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SOME WAYS TO FIGHT BACK
Stubborn and Dangerous:
Our Winter Enemies
They live in subways, buses, movie houses,
stores, offices—countless other places. They hit
hardest at babies, invalids and the elderly. Here
the year-round, but most vicious in winter, they
caused the loss of a billion work days in the
U. S. last year. Their victims are people who suf
fer with anything from the common cold to
Viruses—they are our stubborn, dangerous
enemies. Colds, grippe, influenza, sinusitis, tonsil
litis, laryngitis, bronchitis, virus pneumonia,
among others, are the miserable illnesses that
plague us every year.
Common Cold The Commonest
Each of them is caused by a different virus,
but the most prevalent and greatest nuisance is
the common cold.
Many of us suffer from three or four colds
annually and we know that we can spread the
virus by sneezing, coughing, sharing unsterilized
eating or drinking utensils. There are several
kinds of colds, and once we’ve had one type, we
are immune to it for several weeks.
Wet feet, exposure to drafts or stormy weather
do not cause colds, but they can make matters
worse. For this reason, it’s wise to stay home
when symptoms appear. Always call the doctor
if you run a high fever, otherwise there are some
things you can do for yourself.
A hot bath just before bed can make you
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more comfortable. Stay away from heavy rich
foods, making your diet mainly of such foods as
milk, fruit juices, hot soups, and maybe some ice
cream to cool the throat.
Good-living habits don’t necessarily prevent
a cold, nor will such extras as special food,
vitamin supplements, hot or cold baths or morn
ing exercise knock out the virus, once it strikes.
But a strong, healthy body is less prey to our
They're With Us All The Time
Viruses are in our bodies all the time, but
do no harm until ill health, lowered body vitali
ty or harmful dusts and chemical irritants im
pair the protective forces. Then, we may be
stricken by tonsillitis, sinusitis, laryngitis or
bronchitis. Prompt medical care is needed, since
these are not maladies for homemade remedies.
Influenza (or grippe) is another of the distinct
infectious diseases caused by one of three gen
eral types of influenza virus. A flu attack is
sharp and severe from the start, with headache,
flushing of face, aching bones.
At first there may be no marked signs of
runny nose or scratchy throat, but these come
later. Medicine will not touch the virus, but can
lessen misery and chance of complications. Right
now, the World Health Organization is making
war on the influenza virus, through a globe-
circling system of laboratories.
Pneumonia is not a single disease, but any
acute infection of the lungs. It may be due to
one of many different bacteria, or may be caused
by a virus. Any pneumonia is a medical emer
gency, because there are highly dangerous types
mixed in with the relatively mild ones.
Fighl With Good Health Habits
Three groups you should know about are virus,
lobar and broncho-pneumonia. Virus-pneumonia
has been most common in recent winters.
When the pneumonia germ invading the lungs
can be slain with penicillin, recovery is fast.
Otherwise, all skills of medical and nursing care
. are called for. Pneumonia is a communicable
As we go here and there, it is impossible to
escape exposure to viruses, so our winter enemies.
—though being battled by medical science—re
main one of the biggest dangers we face.
Habits of good health and a respect for the
damage viruses can do when they attack—these
are our best defenses.
More About ‘Two Rs’ Class —From page 1
station will offer the course to
any interested viewer, hoping
that he will get any needed help
from a relative or friend.
The telecasts beginning Janu
ary 16 will be presented 6:25 to
6:55 a.m., Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday and Friday. They will
continue for 25 weeks.
The course offered will be Dr.
Frank C. Laubach’s “Stream
lined English”, especially pre
pared for television teaching.
For the third straight year it is
being offered in cooperation
with the John C. Campbell Folk
School at Brasstown, sponsor of
the World Literacy Movement
in this area.
Persons may enroll in the
course by filling out the ac
companying application and
mailing it to WBTV, enclosing
$4.50 for five reading-and-writ-
ing books for the student, and
three books for his helping rela
tive or friend.
“When we had the courses at
Firestone the last two years, we
knew of others who work here—
and still others in the communi
ty—who needed the instruction,”
said Miss Bradley.
