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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 9

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Tuesday, November 19, 1968
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rim m 1 1 r -S--IM t I 6men - rr- Palm Beach Post, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1968-9 CAPTAIN AND MATE - Mr. and Mrs. Paul Clark, (at left) smile happily in the wheelroom of the "house" they brought with them to North Palm Beach from Dayton, Ohio. 2 mm I:, 7J A ib .i; j - - Pi "CLARKS' ARK" PARKED - at North Palm Beach Marina. Mark "Clarks' Bark," the dinghy above Paul Clark's head. Now, if the Clarks could just find an aardvark for a mascot. L . in .. I Clarks Came To Florida In Their Home An Ark By SHEILA TRYK Staff Writer When the Paul Clarks retired to Florida from Ohio, they never left home. They brought their home with them, and traveled 4200 miles in the process. "Clarks' Ark" is a sumptuous houseboat, designed to Paul and Mary Clark's specifications, and built six years ago. Clark, an RCA executive, knew just what he wanted. "I designed the boat, and then let the boat builder PTT? rffSS "j i 1 ) ' i fiL Hp, -a - "'-iif t . , 1 stAnwnimnj.., , " ' '" Mill i . , xi . l 1 IJI.lU,,lJlJM..'J.WM.:ll'lJl'l'lJIW JIM jl J , S I " -" -f ; 1 Y - - ' "') . -.- . , i U I , I v 1 ! 5 j i - ws? -. - m k -?( && f . -T ' V i ff-' worry about how to make it work," he laughs. For the past several years, the Clarks, who lived in Dayton, have used their houseboat as a summer and weekend home on the Ohio River. That way. they were able to test their new home thoroughly. The 60 ft. "cruising houseboat" has a 5 'a ft. draw. Two 413 cu. in. engines in a stand-up engine room, plus tanks that hold 600 gallons of fuel and 300 gallons of water, give the Clarks' "home" a cruising range of about 450 miles. Although the Clarks keep a car at home base the North Palm Beach Marina they also keep two "tote" type bicycles on board to use for exercise and for jaunts around distant ports. "Clarks' Ark" has two large staterooms (the four Clark daughters are now married but who wouldn't be tempted to visit parents living on a floating resort? ) The captain's stateroom features a rarity on most ships large, roomy closet space! Mary Clark finds housekeeping a picnic in her airy kitchen, which is a far cry from the claustrophobic boat galleys of yore. The comfortable living area vies with the Onassis yacht in at least one respect the Clarks also have an organ on their ship. Although Mrs. Clark enjoys her music studies, she admits to a certain amount of rueful frustration when her husband sits down and plays the tunes she's been working on by-ear! What brought the Clarks to North Palm Beach was it the element of chance? "Oh, no! I'd made many trips to the area in the past years," explains Paul Clark. "We long ago decided this was the ideal spot on the east coast." "We really took the long, roundabout way to get here, though!" laughs Mary Clark. "When Paul retired, we decided to get rid of everything and live on the houseboat. If we ever decide to set up housekeeping again, it will be on a much smaller scale, so there was no point in storing all that furniture. We sold our house, and sold or gave away everything else." "Then we took off, sailing down the Ohio River," -Paul Clark takes up the story. "We went up the Mississippi to the Illinois, then to Chicago, through the Lakes to the Erie Canal, down the Hudson River, and then the Intracoastal Waterway." The Clarks spent several months on their journey, stopping to visit friends, or to sightsee, for several days at a time along the way. "We actually were underway a total of 59 days," says Clark, who keeps careful track of everything. Ark," which obviously has all the comforts of home. JUST A SONG AT TWILIGHT - Mary Clark plays the organ aboard "Clarks' "He estimated that the fuel for the trip would cost us around $2,000," laughs Mrs. Clark, "and when we added up at the end of the trip, we found it had cost us something over $1,900." The journey had its beautiful serene parts, and then there were times that weren't so easy. The Mississippi was running an exceptionally fast current, and was above flood stage. The Clarks had to navigate during daylight hours only through "chocolate pudding" filled with logs, trees, pilings, buoys, and other assorted drift. "For 300 miles, we could only do about five miles an hour," says Clark of their cruise on the Mississippi. Between Chicago and Milwaukee there was solid fog. "You couldn't see from one end of the boat to the . other! " declares Paul Clark. "But just a bit further