The Austin Daily Herald from Austin, Minnesota on December 9, 1958 · Page 16
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The Austin Daily Herald from Austin, Minnesota · Page 16

Austin, Minnesota
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Tuesday, December 9, 1958
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Hoops Dead; New Craze Sought •h_ Wk^k.rfMik*^dK.«.^_. -.«__ _.^ ^^^ By ROBKRT R, METZ NEW YORK - (MCA) -. fill- hens of rttoIuHons ami thousands et Hire backs after it arrived on Ih* Am*rlcan scene, the hula hoop Ha« Joined the Davy Crockett hat and the yo-yo In that big toy- box in the sky, And after the hula hoop? Welt, for one thing the garden hose manufacturer* are bacfc making garden hose and, for another, lh« search Is on in the toy Industry for the next big fad. In a Mew York department store, a salesgirl waved a hand at stacks of the brightly colored plastic tubing and uttered a blase epitaph for the fad: "In September, when we couldn't get enough of them, we were selling them for $1.86. Then it was $1.49, $1.24, and now 97 cents. "Next we'll be giving them away." And at a cut rate toy shop where hoops are selling for 49 cents, there is the admission "we haven't sold one in a month." A spokesman .for the Toy Manufacturers of the U. S. reports similar conditions throughout most of the nation. Now you may be wondering what garden hose manufacturers have to do with all this. Well, the plastic tubing from which hula hoops are made could not be produced by just any toy factory that wanted to get in on a hot v.,, ~ Manufacturers of the "\vh!r- ley-Whirler hope it will go over as big as the hula- hoop — even half as big. planntion Is that the market was saturated. No one knows exactly low many hoops were sold, but industry guesses put the figure at somewhere between 25 and 30 million. Two of the maor companies in the field, the Wham-0 Manufac- seller. It had to be turned out byjturing Co., of San Gabriel, Calif., someone with the expensive ma-j—which was the first to'market ChltlPfV m>pri0rf if\ Awt***i«J*t «.!«._ I ftla *tnnn1t-*t *« 1U._ TT rt i r* i chinery needed to extrude plas tic. Most people with plastic ex trusion machinery make garden hose. By one of those coincidences from which fortunes often are o made, the garden hose makers were in their slack season when the hoop hit the West Coast last spring via Hawaii and Australia (its birthplace). They were happy to keep their plants humming and their employes working by turning out the tubing for most of the estimated 27 firms that, marketed hoops during the height of the craze this summer and fall. By another coincidence, the demand for hoop tubing started to fall off just as the hose makers normally started turning out next year's supplies for suburban gardeners. The reasons offered by ton Industry sources for (he collapse of the craze are many. For one, hoop spinning is basically an outdoor activity and it Is difficult to keep the hoop whirl- tag while wearing the outer clothing that children don with the onset of cooler weather. For another, some of the later entries in the field turned out inferior hoops that came apart or cracked in two almost immediately. But perhaps the simplest ex- the novelty in the U.S.—and Spin a-Hoop—the firm backed by TV star Art Linkletter—have moved into the foreign market. Wham-0 is turning them out in Toronto, Tokyo, London and Frankfurt. ,A host of variations on the basic hoop, such as hanging bells on it and adding a rope that turns it into a sort of lariat, largely failed to stem the decline in interest. Her Sentence: Read 'How to Win Friends' GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) -A woman is under court order to •ead and make a book report of Oale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People." Each week Mrs. Naomi Walsh, 52, must give the court a summary of a chapter until she finishes the book. Municipal Judge William M. Toy industry spokesmen say they believe interest will revive next spring and that the hoop will become a warm weather seasonal item In the trade. But no one believes the hoop ever again will be as big as It was this year, and so the search is on for the next craze. One St. Louis firm, the Whlrley Corp., hopes it has the answer in its "Whirley-Whirler," a plate- shaped piece of plastic that is spun on the end of a stick. A lip around the bottom of the plate and an indentation in the center supposedly give the user the "skill" a