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Fort Myers, Florida
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Sunday, October 10, 1971
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mmm The Boop Mwi VII I UUWI In Artinn Iff 1 V f I VI f $ By MAUREEN BASHAW Two vivid blue eyes peered out from a small face topped by a mop of fiery red hair. The face belonged to Ann "Betty Boop" Rothschild and it crinkled into a broad smile as she hustled her visitor into a recreation room at the Seven Lakes condominium complex. "Hurry in," she said in the same high pitched tones which brought her fame as the voice behind Max Fleischer's Betty Boop cartoons during the 1930s and early 1940s. She quickly slammed the door shut and turned the lock. "We don't want anyone to see us in our costumes," she said showing off her billow ing grass skirt, blue ana white flowered halter and shorts and pale pink pumps. Six other ladies, dressed in similar costumes, were swaying and pantomiming in time to the music of "Little Brown Gal" blaring from a portable record player. Bundle of Energy Known as the Seven Lakes Wahinis, the troupe of over-60-year-olds is being coached by Mrs. Rothschild, a 77-pound, 58-inch-tall bundle of energy, for a three-minute Hawaiian act they will perform during a variety show . and luau Saturday night at the development. "We don't want anyone to see our act before Saturday night. That's why we're re-hearsing behind locked doors," giggled Mrs. Toni Fortney, a spritely gray-haired dancer. "We've only had three dropouts since rehearsals began three weeks ago. I think that's pretty good," she continued. . Other dancers m the troupe are Mrs. Abbie Eisen-mann, Mrs. Pierina Spheno-lo Mrs. Mary Nichols, Mrs. Bea Taylor and Mrs. Cathy Connolley. "I'm real proud of these gals," said Mrs. Rothschild. "They've never danced before but they've just about got this routine down pat. And I'm a strict teacher. I don't believe in leaving one 5 wMmmmmmms mmmmm mmwmmmmmmmmmm$.mmi ; ; vi u wm m mmmm m mm Charlotte Players Plan 'Sunday in New York' ji.. I y J i x ' ' -: "s "j ills -m If f ' i i ( '? )' I'' iSlV .ill , t .1'''" lli,n ! H 'il l V 'll! S f' Iff By ROSEMARIE SOMMERS PORT CHARLOTTE The Charlotte Player's production of "Sunday in New Caloosa Art Show Slated for Feb. 19 The Second Annual Caloosa Arts and Crafts Show spon-; sored by the First National Bank in Fort Myers will be held Feb. 19, 1972 in the First National Bank's Parking Gardens at First Street and Royal Palm. Information o n requirements for entering, questions concerning the show or re-quests for entry blanks should be referred to Cathy Elver at the First National Bank 332-1970, ext. 333, or Betty Bundy, ext. 213. There will be between 100 and 150 booths featuring various forms of art. The exhibits will be for sale and the artists also will take special orders for later delivery. Italian Farms Small ROME Plots of less than 25 acres account for 40 per cent of the total farming area and nearly nine-tenths of the farms in Italy. York" will open for a four-night run starting Thursday Oct. 14, at the Cultural Center Theater here. James E. Mongoven and James T. Reardon, last seen together in "The Odd Couple," have major roles in the play as do Gail Haefele and Richard Wootton, both new-comers to the Cultural Center stage. Others is on-stage rolls or as stage voices are Catherine Glavas, John Tinline, William Dosse, Eileen Hammer, Kay Little, Carol Baker, Larry Schapp, Melvin Spring and Tah-Wee-Nah Wootton. Realistic visual and sound effects are used as the crpnps chanee rapidly from a Manhattan apartment to a Fifth Avenue bus, a booth in a Longchamps restaurant, a movie theater, a table in a Japanese restaurant and a Ferrari sports car. ! All these are stops in the hilarious excursion around Manhattan of a small town girl who has come to New York to question her big brother as to how a good girl should behave in these seemingly free living times. Directing the show is Phil Brandon, retired theater and motion picture producer from North Port Charlotte. Both season and individual ; tickets are on sale at the Cultural Center Box office. The Seven Lakes Wahinis rehearse Hawaiian number under the direction of Mrs. Ann Rothschild (the original Betty Boop girl) in foreground. Others clockwise from left are Mrs. Toni Fortney, Mrs. Cathy Connolley, Mrs Pierina Sphenolo, Mrs. Bea Taylor, Mrs. Mary Nichols and Mrs Abbie Ei enmann. (News-Press photo by Richard