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May 2, 1974

Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 7

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'Prophet 9 Goes on and on — 'It Just Seems to Sell* iFrom the photo nilk'clion (if Manila Lnwsnni KAHLIL GIBRAN: Omar Shariff or Dustin Hoffman? Holiday Sports Ban to Be in Effect BOONE, Iowa (AP)-The Christmas holiday ban on interscholastic competition will be in effect again this vear, the state's two hish school athletic associations said Wednesday. The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union took the action after studying a survey. The associations jointly sent out ballots to the state's 509 schools and their school boards in late March. Schools were asked if they approved of tournaments and regular season games between Dec. 24 and Jan. 1. Mo Kelley. publicity director for the boys' association, said 71 per cent of the schools returning ballots were against holiday tournaments, and 76 per cent against regular season competition. He said the vote was 106 for and 259 against holiday tournaments, and 87 for and 278 against regular season competition. "In conclusion, as a result of the vote, the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union have informed their members schools that there will be no interscholastic athletic contests from the period of Dec. 24 through Jan. 1," the associations said in a statement. A holiday ban on competition and practice was imposed last Christmas as a fuel conservation measure. It was opposed by the Waterloo school board, and a court suit was brought challenging the boys association's right to ban competition and practice. A Waterloo district court judge, however, ruled in favor of the association, and the ban was upheld. "The ban applies only to regular season games and tournaments," said IHSAA Executive Secretary Bernie Saggau. "What schools do about practice sessions is up to them. It wasn't even mentioned on the questionnaire." Boys holiday basketball tournaments became legal in Iowa for the first time in 1972. and about 75 were held around the state. Approve 592 Route AMES. Iowa (AP)—The Iowa Highway Commission has approved a route south of Knoxville for Freeway 592. The route has been a controversial issue since the commission announced the tentative Knoxville route in 1968. Pella interests had fought for a freeway along the line of Iowa 163, which runs east from Des Moines through Pella. But the commission approved a route paralleling Iowa 92, southeast from Des Moines through Knxoville. Howard Gunnerson. the commission's chief engineer, said the Knoxville route better serves the large recreation areas at Lake Rathbun. He said the road will be part of a four-lane freeway the commission hopes to build from Des Moines southeast through Knoxville, Oskaloosa, Ottumwa and Mount Pleasant to Burlington. The segment approved Wednesday will be a 21-mile stretch from just west of Knoxville to east of Olivet. The commission has not yet approved the other parts of Freeway 592 although preliminary plans have been drawn up. We have the high-styled floors that shine without waxing! By Ellis Grossman NEW YORK (NEA)-After explaining her problems id a marriage counselor recently, a Long Island housewife was handed a copy of "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran and told to "go home and read it." Small wonder, for Gibran's quasi-biblical sentiments are often quoted in "with-it" marriage ceremonies. To many, "The Prophet" gives off a special aura. Fifty-one years after its first publication, the small hnnk of philosophical teachings written and illustrated by Lebanon's best-known poet remains a publishing pheonomenon. Over the years, sales have built steadily from an initial 1,500 in 1923 to the current 400,000 annually, with the total now reaching well beyond 5 million. The book appeals mainly to the campus. New generations of students from West Point to Harvard to Berkley buy it at Christmas and the first glimpse of spring. Experts muse about the causes underlying the book's success, but the publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, isn't looking a gift prophet in the mouth. "It just seems to sell," says Chairman William Koshland, "that's all we know." "The Prophet" is 96 pages long, in hardcover only, and consists of 28 brief chapters, each treating one aspect of life. That housewife, for example, would have turned to "On Marriage" wherein the prophet, Almustapha. commands, "Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music." And she would have checked out "On Love": "For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning." The poetry, says Dr. Joyce Brothers, is "an early equivalent to 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' or 'Love Story' or Rod McKuen's work. It's really very bad, but it provides an excuse to do the kind of meditating that everyone needs, especially young people in college who are most idealistic and are experiencing an identity crisis. Who am I? Why am I living? It's comforting to think there are easy answers to the verities of life." "People want easy answers without paying the price," agrees Al Carmines, Off-Broadway author and composer and the pastor of Judson Memorial Church. And a kindred spirit, Arthur McGill, Bussey Professor of Theology at Harvard Divinity School, says, "I have a sense of life as being difficult choices and no matter what you choose, you lose. That's one part of life Gibran doesn't touch. "He appeals to vividness and coherence and simplicity. Especially simplicity. I think abstract reasoning is a fundamental problem in our civilization. It's so false to human existence that people find satisfaction in imagery and Gibran is extremely powerful in converting ideas into parables and images." Gibran's conceptions are mild enough from today's vantage point, but in 1923, his thinking got him expelled from the Lebanon Maronite Beautiful things usually require a lot of attention—like Waterford crystal, fine silver, etc. But not Solarian®. Solarian shines without waxing; yet it is a high-styled floor that is perfectly at home with the finest of furnishings and accessories. See Solarian in ten exciting patterns, dozens of colors today at your Floor Fashion Center™. Armstrong floor fashiono HI BIERLS PARKWAY FURNITURE Carroll, Iowa—East Edge of Carroll on Highway 30 Open SUNDAY 1-5, Also open Wed. & Frl. evenings till 9 p.m. — Charge Itl Use Bierl's Revolving Credit Plan, No Down Payment. Church. Percy Dahan, Director of the Lebanese Tourist and Information Office in New York, explains: "When The Prophet' first came out, the church condemned it in Lebanon because Gibran was contesting the establishment, and they felt he was insulting the church in terms of certain liberties and doing away with the patriarchal way of life." It is ironic, therefore, that Gibran, who lived the last 20 years of his life in Greenwich Village where he died in 1931 at the age of 48, was unknown n Lebanon until fairly recently. "Only in the past five or six years has the book been selling there," says Dahan. "When Gibran died, he specified in his will that a percentage of his royalties go to his native village, Bisharri. "The question of his inheritance became a famous case because his sister was still alive in Boston, and there was a quarrel over who was Times Herald, Carroll, la. Thursday, May 2, 1974 representing the village — the mayor or a special committee. The committee won and the village has received $3 or $4 million so far. They've built a Gibran museum, a library and a tomb for him and have given fellowships." For Kathryn Loder, a New York actress, Giran's work has become a way of life. In her one-woman show. "Echoes of Gibran," she uses movement, word, chant, gesture, soul and body (clothed in a G-string and a gray, chiffon gown) to transmit Gibran's "message of peace." "I use the concept that the stage is the palm of the hand,'" she says, "which is indicated much in his paintings. Gibran's message is particularly suited to peace; he's not geared to people's hangups." Ms. Loder's devotion to Gibran resulted from an "inner prompting" to buy his books while she was recuperating from a serious illness several years ago. 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