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Logansport, Indiana
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Sunday, December 22, 1957
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22,1957 THE PHAROS-TRIBUNE and LOGANSPORT PRESS, LOGANSPORT, INDIANA PAGE THIRTEEN GILBERT'S "What Young People Think" A Disquieting Christmas Thought; Young Adults Flunk On Religion MALE POLISH At this time of year, when religious sentiments are so fervently linked with the spirit of Christmas, it might be well to examine the attitudes of young people toward religion and church going. In an earlier survey, we found that teen-ager.-- in grammar and high school expressed a keen interest in religion and for the most I part practiced their faith with some degree ot regularity. But what about young adults? Do teen-agers tend to change, their religious tendencies as they grow older and approach manhood? There has been much talk lately of a religious revival in America, a mass return to God in a time of international tension. Church membership is at an all time high of 100 million. Religious news and religious radio and television programs are attracting large and faithful audiences. This is the picture for the country as a whole, taking into account all age groups. Basic Ignorance Found But from surveys we have completed among maturing young people in the 17 to 22-year-old group in various cities and towns ocross the country, it would appear that this spiritual renaissance has encountered a major roadblock in reaching the generation now approaching adulthood. Evidence of a spiritual stampede on a national scale must be weighed agairvst these conclusions reached by our researchers: . Most young pople, both boys and girls, know very little about their religion—or any other religion. Less tlian 30 per cent could manage a passing 'mark on a grade school level Bible test. 2. A majority of young Protestants (68 per cent) and young Jews (86 per cent) and a hefty minority of young Catholics (24 per cent) do not attend church regularly. 3. Less than 28 per cent of the Protestants and 26 per cent of the Jews look upon themselves as "a religious person " Catholics scored 72 per cent on this question. 4. An ' overwhelming majority (9 per cent) of young adults of all faiths said they would never think of turning to a clergyman for help in solving life's problems 5. Only three out of 10 Protestant boys and two out of JO Jewish boys "thought often 1 ' about the Ten Commandments Girls scored slightly higher in both faiths. Among Catholics, five out of 10 boys and six out of 10 girls said they "thought often" about the Commandments... Perhaps nowhere was this lack of interest among young people in religion more evident than in their abysmally 'low scores on the simple Bible test. They Know Noah The test was conceived after the consultation with the Inter- ment. The only major exception to this was Noah, with 68 percent correctly identifying him as the builder of the ark. Some Improvement Noted There was one ray ox hope shining through an . otherwise mandrr.ents than boys. Affirmativ answers to this question cam from 60 per cent o£ the CatUoli girls and only 51 per cent o£ th boys; 32 per cent of the Protes ant girls and 29 per cent of the boys, and 27 per cent of the Jew- Doit'f Go Blind To Blind Dales By DON GOODWIN One of the strongest inducements o marriage is the dislike, verging n phobia, that people have for lind dating. Blind dates, to be sure, aren't always catastrophic; a consider- ble number turn out fine. Never- le less, except for born faache- ors, few men can experience many f them without yearning for ro- discussed books he's never read, MUSICAL NOTES Mitch Miller may have a hit on shows he's never seen. He name^ Ms hands in th.- "March From the drops. He mentions his trip to Eu- River Kwai," which includes mu- rope, so she'll know he's been around. Lest she forget what a lucky girl she is, he mentions his many dates with beauty, queens. He hints stoically at broken engagements and unhappy love affairs, so she'll think he's "tragic." Which indeed she does . . . but sic from a new movie. Mitch recently recorded "Anchors Aweigh" and the ".Marine Corps Hymn" and money from the sale of these lance of a more predictable sort. It's this lack of predictability, of not in the way he intended, ourse, that makes blind dates he hazards they are. Here you are, total "strangers, hrown together, often for the convenience of another couple, in a omance-tinged situation capable f making you both miserable for nany hours. AS A MATTER of fact, a blind- date bragger may not be a swellhead at all. He may just be rattled. Expecting the worst, he gets caught with his manners down. A polished man takes the same precautions for a blind date as for In no other situation is it so in-1 a known one. He's'well-groomed, cumbent on a person to keep his well-dressed, and leaves the onions wits—and manners—about him. 1 off his pre-date hamburger. THERE ARE TWO kinds of blind dates—good and not so good. Of he two, the former often tests a man's mettle more. The delightful shock at finding himself with a