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Tuesday, August 27, 1968 "He that is greatest among you shall Washington Merry-Go-Round ... be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased, and he that shall hunible himself shall be exalted." —Matthew 23-11-12 Not TV Shows We have mixed emotions about the relationship between television and the national political conventions. On one hand we don't like any restrictions on freedom to cover the news; on the other television sometimes becomes too demanding in insisting that such public events become television shows. Security regulations are so tight in Chicago that the TV reporting will be greatly restricted. It is a sad , commentary on American life that as Walter Conkite has said, the convention must meet in a "police state," behind wire fences, in an area cordoned off by police, with the National Guard and Federal troops heavily in reserve in the case of any disorder. No TV trucks and cameras will be allowed on the streets or around some of the hotels where a lot of the action will be. The TV coverage will largely be confined to the inside of the Ampitheater, where the actual convention proceedings will take place. This may be in part the result of television's coverage since demonstrators love to get in front of the TV camera, and TV too often concentrates on a small group without influence at the expense of more important things elsewhere. In the hall itself, there will be a limit to the number of TV men on the floor. This is with the idea of reducing confusion, but since among the delegates on the floor is where the action often is, we hope it won't limit the coverage. The national conventions are a one- every-four-years event. They try to bring together all segments of the party, forge a general meeting of ideas through the platform, which is often then ignored, and to pick the candidates representing the consensus of the party whom delegates and party leaders think has the best chance to win. While they have been trimmed of such frills as demonstrations, and other changes have been made to meet the television demands, they are not television shows as such. The national political parties would be making a serious mistake if they let television almost call the shots completely. That has almost happened in the sports field. The conventions shouldn't be a TV show. There are going to be boring speeches, there are going to be long periods when nothing in a pictorial sense is happening, but that's the way of conventions. TV is making a mistake trying to make it interesting so the advertiser may get their money's worth. The conventions are something TV should cover, long periods of dullness, and a few brief periods of excitement— and not the other way around. The drug store vitamins are good, but such inexpensive verbal vitamins as "Thanfes a lot, Mom," or "That was a fine dinner, Mom" or "I wish I could do that, Dad," and "Gee, Dad, teach me all you know," are much better /or the average human, it seems. Th« Old Picture Album... LBJ Unlikely to Accept Draft, but Keeps Tight Hold on Party By DREW PEARSON and JACK ANDERSON Copyright, 1968 by the Bell Syndicate, Inc. CHICAGO — As the President celebrates his 60th birthday today, three developments might conceivably induce him to run again. On the other hand, there is one compelling reason to the contrary. The 'three developments are: 1. LBJ has continued to hold firm control of the political reins of the Democratic party. 2. The President has given the cold shoulder, though perhaps inadvertently, to the Vice President. He seems almost-warmer toward Richard Nixon than towards HHH. 3. In times of crisis such as in Czechoslovakia, the^ nation tends to rally around the man in office. It was the approaching clouds of World War II which caused the nation to break all previous precedent and elect Roosevelt for a third term. Illustrating that President Johnson has not released his bahit of making political decisions for the Democratic party is the fact that he, almost alone, finally decided 'that the Democratic convention should be in Chicago. Almost everyone else wanted it moved to Miami Beach, especially the Vice President, who has been very unhappy over meeting in Chicago. Humphrey figures that trouble in Chicago is certain to play into the hands of the Republicans and their campaign charge that the Democrats are soft on crime. Moving the convention would have eliminated heavy costs for duplicate wiring and decoration; also saved around $3 million for the TV networks. Television people are now in a mood to play up disturbances outside the convention hall as much as developments inside the convention hall. Mayor Richard Daley, "Mister Big" of Chicago and proud of his home town, was of course adamant that the Democrats stay put. He considered it a personal affront that they even