The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 19, 1968 · Page 14
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, January 19, 1968
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Pig* Fourteen - Blythevllle (Ark.) Courier News — Friday, January It, 1968 Folkl ore Gal ore Northwest Arkansas Times FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) —Vance Randolph of Fayelte- etteville, an Ozark folklorist, is hobby when he came to the Ozarks in 1920. Since then he has written numberous books on the subject and is now cor- books become rare collector's i gr"l'h.v 01 > Ozal ' k Folklore to be items. He disclaims any thought that it is artistic merit which placed published by (he University of Indiana. "These regional books are the they had a limited original publication and because regional books do not sell well. 'Mine have sold better in New York City and on the Wesl Coast than they have in Arkansas," said the author, a native of Kansas who has adopted the Ozarks because he loves them. * *. * In fact, Randolph, who looks the part of a distinguished author in a Hollywood production, claims he is only a "hack written" The self-applied judgment is hardly applicable for his works on folklore whici began as a my own name," he said. "I am proud of them." The others, which he wrote under various pseudonyms for the pulp market, provided him the money to pursue his hobby. "I have never made money from books on folklore," he said. But it is these which have made others refer to him as the most important writer on the Ozarks. * + * He tried his hand, again | anonymously, at many differnt 'kinds of writing, including west- ers. Among his most lucrative endeavors was writing the little Blucbooks, published by E. Haldermann-Julius, which Bold for a dime and later for a nickel in the early 1920s. "It took me a week to build one of Ihem and they paid me $100 for each book," he said. "That wasn't bad wages in those days." His dabbling in juveniles was less successful. '1 tried one, it was published, but didn't sell worth a damn and I never wrote another one," he said. "They're hard to write." Randolph didn't £ind his writing of folklore difficult, how ever, and some of this enjoyment is recognized by a reviewer who said Randolph's greatest gift was his gusto, candor in reporting and his ability to capture the colloquial ease of the stories he retells. His candor and gusto is not limited to detelling folk tales. These characteristics, coupled with a profound involvement in life, have brought him into his seventh decade without di- minishing • keen sense of humor and a delight in the eccentricities of his fellowman. This enthusiasm became centered upon the Ozark hill folk. Randolph himself describes It best in various introductions to his books. "I interviewed old settlers, cultivated country editors... fished, fought, hunted, danced and gambled with my back woods neighbors. I traveled the ridge roads in a covered wagon, 1 Abigail Van BOMB— Dentist's Nude 1 Tie Shocks Boy's Mom DEAR ABBY: This morning I took my 6-year-old son to the dentist. We were the first appointment and arrived at the dentist's office right along with the dentist. He removed his coat and turned to give us a cordial greeting. To my amazement, this dentist was wearing a necktie with a most repulsive nude woman painted on it. I was shocked, as this dentist came very highly recommended. I didn't tell my husband as he would have scolded me for not leaving immediately. My teen-age daughter has an appointment with this dentist next week. Should I send her to his office alone or go with her? Or should I cancel her appointment and report that dentist to the dental association? Do you think this man is safe to be around children? He is middle-aged, married, and very well off. SHOCKED DEAK SHOCKED: I doubt that the dental association would do' much about a dentist's ties, altho, I agree, yours showed very poor taste. I wouldn't worry about the safety of my children in this case, either. But if you are concerned, have your children take their teeth elsewhere. DEAR ABBY: I am planning to become engaged in the near future, and my boy friend and I are having a big difference of opinion on something I want you to settle. I would like to have an engagement ring made wilh yellow gold. My boy friend prefers white. He says that since he is paying for it, he should pick it out and I should take what I get and like it. I told him that since I'm going to be wearing the ring, I should be the one to pick it out. I also told him that most girls pick out their own engagement rings after the boy tells the girl how much he wants to spend. He doesn't agree with me and wants me to show him where it says it is all right for the girl to'pick out her own ring. DEAR SAN: Yon two sound as tho you're ready for a BOXING ring, not an engagement ring. It doesn't "say" anywhere that the girl or the hoy should select the ring. Engaged couples usually select the ring together. That way the man is certain his sweetheart gets a ring she will enjoy wearing, which