desirable date is nevitably followed by a wish to appear desirable himself. In his frenzy to make a good impression fast, a man is likely to achieve the very opposite. He overdoes everything. He talks j too much. He grabs at straws of achievement—exaggerating a lirnp so he can say he got it in football, jossing out $8 words so she'll think le's a brain. Trying to seem experienced, he time, since it reflects the spirit of the season. One of the newest Christinas rock and roll releases is Santa And The Satellite." New tunes available ir. 1 Logans- two songs will be I port .that could be hits: "Jo-Ann"— put in a fund to!Playmates." "La Dee Dah"—Gillie erect a Navy- Marine Corps Memorial stadi- MUSI- NOTES pays tribute to the city of Peru and Lillie: "Photographer"—Chor- dettes; "Don't Let Go," Roy Hamilton; "1 Can't Close the Book"— Vic Damone; "Prettiest Girl in School"—Tempos: "Do What You Did"—Thurslon Harris. At the Hop is the top tune in Logansport this week and Raunchy Mitch Miller ica's best known composer and author. Porter has been writing music He plays his cards close. He s jnce his days at Yale, over 40 talks about her interests, not his years ago. He has written music ''"' IT about thirty stage and screen roductions and has had over fifty unes that were labeled "hits." He's super-considerate, but not wishy-washy. He doesn't manhandle her. He goes PREPARED to make a good first impression. & A on P's & Q's (Q)"When you have a large party is it necessary to introduce each arriving guest to all the others?" Mrs. B.P., Bridgeport, Conn. (A) No. If the group is large, introduce the person into a duster of people and let him fend for himself (COPYRIGHT 1957, GENERAL FEATURES CORP.) national Council of Religious Edu-i aU fait;hs score( j about 8 per murky picture. Young people of sh girls and 21 per cent of the cation in Chicago and others. In general, the questions were cent higher this year than their predecessors did in 1949 when worded simply and Biblical tests the same Biblical test was given as the famous Lay cock Test, pre-: to a similar representative pared by S. R Laycock of the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Can. Some might have got by — and probably some did—on then- knowledge of the Bible as literature. It is interesting to note that those who claimed no church affiliation scored only a few points below the already low average for | the church going group. Yet, for all groups and all faiths, le simplest questions evoked the most shocking displays of ig- Inorance. Only three out of 10 knew that Paul was the Apostle of the Gentiles or that Thomas was known as The Doubter. Less than half know that Moses led the children of Israel out of | Egypt. Not one in 10 could name Pontius Pilate as the official who urned Christ over to his crucifi- ers, and not one in 15 could name he Biblical character who saw he handwriting on the wall or the me who sold bis birthright for a mess of pottage. The Christmas spirit, at least, scores. Seven out of 10 knew hat 1 Joseph was a carpenter, hat Jesus was born at Bethlehem and that the Romans controlled Judea at the time of His birth. In general, New Testament questions brought a higher percentage of correct answers than questions about the Old Testa- The Grieg, Model HF10—Port- able AC High Fidelity with three "Tone Balanced" speakers. 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Among Protestants, 19 per cent read the Bible frequently, 39 per cent sometimes and 42 per cent never. Among Jews, 14 per cent read the Bible frequently, 57 per cent sometimes and 29 per cent never. Young people of the Jewish boys. Girls also scored much higher on this significant questiron: 'Does thinking about religion and church prevent you from, dong things you should not do?" Yes, answered 47 per cent of the Catholic, 2 per cent of the Jewish and 20 per cent of the Protestant girls, as opposed to 31 per cent, 14 per cent and 16 per rent of the boys in these respective faiths. The general indifference among young people to going to church and their appalling lack of j interest in-and knowledege of; their religion brings up the question of whether the churches are failing our impressionable younger generation. A future survey will deal with what young people have to say about this question and how it relates to their, churches and church leaders. THE QUESTIONS ASKED Do You Go To Church Regularly? 