Press and Sun-Bulletin from Binghamton, New York on October 18, 1975 · 25
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Press and Sun-Bulletin from Binghamton, New York · 25

Binghamton, New York
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Saturday, October 18, 1975
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;iNo drain V Ann Rothschild . ... .the original Betty Boop Oliveira Un Forum concert j , Elmar Oliveira, recent win-j ner of first prize for violinists 'fin the major Walter Nau- Jmburg competition, will be t soloist in the Autumn and Win-jj ter movements of Vivaldi's suite "The Seasons" at 8:15 p.m. Friday at The Forum. The 25-year-old Binghamton violinist will play the Vivaldi with the Young Artists Cham- ber Orchestra. I The orchestra is made up of I members of the Ysaye, Arnici, Audubon, Kronos and Manhat-I tan string quartets, all study-; ing with the Lenox Quartet at State University at Bingham-, ton and part of Peter Marsh's I Artist Development Inc. ', ADI and the university are I ; cosponsors of a six-concert ; . Friday night chamber music . ' ; series. After Friday's opening J -concert, the others, all also I starting at 8:15 p.m., will be given at the Binghamton Uni-' tarian-Universalist Church, . 183 Riverside Drive. I Friday's concert also will J include Bach's Concerto in D '. minor for two violins, with v Bruce Berg and Cordelia Ro-) sow as soloists; Mozart's early Divertimento in D Ma-!; jor, K. 136; Vivaldi's Concerto ; Op. 3, No. 11, with violinists Ronald Copes and Janet Brady Tand cellist C. Thomas Shaw as i soloists, and a serenade, t Programs for later concerts J in the series, at the church: , w, ' i j -. - T ? - Art meets life This new sculpture in front of a school in West Berlin is financed under a program that calls for part of money allocated for public buildings to be used for art for their decoration. Sculpture is called "Hand With Watch" and includes a digital clock. soloist Dec. 5, Amici Quartet, Mozart's Quartet K. 589, Beethoven's Quartet Op. 74 and the Schoenberg Quartet No. 2, Op. 10, with a soprano to be named later. Jan. 16, 1976, Ysaye Quartet, a quartet by Arriaga, a Spanish contemporary of Bach; Gliere's Quartet -Op. 2, and Schoenberg's "Transfigured Night," a lush tone poem best known in its orchestral transcription but originally written for string ' sextet. Feb. 13, Kronos Quartet, Quartet No. 2 by Ligeti, Berg's Lyric Suite and the Beethoven quartet, Op. 132. , ; March 26, Manhattan Quartet, Haydn's Quartet Op. 20, No. 4; the First Quartet 'of Bartok and Beethoven's Quartet Op. 135. April 9, Audubon Quartet, contemporary compositions including "Celestial Bodies" by Ezra Laderman, composer in residence mt the university, and Crumb's "Black Angels." Copes brings to his role in the Vivsldi concerto Friday a talent that gained him a place as a semif inalist in the prestigious Munich, International competition in Germany. Marsh, musical director for the Young Artist series, will conduct the orchestra in Friday's concert. : PHOTO BY AP g si boo By MAUREEN BASHAW Gannett News Service FORT MYERS, Fla. - The boop-boop-a-doop gal is mad. " There she was, this 77-pound, 53-inch, orange-haired, blue-eyed ex-cartoon and vaudeville queen, sitting in her apartment here a few weeks ago crying and laughing with the soap opera gangs on television, when the telephone rang and a friend told her he'd heard a lady on the tube the night before claiming to be the ORIGINAL Betty Boop gal. Small balls of fire started to burn in Ann Rothschild's eyes and heart, and although she says she's "absolutely retired from show business," she decided to speak out. "I'm upset. I'm tired of hearing about these ORIGINAL Betty Boops and people around here thinking I'm a fraud. I'm the original Betty Boop. I was doing the boop-boop-a-doop songs when I was on the road with the vaudeville shows back in the 1920s. "Then when Max Fleischer of Paramount Studios in New York was looking for someone for his new Betty Boop cartoon character (in 1932), I went to the auditions and he chose me. "There were hundreds of girls there and most of them could sing better than I could. But I don't know. I suppose I had what he wanted. I was very tiny and very pretty, you know, and I had this high-pitched voice. "Anyway, Mr. Fleischer always said I was the original Betty Boop. He even won a court case over me once. "Of course, there were other boop-boop-a-doop girls (back in the late 1920s and early 1930s). Helen Kane (she died several years ago of cancer) was one of them. When Mr. Fleischer told her she couldn't use the name Betty Boop in her acts, she tried to sue him for a quarter of a million dollars but she lost the case. -"Yes, that -was back in 1934. You can look up the case in the New York Supreme Court records. "Yet, there are still people who think Helen Kane was the original Betty.' Just a few weeks ago, on 'Musical Chairs' (a CBS program), someone asked a lady on the panel who the original Betty Boop was and the lady said 'Helen Hayes,' and she won the prize money. "Then my friend called me ... in late August to tell me he'd heard this Mae Questell on television she's a little fat woman I met in Mr. Fleischer's office a few times -r saying she was the original Betty Boop on the Tom Snyder show (NBC). Williams country music coming Dot and Chkkie Williams, stars of the Radio Station WWVA Jamboree at Wheeling, W. Va., will give a concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Susquehanna, Pa., Community High School for the benefit of the school's Band Booster Association.