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Thursday, October 6, 1966
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; r Ruby: ' A Better Punch Than Loui &' THE -.1 I ; IN THE News O Ntw York Timet Newt Strvlct DALLAS, TEX.-Jack Ruby, the man who shot Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas in November, 1963, has been described by his friends as a semi - literate hothead. Although out wardly gregarious and nattily dressed, he lived m a gloomy apartment cluttered with old boxes and newspapers. And a close friend said he brooded in the privacy of his rooms. He loved animals, especially dogs, but could not establish a close relationship with more than one or two humans. Many of his acquaintances dodged him because he would lash at them in vile language or suddenly strike them with his fists. A Brawler Ruby was an accomplished brawler, and would not hesitate to tangle with men six inches taller and 50 pounds heavier than his 5 feet 9 inches and 175 pounds. Nor would he back away from physical encounters with men smaller than himself or even with women. "Jack was always fighting,' said one of his sisters. Since he was sentenced to death in March, 1964, Ruby has spent much of his time in the Dallas County jail drawing and decorating pictures of nude women and playing soli-tare under the watchful eyes of jailers. !The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Wednesday reversed the conviction of Ruby and or- n 111 pSilij um 0 REGISTER Band Festival Hosts r Bilffii)iiiiww'iiww QiJ - Jack Ruby "Always Fighting" dered the case transferred out of Dallas County. The reversal was based on two key elements: (1) That Ruby should not have been tried in Dallas and (2) that the trial court should not have allowed certain testimony by police offi cers which implied that Ruby killed Oswald with premeditation. ; . "Very Happy" Although his attorneys said he was insane when he shot Oswald in November, 1963, following the assassination of President Kennedy, one of Ruby's principal interests has been to prove that he Is not now insane, a contention that was upheld in a state court on June 13, 1966. Phil Burleson, one of Ruby's lawyers, went to his cell Wednesday and told him that the court had reversed his death sentence. '. Ruby, Burleson said, was f'very, very happy" at the court's decision and appeared completely aware of the implications of the decision. Ruby was born in Chicago in 1911, the son of immigrant Jews from Poland. He was named Jacob Rubenstein, but he changed it on Dec. 30, 1947, after moving to Dallas. The fifth of eight children, Ruby was reared in Chicago, III. His father, an unemployed Mike Reese (left), 16-year-old drum major, am IMax Cordon, 17-year-old president of the Ankeny High 1 School band, will be among the hosts at the seventh atmnal Ankeny Marching Band Festival Saturday at 7:30 pj m. at the Ankeny football field. Also taking part in the event, sponsored by the Ankeny Band Parents Club, will I be the bands of Ballard-Huxley, Carlisle, Johnston, Saydel,' Southeast Polk and Urbandale High Schools. ' carpenter for his last 30 . years, was frequently drunk. ' And his mother had delusions, Including one that for years she had a fishbone stuck in her throat. She regularly went to a doctor for treatment of the nonexistent fishbone. When he was 11 years old, Ruby and two younger brothers and a younger sister were taken from the family and put Into a foster home for a short time because of the frequent fights between his parents. After he was returned home, he did not stay long, but roamed the streets of Chicago with neighborhood gangs. He learned to brawl in the streets. Many of his fights were started by other ruffians who referred to Jews in j deroga tory fashion. Called "Sparky" . Later, when he was running nightclubs in Dallas, Ruby still would fight patrons who slurred Jews. He always was hot-tempered and was called "Sparky" when he was a boy because of his temper. Ruby left school in the eighth grade and sold tip sheets at race track;, fell in with gamblers and drifted around the country. After World War II, in which he was a private first class in the Air Force," Ruby went to Dallas where a sister, Mrs. Eva Grant, was operating a nightclub. As a nightclub operator, Ruby had a special fondness for police officers. He gave them cards entitling them to special prices. Ruby never married, although he had an 11-year romance with a Dallas divorcee who says she refused to marry, him because of his hot temper, among other things. "Bad" Boss One of Ruby's clubs, the Carousel, featured striptease dancers and other features of the burlesque stage. w A number of his former employes told the Warren Commission, which investigated trie assassination of President Kennedy, that Ruby was a "bad" boss, that he frequently refused to pay them and that he used obscene language toward them, and sometimes struck them. Own Bouncer Ruby was his own bouncer at his clubs and frequently beat patrons of whose conduct he disapproved. He was i irrested several times in Dal' las on assault charges. Although he consorts d with gamblers and criminafrT who frequented his club, thai re was no evidence that Ruby V iras in volved in organized rac kets in Texas. . Ruby was proud I his prowess at a fighter . , and boasted that he coul d hit harder than Joe LouL-v the former heavyweight 1 loxing champion. However, one of, Ruby !i s close friends testified before th e War ren Commission that Kiioy picked his opportunities t o fi;ght, choosing drunks, womertnr men smaller than himself. 