The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 15, 1953 · Page 9
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THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 1953 Mamie's Army: The Whitehousekeepers Rv FATTI SIMMON'S • <- «*j*^,»fi* '>-•• <- .-._ BIATHEVILLE (ARKJ COURIER NEWS By TATTI SIMMONS NBA Sl.-iff Corrcsponrteiil WASHINGTON — (NBA) — Ike gave up an army to become President, The President's wife, Mamie, will take on an army beginning Inauguration Day. As ruler of the housekeeping roost at 1000 Pennsylvania Avenue, Mrs. Eisenhower will be lucky if at first she stays just one step ahead of the Executive Mansion's regiment of maids, butlers, cooks, housemen, doormen, laundresses, gardeners and repairmen. Sixty-five strong, with another 20 •fir so to handle, miscellaneous Jobs, V4hej''rc battle-seasoned from years of blitzkrcig with dirt, dust, moths and uninvited guest. 1 ;. There's even an exterminator, except that- at the Executive Mansion you politely refer to him as "the engineer" who sprays the place. The new First l.ady must learn come fine points of protocol. For Instance, Mamie must never, never tell a White House maid lo man a mop or wield a vacuum sweeper. Strenuous Jobs are tackled by six housemen, leaving a quintet of maids to go about the chores of bed-making and waiting on lady guests. It would be a first-rate boner to eend a butler to the grocery store. Each morning the. shopping list I.? handed to Melvin Carter, the steward, who does all White House marketing. In spending the taxpayer's money lor spinach and lamb chops, Carter doesn't have to stick to the same store. One rule, however, never changes — a White House policeman always accompanies him. Another precaution Mamie will have to get used to ts having every department -store purchase fluoro- scoped in the White House mail room before being delivered lo her. gill she goes shopping and carls <K*ie package home herself, there's that-secret service man who'll stick by her side. • • • ! Anjr resemblance between Mamie's Kitchen and n womans' world would upset the White House tradition Probably as large as the Blue Room, the place is a mammoth chromium kingdom ruled over by Maitre d'Hotel Alonzo Fields, aided by five cooks mid four assistant butlers. ' Tlie Impeccable Fields is responsible for inventory on all food, as well as the china, glasswnre and silver. It's up to him to decide on WlllTF, HOUSE CLEANING - Cleaning Job is tackled in the executive wing after a tense day of conferences produced this litier. the quantity and quality of food purchased and to prepare the daily menu for approval of the President's wife first thing each morning. If the new First Lady follows In the housekeeping footsteps of Bess Truman, her day will begin at 8:30 or 9 a.m., which Is when one of the ushers appears on the scene with the menu, The ushers, captained by Howell Grim, constitute four majordonios in charge of White House maintenance and staff personnel. Should a Prime Minister or guest of slate come to stay with the Eisenhower's, it's still the maitre d'hotel who'll conjure up four different dinner menus for each day of their stay. From these Mamie "will make her choice. Ask most anyone at the White House about Melds nnd they'll tell you there's not another man in Washington who could fake his place. He learned his butler's secrets from the blue bloods of Boston. Before coming to the White House It's Difficult to Tell If Abbott, Costello are Arguing or Acting By HOB THOMAS HOLLYWOOD W - Bud Abbott and Lou Costollo argue so much that sometimes you can't tell when It's part of the act' and when it's for real. I realized-this when I had lunch with Ihcm during a l>renk in their TV rciic.irsnl. They were 'accompanied by a large audience, consisting of their producer, writers. e(c., and both boys were in good . argumentivfi form. * It started with the Limburger cheese. Bud was having a dish of Limburger with raw onion as a chaser. -This pained Lou, who put a napkin over the fragrant repast. "It's dead," said Lou. "Let's give it a decent burial." "Cut It out!" snapped Bud. "That cheese doesn't smell." Tin's touched off a heated exchange that lasted several minutes. After the battle cooled off, I put forth the question of whether it's harder to make the public laugh today. "Absolutely," replied Bud. "Wilh all the war, and taxes and unrest In the world, people don't laugh as readily as they used to." "I disagree," countered Lou, who used to be the fat one but has Bllmmed down to Abbott's size. "I think people are more eager to laugh than ever before—because of all their troubles." "You're nuts," answered Bud. "I'll tell you another reason it's harder to make people laugh today. Thanks to TV, more people are getting more entertainment ithan ever before in history. Some- rfhing's got to bs really funny or they'll switch the dial to another program." They argued this back and forth for a while. About the only thing they could agree on was: TV is wonderful. "Ten or 12 years ago. we'd get mobbed wherever we went because of our movies.". Lou remarked. "After a few years, that sort of thing died down. But now we're getting It all over again. "I just look a trfp east. When I stopped over in Chicago, I had to. make my way through" the kids. When I walked through the lobby of the Waldorf-Astoria