- The band hopes to go to the Astro Blue Bonnet Bowl football game in December 1976. Mr. and Mrs. Williams frequently are called "the royal couple of country music." Recently they were invited for the fourth time, at the fourth performance in history of the event, to entertain at the in Beethoven s 7 th in SUNY concert Beethoven's joyous Seventh Symphony will be the major work in a free public concert by the Harpur Symphony, its first under new conductor Judith Somogi, at 8:15 p.m. Monday in the Watters Theater at State University at Binghamton. The concert also will include Rossini's "Semiramide" Award winner to show films at SUNY Tuesday Filmmaker Ernie Gehr will give the eighth presentation in SUNY-Binghamton's Visiting Artist Series Tuesday at 8 p.m. in Lecture Hall 6 on the SUNY campus. Gehr, who has won awards Oct. 18, 1975 SATURDAY, Binghamton, N.Yi 3-C p-a-oioop "I'm upset. Some people around here are beginning to think I'm a fraud. They go around wisp, wisp, wisping about me. It bothers me. I'm absolutely retired from show business now. I still teach tap - (dancing) to one little girl, but that's all. Most "of the time I " like to sit and watch television. I love the soap operas. I cry and laugh with all those people, you know. "I just want to clear this up. Let me show you this letter. It's from the president of my fan club. He's upset about this Mae Questell thing, too." So you look at a copy of a letter by Mike Lacy of Rush-ville, Inc., who apparently is the president of the National Betty Boop Fan Club, to Tom Snyder which says: "It has been called to my attention that Mae Questell appeared on your program Thursday, August 28, 1975. She claimed to be the original voice of the cartoon star, Betty Boop. It is my belief that this is an iniquity to the original voice of Betty Boop. Mrs. Ann L. Rothschild of Fort Myers has valid proof of being the first Betty Boop. "Even though her (Mae Questell's) voice was heard in several of the later cartoons, this definitely does not give her the privilege to say that she is the first voice of Betty Boop, a great cartoon star. A trial was held (the one in 1934) which proved Mrs. Rothschild to be the voice of Betty in the first Max Fleischer Betty Boop cartoon." Mrs. Rothschild came to Fort Myers in 1951 from St. Petersburg, where she operated her own Betty Boop studio for five years. v She spent 20 years in show business and another 20 studying and preaching the teachings of the Unity faith. Her show business career started in the early 1920s when she was "the baby" of the Greenwich Village Follies. She later teamed up with another Follies performer and played in the vaudeville houses in and around New York City a number of years. Then, of course, came the Betty Boop stint. The name Betty Boop became a household word from 1933 to 1945 when Betty Boop cartoons and Betty Boop dolls were the rage. Mrs. Rothschild also starred in movies from Paramount during the 1930s. But, in 1945, she gave it all up to run her studio in St. Petersburg. Among her students was Carroll Baker who has since appeared in a number of Hollywood productions. Then, she enrolled in the Unity Village school in Kansas City, Mo., and kept up correspondence courses. In 1951, ternational country Fan Fair in Nashville, Tenn. Their hit recordings include "Beyond the Sunset," "My Old Brown Coat and Me," "Roses Are Blooming,1; "Polka Dots and Polka Dreams," "The Cat Came Back," "Peg Leg Jack," "Daddy's Little Angel," "Mary of the Wild Moor," "God Sent Our Little Girl" and "In the Baggage Coach Ahead." Tickets are $3 for adults, 52.50 for students and $1.75 for children under 12. Bought in advance, they are 50 cents cheaper than at the door. overture and four sea interludes from Benjamin Britten's opera "Peter Grimes. " Somogi, an assistant conductor of the New York City Opera, is a part-time lecturer in music at the university in addition to conducting the symphony, with which she rehearses on Mondays. for his films at the Yale Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, Independent Filmmakers' Competition and USA Film Festival, will show his films "Still," "Reverberation" and "Serene Velocity." she was sent to Fort Myers for on-the-job training. By 1954, she was an ordained minister and at one time hosted a weekly radio program on the Unity faith. Back in 1971, she was coaching a dance troupe of over-60-year-olds at Seven Lakes condominiums for a variety show. She left the pulpit 15 years ago following her marriage to her second husband, Joe Rothschild, who died six years ago. guard! WHY ! ALL BRANDS I IN STOCK COMPARE TO $4.55 LIMIT ONE I COUPON GOOD SAT. & i ., . WAY I I ONE SIZE FITS ALL REG. 79" I Lb.illZ I r.nilPflN CflOD SAT. I SUN.. OCT. 18 & 19. 1975 ; I GRANDl j WAY i 10-VV-30 REG. 79' ! 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