Father John R Campion

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Father John R Campion - 4—Indian* Evening G«»»tt», Tuesday, May 7, If...
4—Indian* Evening G«»»tt», Tuesday, May 7, If A3. No Drama Award Made, 2 Ratiqn— Name Faulkner Novel Pulitzer Prize Winner By ANDREW MEISELS NEW YORK (AP) — "The Reivers," a lighthearted novel of the South which was William Faulkner's final book before his death last year, was awarded the 1963 Pulitzer Prize for fiction Monday. For the first time in more than a decade, there was no award made for a drama, a move that prompted the resignations of two members of the Pulitzer Prize drama jury— Critic and author John Mason Brown and John Gassner, critic, Yale University professor and theater historian. "They have made a farce out of the drama award," Brown said. Gassner said withholding of the award he and Brown had recommended recommended "put us in an awkward position." Both men had recommended the award go to Edward Albee's Broadway hit "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", a caustic drama on faculty, sex and politics at a small New England university. The top Pulitzer Prize in the newspaper category—the meritorious meritorious public service award of a gold medal—went to the Chicago Daily News for its series present- Ing all points of view on the controversial controversial subject of birth control services in the public health pro grams in its circulation area. It was the third Pulitzer Prize for the Daily News. The Columbia University trustees who announced announced the awards specifically cited staff writer Lois Wille, reporter reporter Horton Trautman and state Capitol correspondent Henry M Hanson. Faulkner, who had previously won a Pulitzer Prize in 1955, diec of a heart attack last July 6 at the age of 64. Established in 1917 in a bequest to Columbia University by the late Joseph Pulitzer, publisher of the old New York World, the coveted coveted awards in journalism, letters letters and drama are made annual ly by the university trustees, upon recommendation by an advisory committee of newspaper editors These, in turn, act on recommendations recommendations made by juries in various categories. The journalism awards carry a prize of $1,000 divided equally among multiple winners, except for the meritorious gold plaque award to the winning newspaper The other awards carry prizes o: $500 each. The Pulitzer Prize for news photography for 1963 went to Hec tor Rondon, 29, of La Republica in Caracas, Venezuela, for his pic ture of a priest aiding a dying soldier during a two-day revol in Venezuela last June. The photo was distributed to newspapers around the world exclusively b; liddle Years." Edel, a professor f English at New York Univer- ty, is a noted authority on ames. Poetry—The late William Carlos Williams, for "Pictures From reughel." Williams died March at the age of 80. Music—Samuel Barber, 53, of fount Kisco, N.Y., for his "Piano xmcerto No. 1," which had its, orld premiere Sept. 24 during the pening week of the new Philharmonic Philharmonic Hall at New York's Lincoln enter, when it was performed y the Boston Symphony. Barber on a Pulitzer Prize in 1958 for is opera, "Vanessa." It was the first time since 1951 lat the Pulitzer Prize for drama as omitted. Albee's drama, heavy heavy favored in advance of the ward announcements, had pre- lously won citations from the ew York Drama Critics Circle, ie American Theater Wing and he American National Theater nd Academy. A Columbia University spokesman spokesman said the trustees approved verything the advisory board had ecommended but that the 14- member board voted against "Virginia "Virginia Woolf" by a 2-to-l margin. Tie spokesman would not comment comment on the resignations of Brown and Gassner from the drama jury. Albee's play contains elements f adultery, profanity and strong -olloquialisms. Sevellon Brown, associated edi- or of the Providence (R.I.) Even- ng Bulletin, said he voted against •warding the drama prize to "Virginia "Virginia Woolf." "My personal opinion, and I'm ure that shared by the majority f members, was that it was pre- entious, did not conform to the erms of the award and not a 50od play. We did not vote against t because it was controversial or hocking," Sevellon Brown said. In explaining the resignations bhn Mason Brown said: "We are not mad at the trustees. This is not done in pique or anger. I'm not challenging their right to an ipinion. The advisory committee las the right to turn down our ecommendations. But if they lave their views, we have to have ome respect for ours. We seem o have different standards of approach approach and care about different things." Gassner said Albee is a play wright with "various facets of tal ent" and that he and Brown nought the prize should have gone to him despite what he ermed "certain obscenities anc roughness of texture" in "Virginia Woolf." Neither Brown nor Gassner was present when the advisory com mittee made the final decision. The two had been on the drama ury for the past six years. In QUARRYVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Father John R. Campion, pastor f St. Catherine of Siena Church, ad only one birthday party in is life, and he figured it was bout time for another one. But he also figured one more vould be enough, so he made ure it was a dandy. A 16-piece dance band, a 21- oice chorus, and some 300 guests ammed the basement social room f St. Catherine's in this Lancaser Lancaser County community in south Central Pennsylvania to help the *ev. Campion celebrate his 40th >irthday Monday night. Also present were his mother, Mrs. Leo Campion, and two brothers, brothers, Thomas Campion and the Rev. Edward Campion, all of Mt. !armel, Pa. Even the Slumbering Lodge of V a ndies But ne, Mir rst et rom egan, At .obert autks PRIEST'S 40th BIRTHDAY PARTY — The Rev. John R. Campion, priest at St. Catherine of Sienna catholic church in Quarryville, Pa, celebrated his 40th birthday with a community party at the church Monday night. Here he Opens some of the gifts while seated on an easy chair presented by »he parish. (AP Wirephoto) Also Figured One More Would Be Enough— Priest 40 Gives Self Second Birthday Party 'e here "As ng ighly ired uire ne ould was vehicle using telephone the The he st nearly tar's would transmission States next tween Groundhogs, famed for its yearly Groundhog Day watch, roused itself itself for the occasion. The Rev. Campion himself was surprised by the proportions of his party. "I never thought I'd see it this crowded," he said, "and for a birthday party—and for me." Deluged with gifts, he added, "I wouldn't have believed this could happen. I know I'll never forget it." Among the gifts was a reclining easy chair presented from his parishioners. "You people surely must trust me," he said, accepting it. "The reason I never had an easy chair in the rectory before is that I knew I wouldn't get any work done." Father John had stressed that the party was to be a purely secu lar occasion. "This is no gimmick," he said before the party, "no sly adven ture in parish fund raising .. This celebration must contain the merry-making of a lifetime." With the party in full swing, he did his best to make it that way joining in with a hearty tenor as the LanChester Chorus—a singing group from Lancaster and Ches ter Counties — sang "Old Man River" and the popular hit "Moon River". As midnight approached, a few apprehensive souls began dropping dropping hints about the hour, bu Father John chose to ignore them "Tomorrow's another day," he said. "Now everybody get ou there and dance." Rickover Gives Jou> M » U7AAti an. 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  1. The Indiana Gazette,
  2. 07 May 1963, Tue,
  3. Page 24

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