August 8, 1972

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 8, 2004

These stories appeared in the Suffolk News-Herald on this date 32 years ago:

New Red Drive causes concern in Saigon

SAIGON-North Vietnam sent more tanks into the Quang Tri area in northeastern South Vietnam today, raising concern in Saigon that the dormant Communist offensive has resumed.


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The major new threat was in eastern Cambodia where North Vietnamese tank units threatened three towns which control access routes to the Mekong Delta. Communist victories there could open a new invasion route to the key areas south of Saigon.

The main battle centered around the market town of Kompong Trabek, on Highway 1 some 85 miles northeast of Saigon and 45 miles southeast of the Cambodian capital of the Phnom Penh. Its only importance is that it controls major communication routes to the south.

McGovern hits Nixon on wages

Sen. George S. McGovern, courting organized labor, said today &uot;Nixonomics&uot; is forcing workers to get by on poverty wages and is fostering a tax structure that rewards the rich and gouges the middle class.

With his goal of gaining the support of unions with 10 million membership by Labor

Day more than 40 percent achieved, McGovern flew to Miami Beach, Fla., to address the annual convention of the 500,000 member Amalgamated Meat Cutters.

Nixon thanks Virginia group

Former Gov. Mills E. Godwin Jr. led a contingent of 23 disenchanted Virginia legislators and former legislators and officials to a White House luncheon Monday and then had them personally thanked by President Nixon, their new political mentor.

&uot;There was no pressure or even suggestion from the President that any of us join the (Republican) party,&uot; Godwin said this morning in a telephone interview en route to Williamsburg.

Later Godwin &uot;renewed an old friendship&uot; with former Texas Gov. John B. Connally to whom he recommended veteran Virginia Beach Democratic leader Sidney S. Kellam to head up a group to be called Virginia Democrats for Nixon. Connolly heads a National Democrats for Nixon drive.

18-year olds now accepted into Jaycees

The Suffolk and Nansemond Jaycees have launched their annual membership drive and have lowered the age for joining form 21 to 18.

The theme of the upcoming year will be a &uot;Year of Concern.&uot; Jaycees, which offer leadership training through community involvement, is designed specifically to meet the need of young men 18-35 seeking to make a place in the community.

Long-time chess buff here offers instruction

Leningrad has its Spassky, Brookly its Fischer and Suffolk its Reel.

Not the Virginia Reel, the Terry Reel.

A chess buff since he was in his weening teens, Reel next week will begin giving chess lessons to Suffolk and Nansemond youngsters with a secret yearning to become successors to Bobby Fischer.

&uot;I can teach them to play chess,&uot; says Reel. &uot;I can’t promise to instill in them Fischer’s Metropolitan Operatype temperament. But that will come as they play in international tournaments.

Walsh returns from European concert tour

Richard Walsh III, of 120 Proctor St., Suffolk, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Walsh, Jr., has returned home from a tour of Europe with the Universal Academy of Music.

Richard performed in Carnegie Hall at New York City, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in Salzurbg, Austria, France, England, London, Germany, Italy, and Belgium.

Richard says &uot;America’s youth in concert&uot; was well received in all places and people were found to be very friendly.

There were 900 young people on concert from all parts of the country and all with one common bond, music.

Compiled by Luefras Robinson