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Customer’s Letter Has Special Meaning
T. J. Tucker
T. J. Tucker is serving at the
Naval station in San Diego,
Calif., after an 8-month tour of
duty in Japan. He is the son of
Mrs. Eula Tucker, 414 South
Weldon street, employed in Ply
Respooling; and the brother-in-
law of Luther Brown, Time
A-2C Clarence R. Morrison,
C. R. Morrison
son of Mrs. Sara Scruggs, spool
ing inspector, is a radar techni
cian instructor at Lowery Air
Force Base in Colorado. A grad
uate of Ashley High School, Gas
tonia, Airman Morrison has been
in service for several months. He
attended technical schools after
his basic training, and has been
assigned as an instructor since
mid-1956. His address is P. O.
Box 783, 3443rd Sturon; Lowery
Air Force Base, Denver, Col.
Travel, Education Among Advantages
Offered Men Enlisting In Air Force
The U.S. Air Force offers
many opportunities in education,
technical training and travel. If
you are a high school senior or
graduate, or have a sonwho has
his military service ahead of
him, here is something you can
well afford to consider.
The Air Force needs young
men who possess the mental
capacity to learn technical skills
and who are capable of being
trained to service and support
the nation’s complex system.
According to the Reserve
Forces Act of 1955 there are
many ways in which a young
man may meet his military ob
ligations. The fast way, and the
one which makes the least dent
in his future, is to join up right
after high school. If, for ex
ample, he joins the Air Force at
17, he will have finished his first
enlistment at 21. Then, after
only one year of active reserve
duty, he wiU have finished his
active military obligation.
AN AIRMAN can get a year or
two college credits during his
first enlistment through USAFI
correspondence courses or
through extension courses on
base or off base. In such case he
could leave the Air Force at 21
Advertising authorities say that a satisfied cus
tomer is the best testimonial for any product.
When a customer gets outstanding service from
a Firestone product, each member of the Organi
zation can be justly proud of the achievement.
This subject was brought to attention by a re
cent letter to Lee R. Jackson, Company Presi
dent. It testified that customers need not be
“sold” on Firestone tires.
From 40 Sears road, Weston 93, Mass., Richard
E. King wrote:
“The car which I am presently driving is a
Chevrolet sedan which I bought new in October
1948. At that time I said to myself that I would
trade the car in when it became necessary to buy
new tires. That car now has been driven almost
60,000 miles on the same “Firestone” tires which
were on it when it was bought, approximately 8
years ago. Although it hasn’t reached the point
of requiring new tires even now, I have finally
decided to sell my 1948 sedan and purchase a new
1956 Chevrolet station wagon.
"I HAVE TOLD many friends about my “60,-
000-mile Firestone tires” all of whom seem to feel
that this is a remarkable achievement. I thought,
therefore, that you too would like to hear about
the outstanding performance these tires have
“The tires, which are low-pressure white walls,
are on the car today and still show the original
grooving. None has ever been repaired nor even
removed from the car except for three short
months during each of the last three winters
when I had snow tires on the rear wheels.
“I am sure that you agree with me that the
American public expects to get a dollar’s worth
of value for a dollar spent. In a case such as this,
however, where the value received obviously is
far in excess of normal expectations, it is
worthwhile taking the time to express my ap
preciation to the manufacturer.”
THIS CUSTOMER'S letter has a special mean
ing for employees of Firestone Textiles, since
tire cord fabric is the chief product manufactured
here. Workers on the fabric production line here
may never know what an important part they
played in making, perhaps, the very tires which
gave such outstanding service on Mr. King’s
It goes to say that the quality that is built
into a product may not be readily seen, but if
that essential ingredient is missing, the customer
will surely find it out.
and go on to complete college.
If he decides to re-enlist, he can
continue for his degree.
