Twenty Years Ago
In the Memo: From the Mayor column, Mayor Dutch Morial thanked city employees for their "excellent
service" during his first year in office. He also commented on the number of CBD workers enjoying Duncan Plaza
during their lunch hours and reminded city workers to help keep the park litter free.
The Hall Talk Asks column visited Manpower's Bureau of Monitoring and asked "Who's your favorite T.V. Weatherman?" Nash Roberts got two of the nine votes, Al Duckworth got two, Dallas Raines got one, and Bob Breck won the poll, with three votes (one respondent didn't have a preference). All of the Breck fans liked his sense of humor and his attire: " How does he keep his hair so slick and shiny," Ursula Morgan asked. Marilyn Dixon said, "His weather scene is colorful. His clothes are bright and colorful, too." And Laverne Dunn said, "He dresses real loud, and I think he does it on purpose."
The Out to Lunch column featured two restaurants in Le Pavillon Hotel, at 833 Royal Street, and recommended the $5.50 daily lunch buffet in the Le Centime restaurant and the sandwiches (and sumptuous decor) in the Cafe Trianon.
The Civil Service Commission announced that a new method of computing annual and sick leave for city
employees had gone into effect--what we city employees know as the "old plan" (for employees on the payroll as of
December 31, 1978) and the "new plan" (for employees hired after December 31, 1978).
Administrative Analyst Sharon Robinson (CAO) was pictured checking the propeller of a Cessna-152 for birds and debris as she began to fulfill a lifelong dream of getting her private pilot's license. The CAO's Office named her its first "Bachelor Girl of the Month," dubbing her "that daring, intrepid, Black Baroness of the eastern airways."
The May issue featured photographs highlighting Mayor Morial's first twelve months in office, including the introduction of RAMS (Resource Allocation Management System), the city's new payroll system; the purchase of 185 new city buses; the creation of the Office of Community Development; and a massive program to repair the city's public buildings.
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