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(Studio) Some 800 convs. scheduled for Philadelphia this year and most still planned despite outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.
REPORTER: Charles Collingwood
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) AMVETS convention opens today and 1 of main conversation topics was Legionnaires' disease. [David HOGAN - says doesn't bother him a bit.] [William FINN - says not worried at all.] [Mary MONTGOMERY - says they have a job to do and came here to do it.] Pennsylvania Governor Milton Shapp appears at opening ceremony and thanks AMVETS for not canceling out. Convention officials say cancellation rate same as previous years, but higher in some delegations. [Lincoln TAMRAZ - says Chicago area delegation off 20-25% because of situation.] Convention has asked doctor and nurse to be on standby. [Executive director AMVETS Leon SANCHEZ - says some of merchants in hotel area won't allow AMVETS signs put up.] Merchants say they're afraid it would drive other customers away. AMVETS won't show fear of disease.
REPORTER: Gary Shepard
- Collingwood, Charles;
- Shepard, Gary
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