Cumberland Evening Times from Cumberland, Maryland on November 25, 1955 · Page 12
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Cumberland Evening Times from Cumberland, Maryland · Page 12

Cumberland, Maryland
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Friday, November 25, 1955
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.Dial PA-2-4600 for a WANT AD Taker EVENING TIMES, CUMBERLAND; MD., FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1955 ELEVEN English>Prof Retires To Be Writing Student AP Newsfcatures JONESBORO, Ark.-Dr. F. W, Plunkett, 75,. .retired after more than 20 years as head of the English department at Arkansas State College, has enrolled as a student . at University of Michigan. He already/holds degrees from several f colleges"' ; . . .-'•.. Now he's studying creative wit- ing. • "I think I might have a little talent along this line." he says. "It won't take but one semester to find out. If I do. then I will try to develop it; if I don't, that's well and good, too." He has branched out 'into -new fields before. -With a Bachelor of Science in education and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri plus a couple of years of school teaching.Plunkett decided to become a fig raiser. In 1909, he went to Texas. But before he could get his fig trees, a freeze killed off the orchards in the area. He' decided that fig raising was not his line. For a time he operated a dairy: farm. Then, in 1925. he entered Rice Institute to get his Master's degree. He did graduate work at the University '-of Texas. University of Chicago and won his.Ph. D. at the University of Indiana in 1931. By that time, he .had-been head of the Arkansas^ State English department for a.year. His interest in creative writing was born with retirement. Canned Laughter On TV Shows Believed Against Public Wishes, Critic Declares DR. F. W. PLUNKETT At His Typewriter The Sault Ste.--Marie canal is the busiest canal in thr world, passing about ,113,000,000 tons of freight annually. . About 12 per cent of U.S. car owning families own more than one automobile. •. . The Bible says the ark was made Of gopher wood, which many translators believe to be cypress. NEW YORK (INS)-Now-about canned laughter. How many of you readers are against it? We are> always have been, and suspect it is being used against the vishes of the general public. r rankly, we have never met one person who honestly approves of it, lot even among production people FREE CUSTOMER PARKING on our lot-S. George at Harrison Baltimore Street at George Buster Brown Shoes for Children! 61 Baltimore St. BRING IN THIS AD and GET ft PAIR o? SHOES FREE with any purchase of a men's suit over $40 or ladies' coat over $30' EASY CREDIT 34 N. Centre St. STAR OF THEM ALL SINGER PAY AS UTTLE AS $1.31 A WEEKt t«IHt BlriMn *»• f»ym«*t SENSATIONAL SINGER Automatic SXCtUSIVE SINGER Slant-Needle This Christmas give her a beautiful new SINGER for the enduring gift o( sewing • ...«|in she'll cherish.for : SINGER SEWING CENTER IMvd in ftt Mcphoni book only unto SINGER SEWING" MACHINE CO. *S ••Himere St. —• Cumberland! — Phone FA-2-3060 77 M«in S»..— K«yitr, W. V«. — Plion* 2W71 who utilize it on TV. I The use of this fabricated laugh-) ter is the most irritating phonyj note so far in TV, and its use is spreading rather than petering out, even though no one we ever talked with honestly could justify its use in the slightest. There is a strange and snobbish psychology voiced in its favor: The wise guys Insist they canjCul off from "live" audiences, they rise'above the level of bad mater-1 in time would lose their instinctive ial or misfortunes In style, delivery and impact, merely by turning on a lever or button or switch and pouring into the air the illusion of laughter, recorded in other studios, at other times. This touch eventually could react in reverse against comedians. timing. Finally, the comedian would not have to know much or anything about timing a laugh; the operator of the canned-laugh machine would be the new king of the medium. And there is one thing about a comedian—he doesn't sit and rea- son why he is funny: he simply accepts his irresistability as a provoker of amusement. If .he hears laughs—even canned—on serious lines, he is willing to keep them on the grounds they could have been caused by his irresistable personality. In this way comedians eventually become quite resistable; event- ually disappear from TV. In some cases, the- laugh machine is considered second only to "proven material," meaning old jokes, in assuring proper laughter. Oh well, we suspect the only thing more horrible than canned laughter is old material, however well disciplined the studio audience or laugh machine may be. . FREE CUSTOMER PARKING on our lot-S. George at Harrison , Phone PA 2-3700 Cowboy'Hot in black wool Wt: Under-the-chin cord. 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