INSEGREVIOUS OWENS BOOKED FOR 'IN' SESSION He's any dimension but square Gary Owens will appear March 8 as a speaker at the first "IN" Session '69, a three-part self-improvement seminar sponsored /or high schoo! girls hy (he Independent, Press-Telegram. Tickets may be purchased at participating high schools or t h r o u g h the I.P-T, HE5-llRl.ext.287. By BECKY BALLMER The lonely teen-ager growing up in Mitchell, S. D., was sickly and had "a lot of hang-ups." He read a great deal -- mostly humor -and once "won" a "Draw Me" Contest. Who could guess he someday would become a successful cartoonist and newscaster, write whimsical humor, broadcast on a posh radio station and earn fame as announcer of television's "Laugh-In"? It's improbable hut true that the lonesome lone wolf frnm South Dakota grew up to be Gary Owens, the babbling dictionary of (he Never, Never land set. He grew up, but at 34 he isn't growing old. "In my field people never get old, and that is the way it should be. Try always to retain a glimpse of childhood and a youthful attitude," he said. "PEOPLE OF ALL ages, he believes, like to let their imagination run amok. "Radio will never die because its invisibleness sparks the listener's imagination." Imagination -- that's a key to Owens himself. His is creative and quick-firr. He has a four dimensional sense of humor. He's never serious. The tangled webs of his mind constantly are knitting "Owen- isms" and rewriting the English language. His first career as a newscaster went awry because he couldn't keep "straight." Words, words, words are the basis for his self-expression. Such Owen-coined words as drelbs, gulmph and insegrevious have pul their nonsensical stamp on 1ho language. There is a movement among word-fans In have "insegrevious" adopted by a dictionary"In five years I expect it to be in oitlicr Random House or Funk and Wngnall as the all-purpose utilitarian word," he prophesied. Guest columnist, Wilson High School Tn plean informal ion for today's "IN" Scs.-ion feature Reeky Ballmer. 17, met Gary Owens for lunch at Hollywood's Brown DT- iiy. In wrilinp the story Miss Ballmer practiced toward her future -- she wants to become a journalist and may leach it. Though keeping a straight "A" average at Wilson High School demands hours of "hitting the books," Miss Ballmer has time also to edit "The Loudspeaker" and participate in clubs. Today's writer is one of 12 local high school students whose "IN" Session stories will be judged by a panel of Independent, Press-Telegram editors. The winning journalist will receive a trophy. EXPECT ANYTHING from Gary Owens --a frog may jump from inside his coat (above) or he could appear in a Superman suit. The popular radio personality is scheduled for "IN" Session on March 8. INDEPENDENT (AMI PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM)-- B-5 Lous Btich, Calif., Frl., Feb. M, 1949 "Laugh-In,' 1 his current "thing." actually is a take-off from his radio program, which also is full of satirical cameos. "ONE DAY THE producer phoned me and asked if I would like to do a television spoof like my radio broadcast, and Laugh-In was created," Owens explained. With a script of more than 300 pages each week, "Laugh-In requires at least 300 edits and splice jobs lo complete the finished product. As creator of the line "Beautiful Downtown Bin-bank," Owens has proven the power if humor. Now even the city's PBX operators answer, "This is beautiful downtown Burbank." Owens has found commercial announcing very lucrative. His wit and voice also earned him the honor of emcecing this year's Grammy Awards. Owens the inventor has devised more unnecessary and completely unrealistic products than a dozen Rulio Goldbergs. When a flash strikes, it Is immediately scribbled into one of his many memo pads. FOR DIETERS there Is his "chocolate bar with a sprig of lettuce in every bite." Or for nighttime use, his "luminous thumb dip for hitchhikers." In another facet of his life Owens is a self-defense expert. He and his petite wife take karate lessons every Sunday on their basketball court. Demonstrating his strength, Owens broke n piece of melba toast over his knee as we all applauded in the Record Room of the Brown Derby. As the interview closed, his deep velvet voice admonished: "Remember, stifling the child's extraovertenuality tend to subjugate the biophysical transmogra- phication." How insccrevious! Engaged couples announce \ their future wedding plans Westall-Gonsoulin Mr. and Mrs. James E. Westell, Long Beach, announce the engagement of their d a u g h t e r , Kay Elaine, to Dr. Henry T. Gonsoulin. His parents are Hugh A. Gonsoulin of New Iberia, La., and Mrs. T. I,. Shivik of Crestyiew, Fla. Miss Westall attended Long Beach City College and UCLA. