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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER NEW! MONDAY, MARCH ». onrier NewsMagazine By DICK KLEINER. NEW YORK — (NBA) — awrence Welk calls himself stubborn German." He's een stubborn enough to last hrough more adversity than ou can shake a baton at for Imost 30 years. He's flopped requently, his band has quit n masse because they didn't link he was ever going any- here, his girl vocalist has sen more famous than he as. Yet he's kept going and ow he's the TV sensation of le year. Welk and his Champagne Music the sleeper that now is one of ie highest-rated TV shows. His etwork, ABC-TV, says the fan .ail volume, the demand for ticks and the general excitement is gger than for any of its shows xcept "Disneyland." All this leaves Welk happy, but inimpressed. He's been down too ng to get overly excited when e's up. It all started in 1927 in Yankton, D., when Welfc and his three- iece novelty orchestra followed a now plow down. from North Da- ota on their way to the New Or- ins Mardi Gras. They stopped to ly on the Yankton radio station nd were a hit. Since then, he's ayed more one-nighters than any ther band leader, he's tried sever- times to crack New York ("but .iways we were a flop") and he's urvived more hard knocks than a ocky Marciano opponent. Tm a stubborn German," he says, "and I stick to my runs. ['ve had to fight all the time for what I believed inj musically. Most of the time, in the old days, | had to give in. Radio producers wouW tell me they kntw best and record men would say they knew best. I'd give in. "So I'd So things I knew I should- •t do. I'd play music I knew was •rong for me. When I started the V show in California/ I decided this time I was going to do it my •ay. And I have done it my way." Welk's way is to play music people can understand. Simple ELIZABETH TAYLOR poses on ttie porch on her portable dressing room on the set of "Giant," a George Stevens production for Warner Bros. With her are her two sons, Christopher (eight months old) and Michael Wilding, Jr., (2'/i years old). Literary Guidepost More American Books Should Go Overseas OFF THE BOOK BEAT — Foreigners annually spend about 100 million dollars . to buy American books in English and translation. They still don't receive anywhere near what they ought to have, for their sakes and ours, from the riches of past and present American literature. These conclusions were drawn by the National Book Committee In a conference report called "American Books Abroad." What can our books do for us among outlanders? They correct the distorted ideas spread about Americans by Communists, and in general serve to broaden men's lives. Among committee recommendations are a cut in the U S. international book post r.ite: a more liberal U S attitude on international exchange? of cultural materials; more promotion abroad by our public ^r.rs: more inexpensive American books made available abroad; ctnd more money for United States Information Agency libraries. One of the best international-relations books to be published in this country in a long time is the National Book Award nonfiction winner, Herbert Kubly's "American in Italy " Kubly says that "to his knowledge" no copy of his book is available in United States Information Agency libraries in Italy or In Germany. » • • Speaking of government encouragement of authors, France has just named as her consul general In Los Angeles Remain Gary, author ol "The Company of Men" and "The Colors of the Day." The snmelgovernment, incidentally, has awn no reason why a native Communist, Pierre Herve, party secre- tiry for a time and once a member of the Chamber, shouldn't teach philosophy in a Paris high school. W. a. Eogers. Silrtr Saved SUFFOLK, Va. liB — When Miss Nnnoy Enochs surprised a burglar In her home here the thief Uirew * pitcher of witer In her face and run But he dropped the family ill- vtr«»r» u h« made his escape. Btirgon la Norway's second hrg **» city. IENNIS ANYONE? — Marisa fsvan. vacationing at a Hollywood resort after completing M-G-M's "Diane" with Lana Turner, jacks up the net on the lennis court. All set, no doubt, for some love sets. CURRENT Best Sellers FICTION ANDERSO-NVILLE, MacKinley Kantor. M A R J O R I E MORNING STAR, Herman Wouk. CASH McCALL, Cameron Hawley. TEN NORTH FREDERICK, John O'Hara. AUNTIE MAME, Patrick Dennis. NONFICTION GIFT FROM THE SEA, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, Wai- Ur Lord. INSIDE AFRICA, John Gunther. THE EDGE OF THE SEA, Rachel Carson. THE POWER OF POSITIVE i KINKING, Norman Vincent Pnnle. Average life of a U.S. one-dollar bill !