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The term"booster" has
different meanings to different
people. A high school student
applies the term to a member of a
club supporting school athletic
activities. A doctor is reminded of
subsequent injections that
reinforce a typhoid or polio
vaccination. To a rocket scientist,
a booster is that part of a
rocket that blasts the
payload into space. Back on
earth, however, in the millions of
.J retail stores across the nation,
"booster" is the slang name
applied to shoplifters
of thief who annually relieves
merchants of S2V4 billion worth
PRECINCT WORKERS yesterday had little to do, as voter turnout
was very light for Kentucky's primary. Here, manning the poll at
3307 Allison Way, are Frances Miller, seated and eating her lunch,
and James Hughes.
increase in recent years.
Reporterland merchants are
finding it to be a particularly
difficult problem, a major
obstacle to the successful
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without this or that item.
Unfortunately, these same
merchandising techniques have
proved similarly effective on the
BY PETER CONN
operation of a profitable shoplifter the only problem is
Shoplifting is easy. I know.
business. One of the reasons that he doesn't bother to pay for
I've done it.
"boosting" is so vexing for local
what he takes.
The policemen, the store
merchants is that it is often
Most of the shoplifting done in managers and the 1 0 year old kid
difficult to tell that a crime has
the United States, (and this area is down the street weren't kidding
"No inventory is 100 per cent no different according to police when they told me how easy it is
perfect," observed Don officials), is done by amateurs. for dishonest people to steal
Young housewives who try to merchandise right under the eyes
Dickinson, manager of
Department Store at Hikes Point, stretch the family budget by of other shoppers and store
"There is always the possibility hiding a grocery item or two in personnel.
that we made an error in stock their clothing, men who need
The first step in my criminal
transfer when we come up short. inexpensive items like scheme was to get an accomplice.
or ball point pens All us
Then, too, a clerk may have razor-blade- s
marked down the wrong and don't want to stand in service accomplices. Mine was Assistant
number." Another Reporterland lines to get them, teenagers who Editor Pat McClanahan who
merchant observed that his have trouble stretching their decided that going shoplifting
inventory procedures were so allowance between the soda with me beat writing a
"informal" that he would have a fountain and the record counter essay on the importance of
hard time knowing if he had been so they smuggle a dozen or so of cumquats to the American
their favorite 45's between the economy, which was the choice I
Mass merchandising, pages of an inexpensive magazine gave her.
according to the experts, is which they pay for in the service
After briefing her not to start
largely responsible for the line, youngsters who steal for giggling while we wiped out the
tremendous amount of excitement or on a dare are only a store, a Reporterland variety
shoplifting done each year. Stores
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store whose name and location I
am definitely not going to reveal,
we drove to the scene of the
In order to conduct the
perfect experiment we selected a
building was constructed in line
with recommended security
precautions and the personnel
have been briefed on the conduct
and behavior of boosters. Pat and
I wore street clothes with no
special linings or cuffs. We carried
no special apparatus except Pat's
purse which was of average size.
(She carriedthe purse. I draw the
line at shoplifting.)
We entered the store at about
I I a.m. last Friday, a bad time for
shoplifters because all of the store
personnel are on duty and there
are not too many customers. That
Three Reporterland schools vandalism. The pride an schools are among eight schools
have been named regional Individual 'has in the school may throughout the county named
winners in the county school also spread to other areas, making regional winners. Others are
system's "Good Housekeeping" the individual a better citizen, he Zachary Taylor and Dixie
Elementaries and Fairdale,
competition. The three are said.
Redman said the program is Waggener and Stuart High
Jeffersontown High School,
Rangeland Elementary and not designed to make students Schools.
schools will cut
janitorial staff to work at
Trophy To Be A warded
During May the schools
form after each visit. School: Xn
compared on a point basis
many points allotted for. each
picked for having the most
points. For instance,
Jeffersontown was visited seven
Regional winners were picked
times and averaged about 156
by outside judges who visited the
points, of a possible 168,
schools periodically. No one throughout the regional
knew when the judges were competition.
