Nation: Hours of Waiting To Fill the Tank

Even Houston gets in line

Presidential Press Secretary Jody Powell, setting forth on his lunch hour to pick up a pin-stripe suit for a diplomatic mission one day last week, discovered that the gas gauge on his battered yellow Volkswagen read empty. From the top of a hill he just coasted down the slope—and into a gas line, in which he waited for more than an hour. Even James Schlesinger, Secretary of Energy and thus in charge of the nation's gas supply, found himself in a gas line. He had to spend 25 minutes waiting...

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