THE PHAROS-TXI1UNE PROGRAM FOR LOCANSPOrr 1. An AcUcjuat* Civic Cvnttr 2. An Ad*quaJt Svwagt Disposal System 3. Svffiictnt Parking Facilities Saturday Evening, May 18, 1057* Attendance Is Down Attendance at both Ebbets Field in Brooklyn and the Polo Grounds in New York has been off during the early games of the present baseball season. For their first 15 home games, the Dodgers ran about 32,000 behind 1956, and 35,000 less than in 1955. The Giants, with a team apparently destined for second division, may draw fewer than 600,000, the figure for 1956. However, neither team will wind up in the red, for both have television contracts netting them each a reported $750,000. Rumors that not only the Dodgers, but also the Giants, will leave the New York area continue. New York sports writers tell of a revolt of Dodger fans, and visiting teams have received many cheers from the home crowd, once so rabidly pro-Brooklyn. It is beginning to seem most probable that the Dodgers will go v/est to Los Angeles. And it is now reported that San Francisco'is making an attractive offer to the Giants. The end of an era may be in sight, and a baseball monopoly of the New York area well might fall into the lap of the New York Yankee organization. In New York, the televising of ball games appears to be making fans TV lazy. With 254 major league games being telecast in the New York area this year, the game may well be on its way to becoming a television <sport. Baseball has come into a n<-w period, and its future course cannot easily be predicted. Buddhist Anniversary Few hiBtoric anniversaries arc as old or as important as one that i.s bt-'ing celebrated this year by many millions. This is the 2,500th anniversary of the birth of Buddha.' The exact date of. his birth is uncertain, but celebrations arr^ being held this year, even in the United States. Buddha was a Hindu prince who at 29 renounced luxury and became an ascetic. His teaching is that existence is suffering, that fiufforing arises from de- gire, and ceases when desire coa. c ;r;n, and that the righteous man should .strive; lo escape, by upright living and thought, from existence into bliiiufu) non-existence or nirvuna. Though once strong in India, Buddhism eventually died out thi.-re. But it has a great following in China, Japan and other counlricn of Kastern Asia. Its followers have boi;ri e»limalcd at 150 million, 30 that it w clearly one of the mont Important religions of the world. Even in the United Stak'H there an; laid to bo 135,000 Buddhists. It would, therefore, br; wc;ll for ufl all to know K/mcthing about their faith. IN THE PAST One Year Ago Ch:irl(;» M. Pitman, rutlrod local buiilno.'iii man, (Hod nl Iiin reiilditncc, 71. Suv'intitcnth nlrecl. Klroy Crll.HB, itl, of Oalvonloii, died at Memorial hospital after an Illnc.-M! of nix wcokii. Richard Spall wa» nlnclud vIcc-prcHliloal of the I/ofjanuporl Clo-woorn Tcnchcrn iwsoclalirm. Carl IfoiiUtn wan nloctcd priisildcnl of Ihe IM- Zamiport Haptlnt Mori'n council. Ten Years Ago A flon wan born at llio 81. .fonoph hospllal lo Mr. and Mrs. George KlrnbrouKh, 131)2 IliKh jln:i:l. Al f'niln and Pal Mlllor wurn crowned Idnji and i|iR'(;ii al the Lonimnporl Mn,h nchool Junior- c.-nlor prom In llcrry Howl. ['Yank Litbo, 75, retired, Ca/'in county furmor, died. Mm. Myrlli; HurrlH, M, of Wlnamuc, mic- cmribi'd. (;iiiinl«r Wlckcrsliam, (id, well known W'hllo counly fnrinor, paiim.'d awuy. Minv Hum iia Inch of ruin roll horn hint nlnhl. Twcnfy Years Ago Th« Ca.i« county boarrl of coinrnlnHlonw'n an- RiiiinciMl lhal 7f> tnllcH of road In Hit) county will bo pavod In th« next fuw yi:ar«. Churli'« HOOK, M, a retlrod lallor, iiuccumhed »t hi» Wlnaniiic IIOIIIH, Clinton Trlmbln, 7i), a rnlln.ul Kullon counly Inrinor, died ill hln roiilduncu norlhounl of Ho- CtlV.'lU)!'