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MILESTONES 18 MONDAY 15 FEBRUARY 1999 THE AGE OBITUARY - Ruth D. Alexander Music teacher EVENTS TRANSITIONS BIRTHDAYS 1 564-1 642: Galileo Galilei, Italian astronomer 1 7 10-1774: Louis XV, King of France 1 892-1 954: Roy ("Mo") Rene, comedian 1931: Claire Bloom, English-born actress J M.rs V 1934: Graham Kennedy, actor-TV personality 1 954: Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons 1 945: Ray Brown, US pop singer 1 95 1 : Jane Seymour, English-born actress ANNIVERSARIES 1 788: HMS Supply leaves Sydney for Norfolk Island to establish a penal colony there. 1 804: Lieutenant-Colonel David Collins arrives at the Derwent River, Tasmania, after deciding to open a penal colony at what will become Hobart 1 822: New South Wales Governor Lachlan Macquarie leaves for England after 1 2 years in Australia. 1 922: The Permanent Court of International Justice, sitting at The Hague in the Netherlands, holds its first session. 1 942: Singapore surrenders to Japanese forces in World War II. 1 944: Nearly 1000 British bombers pound Berlin, Germany. 1 954: The Queen opens Parliament House in Canberra. 1 965: Canada's new flag, with its maple-leaf design, is unfurled in ceremonies in Ottawa. LOVED. When she was in her 20s, Iris Murdoch, the British author who died last week, profoundly loved two young men, only to lose them to the savageries of World War II. One was Frank Thompson, a brilliant, erudite, military cavalier and poet who was killed with Balkan partisans at the age of 24. The other was Franz Steiner, a refugee Jewish scholar who died of stress after losing his parents in a concentration camp. In 1 944 Thompson was captured fighting with a Bulgarian partisan group and executed. He died shouting: "I give you the salute of freedom." Iris was left with his poem, Beyond The Frontier So we, whose life was all before us, Our hearts with sunlight filled, Left in the hills our books and flowers, Descended, and were killed. COMMEMORATED. This year marks the bicentennial of George Washington's death ( 1 4 December 1 799), and America is commemorating it with an exhibition at Mount Vernon of objects from the world and times of Washington. Today the museum will open a display of 1 00 objects on loan and another 200 pieces from its collection. For the first time, Washington's last will and testament, presidential desk and mantelpiece; John Adams' annotated copy of Washington's farewell address; a newly conserved terracotta bust by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon; and other rarely seen objects will be on view at the estate. DEFENDED. An international crusade by scientists and other Intellectuals is winning support to give great apes humanity's nearest genetic cousins legal rights close to those of human beings. It aims eventually to get a United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Great Apes, which would, in effect, bar zoos from keeping them. The campaign hopes for its first victory in the next few weeks when New Zealand's Parliament votes on an animal welfare bill that would make it the first country to give apes legal standing. Next the Great Apes Project aims to persuade the United Nations to adopt the more sweeping declaration. REVEALED. It was just past midnight as Stanislav Petrov settled into the commander's chair inside the secret bunker at Serpukhov-1 5, the installation where the Soviet Union monitored its early-warning satellites over the United States. Then the alarms went off. On the panel in front him was a red pulsating button. One word flashed: "Start." It was 26 September 1 983, and Petrov was playing a principal role in one of the most harrowing incidents of the nuclear age, a false alarm signalling a US missile attack. Petrov made an agonised judgment that it was not a surprise attack. The false alarm was traced to a satellite, which picked up the sun's reflection off the tops of clouds and mistook it for a missile launch. University of Adelaide, which meant that Ruth Alexander in Melbourne shouldered the main burden of organisation and motivation and continued to do so for another 25 years. By 1957, the Australian Youth Orchestra, for the best of young players, had started, and, in 1960, performed at the inaugural Adelaide Festival of Arts. Alexander organised for the AYO to go to Japan in 1970, its first overseas tour. Reestablishing annually, it now has an international reputation. It says much for the ideals of Bishop and Alexander and the strength of their original planning that Music Camp and AYO have continued to this day without undue modification, indeed with increased enrolment, standards and range of activities. Having long since earned the affectionate title of "Auntie Ruth" (reflecting the family nature of Music Camp) she retired in 1974, but until very recent years she kept in close touch with the work (now known as Youth Music Australia), visited most camps and maintained literally dozens of relationships with former students, tutors and conductors. While not having taken the path as a performing artist herself, she was a truly creative