The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 18, 1968 · Page 13
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 13

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Monday, November 18, 1968
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At Public Library Ask A Silly Question They Have An Answer V,.".V.V.waWV,YA,V.V.V,V.W.ViV.VV FOR OMEN Palm Beach Post, Monday, Nov. 18, 196813 .'.WAVAWA', RESEARCH AND REFERENCE - From how to make duck soup to how to fix a mixer are two questions librarians John B. Hillis and Mrs. Maryadaleen Groves might be called upon to answer That's their job getting people the correct answer to their question. - - - - - - jhV - :' -- By DIEDRA VAN DUZEE Staff Writer You say a dragon fly lives for 165 hours. 14 minutes and 59 seconds. Your neighbor says it lives 160 hours. 26 minutes and 30 seconds. Who knows? Six-year-old Johnny just came home from school and asks how many guppies a mother guppy has. Who knows? You spilled Yak's milk on your best mink coat. Gad! what to do. Who knows? The West Palm Beach Public Library knows. Or, if they don't, will try to direct you to someone who does. Answering questions is part of the library's services, although many people don't know it. John B. Hillis, assistant librarian, and Mrs. Maryadaleen Groves, reference librarian, are on call and happy to help and say they never get tired of the job because it's different every day. Every day couldn't help but be different with the endless variety of questions they are asked. Like: "I haven't had corn on the cob for so long, how do you fix it?"came from an elderly man who lived alone. Or. "I have a poodle. Do you have any good names for a poodle'.''' Or. "You've just got to answer this it means the difference of $150!" exclaimed a man who wanted to know a French word that ended in two t's. "Lots of times people call up to settle a barroom bet, particularly between four and five. You can hear the music in the background," laughed Head Librarian Miss Zella Adams. One man called and wanted Mr. Hillis to inform his friend there were not 52 states. Frequently questioners want to know the location of a town or a county. When Miss Adams was working in Virginia, "a woman came trotting over from the bus station. The man wouldn't sell her a ticket because he had never heard of the town. She knew the town existed because she was born there. She asked me what large town was near it." In addition to towns, these librarians are often asked to locate persons. "We get quite a few requests from out of state for addresses of people." Miss Adams said. "Mostly from collection agencies." Who said what is a popular question and Mr. Hillis observed, problems about quotations can either be "very easy or fiendishly difficult." And every year they get asked about the twelve days of Christmas and the letter, "Yes, Virginia There Is a Santa Claus." Other people puzzlers, according to Mr. Hillis and Mrs. Groves, are spelling, grammar and foreign phrases. "A lot of secretaries call asking how to address people, or maybe they think the boss is using the wrong grammar," he said. But even the simplest questions are not answered without using the proper reference material. They do not answer questions out of their heads, even if they know the answer they look it up and give the source of the information." Of course they get many calls from students, which they view with a certain amount of suspicion and try to ascertain whether they are doing his homework or not. Sometimes it's the parents who are doing the student's homework. "Once a child's grandmother called me at home to find out who was the territorial governor of Florida, at a quarter to ten.'' remarked Miss Adams. One request which seemed perfectly normal had a strange twist. A boy called about a book. After looking everywhere for it they asked him where he had heard of it. "The Ouiji Board gave me the title." he replied. An unusual inquiry came from the Welfare Department. They were trying to establish the age of an elderly woman. Miss Adams said. "She remembered when she was very small there was an earthquake and the sky got dark and she remembered living in North Carolina. There was a record of a storm and an earthquake in North Carolina in such and such a year so we able to help them." Helping people is their goal. Sometimes people are genuinely lonesome and carry on long discussions, but says Mrs. Groves. "If it helps them, that's a service. " Dr. Brothers Says: It's Time For Men To Help With Housework! ily members back and forth from work, school, shopping areas, and recreational centers eats up large chunks of time. Some working wives aren't sitting on their hands waiting for an improvement in their situation. Some have chosen part-time work as a solution. Others cooperate together to pool child care chores. A small number of more unconventional families are trying out the communal idea in which groups of families band together to share living quarters and resources. And many women are accepting the convenience of prepared foods, laundry services, and part-time help without feeling that they are "cheating their working wife finds herself managing two full time roles as worker and homemaker. Not that there isn't an abundance of sympathetic husbands, but most of these still feel deep in their hearts that housework and child care are women's responsibilities, although they are willing to lend a hand once in a while. HOLY HOUSEWORK That housework and child care are not innately a feminine role can be seen by looking at other cultures for example the primitive tribe, the Manus. say that "only a man likes to play with babies" and the Toda. believe that "housework is too holy for a woman to do." This means that the work- ing-wife- mother- housekeeper has to organize her days with the discipline and energy of an efficiency expert; some women are amazingly successful while others manage, but with a considerable loss of vitality and good-nature. But the merest slip-up such as a child with sniffles or a flooded bathroom can destroy the best made schedules. The dilemma is not peculiar to the United States by any means. Research in the Soviet Union revealed that women did seventy-five per cent of the housework even though very few of them are full-time housewives. One commentator remarked ironically that while the wives were knocking themselves out as breadwin By DR. JOYCE BROTHERS NEW YORK, Nov. 13 i NANA