The News-Palladium from Benton Harbor, Michigan on March 2, 1972 · Page 19
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The News-Palladium from Benton Harbor, Michigan · Page 19

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THURSDAY.MARCH 2, 1972 THE NEWS-PALLADIUM, BENTON HABBOR, MICH. PAGE NINETEEN Deductions Amount To Gold Mine Homeowners Get Tax Break BACKSTAGE: "There's no more burlesque now. It's a girlie show now " said Jack Hayes. Hayes, 71, was for 30 years a burlesque comic now is the 'theater doorman. Hayes hams it up among the leftover props he sometimes uses for his Saturday night comic part. (AP Wirephoto) Detroit's Dying Burlesque Hanging By Last G-String (Editors Note: Following is the fo'.ii'Mi in a series of five articles entitled "Coping W i t h Your Income Tax." They were written to help taxpayers p r e p a r e their 11)71 lax returns.) li.v HILL N K I K I H K Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON A P ) -- At no time is the joy of home ownership greater lhan when you sit down to fill out your federal income tax return. It may be a mortgaged castle, but it is a gold mine of lax deductions, enabling Hie homeowner to join the happy club of Americans who can /·'.v DETROIT (AP) -- "There's no more burlesque. It's a girlie show now." That's the verdict passed by Jack Hayes, 71, who has been in show business for 58 years. For 30 years he has been a burlesque comic but is now a doorman at Detroit's National Burlesk, doing comedy routines for weekend performances. "Where's the men?" Hayes asks. "No straight men, no comics." Less than 10 years ago there were four live burlesque houses in Detroit. Now there is only one, the National, and it shows x-rated movies between live performances in a bid to survive. The Iheatre occupied by Ihe National is old and tired. There's a general feeling of depression about its chipped and flaked paint and its old and dirty curtains. Live bands have been replaced by recorded music and the orchestra pit has been covered with a glass brick runway, lit by red and blue spotlights from underneath. Backstage there are re- memberances of shows, past. Bits of scenery, like names of players long gone, play encore. There are no stagehands. Frenchie, one of the strippers, says she is the crew. She also operates the phonograph for the other girls and announces the acts--including her own. "Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the National Burlesk..." The audience, totaling about 30, sits in the first two or three rows. They make up a mixed bag--businessmen on lunch breaks, old men and young seemingly with nothing else to do. Despite (he "ladies and gentlemen" salutation, women seldom see Ihe shows. "...and now, Frenchie!" The announcer-technician-stage- h a n d - s t r i p p e r i n t r o d u c e s herself and darts onstage. Frenchie, in her mid-30s, married and the mother of four children, says she got into burlesque because, "I guess 1 needed a job; I had children to raise." On stage, under the pink spotlight Frenchie wastes no time in getting down to the bare minimum. "The first thing to remember about taking it off is taking your time," old-time stripper Ann Corio said in "How to Strip For Your Husband." "Strip tease means exactly what it says," she added and advised would-be burlesque queens to overdress and lei the audience "simmer." "You know," Miss Corio said, "if Salome had come on with only one veil instead of seven John the Baptist would still be alive today." While Frenchie p e r f o r m s , another stripper, Jackie London, takes over as disc jockey. Like Frenchie, Jackie says she went into burlesque "for the money." Working the run- svay is "better than the average legit job," she claims. Both Jackie and Frenchie claim they would not work as topless dancers in bars. "I don't like clubs," Jackie explains, "I don't like being that close to the people." The audience sits quietly and waits for the next performer. "And now it's startime. Or litlle sugar and spice from south of the border, Miss Chili Pepper!" Even without an introduction it would be easy to see Chili is the star of the show. She is heavily made up, but by far the best looking stripper in (he show, and puts the tease back inlo the slrip. Her music, with its heavy, sensuous heat, is from another era. As a star, she dresses belter than the other strippers, and appears wearing a high-col- lored, pink-spangled coat above her custome. Chili Pepper is from the bump and grind school of bus- lesque and she learned her lessons well. "Detroit is reallj' down," Clark says, "At night it's really miserable." According to Clark, people are "scared' lo death lo come downtown." People have even called in, he claims, to ask if it's safe to come see the show. Burlesque feels the competition of topless go-go bars and a plethora of x-rated moves. The National is in an area abounding in both. Burlesque gives the impression of something out of phase, something, in fact, from a d i f - ferent time. Today's burlesque girls