The Air Force, in addition,
spends much money in training
its personnel in science, mathe
matics, manufacturing know
how, finance and many other
To qualify for enlistment a
young man must be 17 to 34
years of age. Applicants under 18
must have parental consent. Po
tential airmen, married or single,
must not have more than one
dependent at the time of appli
cation. A high school education
is desired and encouraged by the
Air Force but is not a require
BENEFITS include insurance;
quarters allowance if govern
ment housing is not available;
medical, dental and hospital
care; uniforms; some choice in
preferred location for assign
ments; re-enlistment bonuses,
and a liberal retirement plan,
based on length of service.
Visit the Gastonia Air Force
Recruiting Officer, T-Sgt. Clyde
H. May, on the second floor of
the Court House. Find out about
this worth-while program.
Roger S. Firestone, president
of the Firestone Plastics Com
pany, Pottstown, Pa., has been
named president of the United
Cerebral Palsy, Inc.
In this leadership position
with UCP, Mr. Firestone will di
rect the national activities of the
organization which has 335 local
affiliates throughout the country.
Mr. Firestone, a director of the
Company and a son of its found
er, will head UCP for 1957. Pre
viously he served as an execu
tive vice president and national
campaign chairman of the or
ganization. As president, he suc
ceeds Louis C. Whiton, president
of Prat-Daniel Corporation of
WHEN HE was elected head
of UCP at its seventh annual
convention in Cleveland, Ohio,
recently, Mr. Firestone called for
the appointment of a representa
tive in charge of case finding “in
every county in the United
States with a population greater
than 10,000” so that more of “the
550,000 persons with cerebal
palsy can be given service by
local affiliates of UCP.”
“Present facilities will have to
expand their services and raise
additional funds to finance this
added help,” he pointed out.
He continued: “With such a
program, we will be letting those
with cerebral palsy know there
is someone who cares, some or
ganization, which, with the help
of a generous public, will be a
source of personal help and last
The UCP organization has
raised $38,000,000 during its
seven years existence.
Dan Wayne Webb was a
November arrival in High Point,
N. C. His parents are Mr. and
Mrs. Dan Webb of High Point.
The father is a former Firestone
employee, the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Oris Webb, Weaving De
The foundations of our nation, our dedication to human rights
and individual liberty are safeguarded by our churches and syna'
gogues. Attendance at religious services each week can be the best
of the good things in life for a family to share. Worshiping together
becomes so natural that children find a pattern, a foundation which
will enrich their entire lives. Our religious leaders give us personal
guidance, help solve family problems and work to integrate tb©
newcomer into community life. A step in the right direction
through the door of your church or synagogue.
☆ ☆ ☆
Pvt. Vivian Bumgardner,
daughter of B. J. Bumgardner of
Cable Twisting, is stationed at
Brooks Army Hospital at Fort
Sam Houston, Texas. There, she
is assigned to a course in nurs
ing education. Pvt. Bumgardner
enlisted in the Women's Army
Corps last July and had her
basic training at Fort McClellan,
Ala. Her address: WAG Detach
ment B.A.H., Brooks Army Med
ical Center, Fort Sam Houston,
☆ ☆ ☆
Volume VL No. 1
Published by The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, Firestone Textiles Division,
Gastonia, North Carolina. Department of Public Relations
CARDING—Edna Harris, Jessie West
SPINNING—Lillie Brown, Mary Turner,
SPOOLING—Nell Bolick, Ophelia Wallace,
TWISTING—Elease Cole, Corrie Johnson,
Louise Long, Dean Haun, Vera Carswell,
SALES YARN TWISTING—Elmina Brad
SYC WEAVING—Lucille Davis.
CORD WEAVING — Irene Odell, Mary
QUALITY CONTROL — Sally Crawford,
Leila Rape, and Louella Queen.
WINDING—Mayzelle Lewis, Elizabeth
Harris, Hazel Nolen.
CLOTH ROOM—Margie Waldrep.
PLASTIC DIP—Jennie Bradley.
MAIN OFFICE—Doris McCready.
WAREHOUSE — Patsy Haynes, George
Harper, Albert Meeks, Rosevelt Rainey.
Claude Callaway, Editor