*-*AL6dNA flowi) ADVANCf THURSDAY, MARCH 31,19M Seen at the ALGONA By T. H. C. This being a quiet week for this column due to a solid week's booking by Thunderball, we quote below a timely article on reviews from the Motion Picture Herald of March 16: Prom Hollywood Column by William R. Weaver Hollywood Editor Can bad reviews kill a good picture? Can a bad picture ride to box office success on good reviews? Producer Michael Gordon, in a feature article for The Journal of the Screen Producers Guild, writes, "Although it's impossible to calculate precisely to what extent unfavorable press criticism affects the box office of a particular movie, experience has demonstrated that its impact is, fortunately for us, far less serious than it is on a Broadway play, where a bad press has life or death significance. Nevertheless it stands to reason that bad reviews — when read — will keep more people away from a film than they will lure to the ticket windows, so the question of our treatment by the press is a matter of general concern for us all." Producer Gordon, successful as a Broadway stage producer before coining west to produce 25 pictures to date, goes on, "Unfortunately for us, experience has also shown that, whether justified or not, in most of the daily! newspapers and in virtually all of our important national magazines, the vast majority of American pictures are reviewed negatively. Editorial and critical policies vary somewhat among these periodicals, but publications like Time, New Yorker, Newsweek, Saturday Review, and even those ornaments of our national culture like Playboy and Esquire, have vied with one another for years in their contempt for Hollywood and in devising devastatingly witty ways of expressing There must be hundreds of writers on dailies, weeklies, magazines, house organs, throwaways and Heaven-knows-what- else who are listed as motion picture critics. By my own rude calculations, I would guess that there are no more than 20 in the entire United States whose opinions truly mean anything, even in their own communities. And I would guess even more rudely that there are no more than five critics whose opinions carry enough weight and authority, enough knowledge and experience, to be of importance or significance nationally . . . There are only a handful of reviewers whose opinions are truly translatable into patrons. Yet the industry has developed a technique of advertising its pictures, after opening, almost exclusively by the use of critics' quotes. All the creativity, the ingenuity, the imagination which is poured into the pre-opening campaign is forgotten in a frenetic rush to get into print with an excerpted quote from some second-string review on an obscure publication. Some of the articles in The Journal are outstanding examples of criticism at its most pointed, polished best. The longest one, by the eminent writer-di- rector-prpducer, George Seaton, is a searing satire that even the five Lazarus-approved critics owe it to their craft to read. And none of the 13, even those written by critics, make a case for the calling. Critic Leo Mishkin, three-time chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle, writes, "When you come right down to it, just how much influence does a critic exert in the first place? At a meeting in New York several years ago the critics were invited to explore this question with a committee of religious leaders. The eminent clergymen attending that meeting were astonished to learn that the critics themselves take a very dim view of this matter, and that they know from past experience that little weight is attached to their words. Critic Kaspar Monahan of the Pittsburg Press writes, "When asked to write this piece I was questioned as to what influence we critics have on our readers. The answer is — none." Critic Dick Richards of the London Daily Mirror answered the same questioning with, "I wish I could answer that precisely. I think, ultimately, the public becomes its own critic. How else can one explain films that have had bad reviews and yet have drawn queues? Or films that have been generally praised but have caused a nasty, Miss Quinby to retire after •\ .' teaching 3500 freshmen here (By Erma Lea Deim) Miss Esther Quinby will retire from the Algona High School teaching staff at the close of this school year after 36 years in the system. She came here in 1930 and since then has endeared herself to about 3500 freshmen and sophomores. For 36 years she has been the algebra teacn- er and the freshman counselor for 30 years. During her first year in Algona she was teaching at the bryant school while tne present high school was being completed. Then, except for a lew years, she has been in the same room on the east side of the school on the first floor. During those years kindergarten classes were held in two rooms and one of them was hers. O. B. Laing was the principal at AHS and Mr. Overmeyer the Superintendent when the new building was opened "To All Those Who Wish To Learn". The second year at AHS, Mr. Laing was the Superintendent and she has worked with him ever since. AT THAT TIME Miss Quinby had had no special training to counsel 13 and 14 year-old boys and girls. But she had enough love and understanding in her heart and the patience needed to help all of them. No name came to her mind when she related the sad story of the girl who had come to the high school from a one- room country school. She "mothered" this lost frightened child who spent