Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on January 4, 1959 · Page 113
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 113

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, January 4, 1959
Page 113
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01 n ·u Classroom (Continued from Page 5) its structure capable of expressing the subtlest nuances of thought." The alphabet, consisting of 32 letters, can be learned in one lesson. Pronunciation is easy and involves comparatively few s o u n d s which do not occur in English. Pestoff estimates that the average person can read, speak and translate Russian in about two years. When sufficient persons have studied long enough to become reasonably proficient in it, he hopes to be able to organize purely conversational classes where groups can gather and carry on full discussions using only Russian. A real command of the language can be gained in that way. IN A SENSE, Alexis Pestoff is returning the favor he re- · ceived when he arrived on the American scene knowing only two words of English--"poodle" and "ice cream." He studied his first English in night school and soon became a naturalized citizen. His first job was in a sugar plant working 66 hours a week for 50 cents an hour. He constantly marveled at the kindness, honesty, and freedom of the American people. When the squirrels in Central Park were not hunted he was amazed; when he saw valuable letters lying safely on mail boxes he was surprised; but when he found he could cat apple pie or some other sweet on the street without being molested he knew this was indeed a land of plenty. Alexis Pestoff graduated in Russia from the same engineer- ing school to which'Doslievsky' had gone. In the U. S., he studied industrial chemical engineering at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. For some 23 years he worked as an engineer for U. S. Metals in New Jersey, finally being put in charge of the " w h i t e metals" laboratories dealing with tin, zinc and the like. He now lives in. semire- tirement at 24429 Neece Ave., Torrance. Science is an international matter and no country can long monopolize any of its secrets. Alex Pestoff, teaching Russian in his own quiet way, helps to protect America's future. entire stoc IA j OFF! ROLLS ROLLS OF FAMOUS NAME CARPET AT THE BEST PRICES YET! 100% WOOL AXMINSTER $076 I tOUS ONLY .:_ :.... ,, (9 YD. HEAVY TWEED $086 S.YIAR AMARANTH ,, ,, __ »9 YD TM 100% NYLON $086 TWIIDS, SOLIDS. HI-LOW . 19 YD V 100% WOOL *9. YD. ...$9. YD. !ZI ...$9. 59. YD. TKTURID _ 100% ACRILAN H »9. YDS. ONLY _._ _ ALEX SMITH WILTON FRIEZE $C86 * ROLLS __ ; ' S9 YD ** 100% CHROMESPUN $C56 t COLORS _ _ ta vi V WOOL HI-LOW WILTON TWIIDS $9 YD 100% WOOL $086 LOH» LOOP nil. Rl*. 14.11 Sp. YD. _ 19 YD V MOHAWK HIAVY CARYID WILTON. 1 ROLL S9 YD MOHAWK WILTON HI-LO. RE». 10.W ,, ^ J9. YD. $ 7 86 YEAR'S BEST BUY SPECIAL PURCHASE 70% WOOL - 30% NYLON 14 DECORATOR COLORS SO. YD. WHILI IT LASTS This Is The Blend The President Walks On. Visit Our Custom Drap«ry Dept. or Phone TO 7-7214 for A Decorator Consultant to Com* to Your Home. NO MONEY DOWN 3 YEARS to PAY BANK TERMS LAKEWOOD CARPETS 16706 LAKEWOOD BLVD. TO 7-7214 OPEN SUNDAY 11 to 6 tM. - DAILY 10:30 to 9 fM. - SATURDAY 111 6 PJ*. Way of Life Monday through Friday, our evening routine, right now, is pretty much the same. We review the events of the day as we eat, get the dishes as far as the sink, then go for a- walk. We usually take a swing down the walk along the bay, making small talk about the highness or the lowness of the tide, then wandering through the dirt over the · old PE right-of-way and trestle to see how things are progressing along the Marina. We often meet some of our neighborhood contemporaries, out for an evening constitutional, too, some of them walking their dogs. We all stop long enough to bring each other up to date on our kids and grandchildren, do a little beefing about the weather, then head for home, swinging up the other side of Bay Shore, past the big homes. If the evening is chilly, we build us a fire of Eucalyptus chunks and some of the big pine cones we haul home from up on the Angeles Crest every fall. Then we settle down 'for a pleasant evening of TV and/or reading, mostly reading. We have a nice life/ ONE NIGHT I SAID, "Honey we should at least see the Academy Awards every year, if for nothing more than to say we've seen them. The Bridge on the River Kwai is over on the Shore. Would you like to see it?" "Let's go," he said, always agreeable. And then we were waiting hi a long line on · the cold c o n c r e t e outside the theater. Finally, we eased through the warm pop corn smells of the lobby and settled ourselves in comfortable seats on the aisle. Walking h o m e , my arm snuggled in that of my spoiise of 33 years, I rattled on, using up my limited cache of adjectives on the gorgeousness of the scenery, the superb acting of Bill Holden and Alex Guiness, the catchiness of the whistling tune, and the excellence of the film in general. He wasn't listening to me. ' Finally taking his pipe out of his mouth, he said, "You know the site the Japanese chose for their bridge was ideal for a trestle-type, and that's what they were trying to build, a trestle-type bridge: But, - they had no way of driving the piling, so they gave up. They were smart." "OH, HONEV," I said, "that was a MOVIE you saw, a STORY with characters with dominant traits, characters created through contlict, vivid details, all the emotions, complications and devices of good writing--unquote." I was taking a course in creative writing. He was supposed to laugh. "Then the English c a m e along," he said "and built a cantilever-type bridge. Of all the damn things to try to do. A waste of materials, and inherently unstable for the same reason the Japanese gave up; they couldn't get pilings down. My God! The absurdity of building a cantilever- -. type bridge with the tension-member connections lashed together lashed, LASHED together with bamboo or grapevine or whatever they used." Then he knocked the ashes out of his pipe on his heel and s a i d , "Let's go down to Kelley's." I married an.-engineer.! -; ANNA MAE MURRAY, 5309-.E/ " Broadway, Long Beach,

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