In New- York, It was a mob scene. "The same thing happens here In town. I used to take my kid lo the amusement park with no trouble at all. Now I can't go there, unless I want to sit down and write autographs for an hour." Both comics agreed that they work hard for the new revival of their careers. Their show looks like a breezy, easy hour. But; Lou said, "I'd rather make n feature picture than do one live show o;i TV. "TV Is actually harder work than pictures. Before starting to prepare for a show, I go In training—Just like a prize fighter. I'm constantly working on new Ideas for the show." Tho boys are keeping up their NOTICE Carpenters .Local at 209 >/i Main St. will he Open Monday through Friday from 8 to 5. If you need fo remodel, repair or build Call 3372. First class work by union craftsmen, and in- formnfion you need. After 5 p.m. Call 8747. 21 years ago,'Melds worked for the president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. White House Chief Chcf-Eslatlis- lao Medina is a native of the Philippine Islands and chats in an accent thick as tine at his country's dishes. Medina retired a.s an officer's cook first-class in 1949 after 30 years in Ihe Navy. In the sub-basement mess where the White House help eals, an assistant cook dishes out (he chow. If .Mamie would like a bedtime snack, there's a small diet-kitchen on the third ftoor. The gal who can'tell the new First Lady all about the high cost of living at the White House is Mrs. Eli Ciarrochi. As acting housekeeper grocery bills are her responsibility. • » • One houskeeplng headache that doesn't exist at the White House Is Spring and Pall cleaning. Prettying up the Executive Mansion is "one perpetual process. Floors may be waxed three time.? in a .single week. strenuous schedule. During the rest of the year, they will do several more live TV hours, 26 half- hour films for TV, two or Ihree movies for theaters and also play the El Rancho Vegas in Las Vegas , their first night club date tn several years. Don't they ever run out of material? "That doesn't worry us," answered Bud. "Why, when we were in burlesque, we played (he same theater fcr five , years, changin? the show every week. We've gel enough material to last us as long as we live/' Every few months the stage-size draperies are carted to (he dry cleaners and the myriads ol separate crystajs sparkling in the big chandeliers' are given a bath In ammonia and water. The domestic staff works a 40- hour week and has different days off. Ushers probably work longer hours than' anybody in the place. They've been known to arrive at 6 a.m. and stay put at their posts tin midnight—with no overtime pay. When veteran doorman Robert Mayes takes his day off there are etill four others lo take turns at the front door. Mays Is one of the real Washington landmarks. His tenure at the White House dates back lo the administration of President Taft. Another slaff vcleran, head gardener Robert Redman, started at the White House when he was 10 years old. Redman claims his work is light compared lo the early FDR days. During Roosevelt's ad'mlnis- tration 32 greenhouses which belonged to the White House were destroyed to nuke room for a city bridge. Today's lone greenhouse is on the White House roof and Redman places a daily order for cut flowers with a Washington florist. "It was President ~ Roosevelt'. 1 Idea," Redman says, "that this would be cheaper than rebuildinc 32 greenhouses." • t • ..For a <ypio.il daily order, Redman 'figures 50 roses, eight or 10 bunches of pom poms and 25 to 59 snapdragons. As soon as Mamie's last luncheon or tea guest deparls, Redman will transplant all bouquels to the ice box. This way they keep a week or more. Redman and his in assistants also maintain watch over 300 or 400 plants slashed Into dark Whit House corners. Every couple o. weeks, the plants go back tn the greenhouse for light, and sun. The Eisenhowers will have their own full time staff of repairmen able to fix anything from a leaky faucet lo a temperamental streak in the air-conditioning. . The Impressive battalion includes plumbers, carpenters, painters, electricians, engineers, even & inovie projector man. About,the only emergency that can't be handled on the grounds is a crimp in one o[ Ihe Executive Mansion's three or four TV sets. And so far. no one's thought of recruiting a lifeguard for the White House pool. About 40 per cent of the farmland In the United States Is made up of farms with more than 1000 acres. Maximum Age Limit for U. S. Jobs Dropped WASHINGTON (ff) -. Th/ Civil Service Commission yesterday dropped maxium age limftcs for entrance into most government Jobs, and said it has urged federal hiring agencies to take on older persons. Jn the past, the commission's rules provided that generally new Job applicants would not be considered If they were C2 or over. The commission also announced regulations covering the temporary employment in government jobs of persons 70 or over. J v isiting Around Arkansas BY JOE MARSH THE ARKANSAS PRESS Meets To Take Stock ArVinssii «!ilon> md publisher* ire meeting this month u lake «t«k, swap ideas »nrf renew their faith m the power and reliability rvf the press. For many, convention time means locking up lh< shop, hccanpc they serve as printer and pressman as well as editor. Large nf small, though, Arkansas editors