Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 7, 1974 · Page 9
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July 7, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 9

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$«·» .My f» 1974 OfCN DAILY 1t-1l SUNDAY ONDA 1 wvoun Jf MOVIE FAN PAUL MORGAN LOVES POPCORN He's Spent 25 Years at Films 9,125 Days At Movies MIAMI, Fla. (AP) - It's a good bet that Paul Morgan, 91, will be at the movies today. And tomorrow. And the next day. With few exceptions, he has spent the last 9,125 days - 25 years -- at the movies. "I get tired of sitting at home," explains Morgan, who has lived in a one-bedroom apartment for the last 36 years. "It gets so boring, I can't even stay home on Sundays." So after his 9 a.m. breakfast of four dried prunes and two eggs, Morgan strolls to a nearby theater -- the same theater every day, no matter what's playing there. "He's always been first in line every day since I came here nine years ago," says John McCormick, manager of the Rio Theater. ''He doesn't play favorites," said McCormick. "He likes all the films. We've never been able to pin him down on a specific film or even a specific star he's enjoyed the most." MORGAN ARRIVED in the United States from Yugoslavia in 1905 and worked in a Detroit auto factory painting Chalmers, an auto long faded from the scene. A long-time widower, he figures he's spent 55,000 hours and at least $5,000 watching the silver screen over the past quarter of a century. Morgan says that between Social Security and the money he earns cleaning rooms at his apartment house, he has no problem meeting the Rip's 75-cent matinee tab. And he doesn't care if he sees the same movie four times in two days -- the Rio 'Changes the double-feature about twice a week. Friday, for instance, he sat through two showings of "Nightmare in Wax" and I'/z unreelings of "The Wild Rebels." ' "This is how I like to spend my time," he said while standing at the candy counter. "It's my life in here. Tomorrow, maybe I'm dead. I don't know what God is going to do." Motown Prof its Blacks, Whites By Robert A. Wright (C)..New York Times Service HOLLYWOOD - Motown Industries, the nation's largest black enterprise, increasingly presents an image of black and white management whose favorite color is green. Berry Gordy J r . , the 44-year-old prime mover who built the record company out of an $800 loan, luck, determination and an ability to extract talent from the desolation of the Detroit ghetto, doesn't come around much anymore. Instead he leaves to associates the day-to-day functioning of the business, which he ownes almost outright and which he heads as chairman and chief executive officer. Chief among his associates are two white men -- Michale Roshekind, vice chiarman of the board, and Berle Adams, executive vice president and chief operating officer. These two are directing the plans laid out by gordy toward diversification and expansion of Motown, which had sales last year of more than $46 million. Profits of this privately owned company have not been disclosed. But on the basis of its published revenues, Black Enterprise magazine rrecent- ly ranked it as the largest black-owned and black-managed business in the country. Roshkind. a 50-year-old former television news executive andpubltc relations practitioner, has been with Motown for nine of its 15 years. He func- tons as the chairman's afte ego. steering what he calls the nonroutine projects. Adams, , has had a long career in business as a manager and agent. For years he was executive voice president of MCA Inc. He joined mo- town in April front be William \JMorris Agency. )| f Except for the jfolernim- ber of Mack faces than one is likely to encounter in most pcntahovse siites along Sun- set Boulevard, the Motown executive, offices are not particularly distinctive in a town noted for flamboyance. Gordy moved the offices here from Detroit three years ago. . "BERRY" is the anser one gets to almost any question of how Motowm gothto be the largest independent record company in the wogld. And Gordy's inaccessibility lends a certain aura to this man, even in a town accustomed to the elusiveness of Howard H. Hughes. It appears ironic to some that two white men function at the top of the moyt successful black enterprise, but it does not to those involved. There have been key white personnel at Motown from the beginning, said Roshkind, although the white mix has increased in recent years. Something more than 50 per. cent of the company's 375 em- ployes is black. The generally accepted facts about Gordy would not please a mind accustomed to orderly chronology. An approximation of the past finds Gordy graduating from his chaool in Detroit and then, between stints on the Ford Motor Co. assembly line, working as a professional featherweight boxer and (on the side) as an aspiring songwriter. His break came when he has his sister Gwen wrote "Lonely Tear Drops" and singing star Jackie Wilson's record of it sold more than one million copies. With Smokey Robinson. Gordy also had a hit in "Shop Around." But Gordy soon found out. as he is quoted by associates, that "you can go broke with hits" if somebody else is producing the recors. That thought Ml some money borrowed frfh bis family was the start of Motown, taking its name from the motor city. K mart Blasts Rising Prices ivifh fhese Fantastic Discounts 2 Days Onf/f TTT»TTT ·*v.;"Vf^ f t fSf '";*, V' l\\c flf|\0\\ FASHION CLEARANCE 20%-30% LADES SPORTS WEAR WORKMEN'S FINE TOOLS Our fteg. 2.47-3.17--ttHir Choice 24", 2-vial aluminum level; 26", 8-point hand saw; bali peen hammer; 100-ft. reel chalk line; 8-foot powerlock steel tape; 16-oz. claw hammer; 7" vise-grip pliers; pop rivet for Va" rivets; G'-folding wood rule; 24x16" Stanley steel square. 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