Ernie Kovacs Taxi driver 1956
Michfoarv- ee mmmmm mm w i mm ii '"""V. 111 "' 1 " . . , -. . . . - , - ... 4m- .. . Kovacs Keeps Killing Pace 3c $ He Has Crowded Another Show Into His Schedule SCRAMBLED CAREER TV and radio star Ernia Kovacs (right) dishes out tha axtra scramblad aggs whila taxi drivar Lou Pack puts bacon on Ernia's and his platas, in tha Kovacs' 17-room Naw York apartmant. Pack tats himself into tha apartment at 5:10 a. m. six days a weak, f ixas tha aggs and bacon, eats a silent breakfast with Ernia whila both read tha papers, than drives Ernia to an A. B. C. radio network station for his disc jockey program. Thaf s tha start of a day as scrambled as any aggs. (AP Photo) Aide Named For League Appointment of Frederick Lenhard of Grand Rapids as ecutive director of the Michigan Welfare league was announced Saturday by Paul N. Averill, president of the board of directors. Lenhard succeeds Michael C Kreidcr who has accepted the position of executive secretary of the Michigan Society for Mentally Retarded Children. Lenhard's appointment is effective July 16. The Welfare league has state offices in the Lansing Civic Center. Lenhard has been administrative sccictanr in the Cathnliri Charities of the Grand Rapids J i ex- j V-.v T f V FREDERICK E. LENHARD diocese since 1946, following his discharge from the army. His previous social service experience includes four years with th juvenile and boys' courts in Chicago as the representative for the Holy Name society in probation services. Prior to that he worked for the Catholic Charities of Johnstown, Pa., the public welfare department in Buffalo, N. Y., and the U. S. public health service in Washington, D. C. He lias been active in the Welfare league committees. He has served as a 1 member of the program committee of the National Conference of Catholic Charities, was secretary for its 1955 conference. During his residence in Michigan he has also worked with the Grand Rapids Council of Social Agencies and Community Chest, served as consultant to the Michigan joint legislative committee on children's services, to the Michigan Youth commission, to the state department of social welfare on children's services and to the White House Conference committee from Michigan. Lenhard is also a member of the Michigan state board of alcoholism, having served as its budget chairman since 1953. Lenhard received his A. B. degree from Niagara university and his master's degree in social work from Loyola university, Chicago. The Lenhards and their 10 children reside in Grand Rapids, but plan to move to Lansing in the late summer. By CHARLES MERCER NEW YORK Six mornings a week a New York taxi driver named Lou Pack parks his cab on Central Park West at 5:10 a. m. and ascends to a 17-room duplex apartment house where a tall, mustached man is shaving in one of the numerous bathrooms. Pack unlocks the apartment door with his own key and goes to the kitchen where he begins frying bacon and eggs for two. After a while the mustached man comes out and they decide who is going to make the coffee this morning. Then they eat silently while they read the newspapers. Descending by elevator. Pack gets behind the wheel of his cab and the mustached man climbs in back and they drive to a studio of the local A.B.C. radio network station. "So long, Lou," the man says. "See you tomorrow." "So long. Ernie," says Lou Pack, and Ernie Kovacs enters the studio to begin his three-hour daily stint as a disc jockey. ON TO THE NEXT When he emerges at 9 a. m. he finds a chauf f eured car await ing him. (The car is his and he pays the chauffeur). They dash across town to the N.B.C. studios. In the next 75 minutes (give or take one or two) there follows the complete and only rehearsal for what many believe is the funniest, zaniest half-hour daytime show in television. The "Ernie Kovacs show" (10:30 a. m. east ern daylight time, Monday through Friday) is aided and abutted by his blonde and beau- til ul wife, Edie Adams, and a group of entertainers who act like friends of the Kovacs who merely dropped in for a frolic. Among other things the Ernie Kovacs show is a strenuous physical ordeal. Sometimes it's like burlesque with the jokes cleaned up and the strippers absent It substitutes robustness for subtlety. In its occasional custard pie scenes the pies are real, hurled with gusto and the studio is a spattered mess afterwards. After the show Kovacs attends a lengthy production meeting. Next he goes and sits in a steam bath at the New York Athletic club for an hour. Business appointments and other details follow. Finally he arrives home for dinner with Edie and his two young daughters