Byland) Ford Fund Aids Negro Colleges Copyright N. Y. Tlms Service) NEW YORK - The Ford Foundation announced a six- year, $100 million program Saturday to improve the quality of a limited number of predominantly Negro private colleges and to provide various minority students with individual study awards at most types of institutions. McGeorge Bundy, president of the foundation, said the program marked the largest single commitment of funds by the foundation since he assumed office March, ; 1966. Bundy said the program was addressed to "the central problem of American so-ciety the failure to achieve equal opportunity for members of America's racial and cultural minorities." The grants to Negro colleges, he said, would bolster the "sta-bility, independence and quality" of institutions that were important not only to blacks but also "to the country as a whole." As a result of the program, nearly 80 per cent of the foundation's aid for the general improvement of American higher education between 1973 and 1978 will be devoted to minorities almost an exact reversal of priorities from 1968, when the proportion was 21.7 per cent. The share designated for minorities in 1971-72, the first year of the new program, is 45.7 per cent. More Work In Spain MADRID - The working noDulation of Spain exceeds 12.9 million; compared with 11.8 million in 1960. step until it's mastered correctly. "Your brain and feet have to work together or you're lost in dancing. There's nothing worse than working on a routine and coming up with the same mistake time and time again. If you don't correct it on the spot it'll be come a mental block." Sipping a cup of hot dandelion tea in her apartment following the rehearsal, Mrs. Rothschild told about the telephone call she received a couple of weeks ago from CBS television studios in New York City inviting her to appear on the "To Tell The Truth" show. "I was really tempted but I said 'no'. You know," she mused, "I've spent 20 years of my life in show business and about 20 years studying and preaching the teachings of the Unity faith. (An ordained Protestant minister, Mrs. Rothschild has preached locally at the Unity Church of Christianity.) "If I really had to choose between my two professions I'd take the ministry, not show business. Sharing Talents "Right now though I'm not interested in preaching or performing on the professional level because I want to play. I'm content to share my talents with the people here at Seven Lakes. These people fuss over me and are great for my ego. They also help me forget the sad memories I have." After seven years of nursing and praying for her second husband, he died two years ago, a victim of Par-k i n s o n's disease. Tears welled up in her eyes when she spoke of her late husband. Mrs. Rothschild's career in show business began in the early 1920s when she was "the baby" of the Greenwich Village Follies. She later teamed up with another Follies performer and played in the vaudeville houses in and around New York City a number of years. "I happened to be in a publishing house recording one day when a theatrical agent from Paramount Studios wandered in and stopped to listen." She discovered the agent was searching for a singer with a high pitched voice for Fleischer's newly created Betty Boop cartoon character. He urged her to attend auditions at Paramount Studios the following week and told her he thought she had the voice he was looking ior. What They Wanted "Well, I went to the auditions. There were hundreds of girls there and most of them could sing better than I could but I dunno, I guess I had what the studios wanted." From 1933 to 1945 Mrs. Rothschild made recordings for the Betty Boop cartoons, traveled from coast to coast appearing in variety shows and starred in a number of movies produced by Paramount Studios in Hollywood. "Show business is the toughest business in the world," she said. To succeed a performer needs more than talent. He has to have stamina, dedication and a mag-nptic tvrie of personality ca pable of capturing and holding an audience." Mrs. Rothschild admitted she loved her days in show business but said she De-lieved the ministry is a more rewarding profession. To be a good preacher she believes a person has to possess just about the same qualities as a good performer. Before arriving in Fort Myers in 1951 Mrs. Rothschild operated her own Betty Boop Studio in St. Petersburg for over five years. 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