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TWELVE EVENING TIMES, CUMBERLAND, MD., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1948 Phone 460.0 For a WANT AD Taker Not Even Abe Burrows Is Bored By Burrows By JAMES THRASHER. NEA ".taff Correspondent NEW YORK—(NBA)—Abe' Burrows and Bing Crosby are alike In at least two respec' Both sing for a living and both wear their hats at rehearsal—for the same ' eason. " t whereas Sing's voice falls soothingly on tile ear, Abe's is of a tonal quality that could only possibly be lound beguiling to a lovesick lady moose. . This..deficiency has not dauntod Burrows. In fact, he hps. turned it into an advantage. For this travesty of a voice tha* he sings with is the perfect vehicle for the travesties of popular songs which he •writes, and which have made him a favorite with'the.connoisseurs' of "top-drawer humor. The connoisseurs were out 'in gratifying force' to hear him in his first night club .engagement here, at Le Directoire. And . what with two shows a night, and dozens of .friends and ' other commitments during the' day, Burrows suddenly discovered that his home town of New York was a wonderful place to live, but he'd hate to visit it very often. Burrows doesn't look like anybody's picture of Hollywood's pet funny, man, which he is. For that matter he doesn't took like a Wall Street runner, an ' accountant, a Latin tutor, or a seller of maple syrup, wallpaper and woven labels. He was all of these things and a 'few others before he f-ned to radio writing for a living. But he looks mainly like r. pleasant-faced guy with a bald head-. "I wasn't raised In a trunk, you know," he said, as he watched a dance team go through their part' of a video show rehearsal.' "I got my training on the drawing room circuit." . . • • . • This was' his way of explaining that he got his start in the visible end of show business Vjy -unlislng his friends at movie-colony parties. He went to Hollywood in. 103D, after a year in New York divided between selling labels and writing material for Ed >— .'.ner, Col. Stoop- nagle, and other comedians. It was not until 1843 that he- sa; down at a piano one night anc'. started Improvising satires on the creations -of a song writer who was a guest at the same party.. • Once Abe had uncorked this unsuspected • talent, his- friends wouldn't let him give"it up. After four yeaVs of prodding, he started doir,, his •songs professionally. The country first got to know him through a series of broadcasts. He! doesn't have a. sponsor 1 or regular j program at the .moment. But he rejects the suggestion that -he and maybe Henry Morgan, also currently unsponsored, throw .pitches that are a little fast for the average listener. "No, it's like this Chicago ' reviewer says about he," he said, in a voice that betrayed a boy- Even at rehearsal, Abe give.? these iVf*-*-!-»•« «•.•»•» hood spent .in the Boroughs at ?o"Ss the full treatment. He sings » Olliail Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. "He says, "This guy Is' sophisticated, but ne would also go. good at a master plumbers' convention'. I work'for the hlghc '; common .denominator, but I also work for the guys who will'"only get part of my scuff. All you have to do is make contact with your audience. Mnybc the first couple minutes they don't dig you. But, they come around if they're willing to think with me." Abe usually makes his contact with songs that bear titles like the famous "Girl with the Three Blue Eyes," "You Ate Up a Hunk of .My Heart," and Stroiling- Down Memory Lane .Without a Thing or. My Mind." Also "If You Were the Only Girl in the World and I Were the Only Boy—OK, but Right Now Leave Me Alone." And not forget- On Theft Charge full voice, with gestures, grimaces ( and plenty of knee action. And.lie| breaks up the rehearsal and all of the performers. | FREDERICK— U 3 ) —M r s. Lillian "You know," he understates, "ic's|L. Becker, 33, began servins three a funny tiling about my material.; years in the Marylorid Ksfqrma- It doesn't bore me," Hybrid Corn Data HARR1SBURG—(INS)—The use and production of hybrid corn: seed exceeded all records in Pennsylvania during 1948. According to the State Agricultural Department, in producing the .state's bumper 65.320,000 com crop, 84 per cent of all field com grown was from hybrid seed. Sheep For Fur CAMBERRA, Australia—(INS)— ting the two anniversary-type songs ! A South-Australian company wants —the only holidays Irving Berlin hasn't already used, says Burrows —"Like , Columbus Done to America, I Discovered You" and "If Washington Told the Truth to His Father, Why Do You Lie to He?" • sheep from America which will be grown for their fur and not for their wool. The company wants to import some sheep of the caracul breed to develop a new grazing industry In the Northern Territory. tory for Females today for *,he rau- snckinc of a dormitory at Hood I College. The attractive blonde from To- pans'a. Calif., pleaded guilty to stealing $45 from a room at the girls' college last spring. In passing sentence, Judge Patrick M. Schiiauffer of the Frederick Comity Circuit Court termed, the defendant "a very clever woman" and denied her husband's plea that he be permitted to take her and her four-weeks-oki child back home where he is a film studio \vorker. Mrs. Becker's arrest last May resulted from a widespread search for a "TPoiaan in white shoes" who had been seen or. several college campuses Just 'before dormitories there were looted. She was picked up after two students saw her at Washington College In Chestertown-, Md. later developed that she had in her pos- Big Floors Are Just Chock Full of Exciting Christmas Things For the Home and Every Member of Your Family . . . Shop Early! McCrory'f Two Ladies' Dress GLOVES Cotton rayon and suede cloth finish. Several styles to choose Jrom . . . white, black and brown. 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