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THE BRAZOSPORT FACTS EDITORIAL PAGE Brq»o«port and Brazorlq County. Friday, September 4> 1959 JIM BISHOP-. REPORTER Blasphemy Isn't Funny [HATH HER HEROES--! The most thoughtless of -all conversational crimes is blasphemy. Men use the name of God to punctuate sentences, Sometimes they do it to lend additional emphasis to a story, •I have never known a man to do it as a deliberate slur on Us God or a prophet in which he believed. Recently, I watched a top -flight television comedian perform in a nightclub. Whenever he finished a. joke, and did not draw a big laugh, he rolled his eyes and said, with amusing disbelief: "Jeez Cri..." This got him a bigger laugh. I wondered what it was doing to the patrons who take their religion seriously. The next time he started a Joke, Tlooked away from hirn, toward the little postage-stamp ttiles. The faces were all upturned, half laughing before he finished the story. When he concluded, and there was a small chuckle, he said: "Jeez Cri. . ." I saw some patrons break up into hearty laughter and I saw others shake their heads. I saw a young woman shurdder and hold her hands over, her ears and I saw one old man bow his head. Blasphemy is aconversational crutch. It adds nothing to a story - it will not make an unfunny joke funnier.- and yet it Is as much an unconscious habit as picking the nose. When I was a young reporter, one of the marks of my Importance was toblasphemein every other sentence. Cue day when I used It, and didn't know it, an elderly woman stared down her frosty nose at me and said: "I didn't know you knew Him that well." "What well?" I said belligerently. '.'That well. You call God by His first name." "What are you?" Isald. "One of those religious maniacs?" She thought about it amoment. ' 'From where you stand - yes," she said. It requited a lot of patience to get out of the habit. I was using the name of God without knowing it. It came out of me when Icould not find a tie, when I got a busy , signal on a telephone, when a light went redasldrovethrough it, when the children interrupted my work, when the boss asked me to do something distasteful, when a train was late, when a bore bent my ear - I almost gave up trying. After a long period of tune, I won but I almost went mute. It's like drinking. When you stop it, you begin to notice how' much' others do it. You tend to become insufferably holy and thisis as far. removed frommy true character as crawling into A satellite and blasting off. Women seldom use the name of God in. vain, ft lends itself to rougK conversation and women do not like to be identified with anything but refinement. • This includes the rough .ones. The thought occurred to me that blasphemy would take different forms around the world. "Holy Moses" should be offensive to a Jew. "By Allah'* beard," must be unpleasant to a Moslem. "By Jehovah" should hurt everyone, because this name is used to connote the deity by people of many faiths. And yet, as I say, I've never met a man who used any of these terms with the intention of offending anyone. In March 1957, the United States Bureau -of Census made • a survey of religion in citizens over 14 years of.age. The tally showed that 79.000,000 Americans were Protestants, 30,700,000 were Roman Catho- .lics, 3,900,000 were .Jews, 1,500,000 belonged to small sects, and 3,200,000 were of no faith, Thus about 115,000,000Ameri-; cans over the age of 1* believe in God. Of these, about one- . third, or 38,000,000 adults are serious communicants who attend their churches »ndtemples regularly and are genuinely afraid to offend God, These are the ones who are. hurt, and say nothing, when they hear blasphemy. The origins of blasphemy ara lost in the yellowed centuries of long ago. • This much I know: there was never a time, in any age, when a man could abuse the name of his ruler or king without risking punishment or death. Long ago, the scoffers found- that the only one who.could be mocked with impunity was the King of Kings... WASH/NGTON SCENE. 