The Brooklyn Daily Eagle from Brooklyn, New York on March 13, 1949 · Page 40
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K1LWJ 2AJL: Section 2 SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 1949 25 iii --v.!-vfg5M"Mu m.iiiiiiiui. i .. iwiiiiiH ii .i. iiiiiiiihi. ii B i r""""-"" " 1111 1 "' " y,lcyMKsiiyf f .i.iiiMM.iiiww .je.ff-s kY; , ft, ..--'..-. -t ' " -.4: I--.. ?Y H v 'I'-"' " ' fr ' shui",. - !,M ( I i - ''' fy '" fVsrMl .'AvA'-y lV:- .;r .. , ,-J- yi ; A Ml v$ft:. ,; VI;- ; ' v i - Easlv Staff photoi MERRY-GO-ROUND MUST GO ROUND to music, and it will when Dominic Brugnolotti gets this carousel organ tuned. He and his partner, Andrew Antoniazzi, right, are experts in a field that, as far as they know, is all theirs. Their factory at 112 32d St. receives calls for help from amusement parks all over the country. Hurdy-Gurdy's Gone, bat Not the Merry-Go Round Carousel Repair Is Big Business At Boro Factory By JAXE CORBY Listen for the hurdy-gurdy old-time harbinger of Spring snd you"ll listen in vain. Oh, there may be a stray relic jangling outside your window some fine day, and if there is, get an earful to remember it by. You'll be hearing a swan ong, no fooling. Brooklyn's experts on merry-go-rounds and hurdy-gurdies, Dominic Brugnolotti and Andrew Antoniazzi, partners in the B. A. B. Organ Company, 112 32d St., agree that the day cf the hurdy-gurdy is done. "Since the beginning of World War I, no more hurdy-gurdies have been made," said Brugnolotti. "Who'd go around playing those things in the streets these days? With television?" Carousels Are Different But the merry-go-round business, that's different. Boom ing. , "Vve turn customers away. taiil Antoniazzi. No new merry-go-rounds are being made, you understand. Most of them were made in Europe, the materials and the Bkills that went into them are jio longer available, either there or here. What keeps the firm busy Is them, tuning them, putting in new music rolls with up-to-date songs. The B. A. B. Organ Company occupies two floors of a neat red brick building, evidently a converted residence. But if it ever was a dwelling house it was in the long ago, for the partners remember it only as an organ repair factory and their combined memories go back to around 1891, when they began as apprentices something you can't get nowadays. Even Own Boys Rebel "Not even our own boys want to go into this business," said Brugnolotti. "They want to get into something like the automobile business or something like that, with money.". Result: The two partners are also the whole working staff of the factory. Theirs, they insist, is the only factory of its kind in the country. They know merry-go-rounds the way artists know pictures. They know the history, the present site and, more often than not, the innards of any given merry-go-round. They've worked on 'em all at one time or another. "There's one in Cleveland, in Oakley Beach Park, that the owner wouldn't sell for $50,-000," said Brugnolotti. All around the factory are merry-go-round organs in various stages of repair. Painted wooden panels from the fronts repairing merry-go-round or- of large organs are everywhere gans. Putting new action in their floral garlands, blue birds and cupids brightening dark corners. Wooden figurines of Pierrot, Pierrette and other traditional carousel standbys are there, faded and dusty, missing a hand or a leg or part of a hat. "If the Owners, want it, we can redecorate," said BrugnO' lotti, "but usually there is someone to do that work at the park where the merry-go round belongs. "At Coney Island most of the art work Is taken care of by workers out there. Musical re pair work is our specialty." Naturally, among the organs that come and go or hang around the factory a long time, the partners have thejr favorites. No. 1 in their affections is a German-made automatic player that stood in a closed saloon for 13 years during Prohibition and was ousted to make way for a juke box when the place was opened as a bar. It has been completely repaired, the yellow oak case waxed and polished, the paint ed glass front panel, showing a volcano towering above a blue lake, as bright as new. 