Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on August 14, 1967 · Page 5
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STEM Reminder shows new press or open house MONDAY, AUfr. 14, W7 it JULIAN CHRIKHILLIS "Tib fawtf iy ft* NEW YORK — How does a small town boy with a .keen sense of humor, with a year or two of college and a job as farm and sports editor on an Iowa weekly newspaper Jump in 17 years to one of the top writing jobs in TV in New York on the Johnny Carson show? It takes hard work, some luck and lots of talent . . . apparently, ex-Algonan Watt Kempley has all three because he is the young man we are talking about. Walt moved to Algona with his family from Fort Dodge (his parents still live at Fort Dodge) in 1942 and he graduated from Algona high school in 1944. Ho was active in athletics, was an average student, wrote practically nothing in high school but was always funny. After a couple of tries at college at Iowa and ISTC, he took a job as 'farm and sports editor for the Perry Daily Chief . . .-he.readily admits he was fired a couple of years later and took off for Florida in search of work ... he found none and started back for California but his money ran out at Dallas, Texas and he found a job writing heads for a Dallas daily newspaper. Now comes his first break ... the entertainment editor of the paper, who never did think TV would amount to anything and refused to give the budding now industry proper coverage, went on vacation. That was a mistake because Walt asked to take over during his absence and the guy never got his job back. Kempley finally had found a field that intrigued him ... he ,met lots of people and his columns, often humorous, were ah instant success. "I even had a fan club," he laughingly recalls. Then he got the urge for bigger things and he and his new bride, Betty, whom he met in Dallas, came to the Big City ... he got a job writing publicity for Jack Paar, who had the Tonight show at that, time. He wasn't doing any TV writing, just knocking out press releases for the well-known TV personality . . . this was in the mid 'SO's and TV was still in its infancy. Now comes broak No. 2 and really wo shouldn't say it was a break because people make their own breaks and Walt did just that . . . Jack Douglas was writing the Paar show and Kompley felt ho had just about written himself out. So when Waifs vacation .time came, he sent daily humorous sketches to Paar's home (another break since had they gone to the studio, they'd have been lost in the shuffle). Paar liked them. He used the first one on Monday, another on Tuesday and mentioned Kempley by name. "I knew I had made progress when he used a third on Wednesday night and didn't give me any credit notice," he recalls. When Walt came back to the office the following Monday, there was a note on his typewriter: "Jack Paar wants you to write for him." He has been writing for the "Tonight" show ever since. r' •" ', v -; . Walt and his charming wife live in Pelham, a suburb, '-• and he commutes daily to the NBC offices in downtown Manhattan ... he is there from noon until 6 p.m. and leaves shortly before the show is taped at 6:30 p.m. in a studio on the floor below. It is shown at 11:30 p.m. in the East and Walt admits he almost never watched the show until recently . . . he still doesn't view it often and never sees it in person. He was a gracious host upon our arrival last Friday ... he took us to his office, which is a part of the overall Carson production space housing writers, producer, director, etc.... we visited for a few minutes and during that span musical director Milton Do. Lug (who has been fired) stopped by to discuss briefly an upcoming production. AIM* tfid nit. ankwi.Cmrol.fld Mkfend, Mfcti., weft d*y flue** of Hi* LafWrenoe ZwlofeH, SWBH OKy> SHOWN ABOVE are some of the members of the board of directors of the Algona Chamber of Commerce who were on hand Wednesday, August 9, for the open house at the Algona Reminder. They are pictured with owner Dwaine Lighter with the new offset press in the background. From left to right the men are: Police Chief Al Boekelman, Chamber of Commerce secretary Bill Steele, Norm Christian, George Allen, Earl Lierley, Dwaine Lighter, Bill Conn, Dave Smith. Mayor Bill Finn, Leo Cassel, and Joe Pomplun. Above and behind Mr. Lighter is pressman Dewain DeRoos. Exclusive Advance Photo by Mike Stillman. Mrs, Kathryn Mahoney has had as guests her sister-in-law, Mrs. Dora Farrigan, and Mr, and Mrs. Alfred Faulkner and granddaughter, Jean Gun- vitle, Chicago. The Faulkners spent three days in Minneapolis and two days at Rapid City to visit with the son, Father Tom Faulkner. The other son Francis Faulkner, semin- arying before ordination, flew from Notre Dame to join relatives. While here the Alfred Faulkners, Mrs. Mahoney and Mrs. Farrigan went to Hum boldt to visit Mrs. Mary Nelson in a rest home there. Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Erickson have been visited by the daughter Mr. and Mrs. James Grant of Washington, D. C., three weeks. They spent part of the week at Spirit Lake. Mr. and Mrs. Merle Pratt and John, Iowa Falls, went to Cedar City, Utah last week to pick up Bob who has been in summer theatre stock. Dave and Debbie remained here with the grandmothers, Mrs. Harold Hobson and Mrs. Milton Dahl. USE THE "PEACH" TO REACH 27,000 HOMESI 25th wedding is observed by Bode couple Bode — The Haitian Berges, Bode, had their 25th wedding anniversary July 30. Open house was held alt their farm home. Hosting were their children, the Gary Pedersons, Pocahonites, and Jerry Berge ait home. Mrs. Justin Torgerson assisted at the tea table. Mr;. Keith Holland cut and served the cake. Mrs. Keith Opheim, Chula Vista, Calif., poured land Mrs. Ronald Helvick and Mrs. William Ohantland, Humboldt, served punch. Mrs.' Howard Hemmestad, Fort Dodge had the guest book. Assisting in the kitchen were Mrs. Harold Berge, Mrs. Selma Opheim, Mrs. W. R. Wilson, Mrs. Earl Opheim, Mrs. Wayne Opheim and Mrs. Roger Johnson. Out 'of town guests came from Chula Vista and Anaheim, Calif., Garwra, Pair- baiumt and Bricelyn, Minm.; Port Dodge, Iowa City, Cherokee, Atlantic, Pocahontas, Humboldt, Mason City, Hair- court and Ottosen. Palmer home and with relatives in Mason City. They went to Minneapolis for several days with friends and Benita is staying in Bode with her grandparents until their return. The Berdine Nygaaids and Grace Methodist churdh in Des Moines Sunday for mem- Swea Eagle Mrs. Kenneth o»eeeeeee«oeeee»< Many from the area attend- the wedding of Pamela geriamd and Delbett Her- s^fay at the Immanuel bers of the graduates at Iowa 'Lutheran church. Methodist Hospital school of ^ Junior 33^ nursing. Sharon Nygaard is itwo a graduate. Graduatoon will foe Friday in Des Moines. ^ Oscar Williams and Beverly Fiderlick, Livennore, attended graduation Fnday visited fiends evening at university of j-y^ s D Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. Kathleen Williams received a we re recent had weeks touring through Western states, as far as and Yellow- returning via Denver springs. They in the Black carries persons to the top, where they can see the whole cily. The August Nelsons and their grandson, Wally Moll, .St. Charles, also Mrs. Verdell Leninger, Bancroft, and the Alton Nelsons, Phoenix, Ariz., were last Sunday guests of Mis. Nellie Thorson, RirigBted. The Alfred Hichardsons, Ebriore, were Sunday guests of the Everett Wtfhams. Gail Lenardson, Midland, Mich., is spending two weeks at Clarence Menz's. Gail is a daughter of 'Mrs. Menz's niece. The Clarence Menzes and BA degrete and will teach at A1B in Des Moines tins faU. Following graduation a rer held for Mo we re of lher sister . Pau]s Demise stayed for WOMAS FUNERAL CHAPEL Then it was to the studio and our first visit to a TV show . . . the studio is small, nothing pretentious and holds slightly over 200 persons. The producer spoke briefly to the audience before the show, putting them at ease and telling them to laugh, applaud or do whatever they felt like during the 90-minute show. The actual stage space is only about 30 by 60 feet and considering the orchestra occupies, a good part of the space, things are slightly confusing ... in fact, the entire operation reminded us of the production of a newspaper .. . everything somehow fits into place despite apparent confusion. Three cameras film the show with about half of the commercials done backstage . . . Jack Haskoll subbed for Ed McMahon on this night and guests were singer Joan Baei (folk), Jose Greco, Agnes Mooro» head and a marimba band . . . there seemed to bo people all over the outer perimeter- of the action, just a few feet out of camera range. We told Walt later that had Carson made his audience trip for those crazy songs, I'd prod my wife to sing the "Algona Song" to stump the band ... he said all of those chosen to sing crazy songs are selected prior to the show and thus what looks like random selection by Carson is not really so. When the show is interrupted for outside commercials, Carson clowns a bit but not always ... he radiates warmth and is a master showman • • • Walt is the top writer on the show and does most of the funny skits after the opening 10-minute Carson monologue ... he used to do the monologue but two other writers handle the chore now. Walt visits Carson's suite once a week for • staff conference and meets with him maybe ton minute* a