The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on November 15, 1970 · 92
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 92

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Sunday, November 15, 1970
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ir, te Sfogetesf Eta SECTION G ' SUNDAY, NOV. 15,1970 Sesame St; I Ca Business JACK SMITH' Bird Study a gey It's been a week since 1 borrowed the red-shafted flicker from the County Museum of Natural History lending service, but it hasn't inspired much conversation yet I'm doing some work on my own to supplement the research of a UCLA psychologist into "conversation pieces,", and whether they actually promote conversation or not. My project is not funded. Since I'm both an amateur psychologist and an amateur ornithologist, it seemed ap- propriate for me to focus on the efficacy of -birds' as conversation pieces; to be specific,' stuffed birds, ' What gave me the idea was the realization that when, we go over to Dalton's to sit around the. pool, nothing stimulates conver-, sation between' me and Dalton like a couple of vodka tonics and birds. I remember the conversation we had when I sawja yellow flicker. Dalton said it couldn't be a yellow flicker because there aren't any westsof the Mississippi. I pointed out that if there was a yellow flicker on the east side of the Mississippi, it was sure as hell going to fly over the river, and what was to keep it from coming on to Los Angeles. Dalton raised the question of headwinds, but my point was made. Then there was the time we saw a large brown bird walking down Dalton's eucalyptus tree headfirst. He said it was a white-breasted nuthatch, because that's the only bird that goes down a tree headfirst. I pointed out that there were no white-breasted nuthatches west of the Rocky Mountains. What we actually saw, of course, was an or-, dinary grackle climbing down the tree head- ' first. Very unusual ordinary grackle Obviously a live bird is a better conversation piece than a stuffed bird, since it has movement and voice to attract the eye and ear. But I can't .keep a live bird in my office downtown. He wouldn't be comfortable because my air conditioning is out of sync with the seasons. Also, I could hardly ask; Miss Cane to feed a bird, in addition to her other kindnesses. W Up to now, if the flicker has stimulated any conversations in my office I've missed them, ' since I've been working too hard to go to work. However, the preliminary report I wrote on the experiment has caused some conversations outside the office, which must be attributed indirectly to the flicker. My daughter-in-law was over1 the Other evening with her baby, and conversation was difficult. It's hard enough to hold a conversation with a woman who has a new baby, except about the baby, and almost impossible when you have a language problem. We still have trouble with each other's diction and nuances. "Mr. Smeez," she said, it is true you have a bird in your office?" '.' r "Oh; yes," I 6aid. "It's true. It's a fed-shafted flicker." "You get him at the museum? Really?" "Yes. That's quite true. I borrowed him." She nodded, thinking. "When you are not there, who feed him?" . "Oh, he's not alive." "He is not alive?" "No. I couldn't very well keep a live bird in the office. He's stuffed." "If he is only a stuff bird." she said, "why do you go to the museum? Why do you not take your ohl to the office?" "My what?" "Your ohl. Ohl. Your ohl on z'world." I realized she meant my owl, the stuffed owl I keep on top of the world globe in my den at home. "Oh," I said, "my ohl." I pointed out that if I took the owl to the office there wouldn't be anything to talk about at home. "Well, Mr. Smeez," she said, "sometimes you talk wiz me about your goldfish. Yes?" I knew it was time to say something about She baby. THE VIEWS INSIDE FEMALE director says her profession is .'not a matter of sex' NOISE pollution: It's being blamed for ulcers, diseases . . . ..Page 3 ..Page 10 AND OTHER FEATURES Dear Abb ...Page 4 Dr. Alvarez ...Pag 17 Astrology .....Page 13 Books ........ Page 19 Clotheslines". ..Page 8 Consumer News Page 11 Christy Fox ...Pag 2 Involvement Opportunities Pag 6 It's Happening .Pag 9 Taxpayer :.r. .Page 10 Young Cultur .Pag 7 reewaf for Yoting Learners , BY MAGGIE SAVOY , Times Women's Editor Eightm op pet-sized youngsters wriggle and giggle,' p o ke each, other, shlosh o r a n gV juice and crunch cookies in the' front room of the neighbor lady's house. v , " I Neighborady, dressed in a bright-print, jeans close to one and whispers.. ' .; V f Three-year-old feet hit' the ' floor; clompy clomp," clomp, clomp.. . , "Jump.four times!" screeches one, and they all yell," "JUMP, FOUR TIMES!" Everybody ' laughs, claps, 3'ells, jumps until Neighbor-' t. lady - whispers . in another . : e a r. ,'-A m e r c i f u 1 silent moment and Moppet No 2 scrooches up his face 'and claps, claps, claps, t ..; . "CLAP THREE TIMES!" . ' yell the Wild Ones. . : . ;- Everybody claps, one, two, '' : three- "" ' ; - ; What's going on? ; ' , . . T h e y.' r e learning their numbers, that's what: Eight Spanish-speaking preschool ers from a block, in - El ' Monte, who come to f the , Neighbor-lady's every afternoon for lots of fun, then Se-; . same Street, then lots more . ,fun, at .their Sesame Moth-er's house. J . J -r "'v' '" She's one of 40 mothers in a pilot project designed by Institute for Educational De-velopment to measure what s added learning jumps can be . ' wrung out of the already-,; ' proven Sesame Street school for moppets. ' ' '. i ; That the 3-, 4- and 5-year , olds learn their letters and -j . .. , - ' numbers and concepts faster if they tune in to television's Big Bird and all those crazy ' puppets has already s been documented., ' ' Just last week the fledging TV school for fledglings came in with a report card marked ' "A" to its producers, Child-: ren's Television Workshop. . "Excellent educational im-pact, said the survey which pre- and post-tested : 943 'youngsters in five areas around the country. .Kids : who watch Sesame, even ... now and then, learn faster I A'i ' . Tr.r-r4fclM p . ijV .if.a.s.y 2JtSkilSSi FAMILY AFFAIR In their Brentwood