The War Whoop (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 41, No. 4, Ed. 1, Wednesday, October 2, 1963 Page: 1 of 4
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What? Senior all school
When? October 5
Time: 7 lo 11
Fun: Swimming dancing
table tennis pool
No dates necossaryl
ABILENE TEXAS WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 2 1963
McMurry College's football
team escaped near disaster early
Sunday morning when its char-
tered airliner crash-landed at
Barksdalc Air Force Base near
The Indians fresh from a last-
minute defeat on the football
field at the hands of Northeast
Louisiana (see sports page) were
on the way homo from Monroe
None of the 31 persons includ-
ing 25 members of the football
squad on board the plane were
The DC3 twin-engined craft
which was heavily damaged
made a belly landing after its
landing gear was ruined in an
earlier unsuccessful attempt to
land at Monroe.
When the plane left the ground
its elevator control apparently
locked and it was unable to gain
Because the plane's elevator
controls were jammed it was
almost impossible for the pilot
to get the tail section down. The
three McMurry coaches volun-
teered to lie in the tail section
to give the plane better balance
and weight down that section.
The coaches went to the back
of the plane where there were
no seat belts to weight down
the tail section. They knew if the
plane broke up what might hap-
pen to them. One of the boys
wanted to take their place but
the coaches sent him back to his
When the plane first landed at
Barksdale AFB it bounded "about
10 feet in the air" Kimbrell said
slightly injuring Kimbrell and
Teaff said perhaps the most
dangerous part of the whole epi-
sode was the initial takeoff at
Monroe. He said the pilot realized
the elevator controls were locked
as he attempted to pull the plane
off the ground because he could
gain no altitude. "But we were
moving so fast by then that he
couldn't do anything about it-
he couldn't stop so he had to try
and get it in the air" Teaff said.
Teaff said the plane finally
cleared a fence at the far end of
the runway by 10 feet or less.
Even after the plane got off the
ground it could gain no altitude
and tried two landings at Mon-
roe's airport before the pilot de-
cided to try a belly landing at
Barksdale AFB because it had a
"We tried landing at Monroe
twice at speeds between 120 and
150 miles an hour" Teaff said.
"On the second attempt we blew
out a landing gear wheel and
damaged our landing gear" he
said and the pilot had to swerve
the plane sideways to get it back
into the air.
Teaff said the trip from Monroe
to Shreveport took about 45
He said the coaches and boys
prayed twice once during the
flight to Shreveport and a prayer
of thanksgiving after the plane
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Escapes Near Tragedy
"IT SURELY IS GOOD TO BE ON SOLID GROUND AGAIN!"
Relieved to have arrived safely in Abilene Coach Grant Teaff climbs
down from nn airliner at Municipal Airport.
In Class Elections
Juniors Freshmen Select
McMurry College's junior and
freshman classes chose their vice-
presidents and together elected
five senators last week conclud-
ing class elections at McMurry.
Jerry Fitzhugh of Abilene was
elected as vice-president of the
junior class while the freshmen
To Be Elected Thursday
Two of McMurry College's top
personalities Chief McMurry
and Reservation Princess will be
elected Thursday and will reign
over the college's colorful home-
coming festivities Friday Oct. 18
Petitions for candidates for the
honors were turned into the of-
fice of Arvalee Chappell dean of
women late Friday afternoon.
Candidates for Reservation
Princess are three senior girls:
Shirley Bickley of Midland Alice
Frazer of Eastland and Bitsy
West of Merkel.
Petitions were turned in for
four candidates for Chief Mc-
Murry: David Bonds a Hamlin
junior; Clayton Brooks a senior
from Abilene; James Pruett a
Blrdville junior; and Marcus
Ramage u senior from Spade
chose Roger Ward from Semi-
nola. Four freshmen were elected to
the senate: Vicki Coulston Vera;
John Cox Big Lake; Karen Por-
tcrfield Clovis N. M.; and Clark
E. Walter Roswell N. M.
Kenneth Pat Ginn from Floy-
The two traditional rulers of
homecoming and class favorites
who will be elected next Thurs-
day will be presented for the
first time at the homecoming
coronation ceremony Friday night
and then will again be presented
Saturday at the homecoming
game which pits McMurry against
Homecoming officially opens
Friday morning at 8 with the
erection of the Tepee Village
scheduled for that morning.
The judging of the tepee begins
Friday afternoon and extends
until Saturday morning. Slated
for Saturday is the homecoming
game a McMurry Band concert
and several organizations and
club meetings and reunions.
