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U.S.A., is as close
as your road map.
ists like Mr. and
Janet and Diane
can appreciate com
pleted portions of
the Interstate road
12,000 miles of these
are planned for use
works in the me
ment at Gastonia.
Go Far, Easy On America’s Superhighways
Going places on vacation, traveling on busi
ness, or just out for a weekend visit to a neigh
boring state—the nation’s almost 85 million
drivers of motor vehicles this year will roll along
on more and better highways than ever before.
Because of the improved highways becoming
available, and because Americans want to travel
more and more, the average motorist will drive
far and in little time. Unless a motorist drives
exclusively on toll roads, his total transportation
cost is likely to be lower. More important, his
travel will be with greater safety.
Reason for the bright outlook: Superhighways
—12,000 miles of them—of the Interstate road
program planned to be open by mid-summer,
when vacations begin for most people and high
way traffic reaches its peak. Of the 12,000 miles
a-building, only 2,264 miles will be toll roads.
Foi’t Or More
The remainder are toll-free expressways, with
no stop signs and traffic lights; all will have
controlled access and almost all will be four
lanes or more. Average travel speed on them is
60 mph, compared with 50 mph on most of the
standard U.S. and state routes.
Driving is easier. All entrances and exits on
these roads permit smooth merging of traffic.
Lanes at least 12 feet wide and shoulders 10 feet
mean more traveling pleasure and added safety.
Besides the Interstate program, urban and
rural highways are being overhauled. More than
112,000 miles of these have been widened, re
surfaced—and in many cases, rebuilt—since 1956.
This project is as important as the Interstate
program because use of superhighways would
be limited if feeder lines were not in best con
Most travelers agree with highway experts
that all this work on our roads is long overdue.
The Interstate program, begun in 1956, is set for
completion by 1972 when a 41,000-mile network
of multi-lane and controlled-access highways will
be completed. They will link every major metro
politan center in the nation. Itll cost $41 billion,
but this in only about one-third of the immediate
economic and personal benefits that will be
Less Cost And Safer, Too
Estimates are that there will be only about
one-fifth the wrecks and injuries on these roads
as there are now on our standard systems. Safe
ty observers believe that, when completed, these
roads will reduce highway fatalities by 4,000 to
5,000 each year.
By driving the new Interstate highways or toll
roads whenever possible, motorists will spend
less time enroute. Savings in time are worth
while. Recent studies indicate that each minute
in travel saved is worth almost two and one-
half cents. On a 2,000-mile trip, when the average
speed is 60 mph rather than 50, the saving is
The average motorist knows a good road when
he sees it. Toll roads are being used on a ratio
of four-to-one over parallel, lower-standard
routes, even though toll charges make the cost
The good news of highway improvements is
just beginning. Work is underway on almost 5,000
additional miles of Interstate routes.
In Hall Of Fame
Harvey S. Firestone Jr. paid
tribute to Thomas Alva Edison
June 4, when a bronze bust of
the inventor-scientist was dedi
cated in the Hall of Fame for
Great Americans at New York
The bust was unveiled by two
of Mr. Edison’s sons and a
daughter; Charles Edison, for
mer governor of New Jersey and
former Secretary of the Navy;
his brother, Theodore Edison, a
research scientist; and their
sister, Mrs. Madeleine Edison
Mr. Firestone is a trustee of
the Thomas Alva Edison Foun
dation, sponsors of the cere
mony. Other than members of
the Edison family, the company
chairman was the only partici
pant in the program closely ac
quainted with Mr. Edison during
Thus far, 89 Americans have
been elected to the Hall of
Michael L. Ballew is assigned
to duty with the Navy Supply
Depot at Bayonne, N. J., and is
finishing his high school work as
part of his schedule there.
Michael is the son of James
Ballew of Carding, and Mrs.
Ballew. He is in the main
tenance department at the depot,
and for a time was assigned to
Fame. The Edison bronze bust
was the 86th placed in the Hall.
Three others to be enshrined are
Wilbur Wright, co-inventor of
the first man-carrying, powered
airplane; Henry David Thoreau,
naturalist and philosopher; and
Edward Alexander MacDowell,
composer and music educator.
QUOTING OUR CUSTOMERS
They’re Satisfied In All Directions
At the Gastonia plant a twister tender wondered, “Just what
have I contributed toward customer satisfaction after our tires have
gone to market?” A weaver and a fabrics inspector asked them
selves a similar question.
