Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on November 21, 1962 · Page 12
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 12

Greeley, Colorado
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Wednesday, November 21, 1962
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Dr. Schweitzer Lays Down Scalpel Picks Up Shovel Page 12 GREELEY TRIBUNE By PETER GROSE 'Schweitzer LAMBAKENE, Gabon ' A P -,1'rayer. said the Lord's ical work over to a staff of young doctors. Now nearly 88. he passes The old man in 'he dirty crcami II wa $ t"e «d of another work-jhis own days in strenuous physi-j of!ing day at Dr. Schweitzer's hospit-|cal labor, building for the ' al on the banks oi the Ogowe Kiv-'His birthday is Jan. 14. But instead of drawing patients away from Schweitzer's old and makeshift center the modern hos- jpital regularly sends the more difficult patients across the river for more important than any traveling or lecturing. Ke has never «en in an airplane. At Ins desk after dark Schweitzer reads countless letters from provide. white hair and moved around the long dining table to an old up- « r at I-ambartne. right piano. | Africa's political revolution has He played a few strong and simple chords as his two dozen coworkers and guests sang a hymn. It was their sec id hymn of the evening, after '.he dinner dishes had been cleared away. Then hi silence the old man made his slow way back aruunc the table, edged his stooped bul powerful frame back onto a hare wooden chair. He bowed his heae and. in the soft German accents of his native Alsace. Albert ransformcd tile map of the con- iivent, but Schweitzer's world lere remains virtually untouched )· the winds of change. The most famous doctor in the world still displays the missionary 1 ·igor and ideals of the day 30 vears a^o when he first set foot Bent but unfaltering he works a seven-hour day with his African building crews, directing in detail the erection of new wings for his hospital village houses, a new pier for the river canoes and w bridge across a meandering forest stream. m», UI,«,,»,L-K C.....1:. "" nospiujl (,, Africa old man--doctor, philosopher and! in the equatorial forest, but some musician--wields a shovel and hoe aspiring African leaders today find both ideals and the vigor distasteful. Schweitzer has turned his med the Schweitzer hospital, where goats and chickens roam withii 1 a few feet of the patients' straw beds. Schweitzer's reply is that wherel rigid cleanliness is medically im-l' portaiil--around the operating table and maternity section -- the wed.. NOV. 2i, 1962 Best TV Drama Lost in Trash Director Says treatment only Schweitzer can friends and admirers, answering [hem in his own precise hand--he has never used a typewriter. On ner of the desk he some bread and leftover food to feed the ants swarming around as he works. Respect for every being that i\es is Schweitzer's basic With .. sanitary standards are up to anv energy the|, , : . . . . v PULL THE TAB (for an indexed view) to show African laborers how to make brick foundations level and true. At night, with the physical work done. Schweitzer reads and writes by gaslight until midnight or after never losing touch with the outside world that has showered him "Kor the rest." he tells visitors, "it must be understood this is not a hospital like those we have in Europe. It is an African village to which people can corm; to receive medical treatment." The villagers do come, droves from miles around. "There is no doubt they prefer with as much honor as any living]to walk miles to the hospital of man. i t n e 'grand docteur' than any When relaxed Schweitzer talks AND FLIP! (to show 6 more cards) in a high, musical voice. His youthful eyes twinkle, lie winks at visitors as he teases them gently § and parries their questions. Thei' smile under his walrus moustache I is broad and quick. On the job he is a ruthbss taskmaster, upbraiding Europeans and Africans alike who fall short THE ORGANIZER BY LORD BUXTON Are you an organized organization man? Here's a new kind of billfold for you; it keeps 12 credit and membership cards displayed in orderly, fumble-free view. Great? (It's a great gift, too!) In several leathers and colors, $7.50 to $10.00. Prices plus tax. Every purchase handsomely gift wrapped Free in the Hibbi tradition. Hibbs 814-816 Ninth Street Open Friday Evenings Till 8:30 Mor-Valu Stamps With Each Purchase of the more modern hospitals around." said a young missionary not associated with Schweitzer. "They know they will be better cared for." The hospital compound sprawl ing through the trees accommodates patients and their families No sick person is ever turnee aw ay. no matter how crowded the hospital may be. Lambrene and other vil-| lajes in Gabon