He has managed to take over a job that deals with the controversial topic of the times-human relations with a simple kind of philosophy and dedication that could really shake up the present exponents of "protest and demonstration" techniques.
The National Accelerator Laboratory (NAL) is where the atomic accelerator will be built.
The former Village of Weston may sometime be used as a residential area for Laboratory visitors -- a neighborhood-type complex consisting of individual homes surrounding a beautiful lake with groves of trees and other landscaping to complement the village (honestly, no attempt is being made to duplicate the original "Big Woods.") A nursery, to build up and maintain the overall landscaping, will be a long-term, perpetuating program to insure that the area will be maintained in a natural, park-like atmosphere."Everybody goes around in circles about the subjects of rights, minority groups and human relations," says Williams, who has the feeling that if anyone can tangibly help solve some of these problems, it will be industry.With this in mind, part of Williams' job is to encourage NAL and AEC people to give advance notice of their needs for construction so that he and his staff can search for qualified small businesses and industries that may have been part of the big picture of discrimination in any way and offer them a chance to participate in this project."Because of this type of dedication," says Williams, "we could not conceive not using the building of the 200 BEV to help develop new, and assist established minority contractors." (Reprinted with permission from the January 12, 1969 Edition of the Aurora Beacon-News.) Source: The Village Crier Vol. The NAL program is designed to train unemployed and underemployed minority group members to fill skilled jobs at the NAL village.The pilot program, for the first time, links the efforts of two AEC operations to train disadvantaged men. Most of the youths are more than one-third through their training.If we don't give more than `construction and completion' to this project we've missed an opportunity to do something about this human relations bit and it could do a lot for the future problems that we face." The NAL official policy states; "In any conflict between technical expediency and human rights we shall stand firmly on the side of human rights.This stand is taken because of, rather than in spite of, a dedication to science. - The 22 young men from the Chicago metropolitan area taking part in a new training program for the National Accelerator Laboratory recently were visited by representatives of NAL and DUSAF. Marofske, NAL personnel manager, and Malcolm Lee, of DUSAF, visited the site of the group's training at the AEC's Y-12 plant operated by the Nuclear Division, Union Carbide Corporation in this atomic energy research and development center."At this time we are engaged in canvassing the whole country in search of these minority manufacturers.We visit their plants, discuss their providing materials and services for the NAL and they in turn visit the NAL site.Williams feels that there can be much more built than "just an accelerator." "If we don't accomplish more than that," he says, "we have missed the boat."The money for this project, which will be spent one way or another, can be put into the hands of many people who need to know how important they are to the growth and development of this country.