Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 30, 1972 · Page 133
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July 30, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 133

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Hollywood's star system may be dead, but The Godfather," a Am produced with the cooperation of the Mafia which insisted that Hs name not be used, has spawned two of the biggest potential matinee idob hi years. They are Al Padno and James Caan, relative unknowns who are cast in the film as the Godfather's sons. Caan is Sonny, the hot-tempered, trigger-happy playboy whose passion proves his undoing, and Padno is Michael, cool, college-educated and canny under fire, who eventually becomes godfather in his own right. In real life, Pacino and Caan are attractive, eligible bachelors with undeniable acting talent The only trouble is, they refuse to cater to the matinee-idol image. Padno, 31, Manhattan-bom and Bronx-bred, studied acting and worked hi repertory theater before mating his movie debut last year in "Tmnk m Needfe Park." Midway through 'One Godfather's" New Yoik picmieie, defied and has been living m Boston ever since. There, lie has earned critical acdaim for his generally maintains the lowest of public profiles. Caan, 32, also from New York, has a little more Hollywood experience but not much more patience with studio promotion remiireinenb. Since his double hit in "The Godfather" and the Emmy Award-winning TV movie, "Brian's Song," he has been hiding out in Hollywood, surfacing only at the local supermarket to buy provisions. Warner Brothers has recruited James Caan to star as a Cleveland cop in "Freebee and the Bean," while Al Padno has signed with the same studio to make "Scarecrow" with Gene Hackman. FftM UOTHEtS OFT MG MEAK: JAMES CAAN ANDAL PACING. In Japan when a soldier wants to leave the self-defense force, all he has to do is to say, "I quit." He is then quickly discharged from the service, forfeiting his six-month bonus. Robert F. Froehttce, Secretary of the U.S. Army, would like to see pretty much the same system introduced into the American Army. "It's very consistent," he explained recently, "with the philosophy of the volunteer force. As a personnel manager I like the psychology of saying we have only people who want to serve in the Army. If you disagree with something, you have every right to resign." Next year the draft should end in this country. The Army is already 40,000 under strength de- spite the fact that it recently instituted a $1500 bonus for combat enlistees and reenUstment bonuses as high as $10,000 for a few skitted technicians, In the porf,t7.S. soldiers have been able to buy their way out of the Army if they were unhappy in it. From 1890 to 1940 except in times of war, the buying-out fee was $120. reartfc Trips Major United States airlines have in the past concentrated their resources on soliciting businessmen and family travelers as potential customers. Recently, airline advertising men have gone after a new market in the face of stringent airline charter competition -- the student traveler. This summer American Airlines introduced a youth hostel program in the United States. Only student travelers with appropriate identification cards (student and youth cards; ages 12-21) and a round trip American ticket may book reservations in selected college dormitories. Room prices range between $4 and $8 a night per person. Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C., are the only cities involved in the program. In addition to moderate dormitory rates, students can inexpensively rent automobiles at their respective dormitories. Pan American World Airways has introduced an experimental program of weekly exclusive all- youth /fights to Europe. Organic breakfasts and informal buffets will replace traditional meals. Additional rock music channels were added to the theater-in-the- air system. Even a live folk singer, in contrast to the middle-age piano bar set, will perform. Youth oriented publications will also be made available. In short, every gimmick to lure the flood of youthful travelers excluding a dope room will be provided. If yon want a college education in Communist China, you tgetajob. After _ youth are required to work on farms or m factories for two to three years. Only men may they mission is based solely on plovers' recouHMUdatious. for every 10 openings, the university selects four farm workers, four factory workers, one soldier from the People's Liberation Army, and one commercial worker. So reports a group of Japanese Socialists who recently toured Peking University, China's foremost educational Institution. The visitors also learned that seminars have supplanted lectures for the school's 3000 students. The professors pass out study materials which the students read and discuss among themselves before class. In the classroom, the ptufessots answer questions and the students state their views. Exams are administered to determine progress, not to award The course of study in most subjects at Peking University, the Japanese delegation reports, has been shortened from five to three years. The elementary and secondary school curriculum hi China has also been shortened, thus releasing students for about five more years of gainful labor. At Peking University and elsewhere In China, English language studies have been booming since President Nixon's February visit. The state radio broadcasts 30 minutes of English Instruction three times dally. In Shanghai, ChUia'slargest international dty r English to now a required subject from the third grade on, and ·pedal Enema courses have been set up for the dry's long- In ex- PARADE · IULY30,1972

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