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Fort Myers, Florida
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Saturday, June 27, 1970
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'Betty Boop' Girl Will Preach Here By MAUREEN BASHAW Religion and show business have a great deal in common according to Ann Werner Rothschild, an ordained Protestant minister who will be remembered by many here as the. original Betty Boop gal of stage and screen fame during the 1930s. A vibrant 77-pound blue-eyed woman who stands 58 inches tall, "Little Ann" as she's known to her friends, came to Fort Myers in 1951 after being commissioned by the Unity Village School near Kansas City, to work with the struggling young local movement. Sunday she will return to preach a guest sermon for the now thriving Unity Church of Christianity at Grand and Lafayette Streets a pulpit she left 10 years ago following her marriage to Joe Rothschild. "A good performer," said Mrs. Rothschild, "is like a good preacher. He has to reach out to his audience and lift them up above their mundane problems to the realm of joy and love and hope. Like the performer, a preacher has to give abundantly of himself before he can relate to his congregation. Without a receptive audience, a performer dies inside; without a strong congregation a pastor is lost." Mrs. Rothschild can't be bothered with titles. "I've always hated to be referred to as "Reverend", she said. "After all, why should we ministers be placed on some kind of pedestal by our congregations? We're merely God's servants just as performers are in the business to serve people to give them a little happiness and from time to time open their eyes to the evil and injustice in the world to get them to love each other." Mrs Rothschild's theatrical career began "way back in the 1920s" when she joined the Greenwich Village Follies in New York City. Soon she was creating her own comedy song and dance routines and was receiving offers to appear in stage shows throughout the country. By the middle 30s, following starring roles in movies produced by Hollywood's Paramount Pictures, the name Betty Boop became a household word in America. Betty Boop cartoons and Betty Boop dolls Men are happy , in Hanes! I I f.-.x f rM'vi fi'M I TO FORT MYERS 3333 CLEVELAND AVE. NAPLES ot Gulf Gatt Shopping Center, South Trail were the rage. By 1945, Mrs. Rothschild had retired from movie and stage appearances and was operating her own Betty Boop Studio in St. Petersburg. Among the students she coached in acting, singing and dancing was Carroll Baker who has since appeared in a number of Hollywood's movie spectaculars. "I remember her as a sensitive lovely girl," recalled Mrs. Rothschild. "I taught her everything I knew about show business and after three years of vigorous coaching told her she was on her own." Unable to be "lukewarm" about anything, she decided to study for the ministry and enrolled in the Unity Village School in Kansas City, Mo. Still keeping her St. Petersburg studio in operation, she made periodic trips to the Missouri theological center and kept up a lively correspondence course with the school for the next nine years. "I became well known in the prisons around Kansas City," laughed Mrs. Rothschild, who went on to explain that each time she went out west to study religion, she was invariably asked to entertain the prisoners at county and city jails. In 1951 Mrs. Rothschild was sent by the Unity Village school to the Fort Myers Unity Center (at that time located on First Street) for on-the-job training. By 1954 she was an ordained minister in the Unity Church. Under her direction the present location was found for the local church in August, 1952. Dismayed to discover that Unity teachings were often misunderstood b y groups in the community, she began a weekly program entitled "The Unity Viewpoint" over WINK radio station. Mrs. Rothschild met her second husband while ministering at the Fort Myers church and soon after their marriage resigned from active ministry. She lost her husband 10 months ago when he succumbed to the crippling pain of Parkinson's disease. "God has been good to me," said Mrs. Rothschild. "I have so many memories to look back on some are sad, but then that's life and I've always tried to live it to the fullest." Apparently she's still going strong. Reinforced neckband keeps its shape. Hanpe k flmprira't highly absorbent, and its cut long to stay tucked in. Small, medium, large, xtra large. 3 for $3.39 Nnthinff to hind! Hanes Civvies are pre-shrunk and give in the stretches. Two styles in solid colors or stripes. 28-44. 