• nine month*. Tops in Pops This list of record sales and re quests includes Friday of last week Local 1—Blue Suede Shoes—Carl Per kins 2—I Was The One—Elvis Presle 3_Why Do Fools Fall in LoV' Diamonds 4—I'll Be Home—Pat Boone 5—Hey, Doll Baby—The Clovers 6—Tutti Pruiti—Little Richard 7_Bo Weevil—Teresa Brewer 8—Rock and Roll Waltz — Ka Starr 9—No Not Much—Four Lads 10—Great Pretender—Platters National 1—Rock and Roll Waltz — Ka Starr 2—Memories Are Made of This— Dean Martin 3—Great pretender—Platters 4—No Not Much—Four Lads 5—Lisbon Antigua—Nelson Bid die 6—See You Later Alligator—Bi Haley 7—Sixteen Tons—Tennessee Ern 8—Dungaree Doll—Eddie Fisher 9—Moritat—Dick Hyman Trio 10—Poor People of Paris — "U Baxter Radio Requests 1—I Was the One—Elvis Presl 2—Rock and Roll Waltz — Ka Starr 3—Blue Suede Shoes—Carl Pe kins 4—Three Penny Opera Theme Dick Hyman Trio 5 —I'll Be Home—Pat Boone 6—Speedo—Cadillacs 7—No Not Much—Four Lads 8—Poor People of Paris — Baxter 9—Great Pretender—Platters 10—Lisbon Antigua—Nelson Rid die M.A.N Weather Station Change Sought OCALA, Fla. 1*1 — Ocala has tw weather bureau stations, one nor of town and one downtown and recent weeks the latter has bee as much as 12 degrees warme than the northern one. But. the temperature from tl one on the outskirts Is the one th bureau sends out on its wires an tlie chamber of commerce wants to ohange and use the wnrme downtown temperatures. Anywa It wants the downtown station use during the winter months. NO coi ment on what should be done the summer. - > Took Lawrence Welk 30 Stubborn Years To Make a Success cbampafM." • • • A FEW WEEKS AGO, NBC-TV'j "Playwrights 'M" featured a pretty blonde named Dtau Merrill In toe leading female role on "Return to Caulno." She did right well, too, and was rewarded by producer Fred Cote with a contract for more big parts. You might be interested in knowing that Dlna Merrill is the stage name (or TV name) of Nedenla Button, daughter of financier Edward F. Hutton and a cousin of the famous Bang Button. Rich girl makes good. WHO'S DOING WHAT — Jackie Gtoaion: He's through shooting "The Honeyrnooners" for this year, will be on' vacation until July. Then he'must decide whether to stick with his ill-fated film formula or go back to a live show. Perry Conio: He may take his show to Hollywood for a few weeks In the spring. Doesn't like the idea, but there's network pressure so Perry can see how the other half of the country lives. John Wayne: He's debating a CBS offer to star In three hour-long teleplays. _ It's a case of whether the money is worth the effort of-memorizing his lines. Eddie Fisher: His mother visited Eddie and Debbie In California on Important business. Eddie wanted her to teach Debbie how to make his favorite dish, lima bean soup. Mission accomplished. DIN A MERRlLt — Her cousia is a gal named Babs Hutton. music. Quiet music. Danceable music. No great strain it production or fancy gimmicks. Just plain, old - fashioned music In good taste, And his way seems to be what the people want. They. Ilka the' ef- fervescense of the champagne music, a tag that was suggested by a Pittsburgh radio station official who got the idea from letter-writers. $ ' Welk, incidentally, doesn't touch champagne. "I have a health condition," he says, "and I'm not allowed any alcoholic beverage at all. Even The hardest thing connected with "This Is Your Life," says Ralph Edwards; Is getting subjects. "There are too many,!' he says. 'We have to weed them out. My theory Is that there's a good'story in everyone. The "problem is finding the best story." Edwards — who produces as well as MCs the show — and his staff do a good Job of digging up life-stories that hold the Interest. "Our work," he says, "contributes 75 per cent to the \ entertainment value of the 'show. The subt Ject himself can contribute another 25 per cent, If .he loosens up and tells stories or adds some sort 01 excitement. But even If they just sit there, our show is still 75 per cent." London Didnt Have Money to Buy A Hamburger for Lana Turner By W. G. ROGERS NEW YORK CAP) The boy who once didn't have the money to buy Lana Turner a hamburger has been scoring spectacular successes with his bass-barytone voice in the Metro- lolitan Opera and the music centers of Europe. "I couldn't buy any girl anything .ck in Hollywood High School [ays, "George London says. He sang in the school, Glee Club, and he remembers the girl who st- ipped him outside of class one day ind asked: "Aren't you the boy with the beautiful dark voice?" He not only remembers it, he'll never forget it, for he says Lana Turner was "terribly pretty." But as a youngster, London continues^ "I was terribly poor. ,1 didn't ,ave a car and I wasn't a football jlayer. I only sang. That didn't get ne anywhere with any girls. It scared me, really." Now he has his own bobby-soxer Jollownig. Standing 6 feet 2 inches tall in his own bobby sox, he has a high imposing brow, a sweep of black hair, and the sort of V-shaped dimple in his lower lip that should have made all Hollywood girls like him, hamburgers or no hamburgers. Has he seen Miss Turner since their days in school together? "Only once. She was the star in a movie. I was a voice in the chorus. But I'm not the kind for the don't-you-remember-me routine, that's too corny." • * • LONDON is a star, too. He was featured at performances marking the opening of the rebuilt Vienna Opera; he has sung in ail the ma- joi music capitals: Bayreuth, Munich, Cologne, Aix-en Provence, Brussels, Salzburg, Edinburgh, Milan—indeed, London is a kind of music capital himself. Unlike some other singers, he didn't go to Hollywood from the Met, but go to the Met from Hollywood. Born in Canada of American parents, he was an early listener to Met broadcasts, and long, before It occurred to him that he might ever sing, he knew operas, singers, conductors and composers by name. In Hollywood in his teens he caught the ear of a Wend of the family's, who