home with their 13 children are Dr. and Mrs. Evis Coda. On the staircase from top, left to right, are Peggy, Rosemary, Barbara; Joseph, Dorothy, Louis, Susan; Thomas, John, Charles; Robert, Paul and Louise. Times photo by Kathleen Ballard and more than those who don't. , What's more, disadvantaged children, who regularly watch Sesame Street show greater learning gains than advantaged children who ' are only occasional viewers. What the survey also showed was that children whose mothers watched with them and then talked about it, played games with them learned most of all. . Please Turn to Pg. 14, Col. 1 She Counts Blessings: 13 of Them BY JEAN MURPHY Timet Stiff writer "I'm not anticipating any more 13 is just fine but you never know what joys will come along," Rosemary Coda said. . Dr. and Mrs. Evis Coda always wanted a large family. A baker's dozen of lively children, : ranging .in age from 3 to 18, is what they have..- v: "";' - And in an age of planned parenthood, population problems, Women's Liberation and abortion reforms-Mrs. Coda . remains one of those women who would have many children "even if I were starting now." Runs Happy Home - However, the Codas do not recommend large families for everyone. "We both feel that some people, people who can't love and enjoy children, shouldn't have any," she said. For herself, Mrs. Coda "can't think of a better thing to do with my life than to run a happy home with happy, well-adjusted children. I loved working as a registered nurse but this is as challenging as any job could be." . .. Dr. Coda, medical director of the Joseph Kennedy Child Study Center in Santa Monica, and his wife discussed the special problems, requirements and rewards in having a large family as their younger children romped . through the room3 of their 43-year-old Spanish-. style home in Brentwood. Helps a Little "Well, I'm a child psychiatrist but it hasn't created a problem," Dr. Coda grinned. "It even helps a little." V "I know his experience has helped us get through. the difficulties all kids have, especially going into their teenage years," his wife said. Successful parenthood of a large brood "if you can afford it" depends primarily on the wife's temperament, Dr. Coda believes. "We were both from large families and that made it easier.And we grew up in a Catholic culture that not only accepted but expected large families," he said. Despite his expertise, the Please Turn to Pg. 12, Col. 1 Transformed Home Wins Holiday Look-in BY KIM BLAIR ' Time Stiff Writer It was an "old dog of a house" until the owners started from ' scratch and turned it into a showplace. It was just terrible, the eyesore of the neighborhood, ' according .to Mr. and Mrs. ; Joseph Francis Brunner III who bought the house three : years ago because they liked - the . location on Hillcrest Ave. in Pasadena. ,. ' ; . "Location,; location and lo-; , cation are the three 'requi-r - sites of buying a home," says' ' Sydney Lee Johnsort Jr., arT; chitectural ,and interior, designer who. directed the extensive remodeling which turned the, eyesore into an English Regency showplace. The house is such a showr place it's one of four residences selected by the Women's Committee of the Pasadena Symphony Assn. ; for the group's fourth annual Holiday Look-in benefit. The homes will be open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6. ;" : Other Pasadena residences Four Pasadena residences will be open to the public for the fourth annual Holiday Look-In benefit of the Women's Committee of the Pasadena Symphony Assn. from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 5-6. Those interested in architecture and interior design will have the opportunity to see a Spanish villa, a Mediterranean home, a contemporary apartment and an English Regency house. All will fea- ture Christmas decorations. Here is a look at one of the four. r (. to be shown are the Mediter- '. i ranean home of Mr and Mrs. ' William Henry Brawner, the t contemporary, apartment of V Mr. and Mrs.- William H. Lol- Iar and the Spanish house of -Mrs. Scott Shapiro. The Brunners she Li a. fifth generation Pasadenan wanted a home , on Hill-crest Ave. because "it's a ' ,' quiet street in a children and , ; 'dog oriented neighborhood with schools and storas nearby." The couple have a son, Joseph Francis Brunner IV, - ""3, and a daughter, Cameron Stephens, 6. The family pet ib a golden retriever named 'Beau.. ' . y" '' Before itwas remodeled, the , Brunners' house, says Johnson, was an architectural mishmash with no merit other than its basic symmetry which made it possible to add the classic d e t a i 1 s of molding and shutters which transformed the exterior. Face lifting included eliminating four windows at the front, removing the turn-of-the-century overhang and replacing it with facia boards. Finials also were ad-" ded to the exterior. , The overgrown shrubbery which clogged the yard was removed and four Cupanias (carrot wood trees) now flank the circular driveway which is bordered with a formal privet hedge. ' Kitchen and baths were rt modeled, the family room was extended and doors were removed to create an extensive entryway with a vista to the swimming pool area. With paint, color, wallpaper and lighting you can breathe new life into an old house always providing the essential lines are good, according to Johnson, who says the Brunners had the foresight to see the possibilities. . - ; The extensive remodeling is "an ordeal" Brunner "wouldn't consider going through again," but Mrs. Brunner would. She majored in decorating at the University of Arizona and worked closely with Johnson to create "a young house" where contemporary furniture is mixed with antiques. The house is filled with plants, plus many fresh and fake flower bouquets created by Jacob Maarsc A stone statue of a little girl holding a bird is a focal point in the entrance hall which has a floor covered with black and white vinyl tiles laid in a diagonal pattern. The statue is surrounded with live plants and more are displayed, along with floral arrangements, on a French baker's rack in the Please Turn to Pg. 20, Col. I . 1 l 1 t

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