The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 72, No. 62, Ed. 1, Tuesday, July 2, 1985 Page: 2 of 4
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cindi patterson editor in chief
angle mayo nws editor
laura smith tews editor
thomas graham sports editor
kerry cole Mat sports editor
brlun chism chief photographer
cralg alien - stat services
bill engtand ad director
angle mayo - ad sales manager
dr. charles rnarler adviser
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' To'the editor:
I've grown up here in Abilene and around ACU and I have a serious
question. I want to know WHY? Why have the trees around Gardner'
dormitory suddenly disappeared? I've seen the campus go through some
changes but I am apalled at this one. I'm not quite sure what the reason
was for cutting them down but I could probably guess.
Maybe they were a little diseased causing some of the branches to be
dead. Maybe this meant cutting these branches off. Maybe then the
whole tree should be cut down. After all what good is a tree with a miss
Maybe then if one tree was cut ddwn) the person'-cutting it thought:
"Why-not cut-down -another five?" - - - . -
I'm not sure about any of these reasons but I'll bet I'm fairly close.
ACU is in pretty sad shape for trees and landscaping anyway. So why
have we let some chain-saw-happy tree barber massacre our campus? I'm
really disappointed that those trees were cut down because it took so long
for them to get that big. Granted if they were truly diseased and dead I
could see getting rid of them but they didn't look that bad to me.
I just hope that in the future we can take better care of what few trees
'and bushes we have left instead of cutting them down.
Good luck getting Gardner dorm landscaped againl
Senior public relations major
'. the waiting area.
T TWA then announced that security
"had asked everyone to be cleared from
the plane so it could be checked; the
plane wasn't leaving at 2 p.m.
At about 1 p.m. McCaleb said he
first learned the fate of TWA flight
"I asked a TWA employee at the
ticket window what was going on" he
4 said. "She told me a plane was hijack-
ed that was the first time I'd heard it
" lrom an indisputable source."
; Flight 881 finally left Athens at 5
p.m. six hours after it was scheduled
McCaleb said the airport had increas-
ed to "extremely thorough security"
and it took two hours to board.
' Although the Athens' airport is cited
as key security problem by the State
Department McCaleb said TWA has
its own security check.
After the hijacking McCaleb said
"carry-on cameras boxes everything
that was carried on was searched."
vQncc on the plane McCaleb said
they were kept well-informed about
the hijacked TWA 847.
"They (TWA employees) weren't
trying to keep information from
passenger" he said "After we got on
the plane the pitot came on several
times and kept us posted on the hijack-
McCaleb said concern was for the
passenger of flight 847 and not about
the possibility of terrorist action on
1 never thought our plane
would get hijacked' he
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group's tamily and Iriends who were
back in the U.S.
"About three families said they
thought TWA flight 881 was changed
to 847" McCaleb said. "For a couple
of hours they thought it was our
He said that -after they made calls
they determined that it wasn't the
ACU group's plane.
"They felt better but they still
thought 'Well maybe they've been
switched to another flight'" he said.
"When we arrived in New York I
called my wife and she was relieved we
were in New York and on the
ground." he said. "Everyone got to the
phono to call their families."
McCaleb said the events had pro-
duced "an extremely long da'yj" r
He said he didn't know about the
others but the events surrounding the
hijacking of TWA 847 won't keep huh
from going back to the Middle East. "I
wouldn't be hesitant to co back over
there at any time" he sad(
He said he kept up with the progress
of the Beruit hostages. "Naturally you
take an interest in something you were
close to" he said.
The day of the hijacking ended a
two-week trip through the Middle
East for McCaleb and the following
nine others; Cheryl Mann Greg
Ferry Beth Scantland Scott Wolfolk
Jobie Cabbcll LeeAnne Fuston
Cheryl Nicholsonand Wayne and
also traveled to the Holy Lands with
the group but they had continued
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arrival of the first B-1B bomber to Abilene
An estimated 45000 people began to arrive at Dycss Air Force Base as
early as 10 a.m. to sec this event even though the B-l wasn't scheduled to
arrive until 1:45 p.m.
As the appointed time drew near the crowd swelled in size and pushed
forward until the red rope separating the visitors from the VIPst strained
to its limit.
The ciowd waited in anticipation while dignitaries such ns State Rep.
Qary Thompson U.S. Rep. Charles Stenholm U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm
and U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bcntson were introduced and led to their scats
"I don't know if you heard that" said the narrator "but my code name Jt
is speaker and I just heard 'Speaker he's coming'." g)
A murmur went through the crowd as it was announced that the Bl
was 20 miles out. "I don't know how much you know about the B-l but
it won't take long to get here" said the narrator.
A helicopter appeared over the shoulders of the mass hinting at the
direction from which the B-1B would make its first appearance. '
The crowd turned and searched the skyline for the 'Star.' . .
Random shouts or "There it is" and "It's here" could be heardJThe
people began to cheer as the bomber sped over them but their cheers
could be heard no more as the B-l's deafening roar followed in the
The cheers could again be heard as the plane circled in thedistance
positioning itself for another pass. A' ;
"As the valley girls would say 'that was totally awesome" said the " tv
speaker t )
After the second pass the plane prepared for landing. "Ladies and
gentlemen we have touchdown of the B-l" said the speaker. The people
responded wkh a cheer m loud as the first.
The bomber was rolled into position m a series of "S" turns giving the
visitors the opportunity to View it from every angle.
TV cameras whirred and shutters clicked to restore for history the ar-
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The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 72, No. 62, Ed. 1, Tuesday, July 2, 1985, newspaper, July 2, 1985; Abilene, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth96179/m1/2/: accessed April 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.