Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on November 28, 1977 · Page 7
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Mulligan's Stew (,iir<l<-n City Ti'U'griim Monduy. November 2ft. 1977 Critics 9 Dilemma: Outer Flab vs. Inner Fire By HUGH A. MULLIGAN star turn at the Majestic AP Special Correspondent Theater, in terms so per- NEW YORK (AP) — Broad- sonally unflattering to the way, where there is a broken performer, the League of Mew light bulb for every heartless York Theaters and Producers drama critic, is in a wrist- has called on the press agents slapping snit because New to deny critic Simon his free York magazine's John Simon sharpshooter's seat on the has suggested that the lu- aisle at future openings, minous, indefatigable Liza Both the Drama Critics Minnelli has "blubber lips," a Circle and the Drama Desk, face like "a beagle" and "a the approved gun clubs of the nose en route to becoming a first night assassins, have trunk." protested the league's action In addition to everything as discriminatory, and all else, like Mrs. Lincoln at sorts of people like gossip Ford's Theater, he didn't columnist Liz Smith and think much of the play. producer Harold Prince have For shooting down "'The heaped scorn on Simon's Act," Ms. Minnelli's tireless "rampant machismo" in and at times tiresome new calling attention, whether ac- T9CO JOHNS munchable curately or not, to the star's outer shell rather than her inner fire. All of which begs the question of whether a performer's physical appearance is fair game for a critic's candor and-or vitriol. Superstar Minnelli would not spend more than half the evening in a sequinned leotard cut down to the Canal Zone if she were resentful of the idea of being confused with a sex object by the learned critics, any more than MGM put Lana Turner in a sweater so movie goers could admire her diction. When Bing Crosby called Bob Hope "old ski nose," he was being physical and personal, to say nothing of inviting two decades of coun- terattacking banter about his own lack of scalp protection. Walter Kerr, surely the most gracious and kindly of drama critics, once rhapsodized on the "callipygian charms" of dancer Gwen Verdon, which was getting physical below the belt. Callipygian, according to my Oxford English Dictionary, means "having shapely or finely developed buttocks," from the name of a famous statue of Venus. Critic Kerr, in fact, was so taken with Miss Verdon's iscial luberocities, to use the medical term and avoid offense, he wanted to have them cast in a mold and hung over Shubert Alley as a sort of rear guard Mount Rushmore. But what, may one ask, would propriety and professional candor require of the critic who had some ifs and buts about the Verdon butt, or, for the sake of argument, the Minnelli proboscis? My mother, who was a great movie fan and even went on nights when they weren't giving away dishes, would have gone along with what Simon says. Her critiques tended to be very physical since she never could remember the names of the stars, only whal they looked like. "Whal did you see tonight, Ma?" '"The Pirate.'" "Who was in it?" "Rat Eyes and Lantern Jaw." Thai meant Judy Garland, Liza's Mom, and Gene Kelly. Clark Gable, her idol, was "Taxi Doors," because she said with those ears he looked like a taxicab with the back doors open. June Allyson was "Weepy Eyes," Belle Davis: "The Screecher," Leslie Howard: "That Chinless Englishman," John Wayne: "Pine Knol" and Wallace Beery: "Pudding Face." She saw "Rose Marie" with "Egg Head" and "Needle Nose," which meant the Nelson Eddy-Jeane! !e MacDonald version. She couldn't abide "Popeye," not I he carloon character but Kirk Douglas, but doled on "Chicken Neck" and "Patent Leather," respectively James Slewarl and George Raft. In most cases Mom was not pulling the knock on people she nicknamed. Her physical pseudonyms generally added up to more gentle criticism than emanated from Percy Hammond, one of the theater's more profound observers. "I could knock everything about this play," he dismissed a dismal musical, "except the chorus girls' knees, and nature an- licipated me there." Just the olher night, down at Ihe local pizzeria, a critical conlretemps ensued over which of "Charley's Angels, 1 ' new, old or any, really could act. NOW OPEN SUNDAY 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Newly-Discovered Letter Tells of Lincoln Slaying • 1 1.