PAGE SIGHT BLTTHEVILLE (AS1.V COURHR MEWS MONDAY, MARCH II, 19M ourier NewsMagazine 'Why/ They Ask Author, That Y in BarYtone?' Answer: 'Why Not?' By ED HAYES Courier News Staff Writer Why that 'y' in barytone? That's the question. Here's another question: why not? Two weefe ago, a short feature appeared on this page concerning a young barYtone singer who does his barYtone warbling with the Wayne King Orchestra. With a San Antonio dateline on Jt I thought it was a rather clever, well-written story. Now I begin to wonder how many readers thought 60. They owuld have agreed with me, of course, had they read it, but from the response it received here in the editorial room of the Courier News, I doubt many looked beyond the headline I wrote. It read, if you'll recall: "Seems This Barytone's Voice Was 'Too Good.'" The paper wasn't off the press more than fifteen minutes when I was first assaulted: "Oh, excuse me, buddy, hut I think you misspelled barytone, didn't you " (Of course, they pronounced it "baritone.") A quick check in the dictionary would have asoauged their anxiety. Although I somehow fear they were not too anxious about it. The dictionary (if dictionaries are to be believed) gives two spellings. The archaic way and the sleei- looking 'y' version. . I first saw the word barytone in an edition of the St. Louis Globe- Democrat some years ago. Now knowing It to be one of the best- edited newspapers in the world. I felt their choice was good enough Jor me. And the more times I spelled it in that manner, the better I liked it. It was not unlike cultivating a new friendship. NO ONE COMMENTED on the •tory itself. No one thought the young barytone — subject of the story—was entitled to a better deal, or a lousier deal, or that the story was interesting, or dull, or that it filled the space well. They weren't interested in my barytone. They were occupied wholly with barytone with a 'y'. When I hied to explain my choice in the two spellings, my fondness for the 'y,' that at least one metropolitan publication used it my way, I was told quite frankly by one reporter that I was all wet. Even the paper's editor seemed a bit skeptical. Ordinarily he gives his department editors full reign, as the sulky set says. He didn't come right out and tell me I butter-fingered the assignment, but he did tell me to write a story about the pundit rhubard I ignited. So I quickly quizzed three newspapers in the area to find out what they thought about it. Thomas Sherman, music critic of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, said he preferred "baritone.". At least, he said, that was the way he always used it. (See? He hadn't thought about It before. I'll bet he suffered a sleepless night, though.) Sherman concluded the weight seemed against me although he said I had a case. That, coming from the conservative Thomas Sherman of the conservative Post assured me I had more than Just a case. HENRY MITCHELL, who' writes Dixie Dialing for the Commercial Appeal, said he spelled it baritone but admitted he had no convictions about It. (See?) He said: "There are some words that mean a lot to a writer, and he resents any fiddling with them.' Years ago in Washington (during the days when he worked for a living), Mitchell said he had a few problems such as mine. "I recall," he said, "writing the name Falkner in a news story. 1 wasn't sure about the spelling so I checked in the dictionary. Editor had a hemorrhage when he saw it and produced a dust jacket from a Faulkner book. Editors, who frequently can't write, much enjoy raising uproars of this sort. T showed it to him in the dic- tionary," Mitchell said. iSide note: WlUiam Falkner, b 1897. American novelist, originall Faulkner. Webster's New Interna tional Dictionary, 2d edition, pag 3171.) "Instead of thanking God, Mitchell continued, "that at leas I checked before, writing it tha way, .this editor said anybody ough to KNOW how to spell Faulkner. "Well, Ed, it just so happen! tha I like Falkner the way you Ilk barytone. I hope jou come out bet ter than I did." Before turning to dial more Dixie Mitchell said: "What is needed and in the following order are: "1. A general, boiling in oil of al dictionary compilers. 