12 Mile Sunshine Girls Have Dance TWELVE MILE—Sunsnine girls are sponsoring a formal dance at Memorial Hall at 7:30 Saturday evening. FFA members will be selling garden seeds during Christmas vacation. Seniors received their pictures this week. Students in grades 3 to 6 and U.S. History classes 11 and 12 heard a talk on "Disposal of Used Bills" by Harold Griest. A discussion period followed on the use of currency. The trophy won by the B basketball beam at the recent Fulton tournament has been placed in the trophy caso at the school. Two new maps of a new type vinyl plastic showing elevation of land have been purchased. One is of the world and one of the United States. Everyone is invited to see these maps. Shop students are making metal tables. FFA boys have new games for their recreational periods at the school farm shop. They include ping pong, dart game and badmin- New Books At Local Library faith led the list in Bible reading Do You Regard Yourself as a but placed last in church attendance, Catholics, who are required to attend Mass on Sunday, and thereby led in church attendance, Helped to bring up many of the'.scored the lowest in Bible reading. The implication seems to be that regular church attendance was more Of a factor in, answering the quiz than regular or sporadic reading of the Bible. Gtris Score Higher It is also interesting to note that girls of all faiths thought more often about the Ten Com- "Religious Person"? How.Often Do You Read tht Bible? Do You Ever Think About the Ten Commandments? Do You Turn to Your 'Clergyman When'You Have A Serious Problem? Does Thinking About Religion Note: The survey also included the Bible quiz detailed in the and Church Prevent You From Doing Things You Should Not Do? article. Harris, Majority of One. Peters, Your Garden in Town. Wright, White Man, Listen! Busson, The Last Secrets of the Earth. Life Magazine, America's Arts and . Skills. American Heritage. Tomkinson, Les Girls. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Soil Murphy, Maiden Effort. Hoehling, A Whisper of Eternity Ottoson, Mara Moja. Asimov, Building Blocks of th Universe. Maltz, Adventures in Stayin, Young. Landis, For Husbands and Wives Doe, Sobriety and Beyond. McCann, Delinquency, Sicknes or Sin? Ayer, Yankee G-Man. Thayer, The Unquiet Germans Sessler, Story Talks From An' mal Life. Lee, The Library-Sponsored Dis cussion Group. Roller, Camping and the Ou doors. . Johansen 1 , Empire of the Colum bia. ton Another Adult Farmer Class pertaining to soils is scheduled^! the school farm shop, Tuesday evening, January 7. Farmers are invited to bring in milk to be tested for butterfat. Also samples of soil will be tested for potash and phosphorus content and for acid content. Samples of plant ' material must be brought to test for nitrogen content. This testing is done at the school farm shop. Teachers had a party Tuesday evening at-the home of Mr; and Mrs Dean Moss and family. FFA members had a party Wednesday evening. Aubbeenaubbee Tp. Honor Roll Announcei and one of its j s second. Here are the top ten M most famous na-j tunes OK Hie Press Parade of PJat- tives, Cole Por-'ters: ter, one of Amer- l. At tlic Hop 2. Raunchy 3. Peggy Sue 4. \Vliy Don't Tbey Understand? 5. April Love 6. Oh Boy 7. My Special Angel 8. All Uic Way 9. Jail House Rock 10. Great Balls Of Fire Thought of a fellow 1-A in the He celebrated his 64th birthday st June 9. His education includes draft: I'm Available. J.L. Kswanna School Kcrs chooling in the Peru high school ystem, at Worcester, Mass., acad- my and Yale. Remember some of his great hits? \ lot of them are considered stand- ii'd today. Among his more popular'. lits were. What Is This Tiling Called Love? Blow, Gabriel, Blow, 'ou Do Something To Me, Begin he Beguine, Just One of Those Things, Night and Day, I've Got You Under My Skin, Anything Goes, My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Don't Fence Me In, All Through he Night. Even the Christmas season is affected by rock and roll music. r. L. has been under the impression that the Christmas season is. - . sacred time of year and not justjber may invite a guest, another opportunity for these gui- Some Kewanna students are en- tar boys to make money. There is not much J. L. can do, however. Jingle Bell Rock is probably one of Hie better rock and roll tunes to be released in some In The Gymnasium KEWANNA—The annual school Christmas program was held Tuesday evening in the gymnasium. It was a miscellaneous program with varied entertainment in which the first eight grades, the glee clubs, and the.bands particir«ited. The sophomore class is planning a class party to be held Friday evening, December 27. Each mem- Honor Roll At flora Announced FLORA—The honor roll at the Flora school for the second grading period has been announced by prmcip-al Keith Rose. Straight "A" students were Shirley Randle, Tom Langton, Leann Skiles. On the "A" and "B" honor roll were: Runella Blocher, Jean- eUe Skiles, Cullan Eikenberry, Terry Guyer, Jerry Hendrickson, Ginny Komp, Ronald Myer, Marion Blocher, Steve Collins, Kenneth Flora, Carol Maxwell, Fred Miller, Janalie Smith, Patty Stayer, Wendy Briggs, Jill Flora, Stewart DeBriucker, Darlcne Frazee, Beverly Kinzer. Helen McGinnis Charles Snider, -™--r^^ ^h^tSSIS tiering a national bake-off. They will be competing with others their own age. It will be held during February and March of 1958. The members of the Sunshine society decorated the study hall very beautifully last week with a Christmas tree, drawings, window decorations and many other tilings. The junior and senior home eco- The eighth grade class is now selling Christmas trees during ths loliday season. They have been selling from house to house and also have trees at Bakcr,'s building. gradmg period honor roll at AUD-u Jim sturdivant> Sandra A i. •beenaubbee township high school • „ p , , For many years the bulk of salt made in'the United States was taken from the salt springs near Syracuse, N. Y. has been announced. Students receiving all A's were Donna Raub, David Gripe and Linda Langenbahn. Students with all A's and B's were Don Hunneshagen, Sonja Brown, Nancy Brockey, Keith Thomas, Ed Lane, Marjorie Olin, Shirley Brown, Larry VanMeter, Frances Burrough, Rosalie Tousley, Pat Mclntosh, Doris Engel, Nedra James and Patsy Leap. With all B's were Gwen Lane and Joan Hannaback. en, Judy Angle, Sam Flora. Jan larmon, Judy Mullendore, Louann Veff, Pamela Segraves, Judy Snider, Dona Tinsman, Shirley Wagmer and Fred Wheeler. 