^.1 UK DEAL! A $1.35 value Get a Tacorrif ic Taco Burger and a big bowl of Texas Chili^ plus a medium soft drink for just II Offer good through Sunday, December 4, Only Watch for our ad each week.] There are more Tacorrif ic values coming your wayl 305 E. KANSAS AVENUE Garden City, Kansas 27&7Z51 BOSTON (AP) — A stack of letters donated to the Massachusetts Historical Society includes a letter that one historian calls the most complete account of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The faint, yellowed letter was written two days after Lincoln's death by a War Department employe who carried the mortally wounded president out of Ford's Theatre. The envelope contained a fragment of linen described as a towel soaked with the blood of the dying president. "It's a great thrill to go through a group of letters and find something like this among the mundane," said Louis L. Tucker, director of the historical society. "It produces a quickening of the heartbeat." The letter describes the pandemonium in the theater after the shooting, the hysterics of Lincoln's wife and the grief of cabinet members who stood by his bedside as Lincoln died. Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth as he watched a performance of "Our American Cousin" in Ford's Theatre in Washington on April 14, 1865. The newly discovered letter was written by Augustus Clark to his uncle, Stephen M. Allen, who lived in Wobum. LIVE EVERY NITE GRAIN BIN "POLITE FORCE" 9:00 to 1:00 Mass. In the letter, Clark said he heard a commotion and rushed across the street lo the Ihealer from the rooming house where he lived. There, he wrote, he "heard the awful words 'Lincoln is shot,"' and saw a woman reaching out from a second tier box. "I clambered over, seized her hand and drew myself into the box and there on the floor lay Abraham Lincoln dying, his wife shrieking and moaning." Clark said that he helped carry Lincoln to his rooming house. "He was brealhing very heavily, and his pulse fluc- tualed from 105 to 42 in about three hours," Clark wrote. "The blood soon began lo settle under his left eye and blackened Ihe whole side of his face." He said grief-stricken senators and cabinet members came to see the unconscious president. "Mrs. Lincoln came inlo the room seven times during the night and fell dreadfully. She fainted twice and fell over onto the floor. I remained in Ihe room all night and did all I could lo help. "The besl surgeons were, there, but no atlempt was made to exlricate the ball as he was pronounced falally wounded al first examination." | CHRISTMAS * j BAZAAR : * Shop TUBS., Nov. 29 ^ Memorial Bldg. Lakin, Kansas 9:30 a.m. til ? Enchilada Lunch Handmade Items b V Catholic Ladies * * * * * * * * * * * * DRESS SALE ALL FALL AND WINTER DRESSES REDUCED DURING THIS SPECIAL EVENT •JUNIORS •MISSES •HALF SIZES CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE DRESS AND SAVE. SAVE 25% 0 THIS WEEK ONLY FINAL CLEARANCE DAYS OF THE RENICK NO. I QUITTING BUSINESS SALE FELLOWSHIP BOOKSTORE A ONE-STOP SHOP FOR ALL YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFT-BUYING If you haven't already done so, now's the time to finish that Christmas list and complete that gilt buying. Unhesitatingly we can claim we have gilt items lor everyone on your list. Well-chosen books are Christmas gifts which will be remembered on into the coming years. And, if books don't "fill the bill", we have some other suggestions that will bring joy and blessing to their recipients. This list is by no means, complete, but we hope it serves to jog your memory, ' bringing to mind other gift ideas. FOR: The babysitter P^oto album or jewelry Shut-ins and elderly large-print books and Bibles and colorful plaques The pastor . .' book ends, audio-visual aids and the latest in study materials A newlywed's first Christmas Family Bible, pictures, or guestbook A new babv a first Bmle storybook or washable books That favorite aunt stationery or candles "Hostess" gift appointment calendar Sunday School teacher Books, calendar, novelties Sunday School pupils nick-nacks, gifts, puzzels, bookmarks Choir members jewelry in music shapes A new Christian Bible study aids, concordance, dictionary, or handbook Missionaries light-weight paperback Service men daily devotional guides Teenagers Records, songbooks, cassettes, books Paperboy P en and P enci ' 8et or boolt , Familv Members Personalized stationary, Bible, books, albums, jewelry, plaques. * *YOUR CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE* * FELLOWSHIP BOOKSTORE ALL HOME REMEDIES /2 PRICE ALL DIABETIC ITEMS II PRICE ALL SPEIDEL AND BRITE WATCH BANDS /2 PRICE 10'BOBBY PINS CAMERA CASES FILM SPLICERS. 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