The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 13, 1951 · Page 21
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 21

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 13, 1951
Page 21
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Fleas Flee Pomerantz— Even Though He Loves Em •T RICHARD KLEINER NEW YORK -(NBA) —Charles Pomerantz h«j reached the pinnacle M hit career. He's had » I lea named •fter him. To most people, that might seem like an odd measure or success. But Pomerantz U deepfy touched. H« feels humble that an "ordinary exterminator" has been so honored. Pomerantz does .himself an injus- tlme with that "ordinary exterminator" label. He Is an exterminator f '.raordinary. Besides being profi- nt at finding and killing rats, :e and assorted insects, he is an amateur entomologist ot wide renown. He knows more about Insects than most insects do. Pomerantz Is a cherubic looking man ot 54. When he was 40, he quit a successful career in the garment industry because "it had no challenge." He found plenty of challenge in exterminating— the first challenge was whether or not he could stand "1 am a man of aesthetic tendencies." he says. "I play the violin and I love poetry— keep a volume of Keats by my bed all- the lime. And here I was dealing with roaches and all kinds of things Uke that. It was appalling. "Then I read a magazine article that had pictures of college girls in • zoology class. One was dissecting • rat »nd the other a roach. I said to myself, 'What are you, Pomerantz, • man or a monkey?' So I stuck with exterminating, and now I lore But he wasn't satisfied with simple extermination. He read books, attended lectures, learned all he could about insects. He became .so proficient in his field that he pulled ftt one of the most remarkable ARunti ever done by an entomolo- ^»t — and he was an amateur. It happened In 1946. A strange di- aease sprang up In a big apartment development in Queens, New' York. It baffled doctors and public health officials. Fomeraiitz read all about it in the papers, and had a theory. He explored the basements of the apartment houses and found a atrange species of mite, a tiny in- •eet, living on mice. Their bites transmitted the ailment. Th« disease, now known as rlcket- telal pox, was quickly licked. The ««•• ^a» simple— control the mice and eliminate the mites Pomerantz - from than. Pomerantz' fame grew. B« w»« Invited to 'lecture at unl- and medical schools. He re- many honors. In 1949. the V. B. Department of . Agriculture named a new family of mites, found •n southern peach orchards, Pomer- antziidae aft«r him. "Thi» mite," read th» article, "Is named for Charles Pomerantz, in (ecoenitton of his enthusiastic serv- fca* to the study of the riclcettsial •OK <Ha««n." * An<J now comen Stlvallus pomeran- «ai, a new flea found in the Philippine* '.and named for him by the Me<lical Department which :lfcJ*n>i '<^ipaflp* • atttolaa," Vtyt discoverer "la narnad for Mr. Charles. , who bf hi* studies on CHARLES POMERANTZ: "What are you, a man or a monkey?" mites and rickettsial pox contributed so much to the science of parasito- logy." At the annual convention of the National Pest Control Association, Pomerantz was given a replica of his personal flea. To him, that was the crowning achievement of his career. He has now grown quite fond of StivaUus pomeranizi and the whole Pomerantziidae clan. "I have," he says .with a small smile, "a peculiar love and fondness for those unacceptable insects. It's the same love that some men have for a glass of whiskey—they know it's a nuisance, but they love H just, the same." Former-Record Breaker Retired ROME, ypi— The man who gave Italy her only speed record for the North Atlantic crossing by ship is now retired on an $11 a month pension. This Is the typical pension of some 20.000 Italian merchant tea- men who sailed the seas/ for at least two decades before being retired. Francesco Tarabotto, former captain of the "Rex" luxury liner, guided the "Rex" across tha ooean in 1933 in four days 13 hours and 58 minutes — breaking the record held at that time by the German transatlantic liner, Bremftn. XMAS IDEA VICTOR RECORDS -THi CIFT THAT KEEPS ON CHRISTMAS HYMNS and CAROLS RCA Victor Chorale SING AND REJOICE Dick Leibert CHRISTMAS SONGS Mario Lama NEW 52nd. STREET JAZZ Dizzy Gillespie & Coleman Hawkins POP CONCERT FAVORITES The Three Suns DREAM GIRLS Tony Martin SWEETHEARTS Frankie Carle SUPPER CLUB FAVORITES Perry Como MEDLEY OF COLLEGE SONGS Vaughn Monroe GLENN MILLER CONCERT VOL. 1 Glenn Miller WI HAVE All THtEl KfHRI fti« <fi i9>Hi XCA Vitttx 45 rpm rttofdt »v»ry<y*« woftH, eM e)M 7< ond 3VA r»m r*cord>. G«t rfia ~45'i" for brHSonl cion«T, Mvp »kT T ln.... wl .b<^Aobl., ••"'febU" tool Adams Appliance Co., Inc. 206-208 West Main RCA^l/ICTOR ^_ W KECOIIOS Make Christmas Shopping Easier, And... - ' •-*•» TO SAVINGS GUARD'S W. js DEPOSIT RESERVES ANY GIFT IN OUR STORE v ^r- "W& passed for value--- ds Our Chmtmas selecUo" oi d, er than ever C ?K\* 'immsm rXl"* ^a^t •li, 33' ISO -up CW of S3*«r Identity Bracelet* Electric Clock* 4 up J V* ^0 Kitchen Clocks $^95 +J up. 45 T /erf S 39 ,50 A BUDGET ACCOUNT-NO CHARGE FOR CREDIT Doing Business In Blytheville Since 1908

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