considered moving. Furthermore, Daley had paid the Democratic National Committee $400,000 in advance, and the Democrats had already spent it. Despite all this, Daley would have been overruled had it not been for LBJ. He made me final decision for Chicago. # * * LBJ & HHH The President's attitude toward Hubert Humphrey undoubtedly is based upon his official decree last April that the administration would remain politically .neutral during the campaign. However, this neutrality has leaned so far backward that Sen. Eugene McCarthy has been given 22 more rooms in the Conrad Hilton Hotel than the Vice President. Neutrality has even been carried so far that not a single Cabinet member has made a speech defending the administration for fear this would indirectly 'boost Humphrey. This is not the Cabinet's idea. It's the official decree of the man in- the White House. When it comes to personal contacts between the President and the Vice President, they have become almost nil. This is partly because LBJ has been spending time in Texas; partly because HHH has been out on the political hustings. But on the few occasions that they have been together, the President is inclined to treat Humphrey, according to one White House confidant, the same way the Kremlin treats Czechoslovakia. There has been considerable resentment not only in the Humphrey camp but in the President's official family over the fact that LBJ invited Richard Nixon to lunch with him at the ranch immediately alter Nixon was nominated. They wish that Johnson had not shot from the hip. He could have waited at least a week or so, they say. However, it was obvious that Johnson was anxious to sell the Republican nominee on his policy in Vietnam. Johnson knew that Humphrey privately is skeptical about this policy, has always 'been privately opposed to the 'bombing of North Vietnam. So LBJ moved immediate- ly to win over Nixon. Since Nixon had been a hard-liner regarding Vietnam dating back to the Eisenhower days, this was. not difficult to do. However, the friendly "Dear Dick" messages have not helped Humphrey. On the contrary, they have hurt him deeply. On the surface all this points to the possibility that Johnson might listen to a birthday draft in Chicago and change his mind about another term. * * * Overriding Reasons However, overriding toese de, velopments there is one all-important fact. The President made his decision not to run after much careful thought. He had discussed it immediately after his inauguration in January, 1965, and never ceased talking about it to members of his family. The March 31 broadcast was not a spur-of-the-moment decision. It was based upon the fact that he had a massive heart attack in the fall of 1955 from which he staged miraculous recovery. Johnson is realistic about his health. He has worked harder than any other President in the last three decades. His work hours extend from 7 A.M. until after midnight. He keeps going chiefly because he takes time off in the afternoon for a nap. However, he figures he cannot continue this indefinitely. Furthermore, as the President himself says: "The male members of my family have a history of strokes. My father died of a stroke at 60 and so did my uncle. I don't want to end my life that way. I remember Woodrow Wilson during his last year in the White House-when he was in a wheelchair. For me to risk this would not be fair to the nation." Despite the trouble in Czechoslovakia, despite the developments mentioned above and despite the cheers of the Democratic convention on the President's birthday, we believe he will not change his mind and run again. A BIT OF PRACTICAL EDUCATION ! It Seems Like Yesterday... Local Soldiers in Hospital Because of Typhoid Fever Items from the back files of The Express 70 Years Ago '— 7898 HARRY BECK, of Company H, 12th regiment, who has been ill with typhoid fever at the Lock Haven Hospital, is in a critical condition today. He is very low, but at the hospital it was stated there are still hopes of his recovery. The patient's condition this afternoon is more favorable than it was last night. . . .Pvt. William Phillips and Opl. Rote who are also ill at the Lock Haven Hospital are reported doing well. 60 Years 4go — 7908 MESS ISABELLA HUSTON, daughter of Dr. J.H. Huston, Cl'initondale, is now just ^ as much of a heroine among 'her Mends as if she had gone forth to fight one of the most dangerous denizens of the forest. And well she may be, as she showed presence of mind and took prompt action in going to the aid of Rand McManus, seven- year-old son of Mr. and Ms. William McManus, Williamsport, when he was bitten by a snake. 