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Even the mayor
Letters to the editors
Only 1 term?
(From the July 3, 1952 edition of
The Kings Mountain Herald)
Belk’s Department Store has purchased the Bat
tleground Avenue building it now uses for its Men's
Store from Dr. D.M. Morrison, Kings Mountain
and Shelby optometrist.
Glee Edwin Bridges and B.S. Peeler Jr. will serve
as co-ch^rmen of the Kings Mountain Merchants
Association Christmas opening committee, it was
announced this week by Dan Huffstetler, president.
Social and Parsonal
Little Patty Steffy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Gene Steffy, celebrated her fourth birthday an
niversary Monday afternoon and her mother enter
tained with a party at their home on East King St.
Members of the Home Arts Club met Tuesday at
the home of Mrs. Fred Plonk on Crescent Circle.
I was interested in the observation by Leon
Jaworski in a public statement quoted by the
Associated Press that he is about convinced that the
President of the United States should have only one
“By the time the second term rolls around the
President has drunk too much of the nector of
power, it seems,” says the former Watergate Pro
There is another disadvantage to the nation in the
vast amount of time the President devotes during
the second half of his first term to re-election
One must wonder just how many of his actions
during the last of the Brst term are dictated by sheer
politics to aid in his re-election to a second term.
Somsthing bothsring you? Got it off your
chosL Fool good about somothing? Sharo it.
Wo want to hoar from you. Addroso your lot-
tors to tbo oditors to Roador Diologuo, P.O.
Box 752, Kings Mountoin, N.C. 28086. Unsign-
od lottors will not bo publishod.
Marjorie Ragan, writing in the Southern Pines
Pilot, used some of former Charlotte Observer
reporter Susan Jetson’s favorite quotes of former
Charlotte Mayor John Belk and a list of typos in her
column recently reminding that all of us in the news
business have problems with typographical errors at
one time or another. They can be almost as embar
rassing as the corrections.
Miss Jetson, now of the San Diego Union, has
collected the syncopated syntax of the former
Queen City Mayor and also a listing that the
Charlotte paper had used of typos. We thought
you’d be interested.
These are her favorites of His Honor:
1. “1 feel as if this is a void we have lacked n the
2. On responsibility: “1 know what a big shculder
3. “We ought to decide where our problens are
and implement our own.”
4. “My words might have been the wisdom for
5. “I think you’re getting into something you
don’t want to get out of.”
6. On his favorite part of politics: “What wt call
•meet the flesh’.”
“Tell us what it is, and well know whether we
didn’t get it or not.”
8. On his secretary: “Belinda’s her mother’s
9. “You can’t be unreasonable about sometiing
until you get the facts.”
10. On Charlotte’s key to the city: “It may no be
as eloquent as others.”
11. “Will there be any mediums in the new ex
12. This would solve the solution."
13. On a school desegregation plan: ‘The thing
I’m scared of and this is what we’ve been tryinf to
stress, is education.”
14. That is not deductive to good planning.’
15. T always get a little mbted up when 1 havt to
stop and think.
6) Nov. 10, 1975: “A story incorrectly said the
Klansmen marched two blacks through town about
3 p.m. and more out of town by 3:40 p.m. The story
should have said the Klansmen marched two blocks
through town and were out of town by 3:40 p.m.”
7) April 24,1977: ‘The name of Beverly Sanford,
who won The Charlotte Observer’s Regional Spell
ing Beee, was misspelled Saturday.”
Kids Feel Stress
THE QUEST OF THE TIMES
We are forever making something
like bees making honey.
The thought upper-most
is how to make money.
If we can’t make something big
We won’t make anything at all.
There are those who make a visit
There are those who make a call.
There are those who make history
Some make the hall of fame.
Some have the knack
of making life a game.
We had to take our 2'/a year old son to the hospital last week to have
tests run to determine why he was experiencing recurring stomach pains.
That’s all I need. A 2*/2 year old with ulcers!
I realize that most of us adults live under a lot of pressure and the ulcer
rate in the country is high, but it never occured to me that our kids might
live under pressure too.
I started thinking about it and 1 guess kids live under their own kind of
pressure, and relatively speaking, it is just as tough on them as our stress
is on us.
I mean, 1 just read where the muppets are cancelling their TV show and
to my little son, that is a catastrophy.
And how do I know what pressures he might be under at nursery
school? And my wife Ellen, is thinking about changing him to another
nursery school next year. Think how traumatic that could be.
There are those who make friends
there are those who make a foe.
It would be wise to learn
how to make love grow.
Then there is the crisis at MacDonalds. They put in a drive-thru window
and Ben almost gets run down when he tries to get in the front door of the
place due to the new traffic flow.