'I Love Yoa Truly' "The action is fine," said Brugnolotti, flipping the switch. In the depths of the contrap tion a lot of action started, sure enough. A piano, violin, snare drum, bass drum, bells and cymbals went vigorously Into "I Lovt You Truly." The piano and violin began note. Then the drums thumped, cymbals clashed, bells rang and the volcano began to erupt with red flame and curling smoke, Comparative calm ensued, but whenever the music got around to certain passages, all hell broke loose again. This, probably the most convincing declaration of love ever presented on a music box, gets its effects from lights that go on and off at strategic points behind the panel, lighting- up the red glow from the volcano and its reflection on the lake The smoke is a masterpiece of illusion, achieved by a re volving screen on which smoke is painted, and which shows through at the top of the vol cano as it revolves. Rolls Cut by Machine Another ready-togo music box is small, about the size of a four-pound automatic wash ing machine, and has to be turned by hand to whine out "Lili Marlene" and other pop ular war tunes. It was picked up by an army man in Italy during the war, brought here for repairs, and will be installed in a club in Manhattan. New music rolls for merry go-round organs are cut by machine at the factory. This is one of the details of refitting that is keeping the partners very busy right now. Last year's rolls featured "Now Is the Hour," "Four Leaf Clover" and "Civilization." This season you will be whirl- an introduction on a plaintive ing 'round and 'round to "Cruis ing Down the River," "You Can't Be True, Dear" and oth ers that you already know very well. In the organ factory are piles and piles of neatly stacked but dusty music dating back to 1914. Brugnolotti has been In the business of organ repair, in eluding the repair of church organs, which he does as a side line, since the day after he stepped off a boat from Italy in 1891. Partners Since 1918 He was 15 then. His uncle worked for the firm Brugnolotti now owns, and he got the boy a job. In 1918 Brugnolotti and Antoniazzi, who had also been in the same line for sev eral years, became partners Prices ori merry-go-round or gans are high. Even though there are no new ones, the old ones are sold and resold. A small organ for a street carousel mounted on a wagon to tour areas where there are plenty of children runs to $700 or $900, depending on the num ber of drums and other instru ments. Organs for big merry go-rounds run into the thou sands, with $10,000 or $15,000 not uncommon prices. Since Brugnolotti and An toniazzi claim to be the last of the merry-go-round organ me chanics, who's to repair the organs when they're gone? "They can send them to me if I'm ud there and I'll do my best for them, said Brugno lotti. "If I'm down below, I'll put them in the fire." BROOKLYN'S MAN OF THE WEEK: When Irish Eyes Are Smilin' He'll Be There on the Dais By ARTHUR POLLOCK 10 Readers Asked: Should Couples Split Expenses Of Home If Wife Is Working! Do you think that a married support him. With the salaries Mn. Elaine Ktsloff touple ihould share the house hold expenses if the wile s working? A nswers of 10 readers jollow: lrs. EDWARD KASLOFF 4:1-34 4!th St, Sunnyside Housewife It all depends on individual cases. If the husband is making i small salary, ghe should contribute half. If he is making a sub-eiantial living, she should bank It, and then when nhe wants a new hat or dress she doesn't have to go to him for them. I have two children and I'm perfectly happy to let my husband support- me. When we were married my husband was in the array and I traveled all over the countrjf to be with him. We managed to live on what he made. PORIS PETERS J TV Ocean Parkway Rdail Student . That depends on circum- Btunres. For instance, I know several c o u pies where the husband is a GI student and the wife certainly has t o contribute halt, If not pari Peter more, of her ialary to the household. That tides them over until he can upport her and a family. I certainly would continue to vork until the children came long. It would be dull sitting at home doing nothing until then. And the money I'd make would belong to the marriage partnership. ffss R. JICGS p Willoughby St. Share, indeed! She Edward Kailofl that some women draw these days, they might very well sup-port eight men. You can Kf .., rii life that's what I'd expect. This is a modern age, isn't it? Unfortunately, I haven't caught myself a wife to support me yet.