day to turn over his script . . , "Wo got along real well/' Welt says of hit relationship with Carton. "Maybo it is because wo are both mid-westerners and speak the tamo language (Certon is a native of NobrMka and Iowa)." Kempley and his wife met us after the show and gave us the VIP treatment, taking us to one of New York's top new restaurants, the Quo Vadis, and later to a couple of the better discotheques. Walt hasn't changed much . . . although we hadn't seen each other in more than 10 years, we talked of old times, his work and future ... he has one more goal, says his wife, and Walt admits the Carson show doesn't hold the challenge it once did although he still enjoys his work ... the biggest change we can see is that his hair is long whereas when we were missing baskets together in high school, he never wore it any way but as a "Butch." What impresses him the most? "| guess it is meeting people whom I idolized as a youngster,", he s§y$. ''Suddenly you are working with them as an equal instead of looking at them from far off." REUNION IS HELD A family gathering was held at the Art Ohristianson home last Sunday and all of their children, with the exception of a daughter, Mrs. Bernice French, Concord, Calif., were present. The Maurice Schu- machers just recently returned from Africa and came to Bode last week. While in New York City the Schumachers visited a former Bode resident, Dr. Shohet and his mothr er. Mrs. Schumacher is the former Ruth Ohristiansoni. The Don Larsons and Snooks Christianson came from Kansas City. The Virgil Christ- iansons, Anaheim, after visiting several days in Bode and the area left Sunday evening. The Jaones Christiansens, Atlantic, Richard Christiansens, Humboldt, and Don Christ- iansons, Bode were also present. The Schumachers will leave for Concord, Calif, where he will teach. The Art Hansons left urday with their daughter, the Bob Joselyn family, Clarion, for two weeks in California. In Willows, Calif., they will visit their daughter, Shirley, the Jerry Gametts. The Dewey Hunts, Mora Minn., are visiting the John Dales. Alma Dale returned to her home in St. Paul after several weeks with her brother John in 'Bode. Mrs. Henrietta Anderson and a niece and nephew, Mad*- ison, Wis., are visitinlg Mrs. Bonnie Vedvik and Geri. Mrs. Anders onis a sister of the late Jerome Vedvik. ADVANCE CLASSIFIED ADS BRING BIG RESULTS FASTI Clifford Beadles have born August 6, at hospital at Estherville, 6 ozs. The Beadles two b ^ "J2 JJ Robisons and Qre the Mrs. Silas Tony John- visited a week the Don Lloyds, St. Louis, Mo. They attended the Broad- show, Funny Girl, atiar- Miohaels. Anoth- event was an [ the Huck Finn They also ;• viewed the Gateway Arch of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Mrs. Sohau- berger said the arch is over 600 feet high and a small train accomotfating 40 people, on fjhe ,'* lxp«r!tnctd 5 Embalmtrt and Funeral Directors Reliable 94 Hour Ambulance Service Funtral May It R«f«rr*d To Ul With CenfldMK* Ftienos; 144-1004 •44-1001 •M>1f70 ;. MNTON .UNOITID Refreshing the Nation's Economy What is the brewing industry worth to the American economy? Reckon it in billions. Here are some of our annual outlays, in round numbers: Excise taxes (federal, state, local) .... $1.4 Billion Agricultural purchases (grains, etc.) $215 Million Packaging purchases (wood, paper, metal) $550 Million Salaries and wages $2.5 Billion ON THESE FOUR ITEMS ALONE-MORE THAN $4 BILLION The Breweries of America Pump Constant Refreshment into the American Economic System. UNITED STATES BREWERS ASSOCIATION, INC. P.O. BOX 159, OSCEOLA, IOWA THE FLAG IS FLYING IN MEMORY OF Sgt. Robert C. CollinsM at EASTUWN OFFICE — 708 S. Phillips, Algona, Iowa 9 _ 5 Monday through Friday Saturday 9 — 12 A.M. . . Sunday 1-—5P.M. KOSSUTH COUNTY FAIR invitation The Junes Christiansens, Atlantic, have a daughter born August 2. The Christ iansons now have three siont; and two girls. The Alt Christ- iaiuons are the paternal grandparents. Mrs. Arnold Larson aceonv mnied the James Skows to Bradgaite Sunday as guests at Henry Olson's. They also attended baptism of Mkti^lc Jon Olson, infant son of the \M*rvin Olsons. Marvin is a nephew of Mrs. Larson and Mr. Skow. The Sid Hollands, Normaii 'Hollands and Ait Christian- sons attended a Holland reunion at Fairmont Sunday. They visited their sister, Mrs. Blanche Knudson, Esthervil- |e, on their return home. Mrs. SeJirta Opheim accompanied the Keith Opheims, Chufc Vista, Calif., to Algona Sunday m guests at Doyle Daily's. The Merle Opheims and Be- Mfe, few* d*y, gre vacation- at the parental Floyd Tiny all new TROPHY behind fa M hnrini i jtf RUSK DftUG 4 JEWiLRY low. 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