2. A schoo teaching eldtors how to spell Falk ner. 3. A groundswell move in fav or of barytone. "More I think of it, the bette I like barytone—sounds like thi guy can really sing." • • • HAMILTON THOBNTIN, assist ant editor and editorial writer the St. Louis Globe Democrat tok me the Globe spells barytone both ways. "Perhaps it would be better i we used a single spelling," he said "in the interests of style consisten cy. We have a new style book in preparation now and I imagine i will make that rule. "Baritone is the first spelling giv en Webster's which some ma 1 therefore consider preferable. That' a matter of editorial taste.' So what it all bolls up to is this since I edit the magazine page, was well within my editorial right! in using my pet spelling. Some spell it theater, some thea tre. Some whiskey, some whisky Come cigarette, some cigaret. Som good-by, some good-bye. Why all the fumes? Anyway, my editor told me t write a story about it. I did. This Is it. Johnson Selects Oscar Winners ERSKINE JOHNSON, whose Hollywood column appears daily on the editorial page of the Courier News, has stepped out on a limb in predicting his 1955 Academy Award winners. He also thinks "Love Is a Many-Splendbred Thing" was the best movie of the past year. 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Pic ture: "I'll Cry Tomor- tor. Picture: "Marty." vow." Jo Van Fleet 4O VAN FLEET, best support- Ing actress. Picture: "East of Eden." Jack Lonmen JACK LEMMON, best support- Ing actor. Picture: "Mister Roberts." Court* Mtwi CltwilMd Adi For achu, palm, cuts, bnlKi, bin*, colds, headachei, bllei and itlnif, In Bob's Gypsy, Rub Liniment Available al yo»r favorite 4rW eowtfr C. O. SMITH PRODUCTS CO. Broadway Notebook Edward G. Robinson Is Long Way from His 'Little Caesar By DICK KLEINER NEW YORK — (NBA) — Edward G. Robinson, back on Broadway after a 26-year fling in pictures, says the public and the press are wrong in thinking he's done mostly gangster parts. 'Actually," he says, lounging comfortably in his Fifth' Avenue penthouse apartment. "I've done relatively few gangster roles. And virtually none in the last Jew years. I've been pretty lucky—I've had some fine parts in Hollywood." Now he's playing a middle-age- ed manufacturer, In love with a young girl, in Paddy Chayefsky's controversial "Middle of the Night." It's a far cry from little Caesar. "My theory of acting a part, whether it's Jerry 'Kingslty in Middle of the Night' or Little Caesar, is that I'm Everyman. I can understand Kingsley and Caesar aecause there's a little, of both of ;hem in me. 'I've had every kind of impulse, holy and unholy, in my life. I've . been Ood and the Devil and everything in-between. Little Caesar was a gangster, sure, but the thing that motivated him was ambition— and God knows I've had ambition. People understood Uttle Caesar's ambition; the fact that he was a ;angster was unimportant." Robinson says he was somewhat "afraid" of coming back to the New York stage—afraid because he wasn't sure h« could act on a stage any more. a shoo-in for the Oic»r «* the be* supporting actor. Now he'« got another fat part in "Bus Stop," a nto which calls for him to win a rug»«d fist fight. He's now rehearsing — to Stillman's gym. WHO'S DOING WHAT—Gntcfc- <n Wrier: She's spending HO * week to keep her hair platinum blonde for her part in "Silk Stockings." In her butinffla, the overhead ROBINSON AND GENA ROWLANDS: Middle-aged in stage comeback. "After Josh Logan sent me Chayefsky's script," he says, "I liked it. But I debated for weeks about whether or not to take the part. If it was a flop—or if I was a flop— could I afford that? Or if it was a hit, could I afford the time for a success But I had to prove to myself that I still could do it." Robinson's proved it, in ^ spades. His performance is one of the high- spots of a mediocre theatrical season. ! * • • DIMITRI MITROPOUtOS, ' conductor of CBS-Radio's broadcasts Grekhen Wyler George Wright of The New York Philharmonic- Symphony, thinks people are too relaxed when they listen to concert music. And he wants you to try listening hard. "A concert, to me, he says, "Is not a place to relax. It does not come easy, like watching a football game or a burlesque show. But it is worth the effort, really to hear music. ; ANOTHER CLASSICAL MUSICIAN, pianist Byron Janis, is just back from a tour of the Midwest. At one concert he decided to make a last minute switch in his program. So he told the concert manager that instead of playing Mozarts Sonata in F-Major, he would play Mozart's sonata in .G-Major. "Ladies and gentlemen," the concert manager announced to the audience, "Mr. Janis will now play Mozart's Sonata in F-Major, in G-Major." • « • ARTHUR O'CONNELL repeated his stage part of the soft-spoken, hard-drinking bachelor in the movie version of "Picnic" and seems is really over head. Sol Hurt*: The impressario is off to Europe to dream up some more NBC-TV spectaculars, like "Festival of Music." His first stop vpll be at the Sadler's Wells Ballet, and then he'i off to Russia to see about more cultural exchanges between the U.S1 and the