November 23 1981


November 23 1981


RECORD SET: Hiraoki Aoki, 43, of Japan, Ben Abruzzo, 51, Larry Newman, 34, and Ron Clarke, 41, of Albuquerque, N.M., set a new distance record for balloon travel. The foursome left Nagashima, Japan, early last week in their 27-storey-high helium balloon, Double Eagle V. Cruising at 4,700 m and 130 km-h, they landed in the mountains 160 km north of San Francisco, Calif., four days later, after covering more than 8,500 km.

DIED: U.S. aerospace pioneer Frank J. Malina, 69, following a heart attack in his Paris home. Malina and the late Theodore von Karman founded what is now the Aerojet General Corp., America’s first rocket engine manufacturer, in 1942 and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., in 1944. Malina had lived in France since 1946, when he moved to Paris to work with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

INDICTED: Twenty-four people, including the main suspect, Lieut. Khaled Ahmed Shawki Istambuli, and Omar Ahmed Abdul Rahman, a blind Moslem preacher from Cairo’s Azhar University, for conspiring in the Oct. 6 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. Istambuli and three others are charged with the actual killing of Sadat and seven others who were near him in the reviewing stand.

DIED: Abel Gance, 92,

the cinematic pioneer of the wide screen and stereophonic sound, at his Paris home. Gance’s best-known film, Napoleon, made in 1927, was revived by Francis Coppola to rave reviews last January.

MURDERED: Hard-line Protestant MP Robert Bradford, 41, by IRA gunmen in Belfast, last Saturday. Bradford, who represented South Belfast, was holding a weekly constituency meeting when four men dressed as painters burst into the room and riddled him with bullets.

A Methodist minister, Bradford had strongly condemned the IRA earlier in the week for killing three people and injuring two others as part of the organization’s stepped-up attacks against security forces in Northern Ireland.

AWARDED: The Cy Young Award for pitching to Los Angeles Dodgers’ rookie pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, 21. The left-hander from Mexico led the National League in four pitching categories and helped the Dodgers to their first World Series title in 16 years. He is the first rookie to win the award since it was created in 1956.


Forget, 45, Quebec Liberal finance critic and national assembly

member for the Montreal riding of St. Laurent. First elected to the national assembly in 1973, Forget served as minister of social affairs in the administration of former Quebec premier Robert Bourassa. His resignation has sparked rumors that Bourassa may seek his seat.

Secret of the Red mallard

Your article on Igor Gouzenko (Canada, Oct. 26) cavalierly suggests that Gouzenko is now seeing “ . . . Reds under every bed.” In view of the obscene privations and liquidations since 1917 in every land taken over by the Marxists, one wonders what your head has been under? As for guilt by association, if a bird looks, acts, walks and quacks like a duck, it is a duck. Some call it a fellow traveller. —MURRILLE E. SCHOFIELD, Wolfville, N.S.

The price is wrong

One has to question seriously the government’s control over industrial hygiene when employees must discontinue their work due to occupational health hazards (Labor, Oct. 26). There is an obvious need for an agency that is not controlled by government or industry to ensure that the hazards are reduced to an absolute minimum. The time to put human lives ahead of industrial profits is long overdue. —LISA BELYEA,

Sarnia, Ont.

Where have the farmers gone?

Congratulations! Among all those politicians, film stars and literati, you discovered the farmer—at last (Canada, Oct. 26). Most Canadians are aware that somebody works around those barns and silos and takes care of those cattle, but with the demise of the family farm, where will the young farmers come from? Who has plenty of capital and is ready to work long hours, seven days a week, with little chance of making any


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profit? The problem is universal, though few recognize it as such. And these are questions nobody dares to answer. Besides, we are too busy with politics. —HERMAN STEINBACH

Do-it-yourself gone to extremes

Your article An Epic Battle Over the Rights to Culture (Law, Oct. 12) is informative but leaves readers with the impression that the photocopying of books is permitted by the present Copyright Act. Although it may not be an infringement to copy for specified, limited purposes, there is no doubt that multiple copying for classroom use, without permission, is an infringement.

—MARIAN D. HEBB, Legal Counsel, The Writers' Union of Canada, Toronto

Heroism reborn

From the debunkers of our Anglo-Saxon heritage we find the comment “It was bad enough when he [Pierre Berton] had to debunk the heroism of Laura Secord—a heroism to some extent of her own invention” (Books, Oct. 12). The facts regarding this young woman can be found in a personal certificate written by Lieut. James FitzGibbon, for Secord, which is in the Public Archives in Ottawa. There can no longer be any

doubt that her warning was the first that FitzGibbon received. She should, therefore, be restored to her rightful place as a heroine in Canadian history. The debunkers be damned!

— RUTH SCHREIBER, Port Carling, Ont.

Oil’s well that ends well

Your editorial (Oct. 26) seems less than fair to the Americans. You glossed over what the Americans are enraged about, which is discrimination and harassment against their oil companies. These are the same companies that, with C.D. Howe’s encouragement and our applause, made the big discoveries for us. And for that contribution to Canada’s wealth and security, they are now being rewarded with NEP abuse and politically inspired charges of gouging. Buying back Canadian oil is a laudable dream, but if the message used ruffles the American eagle, it could turn to a nightmare. —ALTON R. DAHLSTROM, Rossland, B.C.

Strength or weakness?

You wrote in your article That Old Sinking Feeling (Canada, Oct. 19) that Joe Clark shifted David Crombie and John Crosbie out of their former positions of prominence to demonstrate his toughness. It seems to me that Clark was showing his weakness by telling Canadians that he was not confident enough to compete with them for the leadership of his party. —JOE CHIANG,


The unmentionable

I was very surprised by your article on the murder of Anwar Sadat (Cover, Oct. 19). You listed many foreign dignitaries who were mourners at the funeral, but not a word was mentioned about our own representative, Gov. Gen. Edward Schreyer. -RUTH ST. AM AND,

North Bay, Ont.

Picky, picky

Thank you for assuring your readers that our satellite communications business is “no pie in the sky” (Business, Oct. 26). However, you attribute a statement to me that would strain the credulity of even the CRTC. There will not be “... tens of millions of transponders (satellite channels) in 1987.” Rather, there will be perhaps 200, for which buyers are currently making deposits of up to $10 million each. —ROBERT ARN, President, Microdesign Ltd., Toronto

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