. Mrs. .Joriali! Sparlin, 711, Peru, paiinod away at Dukits honpllal. John It. Chrlnly, 70, a Monllcollo bulcliur, expired al 111", home. Wallur tlolriiox, 54, Delphi, dl«d al St. Kllxn- li'ii ho.ipltul In Lafayelle. Fifty Years Ago I,i!Wl« SeiirlRhl Imn Ufcepleil a position n« •oHcilor for A. Cl. York, lho Imuiranai and rutil c.ilnk 1 annul, al Iduvlllo. Harry Sluwor, tho pnlnlcr, In tiufferlriK froin * pnUunod hand and IB off work, Dr. GIlberl'H livrau, which suffered 'n hrokim }iip on a fall nn tho Third ;iLrei;L hrldw, had lo bo nliol. Kred A, Dyknninn iinyn In: linn a fluid of corn planted anil up on hln Plmmunl Hill farm In Drew Pearson's MERRY-GO-ROUND 'CANT YOU SEE I'M BUSY?' Drew Pearson says: Public inertia now can cause wars later; American public is going through same isolationist period today as in 1920's; Back to normalcy now can mean back to war later. (Editor's Note: Drew Pearson's column today takes the form of a letter to his grandson.) Washington, D. C. Friday, May 17 Dear Joe, This is your birthday. You are three years old—an age when the v/orld lies at your feet. I watched you last week scooting around my garden on your toy tractor; and making all the girls in my office stop their work — just because of you. You will never be three again. But today you are master of the world. Someday, many years from now, when you read this letter, you will udersland what 1 mean. You will know how little a man is master of his fate as he grows older, how lucky he is to be master of a garden when he is young. It's about three in the morning. I couldn't sleep for thinking of the problems of the world; and got up lo look down at the Potomac, so still and peaceful under the moon. On the river is a fishing boat, still angling for catfish with the help of a light. Over on the Virginia shore, the trees stand out in silhouette in the moonlight. It's so still that you can hear the water rippling against the rocks <\K it rushes on and on to the Chesapeake and the sea. The Potomac was not always so Btill and peaceful. In the days uf your great-great-grandfather .Joseph Medill, for whom you wera partly named, Johnny Hebs lurked behind those Irons on the Virginia side; while sharpened saplings pointed down from the Maryland side where the li.shini; boat now angles fur catfish, to keep Ihe Jtelw from crossing. Those were the days when your groat - greol, - grandfather, who founded the Chicago Tribune, wan an adviser tri Lincoln, and when our countrymen were fooli.vh enough lo go to war uginnl each other. Drift, Toward War We are more senHlbic now. Bui. what Bomolirrics kcepii rne uwaku al. nigh!. i« lhal I can dcl.ect an almost imperceptible drift In thin country right now toward war—a v/orld war. It's a drift lhal. you can't do anything about. You are Ihreo years old. Bui f should bo able to do Hoinethini; about It. f am older. And I. have HIKMI two cruel and bloody wars iMigulf Ihe world. 