'Journalists' Are Jailed By GEORGE DDCON \YASHINGTON — The Foreign Ministers Conference of the Organization of American States in Santiago, Chile, was a supremely serious meeting, but one • of Latin America's most ' distinguished statesmen has just returned from it in a state of bubbling hilarity. Every time he recalls an unpublicized episode of the conclave he erupts. The Cuban delegation was "te have been-headed by Fidel Castro's brother Raul,' but Raul's plane was forced down inLima, Peru, and didn't get to Chile until twelvehours after thefive- day conference was over. His "press and guard of honor" plane, however, madeit •the morningtherheeting opened. The plane from Cuba landed, and out of it poured a curious mixture of uniformed soldiers, armed to the hilt, and males in what roughly-passedforcivilian attire. The soldiers explained to Chilean- authorities that they had come toprovideaguardofhonor for -Raul Castro, who would arrive shortly. The civilians said they were Cuban newspapermen assigned to see that Fidel's brother received the press coverage he merited. The Chileans didn't like the idea of armed strangers running loose in their peaceful country, and threw all the warrior* into"' jail. . • ••-• They did the same thing with the'"gentlemen of the press" when they weren't able to produce a single press credentral-- among them. Not only"wefe ' they without passports or WiS "* my new york N BY MEL HEIMER TEW TORE—Things one New Yorker thinks _ S about: Word has drifted' in that .Lou Brecker, who owns Roseland Dance City—which I suppose has more right than most to the phrase "the most famous ballroom in the world"—has set up a "wall of fame" in his plaxe, displaying the dancing- shoes of such hoofers as Adele- Astaire, Ray Bolger, Tony deMarco, Joan Crawford, George Raft, etc. Further, Lou is meditating expanding the section into a kind of museum; he's after Ted Lewis' top hat, Rudy Vallte's megaphone, Llberace's candelabra and so on. This Is all pleasant news and I am glad Bretfker is making- a buck and honoring dancers—but I made a phona call to one of Lou's aides that depressed me A little. The aide- snorted and told me, no, there aren't any more hostesses at Rose- si.™ mi v T v land and haven ' 1 b * en f « years and where the aam Hill have I been all this time, anyway? All I could mumble miserably was that I was full of social consciousness now and I seldom got to the West Side any more. No hostesses? Gee. They were an amiable lot Every now and then I used to go over and split a beer and they'd complain about how their feet hurt They always seemed to be ducking around the corner for 15 minutes for some Chinese food. They never were allowed to date the customers-It was a house rule—which I know to have been broken .in its observance. The hostess I remember most was a girl named Kathleen Carlisle. Sh» was a laughing blonde who had been a Hong Kong society waaer of sorts and had emigrated to Roseland during the World War n years after stopping on the way to spend a few months In a Japanese internment camp in Manila. Kathleen also had worked an elevator in the Waldorf, but the South Americans- pinched her so much that she sighed and quit. I TK *l ' m ?!f,! 5 , ed ^ y h " wl ""*y ^venture, that I wrof 2 book .._ Eva Mad* Saint JforucIoujZj/ larfy-Iifce. . 1 lost track of Miss Carlisle' after that but about three years later ' ' '° to papers, but also money. Theoretically,. the latter should have been convincing proof that these were bona fide members of our craft, but it didn't impress^rte-ChHeans. They became less Impressed after a question-and-answer session with orie of the distin- - suishes journalists. ^ The transcript of the one-man "•press conference possesses a' clarity and directness that could be a model for our White House news conferences, which are sometimes discursive., My Latin American statesman friend brought back an official copy. This it it -- berbatim: Q. What is your name? . A. Dionysius. • Q. Your full name? A. Dionysius Tristanl. Q. You have no papers,-no money.- How do you happen tar • be on this press plane? A. I do not know. . Q. You do not know? Are you a journalist? A. I do not think so. Q. Howdidyougetabcardthis plane? A. I went to the airport in Havana to see my wife and my mother-in-law off on -a trip, After they had gone, I was approached by a man who said: "How would you like to go to Santiago?" I thought he meant Santiago de Cuba, which is a place I like very much and I said "fine." That is all I know about it. The Cuban soldiers and Journalists were freed from prison by the merciful Chileans.. but only long enough to be packed' back aboard their plane. A couple of fighter jets started the ship on its