
tion, he said.
NOAA recommends the follow
• Get out of mobile homes or ve
hicles and go to the nearest substan
• Do not try to outrun a tornado
in a vechile. In 1979 half of the
deaths in the Wichita Falls tornado
occurred when people tried to es
cape in automobiles.
• Stay away from electrical appli
• Do not open windows. It was
once thought opening a window
would lessen the damage by allowing
inside and outside atmosphericprs
sures to equalize — NOAA doesn
recommend this because opening
window might cause more damagf
than leaving it closed.
• If outside, a person shouldgi
to a ditch and lie flat on the groutt
and cover his head with his hand!
Stay away from high or conductivi ‘
objects because lightning kills mori
people each year than tornadoes
Even if these measures are
lowed the danger is not over ate
the tornado hits.
Those in the area should listen®
a local radio or television station®
receive instructions on what to d(
and should watch for downed powe
lines, leaking gas lines and unsaff
buildings, he said. Those not in tin
area should stay out.
Children should be kept awg
from drainage ditches, sewer pipf
lines and creeks, Canglose said.
“These creeks and drainage
ditches can be death traps if a W
falls in one, so they should kee|
their kids away from those,” hesaii
Pamplets containing more into
mation can be picked up on the 12t
floor of the O&M Building.
Retirees to share Thanksgiving with students
By Marie L. McLeod
Many Texas A&M students — es
pecially those from areas in the
United States far from College Sta
tion — are unable to return home
for Thanksgiving with their families.
But this year, some of those students
have a chance to share a “Feast of
Thanks” with a retired person from
their home state or region.
The staff at the Walden Retire
ment Community in Bryan is
looking for 20 to 25 A&M students
to share a traditional Thanksgiving
dinner with some of the residents,
Mary Turner, the activities coordi
“We’re trying to establish geo
graphical bonds,” Turner said.
The residents are from various
areas of Texas and other states such
as Illinois, Virginia, Michigan and
Iowa. They also have one resident
from France and one from Puerto
Rico, she said.
The Walden staff would like to
pair each out-of-state resident with
someone from the same state. They
would do the same for residents
from the major areas of Texas.
The “Feast of Thanks” will en
courage resident-student interac
tion, which benefits both students
and residents, Turner said.
“The key is intergenerational,”
she said. “It’s a chance to come to
gether and share.”
A common hometown helps es
tablish a bond important to both the
old and the young, Turner said.
“Even in just an evening meal, you
can get to know someone,” she said.
“The people here are fascinating.”
and ran it for 23 years. The society
attracted many world-famous com
posers, which enabled her to meet
many of them, she said.
Throop said she and many other
residents frequently attend perfor
mances sponsored by the MSC Op
era and Performing Arts Society.
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Contrary to the stereotype, re
tired residents at Walden don’t sit
around all day, Turner said; they
continue to do the things they did
before moving to the community —
plus much more.
“They are risk takers,” she said.
“They enjoy life.”
Francis Throop, from Ann Arbor,
Michigan, was one of the first resi
dents of the Walden community.
She and her husband, who has since
died, moved to Walden at the urging
of their niece, who attends Southern
Methodist University, Throop said.
Throop enjoys living at Walden,
but said she gets homesick some
times, expecially in the fall when she
knows that in her Michigan home
town the trees are yellow and the
roads are carpets of yellow leaves.
Another of the residents, Faye
Routh from El Paso, compared mov
ing to Walden with moving from a
small town to a college.
“I felt like a freshman going back
to college,” she said.
The couple met while both at
tended the University of Texas,
where she earned a degree in En
glish, Throop said. They moved to
Michigan where her husband was a
professor of Renaissance at the Uni
versity of Michigan.
Inspired by a love for music, she
started the Society for Musical Arts
Her youngest son and his family,
who live in Bryan, discovered Wal
den. With a little encouragement,
she and her husband moved there,
she said. Her husband has since
Her husband was a brigadier gen
eral in the Army National Guard
and fought in two wars, she said. Af
ter he retired in 1965, they moved
from Oklahoma City to Austin
where he was a computer program
mer for six years.
During this time, Routh was
high school teacher for three yea 1 ) be 1
and a high school librarian for
They both retired at the s;
time so they could travel, she sail
They moved back to El Paso, whf® We
they had been college sweetheart cun
while attending Hardin-Simmon ligl-
College before eventually marryinj
She said it was exciting dating'
man in the service. It allowed tte
to attend military functions, whitl
most people were not able to do.
At Walden, Routh helped stall
group called “Sew What,” she said
The group gets together to work® 1
Routh said she enjoys living
Walden. They have a lot of excW
things to do, she said, such as
on trips, participating in group act' :
ities and attending exercise classes
“My sister wants me to come visit
Routh said with a smile, “but I dort
want to miss exercise class.”
Turner said, “It (Walden)
built with older adults in mind
we want them to be happy.”
Good communication with t* 11
residents ranks high in priori®
Turner said. They have a reside 11
council meeting once a month.
“We are very open to chang £i