1 know Dial, tin: drift which begins now may mean thai. I." yearn from now you will go out to flgbl a war which you don'l iinderiif.arid, dldn'l; cnu.'ii!, and .'ihouldti'l, bo sacrificed for. Yt:l, If Uie prii.wnl drift contln- UI'.H, you probably will. Knr warn today don'l begin overnight. Tlicy begin 10 or I!) yearn before Uic.y break. And limy wo canned by innn'.i Inerlia, mmi'ii greijil, and rnau'H iinwIHiugiiMHit to HUCi'llli.'i; n litllc of bin wordly good. 1 ) before IL'n loo late and lit) IKIII lo iiacrlllci; with bin life. What I deled, now In Wuiililnglim (UK! In Ihe nation In llu: name m:- awarcricim, l.li« niuiiii biolallon, l.lii> winiii let-tliii-ollici'-fiillow-Ko-liang nttltiiili: lhal ruled American lblnl<- Ing In Ilium! dayii between World Win- /. and Hie drift lo World War Jl. Thone woro dnyn when people talked nbmil. "gi:llhiK back l.o normalcy," when l.lio nlock markH. wan more Important Hum HID I.wigui: of Miilionii, whi:n Invwit- jiKinls abniud were muni Import- iinl. llilin pence abroad; wlmn morn Ilian naylliliig olno, peopln worn Juiil plain liiirud with foreign nf- lulni (mil winded thai nil llu: dln- (ign.'ijiiblo, Iroublo-imililiig iieoplii In llio world would go Jump In HID ocean. How Wiira Ani Until Tbnl'ii lliu kind uf almoKphnn: In which war/i are broil, anil Lhnl.'fi lliu kind of almimphi'i'c which ex- Inln tiiilny. Tlii! iiboiit and clamor for economy In i'.in\nrumi In exactly Him llio nboiil Mini clamor In f.'oiiHi'iiwi iiKiilnnl lli« l.migtii) of Nallniui, iiKiilnnl llio world coiirl, world cooperation bitlwuitn World War I and World War II. It's easy lo get people lined up against this l.ype of thing. And the same kind of people lining up now lined up only a shorl lime after we foughl, a "war to ond war" and tried to "make Hie world safe for democracy." It was only a few ahorl. years ago—no shorl. il. seems like yesterday—that the nation was at a while-hoi pilch of patriotism over 'Pearl Harbor and your daddy was marching off with Ihe Marines. We were nulled then. It was only a short llrni; ago lhal, we boiled llio founding of the l/'nllud Nations. Wo wuru united behind II. too. Now wo an; pulling apart. Wo are (||.HUII|'.UC|, blase, dl.ilrilurKsl.ecl, Inolaled—because it's easy lo unite In time of war; hard lo unite In time of peace. There are no brass liands playing an wo inarch down the mud to ponce. And the people who dmi'l. wnnt lo rallfy I'JiMf.Tihowcr'H Aloms - for- I'earii! Treaty are moLlvalcd by ex- acl.ly llio nume reason they didn't ratify Wllnon's League of Nuliuiis. They don'l. «eem to undcrBl.and now, an lliey dldn'l. l.hun, lhal In this cornpllcalud world we live in we can an longer live alone. They don'l realize thai (bin world In be- InU p'.illod closer l.oi'.idlior by modern ncleiicc and lhal Moscow will noon In; only III) mlnulcn away by long-range guided ml;i.';lli:. They don'l necm' lo roali'/.e that I'd liilllonii npiMil lo help certain i.'oimlriiin work toward pence: now, cuuiii iiavit ^'t'to hlllloH spi'.nl, Ui «u|i- jiort Allloii hi a war lal(;r. They don't I'eallv.e Ibid, a lux rate of .'i:i (in 1 (Mini. I." help world peace nnw in far belter than a lax rnl.i! of DO pur cent lo win a bloody wnr bil,er. They don't nvcn rcally.c, Hull H'n far linltiir lo niiciid our lux dollars now Ihan your life Inter. lint lluiii l.lic pcoplci who an: nhoulliiK for lower laxnn now won't linvo lo go off and flgh!. warn. 'J'lii'y am loo old, Tim people who will flgbl. HID warn brouHhl on by the. tax-ri!- iliicerji of Unlay will ho l.hii )lll.li) boyn Illci; you, who ncool. around garilonn on loy Irnvlorii toilny not knowluK vvbal, In In ntoro for Lliitrn In HID fuluri). Meanwhile, and uiilll you can 1111- dcrnlaiid thin Inl.lor, plmini) ank you! 1 mother to bring you lo «i:o mo again vury noon. LOVD, rirriiiddnddy (.'llI'lllllMl ItDCOlVDM Hill VATICAN CITY (I/) 1 ) — I'Villnh prlmiiU .Sliifiin Cnrdliial Wyic.yn- tikl loday ixiiMtlviiil bin ii.vmlMilli: rod ciirdlniil'ii luil. from Fopo I'lnn XII hi a em'omony di)layi:d four y-witrii inid four monl.bn by Conuiiiiiil»l poi'noculiloi). LAFF-A-DAY Angelo Patri Take Care In Selecting Summer Camp It i,i lime to Ihlnlc of summer camp for lho children who have lh<! privilege of golnij lo one. Tills j,'roup is usually lho ln-hul,wcens who aru loo ynuiiK to § direct Ihulr own ocllvlllofl for lho vucollon period and yel. old onough lo want l.o bo buoy on projects of Iheir own choo.slnK. They need leader- fillip Diuru Ihan lliey do nulhorlly, and they are ready for the K'lve and lake of u Rroup. 