way back to Cub*. * » * * Cn returning from my vacation. I happened to mention that I had spent some time in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sincethen, nearly every friend I have encountered has asked me if it was very expensive. I didn't know I had so many- thrift-minded friends. However. I strive to give them my impressions of the strange playground, which are that it isn't expensive If you observe one simple rule. This simple rule is: Oon't gamble. But when I tell my friends this, and add that no casino operator in Las Vegas has any way of checking on whether you gamble a little, or a lot, or not at all — which is thr truth •- it is asw-.ding how suddenly my ..friends lose interest. -- „„, j.nioiv.c.tt of the Junior league- in a JAi munity. Ah, they had dancehall hostesses in those daym. » . ...» MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY is 90 JSZZS* 1 ^.^* 1 ™:** h " <*"*>«» «> ™ -1 his head of ' TRY FACTS CLASSIFIED!! THE LIGHTER SIDE They GoFq Clean Slate By FRANK ELEAZER United Press International WASHINGTON (UPI) - I .guess House investigators have about, given up trying to put a finger on what President Eisenhower called theMunltions lobby.- Chafrmafi F. Edward Hebert (D-La.) after 25 days of hearings admits that, his Armed Services subcommittee hasn't found one of those terrible fellows who were supposed to be putting pressure on the military to buy one or another plane, missile, or weapon. True, the subcommittee has turned up a whole bunch of high ranking retired military men.'draw-. . ing nice pay checks from, defense contractors ?nd' also substantial retirement pay frpm'the atrted forces. '••••: But these were all men of the highest fame and repute, and none of them was ever accused of anything improper. Mostly, they were commended for their patriotic service and zeal. ' Take Monday's hearing. The witness wasAdrh. . William • M. Fechteler, former chief of naval operations and later commander in chief of NATO forces in southern Europe. Fechteler said he wouldn't risk his good reputation by trying to influence the Navy in GE's behalf. And besides, he said no man has that kind of influence. He said he never discussed contracts wfth'any- body, in or out of the Navy; All he ever did, he said, was set up appointments for other company officials with people he knew, like the secretary of Navy and the chief of naval operations; "Really I was just a convenient glorified messenger boy, ifyouwanttosaythat,'' he suggested; "You had the key tothe door and you opened it," said Hebert, '. '•"• ; • "That is correct." said Fechteler, ' Everybody lauded the admiral tor his long dis- tinguished service and his cooperation in the matter at hand, . • Rep. Leon H. Gavin (R-Pa.) commented that Fechteler's story was like that of all the other famous admirals and generals the subcommittee a had heard. -I Their private employers had sought them'Out. Gavin said, for the knowledge they had of deltas* • needs, 1 and for help they could give in steering company officials to the right spots in the Penti- -, 'gon. Fechteler said this was, indeed, about what had happened. There was .one'other matter at -the subcommittee^ last scheduled hearing. This was to tie. up loose lends .of a story that for awhile had looked like Hebert's most'promisinglead. ,..,.,. •: ,-.i,. Vice A'dm. Hyman'-'G.Rickover,Navy.ataniceact-,..... pen and father of thenuclearsubmarine,-hadb«en , the only witness to come, right out and say he • had been subjected to pressure. By whom? Hebert had asked; He'd rather not say, Rickover replied. . . ... •. ., ^ The admiral, at Hebert'$ insistence;••greed » <•• provide the names if they wouldn't benwdepuWtcv- • Now Hebert reported that Rickover, at a closed- session, listed three names'. "As to the first named-person," said Hebert, "Adm. Rickover testified that in apersoAalletter •' from one naval dutyassignmentforAdmiraiRiolj-" '•*• over got the aslgnment in question. •••'•-•... "The second named person w»s the only cue with whom Adm. Rickover had a personal contact. A» to that person, Adm. Rickover testified .. 