50 Years —1978 LADIES BICYCLE TRIP to Riverview apparently was made via the leaf- strewa path ta the foreground. The ladlei'are Mrs. Gann, Mrs. Batchelor, Mrs. Worth, Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Kinsloe, standing. The long skirts apparently did not interfere with bicycle locomotion in the'Ms. LOGANTON'S POLLING PLACE was changed. from the post office building which burned in the great fire to the barber shop of K.C. Frank, located on the Lutheran parsonage lot. ... .Several thousand local people enjoyed a concert given by the Loysville Orphans Band at the bandsaitnd at the intersection of Bellefonte Ave. and Church St. 25 Years~Ago — 7943 OFFERING AS ENCOUR- MENT in these war days the motto "There'll Always Be A Tomorrow", the Rev. Homer Knox, Methodfeit pastor at Camp Hill, told members of the Kiwahis dub at their luncheon yesterday that he would rather live in the next 25-year period than in any time in the past. . . . .Miss Laura Barkhuff told police that 15 melons were stolen from her garden. 70 Years ~AgJ> — 7958 THE HISTORICAL MARKER, How's Your I.Q.? 1. Do all states of the U. S. recognize common law marriage? 2. Another name for the alligator pear is ? 3. Correct the following: "He was acquitted from the charge of murder." 4. The reputedly oldest inhabited city in the world, Damascus, is in what country? 5. What was the nickname given to the woman who broadcast Japanese propanganda to the American forces in the Pacific during WW II? 6. Complete the following: "He is a fool who makes his . . ." 7: What foods beside fruits supply appreciable quantities of minerals to the body? 8. During WW II what important project was nicknamed the Big Inch? 9. Name the seven oceans of the earth. 10. With what international organization do you associate the name of Juliette Low? indicating the site of Dunns* town, as the first town hi Clinton County, laid out by William Dunn in 1786, was replaced along Route 220, just east of hte city. The plaque, installed by the Clinton County Historical Association, was struck by a car shortly after its dedication at the site near the state police barracks. Designed by Mrs. S. D. Furst, a descendant of the original William Dunn, the marker is now a mile east of the Constitution Birdge. 5 Years Ago—1963 THE SALONA LITTLE LEAGUERS won the championship in the Intercommuntiy League this season and lost only three of their, players next year. The players are, Craig Weaver, Ralph Fox, Bob Rathmel, Neil Conklin, Ronald Wells, James Brungard Jr., Reggie Mauck, James RMen, Dave Butler, Edward Eisenhower, James Brungard, Manager, Gary Sampsel, Edward McGill, and Joe Gettig. IQ Answers No. Avocado. 3. "He was acquitted of..." 4. Syria. 5. Tokyo Rose. 6. ". . . doctor his hair." 7. Vegetables. 8. A pipeline. 9. N. Atlantic, S. Atlantic, N. Pacific, S. Pacific, Arctic, Antarctic, Indian. 10. Girl Scouts. Moose: Ah animal wHfr horns at one end and a living room wall on the other. Here and There ... Housewives and Ministers Have a Common Gripe By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) - Jumping to conclusions: The two most frustrated occupational groups in America today are housewives and ministers. They share—and probably justly so-^a feeling <hat they perform a useful role the importance of which isnt fully appreciated by the rest of society. Ever notice that most people who brag they never buy anything except at wholesale.usiual- ly have a seedy look? Now is the time to start tMnk- ing about which deserving friends you can present -those unworn Christmas ties that your Aunt Martha gave you last year. Life for college presidents was simpler when all that students did to get attention was swallow goldfish, or go on panty raids, or see how many could crowd.into a phone booth. Gins are funny. Call one under 115 pounds a "broad," and she giggles, But if you apply that slangy term to one over 130 pounds, she'll put you on her drop-dead list forever. It is time for a man to give up martinis when he starts asking the bartender to leave out the olrve because it takes up too much space. Show me a husband who enjoys having his wife read aloud his old love letters to her, and I'll show you an insufferable A fellow never knows how little experience is really worth until he lists that as his main qualification when applying for a new job. Today we have many wonder drugs but few wonder politi- who could carry out his promises to make a better life 1 for us all—and do it without inflicting a new tax or raising an old one. .One way to avoid the divorce courts is for 'a fellow to be sure to go through hfe pockets himself the night before his wife sends has suit out to be cleaned. We have decided it is more restful to remain a cultural illiterate than to become a member of the intelligentsia— if to do so requires one to read the poetry of Allen Ginsberg, defend mod art, and be able to explain what Andy Warhol stands for. People love to complain about their problems, but are usually more stimulated than destroyed by them. If a man has no troubles to overcome, no dangers to surmount, no barriers to break through, now can he prove he's a hero? It is also better to have a choice of problems to worry about, as one problem can become too boring. That's why a dog with two fleas leads a far more interesting life than a dog with but a single flea nor no fleas at all. If the Democratic convention in Chicago reminds you in a depressing way of the Republican antics you saw recently in Miami Beach, you can blame it on one of television's key faults— too many summer reruns. I I Think safety belts are confining? Not half as confining as wheelchairs. What's your excuse? Advtrtl$lnf contributed fff\ for th* public good. f£? *9&Bf 'DUM^' ^.