I Wives looking for new tactics in the battle of the sexes might study the argument advanced in a recent Swedish report to the United Nations. Instead of repeating the now familiar thesis that women mut. be emancipated from the home in order to achieve social equality, the Swedish government argues that it is the men who must be emancipated from the rigors of their time-consuming jobs. With shorter working hours and more flexible job scheduling, men might be freed to assume a more equal share of the responsibilities of parenthood and housekeeping. The response of the average ners and housewives, the husbands were seeking elsewhere for less harried, less exhausted female companionship. The solution is not that women be shunted back to the confines of the home but that conditions should be improved so as to make life less difficult for the working wife and mother. Several years ago there was quite a bit of talk about the importance of "togetherness." a formula supposedly aimed at increasing family happiness by emphasizing shared activities and experiences. But in reality this boiled down to excursions and play-times scheduled into Daddy's days off. while the majority of the time, the "togetherness" meant Mommy . American male to such a scheme is not hard to imagine: a loud, booming, half-amused, half-amazed exclamation to the effect of "Are you crazy?" and wives are not likely to take to the idea immediately, protesting, "It's bad enough having the kids under foot all day without Charlie hanging around too! " But working wives and mothers may not find the suggestion so unreasonable or improbable. They are the women who are most aware of the obstacles to combining a job. motherhood, and housekeeping. One wife wryly comments. "Well. I've earned the right to work all right at two jobs." For what happens in many cases is that the and the children were together. The idea of making it easier for fathers to play a more active role in parenthood is supported by evidence of the problems of boys raised in mother-dominated, one-sided homes. However, the problem is not merely one of having father help out more at home and letting mother enjoy the experience of an interesting job. Anthropologist Margaret Mead feels that the American way of family organization is highly inefficient, in that it is made up of highly independent, autonomous households. Families live in relative isolation from relatives, neighbors, and community facilities. Just the chore of transporting fam ifCVlK ,4 ' J Church Women Gather Gifts For Migrants v v i r. M . I Vpi S0 v Sjf A distribution center for material aid to migrants was an urgent need expressed by the Rev. James Wiggins of the Florida Christian Migrant Ministry to Church women of the Palm Beaches at their annual luncheon. Several truck loads of gifts toys, new dresses for little girls, shirts for little boys were brought. The Rev. Mr. Wiggins said he could more effectively serve the migrants if many of his gathering tasks were assured by volunteers from churches and other organizations. His work is largely in Pahokee and Belle Glades. Mrs. C. L. Meebold president of CWU, and Mrs. Ross Crosby were in charge, and Mrs. John P. Daniel made the day's s v' -v CHECK THE SIZE - Mrs. Ross Crosby (left) and Mrs. Fred Motuelle check the size of some clothing gathered by the Church Women United to be given to needy migrant children. COLORFUL DRESSES Party-pretty are dresses donated to the Church Women United in gathering for migrant children. Toys and cash donations were received as well. Fashionwise, Pat Nixon Grows Up To Big Town never been exactly flush in the Nixon family. Thelma Patricia Ryan Nixon used to buy one expensive thing, such as an evening gown from Elizabeth Arden, and the rest of her clothes from heaven knows whom. The result was nondescript. In New York, with a solid income at last, she went to work and learned fast. She went to Norbert, one of the city's top beauty salons, and got the semi-short, slightly fluffy hairdo she now wears, which both softens her features and makes her look younger in a reasonable way. At the same time, she left off wearing those small-town hats. In one year her skirts rose from well be well as clothes. Miss Mathews may make her inaugural gown. -BEFORE AND AFTER-The new Pat Nixon may be judged by comparing two photographs. One, in 1967, shows her in a nicely cut, but somewhat dowdy coat, well below the knees, an off-the-face hat and an undistinguished handbag somewhat too large for her dangling from one arm. In a 1968 photograph she's wearing a three-piece costume, above the kneecap, with a jaunty pleated skit, four-pocket rounded jacket and a turtleneck pullover beneath. By FLORENCE de SANTIS NEW YORK (WNS) - The lait time I ran cross Patricia Nixon was at a New York milliner's salon, where she was picking out hats. She was doing it very quietly, but with great efficiency. "I like that, but not in tweed," she was saying. "It wouldn't go with enough things. No large brims, People can't see your face.' It was evident that Mrs. Nixon thought first of practicality and the demands of the campaign trail. Personal glamour came a long way behind. With her regular features, she seemed to assume that most things would look all right, an assumption which was true enough. That session, however, was before the Nixons moved to New York. In just the last two years, a remarkable change has come over Pat Nixon's looks. She transformed herself from a small town housewife to a big-city lawyer's wife. And that image will move into the White House, where it will be equally acceptable to the mass of the nation. -MONEY-Part of the change, of course, was money. Before Richard Nixon became a partner in a prominent New York law firm, money had low the knee to just above the knee-cap. As she has good legs, this change also made her look younger. Her figure has always been good, and she gradually slimmed down a little, from 115 pounds to 105 today. As a result, she can wear model sizes, allowing her to try on designer's ideas in the best size range. Pat Nixon has been buying designer clothes ever since she came to New York. Hannah Troy, Adele Simpson, and Mollie Parnis have been mentioned most often as her choices, but she has not generally been one to talk much about fashion. Perhaps her real favorite is Ruth Mathews, a New York designer-retailer, who has supplied advice as

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