should please them both. DEAR ABBY: Like so many of your correspondents, I never expected to be writing a "Dear Abby" letter — here I am: This is in reference to the "retired" school teacher who was given a farewell dmner party and a gift by her colleagues, then changed her mind and returned to resume her duties. One of her colleagues wrote to say that he had collected the money for the "retirement gift" and dinner and was now red-faced because the teacher had not retired after all. It was even suggested! hat she return the gift. Why was this "retiring" teacher honored in the first place? Because she had given long years of faithful service and had earned the right to retire, right? This being the case, perhaps she ought to have been welcomed back The fact that she decided to return in no way diminishes her contributions for which her fellow teachers honored her. I see no reason for the honored one to return the gift or to be embarrassed because she postponed her retirement. SPOKE MY PIECE DEAR SPOKE: When you put it that way, neither do I. How lias the world been treating you? Unload your problems on Dear Abby, Box 69700, Los Angeles, Cal., 90069 For a personal, unpublished reply, enclose a self - addressed, stamped envelope. Astrological * Forecast * By CARROLL R1GHTER- To determine your lurecasl. nute paragraph opposite dates whicb include vour bin!) date McNaught Synowate Inc. ed of you by an admirer. Follow trough if ethical. MOON CHILDRE.. (June 22 For Abby's booklet, "How to Have a Lovely Wedding," send $1.00 to Abby, Box 69700 Los Angeles, Cal., 90069. some investigating and a 11 clears up nicely for you. Then make improvements in conditions around you. Get informa- •no J9)B[ jjadxa us ujo.ii uou SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Sacrifice some practical matter in A.M. so that you assist one who is in an unfortunate position and is very deserving. Show that you are a good pal. You may have to forego that social pleasure in P.M., that you have made to others with complete cooperation for others are watching you closely and soon will release tiie goodies that you can use from them if they find that you measure up to their expectations of you. Be happy and join recreations tonight. ARIES (Mar 21 to Apr 19) The planets are with others today, so tread lightly or you gel into trouble Some civic matter requires much diplomacy o n your part today, also. Avoid jealousy in any of its forms Rise above the petty. TAURUS (Apr 20 to May 20) There is much work to be done and you had belter get at it or you lose the respect of some valued co-worker. Rid yourself of all obligations. Then you can go ahead and have a fine time with good friends. GEMINI (May 21 to June 21) Fine day for pleasure but be sure it does not cost too much and you don't get caught with a group of trouble - makers. Be iur« you know whit te eiptct-, SATURDAY GENERAL TENDENCIES: A Saturday to make sure you to July 21) You must be more carry through with all promises thoughtful of those at home if you are to lift that feeling of gloom there at this time. Think out ingenious ideas for increasing success in the days ahead. Be very practical. LEO (J u 1 y 22 to A u g. 21) Be sure you telephone first before you dash out to see close ties, friends or you may find they are extremely busy and get in Iheir way. Not the right time to discuss that plan with an associate. Wait a few days . VIRGO (Aug. 22 to Sept. 22) Although you wisli to supplement your present income, this is not a good day to start new ventures. Look after current interests carefully. Read, study more for good results. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Get yourself looking more charming and go after those important clients, etc., that improve your position, regardless of what dull associate say: today. Steer clear of one who is not friendly to you. Be wise. SOCRPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) You are puzzled by what anoHi- ii doing, to b* lure U dt ! also. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. ! 20) Important you follow all i regulations that apply to you since it is immensely vital at this time. Do not irritate one who iias power over you or it can lead to trouble. Have respect. Be wise. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 to Feb. 19) If you forget fun today, you can place yourself in a position to take advantage of some fine opportunity that conies your way to advance. Avoid that forceful newcomer. He, or she, is not up to anything good. PISCES Feb. 20 to Mar. 20 It is better if you handle that difficult problem today and put aside thought of pleasure, early If you don't, it will only get worse. Then you can be with congenials in P.M. and in a happy frame of mind. IF YOUR CHILD IS BORN TODAY ... he, or she, will be one of those very gregarious young people who could easily get mixed up with the wrong kind of person, if you do not leach to choose friends wisely. Ideal chart for professions of precision, art work, working with colors, style, etc. Teach to think before