The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 30, 1966 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, August 30, 1966
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Wythtvffli (Ark.) Courier Newi - Tueadiy, August», MM - Pit* minute ("l:Wp.m. M - not 11.19 r 1:01?) except (or JMOT 1960771 ' - ' History, Henry Ford notwith- '•landing; is not bunk; it is bed.; 1 v It is where ..truth lies sleeping •in dreams; and, as is true when ftman, sleeps, .the: dreams .are rconfusing. .They.are whim and shadow, sniff and perplexity. Even the face of such truth -^ the truth of one's time - is difficult to read, as, in the anal- ,ogy, the mottled, clouded face of; sleeping is a poor .glass through which to read the raw nerves of his mind. When this truth awakes after ,a tumble'of dreams — as when 'a ! m'an awakes in a new morning—then it is possible to assess \rtiat' has happened. Then and only then; and, of course, poor4 • .Historians, like psychoanaT iysts, are skilled at probing into the past to!recover an identifiable basic' impulse from a cliit T ter ' of scrambled sensations. It is a high art -, the interpretation and writing of history -'arid the successful practitioners' of it are men trained for a r lifetime-:in the method, men ' steeped in cultures and the - nuances of time (ana not Time). •-"• A long - standing 1 cliche holds that good history cannot be f: written until long after the pert' inent events have taken place, until, that is, they can be viewed : y. to some sort of perspective.. : There are many good rea ;: for accepting this thesis, and • two proof s are before me on my ' desk as I write. . . One is a Dell paperback of some 480 pages entitled "A History of the United States Since 1945." Its author is Oscar T. Barck', Jr., who is identified as chairman of the Department ol History at Sacramento 'State College. ••.""• , Depending on how one looks »t it, 480 pages is either too long or too short a space in which -to deal adequately with the swelter of "history of this period — too long for an American history considered in iso lation from the stream'of worlc history; too'short when figured in the context of world develop-- ments." 3 : . . •' In any case, Barck's achievements fall far-short of his ambitions.- His boofcis not so much a history as an organized chronology of newspaper headlines— a record of events as misleading as the scribbled graffiti on bath- "In Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee,,.and..Arkansas for certaliji'.'aiwl probably ,also in North Carolina, 'Goldwater carried a'majority of white voters and Lyndon "Johnson's victory margin was brought to him by Negro Votes?' 1 '' In North Carolina for certain and probably also in North Carolina??! One would be tempted at first to call it a typographer's error or to ascribe the con- radiction to .a lapsus styli. Surely South Carolina is meant n one of the instances. 1 ' But note that the sentence quoted referred testates carried jy Lyndon Johnson. South Carding was not one of these. As lie preceding paragraph makes ."Barry Goldwater won but six states;-^ his home state of Arizona and f(ve Deep South states, Mississippi-Alabama, Louisiana; South Carolina, arid Georgia:": •: ., ., .. .'.,, The more alarming probability is that White — who is,; by. the way,.everywhere ranked at or near the top of the ranks of Instant .Historians r- was so unsure whether Negroes in North Carolina carried Lyndon Johnson to victory in that state that, deprived of a -necessary..period of reflection, he allowed this doubt to .creep embarrassingly into his copy. room walls. This- chronology tends to be exclusively political. .A sort of clerk's roll of prominent politicians and events of government is called, but a sketchy and badly misleading one. For examples: Baker vs. Canis there, but Bobby Baker is not (even though the book was published in 1965); the John Birch Society is mentioned three times but without the name of Robert Welch, the group's founder, and without a jot of explanaion of what the Society is. Most of the important Supreme Court decisions are there, but in some cases with the wrong dates; and Tennessee's late Senator Estes Kefauver, hardly an unknown, is once re- 'Look, you take care of the fighting, and 111 do the history-writing. I don't oare what you saw in Bethlehem. It ain't important to history.' He 'Who Hesitates Is Lost when - he^s. writing. Instant History against a publication deadline. White didn't hesitate but he jot lost anyhow. Annoying errors of file type can be found elsewhere in the book: "Of New York's 8 million population, slightly more than one ferred to as Kentucky." Estes Kefauver of There is nothing on the intellectual astonishments of our time — no Mailer, no