On the rating sheets, points
During May no one in the
given for classroom
when the were
schools will know
appearance, corridors and stairs,
judges will visit either, and the
judges may come individually at toilets, the
areas, grounds, walks
any time they choose.
and drives, and also on the
selected as regional winners will
be visited by people outside the
school system who will choose a
winner from the high school and
attitude and appearance of
elementary school categories. A
personnel. Four points were given
Literally everything in a
large trophy will be awarded the
for "excellent," three for
school is up for inspection by
"good," two for "fair" and one
on ' The three Reporterland judges, who complete a detailed for "poor."
Seneca prior to taking his
A "big job" is what Craigmyle
expects next year, he said. His
responsibilities will center around
scheduling and discipline.
Craigmyle taught industrial
arts for six years at the Kentucky
School for the blind before
coming to Seneca. His wife,
Betty, is a dietician at Central
State Hospital. The Craigmyles
have two sons, Billy Ray Jr.,
seven, and Joey, six, and live at
1915 MUburt Drive.
He received his bachelor's
degree from Morehead State
College and his master's from
Indiana University. In addition,
he has done graduate work at the
University of Louisville and
Catherine Spalding College.
Since elementary schools
don't have gym and shower areas,
their maximum score was 140.
Filson scored an average of about
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the new assistant principal at
Seneca High School. He replaces
Wilson, who became
principal in September. The
appointment was announced
Monday at a meeting of the
Jefferson County Board of
Craigmyle is presently a boys'
counselor at Seneca Junior High
School, a post he has had for the
past two years. He taught science
and industrial arts for a year at
- and regional winners were
it Pays To Keep it Clean
and teachers do janitorial work.
Rather, he said it is to enable the
WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 1968
3 Schools Are Honored
The "Good Housekeeping"
program, according to Lloyd
Redman of the County Board of
Education, is in its seventh month
of operation. It is designed to
emphasize care of schools as a
responsibility of the entire school
system "family" from principal
and to encourage
habits which will lead to good
As an example of the latter,
Redman said encouraging pride in
approached the mixer, an $ 1 1 .95
model that did to eggs what the
store manager would do to me if
I got caught. I looked to the left, I
looked to the right, I grabbed the
mixer and shoved it into Pat's
After resisting the temptation
means some overly helpful to jump up and down shouting
salesgal will follow you around "Stop that girl, she has a mixer in
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and make it impossible to boost
so much as a paper clip.
Wc were in luck, though,
because most of the salespeople
were stocking shelves when we
came in and scarcely looked up.
Pat and I cased the joint just like
Bonnie and Clyde. We were
looking for the best merchandise
Deciding upon what to take
occupied as much of our time as
actually stealing it. Pat set her
heart on a small electric mixer
and I picked out a set of ties that
would wow the folks at the
Saturday night dance. (I sure
wasn't about to settle for bird
seed, which would have been the
easiest thing to steal since the pet
department of this particular
store was obscured from the front
sales counter. Dog biscuits
shoplifting has shown a marked
go out of their way to make
merchandise very desirable and
easy to buy. Attractive displays
which offer thousands of articles
entice the customer to help help
himself. Advertisements convince
the shopper that he can't survive
In other action this week, the
school board granted water
Grace Episcopal Church, 3319
easements for the Paxton Wilt
hundred years old in June, and
the event will be celebrated in a
round of festal ceremonies styled
as "A Centennial of Grace."
and Minors Lane Elementary
THE MOST RELAXED of Fern Creek's graduates appears to be the young lady who longed for a Schools and Marion C. Moore
Bardstown Road, will be
Photo by Jack Smith
"GOOD HOUSEKEEPING" inspectors here check one of Jeffersontown High's restrooms. Examining a
pipe for dirt is Bill Parrott, one of the judges, who is so careful he uses a magnifying glass with tiny light.
Standing in back are William T. Reynolds, principal of Jeffersontown, at left, and Bill McDonald,
another judge. Homer Sober, also a judge, leans over to watch.
As 421 Get Diplomas
Soeicsg Memos Honor
Five honor graduates of program. The other honor received a speech scholarship to
Seneca High School were named
Tuesday night as 421 seniors
received their diplomas. Carson
Porter, a 1963 graduate of Seneca
who is now a law student at the
University of Kentucky, was
Named top honor graduate was
Anna Marie Hassenpflug. She
received all A's in high school and
was in the advanced program.
