The Rock Island Argus from Moline, Illinois on July 21, 1985 · 13
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The Rock Island Argus from Moline, Illinois · 13

Moline, Illinois
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Sunday, July 21, 1985
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Includes earphone for private listening 12-636 Battery extra Check Your Phone Book for the Radio hack Store or Dealer Nearest You CltiUM revolving credit from Citibank Payment may vary depending upon balance PRICES APPLY AT PARTICIPATING STORES AND DEALERS Illinois THE ARGUS Rock Island 111 Sunday July 21 1985 wmmmmmmmmmm Teenage girl fiddling up a storm in musician meets CHAMPAIGN Dl (AP) - She’s a little nervous about starting high school is interested in boys and is proud of having slimmed down from what she calls her “porker” days Alison Krauss tall and lively is in many ways a basic 13-year-old She also is an ace country fiddler burning up the competi tion trail in the South and Midwest and winning state championships in Indiana and Illinois Not bad for a youngster who practices maybe 15 minutes a day MISS KRAUSS WHO kicked off the annual April-October competition season see State Piddle haa been playing country fiddle since she was 9 Before that it was Bach and classical violin “We went to a country fair" she recalled recently “There was a fiddle competition and I thought it would be fun to enter” She placed fourth To please her parents and teachers Miss Krauss kept up classical violin lessons for a few more years but her heart was lost to hard-driving Texas-style country fiddling Each spring and summer the Krauss family has driven to competitions and festivals from Idaho to Tennessee Miss Krauss also plays and sings in student hangouts and country music bars with two blue-grass bands Silver Rail based in Champaign and a group in Indianapolis formerly called Classified Grass and now searching for a new name Miss Krauss has won the National Flat-Picking’ Championships in Winfield Kan and was gearing up for another assault on the Grand Master Fiddle Competition at Opryland in Nashville Tenn this month Because Miss Krauss is an A student her parents aren’t worried about the fiddle’s encroaching on her schoolwork Her father Fred Krauss said be and his wife Louise are ready to hit the road “at the drop of a hat” for competitions but the Krausses don’t appear to be pushy stage parents The Krausses took Alison and her brother Vlk to live music performances in Champaign parks but were never passionate about country music Mrs Krauss an illustrator for the National Council of Teachers of English plays some banjo and folk guitar And Vik 15 is a talented jazz and rock bass player Fred Krauss who has a doctorate in psychology has a real-estate business THERE’S MORE TO country fiddling than musical notes on a page Country fiddlers build their music on familiar tunes They write nothing down usually working out variations on the tune and their own style of playing by ear “With the classical you’re so dependent on your eyes” Miss Krauss said “You have to do what’s on the page In the other (country fiddling) you use your ears I like country because you don’t have to worry about switching from your eyes to your ears You can go wild” Miss Krauss learns by listening to expert fiddlers at festivals and competitions “I’m not a maniac m practices ” she said “I can learn more by listening at a competition than by hours of practicing” MRS KRAUSS SAID her daughter can listen to someone do an unusual riff and work it into a competition piece 10 minutes later Mrs Krauss doesn’t know where her daughter’s future lies "She may end up working in a bank in 10 years and I suppose I’d be a little disappointed” Mrs Krauss said “But we’ve sure had fun along the way” CHICAGO (AP) - The color people choose when they take pen in hand gives an inkling of their mood says a manufacturer whose recent sales suggest that Americans lately havebeen looking for more excitement and less stability If your co-workers start writing in brown ink it could mean they’re depressed but if their scribbles are in red or yellow it could mean feel good about themselves life in general Numerous scientific studies have supported the connection between color choice and mood Philip Lesly a spokesman for Stanford Corp which manufactures ink and writing instruments said Saturday The company has monitored its sales for the past five years to track changes in the national temper and plan production Lesly said In 1980 “President Carter was talking about a malaise in the country and there was a recession” he said “We noticed a dramatic increase in the sales of brown ink and studies have listed brown as a color people choose when they are depressed” Today he said Americans are opting for more excitement and less stability THE MOST RECENT sales figures compiled in May showed that red’s share of the market had increased by 5 percent during the past year “Red has been holding strong for months” Lesly said "That shows a yearning for excitement and stimulation" Black showing sophistication and neutrality is the most popular color of all times — good and bad — with 63 percent of the market he said Blue is a distant second In 1983 Lesly said the color index foretold the end of the Tiny tomes Publisher Ward Schorl peeks through stacks of some of the miniature books he produces AP LMPfplMto in the basement of hie Evanston home Evanston man puts great literature in small package EVANSTON 111 (AP) - If you judged Ward Schorl’s books by their covers you wouldn’t think there’s much to his tiny tomes But behind the miniature covers that he produces in his basement print shop are some of the greatest works of literature The 78-year-old printer has published 30 Lililputian-sized books beginning with Shelley’s “To a Skylark” He also has put poems short stories essays and one-act plan between the covers “People say ‘My aren’t those nice for children’ but they're too expensive (at least $24) and too little for that” said Schorl who has been a printer since he was 13 But he didn’t publish his first miniature book until 1962 THE BOOKS ARE so small that when he spreads them out on the table of his home in this northern Chicago suburb they look like a matchbook collection None of the books which range in length from 30 to 90 pages stands taller than 3 inches Some publishers go even smaller for the dollhouse trade — “Drop one on the rug and it disappears into the nap” said Schorl who noted that his work is aimed at adult collectors Schori sets type by hand and hand-folds the pages Some of the covers are cloth but most are leather including beautifully tooled work from Spain Some of the covers are exotic His latest production — a short story by Annabel Thomas called “Snake Handling Sunday” — will be bound in snakeskln He collected the shed skins of diamondback rattlers and other snakes from the zoo in Brownsville Texas where he and his wife Margaret spend the winter

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