'I'lii; rlnlil. siimmnr camp can bo the nrawor for many of Uicne younKRloi'H If Ihe family hiidKol can permit It. NeudUiHf) to nny, the .telecllon of tho enmp In of the iitmoul Irn- porlance. Tho pnrenl.B, both of UK.™, .should ineel lho Uirocl.or personally. Ills rcpnmonUil.lvi! IH Jiml lhal, a ropreiienlatlvii. and liu nniy, or may not, bo n «ood one, llml In a really ropruncnl.al.lvo one. Then a vlnll lo thu cump before ducldbiK upon II. IH very much worlh-wlille, l,ook al Llic Idlchen, lho wimhroomn, thu dining room, auk about the Inl'lririai'y, the iiui'HU and lliu iloclor, iieaii Die program and make an cerlnin IIH poiiHlbli; II. will offer whnl thin pnrlleului 1 child IHMHl.'i. This llioroiiijh lnvi!stlj<nt.lon IH liinurancu, an far an In Iminunly poHHlblu, I.lull, the Dlruclor and bin annoclnleH mid bin ci|iilpmuiil nro rcHpon.ilblo and adc<|i.u.iU) fur lliu Inifil. rented In Ibom. Once lliln In accoplcd, the renponnlbllll.y for Hie care of lho camper nlilfl.'i from llio pnrciilH lo Ihe director. l;i eoniilderlnK all. Ihld don'l IOHU nl^hl of HID cblld'H denlren, needH and (nullification*!. If he wantfi to major In wnler ,'iporl.H for llio mnuion, In) Huru Ihyy tire offered with efficiency, nnfely and undor- nlandlnx. If he wnnl.n nlh!e|.lcn, accent llml, If he dliilllien l.hoin, avoid Die camp Ihnl, aceentn Iliiun. l)y Iliii.lining to wlial. l.bu chlldi'cn nay imrenln mill toachnrH i:;ni lenrii a i-ii'eiiL dual alioiil. llii'ir MbllllliiN, Iheir iiiilonllalllleii mill Uiulr din- Illien—all linpoi'Lanl. lo Iheir fiituri) ndiicalloii and IrnliiliiK. One Hendii <:lilldreri lo nchool nuil l.o ciinip In Ihe hope uf dovclopliiK llielr liili'l- Iccl.unl, phyiilcMl mid iiplriliml pnw- orn, and a wlnnr niilitel.lon of i)lllu.ir or bulb laken l.hclr proHonl doveli)|>- inenli Inlo cnmildiiriil.loii. One iili'iniK iii'Kuiniinl for enmp, for vacallon dnyri nponl riwny from Iiiimo, In Llu: relief of the clliiiwi fur holh ohlldniu and parenl.H, Hold will bo happy for lhal and happy iiKiiin wlmn I/hoy aro onen inoro loKelhei'. llnvlnt! madii HID diielnlon and aenl. the eampcr off Id llio direct' ur curry bin renpomilhHIty an fully an may Im, Koop HID mien, Co-op- ornle with him anil NO Knl l.lic liijiil out of Ibii prujecl. for Ihe uhlld, DOIIN ywui' elillil xitt nloiiK wi-ll with liln iilnyiniitiM? U In 1 Immly in' IbnlilV Dr. I'ulrl Imn wrltUn n hi)l|>flil liookliH No. M't, "Yoiif Chllil mill OUiiir I'eoiilo," Ti> iili- tttlti a copy, HIMK! 2R nmin In 1:1^11 1» him, i:/i> tliU i>i>|M'i', I', 0, Ilix III), Ntnilidi 0, Nitw York III, N, Y. (Itolmwd by Tim Hull HymllonUi, Inc.) Public Forum The conversion of Court Park into n parking lol deserves Ihe sup- perl nf every cili/.un of Cans County. II. is nece.s-.snry for the advancement of our community. Tho proposed plan, in addition Lo Ihe present parking facilities for ceiirl house employees, will provide .space for si) curs which is i.wo places more Ihan all Ihe parking spaces available on Hrondwny from Six Hi si reel to Third Klreel.. With iin average turnover of I car per hour (which is in accordance with