The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 10, 1971 · Page 46
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Mm . ..Mm . . . GOOD — It's apple butter making time and these two ladies, members of the West- em Reserve United Methodist Church Senior Citizens Group, in Youngstown, Oliio, are all dressed up in old fashioned dresses and bonnets as they 'test' (Hutchinson News-UPI Telephoto) the butter before putting it into jars for their church bazaar. Mrs. Hazel Schracler, left, and Mrs. Ora Straley, seem to think the apple butter is ready for sale. Victor Borge Now Aiithor NEW YORK (AP) - Victor Borge, who makes humorous asides off stage as well as on, steps out of a plaza Hotel elevator, saying to the elevator man, "It was a lovely trip," and to the reporter who' has come to interview him, "That was the 3 o'clock elevator." The humorist-pianist is being interviewed because, at 62, he has written his first book. It's called' "My Favorite Intermission," but it isn't an auto- fa log r a phy stressing intermissions of Victor Borge concerts. It's a series of biographies of opera composers, recounted with humor, 'Borge style. » Thought It Invention Borge says he showed the manuscript to a lot of friends and relatives and their most usual reaction was that he'd made it up. He was astonished. "I had to write an introduction saying nothing is made up. Absolutely anybody can look it up. Otherwise the book would be a'| swindle. "Fact is better than fiction, and often more funny. These composers, let their genius be one thing, that is a thing that none of them have deserved; it was there, like hair is growing. "But outside of that they were just' human beings and did the same stupid things the way anybody else does. I think when you .'read the book it will say that some of them were not very different from people we know and ourselves, except of course they had genius. "The book is intended for entertainment and after it entertains you it also informs you. You don't have to know the first thing about music to read it, either. I think musicians will like it, as they always get an extra something out of my performance because the music is familiar to them that I make travesties of. But you don't have to know one note from another." Borge does about 100 concerts a year, including doing 'things | like trying to play the "Minute Waltz" in under a minute. He says, "It's always a tremendous lift when you see a sea of people who welcome you warmly. It's the same feeling when children approach you to see what you have in your pocket or your bag, a surprise for them. An audience also must not be disappointed." Borge still is remembered for another project of about eight years ago, his rock cornish hens. "I got a kick out ot developing this business. But I looked one day and saw those little birds and it looked like mass murder and and this struck me as strange because I basically was bringing laughter and happiness and well-being to people. I didn't like to come home and kill. I don't condemn the processing of food, but for me it wasn't necessary. It started out as a hobby. Then it got so big I had to chose which direction I wanted to take." Borge chose music, and laughter. Borge was a piaho prodigy in Huu:hiuson News Sunday r Oct. 10, 1971 Page 18 his native Denmark. The fa mous Russian pianist Benno Moiseiwitch once said after hearing him, "With his touch, he can play for Gbd." Humor entered in, starting when Borge, at 14, winked from the piano.bench at a couple of nervous women in the front row, and the audience laughed. By the time the Nazis entered Denmark, Borge was well- known as a pianist-humorist, in concerts and movies. He arrived in America in 1941 and learned English as quickly as possible so he could resume his career here. "I don't consider myself a writer," he says about the new book. ,"I consider myself a musician. But I worked hard on it. Every sentence was painstakingly created to reflect the way I would say it. 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