Baldwin, no Hemingway, no Feminine Mystique, no God Is Dead, not even Norman Vincent Peale. It is as if Mr. Barck thinks the nation ran along all those years like a chicken without a head. (For that matter, perhaps he is right.) There is no Alfred Kinsey, no Elvis Presley, and, surprisingly, no Jonas Salk. On education there is only part of one page, and that is in the form of a briefly mentioned omnibus funding bill advocated by the Eisenhower administration. The awesome world of communications, which has done so much since 1945 to make Americans what they are, is dealt with in one line concerning the Communications Satellite Act of 1962; television, that mind-ma- 'nipulator of a nation, is mentioned only in a passing reference to Telstar. In brief, it it an unsatisfying book - a failure, as a history or even as an almanac. Yet this is one of the more successful attempts to produce instant Instant ristory. That, as they say, ii not saying r.iuch. The hardback book field offers nothing much better/Taking a much • renowned example ui the genre, Theodore 'White's "The Making of the President: 1864," one finds such oddments in the text as the following postmortem on the 19W presidential •lection: million are Negro But in New York approximately half the city's budget is spent on Shis one - seventh Negro population." Anyone with a second grade education in arithmetic might wonder when one part out of eight became a seventh of the whole. "There are several versions of the events that stretched over the days of Wednesday and Thursday, July 29th and July 30th, 19BO, for at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday the President of the United States eliminated Robert F. Kennedy from consideration for the vice - presidency in a direct and secret confrontation, and on Thursday evening announced to the nation that he tad eliminated the entire Cabi- Surely this is a typographical error, too. But irtat if H U not? What if, instead, it U a Freudian lip of White's peri, indicating a psychic anxiety — an aware ness by White that'what he desperate!} needed to make sense of his subject was a few years of mulling it over. At least a half million Inhabitants of Memphis have cause to mull over in puzzlement this ine, from a paragraph on racial troubles in the summer of 1963: '(I)n Memphis, Tennessee, the city fathers closed the municipal pool." These "city fathers" (what quaint country rubes White must jave imagined!) were members of the Memphis City Commission, and they were closing not 'the" municipal pool but almost a score of such city operated swimming pools. For someone who pretends to i comprehensive knowledge of the affairs of his nation, White is curiously ignorant of its geography. Perhaps he remembered a Handy Tune — "from Memphis to St: Joe" — and, having been to St. Joseph, Missouri decided that Memphis was the same sort of muddy little river hamlet. ' Even this is ignorance. For undoubtedly St. Joseph — like Blytheville, Arkansas, a town populated by 25,000 — has two municipal swimming pools. Such' an error, while unsettling in any case, also raises the point of just how closely White followed that 1964 presidentia race he claims to have so ex haustively chronicled. For Memphis had its signifi cance in the campaign: the crowd of some 100,000 who turn ed out to hear Goldwater at the riverfront in September, 196' Was not only the largest sue! crowd in the city's history bu the high number on Goldwater'; tour of the South. These omissions, plain errors, and factual indiscretions are part of the trouble. But the basic failing of this and all other attempts to ready - mix an analytical history of our times is expressed blatantly, if innocently, by another statement in the book. 'Even today," White writes in spring 1965, "Goldwater recollects in bitterness that Scranton had been his first choice for running mate as vice - presidenl all'through the spring of 1964.' "Even today" indeed. One can imagine a phrase like "Even today the age - old practice of cannibalism lives on," or "Even today the effects of the Wars of the Roses are being felt in England," but "even today" when the yesterday in question is bul a few months old suggests a tetvw to questions tun "Where w.