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TUESDAY, MAY 8, 1985 B1.YTHEVI1.LE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE NINE ouner NewsMagazine A FEW FAST FACTS: Jackie Gleason may conduct the Sym phony ot the Mr ,the old NBC Symphony) in a Yankee Stadium con cert late this jpring. A Tosca-nlnny? . . . The first 13 episodes of th new CBS Phil Silvers show are finished, and, even though not one ha been telecast yet tht network is so excited t' tlrey've told Phil go ahead and. unite 13 more. This may be the next BIO show . . Florian ZaBach, the TVlolintst, is secretly taking clarinet lessons And he's not just fidaUng around . . . Marion Marlowe R offers, sine Arthur Godfrey f'-ed her, now total more than $300,000 — TV, night clubs, theaters, movies She'll be making enough to upen a discharp account. Salaries are so fabulous In Las Vegas that stories like this one, from Anierllnj Lecher of the Sier- ron Club in upstate New York is being circulated. An unknown dance team got an offer from > Las Vegas hotel. The salary would be $10,000 a week. "But since I never heard of you," the owner said, "it's without meals." Ben Alexander, who plays Jack Webb's side-kick, Frank Smith, on "Dragnet," takes nis part seriously. So seriously that we must consider his Siamese cats and flannel shirts. -^ If you know your "Dragnet," you know that Frank is something of a hypochondriac. His locker is a pill paradise. But Ben Alexander Is no hypochondriac — or at least he didn't use to be "Since I've been doing the part," he says, "my wife says I'm getting more like Frank Smith every day. It's sort of a family joke. I can't stand drafts these days. So In our new home we put in radiant heat- Ing, which cuts down drafts. But I keep Insisting that's just to protect our Siamese cats. She says It's because I'm getting to BE Frank Smith." The cheerful, fair-haired star has also become a sort of ex-offlcio police officer. It started as a research project — he'd spent time with the police to absorb their mannerisms. But he found that he liked the company of policemen, and now spends at least one evening a Week "with the boys." "I'get dressed in a working detective's outfit," he says. "They wear old pants and flannel shirts and leather jackets You see, I've always liked the company of men: But I don't play poker or bowl, so this is my chance tr> have a night with the boys." Nowadays, the Alexanders count several policemen among their best friends. They and their wives exchange social visits. He does everything but go along on official police business—his face would be an Immediate tip-off to any criminal. "Dragnet" and 'Badge 714" — the latter is the re-run of old chapters — mark the peak of a long career for Alexander He is an old- timer in Hollywood. Once upon a chubby little face, he was one of the very first child stars. This was even before Jackie Coogan. His first part was as Cupid. "They superimposed me over a hot DeMille Marlon Marlowe Ben Alexinde: love scene, so people wouldn't ob ject to it." After movies came long years in radio, then the Navy during thi war. With seven Navy buddies, hi established a post-war chain of ga: stations. (Which may have given rise to the rumor that he is rich He denies it emphatically.) Then came "Dragnet." And Ben Alexander became Frank Smith Case closed. Prepare yourselves. One of tru biggest spot advertising campaign, in broadcasting history will soor commence to acquaint you, vi£ television, with the fact that a nev Bulova watoh flew faster thtu sound. The company stuck a cou pie of watches on a jet whicl crashed through the sound barrier Lo and behold, they were still tick ing away when it landed. It's almost as practical to have a watch that can do that as it is to have a pen that writes under wa ter. • • • Richard Barstow, who has much to do with the charm of the Ring' ling Bros, circus, was choreographer on Judy Garland's film, "A Star Is Born." On the set, Judy Introduced her daughter to Barstow. The child couldn't manage to Say "choreographer" — It -came out "geographer." When the film was finished, Judy gave Barstaw a movie director's chair. On the back was printed "Geographer." DICK'.S QUICKIE: Judy Hoi day, explaining her Brooklynese accent: "It's the result of hare work, concentration and .two semesters of speech at Ebbets Field." TV TOPPERS BISHOP FULTON J. SHEEN (DuMont): There .are three kinds of men: the under age the over age and the average. Press Agent Loses $400,000 Suit LOS ANGELES W— Press agent Russell Birdwell has lost his $400,000 suit against producer Paul Gregory and actor Charles Laugh- ton, involving • his dismissal as publicist for "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martini." Birdwell charged he was dismissed in violation ot an oral contract but Superior Judge Paul Nourse ruled that the contract could be terminated at will under California law. THINGS IRK DIFFERENT IN SWEDEN—Anita Ekbcrg, blonde venus from S'vt'den, claims this country has a distorted view of sex appeal, ''Ii's r rl.ciilous," Miss Ekberg says American;- are so Interested In a girls measurements, yet the censors Insist that Hollywood "cover up' a girl's best upsets. 