Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon on May 2, 1936 · Page 11
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Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon · Page 11

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Saturday, May 2, 1936
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Science Shows How Changing Your Name Brings Success ' ' ' ' Dante, Italian Genius Known for His "In- ' VVV S" lu . '"H fcrno," Describing His Belief in Hell. ' . . JO..- . M JJ L-) A'' By EMMA MASON - ' A ' 1 CSSSP W iWl , AjJ 1 ll 1 T' Ljijf r !f 4 Ciilila Grey, Famous Dancer Who Changed I Her Name to Help a Stage Career. jo-mytf 'S!is-'mJr:''&it ' Dante, philosopher. C&ti? fl k$S? ' TSs&'iwil I Each one of the above is not the original c . . yL IPWWSA ' i. I "amo of lh0 owner. Anil there are hundreds J"".". """"'" KAfVWorYiA'AJT more who have won fame under a "second- Who Conquered I iWfW'-! v?''"JV edition" title. H .... j i i.ptlkj?- J '. ; ,: y A Vs", 7H-SS5Wk Why did these people chungo their names? Harosnip ana . fJ'-f VV'-V Because they knew that "Whafa In a name?" Tragedy to Become Jr ' V ' " VV. J?!p33i!'f ' Is a protty stage speech when Juliet whispers the Wnrll' Croat V K is? VKJggirV.-.j;--H;: V it to Romeo, but It doesn't hold true in real me worms un- -! ' V' VnT-""" gfe life. A name may make all tho difference be- cst Actress Sketch , V'-,;Xv"'!T'-:i VAlffl&$s tween weakness and strength, happiness or de- by Gil, Famous t, XA Iflsll RPalr' succes8 or fnllure- French Caricaturist. liSSSj& VSr-wl: eJE! . IMMATURE HOUR r r t i l . ov Bud Landis Greta Garbo, Star of the Movie World, Whose Carefully Chosen Name Helped Her. Famous People Often Known By Names Selected Before . Attaining Honors "a 'sissy' name places a child In a bad position because of the subjective effect his name has upon those- he meets. For example, a school teacher; without even thinking about it, will automatically assign Cyril or Percy to clean the blackboards, carry messages and act as general helper. Unconsciously, she and the world place Jim or Bill In an entirely different class. . "Look at the motion picture Industry. Can you think of a hero named Percy? I remember when it was first decided to call Charles Rogers 'America's Boy Friend,' Hollywood promptly added to his name the warm, friendly nickname 'Buddy.' That name sounds chummy Hollywood recognized it and the public unconsciously responded to it. Yes, Indeed, there's a lot of psychology in names." Dr. Renz was asked whether it is advisable to name children after great personalities. . He answered, "To my mind, carrying around a famous monicker Is hard on a child. You can give him the name 'Lincoln' or 'Roosevelt,' but you can't give him the qualities that the original bearer had and 80 you set up an impossible standard for him. A child soon discovers that he can't equal his famous predecessor and if he is of a sensitive nature, becomes discouraged and usually ends by sinking permanently ini. the background." THE same thing happens when one child In a family is exceptionally brilliant. The rest of the children with mediocre ability grow dis 1 1 But, suppose the damage Is done. Your parents have not heard Dr. Konz' plea for bigger and better names and to your constant despair, have named you after Great-groat-groat-grand-father Marmaduke. "Change your name!" advises this prominent psychologist. "Why go through life under the handicap of a ridiculous, clumsy name? A new name can bring about a complete change In personality, give you new confidence, greater poise. "Think of the way you feel whon you get a brand new suit of clothes, a shave, haircut and shine. That's exactly what a now name can do. i'ou're a new man, starting fresh with a clean slate, roady to make not Now Year but new life resolutions." DR. RENZ is not making absurd cluims when he stresses the Importance of a namo. His statements have been tried and tested through the years. Look at this list of famous persons who changed their names: Woodrow Wilson, former President of tho United States. Henry F. Durant, founder of Wollcsloy College. Winston Churchill, statesman and author. Sarah Bernhardt, actress. Voltaire, statesman and satirist. Mark Twain, author. couraged after constant attempts to equal their outstanding brother or sister fall. They may ultimately cease to compete and be content to admit inferiority and take a humble seat outside the limelight. Dr. Yale Nathanson, of the department of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, recently pointed out that there is one advantage in a distinctive name. An unusual name is remembered because the owner is generally asked to repeat it, spell it or even write it. Both in business and social life this is of great assistance, providing the owner is not personally affected by the fact that his name is out of the ordinary. "A distinctive name reminds me of an early experience I had in the newspaper field," he said. "I worked with a group of reporters, all of whom were acceptable, average men except ono he was the homeliest, most slovenly Individual imaginable: once seen, never forgotten. "The result was that people he interviewed always remembered him; long afterward, they would stop him on the street to give him news. Not so with the rest of us. In a short time, we wore completely forgotten. This man had mediocre ability, yet he was soon made a star reporter and it was only his distinctive appearance that earned him the promotion. "So with a distinctive name. Providing an Individual 'can take tt,' It sometimes works the same way." ATTENTION, young mamas and papas! Science now claims that you have the power to make your "blessed event" a Poet or plumber, Sissy or roughneck. College professor or murderer. How? It depends largely on whether you name him Bill or Perclval! "You give your youngster his first break or his first handicap when you select his name," says Dr. Carl Renz. "Names play a surprisingly important part In determining an Individual's personality, character and manner of living." Dr. Renz' statements are based on wide knowledge and experience. He is a well-known West Coast physician