Schweitzer is 1 known simply as the "grand doc- |tcur." ·'They know nothing about me cM-epi that I have worked here for a luiuj tune." he said. "It is because 1 am a little bit old that they respect me." U \ c r the years various proposals have been made to install running water and electricity in the :am|). but Schweitzer has rejected them as unnecessary. The hospi- By CYNTHIA LOWRY AP T«kviiion-R«di« Writer NEW YORK AP - Tyrone Guthrie, a famous theatrical di- 'ector, is a thoughtful student of .television drama and one who is not quite as despairing of Us qual ity as most of his intellectua peers. Writing in a new anthology about television. "The Eighth Art." Guthrie makes the point that motion pictures and television have completely supplanted the legitimate theatre as the mass distributors of drama. In unprecedented demand for dramatic material, he adds, televi- lion's "worthy offerings, alas, slide out of sight, sucked down into the morass of trash." Gutlirie partly blames the au dience for the shortage of exciting dramatic productions: "There is little reason to suppose that most people want bet ter fare than they are getting, and every reason to suppose thai what pleases the largest number of people is what can be assim ilated with the least trouble. Dra ma of any consequence cannot be in television drama and disagrees and re»! feelings in a dramatic with this thesis. iforrn. Too often we are ail to "To» many of us jet w tired busy just getting on with tta Job. ,st trying to keep up with the there's no time for it." schedules, that the only thing that Wednesday night's CBS "Circle is seen is tire bare bones of the Theatre" dramatization may drama." he said. "The one thinglprove controversial: It it based that can hide the bones is feel-Jon the scandal in Denver when ing--by the author, by the direct-! or. by the performers. The sole alternative to real emotion is some members of the city police force were charged with being members of a safe-cracking ring. hundreds of years. "Actually, the only thing we can do today is to present freshi some new plots-and no one has The Denver mayor will be a guest found a new plot in hundreds and on the program. Schweitzer's work at Lamb-! 13 ' howeier. has modern gen- arene has been likened to the par-1 craU)rs for x-ray equipment and assimilated without effort." able of the Good Samaritan in thej°l )OTalul S l'S llls - I^wis Friedman, producer o nodern world. The old man in-j NBC's "Show of The Week" un sists the work he is now doing islUSE THE TRIBUNE WANT ADSllike Gutlirie, is currently activ For Pr«»eripti»ni.--Adv. For All the Family . . WESTERN BOOTS Largest selection of Wtstem bouts in Northern Colorado . . . Styles for every member of the family. Open Fridiy Evening! Charge Account! Invltid of his exacting standards. "They will nut work if I do not stand over anv show them," he said. "The work must be done, so this is what 1 have to do." Schweitzer's camp at Lambar- cm, the presence and attitude of the old man himself, are coiuro- versial in modern Africa. To tile new generation of Africans in their boastful capitals he is an embarrassing 19th-century igure. patronizing and domineer- ng, as outmoded as his old colonialist's white sun helmet. "He is doing things for us. not with us." said one of the most thoughtful nationalist leaders, now a high official in the United Na- ions. His devoted co-workers, however, argue that the modern Africa of the United Nations and capi- al cities is a far cry from the lalm-lined banks of the Ogowe liver where the Schweitzer hos- ital serves a vast bush popuia- ,ion. Schweitzer is outspoken in his belief that independence came to many parts of Africa too soon, but he confronts the new situations with humility. When Schweitzer arrived in French Equatorial Africa in 1913 he built his hospital in an area remote from modern facilities. Now there is an impressive government hospital in Lambarene just a few miles from Schweitzer's village. A Time To Rememba* Who We Are Let us be grateful for our heritage. For a little pride is the wellspring of courage. Let us endure unflinchingly' whatever sacrifices we are called upon to make to defend our free institutions from the night of communism, which is bent on undermining our faith in ourselves. Let us rely not only on the gold in our vaults, but the iron in our blood. And let us cling like ivy to the faith of our fathers until, in God's good time, all men arc free. f U .VV«!lfIi*y.»-«.«.«. 352-6193 i There is no substitute for quality . ·. in flowers . ·. in television Before you buy check ZENITH Color Quality . . « it'* tops! i I ! F COLOR QUALITY BEATS AIL! Com* in .,, Jet m prtHM U OPEN EVENINGS UNTIL 8:30 P.M.

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