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees Corbett, Ropp vows are read In an erly evening ceremony Saturday in Bays h o r e Congregational Church Melissa Suzanne Ropp became the bride of Edward Francis Corbett III. Parents of Ihe couple are Mrs. Lorraine E. Hanley of Waipahu, Hawaii, and William F. Ropp of .Studio City and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Francis Corbett of Huntington Beach. Â· The bride was attired in a candlelight velvet gown with sleeves and neckline trimmed in crochet lace and satin train. Phyllis Grace Rathbone was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Mrs. Glen Paulson, Robin Ropp, Mmes. David Simpson, James Currish and Judy Kihler. Wendy Karswell was flower girl. The bridegroom's brother-in-law, Ralph B. Wood, was best man, Ushers were at California State College, Long Beach, and for three years has taught English at Polytechnic High School. Her fiance earned his B.S. degree at Washington and Lee University and graduated from Medical College of Virginia, School of Dentistry. For three years, he served in the U. S. Navy Dental Corps. The wedding will take place in July. MRS. E. F. CORBETT III Riyan P. Clarke, Robert. Clarke, the bride's brother, William F. Ropp Jr., the bridegroom's brother, Dennis Corbett, and Robert Campbell. Anthony Kars- well was ring bearer. A reception in the Mediterranean Room at the Pacific Coast C l u b honored the newlyweds. The bride is a graduate of Wilson High School and Long Beach City College. Her husband is an alumnus of Huntington Beach High School and LBCC. Bingham-Boukather Marilyn A. Bingham will become the bride of John M. Boukather on June 27. A stewardess for American Airlines, she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd D. Bingham, Long Beach. After graduating from Wilson High School, she attended Long Beach City College. Her fiancn, son nf Mr. and Mrs. John K. Boukather. Arcadia, attended Mt. San Antonio Junior College. Miller-Zabish A February, 1970, wedding is planned by Candice Renee Miller and Donald George Zabish. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil L. Miller, Los Alamitos; and her fiance is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George D. Zabish, Long Beach. Marks-Bird A Sept. 6 wedding ir, planned by Linda E. Marks and Dennis J. Bird, both seniors at California State College, Long Beach. Miss Marks is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Marks, Anaheim. Her future husband is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Bird, Long Beach. Dugas-Trice Mr. and Mrs. August C. Dugas, Long Beach, announce the engagement of their daughter, Linda, to Rick D. Trice, son of Mr. and Mrs, 0. .1. Trice, Wealherford, Texas. ARE MEN EASIER TO PLEASE? How does your mate rate in marriage? NEW YORK (ffl -- One out of every four American wives would pick another husband if they were starting out again, according to a recent Gallup poll. Only one in every 10 husbands, hnw- nve.r. says he would have proposed lo another girl if he had known as much about his wife then as he dries now. Why are women less satisfied with their mates than their husbands are? Mary Gibson, who reported on the survey for the Family Circle Magazine, asks in reply: "Are wives eagerer to please; and do women work harder than men do to get a mate, to hold him, and to make him happy? Do women succeed at the cost of making their husbands more pleased with them than the wives are with their husbands? Or are husbands less aware of the human needs at home, too taken up with the outside demands of their careers, to live up to their wives' expectations?" AS A SOCIAL partner, close companion and parent the man fared poorer than his mate in the representative sampling of the sexes. Women, too, were more critical of their spouses' devotion, personal appearance and mental growth. Socially, only 58 per cent of American husbands meet their wives' expectations while 81 per cent of the men said their mates were weli suiieu to their social needs. Husbands, loo. were mure satisfied with their wives' physical appearance. One went so far as to say his wife "has become even more beautiful over ths years." Only six per cent thought their mates didn't live up to expectations in looks. Twclvp per cent of the wives found f a u l t with how iheir innn looked. "He lias everything except looks," commented an Arizona carpenter's wife. QUESTIONED ABOUT companionship, 86 per cent of the husbands said they were satisfied while only 69 per cent of the wives felt their mates shared their interests and attitudes. Wives were critical, too, of their mates' mental growth. Only 14 per cent of the men complained that their wives had failed to improve t h e i r minds while 24 per cent of the women felt their husbands weren't as bright, and alert as they should be. Nine out of 10 men felt their wives were pond mothers but only two out of three women felt their husbands were f u l f i l l i n g the father role. "I wish he would spend a little less time and energy on his work and more on understanding and helping our children," said an Illinois banker's wife. Only one in five wives, though, complained about their husbands as wage earners. It's a good thing, too, because husbands, 2-1, want their wives to bs wage earners and are disappointed if they are not.
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