1 . Ruby also was describe data "gladhander and a 1 1 a l n e dropper" who wanted'; to be known as a "big shot." ' ' He was in tax difficult ies with the federal governmerj t at the time he shot Oswald. 4be.pv-ernment said he owed f$40f 000 in back taxes from his t fghfi clubs. The claim is pending, TV Forum Venereal Dite&se The subject of very' a-eal dis ease, methods of con, trolling it and otnjbr problems T'hvWed will be: discussed oo Station KDPS-TV from 9 to V p. m tonight. Panel meirtx rs will answer questions tel pi wned to the station. Panelists will be,' DC Julius S. Conner, director; of the Des Moines-Polk County Health De partment; Dr. Robert E. Allen- der. obstetrician "aha gyne cologist; Dr. Edmtf nd TJ. Burke, urologist; Normal i Di White, director of the Des Moines Public Schools' Heaf th Education Department; RoL ert M. Williamson, communiCale disease control officer for the Des Moines-Polk County It lealth De partment, and Carlet n A. Johnson, assistant profesf sor of psychology at Drake U Diversity. The program is sf, onsored by the Adult Educations Department of the ,Des Moinxj. Public Schools and Polk Q aunty Medical Society. j BEGIN CONST! IUCTION MONTREAL, QU EBEC, CANADA (AP) Alp'lf onse Ouimet, president of t jie Canadian Broadcasting Cai.j, officially inaugurated constn iction work at the site of what j is expected to be the world's la? -gest broadcast center. HOMECOMING OPENS TODAY A three-day schedule of events for Drake parents-alumni homecoming weekend starts at 7 p.m., today with a pep rally near the Reflecting Pool of the Women's Residence Quadrangle Other highlights include Fri day's all-university homecoming convocation at 11 a.m. in the Fieldhouse and Saturday's foot ball game with Wichita State at 1:15 p.m. in Drake Stadium. Drake Parents of the Year, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cobb, recently transferred from Des Moines to West Haven, Conn., will be introduced at the Fri-day Homecoming Convocation. Other features of the Friday convocation will be introduction of Drake football players and naming of the Homecoming Queen from five recently select ed finalists: Kay Keny, Daven port: Nancy Parks, Seymour Phyllis Shields, Greenburg, Pa.: Cathv Thornton. Glen Ellyn, HI. and Connie Turner, Moline, HI. - At 2 p.m. Friday, the Home coming Registration Reception and Queen's Tea will be held in Jewett Student Union. The Homecoming Concert, featuring the Back Porch Majority, will be eiven at 7:30 p.m. and at 9:30 p.m. Saturday's schedule starts with a family-style breakfast. At 9:45 a.m. a forum on the present and future educational trends at Drake will be presented in a discussion-debate at Harvey Ingham Hall. Drake's 10 colleges will hold open house featuring student displays from 10:30 a.m. until the Fieldhouse Feed begins at 11:50 a.m. After the football came, open houses are scheduled for sorori ties, fraternities and men and women residence halls. Tommy James and the Shon dells will play for the informal Homecoming dance at the Val-Air Ballroom, starting at 9 p.m Symphony Strikers Turn Down Offer INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (AP) Striking musicians of the In dianapolis Symphony Orchestra rejected Wednesday by a 52-3 vote the latest proposal by .the Indiana State Symphony Society. The orchestra's thirty-seventh season was canceled Sept. 27 because of the demands of Lo cal 3, American Federation of Musicians union. The strike be gan last April at the close of the 1965-66 season. 4 Recital of Atrocities lsn 9t Theater SCRANTON OKAYS BOOST HARRISBURG, PA. (AP) - Gov. William W. Scranton an nounced Wednesday he has ap proved a 5 per cent, across-the board pay increase for 90,000 state employes, effective in January, 1967. THEATER CLOCK (Thursdii starting times as provided by theater managers.) GALAXY: An American Dream 12:10, 2:05, 4, b, 7:55, 10. PLAZA: Fantastic Voyage 6, 8, 10. PARAMOUNT: A Man Called Adam 12, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10. INGERS0LL: The Blue Max 8. CAPRI: The Sound of Music 9. HOLIDAY: Doctor Zhivago 8. VARSITY: Gigi 6, 9:55. A Thousand Clowns 8. PLANTATION DRIVE-IN: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 7:30 (repeat of first hour 11:20). I'll Take Sweden 9:40. S. E. 14TH ST. DRIVE-IN: Cartoons 7:30. Tenth Victim 7:45. Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number 9:25. CAPITOL DRIVE-IN: The Plainsmen 7:35, 11. Incident at Phantom Hill 9:30. PIONEER DRIVE-IN: Adam and Eve 7:30, 10:30. The Shame of the Sabine Women 9. WEST-VUE DRIVE-IN: Glass Bottom Boat 7:30. Cincinnati Kid 9:40. KRNT THEATER: Funny Girl 8:30. By Walter Kerr ( Ntw York Timit Ntwt Strvica ' NEW YORK, N. Y. - "I saw something move a little among the: dead," says one of the survivors of Auschwitz in "The I n vestigation" as she recounts her horrified crawl through a chamber matte d with corpses. So, I think, will you though you " at ham may be a shade surprised at what you do see. ' The girl telling this particular ctory is only one of dozens whose testimony is summarized in Peter Weiss documentary H VIVIAN this long, abrasive, naked invasion of history. During the entire evening at the Ambassador, we are among the dead two kinds of dead. i There are those hundreds, then thousands, then millions of unnamed human beings herded out of boxcars, hustled out of their clothes, and hurried toward "shower baths" that rain nothing but cyanide. And we are engaged with another kind of dead those who have survived. Some have been prisoners at Auschwitz and have listed out the ordeal miraculously. The others were once guards, doctors, camp commanders, now facing the questions of a prosecutor. Hardened Flesh They, one and all, are carved h a daily routine of lfr;, what emerges ...IV..I.U. J I , I J J arrangement of the German '"C1 - "'" l" -"'V war crimes trial of 1964-65. i !esn baketd J?0 th,oruy J" . , . . , . , , the ancient kiln of deliberate The girl actual y has stumbled b t ,it t d with a liinnt hnmrr n nhi M Kr , , u B t i a"y warmth, or any shame, a . T u H m There they sit, in the unvar- D.,ucu uut u, u.c UuaU,cjnished woode witness boxes ictnmqut uevIstu ior that make up the entire setting 2 Kinds of Dead But it is not the stir of the living, of voices or of faces, that is apt to rise like an unbidden gho before your eyes during for the occasion, remembering nothing, denying everything, utterly dead to what was. As the witnesses tick off the violations of personality and the dismembering of bodies that constituted th prison camn . is a sense off .horror at some thing worse ten "mere" murder. . , i V It is the-fvorror of murder for fun, m urder for sport, murder for scientific curios ity, murdw r as sheer technique. J Gradually, one realizes the least offens ive defendant on trial is the me who simply had a habit of shooting prisoners down at lAM, even if he did "like to shaf for the legs first." The true ' monsters are the men of ingi nuity who most con scientiously f created great rabbit warrens - the mazes of the new minott mr for dispatching the unproflKjsting with skill, efficiency, gtf mine imagination. One 1 B tens, shudders, and goes aw i) 'silent, lne issue has been e: jposed on the stage and then, h rlessly, dismissed. Thei e !fs no point in at tempt) g to deal with "The Invest bjatlon" as drama, for no att tmp has been made to. turn a ftsasty piece of evidence about ffbe nature of man into dram Weissts gone over the trial records, pasted together the tes timony of many witnesses into the restrained words of a few. This is a selective transcript, an evening of edited fact. It is disturbing in its implications, repetitive in its method, wearing as an experience yet incontestably an experience of some sort Criticism is, in a way, irrelevant You will either wish to endure this kind and this amount of information in a theater or you will not The theater is an open house which can accommodate itself, though not at its highest level, to events other than plays. Vivid Acting I The performances, if they are to be so regarded, vary in range j and illumination. Noteworthy is that of Vivian Nathan, whose work is sometimes vivid indeed. By the time she has finished forcing herself to recall an episode in which a child with an apple had its head bashed bloodily against the nearest building, while the officer who managed this small triumph went on to eat the apple, she has driven one more nail straight through the open palm of human possi- Briton Most Promising of Hollywood's 'New Elite5 By Peter Bart Ntw York Timet Newi Strvlc HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. A new elite seems to be emerging in Hollywood an elite of men who can turn a good tune and maybe turn a good phrase as well. In short, musical 'comedy types A couple of years ago no studio wanted anything to do with musicals in Hollywood, but the success of Mary Poppins and "The Sound of Music" has sent the studios on a musical kick. Everyone's looking for young musical comedy talents, Every producer wants to sign a young genius" to write a "title tune" for his picture. Every studio chief wants his films to have "hip, modern" background music. The music men are suddenly commanding lush salaries, are invited to the best parties and are wined and dined by producers who wouldn't have remembered their names two or three years earlier. An