person in many other ways. As I wrote in my biography of John Bishop: "Without her intense energy, her indefatigable, incisive and meticulous approach to every aspect of the work, without her genius for a brand of friendship that took no regard for the usual barriers of religion, politics or social class, without her devotion to Bishop and their shared ideals, Music Camp could not have prospered in the way it did. Australian music owes a considerable debt of gratitude to the young music teacher who came to this country and made it her home." Her contribution was acknowledged in 1987 when she was the first recipient of the annual Sir Bernard Heinze Award for service to music in Australia. There is to be a memorial gathering to celebrate the life, work and friendships' of Ruth Alexander in the Robert Blackwood Hall at Melbourne's Monash University at 2.30pm on Sunday 21 February. Her husband, Geoff, died in 1975; she is survived by her two children, Karen and David, a grand-daughter and a great-grandson. Christopher Symons has been Ruth Alexander's companion since 1981 and is the author of John Bishop: A Life for Music. Coming to Australia as a young music teacher, she brought from America the concept of music camps, which she helped develop over 25 years. She organised the first overseas tour of the Australian Youth Orchestra. Born: 29.4.1914 Died: 8.1.1999 By CHRISTOPHER SYMONS During World War II a young Melbourne engineer, Geoffrey Alexander, was sent to Detroit to supervise the design of army tanks being manufactured for the Australian Government. There he met Ruth Kurtz, who came from a small town in Kansas, had trained as a musician and teacher at the University of Kansas and was now teaching music in schools in Detroit. They married in Philadelphia in 1 943 and, with Geoff s tour of duty in the US coming to an end, returned to Australia in a Swedish freighter. In Melbourne, Ruth Alexander was engulfed by what we would now call culture shock. The country was beset by wartime food rationing, travel restrictions, lighting blackouts and no central heating. Alongside Detroit and New York, orchestral music and the theatre were of a primitive standard. But Ruth's independence after her mother's early death and determination to put herself through university during the Depression, meant that she was already very much her own person. Before long she had a position as music teacher at Melbourne Church of England Girls Grammar School under the leading educator Dorothy Ross. Within months she was giving public lectures on the teaching of music in American u Having long since earned the affectionate title of 'Auntie Ruth' (reflecting the family nature of Music Camp), she retired in 1974, but until very recent years she kept in close touch with the work (now known as Youth Music Australia), visited most camps and maintained literally dozens of relationships with former students, tutors and conductors. n 'SJtfi Nat King Cole, US Sf : popular singer and jazz pianist, dies. fx?"1 r ' schools, taking in private piano pupils, had been engaged by the Student Christian Movement to lead folk songs at their national conferences, was lecturing at the Melbourne University Conservatorium and the Kindergarten Teachers College, and writing scripts for ABC schools broadcasts (but not presenting them because the ABC considered an American accent unsuitable). A meeting with the late ohn Bishop in October 1943, then very active as music master at Scotch College, led to one of the most significant partnerships in Australian music. Ruth had brought from America the concept of "music camp", an annual, intensive short-term gathering of young orchestral players from around the country, tutored by first-class -instrumentalists and with the student orchestras directed by leading conductors. Bishop and Alexander proceeded to set up an Australian version of music camp, the first of which took place in January 1948, at an unlikely venue a disused army camp at Point Lonsdale on Port Phillip Bay and under the auspices of the National Fitness Council. By 1951, the music people had formed their own organisation, known as the National Music Camp Association, and staged their first independent camp at Geelong Grammar School in January 1952. It needs to be emphasised that, immediately after the very first camp in 1948, Bishop took up the position of professor of music at the 1 979: South Australia's Labor Premier, Don Dunstan, 52, retires because of poor health and Is succeeded by Des Corcoran. 1 988: The Austrian President, Kurt Waldheim, accused of having a Nazi past, flatly rejects calls for his resignation. 1 989: The last Soviet soldier leaves Afghanistan after a 1 0-year occupation that failed to quell a Muslim insurgency. 