^' Shore Lines By Joseph Cox • "The cool wave has reached us at last," said the Nippenose Valley paper 60 years ago today." It will be only a few days more until the ringing of the school bells will sound. "The Limestone school board will receive bids for the cleaning of the Oval and Collomsville schoolhouses and the whitewashing of the water closets, also the cleaning of the stove pipe." The directors may seem to have been a little slow in getting ready for the ringing of the bells, but the paper itself was not too speedy. A long time might pass between an important incident and its appearance in print. ., "Prof. J. H. Sharp, who is well-known throughout this valley, was run over by a freight train in Lock Haven several weeks ago. Deceased was a fine ventriloquist and played the Peter Hontz act for many years. He was buried near his home near Hublersburg." Let Sinnemahone present the professor's act. "The Sterling Run people escaped the attention of any more shows until the next Ground Hog Day, when a Punch and Judy performance was put on in Earl's Hall. Many parents took their children and a packed house greeted the showman, who called himself Peter Hontz. He closed his show with a sleight-of-hand performance, then said: v . " 'Peter Hontz has the power to search the mind • and heart of every person in the village. There is a weasel-faced, hawk-eyed, pussyfooted deacon in your midst, on whom there is evidence of his playing poker and drinking liquor, unknown to you.' "Deacon Smith, who sat in the front row, assumed an embarrassed stare, with his mouth wide open. The showman continued: " 'Peter Hontz is no snooper, but when he sees these things going on, under cover, he deems it his duty to expose the reprobate.' "Deacon Smith began to appear nervous. Directly ' the showman stepped down off the platform and approached the'deacon and took a deck of cards out of his side pocket, following this by .pulling a bottle of whiskey from his inside coat pocket. The deacon crouched in his seat, looking frightened, with his hat clutched in his hand. , "'What have you in your hat?' Peter Hontz de-/ manded.' Let me see!' Then he pulled a snake out of his hat, stepped back on the stage and bowed adieu to the audience, who responded with loud applause." . . The professor had many points of sharpness. "The next night he put on a show of a different character. This entertainment was called a Demonstration in Phrenology. He claimed that he could tell the habits and character of people by the shape of their heads. . "Several old men in the audience were compared with one another, but the main feature was telling people's fortunes by feeling the bumps on their heads. The youngsters had a chance to get in this one. "The girls refused the opportunity because it seemr ed immodest to them for a man on the stage to feel their heads in front of the whole house. The boys enjoyed it, however, and nearly every boy in the audience ttad his head felt. "He predicted that some of the boys would become successful doctors, lawyers, preachers and teachers, while others would do better in business, such as merchants, bankers, farmers and mechanics. There was no particular amusement in the show, yet the audience seemed interested and well pleased. No admission was charged but a hat was passed around before entertainment closed." Professor Sharp who was to become internationally known as a master puppet-show man, has descend* dants in this area. He was born in Virginia but his parents came from Pennsylvania. The Bradys had relatives named Sharpe, spelled that way, who may have been a branch of the same clan. "The Brady family in England was represented, until recently, by Sir A. Brady, baronet, London, and by his brother, Capt. Edward Brady, who had intermarried with Mary Ann Sharpe, a descendant of James Sharpe, Archbishop of St. Andrews, Scotland, who was murdered near Edinburgh May 3, 1679. The Sharpe branch in Pennsylvania is represented by Capt. A.. Brady Sharpe, of Carlisle." The cool wave in the valley would be made still more refreshing by an ice cream social at Rauchtown on Saturday, more fun than a puppet show. Ratio's They'll Do It Every Time «