on, around Manitowoc, it was incredibly beautiful," puts in Mary Clark. "The water was so clear, and the evergreens came right down to the water's edge ! " In Lake Huron, they encountered their worst weather. "Winds of 15 knots were forecast," says Clark, "and they turned out to be 45 knots!" "It was terrible! There were ten foot waves!" gasps .Mrs. Clark. "And yet, it was almost funny, too. Everything was flying around and I had to keep busy tying everything down, and padding bottles in drawers, while Paul hung on tothewheel." But all that comes under the heading of ''normal boating "to the Clarks, who feel they had "good luck all the way here" and who now feel that being in the Palm Beaches is the best luck of all. "The facilities here, and the protection, make North Palm Beach outstanding." declares Clark. "It's perfect we can go to good restaurants, swim or play tennis at the country club, see plays or hear concerts nearby ... " Mary Clark stops and laughs. "The Chamber of Commerce ought to pay me for this!" But the best part of all, for the Clarks. was being able to bring their own home right along with them to the southeast even if they did have to travel west and north to doit! ROOM TO SPARE - Mary Clark works at the sink in her cheery kitchen. Wood paneling throughout the "ark" makes for easy housecleaning. Mirrors Of Washington By ISABELLE SHELTON WASHINGTON' (NAN At -What will While House social life be like under Itichard and Pat Nixon. The question is particularly preoccupying Washington, even as it waits with the rest of the nation to see the policies and personalities that will be spotlighted in the incoming Nixon administration. Official entertaining is likely to be heavy the first year or two. it is believed, because almost all world leaders no matter how recently they have been to Washington will want to come again to take the measure of the new head of the American power colossus. Nixon isn't nearlv as gregarious as his homespun, backslapping predecessor. Lvndon Johnson. Hut he has a natural desire and necessity - to be respected by other world leaders, many of w hom he knows view him warilv. It would be surprising, therefore, if he did not try to improve that image by inviting them here, and laying out the red carpet of White House hospitality. The N'ixons are gracious hosts, and if they don't have the charisma of a Jack and Jacqueline Kennedy, neither had almost any other U.S. president or First Lady. The Nixons have travelled considerably in foreign lands, both during and since Nixon was Vice President, and are comfortably at home with world figures. After-dinner entertainment in the Nixon administration always traditional after state dinners for visiting chiefs of the myth that White House entertaining under LBJ has degenerated into barbecue suppers and western style music. It might seem to fit with the man's Texas drawl and freewheeling ranch style personality. The only trouble is, there's not a word of truth in it. State dinners during the Johnson administration have been dignified, even elegant. iVlany think the food now is better than was served up by Jackie Kennedy's highly-touted French chef. The after-dinner entertainment rounded up by social secretary Bess Abell has been of a quality to match that provided by the Kennedys saavy, knowledgeable social secretary TLsh Baldrige even if a Texas favorite such as the Tiajuana Brass does sneak in once in a while. Onlv in one sense has the quality slipped and this fairly recently. The guest lists toward the end of the regime have not been quite as glossy as heretofore. There were less artistic and intellectual giants, more pals from Texas. Whether this represented the undoubtedly growing estrangement between LBJ and the intellectual community (sparked by the war and fed somewhat by his personality), or simply the President's natural desire to pay off old cronies with a White House bid before his term ends, it is impossible to say. Perhaps it was a bit of both. A straw in the wind indicating that the Nixons plan to maintain an active social program is Mrs. Nixon's decision which this reporter has been told of on reliable au state - is thought likely to fall somewhere in-between the eras of Dwight Eisenhower and John V. Kennedy. It will almost certainly be several cuts above that provided by the Eisenhowers, who leaned heavily toward Lawrence Welk and Fred Waring. The Kennedys initiated a new era of artistic excellence with such p erformers as cellist Pablo Casals, the American Stratford Players, and the American Ballet Theater. That standard has been maintained by the Johnsons, although for some peculiar reason they often are