1 99 1 : The South African Government announces it will free all political prisoners and the African National Congress agrees to end its armed struggle against apartheid. Target COMICS FOR BETTER OR WORSE by Lynn Johnston N EjH R1S P I O How many words of four letters or more can you make from those shown here! Each letter may be used once per word. Each word must contain the centre letter and there must be at least one nine-letter word. No plurals ending in "s"; no foreign words; no proper names. Source: Chambers list Century Dictionary. Today target: 24 words, good; 36 words. Very good; 48 words, excellent. Solution in tomorrow's Living. That a sure sign of Something on yeue mind, lw A SuRnaSe party ! THgy CAN DO WHATEVER TH&y WANT To Po... A6 ana A4 1 cyyu'r have Come on. a 50T"Bi(?rriPfly 16 IMRSRTANT.ANPPEoPLe OUST NATDRAUy WANTTo r voc? ,'tfl fcU-V HAS U-V we"-1 CtoN'T 1 ON IflE PHONE A LOT r 1 IAT6LY AND WONT THERE THiREpA.; N SAy WHAT THE Chus ARE a N Yesterday's solution: ABOUT to $j5 JLA y PCI CROS CRYPTIC NO. 15,539 Across I Slave zealous about the Spanish (5) 4 Shamelessly stripped around foreign cafe (9) 8 Lost again? Lost looking back (9) 9 Material that is following sheep (5) II Chimp ate roughly with appreciative perception (8) 12 Side to chant when performing well (2,4) 14 Hope All at riot in Polynesian lodging (4,5) 16 Should love awful thug injuring Hugo at bar (5) 18 Chrissie always a model (5) 19 Geoffrey, the last to remove, dashed . away (6,3) 20 Register cock losing one love (6) 22 Anything whatever in the big race reached the leader (6,2) 25 Composition a danger for aerialist (5) 26 Gave perfect service holding African dictator providing backing made sour (9) 27 Normal dilations help return fur wraps . O) 28 "Appreciation to Angus", label states, for Iberian flower (5) Down THE WIZARD OF ID by Brant Parker and Johnny Hart afire amine amir anise arise arsine emir fain fair famine feni fermi fiar fine fire fireman firm fish fisher FISHERMAN hair heir hernia hire infer infra main menhir mien mina mine miner mire miser mishear naif rain raise ramie ramin rani rein remain resin rife rime rinse rise sari sarnie semi seminar serif serin sherif shim shin shine shiner shire shrine sima sine sire siren Vice regal notes The Governor, Sir James Gobbo, received the call of the Honourable Phillip Ruddock, MP, Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs. The Governor and Lady Gobbo hosted a dinner party at Government House. Muslim prayer times Prayer times for today, the 28th Shawwal 1419 Hiiri; F;5. 1 7am, Z: 1 .39am. A:5.24pm, M;8. 1 9pm, 1:9.5 1 pm. Parliament Federal: Both houses open at 1 2.30pm. Text for today My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgements come upon tne earth, the people of the world learn righteousness. Isaiah 26:9 ("New International Version) (Provided by the Bible Society). DH 152 Solution to Cryptic No. 15,538 BRISTOW by Frank Dickens Living pass for this he gets a PpCT ON THE. BACK " TVIE. CARETAKeR HAS FiNfMXV GOT THE. RADlMOSS UORKlKlG. HAvUELLUMf 10 Card shapes get Fido in disarray (5,2,6) 13 Shine on sign for technical lists (10) 15 Very popular number with small drink for African native (9) 17 Favourite has pleasant night out (4,5) 21 Princess is up for cathartic drug (5) 23 Corn meal king a winner (5) 24 Quiet drill in bar (4) Until the end of February, visitors to the Werribee Open Range Zoo can dance to the sounds of African bands, take a wildlife safari or indulge in the tangy tastes of African cuisine 1 Bird ached badly with Sullivan Howard finishing multi-sided form (13) 2 Lean on Vincent for scheduled charge (4,5) 3 Raise transport and bar pamphlet (5) 4 Overall view with returned soldier and ancient Briton in island hut (3,7) 8 After little hesitation returned morning paper (4) 6 Loafer upset also in French dance (9) 7 Small part Mae played In business (5) :it "jp, ' till f . mm whilst watching the sun set during the Rhythm of Africa, every Saturday and Sunday Evening. To win one of 6 Family Passes to join the festivities call 1900 959 344 before midnight and leave your name and address. (Legion Telecall: SOc; more form mobile and pay phones.) war? e ASSOCIATED NEWSPAPERS LTD. 19U 1999 &ft 10374 1 rent QUICK NO. 16,897 Down Allow (3) Spasms (5) Transfix (6) Teaching (7) Disaster (11) Hang on (9) r Across I Plan (9) 8 Beer (3) 9 Forte (6,5) II Rejection (7) 12 Publish (5) 13 Minister (6) 16 False (6) 17 Topic (5) 18 Eightfold (7) 20 Pacification (11) 28 Illuminated (3) 23 Abhorrent (9) 'Having a vasectomy at 24 is pretty extreme, but I am proud of George because he's taken responsibility for what he wants and, despite the doctor's fine-print mutterings about psychological impotency, George knew that it wouldn't make him a paler male. He certainly didn't feel the need to beat his chest and buy a copy of Maximising Manhood." 10 Freeze (11) 11 Esteemed (9) 14 Spire (7) 16 Senility (6) 19 Of them (5) 21 Nothing (3) 2 I I E 4 I 5 I 6 I 1 ziinzniL:i "10 11 12 IDZLIICZDI 13 14 15 ZDZDZ"ZDZ 17 18 19 z"zdz.zl:zl:zcp 20 21 ziz-znzcznzd H -1 M 1 i 1 f 1 A ' ' ' Melissa Fyfe, EG Editor and Columnist. (julek No. 16,898 AcroM: 7 Loosen; 8 Menial; 10 Mixture; 11 Crown; 12 Gash; 13 Funny; 17 Lurid; 18 Fray; 22 Reply; 23 Uncover; 24 Frugal; 25 Bucket. Down: 1 Plumage; 2 Coexist; 3 Venue; 4 Descend; 5 Widow; 6 Blunt; 9 Beautiful; 14 Juryman; 15 Provoke; 16 Hydrate; 19 Gruff; 20 Spout; 21 Scour. .; v IAAAI8

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