juggler takes years to perfect. But no one can tell yet whether it will become a national craze, for as one wary toy buyer put it, "There's no accounting for the taste of the America nchild." Supersonic AF Pilots Are Clothes Horses By MARY KAY RICHARDS • GEBAUR AFB Mo. - (NEA) - Rapidly • ch«% ing fashions may have the J& erican woman up In the air, Bui hef wardrobe problems art Slight compared to those of a Supersonic Air force pilot. Col. John H. Bell of Lewiston Pa., is living proof of that some what astounding statement. Bell recently led his 326th Fighter Interceptor Squadron missile team to a first place in the Air Force World Wide Weapons Meet at Tyndall AFB, Fla,, and was happy to give the rundown of his wardrobe changes on the final day of competition: For officers' mest In morning, chose dress blue uniform rather than summer silver tan gabardine uniform because of chill weather. On reporting to flight line, donned international orange flight suit and squadron's kelly green archer's hat with tall, while feather (thermal "long John's" left behind in locker). Before takeoff on winning mission, added gold neck scarf, sage green flight Jacket and parachute rig to outfit. novation along with the Robin Hood-style hat, Colonel Bell ex- plattld that easily-spotted orange Uk^ojm on special occasions such « dross-country nights and aerial exhibitions. meant, of course, that the Colonel also is issued another shade Of coveralls. "fit*en," the flying base commander agreed. "The weight and fabric depend on the mission and the weather." Here at 'home base," the custom-made archer's hats are not enjoying the same prominence they did during the meet, but other colorful mementos, such as brightly-hued patches, insignia, initialed caps and even T-shirts with "CADF 102 missile team" stamped across the front, remain popular. As for that doll in the cockpit, she's still around, too — a lingering testimonial to an unsuccessful "hex." Just five Inches high, she was stuck with pins and presented to Colonel Bell by an opposing team in the hope of warding off his ultimate victory. Digital computers used by the aircraft and missile industry to Court Allows Father to Keep 3 Children WS ANGELES (AP) -Actress Sonia Sorel has failed in a legal attempt to wrest custody 6! three sons from her former husband I MJ UUUH. lii . In the airplane, .witched to ±* te *'*""•?« ""' flying helmet with the arch* er's hat being placed beside a small blonde doll. Team victorious, off on after- ioon fishing trip wearing archer's hat and nondescript khaki summer unjform over swimming ;runks. At informal dinner, appeared dapper in blue cashmere coat, white shirt and dark tie and slacks. "Retired at end of day in pa- Jamas," the 6 ft. 2 in., 173 Ib. officer volunteered in solemn ratifi- nation. "Why crangt . colored coveralls?" Stroking the mustache which sprouted as a weapons meet in- plish in 48 days the calculations that would take 1,300 mathematicians two years to do with desk calculators. HOLDING A MODEL of the F-102, Col. John H. Bell models some distinctive Air Force garb. 3,000 Barbers Cut Hair to Aid Kin of School Fire Victims CHICAGO (AP)-Most Chicago barbers take the day off each Wednesday. But not this week. An estimated 3,000 barbers will cut hair as usual and turn proceeds over to the fund to nid families affected by the Our Lady of the Angeles grade school fire Dec. 1. <**^*****-******^^s*******>^*****s*+^^ Population of Ireland is about 2,989,700. Debbie Says Eddie Can Come for Yule HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP)-Although she filed for divorce last week, actress Debbie Reynolds says it's all right with her if Eddie Fisher wants to spend Christmas with her and their two children. "He has always spent Christmas with the children," said Debbie. "I suppose he will again." Miss Reynolds made the comment in answer to newsmen's questions. | A AUSTIN (Minn.) HfftAlO • U Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1958 John Cnrradlne. She wept In court when it was ruled she had to state sufficient grounds, Sorel and Carradine BLADE-ELECTRIC SHAVEMASTER RAZOR The only electric shaved , with a real hollow ground blade powered by a 16-bar armature-type REAL mo-j tor. Actually shaves below; beard line because big. single head pops whiskers! high for blade. *HolIo*j , ground, double edge blad* , is Self-sharpening. ^ * • SUNMAM SHAVEMASTt* VP,|- ONLY $18.88 AT £VELAND Downtown and Sterling Martin, who