not given credit for it. There is a Journalistic cult that likes to picture Lyndon Johnson as little short of a barbarian, and to bolster that image, they have perpetrated thority to have both a social secretary and a press secretary, with the latter, she hopes, drawn from the ranks of trained newswoinen. One of the several reasons Lady Bird Johason has been such a sucess as First Lady was that she did choose just such a press secretary in Elizabeth Carpenter, a former news reporter No one expects Mrs. Nixon to pull another Liz Carpenter out of a hat. They don't come down the pike like that every day. But the mere fact that she seems to want a professionally-trained person (instead of a social secretary trying to do two jobs, and therefore not doing either one adequately i, suggests she plans a busy program, and that she wants it to work well. White House To Take On New Style? It's Like Horatio Alger Story Jacqueline's Ex-Cook Has Recipe For Success I m ' h ( U LP. , , -I .. v i'i "I - ' i ' it would be right for me to talk about her life that way." What she did want, however, was to write a cookbook. "I just sat back and waited for the publisher who offered the most money to call up." Evidently Bartholomew House Ltd. did just that and three months later "Annemari-e's Personal Cookbook" has appeared, chock full of inviting recipes for dishes that one can only assume graced the Kennedy table. Miss Huste has some definite ideas on the care and feeding of American children: "White bread is ruining the eating habits of the average American child. They eat too much of it. You have to try them with new things. In Europe it is different, because the children eat what the grownups are having and that is that. "I once worked for a little boy who loved artichokes. (Could it be John-John?) Children love a little extra fuss, like noodles in plain chicken soup." "Then a ween or so later, on my day off, I passed a newstand and there was my picture on the front of the New York Post with a story saying that my cooking was responsible for Mrs. Kennedy going from a size 12 to a size 8. It was all kind of made up and I was scared to death. I called Mrs. Kennedy's secretary, Miss Tuckerman, and told her how upset I was and she called me back and said that 'under the circumstances Mrs. Kennedy felt I had better not come back to work.' You know, I was almost relieved, because 1 wouldn't have to face her. And then her phone started to ring day and night. Reporters. TV producers. Publishers. What they wanted to know, of course, was all the inside dirt on how Mrs. Kennedy lives, eats, sleeps, even if she likes Quiche. They were not to get that kind of information from little Annemarie. "That kind of thing, I think, is like what you tell your doctor or lawyer it is private and I don't think "I'm having the time of my life. I've never had so much fun!" she smiled, bobbing her dark blond head about and crossing and uncrossing her booted and miniskirted legs. Annemarie, who looks more like a teenie bopper than a cook, was living the quiet life whipping up Quiche Lorraine and cold lobster for the Kennedy menage on Fifth Avenue when she met an editor for Weight Watcher's Magazine on a ski weekend who suggested that the magazine might like to publish a few of Mrs. Kennedy's favorite recipes. "I agreed." Annemarie explained, "with the understanding that no mention of Mrs. Kennedy would be made. But when the magazine came out. there on the cover it said iMrs. Kennedy's chef!' 1 was so humiliated and furious. I called my lawyer and he told me to just apologize to Mrs. Kennedy. I did and she was very nice about it and said 'You should have known better.' and the whole thing was dropped. Bv JANE MOSELEY NEW YORK (WNS) - "My cookbook will sell like hot cakes." says the pert little German girl with such wide-eyed self-assurance that one cannot doubt her. Annemarie Huste, or simply "Annema-rie," as she prefers to now be known, is the best Horatio Alger story since the Rockefeller's Norwegian au pair up and married the Governor's son. Annemarie. 24. arrived in the United States at 19 and went to work for an American family as a housekeeper. "I was too young to be taken seriously as a chef so 1 had to take what was available. I guess you could say 1 worked my way up." One certainly could say that. In the past five years she has been chef to the late Billy Rose, ran Jacqueline Kennedy's kitchen anil is now dashing about the country promoting her first cookbook and talking to agents and angels regarding her own television show and townhouse restaurant in Manhattan. ANNEMARIE HUSTE

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