Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 29, 1975 · Page 86
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 86

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 29, 1975
Page 86
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Famous Fables By E. E. Edgar OPINION: When the film "Dinner at Eight" was completed at MGM, Louis B. Mayer, the studio production chief, asked Howard Deitz, the director of advertising and publicity, for his opinion of the picture. Dietz told him he didn't think much of it, he relates, in "Dancing in the Dark". "Mayer was furious. ", ( 'No wonder we have so many flops,with you 'handling them!' he exploded. 'Your opinions aren't worth a nickel!' "..'. In that event,' I said, 'my opinions can't possibly disturb you.' And I left his office; "Mayer was giving a party that Saturday night, and everybody who was anybody at the studio was invited. On Thursday* his secretary confided to me that Mayer didn't want to have a quarrel with me and he wanted me to come to his party -- but I would have to apologize. I said I had nothing to apologize for. '|She said I could just say I was sorry, I said I couldn't do that. She said I could apologize to her and she would give the apology to Mr. Mayer. I said it didn't seem necessary and that I would have to quit anyway. . "Later to toe day, I received a card inviting me to the party. On Saturday night, I went to Mayer's house. He threw his arins around me and announced to the guests, 'This fellow saw "Dinner at Eight," and thinks it's a great picture!" FUSSY: A near-sighted tenor who refused to wear glasses was appearing in an opera opposite Lotte Lehmann. During one scene, she had to visit him in his prison cell and offer him a crust of bread. The tenor did not see it. She waved it under his nose, but still he did not take it. Losing patience, the soprano hissed in a voice loud enough to carry to the balcony: "What are you waiting for--to have it buttered?' 214 CAPITOL STREET New Summer Sheer PANTYHOSE by Hanes The first hot weather styled pantyhose, that keeps your legscooland comfortable Lighter weight, soft and sheer for beauty. You may forget you have them on. 2. COLORS · Summer Spice '·.' (Dk. Suntan Color) * Summer Sand (Lt, Skin Tone). SIZES AB (4'H"'to5'7") 115-140 Ibs. CD (5'4"to 6'0") 140-165 Ibs. Street Floor Embees 214 Capitol St. Charleston, W. Va. 25301 Please send the following pantyhose to NAME ADDRESS -CITY STATE Aces in Yellow Vans ZIP. COLOR CHOICE =SUMMERSPICE ZSUMMERSAND x/ ' · « ' · · HEIGHT WEIGHT NO. PAIRS SIZE TOTAL The engines of the big yellow vans wake up growling in the morning fog-chill of the Spencer parking lot and, somehow, it reminds you of those vintage "dawn patrol" air war movies. The scene, in reality, is the start of another mission of a famed elementary guidance project -uniquely West Virginian -- but you 8 imagine Sky King types snapping : "Contact!" in,their cockpits and flashing that hokey .Thumbs Up ' 'sign. You can nearly fantasize co- :·: quettish Charmaine racing out to ;·: wave to Ze Dashing Americaine, | promising to move to Davenport, is no fooling, if he forgets about Last ;| Night. ("I feex ze hot dogs in ze " summertime for you, moncheri!". But it isn't France or even Hollywood; it's really Roane County, U.S.A. And it's Jiot a campy movie war at all, but a-serious battle-by By James B. Dickson professional educators to help youngsters in scattered rural schools to get a better start in life. The "pilots 11 of the two guidance counseling vans are dedicated women, waiting in semi-darkness for the engines to warm up, looking not at all like Spad aces Errol Flynn or David Niven or that luckless lad who always bled chocolate syrup in terminal tailspins. (Remember the scene?" It's Roger -he's on fire! Tough dartboards!" Ker-whomp! Will Charmaine be- consoled? Are there playing fields at Eton?). No, it's really just a school day in Roane, but the pre-mission image lingers in the real-life chill of the tubercular half-light. Bundled like airmen-against the-frosty air, three 'Women confer over time-tables on the fender of a purring van. They are guidance professionals, taking final sips of steaming coffee before another run into the green hills yonder; Their vans are nothing less than mobilized counseling rooms; fully equipped at dawn with the" materials they'll need upojiar- riving at a semi-isolated-grade school"- .'^:'. ·- .-·' ·"';· -: ; v-:j* -·' , The"«peration is called Project DRIVE, the acronym for the Roane County Schools ESEA III "Directed Resources in Vocational and Educational Guidance." By literally driving the guidance room to scattered rural schools; these counselors hope to reduce the odds against-premature school dropouts, career-stifling self-image problems, undetected leanirt'g'tfisa- hilities and other problem;areas :. ranging- from school- adjustment

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