most of the first week as a freshman in. tears. Miss Quinoy had empathy for the girl as she had had the same experience when she herself tried to adjust to the bigness of a high school after eight years in a one^room schc- olhouse. Other facets of counseling involved academic and social problems. The school enrollment in 1931 was 950 and there were a couple of empty rooms. Now the enrollment is 1650. In reminiscing, she says there is really very little difference in the young people of the 1930's than now. They have had different kinds of experiences and a different way of life but basically their needs are the same. There have never been any serious disciplinary problems in her classes. Of course with the increased enrollment, the crowded conditions of the halls and the resulting confusion there is a different story. During the passing from one class to another in her first years here, there was no talking above a whisper nor running in the halls at all. She has been teaching the children of her first Algona students since 1947. Except for the increase in salary to about five times the amount in 1930 and more facul- at college every five years. BESIDES math and counsel the Visual Aid September ei to ;r, concerned, this year is the first time it has been used with new algebra books. However, it has been used in the high algebra classes for about three years. Retirement for Miss Quinby deathly hush in the area of the box office?" (end of quote) 1 have an additional "gripe"— too many of the professional critics dwell on phases which are of no value to the average viewer — and after all, we (here in Algona or even Minneapolis) are "average." Such subjects as picture not following text of book from which it was adapted, personal reactions to a particular actor or actress, poor direction (who knows), and other deficiencies such as "moods" of the professional reviewer. And don't tell me the "big boys" aren't subject to "moods" — like the rest of us. Some of the films that get the biggest "raves" leave the average ciner- maddict cold. Like "Darling" and "Life at the Top." The Silencer with Dean Martin, will be enjoyed by 75 per cent of its viewers but it got the "brush off" by the critics — and that's my story and I'll stick with it. MISS ESTHER QUINBY will not be a resting period. She has a home in Cedar Falls and -is a member of the DAR, PEO Sisterhood, and the Congregational church. She is anxious to be active in the work of the church circle, too. Her hobbies are many and varied: gardening, reading, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, talking, and traveling. She has been in every State in the Union with the exception of Hawaii. Last summer she was in Alaska and hopes to go to Hawaii in the future. Shod Store.. • Lakota Luckics — Wiltfen Jewelers. Lone Rock Lively Rockets — Sharp's Jewelry. Lotts Creek Lassies — Chris- chilles Store. LuVerhe Live Wires — Mode* 0-Day Shoppe. Plum Creek Elite — Read's Furniture. Riverdale Rustlers 1 — North Iowa Sewing Machine Co. Riverdale Rustlers II — Bom- gaajs Ben Franklin. Seneca Stars — Frederick Hardware. . U-Go-I-Go — Bjustrom Furniture. Union Alethean — North Iowa Appliance Center. Valley Farmerettes — Dunn's Sure-Save Market. Wesley Wizards — Finn's Bakery. Whittemore Lassies — Carson's for Color. Almanac (Continued from Page 1) Egen, Bancroft, Volks; Ralph As an only child, her only living relatives are cousins within a 40-mile radius of Cedar Falls. Several of them are as close as brothers and sisters, so she will have more family life. Her fondest memories, of course, are relevant to the young people and this is one of the reasons she is still so young in heart. She will leave many many friends here in the community and will be missed by them and the school system. 4-H day (Continued from Page 1) gona and view and compare the various displays niuus uispiays. •— There will be an optional tour C1 otmers of the City Hall and Fire De- . Umon ^°l s partment in the morning. One Im P«*ment Co. tour starts at 10 a.m. and the other at 11 a.m. during which time the processes of city government will be explained. The County President of the 4-H girls clubs is Linda Dodds, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Dodds of rural Algona. The President of the county boys clubs is Wayne Banwart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Banwart of West Bend. They will both be named as "Honorary Mayor" for the day, sitting in the mayor's office during court and being able to observe the functions of the office. During the afternoon, the owner or manager of the place of business in which the club will have its display will fully explain the method of operation of his business. THE PRESIDENT and vice- president of that club will be his guests.for the afternoon and at 6 p.m., he will take them out for dinner. This will afford the three an opportunity to establish a closer relationship. After dinner, he will take his guests to the High School Anty meetings, other things have nex, where there will be a been about the same. The aver- meeting of the presidents and age size of the algebra classes vice-presidents of all of the 4-H has always been about 25 stud- Clubs of the county. ">ts. A short program is planned The same number of hours for that meeting at the Annex, are required on the job althou- including introductions to the gh the noon hour is shorter, 4-H Club Officers and speeches there is an earlier dismissal of welcome by city officials. Fol- time. All of the teachers are lowing that, the president and required to continue their own vice president of each club will schooling by taking five hours be guests of Lloyd Grey, Mana"* """ — " ger of the Algona Theatre. It is the hope of the members of the Chamber of Corn- April 2 will help to emphasize will bring about a closer feeling between the clubs and leaders and the merchants and businessmen of Algona. 