Ed went to Las Vegas to raise money for Joe Louis Foundation
r- Las Vegas Glows as Celebrities tMass to Hail Joe Louis 9 Birthday " LAS VEGAS IS A BLASE and I mean "blah-zay" place when it comes to "big names" and """ celebrities. Nothing, but nothing causes the "help at the hotels and casinos to 'ooooh" or past weekend shook Vegas up by the sheer " aaaah." But Joe Louis' 57th birthday this number of top headliners who came to pay tribute to Detroit's own former world heavyweight champ. Some 50 Detroiters including Joe's personal physician, Dr. Robert Bennett, golf buddies James Sanford and Buddy Rose, and super-pal Fred Guinyard were there. Detroit golfer Jack (Scratch) Surnow was to have been Joe's partner, but a little ulcer attack sidelined Surnow. But the names who showed up in Vegas to honor Joe and help raise money for the Joe Louis Foundation included Joey Bishop, Gregory Peck, Max Schmeling, Ed Sullivan, An-thony Quinn, Jimmy Durante, Berry Gordy, J I Bill Cosby, Lome Greene, Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Wilt Chamberlain, and on and I on. For some strange reason, the present champ Joe Frazier and No. 1. contender Mu-; hammed Ali weren't there. Ali did buy the inside cover to the Louis testimonial program. " Let me clear up a couple of things about Louis, which some people haven't understood. .' I've received several complaining letters from people who have seen Louis gambling at Caesar's Palace and they've insinuated Louis " is gambling away all the money people have raised for him here and elsewhere. Not so. " Louis is a if you'll excuse the word "shill" .' for Caesars Palace and works for the hotel. ' That's house money he's gambling with. While Louis has recovered from his nervous break-'. down, he is still hounded by a nocturnal fear that the Mafia bad guys are after him. Hopefully, this anxiety and fear will also be erased in this nice champion as time goes on. WHAT BETTER WEEK than Michigan Week for those hearty St. Ignace souls seven men z am v w-m upuni minimi juimnmii- iiw wiiuwump nwwm in two canoes (and car) to reenact the exploratory route of Pere Marquette and Joliet as part of St. Ignace's Tri-Centennial . '. . Another delightful way to spend part of Michigan Week will be at the Ethnic Committee of Greater Detroit's weeklong program at Wayne State, with a big street dance and pastry feast Saturday at the International Institute. The Great Lakes Indian Youth Alliance is sponsoring a Pow Wow this coming weekend at Camp Innisfree near Glen Arbor with proceeds going to benefit Michigan Indians through educational scholarships, health care and expenses. But even more important is an event Memorial Day (May 30). -The young Indian leaders of this state will gather at Fort Michlimackinac in Mackinaw City to protest the display of and charging money-to-see bones of dead Indians. Marsha Johnson, co-director of GLIYA, asks, "How would the people in this country feel if an Indian delegation, to further their knowledge of non-Indians, started digging up the bones in Arlington Cemetery? People in Michigan and the State of Michigan are profiting from this disrespect of Indian bones." The Indian Youth Alliance also plans to distribute flyers and literature telling the Indian side of the story of the famed Michli-mackinaw Massacre. Says Mrs. Johnson, "The literature about the fort emphasizes that all the English were killed, while not a Frenchman was harmed. "What the writers don't tell the American public is that because the French respected Indian people, adopted their ways, didn't force European values on them, or consider them inferior, the French weren't harmed. AND YOU CAN CELEBRATE Michigan Week with Channel 56! Chances are when this week is over, you'll be sick of 56. But .bid it up anyway. All Auction 56 bid-winners are receiving free this year a "collector's item" mug, compliments of Harold Schiller and Kupper Inc., which bears the famous 56 "friends" cartoon and inscription: "With a Little Help From Our Friends." I think they should give a matched set of them to George Martin, the indefatigable little rascal who mans the "Quickie Board" and is the most consistently delightful personality of the entire show. George is a 24-karat jewel and a nut. LET'S HOPE 56's TV APPEAL one day reaches the appeal of the man who checks into Lofy's Pavilion Room Thursday Milton Berle. He was the first TV perrormer to appear regularly in a major show, the Texaco Star Theater which opened in living rooms around the country on June 8, 1948. Twelve days later Ed Sullivan started his Talk of the Town show. Other shows that began that year are you listening Mel (It Was a Very Good Year) Torme? were Arthur Godfrey, Ted Mack, Buffalo Bob's Howdy Doody and Jerry Lester's Broadway Open House. Remember Dagmar? In '51, at the height of his appeal, Berle signed an exclusive-rights, 30-year, $100,000-a-year contract with NBC-TV. The show folded in '56, but Berle collected his 100 thou for nine years until it was renegotiated downward to $60,000 a year and Berle was allowed to appear on other networks. He still gets the $60,000 and doesn't think so much of today's TV humor: "The belly laughs are gone." But the Berle-y laughs aren't.