tin) U. H. Oeparl-innnl. of Commerce Cuidc for Parkinj!) Couri Park could serve -lti<l iiutos on M week day and (11)1! nnlos on a Halunlny. This lype of usage far exceeds the present service of Court Park lo Llio ci:l'/,eiis of our community. The people of our counly nro indeed proud of lliu improvement In Lhc appearance of our downtown business district mid fondly hope lhal: more nnd more busincuHos will rebuild and remodel, milking I.OKiiusporl a nbopphiH cenlor we can nil bo proud of. Hul. willioul ndoi|uale parking our business dlnlrlcl. can- no!. Improve: ralliur they will bo forced lo nliilun i|iio and delerla- llon. The prosperity of our counly Is Llml l.n the vigor of our buslnusK ill.'ilrlcl. ' .In deciding lo support the proposal to convert Court park Inln n piirklng lot the Jnyccies did so with respect l.o Ihe pasl, a rriill'/.n- llon of tin; nt'eiln of the pi'iwi'iil, and a onrnoHl desire to Insure n future for I.OKimnport and Ca«n counly. Sincerely Mill Hlley Chairman .layeed Traffic Division "Temporary Insanity" Laws Under Attack ClUCAflO (U)')—A pnyHiHitrM and u lawyer a.'iiierled Imiliiy Mini, lawn cdverliiH Ininporary iniiiinJfy nrn "ridlcidous" nnd nhoitld hi) rovlnt'il. Dr. Leo I,. Oreiwleln of Niw York 1,'nlvnnilly and It is I I n v u u Medical (Jonler, and nl.Lorin>y Al- •freil Wol.'i.tli'ln dl'iciinm'd "Temporary lii.'iunll,y As A DHon-io" nl: (hi! I.KUh aniMial mei'lliiK of Ihe Amork'aii J'nyelilnlrlc Annocln- tlon. They nald Llm proof of Li'inpo- n.ry Lnnanlly sliould Ile hi ilomiin- Hl.rnlliiii Uiiii. lIn; (li)fiin<lanl'rt "e«o fiuieLlonliiM" was liiii|)iilred lo Llio pobil, Ihnl, Ills Jiiil/jnii'iil, percep- liun and .wlf-i:iiiili'ol worn affiicl- mi. The provlnl'in rei|iili'lnn court. nDproval for Uie riileasii of n for- HUM' dofenilaiil I'I'DIII n nindlnil Iri'il.lLuliloii In "rldk'U'loiiK," lliey nald. Veteran Mailmen Give Advice About Shoes HUITAU), N, V. -- Two Hiiffnlo iriiilljnon who Iruilgi.'!! XW).IIIX) mlliiH (liu'li)H VI years of oomlmiod H»r- vlce liiivo liuiiu up I heir iiinllhiiKK with thin tip .to footwenry colliin- jliUiiN -- Never ri'iiole nhoiiii muni limn once nnd nlwnyn wear NIC html. William A. Thompson, IM, and Cyruii H. (.'liillerbuck, unit year younger, wtire familiar Huiu'iin on their' iiiiliurlinn Keniiioi'n mull 1'oiil.itn for 117 nnd 34 yearn, ninpec-' lively, PHAROS-TRIBUN! l>Mllr *Bfl i»or »»•«* b? «<itrr)«» tlM,?!! par y«nr. My mHll on nirnl rimlM !• «••«, lllirr.,11, «Vhll«, I'nllmkl, Kllll.ll, «nH Hlnilll o.Hlnll.., • III.110 fdr x«»r| «U|M|I|«< fri**llMlc nrnn Nltcl tvlitif" IwillnMM, VIJ.IHI uvr rtulrl »MtMltl«* iMrttunM* V1N.IIA) »«r jfmur Alt itiMf) •nhMr 1 tl|»tlo»» HltyMltN In nilVM^oit, NM IHHII ««!»•• *<trli>!l''>nM Hiit'l >vhpr* #Hi f rl4r ••rvlim IM MiNlKlMIMnil, •r*» «lnl)ll»li«« IKU »rmtl ««ln>ill.»..(l IN»» !«» ll»»rli>r >Mli»>ll»h*n IMM Walter Winchel! Broadway and Elsewhere The Great Showmen "The Ziegfeld Follies" title lights up the Broadway sky. After so many years the fabulous showman's name remains "box-office" . . . This turn of events represents one of fate's -cruel little jokes . . . During his final impoverished days Ziegfeld was unable to find backers for his "Follies." It was a melancholy, finale for a man who| utilized luxuries! as necessities. HeJ distributed bags! of gold coins to! friends, gave a I $1,000 bill loS Mark HeUingerl 'as a wedding gift,! hired private rail-1 road cars for a I 3-hour journey| and spent a fortune erecting a private zoo for his daughter's amusement. Then his gilded world tottered .