meet on common ground and makt Ihe surnr decision for the hellermriu of their communities.ami neighbors. H'a like, the brewing industry rn some waj-B. I.ar^c or small, the American brewer strives [o give service In the public Ihrough production of a fine and reliable prod- ucj. Jirst like Ihe editor wanls his subscribers and advertisers lo appreciale and have failh in his paper, the hrewer wants his customers lo relish a coml, cool class nf lifer in pleasant, legal surroundings. SHOW BY CHRYSLER Boy discsvers new Chrysler full-time Power -r^:^^ times. Let us put you behina me wheel and wilh jusl two Sneers you'll turn your car wheels, even at a standstill. Power Steering time-Ti-OOA "vTtTl Tnn P £"!? I"™ """"* *"" ' r ' Snd> * ny does « of the work of steering for you . . . gives your hand on T.h "'??*,.« '?,'' T^^l?l^P.' "l^'rj.nuwy Ihe wheel many times mor FIRST SHOWING IN MEMPHIS KTJ^rjKsas ^T^'KssrasrsrasS •ore .teerm, control and safety in ruts Don't miss seeing engineering wonders pre.v'ously not rev'atd FIRST SHOWING 1H HFUtHK Days of Metal Shortages Running Out NEW YORK W> - The days of metal shorl.iges,-and controls—are running out. Stcclmen say lhal most maim- faeliirers of household appliances and even of aulos may soon be able to get all they can use—the accent will be on finding customers for their products rather than on finrt- '•IB materials. Aluminum prortuclion is about lo be stepped up Again—in this case with an assist from the weather-' "Ian out In (he Pacific Northwest. Stce! controls are about lo IK •laxed—acordlng to reports from Washington—with larger quotas for makers of civilian goods. And many manufacturers are already stepping up their own pro- dnclion qnotes because (hey fell tha materials controls will be a hiiii- of Ihe past shortly and that herefore. they can borrow now rom anticpntc supplies. Copper remains the tightest of the metals—hut even (here the sun- ply situation is brightening some. Norway to Spend $22,580,000 OSLO, Norway MV-Norway's Socialist Kovernment yesterday called lor a record expenditure for defense In presenting Us 1053-51 budget to parliament, it calls for spending 522.580.000 more for arm,, compared with last year. Taxpayers would he asked to nu up about $620.400,000 Of this amount about JIOl.400,000 goes to the armed service^. 100 State GOPS To Inauguration R ° CK '»> ~ Arkan- will send a 100-member delegation lo Washington Tuesday for the Inauguration of President-elect Dulght D. Elsenhower, state Republican Chairman osro Cobb an nounced yesterday State float will move in the in- PAGE NINE Japan Borrows 10 U. S. Ships TOKYO «>)-Janan borrowed 10 ihlps from Hie United Slates yesterday as a slarler toward rebuilding the fleet, she lost fighting the U S in World War II.-Some of the ships formerly had been loaned lo Russia. Their Lalest transfer came Just- one day after Jnpan, In a s'rong American-backed statement wnrn- ed Russia that U.S. planes of the Japan defense force would shoot down intruders over Japanese territory. Altogether ,the U. S. will lease 68 ships to Japan for her Maritime Safety nonrd (Coast Guard). ngurnal parade. It will bear Ihe words "171.000 lor Ike." indicating Ihe number of Arkansas who voted for Eisenhower. Up the Easy Way; Down The Hard Way KANSAS CITY M>j_He rC5 ' , pU7 . Two workmen climbed to the top of a 140-foot brick smokestack using Iron hooks In the Interior as « ladder. Then they removed a heavy castiron rim atop Ihe slack. The rim dropped down the center of the stack knocking off most, of the Iron hooks and leaving the men stranded. How did they «(, down? Jamps Donnelson and Gene Husky found themselves tn thul situation yesterday slop a smokestack of an old college building. But they're not Mill up there trying lo find a. way out. They worked their way down— Wholesale Food ' Prices Advance . NEW YOIiK M>)-Wholcsa!e food prices advanced this week for the fourth week In a row and were at the highest average level since mid- November, according to the Dun fz Bradstrrct food Index. At {6.25 the Index compared with «6.23 last week and was off 4.9 per cent from the year-ago week's 86.57. Wholesale prices nf one pound each of 31 fods in general use are to- lalcd lo establish this index. tearing down the structure bricfc b» brick. H took them most of Ihe day' But by evening they had reduced Ihe size sufficiently so that they could be lowered to th« bulldlng'i roof by rope. Nobody complained about their method. They were supposed to help dismantle Ihe old slack anyway, Best lime, for the fforrft American four-man bobsled mile—1:12.031 ion id PROOF . (LIMED MISHIT CMUIHS Kl CUIR HEUTIIL SHUT! KENTUCKY BLENDED WHISKEY ' M Qt. KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY 5J08 CLOSING OUT SALE IN PROGRESS! This Is Your Last Chance to SAVE ON THESE TERRIFIC VALUES -Check These Money Savers- Regular 25c & 29c Anklets .,, 2 pr 25c Regular 39c Anklets 2 pr 39c Regular 98c & 1.49 Wool Hea d Scarfs 49c & 75c Ladies Nylon Hose pa j r ^ c Quality Canvas Gloves pair 20c Bedtime Story Books, a big one is c All Buttons p er carc | 5c Children's Cotton Bloomers 25c Quality Print Dresses ft c Corduroy Overalls pair 99 C Gabardine Jackets only .• 99 C ALL SUMMER SHORTS AND SUITS REDUCED 50% , ALL TOYS REDUCED 50% 5 C and 10 C «^ and 10 C

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