3 , 010 Reinforced straps make this Hanes undershirt very durable, yet you pay no more! Highly absorbent combed cotton. Full-cut to stay tucked in. S-M L-XL. 3 for $3.39 Reinforced supporting seams make Hanes double-panel briefs a bigger buy than ever! Knit from soft, absorbent cotton white as white can be! Heat-resistant elastic in waistband and leg openings. 28 to 44. 3 for $3.39 DEPARTMENT STORES if ,r . m s Mrs. Ann Werner Rothschild, an ordained minister in the Unity Church of Christianity, and the original Betty Boop show girl, recalls the similarities between her days in show business and the ministry. Listening attentatively is El Nino, her seven-year-old Chihuahua. (News-Press photo by Richard Byland) Man Injured Here Franklin Everett Gale, 24, of North Mobile, Ala., escaped serious injury when the top of his station wagon was ripped off when he hit a 15-inch Australian Pine at 1:54 a.m. Friday at Fort Myers Beach. Deputy Edd Weeks said Gale was going west on Main Street at 80 miles an hour, as estimated by skid marks, and failed to make the turn where Main is intersected and deadended by Oak Street. Weeks said Gale skidded 75 feet off the pavement and hit a pine, shearing the top off his station wagon by low branches, hit a coconut palm 12 feet away, carried it with him for 29 feet where he hit a second coconut palm and BUYS THIS FABULOUS NEW 1970 rero IFAOT TWO OR FOUR DOOR - THIS FANTASTIC NEW FALCON INCLUDES - 0 ALL VINYL TRIM 0 BELTED W-S-W TIRES 0 FULL SIZE WHEEL COVERS 0 COLOR KEYED FLOOR MATS HURRY IN WHILE THEY LAST AT 4540 SOUTH In Auto Accident carried both palms 39 feet to the middle of Oak Street. Weeks said the top was ripped off Gale's 1969 Olds, which was demolished. Gale was treated and released from Lee Memorial Hospital for bruises and cuts. He was charged with speeding. Swedes Best-Heeled STOCKHOLM - The Swedes have more telephones, cars and TV sets per head of population than anyone else in Europe. They have 489 phones per 1,000 inhabitants (the United States has 540), 246 passenger cars and 289 TV sets. CLEVELAND AVE., FORT Eckerd Names El rod as Running Mate TALLAHASSEE (iP) Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Eckerd named former State Sen. Robert Elrod as his 1970 running mate Friday in hopes Elrod will help the campaign where it is weakest in the Orlando area. "To date, Orlando has been our weakest area and Bob is going to help on that," Eckerd told a news conference. Elrod, 44, is from Win dermere, near Orlando, and was sponsor, while a senator, of bills that helped the multi-million dollar Disney World complex get underway. Central Florida, Eckerd said, has been a stronghold of Gov. Claude Kirk. Elrod, present for the announcement that he's Eckerd's choice for lieutenant governor, said he feels Kirk's support is eroding because of failure to produce on roadbuilding. Eckerd discounted reports he and top campaign worker William Murfin are at odds. Eckerd said that Murfin, former GOP state party chairman, is staying with his campaign organization but later might rejoin the Small Charter Group Gets Lady Deputy The Lee County Charter Government Study Commission will have a deputy for a secretary, when Carol Allman moves to the Lee County Sheriff's Department next week. The commission approved having Miss Allman remain as the regular secretary. Arrangements have been made for her to leave her Criminal Investigation Division secretarial job early on Thursdays, to attend commission meetings. "I'll be typing the minutes up on Saturdays," she said. Sheriff Flanders Thompson said Miss Allman will be deputized as a civilian deputy. This means she will not be a gun-toting police officer but will wear the uniform of the office. Thompson said he authorized the moonlighting "since she is acquainted with what they are doing over there and will be doing it only a short time longer. She won't lose any time with us, because she'll make the hour or so up on another day." PLUS TAX & MYERS Business Administration in Washington. Murfin left the SBA to join Eckerd. Earlier, Murfin told the Miami Herald in an interview that "Jack Eckerd and I personally are in good shape." Murfin once was state campaign manager and now will serve in an advisory capacity. Selection of Elrod came as no surprise. Eckerd said the Schultz Raps Road Program (News-Press Bureau) NAPLES "I will not vote for increases in taxes for building of roads until the department, of transportation can show me that the state is using every dollar of tax money they have," Fred Schultz, Florida speaker of the house said Friday in Naples. Schultz is running for U. S. Sen. Spessard Holland's seat. Schultz