'I think. • not much can be made of that, sir'." As to the third person named. Hebert said "the testimony is that that person had made nocontacr and had no conversation withAdm. Rickover at any time on any subject." ' . "The foregoing, the chairman anaouncedvithout comment, "completes the record." SCIENCE TODAY Secret of Dirug Elusive DELOS SMITH jPl Science Editor • : NEW YORK (UPI) - An astonishing tact about aspirin is that no one knows precisely how it works its wonders in relieving pain, reducing fever, and lessening rheumatic symptoms and other body inflammations, This fact emerged from a thorough search into everything chemical and medical Science does know about aspirin. and its chemical relatives, a fund of information that is increasingat a tremendous rate. Yet the key knowledge of just how aspirin brings about changes in the human body eludes science. Take its ability to relievepain. Scienceassumes that somehow this is related to the amounts of icetylsalicyllc add (which is aspirin) that get into the brain. It gets to the brain by way of the blood stream, and it getslntothebloodby way of the stomach and and small intestine. Of all drugs, aspirin is one of the mosfrapjdly absorbed. It is absorbed intact and the peak level in the blood is reached within one to two hours. Within three hours, the aspirin has been decomposed by the addition of the watery substances of the blood. This is the timethat the pain-relief lasu. ft seems mostly likely that blood level and brain level are related. - • " "But no one has yet shown what levels in the br f, lj V? lrrespond lo «ff«*lve analgesia (pain»^C< 'u* 0 ?* 4 ** "P^ 10 "searchers. Until this has been accomplished we shallprob- ably not know the mode of analgetic action and maybe not even then." The researchers were employed by the Pfizer Pharmaceutical House and r^rted w ^technical periodical. "Pfizer Spectrum." They searched through mountains of scientific literature. Another question they found unanswered was how aspirin helps the body to lose excessive heat by selectivity enlarging surface blood vessels, ft works only when body temperature is abnormally temper * ture works, out to more than loo for each m*a. won*. and child. In view of this enormous consumption, "it., is among the safest of all medicines," the report said. Most cases of aspirin poisoning are In infants and young children who swallow many tables at one time because they don't know better. Occasionally »n adult will swallow a few score in a suicide attempt which usually falls because medical science can deal with aspirin poisoning. Now and then an individual turns up who is allergic, to aspirin. It also produces stomach distress in others and "it should b« used with care in patients in whom it causes indigestion and in those with peptic ulcer." Nevertheless "the potential danger in th«. misuse of aspirin, while important, is microscopic when measured against Its countless benefits." The researchers found that whether "buffered" aspirin is better than plain aspirin "is ah open question." If it Is, they continued, the improvement "is limited In degree and of doubtful value iu most patients." Friday on TV CKAXKCI,. CBANNBI, 41 KHOU-1V I I KTnK-TV . Town _ Early Shew — "Dragon's Cold,',' John Archer, Hillary Brooke; an Insur- ince.man falls for.* murdered man's widow JB American Bandstand 0 Movie Mallnee — "Mr M6to Taken a Chance," Peler torn, K o o h «11 • Hudxm . 01 Kltlrlk's Party News, Sports Popeye Club •:4» O Himtley.Brlnkley A Number of Things Walter Cronklte. News FRIDAY EVENING News, Sports- Young Audiences—Th« Trio ConcerUnte 8 Life ot Rlley News, Weather chant diet protecting Jewel-covered skull News, Weather .John Daly, News t:M B Pete Kelly's Blne»-A . eorneUM ta traUed by henchmen t repeat • ID Rawhide—"Incident at the Curious Street," Mer- eettea McCambrldg*; a woman and her daughter ar« held prisoner in an abandoned (own; repeat 0) Oil Centennial Symposium — Panel discussion held at the University ot Houston on "The Moral Commitment to the Coming Generations'' TiMOJomrney to Understanding V — How-loa* news report on. the tig. aUleanee «t President El- senhower's trip to Europo O Briefing Ses»!on-"Labor and the American' Economy" 09 Walt Dliney Present* —'The Slaughter Trail," » *j Uasign Workshop Q) Markham—A lawyer Is marked for death by * • syndicate; repeat »:00 B B o x I n g—I. e a Mat. thews v» Rolando (Chlco) ' Morales, lightweight* O Children Growing— "Why Johnny Reads Junk" ID Phil Silvers—"Bllko'a Credit Card"; repeat (B Tombstone Territory —Hollister kills a cattleman; repeat • 1:30 Q Seminar on Avnerlean Civilization-^ e b u t; 13 programs on Important as- pecti of American .lit* .