convicted her of hit- ing a woman neighbor with a hose nozzle, gave her the choice of writing the book review or spending 10 days in jail. He also ined her $200 and put her on a •ear's probation. You'll Find Everything From Apples to Zippers at.. STERLING SHOPPING CENTER ^Whether Its a haircut you need or a V pair of shot* from a fine, new depart* mint stor* . . . You'll find it at one convenient location in Sterling! f * V. Medical Hysteria Is More- Than an Emotional Outburst By EDWIN P. JORDAN, M. D. Written for NBA Service Among the challenging mental disorders with which physicians are sometimes faced is a condition known as "hysteria." It should not be confused with the same word when used in such a familiar expressions as "don't be hysterical." The latter is usually used when a person becomes emotionally upset and ?«ts into a laughing or crying fit or shows uncontrollable fits- of rage. Hysteria from the medical viewpoint is something quite different. The patient with true hysteria ti a s disturbances in sensation perhaps convulsions, or is unable to move certain muscles. Such symptoms, however, are not caused by a recognizable disease of the nervous system like a >rain tumor or polio. In hysteria, an attack of convulsions may be started because of some emotional situation. The convulsions allow the victim of hysteria to escape from a difficult situation. Of course, not all convulsions are caused by hysteria. They must be distinguished from the convulsions produced by epilepsy >r from other nervous or mental onditions. Loss of power movement or paralysis caused iy hysteria may occur in almost ny part of the body. It is im- 14-Ft. Imperial Upright Freezer REG. $399.95 NOW $259 95 Apartment Size Gas Range REG. $89.50 NOW $79 50 Platform Rockers from $29.50 3-Pe. Bedroom Suite - *<*«« * «. nd . _ „,„,.,, ckm .^ M REG. PRICE $229.50 NOW $169 50 2-Pc. Sectional Davenports . .. NOW $119.00 •«- BUY NOW! AND SAVE HI-WAY SALES CO I *f Airport oa Hwy. Open Till 9 p.m. portent, but sometimes difficult, to make a correct diagnosis. In this form, as ir other forms of hysteria, the porbable cause is an unconscious attempt to de- 1 velop an excuse for not facing a difficult situation. The prob lem which seems insolvable t the person is "converted" into physical symptom or disability. The change in sensation often present in hysteria is particular ly interesting. The ability of som part of the skin to "feel" is generally lost entirely. A pin can be stuck deep into that area withou causing any pain. But the areas, involved do not follow the course of the nerves exactly. The treatment of symptoms o true hysteria is often difficult. The cause of the mental strain musi be sought and studied. Gradua! persuasion and re-education ii helpful for some, but other meth ods must be used on many occa. sions. The successful treatment of hysteria is a challenging and diffi. cult problem. Doubtless the newer methods available to psychiatrists are increasing the number of recoveries. Like other mental disorders, the ultimate aim of research is to find out more about the causes of - hysteria so that it can be prevented or treated promptly and ef- and muscular Actively. Funds Donated to Help School After Bombing MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) People throughout the Western Hemisphere have donated cash and food for an integrated school in nearby Osage that was wrecked by a bomb Nov. 10. Principal Jamea Twigg said Monday $843 in cash and $405 worth of food for the school's hot lunch program have been received The largest single donation, $50 cash, came from a man in Maracaibo, Venezuela. The smallest, 5 cents, was sent by a youngster from Orinda, Calif. Several persons were questioned about the bombing, but no one has been charged. Pose as Repairmen; Trio Takes $50,000 LEWISBURG, Tenn. (AP)-Pos- "ig as telephone repairmen, three men took more than $50,000 from jthe safe of a prominent farmer i Monday. The leader of the trio armed with a gun, forced Mrs J. W. Coffey and a neighbor, Mrs. Annie West, to lie on the floor under a quilt, warning them, "If you look out, I'll kill you." Coffey was away at the time. Plonters of Bomb Not to Be Punished LOS ANGELES (AP)-Two University of Southern California students who admitted planting « l! smoke bomb in Memorial Coliseum as a prank won't be prosecuted. Detectives said they are convinced there was no criminal Intent. 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