by a previous marriage. But the Kovacs day has only begun. He now retires to his study where he writes at his show until 2 or 3 a. m. He habitually sleeps one and two hours a night and says he's even been sat isfied with 25 minutes. ANOTHER JOB If you're still with us. the news in this is that to this incredibly heavy schedule the man Kovacs has now added the chore of serv ing as summer substitute for the Sid Caesar show. "I don't know what we're going to do or how we're going to do it," he said the other day. "But I do know that we're going to have some rehearsals for that hour before it begins when does it begin?" "June 18 at 8 p. ra." a man said. Kovacs looked at his watch. Despite his mustache and a perpetual cigar thrust between his teeth, Kovacs doesn't look at all like the younger and more robust Groucho Marx that he is. He was born about 35 years ago in Trenton, N. J. He played hookey from school a lot and played roles, in summer stock of characters without much character and finally went to work in a drug store. One thing led to another and he finally became so sick that he was laughingly referred to as "Old death's door." As one doctor said to him, J'Kovacs, stop whining and die like a man." But he miraculously recovered and wrote a newspaper column and trapped muskrat and fooled around in radio. And at last he came to New York and what with one thing and another he's pretty lamous now. A LETTER FROM HOME To a Serviceman DEAR BUDDY. It has undoubtedly been hot where you are, too, but I might as well give you the rundown on the weather around Lansing during the past week. The first heat wave of the season lasted a week, and it was a real scorcher while it lasted three of these seven days saw new heat records established for the date, and another one saw a tie. Highest mark was 95, which, you must admit, is pretty torrid for early June. Clouds and rain have sifted in since, and now we're back in the livable 80s again. We hope to stay there at least until vacation time. But we're not so sure there's any advantage to that, either. It was 99 in Marquette the other day highest in the state! Some north side residents were rudely awakened the other 2:35 a. m. when a carload of members of a Detroit Negro Bible group going from Grand Rapids to Detroit failed to make a curve on E. North sL and sailed across the spacious lawn of the Dodge estate, knocking down a traffic sign and hitting a small tree be fore ending an 88-foot skid. This car, driven by Willie James Joshua, 44, Detroit, was followed by one following him, dnven by Richard L Brooks, 22. also of Detroit. Trying to avoid the skidding car ahead, he lost control and ran through 550 feet of shrubbery and trees on the Dodge estate, then crossed James st, smashed through a picket fence into the corner of a hou$M at 1518 James st, owned by V. W. Halseth. Seven drivers and passengers were taken to local hospitals. Mayor Albert E. Cobo of De troit, Republican gubernatorial candidate, led a long list of as pirants filing petitions with the state elections director, Robert M. Montgomery. He expressed satisfaction at the way his cam- paign is shaping up, and likes the turnouts he s been getting. In a surprise move at a meet ing at the City club, members of the board of education, who had gathered to honor a former member, Jack Smith, now of Traverse City, concluded a deal, to buy 23.1 acres on the city's southwest side for a new junior j high school. Purchase price was' $49,675. The tract is on the west side! of Pleasant Grove rd., about a half mile south of W. Mt Hope rd. 1 Jean Kalivoda, East Lansing, 20-year-old Michigan State university junior, is our new "Miss Lansing," and will compete for the "Miss Michigan" title at Muskegon in a few days. We'll go 'way out on a limb and say that she stands an excellent chance of winning and there's no reason why she shouldn t be a serious contender in the "Miss America" finals at Atlantic City next fall. Aid. Joseph F. Lavejr, of the fourth ward has resigned his council post to become city attorney, effective June 18. He succeeds Charles P. Van Note, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack more than three months ago. That's the grist for this week. See you soon, As ever, PHIL Prairie Dog Reappears HOBBS, N. M. WV The prairie dog is still around. An intensive eradication campaign over the years had caused most of the colonies of the rodents near here to disappear, but ranchers report signs of life again. County Agent W. G. Vinzant said that when a pair of prairie dogs return to an old colony, they can soon rep6pulate the town because there is no competition for available food.