'It's different 'n Sweden," she says. Miss Ekhcrg, filmland's latest sexboat, mnkes npi screen debut la "Bloud -M'ty" uitli John Wayne and Ldtiren Bacall. Literary Guirfepost Author Views Neglect of Civil Leader BEAUREGARD, NAPOLEON IN GRAY.. By T. Harry Williams, Louisiana State University Press. Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard—a magnetic name for a magnetic man, one who was outstanding even in the illustrious company ot generals of the Confederacy. He commanded at Sumtei and at Bull Run, and was th< Soufch's first military hero. The promise of these early days of Civil War was not fulfilled. Beauregard always had popular favor but he didn't get along 'with Richmond offilialdom. As the Confed eracy waxed and waned, he was shouldered into the shadows. Why? That is the question Wil Hams sets out to answer. It was not that Beauregard was overrated on the strength of his meteorice rise to a hero's pedestal .True, his victory at Fort Sumte entailed no great talent, nor did Bull Run stamp him as unmitigated genius. But there was nothing in his defense of Charleston in 1883 and in his Petersburg achievements in 1864 that would impair his military stature. Williams finds that much of th< answer He* in the Beauregan personality. He didn't adapt well to subordinate command. As military strategist, prone to meddle in affairs of other commands impractial. He could envision vast and dramatic operations but was unable to take logistic* into ac count. He arroused the enmities anc jealousies of powerful men at Rich' mond. Yet, even considering the war controversies that swirled round him, it still is a mystery why Beauregard i* somewhat neglected in today's gallery of South' ern heroes. William explains that Beauregard's wealth, amassed in the afteryears and totaling modern measurement something around a half million dollars, was in violation of the tradition of frustration and poverty with which the South endowed its generals. This ia not a full length portrait, but a military biography, only. The years before and after the war are draw sketchily. There are few glimpses of his private life. For all that, it Is a satisfying book. Bob Price Naval Officers Collect Stories Of the Antarctic THE SILENT CONTINENT. By William H. Kearns Jr. and Beverly Britton. Harper. When the Navy expedition headed by Rear Adm. Richard I. Byrd sails for the Antaritic next November it will be following frozen gall that explorers have pursued for more than 200 / years, The Silent Continent Is an engrossing collection of stories spun by past antarctic explorers; what they hoped to find, what they found and how they went about it. Here U Nat Palmer, a iuzzy binned whaling skipper out of Stoning ton, Conn., discovering the egendary seventh continent while looking for seals. Here is this same Admiral Byrd, spending 70 days alone at his frozen camp, often near death of monoxide poisoning. In between are 30-odd other explorers: Robert F. Scott, Jailing oy days to be first to reach, the pole and then perishing with his entire larty on the way back; Ernest Sha- ckleion, cast adrift on floes when lis ship is -locked in and broken up by ice; harsh, proud Adm, Charles Wilkes, scouting hundreds >f miles of unttnown coasts and hen returning to face a court mar- ,ial. This book written by two naval tfficers, one of whom was himself ost for several days In the Antar- tic.Jn 1946. By combining intimate knowledge with painstaking research, they nake the emergence of Antaritica in adventure that will keep parlor xplorers on the ecige of their arm- hairs. CURRENT Best Sellers FICTION Sincerely, Willii Wayde, John P. Marquand. The View from Fonpey's Head, Hamilton Basso. Bonjour Tlrljtene, FrancoU Scfran No Time for Ker;eanti, Mac Human. , The (iood Sheperd, C. S. Forester. NONFICTION Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Gertrude tawrence at Mrs. A. Richard Aldrlch. The Power of Punitive Thinking, Norman Vincent Peale. To the One I Ixive the Beit, Ludwlg Eemclmnns. How to MVP .Ifi.) Uayi • fear, John A. Schlndlcr. PATTERNED AFTER HIT SHOW "KISMET," thla ii a scene from "ItM and One!" with I'eter Kelley ilnfloc to Oldimobll* dealer! It'i typical o. Indmlry'i venture Into ihow builneu. Show Business Means Business To Bis Businesses in America J? By DICK KLEINER NEA Special Corerspondent NEW YORK — (NEA) — Show business and big busienss are moving closer together. Eyerj year, more,and more industrial firms present, for one reason or another, shows that rival Broadway productions. Generally, the reason is to introduce a new product or to hypo sales meetings around the country. In the old days, a concern might engage a professional MC or evpn get a good-looking blonde to whip a cover off a new product. Now they'll spend $250,000 or more and hire, top Broadway names. Typical of this new bright-light approach to industry is Oldsmoblle. Every year, they introduce a new car. They want the salesmen in every agency to see this model/well In advance pi the public, learn its selling points, get excited about ite features. For the last few years they've accomplished this with a show that travels to a dozen or so, major cities, where the district's salesmen gather to watch. In New York, the show was put on for three days at the big Mark Bellinger Theater, where some of the biggest legitimate musicals play. This year, It waa called "1000 ind one!" and WM patterned after the hit show, "Kismet." for "1000 and One! 1 The program is full 'of famous names—the choreography was by "Pajama Game's" Cnrol Haney; the sets and lighting, by the Broadway veteran, Jo Mlelzlner; the choral arrangmeents by Fred Waring's Don Craig. The star was Richard Eastham, who once had the lead In "South Pacific." His co-star was Lois Bar- rodin, who played Laurey in the rond company of "Oklahoma! " Most of the rest of the cast of 17 had Broadway and TV experience. • • • About the only Item In the program that theater-goers would find strange was this ono: "Original idea, book, lyrics and music by D. P. Brother and Co." That's Olds' advertising agency. The New York office, headed by Vice-President Frank Egan. is now working on the'third big show for Olds. Ax Egan nays, "The point of the show Is to sell the car to the dealer so he'll sell It to his customers." It cost about $250.000 to produce^ this show, and tour It for 10 weeks. But Olds feels it was worth It. Virtually every dealer saw it. They had ft fine time, saw pretty girls and nice scenery and heard good songs nnd watched expert dancing. But they also got- R pretty strong, impressive sales message. This "announceme,nt show" centered around an Arabian Nights used elephant dealer. A genuine genie put him In touch with the Olds people and—well, before the evening was over, even the Forty Thieves were driving Olds. He won Scheherezade and lived happily ever after. D. P. Brother and Co., »nd other* like them, aren't kidding around. Theirs is no college-type show, designed to compete with Broadway,, They're out to sell cars, and, if a SINGER JAMES MELTON ride* one of hl« antique can la m«t> c»l ihow lUtfftd for auto Industry by Jam Handy Ortanlsatlon. Handy brought out from New York a cast of 60. During a recent two* week period, Handy had eight "show tenms" putting on shows In 43 cities, from coast to coast. They've put on shows for as little as $10,000, as much n,va third of a million. Another Is the Howard Lahin Management Corp., In, New York, which does many Industry-wide, trade association shows, and also specializes in productions at conventions. Lnnin estimates that industrial shows In 1954 cost their sponsors close to $40,000,000. Sales Meeting Magazine, a trade publication, says that about $3,500,000,000 is spent annually for convention and trade shows. Most of that Is for the shows at conventions, but the Industrial shows, like Old&moblle's are pitying an Increasingly larger part. And it's a trend that everybody seems ot like—the organisations that produce them are thriving, the concerns that sponsor them seem to feel they're worthwhile, the actors who participate are delighted, the salesmen who watch have fun. Nobody objects. .ihow Is going to help, they'll do a show. But it'll be the crfr first, the show second. That's all right with the actors who do the show. It's perfect for them. They get 10 weeks of work, at full Actors Equity scale, and maybe do seven or eight shows. They get taken to New Orleans, for example, for four days. While there, they have to do one show. The rest of the time is their own, and they're getting paid every minute. So, when Brother announces auditions for a new Olds show, they are swnmped with the crenm of the Broadway crop. I''s a lot better than clerking in n