>. . He dropped over a million in the '20 crash. When he tried to recoup his market losses with the show "Smiles" — it flopped hard . . . Suddenly, the music and ninnic ended for Ziegfeld. lie was broken financially, physically and hounded by creditors . . . Ironically, after 'ho showman passed. Ihe Shuherfs paid a huge sum lo commemorate the title, "Ziegfeld Follies." A flair for the flamboyant as well as o gambler's reckless quality were common I'har.nclcris- lics a mo UK Hie great showmen of the past. Charles Fnihman. Arthur Hopkins, Al Woods anil Charles DillliiKham wore among lho Broadway-rajahs who made and squandered millions. Kven lho Shuberls had Iheir dark days. Aboul two decades ago I hey wore forced into bankruptcy. And during the I'.WOs Ihe Shuborl vaudeville circuit, was a $^ million liumply-dumply. The Shubert empire, however, had a ro-surgoni'i 1 . J! is currently valued at a mere $400 million. Rndgcrs and llMinmorsloin art' assured of al least said,(100 a year for the rest of Iheir lives from royalties. .Ni'Vorlheh'ss, Ihcy continue working hard. They nro working on Iho "Smith Pacific" movie as well ns numerous oilier prnjeels. Why'.' HammiTsloin once explained if: "You ran'l nmliT- iitaud show people mil;! you rcal- i'/.e that Iheir occupational disease is Ihnl, limy arc slni/e.slnu'k." Although the primary fundum of n showman is lo anlicipale what the public will ,'icccpl, il is •I'rc- (lui'iitly a puy./.le which has hnfflcd flu; best nf IlK'iii . . . (iiMtrj-ii 1 M. ('oban wan one of llif mosl successful .showmen. Ilurlnu one year Ills riiynllios (oil plays, slu'lclics and songHl were nvor a million dollars. Aod during Hint period, folks, l.'ixi's were praclinilly /.rro. Nevertheless, Mr, ('nluin spurned oppoi'lunll ie.s !o sponsor such clie'KK us "Hroiulwny," "1'i'K o* My Heart." anil many others. Cohan once dwinrcd llml liln mioci'ss us a .showman WMS NIC conHoi|tiouci' of his e.xpcrleni'c in vaudevllli', "I li-nrnoil," hi- said, "by plnyliiK o!ii'-nlj.;lil stands. Those lirokcii'iliiwii Ihi'iiircs were my milvi'i'slly." The foregoing KtiiU'monl. wns a sincere oxpre.s- ,'ilon of » bask fnrlor In his life. SLrmigcly, fiinii 1 ami fiirliini 1 never gave (.Yihiiu Ihe sall'diu'llon hi- ox- porli'iici'il while striving I" gain UHMII. Hi' nflcu coufcs'ird ih.-il the only lypi 1 of llii'iili'i 1 life hi 1 really lovc'd was Ihe one.night s'.nnil in iiiiinll lown.1. The giviiliT purl of ('ohiu)'.i M'.ilobloj.; l.'i devoted to fond rt'Collec'lloMs of lhe •inudl- timi> rliTUlls. In brief, MHTCMI Is never as nxrlllng ns Ihe desire fur It. The Imiiglnallvi' lum-li Hint nip- Inri'H idli'iillon and ironlci, public dUcujeilon l.'i tin- basin of showmanship. Mllti 1 Tuihl, of course, In In thi' colorful Iriullliim. Some yearn IIKO, lu* produced "The Niiki'd lloninii." NoliccH In Iho Iryou!. lowiii 1 : wi'rc dlucoiirnging, The co-aullioi 1 ;! urgcil Tndd to clii'-n Dm dhow, llowviir, hi' rc!ii:ird I" allow II Lo porl.'ih for n very practical reason: He had sold Ihe rights to Hollywood for $187,000, but under the terms of the contract the play had to run on Broadway for 3 weeks. Mike borrowed another $10,000 and kept it out of town for several additional weeks — revising and revising. Before it came to Broadway, Todd wired tlie following advert to New York dailies: "Guaranteed Not to Win the Pulitzer Prize. It Ain't Shakespeare but It's Laughs." The result was an advance sale which enabled the show to play to near capacity for 4 weeks. Then Todd closed it with the deadpan explanation: "1 wen! to see it one day and 1 didn't like it." There has never been a more fantastic impresario than Oscar