PAGE 6 NOVEMBER, 1957 No Closed Season On Safety With Firearms ☆ The hunting season, eagerly awaited by de votees of the outdoors, is well underway by November. Although taking to the field or wood with gun and dog means pleasure to the out- doorsman, it is often turned into tragedy and grief by the occurrence of an unfortunate ac cident which most likely could have been pre vented. The National Safety Council calls attention to three causes which lead to almost two-thirds of the accidents reported during the hunting sea son in this country. These are: Human beings in the line of fire, mistaking people for game, and hunting with the safety catch off the firearms piece. The following suggested safety practices have been born out of the experiences of wise and careful hunters. Put them down in your memory as basic rules of firearms safety. Treat every piece of firearms with the respect due a loaded gun. This is Rule No. 1 in gun safety. In the field always travel with the safety catch on. Keep the barrel pointed toward the ☆ ☆ ground or if carried on the shoulder, pointed skyward. Be entirely certain of your target. Never shoot at a noise. Before you pull the trigger, be sure other hunters are not in the range of fire. Always be; sure that the barrel and action are clear of obstructions. Don’t shoot at a flat, hard surface or the surface of water. Never leave your gun unattended unless you unload it first and put the ammunition out of reach of others. Unload and “break down” gun when carrying to and from the field. “Break” gun before climbing fences, stone walls or jumping ditches. Unload gun before getting into a boat. Never point a gun at anyone. Avoid horseplay. Do not lean on a gun or use it as a cane or sup port. Obey state laws by avoiding alcoholic drinks before or during shooting. Store firearms unloaded and “broken down” along with ammunition under lock and key. Johnson Serves NCRC Group For the sixth consecutive term. Recreation Director Ralph Johnson is serving as a member of the Advisory Committee of the North Carolina Recreation Commission. The appointment, made by Governor Luther Hodges in September, lasts through July 1, 1959. The Advisory Committee of the NCRC is made up of 30 out standing citizens who represent a cross section of many of the varied aspects of recreation in terest in North Carolina. The Committee helps the NCRC to keep abreast of de velopments in the special recrea tion interests in the State, and enables it to apply concentrated information and experience on local programs of recreation. The NCRC functions under an act of the State Legislature. It was the world’s first such State agency to be organized. More than 20 states have followed— in varying degree—this pattern of state-supported advisory as sistance to local recreation agencies. Help someone up the hill and you will find yourself closer io the top. PLANT PHOTOGRAPHER Heavens Or Highways: He Likes To Travel A two-dollar box camera and an assortment of materials from which to build airplane models kindled an interest which has blossomed into a life of ad venture for Charles Clark of the Industrial Relations department. Ever since early childhood, the young Gastonian has nurtur ed what he prefers to call “an instinct” for picture-taking and travel. “A fixed-lens, 127 roll-film camera and model airplane ma terials were the first equip ment for my combination hob by,” he recalls. By the time Charles was a freshman at Gastonia High School, he had collected enough materials to set up a photo lab at his 2037 South Pine street home. And soon thereafter, he was the proud owner of a press camera which helped to make him a popular figure at wed dings and other events in the neighborhood. Long before this, he had been constructing airplane models, just so he could take pictures of them. FROM high school to Fire stone, it’s been a winding road, with many an interesting side stop. His introduction to textiles came as a trainee in a local plant during his high school days. There, he was acquainted with all the basic operations of cotton manufacturing, from the opening room process through winding. His experience also included work in quality control. A high school diploma earned, Charles yielded to the call of ad venture and joined the Air Force. While attending aircraft and engine mechanics school at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichi ta Falls, Texas, he pursued his photographic hobby in the after noons and on weekends. The service assignment ended, he returned to Gastonia and completed a nine-month course at Evans Business College, and was off again for Texas. Back in Wichita Falls, he took a job as technical writer and reporter for Rhinehart’s Oil News, with daily and weekly editions for in vestors and other business peo ple in the oil industry. A FEW months later he came back to Gastonia and took addi tional courses at Evans, before accepting a