«re you.on the night of Dem- tar 217," they may get something. But not the wherefores north* horn There an few men writing to- lay about today who are able to ustify their "subject. Tom Wolfe md Norman Mailer are two such. One a journalist, the other novelist, they have recorded vivid impressions of this dream of ours. (Mailer, appropriately, entitled us last book "An American Jream;" Wolfe last year pub- ished a book of impressionistic irofiles called by the fantastical title "The Kandy - Kplored Tangerine Flake Streamline Baby.") Neither pretends to history, at hough Mailer at least will probably be read With interest by future historians, who, if they consider the Instant Histories of our period at all, will likely regard them as. occasionally re- iable glossaries. Our history is us. Our knowledge of it is distorted by conceit, and we are the poorest ludges imaginable of what it is that we are doing. Loving ano&ier; making a baby; shooting our personal Niagaras: all this is history we know something about. As for the rest of it, the dream is still a dream. DUE HOME — Charles L. Lipford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lipford of Blytheville, is en route home from a nine- month tour of duty which took him o Viet Nam and other Pacific ports aboard the LST USS Outgamie County. The ship will be in a west coast port for about 25 days. Hal Boyle This paragraph has everything that Instant History should have: an artificial evocation of high drama '"a direct and secret confrontation") and a chronology right down to the peculiarly hot • house, kind of memory. Most of us,- in fact, in recalling events so recent would be sorely tempted to say "Why, just the other day..." Instant Historians, however are not content merely to live in our times and to experience the even flow of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years They are not content just to savor the moment's impressions They will not settle for prag matic observations. They are impatient. And so their sense ol time and maturation is corrupted. The Instant Historians will noi permit the truth of history to awaken normally. They will shake the patient in his bed wake Mm while he is stii: dreaming, and in true private eye style demand "Just the facts, man. I got no time to waste." As long as they restrict them- MEACHAM'S JEWELRY IN PLAZA SHOPPING CFNTFR M 90 STORE-WIDE CASH DISCOUNT During Plata' t Grand Opening WATCH CLEANING - $3.50 2-Day Service — All Work Guaranteed 2 Watchmakers to Serve You J & T PHOTO STUDIO IN PLAZA SHOPPING CCNTER Complete Photographic Service FREE c^^. FREE During Plaza's Grand Opening Days NEW YORK (AP) - Memory is better than money. Like money, it can be defined as "a medium of exchange and a measure of value." As a measure of value, memory beats money, particularly paper money, because most monetary units buy less as tiiey ;row older. But memories, jeing the true currency of the leart, become worth more as ;ime goes by. Considered as a medium of exchange, memory also is far superior to money. People have more fun trading memories than trading anything else. The only thing worth buying in the world is contentment of Sie soul. Memories purchase more of this rare commodity than would a mountain of $20 bills. Memory is the soul's gold. And you're richer than Croesus if you can look back and remember when— The replacement of the old- fashioned cash drawer by the cash register made it more difficult for a clerk to raise enough to buy out the boss. Across broad America there wasn't a single working class tome with a machine in the kitchen that could make its own ice cubes. Mothers wanted their sons to get white collar jobs, because a guy who wore a white collar got paid more than one who wore a blue collar. Little girls liked to have their Daddy smoke cigars — the paper bands on them made wonderful make-believe wedding rings. . Young men still used that greasy stuff on their hair. In a real emergency they sometimes NEWS BRIEFS WASHINGTON (AP) — The Hawthorne,' N.J., Caballeros lave won their sixth American Legion national senior drum and bugle corps championships evert years. They missed out ast year. CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - The ihode Island Adult Correctional Institution is hiring additional juards. Warden Harold V. Langlois said 14 guard vacancies have existed for some time but increased applications have been stimulated by an $800 pay raise under which beginning guards receive nearly $4,800 yearly. ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) - More than 100 members of a coon hunters' group plan a literal 'howl in" here Thursday to pro- hunting season WILSON NEWS ,•••••••••••••••••••• MRS, W. A. BOOAN, < Mrs, Gilbert Wiley brought the devotional. Others assisting were Mrs. E. D. Beali; Mrs. H. <V. Nicholson, Mrs. R. H. Cummirigs, Mrs. Sudie Cecil, Mrs. Russie Perry, Mrs. James Sano and Mrs. W. A. Hogan. Cake and coffee, were served from a tea table during the social hour. Mrs. Ralph Thompson entertained with a bridge party Monday night honoring Mrs. Bill Tucker, who left-Tuesday for Austin, Tex., to make her home, A red and white color scheme was carried out in decorations Arkansas Red and centered in keeping with an Razorback theme, white