Hammerstein 1—the current Oscar's grandfather. His compulsive ambition was to surpass the Met Opera. Consequently, Hammer- slein produced operas and erected . opera houses without success. Nevertheless, his competition frightened the Met into offering him n million dollars to stay out of grand opera for 10 years, lie generously accepted the mint, promptly used it to produce a series of operettas —and lost every cent. Hammerslein, by the way, ones hired a famous opera star to sing under his auspices by tossing $30,000 in looo-franc notes on the floor of her Paris hotel room. Showmen rarely allow their inv aginations to be hounded by (he* limitations of money. Although Iheir methods often appear extravagant, the results are frequently remarkable. On one occasion Ct 1 - cil H, DcMillo purchased a largft amount of royal hnu'iuic al $','.00- a-yard. A friend inquired: "How will customers know if it's real brocade or a $2 substilute'."' . . . DeMillc smiled: "They won't know. Hul my actresses will. Can you imagine a woman wearing $;!,()()() worth of brocade and not giving her best performance"" In :>d- diliou, Ihe brocade story Inspired a publicity bonan/.a which added an estimated million dollars lo Mm flicker'.'; gross. Although lie is an exponent of (he lavish, DeMillc's success as n showman is motivated by a basic fact: "No speclacle cnu make a film successful." he insists. "No amount of casting nor all the direction in the world. Only out* thing—the story." l.ouls IV Mayer, Movievillo's lop showman for many years, was inspired by the simpllcilics of life. Mosl. of his films reflected his ile- volion lo such fundamental institutions as Home, Motherhood and Marriage. Mayer once explained his success: "If 7ft percent of tin* American people didn't feel as ! do about Ihr American family, T wouldn't be In (lie film Imluslry." Oul nf that philosophy was cre- iili'il Hollywood's mightiest studio. The popular Impression of showmen Is Hint Ihcy lire harum scar- urn pcrsnnaliUcs full of fire mid fervor. Although nmiiy fit liiich n dt'scrtpliun (Urn' arc notable i'X- ccpllons. The outstanding cxnmplrt is (Icorgi- Abbott--who product's, directs or wrllrs hit alter hit In n culm, business bin- mmmcr. Oddly, be would rather opiTiilo without slurs. He logics: "You're always heller off if you can do with- mil n star. Besides saving monry, II saves wi-iir and Icar on tin 1 IUT- cons system. I like lo conccnlrnte ou the play, not the slur. A play cnn'l asli you lo como hack lo her dri'snliiK room mid complain about her Iroublcs." What Is I he function of a sluiw- iniiil 1 ,' Hi 1 i.-, n sort of arllslic l.'iiiu- i»niiiliT.|ii-('h|pf who coiii'illnnlrii tbn various brunches of his arlis- llc cfforl. As n producer recently uoti'il: "All u producer lias lo do in gel n .script, riil.w money, Hud n Ihoiilrc, sign up n iiiimo director and two .-ilnm, not loso loo much iiiun"y on the road, gel mwoiily- Mvo Ihcaliv purlieu, open [o good nollccn--iiud It'. 1 ! a cinch." incur KH;UKIC.S .SKATTI.K -John Jiimisb fic- uri'.'i bin :iy/ 707 nulomiiliilr llri'iiso In an npproprliilc one fur the Hoc- Ing Alrplnnit I'o. Tho Mooing Slrat- oi'i'uUi'r xvan Known mi p/njcc! I1V7; Ilid now Jet transport l.s the 707. HUBERT Trll'iino IIMtT autly NUMtlfty MM4 hnllrtitr* )»J t'linroH-'I'rlhnM* </«,. "Did you huve to aok tho Wllnonw to upend tho week «nd with u»?" nuurr M[.T")*n or <;iiicui.ATn)nn AIXII UNITIOD i-nxmn Cmlnml ADwrlloluu n»m»Mt««lv<M "I'd ui>pi'eclnt.i; II if evijry time you piny, you toll mo, no 1 cun follow you around."
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