Calgary Herald from Calgary, Alberta, Canada on March 28, 1974 · 61
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THE CALGARY HERALD Thurs., March 28, 1974 59 Pauline McGibbon By Robert Cohen Southam Newj Services. Copyright, 1974 TORONTO - Libraries have a painful penchant for putting people in pigeonholes. The pigeonhole one library has built for Pauline Emily Mills McGibbon is a beaut. Clubwoman. That's the label. Pauline McGibbon, Ontario's lieutenant governor-designate, the first woman ever Epileptics told: Statistics can aid handicapped By Kathy Warden Herald Staff Writer Handicapped persons stand a much greater chance of drawing government attention to their needs if they register with the province, the Calgary Epilepsy Association's annual meeting was told Wednesday night. Dr. Charlotte Dafoe, director of the registry, said the confidential registry was begun 10 years ago to see if physically, mentally and emotionally handicapped people were being suitably treated and were able to find suitable education and employment. Statistics compiled by the registry enable her to suggest ' needs for services, she said. "Numbers count when you want something. If you could say 'we know for sure there are this many people needing treatment (for epilepsy) and. probably a lot more that we don't know of, we might be auie iv gei a cuiuc, sue iujvi the meeting. Handicapped children are . registered from birth certificates, public health nurses and school nursas, "but once Vera Menchik Club - society for losers NEW YORK (WNS) - The Vera Menchik Club was, a mythical organization formed in '1929 for the dunces of chess. Its originator, Albert Becker, who was to become the chess champion of Austria in 1937, scornfully suggested that anyone who lost to Vera Menchik in the upcoming Carlsbad, chess tournament be granted member-. ship. Vera Menchik was a 22-year-old woman. The idea of women being able to compete with men on the international level of master chess play was absurd, Becker and most of his colleagues agreed. Therefore it seemed only proper that some special stigma should be attached to the names of those few or that one who did accidentally lose to her, and all agreed that Becker's idea was a fine one. Of course, had Becker known that he was to become the first member, he might not have been quite so vocal. He was silent in defeat. As the years took their toll, new members reluctantly shuffled in, and the club began to take on a distinguished aura. In time it included a world champion, a U.S. champion, a Belgian champ and four men who, at one time or another, were champions of the British empire. Vera Menchik was born in Moscow on Feb. 16, 1906. Her English mother and Czech father taught her the game of chess at the age of nine. The family settled in England in 1921. Vera became women's world chess champion in 1927 in the first women's chess championship ever held, and kept the crown until her death in 1944, the result of a bombing raid in London. She married in 1937. . Alexander Alckhine, who was the chess champion of THE FAMILY CIRCUS By Bil Kcane Wi. To. V "Mommy! Dolly's losing her temperature!" chosen for a vice-regal post in Canada, would accept the label at face value. She has been involved deeply in volunteer work all her adult life, and thinks some organizations perform genuinely worthwhile public service. Even so, that word . . . clubwoman . . rings dis- tressingly vacuous for many. And that is what is so annoying about pigeonholes. Vac- they are through school it's almost impossible to follow them there's no way of contacting them." Some doctors and associations for the handicapped regularly register handicapped persons, she said, but anyone who thinks they may have . been missed is encouraged to write to Dr. Dafoe at the Registry for Handicapped Children and Adults, 4th Floor East, Administration Building, 98th Ave. and 109th St., Edmonton. In the association's business meeting, the treasurer reported a surplus of $4,163 in 1973 compared with a deficit of $2,096 in 1972. Income in 1973 totalled $27,538 (up $12,225 from 1972) from the following sources: donations, $3,903; memberships, $450; memorials, $614; honorariums, $410; United Fund, $14,000; Canada Manpower Outreach Program,. -$5,677; provincial government, $2,000; others, $484. The United Fund has met the association's request for a $2,000 increase this year for the hiring of a part-time coordinator of volunteers. the world from 1927 to 1948, except for a two-year span, paid high tribute to Vera: "She is so highly talented for chess that with further work and experience in tournaments she will succeed in developing from her present stage of an average player into a highly classed international champion ... It is the chess world's duty to grant her every possibility for development." " Vera was especially effective against Dr. Max Euwe of Holland. Euwe took the chess title away from Alckhine In 1935, losing it in a rematch in 1937. And he lost so often to Vera that he gained the dubious title "President of the Menchik Club." In the Hastings tournament an annual event in England which draws top performers from around the world Vera won two and tied the third of three matches they played between the years 1930-35. In the 1930-31 tourney won by Euwe, Vera was the only person among 10 competing to defeat him.' Vera, wasn't a beauty. She was described as pleasant and stout. Her play, more than her physique, attracted a male audience. Not so with Lisa Lane. Lisa Lane won