USSR. Marlon Mwlowe: For her nightclub act at the Copacabana, she used the following items: 200 acetate snowballs, 90 pens, 60 paper hats, 60 baby bottles, 60 toy rolling pins and 60 candy Valentines. She doesn't need to rehearse, just go shopping. SOME MONTHS AGO, assistant producer Jane DougUn of "Name That Tune," who does much of the contestant-picking, spotted a likely-looking 14-year-old boy. She brought him to the show but producer Harry Salter said he wouldn't do. The boy was George Wright, who later went on to win $100,000 on The Big Surprise." After his youthful charm won him the affection of the nation, Salter told Miss Douglass, That's the kind of contestant we should have on the show." Lllce any good assistant, she just said, "Ye«, box." .iterory Guide post Newspaperman Turned Novelist Turned Gambler OFF THE BOOK BEAT—"Don't gamble any more than you can af- ord to lose," says a man who has teen making a business of playing roulette around the tonier spots in Surope and America, and_ frequently the gaining tables of'Phe- nix City, Reno, Las Vegas. 'It's trite advice," Clyde Brion 3avis acknowledges, "but it's always sound. "I am not a compulsive gambler, can take it or leave It alone. I ove poker, and craps, but in general I don't get much of a kick out of using cards or dice or the wheel n the effort to get something for nothing." "Something for Nothing" (Lippincott) is the title of Davis' new look. A book is. a gamble, too, he rants, and adds that there is a lot of betting and gambling In all our Ives. His own bets on books have urned out better than the law of averages would allow. In about 20 'ears he's done almost 20, and some of them were best sellers, ike "The Anointed'" and "The Great American Novel—." Davis is a newspaperman turned novelist. For almost as many years as he has been writing books, he wrote news, he recalls, in Albuquerque, Denver, San Francisco, Seattle, Buffalo. He liked it, and in ts way it was easier than the assignments he gives himself today: "I don't write novels as easily as '. used to write news, standing up n a telegraph office banging out something in capitals." Davis has been spending the win- ,er in Ithaca, N. Y.: he tried Ha wall the year before; a flood washed him out of Salisbury, Conn., long his home, but he is thinking of going back. W. G. Eogers. CURRENT Best Sellers FICTION ANDERSONVIIAE, Mac Kinlay Cantor. ... M A K J O RIE MORNING STAB, :erman Wouk. TEN NORTH FREDERICK, John O'Hara. ISLAND IN THE SUN, Alec Waugh. AUNTIE MAME, Patrick Dennis. NONFICTION A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, Wal- *r Lord. 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Fool Proof But the optical outrider would appear to solve that problem. Published descriptions oi 1 the new development make it sound virtually foolproof A glass coated with a thin layer of titanium dioxide is placed between the speaker and the TV cameras. Magic lantern mirrors project the lines of a speech onto the coating on glass. The speaker reads his speech while gazing directly into the camera. The audience sees only the speaker. A TelePrompter spokesman says the new optical outrider has been used with extraordinary' efficacy on closed-circuit television programs by business men addressing audiences of their em- ployes. In salesmanship, where the direct clear-eyed approach is most important, where sincerity is prized above all, the new invention obviously is fl ?reat boon. Politicians Will Use It It would be surprising if the major political parties failed to make use of the new invention in this election year when television will have such a big role. But as one voter and viewer, I draw a fine line of distinction between salesmanship and ( politics. I hope that whenever a' politician uses the optical outrider the TV audience will be so informed. In politics sincerity is more than a direct gaze. It includes a politician's ability to have firmly in mind a great mass of information which he interprets according to his views. If a politician has this attribute he is, to my mind, genuinely plncere. If he does not have it, then he can only be "sincere" in quotation-marks Stranger Left- Hi is Own Note TUCSON, Ariz. W) — A couple tacked this note on the door and left for a shopping trip downtown: "Dear Keith: Have a drink and enjoy the fights. Look up when you leave." Keith couldn't make it, but someone else did. This is what the couple found: "My name is not Keith. I enjoyed the drink, though. I did not steal anything as I had planned to, and I'll tell my friends to keep away from here, too. "P.S. I locked the door." 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