“We sincerely hope that those
who read this article will pass
on the information to those who
need to learn to read—and help
them become interested in the
TV course. We hope, too, that
there will be people who will
volunteer to help in this home
Time was when members of the
4-H Club were concerned mainly
with cows and hens and such. But now, for the first time, auto
motive care and safety on the highway has become one of the
club's projects. These young men, with Firestone president Ray
mond C. Firestone (center), are winners of the first Firestone col
lege scholarships. Those winning a $400 scholarship for their work
in the automotive-safety field of 4-H are, from left: Laron D.
Thompson, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Charles Daley, West Willington,
Conn.; Jack Frye, Norman, Okla.; Mr. Firestone; Kenneth Thomas,
Emporia, Kan.; Pat Gerrie, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; and Charles
Davis, Four Oaks, N. C.
Firestone has a part in con-
truction of the world’s most
powerful radio transmitter for
national defense. The $70 mil
lion transmitting station at Cut
ler, Maine will be the control
communication center for the
Navy’s Polaris missile fleet. It
is one of the key installations in
the Navy’s master plan for in
stant retaliation in case bf ag
gression from another country.
Firestone’s role in the project
is that of maintaining and serv
icing the tires on some 300 pieces
of construction equipment used
in preparing the project site.
“The arrangement marks the
first time the Navy has utilized
an outside organization to serv
ice and maintain the tires used
on its projects,” said E. B. Hath
away, Firestone vice president
in charge of sales.
TO PREPARE the construc
tion site, it required 100,000
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Please enroll the following person in the Reading
Program. Attached is a (Money Order) (Check) for
$4.50 payable to "Reading Program" for a set of five
Student Books and three books for the person helping
the student. . —
I want to enroll other persons. Please send—
additional Enrollment Blanks.
(give No. wanted)
Name: (Mr.) (Mrs.) (Miss)
Street or R. F. D. Address
General manager Harold
Mercer presented five certifi
cates for completion of adult-
education courses, the cere
mony a part of a recent
dinner meeting in the Rec
reation Center. Classes are
made available through the
Gaston Industrial Education
Center, under auspices of the
education program of the
Courses offered in night
sessions are ordinarily of 16-
class-hour length. Firestone
men in picture, and courses
they completed (from left);
Self-Expression; Charles Mc-
Arver — Technical Writing;
Alvin Riley — Creative
Thinking; James M. Cooper
H. G. Hall—Technical Writ
cubic yards of rock excavation;
2.5 million yards of earth dig
ging; 2,800 acres of clearing and
grubbing; 35,000 cubic yards of
concrete for tower and anchor
foundations; and 12,000 tons of
steel for towers.
Involved on the job were
some 300 vehicles, graders,
scrapers, power wagons, power
shovels, and trucks. Firestone
serviced the tires on this equip
ment. The project became a sort
of proving ground for Firestone
tires operating on all sorts of
terrain, extremes of temperature
and range of service, as well as
a means of evaluating service
The communications project,
begun in 1958, has set early
1961 for initial testing of the
station. The giant transmitter
outlay consists of two antenna
arrays, each with a 6-point, star
shaped group of elevated wire
panels supported by a central
tower 980 feet high; six internal
towers, each 875 feet high; and
six outer towers, each 800 feet
Robert Lee Setzer
A memorial service for Robert
Lee Setzer of 838 South Dalton
street, Gastonia, was conducted
from Mount Harmony Methodist
Church near Bowling Green,
S. C., Dec. 23. Burial was in the
church cemetery. He died Dec.
Mr. Setzer, who came from
Clover, S. C. to Gastonia 25
years ago, had been employed
in the opening room at Fire
stone since 1943. A brother,
Alonzo, is a warehouse truck
Those remaining of his family
are his wife, Mrs. Martha Setzer
of Belmont; five sisters, Mrs.
Mattie Ratchford, Mrs. Bertha
Adams, Miss Annie Mae Setzer,
Mrs. Sadie Crawford, and Mrs.
Sara Armstrong, all of Gastonia;
four brothers, Thomas E. of
York, S. C., John James of
Clover, Alonzo of Bessemer City,
and Samuel of Gastonia.
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