and Collier County Rep. Lorenzo Walker, were the guest speakers at the Naples Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Flaming Fountain Restaurant. "The last two years, our governor has been critical of legislative activities" Schultz said. "Governor Kirk has called it a 'do nothing legislature'. But I think the record will show that no other legislative session in the country has gone so far so fast in a two year time period." Schultz said he could give no reason why the four laning of a stretch of U. S. 41 from Naples and Venice has not been undertaken. "Every governor has promised you people the Tamiami Trail," Schultz said. "There is a surplus of road department funds. The money is there but the department has been so badly managed up to now that the money has not been allocated properly." Rep. Walker told audience that since, the Collier County Commission was given the authority to adopt ordinances, it has "speeded up county work". "This last session Collier County only presented six bills to the Legislature. It was a reduction from '69, which was good because that means the county commission is doing its job," Walker said. LIC. I INC. I? PHONE WE 6-2193 Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press, Sat., June 27, 1970 5-A selection gives his campaign a geographical balance and he described Elrod as a man who shares his conservative philosophy. "Like me," the Belleair drug store millionaire said, "Bob Elrod is a lifelong Kirk Seeking Aid For Three Counties TALLAHASSEE IT) - Gov. Claude Kirk Friday asked President Nixon to declare Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties disaster areas because of devastation caused during recent torrential rains in that area. Kirk also requested an initial allocation of $250,000 in federal funds to assist in alleviating the effects of the June 1-3 rains. The governor said the counties sustained considerable private and public property damage. Schmidt to Head Carswell Campaign Alois Schmidt of Cape Coral has been named Lee County chairman for the U.S. Senate campaign of Harrold Carswell of Tallahassee. Carswell, former judge of the Fif;h Circuit of 'the U.S. Court of Appeals, is seeking the seat of Sen. Spessard Holland who is retiring. Carswell was denied a seat in the U.S. Supreme Court when the Senate refused to confirm his nomination by President Nixon. Schmidt said, "I agree with Senator Ed Gurney that Republicans need to nominate a man in September who can win for the party in November. Carswell qualifies and he can return a conservative balance to the Senate." WATCH REPAIRING 400 Day Clock Repair GLEN J. IRION 2025 W. First ED 7-84621 GAL. SIZE MUMS . . FULL BLOOM 1.29 BEGONIA . Container 9 ea. IXORA . . . qal'I.ze 87' GLORIOSA DAISY 29' p., ITALIAN CYPRESS 2y V9 CARISSA . or 99 MEYER LEMON Gs& 1 ARECA PALMS 5 I44 LIGUSTRUM . . p" 1" VIBURNUM . . HZS7 SELLOUM I44 LANTANA 87 GAL. SIZE LIGUSTRUM . 'plant 87' GAL SIZE REG. 1.3S LOCATED AT 1211 SEABOARD AVE. AT PALM BEACH BLVD. FIRST STREET ON RIGHT EAST OF WINK-TV. BEHIND KATO SER VICE STATION. PHONE 334-7004. Republican and has a history of hard work and success for the Florida Republican party. He is one of the Republicans who helped make the two- : party system in this state a reality." Elrod, in a brief statement, ; said that he had become -disenchanted with Kirk. "In 1966 we put our faith in a man who said he was a Republican, a conservative, and a businessman. Instead of standing for the party, he's -stood on it. Instead of being conservative, he actively campaigned for the liberal' Nelson Rockefeller and tried to steal the presidential nomination from Richard Nixon. He's the kind of businessman who let our taxes increase 100 per cent per capita," Elrod said. Dorothy Causes Many Problems; It's Man's Name MIAMI if) City Judge Arthur Huttoe listened quietly Friday as the husky, 19-year-old youth before him blamed his troubles on Dorothy. Dorothy is the youth's first name, a monicker he said has often led to fisticuffs with those who have found his name amusing. Judge Huttoe said he was sympathetic but sentenced Dorothy to 60 days in jail for assaulting an assistant principal at a Miami junior high school and a policeman called to quell a disturbance at the school earlier in the week. "School principals have enough trouble these days without this sort of thing," said the judge. And the youth's father agreed. "These young kids need straightening out," said Dorothy Woodard Sr. ' Before You Buy Awnings bOMKE&SOHl "The Audrey 3018 Mithioon vt. W 2-2771 ! HIBISCUS SALE GAL. SIZE CHOICE OF COLOR

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