job as an assistant supervisor at a local electrical parts manufacturing plant. After more than a year there, he turned full attention to his camera. From that time until he came to Firestone, he specialized in news and portrait photog raphy, being employed at dif ferent times by two local studios. Since 1949 he has been flying airplanes as a pastime. Licensed in 1952 as a solo pilot, he became a charter member of the Gas tonia Flying Club that year. At present he is qualified to fly single engine craft up to 450 horsepower. AVERAGE time spent aloft is about eight hours a week. This takes him from local points to as far away as Miami on week ends. Charles sometimes trades the heavens for the highways of earth. In recent years he has traveled by automobile coast-to- coast five times. Of these, three tours each covered 43 states. On his last jaunt, made in 1955, he rolled past 21,000 miles in the United States, touching portions of Canada and Mexico as well. He joined the Industrial Re lations department September 1, as Firestone News and plant photographer. As a member of Victory Baptist Church, Charles is active in the youth programs. He is vice president of the young peoples’ training union and a past Secretary of the church. "THE SPIRIT OF FIRESTONE" was an outstanding exhibit at the "Variety in Autumn" standard flower show in October. Mrs. Harold Mercer supplied the red roses and Mrs. W. R. Turner. Sr., arranged the component parts to symbolize the Company. Among elements symbolic of Firestone were; The urn, representing the earth, from which all Company products are made; red roses, be speaking the universal nature of the Company's operations; minia ture Firestone tires, for strength and endurance, and the sculptured bust of Diana, suggestive of the Company slogan "Best Today— Still Better Tomorrow." Physician Advises On The Asian Flu If you come down with chills and run a high fever and you feel something awful — maybe you have Asian flu and then again, maybe not. Dr. W. B. Parks, plant phy sician, calls attention to this warning from a special commit tee of the American Medical Association, which points out that when a new disease is widespread, any illness with similar symptoms is likely to get the brand. Dr. Parks says that the AMA takes laboratory tests to ac curately determine the Asian flu diagnosis. In any case, the illness—al though no hayride—is generally not dangerous and is not apt to run more than a few days. Firestone employees desiring it have been inoculated against Asian flu. But for those of you who will not have availed your selves of the protection, and for the small number who may be the unfortunate ones regardless of precautions, keep in mind some basic rules—in event of attacks of flu. THE American National Red Cross has these suggestions: Call a physician. Follow his instructions. Stay in bed until fever has dis appeared. Drink plenty of fluids while fever is on. Not less than one quart a day is a minimum. Switch to a soft diet. Keep away from persons who have colds and other communi cable diseases. Take cooling baths, or use cold compresses on head, but avoid chilling. Rest for two or three days after the fever is gone. This single engine Cessna 172 is a favorite craft of the plant photographer. He also flies a 230-horsepower Cessna 182. Your Company—And You A young man who works for a certain company (let’s call it Nonpareil Industries, Inc.), greeted an acquaintance on the way to the post office the other day. “I see in the paper that you’re now with Nonpareil In dustries.” “Yes, I am Nonpareil Industries,” came the seemingly boastful reply. But when you stop to think about it, that wasn’t too much an overstatement after all. It had come from a man who had learned the importance of his individual contribu tion to the company that employed him. This incident goes to point up the truth that you are your company, regardless of what your job may be. Even though your job may seem insignificant, you are as much a part of your company as anyone else—from top manage ment on down the line. Because you are your company, you are in a real sense responsible for public attitude toward it. Wherever you go, you are representing your company, whether making a good impression or a bad one. The reputation of your employer is vitally important to you. So much so that it can mean the difference between success or failure in business. ! In a lot of instances you will be the only person that some people will ever know from your company. When you meet people on the street, at the grocery, or wherever else you might go, the impressions they get from you pretty well determine their impression of your company.

Page Text

This is the computer-generated OCR text representation of this newspaper page. It may be empty, if no text could be automatically recognized. This data is also available in Plain Text and XML formats.

Return to page view