The Brownsville Herald from Brownsville, Texas on December 31, 1972 · Page 46
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The Brownsville Herald from Brownsville, Texas · Page 46

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Sunday, December 31, 1972
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AUorld Full of Frank MeGees? A Stardtng Theory "If the leaders of Israel and of Egypt were men like Frank McGee, wouldn't they somehow work out their differences at the conference table? Would weaponry be usurping $80 billion of our national budget if the world were populated by Frank McGees?" I s Frank McGee-the man you tec on NBCs "Today" show - is Frank McGee the world's ideal man? Would there likely be peace on earth today if everyone were like the public image of Frank McGee? "Yes!" it the ringing (if somewhat astonishing) reply to both questions by Dr. H. L. Newbold, a New York psychiatrist. Here's how Dr. Newbold has it figured: It is the nature of "all living creatures," Dr. Newbold declares, "to expand, grow larger, take over more territory, kill, consume, crowd out the neighbon, and, if possible, take over the entire earth and univene. "If man is ever to solve his social problems," Dr. Newbold says, if man is to be saved from himself, "he must first accept the fact that he is a biological creature and that, in the end, all behavior and social problems are rooted in his biology." Dr. Newbold further contends in bis book, "The Psychiatric Programming of People," that if man is to survive his own technology, he must be "biologically changed." This can be done by either changing his genetic makeup, by selective breeding, or by a chemical reduction of his natural aggressions. And what will be the result of tins-robots, straight out of science fiction? No, not according to the bold, new Newbold Plan. Says Dr. NewboU: "Let me tell you the sort of person I see. Picture the best adjusted, happiest, easiest going man you know, one who is pleasant, inoffensive and slow to fight." Dr. Newbold pictures Frank McGee. "From watching his program, we have a certain knowledge of him--if not of the real man, then at least of the image he projects on television. It is mis image (rather than the real man, which may or may not be the same) we are discussing. "McGee appears to be a basically happy man, one who is not particularly aggressive or quick to fight. Contrast him with lack Paar, who, at kast on his old show, was always publicly at war with someone." Fifty thousand yean ago, had be lived then, Frank McGee might not have fared too well, according to Dr. Newbold. McGee "probably would not have been rough enough to have eaten very well." But this is not 50,000 years ago, it is the eve of 1973. And, "If all men in today's world had the inborn behavior patterns, the reflexes, drives, the instincts of the Frank McGee image, think bow much more peaceful the world would .be," avera Dr. NewboU. "If the leaden of land and of Egypt were men like Frank McGee, wouldn't they somehow work out their differences at the conference table? Would weaponry be usurping $80 billion of our national budget if the world wen populated by Frank McGees?" Two specific ways by which Dr. Newbold says we could put a Frank McGee on every street corner: (1} Selective reproduction. You have to take out a license to marry, right? "A second license could be issued for the right to reproduce. Logically, the limitations upon reproduction should start with the members of society who harbor a high percentage of the least favorable traits, or ag- myltm, loftaafraoM* sacrifice for the huaaaa apacia*." (2) "The genetic man could be chemical allenlioB of the DMA-** ·metic outerul oat drtmassMi boUt UK physical a^ciWMcal makeup of each eel ia th« body." Other biological sofcjtfoM owU t» found for sorviag *ome of them," Dr. "would probably be too man's basic orknlatium to be acceptable to him." Matas. for inaph. nKtnbcn of society. IBC ···).HaWC solved their social probkav · Bat manner and have survived and ··!·· tained great social atabaity for am* than 50 milliou yean." Why discriminate aganst maif Because "the human male has baea bred for two milkn yean to fuMal the role of killer, protector, mat gatherer, inventor. The male, saefe than the female, baa i force him to tear away at institutions." But, warns Dr. NewboU: TIssK methods have obviotn diaadvaatafs* for an of us. They an discussed oaty to illustrate a biological posatbiaty." The really preferred UKlbud of be* coming a Frank McGee hat, of conn*, already been worfced out by Prank McGee himself (see below). And it is this method that Dr. NewboU endorses and heartily i What the Real Frank McGee (and Mrs. McGee) had to say about "The McGee Theory" "That is the real Frank McGee you see on television. My husband is a lamb off television, as well as on. Of course, there were some times when be was younger...." The speaker is Sue McGee. She and her husband are discussing with FAMILY WEEKLY the rather unusual honor Dr. Newbold has bestowed on Frank--dubbing him the ideal modern homo sapiens. "When I was younger," Frank McGee explains, "there were many times, not just 'some times,' when I don't know how my wife put up with me. I bad titanic storms. They were · regrettable, every one, but not so surprising, after all. I grew up with an almost ungovernable temper." McGee worked very bard at self- discipline. And gradually he got old Tom Temper under pretty firm control. Now, there's a backlash. Some say McGee has succeeded too well, that "professionally, I bring too much reason and light and not enough passion to a given situation." But, in the main, McGee does go along with Dr. Newbold's assessment of his personality. "I think I am pretty much the same person you see on Today.' And, basically, I am a happy man." McGee also says that, both off TV and on, he is "not particularly aggressive or quick to fight" But in the same breath, he cautions, do not read too much into the gentle image he projects on television. "I still have a low boiling point. The veneer of patience that I've slowly acquired can be quickly stripped away.TM Sure, he's a darting on the air at seven in the morning. But woe to the Mr. or Ms. who look* at McGee on the tube and takes him fora puahow. "Anyone who attacks," McGee want, "will have to look up new definition! of 'pugnacious' and 'obnoxious.'" McGee is cool and cofected on the air because "I deal with pubfc iamm and more often than not they have already been inflamed. To further inflame them wouid help no one. "I think either time or reason solves most of our problems," he says. FAMILY WBKLY, I r Jl, t«» · ·

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