For 'Derrick Town'
Rehearsals are underway for I
the first production of the season '
"Derrick Town" an original two-1
act nlav written bv Dr. Peto Pain-
sota and Dr. Macon Sumcrlin.
Produced by McMurry Commun-
ity Players the play will open
Thursday October 10 at 8:15 p.
m. in the Old Main Auditorium.
In the leading roles of the show
which is scheduled to run Oc
tober 10-12 and October 17-19
are Mrs. Macon Sumcrlin as
Frcnchy Hilliaid; Mrs. Roy Ccm-
per of Coleman as Ma; Jim Bill
Davis McMurry as Joe; Leon
Valentine 19G3 graduate of ACC
as Dr. Barham; Judia Gaines foi-
mer McMurry student as Pretty
Pet; Jerry Watson graduate of
H-SU as Jelly; Phil Burns in-
structor at H-SU as Tark Quid;
and Sam Davidson Dycss Air
Force Base as Jake the barber.
"Derrick Town" is based on the
1919 oil boom in Ranger Texas
where the population doubled in
five days. Some members of the
cast arc descendants of the
The idea for the story was for-
mulated about five years ago by
Dr. Sumcrlin and Ernest Sublctt
McMurry instructor. After exten-
sive research by Sumcrlin and
dada was chosen as a junior sena-
tor. Other freshmen running for the
senate were Sharon Barnhizcr
San Angelo; Karen Maloch
Hobbs N. M.; Cheryl Rucker
Lockney; Diane Scott Clyde; and
Mary Kay Sharp Riverside Calif.
Ward was chosen above Steven
Ervin from Abilene in a run-off
Friday. Freshmen running in
Thursday's initial election were
Gale McGchee Albuquerque N.
M.; Charles Ramage Anton; Rosu-
lene Scott Winters; and Kathie
Fitzhugh a marketing major
was a senator for the sophomore
class last year and is a mem-
ber of Kiva men's social club.
His parents are Mr. and Mrs. G.
G. Fitzhugh of Abilene.
Ward son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin
L. Ward of Seminole is a physics
major. He was the MYF local and
sub-district president and in
high school was a member of the
Spanish science and drama clubs
as well as the student council
and the National Honor Society.
Miss Coulston whose parents
are Mr. and Mrs. Carl Coulston
of Vera is majoring in elemen-
tary education. In high school
she was a cheerleader and was
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Sublctt Drs. Palasota and Sum-
crlin wrote the sluiy. Palusota
wrote the dialogue and Sumcrlin
composed the music. Later Pala-
sota wrote the script for a large
cast. About two years ago he
cut it down for a smaller cast;
this is the script being used.
Dr. Palasota is directing the
play and Jim Baincs speech pro-
fessor at McMurry is in charge
of production. Art students under
Robert Miller were designing the
sets which are being built by
Sublett's stngo craft rlfws Mrs.
Palasota is in charge of costumes
and is doing the choreography.
The costumes will be as authentic
as possible. Music will be pro-
vided by Drs. Palasota and
Dr Palasota is a local psychia-
trist and Dr. Sumcrlin is a private
To Give Talk
Lisa Sergio specialist and lec-
turer in world affairs will be on
the McMurry campus as a Dan-
forth Visiting Lecturer on Octo-
ber 3-4 and will speak Thursday
morning in Radford Memorial
Recognized on both sides of the
Atlantic as one of the ablest and
best informed analysts of inter-
national affairs Miss Sergio has
experienced events from archaeo-
logical research to radio from
close association with a director
to fearless militancy for democ-
racy and individual freedom and
from the invention of a system
for teaching languages over the
radio to the editorship of a maga-
zine and world-wide news service.
While on campus Miss Sergio
will be guest lecturer in govern-
ment and history classes. Mc-
Murry faculty co-ordinator and
hostess for the visitor is Miss
Vernie Newman history profes-
sor. Miss Sergio will give a public
lecture on "The Future of Free-
dom lies in the East" and a stu-
dent convocation address on "The
Puzzle and Challenge of India."
In two informal sessions with stu-
dents and faculty she will dis-
cuss "The New Challenge to
American Youth" and "The
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Flu Shots Available
McMurry College students
faculty and staff may be im-
munised against iniluensa on
Thursday October 3. from 4 to
6 p. m. in the clinic under the
direction of Mrs. Cutting
school nurse. The cost Is $.50.
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