are different from the burlesque queens of yesterday, of Gypsy Rose Lee, Lily St. Cyr, Sally Rand and Ann Corio. They've been replaced by Frenchie, Jackie, Sheree and others to whom burlesque is "an easy way to make a living." The style, the class is gone. The comics are gone. The show business glamor has gone out of burlesque. What is lefl is hanging on by a G-slring. Bui will burlesque die completely? No, says Frenchie Ihe stripper, burlesque will never die, "nol as long as there are men." Wtirt Charmt Business Good P E T E RBOROUGH, England (AP) -- Business is booming for pensioner Ernie Gutteridge -- he charms away warts. D e m a n d f o r h i s dervices is so great that Ernie, 68, has had to set up a m ail-order department. "I send full instructions with a piece of evergreen cut from a bush in my garden," he said. "I've not had a failure yet." The fees he gets go to charity. HER BLIND SPOT LONDON ( A P ) -- Madame Jaye, a clarivoyant plagued by mysterious and obscene telephone calls, told inquiring police: "I have no idea where they are coming from." itemize their deduclions. Those who rent their place to live can't begin to match deductions -- in interest and taxes, primarily. Rent isn't deductible. The interest paid on monthly mortgage payments is. Usually, just by claims on a residence, a taxpayer can beat tlie standard deduction. Real estate taxes and some 'other stale and local (axes are deductible. For the new homeowner just beginning to pay on his mortgage, the advanlage is greater because the interest paid in the early years is much higher. It is one compensation for being stuck with high mortgage interest. If you bought a house in 1971 anil were forced, as part of the sale, to pay "points," the one-time charge a seller usually pays, it is deductible as interest as long as it is not payment for specific services a lender performs for your account. C o n dominium apartment owners may deduct the interest they paid on the mortgage debt of the project t h a t is aliucable lo their share of Ihe property. In addition to interest and taxes, there are dozens of oilier deductible items related lo your home that can help shave taxable income. For example, many owners c a n c l a i m deduclions f o r casually and theft losses. It your residence was damaged by fire or a burglar took jewelry from your home, you can claim a deduclion for casually or theft. Bui they're only deductible lo Ihe c x l e n t Ihey exceed $100 after sub- Iracling insurance paymcnls, if any. That $100 figure must be applied (o each such event involving loss. You cannot bunch a group of small losses together and treat them as one. If a hurricane or lornado did heavy damage lo your home, il would be a good idea to order appropriate IRS publications lo read up on (he amounts you can claim. If you are required, as a condition of your employment, to use your home as a place of business, you may deduct a Y c asonable pcrccntntge of home maintenance costs such as heat, light, cleaning and decorating bills, as well as depreciation. The IRS, however, watches such deductions closely. Key to Ihe interpretation is using the home "as a condition o f your employment." Home r e p a i r s normally aren'l deductible, unless you have to use your home for business or rental purposes, lint (here are limes when fixing up the house can be an advantage for income tax put'poses. If you decided to move last year and hired someone to paint your house or f i x it up to get a better price, you may be able lo adjust Ihe sales price a! your home. These expenses may be subtracted from (he sales price to get the "adjusted sales price." The adjusted sales price is then compared with the purchase price of your new home lo find oul how much gain may be postponed and not taxed currently. Ilcforc fixing-up expenses can be considered repairs they must be made w i t h i n 90 days before the sales contract is signed, must be paid within .'!0 days after Ihe sale, he nondeductible and not be improvements. Although mosl sellers get more for (heir homes than Ihey paid, this doesn't always mean you have lo pay taxes on the- profit. The lest is whether y o u buy another home UirU costs- at least as much as you sold your old home for w i t h i n a year before or a f t e r tho sale. Contest Deadline Sunday In Bangor BANGOR - Sunday is Ihe deadline for entering the Bangor Blossom queen contest. SIR RONALD? J O H A N N ESBURG. So. Africa (AP) -- A radio news announcer on South African Broadcasting Corporation described the governor of California as "Sir Ronald Reagan." Rehearsals for the contest are to begin Mar. 20. The theme is to bo " P i o n e e r Days", l.eroy P. Whileman is chairman of the foulest. Arrangements a r e being made to lake contestants to Kalamazoo for a dinner and to appear on WKZO-TV's "Accent" program. The Bangor contest is to be held Apr. 1 at 8 p.m. in (he Bangor middle school gym. L K K O Y P. WlllTK.MAN GIRLS'-WOMENS SLAX AND JEANS FAMOUS BRANDS! 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