the women's championship of the United. States in 1959 at the age of 22. Hans Kmoch, international master, in a restrained com-r ment said of her, "She is pleasant to look upon." A male opponent was more outspoksn. "It's hard enough to concentrate on the game with her sitting across the chess board in a floppy sweater. "But on top of that she's a killer. She plays chess like Pancho Gonzales plays tennis. Always stalking, always aggressive." yy iw'F" - some call her a clubwoman, but she doesn't fit pigeonholes uous is not a word that storms to mind when you read about, hear about, meet and talk with Pauline McGibbon. What does tumble into place when you, try to fix your brain on the essence of this warm, crackling 63-year-old? Well, energetic certainly would be apt, even if understated. So would patient, straight - talking, realistic, adaptive, contemporary and disciplined. And unpretentious, too. Particularly that. Not unpretentious in the studied sense, mind you. Pauline McGibbon is one of those lucky people who has th8 perspective to know what she is about. She works at doing what she does, not at being who she is. And just what is it that she does do? Well, at SALESMEN SLAPPED PARIS, France (WNS) Lucette Lesure and Lucienne Guillet, lady members of the officially unrecognized council of the Place du Tertre, are sponsoring a Committee to Protect French Painters in tliis famous art area atop Mont-martre. Their report protests that street painters in the tiny square now include 50 Yugoslavs, 30 Japanese, 20 Spaniards and a dozen Italians, most of them not painters but street salesmen of commercial canvases. "We want to revive the days of Utrillo and Picasso, of artistic honesty and love," said Mme. Lesur. Mme. Guillet added, "This used to be a romantic spot of champagne and caviar. Now it has become cokes and hot dogs. There must be a change, and quickly." 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She was also chairman of the National Theatre School for a dozen years and president of the Dominion Drama Festival for two. To keep pace with it all, she gets up early in the morning, roars around until late afternoon, and works at least one day a weekend. She's a bear for organization. She's giving up her corporate directorships but has 308 - 8th Ave. W., 105 - 8th Ave. W., North Hill Shopping Center and Chinook-Ridge North Shopping Center Also Center Village Mall Lethbridge enjoyed serving on industrial boards because: "I'm very impressed by the very efficient way in which these board meetings are run. Tne reporters are concise and to the point. There's no dillydallying around. I've, sat at too many meetings where people talked for throe-quarters of an hour about spending $5." That kind of crlspness has made Pauline McGibbon a woman for whom female firsts . . . first woman chancellor of the university, first woman director of IBM Canada, and so on ... has been a way of life. Because of that, she has been a' significant agent for the change in altitudes to and values of Canadian women which has take place during her lifetime. But you couldn't call Pauline McGibbon a charter member of The Movement. She isn't quite the type to build bonfires with brassieres, and she - has admitted to crying "buckets" when she turned 40. Nevertheless, she applauds Lib for pinpointing genuine female grievances and feels particularly deeply about the basic gripe, sexual inequality. Her husband of 40 years, tvwM'' Walker McGibhon. is treasurer of Imperial Oil, and s.aB uescrioed uieir marriage ' as a healthy example of mature, equitable teamwork. "He says he's proud of me and that rny perpetual-motion life makes me more interesting ... A man has to be mature to be married to somone like me. It's the immature man who can't stand to sec his wife go out and accomplish things." Even so, she has no compunction about supporting the proposition that marital equality should be embodied in law. "Today," she contends, "the woman and the man work as partners ... But we must be fair on both sides. If it comes to a divorce ... A man has just as much right to receive alimony as a woman." i Rights and reality, though, are often different things, and if Pauline McGibbon is anything, she's a realist. So, when she takes on any big job, she says, "I feel I have a double responsibility to excel for the simple reason that if I do a good job, they will ask other women after me. "It shouldn't be that way, but it is.' Mrs. McGibbon is expected ' to be sworn in as lieutenant governor early in April. The post is the first one she has held in public affairs, and the first one for which she has been paid $20,000 a year in .JBrfngs yarn salary, $18,000 in expenses. The McGibbons have no children "Maternal instincts are not highly developed in me", and that is part of tire reason why she has never been active in politics. In her younger days, she says, the road to political activity was through the board of eduction. "A woman with no children had no chance of being elected to the board." Careers for women were not de rigeur, either, when she graduated from university Toronto, modern history, 1933. "The depression was on, and in those days if you could be supported, taking a job was not the thing to & because you would be depriving someone else." Mrs. McGibbon will be Ontario's 22nd lieutenant governor since Confederation. When Canada was younger, the job had very real political power. But these days, it is largely ceremonial. 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