delving into anything whatsoever. MOZAMBIQUE LOURENCO MARQUES, M o- zambique (AP) — Forty-eight per cent of the workers in coal, uranium and gold mines in neighboring South Africa are from Mozambique, the South African government's recruiting agency says. The total number of natives from the Portuguese east African territory working in South African mines last year was 163,914, the agency said. The workers are signed up for work periods of 18 months. SPECIALIZED JOB LOUISVILLE (AP) - A small side - street tailor shop offers this service: "Pants Pressed In The Rear While You Wait." IT'LL COST TO TAKE OUT ANGER ON PHONE BOOK NEW DELHI (AP) - Carelessness with the telephone directory is going to be costly in New Delhi. Telephone officials have decided that people who turn in mutilated directories in exchange for new ones will have to pay instead of receiving the new one free. The reason is that the telephone company sells the old directories to people who paste the pages into small paper bags. They refuse mutilated directories. consorted with peddlers, horse traders, yard doctors, and moon shiners...and spared no effort to become intimately acquainted with Ozarkers of the ridge • runner type and succeeded insofar as intimacy Is possible to one who was born a lowlander," * * * In collecting the folk tales he tried several methods. First he mployed a stenographer who recorded the interview in shorthand and transcribed it. Then tried a tape recorder. He discarded both because, he said, they were subject to "episodic infirmities." He listened to the tale, wrote it down in long hand as the story was being told and then typed it a few hours later while the details were still fresh, in his mind. All were recorded on cards, filed in a trunk converted into a filing cabinet, indexed and classified. It was the same method he used in collecting his folk songs which form four volumes of his published works. His interest in folk tongs led to his becoming one of the early ballad hunters in the region. It also prompted him to write an article for the Arkansas Historical Quarterly Vol. VII about these early ballad hunters in which be recalled the first festival of the National Folksong Association founded by Sarah Gertrude Knott. This preliminary festival was held in Eureka Springs, March 15, 1934. He wrote, "I heard plenty of good singers, fiddlers and banjo- pickers." His love for the Ozarks has not always been reciprocated. He tells of politicians arid others who declared the ballad hunters and other folklorists were glorifying the backwoods in such a manner as to minimize the advantages of modern • industry and agricuture. "I wasn't appreciated," he recalls with a grin, "and I Was accused of making out that the country was bad and they eaid Business The program encompasses a complete redesign of all -business forms, letterheads, plant promotional material. The key theme will be to identify and associate the Randall name with already long established brand names, where applicable. "Since Randall is now operating 11 plants in six states with nearly 3,000 employees, we do not expect this program to be effective overnight," Said added. "We do expect that it will take time but we are beginning now. "Our individual manufacturing units will be known as Randall plants; our home office here in Cincinnati is already known as the Randall building. This theme will be carried throughout our entire organization. : a Year to Beta! a ..and what a year to have lived through! Do you remember- • when miniskirts reached the limit (maybe)??? • when Israel smashed the Arab armies in a one week war? 2 ? - • when Saturn gave the .moon program its biggest lift??? • when the Boston Red Sox almost did the impossible but finally yielded the World Series to the Cards? ? ? • when Stalin's daughter provided the surprise and the literary sensation of the year by fleeing to the United States and ; writing her memoirs??? Yes,.. you probably do remember, right now. But memories of these and a thousand other events large and small will fade faster than you think unless you have I wai igilnit progress." His answer to this, now, as then, is, "I don't have to stay here. I love it and think it is the finest place in America." Does he believt the stories he has retold? 'I just don't know; I won't say something doesn't happen," be replied thoughtfully and related a story of a girl who was paralyzed and bedfast. Her parents called in a faith healer who sprinked a fine powder In the fireplace. While Randolph watched,"the faith healer rapped several times on the mantel and away off in the forest the sound wai picked up by a drum repeating the cadence. "I heard it, but I can't explain it. The girl got out of bed and walked," he said. "I suppose the paralysis was caused by hysteria and this accounts for the cure, but I won't say something didn't happen." k«IhB fouttff mi^u'e yearbook prepared for the readers of I'tliij newspaper by Ttw Associated Press, world's largest .news gathering organization.! 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