- EDWARD KASLOFF 43-34 49th St., Sunn j side Furrier ' I feel like my wife about it, and after six years of married life I've found that the for mula for a really happy marriage is to give 50 per cent and to take 50 per cent. A couple should pool their money put it in a joint bank account. And if one takes something from it the other should be told. On such a basis marriage can't help but be a success. BARBARA OLIVER 22 Halsey St. Pre-Medical Student If she is a career woman she should continue to work for a certain length of time, and I can't see why under those circumstances she should not contribute t o the household. They Should Barbara OUr share and share alike. But, whatever her profession, a woman should stop working and concentrate on her home if sine has children. That is a far more important career, nership, and therein1 should put all their money together in a joint bank account. What they do with it depends on his goal. If he has a good job, she should when they their home. they e Olerla Greumaa stop working Jiave enough for If he wants to go into business and needs the capital, she should keep on contributing until they have children. SHELTON AIKEN 172-05 109th Ave., Jamaica Pre-Dental Student Since at first the husband may not be earning enough, the wife should con tribute. There are, after all, the groceries to pay for. And how, on a small salary shiitAB Aikeu could be put aside enough to pay for the house most couples hope to own? But I feel that it would be my responsibility to support my wife once I was established. I I Mrs. ELAINE MANKE8 2121 82d St Typist They ahould share It 50-50 until they have their own home. After the After the house is furnished, with their Joint money, she should stop working. I've been married Mn. nam Manke four months and that's the goal I'm working for. A couple should have their own home and, once we're all set up, I'm going to be just a housefrau. LOUIS J. MARESCA 362 Bay Ridge Ave. Insurance Broker If I were married my wife wouldn't be working. Before I did get mar- GLORIA GROSSMAN 36 St. Edward', St. Advertising should Marriage Is after all a pari- I Leais J. Manas 'not wort stances. Right now I don't have any immediate plans to get manned. GEORGE PATTI8 Rorkaway Beach Journalism Student. These times call for It. Today couples are doing just that- pooling their assets and sharing alike. I expect to get married in 1950, when I graduate. My girl is work ing and I Oeerterattla wouldn't object to her working after we are married. Career women make better wives, any how. Their outside social and business contacts make them more interesting wives. Urges Old School Be Made Shelter Mrs. Jessica L. R. Zucker has been appointed chairman of a committee of Brooklyn Bar Association members pledged to obtain the facilities of the New York State Hudson School, 105 Schermerhorn St., as a shelter for neglected and delinquent borough children, Her appointment by Walter Bruchhausen, president, came on the heels of a resolution adopted by the bar group at a recent meeting at which the lack of an adequate children's shelter was termed "scan dalous." Other members of the committee are Charles Cords and James H. Callahan. Mrs. Zucker said yesterday that quick action was necessary, because the school on Schermerhorn St is being dismantled. She plans a confer ence Monday with Mayor O'Dwyer and other city and State officials. She said she understood the State owns the building and Is willing to lease it Jo the city and sell the equipment. ried, I'd want Mrs. Zucker, chairman of the to be in a posi- association's subcommittee for tion where I! improvement of conditions in would be able the Brooklyn Domestic Rela- uoder to support her and give her a nice home. My wife would. anjr aircum- tions Court, said, "It is wiser to spend thousands for crime prevention than millions for insti tutions dedicated to punishing; violators of ta law." Cops, Workers To Give Blood For 2 Children Sixty-two policemen and sani tation workers will be led by Magistrate J. Roland Sala to the Greater New York Red Cross Blood Program's Brook lyn Center at 57 Willoughby St., tomorrow at 10 a.m. to contrib-bute blood needed by two little girls, one capable of leading a reasonably normal life if she has periodic transfusions and the other barely holding he own against an even more seri ous blood disease. The youngsters are Ida Cal tabino, 4, of 621 Neck Road, in the Sheepshead Bay section, who has had Cooley's Anemia since she was 8 months old, and Cvnthia Dinaburg. 7, of 2195 E. 27th St., who has had a critical blood condition known as hypoplastic anemia since in fancy. Both children will be present to witness the dona tions. Ida receives periodic trans fusions at Coney Island Hospital and between transfusions leads a reasonably normal life. There is every reason to be lieve she can live through adulthood. Cynthia's condition is far more precarious, recently, she received six . pints of blood at the Jewish Hospital of Brooklyn, where it was hoped the transfusions would last her for two months. Instead the disease, which affects the ability of the bone marrow to manufacture a sufficient supply of healthy red cell3, caused rapid drop In her blood count which necessitated another- transfusion last week! and still -another which she is to receive Wednesday. She weighs only 30 