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April 19, 1988

WEED, Calif. (AP) _ A former English teacher is getting rave reviews for mathematics textbooks with odd titles like ″Mathematics Through Sports″ and ″Mathematics Through Home Management.″

Gary Ellyson, who also used to be a coach, has written four textbooks, and a fifth is on the way. So far, he has sold more than 1,600 books to a broad spectrum of educational institutions.

The soon-to-be released ″Mathematics Through Sports″ reads like a series of short stories, interrupted with sets of math problems.

″People ask why something like this has never been done before,″ said Ellyson. ″I tell them, ’Because it’s a heck of a lot of work.‴

Ellyson, 70, retired eight years ago from his post as superintendent of the Weed Union School District, about 240 miles north of San Francisco, and began writing.

″I figured if students saws the relevancy in the math, how it is meaningful in their lives, they’d enjoy school and stay in school,″ he said.

A year ago, Ellyson and his wife, Lillian, mailed out 700 brochures describing the books. Response was so heavy they had to get an answering machine.

Now he has mailed out an additional 21,000 brochures and is planning a Spanish version.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Stone Container Corp. had a good year last year, so good it decided to do a good turn for its workers - and an electronics company.

It bought 19-inch color television sets with remote control for every one of its 21,000-plus employees at 150 plants in the country. All of the sets were Zeniths.

The company would not say how much it paid for them, but vice president Bill Klaisle said they were worth $8 million to $10 million.

″It was the biggest order Zenith ever got,″ Klaisle said.

Stone’s revenues were up 59 percent to $3.2 billion last year, and its earnings were up 355 percent to $161.3 million. The company makes containerboard and corrugated containers, paper bags and newsprint, among other things. Part of last year’s success was attributed to its acquisition of Southwest Forest Industries.

The company’s workers, including 223 at the Louisville plant, heard the good news Monday from chairman Robert Stone, via videotape from the company’s Chicago office.

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