arrangements even slicked it down with lard. Nobody bawld a kid out for spitting watermelon seeds through his teeth, so long as he didn't do it in the house. i The last thing Mama did be- Eore tiredly climbing the stairs to bed was to darn a lapful of the children's stockings — or patch them, if the kneeholes were too big. Every school desk had an inkwell, and if the blonde girl who sat in front of you had long curls, your main goal in life was to dunk one of her curls in it. A woman who took pride in her cooking always 'made the breakfast toast in the oven. She just knew it couldn't have the same flavor if she used one of those new fangled toasters and, besides, they could electrocute a body! You knew a young lady was growing up when she insisted on removing from the family album the photo of her as a baby sprawled, sans clothes, on a blanket. Every boy carried a knife, his most cherished possession, tied to a belt loop in his pants by a piece of-string so he wouldn't lose it. In his pocket you could also find a good luck penny he had put on a street car track to be mashed by the trolley car. All houses seemed to have mice, snd a bride knew the honeymoon was over when her husband told her to start setting the mousetrap herself. £st earlier dates. If the State Game and Fish Commission fails to send a representative to discuss the hunting season dates, a spokesman for the protesters said, "We're going to Atlanta on a bus and we're taking our dogs with us." PASADENA, Calif. (AP) The Pasadena Playhouse has I reopened with performances by I Charlton Heston, Robert Vaughn, Buddy Ebsen, Marilyn Maxwell, Lloyd Nolan and Victor Jory. j The Playhouse had been) closed since Aug. 15 because of ax difficulties. RHINEBECK, N.Y.-(AP) - A pilot flying a nearly half-century-old plane made a crash land- ng during an airshow here and walked away with only minor cuts. Paul Richards, piloting a 1918 Sopwith Snipe, was coming for a ow pass when the engine quit and the plane, smashed into the ground nose first. each table and tallies were Arkansas Razorbacks. , The hostess presented • M r s. Tucker a double deck of Razorback cards. In games Mrs. David. McCullar was high, Mrs. Alex Goble, second high; Mrs. Connie Me- Daniel won the traveling Mrs. Charles Ford bridge end Mrs. J. E. Lawrence of KiMr won consolation prize. A dessert course was teftei =• ... Principal Language Chinese is the principab uage of eastern Asia' ajjo is spoken by more people thafiiany other language in the world. It is one of the five official*" uages of the United Nations; . Toasting got its name, from the fact that bits : of toasQften were floated in a : ian's drink. FALSE TEETH That Loosen || Need Not Embarr«t Many wearers ot false t«tu HtSer embarrassment because their plata drop. slip, or wobble. at Just.'Jth* wrong time. Don't live In fear of this happening to'you. Just spHnkla a little FASTEETH, the non-acid powder, on jour plates. Holds fait* teeth more firmly eo they feel mor* comfortable. Checks denture breath. Dentures that fit are essential to health. See .your dentist regularly. et FASTEETH at all drug count*™. There were no no-hit, no-run games in the "major leagues during the 1949 baseball season. The substance which composes the white of the eye is known as sclera. r i i i i i i i i i i i i L FIND OUT HOW TO RAISE MONEY EASILY for your favorite pro/ecf Annan Lee Early is making her advice and plans available _to all of you who are about to undertake money-raising drives for special projects. If you want to find out how to raise money easily —without begging for contributions—fill out and mail the coupon You will be under no obligation to accept an Annah Lea Early Plan, but you should find out about them before starting your drive. They have proved successful fund-raising programs for fraternal, social, school, professional, church and civic .groups all over the Mid-South, who have raised from $50 to S500 to $1,000 and more just by following her step-by-step instructions. You can too. Send this coupon today. Annah Lee Early Plans is the Fund-Raising Division of Southern Greeting Card Company, established 1934. Member of the Na- 'tional Association of Direct Selling Companies. immmmmmmmm Dept, 301, Southern Greeting Card Co. 478 North Hollywood Memphis, Tenn. 38112 Phone (area code 901) 327-3511 Please send us full information about an Annah Lee Early Plan that will help us raise money for our special project. We understand we are under no obligation to you for this information and the advice and suggestions you will send us. Name o Total Membership: [umber of member* working oa .Type of organization (civic, social, church, pro- Chainnaa of drlv«:_ AddreM of chairman. 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