pounds. Second Time This will mark the second time magistrate Sala has recruited groups of donors for Brooklyn children In need of transfusions. During the first week in January he brought 20 donors, recruited by a de fendant in his court after hear- - Ing an appeal from the bench, Though his hair Is graying pretty freely at the temples, Joseph P. Hoey seems a very young man to be president of anything so old as the St. Patrick Society of Brooklyn, which . holds its 100th anniversary dinner at the Hotel St. George on St. Patrick's Day., In its century of life the St. Patrick Society has toasted many a famous figure from Ireland Parnell for one on ' the day that Brooklyn streets turn green. But Irishmen retain their youthfulness to a ripe old age witness Bernard Shaw and if Mr. Hoey's years were twice their present number of 36, he would no doubt seem no older than he does today. When, in 1940, he joined the Brooklyn District Attorney's office under the District Attorney who is now Mayor William O'Dwyer, he was the youngest man in the office. And under District Attorney Miles F. McDonald today he is one of the youngest Assistant District Attorneys. Met at Military Gardens Things h.ive changed enormously since the St. Patrick So ciety was born on the evening of St. Patrick's Day in 1849. That night some 20 members of the Emerald Association, Itself nine years old at the time, dined together at the Military Gardens, then to be found where the Supreme Court House now stands in Borough Hall, and in the course of the dinner decided to form an organization to honor the patron saint of the land from which they or their ancestors had come. Their first annual dinner was held in a coffee house near Fulton Ferry in 1850. And it cost the 50 diners 50 cents per dinner. Today 700 or 800 pay $10 a plate. Though 50 cents would buy no appreciable part of a feast today, in the early years of the celebration of St. Patrick's Day in this country the records go back to 1774 it was primarily a day of feasting. During the American Revolution Lord Rawson's Volunteers of Ireland marched all the way from Jamaica to New York to celebrate in this style. Five hundred strong they were that day, and never were they 500 thereafter. Before the war was over most of them had gone over to the side of the Colonists. Feasts were more expensive before the St. Patrick Society came into existence. At one time, a banquet on St. Patrick's Day stood a man 75 cents. But he could hardly complain, for the host was expected to keep all the glasses of his guests filled with , spirits until the banquet cloth was removed. Seventy-five cents raises few spirits in 1949. Father Belonged, too v The society Joseph P. Hoey's father belonged to before him and he himself jcined soon after he got out of college, has from the beginning aimed "to preserve the traditions and history of Ireland; to stir in the hearts of Irish blood the love for the poetry, music and literature of Ireland as well as to protect indigent members." Many things it has done to carry out those aims. It was back in 1881, for instance, that the Irish patriot Charles Parnell addressed the society to ask help for the Irish people then suffering from the historic potato famine. And when nine years later Parnell was on trial for his life because of his work for the Irish peasants, the society contributed $1,200 to his defense fund. On the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Irish poet Thomas Moqre, May 28, 1879, the society set up and dedicated a bronze bust of the poet in the Flower Gardens of Prospect Park. Thomas K. Kinsella, editor of the Brotklyn Eagle, was its president then. Each year the society lays a wreath onthe statue and holds a dinner in memory of the Irish poet. The young president of today knows Thomas Moore's story well, for he has spoken on these occasions. f x . A J v , ' 1 ' I , . -. y ' ' A 1 - Joseph P. In 1928 the society's guest of honor was William Thomas Cosgrove, president at the time of the Executive Council of the Irish Free State. Among others of the illustrious Irish also honored was, of, course, De Valera. Mother's Name Was Kelly Young President Hoey dates back only to 1912. In that year and in Flatbush he was born to Patrick J. Hoey and Mrs. Hoey, whose maiden name was Mary Kelly. His father, who he says was one of the smartest men he ever knew, came here from Ireland as a boy of 15 or so and, though he had grown to that age on an Irish farm and knew nothing about building, made himself into one of the biggest building contractors in Brooklyn and Queens. "When there was something he didn't know about," says his son, "he took a course in it." Joseph P., oldest