department store between Brofidwny part*. Most of the other automobile makers have similar shows, So do the bigger manufacturers of refrigerators. TV sets, furnitunre, even Ice cream. There are at least two big organizations that specialize in producing them. • * • v On* U Detroit'! Jam Handy Organization, which does many ,of the car shows. For one such In Detroit, DRESSING FOR A TRIBUTE—A pair of Hollywood beauties—Rhonda Fleming, left, and Terry Moore—try on their costume* for a tribute In New York to Damon Runyon Guests nt the party cnme u their favorite Runyon characters, and these tuo came as the "Dolls," letting the "Guys" form • line. rincess Margaret Gets After-Show . Treat at Musical LONDON Ufi — Hie cast of the all-Negro musical 'Jazz Train," fi- lanced by 65 U. S. Air Force offi- ;ers., gave a show-after-the-show ecently for Princess Margaret. At the regular performance, the irincess noticed omission of one cene mentioned oy critics after he show's first night. Director Mervyn Jones explained hat the scene — excerpts from 'Carmen Jones, ' "Blackbirds," .nd "Porgy and Bess" — had been ut because "Jazz Train" was unnlng too long. "But if you would like *o stay, we'll put it on for yon," he offered. Margaret stayed — along with ier escort .Mark Bonhnm-Cartcr, ie Hon. Dominic Elliot and Lady Sllzabeth Cavendish All four ap- ilauded vigorously. TEN CAPITALS North Carolina has had ten state apllals. Before the capital was stablished at Raleigh in 1792, It /as In Edenton, New Bern, Wll- nington, Halifax, Smlthficld, Fay- tteville, Hillsboro, Bath, and Tar- ioro. TIRED SHOES MEAN TIRED FEET! Put Spring into your step now! HALTER'S QUALITY SHOE SHOP 121 W .Main Ph. 2-27.12 Fish Need Glasses ANN ARBOR, Mich. (IF)— Can flsh really tell the color of a lure, or are they color blind Karl P. Lagler, chairman of the University of Michigan Department of Fisheries, says no fish is known not to have color vision. But even If they do, he adds, there Is no proof that fish can see color as the angler dees It. Ansco Ready Flash Outfit • 3 roll, or film $1 095 • Carrylnic case III • Sli Flash Bulb* SI down—50c a week O'STEEN'S — 111 W. Main KOOIVENT ALUMINUM AWNINGS FOR FREE ESTIMATE CALL NOW Ph. 3-4293 SMITH AWNING CO. 11.1 X first HOUSKll TROOPS Some of the llrst volunteer Union troops sent to Washington during the Civil War were housed In the Senate nnd House chambers of the Capitol. EXPERT WATER PUMP REPAIR Hubbard Hardware Phone 2-2115 New 1955 Air Conditioner 95 Hubbard & Son Furniture From a Wheelchair, She Sings The Blues and Shuns R and R By JANET VALLUM Syracuse Herald-Journal SYRACUSE, N. Y. 1*1 — Anna Marie Qcnovese hn.s made the big time — singing from her wheel chair. She hns been paralyzed by polio since she was a year-old. She hns been singing In and around Syracuse since she was a youngster and has )ust recorded her first album, a prompt hit. "Downbout" magazine, the Bible of the music trade, recommends the album, giving it a four-stitr rating, the highest usually attained by a. popular recording, and says of Anna Marie: "She has felt empathy with a number of modern Jazz artists, like Sarnh Vaughnn. She has a Rood full voice, with a serviceable ear and a musician's wny of phrnslng. The album in pleasant listening as ii and Is cer- tnlnly quite superior to most fe- mnle vocalizing these daya," "Interlude with Anna Marie" Includes some of the ballad-type songs she likes to do best. Its songs arc: "It Could Happen to You;" "These Foolish Phings;" "Love Is Here to Stay;" "Willow, Weep for Me;" "I'm Glad Tliere'i You;" "What More Can a Woman Do?;" "Lullaby of th» "Leaves," and "Interlude." Anna Marie -lays she can't read music or play the piano. She's never had rmy formal musical training. But .she makes her own arrangement* — "mostly as I. go nlong." Tlie album was recorded by a new local corporation headed by Mnury Ooldberg, who also acts as Anna Marie's ngent. Backing her up for the album was the trio of Billy Rubcnslcln, pianist; Wnlly Melnlck, bnss, and Buddy Pnbst, drummer. Anna Marie, now 24, won the Ted Mack Amateur contest when she was 18 and Inter sang for three months at Tony Pastors and the Hotel Edison in New York City. She shies away from the currently popular 'Shake, Rattle and Roll 'em" songs and calls them "Corny, harsh and loud — not good music." She says she will continue with her melancholy ballads about the much-debated subject of love, Corn Is the greatest crop In the United States. Dancing Jim.—Turk Murphy'* J*zz Rand hampirt, and Vln^— Rampart St. FUradrri Briihfck U Rlortyvilte—n»M Brubeck W. 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