'Spoiled Little Boy' Types Of Actor Irks Erin O'Brien By VERNON SCOTT United Press Staff Correspondent HOLLYWOOD (UP) — The case against the scratch ' and squirm school of acting was strengthened today by pert Erin O'Brien who denounced Actors Studio graduates for portraying American men as a pack of neurotics. A fiery colleen with a lusty approach to life, Erin says movies are losing women customers because there are no he-men among young actors. Andy Griffith, her leading man in "Onionhead." He's a rough and tumble Southerner who doesn't mumble when he talks: Erin went on to say the newcomers have invaded horse operas. • "The way they play Billy the Kid and other outlaws is downright funny. They'd have audiences believe that criminals are just misunderstood neurotics who hated their sisters. "I've seen Westerns where the hero catches up with the villain, 'The spoiled little - boy types j but instead of shooting. down the from New York all look as if they need baths and haircuts," she frowned. An Outspoken Cutle Erin looked as if she'd just tepped from a bubble bath, and her hair was cropped shorter than Elvis Presley's ducktail. She is an outspoken cutie who doesn't like generalities. She proved this by naming her pet dislikes among the unkempt set. "The actors I'm talking about are Rod Steiger, Paul Newman, An thony Franciosa and Ben Gazar- ra," she fumed. "And I don't dig Brando, either. "Women prefer a man's man. Male types like John Wayne, Gary Cooper and William Holden. They don't have to visit a psychiatrist before deciding whether they should.kiss a girl. "But these younger actors behave as if they all needed nursemaids and mothers instead of girl friends." A National Disgrace Erin it content enough with bad man the new-type hero tries to understand him," she blazed. "It's a national disgrace. Losing Bcspcct "Actors -today don't represent American men. I wonder what people in other countries think when they see our actors playing weak-sister roles. Nowadays the hero is as apt to break down ane cry as he is to defend the heroine. No wonder the rest of the world is losing respect for Americans." Erin warns she had better not be cast opposite one of the fragile imports from New York. "By the time I got through with him he'd need a broken-bone specialist, not a psychiatrist," she laughed. RADIO MISSING Charles Young of the Clark- Young Appliance company reported to Logansport police that a transistor radio valued at $40 had been stolen from the store Fri- dar. About Books Answer to Previous Puiile ACROSS I Hardy heroine 5. A sight for eyes 9 Uncle Tom and Little 12 Egg-shaped 13 "Green Hat" heroine 14 and tuck 16 Acids with only one replaceable hydrogen ncld 17 Mound used by golfers 1U Oozes 19 Prophetew 21 Storage pit 23 Correlativ* of neither 24 Is able 27 Puts on 29 Cook gently 32 White poplars 34 Fly.. 36 Change . 37 Great author . 38 Let it stand 39 Hastened 41 Insect egg 42 Registered (ab.)' 44 Religious book 46 Rifle cleaning rods 49 Unaccompanied S3 Long, long 91 Essential being DOWN I The Sawyer boy nnd othera I Cry of bacchanal* 3 Mentally , sound 4 Spills over 8 Thus (Latin-) 6 Prayer 7 Be borne 8 German city 9 What good books do JO Con tends 11 Imitates leWhisperf JO Varnish ingredient at is . unsuccessful 24 Vehicle! 25 Aid. 26 What Poe'i raven said 28 Wiser 30 Toiletry case 31 Author, Hebecca —— 33 Metric measure 25 Ceylon aborigine 40 Pertaining to the mails that 43 "The — laid the •golden egg" 45 Martini ingredient 46 Grade 47 Seaweed 4B What a poor book Is -SO Individuals 51 Cape 62 Italian city X Musical direction 54 Surpi 56 Old sailor 57 Narrow board 38 Sleeveless garment 59 Before 60 Poet, WhwlW Wileon DOWNTOWN BLAZE BEECH GKOVE (UP)—An estimated $45,000 fire raged for two hours in a downtown building Wednesday, destroying three apartments and closing down two stores. Three persons in the building escaped injury, authorities said. Damage was estimated by the owner, Harold S. Harvey, 50, Beech Grove. ATTENTION- All High Schools We will be happy to print on this page news of your school and student activities throughout the school year. Please send us your news It- cms addressed to the Sunday Teen-age Editor, e-o The Pharos-Tribune and Logansport Press. treat the kids and yourself, too. BOLINS DONUTS At Your Favorite GROCERY RESTAURANT Or 14th and Broadway San Marino, the tiny republic w.'ihin the borders of Italy, ha.s a bust of Abraham Lincoln in its Government Palace. 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