believed he had a voice. At once he joined the Glee Club. He studied opera two yean in Los Angeles City College, then had to earn a living. At 20 he was touring with "Meet the People," in which he did everything from I soft-shoe routine to barytone solos, but Just before the company reached his goal, New York, It fired him He hitch-hiked back to California— "10 days," he says, "and at the end of it I was sick." • • • HE STARTED for New York again, via "Desort Song," and this time made It, and signed up with a big-time concert agency. Alter couple of years of more concertii- Ing, he decided he needed European experience. He took off on hi« own, was auditioned for Vienna »nc made hie name and fame almost overnight. ' London has a sober, almost stern look, nnd at lunch he wore a black mil, a white ahlrl and white four-in-hand tie. But he un- lends quickly, and he can let go a .augh that carries _aa well in a restaurant as his song carries at the Met. He concertizes all across this country annually, appears on TV and radio; does records, sings at the Met. "The Met is the hardest," he iays. "A little tension builds up before every performance everywhere, but at the Met the tension iS greatest. I suppose it's because this city is the music capital of the world; at any rate, for the stager it's the capital of everything. Besides, there's tension in the air these days. In the Golden Age of opera, there may have been no better voices, but they weren't troubled by the fearful added tensions of the world outside. Furthermore .there were no planes in those days to whisk a singer around to more concerts than he ought to tackle." Read Courier News Classified Ads HEAP CIJTE- INJUN CUTIE — Debra Paget takes it easy in the doorway of her dressing room at the M-G-M studio where she .Is filming "The Last Hunt" with Robert Taylor and Stewart Granger. The picture has' its action to the lone prairie, to the days "when the buffalo roamed."" • At 82, Somerset Maugham Still Writes, Finos Activity a Virtue - (Editor's Note — C»l Samra, a free-lance newspaperman from Flint, Mich., found himself a shipmate of Somerset Maugham on a Mediterranean cruise. They struck up a friendship and Man»ham granted the young University of Michigan graduate one of hit Infrequent Interviews.) By CALSAMA NAPLES, Italy OB — Somerset Maugham, a living literary legend, looked out on the deep blue of the Mediterranean and then answered. . ' Yes, Marcel Proust is the greatest novelist of the 20th century." Ernest Hemingway? "A first-class novelist." A board the ship Esperia, Mau- gnam was sailing back to his French Riviera home. He had visited Spain, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Sudan and Italy. . "I thought I would like to do some more traveling before they lay me awaj," he explained. At 82 Maugham still finds activity a virtue. He has achieved success in almost every literary field. His plays include "The Circle",and "The Constant Wife." Among his novels are "01 Human Bondage" and "The Moon and Sixpence." Today he writes on, though bothered by rheumatism and bronchitis. HE'S IRRITABLE if he isn't writing," explained Alan Searle, Maugham's secretary for 26 years. Searle confided that Maugham has forsaken Ilction for the leisurely composition of an anthology of essays. "Arid he's an enormous reader, Searle went on. "He reads all the young writers he can." Among younger American writ- ters, Maugham has kind words for Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and Truman Capote. He believes the buslneis of art Is to entertain. 'Leave philosophy to the phllos- phers," hes aid, and then confided that the late H. Q. Wells once admitted to him that all 30 of Wells' novels had become .unreadable "because they were topical-outdated." -' . His advice -to young writers: "It you have another job,' stick to it; otherwise you'll starve. Bu« above all, you must have the urge to write." ' Searle disclosed that Maugham refuses to appoint' an official biographer. He has asked his friends ill his will to destroy all letters they have received from him. Searle said Maugham himself recently destroyed some of his owa correspondence and manuscripts. Running Start MISSOULA, Mont, CSV-H a thief tries to shoot something. with th» pistol he stole from Roosevelt School, he will be surprised at th« result. Police said it was a .33 blank revolver used by starters for ttack 1 events. IMPORTANT! Th« U. S. Bureau of Censui if completing iti ip«eial eeniui of Blytherille. It is important tnat tht census include all of the people who were living in this place on February 28, 1956, the official date of the census. If you were living here on this date and believe that you were not enumerated for the census, fill out the form presented below and mail it to the Census Supervisor. My Address On February 28, 1956 Was: Apt. No. Name of each person whose usual place of residence was In thii household OB February 28, 1956 (Enter last name tint) Relationship of thii person to the head of the household at head, wif«, JOB, roomer, etc. Sex Color Kane At LMt Mrihdar CUT OUT THIS FORM AND MAIL TO: Note: Do not use HIM form if you live outaidt of tht city. Census Supervisor U.S. Bureau of the Census City Hall Ityrheville, Arfcantm Or

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