of four children, went to St. Rose of Lima Parochial School, Brooklyn Prep and Fordham College and got his LL.B. in 1937 from St. John's Law-School. He worked with the law firm of lames E. Turner till 1940, when he went into the District Attorney's office. In March, 1942, he joined the navy as an ensign and the night before the Normandy invasion, as an intelligence officer on a PT boat, he crossed the English Channel and sent back word of the disposition' of German forces. On 'he fragile PT boats -"floating gun em--lacements" he :hot back and forth in the Channel in the months that followed, playing a part in many engagements, sometimes wearing a steel flack suit. Hoey Had Ticklish Patrol "The days 1 was scared," he says, "came when a munition ship sank off Havre and didn't blow up. We had to patrol around it for three days, warning ships off and expecting it to blow up any minute." He never got to Paris. He could have, if he had wanted to. At the end he had his choice between going to Paris and coming right hime to Brooklyn. He choose Brooklyn. In 1946 he rejoined the District Attorney's staff under Mr. McDonald and was appointed assistant in charge of Investigation and Homicide Bureaus. He remained in that position until transferred to the trial division in 1918. It was he who flew to Miami to get the Nickel confession in the Mergenthaler case and to bring Nickel back. And he made a flying trip to California on the same case. In 1943 he and Kathryn Daly of Forest Hills, a member of the faculty of Hunter College, were married in Southold, L. I. They have a daughter, Anne Marie. Mrs. Hoey, a graduate of the College of New Rochelle, who got a Masters degree from New York University, used to spend her vacations in Southold, and there they spend their vacations now. They have what was once a gatekeeper's cottage. During his vacation, the president of the St. Patrick Society likes to play as much golf as he can get in. He won't tell you what his scores are. He likes his trial work as Assistant District Attorney and was eager to get into it. "I'm well rounded physically," he says, meaning that he's on the chubby side, "and I like to get well-round the other ways." His brother, Hugh Lincoln Hoey, an attorney, and his sisters, Cathleen Hoey and Mrs. Margaret McMahon, all live in Flatbush, where they were born and brought up. Mr. Hoey lives at 415 E. 17th St.- He is an active member of the Bar Association, Lawyers Club, Catholic Lawyers Guild, Knights of Columbus, Cathedral Club, Michael E. Gavin Post, American Legion, and a past president of Division 8, Ancient Order of Hibernians. Clinical Care High at Brooklyn Hospital A total of 11,405 hours of professional care was given by 132 physicians in the clinics of Brooklyn Hospital during 1948. James' Russell Clark, director of the hospital, announced this at the annual meeting of the hospital's "alumni last night in the Hotei Granada. "Through this contribution," Mr. Clark said, "the out-patient department, which has served the low-income groups of Brooklyn for 103 years, was able to provide more than 60,000 medi cal treatments and consulta tions during 1948." More than 100 alumni physi cians practicing in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New England attended the din ner and meeting. Dr. Alns worth L. Smith was elected president of the group. officers elected were Dr. Frederick T. Bond, vice president; Dr. Victor Grover, secretary, and Dr. John Pepe, treasurer. Volunteered 84 Honrs Mr. Clark's report stated that 21 clinics' offer highly specialized treatment and care for a41 types of ambulatory cases including pre-natal care. Each doctor volunteers an average of 84 hours to these clinics each year. Whenever the need" is indicated for the services of diagnostic departments such as pathology, X-ray and other clinical laboratories, they are consulted before treatment or medication is prescribed. In addition a staff of trained social workers consults with patients about reorganization of living and new pat- Other, patterns, job placement convalescent care. Angiocardiography, a method for the study of genital heart diseases, made available In 1948 to ients in the children's and adult clinics. By means of the rapid injsection of an opaque substance into a large arm vein the chambers of the heart are made visible. The anglocardio-graph, a highly specialized X-iay machine, takes a series of pictures - in rapid succession, permitting study of the paths taken by the substance through the heart. This advance in cardiac diagnostic procedure helps doctors understand those heart diseases that develop before birth.

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