* .and thought, with Max •:'. Lemer; ''Life Goals and ' Conformity" ID Lux Playhouse—"This Will Co Nicely," Zsa Zsa Gabor, Richard Haydn; an unusual story about a murder; repeat : ^0 Bold "Venture—A •voo O Western Theatre-* "Outlaws Boots," St«r« Cochran, Whitney Bhtk«, Keenan Wynnj a hunk teller's outlaw family rid* into town; repeat ID Uneup— Hoodlums •*> sault and rob a real *•* tale operator; repeat ' B) Wrestling "•:» 0 MSqnad— AgMlstm dangered when her talker won't admit she was H*. napped; repeal (D Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour 1«:M O News, Weather ~* S News, Weather Night Edition Newt •• I»tl» O MOM Theatre— "I4f«! boat," TaUulaft B*aUie*4 William Bendli, Walter 8l«»k, Jotm H a < I a k> Hume Crony n; the drum* •hoot » group adrift ta _ mld-AtUntle 10:18 ID Best of Paar— Vincent Price, Cliff Arquttte, Richard Gehtntn, th* Compass Players, Earl Grant; repeat it:M 09 Movletime — "Brut* Force," Burt Lancaster. Yvonne De Carlo, Howard Duff, Ann Blyth, Hum* Cronyn; prisoners plan * daring break; ' "Saint'sJ Double Trouble,". Georg* Sanders, Helena Whitney -.*:«> fl> Late Shew— "City in Terror." Jan* Bryan, ' Henry O'Neill; a family Is forced to be • quiet when they witness a mark der 1:00 O Naughty MariaHat * . SATURDAY MORNTNO Time, Channel, Progta-m , 1:W O Farm Journal' ; ':« O Oft to Adventnr* — ."Japan" ID Galveaton Week _ • «:«q O Today i» Satarfay "".' Q) Cartoon Time _ IB Foreign Legionnaire *:M m Capt Kangaroo T © Western Trails — "Triple Jujttce." Georgtj O'Brien;' "Red Rtver Robinhood," Tim Holt; "C«B o£ «ie Savage," Chap. • _»;M B HovrdyDoody;OQU)» *:M B Mutt a,nd »««<7| COLOR ' ID Mighty Mout« _ 1«:00 d Fury '• -' — ID Heckle and Jeckl* 1«:M 3 Clrcu, Bey ' ....... - "* _1 . ID Robin Hood : U:M O We»t«ni.Movle_»Ari '.,,., ;J»«w Kid," «oy •' Try and Stop Me -By BENNETT CERF- TTARRY'KURNJTZ, play write and wit, began Ms carter •» J-A a violinist, and still" starts fiddling at the slightest provocation. "I love to play gypsy music in night clubs," h* admit*. _ "When, I'v« had a few . drinks,_ some ancient urge rises m me. Too few drinks, I'm inhibited. Too many, my fingers refuse to function. But there's a peviod of • about forty seconds between the two" stages -when I'm ' pretty good." On« o£ Kurnitz's favorite violins was purchased from , the fiddler who used td-play sad songs, to inspire Gloria $wanson when she was ejhoting before the camera in Hollywood's good old si-, lent days. "I pick up this instrument," wuses KurniU "Me* before I know it, I'm playing 'Hearts and Kowaw'l" *•»•-. There's a dining little old lady In Cincinnati who prides herself <m keeping an open mind. She's a bit biffled, however, by se'tlitK girl*' knees thtie days in places wher* one* you didn't tvta s*« DAILY CROSSWORD ACROSS 1. Instrument* al duets I. Box scientifically 9. A physician 10. Desired 11. Rgundei' convex molding 13. Eat awa> 14. Bom by eld ' moth 15. Liberty IT. Type of . friction match 20. A tribe (Naga Hills) 21. Laid away 22. Dumbarton THE BRAZOSPORT FACTS r~ DOWN 1. Pious 3. Japanese 'shrub 3. Lubricat* 4. Sneered 5. Steep 0. Skin open. 'Ing T. Having no f«H t. Tr<« 9. Drudgts (dial.) 11. Ths pepulact (anc. Gr.)16. Bothersome official, delay 18. Ap. proach It. Flower 33. Was in debt 23. Queen of Clave* f 25. Ac. quaint* (one. self) i 26. A theatrical backer 2T. Departs 20. Flocks 30. Cyclides Island 32. Driving ice and rain. . ain .ii'.iauv, nn Cltt HffldJUriiM AMwe* Jf.Wash 35. Notion 3.D. Bolivia/ 1 Indian Cvar.) to. Oat (Ger.) ESTABLISHED UU JAMES t. NASOE*. ., . otExx «*«.,....,.„„•";;..'.'!'. Otartt tttetm Advtrllilni Miniitr Robert* Din-by M*ntfln| Editor .' ZUI HcM-jrrw Sportl Editor Mwrli Mithtnlcil Z. S. (Tex) Hindpi, • Clrculitlon Mtntiet ' Bemlci Ehfer OHic. Win uipt SUurdiv . ci ' ' ' 'V-- •-•;<•• - t>; Ttxti NtTiMMr '. 0 Bu W' •»-.-—— ••-"• ' ItmjCXXPTlON- 1ATI1 • Aspirin potsonlna is common. But this is not u 'Pf'«k8 / when you remember that Americans •wallow 80 billion aspirin, every year. ThL* li. Center of - town- 26. Malt btvtragw ,1«. Bearded vultures (S.Afr.) SI. Compass point (abbr.) 32. Resembling . a spider 33. Region in , Palestine 36. Gold (htr.) 37. Avoid by subterfuge M. Laredo : (Mex.) 41. River em< • bankment it. Attempts '43. Chair •44. Luminous . ctUstlal i U !-> 14 TT **• if H

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