Millennium Countdown 1978 |

Millennium Countdown 1978

by staff

Paper: Nevada Appeal – 21 days to the millennium – Monday, April 10, 1978

Publisher: Donald W. Reynolds

General Manager: Jack D. King

Editor: John S. Miller

Advertising Manager: James Collins

Circulation Manager: Andy Ortiz

Production Manager: Paul W. Stuke

Published daily except Saturday at 200 Bath St.

A Nevada owned member Donrey Media Group.

ERA, List and skateboarding in 1978 headlines

By Kelli Du Fresne

In the Monday, April 10, 1978, edition of the Nevada Appeal, the Equal Rights Amendment is on its way to another unsuccessful attempt at passage in the states, skateboarding is taking hold as a youth activity and Bob List is announcing his bid for governor.

Under the headline: “List announces candidacy at LV, Reno conferences” the Appeal reported:

LAS VEGAS (UPI) – Republican Attorney General Robert List today formally announced he will be a candidate for governor.

He appeared at press conferences in Las Vegas and Reno to make the long expected announcement.

List said his campaign would stress the need to deal adequately with maintaining Nevadans’ way of life in the face of rapid growth.

“Our way of life is challenged because of the growth. There is a great deal of turmoil in some aspects of industry and business. It is time to deal with those directly and to assist in finding some of the solutions out of the growth problem,” he said.

He said it is “a little early” to say whether there should be a tax cut, but that it is possible in light of the surplus in the state treasury. He also discussed the need for more work being done concerning the prison system and jails, especially the Clark County Jail that has been the subject of federal action. He said there are more criminals in a growing population, and there must be facilities to handle them.

Asked about reports Democratic Gov. Mike O’Callaghan may secretly support him rather than the Democratic nominee, List said he “had no idea about that.”

“But the governor had made clear he won’t come out in favor of any candidate until after the primary election in September,” he said.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Bob Rose formally announced his candidacy for governor Friday, about the same time O’Callaghan said he would not seek a third term. Rose said he believes the governor “has confidence in me,” but also said he would not endorse anyone until after the primary.

List, a member of a long-time Washoe Valley ranching family, has been attorney general two terms, and is the first Republican to hold the office in this century. He previously was district attorney in Carson City.

Locally, sheriff’s deputies are taking care of the city’s youth by working with them on skateboard safety.

A photo in the Appeal titled “Skateboard derby held” shows a local youth going through the exercise on the Legislative Mall. Today, skateboarding on the Legislative Mall would bring a citation or at least a warning.

The caption was partly correct in its prediction that skateboarding was taking off. It hasn’t replaced the bicycle, but it is popular enough to warrant the city helping to build a park dedicated to skateboarding in Mills Park June 28, 1997.

The materials to build the park were donated by local merchants and the city parks department paid for construction.

In 1978, the paper said: By the looks of things around town, one would think the skateboard has replaced the bicycle as the mode of transportation for the younger generation. Recognizing that fact, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office has been conducting weekly skateboard safety classes and kids such as Aaron Delich got an opportunity Saturday to demonstrate their agility during a run through an obstacle course set up by sheriff’s deputies by the Legislature Building.

The paper also contained a commentary on the $2 bill by Don Graff.

“Deuce is a disaster,” the opinion said: Coming down the scale of valuables considerably consider the $2 bill.

The problem is that not enough of the public does consider it a useful medium of exchange.

As its contribution to the 1976 Bicentennial observances, the Treasury Department returned to circulation a bill in the $2 denomination featuring Thomas Jefferson’s picture on the front and the signing of the Declaration of Independence on the back.

It was hoped to replace usage of half the $1 bills in use -a left handed recognition of the decline of the dollar’s value – and thus save some $9 million a year in printing costs, plus possibly up to $100 million which otherwise would have to be spent on a new building to keep up with the demand for production of $1 bills.

Initial popularity rapidly declined and today, according to a National Geographic Society News Service report, less than half of the 527 million $2 bills printed are still in circulation. Banks say customers don’t go for them.

The Appeal also reprinted this wire story titled: “Have at it” which read: LONDON (UPI) – Police and firemen rushed to a south London high-rise block Sunday when passersby reported a man yelling and threatening to jump from the 20th story.

But the figure waving his arms and shouting frantically from the balcony was in no danger, police discovered. He was cleaning the windows and at the same time arguing with his wife.

“We left them to it,” a policeman said.

The state was also toying with the idea of passing the Equal Rights Amendment. The headline in the paper read: “Says advisory election reliable measuring stick” and was followed by the story from United Press International which read: The state Attorney General’s Office said today the advisory election question on the Equal Rights Amendment in November is a legal attempt by Nevada legislators to “get acquainted with interests” of the voters.

Deputy Attorney general Don Klasic said the outcome of the election will be “much more reliable than the ‘hit and miss’ tactics and self-serving statements of lobbyists or organized letter-writing campaigns,” on the ERA issue.

Klasic filed the answering brief with the Nevada Supreme Court asking that the election be allowed to be held. A group of ERA supporters are seeking to nullify the election, on grounds it is illegal.

Klasic points out the result will not be binding on the 60 lawmakers in the 1979 session.

“The question is advisory in nature only and no law making powers have been delegated to the voters since the Legislature still retains the power to ratify or reject,” he said.

“The vote of the people will be only one factor in the consideration of the legislators, who meeting at a time and place far distant from the election booths will be subject to numerous other factors – lobbyists, petitions, media advertisements and endorsements and finally, a factor not to be disregarded in an issue so fraught with emotion and principle, their own consciences.”

Phillis H. Atkins, who represents the pro-ERA group, contended that the advisory election has illegally become a part of the constitutional ratification process. She said some lawmakers are already saying they will abide by the results. She points out it is the state legislatures that are to ratify the constitutional amendments, not the public.

Thirty-five of the 38 necessary states have ratified ERA. Nevada has rejected it three times. But the Legislature decided to take a “straw poll” of voters in this year’s election to see how they feel about the issue.

Klasic said the advisory vote is not prohibited either by the federal or state constitutions.

Ms. Kimble attacked the law as being futile and wasteful. Klasic said the court should decide only whether the election could be legally held and not whether it was a waste of money.

Klasic conceded that if the election results were binding on the lawmakers then it might run afoul of the ratification process. But in this case, a legislator can vote any way he or she wants, no matter what the outcome.

Ms. Akins, in her opening brief, presented copies of news stories where several lawmakers said they would follow the wishes of the voters. But Klasic says these new items are not competent evidence.

“This case is being tried in courts of law and not the newspapers,” he said. The statements were not taken under oath and that at best they are “hearsay evidence” and there is no guarantee these persons were quoted correctly.

District Judge Mike Fondi had ruled earlier the election could proceed. The suit was filed by Isabel Kimble, Bruce Blackadar, Mary Frazzini, Theodore Oleson Jr., and Marjorie Da Costa Eastman against Secretary of State William Swackhamer, seeking to prevent him from putting the question on the ballot.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments later this year.