and psychologist and ir collaboration with his wife, Mildred P. Renz,' Is the author of "Big Problems on Little Shoulders," an outstanding work on child psychology. MIT'S ALMOST unbelievable the way the meaning of a name may carry over into the meaning of a life," Dr. Renz said. "Of course, the world scoffs but there is a principle that seems to explain it. "Everybody knows that repetition plays a major part in influencing our children. Science has proven that we build up the 'feel' of things we hear and say, and unconsciously construct an association between these Ideas and our subsequent emotions and actions. In other words, wo hear and say a thing until we think it. believe it and then finally do it." In proof of Dr. Renz' statements, take the case that recently occurred in Chicago. Joseph Love, a barber, fled to police and begged to be locked up for bigamy. He said he had two wives and both of the women had just met in his home. In court the next morning, a third woman introduced herself as a former wife who had divorced Love twice, and said there was a fourth wife. Suppose you had to hear the word "love" repeated over and over again! Not just one day or week, but year after year! Suppose people constantly made puns about it! Andxsuppose, in addition to this, you were of a sensitive, easily affected nature. In time, anything might happen which is exactly what did happen In the case of Joseph Love. Of course, it all depends on the Individual, but there is a surprisingly large group that under the same circumstances would undoubtedly have responded jusl as Joseph Love did. And that's why Mr. Cool may become an Iceman or Mr. Key a locksmith. : HIT APPEARS almost uncanny the way some I people live up to their names," Dr. Renz declared. "Parents often fail to realize what a big difserence they can make In the life of their youngster if they name him Hill instead of Perclval. "Giving a boy a so-called 'sissy' name does two things. First of all. It may cause him to develop Into a sturdy youngster, although personally I can think of a much more pleasant way to build up a physique than the method he is forced to employ. I mean that a boy with a monicker like that is bound to use his fists plenty. "In the second place," Dr. Renz continued, NAILS embedded In stone which had taken eons to form- at a time ages before nails were made. A California miner took home a large piece of auriferous quartz. It was half the size of a man's head. He dropped it. and where it split lay a rusted nail about three inches In length. Its head was perfect the nail was plainly machine-made. A quarry in England gave up a block of stone about ten Inches square. Half of a long nail protruded from the stone the other half was embedded in the solid rock. The quarry had been worked for more than 20 years, and the block of stone came from the bottom, not from the top. No other nails were discovered, and no explanation was given for the discovery of a nail buried In hard stone hundreds of years before nails were invented. Can you explain the almost incredible circumstances? How did the nails get there? Or are geologists mistaken in believing that quartz and stone take many hundreds of years to form? How Do You Explain This? ---" trr - -' SOUND: (Bong!) BUD: Good eve, ladles and gentlemen: We present another crop of vetoran beginners. Tho fate of these old established amateurs is literally in your hands because the Man's-Johnvillo motor will record your approbation with vol-umo properly controlled by our sound technician. Wo reserve tho control privilege, of course, so that the right act will be given a weak engagement, in accordance with previous arrangements. And now, tho first aspirant. . . . Well, young man, what Is your voice base ? AMATEUR: No, sir snare. BUD: Here, now if that's somebody trying to exert every precusslon ... A: Ah, "I take my pun In hand," eh? BUD: Seo here, you can't pun n pun! Why, that would be taking tho lowest form of humor and undercutting it. A: Well, wo'll have to do something to take up the time. BUD: What do you mean? It says here that you arc going to fever us with a song. What Is It going to be? A: My own composition: "A Rhapsody In Rests." BUD: All right, let's take up the time with that, then. A: But nobody can hear It. As tho namo Implies, It's written entirely In rests. BUD: Do tell. If I'm not too bold, won't that be a dash monotonous 7 A : Ordinarily, yes. But to break tho monotony, 1 have employed whole rests . ; . halves . . , quarters and the balance In nlckles nnd dimes. BUD: Exceedingly quaint. Did you have much trouble In thinking up such novel treatment? A: To tell the truth, mother was the necessity of Invention. I can't sing. BUD: I see just a nin-or-mlll amateur. Well, It's better that you cun't - I shouldn't want to establish a dangerous precedent. A: I render my rhapsody without giving vent to a single note. I Jur-t step up to tho miko and observe every rest in tho score. Thus, there Is nothing accomplished, nothing done - T earn a night s applause. BUD: Now hold on You can't play on the sympathies of tho audience like that. A: Now rule? BUD: You probably Imagine that If you stand up there and favor our listeners with a bit of silence, they'll be so grateful you'll get first prize. A: Well, that's about tho only device that hasn't been pulled yet. BUD: Looks hero. We're not looking for anything new at least not while the racket Is going over so big. A: I'm sorry but whether you llko it or not I've just dono a verse and two choruses of my number. Pray lot's seo what sort of a hand I get . . . BOUND: (Thunderous applause!) BUD: All right, ladles and gentlemen: You have given first prize and a weak engagement to the "Rhapsody In Rests." Thank you very much, and we'll be with you again next week. O PAGE THREE- n O ,, . . ; a. K --- Ir-.-St3L.Va4 Mask. t mm WIS fbat1MNSMS What Would Happen to This Group of Talented Hollywood Chorus Girls if They Changed Their Name? These Beauties So Far Are Practically Unknown to the Public, and Experiences of Other Girls Indicate That the Right Nam$ Ci l?fe Tremendously Important. Q O o

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