Maybe their answer is in the letters the company receives from
pleased customers. It is doubly satisfying that these letters repre
sent a good cross-section of the country, as these examples show:
John W. Lee
San Jose. Calif.
When I bought a new Chevro
let in 1955 I insisted that it be
equipped with Firestone tires. I
drove my new car fast and hard
and 20,000 miles rolled up be
fore I realized it. The tires were
worn but the spare had never
been out of the trunk. It was at
this point that I was sold on
Firestone “500s”. My first set of
four were driven 35,000 miles,
then recapped and driven an
other 20,000 miles.
In 90,000 miles of driving on
Firestones, over all kinds of
roads, I have never had a flat
tire. Our current car is a ’59
Chevrolet station wagon and I
never concern myself with tire
worries. Your Firestone “500s’’
are proven insurance to me.
John A. Frye
In 1950 I bought a Plymouth
equipped with four whitewall
J. M. Comely, once a member
of the Gastonia Main Office
staff, has been named manager
of accounting for the company’s
Akron, Ohio tire plants. Mr.
Comely replaced H. L. Broad-
foot who was recently promoted
to comptroller of Firestone’s Des
Moines, Iowa plant.
Comely, 39, began working for
Firestone in Akron 17 years ago.
He was graduated from the Uni
versity of Akron and completed
a year of graduate study at
Northwestern before joining
Firestone’s College Training
Class in Accounting.
Firestone tires. These tires have
been on the car for 10 years—
and 31,000 miles. One was taken
off a month ago for a minor
crack in the wall; the other
three are still on the car. This is
E. H. Hansen
I think you manufacture the
best tires available. I drive a
1956 Chevrolet and have slightly
over 50,000 miles on it. The
whitewall Firestone tires, which
were the originals on the car,
are still good for five to ten
thousand miles. This probably
does not set any record, but it
certainly speaks well for your
Dr. Richard F. Patterson
I have appreciated the Fire
stone tires on my 1960 Ford.
They have gone 30,000 miles and
still have some service left.
Driving included roads in cold
mountain country and steamy
Gulf Coast weather. I have not
even been troubled by a flat.
After reading these letters,
one employee reflected: “People
from coast-to-coast look to Fire
stone products for quality, out
standing performance, depend
ability and service. Our constant
efforts on the job will go far to
keep these people our satisfied
From 1950 to 1954 he was chief
accountant for the Gastonia
plant. He returned to the gen
eral accounting office in Akron
and in 1955 was named factory
auditor for the Akron tire
From 1959 to his recent pro
motion he was a company audi
One interesting thing about
opportunity: It always comes
disguised as hard work.—Second
work on the USS North Carolina
before its “retirement.”
In the Navy since last April,
Michael attended Ashley High
School, Gastonia, and in sum
mers worked several months as
a pin setter at the Firestone
bowling lanes. He was home re
cently on a leave of several
His address: Michael L. Ballew
SA, First Division, Bldg. 72;
Navy Supply Depot, Bayonne,
WE A VER
Good Manners For Vacation
Good manners go well with a vacation. While you’re
traveling away from home, do you trespass on private prop
erty? Leave a smoldering campfire? Are you a litterbug? Do
you steal signs and road markers . . . deface milestones? And
do you pick flowers intended for everyone to enjoy? Filch
shrubs to take home with you?
Probing questions—these. Appreciation for the things
you enjoy on a trip, and your thoughtfulness of others will
add to the pleasant memories of your vacation.
Tir«$ton« SfSWg reporters
June. 1961 Page 2
Volume X Number 7
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Published by The Firestone
Tire & Rubber Company.
Firestone Textiles Division,
Gastonia. North Carolina.
Claude Callaway. Editor
Charles A. Clark. Photographer
Carding—Payton Lewis, Jessie
Cloth Room—Margie Waldrep
Industrial Relation s—Flora
Main Office—Bea McCarter
Quality Control—Sallie Craw
ford. Louella Queen, Leila
Spinning—L illie A. Brown.
Maude Peeler, Mary Turner
Spooling—Nell Bolick, Rosalie
Burger, Ophelia Wallace
Mechanical Department — Rosie
Twisting—Vera Carswell, Elease
Cole, Annie Cosey, Katie El
kins. Catherine Fletcher
Twisting (Sales)—Elmina Brad
Warehouse—N a n c y Cloninger.
George Harper, Albert Meeks,
Weaving (cotton)—Ruth Veitch
Weaving (synthetics)—Mary E.
Johnson, Irene Odell
Winding—Ruth Cloninger, May-
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