His toys break and I don’t have time to fix them. That causes him con
The least that we work at
perhaps that which we should.
Is to seek the best way
To make a day good.
Vivian S. BiliclUi*
And of course, he is always having trouble with batteries going dead.
And that is a real problem for a little fellow when he is trying to operate a
Then there are doctors snooping around and giving him shots every
once in a while and they hurt. And think about all the bumps and bruises
he gets every day.
And I know hov he worries about the fact that everytime he tries to
count to ten. he leives out "Six. Seven and Eight." That has to frustrate
“ ““ “'I’'’”™ ">
ito"" ''P “~9h to give any
i m glad mine doisn't have one yet.
But when the aninal crackers run out-there is room for concern
Adults don t havea patent on stress. concern.
Little boys worry oo.
The Charlotte paper’s list of typos it had made:
1) April 8,1978: “Because of a typographical er
ror ... a story about radio station WRPL newscaster
Barry Sidwell called his commentary irresp^sible.
The word was supposed to be irrepressible."?
2) July 31,1974: “Due to a typographical error, a
review said Steve Umberger and Becky Kent - at the
Mint Hill Dinner, have shabby haircuts. The review
should have said they have shaggy haircuts.”
3) Jan. 15,1975: “A typographical error had baby
Carmen Elizabeth Smith not liking sow’s milk. It
should have been cow’s milk she did not like.”
4) July 19,1973: “A story about Gov. John West
urging establishment of a second medical school and
a story about the opening of a new abortion clinic
were improperly placed with each story getting the
other story’s headline. Gov. West’s picture also ap
peared with the wrong story.”
5) Sept. 21, 1973: ‘The jetliner pictured in Tues
day’s Observer was incorrectly identified as a DC9
and incorrectly identified again Thursday as a Boe
ing 707. The airplane in the photo was Bwing 737.”
Well, excuusseeeeee meeeee!!!!.
‘Check’s in the mail!"
Thats the cry of the indebted Americano bird when the finance company
chase man calls on him.
Reuses for this, excuses for that - it seems to be the system to rid one’s self of
guilt because we have not done our duty in someway.
Sometimes the excuses become hilarious and are greatly anticipated by those
on the reciving end. Take for instance some excuses received in the school
system (not here) over the years.
“Please excuse Johnny for being absent January 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 and 33
“Please excuse Dianne from being absent yesterday. She wa; in bed with
"Please exa>se Jimmie from being absent. It was his father’s failt ’’
"/^ry Ann was absent December 11-13 because she had a fevei sore throat
headache and upset stomach. Her sister was also sick with fever ani sore throat
Her brother had a low grade fever and ache all over. I wasn’t the bet either- sore
throat and fever. Must be the flu going around. Her father even got lot last night
^ Chris did not come to school yesterday because he had an acre in his side ...”
"Mary could not come to school because she was bothered by a very close
"My son was absent from school because he had two teeth taken out of his face
"I kept Billie home because he had to go Christmas shopping because I didn’t
know what size he wore ...”
But, the schools do not receive all of the funny mail. Other institutDns such as
the welfare department, also receive some dooseys.
How about this one? “1 am forwarding my marriage certificate andsix children
I have seven but one died which was baptised on half sheet of pap.r
"I ain writing to the welfare department to say that my baby was ben two vears
old. when do I get my money back?... ” ^
“Mrs. Jones has not had any clothes for a year and has been visit'd reaularlv
by the clergy ..." ^auiany
•’Please excuse Gloria. She has been sick and under the doctor...”
My son is under the doctor’s care and should not take physical education.
Plese execute him ...”
’’Billie was absent from school yesterday as she had a going over...”
"Please excuse Joey Friday. He had loose vowels ....’’
“Please excuse Blanche from jim today. She is adminstrating ...”
“Please excuse Joyce from P.E. for a few days. She fell out of a tree and
misplaced her hip ..."
Carlos was absent yesterday because he was playing football and was hurt in
the growing part..."
’My daughter was absent yesterday because she was tired. She spent a
weekend with the Marines ...”
“I am glad to report that my husband who was reported missing Udead "
“Please find out for certain if my husband is dead, as the man I arrnow livi'no
with can t eat or anything until he finds out...” ^
"I am very annoyed to find you have branded my boy illiterte as thi dirtv lie I
was married to his father the week before he was born ..."
In answer to your letter, I have given birth to a boy weighing ter pounds I
hope this is satisfactory ...”
"I want quick as possible. I have been in bed with a doctor for two weks and he
hasn’t done me any good. If things don’t improve, I will have to send br another
As Steve AAartin would say ...
... “Well, excuussseeeee meeeel!”