By A. UdKUM iQuoitien Box What Is THo Origin 'of Ventriloquism? paul3? a$ entertainers. Americas first peat yentriloquist was Harry Lester.He and his .dummy,. George Byron Jr., first appeared in 1903. ; .Today we are familiar with v&ntriloquists as the result of watching perforfners on television or of having heard them on, the, radio. So we might assume ventriloquism is a. new $rt. , Actually ventriloquism goes (hack thousands of years! In ;fact, the word ventriloquism originated with the ancient Holmans. They thought that this mysterious vp(ee was produced in the stomach, So they created the word ventril-oquus from venter, meaning stomach,'. and loquje,. , meaning !tq speak. ' , Nobody knowl whp wpfe the $rst people to practice ventriloquism in ancient ,times. Studies have shown that it was used in early Hebrew and Egyptian civilizations. It is also 'believed that certain members of ancient priesthoods were ventriloquists. - . JKor example, the Egyptians had statues that wefe supposed to be able to talk, and the Greeks ha all kinds of oracles. But . it was probably the priests of those religions who used ventriloquism to create that impression. Some of those Greek ventriloquists were even known as "beily-prophnts,- ' , Ventriloquism Is a famOiir art in such places as India and China. And strangely enough, there are very skilled ventrilm quists today ambpg such peh pie as the Eskimos, the Zulus and the Maoris. Ventriloquism as a form of entertainment may have begun in the 1700s when a Spanish ventriloquist made a dummy in the form of a doll with a moving mouth to amuse his friends. By the late 1800s ventriloquists had become quite Chuckle Box Jack: Want to know the secret of how I keep my head above water? Sue;. What secret? We all know that wood floats! Teacher: Tom', why are you late? Tom: I guess because the class started before I got here. . i Word" ' -- 's'-i Came Today's Wordi Ransacking (Rummaging: RUM IJ ing. Ransacking.) Average mark 28 words. Timd limit 45 minutes. Can you find 38 or more words in RUMMAGING? The list will be published tomorrow. : RULES OF THE GAME:1 Words must be of four or more letters. 2 Words which acquire four letter by addition of s, such as bats, cats, are not used. 3 Only one form of a word is used. 4 Proper names are not used. YESTERDAYS WORD - 1. RAPIDITY , A specially decorated AC ' Transit bus will carry Santa-Claus from Richmond to Hay- ward tomorrow, with' Santa dispensing goodies to children , glong the way. ' ' Santa will, ride oh top of the Santa Claus Express in a . sleigh pulled by tiny reindeer. At each stop, hell climb down to ligten to what children want , for-Christmas and give them candy canes. ' . ' . The trip will begin at 10 a.m. at Macdonald Avenue and 10th Street in Richmond. It will end at 3:40 p.m. at the Bay Area Rapid Transit Station in Hay- . ward, stopping en, route in El Cerrito, Albany, Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda, San Leandro and Hayward., v ' Santa will be played by Nicholas P. Alevizos, transportation superintendent for ACs division 3 in Richmond. The times and places of his stops can be obtained by Contacting AC. Entries . must be addressed The bus, without Santa: but Music, 'Fun Time," Depft.ith his decoration's intact and OT, 290 West End Ave NewPlayiOg Christmas music, Will York, N.Y. 10023, and give operate in regular service af-your name, age, and address. ter tomorrow for the rest of Win th Nuw Bo,k of Knowl, dg, (20 the holidays, volume;). Send your questions, name, ao, address to Fun Time," Dept. OT, 7H West End A vo., New York, N.Y. 10023. Include Zip Code. In cose of duplicate auostions the author will decide the win-'nor. Today' winner is DONALD DIETRICH II, 9Tonawonda, N.Y. Santas Bus Runs Tomorrow .... . 1 .. ' V j . . ' ; ' Win fht N.w Book of Knowlodot Yoor book. Sond your rlddloi, lokoi, to Rlddlti, Joko; Pun Tlrnt,1 Owt. OT, 2tt Woof End Avo., Now York, N.Y. 10021. Include Zip Code. Todayo winner it; CONNIE BURN!, Orove City, Ohio. The Music I like Best 1 ' t -. i What kind of music do you v like best? Write a letter about - it and you may win a -New y Book of KnowledgeJYearbook.' " . ' ft, p J t.-X ?' - J f '4 dU.'- -d- - "Mi Akkni iLLfcrlbunr .. Thurs., Nov. 23, 1972 17 Boat Launch Ramp Slated : For Reservoir The East Bay . Municipal Utility District has awarded a $118,420 contract to Gallagher and purk, Inc., pf 'Walnut Creek, to construct a sailboat, launching facility in San Pablp . Reservoir. The facility will be near the' EBMUD Forestry Headquarif ters near the intersection of; San Pablo Dam Road and; Bear Creek Road in Orinda. The facility will have space for., 70 cars with trailer sailboats,' or approximately 160 car-top--' pers. - The project is part of the utility districts program of opening up San Pablo Reservoir and adjacent watershed, lands- for recreational use. The sailboaat launching ramp will be more than 60 feet wide and will extend approximately 120 feet to the waters edge. Construction should be completed in May, 1973. ' ' ' . i - - - . . . Santa Claus, played' by AC Transit superintendent Nick Alevizos, riding roof of Holiday Bus Bikes From Taiwan - TAIPEI Exports of Taiwan-made bicycles' are expected to exceed $20 million in 1972, compared with only $8 .million in 1971. The United States is the largest buyer. ; There are five drivers in the Smith family. And each one drives a Vega. Hard to believe, true. But true. On Mdrch 17, 1972, they wrote to us . and told us why. - ' Frank himself drives a Vega be-, cause, in his opinion, it's tough, economical transportation." ' Annabel, Frank's wife, fell in love with Vega's young Teel . . . and easy parking." . '. t ' - Sbn Foster says his little car is classy, and maneuvers well." Younrctnklin Smith feels that Vega has a gooahparts car image." . And daughter Stanley (yes, daugh ter Stanley) sort of sums up the opinion of' all the Smiths: Vega is a happy car." . But like we said, who's going to, believe it? A pretty girl like that with a name like Stanley. JUST BECAUSE IT'S BETTER DOESN'T MEAN IT'S MORE. Take a iscond to buckle up. It could savs a lifetime. f Th Frank Smith family of Summerville, South Carolina. 4n order t get them all together Counterclockwise, -from boUpm left: Stanley owns agreen 71 Hatchback, Frank a red 72 let It photograph we had to fly them to a central location. The 1973 Vegas shown here Notchback, Annabel a yellow 71 Kammback, Foster a blue 71 Hatchback and franklin were jumlohed Chevrolet, though each member of the family actually owns a Vega. had a white 71 Hatchback, which he recently traded for a red 72 Kammback. I w iuiin:- u i: r:.- '-- r ' ' ' w wj - r 'Sf yV, .-v, ' ' t , f f ' . -f , " - - ' ' ' - V - ' - . S CufTrtEW'rfTB UutHB.Buutur Irudl-uk, Inc. . Contract for Relocation Is Approved v . Thnakland Redevelopment Agency, yesterday approved a contract with the Oakland Housing Authority to provide relocation services. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires all-of the citys federally-financed programs that result In relocation be served by a central relocation agency. The City Council has already designated the Redevelooment Agency to provide centralized relocation services. Under the 'contract, the Redevelopment Agency would be reimbursed for Its administrative costs by the Housing Authority.' The Housing Authority would disburse the checks for relocation payments.
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