1966 Boys 4-H Club Assignments Aggressive Lads — Klein's Farm Supply. Algona Dairy — Algona Plbg. and Heating. Buffalo Boys — Ernie Williams John Deere. Cresco Boys — Zender's Clothing. Eagle Wildcats — Joe Bradley Equipment Co. Fenton Progressors — Hutzell's Store. Garfield Hustlers — Fareway Grocery. Grant Hustlers — Gambles Store. Greenwood Boys — North Central Public Service. Lotts Creek Leaders — Tom's Radio & TV. LuVerne Eager Beavers — Kossuth Motors. Plum Creek Boys — Taylor Motor Co. Prairie Future Farmers -— Iowa State Bank. Ramsey Boys — Coast to Coast Store. St. Joe Trojans — Federal Land Bank. Seneca Progressive Farmers — Jack's OK Tire Service. Swea-Harrison Boys — Hub Implement. Wesley Boys — Security State Bank. Whittemore Boys — Taylor Union Boys — Buscher Bros. 1966 Girls 4-H Club Assignments Algona A.O.K. — Home Federal Savings & Loan. Bancroft Busy Bees — Sheak- leys. tflue & White — Harrison Variety. Buffalo Boosters — J. C. Penney Co. iiurt Blue Birds Dept. Store. Cresco Chums — Foster Fur niture. Jewelry. Fenton Forwards — Honsbruch Drug Store; Garfield Gems — Saiter's Davis Paint, ( Greenwood Girls — S & Store. Wesselman, Algona, Ford; Glenn W. Mabus, Lakota, Merc.; Ricklefs Ins. Agency, Algona, Cad.; Jos. E. Lynch Jr., Algona, Merc.; Robert or Julie Chambers, Corwith;' Pont; Robert H. Blocker, Bancroft, Chev.; Henry Harms, West Bend, Chev. LETTER — When the Rock Rapids Kiwanis club honored Otto J. Reimers on the occasion of his 88th birthday March 16 included in the taped recording of the proceedings was a letter of congratulations from President Lyndon Johnson. «»»ee»ee«««»eee«ee»e»»»e Too Late To Classify WANTED — Women or high school girls to do pleasant telephone work. Full'or part time. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Excellent wages. Apply Mrs. Cross, Room 220, Algona, Hotel. 29w26 WANTED — Men, high school boys, or women with cars to do light delivery work. Full or part time 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Excellent wages. Apply Mrs. Cross, Room 220, Algona, Hotel. 31w26 Grahahi F S R , R . E N ri '-2 bedroom un furnished apartment, all utilities paid. Close-in, private entrance. Available now. TAYLOR IxUX "' •"»•*.**• * » » H«KH*^«V> IIVTT . A n A m-t\Jf\ Eagle-ettes — Rusk Drug & APARTMENTS. 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She survives and a daughter Cynthia; also the sister Mrs. Ostwald of Fenton, and two brothers, Herman and Ervin Brass. Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Ostwald were unable to attend the funeral because of illness. Injured when lightning strikes Bancroft — A Bancroft youth, Leon Schiltz, narrowly escaped serious injury last Tuesday when lightning struck the roof of the silo while he was in the building. He jumped six or sev- en feet, landing on a silage fork. The blades penetrated his leg, striking the bone but there was no serious injury. He to the son of Mr. and Mr«. Walter Schiltz, Marten ROM, f itldman for the) Wool Growers Association, at* tended the Association's wool training school in DCS Moines, March 21 and 22. Rev. and Mrs. Merlin Davtei and family who live in the Good Hope area, came to Algona as soon as they were plowed but last Thursday noon and stayed until Monday night with the Rev. Harceys. They had been without heat, lights or water for 40 hours before they were able to get out. The electricity was turned on again Sunday night but without much telephone service in the area they weren't a* ware of it until Monday. Karen Harcey came home Sat* urday for eight days during spring break from the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse. Karen and Mrs. Harcey spent Friday night with the latter's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bern Orr, Houston, Minn. Mr. and Mr.. H. F. Frlttedt Spent the weekend with their soti'ifrlaw and daughter, Dr, and Mrs, JL H. McLeran, at Iowa City, and Mrs, Fristedt will remain there for about a week, while Mr. Fristedt returned to Algona on Tuesday. 1961 FORD 2-door Hardtop Galaxit, Cro- ise-a-matic, radio, 2-tone turquoise and white finish, new tires, extra clean. 1095" TAYLOR MOTOR 00. FORD A MERCURY SALES & SERVICE MEN'S SUITS for a man who wants to be WELL-DRESSED ---this Spring!! For that man who wants to look his best, we have a wonderful display of new spring and summer men's suits ... all of the latest styles, shades and materials. And you'll like our prices too!! Stop in this week for a look and you'll walk out ready for Easter and the active season ahead. '45 to '85 VAN HEUSEN VANOPRESS White Shirts No ironing needed on these new Vanopress shirts by Van Heusen. Several color styles, short or long sleeve. S 5" and up WEMBLEY TIES Several racks of new ties just arrived . . , prints, plains, paisleys — lots of color. «1»up Freeman Shoes Thf Hub features the famous Freeman brand shoes in dress, casual and loafers ... all sizes too. '12" and up "Welcome 4-H Boys i flirts To «(OM Saturday" ALftONA.IOWA ^ ^r*" r * r ^ • • W " "
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