Douglas E. Walker was named top
honor graduate for the regular
students are Steven V. Dunaway,
Dwain G. McMullin and Karen E.
Becker, all in the regular program.
Diplomas were awarded by K.
B. Farmer, principal and W. O.
Wilson, and D. N. Robertson. The
invocation and benediction were
given by Reverend Robert Russell
the University of Kentucky. He is
presently a second year law
student at the University of
E. C. Grayson, associate
superintendent of Jefferson
County schools, spoke briefly. L.
Q. Glasgow introduced platform
of the Southeast Christian guests.
J. Stewart Williams, director
Porter was active in speech, of the Seneca Chorale, was in
drama and debate when he was a charge of music for the evening.
student at Seneca, and he
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independent existence as a parish,
Grace Church is designating the
centennial a memorial tribute to
Reverend John S. Letherman,
late rector of the church, who
died in June, 1967.
A Requiem Mass for Father
Letherman on June
inaugurate the observance. On
June 2, Whitsunday, the day
Christians as "the birthday of the
church," a Solemn High Mass of
Thanksgiving will be celebrated
by the Very Reverend Donald J.
Parsons, dean of the Episcopal
seminary at Nashotah, Wisconsin.
During the following week, Dean
Parsons will conduct a special
teaching mission at the church on
the theme of "The
Testament Church and the
Consultation on Church Union."
This "school of religion" meeting
at 8 p.m. Monday, June 3 through
Friday, June 7, will be open to
June 8 will feature John M.
executive director on the
Bishop's staff of the Diocese of
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Photo by Jack Smith
mini-skiinstead of her long commencement gown. The graduating class heard Ray A. Muston, assistant
dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Louisville, who told them to become "involved"
and "service oriented."
High School. An easement for the
Paxton Wilt School was also
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Involved', Huston Tolls Seniors
Fern CrooEi CoanoncoraoDJ Eiiorciso
Fern Creek High School
seniors graduating Monday night
were told to become "involved"
and "service oriented" in order to
combat the problems facing
society today and in the future.
Ray A. Muston, Assistant Dean,
College of Arts and Sciences at
the University of Louisville, was
to awaken the "invisible
Valentine, Laura Walthall, Steve
White, Sandra Wynn and Cathy
The invocation was given by
Reverend Denzil Probus, pastor
of the Dry Ridge Baptist Church.
superintendent of the county
"the youth of a nation
are the trustees of posterity," and
commended the young people
who are becoming aware and
"involved" today. He asked them
majority" of people who have yet
Jack Dawson, associate
school system, introduced guests.
W. K. Niman, principal, and
John V. Rcschar Sr., assistant
At the commencement
Named honor graduates were: principal, presented diplomas.
exercise held at Freedom Hall 26
students were named honor Sharon Aldridge, Susan Bedell, Reverend Probus also gave the
Paul Bridges, Carrie Bryan, benediction.
Muston said there are three Barbara Dowe, Donna Francis,
kinds of people: the "status Nancy Gordon, Marsha Hardin,
Also announced at the
oriented," those concerned with Dot Hoagland, Brenda
what they can get; the "objective Hornbuckle, Ellen Imcs. Cathy ceremony were scholarship
oriented," those worried about Klapheke, Christy Klapheke, winners. They include: Susan
what they have to do; and the Pamela Knight, Larry Martin, Bedell, National Honor Society;
"service oreinted," those who ask John David Moore, Don Pelly, Charlotte Brewer, Fern Creek
Sandra Routon, Gay Seitz, Sue Woman's Club; Carrie Bryan,
what they can do for others.
He quoted Benjamin Disraeli Stephenson, Linda Swan, Carol Student Council; Kathy Ditto,
contribution to life.
Fern Creek High School PTA;
Barbara Dowe, PTA; Brenda Ells,
Buechel Woman's Club; Deborah
Hardin, Western Kentucky
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Caps And Gowns
for Reporterland schools
are as follows:
School, May 30, Memorial
Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Freedom Hall, 1 0 a.m.
Convention Center, 8 p.m.
Thomas Jefferson, June
I, Freedom Hall, 2 p.m.
A list of Fern Creek and
Seneca graduates appears
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