As we offer recognition in this issue of TIRE BUSINESS to women who toil in the tire industry, the following items show what women elsewhere are up against: After news reports about bear wrestling at a bar, the Oklahoma Senate drafted a bill making that favorite pastime a misdemeanor, with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
OK, you say. Gotta protect our furry friends from drunken wrasslers.
Problem is, the penalty in that state for abusing a current or former spouse is only a $500 fine and 90 days in jail.
The Akron Beacon Journal reported that Democrat Penny Williams has offered an amendment increasing that penalty to up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine. Still less than what the bear bashers get.
Kathleen M. Oswald is vice president of corporate personnel for Chrysler Corp.-the automaker's only female v.p.
In an excerpt of a speech published last year in Automotive News she gave an example of how women are often treated a little bit differently in the work place.
``When I was promoted to my present position,'' she said, ``the Detroit Free Press sent a female reporter to interview me. She asked me all sorts of relevant and very intelligent questions. Then she had one final question: `Do you dye your hair?'
``I don't know, but for some reason, I doubt that (Chrysler execs) Bob Eaton or Bob Lutz ever get asked that question.''
Ms. Oswald asked if the reporter was kidding. ``She said she wasn't and that she thought the answer would be of great interest to her readers. I refused to answer, and, in my own small way, I felt I had struck a blow for women's rights.*.*.*.
``Which just goes to show you: Men aren't the only ones who sometimes cling to outdated stereotypes.''
Grecian Formula, anyone?
Leave your brains home
Maybe we're all in the wrong businesses.
Sam Walker owes almost $10,000 in back taxes to North Carolina.
But he's a member of the Board of Education for Currituck County. So he told the Elizabeth City Daily Advance: ``I'm an elected official. I didn't know you had to pay taxes.'' Duh.
Say, doesn't the Internal Revenue Service have a tax exemption for people who sell tires-or write about them?
No play pen
When the long arm of federal law enforcement caught up with John Cesari Jr. for a scam to defraud the government of federal excise taxes, the former sales manager for Buffalo, N.Y.-based Bandag Tire Retreaders Inc., a retail/commercial dealership, paid a heavy price (See the March 3 issue of TIRE BUSINESS
He not only was sentenced to jail for 15 months, but also must pay some $312,000 in restitution to Dunlop Tire Corp.
Despite all that, both Mr. Cesari and Paul J. Campana, the assistant U.S. attorney who handled the case, could joke about at least one thing: where Mr. Cesari will serve his time. It's McKean, a minimum security federal penitentiary without bars or fences in Bradford, Pa.
Asked whether the facility is one where, critics charge, pampered white-collar criminals participate in activities like tennis in ``country club''-like surroundings, Mr. Campana dismissed that as a ``journalistic nickname.''
Sure, it may not have any bars, ``but nobody wants to go there!'' he laughed.
And Mr. Cesari joked: ``I don't think it's a place where you get to play golf and that.''
(Didn't Baretta always say, ``Don't do the crime if you can't play through''?)
Get out your calculators. The Cesari guilty plea agreement with the feds outlined the estimated costs to the government to imprison him: $1,779.30 per month; ``community confinement''-about $1,183.08 per month; and supervised release or probation-about $195.30 monthly.
Multiply that by how many thousands of inmates are currently housed in jails and prisons nationwide. Staggering.
Heck, wouldn't a Motel 6 be cheaper? And they'll even leave the light on for you.
Goodyear's 1995 ``National Highway Hero'' award recipients are Rob Lomanno of Malden, Mass., and Chris Kendall of Nashua, N.H., who gallantly drive a moving truck for Reid Co.
The duo removed three children trapped in a burning sport utility vehicle that had been thrown into the air after a high-speed impact by another car. Goodyear said the truckers, who witnessed the crash, ignored the fire, pried open the vehicle's doors and removed the children and their mother. The children survived.
Messrs. Lomanno and Kendall each received $20,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds and a special Highway Hero ring.
A real send-off
Ohio State University ``Buckeye'' fans can carry their team spirit into eternity, thanks to a Columbus, Ohio, funeral director who's offering caskets bedecked in the school's scarlet and gray colors.
In the three weeks since he began the gimmick, National Public Radio said he hadn't had any takers (dead or alive).
For tire dealers who love this darn business so much they'd prefer to roll into the hereafter, how's about burial in a big OTR tire? Could become yet another use for scrap tires, though burning is preferable in some states.
South of the border
Before you know it, the Olympics will be starting in Atlanta. (So will the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association trade show and convention.)
A guy in New Mexico recently called the Olympic ticket office to try to get some ducats for him and his family. Sorry, he was told by the ticket agent, ``I can't process orders from outside the country.''
Hold on. New Mexico has been a U.S. state since 1912, he pointed out. ``New Mexico, old Mexico, it doesn't really matter,'' she snapped. ``To get tickets you'll still have to go through your country's Olympic committee!''
We hear no special border passes will be needed for the NTDRA's Atlanta show.