especially promising member of this "new elite" is Leslie Bricusse, a cheerfully ir reverent, 35-year-old Briton who arrived in town a few weeks ago and has been accorded a regal reception. Line Forms to Right Bricusse's first movie job has been to create the music, lyrics and screen play for "Dr. Dolit- tle," the extravagant musical starring Rex Harrison that is now in production at 20th Cen tury-Fox. The "inside word" has it that Bricusse's dialogue sparkles as brightly as his mel odies and that has been enough to start the producers lining up outside his office door. This attention naturally has flattered and surprised Bri cusse, whose past efforts have been mostly for the stage and mostly in collaboration with Anthony Newley. The pair created two Broad way shows, "Stop the World I Want to Get Off" and "The Roar of . the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd." Newley has a major acting role in Dr. Dolittle" and belts out several of Bricusse's best ballads.. Bricusse acknowledged that perhaps his toughest job on Dolittle was learning to please and appease his star, Rex Harrison, who plays the dauntless doctor who can converse with animals. Harrison originally signed for the picture when Alan Jay Lerner was committed to do book and lyrics. But Lerner backed out and, m Bricusse puts it, "I don't think Rex was thrilled with the idea of my replacing Lerner." Harrison promptly exercised his contractual right to veto any songs; he turned thumbs down on the first three written for him by Bricusse. It took time, Bricusse says, before he began to gain his star's confidence. "Bully, Snob" "Rex is a bully, a snob, a perfectionist and a magnificent professional," says Bricusse.) He won't let one syllable go into the picture that he doesn't feel is right, even if it means fiddling for hours over a tune or discarding it completely." Bricusse reports that Harri son also balked at his screen play, since, in the end, Dr. Dolittle doesn't win the girl (Samantha Eggar) bnt wins the animals instead. "That," says Bricusse, "was rather hard for him to swallow." As for the tunes, Bricusse says Harrison delivers them like pro. "He's really become rather keen on singing he thinks of himself as Portofino's Bobby Darin," says Bricusse, Though he realizes that the success of "The Sound of Mu sic" and "Mary Poppins" paved the way for the $l-million Dr. Dolittle, Bricusse admits he was less than enamored of these previous musicals. "Mary Poppins," he says, "pandered to children. It underrated them." As for the "Sound of Music," Bricusse says that 'it started off with six great songs then followed them with six really bad ones. That's the way the whole show went." While criticizing the work of others, Bricusse also is willing to give himself the needle. He still winces at the mention of the word "Pickwick" the successful if heavy-handed re vue for which he did the lyrics He also tends to belittle the book for "The Roar of the Greasepaint." : But Bricusse is too busy at present to worry about past shortcomings. After Dolittle, Bricusse and Newley will resume their partnership to create a. musical version of "Cyrano," starring Christopher Plummer Bricusse also is committed to create two more misicals for the screen, one of which will relate in song the bawdy saga of "Henry VIU." "The casting possibilities are fabulous," he notes. Mering Dies of Crash Injuries (Tht Reglstw's low Nwi Strvlct) OTTUMWA, IA. Evan Mering, 61, deputy city assessor, died Wednesday at the Ottumwa Hospital of injuries received in a .car-train crash Tuesday night here. . Authorities said Mering's car collided with a Milwaukee Road engine at a crossing at the west city limits. He is survived by his wife, a daughter, two brothers and a sister. Services are pending at the Traul Funeral Home. Save Those Paper Clips! WASHINGTON, D. C.-Post-master General Lawrence F, O'Brien came out four-square Wednesday for getting more mileage out of paper clips. In a message directed to postal employes, O'Brien asked for savings on "little things" including the 50 million paper ' clips issued annually. "A 1 a r g e percentage of those were probably discarded too soon," O'Brien declared. Such waste, he said, helps Des Moines Register Page 8 Thurs., Oct. 6, 1966 - J "divert funds from important mail handling operations." The economy plea was printed in the weekly Postal Bulletin for post office workers. An announcement of the plea was mimeographed and mailed to 250 Washington news offices. MODEL DRIVERS TOKYO, JAPAN (AP)-About 3,500 private motorists and business chauffeurs are being awarded gold and silver badges in Tokyo's annual autumn safety campaign designating them model drivers. Ernie's Urban Lounge Noteour NEW LOCATION 2424 Harding nd. FEATURING Des Moines Top Entertainment Nightly the JOE ADAMS TRIO ; the songs of JOANNE JACKSON Dancing Cocktails gfit 8 P.M. t rt-L- ' jfATIONAL V(i 0f1' I W. I IT.'. 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